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ho would have thought that a couple in an age bracket that many a spring chicken would describe as “old” (nobody in these pages would do that of course) would meet on a dating website? But that’s just what happened for Barb and Roy Inwood who feature in this month’s look at finding love in later life. Lorraine Page, who investigates the possibilities and pitfalls of reattaching – particularly as adult children and inheritances are often involved – reports that Barb admits online dating is a very “modern” way of, dare I use the expression, getting back on the dating scene. It provided a very happy result for the couple, both emerging from the
Contents grief of losing a partner after a long marriage. And it was a very brave step for both of them. It’s a strange new world we live in and loneliness has become something of a catchcry for a generation that had an expectation of growing old with the person they wed so long ago. In reality they are increasingly finding themselves alone through either death or divorce. Some embrace the idea. I have a cynical friend who says she would never consider marrying again “because I spent 30 years in an institution – the institution of marriage – and I have no intention of seeking readmission. I love being responsible only for myself.” But many more crave company and cannot face a future alone. And, according to statistics, most of them are men. Having grown up during a time of real-time dating and courtship, it can be hard to know where and how to start looking to begin again, so well done Barb and Roy who, having taken the “modern” plunge, already have had four years of wedded bliss. Dorothy Whittington, Editor
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It’s never too late – when Cupid calls in later life A new relationship in older age offers the possibility of contentment and companionship. But, writes LORRAINE PAGE, it’s an adventure that is not without risk.
arb chuckles when she thinks back on her “very, very happy” wedding day almost four years ago to Roy Inwood in a little church on the Sunshine Coast. They bucked the growing trend in Australia of a civil marriage ceremony as Barb is a churchgoer, but unlike her first wedding, also in a church, the differences didn’t end there. This time around, Barb chose a simple but elegant outfit and her son to give her away; her granddaughter was a bridesmaid and one of Roy’s sons was best man. The entire congregation turned up and joined with family and friends to wish them well. “It was so funny because nearly everyone was grey-haired, with walking sticks or walkers,” Barb says. “We had more than a hundred. Everyone wanted to come.” The frail arrived in wheelchairs. Those who had the good fortune to be under 50 Barb nicknamed “the young ones”. Now in her early 70s, and Roy on the wrong side of 80, they enjoy a rich relationship that didn’t seem possible for two people expecting to spend their last years on their own. Unbeknown to one another and around similar time frames, illness had claimed both their spouses – Roy after 50 years of marriage and Barb after almost 40. A time of grieving followed until their children stepped in and suggested they start reconnecting with life through dating app RSVP. Barb thought her children’s wisdom very “modern” and hoped she would meet someone local. It wasn’t long before Barb
and Roy found each other online and met in person over coffee. They immediately hit it off. The rest, as they say, is history. “It’s been a very happy time and we’re so grateful that it’s come,” Barb says. “We both wanted some company in our old age. I wanted to nurture someone and Roy likes to be nurtured. “We go out to dinner once a week. We’re together almost 24/7. When a song comes on (the radio) – we were both dancers when we were younger – we dance around the lounge room.” Special Counsel Peter Porcellini of CRH Law, a firm that specialises in elder law, doesn’t always see the success stories of late-life relationships in his line of work but has a good understanding of what drives people into them. “People are living much longer and living part of that in a state where some loss of capacity has crept in … and they’re more likely to be living longer without a spouse,” Mr Porcellini says. “You don’t need people to hate each other and be divorced at that stage of life in order for remarriage to be an issue.” Incompatibility can dawn on couples in older age if they were married young and children came along quickly. Once saving for retirement and minding grandchildren no longer consumes their lives they might suddenly realise they were never meant to be. WHETHER it’s the fallout from the rising scourge of dementia or loving relationships that develop into one of care only that’s fuelling the search for companionship, the big-ticket items for any couple entering a new relationship or a marriage are the
Barb and Roy Inwood on their wedding day four years ago. same – how will a current will or enduring power of attorney be affected. At considerable cost, Barb and Roy had a lawyer draw up a Binding Financial Agreement when they started living together and then on further legal advice, had a new agreement done when they were married.
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any inheritance concerns of their children. Even if children are not concerned by inheritance issues in the event of a parent remarrying, Mr Porcellini says any new relationship is going to affect a couple’s financial circumstances, including for example, a self-managed superannuation fund, a family trust or family company. “It’s my job to tell a client what they can do, what risks they face and give them all the information they need to make their own decision,” he says. “We are obliged also to give advice about what opportunities there might be to restructure their estate so as to make claims (after death) less attractive.” A civil marriage celebrant performed four out of five marriages in Australia in 2018. BRISBANE celebrant Eileen Riley has been in practice for more than 25 years. Just over 10 per cent of the marriage ceremonies she has performed have been for couples with one or both aged over 55. She finds that Baby Boomers hold very traditional views about marriage. “At this time they’ve had the big wedding when they were younger, now they’ve met somebody in later life they want something very simple and they want to be married,” Ms Riley says. “Where there are children against the marriage they’re generally very quiet, simple affairs, particularly if it’s an older gentleman who is taking up with a younger woman about the same age as his children.” She says older couples often have no attendants and a private venue is chosen, such as a friend or relative’s home or a local park. Unlike younger couples who prefer to write their own vows, older couples are happy with traditional vows. The need for financial security can lead couples to marriage, particularly if one
Second time for Sonja and Brian Bester. member is extremely old or unwell. “I’ve had some weddings where people are terminally ill and they just want to make sure everything is safeguarded for their partner because there are children waiting in the background ready to take the house,” Ms Riley says. “Everyone I see has their own road to travel to the point in the relationship where they have decided to get married.” Regardless of their age, she asks every couple if they have a will because many couples are not aware that the minute they get married their current will becomes null and void. HOLLYWOOD celebrities have been known to marry, divorce and remarry their exes; sometimes being separated for decades before reconnecting. It’s generally the road less travelled in later life but not exclusively reserved for
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going to happen,” she says. “I think I finally made peace with it.” Sonja moved to the Mackay region last year to be closer to their children and grandchildren, moving in temporarily with Brian until she got on her feet. On the third night of her arrival, she says, Brian – out of the blue – suggested they get married again. “He had come full circle and realised that maybe it was better for the family and for me at this stage of our lives,” she says. “Having someone when you’re older is important. I feel blessed that I can spend the rest of my life with the love of my life. We talk about the future and not so much about the past. It’s a bit of an adjustment for us but because I know him so well we’ve slotted back into our old routine.”
