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fter all the recent fuss about Facebook sharing private information, I must confess to have cooled in my affections towards the social media platform but I have been told in no uncertain terms that I am missing out. Julie Lake, who is an unabashed Facebook fan, this month discusses all the excellent reasons why it has become the communication of choice for over 55s. It has put her back in touch with old friends from around the world, is an easy way to let all her friends and family know what she’s up to and allows her to stay in touch with the many clubs and interest groups of which she is a member. After researching this month’s


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Contents cover story, she said it had become quite obvious to her that Facebook, more than other form of social media, was a bit concerned about losing its younger membership and pondering what changes to make to keep them. “I plan to get back to their media people and tell them what a big mistake this would be. The young are fickle and follow trends while we are more steady and faithful. As this demographic is embracing Facebook in waves I think it’s much more important to keep us happy,” she says. “After all, while the old (alas) don’ get young, the young inevitably get old. So, today’s Snapchat users will become tomorrow’s Facebook users because it offers so much more. Mind you, by then there will probably be something completely different to keep us all amused!” While social media platforms open up a world of communication we never could have imagined even a decade ago, they can never take away the pleasure of flicking through pages of a good old-fashioned magazine that doesn’t need an internet connection. Happy reading. Dorothy Whittington, Editor

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Face up to social media revolution Love it or hate it, Facebook is the new meeting place with on-line clubs, discussion forums and opportunities to find old friends. And, writes JULIE LAKE, it also has been found to improve cognitive ability through stimulating dormant memory.


n Facebook there is a video clip doing the rounds in which an overly-entitled millennial girl is being interviewed for a job. To show her competence with technology she lists her several favourite social media sites but bursts into incredulous laughter when asked if she uses Facebook. “That’s, like, for OLD PEOPLE,” she replies. “Like, my PARENTS!” Or even her grandparents. Because while younger media socialites are turning to Snapchat and Instagram, those over 55 have become the fastest-growing Facebook user demographic – a phenomenon which was not envisaged when Facebook was launched in 2004, targeting tech-savvy teens and 20-somethings. In fact, Baby Boomers, many of whom

learned to engage with computers in early middle age, have embraced all social media with enthusiasm – but Facebook remains the firm favourite, despite privacy scares and recent scandal. Research shows this is due to three main factors: ease of use, the need for social engagement and – above all – nostalgia. Facebook remains the best platform through which to reconnect to the past, not only by having your own page and inviting friends and family to join it but by joining sub-groups such as your old school and your old home town. Judith Younghusband comes originally from Aylesbury in England and was thrilled when she discovered a Facebook site called Aylesbury Remembered.


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Letters The warning “those who have not learned from history are doomed to repeat it” is apt when applied to the writings of George Bernard Shaw a century ago and commented on sensibly by David Parmiter (YT May). So we find ourselves locked into an unsustainable system, painted into a corner, with no escape from our overindulgent environmentally destructive lifestyle and lacking visionary leaders who will question the status quo. We should all adopt a more gentle approach to life and resist destructive progress. John Armstrong Your correspondent Irene Keton (Letters, June) certainly covers much terrain with her letter. Might I add a few thoughts on the subjects she has raised. Our bodies can be likened to an infinitely complex machine compared with a motor car. Just as a motor car needs the proper


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Have your say. Send letters to Editor, Your Time Magazine, PO Box 717, Spring Hill 4004 or email fuel to run efficiently, the same with our bodies. But, being so much more complex, our bodies can actually function for years fuelled with less than optimal nutrition, and once we change to a high nutrient diet, many of the illnesses acquired from our inadequate diet actually disappear, as your correspondent proved. Just as a motor car doesn’t just appear from nothing but requires many skilful and intelligent humans to construct it, we would certainly expect our infinitely complex bodies to be constructed by an infinitely intelligent creator who would also give us instructions on how to obtain maximum performance from our “machines”. In the book of Genesis in the Bible, we find these words written approximately 4500 years ago: “ I have given you every herb that yields seed ... and every tree whose fruit yields seed, to you it shall be for food”. So our optimum diet is to be fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts. For your correspondent to have experienced a medical “miracle” by doing nothing more than changing to her creator’s diet, and then in the next breath saying she wants the option of choosing

how and when she would like to die, is a sad case of wilful ignorance. The Bible has much to say about this topic, and I encourage, nay implore, her to get to know her creator, who alone has the power over life and death, before she contemplates such a drastic course of action. Vic Trudeau I am an immigrant who has been living in Australia since the early ’50s. Post-war immigrants came to build this nation. My father had the skills and qualifications required and worked in Australia for 12 months, before we three young children followed with our mother, to escape the devastation of Europe. Thus began our lives in this great land. There was no welfare for immigrants, nor any public housing. No bonuses for us. Both my parents spoke and wrote English and many other languages, before they arrived. My father worked hard to provide for his family. We were all educated and later worked to contribute to the tax system, becoming naturalised citizens of our

nation with pride, assimilating smoothly, without rebellion or contradiction to the Australian way of life. We were assimilated into the Australian way of life. The sense of entitlement of third millennium immigrants, many coming without English and reliant on our welfare system and public housing, has put a huge dent in our national budgets. Australians waiting for assistance for housing and Centrelink are placed further back, so unskilled newcomers from developing nations can find a place and income from taxpayer-funded welfare, ahead of the list. Understandably, many are refugees escaping persecution, depending on the goodwill of foreign governments. They are helped to find their feet in time and find work commensurate with their particular skills. But for those who come expectantly, depending on public funds and jump the queue, not willing to leave the comfort of the big cities, there needs to be some conditions of resettlement in lesspopulated regional Australia, assimilating into our culture, learning to contribute. E.Rowe


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Stating the bleeding obvious Television and radio reporters really have to go back to school and learn how to research, write and deliver a piece to camera on air, writes DAVID PARMITER.


was watching the Queen’s diamond jubilee river procession this morning. The DVD, of course, not the actual event. That all happened six years ago, and most of us probably were not all that interested – then or now. Well, I was, because I was brought up on the River Thames, and my father was the River Marshall for the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill in January, 1965. In other words, he organised the river procession and it was the pinnacle of his naval career. What appalled me about the 2012 jubilee procession was the BBC’s commentary. The commentator was unprepared, inarticulate and often just plain wrong. Why had he not been properly produced? Maybe I am a bit harsh because I was a radio and television producer for 40 years. The commentator for Churchill’s funeral in January, 1965 was Richard Dimbleby, well-known as the presenter of

Decorated boats on the Thames at Tower Bridge for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee procession. Celebrations in 2012. the BBC’s Panorama, the equivalent of the ABC’s Four Corners. He was the consummate professional. He never fluffed on air. Always word perfect. Richard and my father got to know each other well before and during the Churchill funeral. “The secret,” he said, “is to do your research and preparation very well. Then you do not need a

script; you rely on your palm cards so that you do not get anything wrong.” He never did. The Queen’s Jubilee River Procession in June, 2012, was a disaster. Not the pictures, which were lovely; but the director forgot about screen continuity and kept cutting between shots up and down the river, so the Houses of Parliament kept

jumping from left to right, and we didn’t know where we were. The commentator, however, was hopeless: “Here we see, of course, the iconic Tower Bridge.” Why say “of course” umpteen times during this spiel. Either we know or we don’t know. In either case, don’t be so patronising. Tower Bridge is not iconic. An icon is a religious image of Christ or one of the saints. The bridge, which was built only in the 1880s, is hardly an icon – or even iconic! It was built at the behest of that German, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Hardly a British icon. The commentator then went on to say: “... and there’s Princess Eugenie and next to her, of course, her father”. What a fatuous remark. Tell us which sparkly coat is she in, and who the hell is her father? Try again: “There, in the yellow coat, is Princess Eugenie, the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew, who is standing to her right.” The same applies to our

reporters today. They need to go back to school, and learn how to research, write and deliver a piece to camera. Many of them cannot. When the studio does “a throw” to whomever in wherever, the report should not begin with: “Yeah, that’s right, Nat. So, yeah ... as you say, the event happened here on Thingy Street, and I’ll have more for you as it comes to hand.” Studio: “Thanks, Sandi, and we’ll come back to you soon.” For what? Bad journalism and hopeless studio production. If radio and television people cannot watch their language, we must come back to the schools. Every child should research a topic, write a script and present it to the class. Or get involved in the school plays. Every year. Every parent and teacher should give children the chance and encouragement for public speaking. Only then will they develop the skills and confidence to speak up for themselves. And watch their language.

