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t began with the idea that not everyone wants to act their age, especially now they are of an age when they don’t have to – a bit like the old poem by Jenny Joseph: “When I am old I shall wear purple with a red hat that doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me. And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves ... and run my stick along public railings and make up for the sobriety of my youth.” I always particularly liked the line: “And pick the flowers in other people’s gardens and learn to spit”. So this story wasn’t to be about the people doing amazing things like running marathons and jumping out of planes, but about doing really crazy stuff, like posing nude for a calendar!


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Contents When she began investigating, Julie Lake found there was an interesting reaction. “Everyone says how important it is when you are older to sometimes let go and just reach for some pure enjoyment,” she says. “We are all too conscious now of the inevitability of death for ourselves and those we love, the prevalence of painful illness, loss of personal freedom, lack of relevance to the young and those who make decisions. Old age really isn’t for wimps. I reckon you need to train for it as you would a triathlon.” This month she meets some of the people who are doing crazy things just for the sheer fun of it – and because they can! On another note, when writing a column about the language, you can’t afford to put a foot wrong, as our columnist David Parmiter has discovered. Thank you for all your letters responding to that little issue. A selection of them appears today. So that’s it for another year. Thank you for your feedback and kind comments and best wishes for a safe and happy Christmas. Dorothy Whittington, Editor








































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Acting up Okay, so you no longer believe in Father Christmas. But that doesn’t stop you channelling your inner child and getting as much fun out of the festive season as you did when you were five, writes the septuagenarian JULIE LAKE


o if you can survive, to a hundred and five, Think of all you’ll derive, out of being alive…” (Young at Heart by Johnny Richards and Carolyn Lee, first sung in 1953 by Frank Sinatra). Despite the over-commercialisation there is still a lot of innocent joy to be had at a time of year that, whatever your religious beliefs or lack of them, is all about family, feasting and frolicking. At the Top of the Hill Over 50s village a small group of women and one man are rehearsing for their Christmas pantomime. Last year they got together and reworked two Roald Dahl fairy tales into Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs, performing it at the annual Christmas dinner. It was so popular that they had to hold a special dress rehearsal for younger friends and relatives. This year they are busy rehearsing for Cinderella. Youngest cast members are in their 60s, the oldest turned 90 this year and though she is losing her sight and wears a hearing aid she says she can “scream well”. She proved this last year as Red Riding Hood’s grandmother and this year there’s a scream written into the script especially for her. John, next oldest at 83, doesn’t have a word to say but will play the coachman, his mobility scooter serving as Cinders’ pumpkin-turned-coach. As one cast member says, “We had so much fun doing this last year and so did the audience. It’s silly, it’s childish but it gives us a chance to kick up our heels and do things we wouldn’t normally do.

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Yet in this age of affluent oldies we see evidence everywhere of a happy return to the joys of youth with activities on offer from ballet dancing for seniors to rock and roll, karaoke, frisbee throwing, kite flying, ziplining, Zumba and even an exercise program called “sillycise” which apparently involves a lot of rolling about on the ground and exercising in children’s playgrounds. In the US, the many children’s museums have Adults Only nights where grandparents can have fun like their grandkids in light-hearted interaction with the exhibits – an idea that could be taken up by Australia’s only dedicated Children’s Museum in Wollongong. Obviously Americans take second childhood seriously because they even have events where seniors can re-experience the summer camps of their youth, including toasting marshmallows around an open fire. Similar campouts are available in Oz, too, such as the government-sponsored Have a Go LiveLighter events, but these really focus on what’s called “age appropriate activities”. What many are lookikng for today is age Inappropriate activities that are just pure fun however old you are! The best new is that acting silly isn’t as silly as it sounds – in fact it is officially good for you! Dottie Ward-Wimmer is an

acknowledged expert on the importance of adults letting the kid inside out of the box occasionally. In her article The Healing Potential of Adults at Play (in Play Therapy with Adults, Charles E. Schaefer Ed.) she references Jung when saying that play is a natural and enduring behaviour in adults that has healing powers for the mind and spirit which psychology therapists are only now beginning to learn to use. “Play, joy and spontaneity are rooted in all of our hearts … for adults, play continues as an important vehicle because it fosters numerous adaptive behaviours including creativity, role rehearsal and mind/body integration.” Louise Haggarty is high-kicking her way towards 60 and, her friends agree, something of a madcap – despite a successful career in the ultra-serious world of banking and finance. “My inner child has always been on the outside!” Louise says, adding that her energy and optimism meter has always been set on high. She can still sing and dance like a 16 year old and every year or so she likes to take on a new challenge. This year, apart from scaling a volcano in South America, she took the role of Cora in the play Calendar Girls, put on by her local amateur theatrical group. It’s the story of six “mature” women who get their gear off to pose for a calendar which is sold to raise

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money for a cancer hospital. In this, her first stage performance, she had to bare her body before a sometimes-rowdy audience and carried it off with great aplomb, as did the rest of the cast. And yes, she found it challenging because despite her exuberance she is also a physically modest woman. Louise also directs a program called The Joy of Singing for U3A and is also a member of an all-woman chorus which, while it takes its music very seriously, is still noted for unwinding with girlish antics and a lot of giggling when each practice is over. “Everyone here has problems but we forget them when we fool about; there’s something very liberating about behaving like schoolkids again”, says one of the other members. The other day, in a shopping centre, passers-by stopped to watch an elderly man buying a bubble-blowing kit for his small granddaughter and showing her how to use it. The sheer glee on his face was a sight to behold because the magic of blowing bubbles never goes away, however old you are. There is a website called Great Senior Living which sums it up nicely: Having fun is simply too important to ignore. You deserve to smile!

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Letters I WAS reading your latest issue of Your Time magazine and in particular the article “Understanding the pay rise”. This quotes the increase in aged pensions now raising the incomes to singles $2004.60 a fortnight and couples $3066.80. I’m sure there are many pensioners who would love to be receiving these amounts but that is a monthly figure and not fortnightly. Dorothy King I LOVED the letter in the November edition from Mocco Wollert. Open a restaurant and employ me please. Lee Lucas DAVID Parmiter is quite right when he says in the November edition of Your Time that it’s important to watch your language when you’re working with older people because they were brought up to articulate correctly. I was therefore somewhat surprised to find that he wrote about lecturing to “disinterested students”. My trusty (Oxford) dictionary defines disinterested

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as impartial or objective. Surely David means “uninterested students”. Ian Wood EACH month I look forward to Your Time and especially to David Parmiter’s column. His November article “The drones are coming” surprised me with the incorrect use of a word, “lecturing to uneducated and disinterested students”. Surely it should be “uninterested”. I know the former word is used wrongly again and again but let us keep the two distinct words with their proper meanings. Disinterested students, being impartial, should be able to access his lecture very well. Daphne Roberts I AM sure you are aware of the risk in commenting on language usage that some smart-alec reader will pick you up on some point. In ‘The drones are coming’ (Your Time, November), you refer to “illeducated and disinterested students”. The correct word for someone who

is not engaged or attentive is “uninterested”. The true meaning of “disinterested” is having no interest or stake in the outcome of an event; impartial, as a journalist may be a disinterested commentator on political events or an adjudicator of a dispute between two parties should be disinterested – engaged and attentive, certainly, but not deriving any personal benefit from the outcome. Having said this, and with reference to your point about language evolving, I am afraid the incorrect meaning of “disinterested” has now been adopted in popular usage to the extent that online dictionaries are giving this as the new meaning. I still try to point it out when I come across it. but I fear the cause is lost. Patrick O’Callaghan WHAT exactly is palliative care? We have all heard the name, and perhaps even known of someone with a terminal illness who was cared for in a palliative care institution. My experience of palliative care was

certainly a surprise to me. My husband, S, had a stroke and was admitted to hospital. While he was still a patient there, food found its way into his lungs and they became infected. This happened despite every care being taken to avoid such an occurrence. He was given antibiotics through a drip and oxygen and he recovered. He eventually ended up in a nearby nursing home. A local doctor, let’s call him Medico, made regular visits and I asked if I could manage to speak to him on his next scheduled visit. I queried Medico about palliative care and was astounded when he said, “We can do palliative care here”. Somehow, in the past, I had gained the impression that nursing homes didn’t want acutely-ill persons who might soon die on their premises, and regularly sent such persons to hospital. A few weeks later, S again got infected lungs and I knew every care had been taken to avoid this happening. One day he asked me to get him an ambulance. I spoke to the sister in charge, adding, “I think he might be


