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or some years now, I’ve been lamenting that I don’t need to make new friends as I have enough trouble keeping up with my old ones. Cynical it may be, but I confess to becoming weary of the trite platitudes, inspirational quotes about friendship and exhortations that we need to work on our friendship list. That’s all very well for social media but I’m not so sure about the real world. (There was a time when my kids boasted about how many ‘friends’ they had on Facebook, not accepting most were just names added to a list. Mind you, that platform has long since been abandoned and nobody, least of all them, remembers or even cares.) Lorraine Page this month reports
Contents on friendships and makes the point that it gets too easy for real relationships to become lost. Yes, we might have caught up on what the thousands we have known over the years are doing, but this is not friendship. It’s digital connection, one that often means we’ll reach for the tablet rather than the phone to catch up with those who matter. Some friends I haven’t seen for years and yet I know when we do meet again, we will pick up precisely where we left off. In some cases, we’ll go back to being the carefree young spirits we were when we met in a dingy backpacker hostel decades ago. These days we discuss grandkids, but the bond forged during that sometimes-brief alliance, has endured because there was a real connection. It was kept up by sending an annual Christmas card, not a smiley face or a thumbs-up on a screen. It seems social media is changing the definition of friendship yet there’s still nothing quite like having a good chat with someone you’ve known for a long time. As Bette Midler sang, “you’ve got to have friends”. Dorothy Whittington, Editor
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COVER STORY superficial. If the last time you shared a jaw-dropping sunset was on Facebook and not with an actual person, then social media may be disconnecting you from people under the guise of allowing you to be more connected. Pernod Ricard is extending a global invitation to make a new friend a day in a bold bid to encourage greater human connection. Sociologist and expert on Australian culture, Neer Korn, says making a new friend every day is probably wishful thinking, the point being more about making the effort to go out, even if it’s a
“We’ve used the social media texting screen as an excuse not to have real-life interactions”
Friendship in the digital age The digital world keeps us connected like never before, but the human desire to find meaningful real-life friendships is far from dead, writes LORRAINE PAGE.
he Beatles penned Eleanor Rigby, a melodically catchy but lyrically bleak song, releasing it as a single off their Revolver album, in 1966. Poetic in form and often described as a lament for the lonely, the refrain “ah, look at all the lonely people” weaves throughout the verses. Despite its dark undertones, the song
was another big hit with fans of the Fab Four, topping the UK charts for four weeks. In hindsight, it may have been an early indicator that social isolation can cut across all ages and all levels of society. More than five decades later, the UK has a Minister for Loneliness. And a new survey on conviviality by
wine and spirits company Pernod Ricard shows more than 85 per cent of Australians believe friendliness contributes positively to their wellbeing. On the flipside, two-thirds of Australians think the world is less friendly than it was five years ago, and almost half feel that relationships with their friends are becoming more
bit uncomfortable, and connecting with someone in real life. “It’s such an obvious thing that we forget how to do it in modern society,” Mr Korn says. Although the world is bursting with tech and social media for people to hide behind, there are obvious benefits that come with the digital age. Meetup is one such site that has millions of users globally, where you can find friends, share a hobby or network professionally. “We need these groups and we need these connections,” Mr Korn says. “The problem we have in society is we’ve used the social media texting screen as an excuse to not have real-life interactions and that affects people
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COVER STORY because it’s a necessary human value.” Most people, he says, find a special interest group through people they already know, which is a more natural way of making first-time connections with strangers. When Facebook came on the scene it reminded body corporate manager Michelle, 59, of the days when she had a pen pal – except now she was able to write to hundreds of people at once. She says the gloss of Facebook has since worn off for her and she’s noticing that users are not sharing as much information about themselves online as they did a few years ago. “It has become more like a phone book in some ways,” Michelle says. “We can go into private messaging and say, ‘do you want to get together?’.” Before her divorce five years ago after 20 years of marriage, she worked on building up her own social circle through real-life connections close to home. After her divorce, she switched between two online dating sites to meet like-minded singles. She’s met her share of Fine Cotton ring-ins but doesn’t blame the ease with which the digital world can be manipulated and hidden behind. “With the first person I met online, I had this fairy-tale belief that we were going to stay together and everything was going to be marvellous,” Michelle says. “I was reading between the lines of things we were texting.” She says there have been many times she’s met to have drinks with someone who didn’t look at all like the posted photo. “When you meet people on a site oftentimes it doesn’t go past a first date. It’s not that they’re not nice people but you don’t get that spark,” she says. “When you get older, you’re harsher on your expectations.” Kris, a health professional with many
TIPS TO MEET NEW PEOPLE AND MAKE MORE FRIENDS • Be the first to say hello • Focus less on yourself and more on others • Join an interest group • Volunteer for a cause close to your heart • Let your guard down • Be yourself • Ask open questions • Be a good listener • Don’t give unsolicited advice • Accept invitations to go out years of experience, works intensively with people every day and loves how social media has shrunk the world to more manageable proportions, connecting us in ways never thought possible. “Rapid dissemination of information and communication allows us to feel less alone – we can find hundreds of sites, groups and pages about dealing with depression, parenting, studying, illness – anything!” she says. “In life we sift through people we meet, finding those with whom we have some commonalities and genuine rapport, equally we do this on social
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host her own group on Meetup 18 months ago. Once a month, 45 to 50 members, mostly women, have lunch at Coolum. Abject loneliness drove the five brave men who attend, to come along. Very few are social media focused. Children or grandchildren have helped them install the Meetup app on their phones for ease of reply to events. That human hunger for connection and sharing, even without the adjunct of social media, is never more evident than at Tuesday Morning Activities run by The Samaritans. Samaritans president Jill Crawford doesn’t see lonely people when she hears the lively chatter and laughter of guests aged in their 70s, 80s, 90s and older, who fill a Kedron church hall. For a modest entry fee, bingo, cards, Scrabble, art classes, bargain goods, a delicious morning tea and more, are available. The model is practical and relaxing – warm greetings on arrival and even warmer hugs on leaving. Most of the committee and volunteers are in their 70s and have missed the social media boat. To keep the numbers steady they rely on parish notices, printed brochures and follow-up calls to landlines. “We don’t do anything magic – we know them all,” says Jill. “They’re all happy to be there and it’s a really wonderful atmosphere.” While social media has widened our possibilities for friendship, it may have muddied the definition of who exactly is a friend. “When you’re under 20 you want thousands of friends, and by the time you’re 30 you want just five good ones,” Mr Korn says. “When you experience a real-life connection with all its subtleties and facial expressions, that is an innate human response of warmth and connection that you can’t beat.”
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Letters Have your say. Send letters to Editor, Your Time Magazine, PO Box 717, Spring Hill 4004 or email editor@ yourtimemagazine.com.au I completely agree with David Parmiter’s article (YT Aug) about the risk facing good English grammar. Our language and conversation is full of poor grammar, verbosity and gobbledegook and peppered with overused words and expressions. “Essentially” is currently a favourite of reporters and politicians. One only need listen to the ABC News channel on the radio and ABC Breakfast on TV to hear daily abuse of the language. The worry is that the presenters seem blissfully unaware of their errors. I attach a poem I have written as an antidote to what we hear every day: In Memory of Grammar The essence of a language is grammatical construction,
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Together with vocabulary, we are able to communicate. Alas some users nowadays seem bent upon destruction, As speech and writing generally continue to deteriorate. Subject/verb agreement no longer do we hear. ‘There’s twenty of them’ – one example that seems to be the norm. And proper use of past tense is lost and gone, I fear, So ‘Yesterday he come’ is acceptable though bad form. Now we come to quantity, for things they use ‘amount’ So when talking of a number of items they have bought They do not say ‘the number’ although the items they can count. In school, another grammar point that is incorrectly taught. Next we have apostrophes, they’re subject to misuse. Youl’l find them in some places where they clearly do’nt belong. The proper use of punctuation may seem at times, obtuse, If apostrophes don’t replace letters, you know they must be wrong. They’re testing grammar in the schools but what exactly do they test? Do they accept these uses that are grammatically incorrect?
Or do they, like, accept and say “Oh! The students do their best”? And give high marks for the amount of errors and grammar they forget? Another matter that renders grammar nothing but a farce, The use of ‘of’ and ‘have’ – it’s misused every day. Teachers should of known this and taught it to their class But many teachers know no better, I am afraid to say. Language is a living thing or so the linguists tell us But we are slowly killing it through ignorance and misuse. To those who think that grammar is something of a fuss Will they continue to ignore it and perpetuate abuse? We cannot test our students if we, ourselves, can’t see When to use the ‘of’ and ‘have’ and ‘like’, ‘amount’… and more. So learn to use apostrophes and let subject/verb agree, Then students, parents and the teachers will raise their Naplan score. Dr John Turlik I am speaking for all those decent tenants who have been looking in vain for a liveable rental for several months, my husband and myself included.
My husband Len is 72 and I am 70 and we are A1 tenants. Our two mature pussy cats are classed as A1 pet tenants. If it had not been for our insensitive and greedy real estate agent, we would have continued living happily in our rental surrounded by nature, which we have been occupying for almost three years. We were given notice to leave and now we are sitting on half-packed boxes, patiently or, better said, impatiently waiting to find a homely and affordable long-term rental. My problem is that many real estate agents raise your hopes with all those online glamour photos taken when the house was built 30 or more years ago. These days, property managers have not even inspected the propertyand get as big a surprise as the rental seekers, or even a shock, when they open the doors for the first viewing, which happened to us the other day. It would save a lot of time and emotional upheaval, if agents were more conscientious and honest. Owners often demand exorbitant prices, but they should also offer value for money. This is not a one-way street. There are laws for everything in Queensland, but how about having a law to make all rental agents show the latest photos of the advertised property. Fridelle Stanyer
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Catchphrases pretty much rule At the end of the day it’s, like, y’know ... sunset. DAVID PARMITER asks why we keep using meaningless catchphrases.
s it because we cannot think of the next word? Australian politicians love to use the phrase “at this point in time”. Well, that simply means “now”, as does “at this moment”. Trump loves to use phrases such as “as of now” and even “as of yet”. Both also say nothing beyond the simple “now”. Some critics have accused me of being pedantic. Maybe I am, because I was brought up by an English master who was pedantic, insisting that we use correct language not only in class, but also in written essays. “Boy, you have split your infinitive twice on page two.” A respected journalist writing about Boris Johnson quoted him as saying “there’s the dark arts”. He went on to write: “he has also been forced to embarrassingly and repeatedly talk about his cocaine use ...”. Whatever that means. This failure to make nouns and verbs agree is another modern abomination. Singular subject must take a singular verb. And then there are the challenges of “less” and “fewer”. Less is only of quantity – less milk, less petrol. For numbers, it has to be fewer.
