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Editor’s note


ew year has brought a new pause for thought in these pandemic times, one that has moved away from personal hopes and dreams for a bright year ahead, to a broader more simple wish – that we could all just get back to having a life without the complications of closures and threat of new virus strains. As often stated, I have never been one for the big whistle-blowing celebration under the fireworks with the expectation that life will change dramatically after the stroke of midnight on December 31. For me, it has been more a case of wondering what might be in store during the next 12 months. Let’s face it, none of us could have imagined on January 1, 2020, that our


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lives were about to change dramatically. And that this would not apply to the individual, but equally to everyone around the world, regardless of their personal new year resolutions – a shared year of change, fear and, for many, grief. I surely didn’t see that coming! But my pre-2020 curiosity about what the next year might bring, and whether it would be remembered for something really good or really bad, has turned to simply hope – hope that it might be better than the last, and the one before that. Will this be the year we can return to international travel? Or even interstate for that matter? Will it be the year we learn that Covid will disappear so that we can get on with our lives, as they did after the Spanish flu in the Roaring ‘20s a century ago? I’m not looking for anything spectacular from 2022, just the ability to go about my everyday life in an ordinary way. So for me, it’s full steam ahead for hope while expectations remain at almost zero. And on that note, I would like to wish our readers a bright new year – for all of us. Dorothy Whittington Editor

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Endless summer for the silver surfers Surf’s up, the sun is shining, the waves are rolling in and south-east Queensland’s silver surfers are heading for the beach in numbers that might surprise you. JULIE LAKE investigates the boardriding surfie culture of the Baby Boomers.


n 1966 the seminal surfing film Endless Summer expressed the idea of following the seasons around the world on a surfboard, searching for the perfect wave and endless sunshine. Back then we beach-loving Queenslanders felt pretty smug. Thanks to our climate we already had an endless summer and just about anyone who grew up within an hour or so of the sea was affected by the fast-developing surfing culture – even if they never owned a board. Every weekend young surfers and their girls set out in their old bangers to point breaks north and south of Brisbane. Surfboard manufacturers and shops selling associated merchandise sprang up from Noosa to Coolangatta. The Beach Boys and Jan and Dean played on our transistor radios. We watched films and TV shows with surfing themes. Local surfing identities like Peter

Troy, Ken Adler and Hayden Kenny were our heroes, along with national legends like Rabbit Bartholomew and Phyllis 0”Donnell. And if we didn’t surf ourselves we loved to watch others doing it and were proud of our surfie culture. Let’s go surfin’ now, everybody’s learning how, come on a safari with me….” And many of those Baby Boomers from the ‘60s and ‘70s are still riding the waves today in their 60s and 70s, and competing just as fiercely too. Phil Jarratt is among them. Now 70, he is still working and still surfing and his iconic status in the surfing community comes from years of writing and photographing for the world’s leading surfing magazines (plus Playboy, among others!). He also produces films, writes books, mixes with surfing royalty and has held executive positions with Rip Curl and

Surfing takes judgement, fitness, agility and courage – all attributes that help make for success in the corporate world and many of the young surfers of yesteryear went on, like Phil, to lead useful and profitable lives. For some, surfing remained the “pure” life and conventional consumerism and comfort was sacrificed for the endless search for the perfect wave. Benny, 74, is one of those to whom it has always been a pastime, rather than a sport. He hasn’t been in a competition since 1972 and says: “You can do it for the prizemoney and the glory or just try and find a good wave on a quiet morning”. He owns little but doesn’t care. “When I was young we had to say we were lion tamers or glass blowers so we could get the dole without having to look for a job,” he says. “Then I had to turn my hand to any old odd job just to earn enough to keep surfing. These days the government pays me a pension to do it, how good is that!” Benny lives in a rented fibro flat, runs a IMAGE: BY NEIL GRIFFITHS, BRINE TIMES

Phil Jarratt, now 70, rides a wave at Cloudbreak, Fiji. (Photo supplied by Phil Jarratt)

Quiksilver which took him to live in France and California. In 1998, he co-founded the Noosa Festival of Surfing, which is known for the high number of competitors in its senior divisions, and remained a director until 2002 when his daughter Sam Smith took over the role. In 2014, Phil had a heart attack while surfing and made it to shore in time to get medical attention. It doesn’t seem to have slowed him down much. Today he is working with lifesaving bodies and the National Parks and Wildlife Service to have defibrillators installed in strategic places along surfing beaches, to make activities safer for all beachgoers, especially older ones. He is also involved in a surfing educational program in schools which, among other things, helps promote water safety and good etiquette for boardriders. Overcrowding is the major problem in surfing todayand leads to bad manners. “I still love to catch a wave,” Phil says. “If that feeling ever stops it will be time for me to give up.”

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Julie Lake meets the silver surfers who still follow the waves. rusting old car and surfs every day he can. Most older surfers today, though, are like the Wednesday Warriors who started surfing in that carefree yesteryear when Little Patti was singing about her stompy, wompy surfer boy, then put it on the back burner while they built careers and families. They get together regularly to compete in the 65 or 70-and-over divisions at surf festivals or just go riding together for the joy of it. I met with five of these cheerful blokes – Barry Davies, Trev Garbett, Tony Stewart, Terry Halloran and Chris Heavener - in a café at Caloundra. Two of them are locals, the other three from Brisbane. They explained how the group consists of retired members of the all-age Brisbane Boardriders, established in 2004, whose activities include one full week a year of surfing at Caloundra and another at Noosa. They have surfed together for so long they can easily recognise each other’s style. It’s more fun, they say, than surfing alone and one of the compensations of age is not having great expectations of the surf but just taking it as it comes. “You never really stop being a surfer,”


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Trev said. “You remain a mind surfer, always looking at a wave and working out how you’d approach it.” It’s this mindset that helps former surfers get back into it at an older age, though all agree it’s still possible for people over, say, 50 to take up surfing for the first time provided they are reasonably fit. After all, Caloundra legends Pa and Ma Bendall didn’t start surfing until they were in their early 50s more than 60 years ago when, as one of the Wanderers pointed out, you learned your surfing manners from older blokes who commanded respect. Like Phil Jarratt they don’t see surfing so much as exercise but rather, exercise to keep surf fit and this includes walking, cycling, swimming, paddle boarding and special stretching exercises to maintain and increase core strength. What’s more, they say, surfing stimulates cognitive function and keeps you alert. You have to read the water, the currents and find a rip to take you out there with least effort, then position yourself for the best take off. Experience helps mitigate the physical deterioration of age.



Not for nothing is a 60-plus surfer featured on the brochure for a leading bowel screening service! Competitions today are more diverse than they were, offering opportunities for older surfers to test their lifetime board skills against others of the same age. The Noosa Wrecks and Relics, for example, is a two-day over 50s longboard event for men and women, hosted by the Noosa Malibu Club. It is very much a celebration of bygone surfing days as well as a contest. Today’s over 60s surfers have seen many changes: different board designs and surfing styles, more women board riders, the advent of surf rage as even the once-remote spots known only to the most adventurous surfers, become well-known. The popularity of big wave surfing, made more accessible by jet ski-towing, has increased spectator interest. And though Jarratt maintains that the culture hasn’t changed that much and surfing music is constantly renewing itself, others disagree. Benny, for instance, is glad he isn’t young today. “It was so bloody good back then in the ‘60s,” he says wistfully. “The beaches were so empty you rarely had to fight for a wave. “The little milk bars kept us fed for peanuts; no over-priced lattes and stuff then! Parking was easy. The beach parties were legend and we had that instantly recognisable surf rock music. “We lived and talked surfing. We even looked like surfers; our cars were beat up old surfer cars. It’s not like that today.” Maybe not, but the Wednesday Wanderers and others like them don’t depend on their memories to enjoy the surfing life. They’ll keep trekking up and down the coast in search of good waves. For them, life is still an endless summer.