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Sing, choirs of angels and jingle all the way What exactly does Adeste fideles mean? In this secular day and age, it is probably necessary to explain it to the next generations, writes DAVID PARMITER.


t’s Latin and it simply means: “Oh come, all ye faithful [people]”. And then we might have to what “faithful” means. Faithful to what or to whom? That’s what Christmas is really all about. Passing on the family knowledge to the next generation; just as our indigenous people have been doing for 40,000 years, passing on cultural and spiritual traditions. There are two things that children love about Christmas. One is the presents (pushed by the admass); and the other is singing Christmas carols. They may be too old for nursery rhymes but here we have some simple songs with easy lyrics. “Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way” makes a change from “row, row, row your boat”. And then there’s Away in a Manger. It’s all about a baby and a bed. Easy to understand. Never mind the manger (“what’s a manger?”) or the wise men. But the “stars in the bright sky” make little faces look up and use their lovely imaginations. We Three Kings of Orient are. Why three kings and where is Orientar? So, we get into geography because the star was in the east and they followed it to the west. They ARE from the Orient. From

Iran, in fact, 620 years before Islam. Then you have to explain who this baby is, because “born is the King of Isra-el”. That’s for the teenagers to research. They might also have to read the Bible and find out. That story is all in the carol The First Noël, which the angels did say to certain poor shepherds in fields where they lay. Sleeping on the job, eh? Carolling began in Victorian times because in the dire poverty of postindustrial England there was a growing rift between the “haves” and the “havenots”. The Lady of the Manor did her best with food and comforts but the villagers, having supported the poor through their pregnancies and child care (it takes a village to raise a child), also toured at Christmas time bringing cheer to the housebound with hymns and carols. It was called wassailing, because in appreciation they were given wassail, or mulled wine. Then we had the secular songs: “Deck the halls with boughs of holly fa-la-la-lala; la-la-la-laaa” – a party song that would have been popular with courting teenagers. There were also carols imported from France and Germany.

In France, Père Noël was Father Christmas and in Germany he was Sinter Klass. Another secular song tells the tale of Good King Wenceslas who was probably a philanthropic nobleman. He looked out on the Feast of Stephen. Who was Stephen? He was a Christian who was put up against a tree and shot with an arrow, martyred, and appears in many religious paintings. The third group of Christmas carols is really for grownups because they go on ... and on. The 12 Days of Christmas is a wonderful party song but it does not belong in a church. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen may nothing you dismay is far too long and difficult for children to understand. It is not about telling the drunken dads to go and have a lie down but reminding them of the importance of the religious season and asking them to reflect. All it needs is a comma after the word “merry”. It means “be Happy, gentlemen, because Christ was born on this day to save your rotten souls”, a wake-up call if you like. When Prince Albert married Queen Victoria he brought with him the German ways of celebrating Christmas.

In the 1860s, England was introduced to the custom of sending and receiving Christmas cards, which became a social necessity for the upwardly mobile. He also introduced the family custom of the decorated Christmas tree. “Oh Tannenbaum, oh Tannenbaum” was all about decorating a fir tree, covering it with lights and decorations and loading it with presents for all the family (if you could afford it). The poor people hung a Christmas stocking near the fireplace and the children received a piece of coal, an orange and (if they were lucky) a small dolly or a tin soldier or tin car. I remember this from my own early childhood in London in the late 1940s. This Christmas, please remember two things. First, the surprise and wonderment of the children for whom this is their first time. Make it magic for them, as it was for you. Secondly, remind yourself that this is a special time for remembering that this is the birthday of a baby who came here to show us a better way to live. You may not believe in him, but it does not hurt to have faith in Him. It may help you to have faith in yourself. Merry Christmas.

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That ’70s Christmas Christmas is a time when memories thought lost, seem to bubble to the surface, writes KATE CALLAHAN.


remember Christmas Day 1972 clearly. It was a real scorcher. In Brisbane, the mercury reached 102.5F or 39.2C. Where I was on the Sunshine Coast, it was no cooler. It was my first Christmas with people who were not family. Keen to make a good impression, I had whipped up a new dress on the deadly-treadly Singer for the occasion. It was made from red and white pin-striped cotton – quite festive, I thought – and I had shirred it from neckline to waist. Very mod and on-trend in 1972. The guests, of which I was one, began to stream in mid-morning. We were greeted with a dining table groaning with sweets – Christmas lollies, rumballs, white Christmas and Christmas cake – and some token savouries – potato chips, Twisties, and salted mixed nuts. Adjacent to the sweets were more sweets in liquid form. Half a dozen large bottles of soft drink stood tall on the table. There was creaming soda, sarsaparilla, cherry cheer, lime, orange and lemonade, all cold straight from the fridge. Undoubtedly the centrepiece of the table was the punch bowl, a very posh pressed-glass affair with matching ladle and glass cups that dangled from the rim.

The punch was made at the table in front of the assembled guests. We were all agog as a can of Golden Circle fruit cocktail, the one with cherries in it, was emptied into the bowl with a flourish and then topped with a large can of Gold Circle tropical juice blend. Then came the fizz, lemonade and ginger ale. At 11am, when the children were full of sugar and could wait no longer, it was time for the Christmas Tree ceremony. Everyone gathered around on seats or sat on the floor as the matriarch handed out gifts, one by one. There were toy trucks, dolls, teddy bears, tea sets, Matchbox cars and Tonka toys for the children; and shirts, fishing rods and tackleboxes, binoculars, casket tickets and spanner sets for the men. In contrast, the womenfolk, almost without exception, received labour-saving devices from “Santa”. One lucky lass scored big with sheets and towels, but for the others, it was something on the end of a three-point plug. It seemed incongruous to me that a steam and dry iron, a blender or a crockpot could be wrapped in jolly Christmas paper and called a present. As was fitting, the biggest appliance of the day was reserved for the matriarch.