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You can’t have less people, less cars on the road or less things to do. I note that on Sunrise, the presenter insists on saying “tell us in 25 words or less”, while his co-presenter corrects it to “tell us in 25 words or fewer”. The producer gets it right on the graphic: “fewer than”. The English language today is being mongrelised, pretty much. And there’s another one. What does “pretty much” mean? There is nothing pretty about mongrelising the language. In a recent interview about the ABC, our Ita said that “It’s early days”. Sorry, these are early days. She went on to say (ie she continued): “It’s a wake-up call for all of us to have a look at the laws and pretty much the press.” That would pretty much mean the laws and the press. How to cope with Modern Gobbledygook is a book review from the English International Express, by James Moore. It covers everything from algorithm to zip file. You know what those mean? Me neither. The book is called The Older Person’s Guide to New Stuff, by Mark Leigh (published by Robinson, 2019).
It contains 325 new words in the English language, from android to vaping. And if you don’t know the difference between your Bluetooth and your Blu-ray, you must be over 30. Now, before someone gets out their angry-pen to criticise me as a GOM (Grumpy Old Man), let me confess. More than 100 years ago, a new word was introduced to the language: “telephone”. An amalgam of two Greek words meaning “far” and “sound”, nobody knew what it meant. There are two more words that I present for your enlightenment –”mindfulness” and “wellness”. Neither is true English, and both have been hijacked by the alternative health industry. The first means introspection. The practitioner clears his or her mind of external pressures and reflects only upon internal thoughts. We once called it relaxation. The second means wellbeing or simply good health. So why don’t we say so? Wellness is an “un-word”. The health industry really must try to avoid confusing their patients.
COLOUR of rhymes COLOURS have long provided the answer to the word-nerd’s conversational question, “what words don’t have a rhyme?” Orange, silver and purple are the old favourites to get minds ticking over. But this debate can be easily settled. Orange rhymes with the name of the Welsh mountain Blorenge . There’s also a sporange, which is a technical word for a sac where spores are made. Mind you, neither work terribly well for an aspiring poet to weave into a verse about love and life, even if it is set in a citrus orchard. What about silver then? A chilver, from the Old English cilfor, is a female lamb but it is more likely to be used to prove that silver has a rhyme than in a poem: “The sun has set, the sky is silver, I wonder about the little chilver”. Which leaves purple. Try curple for a horse’s rump; hirple, used by the Scottish for a hobble or limp; and quirpele, an Indian mongoose. Turtle and circle could work at a pinch. So if the conversation demands a quest for rhymeless words, try bulb, opus, dangerous, marathon or discombobulate. And words ending in “th” – month, seventh – are always on the list too, as is angel, which so far remains rhymeless.
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It’s a whisky business A SUNSHINE Coast retirement resort has become a WASP’s nest, but the only sting is that it is home to a group of whisky lovers. For the past three years, Plantation at Rosemount has been the setting for the monthly gathering of WASP – the Whisky Appreciation Society at Plantation. From tastings to setting the mood, this group has got its whisky over a barrel. The concept is simple – 20 whisky lovers invest $20 a month for the purchase of several bottles of whisky, and taste five at each meeting. A 30ml dram for each person means there is 100ml left over. This is mixed and stored. At first this was in a 5-litre Chivas Regal bottle on a stand, which had been donated to the group. “When enough money had been saved up, we purchased a 5-litre barrel made from lightly toasted American Oak and that became the receptacle for ‘the dregs’,” WASP member Max Barrenger says. When the dregs mount up, there’s a tasting from that and the money saved spent on a more expensive whisky. “In February 2017, before we started using the barrel, the dregs stored in the Chivas Regal bottle actually scored the highest points against some pretty impressive single malts,” Max says. “The first 12 months or so was a rough time for the barrel and it regularly scored below all other comers. The past 12 months has seen a great improvement
in the quality of spirit with the initial woodiness making way for much better oak contribution.” Tasting notes, obtained from several online sources, are prepared. “They provide quite a bit of the entertainment when the author goes completely over the top in what smells and tastes can be gained from the particular whisky,” Max says. “For example, ‘Nose: not obvious to begin with. Planed wood, light toffee, boat varnish’ and ‘linseed oil behind, even putty, and later lychee-like acidity’.” Food is an essential part of the gatherings, with a selection of cheese, dark chocolate, dry biscuits, salami and other foods to complement the whiskies. Low level lighting and table candles add to the atmosphere. Just over 20 residents regularly attend, and while few women attended the early WASP meetings, this gradually increased to about 40 per cent. Some had never tasted whisky before. At the end of each evening, the most interesting empty bottles are cleaned and filled with cold tea to imitate original contents and are on display on meeting nights. By the end of their third year the WASPs had consumed 168 bottles of whisky, plus 14 tastings from the WASP Barrel. Countries of origin include Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, India, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, USA, and four Australian states.
WISE WORDS Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re 15 and 35 is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re 35 is against the natural order of things. Douglas Adams, Author of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 14 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / September 2019
AUDIOLOGISTS at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital have helped in the development of an Australian-first app that guides hearing impaired people through the new environment of sound after a hearing implant. The innovative Hearoes app is the first game-based offering of its kind. Brisbane-based app creator Elliot Miller received a cochlear implant in December 2013 after a lifetime of deafness but found there were few tools to help him learn at his own pace. He started developing what would become Hearoes after hearing a strange noise while jogging, which stopped every time he did. It turned out to be coins jangling in his pocket. “Getting a cochlear implant is like being given the keys to a really fast car, with absolutely no idea how to drive it,” Mr Miller said. RBWH audiology team leader Carla Rose said switching on a cochlear implant was just the first step in a long and often frightening journey, even for those who’d lost hearing in their later years through accident or degeneration. “A hearing implant is not going to replicate natural sound, so it’s a new experience for every patient, no matter the circumstances behind their hearing impairment or previous hearing level,” she said. “It can take anywhere between three months and a couple of years to learn how to interpret the myriad sounds patients suddenly find themselves trying to navigate.” The Hearoes app is available on the app store and Google Play and is being rolled out for use at RBWH.
FUN fact! The day of the weatherman is almost done. A cool change is sweeping through the Bureau of Meteorology, with almost 50 per cent of graduate meteorologists now women, compared to just 21 per cent in the late 1980s and 90s. During the past three years, 24 women of 49 students have successfully completed the nationally accredited Graduate Diploma in Meteorology, at the bureau’s Melbourne training centre. And since 2003, 94 women have graduated. Between 1988 and 1999 just 30 of the 137 course participants were female. Women now account for almost 30 per cent of all staff at BOM, including meteorologists, climatologists, hydrologists, senior executives and three deputy directors.
IN THE GARDEN – with Penny
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AGES AND STAGES
Life has its ages and stages. MOCCO WOLLERT, who has just celebrated her 85th birthday, revels in life in the slow lane, while CHERYL LOCKWOOD is looking for adventure after turning 55. This month, both have ended up pondering their fitness.
by Cheryl Lockwood
EXERCISE. Yes, the dreaded “E” word. In my quest for new adventures and for fitness as I age, I decided to take part in Parkrun. “Never heard of it!” I exclaimed, when a friend, who is also considerably fitter, invited me to join her. The first part sounded great. I love parks. Parks mean relaxation, picnics and
other pleasant activities. I am not a fan of the second part though, the run bit. Running and I are not friends. In fact, it usually occurs in the same sentence as hate. My version of the activity is about as smooth as an elephant jogging in flip-flops. But, my pact with myself about trying new things meant I accepted the challenge. Parkrun involves running (jogging or walking are equally acceptable) a 5km set course through, you guessed it, a park. It started in the UK in 2004, has been in Australia since 2011, is run in about 22 countries, takes place on Saturday mornings and entry is free. Once registered, participants are allocated a barcode which allows them to take part in Parkrun events anywhere. This also makes it possible to time individual runners and email the results. According to the cheery volunteers who explain the event to newbies, Nambour is one of the toughest courses in the country. And, naturally, this is where I was to make my debut. My friend swears she told me this before I accepted.
At 7am, 85 participants walked a few hundred metres through beautiful bushland to the start line. I tried a light, jogging pace and progressed to what I hoped was a run. In reality, it was probably not a lot faster. My companion politely stuck with me for a while, but soon shot off like a rabbit for her weekly challenge. Mine was simply to complete the course without injury and hopefully without stopping. As I may have indicated previously, I am not a runner, so I gladly accepted advice from others. One tip was to breathe in a way which apparently makes it a whole lot easier. Faced with a daunting uphill run, I gave it a try but wondered if it might be a ruse to distract from the task at hand. Like most women, I am an accomplished multi-tasker, so I had no trouble thinking about the pain in my legs at the same time. I was overtaken by many people and forced to walking pace up the steeper hills but refused to stop. I was very tempted to dart into the bushland to answer a quick call of nature but pushed on. I began to wonder if incontinence aid suppliers should become sponsors to support people like me. Finally, I glanced up to see the flags of the finish line ahead. I had made it. I was exhausted and sweaty, but I had made it. I still dislike running, but it was an adventure.
