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hadn’t realised that being told I was repeating myself or hearing an impatient sigh when I complained about an internet connection had a name, but it does. It’s ageism. I blame my children for the irritation it causes me, and this isn’t a new thing. For years now they have been saying “you’ve already told me that” and for years, they have ignored my reply: “If you acknowledged that you heard me the first time, I might not have to say it again ... and again.” This is, of course, a bad example of ageism – blaming the young for not listening rather than my own failing memory which is increasingly the case. I prefer to think of it as my brain being close to full and taking a little bit longer to process its data overload.

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Contents But there are many other ways that those of a certain age are dismissed as losing their marbles and no longer capable of physical and/or mental tasks, whether or not that’s the case. It’s annoying, even when it comes from the kindness of an offer to help with something I am quite capable of doing myself. I don’t need pity — yet. Then there are the tech monsters who seem to forget that we pioneered the use of computers and consider us incapable of coming to grips with an iPhone. (Admittedly there was a time I feigned being unable to work out how to use yet another updated VCR simply because I couldn’t be bothered). While being patronised is exasperating, there are other more serious aspects to ageism, particularly when it comes to employment. What we had thought would be valuable experience in the latter part of our working lives, turned out to count for little, with age often against us in the workplace, if we have one at all. Scott Dixon investigates this new ”ism” which unlike all the others, will eventually affect the whole population. A visit to everyagecounts. org.au is recommended. Dorothy Whittington Editor

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The age of dissent Baby Boomers, unlike their parents, are not about to accept stereotypes, assumptions, attitudes and wisecracks about their age. SCOTT DIXON investigates the growing awareness of ageism and what it means for this generation.

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hey’re the Grateful Generation – those who took on the tough times, facing a depression and seemingly endless wars with admirable stoicism. Even as they edge closer to the end, they’re still taking it on the chin, suffering in virtual silence about ageism — the negative prejudice against older people that experts say is becoming as widespread as racism. Ageists be warned ¬– there are new kids in town who are not afraid to stand up and be counted. That’s the bold hope of Aged and Disability Advocacy Australia chief executive Geoff Rowe, who sees the advancing years of Baby Boomers as a force for positive change in our society. He points out Baby Boomers have runs on the board for changing their world. “The current demographic of older people, by and large, are what we call the grateful generation,” Rowe says. “The generation who have grown up through the wars, through the Depression. They’re a population that doesn’t expect a lot and are fairly grateful for what they get. They’re reluctant to complain.” Rowe reckons the negative attitudes to age are about to crash head-on with the Baby Boomer generation, “and no one ever described them as being grateful”. “They’re a generation who saw things they didn’t like and they demanded change. I’m curious to watch as a society how we deal with ageism going forward because there’s a whole lot of people who won’t roll over and say, ‘Yeah, I’m happy to be treated as a second-class citizen, or a non-citizen. I’m happy to be invisible’. That won’t happen.” Baby Boomers live for change. They’ve

stopped wars, led the charge against racism and revamped social mores from the cradle to the grave. As one example, Rowe recalls the days when fathers stayed home or went to the pub while mothers were giving birth. “Now you can have the whole neighbourhood there if you want. How did that happen? That was driven by the Baby Boomers who said ‘I want my partner there, I want people who are important to me there. I want people to share that experience with me. “I guess the optimist in me believes that going forward we’ll see the whole notion of ageism being challenged. “We don’t call it out and that’s part of the solution. This where the Baby Boomers will come in. They’ll say, ‘I don’t want to be treated like an idiot. I might have had a birthday and gone over a certain age but I’m essentially who I am. I’m bright, I’m contributing … I’m as valuable a member of society today as I was 12 months ago.” Rowe is far from alone in his view of ageism as a negative issue that’s “across society”. So, what is ageism? Ageism against older people is prevalent in how society talks about ageing and what it means to be older. Older people are regarded as out of touch, frail, forgetful and, in extreme cases, worthless. Examples include losing a job because of age, being refused credit or insurance, being ignored in a shop or restaurant, or being refused membership to a club. Many older people get rightly annoyed when younger folk insist on helping them to do something they’re perfectly capable of doing or if they presume that they’re computer-illiterate.

One quick – and fun – way to test whether your attitudes qualify as ageist is to visit everyagecounts.org.au and take their multiple-choice quiz. Spoiler alert: The answer to “An older driver has had a minor car accident. What are you likely to think?” is not “He probably had a senior’s moment on the way to lawn bowls”. Every Age Counts also features a short, call-to-arms video narrated by evergreen actor Bryan Brown, who describes the ideal situation in which getting older will feel like an achievement, not something to be hidden. “Older people who are pains in the bum

will be treated the same as younger people who are pains in the bum. No-one’s asking for special treatment, just equal treatment,” he says. Brown deftly uses his everyman appeal to start the conversation and get Australians thinking about a difficult issue. But, humour aside, the rising tide of ageism is becoming a serious global problem. Rowe describes ageism as “dehumanising”. “It takes the human out of the picture and allows elder abuse to happen. People being invisible, people losing human rights – there’s a whole lot of things that flow on as a result of our ageist society.

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COVER STORY “Somehow or other we seem to lose our human rights as we get older. If you peel back the layers there’s absolutely no reason that we should, but for whatever reason people who are older are seen as bit doddery, having lost some of their marbles. All of the stereotypical things.” A report released this year by the World Health Organisation and the United Nations uncovered the staggering statistic that every second person in the world is believed to hold “moderate or highly” ageist attitudes. This, they say, has led to poorer physical and mental health and reduced quality of life for older persons, costing societies billions of dollars each year. The report cited research showing that in 85 per cent of 149 studies, age determined who received certain medical procedures or treatments. It’s prevalent in the job market ¬ – the WHO estimates that if 5 per cent more people aged 55 or older were employed, the Australian economy would get a $48 billion shot in the arm each year. For perspective, that’s four times as much as the total annual value of gold production in this country. Every Age Counts campaign director Marlene Krasovitsky says the assumption everyone over 65 is retired doesn’t stack up. The latest data shows only 49 per cent of people over 65 are retired, down significantly from 60 per cent three years ago. “The reality is most older Australians are living longer, healthier lives and they want, or need, to work longer. So, what’s holding them back? Ageism,” according to Krasovitsky. “If we want to maintain funding for essential services and infrastructure we need to lift the labour force participation rates of older people who want or need to work. That means we have to address ageism at its root – the stereotypes, assumptions, and discrimination that

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“Older people who are pains in the bum will be treated the same as younger people who are pains in the bum. Noone is asking for special treatment” currently lock older people out of work. We simply can’t afford to continue carrying around outdated ageist notions … they’re holding us back.” United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says ageism must be fought as “a deep-rooted human rights violation.” “Ageism harms everyone – old and young. But often, it is so widespread and accepted – in our attitudes and in policies, laws and institutions – that we do not even recognise its detrimental effect on our dignity and rights,” says Bachelet, a former president of Chile. A recent study by the Australian Human Rights Commission found 90 per cent of Australians believe ageism exists

and 83 per cent rank it as a negative – more than the number of Australians who believe climate change is a problem. More than half agreed that making jokes about age is more socially acceptable than mocking things like race or gender. According to Age Discrimination Commissioner Kay Patterson, age is not the problem – ageism is. “Ageism is arguably the least understood form of discriminatory prejudice, with evidence suggesting it is more pervasive and socially accepted than sexism or racism,” Dr Patterson says. “It is incumbent on each of us to discuss these issues and do our bit to bring ageism into mainstream conversations in our workplaces, living rooms and with our friends. “Every Australian must do what they can to challenge ageist attitudes in themselves and others.” So why does nobody seem to care? Why hasn’t a socially progressive nation like Australian fought back with the same sort of energy we’ve devoted to fighting sexism, racism and other forms of discrimination? The last time the Australian media fired up over an act of ageism was way back in 1989. Then PM Bob Hawke, peeved at a dig from Whyalla retiree Bob Bell that pollies were paid more in a week than pensioners got all year, snapped that the “silly old bugger” didn’t know what he was talking about. The media went into hyper-outrage mode. In the ensuing feeding frenzy, a balance of payments announcement that drove mortgage rates to a record level “hardly caused a ripple of public reaction”one report noted. While Cabinet wrestled with weighty problems like mining in Kakadu National Park and a crippling pilot strike, Hawke’s advisers grappled with an own-goal from a PM ironically known as the Silver Bodgie. The surreality really hit a high when

74-year-old Bell admitted he hadn’t even heard Bob’s barb as he wasn’t wearing his hearing aid. Since then, sporadic, isolated reports on ageism in the mainstream media focus on the release of reports and generally stimulate little follow-up. Earlier this year, the ABC’s Triple J caused a minor media kerfuffle with a tweet aimed at disgruntled older listeners: “Did it hurt? When you aged out of the youth radio station.” The figures say differently. A survey by Amica Senior Lifestyles showed almost 80 per cent of Baby Boomers agreeing with the statement that “young people would be surprised by my music taste”, with 23 per

“They’re a generation who saw things they didn’t like and they demanded change” Geoff Rowe cent fans of hip hop and almost one in five choosing heavy metal. Rowe says although governments are making positive steps towards tackling ageism, the negative feelings about cost still bubble to the surface at Budget time. Weight of numbers will change that, he believes. “At the moment we know about 15 per cent of the Australian population is 65 and above. By 2050 that’s going to ramp up to about 25 per cent. That’s going to demand some change of attitude because they’re no longer a minority group – at one in four, they’re a sizeable chunk of the population.”

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LETTERS As a self-funded retiree, I despair about how little communication or recognition that I get from the Commonwealth. Our age pensioners, numbering around 2.6 million, or some 62 per cent of our aged population, fully deserve to have sustainable incomes in retirement, receiving an amount of around $50 billion per annum. However, the self-funded also deserve more consideration and recognition. The army of public servants in Canberra could come up with a long list of possibilities for better communication and recognition, but here is my list: An annual letter of thanks from the minister or prime minister; a telephone/mail survey of our needs; a cupro-nickel medal for all those who have been self-funded for five years or more; getting the fringe benefits applicable to age pensioners without actually receiving that cash pension. The worst financial outcome for the Commonwealth would be for all the self-funded to arrange their finances (some trips and cruises, donations to charity, giving away the allowable amounts to children, a new home/

spending more money on the home) so as to qualify for the pension. In short, frugality is not recognised by the Commonwealth. Ken Moore I refer to an article by Judy Rafferty (YT Sept) which gave a “feel good” take on intergenerational relationships. It is a shame that television producers see more dollars in designing programs that pit generations against each other in confrontational “reality” shows. I started watching Channel 7’s Australia: Now and Then, which compares generational attitudes to the lives of the different ages. I stopped watching after a mophaired bearded young millennial said that the only good thing about the Baby Boomers was their resources. Maybe a script writer put those words in his mouth, but it makes you wonder how long it will be before young people with this attitude plot ways to use (or misuse) the new euthanasia laws to get their hands on those resources sooner rather than later. Olwyn Ball

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When one word will do Have you ever found yourself tearing your hair out while reading the paper or correcting radio and television presenters? ALLISON WHITE discusses some of the superfluous words and phrases that have crept into common usage.

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nce upon a time, in the days of hot metal typesetting, every single word had to be closely considered. There was no space to waste, and the message had to be precise and concise. It was said, even only four decades ago, that every character cost one cent to print so every single one of them mattered, even the stray comma. Offset printing gave more room to move and then came the digital platforms where words could be added and removed at whim, and the phrase “not wrong for long” came into play. Careful choice of words began to take second place to getting the words, whatever words, out there as quickly as possible. As time has gone on, new rules have come into play and the once-unacceptable has become not only acceptable but over-used to the point of cliched. It is common to hear when anything is going up – from the stockmarket to vaccination – that it is “on the rise”. Why can’t it just be rising? Prices are rising, rates are rising, cases are rising – being on the rise does not change the fact that it’s increasing. Similarly, police are said to be “on the

hunt” when they could simply be “hunting” villains. Babies always “weigh in at” when it’s a matter of what they weigh, and a competitor who comes second will “come in” second. The extra words add nothing to the meaning. A team is said to “take out” the premiership when they win it and a returning player is “making a return” while fans “throw their support behind” it when they could just as easily support it and save three words.

