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here was a time when dining out seemed to be the main, if not only, form of entertainment. There wasn’t a lot to do when I grew up on the Sunshine Coast in the 1970s, once I had outgrown my teenage obsession with roller skating. There was dancing but for someone with two left feet, not always entirely successful. The drive-in theatre was an option but not week after week. Pubs with live entertainment were out of bounds until you turned 21, and even after that couldn’t always be relied upon for live music. And so restaurants became the go-to for a night out with friends. We had our favourite haunts over the years. Restaurants came and went,
Contents and we loved them. We thought we had hit the height of sophistication when one place began offering sorbet on dry ice to cleanse the palate between courses. But usually, it wasn’t so much about the food as the atmosphere and the company, although we certainly had our menu favourites. Then came marriage and buying our first home and we soon realised that what we were spending on restaurant bills on a Saturday night would pay for the new blinds in the lounge or new carpet in the bedroom. Our days of extravagant dining out every Saturday night were drawing to an end, and all too soon family dinners were order of the day. These days, lunch sits much better than dinner and those rich foods and obligatory three courses are no longer desirable – or even physically possible. And I’m still not sure I fully appreciate the three days it takes to slow bake exotic mushrooms for a gastronomic experience Julie Lake takes up the story about how tastes and habits have changed over the decades in a fascinating look at our dining pleasure. Dorothy Whittington Editor
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Dining out – a taste for change From prawn cocktails to duck and cognac parfait, our tastes and expectations of fine dining have changed dramatically during the past 50 years. JULIE LAKE whets the appetite with a look at the food revolution.
ack in the day, dining out in Queensland was a simple business. Food was fresh and familiar. Seafood, lamb and beef were comparatively cheap. On the other hand, many foods and flavours now common even on pub menus were unknown to us. We’d never heard of truffle oil or kipfler or cipollini onion. Turmeric and Indian takeaway were unknown. Olive oil was found only in Italian restaurants. We didn’t know jus from juice. In the 1970s and ’80s, leading Brisbane restaurants included the revolving Tower Mill, Gino Merlo’s Milano and the Brekkie Creek Hotel for steaks. At Brad Garrett’s
bistro in the Brisbane Arcade you chose one of half a dozen grilling meats from the showcase and this came served with salad and a baked Idaho potato with sour cream, which we thought very sophisticated. Baxter’s at Deagon was worth the journey for superb whole mudcrab and for class, you went to Leo’s where there was a gypsy violinist and the food was distinctively European. The advent of Ken Lord’s two theatre restaurants offered the novelty of fun with your food – their standard entrée was half a very large avocado stuffed with prawns. You seldom see such avocadoes now.
Noosa was already making a name for fine dining with Barry’s on the Beach offering a simple but popular brasserie menu, shortly to be followed by Annabelle’s which raised the bar in fine food and service. Chefs like Leonie Palmer, Luc Turschwell and Pierre Otth followed to put the town on the gastro-map. Whatever their age, people didn’t worry about what they ate back then. We hadn’t heard about cholesterol, or Type 2 diabetes. And the lack of ubiquitous fat and sugar-filled foodstuffs in shopping malls and elsewhere meant less temptation and thus fewer weight problems. Women of my generation, raised to cook featherlight sponge cakes, scones, layer cakes and lamingtons, tended to what was called the “middle aged spread” but this was considered normal. It’s all very different today. Our average life expectancy is being drastically prolonged by medical science and technology – and also by our own improved knowledge because everywhere we turn – magazines, TV, health websites – and what we now call our “health professionals” are telling us what we should and shouldn’t eat if we want to live long, fit, active lives. And look forever young. Much of the information is contradictory, some of it misleading but the result is a change in our dining out habits and expectations. “We eat out regularly,” says Leonie Schott, who is in her early 70s. “And the choice is endless. But I like to keep fit and am on pills to reduce my cholesterol level,
so I search the menu for low dairy dishes. “My husband is Type 2 diabetic so he has to avoid sugar and starchy foods and prefers restaurants which offer tasty alternatives to potatoes, rice and pasta. For example, our favourite restaurant serves a variety of pastas made from beans, zucchini, lentils and other other unlikely foodstuffs. Also a great goat curry with cauliflower cous cous.” Menus in most eateries offer at least some low carb, low fat dishes but according to Leonie these tend to be boring and repetitive – “The same old Caesar and Thai beef salads, grazing bowls and smashed avocado,” she says. “That’s why we look for restaurants that build at least a significant part of their menu around food suited to the people we are today.” Vegan restaurants, which Leonie describes as “overpriced and yuk” have become popular but according to dieticians they are not the best choice for older people who need more protein, iron, calcium and cooked vegetables because those high in cellulose such as celery, can be hard for ageing digestive systems to break down when served raw. The same goes for most beans, except green. Indeed, one of the big contradictions for us oldies is that while dairy products put on weight, their calcium content is important for helping prevent osteoporosis. The answer is moderation – watch the fat, salt and sugar but remember that for life to be worth living a bit of what you fancy does you good. As we age, we opt for smaller portions and while most good (i.e. expensive)
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COVER STORY restaurants meet this need, many still offer only large servings, restricting older and weight-conscious customers to the usually limited entrée list. This is where the degustation menu comes into its own. Jeannette Willemsen is a regular diner-outer in the “foodie 50s” age group. She and her partner travel from Brisbane to Noosa and further inland seeking out restaurants which offer something new and adventurous to the palate – but in tiny portions.
Presentation has moved on from prawns on lettuce in a cocktail glass. “I would say that degustation dining is my preferred option for various reasons,” Jeannette says. “Most notably it’s for the variety of small taste bursts and different flavours that come with each course. It allows you to enjoy such an array of small-portioned meals that are easily digestible with the individual matching wines. The attention to detail, artistic
presentation and the time taken to sit back and savour the meal is what makes it a whole experience”. Degustation menus usually range upwards from $75 a head for a set menu that varies only according to the number of courses you choose, and you walk away satisfied but not feeling stuffed with kilojoules. It makes this kind of dining a healthy option for a generation that has gone from steak and veg to tapas and yumcha in 50 food-filled years. There are still some die-hards like Ted Hallman who at 84 believes a plain roast with pumpkin, potato, peas and gravy is better than what he calls “haughty cuisine”. He’s got a good sense of humour, has Ted, and reckons he’s fitter than his children whom he describes as “always following some new food fad”. He abhors sushi (“soggy rice with stuff on top”), thinks raw meats like carpaccio and ceviche are “disgusting” and laughs at the idea of a saffron reduction. Unlike Ted, however, most people interviewed have happily embraced the ever-changing cuisine scene and are prepared to pay for it. It’s worth noting that several commented on other aspects of dining out for seniors and pet hates were loud (or any) music and sloppy service (even in classier places). “When I’m paying top dollar I don’t expect a waitress to stand there, one hip stuck out, saying ‘not a problem’ when you place your order,” says Leonie Schott. “My motherin-law is very Old Country and says there is only one restaurant in Brisbane which offers truly European-style service, by which she means deft, discreetly attentive efficiency.” The same used to be said of
Annabelle’s in Noosa under legendary maitre d’ Gordon Shrubsole. Dining out has become an important social activity for Australians of all ages and it is the cashed-up Baby Boomers with high expectations and sophisticated tastes who have led us into considering food as an art form rather than just body fuel. Today we can enjoy dishes from the furthest-flung parts of the world and thanks to the prevalence of TV cooking shows, we are always being tempted to
try something new. The emphasis on fresh farm-to-table produce means older Australians with health issues, and those who wish to avoid them, can choose their restaurants from among the many that offer tastebud-tempting and appetitesatisfying menus that are in tune with today’s lifestyle needs. By comparison, the good old days were not really all that good, when it comes to dining out. Though I do miss those giant mudcrabs at Baxter’s!