by Mocco Wollert
IT can’t possibly be 6am! I can hear the alarm clock ringing incessantly, while trying to bury my head under the pillow. I still have one of those old-fashioned clocks that have a loud, shrilly tone. It won’t stop ringing until I’m out of bed. I cautiously open one eye and look at the window. It is still pitch black. The temptation to throw the clock out into the darkness is nearly overwhelming. Instead, I stumble out of bed and into my gym clothes. They are daggy and have no brandname. Rather than spend money on designer gym wear, I buy on special at Target or Big W. The treadmill in the gym doesn’t know the difference and my fellow gym occupiers don’t look at me. Who would look at an old biddy
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labouring to lift 2kg when a goddess with the cutest bottom and legs that never end contained in designer clothes, lifts weights to challenge an Olympian? I look with admiration at the young stallions working out, muscles bunching on thighs and arms. I think of the man I married back in the ’50s who had just such a body. His muscles though, were forged by hard work as the gym culture was still in the future. Most of my friends think I am mad. Who in their right mind tortures their body in a gym at age 85? To make it worse, I start training at 6.30am. Why not in the afternoon? For me it is first thing in the morning or no-go. I am a morning person, ready to rock-and-roll by 5am and absolutely ready to hit bed by 8pm at the latest. I set myself a quirky challenge each year: to achieve as many push-ups as the number of the years I have been on Earth. As a concession this year, I will do 85 push-ups on knees only. Full extension push-ups are finally no longer in the program for this gym junkie. After 10 minutes on the treadmill I always try a plank - 30 seconds should do it. If I count fast, I’ll reach 30 in record time. If you call that cheating, you might be right. I diligently suck on my water bottle
between exercises. I am not thirsty but it is expected. Everybody wanders around the gym with a water bottle. I do not like drinking water. Water is for washing, hosing the garden or watering animals. Now there’s a thought, would anyone notice if I filled my water bottle with wine? I am surrounded by mirrors. I believe they are there to check that I work out correctly. I do not want to see my reflection. It’s not a good look. Maybe I should have invested in designer gym gear after all. But would that have hidden the obvious bulges around the middle and the sagging skin on my arms? I soldier on, secretly checking my watch. I find 45 minutes a reasonable and desirable time to keep this body in shape. After 20 minutes, I can smell coffee. I know it’s all in my mind, but I also know that coffee is waiting in my favourite coffee shop. Resting after my plank effort, I check my watch again – 12 minutes to go and my gym duty is done. The deeply philosophical question arises – how important is 12 minutes in my life? I decide not important enough to keep me away from my coffee. I’m out of here. May your knees bend easily and your weights be light.
REVIEW – A truly heavenly choir THERE are few things is music – or life – more sublime than the clear, pure voices of pre-pubescent choirboys. Even more sublime is the sound of those young voices blended with the more mature tenors and baritones of a full male choir and when music is blended with tradition as it is with the choir of King’s College, Cambridge then the audience knows it is experiencing something very special indeed. MusicaViva has brought this choir to Australia several times before and yet the program is always different and a well-judged blend of old and new. Last month at the QPAC Concert Hall the “new” was the premiere of Australian composer Ross Edwards’ Singing the Love, written especially for the King’s choristers. The composer has described it as a celebration of the whole of life and it was commissioned by West Australian businesswoman and MusicaViva subscriber Jennifer Seabrook for her husband Ray Turner’s 75th birthday. It’s a tricky piece in parts, especially for the trebles, referencing the King James version of Psalm 100 among its sources of inspiration and sounding both playful and reflective. Other works were more traditional, beginning with four short pieces by Purcell, a lovely rendition of Finzi’s Lo,
the Full, Final Sacrifice, followed in turn by Wesley’s The Wilderness, Stanford’s For Lo, I Rise Up (it is almost obligatory to include Charles Villiers Stanford in such recitals because Cambridge University music owes so much to him), Lennox Berkeley’s version of The Lord is my Shepherd with a delightful young soloist and finishing with Parry’s I was Glad. This was the choir’s first Australian tour under the baton of new conductor Daniel Hyde, a distinguished musical academic and renowned organist. With apparently minimal direction he elicited the most delicate yet audible of diminuendi from the trebles as well as a surprisingly full sound from the whole choir for crescendi, making this compact ensemble sound much larger than it actually was. The Choir of King’s College features 16 choristers, 14 choral scholars and two organ scholars and dates its origins to the reign of Henry V1 in the 15th century. The boy choristers are auditioned between the ages of six and nine. Some become choral scholars in the choir when older. The choir remains firmly English in stance, dress and style and this blend of respected tradition and high musical standards developed over several centuries is what makes it unique. Julie Lake
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Stage set for Baby Boomers to rule What does the new Australian film Palm Beach have in common with Your Time? Both have got the Baby Boomers covered. DOT WHITTINGTON talks to director Rachel Ward and producer/lead actor Bryan Brown about their generation.
illed as a dramatic comedy for the over 50s, Palm Beach is about a group of Baby Boomers â€“ men and women with their adult children, gathering for a milestone birthday (presumably 70th, maybe 65th). Brown plays the lead character, Frank, a wealthy and successful entrepreneur whose long-time friends, not so wealthy or successful, join him to celebrate at his
fabulous villa in Sydneyâ€™s Northern Beaches. As it turns out, they are mostly people with concerns and relationships we can recognise; who have the baggage that comes with being a Baby Boomer. The film is backed by a brilliant soundtrack, the songs of a generation, from the Easybeats and Frank Sinatra to Marvin Gaye and James Reyne. â€œThe music themes resonate,â€? says Rachel Ward. â€œI love soul and blues. Itâ€™s nostalgic; the hits we grew up with.â€? Ward co-wrote the script with Australian playwright Joanna MurraySmith and also directed the film. Brown was producer. She wanted the women to take a strong role, reflecting their place in the world and family as wives and mothers with their own identity and issues. â€œWe had to suck it up for years seeing only the male experience,â€? she says. Ward says she finds ageism insidious. â€œIt is affecting successes and failures,â€? she says. â€œWe arenâ€™t seeing our generation, a big and significant generation, reflected in society. There needs to be more films about this group, this era. We have to vote with our feet and demand more attention; demand representation.
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â€œI worked for AMP in pension funds for a while and saw the word â€˜retirementâ€™ all the time back then. As the years have gone by, Iâ€™ve come to see that people in their 60s still have years in front of them. â€œSocial change is here, and the younger generation have gained an extra 20 years on us. Someone else is going to have to determine my retirement, not me.â€? Itâ€™s just that these days his roles reflect his age, such as playing Frank in Palm Beach who is still out surfing, scuffling with his mates and coming to grips with retirement after making his pile. For Ward, itâ€™s the shift in identity, finding purpose: â€œWork for a reason for being alive,â€? she says. And finally, the meaning of life? â€œDo stuff,â€? Brown says. â€œI found acting and I like to surf. Iâ€™m always doing something.â€? Ward says she has come to stoic indifference. â€œIâ€™ve been bashed about by the winds and now Iâ€™m standing firm,â€? she says. â€œIâ€™m no longer rocked by whatever comes at me, a bad review or a nasty remark. Iâ€™m much more stoic.â€? Brown nods: â€œIt too shall passâ€?.
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ENOGGERA HISTORY GROUP TURNS 25
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THE Enoggera and Districts Historical Society celebrates its 25th birthday this year. In 1994, English migrant, the late Kate Perry gathered together friends and neighbours to form the group. Meetings were first held at the historic Fallon Cottage in Everton Park, and were then relocated to the Enoggera Memorial Hall in Trundle St. “Few of those who attended the first meetings are still with us, but EDHS has gone from strength to strength and now has a membership of more than 80,” spokesman Dave Livett said. EDHS concerns itself with local history between Newmarket and Upper Kedron (Cedar Creek),
The car that Col Griffin built reflects his thoughts on being a lifestyler. MAL LANCASTER reports from the Centenary Suburbs Men’s Shed.
Col Griffin with FUN 077 and one of his landscape paintings. THE Lotus Super 7 is fun, as indicated on its number plate, FUN 077. It has been 10 years since Col registered the number for his son who lives in South Africa, but for reasons unknown to Col, the car remains in his garage and he’s the one who has all the fun driving it. “I have never raced as I have too many health issues to gain a racing licence,” he said. “It can be raced with a little suspension tweaking and an exhaust out the side to bypass the second muffler. I widened the body to cover wider wheels and fitted semi sticky tyres.” It took him a year to build but says he spent a lot of time
waiting for parts to turn up. Mr Griffin spent his working life in process control and instrumentation and as a senior inspector of environment with the Queensland Government. He gave up work to follow a formula for a good life in retirement: “make retirement a positive change in your life”. In his spare time he sits at an easel painting landscapes. “I am a selfish artist and mostly paint for myself,” Col said. And that’s when he is not driving FUN or playing lawn bowls. Col has been a member of the Centenary Suburbs Men’s Shed since its inception after the devastating 2011 floods.
U3A PRESENTS DRIVING UPDATE
THE National Servicemen’s Association of Australia exists for the welfare and benefit of former Australian “nashos” called up in either of the two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973, and their wives or widows. Conscripts called up by countries other than Australia are welcome as associate members. Brisbane North West branch meets on the third Sunday of each month (next September 15) at Gaythorne RSL. The next meeting is September 15, at 10am and will be followed by lunch. Call Dave 3366 3191. Visit nashoqld.org.au
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WYNNUM Manly Arts Council’s first sponsored exhibition, Kaleidoscope, will showcase the work of local tutors and emerging artists. A diverse collection of art in various media will be on display from October 18-26, at the Wynnum Community Centre (former Wynnum Central school) 105 Florence St, Wynnum.
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Home and trams and steam trains,” Mr Livett says. “They are now memories preserved in the collection of photos and memorabilia housed at EDHS.” Visitors are welcome at the research library every Thursday, 9.30am-1pm, or at other times by arrangement, at the Kate Perry Library, Enoggera Memorial Hall, Trundle St. Visitors and new members always welcome and the historical society members are willing to attend other community groups as guest speakers or to provide a history display at events and fetes. Call Dave 3366 3191 or visit the Facebook page.
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Taking care of the carers Caring for a loved one with dementia is a massive responsibility, and although it can be rewarding, it can also take a major toll on the mental and physical health of the carer, writes KATHRYN SMITH.
tatistics show that 1 in 10 people over 65 years have dementia, which ranks the disease as the third leading cause of national disability burden. Carers are often strapped aboard a rollercoaster of emotions, experiencing an array of feelings from love and tenderness to guilt, despair, anger and intense worry. The weight of responsibility gets heavier for the carer as the patients lose their independence and the journey often brings great sadness to those who bear witness. During this journey, it is of utmost importance that carers ensure they are prioritising their own physical, mental and emotional health. Dementia is terribly sad for friends and relatives to see, as the degenerative state of the disease closes all windows of hope. As humans we naturally seek out positives as we grapple at snippets of the sufferer’s former self. When it comes to degenerative disease, seeing the positive rather than weighing in on the negatives, is crucial to emotional health.