Someone is “set to make a decision” when they could decide; “put in a request for” when they could just ask; and “make the move” that is really just a move, unless you’re playing chess. And why is it that so many want to “play host to” or worse, “serve as host for” when they only have to host? When a new business opens, begins or launches, it “opens its doors” or even “throws open the doors”. Then there are the disgruntled who

launch complaints rather than complain which is, of course, quite separate to lodging a complaint which is fair enough. A supporter will “lend its support to” an event that it supports, the politician will “make a visit” and bureaucrats will “open discussions” rather than just talk to people. They “get in touch with” with constituents, which is all very well in conversation, but it would be easier to read if they contacted them. It makes no difference if the council is reported to be “set to” build a playground or if it “will” build a playground; is “set to make a decision” or simply “decides”. I would like to “lay the blame at the foot of” carelessness and expediency in these digital times, but then it probably would be easier just to blame the times. Why? Because we can. This is all without starting on the current love of useless cliches: “shell out” means pay, as does “fork out” and if you “dig deeper” you just pay more. The hit to the hip pocket means cost more, a hike for the pay packet is a pay increase and the price tag is the price. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, or do I mean the beginning?

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AGEISM

Isabella retools and gets on with life What happened to my value? Am I now an old mare put out to paddock? ISABELLA DUSI explains how she has fought back against the branding that comes with ageism.

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n edgy septuagenarian shocked by age discrimination and intimidation, I reject being branded as an older Australian with nothing to offer. Refusing to let others diminish my value, I am fighting back. A few years ago, I returned to Queensland, but never imagined I would be faced with discrimination and subjected to saccharin branding. Despite my career in business, a financial advisor suggested I slip into oblivion, take the pension and keep my head down. Ignoring my achievements and skills, he relegated me to being of no value to anyone in my elder years. I am patronisingly called “honeybun”, “dearie”, “sweetie” and “my-love” by strangers who seem to think that since I have reached a certain age when they can safely assume I am brain dead.

Shop assistants and professionals diminish me with thoughtless branding and words. Do they reflect on their own career, as I do, in London, America, Italy and Australia? To claim my value, I decided to be courageous and step out boldly, using my lifetime of accomplishments and skill to educate and inspire. Taking a good long look at the skills garnered over a lifetime, more than three score and ten, I realised that I had the opportunity to retool skills. Everyone has personal skills which can be retooled, and mine provide me with credibility, which I am determined to use in a later-in-life career. I studied art and history in Italy and with that knowledge I led hundreds of cultural and lifestyle tours across Italy and France, as well as Sicily, Sardinia and Corsica, Morocco and Croatia, and turned

myself into a recognised storyteller and international speaker. To do that, I had to learn to speak the language and read Italian history. Having spent 24 years in Europe, I am retooling those skills. I identified an opportunity for action

on two fronts, so I have opened an Italian language conversation group, retooling my language skill, and every second week I provide a venue to practice and speak the Italian language. With a repertoire of more than 20 art, history and political stories spanning a couple of thousand years and travel stories from my career as a cultural leader, I asked myself, are there not people wanting to keep learning? I can tell the story of a Sputnik in Paradise and the myth of the Sicilian Mafia. I’ll challenge people to ask where the Longbeards came from, and where the Etruscans went! How about buying a house in Italy? I bought two and restored both of them. This is my value – it is how I am retooling my skills and claiming my self-worth. Visit italydreaming.com.au

and fitness (37.9 per cent), with 13.6 per cent having downloaded a dating app. The survey also found that three in four seniors had played video games during the past year, mostly influenced by the pandemic. In Australia, research by the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association found that over 75 per cent of Australians who played video games used them to connect with others. And 42 per cent of respondents aged 65 and older used video games to keep their minds active during the pandemic, saying it increased mental stimulation to potentially help fight dementia. Retirement age adults played for 61 minutes a day on average. Gaming among older generations is now so popular that 61.2 per cent of seniors describe themselves as “a gamer”. The most popular games were sports, creative games and online multiplayer games.

They also defied the most common stereotype – that they listen to Frank Sinatra and other music from “back in the day” – with 79.3 per cent saying they thought that young people would be surprised by their music taste. Genre-wise, pop music (28.7 per cent) was the most popular, followed by classical music (26.3 per cent), hip-hop (23.4 per cent) country (21.9 per cent) and jazz (21.7 per cent). A surprising 17.3 per cent listed heavy metal as a favourite. The pandemic has made many rethink what they want to do in their life and over half were readyto try an extreme sport or thrill-seeking activity. When asked specific activities of interest, the top answer was sailing (56.2 per cent), followed by hot air balloon rides (38.9 per cent), driving fast cars (38.5 per cent), and zip lining (36 per cent). In other findings, one in three preferred crime documentaries, and 42 per cent were bored by daytime soapies.

BYE-BYE BINGO: SURVEY CRUSHES STEREOTYPES WE PLAY bingo, listen to Frank Sinatra, have no idea how to use a computer, scoff at video games, have given up on seeking new thrills and consider ourselves old – at least that’s the stereotype confronting anyone over 55. But in fact, most Baby Boomers and seniors reject the negative connotations of the word and don’t consider themselves “old” at all. Getting older is not synonymous with negative experiences, and a recent survey by Canadian group Amica Senior Lifestyles, has revealed that the pandemic has changed attitudes to the extent that 61.3 per cent are now more determined than ever to achieve their life goals. The survey of more than 1200 seniors about the most common heard stereotypes facing older generations also found that more than half of older adults, after the restrictions of the pandemic, now want to try thrill-seeking activities. Of these thrills, one in three said they

were interested in skydiving while one in five wanted to try bungee jumping. The vast majority of respondents (88 per cent) thought that younger people believed them to be incapable of effectively using technology, and that this assumption was very wrong. After all, this generation pioneered the use of computers in the workplace and at home at a time when there was no internet to look up a quick video solution. An overwhelming 96 per cent described themselves as tech-savvy, indicating that seniors are being vastly underestimated – and they proved this with the take-up of Zoom, Facetime and other communication apps during the pandemic. Social media apps are the most commonly downloaded, with 50.1 per cent of seniors having downloaded one in the last 12 months. Other popular downloads were music apps (44.8 per cent), gaming (41.4 per cent)

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AGES & STAGES

by Mocco Wollert

WHEN I was young, I was too busy to make a bucket list. Life itself was a list that had to be experienced, lived through, explored. Yes, we had a thousand wishes; yes, we wanted those wishes to become reality. We wanted success in love, a good job, success in our working life, that improved position, that raise in

salary. It was all going to happen in those never-ending years lying before us. Of course, the phrase says it all. “Bucket list” – a list of all the things to do before we kick the bucket, depart this earth or, in plain words, die. As I grew into old age, I too started to think about a list of all the things I still wanted to do. Life was still full of unending opportunities. One of my biggest desires had been to have a book published. I did better than that, several of my efforts went into print. In comparison, some of my other wishes were pretty frivolous: a ride on a Harley Davidson motorbike while holding on to an alpha male and his taut muscles; a ride on a camel clinging to a dangerously swaying saddle a thousand miles above safe ground, Queen of the Desert. Ok, I did not look like the Queen of the Desert, more like a sack of potatoes, ready to fall off. A ride on an elephant, swathed in fine silks, the mahout looking like Sabu from The Jungle Book. I managed all three, apart from Sabu. Being an actress was also high on my list. I saw myself treading the boards applauded by an enthusiastic crowd or much better, shining on the big silver screen with all the men falling in love with me.

I took acting lessons as a young woman and took the first exam. I failed dismally. That should have been the end of that wish but somehow, it stayed at the back of my mind. So, when I composed my bucket list, a role in a movie was right at the top, together with the published book, the Harley, the camel and the elephant. It is now the only item sitting there unfulfilled. The saying goes “one lives in hope” but to get a role in a movie now I would have to be Dame Maggie Smith or Judy Dench. I have enough wrinkles for both of them. Discussing all this with a grandson over lunch, he informed me that he had an anti-bucket list. On it were all the things he definitely did not, underlined, want to do or have happen to him before he died. “There are things I really do not want to do under any circumstances,” he told me. Surely at age 27 he would want to experience everything? Maybe our generation was more naive, more trusting that life was full of good things while our young people seem frightened of life and what the future might bring. May you live long enough to experience all the items on your bucket list.

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AGES & STAGES a creaking symphony like the sound track of a spooky movie. Hubby left for work, and I went into handywoman mode. This is not unusual for me. I like to think of myself as a “Mrs Fix it”. It may be hereditary. My father worked a lot, so it was often Mum who attended to small maintenance jobs around our house. These days, the internet is full of “how to” videos, leading me to believe I am capable of anything from unblocking a drain to rebuilding my house. My repair work varies from problem solved to oops, let’s just buy a new one. It was way too early to head for the shed, so I armed myself with sewing machine oil. I wandered the house, squeezing oil onto hinges. Liberal amounts to the bottom hinges and as much as I could reach at the top without a stepladder. My daughter, the ED nurse, tells me people my age should not be up ladders at all. As a small child, I was not allowed to climb the ladder up to the roof with my older brothers. If there’s a right age for ladder climbing, I may have missed it. The next morning, hubby crept out of bed with the stealth of a cat burglar. I anticipated the whisper quiet result of my efforts. The door did not squeak … it groaned, like a cow in labour! Knowing of my maintenance attempt, the husband burst out laughing and swung the door back and forth a few more times,

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as if the extra swings would fix the problem. Most likely, it was in sheer disbelief at the volume of the new noise. The hinges had swallowed the oil and were crying out for more. “Did you hear that?” he yelled. Was he kidding? The whole street could have heard it and probably thought a passenger liner had docked nearby. “Wow,” he exclaimed, “I didn’t know you could de-oil a door.” He poked his head back into the bedroom and in his best radio announcer voice, boomed, “Unwanted guests … use door de-oiler. Visiting relatives you dislike … be sure to pack door de-oiler!” I buried my head in the pillow. It was no use. My fit of predawn giggles put an end to ideas of a sleep-in. Obviously, my squeak-eliminating adventure was not over. On the bright side, it can’t hurt to start the day laughing. Surely laughter is better than creaking and groaning, unless I start to sound unhinged!

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OUR PEOPLE

Country kid who became a real estate queen A young girl who rode a pony to her one-teacher school became a real estate industry trailblazer for women and the first in Brisbane to open an agency under her own name. JO CRANSTOUN meets a Brisbane property legend.

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he route from Nanette Lilley’s idyllic childhood on her family’s cattle property at Darlington, 100km southwest of Brisbane, to a long and distinguished career in property entailed determination, hard work and heartache. “Not long after I finished my senior year at boarding school I met the love of my life, Angus Lilley, a young farmer from Canungra. We had the most wonderful romance and after marrying in 1957 we moved to the Moree district of NSW to work a wheat property,” she says. “We were very young – 21 and 22 – and loved living there where our two sons would be born. However, we faced a huge run of bad seasons and lost so many crops despite working extremely hard.” The final blow came when a driver in their transport business was killed in an accident. They lost everything and moved to Brisbane, where Nanette secured a job selling women’s uniforms. “One day I saw a newspaper ad seeking a salesperson at a new estate at

Algester,” she says. “I won the position and when I gave notice to my employer, he told me, ‘you will never make it in real estate.’ He really didn’t want me to go.” The day she began her real estate career the ability to obtain finance crashed, making it difficult to make a sale, but she persisted and was there when the market improved. “I absolutely loved real estate and it became my career for 46 years,” Nanette says. “I only faced discrimination once in my working life after putting a strong case to the manager of a large firm who had insisted the company would not employ women in sales. I quickly became their number one salesperson.” A turning point came when she began working for the finance guru Noel Whittaker, who helped her obtain finance for her first house, and then another at a time when women were seldom given loans. While working for Whittaker at Rochedale, Nanette sold 16 properties in just one month.

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During a real estate tour to Honolulu in 1979, she was struck by how many agencies in the US were owned by women, something unheard of in Brisbane. It was there that the seed was sown. Ten years after the family had arrived penniless in Brisbane, Nanette Lilley Realty was born in Graceville. “I was the first woman in Brisbane to have her own office and began with a typewriter, a phone and my first listing from a friend,” Nanette says. “I built a small team of wonderful salespeople, mostly mothers who really wanted to make a career from real estate.

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Nanette and Angus Lilley in 1957. We hammered up our own ‘for sale’ signs and crammed as many ‘open house’ signs as we could fit into our cars.” She considers the peak of her career came in the 1990s, when there was a boom. At one stage she had half the business for the area around Chelmer, Graceville, Sherwood, Corinda and Oxley. In 2014, she published Welcome to Laurel Avenue, the history of the beautiful Chelmer street known for its grand homes and lovely trees. After 36 years, she sold up in 2018. Sadly, her husband of 60 happy years died that year. Nanette is now retired at Kingsford Terrace lifestyle community in Corinda, where she wonders, like many, how she ever found time to work. Nanette is one of only four women who are Life Members of the REIQ (Real Estate Institute of Queensland).

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Sugars a sweet poison for brain and body Sugar fires up the same dopamine-based neurocircuitry that leads to drug addiction. KAILAS ROBERTS warns that it also induces chronic inflammation that may predispose us to dementia.

