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y first-born tells me that I worry too much these days, and I have to reluctantly agree that somewhere down the path of the past few years, I have lost some of my joie de vivre. Little things that were never a problem have become big things to worry about, usually in the wee hours before dawn when I wake up carrying the world on my shoulders. All the promises I made to myself that I wouldn’t let age change me seem to have gone out the window — just like the promises that I would never give my babies a dummy and then begged them to take it. And now, as Lorraine Page reports this month, I find I am not alone. There

are many of us who, possibly through the isolation that came with Covid, are worrying about what the future holds. Will I realise my worst fear and end my days being spoon-fed in a nursing home; will stiffening joints rob me of the ability to get out and about; have I lost my sense of humour and the will to sing and dance; will I be able to maintain my standard of living ... the list goes on, especially at around 4am. As Lorraine mentions, there’s a tendency to avoid planning for the future because it means looking down the barrel of writing the last chapter of our life’s book. But as my good friend of more years than I care to (or can) remember, who has just celebrated her 71st birthday, (when did I start hanging out with old people?) likes to point out, aching bones are still better than the alternative. This was brought home by the death of another long-term friend a few days short of her 65th birthday last month. Future planning definitely demands a good injection of optimism. And on that cheery note, I’ll sign off in the hope that I’m still around round next month. Yes, the first-born is right. Dorothy Whittington Editor

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Where next? Be prepared for the final chapter Most of us have always wanted to stay living independently at home, but the pandemic forced many to become more aware of their mortality. LORRAINE PAGE investigates current trends in quality-of-life decisions. Only 8 per cent of older Australians surveyed described the quality of aged care as good or excellent. Retirees Grace and Jeremy, both in their 70s, vary considerably in their attitude to home care and how to avoid the road to an aged care home. When Grace broke her foot five years ago, she was income tested for a government-funded home care package. Assistance didn’t come through until after her recovery, but she decided to keep the package anyway as she concedes she has other long-standing

“If you don’t have any money left there will always be a place in residential aged care.”


reflection on what matters most in the present has influenced expectations for the future. Slightly more than half of respondents in an online study commissioned by Australian Seniors, said they took stock of their life circumstances during Covid-19 and its lockdowns. As many as one in three retirees surveyed in the Australian Seniors Quality of Life Report admit their priorities for a quality life in retirement has been reshaped as a result of the pandemic, particularly regarding family and health.

And the main worry for seniors thinking about future living arrangements is being able to remain living independently (94 per cent) for as long as possible in a property that is easy to maintain (81 per cent). Macquarie University’s Centre for Ageing, Cognition and Wellbeing deputy director Dr Carly Johnco, says older Australians have always shown a preference for staying in their home as they age, mainly due to having mixed feelings about receiving support. They feel more comfortable receiving care from people they know.

“The pandemic has highlighted some of the challenges associated with aged care facilities, such as reduced access to family members during end-of-life care and reinforcing people’s preferences to keep living independently at home when possible,” Dr Johnco says. Reconnecting with values of family, community and living independently over the past few years has manifested in a strong preference for home care among the vast majority (82 per cent) of older Australians, while the pandemic, conversely, has tainted perceptions of aged care facilities for nearly half.

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Planning for old age can be confronting as thoughts usually turn to negative scenarios. people are being dragged out of their wards because a case of COVID has gone through. Bad news sells and that’s all we’ve heard in the past couple of years.” Asked when he would have a conversation about planning for his health or aged care needs, he says: “On death’s door, I suppose, just before the ambulance comes to take me away. I don’t plan on lingering.” He says he’s not interested in looking into home care packages now because both he and his wife are well and healthy. “I exercise regularly. I don’t have any illnesses. I’ve beaten cancer twice and heart issues. I’m a survivor.” His heartfelt advice to the younger generation is: “Don’t get old.” While the popularity of home care has risen steadily in recent years, the pandemic brought to life some of its greatest advantages, including living in a familiar location near family (78 per cent), or within an established community. The finding dovetails with the desire of most (86 per cent) older Australians to

remain in home care for as long as possible, with a quarter considering ways to extend their ability to remain in home care. On the flip side, most senior Australians surveyed admit they have very little awareness about how home care packages work or how much they cost (74 per cent) and feel they would need more support to organise home care for either themselves or a loved one (67 per cent). A third are deterred by dealing with long waiting lists and finding a suitable carer to trust. Although most (82 per cent) of the 5000 Australians aged 50 and over surveyed agree that it’s important to have conversations around aged care needs with their family, nearly half are far less forthcoming about conversations around retirement and ageing. “Planning for retirement and old age can confront us with thoughts about a range of negative scenarios, including how we might need to change our lifestyle in the case of physical health

problems, housing, finances and social relationships,” Dr Johnco says. “It’s unsurprising that many Australians have delayed their retirement planning or have avoided having conversations about retirement planning with loved ones altogether.” But, she points out, avoiding retirement planning doesn’t make it easier in the long run and can result in poorer outcomes when the appropriate plans have not been put in place. Dr Johnco suggests that families break down a conversation about retirement or future care plans into smaller steps and have a close friend or family member on hand for support. While possible health care needs (65 per cent) have always been somewhat of a staple priority for older Australians when determining retirement plans, it’s evident that recent events have made financial stability and mental wellbeing a focus, along with maintaining a sense of purpose. Despite the importance of money in supporting retirement dreams, nearly two in three of survey respondents didn’t have financial plans in place or only vague ones, and only one in seven had documented or professional plans. Senior financial adviser at Lifepath Financial Planning Brad Monk, says running out of money is invariably the greatest fear of prospective retirees who come to him. “The worst thing to do is to spend less when you’re at your best health,” he says. “It’s not about money when you see a financial planner, it’s maintaining longevity so you can fulfil those dreams and have an annual review to ensure you’re on track to spending the money you want to spend and achieving your goals at the end.” Brad says you’re young while you still have good health, but you can age quickly if your health deteriorates.

“Do a call to action before it’s reactional,” he says. “If you don’t have any money left there will always be a place in residential aged care for every Australian. “It might not be the facility of your choice, or the room that you would like, but you’ll get the care that you require.” The outlook of seniors from the research is guardedly more optimistic than pessimistic about the year ahead, and for the most part, realistic. However, nearly three in five are minimally or not confident at all that life will largely return to “normal” this year.

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IT HAS been a cold and wet winter in most places but spring is on its way. The soft cane Dendrobium orchids are starting to bud along with my Geraldton wax. The gorgeous hippeastrum papillon are also in bud, with their beautiful colours of green and maroon. Time to prune roses and give everything a feed. Check out your local nursery for seedlings of both seasonal flowers and vegetables. Everyone should at least have a tomato plant and lettuce, either in the ground or a large pot, both easy to grow. Keep the weeds at bay by removing when small. Spring is a great time to start propagating from seed, division or cutting. You only need a sharp pair of secateurs and a pot along with your cuttings, so easy and very rewarding especially as a lot of the older plants are no longer available. Give it a try, you will be surprised. Still time to purchase camellias and magnolias while still in flower. It has been a good season for citrus. The dwarf varieties are great in pots. Pop one in now for your own supply next season. Penny Hegarty