Children are often wondrous in these situations, taking a fresh and unique perspective. Rather than shy them away from the person it can be helpful to encourage their visits and allow them to understand what is transpiring. Communication is key when it comes to expressing feelings in all situations but
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Fresh ideas to keep your brain ticking A new book is making a splash with seniors who are keen to build their memory muscles, and the strategies are intriguing, writes KENDALL MORTON.
emory Craft is by Australian researcher Lynne Kelly, who claims she has always had a poor memory. She set out to discover memory aids through the ages. The result is a fascinating and practical book exploring and testing memory tools from indigenous Australia, medieval Italy, old English prayer books and other sources. Kelly and other researchers recommend building up a “cognitive reserve” against dementias by giving your brain a serious workout. There are loads of popular ways to do this, including learning a language, joining a choir or doing online brain training programs. Kelly takes her own advice seriously. She is 67 and she competes in international memory championships. She points out that memories of people, places and events are what gives us our identity. Losing memories due to dementia is distressing and painful for the sufferer and their loved ones. Some of the techniques she shares in Memory Craft may mitigate these losses. Kelly came across a memory technique used by the Lakota and other tribes, called
Lynne Kelly the winter count. It can support our identity as it reinforces the memories we treasure. The winter count is a physical memory aid traditionally made on a leather hide where users build up a spiral of symbols that help recall a significant event for each year. On the first day of winter, a new symbol is added. Winter counts were valuable to the
whole tribe. Stories were remembered and shared and history is kept alive through the retelling. Today the winter count technique has become a popular memory tool for people of other backgrounds and cultures. The count is sometimes made as a tapestry or a piece of embroidery. Kelly recommends the winter count for seniors as a way of keeping memories and stories alive. One advantage of the winter count over photographs is that they refer to a significant event. This drawing or symbol triggers recollections and conversations. Another advantage is that as the memories have these physical cues, they are great for sharing. There will be less of “you told me that story, Grandpa” and more shared recounting as children build their own memories of these family events. Moving on to another ground-breaking book, in The Longevity Paradox, Steven R. Grundy puts forward a brain health strategy that anyone can try as it does not require great physical or mental prowess. It is the brain wash. Think of it as a daily bath for your brain. Your precious and amazing brain has its own cleansing
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Island groans with its penal past For the poor souls incarcerated on St Helena Island it was hell on earth, but a century later itâ€™s a picturesque destination with remnants of its rich past.
or 65 years, St Helena was the scene of some brutal business, but these days itâ€™s a historic national park (Queenslandâ€™s first when it was declared in October 1979) that provides excellent motivation to take a trip into Moreton Bay. St Helena is a pleasant 30-minute cruise from Manly on the Cat oâ€™ Nine Tails tour which is the best way to see the island. This is because access to most of the prison ruins is by guided tour only, and also, this team brings its history to life, led by suitably attired â€œprisonersâ€? and their guard Andre. The island was never used for convicts but opened in 1867 as Queenslandâ€™s first penal establishment to house longterm, high-security male prisoners. Until then, they were crowded into cells at Petrie Terrace and spilling into the hulk Proserpine moored in the Brisbane River. Captain Cook planned to name the bay after Lord Morton who had funded his trip, but inadvertently added an â€œEâ€?. This was copied by Matthew Flinders three decades later, and it stuck.
Flinders, the story goes, imaginatively named the first verdant Moreton Bay island he saw Green Island. He then proceeded to name the others in the group Green Island 2 and Green Island 3 (King Island). Green Island 2, was renamed St Helena in 1827. And that is a story in itself. Eulope, the Turrwan or chieftain of the Nunakal clan of the Quandamooka (Moreton Bay) people, had fought against the military when they arrived at his homeland at Amity Point on North Stradbroke. Of similar stature to the French emperor Napoleon Bonparte, he became known among the British as Napoleon. In 1827, Napoleon â€œborrowedâ€? a steel axe in Dunwich and was exiled to Noogoon (â€œplace of the flying foxâ€? as it was called by the Quandamooka people, or Green Island 2) for his crime. It took him only three days to build a canoe and escape, but it was long enough for the island to be called after St Helena, the island of Napoleonâ€™s imprisonment in the South Atlantic.
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prisoners who even in death had numbers not names. It was said they would forever remain prisoners of St Helena. It is believed about 56 prisoners are buried here. Many children were born and educated on St Helena and while the wardens were taken to the mainland, the children were buried on the island. This was heartbreaking for mothers who were unable to visit their graves on a high-security prison island. Prisoners were forbidden to speak and flogged until skin became bone. The maximum was 50 lashes, but this usually had to be done in two sessions as 25 was enough to end at the infirmary. Floggings were always on a Tuesday when a surgeon came to the island. But even this was preferable to solitary confinement, sealed below ground in a metre-wide cell with only a dirt floor to sleep
on, and that turned to mud when it rained. The prison closed in 1932 when, during the great Depression, it simply became unviable to keep it open. Production had dropped away during World War I when prisoners had to return to the mainland to cover for young men shipped off to the European battlefields. By now, Boggo Road, which had been used as HM Prison for Women, was taking men. All up, 7500 hardy souls experienced the hell of St Helena. There were some grand plans for its future, including a golf course and rabbit hunting, but in the end, it was leased as a cattle farm, and was a dairy in the 1950s. And finally, in 1979, St Helena was declared national park so we can all enjoy a day in the sun discovering our history less than hour from the Brisbane CBD. Visit brismania.com
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(Waterloo Bay, Wellington Point and King Island were named at the same time). In 1866, a quarantine station was built on St Helena, but within a year, it was realised it would be much better to solve the problem of what to do with all the prisoners. On arrival at the island, the catamaran docks at a jetty built in 1988 to connect to a stone causeway built across the mudflat by prison labourers in the islandâ€™s prison heyday. At the tip of the original causeway is a â€œswimming poolâ€?. Prisoners placed steel tram tracks vertically into the water to make an enclosure for wardens to swim safely away from sharks. Tram tracks? Yes, St Helena had Queenslandâ€™s first tram. It carried produce and people from the stockade and workshops at the top of the island to the causeway for export to Brisbane. The tram was first hauled by prisoners and later by horse. The island was all about making money for the government using free prison labour. The irony was they produced Queensland Police uniforms at one stage. Sugar cane was planted and a mill built in 1869. It wasnâ€™t entirely successful as it was thought escapees could easily hide in the cane. Remnants of the sugar mill, like the lime kiln used to turn coral collected from the bay into a useful cement for building, can be seen within easy walk of the causeway. The island has two cemeteries â€“ one for the children of the wardens and one for
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What happened to the good old lollies? The airline business has changed dramatically in the last half century, but while jets have become bigger and faster, MOCCO WOLLERT, still mourns the loss of a humble sweet service.
y first flight was from Europe to Australia in 1958, when I migrated to Australia. I entered the Super Constellation with great trepidation. My knees knocked in terror, my teeth rattled and my stomach contracted in fearful anticipation of this large, cumbersome contraption trying to leave the safe ground. How long would it take for all four propellers to cut out, leaving us plummeting from the sky like a shot bird. No sooner was I settled in my seat when an angel of mercy appeared with a huge basket full of brightly wrapped sweets. I stared blankly at this sea of lollies but was encouraged to take some to “chew your way through take-off, dear”. I dutifully did. As the roar of the engines swelled and the aircraft gathered speed, I clamped my hands tightly around the armrests, shut my eyes, prayed a heathen prayer (as I was not a church goer) and chewed furiously. My ears popped, my stomach settled, I stopped sweating and miracle of miracles we were in the air, floating calmly
through the azure. By the time our first landing was due, a lot of my apprehension had disappeared and when the familiar basket of sweets arrived, I felt ready to cope with anything, as long as I was chewing through it all. I have flown many times since; the lolly basket always a familiar friend. It became quite a game to sneak the odd one from under the hostee’s nose for later on. I don’t know when most airlines stopped offering sweets, when the baskets were packed away and the poor travellers were left to their fear and discomfort. I feel it was the wrong thing to do. In first class they now offer orange juice or champagne before take-off. That does
not help the travellers’ ears when the pressure changes. Anyway, they whisk all glasses out of your hand before the aircraft reaches the end of the runway and lifts off. The poor traveller is left to his or her suffering until the first snack appears and by that time the big ship is way above the clouds. Why, oh why, did they stop it? Anyone listening to the painful wailing of a youngster during takeoff and landing knows that the child’s ears are hurting; the old lady next to me last time was chewing her handkerchief to relieve the pain and fear. We miss the comfort of something
sweet in our mouths to make it to the dizzy heights of the sky. I have been told there are still some airlines who adhere to the old custom. Maybe they should advertise their lolly baskets as their best feature instead of wider seats, magazines to read, free drinks, and colouring books for youngsters. Maybe our airlines could spend a few dollars on lolly baskets instead of spending mega dollars to make the hostees look like something out of Harpers Bazaar or Vogue. I have taken to buying my own lollies and find myself sharing them with fellow travellers. Modern aircraft can be just as beastly to ears and unsettled stomachs. My lollies are always gratefully accepted. I’ll bet many of the younger generation do not even know that there once was a time when a simple sweet made takeoff and landing so much more pleasant. Maybe if we all offered to pay an extra 30 cents on our ticket, we could convince the airlines to give us back the good old lolly.