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we will be providing pointers for policymakers and politicians who are working on, or debating, proposed reforms,” Ms Green said. The website features key sections on residential aged care, in-home and community care, policy and costs. Ms Green said steps had been built into the site’s submission and moderation processes to ensure privacy. “You might be receiving aged care services as a resident or in your own home; you may be a family member or friend of someone who is; or you may be providing the care,” Ms Green said. “If something isn’t right, if the care is below what was promised or expected, then tell us via the Your Say on Aged Care website. Conversely, if your experiences have been positive, that will be helpful for us to know and acknowledge. “It’s a simple form that can be completed online or downloaded and filled in offline.” Ms Green said the team would review all incoming submissions to ensure what was published did not disclose details that could compromise care recipients or providers. “What we’re looking for is the overall picture of what is happening and what people see as needing change,” she said. To have your say on aged care, go to

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was first attracted to the name. You must admit “The Grand Bliss” has a rather nice ring to it, especially if you’re in the market for a new mattress, as I was. One’s bed should be a sanctuary, a peaceful place to escape the cares of the world and lose oneself in blissful dreams. There’s that word again – bliss – but I’d been losing sleep for some time over this particular purchasing decision. It’s the paradox of choice, you see. I was shopping in the modern mattress marketplace where one can be, surely must be, overwhelmed by the abundance of choice. “A mattress fit for royalty,” the online ad gushed. With images of the latest royal wedding still fresh in mind, I fell for the hook and read on with enthusiasm. “Comfortable, cool made from all-natural fibres”. And in a Queensland summer, cool is definitely what is needed. Feeling I could be on to a real

winner, I sharpened my focus and continued reading – and then I saw them, words unexpected and game-changing: “the amazing properties of moisture-wicking horsehair…” Perhaps they were kidding or maybe just horsing around. Horsehair? Since when did something so old-fashioned become trendy again? In my post-war childhood, when dinner was called tea and morning tea was called smoko, our home was sparsely furnished with a hotchpotch of hand-me-downs. Even the mattresses on our beds were pre-owned, though it’s not a thought one likes to dwell on now, even if it did us no harm. The mattress on my bed was a thin, lumpy affair, covered in striped cotton ticking and studded with leather buttons to keep the copra filling in place. The mattress on the day-bed in the sleep-out was filled with kapok, a cotton fibre. It was musty and dank and no wonder. Cotton not only absorbs sweat

and moisture from the air, but it’s also a haven for dust mites. My eldest brother slept in enviable luxury on a rubber mattress that was a hand-medown from an aunt. It was corrugated underneath so was exempt from Mum’s monthly “turn the mattress over” routine. These old rubber mattresses were made from the sap of the rubber tree (not petroleum) and were comfortable and durable. By the time I came along, Mum and Dad had a relatively new innerspring mattress. Unfortunately, its functional life


was cut decades short in 1960 when we moved from the station property outside Hughenden to the dairy farm on the Sunshine Coast. The mattress had been folded in three and tied with rope for ease of transportation. The innersprings may have survived this maltreatment, had it not been for the fate that awaited. The departing farmer’s wife, a large woman, decided that the rolled-up mattress would make a comfortable resting place while she had smoko. The innersprings never

recovered. So, while there was an eclectic mix of mattresses in my childhood home, there was not a strand of horsehair in sight – but you didn’t have to venture too far to find it. Beyond the station’s main house stood a corrugated iron building for the stockmen or “ringers”. Furniture was sparse – an old table, some chairs and a few shearer’s stretchers, each topped with a skinny horsehair mattress, no more than three inches deep. These mattresses were nothing more than canvas bags filled with horsehair of questionable origin. (Let’s just say I couldn’t see that any manes or tails had been clipped). I am a carnivore. I have leather shoes and handbags. I had a black and white cowhide rug in the 1970s and sheepskin seat covers in the 1980s, but I draw the line at a horsehair mattress, even if it’s called “The Grand Bliss” and is prohibitively expensive. It’s enough to keep one awake at night.

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Goannas, papaws and household remedies Goanna Oil and Papaw Ointment are famous Brisbane products but the men who made them couldn’t have been more different, writes DIANA HACKER.


homas Pennington Lucas was born in Dunbar, Scotland on April 15, 1843, the son of Samuel Lucas a Wesleyan Methodist minister and Elizabeth Broadhurst. He forever held a deep interest in natural history and botany and qualified in England and Scotland. He was elected a fellow of the Entomology Society, London and as a Fellow of the Linean Society NSW. In 1868, Dr Lucas (pictured) married Mary Frances Davies and they had six children, three of whom survived infancy. Mary died aged 30 in 1875. Thomas then married Mary Bradbury Ironside and they had one daughter. His third wife was Susan Draper in 1889, and they had no children. Lucas suffered from TB so for the sake of his health, he migrated to Australia and arrived in Melbourne in 1875. He worked as a doctor for 10 years before moving to Brisbane, living firstly in South Brisbane, then Acacia Ridge and finally at New

Farm from 1911. Thomas Lucas wrote and published several volumes of fiction and nonfiction and pursued his interest in natural history, studying more than 10,000 plants as he sought their use in natural remedies. He became enamoured of the properties of the papaw plant and its fruit and formulated his famous Papaw Ointment, which was packaged in a distinctive red container. Dr Lucas’ Vera Hospital, at New Farm, where he treated many kinds of skin conditions, is still illustrated on the packaging. After his death on November 15, 1917, his widow Susan was bequeathed the formula for his remedy. Descendants of the Lucas family continue to produce the ointment in the Acacia Ridge factory, where there is a small museum. Countless mothers remain grateful to Dr Lucas for a soothing cream which can be used on children who react to other types of salve. On the other hand, Joseph

Cornelius Marconi, the maker of Goanna Oil, was more showman than doctor. Born in London on April 21, 1876, the son of Cornelius Mahoney, a cooper, and Eunice Proud, he arrived in Australia with his family in about 1886. Joseph first worked with his father in Sydney dealing in building materials before he became a member of a marionette show in a travelling vaudeville troupe and changed his name to Marconi. He based himself in Brisbane. Through his experience with the Lyn Vane Snakebite act he learned of the properties within

native plants which prevented goannas from succumbing to the bite of venomous snakes. From 1910, he manufactured and sold ointments compounded from distilled plant oils and goanna fat. A born entertainer and entrepreneur, he employed comic advertising and testimonials to sell his products. In 1918, the Queensland Government proclaimed goannas a protected species and prohibited his patent application, but he continued to manufacture from a small factory beneath his home, Astra at Bulimba, and to sell from an inner Brisbane shop from 1920. In 1922, he opened the Marconi Curative Institute offering herbal treatments. He was particularly interested in the treatment of children suffering from polio and his home became a mecca for local children. Marconi died on October 21, 1922, soon after being admitted to the Brisbane General Hospital following an altercation in Elizabeth St, where he suffered a

fractured skull. He was remembered by school children who would chant “Old Marconi’s dead, knocked on the head. Goannas are glad, children are sad, Old Marconi’s dead”. His wife, Mary Theresa O’Neill, who he married in Sydney in 1904, had predeceased him. Joseph and Mary are both buried in the Balmoral cemetery. They had four daughters and three sons who kept the business in family hands until the 1980s. Unlike Dr Lucas, the Marconi collection of goanna memorabilia was destroyed with the demolition of Astra. Other well-known household products initially made and sold in the USA but later made and sold door-to-door in Australia were the salves of William Thomas Rawleigh, a farm boy from Minnesota born in 1870. Diana Hacker is archivist for the Queensland Women’s Historical Association based at Miegunyah in Bowen Hills. Tours are available. Visit

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Because my father had only one eye he was given a clerical job in the Army Pay Office – they called themselves the “Cut Lunch Commandoes”. He had been a dentist in civilian life, but had found it a great strain with only one eye, so happily accepted a clerical position. I was waiting at the end of Melrose Lane every night for him as he got off the tram and would walk hand-in-hand with him up the lane to our house. He always suffered terrible headaches from his war injuries, had no tolerance for fools or nonsense and would never allow my brother or me to make any noise or be too exuberant. I adored him and leaned on his strength and wisdom all of my life. As a young school child in Brisbane in World War II, every moment outside school hours was occupied with the “war effort”. Every humble contribution, even from the smallest child, was appreciated. Going to a special matinee at the local picture theatre was free admission if we handed in a piece of aluminium, such as an old saucepan, for them to recycle to build fighter planes. Lipsticks were sold