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by Mocco Wollert “LIAR, liar, pants on fire!” I can’t quite get the meaning of this little ditty but if it should be true, there would be an awful lot of people roaming this earth with scorched bottoms. Have you ever told a lie? If your answer is NO, I know that you are lying. We all lie at some stage in our lives. There are many types of lies: white lies, habitual lies, blatant lies, outright dangerous lies, and sometimes necessary lies. Probably pathological liars are the worst; they are compelled, by whatever force, to always lie. Most of them have a very good memory system that prevents them from being found out. In a way I feel sorry for them because the saying goes: once you told a lie, nobody will believe you again. Everyone who has children knows that there is an extra child in the family. Its name is “Not Me”. Who left the fridge door open? Not Me. Who ate the last biscuit? Not Me. Who let the cat out? Not Me. The list is endless and it is always the same child – Not Me. Why do children lie? Are they learning to protect themselves against consequences? Is it a subconscious reflex to avoid being held responsible and

therefore punished? From the time that children actually know right from wrong, they lie. Why wouldn’t they, if telling a little lie saves them from getting a smack – I am talking of course, strictly in the past here, as it is no longer allowed to smack. My generation administered the odd smack on the leg to keep children in line. Some psychologists even say it gave the child a sense of security, a boundary, something strong to buck against but at the same time a feeling of protection by somebody strong. Animals also can pretend that they were not guilty of a misdemeanour. It wasn’t their fault that the vase broke or the sock got chewed up, but their usually very guilty looks give them away. They cannot say “I am sorry” when you scold them, only slink into a corner and look pitiful. It tears your heart out and you forgive them instantly. Little white lies are sometimes necessary, say to help someone’s selfesteem. You may say to a friend, who has just bought a new outfit and can certainly not afford another one, “you look lovely in that” when in reality maroon is absolutely not her colour. What about when he himself has cooked the dinner? “Lovely, darling (did he have to put that much tabasco in it?) I so appreciate you cooking tonight.” His beaming face outweighs the little white

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Discover our mutated genes inherited from one or both parents. We don’t know who to point the finger at because the parents don’t usually show signs of the condition. I’m no scientist, but simply put, when these mutated genes are the ones involved in the formation of hair, the shape of the hair shaft is altered causing it to stand out. The hairs reflect the light differently too, which causes the sparkly sheen. Quite often, the condition rights itself by adolescence and this was the case with my son, who progressed to a wavy mop, bordering on dreadlocks. The shine diminished too, but mostly due to a grotty, teen phase. My bonny boy was born with an average head of dark, baby hair. About six months later, I noticed fine, light-coloured fuzz covering his noggin. No great shock as blond hair featured on both sides of the family. As the months went on, the fuzz grew into an uncontrollable mass that had to be seen to be believed. The hair looked like duck down and wafted in the breeze like a field of wheat. By the age of two, it was white. To say he turned heads is an understatement. Strangers stared and pointed. Hands reached out to feel his soft, fluffy locks like metal to a magnet. One day, some Japanese tourists requested a photo and a lady even accused me of bleaching it (I didn’t!). To me, he was

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Plant collector’s silver sows seeds of murder Thousands of visitors attended last month’s Queensland Gardening Expo to find something special among the thousands of plants. AUDIENNE BLYTH writes that the native flora of the Sunshine Coast has long been sought after by collectors. And for one, it proved deadly.

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ne of the first collectors of local plants was William Stephens, according to the Brisbane Courier of March 1866. He was in the habit of arriving at Mooloolah Heads, present-day

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Mooloolaba, by the paddle steamer, Gneering, and walking back to Brisbane, about 100km. He would collect seeds, berries, fruits, ferns, orchids, wildflowers, bark, leaves and vines as he searched the dry heath and

wallum woodlands. He even returned with bunya nuts, and these may have grown into the very bunya trees that can still be seen growing in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Stephens was an assistant to Walter Hill, outstanding botanist and curator of the Brisbane Botanical Gardens from 1855 to 1881. Hill introduced new species of plants both ornamental and agricultural in value, including mango, pawpaw, ginger and beautiful jacarandas and poincianas, all due to his experiments. Hill was also passionate about native plants. At Mooloolah Heads, Stephens would usually buy supplies at the timber-getters’ store and employ Aborigines as guides to help him. On Stephens’ last visit, a young Aboriginal, Tommy Skyring, was employed as his guide. Stephens had a reputation for being generous and got along well with Tommy. Perhaps it was the sight of the silver coins he used to pay for goods that attracted two other Aborigines, Johnny Griffin and Captain Piper, who followed him. When he stopped to make camp for

Botanical gardens curator Walter Hill the evening and was bending over cooking Johnny cakes, he was killed by blows to the back of the neck. The place of his camp later became known as Dead Man’s Water Hole and is near the Caloundra turnoff from the Bruce Highway. The penalty for killing a white man was severe, a hanging offence, and the three Aborigines were accused of the murder. Tommy Skyring had been a trusted employee of the timber-getters. Johnny

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The sternwheel paddle steamer Gneering (left) at William Pettigrew’s wharf in Brisbane. Griffin was only about 14 years old and Captain Piper had already served time in jail. Constable Nalty from the mounted police at Maryborough was sent to investigate with a detachment of native police. Captain Piper and Tommy Skyring were captured and taken to the Gneering. Captain Piper escaped by slipping his handcuffs and swimming ashore. Tommy Skyring met a tragic end – he died a month later in Brisbane Gaol, a death in custody. The warrant for the arrest of Captain Piper was made in 1866 but he was not captured until 1879, when Constable Smith arrested him at Cobb’s Camp, Woombye. At the trial there was a difficulty about whether or not Johnny Griffin understood

that he was under oath. Johnny explained that Tommy Skyring had struck the first blow and he was to blame. Tommy was unable to speak for himself as he was long dead. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty. The Attorney-General stated he did not intend to take any further proceedings. His Honour ordered both to be discharged. What became of Stephens’ collection that awful day of his murder? We can only say that our native plants are great survivors. Audienne Blyth is a member of the Nambour Historical Museum, open Wednesday to Friday, 1pm-4pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. All welcome.


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Finding time to make the move There’s a season for everything and that includes choosing the right time to downsize your home. And, writes JODIE McDONELL, timing is everything.


ife’s all about timing – just think of the lyrics of the 1962 song “Turn Turn Turn” by The Byrds: “for everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” The lyrics include a time to be born and a time to die; a time for war, and a time for peace; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to keep, and a time to cast away. Speaking of which, there’s very definitely a time to take a big breath, and a time to downsize. Over the past 18 years or so I have stood alongside many “downsizing” couples and singles guiding them through the process of selling their existing home, searching for and finding their new home, and then all the steps forward required to complete the journey. A major observation is that it’s all about timing, and my strong advice is not to leave it too late. Age equals energy and that’s a fact. There can be a lot of mental and physical energy required when you finally take on the process of downsizing. There are big, important decisions to

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be made which are crucial to a happy downsize. Sadly, some leave it too late, and it turns out to be extremely stressful and problematic and can even impact on your health. One of the cases that comes to mind is an older (80+ years) client who, in her everyday life, was quite active and clear thinking. Everything appeared to be going well during the listing process, and I believed she was managing quite well. But I was wrong. She called me in tears in the first two weeks and was quite overwhelmed by it all. I dropped and ran to spend the afternoon scheduling a whole range of tasks from packers to cleaners to handymen. This got her back on track, and we worked together to make the move. She is now happily nestled into her new (much smaller) home and lifestyle. She was happy to admit that she had left it too late. Another older (80+ years) couple who were well supported by a large family also began to lose ground a few weeks into the sales campaign. Even though the family helped with

preparing for Open Homes, the emotional stress of such a big move began to take its toll, so much so that the wife was taken to hospital at one stage. The family then decided to move the couple to a beachside unit for the remainder of the campaign which was a perfect strategy. The family even went ahead and set up their new home in a 60+ retirement resort, so they were able to just walk in the front door and begin

to enjoy their life again. Downsizing should be considered anywhere from the mid-50s to the mid-70s if you’re to have the tools you need to complete the process. Ageing is not your only consideration in wanting to downsize – there’s also the matter of timing the market. Do your best to sell and buy in the same market. No matter what, you don’t want to be caught selling your home and then waiting too long without purchasing or committing to purchase off-plan, in case the market rises. Some downsizers are comfortable with purchasing first and likewise, it’s a good idea to then get your property sold as soon as possible. That’s simple real estate logic. It’s all about timing, and when you get it right, you have a smooth transition to a brand-new lifestyle of low maintenance, more convenience, more peace and security and more enjoyment. Could it be your turn? Jodie McDonell is a property downsizing specialist. She has been working in real estate on the Sunshine Coast for more than 18 years.