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Wendy’s art is in the right place After a lifetime of introducing children to art, Wendy Allen has decided she wants to be an artist when she grows up, writes DOT WHITTINGTON.


lthough she trained as a secondary teacher during what she calls the “dark ages” of the 1950s, 79-year-old Wendy Allen’s life has been in art, so much so that she is listed in the Who’s Who of Australian Women for services to art education. Even though her portrait of footballer Johnathan Thurston was entered for the 2016 Archibald Prize, her focus has always been more on bringing art to children than on her own palette. Wendy’s book, Running on Rainbows, was the first to outline a course for students in 1989, and eventually became part of the Queensland curriculum. She taught at high school for a few years but after the birth of her children she grabbed the opportunity to become a primary school music teacher at a school near her home of the past 44 years. “I trained for teaching secondary arts and ended up teaching primary music,” she says. The years went by and finally she got the chance to teach primary art. She was gobsmacked to discover the creativity of young children and, more, that there was so little commitment to it at primary level. “They are offered art at high school and yet they are more creative at primary

level,” she says. “It’s the wrong way around.” Frustrated that there were no art teachers in primary schools and eager to do something about it, she quit Queensland Education in 1985 and set out on what would become her life’s work. The result was the publication of Running on Rainbows in 1989, an art curriculum for primary students from Grade 1 upwards, that was sponsored by

the Life. Be In It campaign. It became a valuable classroom resource used all over Queensland to Torres Strait and then on to the US, Canada and New Zealand. “People think art is just making a pretty picture, but it’s not just that, it is developing creative potential,” Wendy says. “The most crucial learning period in the lives of the human species is the first five years.” In what for many would be retirement, she has now released Ready, Go! which she says is a resource book of creative activities and hints “with a unique approach to babysitting (with or without the baby)” for grandparents, parents and carers. “It aims to help the grown-ups, particularly our numerous babysitting grandparents, to start up or catch up on developing their own creative potential,” Wendy says. Her goal now is to keep the dream alive and she is putting a call out to all grandparents and retirees. “We have the ‘elders’ going spending more time with these important little beings during the most important period of their learning – grandparents babysitting the kids in the home while parents are out working,” she says. “At the same time, we have the opportunity for the grandparents to catch


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The explorers who came to Moreton Bay The names Oxley and Cunningham run through the very heart of our state but, DIANA HACKER muses, what do we really know of the origins and fate of these two men most responsible for our exploration, development and even existence.


llan Cunningham was born at Wimbledon on July 13, 1791. After school, he spent a short time at the Royal Kew Gardens before meeting Sir Joseph Banks who told him about the botanical riches awaiting in New South Wales. Cunningham arrived in Sydney in December 1816 and was appointed botanist to a number of expeditions before being given permission to form his own exploration party which ultimately found its way to what became the Darling Downs in June 1827. After 13 weeks journeying he returned to the Hunter River area. In 1828, he returned to the Moreton Bay Penal settlement and in company with Commandant Logan and local botanist Charles Fraser, began looking for a way to cross the dividing range from the eastern side. He located a track through the gap named after him on August 30, 1828. Cunninghham was generous in naming features after those who assisted him. It was usual for such valuable work to be rewarded with generous land grants but this did not occur and instead, his

Memorial cairn at Cunningham’s Gap.

reward was a formal letter of thanks. He died aged 47 in 1838. An obelisk in the Sydney Botanical Gardens is claimed to be his final resting place. In contrast, John Oxley received trade opportunities, financial reward and large land grants, all of which he mismanaged. John Joseph Molesworth Oxley was born at Kirkham Abbey in North Yorkshire and was baptised on July 8, 1784. He joined the Navy and first sailed to New South Wales in 1802. His naval experience fitted him well for marine survey and his first expedition was to Western Port in 1804-05. He returned to England and in 1807 sailed aboard the transport Speke bringing £800 worth of goods as an investment. Governor Macquarie granted him land southwest of Sydney which he named Kirkham. In 1812, he became engaged to Elizabeth Macarthur but it was broken off when her father discovered the extent of Oxley’s debts. Oxley was much occupied with exploring by land and sea and in 1823 he sailed as far north as Port Curtis and upon his return discovered Moreton Bay and the

Brisbane River which his party surveyed for a distance of 50 miles. In the same year his salary as Surveyor-General was increased from 15/- a day to £1 giving him a yearly income of £1500. In addition to this remuneration he had land and business interests. He held responsible positions within the community and while people thought him clever and he was a regular attendee at church, he was rather profligate, siring two daughters with Charlotte Thorpe and one with Elizabeth Marnon. In 1821, he married Elizabeth Norton and they had two sons. Oxley died at Kirkham in in 1828 aged only 42, “his constitution having been materially injured by the privations suffered during several expeditions”. He was buried in the Devonshire St cemetery, much of it now under Central Station in Sydney. His family was left penniless. The British Government refused a pension and finally his sons were granted 5000 acres “in recognition of their father’s services”. How typical that his daughters were considered not worthy of assistance!

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The Invisible Woman

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A short story by JAMES VERNON.


t was happening again. Were they blind or was she invisible? How often had she stood waiting for service while others, usually younger, were served before her? Well, she’d had enough. She fumed inwardly at the number of times it had happened that day. It started with the lollipop man. He had just stood in the centre of the school crossing holding his ridiculous lollipop while he waited for all the children to dawdle up to the crossing, phones in hand. He must have known she was there, waiting and waiting and waiting, but he hadn’t even looked at her. Driving past the school was even worse. The street was littered with four wheel drives driven by stressed mothers delivering their sugar-coated offspring to the welcoming child care of the local school. “Why don’t they learn to drive those monstrosities?”, she grumped. “Bloody hell! Are you blind? And don’t beep your horn at me!” That was only the beginning. When she went to pay a bill at a government office she’d stood in line and inched her way to the counter. When she got there the “service” person looked past her and served the man behind her. Admittedly he was rather large and imposing but she was no wraith. But that wasn’t all. No sooner had the large and imposing man been dismissed than a pretty little thing charged in with a mumbled apology about being late for something or other. “You need to wait in line like everyone else”, the intruder was told in an obviously irritated tone of voice. The counter attendant butted in with “She’ll only be a moment”, took her documents and completed her transaction. The day didn’t get any better. As she walked down the footpath she seemed to

be confronted by a solid phalanx of phone absorbed pedestrians blithely unaware of the public nature of their communications. “He said that? Oh my God! And what did you say? Oh my GOD! You didn’t! Oh my God DID YOU? What happened then? OH MY…” One telephonically-absorbed fellow walked straight into her. “Why don’t you look where you’re going you useless old woman?” he snarled as he bent to retrieve the phone that she had deftly knocked from his hand to the footpath in revenge. And so to the supermarket. Her trolley filled rapidly but, naturally, there was one item she couldn’t find. “Why must they change the store layout just when you get to know where things are?” she snarled internally. “Excuse me. Where do I find...” she started to ask the employee who barreled straight past her. “Hmmph! Bloody invisible again!” She had better luck with the next person who smiled nicely and directed her to aisle 20 at the other end of the store. Of course, the incompetent girl should have said aisle 4, so, after an about turn, she trudged the trolley back to where she had started. Finally it had been filled with the necessities of her frugal life leaving only the checkout to negotiate. “Bloody typical!” Six self service checkouts crammed into the corner with two blank faced queues waiting, supervised by a teenager wearing a bib inscribed “ASK ME FOR HELP”. “Can I help you with the self-serve checkout, Madam?” enquired the lass with the bib. “Why”? Do I look as if I need help? Do you think I’m incompetent because I’m old? I was using computers before you were even a gleam in your father’s eye! “I refuse to use those checkouts because I’m looking after YOUR job. I can

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remember when this shop had at least eight operators in busy periods. Now there are only two.” The nightmare of exiting the car park with the usual hazards would try the patience of a saint. There were the supersized SUVs with diminutive drivers who could barely see through the front windscreen. Their attempts to see through the rear were pure optimism. Then there were the tradies in their utes with tool box and apprehensively balanced dog in the tray. Of course, there had to be at least one P plate driver battling to get out of the space beside the cement column. Finally,

“Why must they change the store layout just when you get to know where things are” she had to ask herself why mothers persisted in pushing their pramful of pride and joy into the path of reversing vehicles. When she had successfully navigated the car park she would face only one more challenge – the department store. Large department stores were a bit like large supermarkets. Shoppers were more spread out so there appeared to be more space. However, they shared a paucity of staff and the same sign announcing that “It is a condition of entry that all bags and parcels may be opened for inspection”. Apart from the smiling attendant at the entry/exit who seemed to be there to greet entering shoppers but whose real job was to check for exiting shoplifters, and the cash register operators, there were very few sales consultants. She found that out when she tried to

get information about the location of a product. The only ones visible were two young women in the store’s livery engrossed in conversation in the middle of an aisle. When she approached them they looked right through her and continued their chat. Well, she was used to being left to her own devices now. Fortunately, her Christmas shopping was almost finished thanks to her practice of starting it at the New Year sales and spreading it across the various sales during the year. Just the grandchildren and her son to worry about. Grandchildren were easy to buy for. Toys were the obvious choice so she started in the toy department. If a toy looked as if she would enjoy playing with it herself she could be sure that it would be a winner with the kids. Her son was a different matter. Anything she knew he would like was either too expensive or be difficult to transport. Sports equipment and camping gear would be good places to investigate first. Oh the frustration of uncertainty which could only be settled by getting ideas from shopping around! She was finished for the day at last and thought that she had probably identified the last couple of Christmas presents. It just remained to make her way back to the car, drive home before the after school traffic started and put her feet up with a cup of tea. As she left the department store she smiled at the attendant who gave a perfunctory wave in return while seeming to look past her. “Still invisible!!” she thought. Once she reached the concourse two large men approached her. “Excuse me madam. We’re from store security. We’ve been watching you. Would you mind opening your bag please?”

