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PAIN AND GAIN
LAST ORDERS WHY YOU SHOULD PLAN YOUR OWN SEND-OFF
KEEPING TRACK OF ALL THOSE PASSWORDS
LIVING IT UP ITâ€™S NOT JUST WHERE TO GO BUT HOW TO GET THERE
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t is said there is nothing more certain than taxes and death, and yet, while we are quite happy to moan about the former, we are still reluctant to get too close to the latter. As Julie Lake points out this month, we plan everything in life and yet don’t like to think about our last hurrah which would lift a huge burden from those closest who have to deal with it in the midst of grief. Many say they would be happy to just leave without saying goodbye. A friend was recently telling me that a friend of hers had died just after Christmas and when, a few weeks later, she still hadn’t heard about a funeral date, she called the widow only to learn there was to be no funeral at all. He didn’t want one.
Contents She said it was very hard to fully accept he was even dead, which reminded me of the woman who had asked to have a party instead of a service. The party wasn’t a barrel of laughs without her and everyone left feeling empty because they needed the closure that mourning can bring. It’s a human condition that we want to cry before life goes on again. Having once worked in the funeral industry for a number of years, I have seen celebrations of lives well lived and today’s services not only permit, but encourage, that. If you like rock music, have it played. Find the blend of respect, mourning, tears and laughter. Only you can do that when you make your plans. Yes, it is a morbid and maudlin topic but it’s inevitable and it is real. So, on that matter-of-fact note, we move back to life and living it up, which I recently did on the long-haul to visit my daughter in Dublin. Flying business class is something we all need to try at least once in our lifetime. I’ve recorded the experience in the travel section. Bon voyage.
Dorothy Whittington, Editor
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Last orders We plan for every aspect of our lives – education, career paths, finances, holidays – yet, writes JULIE LAKE, when it comes to our funeral, most of us leave the job to somebody else.
utting together an appropriate funeral that reflects the life of the dear departed can be a considerable burden on families if only minimal – often no – instructions have been left. I know a woman who has planned her funeral to the smallest detail. She has chosen the funeral director, the location, the style of memorial (celebration rather than service) and the music. She has even written – and recorded – her own eulogy. Everything is put together on paper, clipped to her will, and also on flash drives which have already been given to each of her children. There is absolutely nothing for anyone to do after death except to carry
out her wishes as clearly specified. “When you get to the age of realising that nobody gets out of this life alive, you’ve already been to a lot of funerals and seen just how badly some of them can be done and how little they reflect the life or character of the deceased,” she says. “I’ve seen brothers and sisters quarrelling fiercely over how best to give their mother or father the right kind of send-off. I’ve seen newly-made widows and widowers too grief-stricken to make rational decisions. The only person who can really decide how it should be done is you!” And these days, we have a wealth of
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COVER STORY good idea to select them now. They can be put into, say, a PowerPoint presentation that tells your life story and is easy to project in your chosen venue. And can be easily updated over the years. You could also consider leaving something more tangible than just fading memories. For example gifts for those who attend your goodbye ceremony, such as packets of seeds or seedlings to plant in your name. This would of course need to be an instruction in your will, and the money set aside to pay for it. When making your plans itâ€™s also important to consider the practicalities for those tasked with carrying them out. Outdoor venues are dependent on good weather and are not the best choice if audio-visual equipment is to be used. And then there was the scuba diving
enthusiast who left instructions for an underwater memorial service without considering the logistics, the cost or even whether some of those likely to attend could swim! It might seem a bit crazy, even morbid, to plan your own death maybe 20 years ahead of time. But consider this: ours is a long-lived society and whereas in the past most people married and had a conventional nuclear family, many people today live their lives without permanent relationships and end up childless and without any significant other to organise an appropriate checkout ceremony. We need to be less squeamish and confront the possibility of our departure from this life more realistically. After all, itâ€™s our last orders and we want to make sure they are absolutely right!
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When Wanda Judd died of a sudden stroke her son and two daughters found that, following a previous stroke, she had left explicit instructions as what should happen next: â€œNo fuss, no formality, no flowersâ€?. Instead she had asked for â€œsome simple celebration of my lovely lifeâ€? and that her ashes be sent out into the ocean which, a true Queensland beach girl, Wanda had always loved . Though she did not specify exactly how she wanted this done, Wanda had often remarked to her children how much she admired a ceremony she had seen during a trip to Japan, where people honoured the spirits of their ancestors by lighting candles and floating them on water. The family organised their motherâ€™s farewell in a local community hall. Here were displayed not just the usual photographs, but many examples of Wandaâ€™s fine needlework including a couple of splendid patchwork quilts which she had painstakingly sewn and embroidered when aboard the small yacht she and her husband John had sailed up and down the coast in younger years. And which nobody even knew about she had until after her death, because they had been stowed away in a trunk. Prizes she had won at school were
there too, along with some of her most treasured books. When time came to eat and drink, the scones and cakes were baked according to Wandaâ€™s own recipes, as well as a batch of the Anzac biscuits she used to make for her children to take to school. â€œI just had no idea how talented Mum was,â€? her son Simon told those who had assembled to remember his mother. â€œShe could sew amazingly, sang like an angel, was always a star in our Little Theatre, had a whole swag of tennis trophies, played the piano, was a skilled sailor and a fine horsewoman, always beat everyone on trivia nights! Hers really was a life well-lived.â€? Others expressed similar surprise that the reserved, self-effacing, quietly humorous Wanda Judd had been a woman of so many parts. The ceremony was brief and joyful. Family members and a couple of friends and neighbours paid their tributes. Her daughter-in-law sang a lullaby by Brahms which was Wandaâ€™s favourite piece of music. The many guests were each provided with a candle, a tiny floatable holder and a frangipani flower. They then trouped down to the nearest beach. Here, while one daughter and her husband played a soulful, almost mesmeric repeating melody on their guitars, all the tiny boats with their cargoes of petals and candles were floated out to sea. As one guest recalls, there was nothing â€œfunerealâ€? about this ceremony. â€œYet when it was over we all felt amazingly peaceful and comforted as well as somehow more comfortable with the idea of death â€“ especially the childrenâ€?. They had also learned a good deal more about their mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
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that? It would show some semblance of compassion, at the least, for the Government to make a respectful and thoughtful action to allow over 65s to retain a reasonable amount (let’s say up to $400,000) of super for use later in life as a Centrelink asset exemption for the asset test. Funds above this amount could be treated as non exempt. A written request to all politicians along these lines by those affected may just have some credence and hopefully some impact, so please consider doing so. How many are aware that the Governments’ so called downsizing present means that, firstly, if over 65 you cannot contribute to a super fund and secondly, the so called “benefit of up to $300,000” if obtained becomes an asset to be taken into account against the asset test, thus eliminating your pension or part pension. They say the impact is minimal but it’s mostly on over 65s, a growing voting lobby. Strange how this” downsize present” was made after the super funds were made non-exempt, isn’t it? These facts are often ignored by younger folk who fail to realise that these
and other measures will seriously impact their living standards in the future. Are we destined to become a third nation country for over 65s if not younger? Brian Irving IT is sad to read letters from senior Australians in Your Time regarding social support and part support and Desley Kassulke’s complete lack of understanding (Letters, March YT) of what is happening. My local member said he was going to relay my concerns to the appropriate parliamentarians, but guess what? He lost my vote. What I told him was that politicians do not know how to manage portfolios or budget and do not wish to try. My example is two areas – immigration and social services. Immigration brings in immigrants and refugees as they see fit and those people can drain on support mechanisms that have been built up over many years to support nationals. The immigration department should be forced to manage and budget for those people from the Immigration budget until they are self-supporting.