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uch has been written about the genteel art of writing letters and postcards being lost to the speed and convenience of electronic mail, but there’s another delightful practice that has also disappeared – the autograph book. A friend recently sent me the autograph book of his aunt, in which most entries were dated around 1930. This prompted me to dig out a couple of my own, my mother’s from the mid-1930s and mine from the mid-1960s. What a pleasant reminder it was of another, more gracious era when, before assurances that technology would bring us more leisure, we actually found the time to write verses, draw pictures in ink and make a record in our own hand. Decades later, these humble autograph books provide a delightful record. I don’t expect anyone to get quite the same joy scrolling through emails in 2120. Ada, Myrtle, Edna, Maude, Rita, Vera, and Nora wrote inspirational quotes, risqué verses, and wise words for the future:
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“Love all, trust a few and always paddle your own canoe”; “Life is pleasant, greet it with a smile. Friends are treasures, keep them all the while” and “The soul that gives is the soul that lives.” Edna was a bit cheekier with her 1930 entry: “A man is like a new chest with a lock and key to close, good to look on outside but within – God only knows” and Kitty in 1934: “Three in the
parlour you can plainly see, the lamp, the parlourmaid and he. Three’s company there’s no doubt, that’s the reason the lamp went out”. By the time it got to the mid-1960s, signatures and greetings from celebrities had been added to the pages. Chips Rafferty, the La Balsa crew, the world yo-yo champion from Mexico, and a man who rode a penny farthing from London to Sydney (fortunately I had written this against a signature that means nothing at all) were among my collection, along with the TV personalities of the day – Tony Barber, Joy Chambers, Don Seccombe and Ron Cadee. They were among entries from primary school buddies (“Dorothy sitting on a fence a monkey on a rail, the only difference that there is, the monkey has a tail”) and teachers (“Wherever you are, whatever you be, stay as sweet as you were in my Grade Three”). There was a standard collection: “I auto sing, I auto laugh but in this book I autograph”, “by
hook or by crook I’ll be first/last in this book”, as well as “by eggs and by bacon, I think you’re mistaken” in small print at the very edge of the very last page. Crossing the decades was “I went to the pictures tomorrow and took a front seat at the back, I fell from the floor to the ceiling and hurt the front of my back”. And of course, the many and various versions of “roses are red, violets are blue”. Copybook handwriting, sketches, a polite tone, eloquence and optimism (even though two of the books belonged to young women between two world wars), are hallmarks of the autograph book. “Think of me when you are lonely, Keep for me a little spot; And in the garden of your memory, Plant a Forget-Me-Not”. But the last word goes to Nora, who in 1933, wrote, “When your days on earth are ended, and your pathways here are trod, may your name in gold be written in the autograph of God.” Send your views to dot@ yourtimemagazine.com.au
YOUR VIEW I PASSED the magazine, Edition 58, to my husband to read about your dentist visit. Like you, he has terrible memories regarding dentists. He is 78. Your article certainly made him sit up and take note. Lesley Moynahan LIKE you, my memories of the dentist are not good ones. I went through similar experiences in the early 1960s. The needles were very large and cruel and when teeth were removed, which seemed to be often, you’d be spitting blood and loose pieces of bone into the cuspidor. I am 76 but can still remember that old equipment they used and I have had a full mouth of dentures since I was 22 years old. Tom Quill.
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by Mocco Wollert
WAY back, when I tried to teach my daughters to manicure their nails, they whinged and moaned that it was too difficult, especially the right hand. Well, they had to learn. We certainly did not have money for a regular manicure or pedicure. If we did, as a very special treat, we went to a manicurist. Now it is just the local nail place. No longer are my feet cramped into a small dish on the floor. Instead, I luxuriate with my feet soaking in a little bathtub as an aviator chair massages my back into a different shape. It is supposed to relax me while my nails are cut and my heels attacked with a blade. If I relax any more, my eyes may close and I will be in danger of falling into the little bathtub. Some clients do fall asleep but most have only got eyes – and ears –
for their phones. If they playing with their phones, they are busy choosing a colour from the never-ending selection. Rings of fake nails with millions of colours and shades are handed to me. It is agonising. After all, once the colour has been baked on to my nails, I am stuck with it. What if I don’t like it? The smell that permeates a nail place is distinctive. There must be tiny particles of nail everywhere, released into the air when the little grinders go to work removing old nail colour. I would like to chat to the nail lady, like I do with my hairdresser but she does not seem to understand what I am saying. I listen to the soft sing-song of the employees all around me, unable to understand a thing. With all due respect, it annoys me. Coming to Australia from Germany as a migrant in the 1950s I was expected to learn English as soon as possible and not to “jabber” in my own language because it is was rude. Or so my best friend Annette told me. She is the one who also told me to lose the word “bloody” because “ladies don’t swear”. How things have changed. There is hardly ever a man in my nail place. I wonder why? Looking at men’s feet in their sandals or thongs I feel like discreetly handing them my nail place’s business card. May your nails glow and your man consider a pedicure.
by Cheryl Lockwood
THE boab trees remind us of people – some young, smooth and slender, others with wrinkled limbs and rotund bellies. Their root-like branches resemble scraggly hairdos as they stand proudly against a backdrop of spinifex, red soil and brilliant, blue sky. We were far from home. Our mission and we did choose to accept it, was to complete the Gibb River Road in Western Australia in our 2WD utility. With lifted suspension and diff lock, whatever that meant, hubby reckoned the old ute would be fine. While I believed him, it’s always good to have a Plan B. Ours was to tag along with our daughter and her husband in their 4WD. We were told that the Gibb, notorious for corrugations, potholes and dust was in particularly good condition. Most of it was mildly bone-rattling rather than
bone-breaking and the water crossings were not too deep. Twice we opted out of ploughing through deep creeks, choosing to hitch a ride in the 4WD instead. Hooray for Plan B. The reward at the end of the rough tracks were hikes to spectacular gorges with cool, clear pools and waterfalls. Everything from the vehicle to our clothes became coated in dust. I dragged a brush through my hair one morning and asked, “how’s my hair?” Hubby broke into a rendition of Witchy Woman. Along the way, we came across fresh scones being served at Ellenbrae Station which were worth the detour. Morning tea on the shaded lawn was a contrast to the landscape we had just passed. Evenings were spent relaxing by the campfire, the smell of smoke permeating our clothes. Marshmallows I can take or leave but make them into s’mores and they become a great way to end a meal. It didn’t seem to bother anyone that a glass of wine came with black, floating bits. Most nights had someone exclaiming about the magnificence of the stars – not the ones in our windscreen (the vehicle’s only injury) but the ones that twinkled across the dark, night sky all the way to the horizon. Hubby was right. The ute was fine – not even a flat tyre – although when the CD player malfunctioned we had to use a credit card to coax the CD out of its slot. Life is a great Aussie adventure!
