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Editor’s note

Contents she had shared with her husband most of her long life. Wow! What a woman. Julie Lake this month looks at how we can stay living at home, albeit in a much finer fashion and with much more assistance than my 102-yearold. Speaking of which, during the course of her investigation, she also discovered that there are in fact care homes on the Gold Coast and in Sydney (and probably elsewhere) that cost – wait for it – $220,000 or


here seems to be such an obsession with long life these days. Every disease is a killer, every organ is at risk of failure and every day there’s a new study telling us what we should and shouldn’t be eating and doing. What concerns me more is the difference between being alive and living. There’s no use keeping the heart ticking when the mind is not willing. It brings to mind the case of a woman I met a few decades back. She was the best advertisement for old age I have ever met and although she has long since departed, she left quite an impression. At 102, she was still living alone, walking to the corner store each day to get a few groceries – and lived in the same high set home


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thereabouts a YEAR! Apparently, it costs a few motzah just to get in – and there is a waiting list. She noted that you could probably rent a suite at the Sheraton for that but was told that it is better than the Sheraton. Now that’s aged care. Also this month, we introduce a new column with the men in mind. Steve Mendl who has spent a decade specialising in assisting career-builders make the transition to retirement, is about to launch his book Beyond the Money aimed at men leaving fulltime work. He will be sharing his knowledge in his column On Track each month. Happy reading. Dorothy Whittington, Editor

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Living at home forever – and loving it! There are plenty of good reasons to remain living at home, simple economics among them. JULIE LAKE investigates the possibilities, the options and even the new technology.


t costs a lot of money to keep somebody in a nursing home – accommodation payments of $250,000-$550,000 are not uncommon and some are higher. Lower-priced nursing homes are available but demand is high and amenities may not appeal to Baby

Boomers used to a certain standard of living. Much of the cost is borne by the federal government unless your retirement income has reasonable wage parity, which is why the government prefers to help its elderly, chronically ill or physically-challenged citizens to live

in their own homes forever. This is made possible by a range of aids and services under the My Aged Care banner; the former available from government health care outlets or specialist suppliers and the latter from one of the many health care providers. The big question is, how do you go about accessing them? The answer is, it’s complicated! So whether you require help for yourself, your partner or your parents, today or in the future, the time to start looking into it is NOW. The first step is simple. If you think you or someone close to you may be eligible for care, talk to your GP about being assessed by an aged care assessment team (ACAT) of health care professionals. Or you can self-refer. This can take some weeks to set up unless your case is urgent. Everything hangs on this interview so it’s important to be brutally honest about your problems so that you can be assessed for the right level of care. Don’t hang tough, or you’ll get less than you need. Don’t exaggerate because these trained experts will see through it. Make a list of all your problems and needs first. And here’s a couple more useful tips: make it clear you wish to stay at home, not go into a nursing home. And don’t apply for ACAT too early – if you don’t use it for a year you’ll have to reapply. The assessment will determine the level of care you need, from a few hours a week to a total care package. Details of the four levels of care package are available on the website and other sources. This includes costs and what each person pays depends on a means test. Basically, the richer you are the more you pay. So far, so good. But now you have to select a care provider and there is a bewildering number of these – about 14 of them in Brisbane and the north and south coasts, ranging from church-based to private and community-based. The ACAT team will put you in touch with some organisations in your area but the final choice, thanks to the Consumer Directed Care (CDP) program, is up to you. Geoff Marshall, manager of a community care organisation that provides various support services to seniors describes the process of finding the most suitable service provider as having become “de-personalised, invasive and frustrating to potential consumers” since the system changed in 2015. However, when it comes to making a choice he suggests considering more than one provider because while it is generally simpler to have a single provider, services differ from one care organisation to another and you can pick and choose those that suit your particular needs. Fees differ too because there is no government-fixed price for service. If you live in Brisbane or urban parts of the Sunshine and Gold Coasts you have a lot of choice; in rural areas that choice will be limited. Jock Pugh is 83 and has several chronic health conditions though he is still able to move around his home with the aid of a stick and walk short distances. His slightly younger wife, Bet, is in good health.

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“Siri, Amazon Echo and Amazon Alexa are all programs for those whose sight or hearing is impaired” even the most basic home help following an assessment that said I needed that help badly. I’m on an aged pension with some extra income from investments and it was only thanks to a tip from a friend that I learned to dig in my heels and say, ‘I need that (walker) but I can’t afford to pay for it’. And then I got it,” Ruth says. As Jock Pugh also points out, many of

today’s retirees still feel a sense of shame at having to receive help from the government and don’t realise that aged care is a given in any civil society. It is an entitlement after years of paying taxes, not a privilege and, considering the costs involved, only the very rich can afford to do without it. The good news for Baby Boomers and the app-enabled is that we are young enough to take full advantage of new technologies now available to help us be more self-reliant in managing our aged care and thus stay in our homes forever – and all we need are our smart phones. Some are already using Google Home as a remote control to manage entertainment and switch lights or thermostats on or off. Tecla is a cloud-assisted device that operates smart devices such as phones and tablets through wheelchair driving controls and ability switches. It’s particularly helpful to those with limited upper-mobility. Siri, Amazon Echo and Amazon Alexa are all programs for those whose sight or hearing is impaired. Traditional tools and appliances can “get smart” by adaptions such as WeMo plugs. And this is just the beginning because the overall platform for easy wi-fi control of everything in the home from robotic vacuums to closing the blinds, is expanding rapidly and costs are coming down as the market grows. Unfortunately, government always lags behind the technological dynamic and so none of these aids from what is now called The Internet of Things, yet receive government assistance. But that, too will change. Statistics show that most people want to stay in their own homes for the rest of their lives and here in Queensland, both present and future programs and aids are helping us do just that – and loving it! Visit



She receives a carer’s allowance from the federal government and Jock also receives entry-level home help – three hours cleaning a month – from a local community-based organisation. Transport to medical appointments is also available at a modest fee. “Even a small amount makes a difference when you are on a pension,” Bet says. “And it’s comforting to know that care packages are available if we need them down the track so we can stay here and not go to a nursing home.” Ruth D. is much younger, a teacher in her late 60s, with a chronic debilitating illness that forced her to take early retirement. She is unable to walk easily, lift anything over a couple of kilos or use her hands with any dexterity. She lives alone and doesn’t wish to leave her second-storey unit because it is so handy to the city and to everything and everyone in life she values. To help her remain in her home she receives a flexible care package that includes cleaning assistance, occupational therapy, essential grocery shopping and unpacking/putting away, podiatry, hydrotherapy (swimming is her only form of exercise) and physiotherapy. Her walker is provided free-of-charge in her care package – provided she needs it at home and not just to go shopping. If she has to swap it for a wheelchair, this, too, will be provided free. Yet, despite the range of government subsidised services and goods available through care providers, many people remain unaware of them or how to access them. There still prevails in the community a belief in the virtue of “doing it tough”, even though this may be both physically and financially disadvantageous. What’s more, keeping up with government changes and trying to pick the right care provider from all those

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Letters In Letters (YT, Feb) the anonymous letter writer mentions a lot of helpful info about shingles. However, he doesn’t mention that there is now inoculation available against shingles. I had a light case of shingles once, and last year my GP gave me an injection against shingles, because it is something that one can get more than once. The shingles shot didn’t hurt and had no side effects. Better still, it was free for pensioners. M Pietersen ARTHUR Hay’s interesting letter (YT, Jan) about whose dictionary is the standard for usage and the correct form of English, with all its quirks, has to remember that language is fluid and evolves. It is functional to the point that new words are added to the Australian Macquarie and the Oxford English Dictionaries annually. Who decides that is a mystery. I, too, learnt parsing and analysis, Latin and Greek roots, prefixes and suffixes in my primary years, with many practices under the thumb of


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teachers a little older than myself. I am blessed to have had that investment into my education, for my love of language, reading and writing, stems from my learnt knowledge and practising its many parts. If you watched My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you will see Toulah’s Greek father always sprouting that any word has Greek origins. It may or may not be completely true, but we do owe the Greek and Latin cultures for much of our languages today. Learning Latin and Greek roots of English words, prefixes and suffixes, helps with spelling, but constant exposure to American media has changed the way many teach and write, not always the proper Oxford or Macquarie English. Even the ABC has been caught adopting such Americanisms as “license” for “licence”. It is a trend which, by exposure to global media, will continue to change our written and spoken English regardless. The internet has a lot to answer for, putting the Queens’s English in jeopardy. But to each his own. Many are not

concerned, but what is at risk is the growing lack of writing ability in our younger generations, in particular, after texting and abbreviations become more common as a means of communication. Many do not know how to write a letter but with emails, it is becoming more obsolete or less urgent. Too bad the national Naplan test has not caught up with the trend. Eloise Rowe HAVING read the letter from Barbara Baker (YT Feb) I am prompted to also write since there are one or two smaller things which we have in common with Barbara. I also write this letter from the perspective of a child of seven. My parents, elder brother and younger sister and I left England in 1952 for a new life in Australia. We departed England on the same ship as Barbara SS New Australia which was its maiden voyage, the ship having been renamed and refitted after it experienced a fire while under the name of Monarch of Bermuda and the banner

of another shipping company. We departed England on February 6, 1952 which was the same day as King George VI died. I remember well our maternal grandparents being at the ship, along with my uncle and his wife. Unlike Barbara, we sailed via the Suez Cancel. Barbara sailed via the Cape of Good Hope as the Suez Canal was closed because of the political situation at the time of her travel. I remember port stops along the way, particularly in Aden where I recall sitting on a wall with my brother and sister while Dad took a photograph. We disembarked in Melbourne and travelled to a migrant hostel in Bonegilla, Victoria, where we stayed for a few months. Eventually Dad, who was an electrician, was offered a job in a Queensland power house and we travelled up by train. Arriving in Brisbane in the latter part of 1952, we stayed in a migrant hostel at Colmslie, which was near Bulimba/ Morningside, until we were


