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ne of life’s big questions would have to be why it takes three months to lose a few kilograms and only days or weeks to put them back on. It’s a First World Problem I know, but nevertheless a vexing one for most of us at war with the middle-age spread. The old cycle of better diet and more exercise goes around and around. Ease up on the wine, give up the carbs, watch the glycemic index, eat more vegetables, eat more/less meat, walk more often, join a gym, swim ... and on it goes. I’ve given it all a go down the years but for some reason, it still doesn’t come easy. I’m really not that fond of the gym and the rare form of torture it represents. And swimming is boring, lapping up and down while thinking of


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Contents all the things I have to do or would rather be doing. One exercise enthusiast has told me that you just get started and it begins to flow, “like when you’re writing”. No, it doesn’t. Exercise never has and still doesn’t flow for me. It takes monstrous amounts of willpower accompanied by a sense of martyrdom. I have a friend who, at 65, is training to run a 90km ultra-marathon – for the second time. First time-round a couple of years ago, I feared for his life but this time I fear for his sanity. Of course, walking or cycling is another matter, but that’s called an adventure not exercise. Setting out on the same territory day after day is a chore, but discovering new places lifts the burden of monotony and adds purpose to the journey. Angela Bensted this month looks at the links between the battle of the bulge and the life of contentment that comes with wellness. The epigenetics research seems to stack up. We all respond to motivations differently. Me? I think I am motivated to spend my time walking in new places and sampling the local wine and cuisine. Dorothy Whittington, Editor











































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Battle of the bulge - or what the middle age spread means to you It’s that time of year when our screens and magazines are filled with ads for weight loss, but do boot camps and diet fads really lead to a happier retirement? ANGELA BENSTED investigates.


hether it’s meal plans, gym memberships or the latest exercise gadget, people are looking to cash in on new year’s resolutions to trim down. For many of us who’ve reached a certain age, the kilos have crept up and lingered, stubbornly refusing to budge despite daily walks and fewer sweets. The escalating number on the scales shouldn’t come as a surprise to us, however, according to Dr Cam McDonald, a registered dietician and exercise physiologist who specialises in epigenetics. “Our metabolism naturally slows down after our mid-30s,” Cam says. “We

also start losing muscle and bone tissue and have a propensity to gain more fat as a result.” He says our metabolism generally slows down as our lives are at their busiest, compounding the challenge. “We’re usually hitting the peak of our professional career after 30. We start having kids and losing time and reprioritising things,” he says. “By the time we hit 50 or 55 where potentially those things are less demanding, we’ve been out of action for 15 years and it feels like a much longer road to get back on track.” For retirees who are working less and playing more, it’s tempting to ignore the

tape measure and just have another glass of wine. Surely there’s a point when we can throw away the bikini and stop agonising over a few extra inches around the waist? Aside from the well-documented health risks of being overweight, dietician Rachel Moore from Obesity Surgery Brisbane says people coming to the practice have lots of motivating factors for shedding a few kilos, and none of them involve a swimsuit. She leads a team of dieticians supporting people through bariatric surgery, a procedure that physically reduces the size of a person’s stomach to limit eating.

“We see a lot of people who’ve reached mid-life and want to take control of their weight,” Rachel says. “Often, they’re empty-nesters. They might be newly single and looking to change their lives in a radical way.” Rachel says a lot of men want to stop snoring to get a better night’s sleep and often they need to lose weight to see improvements. “All they need to lose is a couple of centimetres off their neck,” she says. “Maybe five kilos can make a difference.” One woman was motivated by becoming a grandparent. “Her daughter was pregnant with twins and had to go back to work fulltime,” Rachel says. “The woman was only about 10 to15 kilograms over weight but she knew she had to lose it to be a help to her daughter.” For other mid-life patients the battle with weight is new and unexpected. “Some women survive breast cancer, only to face life 20kg heavier thanks to steroids and hormone treatments,” Rachel says. While some people are turning to surgery and other means to limit their food intake, it’s not only what we put in our mouths that makes a difference. Exercise plays a critical role in physical and mental wellbeing, regardless of how heavy we are. Mid-morning on a weekday at a West End gym, the usual crowd of young athletes has left the building. In their place, a rowdy gang of retirees in vibrant shorts and t-shirts is training under the watchful eyes of physiotherapist Zenna Leung and Patrick

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COVER STORY Daley, an exercise physiologist. This $10 community fitness class, which starts with strength work at the gym before moving to a riverside park for tai-chi, is the brainchild of head physiotherapist at Inspire West End, Dorothy Hawkins. “Maintaining and building muscle strength and flexibility is really important to assist with and prevent injury and is also a key factor in weight management,” Dorothy says. “But for various reasons, not everyone is comfortable in a standard gym setting.” She introduced the class last year as an affordable group fitness option and is encouraged by its growing popularity. Four regulars shared their stories over coffee after class, singing the praises of the small-group approach. Di Oliver, a self-confessed gym-junkie who’s exercised all her life, appreciates the personalised treatment in a group setting. While the trim 68-year-old doesn’t have a weight issue, she’s seen real improvement in mobility since she started. “The trainers have seen me come in with significant pain in my hips and knees to now doing an exercise that they’ve structured especially for me. “They can see the improvement,” Di says, “and now I can get through a workout fairly easily.” Her golf game’s improved too, with one point knocked off her handicap. Di and partner Garrett Russell, 70, a retired TV and film producer, say their young trainers are respectful without being patronising. “They don’t bark at us to ‘give me another 10!’,” Garrett says, “but they do push us to increase our weights if they think it’s too easy for us.” Ron Petersen agrees. The 75-year-old retired architect had never exercised with weights before.

After six months of weekly classes he’s increased the weight he holds for free-standing squats from 8kg to 15kg. “I don’t see much of a difference when I weigh myself,” Ron says, “but my pants fit much better.” More importantly, he’s built up his strength. Ron had open-heart surgery five years ago and started walking regularly afterwards as part of his rehabilitation. The walking stopped when he was struck down with rheumatoid arthritis, “blowing up like the Michelin man”, and found himself reduced to sitting in a chair with no muscle tone.

“We’ve been out of action for 15 years and it feels like a much longer road to get back on track” He says joining the community class with wife Trish was a good way to get back in the exercise saddle. “You go along and you have a damned good laugh,” Ron says. “Apart from the social side of things, I just feel better within myself. And I’m much stronger.” Trish Petersen has been a gym regular for three years, motivated by painful bursitis in both hips to get stronger and lose weight. “I kept going because I wanted to travel and I wanted to do lots of walking,” Trish says. “I was really in a lot of pain and I couldn’t lie on my side. Now it doesn’t worry me at all and I sleep well at night,” she says.

“There’s still inflammation but it doesn’t worry me because I’ve built up my glutes and my quads.” The group agrees they enjoy the tiredness that comes from exertion. “Sleeping is better when you’ve exercised,” Di says, “and so is your diet.” “You exercise and so then you enjoy having a salad and fish or whatever, knowing that’s part of your fitness routine.” So is the secret to weight loss and wellbeing as simple as eating less and moving more? Not according to Dr Cam McDonald who now runs the Australian arm of ph360, an online platform providing personalised wellness plans. He says not everyone will respond to generic exercise recommendations. “Even though people are putting in the effort it’s actually not directed in a way that’s suited to their body,” Cam says. His research in epigenetics suggests everyone is hardwired to respond to various motivations differently. “For one person it might be tracking their knee range of motion by degrees whereas another person’s motivation might be hearing that another person did it before them, which fires them up to take on the challenge,” Cam says. “Someone else might need nurturing and just to have someone to believe and be there with them.” He says personalisation is about learning what motivates people. “It makes the conversation easier when talking about injuries or when people say they just can’t change their diet because their family won’t let them.” Regardless of the approach taken, Cam says it’s never too late to tackle weight and wellness and 72-year-old Ron Petersen agrees. “It’s too easy to stop,” Ron says. “If you want a decent lifestyle then you’ve got to look after yourself.”