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id you know that the average American now consumes more sugar in a week than they once did in a whole year? Two hundred years ago, the estimated intake was 0.9kg a year. Now it is 1.36kg a week! Though this may seem irrelevant to us in Australia, we are equally guilty of excessive sugar consumption and there is no doubt that many of us eat more than is healthy for us. This is not surprising – sugar is addictive and is everywhere. It is part of the modern curse of ubiquity. Having such easy access to this sweet poison means we are fighting an uphill battle when it comes to moderating our intake. We are hard-wired to seek out sugar. As with many of these things, they have their origins in our evolutionary past. Our physiology is geared up to prioritise immediate survival over long-term health. It cares far more about the ability to deal with here-and-now threats – attacks by others and starvation chief among them – than whether our brain and body are going to be in good shape decades down the track.

Sugar is a ready source of quick energy and is ideal for these short-term goals. It is no surprise then, that we have developed a hankering for it; the same dopamine-based neurocircuitry that creates addiction to illicit drugs is fired up when we consume sugar. If it were something that we could access only from time to time – as was the case when we roamed the savannah – there would not be a major problem, but this is not the case. So, what does chronic excessive intake of sugar do to our body and brain? Well, the most obvious thing is to cause us to put on weight. Sugar is converted into fat when we eat more than we can use. Being overweight puts stress on our heart and vascular health and this in turns negatively affects

the brain. Sugar also induces chronic inflammation which again may predispose us to dementia. Then there are alterations in insulin levels. Insulin is a hormone that pushes sugar into our cells where it is used to produce energy. Chronically high sugar levels push up insulin levels. With time, cells adapt to this high insulin by becoming less sensitive (they become insulin resistant). Insulin resistance is associated with Alzheimer’s disease – the brain cells of those with this condition cannot use sugar effectively. This may lead to the brain’s capacity to function becoming impaired. Insulin also affects the formation and/ or clearance of amyloid and tau in the brain. These proteins are intimately associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Worryingly, it seems that you don’t even have to be diabetic for negative brain processes to occur. Studies have shown that even high-normal blood sugar levels cause structural changes that are of concern. The message here is very clear: be aware of how much sugar you eat (check the labels on food products when you can)

and try to keep it at a minimum. The occasional treat is not a problem, but too much too frequently undoubtedly is. Remember also that something doesn’t have to be sweet to contain sugars – refined carbs such as white pasta and white bread as well as starchy vegetables such as potatoes are also broken down into sugars in the gut. See your doctor to have your blood sugar checked regularly. Though it may seem daunting to cut down on sugar, bear in mind that doing so not only helps the long-term health of your brain, but, once your body has adjusted, will make you feel better day to day. Kailas Roberts is a psychogeriatrician and author of Mind your brain The Essential Australian Guide to Dementia. Visit yourbraininmind.com Dr Roberts has created a new app for the iPhone called BrainScan which helps users identify their own modifiable risk factors for dementia. It also provides advice on how to address them. Find it at the App Store now.

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CARE AFFAIRS

Elder abuse comes in many forms Elder abuse causes harm and distress to the older person yet it can occur in a supposedly caring relationship. KENDALL MORTON explains the various forms it takes and concludes that ultimately, it’s about power and control.

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here’s a myth that if it’s not physical violence, there is no abuse, but some abuse can be subtle and hard for outsiders to recognise. There are 6 main types of abuse – financial, psychological, physical, social, neglect and sexual abuse. Anyone may experience elder abuse, and it doesn’t matter whether you live alone, with a partner or with family. Firstly, financial abuse, which happens when someone takes or misuses your money, assets or property without your agreement. Having an Enduring Power of Attorney does not make this misuse right in the law. Financial abuse can leave the older person feeling powerless and anxious. They may be uncertain of how their living costs will be covered if their funds fall outside their control. It may start by convincing the older person they are no longer competent to manage their money. The abuser may threaten or punish an older person who refuses to give them money. They may sell the older person’s property without consent. The abuser may shop for the older person and not return

the change. Sometimes they borrow money and do not repay it. Living in an older person’s home while not contributing to the household costs can also be abusive. When an older person loses some mobility and the confidence to shop independently, they can become open to financial abuse. What can start as lending your EFTPOS card to someone for them to pay for your groceries, can end up with your money being misused and spent without your consent. Financial abuse often happens alongside social abuse and psychological abuse. Social abuse occurs when someone

prevents the older person from having social contact with friends, family and their community. It’s common for older people’s networks to decrease due to the death of loved ones, geographical moves and reduced mobility, so to stay socially connected as you age requires some hard work and planning. When someone restricts your activity, isolation and depression can follow. Social abuse can be subtle. Someone may answer the phone for you and say you are too tired to take the call. They may put your calls on speaker phone so you have no privacy. They may refuse social invitations on your behalf. Social abuse is about control. Psychological abuse aims to cause emotional hurt or mental harm. Examples are if someone belittles you in public, calls you names or moves your belongings around at home so you feel confused. This abuse can lead you to feel scared, threatened and worthless. It opens you up to more harm. Some factors that increase a person’s risk of abuse are conflict in the family, dependence on others for care, social isolation, stressful care relationships

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CREATIVES

June is all about the heart and ‘sole’ of happiness If the shoe fits, wear it - or so the saying goes. GLENIS GREEN introduces June Reilly who finds that if the shoe fits, it simply has to be decorated.

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talented artist with a lifelong background of self-taught painting and sculpting, a normally gregarious June Reilly found herself at a loose end when the Covid-19 lockdowns began last year. Not one to admit defeat, June scouted about for something to keep her artistic hands occupied and soon saw a blank canvas – literally – in white sneakers. Inspiration and several pots of textile and acrylic paint later and June’s “Happy Shoes” were born – hand painted with big, bright original designs.

She was tempted to call her venture “Happy Feet” but felt it would conjure up images of penguins from the popular children’s movie. Her creations were immediately popular and she has found herself with plenty of customers. June was the owner of a pottery studio at Glastonbury near Gympie called Australiana, which she ran for many years. Now a youthful 80, June became well known for her Australian-themed pottery works which included a range of

larrikin characters and animals involved in various activities. She still has one of her own detailed works portraying The Man From Ironbark and the mischievous barber. “I have done art all my life,” June says. “I just enjoy it … I wasn’t taught. I got a lot of inspiration from the countryside.” June said her Happy Shoes usually started out as basic white sneakers from somewhere like Big W. She usually spends about four hours painting them with different designs which she gleans from her own experiences and sometimes inspiration from the internet. She usually sells them for about $35 to $50, or a bit less for children’s shoes which, with cute bumblebee and ladybird designs, are very popular. She also decorates more expensive shoes such as Nikes with sparkles and pretty trims and these have become especially popular among friends who like line dancing.

When not painting shoes June turns her hand to portraits of people – and pets – on commission. One day she became tired of looking at the blank blinds on her kitchen window and painted them with shoals of bright fish which now swim across the view to her lush garden. She has kept a few pottery works at her home from her Australiana days and still does others on commission – usually with an Australian theme, from shearers to kookaburras and possums, which are popular. Finding an outlet for her Happy Shoes hasn’t been easy with lockdowns and restrictions affecting a range of local markets where they would usually sell, but word of mouth helps. June said that now, rather than buying and decorating a range of shoes in many different sizes, she prefers people to buy their own shoes and bring them in for “happy” treatment. A keen traveller and lover of

June in the days when she owned the Australiana pottery studio near Gympie. cruising, June is looking forward to once again hitting the high seas with friends. Trivia and table tennis also factor on her calendar but not line dancing. “I’m not coordinated enough,” June says, adding that osteoarthritis is also an issue after having broken both her wrists at various times. But mostly these days she spreads the happiness around with her colourful shoes – quite a “feat” in itself.

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ver the past 18 months, businesses have reinvented themselves to tackle the adversity of a global pandemic but Packer Leather, one of the oldest and most respected family businesses in the Moreton Bay Region, has just celebrated 130 years of operation and acknowledges that ‘digging deep’ is nothing new. World Wars, the Great Depression, the Global Financial Crisis, a factory relocation and new technologies and processes to match an overseas market have built resilience and fostered an open-minded approach with the six generations of family leading the Packer Leather business based in Narangba. Packer Leather’s Chairman of the Board and fourth generation family member, Lindsay Packer has taken time to reflect this week on his 60 years with the company and recently shared some of the pivotal moments with his 115 strong staff when they gathered to celebrate this important milestone. “When Packer Leather started in 1891 we were essentially two export businesses in one – wool scouring and a tannery.We were using horse-drawn carriages to move sheepskins and wool to market and we were even laying wool out on the grass to dry as we had no driers at that stage,” Lindsay said.

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Packer Leather - the early years.

Packer Leather team in 2021.

“It was a labour intensive operation but it was an exciting time exporting scoured wool and leather. Even at such an early stage of the business we were selling to global markets.”

“When we left Chermside there were seven other larger tanneries and Packer Leather was the smallest but today we are the only one left in Queensland,” Lindsay said.

“In 2021 we have transformed to be a very sophisticated and modernised business that delivers high performance leathers to a worldwide market using state-of-the-art technology and being committed to a minimal environmental footprint.”

Fourth generation family member and Lindsay’s brother, Graham Packer joined the company in 1974 as International Marketing Director and was responsible for developing the leather export markets.

There have been some significant milestones in Packer Leather’s story including the wool scour closing in 1965 due to market conditions and the tannery became the main source of income and in 1967 the government resumed 14 acres of the factory’s land which saw a relocation to Narangba.

“We worked hard building credibility for our brand with companies in Japan, Germany, South Korea and the United States and soon all were enamoured with uniqueness of Kangaroo leathers providing one of the strongest and yet lightest natural leathers available,” Graham said.

Lindsay and Graham are excited about the future and know that while it will bring a whole new set of challenges, Packer Leather has been built on resilience, experience and determination and they feel confident in the team going forward to take Packer Leather to the next stage of development. The core team ready to take on this next stage includes David Packer – Managing Director, Andrew Luke – General Manager and Technical Director, Susan Packer – Logistics and Sales Manager, Mark Packer – Planning Manager. For more information visit www.packerleather.com.au. If you would like to purchase our Australian-made leather you can go online at www. packerdirect.com.au or visit the Leather Shop onsite at Packer Leather, 101 Boundary Road, Narangba.

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Necessity the mother of invention The women of today are comfortable wearing light, loose and brief clothing, but it hasn’t always been that way. DIANA HACKER tells the story of an innovative Queenslander who revolutionised the corset.

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and back support. It was the fashion to cinch the female figure into an unnatural hour-glass shape by way of a corset or stays. To get into stays a woman required the assistance of a maid to lace the garment which preshaped the figure by the inclusion of whalebone or steel braces. Years of wearing stays deformed the spine and in later life, women relied upon iron stays to support an injured spine. The working woman who bore children and performed heavy housework as well as doing outside

chores often required the support of a corset but was unable to wear them as there was no way of lacing them on her body. Enter Sarah Jenyns. The wife of an impoverished Queensland minister, she bore seven children and worked extremely hard. As a result of her physical work as well as child bearing, she suffered severe back pain. Sarah devised a corset which could be made to measure for the figure so it could be worn without requiring assistance to lace it up. Her garment was reinforced with support sewn into the fabric and was fastened with a row of hooks and eyes, side front. The garment could then be drawn close and firmly to the body by pulling simultaneously on two straps which were fastened at the front of the body. Sarah obtained a worldwide patent for her garment and during the early to mid-20th century had factories in many countries with annual profits of £1.5 million. The Jenyns company produces

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LIBRARY HOSTS AUTHOR TALK PARALYMPIAN, author and former serviceman Curtis McGrath will share his inspiring story at the Brisbane Square Library this month. In 2012, Combat Engineer McGrath was serving in the Australian Army in Afghanistan when, in the line of duty, he stepped on a land mine. Seriously injured but still conscious and aware he’d bleed out and die within minutes, Curtis, as the unit’s chief first-aid officer, directed his comrades to apply tourniquets and administer an IV and morphine. Then, as he was stretchered to a helicopter, fearing he would never see his family again, he joked that he planned to become a Paralympian. Just months later, Curtis was up and

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walking on prosthetic legs, motivated by the opportunity to march with his unit in their welcome-home ceremony. Kayaking gave him a new sense of purpose and, in 2013, he and his father, Paul, paddled almost 900km from Sydney to Brisbane to raise funds for Mates4Mates. A year later, Curtis captained the Australian team at the inaugural Invictus Games in London and within four years of his injury, won gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Now a 10-time world champion gold medallist, Curtis recently won two more gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympics. Curtis will be discussing his new book Blood, Sweat and Steel. Brisbane Square Library, November 12, 6pm. Free

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Handsome is as handsome does A short story by Danielle de Valera