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IN THE GARDEN – with Penny We have been lucky enough to have some showers to keep our plants going, and we can’t complain when we hear about the dreadful fires everywhere. The dry weather has seen our trees put on spectacular displays. In particular, the cassia fistula, jacaranda, Illawarra flame, poinciana, crepe myrtle and buckinghamia. It’s now time to turn over the vege garden ready for autumn. You can still plant corn, cucumbers, tomatoes and so on. Marigolds, begonias and cleomes will all grow well in the flower beds now. Keep mulch topped up along with fertiliser. I’m sure there will be good soaking rain soon. Happy gardening. 14 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / February 2020
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Find hope and happiness after major loss As we age, chances increase that we will experience loss and grief. KENDALL MORTON discusses ways to rebuild your life after the death of a loved one.
rief hurts, that’s a fact. It can be debilitating and it can lead to depression if you become isolated and unsupported. Grief gives you the time to honour an important person, be it your spouse, your child, your sibling, your friend or your parent. Life without them will be a major adjustment and coping with this takes time. So how do you move back to living with hope again? You have deep personal losses and on top of that, the media portrays tragedy after tragedy. Do you deserve to be happy in the face of this misery? There’s a common term called “survivor guilt”. It is simply the guilt that survivors have. You may ask yourself “why was I spared?” or “could I have done anything to stop this happening?” Psychology Today offers ways of moving beyond survivor guilt. Firstly, ask yourself who was really responsible. Sometimes the answer will
be clear. At other times, there will be no clear answer. Thinking it through will help separate feelings of loss from the burden of blaming yourself. The second suggestion is to let the sadness come. Sometimes focusing on guilt or finding someone to blame is a strategy to block out feelings. You can cry, rant, hit your pillow or whatever works for you but know you are strong enough to handle the sadness.
Another suggestion is to let the survivor guilt spur you on. You may feel you have less time to make an impact. You may wish to be kinder. You may wish to emulate some of your loved one’s best characteristics. Grief can lead us to make sudden changes such as moving house or quitting a job. Sometimes these may be regrettable. Grief counsellor and author Mal McKissock recommends not making any
major life changes within the first six months of loss. On the other hand, grief can lead to a time of reflection and foster inner changes. Here are some strategies to help you move forward when the time is right. Drop expectations When you suffer a major loss, some friends won’t know what to say or do. You may find yourself exhausted by their caring questions or, on the other hand, neglected by their absence. Try not to have expectations. Similarly, avoid having expectations of yourself. “I should be over this by now”. Grief is not linear. It will take the time it takes and it will revisit you. Live your life in tune with your beliefs Mahatma Gandhi said, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Don’t be swayed by media or social pressures, but be true to yourself. Be thankful everyday People who are grateful for
their blessings have stronger immune systems and better longevity. They are also more outgoing and more forgiving. By noticing the positive things in your life, you train your brain to see more positive things. Your gratitude and contentment start to build. Remember the bad stuff Sometimes we get locked into complaining about small things. By remembering the difficult times you’ve been through, you can remind yourself of how far you’ve come. You realise your strengths. Do what matters Death reminds us we all have an expiry date. This can motivate you to do some things that are important to you rather than just meander through your days. Take time to make a list and go from there. Kendall Morton is Director of Home Care Assistance. Email kmorton@ homecareassistance.com
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The Baleno hatchback is the more mature of Suzuki’s line-up in 2020, writes BRUCE McMAHON.
he Japanese manufacturer has some smart machines in today’s range, all in the light and compact car – and four-wheel drive – classes. Highlights would include the new Jimny off-roader, the colourful Ignis and the more sporting Swift. The Baleno’s a little bigger and a little more serious, a tad staid perhaps when compared with its stablemates. Yet from $16,990 drive-away in Queenlsand, with five-year warranty and a quite economical nature, this Suzuki may well suit those looking for a hassle-free town car. (Yes, it’ll cover a country mile but the Baleno is best suited to the greater metropolitan areas). There are two versions, GL and GLX. The first can be a five-speed manual or an old-school four-speed auto transmission, while the latter is automatic only. Both are front-wheel drive and powered by a 1.4 litre petrol engine pumping out 68 kilowatts. The Baleno is a smidge under 4m long and 1.8 metres wide, so it’s a handy size for the city. And while the body style may not scream “look at me”, it’s a tidy-looking five-door hatchback. Inside, there’s fair room for four adults and enough convenience features
among a swag of plastics and the boot – sitting above a space saver tyre – is a decent size. Controls and instrumentation are all straightforward – a touch screen controls phone, audio and navigation systems while the GLX also boasts a multi-information display with info from average speeds to average consumption to how much power and torque is being used. There’s something for everybody. The four-cylinder engine’s best performance arrives toward the top of the rev range. It’s always adequate when wandering around but does appreciate a
good bootful to really get going. For a week of town and country cruising, the Suzuki returned 5.8 litres per 100km which is a reasonable figure these days. On a light throttle it’s possible to see consumption below 4 litres per 100km, emphasising the merit of a kerb weight coming in under 1000kg. Yet here’s the rub: That light body weight and small, if eager, engine also means the Suzuki Baleno isn’t a topflight touring car. Sure, it will cover distances with safety – there are stability programs and braking assistance systems and all – but a two-hour stint down the highway brings with it a deal of road noise from mechanicals, tyres and wind. The driver’s seat isn’t really up to a long drive and wind gusts or passing semi-trailers can upset the car. So this Baleno is a fine town and far-flung suburbs car, one that’d do okay for running down the M1 for the weekend. Heading interstate though, may need a touch more forbearance from driver and passengers. Still, at this money, the ever-cheerful Suzuki Baleno should well suit a number of motoring budgets.
MOTORING is all grown-up, with the opening of a Rolls-Royce showroom. Until now Queenslanders with the wherewithal – or a pocket full of lotto dreams – had to head to the Gold Coast to check out the prestigious British marque which is now owned by Germany’s BMW. The new showroom at Breakfast Creek Rd, Newstead, opened at Christmas with two of the latest Rolls on the floor. The Black Badge Cullinan wagon is a version of the company’s first SUV, reportedly quite capable off the road, while the $1.6 million Phantom with extended wheelbase and privacy suite is a grand, quite handsome and very extravagant sedan. Details extend to crash-tested and Teflon-coated umbrellas tucked away in the doors and a cabin headlining with little lights representing whichever night sky constellation suits your fancy. There’s a 6.76 litre V12 up front to keep both these automotive palaces on the move.