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Letters I’VE never understood why people continue pursuing a hard to attain and maintain a concept called “happiness” (YT, Jan). Laughter shouldn’t be used as a tactic to avoid negative emotions.Happiness is a state dependent on external events. It’s a lot better trying “contentment” as it represents a deeper level of satisfaction that lasts a lot longer. The Happiness Trap by Russell Harris is worth reading to see how being contented is better than the fleeting feeling of happiness. Tony Crossley

I INWARDLY grimaced when I noticed the word “disinterested” in David Parmiter’s column (YT, Nov). Those of us who set ourselves up as observers of past instruction and modern usage leave ourselves open to attack from all sides when we go into print – especially when our audience is literate, elderly, and otherwise unoccupied. I noticed the responses on the December letters page and congratulated myself on my failure to comment.

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Among those December comments, Ian Wood’s came closest to making me say, “just a minute”. Ian confesses to ownership of a “trusty (Oxford) dictionary”, but we need more information. What was its date of publication? Was it intended for a British or Australian reader? Since 1976 when Oxford University Press published The Australian Pocket Oxford Dictionary (APOD), that house has been building up its armoury of publications which deal with Australian usage, the latest major work being the second edition of The Australian National Dictionary. But even back in 1976, APOD included a colloquial definition of our problem word as also meaning “not interested”. It’s not just “online dictionaries”, Patrick O’Callaghan, who are facing facts. So let’s get off David’s back, please. His critics are only 50 or more years behind the times. I have my quibbles with David, even with his December column. Adeste fideles means “come you faithful” – no “all” there. And it was St Sebastian who in

legend was killed by an arrow, not St Stephen. Stephen was stoned, with the apparent approval of St Paul, before the latter saw the light. Yes, let’s get off David’s back. Let’s concentrate on some of the real fibs we were all taught in English classes in the ’40s and ’50s, like not splitting infinitives, and not ending sentences with prepositions, and the alleged distinction between “shall” and “will”, and even the definitions of words and sentences, and parsing and analysis, and the difference between vowels and consonants, and start enjoying the marvellous flexibility and precision of our modern English language. Arthur Hay IN THE article “Shingles hits you when you’re down” (YT, Jan) the author has been grossly misleading when discussing possible treatment for the distinctive shingles blistering rash, by completely neglecting to direct potential sufferers to any form of medical assistance. While the article acknowledges just how serious the complications of shingles

can be, there is only mention of ridiculous experimenting with home remedies and concoctions of odd foods and health-style drinks in hope of a cure/relief. This is foolhardy and bizarre advice. There is no mention whatsoever of the fact that once a suspicious blistering rash is first suspected there is a critical 72-hour time window in which to see a doctor when treatment in the form of tablets can be prescribed. If the tablets are taken outside of this window, they will have little if any effect. Thus, time should not be wasted on any other remedies. It is to be noted however, that the tablets do not cure the shingles rash but they can lessen the effects, which can range from mild discomfort to that of sheer debilitating agony which can linger for a long time, even years. Name withheld LIKE Val Smetherham (YT Jan) I too have a migrant story, but mine is from a child’s perspective. When World War II broke out, my father was not old enough to enlist until


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The Greek countess who left her name around Brisbane The Mediterranean waters and olive orchards Corfu are a long way from Brisbane, yet this little Greek island produced one of our most famous women whose name lives on around the city, writes DIANA HACKER.


he nation of Greece is composed of a myriad of islands, some of which are merely uninhabited knolls of rock protruding from the Mediterranean. Others, much larger outcrops of limestone, are windswept and barren but support small communities of hard working farmers. The humble olive tree with its drab grey foliage appears to struggle against the elements but produces the rich oil so widely appreciated. Rarely could a Greek island be described as lush, however this description applied to the island of Zantos, better known for the main town of Corfu. The town with its glorious blue-green semicircular bay is enhanced by the blooms of the bougainvillea and oleander which flourish in every nook and cranny and is offset once again by the variety in shape and form of olive and cypress trees. This island was the birth place of an exceptional woman recorded in the early history of Queensland. A countess in her own right due to her Greek and Italian heritage, Diamantina di Roma married the Irish-born English classic scholar George Ferguson Bowen.

Bowen had been sent to Corfu as a representative of the British Government during that nation’s influence within the region. On the edge of the “old town” there is a wonderful open green space in the centre of which is a cricket pitch which is still used for that very British game. Shortly after their marriage, the Bowens were sent to the newly proclaimed state of Queensland as Queen Victoria’s representative. The vice regal couple arrived in December 1859 and within a short time, the very forward thinking young mother discovered that conditions for women and children were less than desirable. She immediately surrounded herself with women who held a similar social conscience and who were in a position to “pillow talk” their influential husbands and thus, to a certain extent, obtain the co-operation of the government. Before the end of their term, the Lady Bowen Lying-in Hospital, the Diamantina Orphanage at Roma St and Servants Home had been established. The hospital at Wickham Terrace, Spring Hill, is now heritage listed. When it

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was established in 1864, it was the first to provide care for destitute women who had nowhere to go for medical attention during childbirth. Those who couldn’t afford a midwife were being sent to the female prison, but when it closed, they had nowhere until the Lady Bowen Lying-in Hospital opened. The Brisbane Servants Home was established by Lady Bowen and a group of citizens in 1865 and become the first trade educational and employment facility in the state. It provided a home for single adult females who had migrated to Queensland and were awaiting employment as domestic servants. The building, purchased by the Brisbane School of Arts in 1873, still stands in Ann St. While her name lives on around Queensland, it is sad that on the island of her birth Lady Bowen is an unknown. Better known to the tour guides is the wife of the Emperor of Austria. Elizabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary was also known by the diminutive Sisi. An un-unusual woman, Sisi is credited with having enjoyed the benefits and

pleasure cruising. asure of ocean cruising During one of her several voyages she came upon the island and found it pleased her eye. Between 1889 and 1891 she had a palace built on a hilltop overlooking the crescent bay. The architect was Raffaele Caritto and was named Achilleion by Sisi who admired the hero of Greek mythology. Within the grounds she had erected a statue to the Greek God in memory of her son Rudolph, who like the God had died as a young man. Sisi visited the Island and her palace twice a year until her death in 1898, when on September 10, in the city of Geneva she was assassinated, by stabbing at the hands of an Italian anarchist Luigi Lucheni. Since her death the palace has had many uses but is now open to the public as a museum. Diana Hacker is archivist for the Queensland Women’s Historical Association based at Miegunyah in Bowen Hills. Tours are available. Visit Brisbane

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Put a name to that word Many words that have become an accepted part of the English language have their roots in place or people’s names, writes ALLISON WHITE.


t is popular trivia that the cardigan was named after the 7th Earl of Cardigan, the British Major General who led the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Battle of Balaklava in the Crimean War on October 25, 1854. What is less known is that it was this small village near Sebastopol in the Ukraine that gave its name to the woollen head and face covering. Handmade balaklavas (now more commonly spelt balaclavas) were sent to the British troops in the Crimea to help protect their faces from the bitter cold. Although first associated with soldiers, it became popular with polar and Himalayan explorers and for alpine sports, but in recent times has taken a more sinister turn as a way for criminals to disguise themselves. Much easier than pulling on a stocking. Although there is little recorded use of the name balaclava before 1881, when it was called the balaclava helmet, it came into widespread use during the Boer War at the end of the century. Long before this, another English nobleman, John Montagu the 4th Earl of Sandwich gave his name to our daily bread.