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Add to the armoury against Alzheimer’s The mighty mitochondrion has been linked to many age-related changes and diseases, but the good news, writes KAILAS ROBERTS, is that you can power up and take charge of your mitochondrial health.


t’s been a long time since I did high school biology and words like ribosomes, nuclear membrane and cytoplasm bring back faded memories of dry and abstract lessons on cell structure. I have however recently become quite fascinated by one of these constituents of our cells – or organelles as they are formally known - the mighty mitochondrion. For those who need reminding, the mitochondrion is the powerhouse of the cell, providing energy for all its needs – generally from the sugar we eat or have stored, or sometimes from the ketones we derive from fat. The number of mitochondria varies widely between cell types – with those requiring more energy possessing greater amounts – though the figure is often in the order of hundreds of thousands. Unfortunately, as you age, both the number and efficiency of your mitochondria declines. These changes have been linked to the development of many age-related changes and diseases, including cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer. Alzheimer’s disease, the leading cause of dementia, is another condition

associated with mitochondrial failure. Many experts believe that underperforming mitochondria are an important cause of this disease. This is perhaps not surprising: nerve cells are one of the most metabolically active cells in the body and are therefore highly reliant on the adequate generation of energy. If the mitochondria within the nerve cells are not working in sufficient numbers, there is a so-called neuroenergetic deficit. When this happens, our ability to remember and think is likely to be compromised. In extremis, this may result in dementia. Indeed, it has been directly shown that the ability of the mitochondria to provide adequate energy to nerve cells is compromised in those with Alzheimer’s disease. Adding to the problem, damaged mitochondria seem to be more inclined to create oxidative stress, a process that causes inflammation in the body and brain. This in itself is increasingly being recognised as a probable cause of Alzheimer’s disease. It all suggests it’s good to identify problems with mitochondrial

health sooner rather than later. But how do we know whether we have problems in the first place? Well, unfortunately the symptoms can be rather non-specific, but can include chronic fatigue, muscle weakness and other symptoms of organ failure. But even without these symptoms, knowing that getting older itself is associated with poor mitochondrial health should motivate us to try and nurture them as best we can. The good news is that there are ways to increase both the number and function of these critical structures. Though supplements like CoQ10 might help, it is always best to remember the natural strategies that are thought to promote mitochondrial health. One of these is the closest thing we have to a panacea – exercise. Keeping physically active helps the process of getting rid of old inefficient mitochondria (mitophagy) and the generation of new ones. There seems to be benefit both in pushing yourself hard, through high intensity interval training for instance, and also exercising for long periods.

Always check with your doctor before you embark on an exercise regimen to which you’re unaccustomed, however. Then there is caloric restriction. Reducing the amount you eat can have a favourable effect on your mitochondria. Many people believe that ageing is the consequence of failing mitochondria and restricting calories has been proven, in animals at least, as one of the few ways to truly slow down ageing. Again, if you’re interested, talk with your trusted health professional. Antioxidants also protect against damage to the mitochondria, so it is important to have a healthy diet rich in these compounds. You can never go wrong increasing your intake of green leafy vegetables. Time to power up! Kailas Roberts is a psychogeriatrician and author of Mind your brain The Essential Australian Guide to Dementia now available at all good bookstores and online. Visit or

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Good night and sleep tight There’s no doubt that sleep becomes more topical – and often more elusive – as we age. KENDALL MORTON lists some practical steps for those who may be struggling to get a good night’s shut-eye.


ew research from the University of Cambridge and Fudan University confirms the importance of getting a good night’s sleep. The study examined the UK Biobank health data of nearly 500,000 people aged 38 to 73 years. The participants in the study were asked about their sleeping patterns, their mental health and general wellbeing. They were given cognitive tests for processing speed, visual attention, memory and problem-solving skills. The results showed seven hours is the ideal amount of sleep for people in this age bracket. Too much sleep, not enough sleep or inconsistent sleep was associated with poorer cognitive performance. Also, participants who did not get seven hours of sleep a night reported more anxiety and depression and poorer general wellbeing. Researchers say the findings suggest insufficient or excessive sleep duration may be a risk factor for cognitive decline in ageing. So, given the importance of sleep, what can you do about it? Here are some suggestions: Manage your pain better. One reason for broken sleep is pain that is less intrusive

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in the daytime but becomes insistent at night. An aching hip, sciatica or a throbbing gouty toe can rob you of sleep. Review these issues in the daylight and take action. It may be that your favourite chair is not a good fit for you or perhaps you need a medication change. Sleep with your partner. A new study shows adults who sleep with their partner or spouse sleep better than those who sleep alone. These sleepers reported less severe insomnia, less fatigue and more time asleep than those who slept alone. They fell asleep faster and stayed asleep longer.

Stop the fidgets. Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is one cause of broken sleep. It is often managed with a magnesium supplement taken in the evening. Ask your doctor about this. Frequent leg cramps can also be a sign of low magnesium. Magnesium is also available in roll-ons for fast application. Remove your bedside clock. Constant clockwatching will not help you sleep. If you must wake up with a clock, turn it around so you can’t read the clockface or put it under your bed. Plan your day to suit YOUR sleep needs. It’s common to get anxious about

early appointments – will I get to the doctor on time? Will I get my shower in before the tradesman arrives? Take this hassle away when possible. Arrange appointments for later in the morning or in the afternoon. Be firm and say, “No visitors before 10am thank you.” Avoid long afternoon naps. A short afternoon sleep can recharge your batteries but long naps make you less tired at night. Dr Wai Kuen Chow is medical director at the Woolcock Clinic in Sydney which specialises in sleep research. Her advice is to limit afternoon naps to 15-45 minutes. Set a timer so you don’t oversleep. Prepare your body for rest. Eat your evening meal early so your body can work on digestion before bedtime. Avoid drinking water late in the evening. Limit the light in your room. If your bedroom has too much external light, this can impair sleeping. You may need heavier curtains or a sleep mask. Rather than leave a hall light on to show the way to the bathroom, get yourself a reliable torch to keep on your bedside table. Kendall Morton is Director of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay. Call 5491 6888 or email kmorton@

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If you’re looking for an outdoor activity that combines movement, mental skill, strength building and teamwork, TRISTAN HALL recommends lawn bowls.

AS A personal trainer I get asked a lot if I can train people to lose weight, get stronger, run faster … and the list goes on. For some reason, the pressures of life have made them overweight, lacking strength, sick and generally not looking or feeling good. I like to call this “being out of balance”. Life is, after all, a balancing act. As one of our politicians said some time ago, “life wasn’t meant to be easy” and that is true. The pressures of modern life are arguably much tougher now than for a long time. That has been the topic of debate in households in this country and around the world for some time. Back to the balance of life from a physical and emotional sense. I am not equipped to write on mental health or wellbeing except to say that being physically fit, active and exercising regularly is without doubt a lot more beneficial to physical and mental health than not doing it.