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Nissan adds some spice Way down south in Mexico, Nissan looks like it’s doing okay, writes BRUCE McMAHON, who has just returned from a sojourn in the land of tequila and tacos.


n the roads of Oaxaca state it would appear Nissan Navaras – current and older models – are the utes of choice for civilians and often the federales. Then there are those fleets of Nissan Tsuru (aka Sentra, aka Pulsar) sedans, taxis in the main for locals and tourists. Those taxis, cheap and ever cheerful, make it easier to grab a cab than hire a car to explore the villages and countryside outside the city of Oaxaca. (Little need for a car in the centre of the capital, it’s very much a place, crammed with colour and culture for walking.) So, after a month of travels without driving, it was back home to a date behind the wheel with more Nissans, albeit a tad flashier than those Mexican taxis. Nissan here has a substantial line-up, from small electric cars to SUVs, sports cars through to the four-wheel drive Patrol wagon. Their Qashqai and X-Trail SUV models in particular are strong sellers. Now, to keep the ball rolling, Nissan Australia have added some cosmetic spice to a couple of models. Last year they rolled out the Navara N-Sport, a limited edition of 500 utes

based on the top-of-the-tree ST-X dual cab. The extras were limited to splashes of black paint for the nudge bar, grille and sports bar, black alloy wheels and black tonneau cover but these specials sold out smart enough. Now it’s the turn of the X-Trail, Pathfinder and Nissan 370Z to cop the N-Sport treatment. And while the low-slung 370Z is the

sporting star of the trio –dressed here with swathes of black over bonnet, roof and boot plus touches of yellow inside – it’s the mums-and-dads’ seven-seater Pathfinder ST-L which probably benefits most in style. When finished in Ivory Pearl (a sparkling white), the N-Sport Pathfinder with black painted alloy wheels, black grille accents and black roof rails looks more interesting, more mysterious

maybe, than the standard wagon; looks much more like the $56,425 asking price. There are 250 of those two-wheel drive special Pathfinders to be sold plus 600 of the N-Sport X-Trails in two and four-wheel drive and priced from $39,250. Then there are just the 50 of the Nissan 370Z N-Sports to be had, with prices starting at $48,490. Not sure if the black N-Sport detailing works quite as well here. Perhaps it’d be just as well to grab a standard 370Z and add black wheels later. As standard this remains a handsome and sporting machine in any colour. Yes, the interior and its myriad of buttons and displays could do with a major clean-up, but this selfish twoseater still has the ability to encourage and enliven a morning sprint up a mountain range. The Nismo version of the 370Z is better again, sharper in all departments albeit more expensive at $61,490. For the sensible and sharing folk out there – parents and grandparents and all – who want extra style but need cabin space in family transport there’s always Nissan’s N-Sport X-Trail and Pathfinder.

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Retirement home or village contracts are very different to those used when buying and selling homes, writes DON MACPHERSON.


he rights created with Retirement Village or Home Contracts are not the same as ownership of land, and the monies payable at the start, and at the end, are very different from the normal buy/sell proposition experienced in the past. The terms of Retirement Home and Village contracts are complex, and people need to be professionally advised as to what they are entitled, or not entitled to do, while occupying the property. In many respects the rights are more akin to being a tenant for an indefinite period, rather than being an owner. These contracts have long-term financial consequences in that they normally involve substantial exit charges when the person leaves the retirement home or village. The trade-off is essentially this – the cost going in is lower, but the cost going out is much higher. That way people can afford to go into a retirement home or village because the entry price is reduced to more affordable levels, but they pay

extra on the way out. However, those exit costs may mean that those who choose, or have to, leave (due to health or other reasons) may not have sufficient funds left to accommodate themselves elsewhere. Any retirement village or home contract therefore needs to be carefully considered not only in terms of entry price, but what will be left on exit. While some people say they’ll be leaving “in a box” the reality is that people often leave the retirement home or village before they expect. This might be due to family changes, health issues, marriage breakdown, extended family relocations or a myriad of other personal reasons that nobody expects or can foresee. The pros and cons involved in Retirement Home and Village contracts need to be fully understood, and the contracts must be entered into in full knowledge of the possible scenarios that may have to be dealt with down the track. Don Macpherson is from Brisbane Elder Law, call 1800 961 622.

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An estimated 88,000 age pensioners who still like to do a bit of work, will soon be $7800 better off each year. The Government is introducing amendments to its Work Bonus scheme that will have a positive and beneficial impact on a lot of retirees receiving a part age pension, financially and quite possibly mentally as well. I recently read an article published by the American Forbes Business Magazine about retirement in which it explored the term and its meaning. The article suggested, among other things, that: “Yes, you are done with that job or situation, but you’re not out of the game. Instead, consider yourself a free agent who gets to decide what’s next. Do you want to start a new career, go back to school, start a business, join a non-profit, or be a full-time grandparent while the grandkids are young?” Your “what’s next” could be a new business enterprise. The new Work Bonus amendments will, for the first time, include earnings from self-employment. Firstly, in July 2019, the work bonus

will increase from $250 to $300 a fortnight. The estimated 88,000 currently disadvantaged part-pensioners who are self-employed can then expect to earn up to an additional $7800 of income a year before it has an impact on their pension payments. There are lots of reasons why retirees may wish to be self-employed, not least that the jobs for over 66s are scarce. In any case, it’s not about working fulltime, it’s about choice. There is a world of possibilities for the creative and energetic. To quote an over-popular turn of phrase: “never let it be said that once you reach retirement age you are no longer a valued member of society” or something along those lines. Like so many people at the older end of the age spectrum, I have no intention of wasting all those years of knowledge and experience. Certainly, my teenage kids would love it if I took all my years of knowledge and experience elsewhere. These changes will be introduced from July 1, next year, and remember, we are talking about “earnt” income NOT income from investments etc. I will warn you the forms and sometimes the reporting options are not for the faint hearted, including a new personal exertion test. Specifically, Centrelink will be looking to ensure that the Work Bonus applies only to gainful employment. July 2019 is seven months away and that is enough time to review and assess your business, if you are already selfemployed or plan a new enterprise. Don’t forget to seek advice and ask your questions. Be prepared, as this will ensure that you take full advantage of the changes. The above information is presented as general information, so always refer to Centrelink or a Centrelink expert for the impact on your personal circumstance. Narelle Cooper is director of the Centre for Age Pension Admin (CAPA) Services. Call 1300 043 197.