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Design your retirement lifestyle Before you can plan the lifestyle you want after leaving fulltime work, you have to be clear about exactly what it is you want to do, writes STEVE MENDL.
around him, all under a crystal-clear, star-studded sky. When I asked him why he was on the course, he acknowledged that he believed in lifelong learning. He actually took at least three short courses a year in different life areas to keep him connected with people and to keep his mind stimulated. My roommate knew the lifestyle he wanted and had acted to make it a reality. He lived a life that matched with what he found important and true to his values, and embraced a life that he was content with. A smart man indeed. So, what lifestyle do you want? There’s an old saying: If you don’t know where you are going, how do you know when you get there? People transitioning out of the full-time workforce need to have a clear idea of: • Who they are; • What is important to them; • What they prefer to do (and not do); • What knowledge and skills they have (or would like to have); and • How all of these aspects interconnect to provide opportunities for further work, self-development, activities, hobbies, social interaction and being part of communities in the next stage of their lives. There are so many things to consider
ecently, on an executive business course, I met a quietly spoken gentlemen with no sense of fashion at all. He was single, retired and, as it turned out, destined to be my roommate for the duration of the course. It wasn’t until later that I learnt that this silent and socially awkward man was not only very wealthy, but very smart. He also had one of the most defined ideas of preferred lifestyle that I had come across in my time working with people transitioning from full-time work into the next stage of their lives. Over a few drinks, he shared with me that he loved maths and preferred nature on all levels to the company of human beings. As a result, when he left his final role, he bought a plot of land in the middle of nowhere. It was close enough to town to get what he needed when he needed it but far enough away to enjoy the silence of nature. Three times a week, he would be up at 2am to trade the US stock market. His eyes lit up as he told me that he liked nothing better than sitting with a warm coffee on his wrap-around balcony, frantically trading numbers at the speed of light, yet aware of the relative stillness of nature
when it comes to lifestyle, whether you choose to focus on more recreational or professional pursuits. It’s about what you will occupy yourself with in the stage of your life – a massive source of wealth. Continuing self-development may include online or campus-based courses or seminars, writing, blogging, researching, and using and keeping up with technology. Sport and active recreation may include walking, hiking, jogging, going to the gym, swimming, golf, tennis, bowls, as well as other sports and indoor and outdoor games. Amusements and cultural interests can encompass a wide range of activities, like movies, theatre, TV, radio, music, playing an instrument, travel, vacations, museums, art shows, card games and board games. Service activities include volunteer work and being active in service clubs and civic groups. Social activities include phone calls, social networking through sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, in-home entertaining with small or large groups, family get-togethers and calling on friends. Interests and hobbies could mean any variation of arts and crafts, collecting, DIY home improvement, gardening or scrapbooking, etc. The key to determining
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atest sales figures also show that diesel-engined passenger cars are slipping from favour. Toyota, the Lexus overlord and an early mover on hybrid technology, looks smart with four hybrid Toyotas and eight petrol-electric Lexus now in showrooms. Demand (if not the hype) for electric vehicles remains sluggish, even in subsidy-driven European markets. And hybrids may have better range for long-distance drives while still lighter and greener on fossil fuels and emissions than conventional automobiles. So the compact Lexus UX 250h is in the right place for those who can afford a luxury hybrid SUV and stay on trend. This is the smallest and cheapest Lexus, a new doorway to an expensive stable. It sits on much the same platform as Toyota’s CH-R so promises a decent drive, especially from the all-wheel drive F Sport version. It looks the part, like tomorrow’s car, with mangle of sharp body lines and creases from wide-mouthed frog grille through to finned tail lights. The UX’s swoop-coupe style though does compromise practicality. It’s not the best for more than two adult-sized
Australians – even then the driver’s spot is pretty snug. Plus, there’s the issue of visibility, restricted to the sides and almost nonexistent to the rear. The roofline’s slope and that large C-pillar mean blind spot monitors, rear cross traffic alerts and rear view camera are essential. Head, leg and shoulder room is limited for adults in the back and cargo space is shallow. The front cabin is stacked with all manner of switches. The instrument panel and infotainment screen are loaded with
all manner of graphics and calculations about energy flows to and from the two-litre petrol motor and electric motor up front to the nickel metal-hydride battery down back. As befits a Lexus, fit and finish is superb, although that strange brew of infotainment controls, with finicky touch pad for screen instructions and curious device for the eight-speaker stereo, can be distracting. For all that, the UX 250h F Sport is a fun driving car with excellent road manners and enough punch out of 131kW
all up. That combined petrol-electric power is delivered seamlessly and the Constantly Variable Transmission one of the least-complaining of all CVTs. The power train includes another, 5.3kW, electric motor in the rear axle for all-wheel drive when needed. For an SUV, the Lexus sits down tight, steers with well-weighted authority and holds on with composure. F Sport models add a sports suspension tune to the package and 18-inch run-flat Dunlops no doubt contribute to good grip but can create intrusive tyre noise on coarse chip highways. Over a week of belting around town and country, dodging duels with interstate transports and the like, the Lexus came in at 5.8 litres per 100km on the highway while the best around stop-start suburbs, where the electric motor is more used, was 4.6 litres per 100km. That’s good enough for government work but with a 43-litre fuel tank, you’d need a few downhill runs to get better than 220km without a top-up. Still, this luxury Lexus UX 250h F Sport at $67,250 offers an engaging drive in a premium SUV, albeit in a compromised cabin.
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This is a truly remarkable story based on the boyhood memories of the author. While reading, I tried to decide whether the story was about a dysfunctional family, small time suburban crime, alcoholism, unemployment, drugs, or the almost complete mix of generational social curses. The characters are all very different – his lovable but eccentric brother, an endearing, drug-addicted then rehabilitated mother, estranged father, a stepfather who is a convicted murderer who has served his time, and neighbourhood friends who are mostly smalltime criminals. Ultimately, it is a love story that oscillates between wonder and heartbreak. A very good read.
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More often than not, the suggestion that an ageing parent should live with a child arises from a loving family relationship. While those relationship are invaluable, PETER PORCELLINI warns that good intentions can turn bad.
Ensuring your grandchildren will be looked after may not be as simple as making a Will. JOHN McAULIFFE gives a different perspective.
oint living arrangements, commonly called granny flat arrangements, are useful especially when one considers the uncertain future for our aged care system. Unfortunately, many invaluable relationships are put at risk because the new living arrangements are approached informally. This informality is understandable because everyone is naturally buoyed – maybe blinded – by loving feelings and the bright future that the living arrangements promise. The reality is that there are countless non-documented or poorly documented arrangements that have a sad and disastrous end. Unfortunately, even the ones that lead to success for the disadvantaged parent often involve poor financial results for the parent or rather hollow victories for one or other reason. For every case that I, and lawyers like me, might help to resolve without resorting to court proceedings, and for every case that a court is forced to resolve, there are countless others that do not come to the attention of anyone other than a few family members and friends. It’s very often just too hard for a parent to do anything about their predicament. Common refrains include “it’s family” or “it’s my own fault”. While every case is different these common threads run through the vast majority: 1. A good and caring family
relationship that underlies the wish to be close and to give care when needed; 2. Good intentions, and often the best of intentions; 3. Poor documentation, often none at all … “after all we’re family aren’t we, so we can work it out”; 4. Ordinary and common changes in life circumstances for parent or child, such as illness, injury, death, marital breakdown, re-partnering, job loss, financial strain, small often unspoken misunderstandings, or simply not wanting to live that close any more. The list goes on; 5. Tensions that come about because of those changes, sometimes silently festering and other times arriving with a bang; 6. The parent being forced to leave without money, without a home and without the relationship that led to the arrangement in the first place. The possible cost of not properly documenting these joint living arrangements is the loss of a supportive and loving relationship with your child, as well as the collateral damage that often occurs in other relationships, such as those between your child and your other children or, sadly, damage to your own relationship with grandchildren. This cost is a far greater one to bear than the money required to pay for good advice and the preparation of a document to properly regulate things such as who pays for what, who can do what, when
can or must the arrangement end, who should receive what when it ends etc. A well-prepared document will set clear ground rules for the arrangement, especially what should happen if the arrangement has to end. If your relationship proves strong enough to carry you through any difficult times, then maybe the agreement will never have to be looked at and it can stay safely stored away. But if difficulties do arise, then you should be able to rely on the agreement and keep tensions to a minimum. A word of warning about documentation. The document shouldn’t be a pro forma “insert your name here” one size fits all. Your relationship is not pro forma, it’s far more valuable than that. And very importantly, the advice and documentation should happen at an early stage of the planning otherwise you can quickly get beyond the point of no return and have to live with uncertainty and everything that comes with that. The earlier you get advice, the sooner and easier it will be to talk about difficult future issues. It’s invariably far easier to come to a consensus on what to do about those difficult issues at an early stage than it is when the issue arises, and tensions have arrived. Will your dreams meet your reality, or will they collide with your reality? You decide. Peter Porcellini is a special counsel with CRH Law. Visit crhlaw.com.au
have just attended a seminar organised by a retirement village that is still being built handy to home. It is always useful to attend these seminars as they provide a different perspective. Retirement villages are mushrooming in many suburbs as my generation hits the age barrier. This seminar certainly introduced me to a different funding model for retirement villages and now I understand why the possible 30 per cent exit fee is there. It was a lunchtime seminar and at my table were two women who had just purchased and plan to move in when the village is complete. They had sold their properties, both within three weeks of going on the market. However the discussion came up at the table that we were the lucky generation. They would not be wanting to buy a house now. The general comment was that their children were now all comfortable and the concern now was the grandchildren. How do you look after your grandchildren? What if you have had two marriages with those complications? The usual answer is through your Will, but it is a known fact that more than 40 per cent die intestate – without a will. But Wills can be challenged. I have a barrister client who deals only in such matters. There is also the testamentary trust favoured by legal eagles. Maybe it’s your gift to your
grandchildren, but the government limits that to $30,000 over five years. There is a simpler solution in which you own it and hence control it and name a beneficiary. You can redeem the funds anytime. It bypasses the Will and goes straight to the named beneficiary who could be your grandchildren or a charity. There are no holdups by the solicitor, it can be any amount and is tax free. And there are more benefits. It is very suitable for high income earners as it may have a significant tax advantage. I have had a version of it for 34 years. It may be the easiest and best way to care for your grandchildren. It will make sense to you and it is a different perspective to the usual and often unsatisfactory, arrangement. John McAuliffe is a financial strategist. Visit johnmcauliffe.com.au
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Which retirement village model suits you? Most people buy into a retirement village for lifestyle, not investment. But, writes DON MACPHERSON, there are different ways of obtaining tenure.
e spend a lot of time assisting people into retirement villages. The main thing to understand is that buying into a retirement village is very different to buying and selling a house the way you have done all your life. Each village has its own way of creating rights to reside in their properties. There are four main ways that retirement villages offer tenure to an incoming resident:
1. FREEHOLD This is the way that people are used to owning property. They buy the property (like buying a house) and can sell it at the end. Usually they pay stamp duty. Usually they get any capital gain. The title is registered in the Titles Office. This is the traditional ownership method. 2. LEASEHOLD This is the most common way that retirement villages offer their properties to incoming residents. The lease contract creates a right to reside for an extended period (usually 99 years – though we are yet to see someone outlive their lease). A lease is registered in the Titles Office. There is no stamp duty. Sometimes there is capital gain, but not always. 3. LICENCE Less common than leasehold (at least in Queensland), a licence creates a right to reside but is not registered against the title deed. However, there are additional protections under The Retirement Villages Act. Usually there is no capital gain. There is no stamp duty.