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identification tags which we had to wear around our necks at all times. We were ordered to cover all our windows with tarred paper plus curtains, so no chink of light showed at night. Brisbane turned off all its street lights, neon signs and shop lights and went into total blackout. The few cars on the road had to black out their headlights and were allowed only a tiny strip across the middle to show the way. As a family we often walked to the local picture theatre on a Friday night if a Hollywood musical was on, in black and white of course. We carried white handkerchiefs with us to show our presence to the occasional car on the road. This was the only time we ever had an ice-cream, during interval. School hours were staggered with siblings rostered on for different times, so that a whole family was not wiped out if a school was bombed by the Japs. We used to have air raid drills at school, where we were marched down and made to squat in damp clay slit trenches for what seemed like hours, but probably wasn’t. I spent my mornings with my mother at the local School of Arts Hall making papier mache kidney bowls using strips of newspaper and paste. When they

were dry we painted them with a waterproof varnish. They were sent to the frontline hospitals. My nights were spent knitting squares, which was my task as a junior member of the Red Cross. These were stitched together to form rugs and the Red Cross sent them in comfort parcels to POWs in Germany. My mother knitted

“Brisbane turned off all its street lights, neon signs, and shop lights and went into total blackout.” more complicated woollen socks on four needles for the POWs. General Douglas Macarthur came from America to run the Pacific Campaign and made Brisbane his headquarters. I loved the long summer school holidays and being home when all the various delivery men arrived in their horse drawn carts. The ice man brought the ice for our ice chest, then the baker, milkman and

butcher brought our daily supplies. I got a chance to pat a horse and if any horse dropped a pile of manure by our gate, that was a bonus for my brother and me to collect for our wartime vegetable patch. One day a man came by selling pineapples from the Sunshine Coast and my mother had us rush out to stop him, so we could buy some. I adored fruit and my mouth was watering at the thought of those luscious juicy pineapples. Suddenly, my mother heart the sound of marching feet in the distance. It was quite common for Army recruits to be led on long route marches with full packs and heavy .303 rifles from their camps on the old Greyhound racing track at Kedron Park over to the streets of Kalinga. It was a particularly hot summer’s day and my mother, who appreciated the sacrifice these men were making, wanted to help ease their burden any way she could. She called the lady next door to come and we all helped peel and cut those pineapples into small cubes, then my brother and I were sent outside each with a tray full of pineapple cubes to stand on either side of the road and offer a bit to every tired, hot soldier. I never even tasted it.

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A musical story to keep the customer satisfied It’s only when you start thinking about it, that you realise just how many Simon and Garfunkel songs you can sing along to – and still remember the lyrics, writes DOT WHITTINGTON.


ecilia, I Am a Rock, Bridge over Troubled Water, Mrs Robinson, Scarborough Fair, Sound of Silence, the 59th Bridge Street Song (Feelin’ groovy) … they are all still there, lurking in the back of the mind. But while the music remains fresh, their story is not. For a start, all those old songs came out long before their split in 1971, although in September 1981, they got back together to record their first live album at The Concert in Central Park, before a crowd of more than half a million. They still had it. But although the duo had a rocky relationship, regularly splitting, reforming and splitting again down the decades, their music has remained a staple for the teenagers of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s and those around them. It’s hardly surprising then, that finally, someone came up with the great idea of a stage show to tell the Simon and Garfunkel story. It’s coming to Brisbane next month fresh from sellout shows in London, with a young British duo recreating the music and telling the story. The prospect brings to mind a Beach Boys concert I attended at the Sydney Opera House a few years ago, when I was


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Charles Blyth and Murray Warson. amused by the sea of grey hair, bald heads and spectacles bopping around in front of me. I expect the Simon and Garfunkel Story will be the same. Not so, says Philip Murray Warson, who plays Paul Simon. “While many in the audience are the teenagers from first-time around who are now in their 60s, there are also older people who were adults in the late 1960s and early 1970s and loved the music,” he says. “There are also lots of younger people whose parents were tuning into it while they were growing up. It covers a broad range of ages. His own parents, who are in their 60s, are among them. They’ve seen the show a couple of times and taken their friends,

older and younger, as well, and not just because their son is one of the stars. They had been fans for decades. Warson said the biggest surprise for him had been just how big Simon and Garfunkel were and how they have been almost taken for granted. “When I started, I knew and liked the Simon and Garfunkel songs. I just hadn’t realised how huge they were and the impact they had had on people’s lives,” he says. “Bridge over Troubled Water was a top album for three years from 1970. With Charles Blyth as Art Garfunkel, it has been relatively easy to transition into the role, although Warson admits they had to work on getting the chemistry right. “Charles was at the audition, so I went in and sang with him and it was clear we could match each other quite well,” he says. “We were good falls for each other. He is more a traditional trained actor and singer, while I am a musician with a writing/producing background, so we counter each other really well. We are like Simon and Garfunkel in that respect.” They have also had plenty of opportunity to find each other’s tempo and develop a stage rapport while

touring in the US, Europe and Asia. The show covers all the hits “for sure” and that hits the mark but Warson says there are also a lot of forgotten songs, that people didn’t know or haven’t heard for years. “The LPs are gone and people don’t really listen to albums in the same way anymore,” he says. “You might not have heard some of these songs for decades but because it is live music and true to the originals, it all comes back.” As one patron said, if you haven’t seen Simon and Garfunkel live, then you can now. It’s the closest thing to Simon and Garfunkel since Simon and Garfunkel and you can catch a lot more in a live show.” The Simon and Garfunkel Story will be at QPAC’s Lyric Theatre on August 26, 3.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets $79-$119. Bookings Your Time has two double passes to give away. For your chance to win a free double pass to the Simon and Garfunkel Story at QPAC on August 26, email your name and address to editor@ and tell us your favourite memory of the music.


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Care tips for early stages of dementia Dementia comes like a thief in the night, robbing people of their memories, abilities and confidence. KENDALL MORTON suggests some practical ways to assist in the early stages.


ementia is divided into four stages. The first is Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). At this stage the person is often aware of their memory loss and forgetfulness. They may find that planning and organising is harder. However as the changes are small, family and friends may not notice. This early stage, MCI, can be frightening. The person may stop caring about their appearance and become angry or depressed about what lies ahead. Next is Early Stage Dementia in which the cognitive decline becomes more obvious to others. Daily activities are more difficult to complete. The person may miss appointments and their reasoning and judgement is impaired. Family members worry about how to best support the need for dignity and independence as abilities diminish. It’s a tricky balance with no set answer. It’s about making ongoing adjustments. Here are eight practical suggestions: Consider medication: Talk to their doctor about medications that may help delay the disease’s progression and ease the symptoms. Speak to your local chemist. They can blister-pack the medications with the days of the week to


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reduce the risk of missing or doubling up on medications. Exercise: Medical doctor and researcher Dr Sheldon ZInberg, founder of Nifty after Fifty, says that individuals who regularly practice aerobic activities and weight-bearing exercise have a slower cognitive decline than those who do not exercise regularly. The results can be substantial, that is, you can slow the disease down by months or even years, according to Dr ZInberg. Mental stimulation: It’s possible that cognitive rehabilitation programs such as the Cognitive Therapeutics Method may be appropriate. This program has helped other seniors with their cognitive functioning and

reduced their daily stress and anxiety. Personal alarms: Talk the idea of a personal alarm through as it will help them with the general risks of aging, such as falls. A bracelet is another option that will help outside the house. It can be presented as a general safety tool, without talking about getting lost. Get some help at home: This is the time to introduce a carer, perhaps for shopping or meal preparation. In the early stages, most people will be able to manage their self-care, but bringing in a carer now will ease them into the person’s routine. Recognise confabulation: A common occurrence in the early stages is expressing false memories or “confabulation”. This is not lying. The person has snippets of information and wants to tell a coherent story so they make it up. For example, asking someone how they got that bruise, may lead to a story that makes sense but is not actually what happened. If you think someone you care about is confabulating, rather than argue or getting angry, be sympathetic and move to another topic. You can check the facts with other people later. Let’s talk about the car: Driving is a badge of independence. Fortunately not

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New horizon in changing trends The Australian fashion scene in 2018 has become one of ongoing flux in customer offerings but despite the changes, writes KAY McMAHON, you don’t always have to go online to find great fashion.


n January we talked about the demise of many well-known brands from the Australian retail scene and recently Esprit, the Hong-Kong listed brand many of us idolised in the ’80s, decided to close its 67 Australian and New Zealand stores. Why? There are many reasons, beginning with the small size of the Australian market and the burgeoning rise of the new middle class in Asia. Fast fashion and trend-driven brands need quantity to make profits and Australia does not look as inviting now that Asia has hit its economic stride. And yes, the second reason is the rise of online shopping. Not only are our grandchildren partaking of this service, but many boomers are also using the convenience for shopping at home. With fashion brands delivering within three days from anywhere in the world and return policies that are free, this makes for an easy buy while sitting up in bed. And the best part is that it’s an easy try-on at home, with no pesky, young retail assistants telling us the frock sitting just below our crotch looks good with the pattern of our varicose veins.