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Family History Memorabilia made easy The social services budget should not be used for this. This is the real reason social assistance will be restricted in the future and not as Desley explains, people jumping on the gravy train. I for one don’t want roads and fast trains while my fellow senior Aussies who have volunteered and fought for what we have now are getting treated as social outcasts. I would rather walk than increase the social divide. Remember, full employment for people to contribute to super is getting less and less now as work evolves to part time and sporadic casual work and therefore people will have less opportunity to build wealth. Mick Hickson IT is offensive to hear any criticism about Australia’s procedures, services and politicians from immigrants of any nationality (letter, March YT). Immigrants should be either selffunded pensioners or they are an extra burden on the budget. I agree, “the government should be thanking the aged for their service to the country”. I have to wait until I’m 67, before I get a pension and then the 20 years I’ve saved in my super (about eight years support) will cut short any pension I might get for that time. So, I am not
entitled to a full pension until I am 75. Peter Crispin LEN Rutledge’s article (YT March) in which he suggests travellers to Thailand visit the Monkey Theatre or take an elephant jungle ride, indicates he is not conversant with the extremely cruel training methods used by handlers to force these wild animals to perform unnatural acts and tricks. Sadly, the gentle and intelligent elephants who, in the wild, form strong family bonds, are not exempt from inhumane and brutal training methods. These can involve forcibly spearating bapy elephants from their distressed mothers at a young age, chaining or tethering them to prevent movement, and using bullhooks – long wooden poles embedded with sharp spikes or nails – to break their spirit. Thailand has an appalling record of animal cruelty and has no animal protection laws which means animals used for entertainment and tourist attractions are often victims of horrific abuse at the hands of trainers. Thailand, with its stunning landscapes, magnificent beaches, great food and shopping has many cruelty-free attractions available and tourists can enjoy all these with a clear conscience. D. Blake
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Mary’s incredible journey to a full life From growing up in London during the blitz to a glamour career as an air hostess during the golden age of air travel, MARY ATKINS recalls a colourful life – and that’s before tragedy struck her young family. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at 27.
was a toddler when my mother, sister and I survived the bombing and loss of our home and everything we owned in the London blitz during World War II. We became camp followers. Wherever my father, a captain in the Royal Artillery, was posted in England, we followed, staying wherever my mother could find a billet. I have memories of the woeful pulse of air raid sirens mixed with snatches of damp air raid shelters, a cupboard under the stairs that smelled of molasses, and tiered bunks in London subway stations. All of these provided a refuge for us as the squadrons of planes droned overhead. I remember my mother’s anguished face as we heard the sounds of the distant thud of bombs hitting their targets. But equally, I remember so clearly, the amazement and joy of finding silverfoiled wrapped chunks of chocolate lying in a laneway. The Americans dropped food parcels and these spilled treasures had obviously been part of one these. I was six or seven and had never tasted chocolate until then. Because of the war and our gypsy lifestyle, my schooling was non-existent
Mary Atkins tells how she beat MS. until the end of the conflict, when life became more predictable. At 15, with just six years formal education, I left school to do a shorthandtyping course. I was a poor-second secretary to many unwitting employers until at 20, my mother saw a half-page ad in the paper – air hostesses required —
and encouraged me to apply. The list of qualifications needed was excessive – high school certificate, two languages, first aid certificate, catering certificate, lifesaving certificate. The only qualification I had was “un peu” schoolgirl French. So, on a wing and a prayer, I applied. I could not get a silly smile off my face for days when after three interviews and jostling with hundreds of outrageously clever and gorgeous-looking girls, I was one of the chosen few who made it. Air travel in the late ’50s and early ’60s was a rarefied thing and air hostesses were seen as minor celebrities. My picture was in the local paper with an over-the-top, local-girl-makes-good success story. This era was considered the golden age of flying. It was the time before jets when passengers had plenty of legroom to enjoy the trappings of the luxury service and were still allowed to smoke on board. On long hauls to Africa, we would do the flight in two or more legs,
stopping at a suitable destination to spend the night in some exotic hotel before boarding the passengers early next morning to fly onwards. I loved every second in the sky, every new destination. But sadly, it was the days when the airlines only wanted single women so with marriage came the end of my glamour days in the sky. My first symptom of MS occurred when I was 22. It was a paralysis of the muscles on one side of my face in my first pregnancy. At the time it was diagnosed as Bell’s Palsy, which I had for six months. Throughout my second pregnancy, my left arm and leg were numb with frequent muscle spasms. Doctors hypothesised that these symptoms could be attributed to severe morning sickness and/or the baby possibly lying on a nerve. The symptoms of numbness and weakness continued more aggressively as did muscle spasms, headaches, slurred speech and double vision. My daughter Jo was 13 months and son Neil two weeks when my husband was killed in a light aircraft accident. The shock and grief coupled with the responsibility of being a single Mum who
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was not in the best of health, created the perfect storm for an illness to take a rampant hold. My body, already exhibiting signs that something was amiss, bore the brunt of this tragedy. Eventually, the clusters of symptoms peaked and at the age of 26, I was diagnosed as having an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis. Doctors said I would be wheelchair-bound within months. I was convinced that shock, exhaustion and unresolved grief were the key factors in my illness so I rejected the diagnostic label and saw my illness an emotional and physical breakdown. Today I realise that my rejection of the diagnosis was the first vital step in my recovery. I acted on a powerful intuitive voice that suggested I undertake a strict daily program of creative expression – to plan, create or do something I had never done before. Throughout my recovery my intuition guided me, sometimes imperceptibly and other times with a determined strident voice – understanding how my life needed to change, finding the silver lining in my situation and the ultimate epiphany that I was to focus on planning and the joy of doing something creative every day. It did not have to be too big or too complicated it just had to be something I had never done before. I never questioned the logic or if it was a
recovery path, I just planned and completed a new creative project. Just over a year after my “road to Damascus” message, the same two neurologists who had diagnosed the disease declared I was in remission. That was more than 50 years ago. I have now written my book, A Journey of Creative Healing: My Story of resilience, remission and recovery through daily creative projects in which I list six steps that were crucial in my recovery but the most significant is that I listened and acted upon my intuition. Recent scientific research now supports the six-step program. Many times I had tried to explain to others the steps that were important in my recovery but it was obvious that my story was seen as inspirational but of no consequence as there was no science to give it credence. I learned to zip my zealous lip but within the last decades, I became aware of exciting medical scientific frontiers opening up. I started to research all I could find that correlated to my six steps of returning to health. With solid scientific evidence showing the wellbeing benefits of a creative practice meant I could no longer ignore the little insistent voice of my intuition: “write the book, Mary, now.” And I did.