4. PREFAB/RELOCATABLE HOMES This model involves owning the house, but not the land. One pays a site rental to have one’s house on the land owned by the operator. Because you own the home, there is usually capital gain available. Whatever the ownership model, all retirement village contracts provide extensive rules in relation to occupation of the home in which you live. There are always ongoing fees while in the village. There are usually significant
fees payable at the end of the ownership period – called various names including exit fees or deferred management fees. Retirement village contracts are always long and complex. Specialist advice should be sought before entering into a contract for any type of retirement village arrangement. Don Macpherson is a family law specialist at Brisbane Elder Law. Call 1800 961 622 or visit brisbaneelderlaw. com.au
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The Government acknowledges that one of the reasons deeming rates were introduced in the first place was to “increase incentives for income support recipients to maximise total income and encourage the choice of investments for their merits”. So, the powers that be want you to maximise your income and take advantage of the opportunities presented by the rules around the income and asset test calculations. Strategies include deeming rates, using the work bonus, applying the gifting rules, looking at annuities and funeral bonds etc, to increase your overall income. Narelle Cooper is director of the Centre for Age Pension Admin Services (CAPA).
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PET PADS TOP RETIREMENT WISH LIST A welcome mat for pets is the No.1 must-have for Queenslanders considering retirement living, according to a new study. A survey of more than 750 Queenslanders aged over 45 found that allowing pets in retirement homes was more important than access to on-site health care, Wi-Fi technology, a garden or exercise facilities.
The survey coincides with controversial reforms proposed for Queensland’s strata laws, including a super-law restricting pets. Retirement village developer Chiou See Anderson said banning pets was a bad idea. “Numerous studies have proven the health and happiness benefits that come with owning a pet, not just for older people but for all ages,” Ms Anderson said.
HOMELESSNESS A RISING THREAT TO OLDER WOMEN MARRIAGE or long-term relationship break-ups can be tough, but it’s not just the emotions that hit Australian women the hardest – it’s their wallets. About 60 per cent of women experience financial hardship in the first year after divorce and it’s older women who are the most vulnerable. Women over 55 are the fastest growing demographic of homeless in Australia. Already at a disadvantage thanks to the gender pay gap and the fact that motherhood can affect career progression and superannuation contributions, many women also lack the financial knowledge and confidence to help stay on top of finances. Women who are divorced or separated are about half as likely to own their own home after they’ve turned 50, compared to those in a relationship. Jacqueline Gardiner was a single, older women struggling financially. At the age of 50 she found herself twice divorced, undergoing cancer 34 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / September 2019
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FOR those who are considering their options for retirement, having the right information upfront is key to making a well-informed decision. Samford Grove Retirement Village recently provided valuable information at its Retirement Living Expo. Nearly 100 people came along on the day to hear from a range of guest speakers, including a retirement village contract lawyer, downsizing expert, home care expert, financial advisor and real estate agent. Each speaker gave an overview of the steps involved with moving into a retirement village along with some helpful ideas to ensure the process runs as smoothly as possible. Some key tips included: • Reach out to a real estate agent who knows the local market and can give insight about the best improvements to invest in. • When downsizing, try not to hang on to items “just in case”, especially large items such as lawn mowers or ladders. If you
need them on the odd occasion in the future, you can always borrow or hire. • Seek professional advice from lawyers and financial advisors who have experience with retirement villages. Samford Grove resident Vicki also spoke about the many lifestyle benefits she has enjoyed since moving to the village 15 years ago. “It’s the best decision we ever made,” she said. The Retirement Living Expo also provided an opportunity to celebrate the launch of stage 1A of the village’s new development. Construction is to commence soon. Stage 1A will include 14 luxurious two and three bedroom independent living villas, along with 12 independent living apartments set on top of a new clubhouse, The Homestead. Expressions of interest are now open for those who would like to secure one of these homes. Call 3289 3372 or visit samfordgrove. com.au
KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING INTO MANY retirees don’t come into contact with retirement or aged care communities until they are caring for elderly parents. These lived experiences can have a significant impact on the decisions they make about their own future. Karl Meng’s father and mother-in-law spent 10 years in a Wesley Mission Queensland villa, so he had a very clear idea of the retirement community experience and developed a great trust in the organisation. “Wesley Mission is a not-for-profit organisation, and I could clearly see how they reinvested in the services they offered and worked very hard to create energetic and supported communities for retirees,” he said. “I also have a friend who lives at Wheller on the Park at Chermside and
was able to get a very clear sense of the style of apartment living offered to retirees in this community.” However, Karl (pictured) had always lived in the Western suburbs and was keen to stay in the neighbourhood, so when plans for Wesley’s Rosemount Retirement Community emerged, he was the first person to put his name down. “I didn’t look anywhere else as I was so confident in Wesley as an organisation and had experienced first-hand how good they are at retirement living, so I knew this was the right move for me,” he said. “I just couldn’t wait to get in and now that I’m here, I’m very happy and would encourage anyone considering it to make the move. “It’s easy going and respectful, but there’s a nice buzz in the place already and I’m really glad to be part of it. “I had friends over for champagne on the balcony soon after I moved in and there was a collective ‘wow’ when they came into my apartment which made me feel terrific.” Call 0417 661 912 to visit display apartments. Brisbane
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Make no mistake, food affects mood Depletion of agricultural soils means more nutrient-dense food is needed to get the right levels in the body, writes TRUDY KITHER.
nvestigating the relationship between your mood and the physical parts of your body, as opposed to considering your mood to be a mental problem, should always be your first step – and often, it then can be your last as well. Here are some pointers: Potassium is one of the most important minerals for a healthy, relaxed body. It is a physiological tranquilizer that calms the nervous system and heart rate. It is also important to maintain blood sugar levels. You might think, “well, I eat a banana a day so there’s my potassium intake”. Wrong! A banana is 400mg a day and your body needs 4700mg of potassium
every day. Eating 12 bananas a day is not the answer (which, by the way, you shouldn’t do anyway due to the high amount of sugar bananas contain). You need to consume a large, leafy green salad (or 6-8 cups of vegetables or salad) every day. B Vitamins (especially B1) are used up in your body when you are stressed. They are water soluble. Should you have a stressful incident, you are going to deplete B Vitamins through your body. This makes you more anxious and restless. Restless Legs is a B Vitamin deficiency. The B Vitamins are important to calm down, help sleep, and prevent nightmares. They also convert the food you eat to energy and nourish and support the nervous system. Calcium is also important to help relax, calm down and reduce stress. When you’re under stress, calcium is depleted. This is not about the calcium supplements you buy either. Most one-a-day calcium supplement brands are actually made from calcium carbonate (which is crushed limestone) and this doesn’t absorb in the body well. You may as well eat some cement. You can get calcium from calcium
citrate, or other sources such as cheese or plain yoghurt. Omega 3 is crucial for cognitive function, especially in children and the elderly. The problem with fish oils are that they are usually rancid. If you open the capsule to check the quality and it smells fishy, then it usually is. It shouldn’t have too much of a fishy smell at all. It also needs to be low in mercury and other heavy metals which, unfortunately, is what a lot of the “cheaper for more” fish oils are. Try to purchase a fish oil that has been tested by numerous sources and has certificates of cleanliness and purity. Iodine supports the thyroid and should come from a sea kelp source. If the thyroid becomes a physical problem, it can cause depression, apathy, weight gain, dry skin and hair, lack of circulation, cold extremities and so on. If it doesn’t function properly, then cognitive (as well as physical) function in the mind and body starts to slow. Sea kelp is packed full of iodine. Blood sugars need to be perfectly balanced. If your blood sugar is too high you will get brain fog and suffer memory loss. If blood sugar is down, you are going to have irritability, ADD and feel edgy.