SURFING to Alice Mackinnon is a way of finding grace. Alice, 58, is the author of two books on surfing and much more besides – a poet, author, environmental educator and protector, with a PhD in adult education. Today she is an instructor in fitness and yoga as well as surfing – yet she didn’t take it up until she was 46. “Surfing is more than standing up on a surfboard. It is, I believe, the language of “Oceanspeak” of feet on waves, of heart in sky, of breath and body in synch with Mother Nature,” she states in The Dharma of Surfing: Wisdom from the Water for Life. “The ocean and surfing are my greatest teachers in life. We can’t control the swells, winds or tides. All we can do is respond with the skills we have and align ourselves to nature’s energy. When we do that, we feel the gift of flow and grace in the water, and can then bring that into our lives on land”. Alice loves to give readings of her poetry, which often celebrates her relationship to rainforests as well as to the sea. With her long, silvery blond hair and skin that has known and absorbed sun, salt and air she is every inch the mature age woman’s idea of a surfie chick! And when she exuberantly throws her hands in the air and tells her audience how the first time she rode a board she thanked the surf gods who were clearly telling her “you are going to be a surfer” every woman in the audience wants to ride with her.

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LETTERS I THOROUGHLY agree with Allison White (YT, Dec) in her article about words wrongly used. The word that drives me mad is “slammed” or “slam”. It seems to be the favourite word of the premiers of this country when they close a border. What happened to shutting or closing the border. No, we have to slam it shut. Journalists are not much better as we see slammed used in a range of contexts from border closures, rain events, car crashes, sporting contests and when someone disagrees with another person (A slammed B for suggesting …). Please find another verb to use. I’ll even loan you my Macquarie thesaurus if it helps. I am now ready to slam my computer shut – oops! Des Deighton I WAS somewhat dismayed to read the “Code of Conduct” published in 1968. It is not an accurate reflection on the rules of that era. Bear in mind that in Queensland this was the Bjelke-Petersen era. He might have been in government over a long period but his “morals” were way out of kilter from the rest of the community. It is not surprising that he called upon “Medical Mother” Lady Phyllis Cilento to produce this guide. As I recall the column ran over several decades and gave more or less ok advice on issues with babies and

young children, and as such was regarded as a safe uncontroversial choice. A bit like Ita Buttrose for the ABC. Or Peter Hollingworth for Governor General. I was at Kedron Park Teachers College in 1964-5, and she was a guest speaker. Her talk was very much along the lines of the booklet you reference. Well, the talk on the way to Wooloowin station after her talk was very much WTF? What country, what century is this weird old woman from? Certainly, we had heard no such advice from any other source – well maybe some of the students had come from obscure fundamentalist sects but they weren’t saying. I have had suspicions that the teacher college’s senior staff who chose the guest speakers had a connection to the Moral Rearmament movement, and maybe Lady C was influenced by that too. I imagine that the recipients of this 1968 booklet would have found it highly amusing. My goodness – no one-on-one dates, going steady, modest clothing including on the beach, oh and I think she had a bit to say about kissing, especially “deep kissing”. I think it might have gone over ok with conservative parents in the early ‘60s, but by 1968 the genie was well and truly out of the bottle. Entertaining article – thanks for sharing, but that’s not how it really was. Jo-Anne Bruford

I ENJOYED reading your Editor’s note (YT Dec). I’m of the same era and can relate especially to the reference to those snow scene Christmas cards we sent on to relatives in the Northern Hemisphere and the same feelings when the beach scenes appeared. I remember also the price of stamps increasing around a decade ago which also impacted domestic Christmas cards bring sent. Thank you for taking us down memory lane. Anna REGARDING ageism, the sad part is that we, as baby boomers, are just as responsible for how society sees us as anybody else, possibly more so. Gated communities with “little boxes” (remember the song?) as our homes, locked away behind security fencing. Are we locked in or others locked out? All levels of government push for us to accept the reality of “in home care” which basically means reducing the need for nursing homes and having us “die in place”. Don’t get me wrong. I am all for it provided services are in place to provide for this massive shift in perspective. Right now, I don’t see evidence of this except for a plethora of “new” providers driving around. Geoff Clarke

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HAPPY New Year to all garden lovers. I hope you received some lovely plants or gift vouchers for Christmas. It’s still a great time to be in the garden. The rain has been wonderful and along with the hotter days everything is powering away. Of course, we need to keep on top of the weeds by removing when small and definitely before they set seed. Remove spent flowers from annuals and perennials to keep them flowering longer. Trim azaleas and camellias to shape to keep them neat and compact. Refertilise and mulch to keep plants happy. Vege seedlings can still be planted out but try and get the smallest ones to avoid setback, or sow seeds. Lettuce, tomatoes, beetroot, spring onions, corn, cucumbers and radish are all great for summer salads. Let a few annual flowers self-seed for a long-lasting display. There are some really nice pots on the market to choose from. I am going to transplant my succulents into two big bowls to create a good display. Keep your lawns looking good with regular mowing and fertiliser. Happy gardening for 2022 Penny Hegarty




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I THINK we are all familiar with osteopaths, chiropractors, acupuncturists, physios and massage practitioners; whether we use them is a different matter. The medical profession is usually not that fond of using alternatives, although physiotherapists are regarded as traditional, and are recommended by most doctors. I am not fond of needles of any kind and the very thought of having someone sticking needles all over my body gives me the proverbial heebiejeebies. But, at one time in my life, acupuncture seemed to be the only method I had not tried to get rid of an ailment. A persuasive friend convinced me to give his acupuncturist a go. I was prepared to bolt at the first sight of a large needle about to be stuck into my body. I lay on the treatment table while the acupuncturist asked me a few questions and prodded around my body. When he turned away from me to grab his first needle I shut my eyes tightly, ready to bear pain or scream loudly. Soon something pricked my leg, then there was another prick in my foot. It was not too bad at all. I don’t know how he found the

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IT IS hard to pick an adjective to describe my latest adventure. It brought to mind a movie where the characters argue over whether “majestical” is a real word. If that’s a mix of magical and majestic, then it’s quite apt. As a joint birthday gift, hubby and I lashed out on a hot air balloon flight. We met Sasha Oehm of Sunshine Coast Ballooning and were whisked off to a secret site for launch. Well, not really secret. Hot air ballooning is subject to weather conditions, which determine take off point, direction of travel and landing. The exact location is decided the evening prior to flight and can change on the day if the weather is unfavourable. As the first rays of sun tried to peek through the clouds, we watched our pilot, Jon Oehm, blow air into the balloon with a heavy-duty fan. With several blasts of heat from the gas-fired flame, the balloon inflated above its wicker basket. Climbing in was not a graceful, but we were soon standing in the basket gazing up inside the balloon. I had a brief moment of questioning the wisdom of going up in something that looked like grandma had made at basket-weaving class. However, Jon with his years of piloting experience here and overseas, soon had us at ease. We were assured wicker was not just a traditional material, but found to be superior in terms of strength, weight and flexibility. Before we knew it, we were wafting gently upward and looking down on the Bruce Highway from under flimsy, air-filled

fabric. Fear was quickly eplaced by awe. Between the roar of the flame, the peacefulness of floating above tree covered mountains and descending gently into valleys, it was mesmerising. We flew close enough to treetops to briefly touch the leaves. A car enthusiast, hubby pointed excitedly at old vehicles on farms where cows looked like toy animals. Throughout the flight, Jon shared fascinating ballooning facts, clearly showing his passion for flying. Contact with the ground crew was by mobile phone as they drove to where we would land. The location needs to have access to pick up both the passengers and balloon. While a balloon is allowed to land almost anywhere, permission was sought from the paddock owner where we descended. The landing was without drama and after climbing out, we stood inside the partially deflated balloon for a photo. We helped fold and pack the balloon, an activity a little like folding a giant tent. I’d have been happy to stay airborne until the gas ran out! Traditionally, champagne is served to celebrate the safe return of flyers so breakfast capped off the morning beautifully. I’d happily fly again. It was definitely majestical! If you’re looking for an adventure, I can heartily recommend