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The peculiar art of producing the perfect sponge To my mind, no cake attests more emphatically to the skill of the home baker than the sponge, writes KATE CALLAHAN.
y mother was an expert baker and she could whip up a sponge faster than you can say Jack Robinson. After stoking the combustion stove, she would beat fresh eggs and sugar (white, of course) until thick, pale and airy. Then, with wooden spoon in hand, she would deftly fold in sifted flour, cream of tartar and bicarbonate of soda. With the bowl tilted, she would drizzle melted butter and hot water slowly down the side into the mixture. Three or four more gentle but effective movements of the wooden spoon and hey presto, Mum was popping two deep heart-shaped tins into the oven to cook. By the time I had licked the old Pyrex mixing bowl and beaters clean, the cakes were ready to come out of the oven. For everyday consumption, a simple filling of plum jam sufficed. But for birthdays or community “do’s”, Mum would fill and top the cakes with lashings of whipped cream, fresh from the dairy. Never jam and cream – too decadent. Just one or the other. My mother was not the only excellent baker in the neighbourhood. Mrs Collins, who lived up the road, was renowned for her towering, featherlight cornflour sponges, which she filled with whipped cream and topped with passionfruit icing. Whenever there was a function, a Mrs Collins sponge, that unmistakably elegant creation, would hold pride of place alongside Mum’s equally delicious cake. The ubiquitous mock chicken sandwiches (thoroughly unpleasant), asparagus rolls (soggy), jelly tarts (sickly sweet) and pikelets (tough) remained untouched until the cakes were polished off. “What a beautiful sponge, Mrs Collins!” my mother would say. Mrs Collins, of course, would return the compliment in equal measure. In keeping
Mum’s recipe book with the times, they always addressed each other formally, never by Christian name. Mum and Mrs Collins freely admired each other’s culinary creations because they adhered to an unspoken rule: Mum never made a cornflour sponge and Mrs Collins always did. Never let it be said, however, that Mum’s sponge repertoire was limited. On two pages of her dog-eared recipe book are six different recipes for sponge cake. There’s a King George sponge, which requires the eggs to be separated; two hot water sponges with slight variations; one fairy sponge; a vanilla sponge; and a ginger fluff sponge flavoured with cinnamon, ground ginger and cocoa. Turn two pages and you will find recipes for a spicy arrowroot sponge and
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“On two pages of her dog-eared recipe book are six different recipes for sponge cake. ” my all-time favourite, the honey roll. All too rarely, Mum made a honey roll, a simple sponge cake with arrowroot and no butter, filled with home-made mock cream. As a child, I delighted in the process of rolling up the warm cake in a clean tea-towel and then unrolling it again
when cool to apply the luscious cream. My baking apprenticeship began when I was three or four. I watched Mum make pastry, cakes and biscuits, while kneeling on a chair at her side. I learnt to make pastry, biscuits and all manner of cakes. Kentish, peach blossom, tea, macaroon, ginger, chocolate and sand cakes were particularly popular at our house. All the while, Mum guided me, passing on her special tips and tricks. When it came to making sponge cakes, she would say: “the eggs must be at room temperature”, “always sift the carb soda and cream of tartar with the flour”, and “fold the flour in gently”. The funny thing is that Mum was so good at making sponges and made the whole process look so easy, deceptively easy, that I never bothered making one. When I had a kitchen of my own, I turned out all manner of delicious cakes, but never a sponge. In retrospect, I suppose I took the good old sponge for granted. Mum’s been gone for 36 years now, but the memory of her sponges remains vivid. When my brother asked me recently to make a sponge for his birthday, I readily agreed. I had Mum’s recipe books, so how hard could it be to whip flour, eggs and sugar into a super sponge, just like Mum did? Six failed attempts later, I admitted defeat. As far as I’m concerned, sponge making is a culinary dark art. I don’t know whether it’s the supermarket eggs, the Kenwood Chef beaters or the plastic mixing bowl, or maybe the fan-forced oven. Whatever the problem, I’m sticking to fruit cakes. Sorry, Mum. Have you a fool-proof sponge recipe? Have you mastered the dark art? I’d like to hear your story. Email editor@ yourtimemagazine.com.au
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Shaw’s century old wisdom rings a bell The great playwright George Bernard Shaw is best remembered for his play about language, writes DAVID PARMITER, but he was also a fierce critic of society whose observations still have a ring of truth today.
ost people have heard of George Bernard Shaw. He wrote a play called Pygmalion, probably better known as My Fair Lady – “Wooden it be luvverly?” Shaw’s play is really about language and speaking correctly and behaving like a lady when in public. No tatts or foul language. Gentlemen were expected to be well-spoken, polite and considerate; not exactly what we see and hear today. Now, I am going to be provocative and outrageous, and quote the thoughts of this liberal rebel and fierce critic of society as portrayed in his comedies. Prepare to be annoyed or impressed by GBS, as he was known. Did you know that he joined Sidney and Beatrice Webb in setting up the far-left Fabian socialist society in London during the first decade of the last century? Oh yes; and the infamous London School of Economics; the serpents’ nest of left-wing economic theory ever since. In his lengthy Prefaces to the Plays, Shaw wrote this: First, education: “The man who does
not wish to be born again, and born better, is fit only to be a politician or an academic.” Does that mean politicians and academics are idiots? Well, the proof is with us. Second, the consumer society: “Whoever consumes goods and services, without producing by personal effort the equivalent of what he or she consumes, inflicts upon the community precisely the same injury that a thief produces.” In other words, if you take more than you give to society, then you are a thief. Remember that next time you visit Centrelink or queue up at the supermarket. We are a nation of “what’s in it for me ...” Third: “The suppression of economic knowledge is quite obvious, its corrupt motive being to keep the wage-earner ignorant of the enslavement by usury as practised by the Banks.” Yes, well, we all know the truth of that, with their mortgages and credit card usury. You’d never use a credit card to spend money you do not have, eh? Debt reminds us of Charles Dickens and the Marshallsea, the debtors’ prison in which Mr Micawber’s family, and
indeed Dickens’ own father, were imprisoned for usurious debt to the moneylenders. Fourth: “What is the matter with our universities is that the students are school children with no education. Whereas it is of the very essence of the university that they should be adults. If our universities would exclude everybody who had not earned a living by his or her own exertions for at least a couple of years, their effect would be vastly improved.” G.B. Shaw wrote that nearly 100 years ago! “When the Pursuit of Learning comes to mean the pursuit of learning by the child, instead of the pursuit of the child by learning, cane in hand, the danger is that the child will think for itself.” We wouldn’t want the plebs thinking for themselves! Meaning that true education is drawing “learning” out of the child not drumming it into the child. As Dickens so famously described in his damning exposé in Hard Times, Chapter 1. “Facts Sir, all I want is facts; give me nothing but facts.” In Nicholas Nickelby is the young student teacher having to learn how to
treat his children at Dotheboys Hall. Please read them again and get angry. Do-the-boys and the girls these days. “The object of the school is to keep children out of mischief by imprisoning them within four walls and from worrying their grownups.” If more people would consider the wisdom of G.B. Shaw when next they grudgingly turn up at the ballot box, we might even get a Government that puts money into true education, and not just KPI brainwashing by ill-educated teachers of the imposed curriculum. Today that includes WH&S, PC, gender neutrality, inclusiveness and the dangers of sexting and now copyright. Give ‘em nothing but the facts ... from the age of four. What the Dickens? Well, let’s join with him and George Bernard Shaw to save the children from the Department of Instruction and return them to the world of free and liberal education. Enquiring minds rather than digital robots. Let’s find out what the next generation has to say. Let’s listen to their language. We might even learn something from them.