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My Mum was never able to see her parents again or even attend their funeral and I still remember the telegrams coming when each of them passed away. Mum was stoic in front of her children but she must have really been hurting. I can only imagine the shock to the system the shack in Gumdale must have been to them. Australia has changed a great deal in the years since we arrived. Whether or not many of those changes are good is something only people of my vintage could debate and I am not sure if my Mum and Dad would enjoy the many changes that have occurred. Nevertheless, they made a home in this country and assimilated. Dad was a stickler for good manners and respect and we benefited from that. Fortunately, after Dad retired, they took the opportunity to return to their home country. They also saw places and things which they never saw when they were living there. My Uncle refused to visit Australia for many years and I think it might have had something to do with some feeling of anger that Dad had taken his sister away from him and their parents. However, he visited in the early 1980s and said he wished he had done so long before. Both Mum and Dad retained much of their Englishness and as they grew older they talked about the old country more and more. I also have been fortunate enough to return to the country of my birth. Although I had been over to England a couple of times previously, in 2013, I fulfilled my wish to travel by sea with my dear wife. I would have preferred to go via the Suez Canal but this route was a longer journey and we sailed via the Panama Canal. When the ship sailed early in the morning into Southampton I stood on the our cabin balcony and of course, my thoughts turned to my parents. I was overwhelmed with emotion thinking about it all and just how it must have been for them to be sailing out of Southampton in 1952 into what was, for them both, the virtual unknown. We loved them both dearly and we appreciate the sacrifice they made for us by leaving their country and all that they had ever known. Many migrants ended up returning to Britain because of homesickness and difficulties of assimilating with the climate of Australia. My parents, although homesickness must have always been present, persisted. I just wish I could tell them right now how much I appreciate what they did for us. Roger Green

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David Parmiter’s recent column “A language all of its own” prompted LYNDA M. UTTING to think about how the English language has changed over time, in her opinion for the worse.


an I grab your signature?” (to shopper withdrawing cash); “Just flick me an email” (request from co-worker); “You can chuck your bag over there” (hotel employee to guest); and even at a specialist sport shoe store: “Here, chuck these shoes on…” (employee to customer). Each of these scenarios have happened to me – and too many more to mention. And each time, I like to pause and correct the offender, rephrasing their request and helping them see the error of their ways. “No, but you may have my signature”; “No, but I’m happy to send you an email”; “No, I’m certainly not chucking my bag anywhere. I will place it”; “I’m not chucking on an expensive pair of running shoes, but I’ll try them on for size.” Almost all perpetrators of this new “casual speak” are of the millennial generation. Are we surprised? Like, are we all happy to be called “you guys”?

A secondary trend in the “casual speak” sub-culture are social media reports that are meaningless and vague. For example, “yeah, so I got this thing” (my son referring to his new car purchase) and “yeah, so I saw this thing” (my niece standing at the Grand Canyon). Yet this same generation, is happy to “hashtag” every little movement, piece of food, blink, stare and yawn that is totally meaningless and non-significant – #newshoes, #thatwentfast, #chilltime. The meaningless and everyday gets the #hashtag acknowledgement while the totally awesome, memorable and significant events (and people) don’t even get the label they deserve – go figure, because I can’t. These same offenders also seem to be predominant in the new “negative speak” culture and unfortunately, there’s a growing demographic of older Aussies joining them.

It didn’t seem that long ago when “thanks” got a lovely “you’re welcome” in reply. “Not a problem” and “no worries” are standard these days. Alas, these negative phrases are so much a part of our Aussie vernacular that people regard them as a standard, acceptable response. In my opinion, they are not. “You’re welcome” will always sit with me as the appropriate response to a gesture of appreciation. And what’s my reply to the negative nay-sayers, you may wonder. “Oh, I didn’t expect it to be a problem” or “Oh, I didn’t know it was a worry” and each time I say that, the naysayer stops and thinks and then replies with something like, “oh, I didn’t mean it like that” Me: “Yes, but that’s what you said”. So be very careful what you say – and choose your words carefully. They may mean something completely different to what you intended.

The 13th century scholar John Duns Scotus gave his name to a word meaning entirely the opposite? Respected as one of the most intelligent thinkers of his generation and a theologian in the Franciscan tradition, Scotus made many bold claims on a wide range of subjects, from language to divinity and the nature of morality. He was born some time between December 23, 1265 and March 17, 1266, near the lodge at Duns Castle in Berwickshire in Scotland, and became a priest at St Andrews

in Northampton, England, on March 17, 1291. Duns Scotus is considered to be one of the three most important philosophertheologians of western Europe in the high Middle Ages, along with Thomas Aquinas and William of Ockham. He had considerable influence on both Catholic and secular tought and was given the scholastic accolade Doctor Subtilis (Subtle Doctor) for his penetrating manner of thought. But in the 16th century, long after his death in 1308, his ideas fell out of favour and those who continued to believe in them were called Dunsmen or Duns. The term duns or dunce became, in the mouths of the Protestants, a term of abuse and a synonym for one incapable of scholarship. Scotus did wear a pointy hat as was fashionable in his time, and so did many of his followers. And that, of course, became the dunce’s hat. Duns Scotus was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1993.

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Time steals control from even the strongest My grandmother controlled everything and everyone in her long life, writes KATE CALLAHAN. Then, during her final five years in care, she lost it all.


hen my grandmother Clara died in 1978 at the age of 95, she had lived through the Boer War, the Great Depression and two world wars. She had witnessed federation on January 1, 1901 and the death of Queen Victoria, just three weeks later. My grandmother also outlived two husbands and one son. But after a long and productive life that began in 1883, her final years were spent in miserable circumstances and according to her six surviving children, her passing was a “blessed release” that came about five years too late. The youngest of nine children, she was orphaned at the age of five and raised by aunts. They taught her to cook superbly, sew well and clean meticulously. Sadly, she learnt precious little about love and affection in that sterile all-female Victorian household. At the age of 25, she married my grandfather, William, and together they ran a general store, finding time along the way to produce six children. When William died suddenly at the age of 39, Clara became a widow for the first time. But life has a neat way of providing opportunities amid the most catastrophic


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of circumstances. Three years later at the age of 42 and with six children in tow, Clara married Walter, a well-to-do bachelor, seven years younger than herself and the cousin of her late husband. Not only was Walter unencumbered by children of his own, but he also owned the store next door to Clara and was thus her main business competitor. Who’d have thought that a middleaged widow with half a dozen children would make such a clever and strategic choice? It must have been love. In her mid-40s, Clara gave birth to another son and for almost 40 years, dear Walter was a much-loved husband, father, step-father, and grandfather. After World War II, Clara and Walter sold up and moved to the Big Smoke – Brisbane. Grandad was a gentle old man with a serene smile. His long brown baggy pants made him appear thin and frail. He was constantly hectored by my grandmother who, by this time, had turned into something of a harridan. Grandma ran the house like a military establishment. She served meals at precisely the same time every day – and woe betide if you were late to the table. She was a fastidious housekeeper; nothing was ever out of place.

She had rules about everything, and try as I might, I failed to comply with her endless requirements. Despite her diminutive stature, she had a steely gaze and I found her utterly terrifying. So, too, did my mother. At their first meeting, Clara sat Mum down with a pen and paper and administered – of all things – a spelling test. Not the warmest of welcomes for a future daughter-in-law. Apparently, the ability to spell “accommodation”, “perseverance” and “inoculate” was important to my grandmother. Years later, grandma gave me a dictionary for Christmas. Can you see a pattern developing? On Good Friday 1964, amid torrential rain, Walter died at home. Clara, then aged 81, was a widow for the second time. Despite the soaring front steps, a steep pathway leading up to the back of the house and a downstairs laundry, Clara stolidly remained in the pre-War home she had shared with Walter. Even if she had been prepared to consider the options, there were few available. Aged care facilities were scarce. There was Eventide at Sandgate, which had been established after the war. It was a grim place that I remember visiting as a child in the 1960s. There were old people,

mostly confined to bed, in long wards without an ounce of privacy. No, that wouldn’t do. As my grandmother became frailer, a succession of paid domestic workers was introduced into her home. They were called “companion-helps” or perhaps that should have been “companions-help”. I’m sure Grandma would have known which was correct. Pity those poor women. None lasted long. My grandmother was not one to adapt to change or accept intruders in her home. She would have made their lives hell. In her 90th year, Clara had a fall, as so often happens, and her days of living in her own home were at an end. Because she had money, private health insurance and a touch of dementia, she spent the next five years bedridden in a private room at Belmont Private Hospital. Belmont was a “nerve hospital”, so called because it did (and still does) provide acute mental health care. It was ill-suited to the needs of an elderly woman, whose only real complaint was extreme old age and the deterioration that goes with it. Clara slipped away silently on July 6, 1978, but I fancy she’s continuing her work up above: “Now, St Peter, how do you spell cherubim?”