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It is said that in the early 1760s, he was sitting at a gambling table and feeling a bit peckish. He didn’t want to go all the way to the dining room, and at a time when the use of cutlery was limited, he certainly had no intention of getting his hands and his cards greasy.

He summoned a servant and asked for some meat between two pieces of bread, and the rest is history. In 1778, Captain Cook named a group of islands in the Pacific in Montagu’s honour. Sandwich Isles was briefly used by the American and the British although it has become better known by the name of the largest island in the group, Hawaii. And if you thought a boycott was named after some activist from times past, you haven’t heard about another 19th century English gentleman called Captain Charles C. Boycott. The land manager for John Crichton, the third Earl of Erne, he was quick to demand unfair rents and evict those who couldn’t pay, so he himself became the subject, not the perpetrator, of a boycott. At the time, only 0.2 per cent of the population owned land in Ireland. They often didn’t live there and rented the land to tenant farmers. In the mid-1800s, not surprisingly, the famers began demanding fair rent and security of tenure. In September 1880, the farmers were struggling after a bad harvest, and Boycott offered them a rent reduction of

10 per cent. They demanded 25 per cent and when the Earl of Erne refused, Boycott sent the constabulary to deliver eviction notices to 11 tenants who couldn’t pay. The Irish National Land League picked up the cause and its leader Charles Parnell said that instead of answering the popular cry to kill the offender, he should be shunned – or as it was to later become known, boycotted. Farmers began to shun both Boycott and anyone who worked for him, so he was left with a large estate and no famers to tend the crops. Businesses also shunned him so he found it difficult to even provide for himself. In late November, Boycott fled to Dublin where he was again ostracized and those who considered working with or for him, were threatened with a boycott. By 1888, the word had entered the New English Dictionary on Historical Principles, better known as the Oxford English Dictionary. Boycott himself moved to America under a new name, Charles Cunningham, but eventually was exposed and boycotted there too.

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When Jane Fonda’s workouts ruled Remember when a gym was a sombre place, smelling musty with stale sweat and mould? That’s if you could find one at all, writes KATE CALLAHAN.


he first gym I joined was on the mezzanine floor of the local squash courts. It was dilapidated with peeling paint on the walls and shabby indoor-outdoor carpet squares on the floor. Joining the gym was the next logical step on my weight loss journey, that well-worn path to supposed happiness and life fulfilment undertaken by so many young women then and now. My love interest had convinced me I was chubby (and short) and who was I to argue with that? My bruised ego and I had tried dieting but no amount of grapefruit or aloe vera juice could shift the pounds. The pointer on the scales remained resolutely at 8½ stone, the avoirdupois equivalent of 54kg. I realised much later in life that I had not been overweight at all. In fact, with a BMI just over 20, I was quite slim and trim. Nevertheless, to gain the beau’s approval, I was determined to lose weight. Increased exercise appeared to be the only answer. Tuesdays and Thursdays were ladies’ days at the gym, which in those days was still predominantly a male domain. Ladies were encouraged to begin their session with a good warm-up – 10 minutes on the exercise bike followed by five minutes of skipping.

The ladies’ gym instructor was Paula, a tall gorgeous former Qantas hostess, as we used to call flight attendants in those days. She had voluminous dark hair, with lots of curls piled high, a perfect hourglass figure and impossibly long svelte legs. In her purple belted leotard with mauve tights and matching leg warmers,

she was glamour personified. When I looked at Paula, I knew I was in the right place. This was 1983, the year before Oscarwinning actress Jane Fonda had released a workout video, called somewhat predictably Jane Fonda’s Workout. It was inspired by her best-selling book, which – just to be consistent – was entitled Jane Fonda’s Workout Book. The names are not the most original, but Jane’s workout routines were, or at least people thought so. They were being played, replayed and replicated all around the world, including at the gym I attended. When Paula cranked up the synthetic music, it was the signal that the aerobics class was about to begin. Excitedly, we’d sort ourselves into rows three across and next thing we’d hear Jane Fonda asking enthusiastically, “Are you ready to do the workout?” Following Paula’s lead, we’d go straight into Jane’s stretches, then there’d be a brief cardio sequence, followed by exercises for the arms, waist, abdominals, legs and hips, and buttocks, during which Jane would urge us to “feel the burn” – and burn we did as the lactic acid built up in our muscles. There was something oddly risqué


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The lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer From scouring the wardrobe for Christmas festivities, the pace drops back for the summer holidays. KAY McMAHON discusses the joys of winding back to togs and sarong.


’m sure there’s a formula for the incremental decrease in the amount, and choice, of garments we wear during Queensland’s summer holidays. From the end of November through to the restart of school and work in late January, we shamelessly decrease our wardrobe options and embrace a summer lifestyle that hints at hedonism and freedom – not having to think about what to wear each day. The phenomenon begins

mid-November: schools close for the holidays and there is a myriad of work, club and community break-ups that demand some thought as to what to wear. Some of these events will involve the same people, and therefore there’s a requirement not to be seen in the same outfit twice; and some will require a sense of work decorum. Whatever the event, this time of year involves some extra outfit planning or perhaps a

new ‘special’ outfit. Once the kids and work are taken care of, there is the endless round of family and in-and-out-law catch-ups. This is where you don’t want to appear too dressy (that work party outfit may be too showy or too ridiculous if themed). However, we all know family can be the worst critics when it comes to what in-laws are wearing, saying or doing in their lives. So, while you probably wear outfits that are a little more relaxed, there is still a fine line for family credibility. Christmas Day in most southeast Queensland homes may begin with a dressy flowy outfit, which allows a quick change into swimmers or boardies if you’re lucky enough to be near a pool. While this is common for many, the arrival outfit still requires some thought, and for many a nod to basic make-up before the chlorine does its

damage. After Christmas Day however, the beach or bush calls for many and the wardrobe becomes far less demanding. In fact, after recently returning from two weeks in the bush, I now have the formula down pat: togs, sarong, shorts, T-shirt and a crinkle cotton dress in case we get visitors or a new year party. As the days go on, the need to “dress-up” becomes less important the further away from the city. There is a sense of exhilaration when you rise in the morning, listening to the different sounds from beach or bush and leisurely just throw on togs and sarong, the same ones you have been wearing every day for the last two weeks. And guess what? No one comments that you’re wearing the same outfit and no-one cares that you wear it all day and need to be ready to go back for a swim at least twice a day. However, I’m now back to town and back at work. As soon

as I walked in the door I had to start planning what to wear. The heat and climate are the same but the context has changed and I no longer imbue that hedonism I began to feel over the holidays. Queensland summer holidays are part of my youth and now my older Boomer lifestyle. It’s something we want our grandchildren to embrace. And both sets have been lucky enough to have both beach and bush holidays this summer. And interestingly, the same fashion rules apply. By the time they leave each holiday they’re either in only boardies, togs or just a nappy. I wonder if fashion rules and formulas are being re-written by those of us in warmer climes? Perhaps we’re starting to realize we don’t live in a snow-covered Christmas wonderland. For Styleboomer answers and ideas email styleboomer@