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Designer now calls India home While many Australian labels organise their production off-shore, thanks to technology several designers are immersing themselves in a slower, more personal and intimate off-shore supply chain, writes KAY McMAHON.
isa Hall of @madamehall fame, who now lives and works in Bhuj India, sells online through etsy (online artisan store) and maintains a lifestyle few of us could imagine. Her love of local Gujarati textiles, artisans and craft techniques has seen her establish a life and small fashion business in this western Indian village. Lisa is an Adelaide girl who started dressmaking at 15 and worked in the local theatre scene for several years. A move to Sydney to work as costume designer for the Sydney Theatre Company and various productions for Fox Studios introduced her to the Australian celebrity acting scene (read Cate Blanchett) and honed her skills to work with, and design, an array of beautiful textiles that needed to fit various bodies and shapes. Armed with this love of textiles, her travels took her to Gujarat India several times in 2012. “I fell in love with the colour and the amount of diversity in textiles and craft,” she says. “But because I had cats at home I had to seriously consider how to move here with them.” Having worked that out, Lisa moved to
Bhuj with cats in tow, and is now on a business visa allowing a longer-term stay. Her tiny studio set-up in the middle of the local markets has allowed her to embrace the local scene and work with local artisans and villagers. “Several of the local older Jat (tribal) ladies often come in with vintage pieces,” she said. These are used in her eclectic designs that mix vintage and newly-printed fabrics in one-off, unique outfits. Her patternmaker Dipu, whose father was a tailor, is an integral part of the Madame Hall business. “I just came across his shop (in Bhuj) one day and ended up working with him,” she says. “Dipu has excellent taste and I have excellent taste. Every piece we make is seriously considered. We discuss the pieces and how to combine them.” Lisa also gives credit to her other studio employees Sandeep and Magan who she credits as being integral to her business. And Ramjan her driver and courier, who as well as being in charge of the stray dogs and cats she feeds, gets a rap for his loyalty and support.
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Treasure lies behind research barriers
Are you having one of those moments with your family history research where you have hit a brick wall? A fascinating family tale unfolds when PAMELA BERRY turns to the internet.
t was a brick wall. You know the person you are looking for exists but can’t find anything. I spent several days digging and finally brick after brick fell loose, the wall tumbled and a stack of valuables fell through. My Great Aunt (GA), the youngest of my great great grandparents’ daughters was elusive. She wouldn’t give up a thing, so I retraced my research. Using Evernote, which makes it easier to see what documents I have, I was able to glean some hope. My research is predominantly in Victoria but Queensland records are similar and some are national. I knew that she had five children and the eldest and youngest were girls. This information I obtained using Ancestry and the Victorian birth deaths, and marriage (BDM) indexes at bdm.vic.gov.au. The eldest daughter had married and the marriage certificate, which cost $25.10, provided her husband’s parents’ names and where the marriage took place. Using the online newspaper archive Trove at trove.nla.gov.au, which is part of the National Library of Australia, I could then find her by her married name. It appears they were high-flyers as her husband was a lord mayor and had served
in World War I. That led to his war service records at the National Archives naa.gov. au. I was lucky some of the records had been accessed previously and I did not have to pay to have them scanned and made available. This now costs $69 a record, which I think is expensive. Our war hero had been overseas and there was a list of his military awards and accolades. The Australian War Memorial awm.gov.au may have more information as sometimes they have photos, Red Cross documents and other memorabilia. I found nothing so I searched for her death certificate in the Victorian BDM. Still nothing. I tried newspaper tributes at tributes.heraldsun.com.au This site has a dropdown box and can be changed to other newspapers. Nothing. So I followed their only son who was mentioned on her husband’s death certificate from 1944. The son came up with a lot of interesting information using the sites previously mentioned, including a news story from Trove that he had committed a robbery in Brisbane and ended up in jail. Ancestry gave me his addresses via the electoral rolls. This made me realise that maybe my ancestor had moved to Brisbane too, so I searched the Queensland BDM at
bdm.qld.gov.au, and voila! There she was. She had died at Mareeba. But I still hadn’t found much more than I already had on her mother, my GA. I again had a look at Trove and found a news article that she had received community assistance to plant the crops on their farm during World War I. This led me to again search war records, this time for her husband. He had altered his birth date, enlisted and was sent to France. He was there for only one year and returned as “over age”. They remained in Wangaratta until my GA died of heart failure in 1926. This information was on her death certificate which also confirmed the children. I now wanted to know about her husband. Ancestry electoral records revealed his wedding certificate named him as “Francis Henry” but that he also went by Frank. Back to Trove, BDM and NAA for war records. Just before World War II Frank Richardson had again adjusted his date of birth and enlisted in Albury. During training he was struck by a van and killed on Old Sydney Road, Albury, in 1940. First his age was shown as 57 years but an inquest found that he was in fact 73. I now went to the Public Records Office
of Victoria at prov.vic.gov.au to see if he had a will. The equivalent for Queensland is not as good but you can find the record and visit the office to see the documents qld.gov.au/dsiti/qsa I found he was born in Lockwood, Victoria. One of his military records had stated this and the other was his lie that he was born in Gundagai, NSW, in 1881. During my visit on PROV, I found records for Frank being a ward of the state and these too were digitised. I now knew that his father was dead and his mother’s name so back to BDM to get his death certificate and search for siblings. There were 10 and two had died. PROV also revealed the two children had drowned in the local waterway two years apart and an inquest was held for each. Trove revealed the sad story of his life. His father, who was a farmer, was taken to Bendigo hospital where he had his arm amputated and died due to complications, leaving a wife and eight children destitute. She could not feed her family so she went to the courts where they took her four youngest and made them wards of the state. And that’s who married my Great Aunt. Pamela Berry is from Getuit Graphics
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Girl power rules in colourful, chaotic India On a recent visit to India, DIANA HACKER knew it was going to be a totally different experience when she saw a pig walking along the footpath in downtown Delhi.
he aim of my visit was to glimpse the magnificent but elusive Bengal tiger in its natural surroundings. To achieve this, I was to visit three specific tiger reserves. The first was the 400sq km Ranthambhor National Park in the Sawai Madhopur district of the state of Rajasthan. On the first game drive I was fortunate enough to view a tigress known as Noor and her three cubs. All tigers in reserves are given a number and a name. The number is correlated to their specific markings, habits and territory. A more personal recognition is their names. Noor is a successful mother and hunter. To date, she has reared three cubs to the age of two years. Within the next few months they will reach adulthood, establish their own hunting territories and hopefully breed. During the remainder of my visit I was to see 16 individual tigers across the three reserves and to break the previous record
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The Irish girl whose name lives on in Queensland BRISBANE’S oldest family funeral firm has its roots in the 1870s and even more remarkable, it has stayed in the same family for six generations. Kate Mary Smith would have been proud of her legacy, writes DOT WHITTINGTON.
t’s the stuff of fairytales – the story of an Irish girl who migrates to remote Australia during the potato famine and then, while not being a stranger to hardship, grief and loss, proceeds to establish a dynasty that lives on into the 21st century. Kate Mary Farrell was born in Dublin in around 1847. Within the next two decades, 1.5 million of her countrymen would migrate in search of a better life in America. Others, like Kate, would make their way to Australia as part of the largest immigrant group after the English during the latter half of the 19th century. As a teenager in 1864, she boarded the ship Fiery Star bound for Queensland. She made her way to Somerset, a settlement at the very tip of Cape York Peninsula for which the new Queensland Government had high hopes in the early years after its separation from NSW. A bêche-de-mer station had been established on the Torres Strait island of Albany about 20km east of Bamaga, in 1862. Port Albany was surveyed but after an inspection by Governor Bowen, it was decided to build the settlement on the adjacent mainland at Somerset. It was named after the First Lord of
the Admiralty, the Duke of Somerset, and in the year before Kate arrived, had been established by police magistrate and gold commissioner John Jardine who had visions for the town to be a major port. Also arriving in Somerset, in July 1864, was John Smith, an infantryman with the Royal Marines who had been born in London in 1839 and arrived on the HMS Salamander. He became a water police constable and while he was still a solider, he was also paid by the Queensland Government to work as a carpenter. John and Kate married in Somerset in January 1868, when Kate was 21 and John 29. Their first child, John Thomas Smith is likely to have been the first white child born on Cape York Peninsula. John was injured in an attack on the marines and suffered two serious spear wounds. It was serious enough for him to be sent to Sydney to recover. Kate and John settled in Sydney for a few years and returned to Brisbane with three children in 1874. They went on to have another four children. John set up shop as a cabinet maker in Elizabeth St, based almost opposite the newly-built St Stephen’s Cathedral. He
John and Kate Smith was also called upon occasionally to make a coffin. Brisbane was expanding rapidly, and it was not uncommon for a cabinetmaker or carpenter with a horse to also work as an undertaker. The family lived in South Brisbane and in 1883, purchased the undertaking business of William Walsh. With Kate a Catholic and John Church of England and a prominent Freemason, they built many contacts on all sides in the emerging city. Alas, John became ill, suffering from consumption and weakened by his old injuries from two decades earlier, died a few months later in May 1886, at just 42, leaving a family of six. Kate had been running the business for some time with the assistance of her oldest son, John and after her husband’s untimely death, stepped up to show her
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The art of living I would like to talk about death, writes TRICIA ELLIS, and by using the correct word I honour the process.