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hey may look thinner or seem forgetful. Your siblings may whisper, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t you think mumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s looking frail?â&#x20AC;? You may decide that the time has come to have some important conversations, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d advise you to wait until Christmas is well and truly over. There are three difficult conversations that many adult children will have with their aging parents. These are, firstly, talking about accepting some home care help; secondly, when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to give up the driving licence; and thirdly, putting affairs in order. Here are some general guidelines. 1. Rather than stressing what you want and jumping into â&#x20AC;&#x153;fix itâ&#x20AC;? mode, ask your parents what they want. Listen to their wishes and fears and help them to articulate how they want their later years to be. This will build a vision that you can all work for. For instance, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to live safely at home, enjoy good health and be part of the lives of our family, friends and neighbours.â&#x20AC;? 2. Your parents may think that accepting assistance at home means they have failed. Help them to reframe this.

Home care is a safety net that allows them to live safely at home for longer. 3. It can be helpful to tell a story. You may have friends whose parents can speak positively about home care. Together you could check out what people say in testimonials on the home care websites. This is evidence from people who are their own age and in similar situations. 4. Use some facts. Macquarie University researchers found that for each hour of care a person received, they were 6 per cent less likely to be moved into residential care. So, if your mum or dad accepts just five hours a week of assistance at home, their chance of staying at home improves 30 per cent. 5. Start small. Ask your parents about one task they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enjoy doing that they would be prepared for someone else to do, just once. This way they can test out people and services without pressure. For instance, they may try homedelivered groceries for a month. 6. A new diagnosis or a trip to hospital is a window of opportunity to reassess your parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; needs with them. Take these opportunities and get professionals involved to add an extra

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Sorting out a wee problem


About 60 per cent of urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by bacterial infections, but there is something you can do about the other 40 per cent writes PHIL JOHNSTON.


f a UTI is frequent and persistent then allergic responses need to be addressed by eliminating obvious allergic producing eating patterns or food groups – replacing those them with foods groups and eating patterns that reduce allergies or auto-immune assaults by the body on its own tissue. Popular industry-driven dietary habits based on either health/superfoods producing digestive and metabiolic imbalances and/or processed foods producing toxicity and food intolerance are involved. A sound hormonal balance, free of wide-swinging fluctuations will produce a proper pH that resists bacterial infection and bad yeast over growth. A natural healthcare approach can bring very positive results. You should check in with your doctor first but if problems persist, seek out the guidance and advice of an experienced natural health care professional, but beware of the cosmic-soothsayers. There are a range of creams and tablets available to restore hormonal balance, which can prove effective. I’ve seen good outcomes with

YinYang needling, even in cases where the lining of the bladder was stripped and perforated thanks to retention of very acid urine, driven by hormonal imbalance and a diet very high in sugar with zero consumption of dark leafy greens or vegetables. Here are some suggestions that may yield significant improvement to UTIs: • Nutritional yeast can help return a dominant population of good yeasts. • Never eat freshly baked bread – wait a day so that the yeast dies off. • Avoid highly acidic foods like cooked tomatoes, alcohol and citrus. • Change into dry under clothing quickly after swimming or surfing. • Eat to keep low sugar levels normal – eat wholefoods rather than processed. • Make up barley water (boil up a packet of pearl barley in a few litres of water; drain off the liquid and refrigerate. Keeps for 3 -4 days, then discard. Combine & with fresh lemon juice and drink. It is very soothing for the urinary tract. Phil Johnston is a healthcare professional at Biochi Clinic. Visit

UP to 30 per cent of older people living in the community are either malnourished or at risk of malnutrition, says dietitian and author Ngaire Hobbins. Seniors have different nutrition needs and eating patterns need to change with age to support physical and mental capacity. She lists her top 10 myths: 1. Your stomach shrinks as you age: “Your appetite may change but your stomach doesn’t shrink when you get older. Not eating well enough actually accelerates the ageing process.” 2. Weight loss is healthy: “This is not the case when you are older. Dieting or unintentional weight loss should be avoided in our later years.” 3. As you get older, you need to eat less: “It’s true that your metabolism will slow down and your energy levels will decrease. Food and eating are important components as it protects and fuels you. You may need more foods than others, particularly foods which are rich in protein, vitamins and minerals.” 4. Only eat what you feel like it: “The ageing process can deceive our appetite and the triggers that inform us if we are hungry or full. Seniors may end up eating less than what their bodies require.” 5. You need to follow a low-fat diet: “Contrary to popular belief, a low-fat diet isn’t always the best for older people. Fat is a crucial source of calories and some

seniors may need to consume more to maintain their weight.” 6. You need to eat more vegetables: “Nutrient-rich vegetables should still be an important part of your diet but protein foods should be at the centre of your plate with vegetables surrounding it. This is because you need more protein as you age.” 7. Only drink water when you’re thirsty: “If you’re feeling thirsty, that means you already slightly dehydrated. This is a problem as neither your body nor brain can perform at peak capacity.” 8. Supplements are sufficient: “Many supplements state that they will help you live longer, boost memory, fight off dementia and more, however they are unable to live up to their claims. A lot of supplements interact with common medications.” 9. You must always eat a proper meal: “Eating three full meals a day can be a struggle if you have a loss of appetite or are finding cooking a difficult task. Five or six small meals or well-chosen snacks can be just as beneficial.” 10. Malnutrition is a normal part of the ageing process: “Malnutrition is not normal and can affect anyone. Don’t dismiss the warning signs as being part of ‘old age’.” For a free copy of Nutrition for Seniors visit nutrition-seniors

RESEARCHERS FIND CLEAR LINK BETWEEN DIET AND DELAYING ALZHEIMER’S shown to slow the build-up of Aβ in the brains of people at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Lead researcher Dr Stephanie RaineySmith said one of the most exciting aspects of the research was that you didn’t have to be a lifelong adherent to the diet to get the benefits. “We found that by following a Mediterranean diet for just three years reduced the build-up of Aβ by up to 60 per cent,” she said. “This tells us that eating a Mediterranean diet could potentially delay the onset of symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease by years.

EATING a Mediterranean diet could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by years, new research has found. Researchers from Edith Cowan University (ECU) found that people who adhere to a Mediterranean diet have significantly slower rates of Amyloid beta (Aβ) accumulation in their brain. The build-up of Aβ is linked with the development of Alzheimer’s. Previous ECU research has shown that the Mediterranean diet, which includes lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish and olive oil, can slow cognitive decline. But this is the first time it has been


“So by following a Mediterranean diet, people at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease could buy themselves a few more years with their loved ones before the onset of this terrible affliction.” While all of the aspects of the Mediterranean diet appear to be important for reducing Alzheimer’s risk, the researchers identified high fruit consumption as a key aspect offering the most protection against Alzheimer’s. ECU’s Centre of Excellence for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and Care has also recently identified depression and trouble sleeping as risk factors.