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The convict who lived the life of Bribie Ferries and steamships delivered visitors to Bribie, one of the three main islands of Moreton Bay, before the Bribie Island bridge was opened in 1963. With easy access, it has become a popular place to live, writes AUDIENNE BLYTH.


ribie is separated by from the mainland by Pumicestone Passage, so named for the amount of pumice that washes up there. Birdlife abounds in what is mainly salt flat marshlands, paper barks, she oak and gums. Bribie, it is believed, was the nickname of James Beiby, a ticket-ofleave man from the early convict settlement at Brisbane. From 1824 to 1839 Brisbane was a colony for second offenders and no free settlers arrived in that time. Beiby has been described as a master weaver and basket maker and as such earned special privileges. The Petrie family recorded that a prisoner, Bribie the basket maker, held a short sentence and had an assistant to help with collecting canes and reeds for basket making and fish traps. On daily trips they would travel as far as the island in search of suitable materials. Food was often in short supply at the settlement and the fact that Bribie could build a trap and catch fish set him in esteem. According to James Largessner’s Bribie the Convict Weaver, as early as 1836 the island was referred to as Bribie’s

The Commissariat store in Brisbane was built by convict labour. Photo: Queensland State Library. Island. Prisoners were generally set to work timber-getting, quarrying stone or food growing. Some overseers treated the prisoners cruelly with stories told of floggings, leg irons and treadmills. Female convicts were also accommodated at that time and were also subjected to harsh discipline. John Oxley is credited with the discovery of the Brisbane River in 1823 when he was searching for a suitable site for a convict settlement. After a failed first attempt to establish a settlement at Humpybong, Redcliffe, Captain Miller selected a site on the

Uniform worn by colonial officers Brisbane River. Bishop, Logan, Clunie, Fyans, Cotton and Gorman were other commandants whose names are perpetuated around Brisbane. Logan handed out particularly harsh punishments and his death, although attributed to Aborigines, was likely a revenge killing by convicts. By 1839, convicts were returned to Sydney and Moreton Bay was opened up for free settlement in 1842. Andrew Petrie had been the Supervisor of Works in the settlement

and stayed on after the departure of the convicts. In the 1840s he explored the coast to the north of Brisbane and named the Maroochy River. However, because of Governor Gipps’ decree to protect the bunya lands for Aborigines, the arrival of the pastoralists and the timber-getters did not occur on the Sunshine Coast until the 1860s. Of the 2000 or more convicts who were sent to Brisbane, 10 per cent died for varying reasons and a few absconded to the bush, which seemed a better proposition than dying in irons. Of all the convicts, James Beiby was fortunate. He married an Aboriginal woman from the island he had come to know so well. He received a ticket-ofleave and, it is believed, lived out his days there in an idyllic existence.

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hey don’t have a mortgage because their home is a caravan, so they can travel the country and set up camp when and where they want. They work for seven months of each year and for the other five months, they wander as they please. Terry and Leesa Alexander are satisfied that they have found the perfect work-life balance. “In 2008 we were both sick of our jobs and we knew we wanted to see more of Australia,” says Leesa, who worked at Woolworths for 27 years. “We thought if we wait to do this until we are retired, we could be dead before we get there. We had nothing stopping us. We don’t have kids and other than our jobs we had no commitments. So we sold up and hit the road.” Terry, who worked as a salesman for a home improvement company, says they originally intended to look for work in the mines. But that plan soon changed when they discovered the family-owned recruitment firm Agri Labour Australia could find them jobs much more to their liking. “We thought better of the mines because they were really hard to get into, so we connected with Agri Labour

Australia about finding work on the land,” Terry said. “We both came from the country and love exploring Australia. We started picking mangoes, then we did almonds, grain and cotton. The cream of our income now is ginning (packing) cotton. It’s extremely good money.” The couple now work on cotton farms

at Hay in the Riverina for four or five months and then head north to Yeppoon to pick pineapples. “The rest of the time we just wander around,” Leesa said. “We have a much better life doing this than we ever had working fulltime jobs we didn’t like. “I just keep wondering why we didn’t do it earlier. It makes me really angry when I hear people say there isn’t work available in Australia. If you are prepared to get out to the country and work hard, there are plenty of jobs.” Leesa said work on the land was a perfect arrangement for grey nomads, the semi-retired and those who are nomads, but not yet grey. “A lot of the training is done on site and once you are trained and have done a season with an employer, you have the skills and are more employable on other properties in future seasons,” she said. Agri Labour Australia managing director Casey Brown said seasonal work on farms was proving the perfect semi-retirement for some, while for others it was a dream lifestyle and a chance to see Australia. He said mature workers – grey nomads and the semi-retired – now accounted for between 5 and 10 per cent

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Patience keeps endeavours afloat TWO heads are better than one when it comes to building scale models of a 300-year-old French warship, writes MAL LANCASTER.


entenary Suburbs Men’s Shed members Richard Wilson and Ken Smith have a shared and active interest in the sea and were both involved in sailing from a young age. Their interest has been rekindled through the model boat building activity at the Men’s Shed. They are working on several models including a 300-year-old French warship Indiscreet (a name that is still in use on a French submarine), which was built in 1749 by the French Navy. It was a special speed ship to counter pirates off North Africa, and carried 20 canons and a crew of 300 men. The second model, which has a greater Australian connection, is Captain Cook’s famous (HMS Bark) Endeavour in which he sailed on his first voyage round the world in 1768-71. It will be another six months before work is complete on the French warship and almost three years for Endeavour. Numerous activities are provided at the Centenary Men’s Shed including leather, metal and timber work. A fourth shed is almost completed. President David Cope said the shed encouraged social inclusion, learning new skills and participating in partnership with other groups. The Centenary Men’s Shed was established in 2011 and now has about 70 members. Mr Cope said the group started with no premises and a couple of trailers.

Ken Smith (left) and Richard Wilson work on the French warship Indiscreet. “The Jindalee Golf Club offered us an old machinery shed for a start and four years ago the Brisbane City Council gave us some land and we raised $300,000 to build our own shed,” he said. “We received a lot of pro bono help.” Most members come from the Centenary Suburbs and a few from Springfield. The next project will be repairing about 15 bikes for a special school. Mr Cope said that if the members had the materials, they could do a lot of work building playgrounds and kindy equipment. The group has a lot of machinery, such as welding gear, and is setting up an art studio and room for model train enthusiasts in its new shed.

NEW EXHIBITION AT VICTORIA BARRACKS THE Army Museum South Queensland, based at Victoria Barracks on Petrie Terrace, this month launches a new exhibition, revealing the aftermath of World War I and a world changed forever. World War I changed the world politically, economically and culturally. Nations worldwide were plunged into financial stress, empires ended and new countries were established. Millions of lives were lost, nations grieved and monuments and memorials were built. Displays, in the 1864 Officers’ Mess at Victoria Barracks, include meticulouslyresearched stories of the aftermath of “the war to end all wars” and how peace negotiations affected the Australian way of life as well as life in Queensland. Highlights are original artefacts, figures

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LEARN TO BE MINDFUL MINDFULNESS was once considered to be something practised only by certain religious groups such as Buddhists, but is now a word commonly being bandied about, including by psychologists and other health professionals. So why is it so highly recommended? The answer is that mindfulness is a regular practice that focuses the practitioner’s mind in the present for whatever duration of time they choose. There are a number of different exercises and these are so varied that there is probably a style to suit everyone. During the past few years much research has been done to find out whether

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HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR SPEAKS TO U3A TIME TO INVESTIGATE THE FAMILY RETIREMENT is the perfect time to immerse in researching family history. The Queensland Family History Society has the people and resources to assist in this rewarding project. Special interest groups meet regularly and have the expertise to assist with researching Irish, Scottish, Welsh, colonial India and the Far east or central European heritage. QFHS membership gives online access from home to MyHeritage, one of the top genealogical

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U3A Pine Rivers will have a special guest when Holocaust survivor Suzi Smeed tells her story at its monthly social and information gathering on March 15. The meeting, concerning the Holocaust and the “Courage to Care” program, will also include Peter Tassius sharing amazing stories of non-Jewish rescuers and Astrid Wurfl a researcher at the Queensland University. “Hearing survivor stories is a real privilege and an excellent way to honour

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Heat a large nonstick frying pan until hot. Add 2 tablespoons of water and cook the beef for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown. Reduce heat, add the curry powder, mix well and cook for 1 minute. Add the peanut butter and coconut milk and stir well until combined. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Tip: If you are using a cheaper cut of meat, pop it in a bowl with some chopped under-ripe paw paw. Paw paw has an enzyme that tenderises meat, the longer you can leave it the better! This stir-fry produces a super yummy sauce, add to it whatever veggies you have; chopped capsicum, onion, carrot, celery or pineapple.