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Create your own calm in the storm As Covid continues twisting and turning to wreak havoc on the world, we are left to negotiate cycles of order and chaos. This, writes KENDALL MORTON, is not good for the immune system or mental health, particularly among older friends and family –but there are ways around it.


ust when it seems life is almost back to normal, wham, another Covid variant strikes; more fear, more restrictions. The ongoing uncertainty takes its toll. So how can you stay mentally well in this continuing crisis and help older relatives do the same? Right now, we are living through cycles of order and chaos. Jordan Peterson in his book 12 Rules for Life says, “Our brains respond instantly when chaos appears, with simple hyperfast circuits maintained from the ancient days, when our ancestors dwelled in trees and snakes struck in a flash.” Living in a cycle where the threat of chaos lies waiting in every news report is not healthy. It affects your immune system and anxiety levels for starters. Here are some pointers to help step out of the chaos. Find some control and autonomy. This could be by learning a new hobby or revisiting an old one. Brainstorm some options. Buy in the equipment you need. A solo activity may be a better choice for now as group activities may be cancelled. That undermines one’s autonomy, again. Meet the neighbours. Arrange to have

morning tea in a local park. We are deeply social beings. Knowing neighbours can give a sense of security. If the morning goes well, repeat it. Listen with an open mind and an open heart. When you listen without an agenda, older friends and relatives are more likely to speak freely. They may raise personal concerns. You don’t have offer solutions. Take a tip from Jordan Peterson. He does not steal his clients problems from them. He doesn’t want to be the hero in their story. (12 Rules for Life, 2018).

Listen more. When someone talks, they are thinking aloud. Do not hold them to everything they say. Talk is a way of figuring things out. Ask short questions to prompt the conversation along. Listening does not mean waiting until you can counter what someone is saying. This too will pass. January is typically a time when people see family from interstate. Summer pilgrimages are part of Australian life. But with the unpredictable border restrictions it’s hard to make plans. Stay connected in any way you can.

Remind yourself and your family that this too will pass. Recognise there is a lot of grief around. The stages of grief include shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Since Covid struck and our typical pattern of life went missing, we have been moving through these stages in our own ways. Recognise where you are on any day and be patient. Be generous with hugs and smiles. We are all missing touch. Hugs release oxytocin which calms the mind and body. If you can’t visit older friends and relatives to hug them, ask them to do it for you. Hugs can slow down one’s breathing and reduce anxious thoughts. Smile. With 20 months of masking and not masking, the social habit of smiling has been damaged. Smiling releases endorphins and serotonin. These chemicals lift your mood and aid relaxation (Very Well Mind, 2021). When you smile and someone smiles back, you both benefit. Kendall Morton is Director of Home Care Assistance. Email kmorton@

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Brisbane’s bridge was falling down On the south bank of the Brisbane River near Victoria Bridge stands a solitary stone arch, a splash of old among the new.


he Victoria Bridge Abutment is so much a part of the scenery that we probably don’t take much notice of it anymore, yet it has a story to tell as part of the city’s history. Victoria Bridge, like the famous London Bridge, kept falling down. The current bridge is the fifth attempt and third permanent crossing at this point of the river. The first attempt was made of timber and opened in 1865. It lasted only two years before it was eaten by woodworm and collapsed. Meanwhile, a more permanent structure had commenced in 1864, and after considerable brawling about how and who would pay for it, city or state, it was finally opened a decade later in June, 1874. It quickly became an important link and South Brisbane boomed. Built of iron, it was named for the ruling Queen Victoria and was a toll bridge until 1877 when ownership was transferred to the colonial government. During the devastating 1893 floods, it succumbed to the rushing waters and

debris, and down it went too, or at least part of it. A temporary bridge went up the same year, but it was washed away by floods in 1896. By now though, a second serious permanent bridge was getting close to completion. This time it was built of metal and stone (not silver and gold) and it was fourth time lucky. It lasted from 1897 until its demolition in 1969. Designed by the government architect Alfred B. Brady, it was made of steel with cylindrical pillars supporting the span across the river, metal arches, and grand stone arches at each end. It was even able to support the trams which were coming to the city, although by 1943, it was starting to buckle under the weight of ever-increasing traffic and tram numbers had to be limited. It’s from this bridge that the abutment remains, an elegant reminder of another time, largely thanks to the Greek community. After the current bridge opened slightly upstream in 1969, and the trusty

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Techniques help fight that old enemy – stress If you thought your greatest foe in life was a ruthless friend or family member, or the old high school bully, then think again. Stress, writes TRUDY KITHER, is public enemy No.1 but there are techniques to help fight the good fight.


tress is the body’s reaction to a perceived threat or danger, and according to studies, chronic stress is responsible for up to 90 per cent of all health problems. Your stress reaction, often known as the fight or flight response, is how your body reacts. The adrenal glands produce cortisol and adrenaline which puts your body on high alert – the pupils dilate to allow more light and visual stimuli in, and the heart rate increases. Breathing becomes shallow, blood is diverted to your extremities for rapid movement, and your digestive system shuts down. When confronted by a lion or tiger, this works well in the short term but when our stress reaction does not shut down in our daily lives, we suffer chronic stress, leading to various health issues. When we are worried about work, deadlines, tests, promotions, finances, house payments, or even what others think of us, our stress reaction kicks in. You can be sure that your stress response is activated if you are concerned about how you seem, act, or appear to others. The stress reaction will kick in

when life throws you curveballs or heaps one obstacle on top of another. Anger is a significant stressor and can lead to heart attacks, arrhythmia, and even death. Fatigue, poor concentration and irritability are all symptoms of chronic stress. According to studies, stress has been shown to influence our genes. It can turn on or off genetic elements that affect how much fat our bodies store, how quickly we age, and whether or not we develop cancer. Chronic stress has been linked to poorer immunity, detrimental effects on memory and emotions, decreased bone density, and increased pain levels. Muscle tension, digestive and intestinal troubles, and breathing problems such as asthma or panic attacks, can all be stress-related. Knowing that stress has a significant impact on your health, you need to learn how to manage it effectively. Here are some tried-and-true techniques to help you bust your stress levels: Take some time for yourself. Although you may have a hectic schedule, you must make time for yourself. Downtime helps to re-energise, refresh and rejuvenate. Eat Well. Eat lean red and white meats,

oily fish, and healthy fats such as avocado, sesame and coconut oils. Enjoy nuts, seeds, and berries. Eating more green leafy and other vegetables will increase health and resilience and decrease stress. Exercise. Moderate cardiovascular and aerobic exercise such as brisk walking for 30-40 minutes, four to five times a week will help de-stress. Cardiovascular and circulatory health, digestion and muscles will improve. “Happy” endorphins are released by walking. Do something valuable. Your sense of self-worth will rise if you have a sense of purpose in life and can make a constructive or significant contribution to society. As you become more positive about yourself and your place in society, you will feel more valued and competent, improving your resiliency. Take up a new interest. A hobby is a great way to have fun, engage your brain, experience flow, stay present, find meaning and fulfilment, and enjoy yourself. What interests you? Gardening, journaling, crafts or singing in a choir are all possibilities. Experiment with different activities until you find one that you enjoy. Own a pet. A dog, cat, or goldfish can