n ancient times the recognition of death and its meaning was an integral aspect of most cultures. Our ancestors from both east and west saw death as a necessary precondition for the allowment of wisdom. Plato went as far as to say that philosophy is nothing more than the art of preparing for death but we in the modern western world have made the subject taboo. When a person dies the deceased is talked about in hushed tones. Euphemisms abound. We are told they have “passed” or “gone to their just rewards”. A cloak of secrecy surrounds the whole proceedings. To talk of death is to admit one’s own mortality so the subject is dealt with as quickly and as efficiently as possible and by doing so we deny any possibility of a spiritual connection. Why do we, in the western world so fear death? Our culture is enchanted with youth and intensely fearful of old age. Everything is geared to looking younger as if the lack of a few lines will stave of the inevitable. By continually fighting nature we strip ourselves of the joy of living. The daring exploits of an adventurer
will be labelled foolhardy, or a death wish but the truth most likely is that they have no fear of death so can live life to the full. We learn from a young age that death is a frightening thing. Children are often kept away from funerals so they don’t need to learn about death early in their lives, but to deprive them of the ritual of saying goodbye to a loved one creates confusion. They are told that the diseased had gone to Jesus, become a star, or whatever euphemism is deemed appropriate, with no explanation as to how or why. In years gone by the deceased was laid out in the parlour for all to see and admire. Children could say their goodbyes in familiar surroundings, thus taking the fear out of the occasion. Terminally ill children have a sixth sense of their ultimate death and will talk freely if allowed but are often hushed or joked out of the conversation. They need to verbalise their thoughts and should be encouraged to talk in an open and honest manner, however hard this may be for the listener. Fear has taken over with the need for every human emotion to be understood and explained in physical terms. If it cannot be seen it cannot be so.
The word spirituality has lost its true meaning. Its disappearance can be traced to the scientific revolution the 17th century. Since then, scientific research has tried to explain all phenomena, including the human psyche as a byproduct of matter and physical forces. But we, as humans, are made of so much more. In ancient times death was celebrated as the end of one experience and the beginning of another. Old age was just that, accepted and revered for the wisdom hopefully gained through a lifetime. Many countries still treat their old with reverence but we hide our aged away in sterile buildings. Medical science has progressed to the stage that to die is seen as an effrontery to the caregivers. We have to be kept alive at all cost regardless of the quality, or lack thereof, of a life. We are told that we should be grateful that we live in such enlightened times but how enlightened are we? Various religions add to the fear of death with their fire and brimstone rhetoric. No talk of a loving God only the promise of punishment. Eastern philosophy paints a much gentler picture, the belief being that at
point of death we discard the old body while the spark, the essence that is you, continues to exist. Each appearance on this planet is prearranged with one or more lessons to be learnt. Where we are born and the length of our stay has been mapped out so why spend time worrying about our demise when we have no real say in the matter? All we have to do is to live our lives showing love and compassion to our fellow travellers and nirvana will be ours. Human life in its fullness is denied to many. It is up to us to live our lives with as much enthusiasm as possible, seeing each experience, be it good or bad, as another tool to aid us in our pursuit of fulfilment. Many lives are wasted waiting for the grim reaper to pounce. We should approach life with a great measure of awe and gratitude. We have been given the opportunity to develop and grow why waste it? Our time on this little blue planet is fleeting so why spend it worrying about the inevitable? As one great master reminded us, in the fullness of time we all come to see that the secret of dying is to master the art of living.
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Electric self-driving cars? Not in our lifetime ... It will be a cold day in Birdsville before an autonomous, all-electric car glides in from the coast, writes BRUCE McMAHON.
here has been much written, discussed and dissected about self-driving cars and cars running on electric motors in recent seasons. But, as worthy as these ideals may be, there is a long road ahead before these vehicles are commonplace – even in Australian urban areas, let alone the bush. The motor vehicle has changed little since Henry Ford started rolling out Model Ts. Today we still have, for the most part, internal combustion engines up front driving at least one pair of wheels through a set of manual or automatic gears. These mechanicals sit in, for the most part, an enclosed steel, plastic and alloy body with any number of doors and windows and driver up front. And maybe a utility tray out back. A 2018 Ford Mondeo wouldn’t be all that foreign to our Henry, though he may marvel at the add-ons, from electric windows to Bluetooth connectivity. So good on those pushing the envelopes in different directions, allowing some cars to run on electric power and some without need for much driver input (provided the sun doesn’t
blind the car’s cameras to the big white truck up ahead). Autonomous cars, for now at least, rely on roadside assistance from clean white line markings to speed signs on good and wide bitumen roads. These are not in abundance in Australia and may never, ever reach Birdsville. Direct sunlight, dust, mud and slush found in abundance on our roads may also interfere with the car’s “scanners”. And if the recent fatality in Arizona, where a woman pushing a bicycle across a road was killed by a self-driver is any guide, what chance when a kangaroo
broadsides the car? The new-age prophets will say you needn’t use autonomy all day, all night, but why pay for part-time technology? Why further dilute driving skills and attention spans? All the while, all-electric cars are fuelled by power generated in coal-fired generators. Please explain. Why isn’t there more talk about hydrogen-fuelled cars if chasing clean and green electric motoring futures? Nothing against progress in the motor business but it should be measured. Keep the hype to a polite level. Please. Meanwhile there’s little alt-
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Watch the carbs and find new energy The low carb keto diet is becoming popular as more people are discover its many benefits, writes TRUDY KITHER.