Make sure that your breakfast is protein, which will support blood sugars throughout the day, rather than one packed full of carbohydrates. Having low blood sugar doesn’t mean you need to eat more sugar. You need to have a large salad and loads more vegetables to fix it. Seven cups of salad, as mentioned earlier, will stabilise blood sugars and increase potassium levels at the same time. Cortisol is the stress hormone. If you are constantly stressed, you will eventually stop getting decent sleep because it is continually rising in your body (especially when you should be sleeping). It needs to be improved by walking, sleeping MORE, keeping the diet nutritious, avoiding stressful people and situations and modalities such as acupressure, massage and other calming treatments. Sleep is even more important when stressed. If you get six hours a night, then you will need seven if you’re stressed. Without the right amount of sleep you’re going to have anxiety, depression and mood and physical health issues. Trudy Kither is a naturopath and nutritionist. Visit naturestemple.net
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AUSTRALIANS are quick to blame forgetfulness on ageing when the real reason is closer to home. Specialists at the Sleep Health Foundation are concerned many adults don’t understand just how much sleep is affecting their daytime functioning, particularly memory and mood. “It’s very common to hear people pass off their forgetfulness and their fogginess as the result of getting old,” Sleep Health Foundation chairman Professor Dorothy Bruck said. “What many fail to recognise is that sleep – or lack of it – is playing a pivotal role in memory and mood. Age is a factor too but improve your sleep and you’ll be surprised at the brain boost that follows.” Research shows four out of 10 Australians get insufficient sleep either daily or several days a week. Lack of shut-eye is known to affect mood, energy levels, productivity, weight and the likelihood of developing serious health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension. Multiple studies have confirmed sleep helps learning and memory in two distinct ways. “Firstly, sleep helps to prepare our brain for learning new things,” Prof Bruck said. “When we are well rested, we can pay better attention to new information that we come across in our daily experiences.” Secondly, sleep helps make new information “stick”. “During sleep, the brain replays memories from the day, making the neural connections stronger,” Prof Bruck, a sleep psychologist, said. “This process of memory consolidations is essential to remember the things we experienced
You’ve u’ve retired. Why bother with fitness? TRISTAN HALL gives some cellent reasons for keeping up an exercise routine. excellent
or starters, if you do nothing your body will lose muscle mass, your joints will start to ache, and your bone density will drop. Women after menopause lose 2 per cent of bone density a year. Strength exercises will rebuild muscle and improve bone density. This means you can lift the grandkids, pull the dog away from that monster in the park and tackle the other challenges of retirement. In strength training, you move your muscles against a resistance. Some examples are doing leg lifts in a pool where the water provides the resistance or using a stretch band to build up your torso and arm muscles. Other options are pushing and holding up your own body weight and, of course, lifting weights. Every day 133 older Queenslanders have a fall that requires medical attention. And about 30 per cent of falls result in broken bones, including hip fractures, head injuries or forearm fractures. If you have strong muscles you can rebalance yourself more easily and reduce falls and if you do fall, higher bone density can protect you from broken bones, hospitalisation and incapacity. Here’s a few ways you can start at home:
The Kitchen Bench Press – Simply use your kitchen bench to do 10 push ups. Place your hands firmly on the bench top at your body width, your legs away from the bench and tighten your abdominal and bottom muscles. Then do 10 push ups, keeping your head up. If you are struggling by the last few, this is the right level of effort for you. Take a short break and do two more sets. The Chair Squat – place a standard dining chair behind you, place your feel a bit wider than your shoulders and bend your knees until you are just touching the chair with your bottom. Rise up to a standing position and repeat. Do 10 of these. If you can’t get down to the chair, that’s no problem. Hold your arms out in front for balance. This exercise uses your leg and abdominal muscles and challenges your balance. You could always put a chair in the TV room and do three sets during ad breaks. Enjoy. When your body is working better, you’ll feel more confident and all daily activities will be a little easier. Start getting stronger today. It’s worth it! Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist. Visit fullcirlcewellness. com.au
when we were awake.” Sleep also plays an important role in creativity, helping find new solutions to problems by looking at things in a new way while we sleep. “You may have heard people say they will ‘sleep on it’ in order to solve a problem or make a decision. The process of sleep will often enable a better solution,” she said. Guidelines recommend adults get seven to eight hours of sleep a night, but many try to survive on considerably less. The Sleep Health Foundation recommends a quiet room, a relaxed mind and a comfortable bed. It advises avoiding caffeine after 2pm, winding down an hour before bed and keeping technology out of the bedroom. “You’d be surprised how many people ignore these important guidelines and snuggle up with their iPhone in their overheated bedroom after drinking too many glasses of wine,” Prof Bruck said.
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A FUSION of tap, percussion and instrumental musicianship, Topology works with rhythmic genius/drum-kit soloist, Grant Collins and tap-dance wizard Bill Simpson to create bold new territory in both music and dance. Three – Tap into Topology features new original compositions in a fearsomely energetic performance that brings together ideas and inventions from three distinct genres to generate something unfamiliar and intoxicating. Topology has been described by ABC Classic FM as the most creative and important composers of new contemporary classics in Australia today. They will bring their signature saxophone, strings and piano to the performance. Joining them on stage, is Grant Collins who pushes all the artists to the edge of rhythmic possibility with his nevercompromising groove on the drums. An innovative drum-kit soloist, he brings more than 25 years of percussive experience to this performance. Taking the performance to the next level, Simpson dances on the precipice, creating new space with his body and resounding shoes. He is respected for his tap dance abilities on the stage, and has written, produced and choreographed the acclaimed tap production Rhythm Junkies.
Redland Performing Arts Centre Saturday, September 21, 7.30pm. Tickets $20–$45. Bookings RPAC Box Office 3829 8131 or visit rpac.com.au Redland Performing Arts Centre in association with sents CDP Kids & Salspot presents
LIVE ON STAGE Based on the books by Eric Hill
REMEMBER reading about Spot to the children? Now one of the world’s favourite dogs is coming to Australia to meet the grandchildren. More than 60 million copies of Eric Hill’s picture books about the mischievous yellow puppy have been sold worldwide. Spot comes to life on stage with puppetry, songs, and games, as he heads off on a new adventure to visit his dad on the farm and meet the animals. Redland Performing Arts Centre, September 28, 10.30am and 1pm Tickets Seniors/Pensioners $22, children $20, family pass $19 each for 2 Adults and 2 children. Bookings RPAC Box Office 3829 8131 or visit rpac.com.au
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QUEENSLAND Symphony Orchestra presents the relaxed Sunday morning concert Toys and Puppets, musical playtime for the young at heart. Enjoy a selection of music that breathes new life into our childhood memories – from Delibes’ Coppélia, to Debussy’s Children’s Corner and Leopold Mozart’s Toy Symphony. Hosted by the entertaining Guy Noble, it is a perfect way to spend a Sunday. QPAC Concert Hall. Sunday, October 27, 11.30am. Bookings qso.com.au
BUSH poetry aficionados should head to Beenleigh this month for the Queensland championships. Enjoy classic, modern and original Australian “rhyme”. There’s a meet and greet on Friday night, September 6, and a heritage day on September 8. Beenleigh Showground Hall. September 7, 8am-5pm. Call Paul 0403 349 316 or visit the Logan Performance Bush Poets Facebook page.
FROM NEW ORLEANS TO BRISBANE JON Cleary, one of music’s great anomalies, will perform at the Powerhouse in Brisbane as part of his Dyna-Mite world tour. Raised in England, he turned certified New Orleans music legend after inhabiting the Crescent City and everything it has to offer over more than 30 years. Cleary embodies the sound of New Orleans, and will be joined by his long-time band, The Absolute Monster Gentlemen.
A Grammy award-winner, he has graced stages, shared rooms and gained respect from everyone from Allen Toussaint, Tom Jones and Dr John to Bonnie Raitt, Fats Domino, Eric Clapton, and BB King. Cleary and his band come to Australia fresh from the New Orleans Jazz Fest and a European tour. Brisbane Powerhouse, October 11, 7.30pm. Tickets $69, concessions $60. Visit joncleary.com or brisbanepowerhouse.org
BOY FROM OZ RETURNS THE Boy from Oz, a musical tribute to the late great singer song-writer Peter Allen, is the most successful Australian musical and the first to make it to Broadway. The late Nick Enright skilfully wove his plot around the life and complexities of Allen. The songs and lyrics, such as Tenterfield Saddler, I Still Call Australia Home, and I Honestly Love You, sit easily with the rhythm of the piece and
with the characters as they enter and re-enter his life. It leaps from past to present and back to past, all within the familiar context of one of his energy packed concerts. Savoyards will present The Boy from Oz for eight vibrant performances. Iona Performing Arts Centre, 85 North Rd, Lindum. September 28-October 12. Tickets $28-$50. Bookings savoyards.com.au or call 3893 4321.
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TRIBUTE TO JULIE ANDREWS
THREE TENORS BACK WITH THE POPS
FONDLY remembered as Maria in The Sound of Music as well as, the famous nanny Mary Poppins, Dame Julie Andrews has graced stage and screen for generations. Practically Perfect celebrates her life and music in one engaging performance at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC). It features some of her best-known songs from Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, and Victor/Victoria. Stories of her life on and off the stage will be interwoven with the hits in an all-singing, all-dancing performance following her journey from the West End to Broadway and on to Hollywood. “Andrews is known as being sweet and delightful, but she’s no pushover. She refused to be typecast and has brought joy to so many people around the world,” Karla Hillam who plays the role said. Jonathan Guthrie-Jones is the lead man. With beautiful costumes, extraordinary dancing, and some of the most memorable music ever written and sung, Practically Perfect – The Music of Julie Andrews is a musical tribute to a living legend. From the team behind the blockbuster shows A Fine Romance: The Magic of Fred Astaire and Just a Couple of Song and Dance Men, this is the final
QUEENSLAND’S Three Tenors join the Pops Orchestra to present The Three Amigos. It follows the success of last year’s Amigos Para Siempre concert with Gregory Moore, Nathan Kneen and Adam Lopez together onstage for the first time in more than 20 years. “Our long-lasting friendship included not just the three of us, but also our longstanding friendship with the wonderful Queensland Pops Orchestra and our dedicated audiences,” Moore says. “In my 20 years with the Pops, this was by far one of my most favourite shows to have performed.” And they are coming back. This year’s performance will present favourite songs – solos, duets and trios – that have become famous in opera, musical theatre and popular music genres.
Nathan Kneen, Gregory Moore and Adam Lopez as Three Little Maids in the 2018 show. The Three Amigos will entertain with the songs that made the Three Tenors famous. QPAC Concert Hall. October 19, 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets $85-92, Bookings qpac.com.au
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Musical Melodies for the year. Redland Performing Arts Centre, October 16, 2pm (11am sold out). Tickets $24 seniors/pensioners, $21 groups 10 or more seniors/pensioners. Bookings RPAC Box Office 3829 8131 or visit rpac.com.au
MULTI award-winning singer Kate Ceberano teams up with musical theatre star Michael Falzon to perform music from the James Bond films in in full live symphonic sound with a 20-piece orchestra. Conducted by Guy Noble, and sung with soulful power by Ceberano and musical theatre’s Falzon, The Music of James Bond celebrates timeless classics. The dynamic pairing of Ceberano and Falzon brings the action and glamour of cinema’s most famous secret agent to life with hits made famous by stars such as Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Adele, Tina Turner, and Nancy Sinatra in the Bond films. Queensland Performing Arts Centre Concert Hall. Friday, October 18. Tickets qpac.com.au or call 136 246.
Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster GentlemeN Dyna-Mite World Tour 11 OctOBER JOIN THIS New Orleans music legend and his band AS THEY bring the sultry, seductive and uber-funky sounds of the American south to Brisbane Powerhouse for one night only.
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The WORLD in Your Hands
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The treasure chest that is Budapest The lights of its elegant old buildings glitter in the Danube like stars, but it’s not only by night that Budapest sparkles, writes DOT WHITTINGTON.
The lights of Parliament House and Chain Bridge sparkle on the Danube by night.