“HAUGHTY” CUISINE AT ITS INNOVATIVE BEST Menu selections from two renowned restaurants (one in Brisbane, one in Noosa) that typify the type of fine dining that Queenslanders take for granted today.
Celeriac ravioli with whipped truffled potato, chanterelle & pine mushrooms sauteed in caramelised butter with sage & lemon
The dishes are notable for their innovative fusion of different national cuisines, daring use of flavours, sparing use of starch and dairy and elevation of humble foods like kale, once used mostly for cattle fodder) to haute cuisine status.
Brined & low temperature cooked Woodlands duck (Pekin and Aylesbury); pan rendered breast & confit leg accompanied with celeriac & blackberries, cassis jus. Pressed strawberry & Innisfail vanilla cream served on sable Breton with roasted macadamia nut ice cream
They are also notable for increasinglyfamiliar terms like “amuse bouche” (French for pleasure or amuse the mouth). The first menu is decidedly French in style, the second is more global with strong Australian references. Such dishes may make up a degustation menu of several tiny courses, or a set menu of two to three courses, with wine pairing, or simply be available a la carte.
MENU SELECTION 2: Local scallops in half shell with rosemary and anchovy butter and chilli pangrattato Hiramasa kingfish ceviche with pickled jalapeno, pomegranate, aji Amarillo and citrus dressing Chargrilled ora king salmon “stick” with ginger, kale furikake and pickled onion
MENU SELECTION 1: Amuse Bouche of duck and cognac parfait in choux bun & mandarin glaze.
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by Mocco Wollert
PART of our purgatory on earth is to have to sit through the advertising breaks when watching free-to-air television. Some ads are incredibly good, like the ones for retirement villages and the nursing home, now called by the euphemism “age care facility”. A room in a nursing home is not yet
on my agenda even though I am in my 80s but seeing those ads, I want to pack up and move right in. After heavy rain and flooding, the warnings are clear: Do not drive into flooded roads. Maybe somebody should tell the advertising agencies to modify their ads for SUVs and tradies’ utes. To demonstrate the cars’ toughness and durability, they are always being driven into … you guessed it, bodies of water. Some ads really do not make sense at all to me: “Shut up and take my money!” Who is supposed to shut up? I do know, however, who will take my money – the company that is advertising yet another unhealthy fast food filled with fat and sugar. I realise that advertising is a necessary evil because without ads and the money companies pay for them, the TV channels could not exist. I confess also that I do have my favourites and don’t mind watching them again and again. Remember the ad for the Gogomobile? When it was running, we could all say the word, just like the actor with the deep voice. I did not mind watching the Jeep ads over and over with the little boy emphasising each syllable: You Better Buy A Bigger Boat. Of course, I love the saccharinesweet, sentimental ad of the small,
big-eyed girl buying a bar of chocolate for her mum. Well, it is certainly better than the ads for men’s underpants that leave nothing to the imagination. Did you by any chance fall in love with Ketut, the beautiful Malaysian young man when he said, “You look so hot Rhonda”? It was a bit of a disappointment when I found out that Ketut was a bricklayer from Sydney and not a Malaysian prince. When I look into my mirror, I think that I should “Get the London look” as maybe, all my Australian wrinkles might disappear! I am very pleased that ads for alcohol and cigarettes are no longer allowed. I gave up smoking a long time ago, but those ads could stir, now and then, the urge for a cigarette. Seeing a cool drop of wine pearl into a glass, created a nearly overwhelming desire to do the same at home. Thank goodness that advertising is gone. What I cannot understand is why we still have ads for gambling, one of the most addictive habits. They interrupt most programs. At the end of each ad, someone says fast and low “gamble responsibly”. What is “responsibly”? A $20 flutter at the pokies or a $100 bet on a horse? Methinks neither. May you enjoy your favourite ads or switch quickly to the ABC.
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A bushie’s life of verse Ever since he was a boy, Peter Tyler has been drawn to the work of Banjo Paterson. RUSSELL HUNTER talks to a poet who now has a substantial portfolio of his own work inspired by Australian bush life.
hy do people write poetry? Not for the fame and certainly not for the money – but that doesn’t put so many people off. Certainly not Peter Tyler, now nearing his 80th birthday, who has been writing poetry for most of his life. He writes because he likes to. “It’s for my own enjoyment and sometimes that of others. There’s no fiscal reason,” he says. A resident of Trinder Park aged care in Brisbane’s south, Peter’ passion for poetry began at a young age. Attending a country town school and through wandering the paddocks whenever he could, he avidly absorbed the life and legends of Banjo Paterson. “I loved horses and I would go off to the paddocks to pat them. There was a big paddock in town that fairs, and rodeos used to use,” he says. “Once a year there was a rodeo, so I went down to see the horses. “I remember there were men sitting on logs around a fire. One asked if I like horses. I told him I did so he said I could go over to where they had the horses and tell the men there that Banjo Paterson said I could pat the horses. “So, I did. At school, I soon learnt all about Banjo Paterson and his poems and could not get enough.” At Marist Brothers Lidcombe in Sydney, he wrote a poem to enter into a competition at school. “I read it to my friend Ronnie Williams. He liked it so much he wanted me to write one for him. His won the competition and mine came second.” A love of poetry – and competitions – was born. “I have won four Queensland championship trophies. When I was 50, I joined the Beaudesert Bush Bards”. Throughout a life of letters, Banjo Paterson’s work has never been far
from Peter’s mind. That and some of Rudyard Kipling’s output has been his inspiration. “Banjo is my all-time favourite,” he says. “But the best poem for me has been Rudyard Kipling’s If and also Desiderata. I find them to be a good guide in life.” Peter’s a bushman through and through. His love of horses and dogs shines through in his verse as does his sheer joy at the outdoor life. “I’ve always been a horse and dog lover,” he says. “It’s impossible, of course, to keep either here where I am now, but I well remember the last dog I had. He was a blue heeler, the finest creature God ever put on His earth.” Peter recited a poem on Valentine’s Day for fellow residents at Trinder Park. It’s something he saves for special occasions. It was his Anzac Day poem that was then published in the Trinder Park Magazine.
“I’ve written hundreds and I also like reciting others that I like,” he says. Throughout his life the Australian bush has been his muse – as reflected by his admiration for Banjo Paterson. “Bush poetry is my passion,” he says. “Occasionally people comment that there is a similarity between my work and that of Banjo Paterson.” And he’s had an impressive range of occupations that have all contributed to his abiding passion for bush verse. “I have been a store manager for UEB in New Zealand, a lifeguard, a policeman, a taxi driver, fleet manager for Black and White Cabs, superintendent, training officer and employment officer for Black and White Cabs. “Most memorably, while in New Zealand I was a guide and took people on trail rides through mountains. I love horses,” he says. There’s a plaque in a Sydney golf clubhouse where his son was a pro. Peter has recited a specially written poem for the Care Flight Annual Dinner. He has written special poems for the bush fires – The Gallant Fight and Bush Fire Heroes. But his own favourite is Old Blue – a poem dedicated to man’s best friend. Of course. Peter’s getting on now, but he still has the will to write. “The tremors affect me now,” he says. “They thought I had Parkinson’s but the tests said otherwise.” Then they told him it was something called essential tremors. “But I reckon that’s bullshit,” says Peter. “There’s nothing essential about them for a start.” Nevertheless, those tremors have seriously restricted his poetic output. “Yes, they’ve made it difficult,” he says. “In my mind the poetry still flows but it’s hard to get it down – and I’d find
it difficult to dictate what’s in my mind.” That said, it’s hard to imagine Peter won’t find a way to add to his repertoire of many hundreds of poems.