hen it comes to healthy activities, lawn bowls is a winner. It can improve balance, not just in the game but in general. With each bowling action, you transfer your weight from the back leg to the front leg. These slow controlled muscle movements build strength and balance. Because you stand throughout the game, endurance improves too. Rolling your bowl towards the jack develops physical precision and mental alertness. Lawn bowls is a team activity. You are encouraged as you learn, and you get to meet new people. Before you head down to your nearest lawn bowls club, try these simple exercises at home. Exercise 1 – Static Lunges Stand side on to a wall or a railing for support. Place a stable object on the floor that is around 30cm high. A small box or a stack of books will do. Step forward with one leg using a wide stance to keep you stable. Next, lower your body by bending your front knee and your back knee. Keep your back upright. Try to touch the books or box with your bent back knee. Hold this position for 10 seconds then slowly come upright. Repeat the lunge five times then switch to the other leg. As you gain more strength and flexibility, you will be able to get lower to the ground. Exercise 2 – Biceps Curl Start with a 1kg weight in your right hand. Keep

your elbow neatly against your body and do 10 bicep curls. Move slowly and mindfully. Hold in your core muscles as you raise the weight. Switch to using your left arm. Do two sets of curls. Progress to a heavier weight when 1kg is no longer challenging. Exercise 3 – Single Arm Farmer’s Carry This exercise, also known as the Suitcase Carry, helps with balance and stability. Your core, hips, back and arms are all engaged in this exercise. If you don’t have a weight at home, you can use a watering can. (Note that 1 litre of water weighs 1kg) Choose a weight you can carry single-handed with a small amount of effort. Put it on the floor and stand beside it. Bend your knees and put your heels firmly on the ground. Pick up the weight. Look forward and walk ahead for 20 paces. Turn and walk back to the start. Put the weight down. Switch to the other arm. Do two laps. Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist with Full Circle Wellness. Call 0431 192 284 or visit


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From a personal point of view, I have worked with many clients who once they get their work-life balance right they feel and operate much better, but it takes some effort. Incidentally, some academics believe life is summed up in a circular fashion called “wheel of life”. A pyramid is also used by some to highlight community, work, family, self. Whatever you use, it is important to find balance. When we are balanced, life is so much better. We are happier, healthier, feel in control and stress is much easier to deal with. My expertise is limited when trying to help people find balance in life, but it’s no secret that being active on a regular basis, eating a balanced diet and drinking plenty of fresh water,and getting plenty of sleep and rest goes a long way to helping get it right. Tom Law is author of Tom’s Law Fit Happens. Visit tomslaw.

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Darn this new-fangled technology By Danielle de Valera WAY back in the 1950s, I had an aunt who didn’t know how to use a public telephone. Or any telephone, for that matter. Whenever the phone rang in our house and a total stranger came on the line saying, “Is that the Ellis household?”, I would know to call my mother: “Mum, Auntie Nellie’s on the phone!” Big and buxom with red hair, Nellie would simply corral the first person walking past in the street and get them to ring for her, pressing the correct change into their hands along with the phone number, written on a slip of paper. To look at, she was the very antithesis of her husband Joe, my mother’s brother. He was small and fine, like a Spanish dancer. He also suffered from anxiety, but his was of a different kind from his wife’s. Whenever he came to visit my mother, he always caught a bus that would get him to the railway station 45 minutes ahead of the train on which he would return home. “Why don’t you wait here and

catch a later bus instead of sitting on that windy platform for threequarters of an hour?” my mother would complain. “It’s cold today.” “Arrh, you can never tell with trains,” Uncle Joe would say. “They’re not always on time.” Before his retirement, Joe had been station master at Rosewood, a small township 57km out of Brisbane on the rail line to Toowoomba. He still lived there. Those were the days when the station masters used Morse code to communicate between stations. This was quicker than being connected through the local telephone exchange, “Number, please”. In its day, it was a kind of texting using sound. You had to know morse code, which consisted solely of dots and dashes. The station masters also shifted all the large cumbersome rail signals by hand. Forget one, and you could derail an entire train. Engine drivers knew which small stations to approach slowly, train whistle shrieking, and which ones were worked by station masters who

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liked a drink or were known to sleep on the job. Joe was right in a way. In his day, the trains weren’t always on time. At 22, I could not understand my aunt’s terror of public telephones. (Needless to say, Joe and Nellie did not have a phone in their house.) I had been using phones since I was a child, standing on the ledges inside the phone booths to reach the mouthpiece, which was set into the apparatus on the wall and completely unconnected to the piece you held to your ear. “What’s the problem?” I’d ask my mother. “All you have to do is pick the earpiece up, listen for the dial tone, drop in your two pennies and dial the number.” “Well, she can’t,” my mother would reply. Now, sitting lost sometimes in front of a computer, I can’t help remembering Nellie. She’d grown up in an era without phones, just as I’d grown up in an era without computers. “Darn this new-fangled technology!” she’d often say. I sometimes find myself echoing her words.

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From left, Lesley, Tenzin from Tibet, home host Robin, George from Syria, Kamero from Burundi and home host Kristi and daughter Amelia

BUDDIES CHANGE LIVES SUNSHINE Coast Buddies Refugee Support Group members were privileged to hear the stories of three refugees who had previously taken part in the Buddies Learn English Holiday Program on the Sunshine Coast. It was started in 2012 by long-standing member Kayla Szumer. For George, Tenzin and Kamero, the imperative to leave their homeland was the same, “go or you are likely to be killed.” For George the time came when, in Syria, he witnessed the shooting of three civilians and was held for hours at gunpoint by their ISIS killers. For seven-year old-Tenzin, who’d experienced relatives being killed by Chinese police, it was at her activist father’s instigation that she and two younger siblings, joined a group of children and two Nepalese guides who walked for 28 days across the Himalayas from Tibet to Nepal. For Kamero, a politicallyactive youth leader in Burundi, it was being fired on as a protestor

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THE Woodies Wonderful Weekend of Wood was a huge success, according to event co-ordinator and vice-president Julie Breen. Huge crowds turned up at the Blackall Range Woodworkers Guild (also known as the Montville Woodies) headquarters at 230 -238 Balmoral Rd Montville. “People came from all over southeast Queensland to enjoy the varied activities on display, and no-one was disappointed,” Woodies president Max Barrenger said. One of the popular attractions was the Miller’s Shed where the club’s millers showed how they handle the logs which are cut into slabs and then dried in a specific procedure that reduces the moisture content to the right level before being used for wood making. “All logs are donated to the club by members of the public who want to remove a tree from their properties for various reasons, so we are able to recycle the logs and also help the environment,” Max said. The mill was designed and constructed by Woodies member John Holland. Box making, scroll-sawing, pyrography and other skills were on display as well as timber items made by members. The Woodies plan to hold their annual Santa’s workshop before Christmas where everyone is welcome to buy handcrafted wooden items which make excellent presents. A long-established tradition by Guild members is to make a range of children’s toys which are donated to the Salvation Army for distribution in their Christmas appeal.


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to explore the region. Many new friendships were forged and FFSC members were happy to be back furthering their mission. Later this year members will stay with clubs in Perth and Mount Gambier, and next year visit Noumea and New Zealand. New members welcome. Visit friendshipforrcesun or follow on Facebook.

GLASSHOUSE Country Senior Citizens Club members had a busy July, starting with their meeting at the Beerwah Community Hall. They then attended the Maleny Citizens’ luncheon at the Maleny Community Centre and took a trip to the HQ Wildlife Zoo at Woombye, before lunch at Nambour and a visit to the Nambour Museum. Seniors 50+ are welcome to join for friendship, fun and outings. Call 0488 762 637

PROBUS MEMBERS TOUR APPLE ISLE WITH Tasmania dressed in autumn colours, 26 members from 12 Queensland Probus clubs were able to enjoy every aspect of their 14 days touring the island’s highlights. Organised by Probus Association of Queensland president Rob Neary, the tour included social meetings with Probus Club members from Hobart and Launceston along the way. “It was interesting for tour group members to hear how Probus clubs are run in Tasmania,” he said. Highlights of the Tassie Tour included Bruny Island, rugged Cradle Mountain where snow

Walkers Ann Thorne, Jocelyn Mackay and Margaret Johnson.