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My uncle the he-man Uncle Jim was a he-man and to a young JAMES VERONON that meant many things, most of which he had to find out for himself.


don’t know when the expression “he-man” entered my lexicon, nor do I remember having it explained to me. However, over time and hearing him use it, I constructed its meaning myself. Rather than having a simple meaning it conveyed a number of positive characteristics, rather like the Roman characteristic of “virtus”. A he-man suffered the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” without complaint; he was honest in his dealings with others; he would never take advantage of those weaker than himself, especially women, children and animals. Indeed, he would do his best to protect these weaker beings. And, of course, he would carry out his own decisions even if that meant some pain. This taxonomy might seem rather quaint in the post-feminist world. In practice, they do have something to recommend them.Uncle Jim certainly fitted the description, especially in regard to accepting pain. Family lore had it that he never used analgesics despite being in almost constant pain. I confess that my incredulity even led me to check the contents of their medicine cabinet

surreptitiously during a trip to the toilet. It seemed to be true. This pain was the result of his work as a health inspector. One morning on his rounds checking some sort of building site he stood on something. He continued walking around until he finished his shift. When he got home, Aunt Winnie pulled his boot off. A very long nail came out of his foot with the boot. He had walked around all day with it grinding on the bones in his foot. It didn’t heal well and an infection led to osteomyelitis. His doctor recommended amputation of his foot. He refused. The infection travelled up his leg. The doctors recommended amputation of the lower leg. He refused. Eventually amputation of the upper leg was recommended and again he refused on the grounds that “I won’t be half a man”. He carried that leg to the grave despite the constant pain. His voice seemed to be his main form of analgesia. Many, many years later I was driving along, listening to a radio broadcast of an Irish folksinger when deja vu made me listen closely to the unfamiliarly familiar tune.

And then came the well-remembered lines: “Oh they don’t sow potatoes nor barley nor wheat, but there’s gangs of them diggin’ for gold in the street.” He would boom out whatever lyric, especially those lines, that suddenly came to his head. The room would go silent as everyone realised he was in major pain. My theory was that he was democratically using his voice to share the pain around. His great pleasure in life was smoking a cigar. These were never consumed fully at first lighting but were extinguished by licking his finger and tapping it against the tip until it ceased to glow. This procedure was repeated several times in the life of the cigar until it could no longer be used without risk to fingers or lips. We were playing cards in the kitchen when I had a hair-brained and soon to be regretted idea. Seeing that he was about to extinguish his cigar, I said, “Can I put it out for you. Uncle?” “Are you sure?” “Yes, Uncle.” He passed it to me rather hesitantly.

Descended from convict royalty When ALLAN BLACKBURN was still just a kid, his father discovered that he was descended from a convict.


he convict was James Blackburn, transported in 1833 to Van Diemen’s Land. His crime was forgery of a cheque for £600 on the Bank of England – a fortune in those days. James had been a surveyor and architect and his skills were much sought after in the developing colony. A free pardon ensued several years later. Dad was proud of his ancestry and said it was like being descended from royalty. However, some of his siblings and cousins were appalled to find they were linked to a convict and never discussed the topic. I thought it was great and found such an attitude comical. Years later I discovered that James Blackburn played an integral part in the growing colony which later became Tasmania. He designed and built roads, bridges, public buildings and churches. After moving to Victoria, he was appointed city surveyor and designed Melbourne’s water supply based on the Yan Yean reservoir. The suburb of Blackburn was later named in his honour. Such achievements made me even more proud of my link to this erstwhile convict. Move forward quite a few years to when my wife, June, developed an interest in her ancestry. From the outset

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she was envious of my convict heritage as she researched her past. Genealogists covet any links to the early years of Australian settlement but she was apparently doomed to mediocracy in her ancestry. One day I was startled to hear loud screaming and wailing coming from our computer room. I rushed in expecting to find June fighting a rabid animal, my adrenalin spiking in preparation to defend her from the apparent danger. Far from being in peril, she was dancing with joy, laughing and whooping. She had just found incontrovertible proof that she was descended from a First Fleeter! She had links to John Nichols, convicted in the Old Bailey of theft of barber’s implements – razors, scissors, combs, powder and soap. I was gobsmacked, totally deflated. A First Fleeter made my James look rather ordinary. Then I realised that James’s crime was far superior to John’s – how could theft of hair ribbons and combs compare to forgery on a grand scale? I was still able to hold my head high. Not so quietly, June said, “What was that about being descended from convict royalty?”

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CELLS TO CELLARS NO doubt the crims who once occupied the cells of D Division in Victoria’s tough Pentridge Prison had plenty of colourful names they associated with the D in their block’s identification – most of which we can’t even contemplate printing here. But today that D could well be for Drinks, as these cells take on a new lease of life as cellars, would you believe, for those with an appreciation of fine wines. And it’s thanks to a couple of enthusiasts, Paul Tardivel and Michael Woodworth who’ve recently acquired a string of the old Remand Cells at Pentridge, that closed as a prison some 20 years ago. The cells were once home to Squizzy Taylor, Chopper Read, Christopher Flannery and Ronald Ryan among others. Paul and Michael believe that with 500mm (nearly 20-inch) bluestone

I licked my right index finger conscientiously and started tapping the red-hot tip. I tapped and tapped but neither the glow nor the heat diminished. I had not considered that the size and skin texture of an old bushy’s finger were not the same as those found on a 13-yearold. I longed to lick my finger again. HE licked his finger only once, therefore, I would do likewise. I could sense his discomfort as he empathised with my abused digit. He could not interfere as it had been my own idea. I would have to either proceed or capitulate and capitulation was unthinkable. I tapped more determinedly but the glow and the heat seemed to be constant. There always seemed to be one last wisp of smoke escaping from it. Finally, several taps were achieved leaving a blackened cigar tip and fingertip. I joyfully, triumphantly and possibly heroically placed it on the ashtray. Then came the ultimate accolade. “You’re quite a he-man, aren’t you? It’s your deal. Would you like me to shuffle the cards and deal for you?” “Yes please, Uncle.”

walls, the cells are perfect for storing wines at stable temperatures, and are now fitting them out with appropriate racking, ambient lighting, and security including CCTV. Each 3m x 2m cell cellar can house up to 2000 bottles, dependent on the racking chosen, and Paul and Michael have also installed back-up state-of-theart climate control to ensure constant year-round temperature and humidity. “We’re anticipating high interest from those who may have downsized to inner city apartments,” Paul says. “And with Pentridge’s unique thick stone structure, you would think it had been purpose-built for this second life.” Prices start from $115,000 with each cell cellar strata-titled and swipe-card access. Plus owners will be able to showcase and taste their collections with personal guests.

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Clever little Jimny takes on the big boys Suzuki’s Jimny is out to win new heads and hearts this season with a cute re-iteration of a famous off-roader, writes BRUCE McMAHON.


he compact Suzuki has a long and honourable history in Australia, dating back to 1974 and the LJ50 model, a lightweight and go-anywhere machine; utilitarian and priced accordingly at $3485. That became the LJ80, then the Sierra and then the Jimny from 1998. This new Jimny is arguably the fourth generation of that original LJ50 and while it may not excite stick-in-themuds this is a top little vehicle for getting dirty. Or running up the sands of Tewantin to a favourite fishing gutter; maybe heading scrub to discover rare birds; perhaps hitching up behind the motorhome or just running the grandkids to school. This time the three-door, four seat Suzuki Jimny is, yet again, a true offroader. A proper little machine with ladder frame chassis, live axles and a two-speed transfer case for taking on decent bush and beach tracks. This time it is also more refined with smart interior and a swag of today’s mod cons. And this time it is cuter than ever.

Square shoulders, a wheel in each corner and no fancy frills give the 2019 Jimny a no-nonsense stance. Inside is a little bigger all round and a little quieter, a bit more civilised with a driving spot that now caters for most shapes and sizes and cabin gear which includes a seven-inch touchscreen for navigation, Bluetooth and entertainment. The lines across the dash are all straight too, no fancy swishes and curves; all workmanlike yet smart and easier to

read the vehicle’s body angle when scrambling through a tough gully. So the Jimny here is a better dualpurpose machine, a better Sports Utility Vehicle which can climb mountains and clamber over rocks as few (if any) in this particular segment can. It is also better, more comfortable, as an on-road proposition with Suzuki’s attention to chassis detail and body mounts helping dampen noise and vibration levels. There’s a five-speed

manual or four-speed automatic gearbox for the keen 1.5 litre engine which spins through to 6000rpm to deliver 75kW, adequate for a 1435kg vehicle. It’s all pretty fuss-free down the bitumen. Remember though, we’re dealing with a short wheelbase of 2.2m and a live, if coil-sprung, rear axle so take it proper easy over short, sharp obstacles such as speed bumps. The upside here is that with the Jimny’s short body there are great departure and approach angles plus a tight turning circle. Add this to the low range, live axles and a proper chassis, and the Suzuki will go a lot further in the rough than many more expensive four-wheel drives. Then there’s Suzuki’s Limited Slip Drive – electronic traction control that uses the brakes to stop any wheel from spinning, so all the drive is then sent to the wheel with traction. That adds to the little wagon’s cred as a go-anywhere machine. This latest Suzuki Jimny is (again) an honest-to-Henry bargain as a real four-wheel drive or just as a cute commuter.