One of the spin-offs of this fastfashion exit though is that Australia has become a destination for more quality, international luxury retailers due to our stable economy and the growth of Asian tourism to our shores. Various labels from the LVMH Louis Vuitton stable are scouting for bricksand-mortar retail sites. Stella McCartney, Fendi, Lanvin, Mulberry, J. Crew, Gucci, Valentino, Longchamp and watchmaker

Patek Philippe are all discussing retail space in Melbourne and Sydney. But don’t despair. For those of us who can’t always afford the heady smell of such exquisite fabrics, I’m here to say that my favourite brand (and store) COS is coming to Brisbane. Collection of Style, or COS as it’s popularly known, is owned by the Swedish H&M Group. It’s the quality, grown-up version of H&M. It has been my favourite brand since 2007 when I first saw it in London and realised its functional, yet minimalist quality, at a reasonable price-point. The silhouettes and fits are made for a more mature figure and the perennial colour palettes of neutrals allow you to wear them year-in and year-out. The collections always offer lightweight fabrics with plenty of layering options for an Australian winter. Until now, to buy COS you had to either travel overseas (yes, what a shame) or in the last four years, fly to Melbourne or Sydney and recently Perth. Luckily work travels took me to many overseas cities and COS was always the first address googled in each one. Each store can have differing product

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Skin care is just good common sense People are confused about what they should put on their face and make the wrong decisions looking for a quick-fix for wrinkles to disappear overnight, writes dermatherapist MIMI GYERGYAK.


ne day you look in the mirror and realise that your skin is looking wrinkled; that too many years of being too tired to do the routine at night has taken its toll. The skin is the largest organ in the body and knowing how it works is the best way to decide how you should be looking after it. We don’t look for a quick-fix to treat our other organs and yet we will seek quick cosmetic fixes for our skin. You need to put in some effort for it to happen. The answer is simply good daily care. Just as we watch our diet and alcohol consumption and take supplements to look after heart, liver, lungs and kidneys, (and do puzzles to keep our brain active) so we should get into the habit of looking after our skin. Skin care is simple, yet I am constantly amazed by how many women do not get around to cleansing at the end of the day because they are too tired. Cleansing is not difficult and is the first step towards having healthy skin. There is no use slapping on some moisturiser before bed, it’s not going to help. You need to clean your skin of all


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the grime and dust that it is exposed to during the day. The second step is toning, which we now call balancing as it paints a more accurate picture of what it is about and its importance. If you think you don’t need a toner, you are mistaken. You have to get the pH neutralized as even the best products won’t get into your skin if they have to fight the pH levels. Then use a moisturiser every morning and night to nourish the skin. During the day it can be a lighter moisturiser than at night. I am always emphasising the importance of collagen production which comes from good hydration, which is the most important ingredient for great skin. It is also beneficial to use extra product such as an eye and lip serum on the areas that are most susceptible to ageing. During the day, remember to put on a sunblock after moisturising if you are going out. It may sound old fashioned, but I am happy to see the face mask trend is coming back. Giving your skin a boost at home is good. You’ll be amazed at how

much skin condition improves if you use it weekly. You don’t have to make a special time for it or stand and wait in front of the mirror. Pop it on while watching TV. Despite the sun and heat, many Australian women have not been in the habit of going to a beauty salon so now they reach an age when their face is full of wrinkles and they want it to be fixed straight away. There is no instant fix and it can be unsafe to try one. Exfoliation for example can be damaging. Be careful what product you use and don’t use anything that will strip off layers. They are very important to your skin. It also might add to problems of hyper pigmentation, the blotchy look. You don’t want to lose the protective layer of your skin. Simply get into the habit of a good skincare routine and you’ll see the difference.

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Good, honest and knows the meaning of hard work Subarus are among the more honest machines out there and have been for some time, writes BRUCE McMAHON.


ometimes not the flashest cars, sometimes not the fastest and not always the cheapest, Subarus retain a reputation for durability, decent road manners and comfort on the back roads of Australia. These Japanese-built sedans, wagons, SUVs and sports cars have a loyal following from Brisbane to Broome. That history began here with four-wheel drive wagons and Brumby utes from 1973, then sporting sedans such as the burbling boy-racers’ WRX and turbocharged Liberty sedans before Subaru’s Forester became one of the first, and one of the best, of modern SUVs. Through all this, Subaru has run with “boxer” engines up front, flat four or six-cylinder engines with cylinders horizontally opposed – as with Volkswagen Beetles and Porsche 911s – and as compared with most conventional combustion engines where the cylinders and pistons are vertical. And, on all models aside from the rear-drive BRZ coup, Subaru runs with all-wheel drive. This means the likes of Subaru’s Liberty can be a touch dearer than rivals such as Toyota’s Camry – the base 2.5 litre Liberty is listed at $30,240, an entry-level

Camry at $27,690 – but there’s the attraction of all-wheel drive for safer handling and traction. Move on up to the 3.6 litre Liberty and there’s a $42,740 price tag plus a bit more of everything from oomph (191kW compared with 129kW) to equipment. This is a nice, solid sedan that looks smart in dark and rich colours. It’s packed with all the modern conveniences plus Subaru’s all-seeing safety gear which alerts drivers to troubles ahead, to the sides and to the rear and, where necessary, hops on the

brakes automatically to save collisions. Comfort and safety levels are high but all that gear and the all-wheel drive means this is no lightweight sedan, coming in at close to 1700kg kerb weight. Fuel consumption over a mixed bag of conditions can see fuel consumption head north of 12 litres per 100km. This sedan is perhaps best suited to long distance drives and gravel back roads. If chasing a car more suitable, albeit a little smaller, for a mix of town and country, there’s always the competent Subaru Impreza.

And then there is the Subaru Outback, essentially a high-riding Liberty wagon with extra ground clearance and extra electronics to help find traction on all manner of surfaces. This is no rock-climbing, dirtchucking four-wheel drive but rather a safe and comfortable wagon happy to spend weeks way out west or weekends getting to an out-of-the way camping spot. For many folk, this is the perfect SUV. The Outback runs with the choice of 2.5 or 3.6 petrol engines or 110kW, 2 litre diesel with prices from $35,470. As with the Liberty sedans, the wagon uses a Constantly Variable Transmission, automatic belt drive systems which are getting better but still lack performance lustre unless manually shifted through the “steps”. The all-wheel drive Subaru wagon sits with 213mm of ground clearance so it’s no terrier through a tight turn or roundabout. The trade off is a car that soaks up lumps and bumps on bitumen or dirt, and it lopes through the rougher stuff. The Outback is a great Australian traveller and still, for mine, the pick of the larger Subarus.

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Chances are your young visitors are glued to their phones and it may seem they are talking another language. NATHAN WELLINGTON has compiled a quick guide to all things social media.

It wasn’t so long ago that being on Facebook was the furthest thing from mind but now, writes the iPadman COLIN DUNKERLEY, over 55s are the fastest growing demographic.