WALK WITH A VIEW MAROOCHYDORE View Club members took their annual Walk with a View in warm winter sunshine from Alex Surf Club to Mooloolaba Surf Club and back, finishing with scones thanks to the Alex Surf Club. They were joined by members from the Buderim, Twin Waters and Kawana Waters clubs.

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Sunshine Coast zone councillor Vonda Cannock and past president Anne Thorne, who was part of the first Walk with a View, also attended. Started by Maroochydore View Club in 2005, Walk With A View has been held by clubs around Australia since 2010. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program. Maroochydore club supports 10 children. The club has a monthly lunch on the fourth Friday each month, with a guest speaker. Anyone who would like to meet for friendship, coffee mornings, and monthly social activities is welcome to join. Phone Di 0417 633 211 or Rae 0416 036 979.

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Tasmania’s Freycinet National Park is a perfect example of the universe humbly coming together in one place. Perched on the eastern coast of the Tasman Sea and guarded by the pink-hued mountain range, the national park is a sanctuary for wildlife to grow and flourish on the peninsula. The beauty of the park is in its picturesque white-sand beaches, rocky shores, magnificent beach curves, and the concealed bays overlooking the sea and the Hazard range. The peninsula is busy with tourists year round coming to seek the beauty of the wildlife and the adventures it has to offer. There is something for everyone! Those who come to witness the sheer beauty and serenity of nature, can catch a glimpse of the setting sun lighting up the dramatic highs and lows of the Hazard Range. Panoramic views of the peninsula can be enjoyed from either a cruise or by taking to the sky on a scenic flight. Do not miss the chance to come face to face with whales, seagulls, and dolphins over the coastal tour. A trip to Freycinet is a feast for the eyes and a tonic for the mind, body and soul.

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HAVING come from a property in rural Queensland, Robert and Lesley Thompson (pictured) are enjoying life at Halcyon Nirimba, located within Stockland’s masterplanned Aura community. “We are very grateful every single day we live here and it has far exceeded our expectations, even though they were high,” Lesley said. “That’s our philosophy though. There’s so much here to enjoy.” The couple decided to make the move from their acreage property in Kilkivan, near Gympie and were drawn to Stockland as Robert once worked for the company. “We loved living at Kilkivan,” Lesley said. “But we knew we would have to make the move as there were no medical facilities nearby and as you get older that is a consideration.” Robert added: “And when we saw it was Stockland building the community, we knew it would be good. “We said, ‘this for us and if we’re ever going to do it, now is the time’.” The couple recently celebrated their first anniversary at Halcyon Nirimba, which has access to more than 200km of walking and cycling paths connecting homeowners to shops and facilities. “It’s been a wonderful year and community living is great because you have the option of joining in with activities or other events and groups,” Lesley said.

THYME Lifestyle Resorts are helping people over 50 right-size their home and quickly settle into a neighbourhood where they feel welcome and can connect with like-minded people in the community. Robynne Mathers (pictured) is social club coordinator at Thyme Moreton Bay and has experienced first-hand the social benefits of owning a home at Thyme Lifestyle Resort. “Having access to these social activities is so important to bring us together, fostering relationships and keeping our minds and bodies active,” she says. “Our social calendar is jam-packed, we have so much happening that we only have midnight on Sunday free. It’s great because there really is something for everyone, and it’s an opportunity for all to be involved, should they wish to.” On the doorstep is a community filled with luxurious resort facilities which promote a socially active community. Each lifestyle resort has a range of luxurious facilities which can include a swimming pool, spa, art and craft studio, gym, cinema and bowling green. While the opportunities are endless some of the activities on offer include painting, movie nights, tai chi, aqua aerobics, line dancing and barefoot bowls. A socially active community also

And for Robert: “It’s nice to have people around you as you can be with them when you choose and we all have fun, but then you can have peace and quiet when you want it as well.” The couple have two sons in Brisbane and a daughter and granddaughter living nearby on the Sunshine Coast. Lesley’s sister and her husband are also moving to the community. “They will be in a different street to us, but we get along really well and love spending time with them,” Lesley said. The couple agree that it will be great in future years to have family support and care for each other so close. Call 1800 050 050 to organise an inspection of the community facilities and display homes.

means that you get to know your neighbours. “We’re a relatively small community so it’s great getting to know people and staying connected with others,” Robynne says. “We all look out for each other and there’s a huge amount of support shared between us. For me, it’s great seeing everyone together and helping each other out, almost like one big family.” An additional benefit is the financial gains. There are no entry or exit fees and no stamp duty, council rates, body corporate or strata fees payable. You also get to keep 100 per cent of any capital gains achieved on your home. Thyme Hervey Bay has 2-bedroom low-maintenance homes now selling from $438,000 in the latest stage release. Visit, call 1300 585 882

GEMLIFE GEARS UP FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLES GEMLIFE is all charged up to get its over-50s lifestyle resorts “future ready”, embracing innovative, sustainable ideas and practices, including making its communities electric vehicle friendly. Among key initiatives currently being considered are electric vehicles (EV), according to GemLife renewables and energy director Mark Langdon. “At GemLife, we are keen to make our future over-50s lifestyle resorts EV-ready with such innovations as EV chargers and a transition to electric resort buses and cars, as the current fleet reach the end of their service,” he said. The news was music to the ears for

future GemLife Palmwoods homeowner, Susan Fredrickson, who is a strong supporter of everything eco-friendly. “What this fabulous over-50s lifestyle resort company is doing for the good of the environment is trendsetting, and I support it 100 per cent,” she said. “I plan to buy an electric car later this year and have requested a charger point be installed in my garage which will save me so much money compared to petrol vehicles.” While her personal experiences of driving an electric vehicle are still ahead of her, she said a close friend had driven from Melbourne to Canberra and it had

Future GemLife Palmwoods homeowner Susan Fredrickson. only cost $16 to recharge it for the trip making it both cost-effective and good for the environment. “The biggest outlay will be for the vehicle itself although they are gradually

coming down in price and there are more of them on the market with models now available from Tesla, Mini Couper S, Volvo, Mazda and Toyota Rav,” she said. The EV initiative has also been applauded by former Australian rally driver and now EV dealership owner, Rob Ogilvie who said that creating the infrastructure for EVs was setting a great example for others to follow. GemLife Palmwoods offers premium recreational facilities and beautifully designed, low maintenance homes, created exclusively for the over-50s. Call 1800 317 393 or visit gemlife.

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Remember the days when cars were cars A few years back – make that decades – for better or for worse, motoring was basic. BRUCE McMAHON reminisces about a time when the driver rather than the car was in charge.


he 1949 Riley Roadster was one long British convertible with solid 2.5 litre, four-cylinder engine, four-speed gearbox and bugger-all brakes. For a 1.5 tonne car it could took a tall moment and sharp intakes of breath to pull up in a hurry, even in the sparse traffic of late 1970s Brisbane. On the upside, this was a long-legged touring car which could lope along all day at 80mph (130km). It rode well and coped with good and bad Queensland roads, top up or down – and sometimes with

windscreen laid flat across the bonnet for more sporting style on summer Sundays. And all the while, the responsibility to keep it on the straight and narrow lay with the driver. He, or she, had to read the road ahead, be aware of traffic alongside, reverse using eyes and ears and know when it was time to take a break. But it was safe, and much-valued, transport for a uni student, even if it had to be hand-cranked on occasion. That Riley and its sedan counterpart of the 1940s and ‘50s were fair examples

of early post-World War II cars, in many ways not too different to pre-war machines. Yet, and leaving aside electric cars, not many of those basics have changed decades on. Sure, most cars are now monocoque construction (body and chassis one piece) unlike the body-onchassis Riley, but most run with internal combustion engine up front and ride on four wheels to be steered by a human behind a wheel. There are better materials, more efficient designs and niceties such as automatic gearboxes. Brakes are better, comfort levels are up and audio systems are far superior. But perhaps some modern extras are as much a distraction and hindrance to good driving (and road manners) as an aid. Some may well save incidents and accidents, but so would proper driver education. Many of so-called driver aids are a pain in the driver’s seat. In many new cars – as good as they are to drive and as value-packed as they’ve ever been – buzzers and bells and warning lights are so insistent it’s easy to tune out and ignore the lot. It could be