There’s nothing to fear with online banking Many over 55s have long since come to accept they need online banking, whether it’s because they have been given no choice or because they can no longer easily make their way to the post office, but, writes NATHAN WELLINGTON, it has become the safest option. through a direct line to your computer using a https: secure online service. This means that your details are encrypted 2^128 times, which comes to approximately 399,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000 possible combinations for a credit card. If you were to take your computer and get it to crack your card it would take about six thousand trillion years to crack. If you’re unsure, check with your bank about what security they have. And if that’s not enough to give you peace of mind, here are a few more tips to keep you safe online.


any have been nervous about the change, mainly because they are afraid that someone will hack their computer and steal every penny. The reality is that online banking has become one of the most secure ways of paying bills and preforming transactions and is safer than most other ways of banking. These days you have a greater likelihood of being mugged or having your credit card skimmed while you are out

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shopping than falling victim to online banking theft. Remember when we went from paying by cheque to paying by Bankcard? Then we were using an ATM rather than going into the bank; then the EFTPOS machine replaced the bank card carbon processing slips. Well this is the next step in providing a highly secure, convenient way of paying bills from your home any time you like. Most banks use 128-bit encryption

1. Make sure that you are online with the bank using their correct internet address and that is has the https:// symbol before their internet address when you are in the secure area of their site. 2. Make sure your antivirus is always up to date. 3. Use a strong password and don’t keep your password on your computer. 4. Try using BPay to pay your bills as it offers another layer of security to the transaction. 5. See if your bank offers two-factor

authentication which provides yet another layer of security. 6. Regularly check your account. If you see any unusual transaction give a call for them to investigate. 7. If you would like to purchase something online, use a debit/credit card with a small amount of money on it and not your main account with all your savings. 8. Don’t believe any email from your bank asking you to verify your details. Banks will never contact you via email or phone. It is a brave new online world that is unveiling itself, and there are safeguards there to protect you. The Australian Government guarantees deposits up to $250,000 if anything happens. If you are armed with the right information, you can be sure to transact online in secure comfort from home which will will free up your time to do other more exciting things than going to the post office every few weeks to pay your bills. If you have any questions you can always contact me on 1300 682 817 or email Brisbane

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Survival in a world of change When successful men leave fulltime employment, it’s not enough to be prepared for change, it has to be welcomed, writes STEVE MENDL.


ne day, a man in his late 50s entered my office. He was shaking. By the look on his face, I could tell how scared he was. As we spoke, it became clear that he was in shock. After 30-plus years working for the same company, he’d received the news that his role had been made redundant. His original vision of being with the company for his whole working life was gone. As we got to know each other, he shared that his biggest fear was that no one would want him at his age. Although he was financially secure, he couldn’t imagine a day without work. Although Jeff’s transition was a forced one, and the decision made was outside of his control, it is the same thing for those who are about to transition out of fulltime employment simply because the time has come. They just can’t imagine it. They aren’t prepared for it – even though they know it’s coming. Whether your job has been unexpectedly made redundant or you choose to retire from full-time work, most people don’t prepare for the change. Consequently, when I ask my clients what they might want to do next (often

with the question “If time and money wasn’t an issue, what would you be doing?”), their answer is usually, “I don’t know”. So many professional men are so involved in doing their job and looking after their team and their family that they do not prepare in any way, except financially, for what might be in store around the corner. (Especially with an extra 40-60 hours a week on their hands.) When it comes to career transitions – and especially the greatest career transition of all, when you leave the workforce altogether – preparation is a key factor in making the journey into your next life stage as smooth and stress-free as possible. How can you do it? The solution comes in two parts. The first part is obvious. Plan for the change early. There is evidence to suggest that change within companies is happening more quickly than ever before. This is due to several factors: • Advancing technology is shaping and re-shaping industries at an everincreasing rate. • In many industries, CEOs and other senior managers are not staying as long as they have done in previous

generations. Each time there is a change in CEO, there is inevitably restructuring, future proofing or transformation that disrupts the status quo. • Mergers and acquisitions are happening much more quickly than they once did. The result is often the need to deal with duplication of roles, cost efficiencies and new directions. With all of these changes taking place, many people find themselves losing their old roles. Companies are looking to becoming lighter and more agile in an increasingly competitive and technological marketplace, which means that, in today’s climate, change is the only constant. Rather than assuming that the status quo will remain the status quo, it is safer to assume that change is inevitable, and plan early as a result. The second part of the solution is around changing your perspective. You need to cultivate a perspective of expecting change. The Generation Y and Millennials are extremely good at adapting to change. This is because it has been a constant part of their lives, in terms of both technology and moving freely within the workforce. Adapting to the next stage of life, retirement, is one of the biggest changes we’ll experience in life and unlike Gen Y

and Millennials, we’re less prepared for change. Planning early and shifting your perspective to expect constant change rather than things remaining constant are key to combatting the natural fear of change that comes with not knowing – or being able to imagine – what the future might hold. In short, we need to welcome change. If there is one thing certain in life, it is that things change. Being open to this and accepting it as part of life when it arrives means it becomes easier to deal with. Email your questions to

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Unscramble the lingo of retirement and aged care Are you finding the terminology of retirement living options and aged care confusing? LESA MACPHERSON has the answers.


here’s no need to be confused if you are trying to get your head around some of the abbreviations. Here’s some translations for the ones you are most likely to come across: ACAT: Aged Care Assessment Team. The team you need to know. They are dedicated to determining your best care options – at home or in care. DAP: Daily Accommodation Payment. This is the payment for aged care accommodation. It is paid fortnightly or monthly and is non-refundable. DMF: Deferred Management Fee. This occurs in most Retirement Villages and is often also called the exit fee. This is frequently misunderstood and is, in a sense, a deferred purchase cost. The DMF helps the retirement village pay for building all the community facilities you enjoy (pools, sports facilities, community rooms etc.). Generally, when you enter a retirement living complex your purchase price is cheaper than relative values in the area. The DMF is paid upon exit, and is a percentage of either your purchase price, or sale price (depending on the particular village contract). Usually it is relative to the time you’ve been there. The DMF is often confusing and varies from contract to contract, so seek the advice of a specialist lawyer before signing. GSC: General Services Charge. This is payable for the day to day costs of management and administration, gardening, minor maintenance, recreation and entertainment facilities. ILU: Independent Living Unit. In the Retirement Village these are accommodation units/villas where people largely look after themselves,

though usually some help is available (at a cost). RAD: Refundable Accommodation Deposit This is paid in full, or in part, upon entrance to an Aged Care facility and refunded upon exit (after deductions). RTO: Right to Occupy. Usually in Retirement Villages you purchase a right to occupy. You don’t own the property. Often the RTO is referred to as a lease or licence. LTD: Living The Dream. What we all hope for. Retirement Living and Aged Care Law is complex. Contracts, whilst having some standard clauses through Government requirement, vary significantly between villages. Advice prior to signing, or at least during any “cooling off” period is essential. Lesa Macpherson is from Brisbane Elder Law, experts in retirement village contracts. Call 1800 961 622 for tailored specialist advice.

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Unravelling the mystery of a detox The word detox is often thrown around which is not surprising in a world of chronic stress, processed foods, excess consumption and environmental chemicals to burden the liver, writes TRUDY KITHER.


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Study seeks volunteers Have you undergone radiation for head and neck cancer and now experience a dry mouth? Wesley Hyperbaric wants to hear from you.


erostomia is the most common complication in patients who have had radiation to the head and neck area for the treatment of cancer. Salivary flow may continue to decline for up to several months after radiotherapy. After that, some recovery is possible up to 12-18 months after radiotherapy. This depends on the radiation dose received by the salivary glands, and the volume of salivary gland included in the irradiation fields. Generally, xerostomia develops into an irreversible, life-long problem. With the reduced saliva flow, it causes accumulation of dental plaque and increased retention of food particles between teeth, promoting recurrent caries. Post radiation, the saliva pH and buffer capacity is lowered, promoting growth of fungus, Candida albicans, as well as

accelerated tooth wear, dental erosion and infection. A saliva test is an excellent way of being able to identify patients with this particular problem, and it provides the framework around which their management can be based. Wesley Hyperbaric principal investigator Dr Ohnmar Aung would like to hear from you if you are willing to participate in a study to improve the salivary flow for treatment of dry mouth. Step 1: Saliva test is at the beginning of the treatment Step 2: Saliva test after the course of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Step 3: Saliva test at six weeks after the end of treatment of HBOT If you would like to be involved in this study or need more information 3371 6033 or email reception@

CHECK YOUR RISK OF KIDNEY DISEASE KIDNEY-related disease kills more Australians each year than breast cancer, prostate cancer and road accidents combined, yet awareness of this silent killer remains low, according to Australia’s leading kidney health organisation. While one in three Australians is at increased risk of developing kidney-related disease, and 65 are dying with kidney-related disease every day, most are tragically unaware they have it until it is too late. Australians at risk of developing chronic kidney disease include those who have

diabetes, high blood pressure, established heart problems such as heart failure or heart attack, have had a stroke, a family history of kidney failure, are obese, smoke, have a history of acute kidney injury, are 60+ years or are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. Kidney Health Australia is urging everyone to take a simple online Kidney Risk Test to see if they are one of the “one in three” Australians at risk of developing kidney disease. To take Kidney Health Australia’s online Kidney Risk Test, visit