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Decide your contribution and consider a legacy There are many ways to leave a legacy but there’s no right or wrong way to go about it, writes STEVE MENDL.
’ll always remember my client, Dave, coming into my office for a session. He was in a hurry. “Okay,” he said, “let’s get this over and done with. I have work to do.” As it turned out, Dave was catching a plane the next day to Cambodia, where he was project managing the drilling of a series of bores and construction of several water stations. He was doing this to provide the local villagers with much-needed fresh water close to where they were lived,
rather than walking half a day to collect what we in the western world would take for granted from a tap in our home. About a month later, Dave and I caught up again and looked at his bigger plan for the next stage of his life. He revealed that he would be heading to Cambodia several times over coming years to monitor the progress. He wanted to maintain what he termed his “little but significant contribution and legacy for the future”. It may have been small for Dave, but
I would think his contribution has had and will continue to have, a massive impact on the people of the villages that he and his team have been assisting. Every successful person has the opportunity to take the time to really think about what they want to contribute and leave to the world, the city, the local neighbourhood or household, as a legacy. What will your legacy and contribution be? My father was passionate about the vision, mission and activities of Lions International. When he moved into the next stage of his life, he stepped up his contribution in the club. Originally, it was on a local level. He became the local club president, but later went on to be a district vicepresident and then district governor. Some of his initiatives still exist as ongoing projects for the organisation. As the recipient of an organ donation (kidney), he was passionate about the countrywide organ donation program. He was one of the pioneers and advocates of a program that is really only gaining traction now as more people are affected by the issue.
He never forgot, mentioned often, and was always very grateful, to the young man who had completed the donor card. That person’s legacy was to give my dad another 10 good years leading a life of increased quality. My understanding is that five other people also benefited from the young man’s legacy. It’s a legacy that lives on in others. How can you magnify your legacy? If you’re already making a contribution, then the question is how you can magnify or add to the contribution in a way that can leave a lasting legacy. For some people, it is a scholarship in their name. For others, it is service on a committee or board. Some set up a foundation for a target group of people. Others simply donate funds to their chosen organisation, one that makes a difference in other people’s lives. Do you know what legacy would you like to leave? Steve Mendl is the author of Beyond the Money: A Practical Guide for Successful Men Leaving Fulltime Work. Visit beyondthemoney.com.au
What will you say when QCAT comes knocking? Witnessing an EPA is more than just watching someone sign. PETER PORCELLINI warns witnesses should tread carefully.
SIGNATURE on an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) must be witnessed by a Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for Declarations, Notary Public or lawyer. The law obliges the witness to certify that the maker of the EPA has decision making capacity for an EPA. The validity of EPAs is regularly brought into question via a QCAT Application by someone who alleges that there was insufficient capacity. And when QCAT needs to consider capacity it
can, and will, come knocking. Among other things QCAT might do: • ask the witness for details of the witnessing process and what steps were taken to be satisfied that capacity for the EPA existed; • issue a formal order obliging the witness to give QCAT all notes, records and other things that the witness has about that process and those steps. If you’re a witness to an EPA and QCAT comes knocking, what will you say about how you satisfied yourself that
sufficient capacity existed? Do you know what the law requires in order for someone to have capacity for an EPA? Do you know what steps you need to take to assess if capacity exists and how? Given the prevalence and various stages of dementia, EPA witnesses live in uncertain and, in some respects, dangerous times. More than one lawyer has been reprimanded and penalised for not taking appropriate steps with an EPA. It must be remembered that at any one point in time, a person might have
capacity for some but not all decisions. The law allows us to be foolish, unwise, vindictive, reckless, wrong, and act against our own best interests if we have the capacity to do so. An EPA is a complex legal document so the threshold for capacity is relatively high. If there is real doubt, it might be best to decline to witness the EPA until a full and proper assessment of capacity is made. Peter Porcellini is a Special Counsel with CRH Law. Visit crhlaw.com.au
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Consider all the costs of retirement living options Regardless of the retirement accommodation you choose, you’ll need to budget for incoming, ongoing, and outgoing costs, writes DON MACPHERSON. You cannot borrow against your lease or licence as security. In manufactured home parks (relocatable homes) you buy the house but do not own the land. There is an acquisition price that must be paid, to either previous owner or resort owner. Once the accommodation interest is acquired, there will be monthly charges. These are costs associated with living in the community. These charges are usually called general services charges (for retirement villages) or site fees (for manufactured home parks). There are also the usual living expenses such as electricity and water. When moving on from retirement accommodation (as we all must, one way or the other) there are outgoing expenses. With retirement villages this is the deferred management fee, or exit fee, which is often 35 per cent of the purchase
hether it’s lease, licence or manufactured home, there is always a purchase price. With retirement villages, you normally acquire a lease, or a licence – both create a right to reside, but do not give ownership in the traditional sense. Even though they do not involve ownership, the incoming acquisition costs can be considerable, which must be funded through the sale proceeds of your home or savings or a combination of both.
price. Often there are rectification or refurbishment costs that are factored into the initial contract, but which were overlooked at that time. With manufactured homes there is usually a requirement to repaint the home every 10 years. As well, there are costs associated with the sale, which can involve valuation fees in some instances. The costs of any accommodation in retirement need to be fully understood when entering into the contract. Much
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WELLNESS AND WELLBEING What is the most important ingredient for financial security in retirement? JOHN McAULIFFE finds physical wellbeing is linked to financial wellbeing. A SURVEY for a major financial services company, the Financial Discomfort in Retirement Report, attracted 3397 responses to 42 questions about retirement savings, income and attitudes. A response that resonated with me was from a retired 80-year-old female: “Peace of mind is extremely important to older people. Having money at hand to be able to pay for your health needs is not only important, it is a must for a peaceful life.” In retirement, an Australian couple needs from $4975 to $9901 a year to pay for health care, according to the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA). It is significantly dearer for those over 85. A single person between 65 and 85 needs $2578 a year for a modest lifestyle and $6288 for a comfortable lifestyle. This high and ever-increasing cost of health care, combined with longer life
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Old eating habits become a weighty issue Obesity is epidemic in Australia, the United States, and other first world countries. TRUDY KITHER advises the aging population to understand how weight gain can cause serious problems.