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Know your risk of Alzheimer’s and stay sharp The start of a new year is an ideal time to take action to help stave off diseases such as Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia, writes KENDALL MORTON.


id you know that age is the single biggest risk factor for having Alzheimer’s? In fact, with every five years, post-65, the risk doubles. Age is something you can’t alter but there are other risk factors for cognitive decline that you can do something about. Knowing some of the risks may help motivate you and your loved ones to get mentally fit this year. Risk 1: High Blood Pressure Many Australians are unaware that their blood pressure is dangerously high because you don’t get symptoms to warn you. According to the Heart Foundation, nearly six million Australians have high blood pressure. Without treatment, this puts them at high risk of a stroke, heart attack or kidney disease. Doctors in Canada found that patients over the age of 80 who participated in a stroke

prevention program that combined blood pressure medication and lifestyle changes, reduced their incidence of dementia by up to 15 per cent. So, remember to get your blood pressure checked regularly. To reduce stress, block out time for yourself each week where you do something just for fun. Risk 2: Diabetes In general, the risk of developing Alzheimer’s is 10 per cent but for someone with diabetes, the risk is 20 per cent, Alzheimer’s’ Australia advises. High blood glucose levels and high insulin levels can damage the blood vessels and cells in the brain. If your waistline is more than 80cms for women or 94cms for men, you are in the risk category for diabetes. So see your doctor, examine your diet and get some regular activity. Risk 3: Depression Being depressed is not a normal

part of aging. However there are many reasons this condition can sneak in and get a foothold in your life. Your loved ones may become ill and die. Your social circle can shrink. Depression can come on after an illness or the loss of mobility or can accompany chronic pain. If untreated, depression will increase your chances of getting Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia. Be open to making new friends as you get older. Join a group that interests you this year.

For loved ones with limited mobility, volunteer associations can arrange social visitors. Stay alert to your own moods and seek help if needed. Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 can help. Risk 4: Exposure to pollution The air around roads and power plants contains microscopic particles that seep into your blood stream and lungs. These super-fine polluting particles, known as particulate matter, are the result of combustion. When they enter your body,

they cause oxidative stress and free radicals are formed. Many studies have shown that this overload of free radicals contributes to a range of diseases, including heart failure, depression and Alzheimer’s. Research from the University of Southern California found older women who lived in areas where they were exposed to high levels of fine pollution particles had a 92 per cent higher risk of developing dementias including Alzheimer’s. Limit your time near highways and power plants. When choosing somewhere to live, consider the nearby roads and traffic density. On busy roads, drive with your windows up and air-conditioning on. Keep this in mind and boost your mental fitness in 2019. Kendall Morton is the director of Home Care Assistance. Email kmorton@

Hearing and understanding are not the same thing We need to have patience with people with hearing loss to be sure that the words spoken have been clearly understood. PETER LINDLEY explains.


an you hear me?” is a common question from a hearing person to someone they know to have impaired hearing. Unknowingly, they are asking only one question instead of two, when it is more complex than that. Our auditory system is very complex. However, to reduce that complexity, consider these two fundamental areas of understanding. First, the word “hearing” refers to the sounds we hear. Second, the word “processing” refers to our brain making sense of those sounds and organising the sounds in a coherent format that we can understand. Thus, we have two questions to ask: “Can you hear me?” and “Can you give me feedback as to what you have heard”. This will confirm understanding or misunderstanding. Being in hospital is a very stressful experience for those with a hearing loss. The stress is exacerbated for the person who is deaf or hearing impaired through not knowing what is

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going on – what is to be done to them and why? So, ensuring that the deaf or hearing-impaired person is well aware of what is going on serves two purposes: Reducing the stress on the patient and reducing the possibility of errors occurring. Person-centred care includes effective communication through recognition that hearing loss is a significant disability that, if not identified, creates a risk situation and can lead to unsafe practices impacting on the hearingimpaired person, and those involved in their care, and also on the hospital itself. After working for 33 years in the rehabilitation wards of a large public hospital, and after seeing a purely clinical focus, I am convinced that recognition of the patient as a person, and ensuring that the approach to healing is kind and respectful, will encourage their involvement in their own care and have a significant impact on recovery and rehabilitation outcomes.

People with a hearing impairment are usually provided with a cochlear implant or a hearing aid – or both. The device provides us with the sounds we need to hear. It does not process those sounds in an identifiable context. The auditory centre in our brain is still that part of our being which is responsible for enabling us to understand what we are hearing. Therefore, the common misconception that the technology enables us to hear and immediately understand what we are hearing – is incorrect. To one degree or another, depending on the individual and the part of the hearing pathway which is damaged, they assist us in the hearing process, but understanding is the challenge that we all must deal with. Effective communication requires appropriate strategies to assist the process of understanding. It is essential that you face

the person/s who have a hearing loss, speak clearly and modify your rate of speech in order to give the hearing impaired person/s time to process what you are saying. Further, “can you hear me?” is likely to elicit a “yes” as they may think they have heard – and understood – but in fact

may not have received the correct message. Asking for feedback is also a very important strategy. Peter Lindley, is a life member of Deafness Forum of Australia, a hearing impaired consumer, and a committee member of Be Heard – Redlands.

PATIENCE IS KEY Consider the analogy of providing a wheelchair to a person who has lost the use of their legs. The wheelchair enables the user to move about but it does not give them back the use of their legs. So, hearing aids and cochlear implants give some degree of hearing but they do not restore the hearing which has been lost and therefore not the understanding of the spoken word being heard. Just as we make room for a person in a wheelchair to move about between us and have patience as they catch

up with us as we walk, we need to have patience with the person with hearing loss to be sure that the words that we have spoken have been clearly understood. We do this by facing them; speaking clearly (not shouting) and waiting for a response, to be sure that we are all on the same page. It is a very real and frustrating situation for the person with hearing loss to deal with each and every day; tiring and dispiriting as we are often thought of as being unintelligent. This is certainly not the case.


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IN THE KITCHEN THE Mediterranean diet has long been hailed as one of the world’s healthiest. Researchers have found that as well as being the tastiest way to look after your heart health, it can help with weight loss, control of blood sugar levels and in reducing the risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. The Mediterranean Diet is abundant in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and olive oil. It features fish and poultry – lean sources of protein – over red meat. And you can have a glass of red wine with it. The diet has been associated with a lower level of oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol — the “bad” cholesterol that’s more likely to build up deposits in your arteries. So, to give a taste of Mediterranean cooking, chef Dominique Rizzo who grew up with the simple pleasures of Sicilian cooking, shares her secrets. Dominique is renowned for her fresh culinary style and healthy whole food recipes at her Brisbane restaurant Putia Pure Food Kitchen, as well within the pages of her first cookbook titled My Taste of Sicily. HEALTH BENEFITS SEE P29

INGREDIENTS: • 200g stone ground plain flour or half and half whole meal and plain flour • ¼ cup olive oil • Good pinch of salt • 1 tbsp sesame seeds • 400g broccoli • 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 clove garlic, minced • 250g fresh firm ricotta • 80g grated parmesan cheese METHOD: Preheat the oven 180c. Sift the flour and make a well in the centre, add in the oil with 125ml water and the salt and start to combine the mix until it comes together. Knead the dough for a couple of minutes until smooth. You may need to add a little more water depending on the type of flour you use.

Rustic tart with Broccoli and ricotta Serves 4 Pastry is often something that you may shy away from, this broccoli and ricotta tart uses a quick easy old Italian recipe for its pastry using only stone ground flour, extra light olive oil and water. The tart is a great idea for lunch or a simple family dinner and makes a fantastic addition to your next picnic or work lunch box. If broccoli is not one of your favourite vegetables feel free to substitute roast pumpkin, roast capsicum, or sautéed mushrooms.