When dance becomes medicine Wellbeing dance engages and empowers people through communication of a different kind, writes TIINA ALINEN whose program is delivering a new form of communication to those with dementia. CHRISTINE Bryden was only 46 when she was diagnosed with dementia in 1995. She has since written four books about dementia which have been translated into seven languages. Christine is passionate about overcoming stigma and creating a dementia-friendly society in which people with dementia are given hope and encouragement and are supported and included. “People living with dementia often become isolated in their communities, as well as within their families, due to being unable to express themselves verbally and to keep up with the flow of conversations around them,” she says. It is important to discover non-verbal ways of communicating with people with dementia in order to overcome these feelings, which can often lead to significant depression. Neuroscience shows how dancing and movements lead to thoughts and feelings. The pliability of the brain in response to non-verbal communication keeps new brain cells growing, including for those living with dementia. In wellbeing dance, the movement language comes from the participant rather than the facilitator. In this process, there can be no wrong way because the thoughts and feelings communicated through movement, are as unique as the individuals involved. This supportive and inclusive workshop environment can stimulate new ideas and the exchange of those ideas. It is this pliability of the

Beverley Anne Jansen and Bill Hill in action brain responding to dance, which can open up a world of “in the moment” experiences, where everything is possible. Memories held within the body have an opportunity to surface in a wellbeing dance workshop, enabling a person living with dementia to feel empowered, included and responsive. Wellbeing Dance has a structure based in improvisation practice. A trained facilitator guides a workshop using movement, tactile and musical or sound stimuli. Participants are invited to respond to a workshop theme. The movement language in the workshop is generated from the participants who are either living with dementia or love someone living with dementia. Their story is inside them and their body is the storyteller. People living with dementia and their enablers are the insider experts in their field. Dementia Hero is an Australian developed wellbeing dance program based in Sandgate and was designed

collaboratively with people living with dementia. Its philosophy is reimagining the meanings associated with dementia, heroes, dance, and medicine. The Dementia Hero workshop program offers wellbeing dance based on non-verbal conversation through dance movement and moderate physical exercise. The two-hour class includes a half-hour break for refreshment, cooling down, and socialization and the aim is for a class size of six people living with dementia and six enablers, plus volunteers on assist. The four-day training program is delivered over two weekends, offering training in the Listening Eyes Technique. It is available for allied health professionals and body aware professionals. Tiina Alinen is a graduate of the Australian Ballet School who began working with diverse abilities as a freelance dance artist in the 1980s. Visit or email



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IF there’s one thing retirement living lends itself to, it’s the joy of being able to jet off on epic adventures without having to worry about burglars or dying plants. For Christine and Graham Howlands, the ability to “lock up and leave” was at the forefront of their mind when they moved to Buderim Gardens Retirement Village on the Sunshine Coast. The couple, who suffer from the travel bug, have a caravan and get away

as often as possible. “Usually we’re away for a minimum of four weeks and up to eight weeks,” Christine says. “Our family is spread out, so a lot of our trips are based around getting to family,” says Christine. “We love going up north. I lived in Cairns for a while and my husband and I met in Townsville about nine years ago, so we have a lot of memories there.” For the Howlands, it was a no-brainer. “The village benefits us in every single way because it’s so communityminded. There’s always someone to collect your mail, or water your garden, and we do the same for others when they’re away. The community spirit goes hand in hand with the sense of security,” Christine says. Visit or call 1800 550 550.


Caravanners Kieran and Des Stewart. CARAVANNERS Des and Kieran Stewart are thrilled to be moving into a dedicated RV home at Nature’s Edge Buderim, with room for them and their shiny new van. The award-winning over 50s lifestyle resort has launched a limited release of RV-friendly homes with extra large garages perfect for caravans, motorhomes

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through display homes and all the facilities so they can get a first-hand feel for the communities that have become so popular over recent years. “Before we chose our home at Halcyon Greens we attended a number of events and it made a huge difference to be able to speak to the home owners.” One of Halcyon Glades’ first home owners, Jill Cooper, said the open days were enjoyable opportunities to meet like-minded people to answer questions. “I really enjoy meeting different people and showing them what is so special about Halcyon,” she said. “My advice is not to leave the move too late so they have the chance to enjoy the raft of activities and facilities.” Halcyon Greens, Halcyon Glades and Halcyon Lakeside will open 10am-1pm. Call 1800 626 488 or google “life begins at Halcyon”.

EASY LIVING AND FUTURE SECURITY and RVs. Downsizing from a 26-acre property, Des and Kieran are excited about a life of travel and leisure. Des won’t have to mow the lawn and the beach is just 15 minutes away. “There are so many amazing resortstyle facilities at Nature’s Edge Buderim. I love the heated pool and state-of-the-art cinema. There’s a caravanner club already established and we are hoping to join them for trips once we move in,” Kieran said. “We are looking forward to a big lifestyle change and the freedom and flexibility of being able to go away knowing that everything is taken care of.” A limited number of RV homes are ready to secure now. Call 1800 218 898 or visit

EXPERT SPEAKER STARS AT FREE EXPO RESIDENTIAL property expert Andrew Winter will be the star guest at Living Gems Caboolture’s free lifestyle expo on March 16. Presented in conjunction with PresCare, the TV personality, author and retirement property specialist will share his insights and knowledge on how to best live life in retirement, including the positives to downsizing and what to expect when moving into a lifestyle resort. He will talk about the journey taken to retirement living, including selling the family home, the emotional impact of downsizing and the financial freedom a lifestyle resort can provide, such as no deferred management fees, no stamp

HALCYON HOME OWNERS OPEN THEIR DOORS HOME owners of Halcyon communities in southeast Queensland are set to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the lifestyle developer by opening their doors for the biggest Open Day event ever. The home owners of Halcyon Greens in Pimpama, Halcyon Glades in the Caboolture and Halcyon Lakeside on the Sunshine Coast will welcome the public to an insider’s view on living at Halcyon on Saturday, March 9. Halcyon’s expert team and its home owners look forward to showcasing their communities. Chris and Rex Bell of Halcyon Greens have found the ideal location that combines their love of golf, caravanning and the Gold Coast lifestyle. “We’re looking forward to showing visitors around our community, and we’ll have plenty of home owners ready to answer all their questions,” Mrs Bell said. “We’ll be walking interested parties

duty and for most, becoming mortgage free for the first time. General manager Vlad Pullich said Living Gems was thrilled to welcome Mr Winter as keynote speaker. “Andrew Winter is a respected name when it comes to property,” he said. “He has a wealth of knowledge and experience on the financial implications and emotional impact that this significant decision can have on your life.” Mr Pullich encourages anyone who is considering a move to retirement living to attend the free expo. In addition to Mr Winter’s presentation there will be eight display homes open for viewing and more than 20 exhibitors, presenting on a range of products and services for active retirees. The presentation will be at Living Gems Caboolture Lifestyle Resort on March 16, from 10am. Call 1800 860 356 or visit

AZURE Blue Carina offers the best in premium retirement living in an inner city location. Beautifully appointed, spacious, and quality apartments are nestled in hilltop bushland and surrounded by resort-style recreational facilities. These include a swimming pool, barbecue area, gym, café, library and media room, hair and a beauty salon. Low maintenance means more time to enjoy Azure Blue’s regular social

activities and events. There is an extensive range of apartments, with designer kitchens, modern bathrooms and landscaped gardens, all at an affordable price. Conveniently located to public transport, major shopping centres, sports clubs, health services and parklands, Azure Blue Carina is within easy reach of everything. Residents can access a range of Blue Care Help at Home services, from assistance with housework and transport around town to allied health services such as podiatry and physiotherapy. The village also has a state-of-the-art residential care facility on site, providing peace of mind for the future. Apartments are open for inspection Monday-Thursday, 10am-12pm or by appointment. Call 3155 2126 or visit

RELAX IN REDCLIFFE AZURE Blue Redcliffe has the perfect home to step up and enjoy life in a modern, spacious, quality apartment with resort-style facilities in the heart of the Redcliffe Peninsula. The lifestyle community offers easy retirement living for over 65s. Sales manager Angela Malakai said the village offered resort-style living, home support if required, and modern amenities. “Azure Blue Redcliffe is a welcoming, friendly and safe community where it’s easy to relax, socialise and enjoy the best years of your life,” she said. From its central Anzac Ave position, the village is within easy reach of award-winning restaurants and cafes, galleries and live theatre, sporting clubs and major shopping as well as hospitals and medical facilities, both private and public.