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rthur liked to stay at home in thee evenings, liked to listen to the wireless while he sorted seeds by y lamplight or mended the draught horse harness. Perhaps go to the pictures once a month. Perhaps. Daphne liked to dance. Until her marriage to Arthur, she was a regular at all the Saturday dances held in the various halls around the shire. Twirling her skirts ts too high in the polka to show off her finee young legs. “That girl’s no good,” Grandma Doylee told him. Arthur was quick to defend his dream. “But Ma, she’s so beautiful.” Grandma Doyle, so my mother says, shook the empty teapot and answered darkly, “handsome is as handsome does.” But Arthur could not be dissuaded. He had fallen in love with a dream—a vision of Daphne at 18, careening bareback through his brother’s orchard on her father’s gelding. Skirt hitched up to reveal firm thighs, dark hair streaming behind her. He was 30, the smitten one; with thick black hair, dark eyes and olive skin. All the brothers (there were eight of them in that big Irish family) were small and fine, like Spanish dancers. But Arthur didn’t dance. Couldn’t. Wouldn’t. After they were married, Daphne thought she’d go crazy. It was the Depression, an era that can sometimes sound romantic to 21st century ears: “Look, Nathan, a dressing table made of calico and old fruit boxes! Let’s buy it.” Daphne and Arthur were dirt poor. The glamour went out of their marriage very quickly. Arthur soon discovered what his mother already knew: you can’t live on dreams, however beautiful. They struggled along. People did in those days. They might have gone on this way indefinitely, but Daphne had a roving eye. When she wasn’t picking or packing apples—she was a good worker—she’d steal money from her sister-in-law Marcie’s

sugar jar and take off on foot to drink in the ladies’ lounge of the pub in town, while Charlie’s wife looked after her baby. It wasn’t long before she was pregnant again, and not by Arthur. Everyone in the small farming community seemed to know. There were glances in the street; glances that worried Daphne not one whit as she strode about the little town. Arthur seemed to have an infinite capacity for bearing Daphne’s absences, as he pruned trees, picked apples, stood with older brother Charlie while Charlie ripped open invoices that showed the rail freight had cost more than the apples had brought in the city. She chose the afternoon of Grandma Doyle’s funeral to leave him. No one missed her at the wake. In the cottage filled with relatives and arum lilies, rum, beer and tears (fist fights behind the wash house as the afternoon wore on), only the women working in the kitchen noticed her absence, and they were too busy to look for her. Next morning, she was simply gone, all the money in the house gone with her. She must have ridden the draught horse into town and caught the 4pm train to the city. The stationmaster sent a boy back with the horse later that morning. The first inkling Charlie had of Arthur’s crack-up was when Arthur didn’t return from the monthly supply shopping

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in town. Charlie borrowed a neighbour’s gelding and rode into town. He found Arthur in the lock-up. Sergeant Ryan was apologetic. “I had to do it, Charlie. Artie was paralytic. What if something had happened to the horse?” There they were. Charlie couldn’t go into town to shop, not even once a month; he was too busy. And he couldn’t send Marcie, his wife, who had enough to do with their own three children, plus the toddler Daphne had left behind. Arthur became a legendary figure in the town once a month, a regular occurrence like a phase of the moon, despite Charlie’s admonitions. He would load up the cart with groceries and tackle from the general store before moving on to the pub, where he’d spend at least a quarter of the grocery money on rum. Marcie threatened and pleaded. She never had enough food to last the family the four weeks. Arthur had to go. And in the end, he did. Walking the six miles into town, he caught the midnight goods train to the city, where he tried any job he could get and then spent most of the money he earned on alcohol — the only thing that seemed to give him any pleasure. At first, he had a small flat but when he lost his job as a hospital orderly (drinking in the linen cupboard), he went to live in a rooming house. My mother and I would visit him there sometimes, she with home-made scones or a steak and kidney pie. Something homely. His room was large and towards the front, but there wasn’t much in it. The timber floor was bare. An iron-framed single bed stood against one wall. The only additions to this were a sink, a small bench with a primus stove, an ice chest and a large kitchen table, which he covered with opened newspapers. As we walked through the door he’d peel off the top sheet to display the pristine

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paper beneath, like a well trained housewife showing off her best tablecloth for visitors. “Saves washing, I’ve discovered,” he’d tell us. My mother was horrified. “If he offers you a cup of tea, for heaven’s sake don’t say yes,” she warned. “He boils eggs for lunch, then uses the water to make tea. And don’t drink out of any of the glasses, no matter how thirsty you are.” Things went from bad to worse. Arthur went down rapidly. For a while he came to live with us, but my mother couldn’t stand coming home from shopping to find the house locked up and Artie with his head in the oven. One day the police came and took him away to Ward 16 and I never saw him again. They said Daphne had a striking head of pitch-black hair in her youth. When I saw her at Arthur’s funeral, it was totally grey. She caused a stir by turning up. She’d been married twice more by then. Charlie and Marcie shook their heads. “Bold as brass,” my mother said. The priest officiating spoke of Arthur’s life, though he didn’t know much about it, only the few scraps Charlie, who’d paid for the whole shebang, had told him at the last moment. The congregation coughed and shuffled through the sermon, anxious to move on to the pub. My mother took me aside in the church porch after the service and warned me not to let Daphne “put the bite” on. “Don’t let her catch you alone,” she said. “She’ll spin you some story. You’ll be handing over money before you know it.” Despite the warning, at the end of the day my wallet was £50 lighter. Daphne had caught up with me. Call me sentimental. In my mind, I could see her at 18, careening through the orchard on her father’s gelding, skirt hitched up to reveal firm thighs and black hair streaming behind her.

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Talking about our generation ... IN 1968, a year before the Woodstock festival officially announced the dawning of the age of Aquarius, which set the course for dramatic social change, a Queensland “Code for Teenagers and their Parents”, was published. DOT WHITTINGTON shares some of the highlights. and adults TV sessions.” The rules set out are: 1. Steady dating limits a teenager’s choice of friends and is often morally dangerous. 2. Steady dating should not be allowed to high school students, with the possible exception of seniors. 3. Teenagers under 16 should not be allowed on single dates unless it is to a properly supervised school function or to a similar activity fully chaperoned by responsible adults. Imagine telling that to the kids!

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he teenagers “coming of age” were the vanguard of the Baby Boomers who dressed as Mods or hippies, listened to rock and roll on transistor radios, embraced love and peace and were tempted to sample the first hallucinogenics. “Radical”, “far out” and “groovy”, they were part of the beginning of the new era of freedom. Girls could wear mini-skirts and take the contraceptive pill and boys put aside trousers and button-up shirts with collars for jeans and t-shirts. They protested the Vietnam War and most of them smoked cigarettes, if not marijuana as well. They would seek out someone over 21 to buy them a few tallies, or a bottle of cream sherry or port, which came in a brown paper bag from the hotel bar and never thought twice about drinking it before jumping into a six-cylinder hotted-up car. To those born even just a few years earlier, they were outrageous rule breakers with no respect for social mores. And so, in September 1968, a code “specially prepared for Australians” was published presenting “principles and rules for six areas of teenage conduct”. More than 70,000 copies of the 12-page booklet were distributed in Queensland. It details the rules first adopted in St Louis, USA, and “modified in light of discussions among youth groups and youth leaders in Queensland”. Its recommendations were heartily endorsed by then Police Commissioner Frank Bischof, who says in the foreword “the most energetic section of the community is that of our young people who are destined to be the citizens of tomorrow. Youth must be controlled. It is preferable that young people be cajoled and trained by precept and example rather than by being suborned into doing

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what is right and proper.” Lady Cilento, who wrote her Medical Mother column for more than 50 years from 1933, helped compile the booklet and says it gives “a basis upon which every teenager and person charged with the responsibility of a teenager can seek a reply to many problems of daily occurrence”. In the 53 years since its publication, the teenagers for whom it was intended have themselves become the parents and grandparents of teenagers. DATING AND GOING STEADY FOR MARRIAGE. “Steady company-keeping is the normal preparation for marriage. By its very nature, steady dating leads to strong physical and psychological attraction, and ever-increasing desires for the complete physical union desirable only in marriage. “It follows, therefore, that steady dating is justified when there is a possibility of marriage in the reasonably near future. “Steady dating can and often does lead to tragic consequences. These are intimacies, premature and immature marriages and heartbreak if the association is terminated by one party. “In view of this, steady dating may not be taken up merely as a form of recreation and amusement. One who is deeply in love and dreaming about marriage is not a good candidate for higher education. “Going steady and single-dating for young teenagers thrusts adolescents into an adult world for which they are not ready. If they feel that their steady dating is tolerated and approved by parents and society generally they can do little else but try to prove themselves adults. “Too often their sources of knowledge about sex are lurid paperbacks and sub-standard magazines with visual education provided by uncensored films

RECREATION “Many hours of most days must be spent in study. To offset their natural high spirits and energies, teenagers must have regular intervals from study in wholesome forms of recreation. “There are two ways in which recreation can hurt rather than help. Firstly it can be made an end in itself taking up so much time, interest and energy that other important things of life such as study, work and thought, are crowded out. “Secondly, recreation is abused when it is sought in activities which are morally wrong or morally dangers. “Under this kind of abuse would fall bad reading, attending bad shows or movies, keeping bad company, “petting parties” and so on. The rules: 1. Teenagers should find their recreation in group activities as much as possible. The “group” idea of recreation for teenagers is stressed here so that it excludes the dangerous outlet of steady dating and pairing off. 2. Parents should make their homes available for the group activities of teenagers. There is a deplorable drift away from the home as a place where teenagers might gather and have their fun. Too often the sound lounge, street corner, the milk bar; an overloaded car, have become the gathering places of teenagers because they were not encouraged to gather at home. When a party is in progress, the father or some responsible male member should take a gate-crasher aside and quietly but decidedly ask the uninvited visitor to leave. 3. Parents should be certain that they know the kind of recreational activities their sons and daughters take part in outside their homes. 4. Parents should promote wholesome, constructive and cultural hobbies for their teenagers. 5. It would be wrong for parents not to make allowance for the age factor when discussing the rules. Those made in the

early teen years should be relaxed as the teenager grows to maturity. Senior dances and socials should never be allowed to go on into all-night parties. 6. Drive-in theatres should be banned for single dates and are not recommended for group dates. Today’s teens would have no idea what a sound lounge is, and milk bars and drive-in theatres are no longer a source of anxiety for parents. DRESS “This section on teenage conduct deals with dress – or more specifically with modesty and good taste in dress. “The code outlines four simple principles and five practical rules which parents of teenagers and teenagers themselves are urged to consider to adopt. “The principles are: Clothing among human beings is intended to serve three purposes. To protect the body against dangers to health caused by climate and weather. To shield from the view of others those parts of the body which, if they were brashly uncovered or too frankly revealed, would ordinarily stimulate sexual desires in others. To serve the purpose of adornment; to express joy or sorrow; to reveal personality, love of art and beauty. “Modesty preserves chastity. Thus one must not be concerned solely with how he or she feels like dressing, nor with what is comfortable in dress, nor even with what may be popular in dress. It is more important to be concerned with what will be the effect upon the feelings of others. “Parents have a special obligation to teach their children the principles which govern good taste in dress from their earliest years. “The time, the place, the occasion or circumstance even the age and physical build of an individual must be considered when making a choice of apparel. “Girls should be taught good taste in the use of make-up and cosmetics. “Public swimming and sun-baking are not occasions for abandoning discretion. Swimsuits too small or too tight should never be used. “A young man is embarrassed if his partner draws unnecessary attention by dressing in a provocative manner.” The phrase “modesty preserves chastity” has disappeared from the vernacular. NEXT MONTH: THE 1968 CODE FOR DRIVING, DRINKING AND DRUGS We’d like to hear your views and memories of the era. Email editor@ yourtimemagazine.com.au

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he MX-30, around $70,000 on-road, has a price tag comparable to Hyundai’s extended-range electric Kona and others rolling into this niche of SUVstyle machines without tailpipes. Yet, where many in this bracket work around a driving range of 400km and more, the MX-30’s is more like 200km and maybe a bit. While most of today’s EVs (Electric Vehicles) go-to-whoa power can shove a driver back in the seat, this Mazda is gentle. Where others drive like a dodgem car at the Ekka – lifting off the accelerator bringing on abrupt braking – the Mazda is far more considered, more like a conventional petrol-engined car. Mazda’s idea of running with a smaller 35.5kWh battery, compared with the 60-75kWh batteries in some rivals, is that this is quite sufficient for a town car and helps save on the environmental cost of the batteries. It also means less charging time. A rapid charge, 50kW station can reportedly have the MX-30 from 20 to 80 per cent in 36 minutes, while a 7kW home charger will take five hours for a full charge. That’s about half the time of a 70kWh battery. Still, a range just over 200km wouldn’t get you from Brisbane to Noosa and back without a re-charge. Plus, this Mazda isn’t a huge vehicle. It’s more for couples than families. It looks good though, inside and out, with back doors hinged at the rear, a la the Mazda RX-8 sports car. There’s a premium, grown-up feel throughout the cabin which includes sustainable materials such as cork for some finishes.