Press the dough into a disk and then wrap with plastic leaving the dough to sit in the fridge for ½ an hour to rest. Trim the stalks off the broccoli and cut into florets, bring a pot of salted water to the boil and cook the broccoli until just soft and drain. Heat a frypan over moderate temperature and add the 2 tbsp of olive oil, then the garlic and fry for 30 seconds. Add in the broccoli and sauté with the garlic for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Place the ricotta and the parmesan in a bowl and combine with the back of a fork, stir in the broccoli and season with salt and pepper. Roll out the pastry on a floured bench top to a circle of 2-3mm thickness. Place the pastry on a baking try lined with baking paper and spoon the broccoli and ricotta mixture into centre of the pastry lightly pressing the mixture down to about 1.5cm thickness. Fold the remaining pastry over the filling, brush with a little more olive oil and bake for 25 minutes until golden. Serve hot or allow to cool slightly and serve at room temperature or cold.

Pollo a Nissena Serves: Six | Difficulty: Medium Preparation: 20 mins | Cook: 60 mins Pollo a Nissena is my version of an old recipe from the centre of Sicily used by my Sicilian zia (aunt). She is always crumbing fish, meat and fillets of chicken and baking them in the oven as it is one of the simple ways of enjoying chicken that we all love. You could say that this is a grown-ups version of crispy fried chicken. The herb broth from this recipe can also be used for a chicken stock in a soup so don’t throw it away. My family love this dish for its texture and flavour.

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• 2 eggs whisked with 1 tbsp. water • 3 cups (200 g) fine fresh bread crumbs • 1 large clove of garlic • Zest of 1 lemon • 1/3 cup grated pecorino cheese • Salt and pepper • 1 cup loosely packed flat leaf parsley, leaves picked METHOD: Heat the oil in pot large enough to hold the chicken. Add in the onion, carrots, celery and sweat off the vegetables until the just start to colour. Add in the herbs and garlic and place the chicken into the pot. Pour over enough water to just cover the chicken and season the water with salt and pepper. Bring the liquid to a simmer, cover then cook the chicken for 50 minutes on a very low simmer until the chicken in tender. Remove the chicken and sit it on paper towel to cool slightly. Beat the eggs and water in a bowl. If you have a food processor, blend the breadcrumbs, pecorino cheese, parsley, lemon zest and garlic until well combined but still crumbly and season with salt and pepper. Pour the bread crumbs into a second dish or bowl. Remove any fat from the chicken and dip the chicken into the egg mixture, then press into the breadcrumbs to coat evenly. Heat the oil in a heavy based pan and fry the chicken until golden. Serve hot. Brisbane

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New Forester adds all the mod cons Subaru’s latest Forester has more whistles, bells and buttons than a tinker’s cart, writes BRUCE McMAHON.


he Forester was one of the original Sports Utility Vehicles, cars with cross-country practicalities and some off-road ability. Since 1997, some 250,000 have been sold around Australia and this new one, the fifth generation, continues to uphold a well-earned reputation. While the body is new, with more legroom for back seat passengers, more shoulder room and a larger cargo space, the Subaru remains recognisable as a well-known compact wagon. And the Forester remains with all-wheel drive powered by a flat, four-cylinder boxer engine where cylinders are horizontally opposed (as in old Beetles and Porsche 911s). This time there’s a bit more power and a bit more torque for the 2.5 litre engine. The fresh 136kW and 239Nm, plus some revision to the Constantly Variable Transmission, are noticeable from the get-go; engine and transmission responses are that bit sharper than before. As before the Forester offers comfortable, reassuring and safe travel over any type of road conditions and through any weather.

from the side. It will also alert the pilot if the car in front has moved off in the traffic. Then there’s Subaru’s Driver Monitoring System which can recognise a particular driver’s preference for seat position, mirror adjustment and air conditioning setting.

The all-wheel drive, responsive drive train, well-sorted chassis and suspension plus a long list of driver aids for primary and secondary safety combine for peace of mind. It’s not one for screaming into corners; decent ground clearance of 220mm means this Subaru is a touch top heavy and spirited driving will have it kneeling at the front end with some body roll. Best to let it lope along. Best to appreciate all that traction and rough track ability when visiting the cousins’ farm or heading down a forest track to spy on a great crested warbler.

This is a go-most-places machine with some off-road ability, comfortable packaging as an all-roads tourer plus road manners and conveniences that make it an easy get-around wagon for the suburbs. So the Subaru’s basics again have widespread appeal. Plus it retains a full-sized spare wheel and a CD player, unlike many rivals. Added now is some of the industry’s newest and smartest technology. This Forester can monitor blind spots, automatically brake if reversing into drama, tell a driver if the wagon is drifting across lanes or there’s traffic coming at it

“It recognises a face and warns a driver if it detects drowsiness or a lack of attention to the road ahead” It recognises a face and warns a driver if it detects drowsiness or a lack of attention to the road ahead. That bit of kit puts the Subaru Forester up with some of the world’s snazziest – and dearest – road machines yet this MY19 Forester still sports reasonable pricing with list prices from $33,490 to $41,990. The downside is you need a month of Sundays to fathom all those bells and whistles.


Grandmother was born to a different world I was born in 1942, so I have had it easy, writes WARREN MULLER, and the credit belongs to our grandparents and great grandparents, the first nation people, and all the immigrants who built this country for us.


y grandmother was born on the banks of the Delaney River in the far north Queensland outback, probably under her parent’s ox wagon or, hopefully, under canvas. It was somewhere between Gilberton and Forsyth. Not even Google can find my grandmother’s birth place. She was born into a family of 14. I imagine that her mother would not have had even another woman present at some of those births. Only seven lived past 43 years. Six died in 1919 during the great influenza epidemic after World War I. Worldwide, millions died from what we now shrug off as the flu. I don’t know why my great grandparents left Scotland and Ireland for Australia. Possibly they were looking for gold. They got off a boat, probably the Persia in Rockhampton. Queensland was a good choice. They met there and married.

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They became tinkers, or hawkers, and would load their ox-drawn wagons full of goods – pots and pans, shovels and axes – and travel west and north to the Gulf and Karumba. They also took sewing machines and would make mosquito nets at night by the camp fire. Then they would return to Rockhampton to load more goods from the ships. I think of my grandmother whenever there is an electric storm. Only now can I realise what life must have been like for a child living on, in, or under, a wagon while the thunder rolled and lightning flashed. On such nights my grandmother would come and sit on my bed and tell us stories of the Aborigines and how they would come to their camps. When her father saw their spears, he would simply show them his gun and there would be no trouble. She said when they drew near to Karumba, her father

would ask her mother how many mosquito nets they could make after camp was set up that night. The whole family would put in a big effort. The next morning, he would count the nets and advise they had to make that many every night from then on, all the way to Karumba. I can’t imagine how as a family they did this, how my great grandmother coped each day with so many children, and travelling, making and breaking camp, and tending the oxen. She was born in 1843 and died in 1919, probably tending her sick family. The family later settled in Rockhampton and became corner storekeepers. They had found their gold in Queensland.