Recreational and entertainment facilities include a swimming pool, barbecue area, gym, cafe, games rooms, beauty salon, media room and treatment room. “Azure Blue has an extensive range of apartments, complete with designer kitchens, modern bathrooms and beautifully landscaped gardens,” she said. “All have been designed to enhance your lifestyle choices at an affordable price”. Residents can access Blue Care Help at Home services as they require. Assistance with housework, transport around town and allied health services such as podiatry and physiotherapy can be organised, and the village also has a state-of-the-art residential aged care facility on site. Call 3155 2101 or Brisbane

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Hearing cannot be taken for granted Sunday, March 3, is World Hearing Day and the start of Hearing Awareness Week. KENDALL MORTON discusses prevention and living with hearing loss.


ore than 17 per cent of Australians have a hearing loss and this figure is growing as our population ages. In a Newspoll survey of 1000 people aged 60 and over, more than half reported a hearing problem. Interestingly, men are more susceptible than women. Nevertheless, hearing loss is not a normal part of ageing. Most hearing loss is preventable. We need to start protecting our hearing like we do our skin. We don’t wait until we have a skin cancer to start applying sunscreen. We need to change our thinking about our hearing. Once you have the hearing loss, the damage is done. Two major preventable causes are exposure to loud sounds and ototoxic medications. Your ears can be damaged by loud sounds that occur once, repeatedly, or over a long period of time. Your ears do not have to hurt for damage to occur.

Also, damage, like sun damage to your skin, is cumulative. Sounds over 85 decibels (dB) can lead to permanent hearing loss. The Healthy Hearing website has a review of apps that help you measure decibels. Some day to day hazards are city traffic noise, lawn mower noise, motor bike noise, a loud vacuum cleaner, woodworking tools, plus music or television played at high volume. You can limit your exposure to loud noises by using good quality ear muffs or ear plugs for some tasks. Ear muffs sit over the ears and are more convenient, but are not as effective as ear plugs which sit in the ear canal. If you like playing music through headphones, use good quality headphones that block out the competing external sounds. This way you won’t be tempted to turn the volume up to drown out interruptions. Some medicines can impair

your hearing. These are called ototoxic drugs. Their side effects can include tinnitus, hearing loss, balance problems and phantom sounds. They can damage the fragile hair cells in your inner ear or affect the nerve supply to your ears. The ototoxic drugs include: • Non-Steroidal AntiInflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), such as spirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen • Certain antibiotics, including aminoglycosides • Certain cancer medications • Water pills and diuretics • Quinine-based medications This is just an overview, so check with a doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns. How can you support a loved one with a hearing loss? If you know someone with a hearing loss, you can help by facing the person you are speaking to and getting their attention before you give your

message. Try using topic sentences to put a context to a conversation, “Hey, remember that movie we saw yesterday? Well …” Also, use physical props such as the tea cup when you are offering to make a cuppa. Be sure you are within the listener’s hearing range when you speak. Some people may not recognise that they have a hearing problem. Communication can break down more often.

They can become irritable and angry. They may avoid social situations and become isolated and depressed. They may guess at meanings and become confused about arrangements so write the details down in a diary or on the fridge. For those around them, communication can become less effective and more tiring. It can be isolating when you don’t feel your loved one is hearing you. It can be confusing not knowing what they can and can’t hear. Be kind to yourself. Know that you will not get it right all the time. Encourage the person with the hearing loss to test out some modern hearing aids. They are small and discreet. Good hearing aids can help regain some confidence and independence. Kendall Morton is the Director of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay. Call 5491 6888 or email kmorton@



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LOSE yourself in the company of sailors, barmaids and bootleggers in Mother’s Ruin, the soulful, song-filled ode to gin that is equal parts historical and hysterical. With tipsy candour, cabaret stars Maeve Marsden and Libby Wood lead a sublime musical journey through the history of “mother’s ruin”, better known as gin. They will be joined by Jeremy Brennan on piano, as they stumble and soar through tales of love and women, gin and secrets, in 18th Century London, a few New York speakeasies, colonial India, the Australian bush and the jungles of Peru. Brimming with music originally performed by Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone, Martha Wainwright, The Popes, The Pretenders and more, Mother’s Ruin premiered to full houses and critical acclaim at Sydney Festival, Adelaide and Melbourne Cabaret Festivals, Darwin and Brisbane Festival, and sold out at Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

VILLANOVA Players, now in their 71st year, present the stage adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma. Emma Woodhouse is handsome, clever, and rich and cannot stop herself from playing the matchmaker. She is always trying to unite people who are utterly wrong for each other. Despite her interest in romance, Emma is clueless about her own feelings. This delightful production brings to life the one of Jane Austen’s most loved and comic masterpieces. It features a large ensemble cast of talented Brisbane actors portraying delightful characters, stunning costumes and scenery. Ron Hurley Theatre, cnr Tallowwood St and Griffith Place, (Clearview Urban Village, Clearview Tce) Seven Hills. March 1-2 and 7-9 at 7.30pm and March 2-3 and 9 at 2pm. Tickets $25, concessions $20. Bookings; call 3391 7180 or 07 3995 5168


NASH Theatre’s first production for the year is a double bill of radio plays based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. The Adventure of the Irregular Client sees one of Holmes’ group of street urchins arrive at 221b Baker St and hand a very dirty shilling to Mrs Hudson. Holmes recognises this as a call for help. He and Watson, with Inspector Lestrade a few paces behind, investigate a series of cold-blooded murders.


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It promises to be an evening of gin-soaked hilarity, with a double shot of history thrown in for good measure Redland Performing Arts Centre Friday, March 29,7.30pm Tickets $35 or $32 if you get a group of 10 friends together Bookings RPAC Box Office 3829 8131 or visit

The ABC Murders is about a mildmannered character whose initials are ABC and are stamped on all his belongings as well as on the large railway timetable he always carries. How is this connected with a series of savage murders all neatly and alphabetically arranged? Can you solve the crimes before the detectives? Directed by Hazel Mepham, it will feature live sound effects and thrilling entertainment. A licensed bar will be available as well as soft drinks, tea, coffee and snacks. The Brunswick Room (Merthyr Rd Uniting Church). 52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm. Preview: February 22, 7.30pm, all seats $10. Opening night: February 23, 7.30pm, adults $25, concession $20. Then: March 1-2, 8-9, and 15-16, 7.30pm. Matinee March 3, 2pm; adults $20, concession $15. Bookings call 3379 4775; online; email: Visit

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SHAKESPEAREAN TREAT FOR its first production of 2019, St Luke’s Theatre Society William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. It is the first time in its 61 years, that St Luke’s has performed a Shakespearean play and they are confident audiences will enjoy their choice of one of his best loved comedies. Set in Illyria, it is full of mistaken identity, unrequited love and high jinx. Twins Viola and Sebastian are shipwrecked on the shore of Illyria and thinking that her brother has drowned, Viola in her grief decides to dress as a man and join Count Orsino’s court. Calling herself Cesario she is given the job of wooing Olivia in the count’s name. Things start to unravel when Viola falls in love with Orsino and Olivia falls in love with Cesario. Also in Olivia’s household are her steward Malvolio and her Uncle Sir Toby Belch. Determined to pull Malvolio down a peg or two Sir Toby enlists the aid of Olivia’s gentlewoman Maria, ridiculous suitor Sir Andrew Ageucheek and Feste the Fool. Director Matthew Hobbs is thrilled to have the chance to direct Twelfth Night and has gathered together a great cast with many new faces to St Luke’s. St Lukes Theatre, 193 Ekibin Rd, Tarragindi. March 15, 16, 18, 20, 22 and 23 at 7.30pm; and March 16 and 23 at 2pm. Bookings 3343 145

St Lukes Theatre Society presents

Twelfth Night A comedy by William Shakespeare Directed by Matthew Hobbs

MARCH 2019 7.30pm 15th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd

MARCH 2019 2pm 16th and 23rd St. Luke’s Church Hall 193 Ekibin Rd East,Tarragindi

Adults $20 Pensioners/Students $15, Children under 12 years $5

BOOKINGS: (07) 3343 1457 or email


THE Queensland Pops Orchestra’s 2019 series opens with Celtic Mist, featuring the full orchestra with special guest artists Gregory Moore and Sarah Calderwood. Sarah, who mesmerised audiences two years ago returns with her beautiful voice and Irish flute while Pops Pin-up boy Gregory Moore is back in tartan. There will be choirs and dancers in all things Celtic. Also making a special appearance is Kevin Higgins, performing on the haunting Uilleann Pipes. No Celtic Pops would be complete without a display of pipes and drums and

the BBC Pipes and Drums are fresh back from the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The world famous OzScot Australian Dancers will also perform along with the Watkins Academy of Irish Dance. The guest dancers will showcase the power, grace and energy that epitomises the great Celtic tradition. Maestro Patrick Pickett has put together a program of traditional Celtic favourites and commissioned new arrangements for these concerts. Male voice choirs from the awardwinning Birralee Blokes will perform Welsh favourites and well as the full choir including the Brisbane Voices of Birralee. Celtic favourites including the haunting Orphan Girl and one of the most popular pieces of music performed in recent times, The Parting Glass and this special arrangement for the Pops, will be a highlight of the night. QPAC Concert Hall. May 18, 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets or 136 246

LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS QUEENSLAND Symphony Orchestra presents its annual The Last Night of the Proms, a night of flag-waving and fun, on May 4. Enjoy a feast of music from around the world, including Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony, and Australian composer Nigel Westlake’s Oboe Concerto performed by Brisbane-born superstar Diana Doherty. Complete with a flurry of British classics and an invitation to sing along, this concert is set to have you smiling all the way home. QPAC Concert Hall. May 4, 7.30pm. Bookings