help you relax, feel less alone, and feel more connected. Stroking cats and dogs, as well as observing a tank of fish, can help you relax. Surround yourself with positive people. Do some of your friends or family exhaust you? Remove yourself. It may sound harsh, but do yourself a favour and surround yourself only with positive, helpful, and encouraging individuals. Naturopathy. A naturopath can assess you as a whole person. You can then be recommended the appropriate nutrition, supplements, vitamins and herbs. Smile. When you raise the corners of your lips to form a smile, your brain is fooled into thinking you’re pleased, and it produces your “happiness hormones”. So, even if you don’t feel like it, smile. It will bring you joy and may even bring others joy at the same time. Smiling also helps release tension by relaxing the face muscles. Having a facial will remove tension that you hold in your face and head and bring about relaxation where you hold it the most. Trudy Kither is a naturopath and owner of Nature’s Temple. Visit

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Memories light the corners of your mind MOST of us fear memory loss and consider it a worrying sign if we can’t remember a person’s name, but KAILAS ROBERTS advises it’s not such a big problem and to be careful what you wish for, if you want to recall life’s minutiae.


lifton Fadiman, an American intellectual and media personality of yesteryear, once said “A good memory is one trained to forget the trivial”. The more we understand the function of memory, the more we appreciate the truth of this quote. Though most of us yearn for a brain that can remember as much as possible, this is neither its function, nor necessarily a worthwhile goal. To consider this, it’s worth thinking about the function of memory. Why do we remember things? Some experts believe that the purpose of recalling the past is simply to predict the future. The brain is a pattern recognition machine that provides easy to use templates for new scenarios. In this way, we can quickly understand the potential or the threat in whatever novel situation we may encounter. In many ways, the details don’t matter: the fundamental thing is to realise whether we should embrace or flee from the new experience – a decision heavily influenced by our memories of previous similar (though unlikely identical) events. It certainly doesn’t matter whether we


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know someone’s name. Most humans, including me, are hopeless at this task. It just matters that we recognise whether they are friend or foe, and different brain circuitry, much of it unconscious, will help us understand this. This evaluation is based upon previous experiences – our memories. In some ways the brain must “choose” what it will remember, and whether that person you met at a party last night is called Fred or Frankie is simply not a priority. This ability to prioritise is what makes the human brain so powerful – we appreciate what is important and what is not. Prioritisation requires a process of filtering; otherwise, how do we makes sense of the vast amount of information we absorb every day?

Key to this prioritising is the capacity to forget – to discard information that we don’t need so that it doesn’t impede our ability to determine what it is important. Imagine entering a room searching for something valuable, only to be greeted by a “bombsite”, with clothes and other stuff strewn all over the floor and surfaces. If your brain resembled a teenager’s bedroom all the time, you’d be in trouble! In recent years, it has also been established that the act of forgetting is an active process – we expend energy to forget. Energy preservation is paramount to the brain and so any process that deliberately uses energy likely has a purpose. But what happens when we are “blessed” with a vastly superior memory – one that does remember all the details? Well, a cautionary tale can be found in the annals of memory research. At the beginning of the 20th century, a renowned Russian psychologist, Alexander Luria, met Solomon Shereshevsky, a fellow countryman and journalist. Solomon, it seemed, was a man who couldn’t forget and 15 years later could still perfectly recall lists of words learnt once. This remarkable ability was in part

grounded in a condition known as synaesthesia, where there is a merging of senses. This can lead to words being experienced as colours for instance, or as a taste or smell, and greatly improves the capacity to remember. Though, after realising the prodigious nature of his memory, Solomon tried to make a living as a mnemonist, he struggled to think about more abstract concepts, like poetry and metaphor, perhaps because of difficulty in cognitively “stepping back” from the details and seeing the patterns and bigger picture. Personally, I would like a better memory, but I also want to forget, even if it is only to vanquish my more embarrassing memories!

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Try some cool moves in the pool If you plan to have time in the pool with grandchildren and friends this summer, it’s easy to add a few exercises into the mix. TRISTAN HALL suggests starting 2022 with some cool new moves.


n the pool you are pushing against the weight of the water, so the benefits are numerous – stronger muscles, better blood flow and less joint pain. The water supports you and prevents any jarring on your joints. All water exercises will improve your balance by activating small and large muscle groups. If you have had an injury or surgery, being in the water is an ideal way to regain strength and flexibility. The water allows you to move in ways you may find difficult otherwise. I suggest you have a personal rehabilitation plan drawn up. LET’S GET STARTED: Sideways Leg Swings – Start in the corner of the pool. Hold on to a rail or place a noodle behind you. Lift your knees up and put them together. Swing both knees to the left and then to the right. Repeat 20 times. This exercise improves hip mobility and core strength. Repeat. Bicycling – Use a bar or a noodle to support you. Simply bicycle in the water for a few minutes. Add some challenge by cycling across the pool or up and down the pool. Knees Up – Lift one leg forward with your knee raised then swing your leg through to behind you. Do this twice. Then raise the same leg in front of you with a bended knee. Turn your knee out to the side so your hip joint is

open. Do this twice. Switch legs and repeat. Make it slow and controlled. If you need support, stand near the side of the pool. Walking – Walking across a pool engages and strengthens your core muscles. This in turn can reduce back pain. Thighs also benefit from pushing through the water. Start by engaging core and gluteus maximus muscles. Arms can move freely. When you reach one side of the pool, walk backwards to the other side. Repeat 4 times. You can also walk sideways. This is quite challenging as it uses muscles in novel ways. Deep Water Jogging – To do this you will need to wear a snorkel and goggles. Get accustomed to these by swimming up and down a few times. Deep water jogging is just that – jogging in water you cannot stand up in. This exercise is very good for all your back muscles. Try it for a minute and take a break and repeat. Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist with Full Circle Wellness. Call 0431 192 284 or visit

FIT HAPPENS With Tom Law AS A Scossie (born a Scot living in Australia) we often celebrated New Year as much as we enjoyed Christmas. Okay, Scossie is not a real word, just one we made up to describe ourselves, but the New Year celebrations were very important and meant a lot to the Scots. Raised in Australia by Scottish parents, we knew all about Hogmanay. First footing – the first foot in the door after midnight – is a common tradition in Scotland to ensure good luck for the year. A black-haired male should be the first person to enter the house and he should carry a piece of coal. Some also say salt, shortbread and a wee dram of whisky is also appropriate for the first blackhaired person to bring into the house. The tradition and its origins are vague, but most likely the darkhaired tradition is linked to the Viking days where a big blonde stranger on your doorstep with an axe meant trouble. The other thing that was big in our house at New Year was recognising the opportunity for a