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ADVOCATES CALL FOR SUPER CHANGES WORKERS will be hundreds of thousands of dollars worse off in retirement if the Federal Government doesn’t act to stop the superannuation sector eroding savings. The Productivity Commission has released its plan to reverse the outdated structure that has led to poor performing funds, multiple accounts and zombie insurance policies. Fixing the problems would see $3.9 billion returned each year to the savings of Australians. The Productivity Commission’s recommendations will ensure Australians will only ever be defaulted into a superannuation account once, typically when they join the workforce. This solution would permanently address duplicate account and fee issues. The report also strengthens the call

for action on inappropriate life insurance and duplicate accounts. The Protecting Your Super Legislation would address these issues. It has been before the Senate for months but has so far failed to pass after an intense lobbying effort from life insurers and super funds. Choice CEO Alan Kirkland said the report was a call for political parties of all persuasions to fix an outdated system. “It’s outrageous that in 2019 up to $3.9 billion is being leeched out of people’s retirement savings every year,” he said. “Even more worrying is that industry continues to lobby against sensible consumer protections, such as the package currently before parliament. “We need the Federal Government and all political parties to back reform that will leave Australians with more money in retirement,” he said.

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months) prior to that date. Be careful applications will be rejected if submitted prior to the 13 weeks! 4. In answer to a question I was asked recently, you do not have to wait until you and your partner have both reach pension age. Each partner can apply as soon as they are eligible. This is only half the story. I will continue with tips on the best way to complete the application forms in next month’s column. The above is presented as general information. Always refer to Centrelink or a Centrelink expert for the impact on your personal circumstance. Lesa Macpherson is from Brisbane Elder Law, experts in retirement village contracts. Call 1800 961 622 for tailored specialist advice.

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Hannah Kent has written a beautifully expressive book about a tragedy that occurred in 1829 in a farming community in Iceland. The harshness of the climate and the appalling lack of warmth, be it an unwelcome guest imposed on them or the pitiful conditions they are forced to live in, doesn’t quell the unrest. As the winter darkness starts to set in so do the petty jealousies and relationships start to flounder. Even a visit from a young priest doesn’t ease the situation and the fury that is bubbling away. When an author has the ability through her wonderful prose to make the reader “feel” the words you know you have a wonderful writer. The glorious backdrop of Iceland adds to this unsettling drama. Highly recommended.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The author’s description of Iceland’s savage wild landscape and freezing weather is remarkable. You could almost feel the cold penetrating your bones as you read the book. Survival there in this harsh environment in the 1820s was a daily battle. This true story of the last woman to be beheaded is crafted brilliantly and with amazing maturity for a 28-year-old South Australian author. She lived there as a Rotary exchange student and visited the local villages and the site of the execution. TONY The local prejudices, social class relationships, treatment of women, HARRINGTON rigid religiosity and a male dominated legal system are well described. An excellent read. For me 9/10.

BOOK review JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT This book is based on a true story almost 200 years old and is set in a country with a culture and landscape unknown to most of us. The time and setting together with the unquestionable talent of a first-time author provide a compelling insight into the hardships that farmers and their families experienced in a cold and desolate land in the early 1800s. It’s a time and place where the people must take into their custody, and live in close quarters with, condemned prisoners awaiting execution. The author has the ability to bring you into the story with excellent scene and character development, evoking a sentiment for all of the characters. An excellent read.



In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnusdottir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of her lover. Agnes is sent to wait out her final months on the farm of district officer Jon Jonsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderer in their midst, the family avoids contact but gradually her story begins to emerge and with it the family’s terrible realisation that all is not as they had assumed. Based on actual events, this is a moving story about the ways we interpret what we’re told. Australian author Hannah Kent captures Iceland’s formidable landscape in which every day is a battle for survival.

This is an interesting one! Hannah Kent’s first book is very well researched, so thoroughly that you are easily transported to Iceland and 1829. The book mostly flows well. There are changing relationships between Agnes, intelligent and literate for a women of her time and sentenced to death; Toti her spiritual adviser; and the family that she has to live with until her inevitable execution. The descriptions of peasant farm life living in close quarters with little privacy immerses you completely. How Kent interlaces the changing weather and the changing emotions of the main characters is at times poetry. Well worth a read.


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MARY BARBER I avoided reading Burial Rites when it first came out as the topic seemed rather morbid. But now I’ve read it, I must say it was a very absorbing and well-written story. The bleak landscape and harsh climate of rural Iceland is a fitting background to the tough treatment of Agnes Magnusdottir in her final days. Strict Christian rules butt up against human compassion as other characters faced their own struggles. Agnes fateful story reminded me of Tess of the D’Urbervilles. It had the same electric charge. The heroines were both caught up in poverty and limited choices. Definitely worth reading.

I love stories based on historical facts where the characters are fleshed out so convincingly that the reader travels the story too. The imagery in this novel is superb, from the harsh and judgmental Icelandic way of life in 1829 to the evocative descriptions of the treatment of Agnes, the condemned woman. The early pages describing her cruel incarceration and the final pages before her execution are some of the most striking and poignant I have ever read. I am in awe of first-time author Hannah Kent who first heard of this execution when she was an exchange student to Iceland at 17 years of age. Her painstaking research and insight into the character of Agnes and her keepers has produced a masterpiece in my opinion. It is worthwhile listening to Hannah’s interview on YouTube – so young, yet so mature in her approach to this sad event. One of my favourite books to recommend to those who dare to be confronted by a powerful soul-searching story!

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ew research from the University of South Australia shows a dairy-enhanced Mediterranean diet will significantly increase health outcomes for those at risk of cardiovascular disease – and it’s even more effective than a low-fat diet. Cardiovascular disease is the single leading cause of death in Australia, affecting 4.2 million Australians and killing one Australian every 12 minutes. Low-fat diets are often recommended

as suitable food plans for those seeking to reduce their risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Similarly, the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) has been shown to deliver significant health benefits. The UniSA study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, compared the health benefits of a MedDiet supplemented with two to three serves of dairy and a generic low-fat diet. The results reveal that the dairy-

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Happy Hour on the Leisure Centre deck at Nature’s Edge Buderim over 50s lifestyle resort. WITH southeast Queensland and the Sunshine Coast continuing to deliver record house prices, finding the right retirement property at an affordable price can be challenging. While many markets around the country are struggling, the Real Estate Institute of Queensland says the Sunshine Coast is experiencing steady,

sustainable growth. The good news is that over 50s lifestyle communities offer an affordable way to downsize your home – and upsize your lifestyle. Nature’s Edge Buderim over 50s community offers independent retirement living, with loads of financial and lifestyle benefits. Right now, you can secure a new home at Nature’s Edge Buderim for below the Buderim median house price. With homes starting at $479,000, Nature’s Edge Buderim offers affordable luxury. There is no stamp duty or exit fees and if you decide to sell you keep 100 per cent of the capital gain. At Nature’s Edge Buderim, the lifestyle is resort-style, every day with an award-winning $4 million leisure centre –laps in the pool, movies in the state-ofthe-art cinema, happy hour on the rainforest deck or join one of the fun events on the packed social calendar. Take a tour. Call 1800 218 898 or visit

SEMINAR PRESENTS TIPS TO START YOUR NEXT CHAPTER PROPERTY industry professionals will host seminars around southeast Queensland this month to give Baby Boomers an insight into downsizing, selling and styling the home. Speakers will include Real Estate Institute Queensland (REIQ) media manager Felicity Moore offering tips on how to choose a real estate agent, negotiate the sale of a property and to maximize sale price; and Queensland manager of Coco Republic Jodie Hansen who will be presenting on how to declutter and style your home to sell. Halcyon joint managing director Dr Bevan Geissmann, who has been at the forefront of lifestyle community design and management for more than 17 years, will present the different downsizing residential options available and how to find what is best for you. Dr Geissmann said the seminars would offer valuable information on making the home selling process as pain-free as possible. “Selling your home can be a daunting

process and these seminars will certainly help guests create a check-list of what needs to be done,” he said. “The seminars will serve as a good foundation for taking the next step. There can be a lot involved in downsizing, so these seminars should equip Baby Boomers with everything they need to be able to make a prepared and informed decision.” Seminars will be at Halcyon Glades, Caboolture on February 7 and Gainsborough Greens Golf Club on February 5. Places are limited, bookings essential. Call 1800 626 488 or google Life Begins at Halcyon.