s we age, our metabolism and digestion slows down, and weight gain becomes that much more of an issue. Adults who are obese are at risk for serious health complications, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, metabolic syndrome and various joint issues. Genetics help determine our overall metabolic performance and having sufficient amounts of lean muscle mass dramatically determines metabolism. Muscle will burn more calories per hour than fat, and this means that those who have slim and muscular bodies can burn more, even while resting. Your overall muscle mass decreases as you age, and this slows metabolism by about 2 per cent to 8 per cent every 10 years. This can be offset by performing simple strength training exercises with weight machines, free weights, or even bodyweight. Strength training should ideally start (if not before) you reach the age of 40 to 50. When you retain lean muscle mass, metabolism is not likely to decrease as much as you age. The biggest cause of weight gain is lack of activity, even when you continue to eat as you have your whole life. This weight
gain is due to metabolism decreasing. The body’s ability to burn calories decreases as metabolism decreases. Excess calories will turn fat if you continue eating the same amount of food that you always have. The more overweight you get, the less active you become, and the more weight you gain. The solution to preventing and reversing obesity is a combination of a low sugar diet, and exercise. A healthy diet will reduce the number of calories being consumed, while exercise will burn off those consumed. Both will reduce a significant amount of calories. Finding the balance between diet and exercise is the best way to get rid of unwanted weight. The basic formula is “fewer calories in and more calories out” – burn more than you take in. To lose weight, you also need to change how you eat. As you get older, your body starts to secrete less digestive enzymes. This ultimately changes how your body breaks down and absorbs nutrients. • Avoid foods high in processed or hidden sugars. Any sugar that is not utilized by your body for immediate energy will be stored as fat.
• Eat small portions of food more often. Your body only needs about 300-400 calories at one meal. Any more than that will be turned into stored fat. Eating smaller portions will help with weight loss. • Eat more plant-based foods, such as low sugar fruits and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables are low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals that your body needs, which makes them quality calorie foods. • Eat more fibre. Fibre is filling and low in calories. Fibre also aids in digestion and feeds the good bacteria in your gut. Plant foods such as kale and broccoli are loaded with fibre, potassium, and other essential nutrients. They are very filling and can be eaten raw or slightly sautéed. Many vegetables are loaded with fibre and can be a significant weapon in your weight loss arsenal. • Drink more water. Often thirst is mistaken for hunger, so instead of drinking, we eat when all your body really wants is hydration. Exercise can help lose weight by increasing muscle mass and speeding up metabolism. There are many other practical benefits to being active, aside from weight
loss and building lean muscle mass, such as increased stamina, endurance, balance, vitality, and agility. The best exercises for weight loss are brisk walking, cycling, swimming, and resistance training. A workout strengthens the heart, and it increases blood flow to your entire body. This causes your body to burn calories while working out and also at rest. Thirty minutes of aerobic exercise each day, at least three but preferably five days a week, is recommended. Resistance training targets your muscles directly. It is used to increase muscle mass and has a more prolonged effect on burning calories than aerobic exercise. By increasing muscle mass, we are also increasing our metabolism. This means that our bodies are burning more calories all the time, and not just during a workout. Resistance training should consist of eight to 10 different exercises. Each should be eight to 12 repetitions. Work until the muscles are fatigued, but don’t strain yourself. Trudy Kither is a naturopath and the owner of Nature’s Temple. Visit naturestemple.net
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Generation that wonâ€™t seek help
RESEARCH at the Edith Cowan University has found that more than 40 per cent of older Australians with chronic disease would be unlikely to seek help for mental health conditions â€“ even if they needed it. One in seven Australians is aged over 65 yet while weâ€™re living longer, weâ€™re not necessarily living better or happier. ECU researcher and psychologist Claire Adams investigated help-seeking intentions for mental health services by older adults living with chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease including asthma, and Type 2 diabetes. The first part of the study involved 107 people aged over 65 years from both independent living facilities and the community. She said that despite frequent contact with the health care system, older adults,
particularly those with chronic disease, underutilised mental health services. â€œThis is concerning because this group of people are significantly more likely to experience anxiety and depression than older adults without chronic disease,â€? she said. Older people with chronic disease who were reluctant to seek mental health support tended to be sceptical about the benefits of mental health support; believe they lacked support from family or friends to seek help and believe they were incapable of accessing services. Ms Adams said mental health problems could also be difficult to self-identify in older adults with chronic disease because there were overlaps between mental health symptoms, physical symptoms and the side-effects of medication. â€œPeople living with respiratory disease who have difficulty breathing might assume that if their breathing is getting worse thatâ€™s because their chronic disease is getting worse, however it might actually be a symptom of anxiety,â€? she said. The research also found that people who had used mental health services in the past would be more likely to use them again in the future.
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Retirement is not just the here and now Most think of security, comfort and independence as they enter retirement but, writes JEN ROUSH, things change as years go by and plans should be made for later retirement too. EVERYONE has a different “ideal” retirement. Some people want to be on hand to help with grandchildren, others want to travel, while many want to actively participate in their communities. But have you thought about how these needs will change over time with your changing health, finances and family? Too few people think about what they want in later retirement. If you want to remain in your current home, now is the time to identify the resources that will make this practical in terms of home maintenance and daily support. If you would prefer to move into assisted living or a retirement community, now is the time to identify options and evaluate them in terms of location, level of support, and facilities. Many people put off considering their future care needs – it can be an uncomfortable thing to contemplate. But the result is that the loss of a loved one or an episode of poor health forces a quick decision. By planning early you can ensure that your future is in your hands.
Nothing will clarify your priorities more than writing them down. Make sure you fully understand your private financial resources, any government entitlements, and the costs of various options. Consult with those closest to you so that everyone is on the same page. It would be understandable if this feels a bit overwhelming. If it does, reach out to others for help. Whether you speak to friends and family or to an expert, there are resources available to help you plan for every stage of retirement. Jen Roush specialises in Helping Change Happen and transition to retirement. Visit comemonday.net.au.