OLD BLUE With my old `bluey’ dog I was sat on a log Just enjoying a smoke and a break When I thought this is queer There’s something wrong here `cause old bluey was starting to shake We had watched him asleep after mustering sheep when you’d swear the old bugger was dreaming with his farts and his twitches he would have us in stitches, we’d laugh till our eyes would be streaming But the way bluey shook made me think he was crook and I thought of that bloody distemper. Now that’s something I’d hate `cause Blue was me mate, we’d lost one that way in December As I stood up to check on just what the heck was making him act up this way, he leapt straight at me, he could jump like a flea and he knocked me clear out of the way As I fell, I could see what my mate did for me The taipan strike just missed my face but the fangs struck instead behind old blueys’ head he saved my life, but took my place And I still shed a tear for my old bluey dear. Every bushman would sure understand that to cry for a mate one so faithful and straight is the duty of every real man
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IN A quirky twist involving two great Australian pastimes, Beefy’s bakers will go head-to-head with Glenorie Bakery in New South Wales for the Pie of Origin. The winner has already been decided with all funds raised going to the Queensland Children’s Hospital Foundation when the two bakers go for gold in baking and fundraising. It’s Beefy’s sixth year in the Pie of
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Food for thought The brain is a very energy-hungry organ, accounting for more than 20 per cent of our energy demands despite being only 2 per cent of our bodyweight. KAILAS ROBERTS discusses the brain foods.
t is vital we supply our brain with the right fuel. Its structure is reliant on good nutrition. The integrity and therefore function of the brain relies on it being given the right building blocks for its nerve cells as well as the neurotransmitters that pass messages between them. In addition, the wrong kind of food can cause untold damage, for instance by inflaming the brain or by compromising its blood supply. Without the right balance of various nutrients, the brain suffers – both in the short term (think brain fog, sluggish thinking and the like) and in the long term. One of the major modifiable risk factors for dementia is a chronically poor diet. Choosing wisely is therefore critical. So, what’s important to include? Firstly, antioxidants seem very important. These are compounds that help counter inflammation in the brain and
body. Chronic inflammation is undoubtedly bad for you and is a risk factor for dementia and many other chronic diseases. Antioxidants help mop up free radicals that drive this inflammation. Good antioxidant sources include vegetables (especially green leafy ones), fruits (especially berries), nuts, wholegrains and seeds. Diversity is key, so eat the rainbow! Next, fibre seems to be a critical factor in brain health. Fibrous foods include vegetables
– cruciferous ones like broccoli, cauliflower and kale are particularly good – and fruit. Fruit is best consumed whole rather than as a juice as the latter lacks fibre and often has a lot of sugar. Fibre keeps our cholesterol levels down and nourishes our gut bacteria, helping keep inflammation in check. Wholegrains are also a good source of fibre – just make sure you don’t have too many refined grain products such as white bread – and also an important source of glucose, the key energy source of the brain. Omega 3 fatty acids are critical for brain function, helping maintain the walls of the nerve cells. They also help combat inflammation. We cannot produce them ourselves and so rely on our diet to supply them. Cold water fish (preferably wild caught) is the most popular source – so load up on salmon, mackerel or the like. These fatty acids also appear in vegetarian
sources like seaweed, chia, flaxseeds and walnuts. Though it may seem surprising, fat is also vital for the brain – much of the brain is made up of this macronutrient – but it’s important to preference unsaturated fat (good sources include avocadoes, olive oil and certain nuts) over saturated fat. The latter is commonly found in dairy and red meat and can cause inflammation and blood supply problems. The brain is also reliant on many vitamins and minerals for optimal functioning, especially B vitamins. These can be obtained from eating green leafy vegetables, wholegrains, legumes and eggs. They are also found in meat and fish. Liver seems to be especially densely packed with these vitamins. If this all sounds a bit complicated, help is at hand. All these macro and micronutrients are found in the Mediterranean diet and a similar
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Exercise for mind and body
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It’s never too late to work on getting active. TRISTAN HALL explores the science to show how exercise promotes brain health.
s we age, the protein that is vital for growing new healthy neurons and maintaining existing ones becomes scarcer. This protein is BDNF - brainderived neurotrophic factor. BDNF contributes to neuroplasticity so the brain can create new connections and reorganise existing ones. BDNF is needed for learning and for storing long-term memories. Aerobic exercise has been shown to boost BDNF levels and other key brain building factors. One study placed 49 older sedentary women into a 16-week exercise program combining aerobic, resistance and motor exercises and compared them to a control group. The women who exercised twice weekly showed higher levels of serum BDNF. After the study they were more verbally fluent, faster at processing information, more attentive and able to switch between different mental activities with more ease than
their peers. Another study with 165 healthy seniors showed those who were fitter had higher hippocampal volumes. Generally healthy seniors can expect to lose 1-2 per cent of their hippocampus mass each year. This study found the fitter individuals performed better on spatial memory tasks than their less fit peers. You may be thinking, “It’s too late for me. I’m not the exercising type.” Well, think again. A 12-month study took 90 older adults through an aerobics program. The results were that the older the participant was, the more benefit they had. This was seen in their BDNF levels and in their cognitive tests.
Exercise also helps prevent brain inflammation. As you age, inflammation tends to increase. One measure of inflammation is the C-reactive protein levels in your blood. CRP is made by the liver and secreted into the blood in response to inflammation. A longitudinal study of more than 3000 older adults who were in good health concluded that those with the highest concentrations of CRP along with interleukin IL-6 had an astounding 24 per cent higher risk of developing cognitive impairment. More than 13 well-structured studies showed healthy adults who undertook an aerobic exercise program and resistance training had less inflammation. Once again, older adults showed the most improvement. I hope this dip into science helps you stay active over winter. Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist with Full Circle Wellness. Call 0431 192 284 or visit fullcirclewellness.com.au
ONLY three things are needed to help keep fit and healthy – motivation, the right attitude, and venue or space. Are there other things that can help? Of course, but let’s just look at these three for now. Motivation is a whole other subject, and a very important one, which is for later discussion. If you go to the gym every weekday for an hour, and include a couple of days on muscle strengthening exercises you are meeting the daily physical activity guidelines set out by the Australian Department of Health, but how many people do that? You may do CrossFit yoga, pilates or bootcamp on a regular basis and you are not only happy with this, but you are getting more than your recommended exercise needs. Well done, but don’t stop reading. In this column I have been writing about exercises you can do at home and how you can supplement your paid gym or bootcamp program with some simple exercises around the house for free.
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Road manners disappear as traffic builds up again The roads are busy again and some drivers are still not playing by the rules. BRUCE McMAHON finds that a modicum of courtesy goes a long way.
n mid-2021 there are more people out and about, more heading back to offices and many belatedly discovering Australia now that the pandemic has closed the beaches and bars of Bali. Australian car sales have returned to some sort of normal with April sales of 92,347 vehicles the best for that month since 2016. Ford’s Ranger ute led the charge with 5021 rolling out of showrooms, compared with 1540 the previous April. With record sales, and more drivers back on the road, Ford is suggesting it’s time Australian motorists took a bit more care out there. Company research indicates many are playing chicken with road safety and flouting the laws of the land. Some, it is thought, may have forgotten how to drive with care and a modicum of road manners. Ford surveyed 1000 Australians, and more than half (56 per cent) say they have noticed other drivers’ erratic behaviours on highways and byways since Covid 19 arrived. Queenslanders did get one tick of approval for road etiquette with the highest number of motorists – almost one quarter of locals – saying they’d return a wave, or a driving courtesy, if other drivers showed them first.