Phyllis Wigmore with her son Warren Cross. LIVING in a retirement village means being part of a community of like-minded people and research shows that being social is good for your health and makes you happier. Lendlease recently conducted a search to identify the “good sports” living within its retirement living villages. Hundreds of nominations were collected outlining wonderful stories of selflessness, kindness, camaraderie and community. These residents are creating vibrancy in their neighbourhood by raising thousands of dollars in funds for

charities; planning entertaining outings; initiating activities and clubs; being inclusive and supportive; and being a supportive hand in the true sense of community. Winner of the 2018 Good Sports Camaraderie Award, Phyllis Wigmore, was recognised in her community for being a good sport who galvanises everyone on a regular basis. Phyllis is the ray of sunshine everyone knows and loves to be around. Affectionately known as the “heart and soul” of her retirement village community, she organises the monthly resident dinners and movie nights, and is especially famous for her sponge cakes and phenomenal panna cotta dessert. A tireless worker and dedicated church member, Phyllis goes out of her way to care for others, checking in with residents and cooking meals for those in need. A great tennis player and handy seamstress, Phyllis is more than a good sport – she’s a great sport! Discover Lendlease Retirement Living in your area. Visit or call 1800 550 550.


GET a taste for lifestyle living when Living Gems Caboolture Resort opens to the local community for its Valentine’s Twilight on February 14. There will be seven display homes open for viewing including the popular Gemstone and Sapphire designs. All new two and three-bedroom display homes at Living Gems Caboolture come with high quality fittings and fixtures and extensive standard inclusions such as stone bench tops, pendant lights, butler’s pantry and quality window furnishings. Resort sales manager Sherry McOmish says it’s a great opportunity for

the community to tour the resort, and see the display homes and extensive facilities. “We welcome the Caboolture community and beyond to come to our Valentine’s Twilight evening and get a feel for how great life can be at our Resort,” she said. Visitors can tour many of the resort’s facilities including the indoor heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, 10-pin bowling alley, barbecue pavilion, gym, bowling green, tennis court, games room, library, music room, workshop and arts and craft studio. Drinks and canapés will be served in the award-winning Country Club where guests can meet the residents and enjoy some live music after their tours. “If you are looking at retirement living options, we would really encourage you to come along to this event. Enjoy a glass of champagne while you meet our wonderful residents. They really are our best advocates,” Mrs McOmish said. Bookings essential. Contact 1800 785 594 or email to RSVP. Visit

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COMEDY FESTIVAL FILLS THE BILL Paul Williams; and Venezuelan Ivan THE Brisbane Comedy Festival, celebrating its 10th birthday, delivers a bumper four-week program with 75 acts featuring top international entertainers, some of Australia’s favourite acts, Brisbane talent and emerging superstars. The opening gala will be hosted by Charlie Pickering and a United Nations of entertainers will jet into Brisbane during the four weeks, including English comedians Ross Noble, Jeff Green (now in his 31st year on the international comedy circuit) and Rod Kemp; Scotsmen Danny Bhoy, Daniel Sloss and Larry Dean; Canadian DeAnne Smith; New Zealander

Aristeguieta. National treasures and hometown heroes include Lawrence Mooney, Dave Hughes, Luke Heggie, Mel Buttle, Tim Ferguson, and Nazeem Hussain. After a break of almost a decade, the Scared Weird Little Guys are back. Brisbane Powerhouse Artistic Director Kris Stewart said a packed program of stand-up, sketch, improvisation and cabaret was a great excuse for Brisbane to “get skit-faced”. Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane City Hall and SunPAC. February 22-March 24. Bookings now open Call 3358 8600 or visit

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DON’T MISS OUT ON RPAC’S POPULAR MUSICAL MELODIES REDLAND Performing Arts Centre’s (RPAC) annual Musical Melodies concert series booked out so quickly that two extra shows have been released. After his fabulous performance as Frank Sinatra in last year’s The Rat Bunch, Rhydian Lewis returns to the RPAC stage with The Best of Bublé on April 6. An extra show has been released for 11am. Lewis will join forces with The Swinging Residuals eight-piece big band to bring all of your favourite Michael Bublé songs to the stage. The show is a journey down memory lane featuring songs by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin covered by Bublé, as well as his platinum hits and original songs. There’s also a second chance to see the musical tribute to living legend, Julie Andrews, at Practically Perfect – The Music of Julie Andrews on October 16. An extra show at 2pm is now on sale. This all-singing, all-dancing performance will follow Andrews’ journey from the West End to Broadway and on to Hollywood, and will feature best-known songs from Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, Victor Victoria. A few seats remain to see Pirates to Pinafore on February 13, at 11am. Enjoy the favourite songs and scenes from all 13

Gilbert and Sullivan musicals in one show. This is also the last call to go jet-setting with the fabulous crew of Up, Up & Away! which takes off on August 21 at 11am. The sassy stewardesses will take you on a trip around the world and entertain with favourites including Beyond The Sea, Chapel of Love, Crocodile Rock, I Wanna Be Like You, New York, New York and, of course, Come Fly With Me. Tickets for the Musical Melodies concerts are $21-$30. Bookings RPAC Box Office on 3829 8131 or visit rpac. Tea, coffee and a biscuit are provided before each performance. Foyer opens one hour before the show.



THE Queensland Begonia Society will present its annual show for one-day only at the auditorium at the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens on February 23, 9am3.30pm. The largest and only show of begonias in Queensland, its theme this year is Begonias – Bold and Beautiful. Species begonias which originated in various parts of the world will be featured along with many outstanding hybrids created by keen begonia growers from Queensland, other Australian States and also international enthusiasts. Begonias are favourites with many gardeners for their colourful and varied foliage and flowers. There will will be demonstration workshops by experienced growers at 10am and 11.30am. Plants will be for sale and refreshments available. Admission is $4.

SHAKESPEARE’S classic tragic love story Romeo and Juliet has been the inspiration for countless plays versions and movie adaptations, but the ballet by Sergei Prokofiev is one of the most exciting. Queensland Symphony Orchestra will perform a suite of music from Prokofiev’s brilliant ballet score at two concerts in March. The score for this suite is studded with musical imagery – sword fights, Romeo’s skittish puppy and melodies portraying the tragic lovers. Also featured in this concert is the Argentinian composer Ginastera’s Concerto for Harp and Orchestra, an evocative work that puts the spotlight on one of the most fascinating orchestral instruments – the harp. QPAC Concert Hall, March 15; 11am March 16, 7.30pm.Bookings