FACEBOOK is a great place to start. You can keep up to date with the social lives of your kids and grandkids, without imposing on their lives. Considered the granddaddy of social media as it has been around the longest, it’s also fast becoming the social media of choice for the over 55s. It can be straightforward to set up an account if you have an email address, then once you’ve created your account you can connect with family and friends, and search for local businesses, even find pages that help you connect with your interests and maybe even discover a few new ones. You can message people, find long lost school friends and read your news all at the same time if you choose. Facebook is great for staying in touch with family and friends with posts of photos and videos of holidays, outings and new babies, puppies and what they had for lunch that day. Instagram is primarily a photo sharing app. Download the app to your iPhone, iPad or android device, and create an account via email or using your Facebook account (Facebook owns Instagram). You can either upload photos and videos or check out what other people are up to. This platform can be highly addictive and also includes messaging. Snapchat is what many of the kids are into. The younger generations are leaving Facebook in droves for this fun and highly-addictive platform. Snapchat has various types of

entertainment available. You can snap selfies and apply fun filters to your images, create videos to share and follow friends, businesses and interests much like the other social media apps, as well as message each other directly. Pinterest is a virtual pin board. Filled with gorgeous images of anything and everything you can think of, it’s a great app to create boards to

time someone mentions it or you read about a ‘tweetable moment’. There are many more social media platforms out there, but these five are the most widely used. If you have any trouble understanding how to use them there are plenty of help videos available on YouTube. If you would like help setting up an account or need

“Snapchat is what many of the kids are into. The younger generations are leaving Facebook in droves for this fun and highlyaddictive platform.” fill with all of your interests whether they be recipes, travel bucket lists, horses, dream homes, you name it – you can create it. Twitter is used primarily where users post and interact with messages known as “tweets”. Don’t worry, this is not a social media app I suggest you bother with but at least you’ll know what a ‘tweet’ is next

some help navigating these apps you can always give me a call for some handy tips and to make sure your information is kept secure while you try them out. At the very least, you’ll be able to understand what the kids are on about at your next family gathering. Call 1300 682 817 or email

THE main reason for over 55s accounting for 21 per cent of all users in January 2018, is communication with family and friends is . Friends and family are more likely to post photos to Facebook, where everyone can see them and comment on them, than to write a letter or send an email. One reason seniors avoided facebook for so long were concerns about security and privacy and these were, and still are, valid concerns. Unfortunately, when we sign up to an internet service we are so numbed by the “terms and conditions” that pop up that most people click through without reading them. Facebook today offers much more control over security and privacy than it did a few years ago. These concerns aside, it is the incredible free services that Facebook offers through its apps – Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and Messenger – that make it one of the best forms of communication in the world. You can make free high quality audio or video calls to

any other user no matter where they are in the world as long as you both have internet connection. No more worries about international call rates or lost phone numbers. There are also thousands of groups you can join based on your hobbies. For example Orchid Growers Australia has over 11,000 members. You can research businesses to find out about their services or see what others say about them (or leave feedback yourself!) and even use Facebook to learn how to use an iPad! And then there is the new Facebook Marketplace which is one of the easiest ways to buy and sell anything from old iPhones to cars, with a focus on what is local to you. The trade off is that you will see ads. No-one likes ads but we do love free. More than two billion people think the trade off is worth it. Watch this video to see how easy it is to check your current settings and make sure you are only sharing with family and friends:





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Granny flats work under the new rules There are plenty of good reasons to consider building a granny flat. ADRIAN C JUST explains. If you do the basic sums, a secondary dwelling can be cost positive while interest rates are so low and rents are so high but if they are non-relatives the space needs to be fire separated. We have been designing a few of these over the last year and clients invariably comment on how spacious and adequate they feel.


he most recent town plans allow for more workable secondary dwellings. These are commonly referred to as granny flats, but they are also useful for weekenders and holiday rentals, older children stuck at home, and retirees who can rent their main residence and go off travelling. For some seniors, these smaller dwellings might be easier to manage than the massive houses that were built in the â&#x20AC;&#x2122;90s, which were the biggest in the world during this era! It is also a means of getting more use from what are now considered the larger size blocks of land, considering that in some estates blocks get down to 225sq m. For a secondary dwelling, the land needs to be at least 600sq m. The building can be up to 60sq m on the Sunshine Coast and 70sq m in Brisbane internally, with no size limit of covered outdoor area. A car space is required. This is enough for a full

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The day after his stroke he immediately started writing and drawing with his left hand so he could communicate with us. He knew what he wanted to say because his mind was working even though he couldn’t speak. My Dad had to cope with the sheer frustration of not being able to communicate verbally. The loss of speech was the most difficult challenge he faced, followed by the loss of use of his right hand. He’s been working hard, but it’s been a slow process. The improvement in his hand is significant and his speech continues to get better. To compound this experience, shortly after the stroke, Dad’s GP discovered he had elevated blood pressure. An arterial blockage was found and he decided to risk another stroke by undergoing triple bypass surgery, in January 2015. Dealing with both a stroke and heart issue has lengthened his recovery time but he was determined to regain his independence. A major step in this process was regaining his drivers’ licence. Helen and I have been right beside Dad during his recovery. He’s lived with us since completing rehab. That has played a huge part in his recovery and ongoing life. He has now reached a point where he can do most things for himself. We travelled to Malaysia for Dad’s 80th birthday. He obtains full travel insurance for all of his overseas travel – he wouldn’t travel without it. I think anyone who suffers a stroke just has to be patient. You can’t give up, but you have to accept it takes time and Dad has done that. Even though a few years have passed, he is still determined to improve his speech. It is good now but, he knows that it’s not the same as it was prior to the stroke. He will never stop trying. Dad has shown that determination and the right level of support can allow you to continue leading a fulfilling life. He is not just existing, he is living. Visit

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2. Stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer. 3. In 2018 there will be more than 56,000 new and recurrent strokes – that is one stroke every nine minutes. 4. More than 80 per cent of strokes can be prevented. uric acid crystals

5. In 2018 there will be more than 475,000 people living with the effects of stroke. This is predicted to increase to one million by 2050. 6. Around 30 per cent of stroke survivors are under the age of 65. 7. 65% of stroke survivors suffer a disability which impedes their ability to carry out daily living activities unassisted. 8. The financial cost of stroke in Australia is estimated to be $5 billion each year. 9. In 2015, funding for stroke research through the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) represented just 4.1 percent of the total investment in medical research. 10. The FAST test is an easy way to recognise and remember the signs of stroke. Using the FAST test involves asking these simple questions: Face – Check their face. Has their mouth drooped? Arms – Can they lift both arms? Speech – Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you? Time – Time is critical. If you see any of these signs, call 000 straight away.

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out is actually a form of arthritis but is specifically caused by excess uric acid in the blood which forms crystals in the joints, causing pain. The most common area to experience gout is the big toe, although it can affect any joint. Those with gout typically experience a sudden attack of pain without warning. Doctors will typically prescribe medications to reduce the inflammation and help prevent flare ups. It’s important to treat these issues because gout can lead to painful kidney stones. The best way to deal with gout is to support the kidneys and urinary system. When they work properly, gout can be prevented. Let’s take a look at some of the best herbs for supporting proper kidney function. Green tea is a powerful antioxidant that can help with a number of health issues. It contains polyphenols which help stop the formation of kidney stones and prevent kidney disease. Goldenrod has been used for thousands of years to improve urinary health. It helps detoxify the kidneys and keep the urinary tract running smoothly.

Celery Seed extract helps reduce the amount of uric acid that builds up in the body. You can also get the benefits from drinking celery juice. If you prefer, you can buy celery seed extract supplements in the form of capsules. Nettle Tea provides anti-inflammatory chemicals. Drinking it regularly can help prevent the formation of uric acid crystals. If you don’t like the flavor you can use nettle supplements. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation all over the body. If you’re suffering from gout, it can help calm the swelling, inflammation and pain in your joints. It will not only support your kidneys but other areas of the body as well. You can find turmeric in capsule, liquid or powder form. Alternatively, an effective specific herbal liquid mix can be made to address the causes and symptoms of gout. By taking a small amount twice daily, it can be an effective preventative and also a quick remedy if gout starts to take hold in your body. If you are a gout sufferer, the best thing you can do is avoid sugar, grains and excessive red meat. Sugar feeds the yeast in your body and grains turn into sugar. Red meat is full of hormones and antibiotics and is extremely acidic for your body. Black Cherry Juice has similar actions to celery juice in the way it acts in the body. It reduces inflammation and the uric acid build-up. Celery and black cherry taken daily can be an extremely fast and effective remedy for reducing gout attacks. Trudy Kither is a registered naturopath. Visit

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‘Stunning athleticism and heart-stopping acrobatics’ ★★★★★

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Aria Award winner, Christine Anu, will don the wings as Teen Angel in the triumphant return of Grease – The Arena Experience at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. With more than 700 performers, Grease premiered in Brisbane in April last year and since then has played to capacity houses in arenas around the country and been seen by more than 60,000 people nationally. “Teen Angel has traditionally been played by a male, but we really wanted to mix things up in this new production, so we cast Teen Angel as a female,” producer Tim O’Connor says. “Teen Angel appears when Frenchy has just dropped out of beauty school and is feeling lost and looking for guidance, and we couldn’t think of anything more fitting in 2018 than for that advice to come from a female. And Christine Anu is an Aussie legend.” Joining Christine on stage will be The Footy Show’s Beau Ryan as DJ Vince Fontaine as well as an all-star cast of Australian theatre stars and a mass ensemble of more than 700 performers. The ultimate party musical features all the favourite hits including You’re the One That I Want, Greased Lightnin’, Grease is the Word, Summer Nights and Beauty School Drop Out. Grease is the timelessly entertaining