A wave of acknowledgement is a courtesy that should be far more prevalent, particularly on congested urban roads. Being polite and letting a car back into traffic when a driver has been caught behind a parked vehicle doesn’t add much to travel time. Slowing a tad to give more space for a driver changing lanes lessens stress all round and is the right thing to do. And when it comes to playing nice, 67 per cent of those surveyed agreed that if others were more courteous it would make them feel better about driving. Ford’s survey showed 45.5 per cent of
Australians (at least) admit they had driven over the speed limit which is nowhere near as worrying as the 14 per cent who admitted there are rules they don’t follow. Worst of rule breakers could be Canberrans where 18.8 per cent admitted there were road rules they didn’t know and 18.8 per cent believed driving 5km/h over the limit was fine. West Australians were the fastest of the lot – not that surprising considering distances there – with half of those surveyed driving over the limit. (In 2009, one Perth-based motoring writer was
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Facing up to the difficulties of an unwanted retirement
Adventurous climbers hit a peak at the Glasshouse Mountains
Retirement is not for everyone and when the choice is taken away from you, it can be tough. JUDY RAFFERTY examines coming to grips with the hurt and loss of unexpectedly leaving the workforce.
It was a remarkable achievement when a hardy group of young people – three women among them – conquered two of the Glasshouse Mountains in 1912. AUDIENNE BLYTH says the feat was remembered for generations.
aul spoke to me about his recent retirement. He was reserved about his plans and hopes for the future. I mentioned that he did not seem excited about having work-free time. In response, Paul looked away. When he turned back, he had a hard look in his eyes and tone in his voice and said, “not everyone gets to choose their retirement”. As our conversation continued, I discovered that Paul had been made redundant. The redundancy came, he believed, because of conflict with his new manager. Paul had been a loyal middle manager in his company for 15 years. He began working with the firm at the age of 45. All had been well until the new broom appeared and made changes that Paul felt were not in the best interests of the company or its employees. With mutterings and discontent growing in the workforce, Paul decided to have a chat with his boss and raise his concerns. The awkward conversation seemed to be successful but from that time on he was carefully and subtly excluded by his boss. After trying to address this directly with his boss, he was offered a redundancy which he felt he had no choice but to accept. Paul’s story is a surprisingly common one. It is a sad way to finish a career and enter retirement. Paul told me that he left his workplace feeling angry and resentful. Fuelled by those feelings he was determined to find another job. A difficult thing to do at the age of 60 and Paul was not able to find new employment. I have written about the impact of ageism, and this is just what Paul believes he encountered. In addition to job loss through redundancy or being fired, illness and family issues often catapult people into retirement. Coming unwillingly or unexpectedly into retirement creates many difficulties.
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One difficulty is the constancy of others’ enthusiasm for retirement. Paul had to deal with people congratulating him (good on you mate, great to get to this stage), envying him (lucky you, wish I were able to retire), asking him about it (what are your plans?), commenting on it (why did you retire, I don’t think I will ever retire). When you are struggling with the hurt and loss of unwanted retirement these kindly meant responses can be difficult. It can mean that the person develops a mask to hide his or her real feelings. When we mask our real self, we become a little disconnected and therefore lonelier. It is not just those who have made an abrupt or unwanted entry into retirement who might be tempted to mask up. There is a myriad of other possible reasons. I think we all wear a mask at some point in our lives and sometimes it is necessary. The problem is when we have difficulty removing it. I spoke with Paul about being real with others regarding his retirement and what that might mean for him. Together we worked out what he might say in response to the questions that others might ask. The important thing was that his words represented himself in a way which felt honest and respectful of himself and who he believed himself to be. I invite you to think about areas in your life where you might be wearing a mask. Do you need to have it on? Is there a way in which you can be yourself and represent your true self? How might you talk to others or what might you do differently? Yes, it is a risk but perhaps one worth taking. Being your true self is a gift to yourself and to others. 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.
Coonowrin (foreground) is 377m and quite a climb – especially wearing a skirt. roads were rough to the Pine River where they stopped for lunch and even rougher after that. They reached Bankfoot House at Glasshouse at 5.15 pm, “having taken the excellent time of seven and a quarter hours.” After a good night’s sleep, they were up early the next day to climb Mt Tibrogargan, taking a Union Jack and nine metres of rope just in case it was needed. They were well aware of the dangers ahead. Mt Tibrogargan at 364m is as high as a 76-storey building. The approach to the climb was hard enough as they scrambled over loose stones concealed under blady grass. All were fit and strong. As the climb began, they scrambled up the rock face using niches and crannies. Now and again a small shrub gave the chance of a rest.
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magine cycling from Brisbane to Glasshouse, climbing Mt Tibrogargan one day, Mt Coonowrin the next and then cycling back to Brisbane in the afternoon. On Empire Day, May 24, 1912, some intrepid young people did just that. In the group were three young women, the daughters of Alex and Mary Clark who were undoubtedly ahead of their time. They allowed their daughters to belong to a Brisbane gymnasium, take part in marathon cycling events and go mountain climbing. This was a time when fashions for women were cumbersome and hardly given to free movement. The young women were Lesley, 26, Ettie, 21, and 19-year-old Sara. In charge of the group was photographer George Rowley, who was married to their sister Mary. Others were William Fraser from Cooloolabin who was a relative of the Grigors of Bankfoot House where they had arranged to stay, and local man John Sairs. The group left Brisbane at 10am. The
George Rowley’s photo of Jack Sairs, Ettie, Jenny, Sara Clark and William Fraser on the summit of Coonowrin in 1912. In the history of mountain climbing, this is one of the first documented instances of rope being used as a safety device. Excitedly, they flew the flag at the top and, while eating lunch, admired the wondrous 360-degree view of Moreton and Stradbroke islands, Mt Cooroy and the far-off Macpherson Range. With all care on their descent, they arrived at Bankfoot House at 2.30pm in time for a drive into the surrounding countryside to admire and photograph Mt Beerwah and views of the D’Aguilar Range. The following morning, they were ready to start at 7am. Coonowrin had been climbed previously by local men, H. Mikalsen twice and T. Roberts. Coonowrin is 377m and a more difficult and dangerous climb than Tibrogargan. Safely and surely the climb was accomplished “though not without many thrills and tremors” as they encountered loose shingle, sheer rock and hazardous edges. The route they took is known as Clark’s Gully. Mikalsen’s calico flag, although ragged, was flown again and they left calling cards in a receptacle at the summit. They had marked their ascent with pieces of calico but the climb down was still precarious. They were well aware that a mis-step would mean death. Lesley, Ettie and Sara Clark were the first women to climb Mt Coonowrin. They were delighted with their achievement and very proudly told the family waiting at Bankfoot of their success. After fond good-byes and a thank-you for the generous hospitality, they departed at 1.15pm to cycle the 71km back to Brisbane where they arrived at 10.15pm. One can only wonder what they did on other weekends. Brisbane
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t’s no surprise that across asset classes, income returns are diminishing as interest rates are rebased lower, but the opportunity cost of sitting in cash is increasing, with real deposit rates now negative. That is, inflation is now above the interest earned on a term deposit. The last time this happened was during the 2008–09 global financial crisis. Currently, the average 1-year term deposit rate is 0.75 per cent, compared with inflation at 1.2 per cent. This is unlikely to change any time soon. This backdrop of lower-for-longer interest rates and cash no longer preserving value means investors are being compelled to look at other ways to enhance their returns. Inevitably, it requires assuming more risk. For example, 18 months ago, a term