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problematic if not paying attention. Among annoyances are the lane departure warning systems which tug the steering wheel back to the centre, pre-collision warnings, red dashboard lights with abrupt, autonomous braking if the car “thinks” it’s too close to traffic ahead, and driver drowsiness warnings flashing up if a driver’s head turns briefly. Some of these can be turned off, some are more subtle than others but it could be suggested they lead to false confidences in driving abilities and complacent drivers. Cars may be safer today, but that doesn’t mean drivers are. Having whinged about new-fangled gadgets, there are some useful bits of modern automotive technology. Traction controls and ABS are great safety systems. Blind Spot Monitoring, where lights in mirrors warn of cars alongside, are worthwhile. Bluetooth connectivity for phones is great. Wireless phone charging spots are welcomed, as is dual zone air-conditioning and tyre pressure monitoring systems. Yet, for some of us, it will long be the simpler the car. The greater the driver involvement, the safer the drive.

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When having a community is the best view The decision to move from the family home to a retirement village is a significant life choice, and not one to be taken lightly. DON MACPHERSON explains the tenure options to be weighed up when making the move.


recent discussion with a client was particularly poignant. Her husband had died, and she lived in a beautiful apartment with sea views. She told us that friends would come to her unit and remark on the lovely outlook. She would reply, “yes, but it’s a lonely view”. She chose to move from her apartment to a retirement village for one reason – community. Nobody wants to be known as “that nice little old lady that lived on level 11 who we never talked to”. Or even worse, “they found that little old lady on level 11 after a week”. People do, and should, buy for lifestyle rather than investment. It’s a choice for companionship, community involvement, and security. Many can see others enjoying the wellbeing effects that come from the community living that a retirement village offers. People buying into a retirement village need to understand the transaction is very different to buying and selling a house in the way that they have known throughout their lives. Different retirement villages provide different ways of creating rights to reside in their properties. There are four main ways that retirement villages offer tenure to an incoming resident: 1. LEASEHOLD This is the most common way that retirement villages offer their properties to incoming residents. The lease contract creates a right to reside for an extended period (usually 99 years – though we are yet to see someone outlive their lease). A lease is registered in the Titles Office. There is no stamp duty. Sometimes there is capital gain, but not usually. 2. LICENCE Less common than leasehold (at least in Queensland) a licence creates a right to reside but is not registered against the

ownership period – called various names including exit fees, or deferred management fees. Exit Fee percentages vary across the industry and can be based on the incoming payment, or the resale figure. Other exit payments, such as renovation costs, reinstatement costs, costs of sale, legal costs, and valuation fees vary from contract to contract, and operator to operator. Some allow for

title deed. However, there are additional protections provided under the Retirement Villages Act. Usually there is no capital gain. There is no stamp duty. 3. MANUFACTURED/RELOCATABLE HOMES This model involves owning the house, but not the land. The owner pays a site rental to have a house on the land owned by the operator. Because you own the home there is usually a modest capital gain possible. There is no stamp duty. 4. FREEHOLD This is the way that people are used to owning property. They buy the property (like buying a house) and can sell it at the end. They pay stamp duty. They get any capital gain (and bear any loss). The title is registered in the Titles Office. This is the traditional ownership method. It is more like buying a unit in an apartment building and is subject to a body corporate structure. It is however rare in the retirement village Industry. Whatever the ownership model, all retirement village contracts provide extensive rules in relation to occupation of the home in which you live. There are always ongoing fees while in the village. There are usually significant fees payable at the end of the

capital gain (and loss). Some do not. Retirement village contracts are always long and complex (often running to 100+ pages). Specialist advice should be sought before entering into a contract for any type of retirement village arrangement. Don Macpherson is an expert in all forms of retirement village contracts. Call 1800 961 622 or visit

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DRY eyes is a common condition and ranges from mild to severe. It usually refers to an inadequacy of natural tears to properly wet and keep the cornea (the clear “windshield” at the front of the eye) moist. The cornea does not have its own blood supply, and so relies on the tears to nourish, protect and clean it for optimum and health and clear vision. There are three important layers in the tear film – mucin, water and oil. They must all be present in balanced quantities for the cornea to be adequately moisturised and for vision to be clear. The most common type of dry eye is evaporative in nature, usually as a result of the oil layer in the tears being inadequate. This leads to the watery layer evaporating, and an increase in salt concentration often leading to irritation and very commonly a stinging and a watery eye. In fact, the most common symptom of dry eye syndrome is an excessively watery eye. There are many causes of dry eyes, including increasing age, blepharitis, menopause, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, medications, some autoimmune conditions, cataract and laser eye surgery, environmental factors and sometimes simply dry eye syndrome with no known underlying cause.

A NEW study from the Australian Centre for Behavioural Research in Diabetes (ACBRD) has found that four out of five people living with diabetes have experienced some sort of stigma and that having diabetes more than doubles the risk of developing depression. A recent US study also showed that the most widely reported experience of having diabetes was the perception of flawed character or failure of personal responsibility. While the rigour of managing diabetes is already challenging, the feeling of social judgement and potential guilt can lead to negative psychological, behavioural and physical consequences such as depression, anxiety and fear of negative feedback from blood glucose testing. People with diabetes or those at risk are urged to reach out for help and support to manage their condition. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults, the

Treatment of dry eyes is varied, depending on the type and cause. It commonly includes the use of artificial tears, staying hydrated, and changes to, or control of, the surrounding environment. Treat blepharitis and/or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction with warm compress. Treatments also include massaging the eyelids and lid hygiene, taking Omega-3, and sometimes, using medicated eye drops and ointments. Most commonly, dry eyes are a chronic condition and require ongoing care. Visit Sunshine Coast Opthalmologists

leading cause of preventable limb amputations and the leading cause of kidney failure. “Regular health checks can help identify early warning signs of disease and illness,” pharmacist and diabetes expert Claire Ross of Blooms The Chemist said. “With 1.4 million people in Australia living with diabetes, it’s important for people at higher risk to monitor their blood glucose levels. While this test will not confirm if you have diabetes, a high blood glucose reading may signal that there may be an issue.” Blooms The Chemist offers free Diabetes Monitoring (Blood Glucose Screening) to assist diabetics or those with a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The testing process is simple. A small amount of blood is taken from the fingertip and applied to a testing strip. Within a few minutes, a result will appear and this can be shared with a GP to discuss if further treatment is needed.

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SunPAC, Sunnybank 9-11 September Empire Theatre, Toowoomba 13-14 September Logan Entertainment Centre 15 September The Events Centre, Caloundra 16-22 September Ipswich Civic Centre 23-24 September Redcliffe Entertainment Centre 25-26 October The J, Noosa 27-29 October Redland Performing Arts Centre, Cleveland 4-5 November

To book, phone your venues box office or visit

MIRUSIA ARRIVES ON HER NATIONAL TOUR HOT off the release of her No.1 ARIA album Songbird, Mirusia is coming to the Sunshine Coast as part of her new autobiographical show touring Australia. The concert follows her journey in song, tracing her humble beginnings from an aspiring young Queensland singer of Australian and Dutch heritage to international soprano touring stadiums with the “King of the Waltz” André Rieu and a collaboration with Australian music royalty, the original Seekers. From her personal songbook, she performs the music that has been most inspiring on her journey to become one of the world’s favourite classical cross-over artists and shares the stories behind the music. The show includes classics spanning many genres and feature songs from her new album Songbird, including contemporary hits such as The Greatest Love of All, The Long and Winding Road and Jolene. “This concert and new album features mostly songs I’ve not performed or recorded before, but have always wanted to share with my audience – some songs that are dear to my heart and of a personal nature, and others that have played a pivotal part in my rich and blessed career to date,” Mirusia says. “In a series of fun and sometimes

revealing anecdotes, I also tell the stories behind these songs.” For example, Whitney Houston’s hit, The Greatest Love of All is a song she sings to give herself strength to overcome hurdles and block out naysayers. Songbird is an unforgettable concert and accompanying album by one of Australia’s greatest musical exports, featuring the songs that made her. The Events Centre, Caloundra August 26, 7.30pm. Bookings or call 5491 4240. The J Noosa. August 27, 7.30pm Bookings or call 5329 6560 Tickets $69.90, concessions $64.90.