eferred to by many different names such as ketogenic diet, low carb high fat (LCHF) and low carb, the keto encourages the body to produce ketones in the liver to be used as energy. Basically, when you eat food that has carbohydrates in it your body produces insulin and glucose. As glucose is the easiest molecule for your body to convert and use as energy, it will be the chosen energy to be used over any other energy source. Insulin is produced because it needs to process the glucose in your bloodstream by taking it around the body. Since the glucose is being used as a primary energy, your fats are not needed and are therefore stored in the body creating fat deposits all over the body. On a normal carbohydrate diet, the body will always use glucose as its main form of energy. So, what happens once your body has no more glucose or glycogen? Ketosis. By dramatically lowering the intake of carbs, the body goes into a state of “ketosis” in which it switches from using glucose in the body to its own fat stores for energy. This state is called
lipogenesis. When your body has no access to food, such as when you are sleeping, the body will burn fat and create molecules called ketones. This is what happens on a ketogenic diet – we burn fat for energy. We can thank our body’s ability to switch metabolic pathways for that. Ketosis is quite amazing, and it gets even better. Studies show that the body and brain actually prefer using ketones and is able to run 70 per cent more efficiently than glucose. From an
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evolutionary standpoint, this makes perfect sense. Your benefits from a keto diet/ lifestyle are: Weight Loss: As your body is burning fat as the main source of energy, you will essentially be using your fat stores as an energy source while in a fasting state. Energy: by giving your body a better and more reliable energy source, you will feel more energized during the day. Fats are shown to be the most effective molecule to burn as fuel. Cholesterol: A keto diet has shown to improve triglyceride levels and cholesterol levels mostly associated with arterial build up. Blood Sugar: Many studies show the decrease of LDL cholesterol over time and have shown to eliminate ailments such as Type 2 Diabetes. Hunger: Fat is naturally more satisfying, leaving us in a “full” state for longer. Skin: Recent studies have shown a reduction in acne lesions and skin inflammation over 12 weeks. The breakdown of protein, fats and carbs vary depending on how strict and how far into keto you want to go, but the
long-term plan is to make it sustainable and something that can work for you – not the other way around. Any new diet means planning ahead and having your diet plan ready and waiting. What you eat really depends how fast you want to get into a ketogenic state. The more restrictive you are on your carbohydrates (less than 15g per day), the faster you will enter ketosis. Normally, anywhere between 20-30g of net carbs is recommended for every day dieting – but the lower you keep your glucose levels, the better your overall results will be. If you need ideas for food, there are plenty of keto recipes to choose from. You might be asking, “What’s a net carb?” It’s simple, your total dietary carbohydrates, minus the total fiber. Let’s say for example you want to eat some broccoli (1 cup). There are 6g carbohydrates and 2g of fiber in one cup. So, we take the 6g (total carbs) and subtract the 2g (dietary fiber) for net carbs of 4g. Trudy Kither is a naturopath at Nature’s Temple. Visit naturestemple.net
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part from hearing loss, the biggest factor in not being able to hear the TV properly is the acoustic setup of the room your TV is in. High ceilings, tiles, concrete or polished wooden floors can make sound echo or reverberate. The more echo there is in a room, the worse sound will appear when it reaches your ear from the TV. In bad situations, even people with normal hearing can have trouble understanding what’s being said on the TV. And surprisingly, newer TVs can make the situation worse. The default sound settings and the thin design of new flat screens can affect the sound negatively. The default sound settings on new televisions are set to provide a surround sound experience like in a movie cinema. To do this, the graphic equaliser is set to emphasise the bass frequencies. These are the pitches where all the music and background noises such as explosions, car engines, trains, the roar of jet engines are. Most speech sounds sit in the mid to high frequency areas, which are not presented well by default settings on surround sound systems. The frequencies that are most susceptible to echoing are the mid and high frequencies. High-pitched sounds rebound off objects, which means the music and background noises sound great because
the low-frequency signal reaching the ear is quite pure. Once we get to the mid and highpitched speech sounds they sound terrible as they are bouncing all through the room before getting to your ear. Add some hearing loss on top of this and it may be almost impossible to watch a movie. Changing the acoustics of the room will make a big difference to your TV sound. Having carpeted floors, soft furnishings or even hanging a rug on the wall will soak up sound and stop the high frequencies bouncing around and distorting what you hear. If you do have hard floors, lay a rug between the television set and the viewing chair to stop the echo from the floor. You should also change the sound settings on the TV or surround sound system. By reducing the bass and increasing the treble you’ll decrease the background noise and music and increase the volume of speech. If you do have a hearing loss, connecting a TV streamer wirelessly to your hearing aids will make a world of difference. It’s a good idea to discuss these and other solutions with a qualified audiologist. Grant Collins is principal audiologist at Clarity Hearing Solutions. clarityhearingsolutions.com.au
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ARTHRITIS affects more than 3.85 million Australians, with this number set to increase to 7 million by 2050. There are more than 100 types of arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis being the most common. This makes it impossible to have a “one size fits all” remedy. “Many people think that nothing can be done to relieve the symptoms, but there are many ways to reduce the effects of arthritis,” musculoskeletal physiotherapist Yves Silveria says. “It is essentially inflammation of the joint which leads to pain and restricted movement and there are ways to reduce these issues. Arthritis is common and affects one in 10 Australians.” HIS TOP FIVE TIPS ARE: 1. Heat and ice Inflammation causes the pain. Applying ice to the affected area reduces inflammation as well as swelling and pain. The coldness causes the blood vessels of the muscle to constrict which decreases flow of blood. This should be done for no longer than 20 minutes and repeated throughout the day. When applying heat, the muscles relax and encourage the damaged tissue to heal. The heat also stimulates blood flow which in turn improves circulation, lubricates the joint and reduces stiffness.
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AFTER spending more than 25 years on acreage, Beerwah residents Fayonne and Bernie Partridge found the ideal downsizing solution at Halcyon Glades over 50s community at Caboolture North. They bought one of 10 newlyreleased properties at Halcyon Glades, each offering an extended backyard along with upsized front and rear patios. It was the perfect compromise between acreage and typical retirement living options. “Being able to have a bit of grass and to see the trees in the distance really suited us coming off an acreage property where we had a lot of trees and shrubs around us,” Mr Partridge said.“Now the mowing takes me 15 minutes instead of three hours.” Mrs Partridge said she didn’t feel hemmed in at Halcyon Glades.
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“We lived with so much open space and bushland and greenery that going anywhere smaller than this would have felt like going from one extreme to another,” she said. “As soon as we saw this we thought, ‘this is the right space for us’. “This was more open and appealing to us, and it’s nice to be able to walk around the garden and admire the plants.” Halcyon Glades project director Marie Cone said the homes were ideal for people coming off acreage and those who appreciated extra space for entertaining and relaxation. “On warm summer evenings you can enjoy dinner or a few drinks on the undercover patio while taking in the great outdoors,” Ms Cone said. “A larger front porch allows you to catch the morning sun and chat to neighbours. And with the bigger backyard, there’s space for a veggie garden, garden shed or extra room for your dog. “It’s a rare offering and not something you will see at any other over 50s community or retirement village.” The limited release homes are priced from $409,000 to $615,000, and have rear yards ranging from 56sqm to 134sqm. Visit lifebeginsathalcyon.com.au.
RETREAT TO THE RAINFOREST Hidden in the rainforest in the Buderim foothills is the exclusive over 50s lifestyle community, Nature’s Edge Buderim where residents gain renewed energy from the freedom that comes with downsizing maintenance and upgrading lifestyle. Polished porcelain tiles flanking the entrance gates provide an appropriate welcome to the community, where architecturally-designed homes surround the newly opened $4 million Leisure Centre. The fully enclosed 20m heated pool is perfect for year-round swimming and the library has many books and comfortable lounges. Residents meet friends for Happy
Hour on the expansive decks overlooking the rainforest and nurture their soul in the opulent spa and sauna rooms. Nature’s Edge Buderim homebuyers don’t have to pay stamp duty and if they decide to sell, there are no exit fees and they keep 100 per cent of capital gain. When it’s time to hit the road again on another great adventure, Nature’s Edge Buderim residents relax in the knowledge they can lock up and leave and their home is secure and safe until their return. For a tour call 1800 218 898; email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit naturesedgebuderim.com.au
WHEN Terry and Annette were looking for the perfect retirement lifestyle, the one village they kept returning to in their search was Baldwin Living Sequana. They found that every time they visited it was like coming home. The layout of the new villas, space, rural outlook and most importantly, friendliness of residents, made Baldwin Living Sequana appealing. The excitement is growing at Baldwin Living Sequana, Upper Coomera as the first of the new three-bedroom villas under construction are soon to be occupied. With just 16 villas remaining, interest in the development of these spacious and superbly designed homes has been exceptional. Spacious single level villas have every convenience and outdoor garden space for entertaining or simply to sit and enjoy a good book. Located close to the Coomera River for boating and fishing, the village has an indoor heated swimming pool, community centre and exceptional on-site service.