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Of course, there’s the usual array of today’s comfort, convenience and safety features to keep a driver, and occupants, calm and controlled. Yet all this upmarket style and the Mazda badge, may not convince everyone that the asking price here isn’t a bit steep for a car with a driving range limited to 200km or so. But wait, there’s more … The Mazda MX-30 is a much nicer car to drive than many EV rivals. It has a more cohesive bridge between old (internal combustion engines) and new (electric motors) and there are a number of matters which make an old bloke feel more at home. The gear selector is more involving by the simple business of having to shift the lever into park, rather than pushing buttons. Then there’s the little bit of artificial engine noise piped through the stereo. Out and about, the MX-30 may not be as supercar-smart off the line as some EVs yet it’s quick enough and there isn’t that on-off abruptness of coming off the accelerator. Through paddle-shifters, there is the opportunity to increase the amount of electric motor braking, and regenerative charging, to some degree. And where others of these compact to medium-sized EVs can be a tad roly-poly in handling and road-holding traits (some built on re-purposed SUV platforms), the Mazda is a far more composed machine, more engaging to drive than most in this class, as befitting that Zoom-Zoom marketing. Perhaps the Mazda MX-30 won’t have widespread market appeal, but this is quite an appealing, albeit expensive, electric car.

ater regulates internal body temperature, cushions joints, brings oxygen to cells and maintains electrolyte balance. Not being well-hydrated during exercise can have dire consequences such as heat exhaustion, heat stroke, muscle cramping and the breakdown of skeletal muscles, those connected to your skeleton that help the body move the way it should. When well-hydrated, muscles are 75 per cent water. So how much water do you need when exercising? This will vary. Many factors need to be considered such as the exercise, body weight, the weather and clothing. Health condition and medications make a difference too. It’s a good idea to talk to an exercise physiologist or dietitian to come up with a personalised water intake plan. As a guideline, drink 2-3 glasses of water in the two hours before exercising. Drink occasionally during exercise, then drink a few glasses of water in the following hour to recover the water lost by sweating and muscle use. Continue drinking regularly throughout the day. As we age, the signals that we need water become less reliable. If you tend to forget to drink water, use the timer on your watch or phone to remind you. Another way to check water intake is by noting how often you urinate. Ideally you should urinate at least once every two hours. If this is not the case, drink more water. Build up the habit of having a glass of

water with each meal, snack or coffee break. It is commonly thought that being thirsty is an indication you need a drink. However, thirst is a sign you are already dehydrated. Two other signs of dehydration are being light-headed during or after exercise and having dark-coloured urine. Dehydration can cause low blood pressure, weakness and confusion. On the positive side, being wellhydrated when you exercise can improve your workout, help you recover faster and reduce the chance of headaches and fatigue. In short, exercising is more fun. And water is still the best option for staying hydrated. Coffee, tea or sugary drinks have drawbacks. Too much caffeine can bring on the jitters. High sugar intake is associated with developing chronic diseases. Jazz up your water with lime, herbal tea bags or mint leaves. You can also freeze blocks of watermelon for a refreshing summer treat. Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist with Full Circle Wellness. Call 0431 192 284 or visit fullcirclewellness.com.au

FIT HAPPENS With Tom Law SOME of the most effective things in life are the simplest. We have a wealth of technology and time-saving apparatus to help us in our quest for health and wellness and there have been so many advances in recording, monitoring and analysing our health. You can track your heart rate on your watch as well as record the number of steps you take in a day and view your stress levels. It can be a long list depending on the type of personal fitness device you are using. As an older personal trainer, I am constantly amazed by the new technology on the market and as most of my clients are much younger than me, they are often the first to tell me about the latest advances. In fact, I find it hard to keep up. Fitbit, Apple watch, Garmin, satellite tracking and locating applications are more the norm these days and most of us have jumped on the wagon. But it is not necessary, as many of the older methods we used are still current,

accurate enough and very economical. Long before personal electronic devices we could take our own pulse to ascertain how hard we were working by placing the first two fingers on the wrist and counting the pulse via the radial artery. Often this is a more accurate method as the count is almost instant. Some devices have a lag time, understandably. If you want to check if you are working hard enough on your daily workout you can use the “perceived rate of exertion” scale, with a measurement of 1-10, 1 being very light and 10 being heavy exercise. Most older people should work at 3-4 using this scale and increase repeats or intensity as required. Lastly, a simple log of exercise and diet can be recorded daily if you want to look at your food intake or your exercise each day. Writing this down does not take a lot of time and you may be surprised at the amount of food you actually consume when you maintain a detailed log. Tom Law is author of Tom’s Law Fit Happens.Visit tomslaw.com.au Brisbane

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NEWS

Save at the checkout CONSUMER group Choice has released its top tips for savings in the supermarket, based on years of research and reviews. “Many people are dealing with tight budgets and reduced income so every dollar at the supermarket counts,” Choice editor Marg Rafferty said. “We’ve looked across our reviews and research to find the best ways to make your dollar go further. “These tips and tricks could potentially save you hundreds of dollars on your grocery bills if you incorporate them into your regular shopping routine.” 1. Avoid pre-prepared fruit and vegies if possible While pre-prepared fruits and vegetables are a convenient option, they are also a lot more expensive. Loose carrots can sell for $2 a kilo, while shredded and sliced carrots are $10 a kilo. That’s five times the price! If it’s an option, buying whole fruits or vegetables can save a lot of money. 2. Check out the cheapest supermarket in your area In April, Choice compared

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grocery prices at 120 supermarkets around Australia, including Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and IGA. According to the survey, Aldi is the cheapest place to pick up your groceries, a similar trend to previous years. A shopping basket of goods at Aldi cost $80.75 while a similar shop at Woolworths was $141.83, and $145.23 at Coles. Aldi was also the cheapest supermarket in Choice’s Australia-wide research in 2015 and 2017. “If you don’t have an Aldi in your area, there are still ways to save,” Rafferty says. “Our 2021 Supermarket Satisfaction survey found that SA-based Foodland stores had the most satisfied customers in the country due to prices, store quality and customer service. Sometimes your local store can have great deals combined with quality customer service.” 3. Swap your favourite brand for a cheaper alternative. If you always buy the same branded product, it might be time for a change. House brands are typically much cheaper than

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branded products, and they’ve also dramatically improved in quality. Choice’s food taste tests have found that house brands can often score the same or even better than more expensive products. These are some of the house brand products Choice recommends trying in your next shop: For ice-cream, try Aldi Monarc Indulge Vanilla Opulence or Woolworths Vanilla Bean, which tied for first place with Connoisseur Classic Vanilla in testing, and they cost less than half the price. For butter, Choice recommends Aldi’s Beautifully Butterfully, which received 83

per cent in testing. For strawberry jam, Aldi Grandessa Signature Jam and Woolworths Essentials Jam scored 74 per cent, only one percentage point behind the test’s winner. 4. Buy “ugly” produce If you’re not bothered by misshapen vegies, picking up imperfect produce is a great way to save money. At Woolworths, the produce is called “The Odd Bunch”, at Coles it’s referred to as “I’m Perfect”, and at Harris Farm it’s “Imperfect Picks”. 5. Swap out-of-season fresh produce buys for frozen. Buying in-season produce is the best way to ensure you’re getting the best value for money. If you want to buy fruit or vegetables out of season, consider opting for frozen, as they’ll be much cheaper. Buying frozen fruit and vegies also means that it’s difficult to waste them, potentially saving you more money. For the full list of tips and tricks, and the supermarket grocery basket and satisfaction surveys visit choice.com.au

AUSTRALIANS over 60 rank among the best hosts in the world on accommodation platform Airbnb. Australia is also home to one of the highest proportions of hosts aged over 60, at 20 per cent compared to the global average of 15 per cent. Hosts of this age group on average also have more favourable guest rating scores, second to New Zealand, and on par with the US. Average senior host earnings are just over $8000 a year. Part of the motivation for listing a property is to supplement income, especially for the retired. Older Australians have also embraced Airbnb for travel, making up 9 per cent of all stays booked in Australia, well above the 6 per cent global average and placing third behind New Zealand and Denmark. In Queensland, most senior hosts are in Caloundra and Saint Lucia is a top-trending summer destination for senior guests, along with Darlinghurst, Darwin, Wembley WA, and Kalgoorlie.

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MEN’S HEALTH

November means men’s health GLOBALLY, men die on average five years earlier than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable – which means that it doesn’t have to be that way. A growing number of men are facing life with a prostate cancer diagnosis. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men, and around the world, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, with males accounting for 75 per cent of all suicides. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men and the difference between early and late detection is a matter of life and death. The risk increases with age, so after 50, men should be talking to their doctor about PSA testing. Movember is the leading charity dedicated to changing the face of men’s health and this month is dedicated to engaging the community in raising funds to support its projects. Since 2003, Movember has been supporting men’s health and uniting experts to collaborate on projects that will fundamentally change the way they are treated. Funding is prioritised for the three

biggest health issues facing men – mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. To join in the vital fundraising for these projects, there are four easy ways to help in November: grow a

moustache, run or walk 60km during the month, rally a crew and do something fun and easy, or come up with your own ideas that put the fun in fundraising. Sign up online. Visit au.movember.com

SIMPLE STEPS TO keep on top of the biggest problem MOST prostate cancer is diagnosed during GP check-ups, but some men can experience symptoms such as changes in urinary or sexual function. Men should begin routine prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood tests at the age of 50, or 45 if you have a family history. All you have to do is: • Request a PSA test from your GP • Get the routine blood test done • Discuss any changes in your results with your doctor and plan when you should have your next test done. For tips on how to ‘Know Thy Nuts’, and conduct selfexaminations for early detection of testicular cancer, visit au.movember.com

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Shortcuts can lead to the hard road Picking up a DIY will kit may sound like a cheap alternative, but, writes DON MACPHERSON, it can end up being the most expensive decision you will make.

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ore and more people are looking to do their own wills, either based on a previous version, or through a Will Kit purchased from a newsagency. It reminds us of the old adage – “a person who does their own legal work has a fool for a client”. Nevertheless, the court is increasingly being confronted with decisions on whether a document – whether it be a scribble on a wall, a text message, a

handwritten note, or notes on an old will – should be treated as a person’s Last Will and Testament and admitted to probate. Wills are supposed to be witnessed by two independent people who are not beneficiaries of the estate. Primarily this is to prevent fraud. Sometimes the intended will is not properly witnessed, not signed correctly, or is expressed in language that simply doesn’t make sense or is internally inconsistent.

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The question for a court is always whether the defective document purports to express the intention of a person to be their last will, rather than being merely notes or thoughts as to a possible will. Recently the court had to consider what to do with a document which was a copy of an earlier will where the person had handwritten changes on the old document that had the effect of changing who got what and in what proportions. The first question was whether the document with the handwritten changes was intended to be a last will or was the handwriting merely musings or notes where the person was thinking through what they may want to change in their will. The court decided, having heard evidence from a number of parties, that the person did intend the updated document to be their last will. Then the question became how to deal with the changes in the second will – did they trump the original bequests? The court decided they did. The court then admitted into probate the first will, subject to, but superseded by, the changes in the second will. What are the lessons from all this? Firstly, the person’s intentions were

ultimately endorsed by the court and implemented. Secondly however, to achieve the person’s intentions the matter needed to go to court with contested views from beneficiaries who benefited, or not, depending on what version was accepted. A court application of that nature could cost perhaps $50,000. A new/updated will through a lawyer would have cost maybe $400. It reminds us of another old adage – “penny wise, pound foolish”. Don’t do it yourself – get an expert to make it right and avoid court. Don Macpherson is at Brisbane Elder Law, experts in wills, estates, and estate disputes. Visit brisbaneelderlaw. com.au or phone 1800 961 622

SURVEY FINDS WIDESPREAD SUPPORT FOR BANKING LAWS A NEW nationally-representative survey has found widespread support for the passage of two landmark Banking Royal Commission reforms, including a compensation scheme. The survey by consumer group Choice found that eight in 10 Australians agree victims of finance investment scams should receive compensation. And almost three-quarters support a compensation scheme for victims of financial misconduct. Choice’s banking policy adviser Patrick Veyret said the community had not forgotten the scandals of the Banking Royal Commission but two and a half

years after the Federal Government committed to cleaning up the banking industry, many victims had not been compensated and many banking executives had got off scot-free. “Justice delayed is justice denied,” he said. “More than 1300 people have had their complaints and compensation awarded paused until the Government passes the scheme. People have lost their entire life savings and are stuck in limbo.” He said for many victims, compensation was the difference between living a secure retirement and facing a life on the aged pension in the insecure private rental market.