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DISABILITY EXPO PUTS RESOURCES ON SHOW and it’s a case of knowing where to look. Sharon struggled to navigate the disability industry and find much-needed support when her two children – Jake with spina bifida, and Ryan with multiple conditions including high-functioning autism – were younger. Now, armed with years of insight and knowledge, Sharon, an events manager, organises the Regional Disability Expo so that other regional parents can easily find the support they need. “We have a full and fun day planned” she says. “We have a wide range of services and suppliers for people in the disability sector including wheelchairs, sports and fitness, speech aids, NDIS services and health services.” Caloundra Indoor Stadium, North St, Golden Beach. September 8. Free. Visit

ALL THAT JAZZ Sunshine Coast Jazz Club Sunshine Coast Jazz Club is hosting Trombone Kellie Gang, skilled musicians with the gift of fully engaging with their audience in a unique blend of blues, jazz swing, rockabilly, New Orleans styles, trad jazz, gospel, western swing, and soul. Led by Kellie, an energetic and versatile entertainer who expresses both powerful and inspirational vocals along-side her sensual melodic trombone, the band features inspirational vocals, raunchy horns, provocative guitar and a driving rhythm section. Caloundra Power Boat Club, Golden Beach. August 21, 1pm. Call Julie 0427 782960 or visit sunshinecoastjazzclub. Jazz and Blues Collective The Jazz and Blues Collective brings taste of New Orleans to the Sunshine Coast with Slips & The FWs (pictured), an eclectic collection of musicians from the Gold Coast and Brisbane. They reignite the spark and charm of old time blues, jazz, swing and ragtime tunes from the 1920s and 1930s, taking influences from Clarence Williams, Blind Boy Fuller and Spencer Williams among others.

Coffee van on site from 12.30pm, BYO liquor licence to bring food and drink. Millwell Road Community Centre, 11 Millwell Rd East, Maroochydore. September 4, doors open 1pm, music 1.30-4pm. Bookings: jazz-blues-collective Contact Graeme 0417 633734. Afternoons of jazz Enjoy lazy Sunday afternoons over lunch with Winter Jazz at Malt Shovel Taphouse. The Taphouse Hot 3 cruises through an afternoon of jazz classics as powerhouse local singer Robyn Brown brings sultriness and style accompanied by seasoned jazz musicians. Robyn is the powerhouse behind the Jazz Sessions. 31-32/8 The Avenue, Birtinya. Sundays 1pm-4pm PARKING AVAILABLE VIA MILL ST CARPARK *CINEMA * C IN *C INEM E M A HIRE EM HII RE H R E AVAILABLE A VA V A IL I L AB ABL LE E *HOLD * HO O LD A PRIVATE PR RII VAT V A TE VA T E EVENT EV VE EN NT T *FUNDRAISE **F F UN U N DR R A I SE S E WITH W IT I T H US U S *LICENSED * L IIC *L C ENSE EN N SE S E D VENUE VE VENU E NU N UE UE Ask for more info at the counter or email

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THE Regional Disability Expo will bring the disability community together to celebrate, empower, learn, share, and experience the latest technologies available to those living with a disability and their carers. As well as viewing the exhibits, visitors will be able to attend a variety of free workshops. “People living with a disability in regional areas and their carers constantly struggle to find the same resources as those who live in larger cities,” organiser Sharon Fulwood says. “Often they don’t know what local services and support is available to them, leaving them going without or unnecessarily travelling long distances to metropolitan areas.” But, she says, there are often more resources available than often realised


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COOLUM SPRINGS INTO ART SHOW COOLUM Art Collective presents its second exhibition for the year next month, featuring a diverse range of art and craft works from some of the Sunshine Coast’s leading artists and artisans. More than 200 original artworks are for sale, comprising both traditional and current styles including oils and watercolours to acrylic, cold wax and pastel works. Entry is free, with the opportunity to purchase quality artwork and artisan items. Visitors also have the opportunity Sunshine Coast

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to vote for their favourite artist in the People’s Choice award. Local businesses proudly support and sponsor this event. All welcome to attend the official opening and presentation of prizes by judge Nina Shadforth, curator of the Caloundra Regional Gallery, on Saturday afternoon, October 1, at 4pm. Music provided by local band the Ukeholics. Coolum Civic Centre September 30, October 1-2, 9am-5pm Entry free


INTERNATIONAL Film Festival Coming september. Program released soon

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FEAST FOR ORCHID LOVERS NAMBOUR Orchid Society is gearing up for its 2022 Shows promising a vision of colour in a wide range of orchids in flower from hybrids to species. Venues are in Nambour and Buderim and both have disability access and plenty of parking on site. The Spring Show is a bench show which includes orchid societies affiliated with the Sub-Tropical Orchid Council Queensland. It will include plant sales from member collections. Palmwoods Arts and Craft group will have a display. It’s at Uniting Church Hall, Coronation

Ave. Nambour. September 9, 8am-4pm and Saturday 10, 8am-1pm. Admission $4. The one-day Species Show is an open benched show for members of all orchid societies to bench their plants. Vendors include Robertson Orchids, Orchid Mania, Rolin Farms Orchids, Woolf Orchidculture and Orchidaceous supplies. Uniting Church Hall, Gloucester Rd, Buderim, November 5, 8am-4pm Bus groups call Alison 0438 177 855. Entry and morning tea for pre-advised bus trips $8 a person. Visit or follow on Facebook



Helen Butcher Kim Kirkman and Brechtje Zoet-Viasus CALOUNDRA Chorale and Theatre Company (CCTC) presents the Musicals That Changed Us in a journey through the magnificent music celebrating love, life and all its complexities. It covers the musicals that dared to be different, the shows that tackled important subjects such as Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver! Les Mis, South Pacific and West Side Story. While challenging audiences to think of vital social issues, they remained entertaining. CCTC Theatre, 3 Piringa St, Wurtulla Special price preview September 28, 7.30pm $25. September 30, October 1-2, 7-9. Tickets $33, concessions $30, groups $27. Bookings 0490 329 912

FASHION FUNDRAISER ELEVEN Sunshine Coast breast cancer survivors will celebrate body positivity and showcase beauty after cancer at a fashion parade and fundraiser. The Beauties, Breasts and Bubbles Fashion Parade and Cocktail Party will feature breast cancer survivors, aged 41-64 years, who will model lingerie, breast prostheses, swimwear and clothes. Funds raised will support for McGrath Foundation and the Cindy Mackenzie Breast Cancer Program. Event co-organiser and fashion parade model Joanna Atzori, author of breast cancer blog #UnBreasted, said she is proud to be modelling as a “fabulously flat and fierce” breast cancer survivor. “The underlying theme is to provide an open and honest representation of what life can be like after breast cancer diagnosis,” she said. Tracey Grills, of Tracey G Prosthetics and Lingerie, said she was excited to see genuine breast cancer survivors being used to showcase a variety of highquality, practical and feminine garments. Venue 114, 114 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina. September 17, 6pm Tickets $55 earlybirds before August 19. Bookings Follow Beauties, Breasts and Bubbles: Fashion Parade and Cocktail Party on Facebook