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LIFESTYLE developer Halcyon continues to lead the way as one of Queensland’s most innovative designers and quality builders, winning a coveted state Housing Industry Association award. Halcyon, which has communities throughout southeast Queensland, won the Specialised Housing award for the implementation of platinum and silver standard Liveable Housing Designs at its Halcyon Glades community at Caboolture north. All new homes at Halcyon Glades are built to the silver standard as part of Halcyon’s triple guarantee. Halcyon joint-managing director Dr Bevan Geissmann said Halcyon’s triple guarantee of Liveable Housing Design (LHD), superior energy rating, and patented relocatability was a point of difference for Halcyon. “The decision to embrace LHD means the benefits are being passed on to our home owners in the delivery of homes that are cost-saving, future-proofed and offer legal certainty,” he said. “The LHD guidelines provide assurance that a home is easier to access, navigate and live in, as well as being more cost effective to adapt when life’s circumstances change.” All new Halcyon homes include step-free paths and entry, bathroom and toilet walls that enable grab rails, kitchens designed for ease of movement, and hobless shower recess. “Home owners have the option of upgrading to a platinum standard of LHD, to further support ageing in place,” Dr Geissmann said. This incorporates options to accommodate a higher level of need with added focus on flooring, switches, power

RESIDENTS at Living Gems Caboolture need never leave home with a jam-packed social calendar and activities program at the resort. With so much on offer each month, from celebratory dinners to a game of bowls in the purpose-built three-lane 10-pin bowling alley, there is always something to do and someone with whom to share the enjoyment. Social Committee president, Carol Wyer says the secret to enjoying life at Living Gems Caboolture is getting involved in the many activities organised each month. “Our resident driven social committee is always coming up with great ideas for getting people together, whether it’s a hit of tennis or a casual dinner in our stunning Country Club,” she said. Most recently, the Resort held a Melbourne Cup luncheon. More than 130 residents were treated to a glass of champagne on arrival, followed by a grazing menu of cured meats, salad and dessert of homemade

points, door and tap hardware and window sills. Home owners Wayne and Marion Clarke selected a platinum-level home when they purchased at Halcyon Glades earlier this year. “We’re not ready to retire, but we are conscious of ongoing and forthcoming health issues and thought that we should make some important decisions while we still have control,” Mr Clarke said. The Clarkes downsized from a four-bedroom home at Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast. “After we saw all the plans in detail we knew it was the best option to suit all our current and future needs,” Mr Clarke said. “Our home meets Federal Government standards and more importantly, it meets our needs. Halcyon Glades has just launched its grand finale of homes, including the new Pocket Park and facility upgrades. Homes in the final release start $411,000. Halcyon Glades sales centre at 34 Adrossan Rd, Caboolture and is open 9am-4pm Monday to Saturday. Call 1800 626 488 or visit

CHOICE AND CERTAINTY IN ONE NEAT PACKAGE EXPECTATIONS about moving into a retirement community have changed and are now so much more than just a roof over your head. An active lifestyle, a new hobby, and simply making new friends, are now high on the list. As one of Brisbane’s most loved and thriving retirement communities, Aveo Durack offers a busy calendar full of activities and events, a modern restaurant serving fresh and nutritious meals seven days a week, and a range of care services onsite providing extra support as and when needed. Aveo Durack has recently introduced a new contract that provides residents more choice in financial options when moving into the community, and even more certainty when additional support or aged care is required. This industry-leading contract allows residents to seamlessly transition from an Aveo Durack independent living residence to a serviced apartment or high 28 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / December 2018

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chocolate and raspberry mudcake. Living Gems Caboolture social committee meets monthly and comes up with ideas for social events and activities. “We have a Christmas lunch planned for mid-December, a New Year’s Eve party and an Australia Day event in January,” Mrs Wyer said. She said she had moved into Living Gems Caboolture for the social interaction and hadn’t looked back. “Even taking my dog for a walk is a social activity because there are always people to stop and have a chat with. Everyone is so friendly here,” she said. To book a tour call 1800 785 594 or email

NATURE’S EDGE CLAIMS LANDSCAPING AWARD LANDSCAPING and stonework around the 5-star Leisure Centre at Nature’s Edge Buderim has won a Landscape Queensland Excellence Award. Living Style Co. delivered the ambitious project, with stonework handcrafted by qualified stonemasons, using timeless craftsmanship to bring out the natural beauty of stone. The innovative landscape design plan was created specifically for the Leisure Centre precinct, which is nestled in the heart of the village in the Buderim foothills. Carefully selected plants have been laid among meandering pathways and outdoor spaces and will grow into mature and established gardens to be enjoyed for years to come.

The Leisure Centre at Nature’s Edge Buderim was the perfect venue for Melbourne Cup celebrations last month when 170 residents and friends dressed for the occasion. Contact a lifestyle adviser to arrange a personal tour of the award-winning $4 million Leisure Centre. Call 1800 218 898 or visit


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AT the new Birtinya Retirement Village, residents can live in the heart of all the Sunshine Coast lifestyle has to offer. The village is now ready to move in with a lifestyle focused on health, wellbeing and care, while being central to everything. As well as world-class facilities such as the village’s exclusive Clubhouse and Wellness Centre and excellent care providers, it is within walking distance of local shops, cafes, restaurants and medical precinct. The new Stockland Birtinya Shopping Centre opens just up the road on December 7. The village’s new outdoor heated pool is now open, to relax in the sunshine or take an aqua aerobics class with the village’s exercise physiologist. Dine alfresco by the pool or take

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Fill the house with the Christmasy aroma of cinnamon while cooking up a spiced fruit cake or whip up some yummy fritters for Christmas morning. Nutritionist of over 30 years Cyndi O’Meara of Changing Habits, believes in foods that are as close to the natural resource as possible, rather than reading the nutritional information of the ingredients. Here are her suggestions for some Christmas goodies.

Pecan Cinnamon Spiced Fruit Cake INGREDIENTS • 3½ cups mixed dried fruit (oil and preservative free cherries, raisons, dates, figs, apricots, currants, goji berries and cranberries). • 3 tsp cinnamon • ½ tsp nutmeg • 2 tbsp vanilla essence • Zest and juice of 1 orange • 1/3 cup coconut oil • ½ tsp seaweed salt • 5 eggs

• 1 cup almond meal • ¼ cup Rapadura sugar • ¾ cup Emmer Wheat Flour, sifted 1 cup mixed nuts (almonds, brazil and pecans + extra pecans for garnishing) Optional: Ginger, turmeric, all spice, Cacao Melts, espresso shots to taste

METHOD 1. Preheat oven to 170C. Grease and line a spring form cake tin. 2. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until combined. 3. Pour into the cake tin and top with the pecans decoratively. 4. Cover the top with alfoil and bake for 40 minutes. 5. Remove the alfoil from the top of the cake and bake for a further 15-20 minutes or until cooked through yet still moist. 6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Makes 10 • 3 eggs • 3 cups grated zucchini • 3 cups grated carrot • 3 tsp coriander powder • 3 pinches of Seaweed Salt • 1 cup chopped coriander • 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated • ¼ cup of buckwheat flour • 1 tsp turmeric powder • Coconut oil or butter Add the grated carrot and zucchini into a bowl and sprinkle the salt over the top. Allow this to sit for a few minutes. After a few minutes, some of the water from the vegetables will be drawn out because of the salt. Discard the water (we got rid of roughly ¼ cup). Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix together to combine. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat and add some coconut oil or butter and allow it to melt and cover the entire pan. Add 3 dollops of the batter, evenly spaced apart to create 3 fritters, cook each side until golden brown and cooked through. When they’re cooked, place them on a plate. Continue cooking in batches then serve and enjoy.