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ON TRACK

Relevance remains crucial, regardless of age Ageism, particularly as it affects older people, is a real and growing economic and social problem. JUDY RAFFERTY discusses what it means for individuals and the impact it can have on retirement plans.

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loria Steinem, an American feminist journalist and social political activist said, ‘…in general, both men and women suffer from ageism. Men much less because men gain power as they get older. Women lose power as they get older. Men are seen as gaining experience and being distinguished.’ What a provocative way to begin talking about ageism. I wonder what this statement provokes in you, but that’s a long conversation. The Australian Human Rights Commission reported that ageism not only limits the potential opportunity for older Australians to participate fully in the community, but also significantly impacts on overall health and wellbeing. Ageism in the workplace is well researched and documented. Retirement is an area of specialty for me as a psychologist. Ageism has a direct impact on our retirement decisions and our experience of retirement. In Australia we know that once we retire, we are likely to suffer a loss of identity and credibility. We also know that as we age, we are likely to suffer further loss of identity and

credibility or, as I say in my book, a loss of relevance. These losses are inflicted on older people because of our cultural perceptions of age. Ageism is negative age-based discrimination. You don’t have to be old and frail to be subjected to ageism. An American study which surveyed people aged 16 to 34 years found that this age group felt that old age started from as young as 56. Many other studies have identified stereotypes attributed to those considered

old, including those still in their 50s. These include dependency, loss of ability to learn new things and lack of technological ability. Importantly, there is a relationship between stereotypes and the development of ageism. The more negative the stereotypes the more ageist the society becomes. But there can be some positives and trade-offs to ageism. On the positive side, older people are sometimes seen as wise and kindly. This is known as sageism. If you are prepared to trade off your independence you might find that people will look after you with more care for your expected frailties. Interestingly, older people often participate in ageism by joking about their senior moments and their wrinkles. A question to ask yourself is whether you will accept the subtle ageism imposed on you by our society with its lower expectations of you and its sometimeskindly care for your physical and mental vulnerabilities, or whether you will accept appropriate and kindly care but also strive to age actively, to remain visible and relevant, and to present positively. We tend to think of ageism as

discrimination against older people, but ageism is simply discrimination based on age. It is not unidirectional. Ageism against young people is sometimes called reverse ageism. Do you negatively discriminate against young people? Do you have negative stereotypes that you attribute to young people? As the older generation I think it is important to consider if we are ageist. Interestingly, many older adults are ageist and sometimes in both directions. They are ageist towards other older people as well as towards younger people. Ageism is real. We are impacted by it whether or not we are aware of it day to day, and perhaps we are unwitting perpetrators. Ageism is based on generalisations and like all generalisations there can be a slice of truth within it, but our generalisations (including the one I just made) need to be examined in the cold light of day, preferably with good friends over good food and a helping of laughter. Judy Rafferty is the author of Retirement Your Way, A Practical Guide to Knowing What You Want and How to Get It, at all good bookshops and online.

Establish a routine for life after work After years in the workforce, adjusting to life as a retiree can be a challenge. DAVIE FOGARTY suggests ways to establish a healthy retirement routine.

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he new-found abundance of time can be disorienting, and many can struggle to find structure and balance in their day. While it may be stressful at the start, a retiree’s ability to adapt and re-focus will help leave them fulfilled and happy. Here are five strategies to help 1. Participate in regular exercise. Regular physical activity plays a strong role in maintaining good quality of life, social wellbeing and cognitive function. Australian health guidelines recommend

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those aged 65 years or older engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day but recent data reveals only 28 per cent do. 2. Learn a new skill or hobby. Leisure activities can improve motivation and psychological wellbeing. Retirement increases the time available, which can be both exciting and daunting. Discover or re-discover the things that bring you joy. 3. Prioritise quality sleep. As we get older, changes in hormone levels can often

lead to reduced sleep quality. Melatonin production slows, causing sleep to become more fragmented. Establish a schedule that helps your body find a natural rhythm. If you struggle to fall asleep, try adding weight. Weighted blankets use deep pressure stimulation to reduce restless night-time movement and relieve stress. 4. Maintain social connections. Retirement can disconnect people from various aspects of work, such as a daily routine, access to a stable social network,

positive self-identity and a sense of meaning. Find new ways to be social – phone or video calls, share a meal, exercise with a friend or partner, take up a class. 5. Engage in volunteer work. Volunteering is a structured way to make a meaningful contribution. It improves physical and mental health and can even reduce mortality rates. There’s a wide range of volunteering options available. Davie Fogarty is founder of Calming Blankets. Visit calmingblankets.com.au

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WELLBEING

The reality of male menopause The decline of testosterone in middle-aged men is called andropause. TRUDY KITHER reports that this is a genuine phenomenon that can affect a man’s wellbeing.

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n women, rapid declines in sex hormone production is called menopause, when menstruation stops. In men, serum testosterone levels decline more slowly. Reproductive changes in middle-aged men are naturally associated with reduced production of testosterone. The age-related decline in androgen levels is perfectly normal and natural. There are signs and symptoms of this age-related decline that have been associated with a range of mental and physical changes if it happens too rapidly. Low DHEA levels and hypothyroidism are more common in middle-aged men. Thyroid changes can start to occur from middle-age, increasing with age for both women and men. For many men, these changes can be debilitating. They can include fatigue, depression, impaired cognitive function, and lack of energy. Men will often experience “silent depression”, as it often goes unnoticed and unreported. The most common reason for this is that men are more prone to internalizing their feelings than women are. Generally speaking, of course! A man’s internalised struggle with his lowering hormones can often manifest as

low motivation, low-stress tolerance, problem avoidance, substance abuse and even suicide. In severe andropause, the reduced testosterone levels can include hot flushes, night sweats, loss of confidence, deterioration in work performance, decreased libido and erectile dysfunction. Just like women in menopause, they can experience weight gain, a decrease in body hair and a reduction of bone mineral density. There are nutritional, dietary, lifestyle and herbal support factors for men to integrate into their lifestyle to assist with

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their symptoms. These are reducing caffeine intake to 300mg a day and reducing alcohol intake, having a diet rich in high-quality fats and proteins, maintaining or building muscle mass and achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. At least seven hours of good quality sleep each night is essential, as is adopting healthy, stress-coping behaviours. Nutrients that are essential during this period in a man’s life are B Complex vitamins. These are critical for energy and neurotransmitter production. Zinc (necessary for over 200 enzymatic reactions in the body) is a crucial co-factor in testosterone production. Magnesium improves mood, muscle cramps, restless leg syndrome, energy, and the nervous system. Herbs of particular benefit are withania (ashwaganda), which is known to improve the nervous system.

It is an adaptogenic herb and will help shift the body back to a “normal” state of being. It supports thyroid health and improves testosterone levels. Rhodiola has anti-stress benefits, while tribulus also enhances testosterone levels and physical performance in men. In summary, middle-aged men can experience these symptoms, leaving them lacking in vitality, tired, depressed, and losing vigour. Blood tests can assess levels of testosterone, SHB, LH and FSH, which will help identify HPG dysfunction. Blood tests can evaluate thyroid dysfunction to check the levels of TSH, T3 and T4. An experienced naturopathic practitioner will assist male patients by supporting their endocrine function. This is achievable through a targeted approach of natural ingredients such as tribulus, rhodiola, withania, magnesium, high-quality B Complex vitamins, zinc and magnesium, along with any additional personalised treatments based on the patients’ individual circumstances. Trudy Kither is a naturopath and owner of Nature’s Temple. Visit naturestemple.net

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HEALTH

KIDNEY fast facts • Kidneys rid your body of waste (through urine), clean your blood of waste and toxins, regulate your blood pressure and manage the production of

Vitamin D

SUPPORT WHEN YOU NEED IT FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE NEUROLOGICAL disorders are now the leading source of disability globally, and the fastest growing neurological disorder in the world is Parkinson disease. Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition known as a “motor disorder” and affects more than 18,000 Queenslanders – but it remains one of the least understood. The average age of diagnosis is 65 years, with 82 per cent at age 65 and over, however younger people are not excluded. It is not easy to diagnose Parkinson’s. There is no diagnostic blood test or brain scan, so it is important that the diagnosis is made by a specialist, such as a neurologist, who will examine for any physical signs and take a detailed history of symptoms. The underlying cause relates to a decline in the production of the brain chemical, dopamine. This lack of dopamine causes difficulty in controlling movements and moving freely. Non-motor symptoms such as pain, depression and problems with memory and sleep can also occur and have an impact on day-to-day life.

There is currently no known cure. However, there are many treatments available that can allow a person with Parkinson’s to lead a fulfilling and productive life. Treatments can assist in managing symptoms and provide a high quality of life for years to come. Parkinson’s Queensland works to support everyone in Queensland living with Parkinson’s or impacted by the diagnosis and recognises that for each person diagnosed there are up to eight others impacted. Support ranges from strategic advocacy, partnerships, supporting research and awareness programs, to the education of government and professionals from medical and community sectors. Individuals are provided with information on various aspects of Parkinson’s diagnosis, educational sessions and webinars. Most importantly, support groups and telephone peer support programs are available around the state. To find a support group near you, call Parkinson’s Queensland 1800 644 189 or email pqi@ parkinsonsqld.org.au Visit parkinsonsqld.org.au.

• The biggest risk factors for kidney disease are diabetes, high blood pressure, established heart problems and/or stroke, family history of kidney failure, smoking, obesity, being 60 years or older. Check your risk at kidney.org.au/ kidneyrisktest • About 63 people die with kidney-related disease every day • Kidney disease is a silent killer – sufferers can lose 90 per cent of kidney function without experiencing any symptoms • 1 in 3 people Australians are at risk of developing chronic kidney disease •

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TECH-SAVVY TIPS WORTH HEARING GONE are the days of the bulky hearing aids which served only to amplify sound in your ears. ELODIE COMPOS explains the new technology and how to manage it. Hearing devices now come in small, compact shapes and are loaded with amazing features to improve not only hearing, but also the ease using hearing devices. There are so many exciting new features and gadgets with hearing aids that it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed on what to do and how to do it. Words such as “Bluetooth”, “streaming”, and “pairing” can sound daunting if you’ve never had to use them, so sometimes some one-on-one tutorial is needed. Falls of Sound at Indooroopilly offers this assistance with tech support consultations. A new and exclusive type of hearing health appointment focuses entirely on giving the help needed to get the most out of the technological advances of hearing aids. That could mean connecting devices, looking at options available or even going over instructions and information one more time. It comes down to what you want to know to feel more “tech-savvy”. So, what is it you can do with your hearing aids now that’s so special? Most modern hearing aids are fully Bluetooth compatible, which means you can connect them to your mobile phone and receive phone calls directly to your hearing devices. You can also listen to music this way, which significantly improves the sound quality and clarity. And you can control the hearing aid volume, microphone directions, sometimes even create

or modify special programs for specific noise environments. Hearing aids are also compatible with extra gadgets to enhance your everyday life. Small remotes can be used to discreetly change the volume and program of hearing aids. Clip-on external microphones can be connected and used to pick up sound more clearly and from a greater distance which is practical in noisy situations or when listening to a speaker from afar. For home, there are TV streamers designed to send the sound from the TV program directly into the hearing aids so that you can hear more clearly, and those around you can still watch at their preferred volume. All of these gadgets and advances are designed to enhance the everyday hearing experience and give you back social confidence. You don’t need a degree in rocket science to make them work, just a bit of a helping nudge from people who work with them every day. Elodie Compos is an audiology assistant at Falls of Sound Hearing Solutions, Indooroopilly. Call 3378 5999 or visit fallsofsound.com.au

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people live without limits haven’t changed and we are excited about the next chapter as we continue to help people right across Southeast Queensland to live without limits. We made some changes on our website to make it easier for you to find equipment and aids that best suit your needs. Visit us at www.hellomobility.com.au or email sales@hellomobility.com.au to find new ways to re-gain your independence. You will also find helpful information on our website about becoming more independent and mobile through our regular blogs and newsletter, Live Without Limits! You will also see updates on our social media pages including Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Behind the new look you will still receive the same good old

fashioned friendly service and support that our customers love and have been coming back to for decades. At Hello Mobility we are passionate about helping people improve their independence and can’t wait to help you remain independent and live without limits.

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WHAT’S ON Redland Performing Arts Centre presents

FESTIVE AND FUN CABARET

LOOK forward to A Very Mario Christmas when Redland Performing Arts Centre presents a joyfully irreverent night of comedy, circus and rock music.

Join us for a joyfully irreverent night of comedy, circus and rock music soaked in fabulously festive cheer. Hosted by the world-renowned, multi-award-winning, circus and variety legend Mario: Queen of the Circus and featuring an array of his special friends.

PERFECT EVENT FOR CHRISTMAS PARTIES!