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recent encounter with an old friend reminded me of one of the hidden challenges in retirement. The problem that Peter described was saying “no” to the many requests he receives to lend a hand now that he supposedly has time on his hands. Saying no is easy, sometimes. It’s easy to say I can’t do that/come along/help because I’ll be away/have a dental appointment/have broken my arm. What makes saying no easy in these situations is that you have a watertight reason to say no. In fact, you can’t say yes. However, when saying yes is an option and you have no reason to refuse. then it can be difficult to say no. We are (mostly) kind caring and honest people who want to help and please others. It can feel like we are failing to be kind if we don’t say yes and acquiesce to someone’s request. But if we do say yes when we want to say no we are failing to be honest. If we just keep saying yes when we want to say no we will eventually feel more resentment than kindness. Like so many things in life, we need to strive for balance when acquiescing and refusing. If you need to cut someone out of your life, say no 100 per cent of the time. Do this with an abusive person, or someone who manipulates you or has a consistently negative impact on you. If you wish to keep the person in your life, then work out a ratio that suits you. For example, it may be a 50 per cent yes and 50 per cent no response or 30 per cent yes and 70 per cent no etc. Recognising that you have a yes – no plan can help you keep on track and protect you from feelings of being used. Apply your plan either to an individual or just generally if you are subject to many requests from many people. Once you have your ratio plan make sure you are clear when you say no. If you feel you can’t respond with a clear

no when you are put on the spot simply say, “let me think about it and I’ll get back to you”. This gives time to consider and plan your response. Keep your no response simple and direct. The more you say, the more opportunity you give to the other person to question you or to suggest a change so that you will have to say yes. Use your kindness when saying no. You might say “Thank you for thinking of me … thank you for asking me … thank you for considering that I might be interested … thank you for the opportunity…” Use honesty in your reply “It will probably surprise you that I don’t want to … tt just doesn’t work for me … I have thought about it and I’m saying no…” Try not to give in to the temptation to provide a reason or excuse if asked why. Rather respond vaguely ... “I have a number of reasons but I’m sure you understand and respect my decision”. Then take the lead in closing the subject “let me know how your lunch/ project/meeting goes. And what are you up to for the rest of the day?” This might feel awkward at first and initially people might question you about why you are saying no but if you keep to the plan, you’ll find that people accept both you and your decision. And they may even appreciate your decisiveness and clarity. Remember, just as the other person has the right to ask, you have the right to say no and when you do, you are respecting your own needs and wants and are being open and honest. The capacity to say no will boost your sense of who you are as well your sense of self direction and determination. Judy Rafferty is the author of Retirement Your Way, A Practical Guide to Knowing What You Want and How to Get It. Available at all good bookshops and online.

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PRO GOLFER READY TO TEE OFF AT NEW HOME TEEING off in a major golf tournament in the US is just one of many activities on pro golfer Glenn Joyner’s list for 2022. Another life-changing event will be moving into his new home at GemLife Pacific Paradise’ over 50s lifestyle resort with wife Carolyn. “We are planning to move in around August-September and, to be honest, it’s a great new adventure for us and we can’t wait,” he said. Mr Joyner has spent most of his life since the 1980s jetting around Australia and the world to play in major golf tournaments against the sport’s greats including Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus. Along the way he has amassed an impressive 141 wins worldwide. “I played for 20 years before taking on a coaching position at Yarra Yarra Golf Club in Melbourne for five years. Then, at the age of 47, I joined the professional seniors golf tour and life is just as hectic as ever, but I’m loving it,” he said. Carolyn often accompanies him on the golf circuit. She not only caddies for him but is an accomplished golfer herself with a handicap of six. They are excited about moving into GemLife Pacific Paradise, saying the outstanding facilities, quality homes, security, and friendly environment had them hooked. “I am still travelling a lot as a golf pro and when Carolyn isn’t with me, I will


Glenn and Carolyn Joyner know she will be in a comfortable and safe environment, which is important,” said Mr Joyner, who also loves facilities such as the resort’s golf simulator. “The simulator is fantastic and having played on some of the courses it displays on screen, I can say it is very life-like and great for anyone wanting a few lessons or to practice and understand more about the game.” GemLife resorts, including GemLife Pacific Paradise, Maroochy Quays and Palmwoods on the Sunshine Coast, offer exceptional recreational facilities and beautifully designed, low-maintenance homes created for the over 50s. Call 1800 317 393 or visit

HELEN TAKES STEPS TO STAY AT HOME AN 82-year-old Alexandra Hills resident isn’t letting age stand in her way and is determined to remain independent for as long as possible. Helen Darby raised three children and built more than four decades of memories in her two-storey home, but now finds it increasingly difficult to navigate the stairs. Her children have encouraged her to move closer to them so they can help but she prefers to be at home. Her decision to install a stair lift has made that possible. She’s one of countless Queenslanders

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accessing support services so they can remain independent in their family home. Simplex Elevators director, Maika Ter Horst, said demand for stair lifts had surged following the Aged Care Royal Commission’s decision to prioritise and fund in-home care services. “After building decades of memories in their homes, it’s understandable people don’t want to leave as their needs change,” Maika said. “Stair lifts like Helen’s are affordable and easy to install.” Visit

OZCARE continues to set a standard for retirement living for older Australians with a quality final expansion planned for its boutique Currimundi Gardens retirement village. Within reach of beaches and close to shops and parks, the not-for-profit retirement and aged care provider has designed 15 new homes that complement the beauty of its surrounds. It is next to Ozcare’s Caroline Chisolm aged care facility which provides certainty for those who want to move into a small, friendly retirement village with the resources of the aged care facility close by. The new $440,000 two-bedroom, two-bathroom units, which are petfriendly, have flexible entry prices. “Retirees can access Ozcare’s community care services within their homes at exclusive rates to help them live independently for as long as they can and if the time comes that they need to move into aged care it is in a familiar environment with friends close by,” Ozcare

village manager Tania Bell said. “It is a tight-knit community, and everyone looks out for one another.” The village now has just 37 independent units in manicured gardens, and the expansion will be the last to ensure the grounds remain spacious. It will include a new clubhouse for residents and guests. “We understand that everyone has diverse interests and needs; however, we see our role as making sure that our residents look forward to every day,” Ms Bell said. “We value watching friendships grow among our residents and look forward to adding new faces without ever losing our village feel.” Call Tania 1800 692 273.

SIMPLE WAYS TO STAY FIT WHILE many of us set health goals with the best intentions, if they’re not enjoyable and achievable, you are doomed to fail. But regardless of age, stage of life, and fitness level, doing small things consistently can have a significant positive impact on health, wellbeing and enjoyment of life. The secret is to find an activity you enjoy, start small, and build on it. Keep it simple, achievable and consistent and you will feel better and be motivated to do more—and it will get easier. Here are ideas to stay fit in retirement: Walking: There are endless possibilities for the daily walk. Add variety by changing the route, even if it’s just walking on the other side of the road or circling the block in the opposite direction. Vary the time of day you head out, as the world looks quite different at dawn and dusk. Include a trip further afield to explore a new place once a week or every month. Walking in nature – near a lake, in the bush or on the beach – will add to

enjoyment and can boost your mood. Swimming: When it comes to low impact but effective activities, swimming is a great choice and doesn’t have to be restricted to a repetitive routine like laps. Take a class such as water aerobics or vary your strokes. Walking through water will strengthen muscles and you’ll burn more calories than on land. If you have your own pool or live in a retirement community, use it. Seek advice to find what works for you and go for it. The benefits to health, lifestyle and state of mind are worth it. Before starting any type of exercise, discuss individual needs with your doctor. Visit or call 3360 9000.