Christmas Spiced Bliss Balls Serves 14 • 1 ½ cups dates • 1 cup shredded coconut • ½ cup Cacao melts • 2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon • 3 tsp ginger powder • 8 drops orange oil (or use orange zest) • 3 tsp vanilla essence • 2 tbsp coconut oil • ¼ tsp clove powder • 2 pinches seaweed salt

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WELCOME THE NEW YEAR IN HIGH STYLE NEW Year’s Eve is the night for Brisbane to rejoice in the year gone by and welcome the new one and the best place to do that is the Concert Hall at QPAC with the brightest star in popular entertainment, the Queensland Pops Orchestra. Make an occasion of it – dress up, pull out the bling and join family and friends for a wonderful concert to embrace the start of a new year with this glamorous and fun-filled night on the Queensland Pops Orchestra’s annual calendar. Headlining NYE 2018 will be Eddie Muliaumaseali’i, a bass baritone. He has been a professional opera singer for 26 years, during which time he has performed extensively, both nationally and overseas. Brisbane born and bred clarinettist Paul Dean is regarded as one of Australia’s foremost musicians in his multiple capacities as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, composer and artistic director. He will play the Weber Concertino #1. Winner of the Lev Valsenko piano

competition in 2017, Oscar Wong will play the beautiful 3rd movement of the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto #3. Oscar Shoyo Wong began piano lessons at the age of seven and has since established himself as one of Australia’s most promising young pianists. To round off this spectacular night of entertainment, a real treat is in store – returning after a successful introduction last year, dancers from the Queensland Ballet, Dylan Lackey and Lina KinWheatstone, will join the fullcomplement Queensland Pops Orchestra for an unforgettable fusion of music and the most exquisite classical dance. Black Tie package for 9pm performance only includes A Res seat, and access to the rooftop to mix with the stars. Enjoy champagne and canapés with your friends while the piper pipes in the New Year and the sky lights up with the spectacular fireworks. QPAC Concert Hall, December 31, 5.30pm and 9pm. Bookings or call 136 246

QSO ANNOUNCES 2019 PROGRAM QUEENSLAND Symphony Orchestra has announced a full and varied program for 2019. Whether you want to experience the big emotions of a symphony; watch a great movie come to life; witness a world-class musician perform a breathtaking solo; feel the room shake

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NEW TWIST ON OLD TALE A NEW adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens tale of compassion, forgiveness and redemption, a Christmas Carol, will make its world premiere in Brisbane this month. Adapted and created by shake & stir theatre company, the production is brought to magical life to again experience a Christmas tradition cherished by families around the world. It’s Christmas Eve and Ebenezer Scrooge is spending his night like every other – hunched over his coals, counting

his fortune and cursing the happiness of others – until a few unexpected visitors come knocking on his door. Starring acclaimed Brisbane actor Eugene Gilfedder as Scrooge, and featuring live musicians, yule-tide carolling, innovative video design, lavish costumes and, of course, snow, A Christmas Carol is a large-scale, visual feast. QPAC Playhouse. December 7-20 Tickets $49-69. Bookings call 136 246 or visit

CHRISTMAS CRACKERS You don’t have to head off to the snow-shrouded winter markets of Europe to find the Christmas spirit. It’s right here in Brisbane. Here are some of the events coming up this month to get you in the mood. The Enchanted Garden and Christmas Movies in the Park. December 9-17 Roma Street Parkland will be transformed into a whimsical garden with twinkling lights, Christmas decorations and songs. City Hall Lights December 7-24 Dancing on the façade of City Hall as colourful lasers tell a story in the Gold Lotto City Hall lights at King George Square. 15-minute shows from 7.30pmmidnight. Christmas Beach Cinema December 15-23, 6pm and 8pm Streets Beach, South Bank. Bring a picnic rug and togs to enjoy the stars and swimming pools between showings The Lights of Christmas December 12-24 Gather on the lawn at St Stephen’s Cathedral to celebrate the season of peace, joy and goodwill with a light and sound show presented by Charter Hall. The animated tale will illuminate the Cathedral’s historic walls. The 12-minute show, by the creators of Sydney’s Vivid Lightwalk, is 7.30pm to midnight. Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols December 8, Riverstage, City Botanic Gardens. Join some of Australia’s most celebrated entertainers, including Casey Donovan, Mirusia, Carmen, and Voices of Birralee, as they perform festive songs and traditional carols. Gates open 4pm, carols 7pm-9.15pm. Arrive early to secure a spot.

Christmas Parade December 14-23 Queen Street Mall, 7pm. The annual parade will make its way with singing and dancing through the Mall and Albert St to King George Square. Perfect outing with the grandkids. Christmas Gift Market December 14-23 South Bank – Stanley St, The Arbour andLittle Stanley St. Stalls open daily 3pm-10pm. Carols by Twilight December 14-23 South Bank River Quay Green, 6pm-8pm. Settle in beside the river to enjoy the Christmas melodies as the sun goes down. The area is licensed if you fancy a bottle of wine and a picnic.

NEW GALLERY FOCUSES ON ANZAC LEGACY THE legacies of World War I and how they shaped modern Queensland will be the focus of Queensland Museum’s new permanent exhibition, Anzac Legacy Gallery. It features more than 400 unique and poignant objects and stories and will provide an area for reflection and

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All aboard for a trip through historic Yorkshire The Settle to Carlisle train runs across a stunning viaduct and takes in unforgettable views of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and neighbouring Cumbria, writes JOHN NEWTON.

A steam train crosses the famous Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales.


t’s recognised as one of the world’s greatest railway trips – like the “Harry Potter Bridge” on the Glasgow to Mallaig route over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, further north. But the Settle-Carlisle line was doomed to be closed by British Rail in the 1980s until a former government minister, now a UK and international railway guru, stepped in to save the tracks from being torn up. As Britain’s transport minister at the time, Michael Portillo, who fronts the long-running TV series Great British Railway Journeys announced a government U-turn for the Settle-Carlisle railway line. It followed a long campaign by rail groups, local authorities including the county councils of Cumbria, Lancashire and North Yorkshire, enthusiasts and residents, to keep the line open. By far the highlight of the spectacular journey is the massive Ribblehead Viaduct, with its 24 arches. It is 402m long and 32m high and every sixth arch is double the thickness of the others – so if one of these collapsed, only five would follow.

Further down the line, at Dent in Yorkshire, is the highest mainline station in England – and the glorious landscapes continue along the Yorkshire Dales National Park into the Cumbrian countryside. The train, which now operates several daily services with diesel engines, although there are steam charters now and then, clatters past rolling hills, manicured moorland fields, kilometres of Roman walls, babbling streams, pristine rivers and historic towns and villages. Although a journey of only one hour and 40 minutes, what this 117km trip lacks in distance is more than made up for in grandeur. From Settle to the England-Scotland border city of Carlisle, there are 20 stations,11 of them still open, 17 major viaducts and 14 tunnels. It was the last mainline railway in England built using pure physical strength and was opened to passenger trains in 1876.It has had its fair share of ups and downs since. The line became famous through the concerted efforts to save it from closure in the 1980s. Since its reprieve in 1989,

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Travellers change direction Baby Boomer travellers are looking for more than a palm-lined beach where they can lounge on a day bed while being served exotic cocktails, writes DOT WHITTINGTON. A relaxing break may have been on top of the list during our working lives, but in retirement, travellers are seeking much more than a holiday. Now, past their 50th birthday, they want to be engaged, and educated about the destination – and even seek the opportunity to pursue special interests, whether that’s bird-watching in the Galapagos, the opera in Venice or the gardens of England. And they are very different to their mothers, who in their 60s were already settling into a quieter life of gardening, lawn bowls or card afternoons, or perhaps an occasional holiday in the caravan or a stay at a motel. Today’s travellers, single or with a partner, are booking flights and heading to far-off shores in search of adventure in a new world of international travel previously unknown except to the privileged few. And with that increased travel opportunity, it has become much more than a 10-day whirlwind tour of Europe and more like three weeks in a Tuscan village or a trek in Nepal. New research from the University of Queensland Business School, not surprisingly, has found that holidays that are educational or intrinsically spiritual, are the most satisfying for Australian travellers aged 50-plus. With the rate of the 55+ population embarking on international travel projected to double in the next decade, findings suggest older Aussies may shift from relaxing getaways to deeper cultural experiences that broaden their knowledge of the world. Researcher Dr Lintje Siehoyono Sie found older travellers who engaged in positive and meaningful travels were most likely to recall memorable experiences. Ultimately they have greater satisfaction than those who embark on

more leisurely activities and destinations. “As the population ages and people begin to retire, the new generation of travellers defines the activities they want to be involved in,” she says. “It’s not enough to go to an island and eat and drink, relaxing because you have been stressed. Most are retired and looking for something more meaningful, something more. This presents challenges and opportunities.” Dr Sie is investigating the forces that make older people want to travel and not just sit back and enjoy their time, and she is finding that there is a specific market of older travellers who look for the cultural and learning purpose. Participants in the study were on package tours seeking to learn about the culture of the destination, to interact with locals, have free time and be led by an expert guide knowledgeable in local history and culture. Many combine the trip with visits to family or friends, enjoy travel with like-minded others and often develop friendships that result in a post-tour reunion and possible further travel together. “They travel for educational and cultural purpose, whether that’s yoga, painting, gardening, archeology or music, and are not looking for a mass itinerary,” Dr Sie says. “They don’t look their age and the study shows the way they behave is also much younger than their chronological age.” She found the demographic also does a lot of research before setting off and plans well, usually a year in advance. “The participants were looking for general learning, had an open mind, and wanted exposure to a new culture and new destinations, even if they had already been there many years earlier,” Dr Sie said. “It’s not about relaxation so much as being away from routine and learning as a rounded experience.”