QUEENSLAND Symphony Orchestra presents its annual (Not) The Last Night of the Proms, a night of flag-waving and festive tunes, on August 9 at the QPAC Concert Hall. The Orchestra will perform a feast of music from around the world, including Gershwin’s jazzy Rhapsody in Blue and Sculthorpe’s striking Earth Cry performed by Australia’s leading didgeridoo player William Barton. A flurry of British classics and an invitation to sing along completes the program so you will be smiling all the way home. Bookings


story of 1950s teen love, cliques, and peer pressure. Join your favourite Rydell High students, Danny and Sandy, The T-Birds and the Pink Ladies along with a cast of hilarious characters as they jive and bop their way to graduation. Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Boondall, July 15, 2pm and 7.30pm Tickets $67-$145. Bookings or

THE annual Logan and District Orchid Society show is coming up on August 25 and 26 at the Springwood Rd State School in Springwood. It will include displays of quality orchids, as well as bromeliads, foliage and floral art as well as potting demonstrations and cultural advice. Refreshments will be on sale and stock on sale at reasonable prices. The venue is wheelchair friendly and there is plenty of off-street parking available. Bus trips and groups are welcome, Saturday 8.30am-4pm and Sunday 8.30am-2pm. Admission $4.

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LOOK forward to a night of stunning athleticism and heart-stopping acrobatics when Circa returns to the Redland Performing Arts Centre stage. In Circa’s latest production, Humans, 10 acrobats lead a stirring journey of what it means to be human – how our bodies, connections, and aspirations all form part of who we are. Exploring the physical limits of their bodies as they are pushed to the extreme, they question how much we can take as humans. How much weight can we carry? Who can we trust to support our load? They lead us to reflect on our lives, loved ones and the burdens we carry, as well as the physical and emotional strength it takes to overcome them. Created by Yaron Lifschitz, the stage is stripped bare as the vulnerability of a team of highly skilled acrobats is exposed. With strength and agility, they connect each moment seamlessly with the next in a thrilling and heart-stopping performance. Glimpse their humanity as they find redemptive power in strength and celebrate what it means to be fiercely human, as they go faster, harder and higher than ever before. Circa’s reputation for fearless, boundary-pushing new circus is seen in their physical virtuosity with an expressive humanism. Humans promises that same breathtaking performances that thrilled audiences in Landscape with Monsters and Beyond. Redland Performing Arts Centre, August 9, 7.30pm. Tickets $25-$45. Bookings RPAC Box Office 3829 8131 or visit


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NO ROUGH DIAMONDS AT LOGAN LOVES SENIORS Peter Byrne, who will be performing at this year’s Logan Loves Seniors at the Logan Entertainment Centre, started his career singing Neil Diamond songs in a pub more than 30 years ago. “My father introduced me to his music,” Peter says. “I’ve now been performing the music of Neil Diamond for 26 years on a fulltime basis.” Peter said he had a late start as a performer, launching his professional career at the age of 30. “The chance of me being a super-star

in show business at 30 was limited, as most people starting out today are in their teens. “Performing someone else’s music has, surprisingly, provided me with opportunities that I would not have had otherwise – I’ve toured Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Africa over the years. “Neil Diamond toured the world for almost 50 years, until his retirement from touring earlier this year, due to Parkinson’s disease. “My goal now is to keep his music

alive. He’s an artist who has such broad appeal,” Peter says. Crowd favourites are Sweet Caroline, Song Sung Blue and Cracklin’ Rosie but his own personal favourite is Soolaimon. Peter will be performing solo at Logan Loves Seniors 2018, on Tuesday, August 21, 9.30am and 1pm. Cost is just $7.50 and bookings can be made through the Logan Entertainment Centre. Call 3412 5626 or book online at whats-on.


JULY PROMOTIONS ONE of Australia’s favourite and most respected actors and presenters Noni Hazlehurst will make her mainstage Brisbane theatre debut in the acclaimed production of Mother at QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre from August 7-18. Written by Australian playwright Daniel Keene specially for Hazlehurst as her first one-woman show, Mother tells the story of Christie, a homeless woman in a world detached, unforgiving and destructive. Devastating, yet written with Keene’s characteristic lyricism, the awardwinning show is wrought with tenderness, violence, black humour and loneliness in equal measure. The 75-minute drama has awakened many people to issues surrounding motherhood, poverty and isolation by bringing one Australia’s most loved actors to a wide theatre audience. Tickets or 136 246.

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How Sweet It I


Two of Australia’s best-loved performers present a show packed with honesty and humour, as they sing (and dance) some of the greatest songs about love, marriage, children and being a couple.

SAT 14 JULY, 7.30PM Redland Performing Arts Centre – Concert Hall

Tickets: $35 - $42 Bookings: 3829 8131 or Booking fees: $4.10 by phone and $5 online per transaction

Supported by Major Media Partner: Redland City Bulletin

RICHARD Branson crossed oceans in a hot-air balloon, while Cirque du Soleil billionaire Guy Laliberté blasted into space aboard a Russian rocket. A folly for the moneyed and the mega-rich, extreme endeavour and farcical fun is celebrated in a new adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic adventure novel Around the World in 80 Days. Millionaire adventurer Phileas Fogg agrees to a non-stop sprint circling the globe in just 80 days, an outrageous wager that puts both his fortune and his life at risk. Accompanied by his newly-employed French valet Passepartout, their intrepid journey is marred by the appearance of a Scotland Yard detective dispatched from London on the trail of a bank robber matching Fogg’s description. Travelling via the most efficient

means of the time: train, steamer ships, elephants and even a wind-powered snow sled, they will face hurricanes, Native American warriors, and mistaken identity in order to complete their race. But do they make it in time? Around the World in 80 Days is adapted for the stage by Toby Hulse, directed by Terrence O’Connell and presented by Ellis Productions in association with HIT Productions in Brisbane as part of a national tour. The cast of three tackles 39 characters between them. QUT Gardens Theatre, 2 George St, Brisbane. Performances July 24, 7.30pm; Wednesday 25, 11am and 7.30pm. Tickets $49, concessions $44, pensioners $37. Email gardenstix@qut. call 3138 4455 or visit

STAMPEDING elephants, raging typhoons, runaway trains, unabashed slapstick – hold on to your seats for the original amazing race when Around the World in 80 Days performs at Redland Performing Arts Centre. Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant Passepartout as they set out to win an outrageous wager by circling the globe in 80 days. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show – one of the great adventures of all time! Start this epic adventure in London, before journeying to Egypt, India, Hong Kong, Japan, the United States and then back to London – all from the comfort of your theatre seat. With clever ideas, inventive staging and an accomplished cast of three playing 39 characters, this funny, madcap adaptation of the classic Jules Verne novel is from Ellis Productions in association with HIT Productions. Redland Performing Arts Centre, July 28, 7.30pm. Tickets $20-$45. Bookings RPAC Box Office 3829 8131 or visit

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WHAT’S ON Redland Performing Arts Centre presents

Beautiful - The Carole King Musical cast THE true story of one of the most successful female songwriters of the 20th century, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical weaves the tapestry of her life with the songs that were a coming of age for many


CAROLE KING MUSICAL BRINGS HITS TO LIFE Baby Boomers. The show celebrates Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, including her troubled relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin and their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow songwriting duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. The feel-good song list is jam-packed with her hits from the 1960s and ’70s, including You’ve Got a Friend, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, It’s Too Late, Locomotion, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, I Feel the Earth Move, and You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling. Long before she was Carole King the chart-topping music legend, she was an

ordinary girl with extraordinary talent. She sold her first hit, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, at just 17 and by the time she was 20 she was writing hits for The Drifters, The Shirelles and Aretha Franklin. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally found her own voice and stepped into the spotlight. The show stars Esther Hannaford in the title role and a cast of 24 performers, including six Queenslanders. Beautiful opens at the QPAC Lyric Theatre on July 13, with bookings open to August 30. Tickets $60 - $195. Bookings 136 246 or or visit