deposit would have earned 2 per cent. To replace that level of income today would require investors to move into corporate credit and hybrid assets, at least. A good option is to have a diversified portfolio of government bonds and corporate credit, and active management to either maximise return or minimise risk. One such option is the Janus Henderson Tactical Income Fund, which can invest in a range of fixed income asset classes, including global bonds. The fund is actively managed, and since its inception in 2009 has only had seven months when the return has been negative. Moving up the risk curve slightly, hybrid securities have some features of debt and equity. They rank lower in the capital structure – generally just above
SCAMMERS CAPITALISE ON COVID AUSTRALIANS lost a record $851 million in 2020, as scammers took advantage of the pandemic to con the unsuspecting. The ACCC’s latest data is based on more than 444,000 reports from Scamwatch, ReportCyber, other government agencies and 10 banks and financial intermediaries. With the pandemic lockdowns, more time was spent online and scammers claimed restrictions meant people could not see items in person before purchase. This has been a common ruse in vehicle sales and puppy scams. Investment scams accounted for the biggest losses, with $328 million, and made up more than a third of total losses. Romance scams were the next biggest category, costing $131 million, while payment redirection scams resulted in $128 million of losses. Health and medical scams increased more than 20-fold compared to 2019, accounting for over $3.9 million in losses. Losses to threat-based scams increased by
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Memories that defined a childhood If you grew up in the 1950s, ‘60s or even ‘70s, you’ll remember a time when things were easier and simpler, writes KATE CALLAHAN. WASHING was an all-day affair when you had to stoke up the boiler or feed the ringer, taking care not to get fingers, thumbs or long hair caught in the apparatus. But you didn’t have to spend half the morning in a knot of frustration talking to a Telstra consultant about the vagaries of your home internet connection. Wardrobes were smaller because we didn’t have many clothes. There was no need to learn the “art of decluttering”. We were flat out having enough of any one thing. Socks were darned. String and brown paper were saved. Grandfather’s old trousers were cut down for the children. Stale bread was turned into bread and butter pudding. The combustion stove heated the water. We shared the bath water. Dad always bathed last but he smelled clean, just like Sunlight soap. Granny Smith apples came in boxes and, to prevent bruising, half the apples were wrapped in squares of green, wax paper. The paper was collected, flattened out and threaded on to a hook made of fencing wire, which was then hung up for use in the outhouse. It all sounds rather appalling now, but it didn’t seem so at the time.
he ultimate trip down memory lane comes from Pam Van Der Kooy who has written a book called Stuff We Had in the ’50s and ’60s. If you remember learning to read through the adventures of Dick and Dora (and Nip and Fluff); the fear of getting your fingers caught in the wringer of the Pope washing machine; and sucking on a Sunny Boy from the tuckshop, then you’ll understand it all. Pam says she is so old she can remember the national anthem playing when television stations closed at midnight, having a backyard dunny, and learning to write on a slate. Her father Roly Chapman wrote Aniseed Balls, Billycarts and Clotheslines about growing up in the 1930s, which was published in 2002 and later played on ABC radio as a morning serial. Here are some extracts from Pam’s book: WITH the popularity of some of the tamer Western TV shows, Cowboys and Injuns became a great game outside. I even had the complete Annie Oakley outfit with guns and my brother had the Roy Rogers set.
You could even get jeeps and tanks. There were also “enemy” soldiers available with the German soldiers being a dull kind of grey while the Japanese came in yellow (what else?). My parents’ generation had only just come out of World War II, so it was all still in their recent memory. There were, of course, war comics to feed the blood lust and from them we learnt a smattering of German and thought that all Japanese soldiers had buck teeth and glasses.
Of course, we had absolutely no idea of the historical significance of any of it, just like the war games that the boys played with their little green plastic soldiers. These came in about five different poses to hold a plethora of weapons including rifles, machine guns, pistols, grenades and bazookas.
TO accompany your biscuit (certainly not called a cookie) was the good old cuppa tea (certainly not the teabag type). Tea leaves (certainly not anything but black tea) would be measured in the pot. Boiling water from the butter-yellow Hotpoint ceramic electric jug (the kind that had an element you could replace) would be poured in. Then a tea cosy (pictured right) was plopped over the pot to keep it warm. Tea cosies were many and varied and often of the knitted kind although there were quilted ones, embroidered ones and even lacy ones if you were really fancy shmancy. Some had doll heads with or without torsos that were downright creepy.
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READER John Manton recalls his days as a telephonist in the 1950s and wonders if today’s younger generation could ever imagine being asked, “three minutes, are you extending?” on a phone call. ****** DIANA Hacker recalls when dish mop – just like a floor mop but sink-size – was used to wash the dishes and a linen bag hung on the clothesline to hold the pegs.
ELOISE Rowe writes that she was raised in a Brisbane Housing Commission home, where life was sparse and uncluttered. “You owned nothing personal and were lucky if you had a few pennies to buy fish and chips, or, for a special treat, 10d to buy a Dairy Cream, the original soft serve ice-cream – ‘the cone with curl on top’. “A girl’s haircut was a shilling so mother usually cut the girls’ hair and there was definitely no pocket money. “Children shared a bedroom and turnips were served for dinner but everyone put on their good hats to go out.” ****** GWEN Shipp, 75, remembers the game of colours. The kids lined up and someone out front called a colour. If you were wearing that colour you stepped forward. The last to come to the front was the winner. ****** VIVIENNE Ferguson’s mother wore an apron tied around her waist and made from pretty pieces of material, always with a frill on the bottom and sometimes with several pockets. Ice was delivered for the kitchen ice chest. FHB or Family Hold Back was when you had a visitor for a meal and you let them have their choice first as often there was not enough food to go around. ****** DIANE Allen, 86, remembers the milkman coming by horse and cart in the early
Girls had to learn their embroidery stitches in primary school and would sew samplers. morning and filling the enamel container left out for him. Meat for the evening meal was brought daily and put in the meat safe, a fine mesh cage hung under the house in the cool. Kids loved the day the weekly groceries were delivered as the box always included a small bag of boiled lollies. Meals were simple meat and three veg, followed by dessert, always. The family sat at the table together, mother and father at either end. Clothes were always handed on to friends or relations who had a daughter ready to step into them. The clothes my mother made were highly treasured. When she needed fabric or thread, we dressed in our best clothes and caught the tram into the city. After visiting Penney’s, we would walk up Adelaide St to Edwards and Lamb and then
catch the lift to the material department, where mother spent what seemed like hours caressing fabrics, absorbed in her creative dreams. Yes, these were good times, gracious times. ****** SHOPPING was easier before supermarkets. The grocer didn’t have shelves full of choices. Will that be Kinkara tea or Bushells? ****** REMEMBER bouncing balls in different sequences playing Sevens? Or throwing the ball at the beam under the school building in a game imaginatively called Beam?
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WHAT’S ON Redland Performing Arts Centre presents
Karin Schaupp & Orava Quartet Around the World
Program Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto in D major RV. 93 (orig. for Lute) Allegro-Largo-Allegro Franz Schubert Lob der Traenen (arr. J.K. Mertz) J.K. Mertz Tarantella Luigi Boccherini Guitar Quintet in D major G 448 Allegro maestoso-Pastorale-Grave Assai-Fandango Wojciech Kilar Orawa Robert Davidson Landscape Maximo Diego Pujol Tangata de Agosto Allegro: AndanteAndante- Allegro Ritmico
Friday 6 August, 7.30pm
Internationally renowned guitar virtuoso Karin Schaupp joins forces with Deutsche Grammophon recording artists, Orava Quartet, in an unforgettable program of guitar quintets, string quartets and guitar solos from around the world.