WISE MOVE FOR A NEW YEAR A NEW year brings new beginnings at Azure Blue Carina, one of easy retirement living with modern, spacious apartments close to shopping, medical and transport services, and a low maintenance lifestyle. It’s a secure community where residents are surrounded by friendly and familiar faces, resort-style facilities and year-round activities to be as active as you choose. Azure Blue Carina has an extensive range of one, two- and three-bedroom apartments as well as two-bedroom villas that have been architecturally designed to meet the different needs of retirement. Set in landscaped gardens and capturing tree and river views, each apartment promotes a relaxed low maintenance lifestyle that seamlessly
integrates into the surrounding bushland. All amenities at Azure Blue Carina are designed to be an extension of personal living space to relax, socialise and enjoy a peaceful and active lifestyle. Residents can access a range of Blue Care services, including assistance with housework, transport around town, and allied health services such as podiatry and physiotherapy. Azure Blue Carina also has a state-ofthe-art residential aged care facility on-site, offering peace of mind is additional care is needed. A $10,000 rebate is available on limited numbers of spacious, quality, modern apartments. Call 3155 2126 to book a tour or visit azurebluecarina.com.au
HALCYON LEADS THE WAY WITH LUXURY THE Sunshine Coast is the mecca for over 50s lifestyle communities as the region continues to lead the way with construction of more luxury resorts this year. “South-east Queensland is the Florida of Australia,” Halcyon joint managing director Bevan Geissmann said. “We have the lifestyle, we have the weather, strong demographics, great infrastructure and we are giving the consumer what they’re looking for as they enter the next chapter of their lives.” Last year, Halcyon Lakeside at Bli Bli was awarded the prestigious Urban Development Institute of Australia’s (UDIA) National Award for Excellence in Seniors Living. Dr Geissmann said the modern retiree was looking to upgrade lifestyle, and for many that meant migrating from interstate. Locals living on acreage or larger properties were also keen to take advantage of the “lock and go” community. On the Sunshine Coast, four new developments have started including B by Halcyon, in Buderim which is the
company’s fourth lifestyle community in the region. De Geissmann predicts Australia, and in particular the Sunshine Coast, will continue gaining popularity as an aspirational option for Baby Boomers as well as Generation Xers as they begin to enter their 50s. “There are currently about 100,000 people living in these communities around the country and that number will continue to increase,” he said. “We will follow what has happened in America where there are millions living in these communities.” Visit lifebeginsathalcyon.com.au
THE ART OF HEALTHY AGEING IT’S no secret that involvement in arts and craft activities is fun at any age, but it’s not so well known that being creative also has major health benefits for the over 50s. Recent research has found that getting arty will exercise the brain, keep us sharp and reduce our chances of developing mild cognitive impairment by up to 50 per cent. Just ask any of the talented residents at Nature’s Edge Buderim. The friendly, over 50s lifestyle village has a thriving creative community, with plenty of opportunities to join one of the many arts and crafts groups that meet regularly to hone their skills and form new friendships. From quilting and woodworking to fine art, dressmaking and millinery, there is something to suit everyone, regardless of experience. The clever artisans last year showcased their work at the inaugural Nature’s Edge Arts and Crafts Expo. Visitors enjoyed a leisurely afternoon at the multi-million-dollar leisure centre,
strolling among more than 25 stalls of unique, hand-made items created by talented residents. The Arts and Crafts Expo is just one of the many organised community events at Nature’s Edge Buderim. There’s a lively social calendar and camaraderie among the residents, which is testament to the friendly, inclusive environment of the village. Call 1800 218 898 or visit naturesedgebuderim.com.au
PETS ARE PART OF THE FAMILY PETS are not just companions, they’ve also been proven to help their owners fall asleep more easily and feel consistently more positive about their local environment. According to research from the University of London, pet owners also take more mild and moderate exercise, an important health benefit. University health and wellbeing expert Gill Mein said the study found people with pets felt happier about their local environment, most likely because they walked around it more. Recognising 28 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / February 2020
the importance of pets to over 65s, The Village Retirement Group has recently opened a second off-leash dog area at one of its communities. Manager director Justin Harrison said moving into a retirement village was often a big adjustment, but pets can help. “Pets are family and that’s why creatures great and small are welcome at The Village Retirement Group. Our villages are just as much their new home as that of new residents,” he said. The Village Taigum already has a dog park off-leash area and another has
recently opened at The Village Redcliffe. It has meant the owners of the dogs can meet up in the park and chat while their dogs exercise. The Village Yeronga is also perfectly positioned surrounded by green parks one of which is an off-leash dog park. Research has also shown people who share their homes with pets have improved cardiovascular health and lower cholesterol. In some instances pet owners have been found to cope better with stress, grief and loss. Visit thevillage.com.au Brisbane
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Tenors bring the Spirit of Australia
FIVE of the best tenor voices in Australia unite in a dynamic display of talent for The Spirit of Australia tour, which comes to Caloundra next month. The Australian Tenors bring romance, excitement, warmth and humour to their performances in a concert that encapsulates the spirit, beauty and vocal demand of truly authentic tenor voices. They will present popular classical arias from operas such as Puccini’s Nessun Dorma, and Verdi’s Anvil Chorus, songs from hit musical productions – The Impossible Dream, Somewhere, Funiculi Funicular – and their stirring rendition of
the Hallelujah Chorus. Duets are also a part of the program, including Phantom of the Opera and Friends for Life. A performance from world-renowned The Australian Tenors is not complete without Waltzing Matilda, Australia My Country from the Dorothea Mackellar poem, and I Am Australian. The Australian Tenors are Murray Mayday, Lorenzo Rositano, Gaetano Bonfante, Martin Buckingham and Blake Fischer, backed by The Southern Cross Orchestra under the direction of conductor Joseph Macri. Guests are Opera Australia’s soprano Giuseppina Grech and The Gold Coast Choir. It’s a rare event that’s not to be missed. Redland Performing Arts Centre. Thursday, March 26, 7pm. Tickets $85, concessions $81. Bookings 3829 8131 or rpac.com.au
AMERICAN PIANIST GIVES SOLO RECITAL REVERED American pianist Garrick Ohlsson is a master of the intimate art of the solo recital. His commanding presence –tall, and with one of the largest handspans of any pianist – is at odds with the delicacy and finesse for which he’s famous. To hear good music beautifully performed, join this great artist. Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University Theatre February 27, 7pm. Tickets musicaviva.com.au/ohlsson Win a free double-pass. To enter visit musicaviva.com.au/win/ohlsson/
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THE Queensland Begonia Society presents 2020 Begonias Aplenty for one day only this month. As well as magnificent displays, the program includes plant workshops at 10am and 11.30am, plant sales, raffles and refreshments. The Queensland Begonia Society meets on the third Saturday of each month at 1pm at the Uniting Church Hall, 52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm. 2020 Begonias Aplenty. Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium. Saturday, February 29, 9am-3pm. Admission $4. Visit queenslandbegonia.wordpress.com THE Eastern District Orchid Society’s 54th Autumn Show presents an astounding display of orchids of many different genera, from all over the world.
Be prepared for a burst of colour. A plant sales area will have a large array of both species and hybrid orchids, many of them in flower. There will also be floral arrangements available for sale and the EDOS Craft Stall will have many bargains. Potting demonstrations will run all weekend, and there will also be cultural advice available from many experienced and knowledgeable orchid growers. Refreshments will be available during the weekend. Belmont Shooting Complex, 1485 Old Cleveland Rd, Belmont. March 21, 8.30am-4pm and March 22, 8.30am3pm.Admission $4
SERENATA SINGERS IN TUNE FOR A BIG YEAR THE Serenata Singers, a community choir based at The Gap, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a packed concert schedule and a special reunion function. The choir is always keen to have new members and is having an open night for anyone who can hold a tune and loves to sing to meet choir members, find out about the choir, and join in a rehearsal. The choir sings a variety of popular, traditional, spiritual and show tunes.