Baldwin Living Sequana is a leafy village at Upper Coomera in the foothills of the beautiful Gold Coast hinterland, just 30-40 minutes to the Gold Coast or Brisbane. “It’s the perfect place to retire,” Baldwin Care Group CEO Paul Burkett says. “With easy access to the M1, and within a thriving local community boasting an amazing array of shopping and services, it is in an ideal location.” New villas are open for inspection. To register interest call 1800 911 989 or visit goldcoast.baldwincaregroup.com.au
LIVING GEMS SPARKLES WITH RESORT STYLE BABY Boomers are demanding higher standards in over 50s living options, with buyers focused on an active and social lifestyle. Lifestyle resorts such as Living Gems are shaking up the way Australians over 50 experience their golden years. Living Gems general manager Vlad Pullich said that Living Gems aimed to provide an active resort-style lifestyle for over 50s, seniors and retirees which was why an extensive range of premium facilities in new resorts were on offer. “Homeowners at Living Gems Caboolture will soon be enjoying the country club fitted with a lounge, bar, ballroom and a cinema,” he said. “Other facilities include a heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, barbecue pavilion, gym, bowling green, tennis court, games room, 10-pin bowling, hair salon, golf simulator, library, music room, workshop plus an art and craft studio.” Residents Elizabeth and Alan
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TAKE A STAGE JOURNEY TO BRISBANE AT WAR THE award-winning Brisbane, an epic nostalgic part of our history which shows both the comedy and tragedy of the city at war, is back. An extraordinary theatrical journey, it incorporates some of the cityâ€™s loved and lost venues such as Cloudland and The Regent. Ripe with understated larrikinism and emotional resonance, it is a celebration of a city and a childhood â€“ and a requiem for all that was lost. The playwright, Queenslandâ€™s very own Matthew Ryan, was awarded the Matilda Award for Best New Australian Work in 2016. Brisbane is the coming-of-age story of the young Danny Fisher, a bullied 14-year-old writer on the cusp of his first ever bra-removal experience: â€œItâ€™s 1942 and Iâ€™m 14, which means I
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face two obstacles on a daily basis. One: Entire countries that want to kill me. And two: The Cricket Boys on Mulvany Streetâ€?. Itâ€™s set at a time when the city faces the threat of extinction and his family is ripped apart by tragedy. Then Danny meets an American pilot who changes everything. Brisbane invokes many emotions with captivating moments that will leave the audience speechless, laughing and crying. With a large ensemble cast of local talented Brisbane actors, it is a production not to be missed. Brisbane will be performed exclusively by Villanova Players Theatre Company at Yeronga State High School from May 12-27. Tickets $25, concessions $20. Book online for discount at villanovaplayers.com
OPERA QUEENSLAND PRESENTS ROMANCE AND GLAMOUR LOVERS of Parisian art deco glamour are in for a treat when Opera Queensland brings Graeme Murphyâ€™s new starstudded production of Franz LehĂĄrâ€™s The Merry Widow to QPACâ€™s Lyric Theatre, for seven performances from June 22-30. Fresh from rave reviews in Sydney and Melbourne, this new production delivers unforgettable melodies and dazzling dance reminiscent of great
musicals of the past. Popular and charismatic performers David Hobson and Natalie Christie Peluso are joined by Jason Barry-Smith, Katie Stenzel, Virgilio Marino and Andrew Collis supported by the Opera Queensland Chorus and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Tickets $59-$179 on sale now at operaqueensland.com
THE Australian Brandenburg Orchestra brings one of the worldâ€™s most soughtafter classical artists â€“ harpist Xavier de Maistre â€“ to Brisbane for a one-off performance on May 15, in the QPAC Concert Hall. â€œBrisbane audiences have really embraced us as we bring some of the best musicians and often unusual, rare music to the city,â€? artistic director Paul Dyer said. â€œThis year, we are delighted to start the year with a performance by Xavier, who is one of the most sought-after classical artists on the planet!â€? Xavier de Maistre, who was principal harpist with the Vienna Philharmonic, plays with breathtaking precision and often presents complex pieces of music originally written for an entire orchestra. â€œTo showcase this extraordinary artist, Iâ€™ve put together a romantic and sensuous program which is impressive and virtuosic, but also sublime and filled with lots of intense swoon moments,â€? Mr Dyer says. â€œThe Brandenburg has some showpieces on the bill as well including symphonies by Mozart and C.P.E. Bach and our first performance of Ravel â€™s famous, timeless and sublime Pavane pour une infante dĂŠfunte.â€? On August 7, the Brandenburg will take Brisbane on an expansive musical journey, joining forces with medieval
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JOIN QUEENSLAND POPS FOR BEST OF BRITISH ARGUABLY the most anticipated of the Queensland Pops Orchestra’s flagship concert series, the Best of British concerts unfurl with all the pomp and pageantry of London’s Last Night of the Proms which inspired them. These popular shows are a fun-filled music hall version of Britain, with barefoot seamen and Union Jack-draped sopranos. Soprano Elizabeth Lewis and bassbaritone Sam Hartley join forces to ignite the passions of some of the greatest opera and theatre standards of all time. As has become a proud and long-
standing Queensland Pops Orchestra tradition, gutsy flag-waving, hearty singalongs and plenty of on-stage magic will make this Best of British 2018 showcase a night to remember. Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 and Hubert Parry’s Jerusalem were early highlights in a concert tradition that began in 1895. But it wasn’t until the Queen’s coronation in 1953 that the British sea songs featuring the audience favourite, the Sailor’s Hornpipe, was included as one of the program’s three fixed elements. Rousing popular music, a lively
audience, a charismatic conductor in Patrick Pickett, and Australia’s most entertaining orchestra area had hit a formula that has won Brisbane music lovers for more than 30 years. Also this year, Resonance of Birralee and Toowoomba Contemporary Chorale will combine to form a 100 strong choir in good Welsh tradition. BBC Pipes and Drums will return with the Celtic Spectacular while the Watkins Academy of Irish Dance adds the passion of Ireland. QPAC, May 5, 2.30pm and 7.30pm Bookings 136 246
DON’T MISS A MUSICAL FAVOURITE SET on an idyllic South Pacific island during World War II, the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic South Pacific is considered to be one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time. It is the heart-warming tale of love and romance, war and racial tolerance, and laughter and liveliness. The score includes Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame. Louise Drysdale has a special reason to be excited to play the vivacious Nellie in South Pacific, as her grandfather played Emile in 1972.