MEXICAN MUSICAL MAYHEM WITH three amigos, hot chilli, Mexican hats, lots of singing, plus bad Spanish accents and even worse American ones, coupled with hapless tourists stranded in a cockroach infestation at the Fiesta del Toro, the latest production from the Act 1 theatre group promises lots of laughs. Hacienda del Toro is a musical written by Judith Prior and directed by Sharyn Donoghue and Royce Leivesley. It begins when Rosa and Pablo wish to convert their small rundown ranch to a budget farm stay tourist resort, and an inspector from the American Tourist Bureau arrives for accreditation. There are a few things that need to be sorted, including broken kitchen
CITY IN THE SUN, FROM FRANGIPANIS TO BATHING BEAUTIES
Don’t miss this chance to enjoy them performing together at RPAC for the ﬁrst time for this exquisite program of music.
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windows and the small problem of a roach infestation. Guests begin to arrive at the hacienda, but staff are still learning English. Coupled with the local Gringos making a nuisance of themselves with Mexican hat dances, the macarena and mock bull fights, whatever else could be in store! Anything could happen at the Hacienda del Toro arriba, andale. Act 1 Theatre, 238 Gympie Rd, Strathpine. August 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 at 7.30pm; August 8 and 15, 2pm. Tickets $20, concessions $17, members $15. Bookings trybooking.com/BSNEK or call and leave a message on 0458 579 269. Visit act1theatre.com.au
A 1954 film from the National Film and Sound archive called Brisbane - City in the Sun, is part of a new Museum of Brisbane exhibition of the same name. The film, commissioned by the
National Film Board, gives a carefully constructed image of Brisbane. The Queen was visiting and the film was likely aimed at British holidaymakers and migrants. The exhibition, like the film, focuses on a leisurely lifestyle of subtropical sunlight, heat and greenery. It showcases over 30 artworks and follows how migration, tourism, climate, environment, and location has contributed to the image of a sun-drenched city. Museum of Brisbane, City Hall Until February 22, 2022. Entry free Visit museumofbrisbane.com.au
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Written by Judith Prior Shows are on 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20 & 21 August. Friday and Saturday nights start at 7:30pm Sunday Matinees on 8 &15 August start at 2pm. Bookings are available securely online at HTTPS://www.trybooking.com/BSNEK or call and leave a message on 0458 579 269 for a callback. Visit & Like our Facebook Page ACT1 Theatre
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LIFESTYLE EXPO FOCUSES ON OVER 55 COMMUNITY
CAT Stevens inspired a generation, and his music is still revered as much today as it was when he first penned songs such as Peace Train, Moonshadow, Wild World, and Father and Son. Celebrating the music of Cat Stevens has never been far from Darren Coggan’s heart. He received rave reviews as the star of Peace Train – The Cat Stevens Story and has spent the past decade touring some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Sydney Opera House, Glasgow Concert Hall and Liverpool Philharmonic, embodying the work of Cat Stevens. He was even invited to meet the songwriter himself. Coggan, a masterful storyteller and one of Australia’s most diverse artists, sees it a privilege to pay homage to Cat Stevens. “I was inspired by his story and his incredible catalogue of timeless songs and felt that it would also inspire others,” he says. “The songs say something, ask questions, make statements; they have intelligent, poetic lyrics, and musically,
A MAJOR lifestyle expo will showcase the interests of the over 55 community. A wide range of market stalls and exhibit stands will cover everything from travel, health and wellness, holistic living and insurance to retirement and independent living options, education and employment pathways, financial and retirement planning, aged care, caravan and camping and gardening. There’ll be food and entertainment on site. “There is something to cover everyone’s interests,” said founder and gerontologist Tanya Dave of IAgeWell. “It’s time to reimagine ageing and
while simplistic in presentation, are complex and always fun and challenging to perform. “The performance is very intimate and personal and the inclusion of a string quartet will bring another dimension to these already exquisite songs,” he says. Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland. Friday August 13, 8pm Tickets: $30-$40. Bookings: RPAC Box Office 3829 8131 or visit rpac.com.au (Booking fees are $4.50 by phone and $5.20 online).
embrace new possibilities. We need to open the door to choice and provide opportunities to learn, earn and pursue what makes us happy. “Attendees will be surprised by the array of services, products and support available,” Ms Dave said. “The latter years of our lives should be filled with choice, opportunity and growth.” The event is supported by the Healthy Ageing Partnership, Sunshine Coast Council, 104.9FM and Your Time. Nambour Showground. Thursday, August 5. Call Tanya 0407 748 773 or email email@example.com.
FROM THE STAR OF PEACE TRAIN THE CAT STEVENS STORY
IMAGE: CYBELE MALINOWSKI
MUSIC TO TRAVEL AROUND THE WORLD
RENOWNED guitar virtuoso Karin Schaupp joins with Deutsche Grammophon recording artists, Orava Quartet, for a program of guitar quintets, string quartets and guitar solos from around the world. Schaupp is one of the most outstanding guitarists on the international scene, performing widely as a recitalist, concerto soloist and festival guest, in Australia, Europe, Asia, the US, Mexico and Canada.
In this special concert, she joins forces with Orava Quartet, the first Australian string quartet invited to sign with Universal Music. The Quartet has been hailed as the most exciting young quartet on the block. Earning a reputation for their thrilling performances, they bring their distinctive sound and breathtaking intensity to the classics of the string quartet canon. Karin and the Orava Quartet have been collaborating since first meeting at the Musica Viva Festival in 2015, sharing a love of both the precision and passion of chamber music. Around the World is an opportunity to enjoy Schaupp and Orava together in concert for the first time. Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland. Friday, August 6, 7.30pm Tickets: $25-$30. Bookings: RPAC Box Office 3829 8131 or visit rpac.com.au (Booking fees are $4.50 by phone and $5.20 online).
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WHEN Roger and Julie Buttenshaw put their Halcyon Landing home up for sale, they were delighted to sell it in two days. Halcyon’s sales agent Rebecca Reynolds had lined up buyers for the home as soon as it was listed. The Buttenshaw’s new home at B by
Halcyon won’t be ready until early next year, so they are using the time and the capital gains for an eight-month road trip. Roger, a biology teacher for 41 years, and Julie, a medical receptionist, retired six years ago and bought their first motorhome. “One of the first things we did after retiring was buy an existing home at Halcyon Landing,’’ Roger said. “We realised living at Halcyon made it easy to lock the house – know that it was safe and secure – and hit the road. We were travelling for about six months of the year, every year..” He said that the current booming real estate market meant that making the move to a new architect-design house at B by Halcyon was financially easy. “The block we have chosen points north, and this time we get to have input into the customisation of the new house, and we have chosen a design with a more open plan and bigger patio,” he said. “The fact that we don’t pay entry or exit fees, or stamp duty, makes this move economically viable for us.’’ Both Roger and Julie agree that so far, the highlight of their travels has been a five-month trip around Australia in 2016 and 2017. They were delighted to catch up with seven other groups from Halcyon Landing in Western Australia and South Australia. Visit lifebeginsathalcyon.com.au
community that has a Burnett River outlook. That combines beautifully with our 9-hole golf course for a real sense of tranquillity,” he said. While delivering quality builds was a priority, Spring Lakes Resort was also focused on providing more than just a home for its residents. “We know that retirees are looking for a sense of community, where they know their neighbours as friends and can have a hit of golf or a catchup for morning tea,” Mr Botica said. “And with our bowls green, pools, gym,
community centre and much more, we have created a community for residents that has it all.” Spring Lakes Resort, a gated community that is mainteance free, is the only over 50s resort in Bundaberg that offers off-the plan builds, or new homes that are ready to move in. “For our new builds, residents have a choice of 12 designs, including options for caravan, RV and boat storage. All homes are pet friendly as well,” Mr Botica said. Call Lisa Blainey 1800 837 933 or visit springlakesresort.com.au
Long-term staff member Sandra Logue in the early days and the new-look bedrooms.