THU 16 – SAT 18 DECEMBER Redland Performing Arts Centre, Auditorium Tickets: $32–$35 via 3829 8131 or www.rpac.com.au Booking fees: $5 by phone & $6 online per transaction

ARTISTS UNITE FOR EXHIBITION THREE creative Brisbane artists are getting together to show their work at a pop-up gallery in Hamilton. Lyn McClelland is a watercolourist and a member of the Queensland Watercolour Society. Most of her career has been spent on the Central Queensland coast where she is a known and respected artist. She moved to Brisbane in 2020. Lyn has successfully participated in many exhibitions within Queensland, including one solo at the Mill Gallery, and is known for her vibrant and transparent

Hosted by the world-renowned, multi-award-winning, circus and variety legend Mario: Queen of the Circus, the variety show features awe-inspiring skills, ridiculous comedy and heart-warming connection, celebrating the power of live entertainment at its absolute best. Mario is a master at enthusing and transforming audience, not only with his deep love of super-band Queen, but also with the array of special friends he introduces at his shows. For this festive cabaret he will be joined by Helen Cassidy, Clint “Booff the clown” Bolster, Stephen “the hunk” Williams, Shannen “no bones” Jones, Abbey “super circus” Church and improvised musical-

comedy legend Jenny “funny mummy” Wynter. This is a perfect event for Christmas parties, with lots of audience interaction and a jubilant party atmosphere. There are five fabulously festive shows to choose from. Seating is in cabaret tables of four or book Mario’s VIP lounge which seats up to six people and includes a bottle of wine on arrival. Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland. December 16-18 Tickets $32-$35. Bookings: RPAC Box Office 3829 8131 or visit rpac.com.au (Booking fees are $4.50 by phone and $5.20 online).

paintings of coast, river boats and florals. Kathy Lathouras is a Brisbane textile artist who makes beautiful felt creations. Her scarves are stunning and popular because of their texture and brilliant colours. Hetty Doyle is a Brisbane artist who has been exhibiting her art for years and has a silver medal from plein air painting in Florence in 2002 in the Caterina de Medici Painting Award. Hetty creates many art forms and in this exhibition is showing some of her hand-painted cottons and silks, as well as earthenware fired forms suitable for the

home, a balcony or in the garden. Her paintings are mainly recent watercolours with some unframed mono prints, linocuts, and mixed media as well. St Augustine’s Church Hall, 56 Racecourse Rd, Hamilton Friday, November 5, from 3pm; Saturday 6, 9am-6pm and Sunday 7, 9am-noon.

Redland Performing Arts Centre presents

THE QUEEN OF THE NILE

Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra f e at u r i n g s o p r a n o Sofia Troncoso

This stunning concert features showpiece Baroque arias by Handel inspired by the enigmatic Egyptian monarch, alongside music by his contemporaries that will surprise and delight. The luxurious voice of soprano Sofia Troncoso will also be on full display in two arias from Handel’s Giulio Cesare and Vivaldi’s opera Il Tigrane.

H a n d e l • Va l e n t i n i • H a s s e • H e i n r i c h B i b e r • L o c k e • P i s e n d e l • V i va l d i Plus a selection of Christmas carols to close

FRIDAY 17 DECEMBER, 7PM

The Queen of the Nile was originally presented by Musica Viva Australia in association with Camerata in 2020

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WHAT’S ON

POPS PREPARES FOR ITS NEW YEAR GALA THE Queensland Pops Orchestra presents its New Year’s Eve concert at the Queensland Performing Art Centre’s Concert Hall for the 37th consecutive year. Maestro Patrick Pickett has crafted a concert with a Carnival of Venice atmosphere packed with virtuosity, colour and movement to welcome in the new year. The Pops lights a fuse of excitement as the countdown to January 1 begins. Joining Patrick and the musicians of the Queensland Pops Orchestra are a star cast of exceptional and gifted musicians. For NYE 2021, Pops is proud to

welcome internationally renowned tenor Rosario La Spina, mezzo-soprano Milijana Nikolic and dramatic soprano Elizabeth Lewis. This highly regarded trio will bring highlights of operatic music to the concerts, with Patrick’s favourite of all time—Cosi fan tutte: Soave sai if vento. Ballroom dancers will grace the stage in a Viennese waltz. After the lavish stage spectacular head up to the QPAC rooftop to hear piper Bruce Grice pipe in the New Year at an exclusive Black-tie function, with champagne and nibbles. As has become the tradition, there will be two performances of the New Year’s Eve gala concert – the first at 5.30pm and the second at 9pm. An orchestra that loves the music it plays – and the joy it brings –Queensland Pops Orchestra is a vital part of the Queensland performing arts scene. Patrick, his loyal artistic and technical support staff, outstanding specialist artists and the dedicated players of the orchestra invite guests to sit back at an unforgettable night of colour and superlative music. QPAC Concert Hall December 31, 5.30pm and 9pm Tickets are limited. Bookings qpac.com.au or call 136 246 Visit qldpops.com

BAROQUE AT ITS BEST CLEOPATRA, depicted by history as a woman possessing legendary intelligence and enviable beauty, is the inspiration for the stunning program of classical music in The Queen of the Nile. Queensland’s chamber orchestra, Camerata, has established itself on the national stage with its track record of artistic achievement. Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) is proud to welcome Camerata to its Concert Hall for the first time with The Queen of the Nile. The program was originally presented by Musica Viva in association with Camerata. The concert features showpiece Baroque arias by Handel inspired by Cleoptara, alongside music by his contemporaries. Praised by critics world-wide for her “vivacity and clarity” soprano Sofia Troncoso (pictured) will feature in two arias from Handel’s Giulio Cesare, including the sublime Piangero. The evening finishes with a burst of vocal pyrotechnics from Vivaldi’s opera Il Tigrane, inspired by the other Cleopatra, the Queen of Armenia. Performing without a conductor, Camerata celebrates an environment where all musicians take full ownership of

convict-built structures, landmarks and incredible feats of engineering before stopping at Sea Legs brewery in the shadow of the Story Bridge. This is the first river tour for MoB, following its many successful walking tour programs. MoB CEO Renai Grace said the tour was another way that Museum of Brisbane was looking to push beyond the walls of City Hall and present Brisbane’s rich history through a new lens. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the stories of our city from one of its most iconic features, the Brisbane River,” she said. The three-hour tour is as entertaining as is it educational. Bookings are essential.

RPAC Concert Hall, Cleveland Friday, December 17, 7pm. Tickets $30-$45 Bookings: RPAC Box Office 3829 8131 or visit rpac.com.au (Booking fees are $4.50 by phone and $5.20 online).

JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS TO BRISBANE

SET SAIL ON THE TIDES OF BRISBANE Did you know giant steam ships were once deposited by flood waters in the City Botanic Gardens, or that the Brisbane River was the scene for a dramatic political incident that saw Parliament House almost in the line of fire for a cannon ball? These and many other fun and fascinating facts about Brisbane River life will be revealed in the new Museum of Brisbane Tides of Brisbane boat tours during November and December. History buffs can splash into the stories of Brisbane’s past in this new historical tour, taking to the water for a feast of amazing facts, fantastic views and a pitstop at one of Brisbane’s top breweries. Starting from the City Botanic Gardens, the tour floats past the city skyline,

their artform in the spirit of chamber music. Demonstrated in Heinrich Biber’s colourful and eccentric Battalia is their taste for flair. Virtuosity is in full flight as artistic director Brendan Joyce takes a central role in Pisendel’s Violin Concerto in D Major.

The tour is suitable for most fitness levels and has a capacity for 20 passengers. Boarding at the River Hub, City Botanic Gardens. Wednesdays 11am2pm, Sundays 3pm-6pm from November 3-December 19. Tickets $120, concessions $115. Bookings and more information, visit museumofbrisbane.com.au

PRESENTED by the Japan Foundation, the Japanese Film Festival (JFF) makes a grand return at Palace cinemas for its 25th year. The 2021 program features an expertly curated selection of films, from features to action, anime, drama and documentaries. It also includes a free tribute series of films by Shuji Terayama, one of Japan’s most influential avant-garde film directors. For seven days from November 15, there will be a free online program of five films available for movie lovers and japanophiles from around Australia to enjoy from the comfort of home. Palace Barracks and Palace James Street. November 11-21. Visit japanesefilmfestival.net

Sat 5 Mar 2022 1.30pm & 7.30pm Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

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RETIREMENT LIVING

ACT BEFORE NEED BECOMES CRITICAL

ENJOY THE LAND WITHOUT THE LABOUR IT WAS the rolling hills and lush rainforest setting of Buderim that attracted downsizers Cynthia and Ian Rye to B by Halcyon. Having lived on acreage, Cynthia and Ian were looking for somewhere to retire where they could enjoy a rich natural landscape without the burden of overwhelming yard maintenance. “It’s mainly because we had property and we wanted to downsize,” Cynthia said. “It was a tropical rainforest. It wasn’t large but it felt large when it all grew and had to be cleaned up.” Ian added: “We love the Sunshine Coast, and we love nature, so we were surrounded by trees. B by Halcyon has got that, and hills.” B by Halcyon is Halcyon’s greenest community to date, with an environmentally conscious masterplanned design complemented by almost 6ha of private open space for the exclusive use of homeowners. “What we wanted was something similar to the property we lived on where we were surrounded by total tropical rainforest, trees and green,” Cynthia said. “We are on the edge of the swale, which is a dry riverbed about 17m wide. Halcyon has planted around 12,000 plants and trees there so it was like moving from what we had to something

similar. We have our own garden, a beautiful big patio and lots of greenery around. It’s really good.” The opportunity to live in a tropical rainforest aside, Cynthia and Ian were enticed to B by Halcyon by the prospect of being part of a community. “I like people, I’m a real extrovert and I enjoy people’s company,” Cynthia said. “We’d been here not quite a fortnight and we’d been invited to a street party and a barbecue and met a whole lot of people from our particular street. In our age group, it’s nice to be able to meet people and make friends of your own age and way of life.” Cynthia and Ian are looking forward to making the most of Halcyon’s easygoing lifestyle, connecting to the community and living a comfortable life together in retirement. “We can live happily ever after,” Cynthia said. Visit lifebeginsathalcyon.com.au

GLUTEN-FREE MEALS MAKE LIFE EASIER ONE in 70 Australians is affected by coeliac disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes painful symptoms and irritation to the body when eating gluten, so there’s a reasonable chance that you or someone you know, has coeliac disease. Gourmet Meals recently participated in Coeliac Awareness Week to help raise awareness of the importance of testing for coeliac disease, particularly within the food and hospitality industries. It may be challenging dealing with coeliac disease, or living with someone that has this autoimmune disorder. One of the biggest challenges is finding tasty

and nutritious meal options. Dietary gluten is the biggest culprit for abdominal pain, nausea, fatigue and rashes, among other symptoms. Eating food without wheat, rye, barley, and oats is a good way to ensure these damaging responses stop. Gourmet Meals has designed a menu with delicious meals that are safe for coeliacs. A taste of the huge variety of gluten-free meals are tasty Chicken Florentine, cottage pie and delicious chocolate pudding and custard. Browse the menu at gourmetmeals.com.au

SALVOS Home Care provides a range of services such as domestic assistance, clinical care, assisted transport and social support to help older Queenslanders live independently in their own homes and communities. Community Care general manager Fiona Sanders says that what she loves most about Home Care is its focus on supporting people to age in a familiar environment, independently and surrounded by things that they love. “I think that’s the most important thing about us being able to deliver services to people in their homes,” she says. Accessing Government subsidised home care funding can be a daunting process so the Salvos Home Care team offers obligation free assistance in navigating the aged care system. “We can assist by finding out what funding you’re eligible for and help you go

through that process,” Fiona says. Her advice is to initiate the process before care is needed. “As people age, they will need help in some aspect of their daily life,” she says. “Don’t wait until you realise you are unable to do all those household chores you used to manage easily. It can take time to get the aged care assessment and the report back saying you’re eligible for home care support. “After that, depending on package and priority levels, it could be a while before you’re allocated a home care package. It’s worth noting that the package can always be put on hold if it’s not needed at that time. “We can help with starting the conversation earlier and assisting with the process before the need arises.” Call 1300 111 227 or visit agedcare.salvos.org.au

NEVER A DULL MOMENT AN ACTIVE social committee ensures residents of TriCare retirement communities have many opportunities to meet with neighbours and socialise. One of the many benefits of moving into a retirement village is that there is always something to do, and the wide choice of activities means there are plenty of friends around for social times if you choose. A popular event is the monthly happy hour. Instigated by a resident four years ago, this regular event is now organised by the social committee with the aim of getting residents together in a relaxed social environment Compton Gardens Retirement Community resident and social committee chairman, Peter Myska says that happy hour is an excellent opportunity for residents to catch up in a relaxed environment and enjoy each other’s company. “Everyone is busy with their own lives, so happy hour is one event where residents can mark it on their calendar each month to catch up,” he says. “Social

isolation can be an issue as you get older, so we want to provide as many different opportunities as possible for residents to get out and see other people.” Some of the events on this year’s social calendar include games evenings, tai-chi, yoga, gentle exercises, craft, aquarobics, table tennis, bingo, indoor bowls, book club, movie nights and bus trips within and outside Brisbane. The monthly Sunday concerts are also popular with performances from jazz bands, barbershop quartets and local school bands and choirs followed by afternoon tea. The social committee also donates to worthy causes with funds raised at its events including the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea, drought relief programs and music programs at local schools. Serviced apartments at Compton Gardens start at $86,000 and independent living units at $130,000. Call 3263 2788 or visit tricare.com.au

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The WORLD in Your Hands

Travel in Your Time Wildlife, action, adventure ... the Far North has it all

Against the backdrop of Covid lockdowns sweeping much of the country, DANIEL PACE visits Cairns and discovers that while North Queensland needs our help, it has plenty to offer in return.