The Angel of Australia - André Rieu


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CALOUNDRA Family History Research Inc is proud to present a conference giving an overview of Caloundra’s history as part of Family History Month. The study of local history is seen as a vital part of family history research and helps to provide context. The conference starts with an overview of what life was like from a First Nation’s perspective before the arrival of Europeans. This is then followed by early European settlement up to the early 1920s. An interview with a local who was born in the 1930s in Caloundra will look at how life was lived in the early part of the 20th century and to wrap up, the

important role Caloundra and northern Bribie Island played during World War II will be explained. The full-day conference will showcase Caloundra and there will be an opportunity to buy books written about the region direct from authors. Organisers hope that the conference, will give attendees a chance to learn more about the history and heritage of the area, so they will become part of the local community and have a deeper commitment to preserving its history. Indoor Bowling Annex, 55 Burke St, Golden Beach. August 13. $20 includes refreshments and light lunch. To book visit

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The WORLD in Your Hands

Travel in Your Time

A day in the life of a big Oz road trip It’s a long haul from the east to the heart of Australia. VALERIE MERWOOD shares part of a journey that was a great adventure for mind, body and soul.

Time for a cuppa — Noel Merwood in the red between Uluru and the WA border where the birds (below) play in the water drips from a tank.


ast winter, my husband Noel and I set off to drive the great central heart of Australia – a real adventure for two senior Kiwi/Aussies who hold “the land”, wherever it may be, deep in our hearts. We travelled 17,000 kms and spent 60 days seeing Birdsville, Alice Springs, the Great Central Road, the national parks of Western Australia and the Northern Territory and the top of Queensland in our red Honda CRV. We ate our cuppa soups from the car and left cash in the cafes and food stores of as many small towns as we could. We slept in the cheapest motels, the convenient roadhouses, and camped out in the Kimberley – mostly comfortable, always happy, always delighted. Here is the record of just one day. We are in the wonderland that is Uluru/Kata Tjutu and it’s photographic heaven.

We left Curtin Springs in 11C and had felt it drop way below that during the night. As we hit the road, the shapes and colours of this cattle land impress mightily. There are a few groups of beasties about. The Curtin Springs farmers use their own beef and are applying for a slaughter licence as they have to truck their stock hundreds of kilometres for processing. They will succeed – if the rainfall permits. There has been autumn rain and this is obvious in the green which is good cattle fodder this year. The morning colours are astonishing: silver-topped or pink and purple shrubs, golden stalks, clumps of grass in all tones of green, and grey salt bush. The morning light is delicious. There are small trees and lots of bigger trees. Everything seems to claim its

own patch and the red dirt is the background for it all – that, and the blue cloudless sky. We stop off road to boil up and by the table is a tank. Beside it is a can to catch drips for the birds. A multitude of the most delightful little birds are dancing, drinking, dipping. Uluru comes in sight, all pink and soft purple, and the Kata Tjuka is in the distance. We tell the girl at the National Park entrance that we do not need to pay park fees as we are passing through. It’s only when she sees our paperwork that she accepts our story. As we come closer to Kata Tjuku (The Olgas), moving from the morning light into the shady side of the “big boys” they become dark and moody, shady and serious. And that change is in just a few kilometres. But we leave these monoliths and turn, almost alone, towards the WA border, 200kms away. This is the stretch of road,

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reputedly “bad”, that we had wondered/worried about, but it’s a beautiful drive. We are on the edge of the Gibson Desert to the north, and moving southwest into the Great Victoria Desert. Dust? Sand? Yes indeed. Emptiness? Flatness? Nothing could be further from the truth. Red dirt? Absolutely. We pass between ranges of high outcrops in amazing shapes and colours. Uluru may have claimed fame but it’s not the only one deserving admiration. The road is dirt, red dirt, endless red dirt. It is more than a motorway wide. The colours of the desert are prolific –trees, shrubs, grasses. Every turn brings change: the rocks and ranges in the background. The red dirt road treats us well. The border is a non-event, though there are “road closed” signs because of Covid. Who knows if we were noticed. We drive on and the car’s clock jumps back 1.5 hours. The road improved and became gravel, but we missed the feel of that earlier track. Another 100km and we pull into Warakurna, the best little roadhouse imaginable. It’s not cheap but it pleases us greatly as we watch the day close down. The gas is locked within cages but we can read the price at 240 a litre and reckon we are okay for tomorrow. While being in WA, they are still in NT time which had us confused and we had to call the manager out of

his scheduled hours on a Saturday. He was gracious and we learn that this is a very good community; that this area has the only still-manned meteorological weather station in Australia, although it’s closed to the public because of Covid induced staff shortages. There is also a nuclear history to these parts. In the 1950s, the Brits were testing missiles in Australia, sending long range heads out of SA, to see if they could reach the Indian Ocean. Some didn’t make it and came down around here. The weather station was developed at that time because, after all, the testing planners needed to know conditions out here in the “empty” middle of this vast land! And that was Saturday – travelling and learning at its best!

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BILL MCCARTHY It seems murders are a fairly straightforward affair these days. Victims are either bludgeoned, shot, knifed or occasionally burnt, kidnapped or drowned. Not so apparently 100 years ago. The inhabitants of an upper-class household in England apparently had time and freedom to indulge in all sorts of clever methods for offing those who needed it. Agatha Christie’s name has become synonymous with the “whodunnit” and this book is no exception. An obscure technique for the offing, many suspects, clues abound and the subsequent disclosure to the assembled nervous suspects in the drawing-room makes for a classic of the genre. But I have to say I found the whole class-ridden society thing a bit too much. Boudoirs, butlers, dressing for breakfast, dirty old villagers, nasty foreigners etc mark it as a type of lifestyle we need to forget. The first and last of hers I will read.

JAN KENT It felt like a walk back in time to rediscover an Agatha Christie, much loved in my younger days. In true Christie fashion, this book is a gem – filled with twists and turns and red herrings in abundance. A variety of characters kept the tale intriguing for me, with the usual range of dark subjects and romantic interests. Christie’s crafting of Hercule Poirot with his many quirks and spontaneous outbursts kept me entertained to the end. The unfolding of the perpetrator, while it was a surprise to me, I found a little laboured. This is a most enjoyable read, particularly so with its use of old-fashioned language, which is not surprising in a novel written 100 years ago, but sadly lost to writers since then.

BOOK review SUZI HIRST This was an interesting book to review – one that is over 100 years in publication. This was Agatha Christies first book and I believe started during World War I when her sister dared her to write a book. She did and followed up with many others. We have all seen the Poirot TV programs at one time or another and so I found it refreshing to read her first book and her introduction to Hercule Poirot, who is exactly as seen in the TV series. David Suchet was born for the part. Poirot actually featured in 39 of her 66 books. A quick and enjoyable read.

The first published novel of the legendary British crime writer, it was written in 1916, and introduces the eccentric little Belgian Hercule Poirot, who is settling in England as a refugee of the Great War. Inspector Japp and Poirot’s friend Hastings also make their debut. Poirot is staying near Styles Court, the country estate of his wealthy benefactor Emily Inglethorp. When she is poisoned, Poirot sets to work and there are plenty of suspects. THE MYSTERIOUS Dame Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all AFFAIR AT time, having written 66 STYLES crime novels and By Agatha Christie story collections, 14 plays and six novels.

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ACROSS 1 “Alien”, screened by Universal, is trivial (8) 5 Capital of Belgium survives explosions (6) 9 Bloodtype used up? Almost (5) 10 Name mutation of giant seed (9) 12 What’s a connoisseur saying about roast cooked in a special way? (10) 13 Farewell members of regiment at attention (2-2) 15 Ship carrying right flag (8) 17 Indecent extra messed up first part of dialogue (1-5)



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