BUNDALEER Lodge Nursing Home has celebrated 50 years of bringing quality nursing care to the older community. It all began in 1969 when Robert, Beryl, William and Jack Renton decided to build an aged care facility. The original building was 36 beds with onsite kitchen and laundry amenities. During the first two weeks of opening, 15 residents were admitted with the staff consisting of one matron, three registered nurses, seven assistant nurses and six other staff including cook, kitchenhands, laundry staff and cleaners. Matron Eshelby was the first Director of Nursing for Bundaleer Lodge Nursing Home, and lived onsite in an apartment. During the 1970s an extension was
added to bring the number of beds to 76 and two decades later, another three wings were opened, followed by another in 2008. Currently a new extension is awaiting approval and when complete, it will be a 171-bed aged care facility. Staff has grown from 17 to 130, with three members having been on staff for more than 35 years. There have been many changes to the expectations of residents needing aged care. The original building had rooms with four beds, many double rooms and some singles. Ablution facilities were shared. Over the years these rooms have been replaced by single rooms with private ensuites and a hairdressing salon, chapel, cinema, clinic, diversional therapy spaces, training rooms, and a café have been added. The sister facility Algester Lodge opened in August 2002 with 67 resident and has expanded to 145 residents. Visit bundaleerlodge.com
NEW COMMUNITY WELCOMES RESIDENTS NESTLED in the quiet suburb of Avoca, Spring Lakes Resort is welcoming its first residents to Bundaberg’s newest over 50s retirement community. The retirement village is fast becoming a popular choice with its peaceful outlook over 12ha of river frontage, while being close to shopping centres, entertainment, dining and medical facilities. Project Manager Grant Botica said the resort featured luxuriously appointed homes and first-class features specifically designed for low-maintenance living. “We are the only retirement
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Tambo – the oldest town in the (central) West In September 1846, explorer Major Thomas Mitchell stood on a ridge near Long Water Hole and became the first European to look out over the rolling black soil downs of Upper Barcoo country. BEVERLEY EVERSON tours Tambo district and finds there’s a lot more to see than you might imagine.
The Tambo Wool Truck artwork in the main street gives a nod to the region’s heritage.
ambo is on the Barcoo Way which also includes Blackall, Yaraka and Windorah. New settlers and selectors who moved to the Great Western Downs began camping in what would become the township from 1862. It is recorded that in the early 1870s about 200,000 sheep and 50,000 cattle watered at the holes on the mighty Barcoo River near the town. The first pub was built in 1863 as even then, travellers were keen to quench their thirst after a long, hard, dusty day on the road. At first glance Tambo could seem to have little to offer the visitor, although the sign at its entrance proudly announces a variety of attractions in the oldest town in central west Queensland. After obtaining brochures and mud map from the Info Centre we realised Tambo is full of history and tales of old. Well-maintained heritage buildings have descriptive interpretive signage. It’s the site of a deadly Qantas plane crash almost a century ago, has the now-famous Tambo Teddies workshop, a Grassland Art Gallery, Ben’s chicken races
at the Royal Carrangarra Hotel and a heritage precinct. It also has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere as you stroll the wide streets. At last count Tambo had a population of under 400 in town. It has limited access to the facilities that are taken for granted in bigger towns and cities, but it does very well for a small population. This slow-paced tidy town is awakened only by locals doing their day-to-day activities, the constant passing of travellers of all ages, and cattle road trains. Temperatures in summer can exceed 35C and in winter drop below zero in the early morning. We travelled in May and found the days comfortable and the nights mild. The knee-high Mitchell grass had a recent drenching which replenished the pastures for winter. Tambo has earnt its reputation as the Outback Teddy capital of Australia. During the past 25 years around 500,000 plus teddies have been sold and can be found in homes all over the world. Each bear is individually named and outfitted giving each teddy its individual appeal. Around 5pm during tourist season
(seven nights a week May-September) visitors head to the Royal Carrangarra Hotel to bid or just be a spectator of the crazy Chicken Races. Publican Ben’s lovely hens need very little encouragement other than a mobile buggy filled with chook seed, which they chase to race several times around a track. The owner of the winning chook takes half the proceeds with the other half going to the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS). The Qantas crash memorial site along the Coolabah Walk commemorates the spot where a biplane crashed on the claypan landing strip on March 24, 1927, while on a regular run from Charleville to Cloncurry. The pilot and two others are buried in the Tambo cemetery. Take a self-guided walk along the banks of the Barcoo and past the town’s historic buildings or try Morse code at the Post and Telegraph building. Day trips are common to the Salvator Rosa national park or relax at the Tambo Dam where there’s an abundance of bird life – a comprehensive list of local birds is available at the Information Centre. The Barcoo was not flowing but a
A memorial has been erected at the site of the 1927 air crash.
series of billabongs were deep enough to hold Yellow Belly. The dam was short on water, but surrounded by shady trees, irrigated green lawns and picnic tables with barbecues. Among the annual events that draw visitors from all over, are the Tambo Stock Show in April, and the Tambo Races in August. September sees the town overflowing for the rodeo. When travelling it is always a good idea to check the calendar of Outback towns so you don’t miss anything. There are currently a lot of travellers on the road as this is the best time of year to head west, so it’s likely you’ll need to book ahead for accommodation or a spot in the caravan park. I recommend spending at least two nights to allow time for a full experience. Like all small western Queensland towns, you may need to wait till after 10am when the paper and bread are delivered. It’s not really an inconvenience, so stay a while and soak up its atmosphere.
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from the legends of the first settlers, the Polynesians, who arrived 900 years ago to the first and second convict settlements. Pitcairn Settlers Village, one of the last remaining original settler’s properties, shows what life was like for Norfolk Island’s most recent settlers, the Pitcairners, and their descendants. Cyclorama is a panoramic painting that brings to life the famous mutiny on the Bounty and the mutineers’ settlement on Norfolk. Journey behind the scenes to see their work, including a secluded old island home surrounded by gardens with a well dug during the convict era. If you watch Gardening Australia, you’ll recognise four gardens that are part of the tour that has Norfolk’s nature covered. At Wonderland by Night, take a stroll or ride along a winding pathway through 4ha of magical Norfolk pines and bushland
lit up like an enchanted forest, while a guide recites poems and dioramas light up. A glass-bottom boat tours the reef and the coral gardens and tropical fish inside the calm crystal waters of Norfolk’s lagoon as a guide provides commentary. See a selection of enterprises that sustain the community, from meatproducing sheep, market gardening and pig farming to manufacturing soft drinks and liqueurs or exporting of Kentia seedlings. Hilli Goat – the Norfolk Whey, is a green and sustainable dairy goat farm. Dining experiences include an Island Fish Feast to dine on locally prepared fish while Tahitian-style dancers entertain on the clifftop overlooking Anson Bay on the western side of the island. Spend an evening with the locals at a Progressive Dinner. Norfolk Islanders open up their homes for a three-course
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MARY BARBER This novel brings to life the Oxford Dictionary and its compilers in the last 1800s and early 1900s. It’s a wonderful tale centred around Esme, a young girl whose father was an editor of the dictionary. The book draws you into Esme’s life and the life of the famous dictionary. I enjoyed this book immensely. It is populated with real people from the time, such as Sir James Murray who ran the Scriptorium, the large garden shed were words were sorted and described for inclusion in the dictionary. If you enjoy words, history or just a darn good yarn, this book is for you.