Louise moved to Brisbane to study classical ballet but now works as a physiotherapist to Queensland Ballet and many other performers in Brisbane. She has recently appeared in A Chorus Line and Legally Blonde and has also performed with the cabaret ensemble Candy Shop Show Australia. With a cast of 50 and an orchestra twice the size of most musicals, this landmark musical will play at the Schonell Theatre for a strictly limited one week season. Schonell Theatre, Union Road, St Lucia. June 6-10, Wednesday to Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday
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FILMS TO EXPLORE OUR NATIONAL STORY TWO major Australian films will screen at the Redland Performing Arts Centre on June 2, in recognition of National Reconciliation week. This annual celebration, May 27-June 3, enables all Australians to come together in the spirit of mutual respect, bookmarked by the anniversaries of the 1967 Referendum and Mabo Day. This year’s theme is Don’t Keep History a Mystery. All Australians are invited to learn, share, and grow by exploring our past and developing a deeper understanding of our national story. Starting off the day on June 2, is Rabbit-Proof Fence, the moving true story of three Aboriginal girls who are forcibly taken from their families in 1931. They are to be trained as domestic servants as part of an Australian government policy at the time. They make a daring escape and embark on an epic 2400km journey home following the rabbit-proof fence that bisects the Australian continent. The authorities are in hot pursuit. Starring Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury and Kenneth Branagh it will be screened at 10am (non-captioned) and at noon (captioned). In the afternoon, Ten Canoes is a tale within a tale as it follows Dayindi, a young Aboriginal warrior in Arnhem
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Land, in a time separate of Western influence. His older brother Minygululu, tells the young Dayindi a story about another young man even further back in time who, like Dayindi, coveted his elder brother’s youngest wife. Through stories, can values be taught and balance achieved. Will Dayindi change his path in life? Starring Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil and Peter Minygululu the film will be screen at 2pm (non-captioned) and 4pm (captioned). It is the first of three weekends of film at RPAC to inspire, inform and engage audiences through Australian storytelling. Tickets $8 for a single film or $14 for two on the same day. Bookings rpac. com.au or call the box office 3829 8131
THE 180-voice QPAC Choir will perform a selection of some of the biggest pop hits from the 1980s in a one night only showcase concert on May 29. POP Goes The 80s will offer audiences a sense of how music and culture evolved across the hedonistic decade. It will feature songs from great female artists such as Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Jett, Whitney Houston, Toni Basil and The Bangles along with hits from popular male performers such as Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, Rick Springfield and Kenny Loggins. Choirmaster Timothy Sherlock said the annual showcase concert was a highlight of the choir’s performance calendar. The concert will feature an 8-piece live band and special guest performers, including third year students from the Queensland Conservatorium. QPAC Concert Hall. Tuesday May 29, 7.30pm. Tickets $35. Bookings qpac. com.au or 136 246
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Getting there really can be half the fun There’s always plenty of thought given to destinations for the bucket list but, writes DOT WHITTINGTON, how you get there deserves a place as well.
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he long haul to the northern hemisphere and Europe becomes less attractive – and for some, less possible – every year, but there is a way around it. Add first or business class to your bucket list and it opens up a whole new world of travel possibilities. For decades, I’ve lined up and been herded into cattle class pining for just an extra 10cm so I could remove my knees from my throat and arrive without an aching back, burning eyes and feeling like I’ve just been put through a wringer. And so it was, that I set off for Dublin, dreading 24 hours of hell to get there and thinking that I was getting way too old
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Dessert is tempting, fresh and served on china with real cutlery. nuts. Not a packet, but a bowl, and they are warm almonds and cashews. There’s a gift pack with all the essentials – socks, eyeshade and earplugs, along with moisturiser, lip balm and a toothbrush kit – in a toiletry bag with a pattern “inspired by the mosaics at the Sheikh Zayed grand mosque”. A very nice touch. We are winging over Outback Queensland when Natasha drops down a table that doesn’t pin you to your seat, covers it with a crisp linen tablecloth and delivers metal cutlery, a linen serviette and a black and silver tray tastefully laid out with hot garlic bread, fresh salad and fresh tuna that melts in the mouth. There’s a sprinkling of chives over fresh vegetable slivers. The salt and pepper shakers are real, no paper sachets or disposables here. I’m doing my bit for the planet as well. Yes, dining is more like a fine restaurant than the usual plastic tray of bulk catering. “Sparkling or still water? A twist of lemon? Ice?” A “dine anytime” menu gives the freedom of choice. Depending on body clock and flight time it might be a three continued page 34 >
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This is an inspiring, heart-warming and at times painful, life-changing adventure. It is remarkable because she was 60 years old when she decided she wanted to go on a journey that she had thought about and didn’t quite have the courage to take the first step. At 64, it was now or never, and she did it alone. This Brisbane woman became a pilgrim and walked the way of St James from Vezelay in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. It was a history lesson for me and even though I was just an armchair traveller, I was with her all the way.
This book’s cover picture attracted me as I have exactly the same pair of walking boots although the soles have fallen off mine. I thought this book would be boring but Claude’s journey kept me engaged. Her constant pain, the leg injuries, the too heavy backpack and the blisters are all too familiar to those of us who enjoy or endure long distance walking. A hundred days walking alone for 2500 kilometres helped her renew her love of nature, the kindness of others, simple lifestyle, the beauty of rural France, the Pyrenees and Spain and her love of God. Little “miracles” along the way helped transform her beliefs and overcome her fear of dogs and heights. A quote from Mark Twain aptly sums up her journey. “That which is hard to endure is sweet to remember.” Claude’s pilgrimage will make you want to get out your trekking poles and boots! 7/10
BOOK review JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT I was so annoyed by repetition concerned with the body and mental pain of this Pilgrim, getting lost and divine intervention explaining everything, that I was tempted to throw in the towel. Putting every “beautiful and unforgettable” meeting with other pilgrims down to God’s will was too much for me but I am reminded that Einstein said, “coincidences are God’s way of remaining anonymous”. I persevered and finished with respect for her courage and determination in completing her Camino de Santiago. Claude’s pilgrimage was certainly religious and spiritual confirmed by her belief that through helping others and receiving help along the way she would find her true self. A long way from my preferred reading material.
BOOTS TO BLISS Claude Tranchant
On her 64th birthday, Claude Tranchant set out on the medieval path of St James. She was to walk more than 2500km alone over 100 days carrying a 15kg backpack. Her trek took her from France, over the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela in Spain and beyond to Muxia. Her Camino journey is one not just of physical endurance, but also of self-discovery, spirituality and empowerment. She tells her story and shares her thoughts and encounters in a book which is as much about human spirit as it is a guide to the Camino pilgrimage.
Boots to Bliss is a journey, a most enjoyable journey, and I have to say the best book I have read since I started reviewing books for this magazine. I could not put it down. I love Claude’s writing style and her descriptions of the St James way. The history and the people she met along the way made me feel at times that I was actually there. To walk 2500km alone at age 64 is truly amazing. The Camino has long been a thought in the back of my head and having read this, the fire is alight and who knows? I may yet do it. A must read.
MARY BARBER By the time I had finished this I felt I’d walked 2500 kilometres too. Sharing rooms with snoring strangers, walking besides highways, retracing your steps for kilometres due to poor signage, constant blisters and rough weather, it’s not for everyone. And neither is the book. It would appeal to someone who is planning on walking the St James’ Way but it is not a guide book. It’s one woman’s travel diary. The author’s journey is a deeply spiritual one, full of hugs and significant meetings with locals and other pilgrims. There is definitely a community of souls that supports each other on their journeys on St James’ Way.
In 2016, more than 200,000 walkers re-traced the steps of St James and the pilgrims who have followed over the past 1000 years. Many choose to walk just a section or two but Boots to Bliss is the mindboggling account of Claude Tranchant who, at 64 years of age, completed more than 2500km over 100 days. The book is meticulously detailed, so much so that I found myself skimming frequently. Overall the tenacity and singlemindedness of Claude was the thread that compelled me to keep on reading. Claude was one stubborn lady, ignoring medical advice when battling pain but as a reader I found myself urging her on to achieve her goal, which she did! I note that Boots to Bliss was in its seventh printing in 2017. Its audience will be those who have walked the Camino and want to reminisce and it will be a bible for those contemplating a Camino walk.
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