By JULES VERNE Adapted for the stage by TOBY HULSE Directed by TERENCE O’CONNELL

TOP AUSTRALIAN PERFORMERS UP-CLOSE AND PERSONAL FRANKIE J Holden and Michelle Pettigrove are one of Australia’s most popular homegrown showbiz couples and they are bringing their sell-out show How Sweet It Is to Redland Performing Arts Centre. They bring together the talent of their careers and experiences from nearly 20 years of marriage to present an entertaining show full of honesty and

humour. Pettigrove is best known for her long-running role as Kate Bryant in A Country Practice while Holden has enjoyed a long career as a singer, actor and TV personality, from Ol’55 to Underbelly and A Place to Call Home. He has created some of Australian television’s most memorable characters and played guest roles in virtually every drama and sit-com on Australian television, as well as being a multi-awardwinning film actor. In recent years they have paired their talents and irreverent presentation styles

to co-host What’s Up Downunder. In How Sweet It Is they will sing (and dance) some of the greatest songs about love, marriage, children and all the other facets of being a couple. The show will feature favourite songs, from Falling in Love Again and Fields of Gold, to rockier tunes like Mockingbird and When Will I Be Loved. The songs are “a blend of romantic and rocky, a bit like our marriage!” Holden says. Redland Performing Arts Centre, July 14, 7.30pm. Tickets $35-$42. Bookings RPAC Box Office 3829 8131 or visit


SAT 28 JULY, 7.30PM

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A production by Ellis Productions in association with HIT Productions


Tuesday 21 August 2018 In celebration of seniors, Logan City Council presents GALA ENTERTAINMENT Featuring Peter Byrne in his Neil Diamond Tribute at 9.30am & 1pm. Tickets on sale now - FREE tea and coffee. Lunch available for purchase

FREE SENIORS EXPO Activities and information stalls from 9am to 1pm.

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Adversity brings out the best in Nerida


urning decades of adversity into years of generosity has earned Halcyon Glades home owner Nerida Smith the prestigious Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for community service. As president of the Lymphoedema Association of Queensland for almost 23 years, Nerida (pictured) has led a community organisation giving support, information and education to people living with the medical condition. Lymphoedema is the swelling of an arm or leg due to a blockage in the lymphatic system, often caused by lymph node removal or damage due to cancer treatment. Nerida lived with the incurable condition for 23 years without a diagnosis after sustaining lymph damage in a childhood cycling accident. She stumbled on newly available treatment and the existence of the association by chance in 1989. Finding answers to her questions and support from people who understood was life-changing for Nerida, inspiring her to become involved in the association. “When I found help I felt so much more in control of my life, so I wanted to help others find the help I found,” she said. “Peer support is very important when anyone has a medical condition. “Often people feel isolated and they just don’t have anyone else to talk to who understands. The empathy is there when people get together and they’re just so thankful that they’ve found answers.”

Nerida, who runs the association from home, shared this part of her life with fellow Halcyon Glades home owners during a well-attended presentation on lymphoedema in the community cinema. One of the homeowners, who has the condition, joined the association following the presentation. Several others, who indicated they knew people at risk, were thankful for the information presented. “I’ve come to Halcyon to start the next chapter in my life and I’ve brought this along with me,” she said. Nerida, who hopes to hold more information sessions at Halcyon Glades, received her OAM at Government House in Brisbane. “It’s been rewarding, I’ve met lots of lovely people and it’s a great feeling to help others out,” she said.

PLAN TO HAVE IT ALL With the cost of living rising, over 50s want to consider what is needed for a comfortable retirement – and there may be a way to have it all. Sell the family home, move into a newly-built home in a gated community, put cash in your pocket and have access to a pool and leisure facilities. Affordable lifestyle communities for over 50s exist and without the expensive exit fees or complicated contracts.

It is possible to downsize your home and upsize your lifestyle and finances at the same time. Lifestyle advisers at Nature’s Edge Buderim, can introduce you to a secure, gated community in a new, eco-friendly, architect-designed home, without exit fees. Call 1800 218 898 or email info@ to arrange a tour or visit

HOMEOWNERS ENJOY SOCIAL LIFE LAWN bowls, movie nights, aqua aerobics, “killer pool”, mah-jong and happy hour – the social choices are yours at Living Gems Pacific Paradise. Designed for over 50s, it has 112 stylish and modern homes surrounding a central two-storey country club and common area precinct. Living Gems Pacific Paradise is a gated resort located only five minutes from Marcoola beach, and offers all the benefits of location, lifestyle, community and security. Homeowners have exclusive access to resort-style recreational facilities including a heated swimming pool, lawn bowls, tennis court, workshop, cinema and arts and crafts room. Other facilities include a bar, dining area, dancefloor, table tennis, meeting room, hair salon, golf simulator, games room, coffee lounge, commercial kitchen, barbecue pavilion, gym, library, spa and sauna. Living Gems sales manager Victoria Dent said the social committee was always organising events for residents. “The social committee recently

organised a successful Biggest Morning Tea, raising over $1000,” she said. “The ladies lawn bowls has started to attract good numbers.” Another popular weekly event is movie night. Homeowners enjoy the movie of the week in the 40-seat cinema located in the country club. “I am happy to report that sales are going well at the resort and construction is moving full steam ahead,” Ms Dent said. “There are fewer than 30 blocks remaining.” To book a tour or find out more call 1800 785 594 or email victoria@ Call 1800 978 288,

STOCKLAND CELEBRATES MILLION-DOLLAR MILESTONE THE Stockland CARE Grants program, now in its fifth year, has celebrated a key milestone with more than $1 million donated to more than 1000 community groups around Australia. Recipients of the 2018 grants have been announced with more than $270,000 awarded to local groups to help support community-led programs and opportunities, all aimed at building thriving communities. In 2018, Stockland has awarded grants of up to $1000 to nearly 300 community organisations around the country. This year’s recipients include environmental groups, animal care and welfare groups, local charities, local primary and high schools seeking additional funds to launch special, community-based programs, as well as local sporting, special interest, seniors and social clubs.

Chief operating officer Michael Rosmarin said Stockland was proud to once again lend a hand to hundreds of community groups around Australia and to be celebrating such a milestone. “The Stockland CARE Grants program has donated more than $1 million since inception and we are proud to continue our support for local community groups whose great work, dedication and commitment are an essential part of making any community thrive,” he said. “We wholeheartedly recognise the valuable contribution these groups make to their community every single day. Stockland CARE Grants is an annual program run across Stockland’s retail, retirement living and residential portfolios to provide local organisations the opportunity to help create more cohesive, inclusive and engaging community-based programs.

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The WORLD in Your Hands

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You wouldn’t miss it for all the tea in China Have you ever seen a travel deal that appeared too good to be true? BEVERLEY EVERSON hesitated when she saw 14 days in China all inclusive for under $2000 but decided to give it a go.

Looking across to Shanghai skyscrapers from The Bund.


he China Orient and Yangtze River Cruise included all international and internal flights, bullet train and high-speed train travel, 4-star accommodation and breakfasts, most dinners, English speaking guides, airport transfers and excursions. So while it was not on our list of “must do” destinations, this was an offer too good to turn down and, after checking with a few friends who had done a similar China tour, we went ahead and booked. The itinerary arrived promptly which was good, as it is needed to support the visa application. We would fly from Brisbane to Guangzhou for nine hours and then take a three-hour domestic flight to Beijing, so

it was good to know we would be met and have all transfers organised after such a long day. Our first and lasting impression of China was the sheer scale of everything. Guangzhou just north-west of Hong Kong, for example, has a population of 14.5 million. China is one of the oldest surviving world civilizations and the world’s fourth largest country with a quarter of the world’s population at 1.25 billion people in 23 provinces. Australia is the sixth largest country with a population of 24 million – similar to many cities in China. There are endless roads and highways, seemingly chaotic congestion, sprawling landscapes of construction

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sites, tower cranes and skyscrapers as far as the eye could see (which at times was not that far because of the smog). Temperatures were an average of 8C-19C during our trip in April, with some days as high as 24C-28C. It soon became obvious that we would be spending a lot of time travelling the long distances between locations in the cities, but the destinations were well worth it. There were plenty of optional tours too, so we always had the choice of time out or joining cultural experiences and night entertainment. It is also worth noting that there was no opportunity to shower and dress for dinner on our tour. Meals always immediately followed the day’s excursions and before returning to the hotel. Days were full and we often returned late to the hotel. The first day out was in Beijing and off to Olympic Park to see the Birds Nest and Water Cube made famous in 2008, and then on to Tiananmen Square which has a capacity of one million. There are monuments to the People’s Heroes and Mao Zedong who proclaimed the founding of the people’s republic in 1949. Not surprisingly, there is no mention of the 1989 student uprising and massacre. From here, it’s a short walk to the Forbidden City, for more than 500 years a palace of the Chinese emperors. Back on the bus and off to the Hutong area for an optional tour with a rickshaw ride and meal with a local family. We soon discovered how, in part, the price of the trip could be so affordable – there were obligatory trips to various Chinese Government enterprises – jade, silk, tea and medicine among them. The next day was the highlight of the trip. About an hour’s drive out of Beijing we came to the Great Wall of China, which still lives up to its name. It was