BILL MCCARTHY Lured by its association with Simon Winchester’s The Surgeon of Crowthorne, I ploughed manfully through the first third of this book before grinding to a halt, defeated by the tedium of the tale. I am afraid that this story about a young Victorian-era girl coming of age was not particularly interesting and her peripheral role in the creation of the Oxford Dictionary was not enough to prevent the onset of sleep. If you are into Jane Austin, Charlotte Bronte and Victorian dialogue, then I guess this novel might be more up your alley.
BOOK review SUZI HIRST I really struggled with this book, to say the least. It is not often that I do not finish a book, but this one got the better of me. It is a slow read at the beginning and I eventually downloaded it on to Audible hoping that it might hold my attention better so I could write my review. It is the true story of the Oxford Dictionary and thus feel I must finish it. The reviews are excellent so there must be something more to come in the story that I have not reached yet! I’m still trying.
THE DICTIONARY OF LOST WORDS By Pip Williams
Motherless and irrepressibly curious, Esme spends her childhood in the Scriptorium, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the first Oxford English Dictionary. Her place is beneath the sorting table. One day a slip of paper with the word bondmaid flutters down. When she learns that the word means “slave girl,” she begins to collect other words that have been discarded or neglected by the dictionary men. Set during the height of the women’s suffrage movement and with the Great War looming, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. It was inspired by actual events.
JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT Debut author Pip Williams had two simple questions: Do words mean different things to men and women and have we lost something in the process of defining them. She decided that the absence of women in the process of compiling the first edition of the Oxford Dictionary resulted in it being biased in favour of the experiences and sensibilities of older, white, Victorian men. The story is of Esme’s short life collecting words lost or discarded by the lexicographers, discovering words, some vulgar and used by stallholders in Oxford’s markets, and other places, including the women’s equality and suffrage movement active at the time. An enjoyable book with many layers to absorb.
This well written and interesting novel expertly brings together the life of a young woman and the history of researching words to create the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). After 70 years and millions of slips defining the origin and meaning of English words, eight volumes of the OED were finally published in 1928. The main character, Esme, realises that vulgar words and those relating to activities of women were often excluded from the OED so she starts collecting them. English women in the late Victorian period no matter what their social status, were essentially slaves to the wishes of men. The themes of this story are how women fought to be equally recognised, universal suffrage, family, love, unwanted pregnancy, marriage, grief, the role of women during World War I and the hard life of a female servant, a bond maid. Great work Pip Williams! 8/10
JO BOURKE A dictionary was top of the book list for all primary school students in the good old days! All those years I thumbed the pages of my school dictionary and never once wondered who had compiled it. Well, this book certainly has the answers in factual and painstaking detail enticing the reader into the lofty patriarchal world of Dr Murray and his band of lexicographers. To avoid being solely historical the author introduces fictional Esme, precocious and motherless, who navigates from childhood to her adult questioning of inequality in language and in the rights of women. I had mixed feelings re this book – it is long and often repetitive, but it won me with the accuracy of the author’s thorough research and Esme’s story was certainly believable as a female daring to challenge the norms of that period. The work of Dr Murray and his band lives on in dozens of Dictionary Apps available on phones and laptops. How amazing! Definitely recommended.
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1. In the Northern Hemisphere do the hands of an analogue clock go clockwise or anticlockwise? 2. What three-letter word is used for sodium hydroxide? 3. In Australia, what are the main ingredients of a shandy? 4. In the original Godfather movie, what was Marlon Brando’s character’s name? 5. Prior to decimal currency, how many pence were in a pound? 6. At the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, in what Japanese port was the Diamond Princess quarantined? 7. In what city is the main campus of the University of Southern Queensland? 8. What tune did Mr Whippy ice cream vans play? 9. In New York City, what is the title of the person who lives in Gracie Mansion? 10. What is a baby camel called? 11. In the Australian Defence Force, what rank is abbreviated to CPO? 12. In chemistry, the limewater test detects the presence of what gas? 13. Durum is a variety of what grain? 14. What is the demonym for a person from Turkey? 15. Which word is closest in meaning to “affable”: cheap, talkative, friendly? 16. Hosted by Rob Brydon, what British comedy panel show is known by its initials, “WILTY”? 17. What geometric shape are Arnott’s Barbecue Shapes? 18. In what comic strip is Bluto a character? 19. What percentage of 3 kg is 30 grams? 20. In the AFL team known as GWS, what does the “S” stand for?
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25 Large amount of food and wine is kept back (8) 26 Curses damage suffered by ship internally (6) 27 National assembly of Spain redeﬁned ‘sector’ (6)
ACROSS 1 A warning device sounded by toy train maker (6) 4 Managed 75 per cent of some extortionate price (6) 8 Centre of ice rink was ﬁrst covered in lines (8) 10 Support County Council retaining track next to hospital (6) 11 Try hard stretch of roughest river (6) 12 Fine wood panelling was on the exterior of trendy bed (8)
13 Call about blend of great tobacco in consumable form (9) 15 Part of a fence is lacking in colour (4) 17 Disaster is cut after ﬁlm’s opening (4) 19 The deacon going through Reformation is deceived (7,2) 21 Afghan once, for example, confused situation in car (8) 23 Minor recalled number in set exercise (6) 24 Lecture notice dropped in drain (6)
1 Free-thinking male reinterpreted article (9) 2 Gang, inﬁltrated by nun, changed management (7) 3 Boutique’s opening by famous model is lovely (5) 5 Hire act organised by court designer (9) 6 Superior outside buildings maintains security (5,2) 7 Computer worker given up by terrible romantic (5) 9 Practical town organised nothing in famine (4-2-5) 14 Criminal’s key almost pocketed by drunken caterer (9) 16 Recluses bagging fellow English capitalists (9) 18 Quiet one handling referee’s introduction (7) 20 Drop bearing inside ﬁtting (7) 22 Nickname a skipper picked up (5) 23 Dance done by people heading down under? (5)
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15 words: Good
31 words: Excellent
No colloquial or foreign words. No capitalised nouns, apostrophes or plural words ending in “s”.
1 Disappoint (4) 3 African island nation (10) 10 Sovereign (7) 11 Yield; submit (7) 12 Understandable (8) 13 Come in (5) 14 Clone (4) 15 Part of airport (10) 18 Taking something by force (10) 20 Laid bare (4) 21 Woody plants (5) 23 Cutting tool (8) 26 Hockeylike game (7)
27 Annoying (7) 28 The share in relation to the whole (10) 29 Ditch (4)
DOWN 1 Nourish (4) 2 Extempore, unprepared (9) 4 Contract (9) 5 Holding (5) 6 Very old (7) 7 Tally (5) 8 New South Wales electoral division (9)
9 Cedar or acacia, for example (4) 14 Romance (9) 16 Undergoing mental anguish (9) 17 Storehouse (9) 19 Accepting without resistance (7) 22 Mistake (5) 23 Vision (5) 24 Cause (4) 25 Internet joke (4)
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Using the nine letters in the grid, how many words of four letters or more can you list? The centre letter must be included and each letter may only be used once.
Every row, column and 3x3 outlined square must contain the numbers 1 to 9 once each.
23 words: Very good
9 8 7 1 9
Complete the list by changing one letter at a time to create a new word at each step. One possible answer shown below.
_____ _____ _____ _____
9 1 8
8 1 7 5 2
8 1 5 5
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