ESPITE, or perhaps because of, its dark recent past, the Hungarian capital is vibrant, teeming with action and, well, just so alive. The cafes are packed with sippers and diners – paprika flavours almost all dishes – and the skyline is dotted with cranes. Plazas are being refurbished. Streets are lined with buildings from all periods, and the Danube is pumping with the river cruise ships that ply between Budapest and Amsterdam. Budapest was heavily bombed in 1944-45, and didn’t emerge from behind the Iron Curtain until 1989. Rebuilding, mostly to original design, is still a work in progress. But ready or not, there’s plenty to see and learn and plenty of walking tours and guides to tell the story. In 1873, the towns of Buda, on the right bank of the Danube – “if you see a hill that’s Buda” – and Pest (pronounced Pesht) on the left, were amalgamated along with Old Buda or Obuda. Many of the city’s most beautiful buildings, including the superb Great Market Hall and the richlydecorated Parliament, went up during Hungary’s “Golden Age” which was around the turn of the 20th century.
Facing the Danube, with 691 rooms and 20km of corridors, the parliament opened in 1902. It is magnificent and the pride of Pest, as it looks across to Buda Castle on the hill on the other side of the river. The castle is another impressive pile with its own collection of stories to gather while wandering the cobbled streets of the Castle precinct. This area also has glorious views from Buda across the river to Pest, evoking thoughts of a more romantic, classical time when grandeur ruled. Much of the river sparkle at night comes from the Castle and the Parliament, and this is best observed on a walk across the most famous of the river crossings, Chain Bridge with its huge stone lions on guard at both ends. Although famous for its thermal baths, there is much more to Budapest. In fact, even with seven days, I still didn’t manage to find time to lounge about in a pool. This is partly because it has one of the most advanced public transport systems in the world, making it a city that is easy to get around. For $25, a seven-day pass gives access to trams, trolleybuses, buses, metro, boats
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and suburban rail – and a cogwheel railway that steadily rises 5.4km to the top of a hill in Buda. Only the funicular to Buda castle is excluded. It’s easy to jump from tram to bus to metro to get wherever you want to be, and even if you have no idea where you want to go, it will take you somewhere worth seeing. Budapest had the first underground railway on continental Europe when its Yellow Line opened in 1896, the city’s 1000th birthday. It is still handy for getting about the inner city and the old stations are worth seeing. Other parts of the Metro were built during the Soviet era and are deep underground. The escalators are so long you can’t see the bottom from the top. There is also the option of walking, whether it’s along the banks of the Danube (which, by the way, is brown not blue at this point) or one of the many tree-lined avenues and boulevards. Margaret Island, a walk, bus or tram ride away, is a peaceful slice of green in the Danube where, amid the gardens, a fountain “dances” to the work of one of the great composers (or pop songs) every hour. There’s a poignant reminder of
House of Terror is a monument to its victims.
Shoes on the Danube a poignant memorial. Budapest’s past on the Pest river bank where 60 pairs of shoes – big and small, boots and heels – cast in iron, are a memorial to the 3500 who were shot into the Danube during the reign of terror of the Hungarian Nazi party, Arrow Cross, in 1944-45. The grim past is also laid bare at the House of Terror. Now a museum, the building was taken over by Arrow Cross during World War II, and then by communist terror groups from 1945-56. It is a sobering walk through Hungarian history and the traumas its people suffered while young Australians were happily going about their business in the second half of the 20th century. Today there are queues to get in, but it was in my lifetime that few got out alive. Hope sits at its entrance in the form of a chain sculpture, an iron curtain, with the words: It isolated the east from the west. It spilt Europe and the world in two. It took away our freedom. It held us in captivity and fear. It tormented and humiliated us. And finally we tore it down.” From grand churches to impressive monuments; colourful gardens to pretty pools; and leafy courtyards where a string quartet plays to the bustle of the Central Market Hall, Budapest has a fresh liveliness that mingles with its rich history.
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Painted houses in the alpine village of Oberammergau
nce every 10 years, the worldfamous Passion Play is presented in the tiny but picturesque Bavarian village of Oberammergau. The 42nd re-enactment is coming up next year. The Oberammergau Passion Play began in 1633. After months of suffering and death from the plague, the people pledged to act out the “play of the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ”. At Whitsun in 1634, they fulfilled their promise for the first time and by the middle of the 18th century, spectators from all over Germany were coming to Oberammergau, attracted by the great power and atmosphere
of the play. In a five-hour-performance, more than 2000 participants – almost half of Oberammergau’s population – will bring the story of Jesus of Nazareth to the impressive open-air stage of the Passion Play Theatre. Golden Compass, which itself has two decades of experience working with the organisers of the Oberammergau Passion Play, has once again secured some excellent tickets to the 2020 event, and quality accommodation in the village of Oberammergau. “We believe it is extremely important to stay in the actual village of Oberammergau rather than in an outlying village, for two
nights –before and after the play – to get a full taste of the unique atmosphere of Oberammergau during a Passion Play year,” Golden Compass general manager Kerry Kyriacou said. “Villagers adapt to their roles in the performance and you can feel some of the deep meaningfulness of this very special occasion.” To enhance the experience, stays in Oberammergau have been included in two quite different but equally exciting programs with experienced tour leaders, Hugh Morgan and Mark Goodwin. Both speak German and know intimately the workings of Oberammergau and the Passion Play. The first tour is a European Alpine Discovery starting in Munich on June 6, and returning on June 27. The second is the Hapsburg Cities, also from Munich from June 8-27. Both feature the Oberammergau Passion Play. Hugh Morgan will lead the 21-night tour which explores the scenery of Bavaria, Austria, Italy and Switzerland, as well as the Heidi and Glacier Express trains. From the wooden mountain villages of the Jungfrau to the sophisticated alpine resort of Davos and the mediaeval towns of the Rhine Valley; cosmopolitan Salzburg to the fiercely independent province of the Tyrol; the Hapsburg domain of the Dolomites
Oberammergau’s picture perfect setting. to the former kingdom of Bavaria, it will be a journey into diverse cultures, traditions, dialects and customs of the alpine countries. Mark Goodwin will lead the 19-night tour to the Hapsburg cities in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria and back to Bavaria for the Passion Play. Vienna, Prague and Budapest were influenced not only by politics, but also by the creativity of the great composers, artists and architecture. The Oberammergau Passion Play tours, a once in a decade opportunity, coincide with the anniversary of Golden Compass which has been leading educational small group tours for the past 25 years. Call 1800 132 385, email info@ goldencompasstours.com.au or visit goldencompasstours.com.au
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ADVENTURE SOLO TO THE ARCTIC
THEREâ€™S much more to the Arctic region than lots of ice and polar bears. Firstly Iceland, the land of fire and ice, has everything from bubbling hot springs and snow-capped mountains to red-hot volcanoes and rushing waterfalls. One third of Icelandâ€™s coastline is in the Westfjords, where the entire peninsula is cut by long fjords. This is the part of Iceland that most tourists donâ€™t see with its craggy bird cliffs, coloured beaches, and miniscule fishing villages which still embrace the traditional ways of life. There are high mountains on one side and the sea on the other and some of the most diverse birdlife around. The remote Jan Mayen is a remote, volcanic island first occupied in the 17th
century by English and Dutch whalers. It has had a meteorological station since 1921. Often shrouded in mist, the northern part has the northernmost active volcano in the world. In the summer, bright green moss spreads like a blanket across the land, and small wildflowers, lichens, and fungi are dotted like jewels. Watch for the albatross-like fulmar and the puffin as well as seals and, of course, whales. On the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, we find more untouched wilderness and the realm of the polar bear. In addition to these bears, the islands are home to almost 3000 human inhabitants. More than 2000 of them live in Longyearbyen. Itâ€™s the largest settlement of the islands and a thriving modern community with a surprisingly wide range of cultural activities. Solo travellers can see it all on a fully escorted tour aboard the Greg Mortimer, an Aurora Expeditions small ship expedition to this beautiful part of the world. Aurora Expeditions promises an adventurous yet sensitive exploration of the astounding north on a state of the art vessel, plus all the extras that Solo Connections guests have come to expect. Visit soloconnections.com.au or call 1300 044 444.
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS LIVES AT THE MARKETS THE Christmas markets of Europe are perhaps the ultimate yuletide holiday experience â€“ inhaling the aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon to the sounds of Christmas carols in the chilly air while delving into market stalls packed with handmade crafts and festive foodie fare. Towns and cities around Germany and its neighbouring countries get into the Christmas spirit for the festive season in the four weeks of Advent leading up to December 25. The tradition is thought to have originated in the late Middle Ages. Vienna first hosted a December Market in 1298. Frankfurtâ€™s Weihnachstmarkt was first mentioned in 1398. Markets with long histories can be found in Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Alsace and Barcelona. In more recent times Prague in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Romania and Britain have joined the Christmas market movement. Typically, the markets will take over the town square, but they often spread further along main avenues and open spaces, many with more than 100 stalls, and some, a lot more. Popular attractions are the Nativity Scene, ZwetschgenmĂ¤nnle figures of decorated dried plums, Gebrannte Mandeln candy toasted almonds, Lebkuchen traditional gingerbread cookies, and of course, Gluhwein, a
The traditional Christmas market in Frankfurtâ€™s historic city centre. traditional hot mulled wine (perhaps with a shot of brandy) which helps to keep the good folks warm. And you wonâ€™t have to look far for an appetite appeasing Bratwurst sausage. Regional specialities in the state of Hesse include Frankfurter Bethmannchen marzipan cookies and hot Apfelwein. Arcadia Travel at Noosa is hosting its own 14-day Christmas markets escorted tour with Gabriella Erb. It will cover 11 markets in Rhineland, Luxembourg and Hesse. Cities and towns include Trier, Bernkastel and Cochem on the Mosel River; Koblenz, Rudesheim and Mainz on the Rhine River; Frankfurt on Main; and Giessen and Marburg on the Lahn River. Visit arcadiatravel.com.au
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Welcome to Your Time magazine, your 55+ baby boomers to seniors magazine on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. We hope you enjoy the read and...
Published on Aug 28, 2019
Welcome to Your Time magazine, your 55+ baby boomers to seniors magazine on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. We hope you enjoy the read and...