A cultural experience from the Pamagirri people, with traditional dances, spear throwing, and boomerang throwing lessons.

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t should have been one of the busiest times of the year when I arrived in Cairns during the school holidays, but the dearth of tourists at the region’s biggest attractions was alarming. Some operators spoke of crowd numbers being down 60-70 per cent and workers being laid off until travel restrictions lifted. Here’s hoping that this natural wonderland in the tropics will soon be welcoming back lots of southern visitors. Meantime, Queenslanders can have it all – and take the grandkids for the ride. Here are some of the many memorable experiences to make the trip worthwhile: DANIEL VS GOLIATH We arrived at the Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Zoom on the top level of The Reef Casino in Cairns not really knowing what to expect. The morning started sedately as we walked through the dome and marvelled at the native animals – snakes, black cockatoos, rainbow lorikeets, koalas, lizards and main attraction, Goliath, a 4m

500kg crocodile more than 50 years old. Soon it was time for the dome crew to strap on our harnesses and take us to the casino rooftop for a spectacular bird’s-eye view of the city and islands of the Great Barrier Reef. The staff were fantastic in helping us conquer the fear although it’s ultimately a controlled and safe environment. After catching our breath, we went back into the dome to try the zipline. I chose the more difficult Hi-Zoom path over Goliath. Tick “ziplining” off the bucket list, and purchase photographic proof. THE SKY’S THE LIMIT The saying “it’s about the journey, not the destination” is fitting when talking about a trip to Kuranda, the picturesque mountain village about 25km northwest of Cairns. We went up on the Kuranda Scenic Rail and came down on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, which offer different, but amazing, views of the world heritagelisted Barron Gorge National Park. The 90-minute train journey takes it nice and slow, to enjoy rolling farmland, misty mountains, steep ravines and spectacular waterfalls. For history buffs, commentary is provided on how the railway was built and its opening in 1891. The train makes a stop at Barron Falls station for passengers to stretch their legs and take their photos of the spectacular

falls, which are 327m above sea level. Just outside Kuranda is the Rainforestation Nature Park where we went on an army duck tour and immersed in the culture of the Pamagirri people and visited the koala and wildlife park. The highlight was learning to throw a boomerang after watching the Pamagirri perform their traditional dances. For the record, my boomerang did come back but I dropped it cold! After some lunch and a spot of shopping in Kuranda, it was off to the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, the largest butterfly aviary in the southern hemisphere. The tip here is to wear colourful clothing because the butterflies are more likely to be attracted to you. The Skyrail trip back was breathtaking. It was surreal and peaceful at the same time – like floating in the clouds. Stunning views of the river, rainforest canopy and Barron Falls made this an experience to savour. I would recommend taking the 7.5km trip. There’s no better way to see this ancient rainforest. ZOOTASTIC After three days relaxing at Granite Gorge Nature Park near Mareeba, it was off to another must-see – Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. A 40-minute drive from Cairns, this wildlife park has plenty of eye-popping shows and boat cruises to see crocs being fed in their natural habitat. Anyone who’s seen the crocodile show at Australia Zoo will suddenly think it’s tame. The host of the crocodile attack show doesn’t muck around and bravely enters the water to show how the croc performs a death-roll on its prey. It’s riveting stuff. It’s also worth catching the snake show and visiting the enclosure of Australia’s largest snake in captivity, Psycho Sally, a reticulated python that is fed chickens and, on occasion, a goat (dead, of course). It’s definitely worth exploring

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TRAVEL • Insects need to be periodically scraped off the windscreen. • The mobile struggles to stay in range then cuts out completely. • ABC country radio, the only accessible channel, plays rural focused programs. • The comment “just up the road” can mean anything from just around the corner to several hundred kilometres away. • I play a never-ending game of Dodge the Potholes. • Oncoming drivers greet each other with a raised index finger. • There are more interstate tourist vehicles than local traffic. • Gridlocks come with wide tractors and harvesters that occupy both lanes of already narrow roads. • After a comfort stop in the bush you return with a cattle tick that you only discover when relaxing in bed that night. • You jump the farm fence for another comfort stop only to get zapped by a million volts from an innocuous looking white tape. On scrambling to your feet, you may look down and discover that a comfort stop is no longer required. • You wake up in the morning to the soothing sound of bird calls. • Every locality has a Sandy Creek, and it means what it says. • The towns’ water tastes like turpentine. • On a clear evening (once every month) you can see a setting sun in the west and a

turn of the head will reveal a rising full moon, while the next day you experience the reverse, a setting full moon and a rising morning sun. • The clear night skies display an unfamiliar starscape. The Milky Way almost resembles a dense white veil of a zillion light specks while the Southern Cross almost blinds you. • You drive through a plague of locusts. Every day is a new adventure or experience. Though you may die of thirst or dehydration driving through remote arid wastelands, food is never a problem – the carrion on the roads will provide excellent protein – quite tasty if killed in the last 24 hours. And this is but a snippet. If you venture into the desert moonscapes, well off the sissy sealed roads, you will be greeted by a museum of bleached bones and the graveyard of vehicles – cars, trucks, trailers, caravans, that have shaken themselves to pieces on the legendary corrugations. I suspect, and correct me if I’m wrong, that our pioneers and explorers traversed the country not in Toyotas and Fords, but on camels and horseback because you can’t eat a metal vehicle. Yes, travelling the land is like travelling a foreign country – everything is unrecognisable. So, to answer his question: “I know I am travelling in the country when … it doesn’t resemble the city.”

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BILL MCCARTHY This is not a pleasant book to read but, if you ever doubted that evil people exist in our most trusted institutions then you probably should read it. Daryl chronicles his life from the time his malevolent mother deserted her children to the care of the State, in this case, a Salvation Army children’s home where they were subjected to the most horrific treatment. Denied offers of adoption by their scheming mother, they survived until, as teenagers, she took them to Australia to live with her new husband. After this arrangement broke down, 14-year-old Daryl was pushed on to the street on a rainy night. His subsequent survival and growth into a successful adult is a wonderful example of courage and fortitude. Like many memoirs this is not particularly well written, but this is mostly irrelevant given the context.

MARY BARBER I hope this book is widely read. It is Daryl’s personal story and that of his two brothers and sister while in the “care” of the Salvation Army in New Zealand. So many people at the Salvation Army home turned a blind eye to allow this abuse to go on for so long. They are all culpable. The cruelty and violence Daryl faced every day was extreme. I admire his courage in writing this memoir. The book also shares Daryl’s adult life. He had some years in the Australian army followed by a successful career in fitness and bodybuilding. He found love and friendship in his life which pulled him through the dark times. Well worth the read.

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SUZI HIRST Yet another book written by a damaged soul about a life of physical, sexual and psychological abuse, childhood innocence taken from him, abandonment, loss of family and his battle to survive and make a life for himself. All of this starting from birth. Shunted from foster home to foster home he was eventually placed in the care of the Salvation Army. The abuse and cover-up of all those involved with his care is disgraceful – especially for a Christian establishment. The hatred of his mother is extreme but oh so understandable. The damage to his brothers, sister and half-brother caused by parents and so-called carers make this hard to read. That Daryl made a success of his life is commendable.

THE ORPHANED SOLDIER by Daryl Te’Nadii

A powerful true story of one boy’s fight to survive, this harrowing memoir is Daryl Te’Nadii facing the chilling memories of his childhood in New Zealand. Abandoned by his mother as a baby, he was put into care where he suffered daily beatings and humiliation. After 12 years, his mother returned but he faced further abuse at the hands of his stepfather. His mother left him again and at 14 he was living on the streets. After joining the army at 18, Daryl finished high school and was one of only 67 to be chosen for elite training. He went on to win 29 Australian titles in powerlifting and body building. Available in 163 countries, writing the book was cathartic for the author who now hopes it will shine a light on violence against children and support men’s mental health.

JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT I have always found it difficult to fully comprehend the betrayal of trust, hurt and anger that those who have been physically, emotionally or sexually abused during childhood experience during their lifetime. If Daryl Te’Nadii does nothing else in this book he clearly articulates the impact of these abuses on himself, his family and people around him over more than 40 years. To his credit he acknowledges the good times he experienced in the orphanages but clearly the abuses have stayed with him every moment of his life. His story is told well despite repetition and mistakes that are a little off-putting.

This memoir is about a New Zealand boy who, with his two brothers and sister, is abandoned by a heartless narcissistic mother. They were placed in a Salvation Army orphanage described as the “Palace of Pain in Horrorville”. Two violent and sadistic male paedophiles marauding in the cloth of Christ physically and sexually abused the children and destroyed the lives they should have been protecting. Daryl faced his demons with the help of friends and close family ties. He blunted the painful psychological intrusions and ruminations by adopting a life of extreme physical exercise. Congratulations Daryl on telling your sad story and exposing one of the many unchristian organisations who criminally abused children. You are a true survivor and a warrior for this lost and unwanted generation. A must read 9/10.

JO BOURKE I doubt I will ever forget this book! It is a brutally honest account of Daryl Te’Nadii’s courage in surviving mental, physical and sexual abuse from five years of age in a church home in New Zealand. Totally confronting and related in such detail, I will never forget the image of a skinny six-year-old made to stand naked for 15 minutes in sub-zero temperature as punishment. Add to that the treatment by his biological mother and stepfather and it’s no wonder suicide was often an option for Daryl. Most of all this story made me angry! The Salvation Army is but one of many “Christian” establishments that have acted similarly towards innocent children in their care. A letter of apology does not make amends! Huge congratulations to Daryl for facing his demons. He is an inspiration and proof that it is possible to not only survive the worst possible childhood but to eventually live a happy life. Definitely worth reading.

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ACROSS 1 Odd-looking cinema food is free (10) 6 Fasten belt (4) 10 Launches internet location managed in high school (5) 11 Discount split up by professional villain (9) 12 One leaving limo parked in a street pretty well (6) 13 Cold Chisel reused and reused phrases (7) 15 Commanding officer in need falsified record secretly (6) 16 Fine tailor creased back of apron with old press (8)

17 Clerical outfit is certain about new order of six? (8) 20 People reduced selling monthly (6) 23 Heart of brutalised lover is sewn up (3,4) 24 I vote against keeping Western Australia to some extent (2,1,3) 26 Cigar lover worked apart from a magazine seller (5,4) 27 Prickly shrub is starting to grow next to rambling rose (5) 28 Throw to Aussie in the middle (4)

1 Repeat letters used in multiple choice (4) 2 Lycra manufactured with one carbon fibre that’s synthetic (7) 3 Payment method has varied in fraud committed by food store especially (4,2,8) 4 Lift power worked up (6) 5 Current poor state of coal pit (7) 7 Skin starting to erupt in sweat (7) 8 Layer containing sealant moulded well (10) 9 Do those people after alcohol irritate partypooper? (3,2,3,6) 14 Pussy lump filled with mixture of arsenic (7,3) 16 Wine and dine, paying no attention to final bill (3) 18 Learner, one involved in split, brought up experiences again (7) 19 Enclosed courtyard’s centre mostly with roofing material (7) 21 Organisation of traders featured prominently (7) 22 Dose of medicine, if picked up, could be a boost (6) 25 Important information – it’s missed by distracted witness (4)

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1 To the power of three (5) 4 Life forms (9) 9 Scoundrels (7) 10 Of a number (7) 11 Waterer (9) 12 Workshop machine (5) 13 Depressants (7) 15 Fears (7) 17 Extra motorcycle seat (7) 19 Fall (7) 22 Semiconductor (5) 24 Stone age (9)

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The Story of Sandgate

Where: Sandbag Community Centre, 153 Rainbow Street, Sandgate

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26 Researcher (7) 27 Feeling (7) 28 Distributes (9) 29 Snoozes (5)

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