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How to bag a bargain It’s not just what you take and how you pack that matters, but how well your luggage can stand up to the rigors of the journey.


f you’ve ever sat at the window watching the luggage being loaded or unloaded from the plane, you’ll know that sinking feeling of seeing your suitcase being hurled on to a conveyor belt and then having another few cases land on top of it. It’s a fast-moving business and there is no time for niceties about gentle placement. This business is also about chucking the luggage through as quickly as possible. No matter how well you have packed, you can only wonder if that bottle of Cuban rum you bought at a boutique shop in Havana, or that rare malt whiskey from the Scottish Highlands – or even the teapot from China – will make it home in one-piece. Suitcases need to be light to minimise the kilograms you are carrying and ensure that you are carrying your luggage and not just a heavy suitcase, but they also need to be sturdy. Then there’s the issue of having wheels that don’t work like a supermarket trolley on a bad day, a bag that falls over every time you let it go or one that can’t keep your clothes dry. It’s a tricky business.

Consumer group Choice has reviewed 11 suitcases and found that the most expensive models don’t always deliver on quality. In fact, they suggest that the priciest model in the store may not cut it at all. Suitcases were loaded with 15kg of clothes and dropped wheels-first on to a concrete floor 300 times from a height of 90cm. Models which survive unscathed receive 100 per cent, whereas ones with missing wheels or severe holes scored zero. A heavy pointed cylinder was dropped on to the suitcase surface to see whether any damage occurred. Suitcases were stuffed with newspaper and put under a shower

simulating a 10-minute downpour and then assessed to see how wet the newspaper became. In a fourth test, suitcases were loaded with 15kg of clothes and tilted to see whether they would tip at a certain angle. Anything that tips at 6° or less is considered unstable and rated poor; 6°-15° is considered fair. Anything above this is rated good. “Two of the high-end models we tested finished in the bottom half of our results, with the $649 Lojel Cubo narrowly avoiding the wooden spoon,” Choice spokeswoman Nicky Breen said. “Despite costing more than $600 – the Lojel was one of three cases which failed the lift and drop test as the base of the suitcase cracked and all four wheels were damaged,” Ms Breen said. “Only one of the expensive models we tested, the $899 Samsonite Cosmolite 3.0, finished in the top three, but it was outperformed by the Antler Juno 2 which cost a third of the price. “The mid-range Antler topped our test jointly with the Samsonite 72 hours DLX spinner.” She said given that it sells for just $299, it’s a better value buy for travellers than many of its high end counterparts.

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This true story follows the story of Connie’s life, from when she was diagnosed with cancer at age 11. There has already been a sadness in their young lives and Connie and Sam are raised by their father who, being a writer, instils in them a love of reading. This is a heart-wrenching story and a rollercoaster ride for Connie and all concerned, as over the years the cancer subsides only to reappear time and again. Married with two young children she knows her life is going to be short and comes up with a strategy to form a charity to raise money for cancer research and a cure for breast cancer. And so the “Love your Sister” campaign begins. The challenges and adventures are interesting and the wonderfully kind and generous country people that Sam meets along the way are a delight.

This is a true story of life and death, of family and sibling love. The two authors write about their childhood and an emotional roller coaster journey about the death of their loving father and of Connie’s three cancers resulting in her own early death. Their childhood, without TV or any electronic devices, was filled with books, games, laughter and family fun. I believe this made them very special people. The counterbalance of Connie’s and Sam’s stories provides us with a TONY HARRINGTON great picture of sibling rivalry, competition and love. The coping mechanisms of Connie and Sam are very different but their combined determination to prevent cancer happening to even one other Australian family sees them both achieve incredible results and significantly improve their own quality of life. Get the tissues out. A great read. 9/10

BOOK review JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT This account of Connie Johnson’s breast cancer journey and the unwavering support of her brother Sam recounts at length their determination to make a difference through a nation-wide fund raising campaign for breast cancer research. However, I rarely enjoy a book when I know the story and how it all ends, as was the case with Love Your Sister. I enjoyed the narrative around Sam’s Australia-wide unicycle ride and would have liked more stories of fundraising in the smaller and remote communities, recognising the dedication and initiative these Australian communities provide for a good cause without the benefit of big city celebrities. Well written but tough going at times.


LOVE YOUR SISTER By Connie and Samuel Johnson

The moving and inspiring life story of Connie Johnson OAM and her unicycling Gold Logie-winning brother Samuel, this is a powerfully honest memoir of family, cancer and love. Born a year apart, Connie and Samuel Johnson were always close. Faced with the devastating news that they would soon be separated forever, they made a decision. Having already survived cancer twice in her young life, at 33 Connie was diagnosed with breast cancer. But this time she was told she will die, leaving her two sons. As a young mum faced with her own death, Connie wanted to make it all less meaningless, and she knew just the way to do it - send her brother, Sam, on a one-wheeled odyssey.

Wow, just wow! I was a bit apprehensive to read this book, being a breast cancer survivor myself and knowing Connie had not been as lucky. A truly inspirational story enriched by Connie and Sam’s honesty and openness throughout the book, both of them writing their journeys alongside each other as they bared it all. Their personalities draw you in with each page and therefore makes it an easy read. Sam could not save his sister, but Connie saved Sam from himself and gave him goals to keep him going. This book had me smiling a lot of the time, laughing out loud often, only to be sobbing at the next chapter. The word is out “ladies, check your boobies”. Hop over to the Love Your Sister charity and help Sam reach his $10 million goal.


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MARY BARBER This book is frank and humorous. It is as much about the logistics of organising major charity events as it is about enduring cancer. There are two distinct writing styles. Sam is blunt, irreverent and funny. Connie’s story is more thoughtful and measured. Sam’s unicycling trip across Australia is delightful. Hats off to Sam and Connie. They took on major challenges with their fundraising for cancer research. They could have lived small and reserved their energy for their own problems but they gave and gave. I can confidently recommend this book.

If ever a message can leap from the pages and shake us heavily, Love Your Sister is the book to do it. It screams at each and every one of us “You are mortal!” Cancer is so random, so close to home for us, either personally or for someone close to us. Connie’s story is a plea to each and every one of us to never take life for granted. There’s a lot of reading in this book (500+ pages) and I found it impossible to skim – the pages reveal courage and fight and family struggles and love with no sugar-coating. Even Sam’s mental struggles are laid bare as he does the impossible and rides around Australia on his unicycle. Most of all, it urges us to be aware of any changes in our bodies. Hopefully the media coverage and commercial television have helped to achieve this as well. Wonder how many lives have been saved? Go Connie and Sam!! I wish everyone could read this book with its messages of hope and acceptance, especially high school students. I am very thankful to have had the chance to read it and am recommending it non-stop!

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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”.


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Your Time Brisbane December 2018  

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