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Navigating the maze of aged care accommodation Dealing with the myriad issues arising with entry to aged care is complicated and challenging. LESA MACPHERSON explains some of the decisions to be considered.


ged care contracts often run to 50 or more pages, and on top of that there are Centrelink considerations to be worked through. Paying for accommodation in aged care can occur in a number of different ways, and sometimes using a combination of options. All residents pay a basic daily fee, but on top of that, depending on one’s financial position, there is the need to pay for accommodation. Those who can afford the cost of an aged care room (usually in the $300,000 to $500,000 range) can choose to pay the whole accommodation cost, or some of the cost, by way of a refundable accommodation deposit (RAD). The RAD is refundable at the end, and is government guaranteed. An alternative is the payment of a daily accommodation payment (DAP). It is the interplay of RADs and DAPs that can have significant financial consequences and that needs to be carefully considered.

funds invested, with the flow-on detriment in terms of Centrelink payments, could be a sensible option depending on individual circumstances. Sadly, at the end of the day people generally only leave aged care one way, so the RAD, or what remains of it, becomes an asset of the deceased estate, which will normally only be released by the aged care operator if probate or letters of administration are obtained. Obtaining an understanding of the A resident can pay a full RAD, part RAD and part DAP, or go fully DAP. If paying a part RAD and part DAP – for example paying a RAD of $250,000 towards a $450,000 room cost – a decision needs to be made if the DAP is actually paid, or allowed to be drawn against the RAD. In that circumstance the RAD may progressively reduce to nil over time. The RAD payment is an exempt asset for Centrelink calculations, essentially as a principal place of residence, so the option to pay a full RAD rather than having those

legal aspects of the aged care contract is important. There are also very significant financial planning considerations involved. Any prospective aged care resident needs to get individually tailored advice from a financial planner who is expert in aged care. Lesa Macpherson is an expert in aged care contracts at Brisbane Elder Law. Call 1800 961 622 or visit

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SO WHAT DO RETIREES WANT? EVER wondered how retirees fill their days? It’s not a problem according to a new survey showing the favourite pastimes and purchases of retirees. So, what do people do when they retire? A survey of 160 respondents, half of them already retired, has revealed that 40 per cent purchased either a holiday or a vehicle. The top 10 purchases on retirement were vehicle, holiday, property, caravan, spa, investments, home improvements, jewellery, gifts, and boat while the top 10 things to do were travel, garden, look after grandchildren, participate in sport, volunteer, DIY projects, cook, hike, play musical instruments and study. The survey, by retirement planning agency The Moreton Group, also found that “living the dream” isn’t all travel and

fishing – 80 respondents nominated more than 30 different retirement pastimes. Moreton Group managing director Cameron Dickson said that a lot of people told them they didn’t know what they wanted to do when they retired, so they did the survey to find out. “It seems they have no trouble filling their time with a wide variety of activities being reported,” he said. “Our clients do everything from setting up a hobby farm to writing a novel.” Only 15 per cent did some paid part-time work after they retired with another 14 per cent considering it. “Some people invest their money, get very serious about a hobby or interest or take on very large projects,” Mr Dickson said. “We simply have to think about what we enjoy and find out what’s possible.”

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BILL MCCARTHY This psychological thriller features a protagonist who is in the psychological trade. She is not in the best shape mentally after the death of her husband. After receiving a call concerning a murder at college, she rushes to join her. The plot moves at a rate similar to a fat Labrador going for a walk. Ambling along, she concentrates on the main suspect while various subplots are woven in, and more murders are introduced. She occasionally allows us a glimpse of the anonymous perpetrator, obviously schizophrenic. The finish is, admittedly, a surprise. An adequate read, not terribly thrilling or fast-paced.

SUZI HIRST I so looked forward to reading The Maidens after enjoying Michaelides’ last book The Silent Patient. Although this was probably not as big a page turner as his previous book it is still well written with the short chapters keeping you enthralled from the beginning to the twist at the end that I did not see coming. My criticism would be that the book is longer than it needed to be and that it ends very abruptly. Having said that, I feel Micaelides has left the door open for a third book which will bring the previous two together. I look forward to it. Well worth a read. 8/10.

MARY BARBER I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There were a few references to his earlier novel The Silent Patient, which was a bit quirky. Theo from The Silent Patient pops up twice. Mariana the protagonist is a likeable character who is recovering from the death of her husband Sebastian. She gets drawn into an unfolding drama at Cambridge University where her niece is studying. A young woman has been violently stabbed and Mariana is sure the police are on the wrong track. The story flows well. There are ample suspects to keep you guessing. The characters and the Cambridge setting are vibrant. If you like a thriller, add this to your list.

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Mariana is certain Edward Fosca, the popular, handsome and charismatic Greek Tragedy professor at Cambridge University, is a murderer but he’s untouchable. He is adored by staff and students, especially members of a secret society of female students known as The Maidens. A former student and now a group therapist, Mariana becomes fixated on The Maidens when a friend of her niece is found murdered, and is convinced that, despite his alibi, Fosca is guilty. THE MAIDENS By Alex Michaelides When another body is found, her obsession spins out of control, threatening even her own life.

JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT Crime fiction is my preferred reading and, as with his previous novel The Silent Patient, the author constructs a compelling story in The Maidens. There are many red herrings in mostly believable sub-plots causing ever-changing speculation on the murderer, but not without question or doubt. The characters are well described and the setting, Cambridge University, is easy to picture while reading. However, the main character, Mariana, a skilled group psychotherapist, uses few of her skills and disappoints as a heroine attempting to solve three murders in a story line that has some obvious holes, before reaching a totally unpredictable conclusion. Worth the time to read.

This carefully crafted murder mystery is an entertaining read that keeps the reader guessing until the very end. The unique setting, the University of Cambridge founded in 1209, is a time-honoured educational institution. Being the richest university in Europe it attracts very smart, very beautiful and very privileged international students, the Maidens. When three of this secret society’s group are murdered their charismatic leader and college professor, a manipulative narcissist sociopath, comes under suspicion. The story is spiced up with English eccentricity and secret rituals simulating Greek tragedies and mythology. The principal character who is trying to solve these murders on behalf of her niece is suffering sadness and sorrow from the recent death of her perfect husband. Or was he perfect? The author dabbles in Plato’s concept of two realities, the physical and the spiritual realms, and that of parallel universes. Who are the real people behind the Greek tragedy masks? Worth reading. 8/10

JO BOURKE It’s undoubtedly hard for an author to follow a much hyped first book with another crime novel. For me it was an easy read but average in its fixation on the possible killer plus a few too many characters to distract the reader. Great surprise ending which I certainly didn’t see coming. Well done! I find myself wondering if anyone picked the murderer? The author has woven many threads into this story – the beautiful setting of Cambridge University, the portrayal of grief from losing a loved one and Greek mythology which is second nature to Alex Michaelides, growing up in Cyprus. It was interesting to spot a reference to the psychiatrist Theo from The Silent Patient. I like to research an author and wasn’t disappointed. Alex has a degree in English Literature from Cambridge and an MA in screenwriting at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, has studied psychotherapy and worked in a secure unit. Recommended for a holiday read!

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SURGERY THE LAST STOP FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS SUFFERERS ALL non-operative methods of treatment for hip or knee osteoarthritis should be exhausted before considering surgery, is the message from the experts. These include physiotherapy, weight management, lifestyle modification, medication and, potentially, injection therapy. Sunshine Coast Orthopaedic Group, now at North Lakes, recommends visiting a physiotherapist for strengthening and range-of-motion exercises for managing the symptoms of joint pain.

Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is also vitally important. Ask your GP to check your BMI and suggest effective methods of weight loss and maintenance if necessary. It is important to modify the activities you perform if you suffer from joint pain. Choose low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, and cycling, rather than high-impact activities such as running. A good medication for joint pain is Panadol Osteo (or equivalent), but always

check with a GP before commencing any new medications. There are also injections available to help treat joint osteoarthritis. Being educated about your condition is important. Sunshine Orthopaedic Group offers patient education seminars or alternatively, its orthopaedic surgeons are available to discuss the best course of treatment. Dr Anthony Murray will be joining the team at SCOG and consulting from North Lakes from next month. Visit

ANXIETY DRUGS TRIGGER DELIRIUM OLDER people taking nitrazepam, a drug used to treat anxiety and insomnia, as well as those on antidepressants, are twice as likely to suffer postoperative delirium after hip and knee surgery, a new Australian study has found. The finding has prompted calls by University of South Australia (UniSA) researchers for older patients to temporarily cease these medications or change to safer alternatives prior to surgery. In a study published in the international journal Drug Safety, scientists scanned data from 10,456 patients aged 65 years and older who had undergone knee or hip surgery during the past 20 years. A quarter of them (2614 people) had experienced delirium after surgery. Apart from nitrazepam and antidepressants, five other benzodiazepine medications – commonly prescribed for anxiety, seizures and insomnia – were associated with delirium, although not to the same extent. They included sertraline, mirtazapine, venlafaxine, citalopram and fluvoxamine. Lead researcher Gizat Kassie said there was no link between pain-relieving opioids and delirium. “Our findings show that different classes of medicine are riskier than others when it comes to causing delirium after surgery, and the older the patients

are, the greater the risk,” he said. Smoking, alcohol use, multiple health conditions, polypharmacy (taking five or more medications), psychoactive drugs and impaired cognition also put people at risk. “Many of these factors can’t be altered but we can do something about medications,” he said. Delirium affects up to 55 per cent of older patients undergoing hip surgery and is associated with an increased risk of death, prolonged hospital stays and cognitive decline. An earlier study found that older people who developed delirium following hip surgery had a 10 per cent higher death rate within one year compared to patients who were not affected. The UniSA study is the first to investigate the link between specific medications and dementia after surgery. Previous studies have been broader in scope, considering a range of factors predisposing older patients to delirium. The researchers hope that evidencebased recommendations can be implemented into clinical practice so that delirium risk by medicine type can be determined. “In people undergoing elective procedures it should be practical to taper specific medications well in advance. It’s important that people are weaned off these riskier drugs well before surgery because abrupt withdrawal can have even worse consequences,” Dr Kassie said.

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MUSICAL MELODIES CONCERT SERIES IS BACK BIGGER THAN EVER REDLAND Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) has announced an exciting line-up of daytime entertainment for its 2022 Musical Melodies Concert Series program. The series is packed with bright new stars alongside the return of much-loved artists. Opening the season in February, is tenor Jonathon Welch who will pay tribute to the life and music of one of the most popular Welsh tenors and comedian Sir Harry Secombe in I’m Just Wild About Harry. Take a trip to Rome in April for Mambo Italiano! when Nadia Sunde and an all-star band celebrate the golden age

of jazz and swing with the music of Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra and more. In June, decades of Broadway favourites combine in one spectacular show when The Broadway I Love treats you to a morning of songs from muchloved musicals and then in July, Bradley McCaw will celebrate the world’s greatest pianists and showmen in The Songs of the Greatest Piano Men. It is a show packed with the music of legendary pianists including Elton John, Marc Cohn, Nat King Cole, Billy Joel and Ray Charles. In October, Australia’s most beautiful voices perform a mix of songs and arias from favourite musicals and operas when The 7 Sopranos take to the stage. Closing the 2022 concert series in December, is a special Christmas concert. Franky Smart and the Sweet Thunder Jazz Orchestra will swing into year’s end with big-band Christmas classics, from Silent Night to rollicking renditions of Let it Snow. Bookings for all shows are open now and filling fast. Tickets start from $25. Bookings or more information visit or call the box office 3829 8131 (booking fees are $6 online and $5 by phone per transaction).

MIRUSIA PREMIERES NEW SHOW MIRUSIA will premiere her new show Songbird in her home town. The concert follows her journey in song, tracing her humble beginnings from an aspiring young Queensland singer of Australian and Dutch heritage to international soprano touring stadiums with the “King of the Waltz” André Rieu and a collaboration with Australian music royalty, the original Seekers. From her personal songbook, she performs the music that has been most inspiring on her journey to become one of the world’s favourite classical crossover artists and shares the stories behind the music. This show will include classics spanning many genres and feature songs from her new album Songbird, including contemporary hits such as The Greatest Love of All, The Long and Winding Road and Jolene. “This concert and new album features mostly songs I’ve not performed or recorded before, but have always wanted to share with my audience – some songs that are dear to my heart and of a personal nature, and others that have played a pivotal part in my rich and blessed career to date,” Mirusia says. “In a series of fun and sometimes revealing anecdotes, I also tell the stories behind these songs.”

For example, Whitney Houston’s hit, The Greatest Love of All is a song she sings to give herself strength to overcome hurdles and block out naysayers. Songbird is an unforgettable concert and accompanying album by one of Australia’s greatest musical exports, featuring the songs that made her. Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland. Saturday, February 12, 7.30pm Bookings Call the RPAC Box Office 3829 8131 or visiting (booking fees are $5 by phone and $6 online per transaction).

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NOONAN LEADS VOCAL ENSEMBLE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD-winning artist Katie Noonan returns to the spotlight in the a cappella vocal quartet Australian Vocal Ensemble. to deliver their Tumbling Like Stars concert. It will feature world premiere performances from their David Malouf song cycle showcasing Australia’s finest composers alongside new arrangements of Renaissance and Baroque greats Bach, Handel and Tomás Luis de Victoria. The a cappella vocal quartet sees Katie joined by internationally renowned artists mezzo-soprano Fiona Campbell, tenor Andrew Goodwin and

bass-baritone Andrew O’Connor. Australian Vocal Ensemble (AVE) is an elite chamber vocal ensemble of international excellence, but one that is warm and welcoming to all. “We will champion new Australian works on every tour, engage with our First Nations communities at every concert and we plan to engage with local community choirs as our touring continues,” said Katie. “We aim to create an unparalleled music experience for audience members – a chance to explore new Australian composers, a chance for audiences to find their own voice and a chance to hear Indigenous songs of their own country alongside late Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces and new works.” She said creating AVE had been her dream for years. Katie is one of Australia’s most hardworking, versatile and prolific artists and has performed for royalty, national and international leaders, and blazed a trail for young female artists. Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland. Friday, February 25, 8pm Tickets $34-$42. Bookings: RPAC Box Office 3829 8131 or visit


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I’M JUST WILD ABOUT HARRY Jonathon Welch AM pays tribute to the music and life of Welsh tenor and comedian, Sir Harry Secombe.

ACT 1 PLANS A FULL PROGRAM FOR 2022 ACT 1 Theatre Company has a big year coming up with a mix of comedy, drama and mystery as well as one-act plays and a theatre restaurant format to keep audiences entertained. The company, which began in Aspley in 1965, has been at the heritage-listed Pine Shire Hall at Gympie Rd, Strathpine for more than 30 years. Coming up this year is: February 26-March 12: Comedy thriller, A Tomb with a View by Norman Robbins, directed by Terry Frawley. A bizarre family eliminates each other to inherit their father’s fortune. April 23-May 7: Comedy, Blithe Spirit by

Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. In April is The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard; followed in June by The School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan,directed by Jacqueline Kerr. In August is Letters to Lindy by Alana Valentine directed by Elizabeth Morris and November The Venetian Twins. Visit or Facebook

VILLANOVA Players, a repertory community theatre group established in 1948, performs at the Ron Hurley Theatre, at 28 Tallowwood St, Seven Hills. Coming up this year: March 5-20, Snapshots from Home by Margery Forde and directed by Leo Wockner, based on the wartime memories of 24 men and women from

Noel Coward, directed by Chris Sargent. May 27-June 5: One-Act Plays. July 1-3: TheatreFest. One-Act plays from theatre groups near and far. August 5-20: Theatre Restaurant. October 8-22: Murder mystery, Towards Zero by Agatha Christie, directed by Anne Wilson. December 3-17: Comedy/drama, Secret Bridesmaids’ Business by Elizabeth Coleman, directed by Lilian Harrington. Volunteer staff operate a licensed bar. Plays will open on Saturday night, and there will be two matinees. Visit or Facebook


THE SONGS OF THE GREATEST PIANO MEN Bradley McCaw celebrates the music of Elton John, Marc Cohn, Nat King Cole, Billy Joel, Ray Charles and many more.