It rehearses Monday evenings at The Gap Uniting Church and performs regularlyat retirement communities, care facilities and community groups. The choir is particularly interested in adding some male voices. No audition is necessary and an ability to read music is helpful but not required. The Gap Uniting Church auditorium, 1050 Waterworks Rd, The Gap Monday, March 2, 7.15pm Visit serenatasingers.org.au
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Act 1 delivers the laughs in Shady Business THE Act 1 theatre company’s first show of the new season is Shady Business by Robin Hawdon. The action doesn’t slow from beginning to end in this madcap comedy. A cross between Guys and Dolls and Some Like It Hot, the play begins with Mandy and Tania, who are sexy but struggling nightclub dancers in London’s Soho, who have got themselves mixed up in some very shady business. Will controlling club owner Big Mack find out about Mandy’s affair with Gerry and Tania’s affair with Terry? Will Big Mack discover that he is owed money borrowed from the club’s till, gambled and lost on the club’s roulette table and then stolen from the day’s take? Will Gerry be discovered hiding in Mandy’s bathroom? Will Terry reveal that he is really Gerry and that Gerry is Terry? Will anyone figure out what is going on and will they all survive until its climactic conclusion? Director Trevor Howden said he knew once he had read this British comedy play,
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he had to direct it and bring it to the Act 1 stage. Audiences will be sure to enjoy this tale of gambling romance and mistaken identities. Pine Shire Hall, 238 Gympie Rd, Strathpine. Friday and Saturday, February, 21-22, 28-29 March 6-7, 7.30pm. Sunday February 23, March 1, 2pm. Tickets $20, concessions $17 Bookings 0458 579 269, leave a message for a callback, visit trybooking.com or at the door. Eftpos available.
SIMPLY THE BEST OF THE POPS BACK by popular demand to open the new Queensland Pops Orchestra’s concert season, are the Three Amigos, Brisbane’s favourite swooning crooners. Nathan Kneen, Jason Lopez and Gregory Moore will lend their operatic, musical theatre and comedic talents to the first series concert for 2020. Simply The Best of The Pops draws together the arias and songs that have stood the test of time, as well as some new and exciting tunes that “the boys” make their own.
Add to the mix a generous smattering of orchestral showstoppers and surprise segments and it’s a winning formula for the ultimate smash hit show. Bookings are open now for audiences to enjoy the Pops’ favourite performers and greatest tunes in a lavishly presented set list for the ultimate Best of The Pops concert experience. QPAC Concert Hall. Saturday, April 18, 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets $82-$88. Bookings call 136 246 or visit qpac.com.au
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MIDSUMMER CARNIVAL AT THE POWERHOUSE THE entire Stores Building of Brisbane Powerhouse will transform into a carnival of delights for The Midsummer Carnival, with a “big top” style circus – think sword swallowers and acrobats. Shakespeare’s beguiling tale of magic and mayhem receives a makeover from the Brisbane Immersive Ensemble.
Audiences are transported to an old-world travelling show where Shakespeare’s timeless comedy plays out against a backdrop of circus stunts, sideshow antics and live gypsy jazz from musicians roving among the audience. Brisbane. Powerhouse. Until February 8. Tickets $55. brisbanepowerhouse.org
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There are few legal documents more important than a Will and Enduring Power of Attorney and yet, a surprising number of people do not understand what they are. A Will sets out your wishes and takes effect when you die. An Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) sets out who you want to make important decisions for you during your lifetime. This document takes effect when you lose the capacity to make decisions. A Will allows you to state how you want your assets and possessions distributed among beneficiaries. Clear directions help minimise disputes between parties. Preparing and executing a Will for the most part, is simple and inexpensive and is highly recommended. An EPA allows you to plan for the unexpected during your lifetime. Loss of capacity to make decisions can happen at any time, and may be temporary or permanent. An EPA authorises a trusted person to manage your affairs - financial (pay bills, manage investments), personal (where to live) or health (treatment options) related. Executing a Will and Enduring Power of Attorney is part of putting your affairs in order to provide the ultimate peace of mind for you and your family.
People over 60 often seek help by asking friends, calling services or searching the internet. Frequently they are unable to find the right information or an appropriate referral. To address this, ADA Australia has created a free app to help older Queenslanders access basic information and first step referrals. It allows users to easily navigate solutions and find appropriate help for themselves. The Seniors Guide to Qld Help app was created to support older people and their carers to find help on a wide range of topics. The app provides users with easy to access information on: • navigating new life transitions such as aged care, guardianship, future planning and palliative care • finding help and support for specific life issues such as elder abuse and family conflict • understanding their rights in relation to issues including decision making and capacity, receiving services and being a consumer • knowing where and how to lodge complaints Seniors Guide to Queensland Help can be downloaded free on the App Store or Google Play! More information is available at adaaustralia.com.au
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Are you ‘bowled over’ by wrist pain? Question: Why does my wrist hurt so badly when I bowl? Lawn bowls is Australia’s fifth most popular sport, especially among seniors. Despite bowls having a reputation as being a low impact sport, bowlers are at greater risk of developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) than most other athletes. CTS is the most common hand condition, and is often referred to as “bowler’s wrist”. CTS is a debilitating, chronic compression of the median nerve (in the front of the wrist), and is caused by increased pressure within the carpal tunnel (a narrow passageway in the wrist). This may be due to injury, nerve damage such as from diabetes, inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, obesity or fluid retention. Common symptoms include aching, numbness, tingling, burning in the palm, intermittent “electric shocks”, weakness and loss of grip. Symptoms may intensify or increase during the night, early in the morning, while driving and when performing sustained, repetitive tasks, such as playing bowls. Sufferers may also notice themselves “flicking” the affected hand in an attempt to alleviate symptoms. Many bowlers try to “play through” the pain so as not to let down teammates, or in hope the pain will simply go away on its own. However, when adequate rest and treatment are not sought, symptoms often
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Explore London without breaking the bank Got a few days to spare in London? DOT WHITTINGTON suggests walking a city where there’s a familiar name or historic landmark at every turn.
Horse Guards near Downing St.