Suzhou Grand Canal somewhat surreal to climb on the ancient steps which go on for 8850km and possibly more. We learn it would take longer than 18 months to walk although many sections are now in disrepair or closed. The Great Wall was mainly constructed during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and built as a defensive structure. It has very steep sections, with uneven stesp but magnificent views. Sticky rice flour and slake lime was the standard ingredient in the mortar to bind the bricks. It is said that in many places weeds still cannot grow. We had about two hours to climb and descend and return to the meeting point. Then it was back on the bus to return to Beijing for lunch at a local restaurant (5 levels of eating areas), and then a visit a traditional Chinese medical centre. Some interesting traditional medicine information was provided and during a five-minute foot massage, practitioners arrived to give a five-minute individual health assessment along with a push to invest in their remedies. After dinner we rounded off the day continued over >

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The Forbidden City in Beijing was the home of Emperors for more than 500 years. with an optional tour to the Kungfu Show at the Red Theatre. The next day was a choice of leisure or optional tours of the Temple of Heaven and a visit to see the pandas before boarding, late afternoon, the bullet train to travel at more than 300kmh for the 1100km journey to Hangzhou. It’s a reasonably small city for China, with about nine million people. Here we see West Lake Wonderland, one of the top 10 scenic areas in China. It is a freshwater lake covering 64sq km and divided into five sections with temples, pagodas, gardens and artificial islands. Departing early by bus, we set off for the Longjing tea plantation, a charming cultural village where Longjing or dragon well tea has been grown for more than 1200 years. We were treated to a traditional tea ceremony and learnt the culture of this very expensive tea. Then it was two hours on the road to Suzhou, with a population of 10.6million (Brisbane has about 2 million) which is west of Shanghai and known for its canals, bridges and gardens. The Master of the Nets Garden is one of the finest traditional, classical and residential gardens in China, built in 1140

and restored many times over the centuries. The Suzhou Grand Canal, the longest in the world, seen from a motorised gondola, is a picture of local life. Some sections date to 5BC. A walk through a local market in alleyways beside the Grand Canal is an eye opener with live offerings of toads, eels, cooked sparrows and other unrecognisable “delicacies” to satisfy the adventurous appetite. Day 7 was a 7.45am start for a silk factory visit and the trip to Shanghai, which has 24.21 million people. Only a small fishing village 1200 years ago, it is now the largest city in the world in population followed by Beijing. Here, 10 million people use the subway and about 1000 bus routes each day. Highways are stacked to six levels. Shanghai is ranked 4th in the world for its skyscrapers, all 145 of them. Most of the centre is only 30 years old. Despite its size, it is a beautiful city. Gardens are planted on the freeways and drape down walls and over pylons. The Nanjing walking district and The Bund (embankment) on the Huangpu River is a fascinating walk where the very old meets the new – a walk through

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time like a living museum. The Bund once housed numerous banks and trading houses and exchanges from all over the world and lies north of the old walled city of Shanghai. Here you will also find the French Concession (Quarter). After dinner we arrived at our hotel, the Delta Hotel by Marriott. It was palatial – a lobby with high ceilings, central double staircase, gold peacock statues and sparkling chandeliers, several sitting areas with beautiful furniture, gardens, marble floors and lush carpet, large rooms with double queen beds, automatic toilet with remote controlled bidet and heated seat and views of a park. The next day we chose the optional city tour, to see the 88-storey Jin Mao Tower and wander in the clouds along a 60m glass skywalk without rails. We were disappointed to find that they don’t allow anyone over 59 to do this walk. The Urban Planning Exhibition Centre in People’s Square is a must. The Maglev or magnetic levitation train runs for only 30.5km which it covers in just eight minutes with a top speed of 431km. It runs at top speed only between 3pm and 3.45pm due to huge cost but is worth the ride. The nearby market, the biggest indoor market in China, has so many corridors it

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Sicily’s Giardini-Naxos Bay with Etna and Catania in the background.

Ancient megalithic nuraghi in Sardinia.

Beauty of the Sardinian countryside.


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BOOK review THE FATHER and THE SONS by Anton Svensson JO BOURKE I do not have enough superlatives for this dynamic duo of reading captivation! Here are two novels based on historical facts, with the characters fleshed out so deeply that the father, the mother and the three sons seeped into my imagination in clear detail. Overall it is the story of an utterly dysfunctional family where the brainwashing and conditioning of the three boys starts early through the cruel and erratic father. The family bond is so unwavering that the eldest son Leo, with incredible planning, is able to convince the brothers to rob banks successfully over many years. These novels had everything I love in a novel – I was mesmerized by the unravelling of the characters as they each faced their demons. The story was balanced by the sub-plot of the policeman who became obsessed with their capture. These are books so skillfully written that I will probably read them again.

MARY BARBER Crime novels are not my cup of tea but, that said, these books were riveting, fast-paced and wellwritten. The flashbacks to childhood were clear and compelling. The short passages made it an easy read. I sympathised with Leo and his brothers and the extreme uncertainty and hovering violence that was their childhood. The novel shows how Leo chose a life of crime so that he could escape uncertainty and map out his own destiny. It was painful watching his brothers being drawn into his schemes due to their misplaced loyalty. The follow-up book brings in new characters and goes further into the boys’ childhood. However, I think the author should have rested on the success of the first novel. It felt like the author was trying to excuse the criminal life and intense hatred of the police that Leo had taken on. By this time, I didn’t really care.

ELIZABETH PASCOE The opening paragraph of the first book in this true story, is a violent battery on a woman by a man. It left me feeling sick and angry and wondering, “do I really need to read this book?” After calming down and reading on, I realised that this incident was an essential part of this dysfunctional family’s life and formed a backdrop to future events. This is a stunning, beautifully written book which holds the reader enthralled to the end. By the second book, seven years have passed and the bonds that bound the brothers are not quite as strong. We are taken back to their past experiences. I didn’t find this book as interesting. The flashbacks were an intrusion at times. Combining both books, this is a saga of a family and the individuals in it. For some who had no choice to survive was enough. Blind loyalty also has a part.

TONY HARRINGTON These paired Nordic noir novels are a powerful blend of real-life criminal acts and fiction woven into a great story. It is the tale of a family, of brotherhood, of blood ties and domestic violence. It is about clan loyalty and betrayal. The main theme is stick together and never snitch on the clan. It is about a drunken violent father who hardens his sons to become criminals and a loving mother who helps soften their natures. I liked the counterbalance between the two main protagonists and that of the investigating police officer’s story against that of the sons and their bank robberies. The two books are written in an easy to read movie script style. The second book is a bit repetitive but ties up some loose ends. Engaging and entertaining. 8/10

The true story of the dysfunctional Duvnjac family told in two separate volumes has been translated from Swedish. It is about twisted relationships that result in inevitable crime and violence. The story is a thriller and also an examination of family relationships and of the toxic damage done by child abuse and domestic violence.

JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT Scandinavian crime fiction writers, in my opinion, are at the top of the genre. These books are about armed robberies that are meticulously planned, extremely clever and precise in execution. The father’s tough love for his three sons and violent behaviour towards their mother sets the scene for a life of crime for one son and devastating consequences for other members of the family. The author constructs his criminal villains, police heroes, crime scenes, escapes, hideouts and other action locations so clearly that it is hard not to feel that you are in the story. Two very good books that are believable, exciting, easy to read and a great change up from murder stories.

SUZI HIRST I struggled through the first book and felt there was a lot of ploughing through page upon page of military-style plans before each robbery happened. Everything planned to the last second by Leo, the eldest son. I loved The Sons and really then got a grip on the how the actions of the drunken, abusive, wifebeating father shaped his eldest son Leo’s life, and how he would eventually involve all his family in his criminal activities. Leo needed his brothers with him as family always “Stick together and look after each other” was the code drummed into him at a young age by his father. The Sons was a much faster-paced book. Big reads.

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