MAMBO ITALIANO! Celebrate the golden age of jazz and swing with the music of Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra and many more.


THE 7 SOPRANOS Australia’s most beautiful voices perform a mix of songs and arias from your favourite musicals and operas.


THE BROADWAY I LOVE Roy Best and Alison Jones bring decades of Broadway favourites together in one spectacular show.


SWING INTO CHRISTMAS M Franky Smart and the Sweet Thunder Jazz Orchestra will swing into year’s end with this special Christmas concert.


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Stay and play in the great north-west

Camping under the stars sandstone, pockets of vine forest and deep blue waterholes as you make your way through the gates at Porcupine Gorge National Park. Known as Australia’s Little Grand Canyon, the scenic Pyramid Campground at Porcupine Gorge has a limited number of sites (22 to be exact!), basic facilities, picnic tables and fire rings. Planning ahead is crucial to secure your spot at this hidden wonder of the north-west. KARUMBA POINT SUNSET CARAVAN PARK, KARUMBA Shout “Ay, Karumba!” at this five-star, family and pet friendly caravan park in the heart of Karumba in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Travellers can experience IMAGE: TTOURISM AND EVENTS QUEENSLAND


utback Queensland’s north-west region begins four hours’ drive west of Townsville. With towering ancient gorges, worldrenowned fossil deposits, untouched national parks and warm country hospitality, it is a region best seen by road. And when travelling by road, a caravan park is hard to beat. Here are seven quirky stays during a trip to north-west Queensland: PRAIRIE HOTEL-MOTEL, HUGHENDEN An “American Pickers” dream, the Prairie Hotel in Hughenden is a must-see for its eccentric, grandmother-approved collection of stockmen’s hats and other historic memorabilia. Make the most of this free, petfriendly campsite and outback experience in the charming town of Prairie, about 43km from Hughenden in the Flinders Shire. Patrons can also tuck into a pub meal to remember in the hotel’s country style dining room, surrounded by Praire’s old treasures and relics. PORCUPINE GORGE NATIONAL PARK, PORCUPINE Be greeted by towering cliffs of coloured

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where the outback meets the sea staying at one of the park’s 163 well-equipped powered sites or 22 unpowered sites and 6 ensuite villas or four cabins. There’s nowhere better to make the most of the abundance of natural beauty in Karumba – with a swimming pool open all year to cool off after a day’s exploration. BEDROCK VILLAGE CARAVAN PARK & TOURS, MOUNT SURPRISE Hidden among the picturesque scenes of the historic township of Mount Surprise in Einasleigh Shire, Bedrock Village Caravan Park and Tours is on nine acres of true-blue north-west Queensland bushland. It offers adventurers a perfect base to make the most of local attractions, such as the Savannahlander train and Undara Lava Tubes in the tropical north-west’s Gulf savannah. Make yourself home at one of the 35 air-conditioned ensuite cabins, 75 powered sites or 30 lawned tent sites before sitting around the campfire for an impromptu concert. GULFLAND MOTEL AND CARAVAN PARK, NORMANTON Expect “big things” from the moment you spot the Big Barramundi at the Gulfland Motel and Caravan Park in Normanton. From wetlands and grasslands to arid savannah territory, you can see it all from above with the popular helicopter rides or a heli-fishing tour across the Norman River. The Gulfland Motel and Caravan Park covers all styles, from airconditioned motel rooms to caravanning and camping sites. There’s also a restaurant and pool on-site. TALAROO OUTBACK CAMPING AND CARAVAN PARK, MOUNT SURPRISE The Savannah Way’s newest tourist attraction, Talaroo Hot Springs combines the culture and hospitality of Ewamian people with one of north-west



Grey nomads are no longer just retirees in sleek motorhomes. Nature lovers and intrepid explorers are heading to the wide-open road in caravans, campers and tents after months of on-and-off border closures.

Pyramid Camping Area 1 Queensland’s most amazing geological wonders. Guests in one of the 16 powered and 15 unpowered sites are encouraged to make the most of “Talaroo time” and join the exclusive guided tours, experience the healing waters of the hot springs or private soaking pools, enjoy a walk to the Einasleigh River or experience a yarning circle. JULIA CREEK CARAVAN PARK, JULIA CREEK You’ll feel right at home at one of Julia Creek Caravan Park’s drive-through, unpowered and powered sites, grassed camping areas or fully self-contained cabins. Julia Creek is a friendly park where the motto is “no strangers here, just friends you haven’t met.” Whether or not you’re in the mood to socialise, you can unwind after a day on the road at one of the six artesian bathhouses overlooking the downs country (with cheese platter and wine in hand!) and soak up the therapeutic properties of the water from the Great Artesian Basin.

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Take a trip down the mighty Darling River DROUGHT-busting rain in the west has set the stage for the Outback traveller to see it in a whole new light. “It’s a once in 20 or 30-year experience to see the Outback after the rain it has recorded in recent months,” says Paul Brockhurst of CT Travel. “Rivers, lakes and dams are full to the brim and the waterfalls are gushing, so it’s a very special time as it doesn’t happen that often.” The Murray-Darling system is flowing

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and the Darling River is calling. A 15-day luxury coach tour departing April 26, will follow the mighty river for more than 700km then swing across to Broken Hill, Australia’s first National Heritage City, and Silverton. See the fish traps, one of the oldest manmade structures on earth, at Brewarrina, and learn the stories of the 19th century river ports of Bourke and Louth while on a journey that presents a different picture to the drought-affected

Outback of recent years. Carnarvon Gorge region will also be at its spectacular best. Join a small group tour for seven days departing March 21 or May 30, to explore the Carnarvon region from the Wallaroo Outback Retreat. The 29,000ha station represents some of Australia’s best beef cattle country with views of the magnificent Arcadia Valley from the western escarpment of the Carnarvon Ranges. See ancient forests, Aboriginal cultural sites, canyons, majestic cliffs where water has eroded a dramatic gorge system through layers of sandstone, and rugged wilderness with experienced local guides from Boobook Eco Tours. Simon and Michelle, Australian Nature Guides, will lead the way to the Moss Garden in the Carnarvon Gorge, where lush ferns and moss line crystal clear waters against a dramatic waterfall backdrop. For more rainforests and waterfalls, spend four relaxed days among nature’s wonders at O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland, leaving either March 6 or June 19. After a wine over lunch at Canungra Valley Vineyards along the way, stay in luxury accommodation with a la carte dinners at O’Reilly’s where you can rise to

morning bird spotting walks and the famous Tree Top Walk. “The countryside is a picture after the rains,” Paul says. “It’s a great time to start planning to head out and see for yourself what happens when the rivers are flowing again.” Full itineraries and a list of upcoming tours where you can choose your destination and duration, are on the CT Travel website. Visit

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1. Which Australian state comes last alphabetically?



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