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t is virtually a rite of passage for young Australians to do their time on a UK visa, and now many mums and dads who may not have ventured to Old Blighty in the past are heading north to catch up. Whether bunking down with the kids or booking into one of the many hotels in the South or West Kensington districts, it’s possible to explore London without breaking the bank. A Visitor Oyster Card, which can be used on most London public transport including Tube, buses and DLR, can be purchased on arrival at Heathrow or Gatwick. As well as being easy and convenient, it will save up to 50 per cent on trips in London. Here are some sample themes to see London without putting your hand in your pocket. Take as much or as little as you like, but as Samuel Johnson, who wrote the first dictionary, said, “when you’re tired of London you’re tired of life”.
THE MONOPOLY BOARD It’s not going to be possible to walk the whole Monopoly board in a day, but you can get a good start on the big names in a relatively small area. From Charing Cross Station and The Strand head to Trafalgar Square, and up Charing Cross Road to Leicester Square. Detour to Covent Garden, which often has an opera singer performing. Return down Shaftesbury Ave to Piccadilly Circus and then up Regent St to Oxford St. Wander through Mayfair to Park Lane. OLD LONDON TOWN Head to Tower Hill station for the Tower of London where there are great views of the old fortress/ palace and the landmark Tower Bridge (often confused with London Bridge). The big picture is perfect but for a fee (£27.50 or £21.50 for over 65s) you can explore inside. Walk back along the Thames to The Monument. At 61m it is the same height as its distance to
Pudding Lane where the Great Fire of London started in 1666. If you’re keen, (£4.50 or £3 over 60s) take the 311 steps up for views of the old city. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren who also designed St Paul’s Cathedral, reached by walking the historic streets of the official City of London. From St Paul’s, the Museum of London (free) is well worth another short walk. THE SHOPS London has shops that should be visited simply to admire their opulence and to horrify yourself at the price tags. Harrods – famous and fabulous – is on the Piccadilly line at Knighstbridge. There’s every chance of spotting a famous face here and it’s also entertaining to check out the vehicles lined up out front. Walk through Hyde Park to Marble Arch and down to Oxford Circus. Liberty is nearby in Great Marlborough St. It opened in 1875 and is a masterpiece in itself with heavy timbers and glass. (It’s also near Carnaby St, famous for fashion during the swinging ‘60s.) Cut back to Regent St with a stop at Hamleys toy shop, towards Piccadilly Circus then turn right
down Piccadilly to check out Fortnum and Mason, grocers to the royal family. It’s worth visiting to just to see the products it stocks. The Ritz is down the street if you want to lash out for afternoon tea. On your right as you head down Piccadilly is Old Bond St and Sackville St where shop windows are reminiscent of the times when they clad wealthy aristocrats. ROYAL CONNECTIONS Take the District line to Westminster to see the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Big Ben. If you walk out on Westminster Bridge you will get a good view back to the famous clocktower. There are expansive views from the Eye of London on the opposite side of the bridge, but with big queues and charges for a single slow turn of the wheel, it is not an essential. Head down Parliament St to Whitehall to see No.10 Downing St, home of the British PM, then cut across to Horse Guards Parade. It’s a pleasant walk where you sometimes see important people you don’t know riding in
Monument to the fire of 1666.
The Thames Barrier carriages. Or cut through St James Park and turn left into the Mall and on to the gates of Buckingham Palace. Follow Constitution Hill back to Hyde Park Corner and the Wellington Arch. If there’s any energy left, head into Hyde Park past the Serpentine to see Kensington Palace and the Lady Di memorial. THE THAMES Take the DLR (light rail) to Greenwich, known for its maritime history and as the home of the international time meridian and royal observatory. There’s also the Cutty Sark, the last surviving British tea clipper. There is also the Old Naval College and some good views from the top of the hill. Look for a boat, a bus or walk about 3km further downstream to the Thames Barrier, built to stop London flooding. Return to Greenwich where you will find a Victorian entry down to the old pedestrian tunnel under the Thames to the Isle of Dogs. Return via the Canary Wharf station. This area is all glassy and new, having been reclaimed from the old wharves 1987-1991. There is a free museum at Canary Wharf telling the story.
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Five years ago, Dr Martin Bell was gunned down in front of his home and no one saw his killer. Martin’s elderly parents are convinced their daughter-in-law Kendra killed him and implore TV producer Laurie Moran to feature his murder on her TV show Under Suspicion that investigates cold cases. This book is not hard to follow and it doesn’t matter if you haven’t read any of the previous cases in the series. It is an enjoyable read and the characters are likeable. There are a lot of twists that keep you guessing who might be the killer right to the end.
Although this author has been writing books since 1975, this is the first of her works that I have read. In the crime genre, Mary Higgins Clark, in my opinion, would be considered a lightweight. However, I enjoyed the plot being revealed by an investigative journalist known for her ability to solve cold cases and it was refreshing that the story was devoid of extreme violence, drug taking and bad language. The heroine, Laurie, is not distracted by personal problems or demonised by police for interfering with their investigations and is strongly motivated by her desire to see justice prevail. An easy read with strong characters and an interesting plot.
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Queen of suspense, Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke’s sixth book in the Under Suspicion series sees TV producer Laurie Moran become entangled in a web of longburied secrets as she investigates a cold case. Laurie is approached by the parents of Dr Martin Bell, a charming and talented physician who had been shot dead as he pulled into the driveway of his house five years earlier. They are sure their son’s erratic wife, Kendra, carried out the murder. Determined to prove her guilt, they plead with Laurie to feature their son’s case on her show Under Suspicion. Laurie learns Martin wasn’t the pictureperfect husband, father, and doctor he appeared and had secrets of his own. And then there’s the dangerous stranger who gazes at Laurie from afar and thinking, “I’m sure she’s going to be missed.”
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Laurie Moran is the producer of an investigative journalism show covering cold cases. When she takes on a stale murder case of a prominent doctor, she feels she’s being followed. I found this thriller engaging and fast-moving. Laurie is a believable central character. The book has twists and turns and other vivid characters. However the love story between Laurie and her fiancé was overdone. It’s an easy read but only 3½ of five stars in my opinion.
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What a comfortable and cruisy read for the holiday season – a murder mystery with enough twists and turns to suggest a variety of culprits. The characters were skillfully portrayed, building to a cold case scenario. Actually I didn’t pick the murderer at all so that added to my appreciation. Research of the writer told me Mary is 92 and still churning out mystery novels each year! Her first suspense novel was in 1975; there have been over 37 novels with some made into TV programs and movies. I must confess that this is the first I have read but may not be the last – I like the title of her latest: I’ve got my Eyes on You! Recommended for light holiday reading.
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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...
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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...