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IN YOUR COMMUNITY THE Cupid’s Undie Run is coming up on February 17, and if you don’t feel brave to strip down to your undies to run, walk or dance 1.5km, support those who do. It’s not compulsory to run in your undies – many prefer fancy dress. The run supports the Children’s Tumour Foundation for children and families with the genetic disorder, Neurofibromatosis (NF). It takes courage to “bare all” in your undies and that is representative of the courage shown by the little NF Heroes as they face multiple painful operations. It’s more fun than run and will be followed by food, drink and entertainment. Riverview running track, New Farm Park. Sunday February 17. Visit to register. A FREE information morning will address anxiety and depression and how best to support sufferers. While stress and anxious feelings are a common response to a situation where we feel under pressure, they usually pass once the stressful situation has passed. Anxiety is when these feelings don’t go away. It is the most common mental health condition in Australia and the sooner people with anxiety get support the more likely they are to recover. Depression is the second most common mental illness in Australia and is more than simply feeling sad or down. For the family and friends of those suffering from either depression or anxiety life can also be challenging as they seek to provide support. Merthyr Road Uniting Church, New Farm. February 26, 10am-2pm RSVP 3358 6945 or email FANCY yourself a singer? Enjoy singing somewhere other than alone in the shower? The Serenata Singers, a community choir based at The Gap, are having an open night for prospective new members on February 26, at 7.15pm. It will be a chance to meet choir members and


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COMING UP ON ON STAGE observe and participate in a rehearsal. No audition is necessary. An ability to read music is helpful, but not required. If you can hold a tune and love to sing, the Serenata Singers are looking for new members. The choir, which sings a variety of popular and show tunes, is particularly interested in adding some male voices. Rehearsals are weekly on Monday evenings at The Gap Uniting Church Auditorium, 1050 Waterworks Rd, The Gap, and the choir performs regularly, mainly for retirement communities, care facilities and community groups. Visit UNIVERSITY of the Third Age Pine Rivers will address men’s health at its monthly Social and Information Day. Guest speakers include Peter Bennett of The Men’s Breast Cancer Forum and Dr Jim Taylor, who will discuss all aspects of Men’s Health. Admission is free and there will be morning tea and a raffle. Kallangur Memorial Bowls Club, 1351 Anzac Avenue, Kallangur, February 15, 9.30am for 10am start Call 3880 6677. A NEW exhibition covering the aftermath of World War I, “the war to end all wars”, and how peace negotiations affected the Australian way of life, opens at the Victoria Barracks on Petrie Terrace this month. Displays will include meticulously researched stories. Public tours of Victoria Barracks, home of the Army Museum South Queensland, are Wednesdays only. The price of $15 a person includes the professionally researched and curated exhibition, an escorted tour of historic Victoria Barracks, a Devonshire tea in the original Officers’ Mess, souvenir booklet and digital photo. Groups and individuals must always make prior bookings. Call 0429 954 663, email info@ or visit armymuseumsouthqueensland.

GROWL Theatre presents the whimsical tribute to the Australian suburbs, Summer Wonderland. Written by Brisbane playwright Matthew Ryan and first performed by La Boite in 2007, it is a true-blue parody of life’s trials and tribulations faced by an eccentric group of neighbours in suburban Australia. Windsor School of Arts, 381 Lutwyche Rd, Windsor. February 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 7.30pm. Doors open 7pm. Tickets $20, concession $17. Booking, or email

ACTORS – and real life married couple – Brian Meegan and Kate Raison star in Jim Cartwright’s timeless comedy Two. By turns funny, heart-warming and poignant, Two promises to be a lively night at the local in the company of two of Australia’s most accomplished and versatile actors, who are delighted to be working together again. QUT Gardens Theatre, 2 George St, Brisbane QUT Gardens Point Precinct. March 1 and 2, 7.30pm. Tickets $49, concessions $44, groups 10+ $40, pensioners $37. Email gardenstix@qut., call 3138 4455 or visit

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Camel capers down on the farm Had I read that correctly? A trip to a camel farm? Yes, my local National Seniors group was offering an excursion to Summer Land Camel Farm at Harrisville in Queensland’s Scenic Rim region. GRETCHEN BERNET writes she was hooked and booked. carry heavier loads than a horse. But did you know that they are excellent swimmers? Who’d have thought? It’s true. We strolled to the picturesque Queenslander homestead where fresh scones, homemade jam and cream awaited. Then we realised what we were eating. The white fromage cream I dabbed on scones and the milk in my coffee were not from a dairy cow but a camel. Camellatté has a nice ring to it. Delicious! We subsequently discovered it’s beneficial for our immune system, digestive

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isembarking after a 45-minute drive from Brisbane, the first thing I noticed was the vast blue sky. A rolling vista spread out around me with the smudged outline of the Great Dividing Range in the distance. In the foreground were hundreds of camels of all sizes. They grazed calmly, at home in the landscape. The air smelled

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tract and those suffering diabetes, eczema and lactose intolerance. I loved meeting the camels at the fence. They looked at me enquiringly and blinked their long eyelashes hoping for something edible before posing for photos. In Australia we have dromedary camels, one hump. The dromedary female gestation period is 13-14 months or around 410 days. I saw a baby camel, 24-hours old, all spindly legs, wobbling yet determined to stand. Our group sat in the breezeway of a vast farm shed where milk and by-products are tested and processed while Summer Land Camel Farm CEO and co-founder Jeff Flood

delivered an intelligent and informative talk. A passionate cameleer, Jeff is from a farming background with biochemist and nutritional immunotherapist degrees. Onward to the open-air camel dairy, where we learned the long road to milking as young camels frisked in an adjoining paddock. Camel milk is not high volume in Australia, but this farm is the largest commercial-scale camel dairy operation outside the Middle East and the third largest of its kind in the world. Jeff Flood, and co-founder Paul Martin, are training wild camels, breeding, researching and pioneering the way. Jeff is concerned for camel welfare and told us horrible yet true stories of the brutal decimation of the wild camel population in Australia. Policymakers neglect camels yet these desert animals are built for our harsh climate. They eat weed plants such as prickly pear, they don’t need lush green pastures, and companion-herds of camels and cows have a higher survival rate. Camels make good guards, they have greater intelligence than most dogs. And they can take you on very, very long walks. Back at the homestead, we enjoyed camel cheese-tasting and camel milk. I had an instant attraction to straight camel milk with no discernible aftertaste. There are camel products available, Persian Feta, hand lotion and soaps. Although the Summer Land Camel Farm lunch menu looked tasty, we reboarded our coach and headed into the hamlet of Harrisville for a pub lunch and then the tourist route home. I’m going back for a camel ride! Visit

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11. In the nursery rhyme, who killed Cock Robin?

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Turn the spade over and listen in secret (9) Made haste in grand style (3) I encamped somehow against all resistance (9) A certain peril in the garden (6) Although expert pilots there were at least one hundred lost in the sea (4) Bed takes in a garment (4) We feel industrious when we sing about embroidery (6) Added extra time for what the expert yearned for (9) Black gold or Texas tea, perhaps (3) An addition of sixteen on recalculating it (9)

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The purpose of the African inland mission? (3) 3 Earth cave is damp (6) 4 Very smelly position? (4) 5 Political leader attaining uplifting oratory (9) 6 Varicose veins got older as was expected (9) 8 The logical process of discovering explanations in conduit mechanics (9) 9 Get rid of the defoliants first from the peel and pip of the fruit (9) 12 Sounds like the lead lady in the story made diamorphine (6) 15 Sounds like a very safe place to keep potential electricity measurement (4) 17 Woebegone, having lost one web that is one’s pride (3)


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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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Mixture (8) Seasonings (6) Dwelling (5) Thousands of years (9) Cover; protection (7) Researcher (7) Scatters lightly (9) Rough edge (4) Hats (4) Luggage items (9) Instructs; improves (7) Warship (7) Brightness; reflectiveness (9) Accept; tolerate (5) Sweet (6) Laziness; inactivity (8)

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