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Telephone bookings 3395 5168 Bookings online or Brisbane

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WHAT’S ON Redland Performing Arts Centre presents a Chris Keeble – Fish Out A Water Production

ORIGINAL COOL HIPSTERS PERFORM THE HITS THAT DEFINED AN ERA The Songs and Tales of Angry Old Men is a celebration of rock-n-roll and the songs that defined great moments throughout the decades. From the writer and producer of the sell-out Pearl – The Janis Joplin Story, the performance delivers some of the greatest music ever made by singers and songwriters who will never be forgotten. This rockumentary features more than 20 great songs interwoven with tales that reveal surprising and little-known stories behind the music. Legendary artists include Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Jim Morrison, Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, John Mellencamp and Neil Young. This stellar performance is backed by amazing visuals. The Songs and Tales of Angry Old Men was written and produced by Chris Keeble, who has first-hand knowledge of some of her subjects, having toured with a few of them in the 1970s. The concert will feature an all-star cast of angry musicians with a wicked sense of humour including Jeremy Edwards and Matt Ross performing vocals and guitar, Wayne Kellett on bass and vocals, Di Solomon on keys and vocals and George Brugmans on drums. Launched in 2017 to full houses and

Redland Performing Arts Centre presents

Moer’s RUIN A Cabaret about Gin

An evening of gin-soaked hilarity, wi a doub shot of hiory rown in for gd measure

standing ovations, The Songs and Tales of Angry Old Menis a chance to relive an era of music that many consider the greatest ever. Redland Performing Arts Centre Saturday, March 30, 8pm. Tickets $35–$45. Bookings RPAC Box Office, 3829 8131 or visit

All the hits that defined an era from the original cool hipsters

‘Not only vocally sublime but a stroke of comedy genius’



Friday 29 March, 7.30pm

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Saturday 30 March, 8pm Redland Performing Arts Centre - Concert Hall

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Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle & Agatha Christie

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“The Adventure of the Irregular Client” & “The ABC Murders”

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The WORLD in Your Hands

Travel in Your Time

Expedition shines a light on wild shores The lonely lighthouses off the north-eastern Canadian coast captivate expedition cruiser RODERICK EIME, who explores the wild and wonderful shores.

Pointe-à-la-Renommée Lighthouse


he waterways around Newfoundland, Labrador, Nova Scotia and eastern Quebec are dotted with lighthouses, some of them more than 200 years old. There are some 150 of them in Nova Scotia alone, yet even with all these lighthouses, ships still once came to grief in their hundreds. Of course, these days with solar and wind power coupled with modern electronics, the life of a lonely lighthouse keeper is a thing of the past. Most of the old structures are preserved for heritage value with new, stark metal automated pylons standing nearby. Today we visit Havre Saint Pierre with its Mingan Archipelago National Park, home to hundreds of weird, mushroom and phallus-like limestone monoliths formed 500 million years ago when the ocean was much warmer.

With an escort of a tiny minke whale, our little local ferry arrives at the pier of Petite Ile au Marteau where Guy, our Parks Canada guide awaits. “Hello, bonjour,” he says in the quaint bilingual greeting that is part of life all over Canada, but particularly so in this region where Arcadian French communities still speak their own form of the language. “Keep your eyes open and you may witness sea parrots or sea swallows,” he advises, using the local terms for puffins and terns. The French spoken in these parts has its own dialects too, peculiar to local regions and even villages. So strange is it, that even the native Quebecois have to beg for a repeat. Parisians would die with a leg in the air. After a stroll of a few hundred metres we arrive at the lighthouse and the keeper’s cottage and outbuildings.

Guy points out the interesting plants like Labrador Tea, a curious, star-leafed plant favoured as a herbal tea by the early settlers, but beware. You must steep the tea in hot water only to get the mild, calming benefits. Boil the water and you get both hallucinogens and a laxative. We joke that if you made that mistake, you would see purple monsters and poo yourself! As we continue around the Gulf of St Lawrence aboard Silver Cloud, many more lighthouses are counted including several on the Iles de la Madeleine (which we will visit) and the Quebec coast to the west. Just the other day while visiting the island of Newfoundland we were reminded that it was the Vikings who were the first Europeans to settle in North America. Who knew? It’s true. The ancient Scandinavian sagas have long

Northern Lights from deck of Silver Cloud. told of great feats of exploration and conquest, but these sometimes fanciful tales lacked hard evidence. But in 1960, two Norwegians conducted a thorough survey of the area, finding archaeological evidence and locating the settlement now known as L’Anse aux Meadows. The site was later inscribed by UNESCO on the World Heritage list. Despite many years of excavation, there’s not a lot to see of the original settlement.

A reenactment in a replica Viking cottage at L’Anse aux Meadows

The digs have been re-interred by Canada’s Parks Authority and replica structures built adjacent the site. Here we met enthusiastic reenactors “living” in the sod-covered timber-framed buildings carrying on life much as how these first settlers world have done 1000 years ago. Fascinating. This exploration is an expedition in the true sense. Silversea Expeditions’ ship, Silver Cloud, has recently been rebuilt and enhanced to become one of the pre-eminent such vessels currently sailing the world’s oceans. Apart from the wealth of historic ports, nature lovers can expect to see humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, raptors and distinctive seabirds like the emblematic Atlantic Puffins. Silver Cloud returns to Canada in September for a series of voyages that include Arctic ports in Nunavut and the Baffin Sea as well as Greenland. Feature supplied by

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I found the opening chapters of this book tiresome and I never recovered the desire to complete the story. On the other hand, I was most intrigued by the author and his motivation and compulsive need to base one of the main characters on the personality of a notorious Australian conman.


This fictional novel is really a non-fiction biography and autobiography as most of the events covered happened to the author. Flanagan was the ghost writer of Australia’s infamous conman John Freidrich. His experience created this story. The book was a difficult read for me, hard to start, way too long, with slow moving repetitive and padded prose. The main characters were interesting but unlikeable. The Trump-like themes of creating fake everything for personal profit, finding self and the struggle between good and evil are very current in today’s personal and political climate. While Flanagan writes well I struggled to finish this book. Budding writers and journalists might enjoy this book. For me 4/10.

BOOK review JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT I started this book with some enthusiasm having previously enjoyed Flanagan’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North, but finished it deeply disappointed. I found little of interest in the plot with only rare moments of action or intrigue and the characters lacking in colour and authenticity. The narrative through two thirds of the book moves forward at a snail’s pace with constant repetition and reflection on the weakness of Kif and the manipulations of Heidl. Stronger plotlines around Heidl’s connection to NASA, the CIA, the Australian Safety Organisation and his inferred murder of an associate might have greatly improved the story but as written, I found this a boring read.

FIRST PERSON By Richard Flanagan

Hmmm? Did I enjoy this book? I have to admit that at the start I really struggled. The book is very well written but I did not enjoy the writing style at all and thought the plot was slow in developing at times. I did find however, as I got into the book I became more involved, more confused, more intrigued and at times could not put it down. The book is very dark and depressing for the most part as Kif becomes more unravelled. He loses his family, his sanity and you are left wondering what is fact and what is fiction? Did he kill Ziggy or not? I have no idea. Would I recommend it? Probably not.


This Man Booker prize-winner, is the story of young and broke ghostwriter Kif Kehlmann who is haunted by his subject, notorious con man and corporate criminal, Siegfried Heidl. About to go to trial for defrauding the banks of $700 million, Heidl proposes a deal – $10,000 for Kehlmann to ghost write his memoir in six weeks. But as the writing gets under way, Kehlmann begins to fear that he is being corrupted by Heidl. As the deadline draws closer, he becomes ever more unsure if he is ghost writing a memoir, or if Heidl is rewriting his life, his future. It could be the author’s own experience of ghost writing a memoir for a conman in the 1990s.


MARY BARBER Flanagan has a wonderful way with language. I enjoyed his word choices, such as “missle”. Not in the Macquarie Dictionary, this seems to be something between a mist and a drizzle. He paints a vivid and harrowing birth scene. Overall, I found the story to be too long and somewhat repetitive. He did keep me guessing until the end though. I had to know what happened and stuck it out to the last page. If you are going to choose one Flanagan book to read, I’d definitely recommend The Narrow Road to the Deep North over this one.

What a relief to finish this book! By the halfway mark I was wishing the three main characters would murder each other! Not one to give up on a book by Richard Flanagan, I persevered only to become increasingly confused by the direction the story was heading. After I finished reading, my internet research surprised me. First Person was largely autobiographical.When Richard was a struggling writer with a little girl and his wife expecting twins, he ghost-wrote the memoirs of a conman John Friedman (fictionalized as Ziggy Heidl). There is a YouTube video of an interview with Richard explaining his reasons. Richard’s use of language makes him one of the most descriptive and talented Australian writers. It was easy to imagine the dingy office, the home needing attention, the family frustrations and most of all his main character Kif’s frustration with Ziggy and his inevitable downward spiral. I like to read a book that carries me along with it so vividly that I sit up till all hours reading. This book did not do that and I echo the Goodreads rating of 3.


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