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Editor’s note


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

IN THE GARDEN — with Penny

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

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It was a huge adventure when eight horsemen set out on New Year’s Day 1904, to make the daring journey all the way from Mooloolaba to Caloundra. AUDIENNE BLYTH describes the highlights.


n Nambour, at a few minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve 1904, the Moreton Central Sugar Mill blew its whistle for fully 10 minutes. The Chronicle & North Coast Advertiser reported: “Crackers, dinner bells and cow bells and the beating of kerosene tins were heard in the town. Groups of people gathered and did some cheering. “The Methodist Church held a midnight service and rang their bell. But by 1am quietness reigned supreme.” Buderim was deserted because everyone was camping at the beach. Over Christmas and New Year, the Salvation Army rented out tents at Cotton Tree and this was very popular. Visitors camped along the beach from Maroochy Heads to Mooloolah Heads, names commonly used rather than Maroochydore or Mooloolaba. On New Year’s Eve campers had a bonfire on the beach, with fireworks and beach games and then on New Year’s Day, Mooloolaba campers set out for a picnic at Caloundra. The journey was deemed too rugged

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

spots to stick the needles into. All he seemed to do was run his hand lightly over my skin. So far so good. He walked out of the room and left me to my thoughts for a little while. On his return he asked me to “throw your top off” and lay face down. Just as well I was wearing a decent bra that day and not one of my “I definitely have to replace it soon” kind. The acupuncturist stuck needles all over the place but I hardly felt them. He departed again with the words “I won’t be long”. Right, I listened to the soft music that was playing and waited for him to come back and take these needles out. He did not come back. I was alone in a room – admittedly with soothing music – my back probably looking like a porcupine with its quills up. I tried to think about an upcoming lunch and what I would serve. That occupied me for a while. Nothing happened. No door opened, no acupuncturist appeared and I suddenly had the horrible thought that I had been forgotten. Should I call out? Should I get up? Probably not a good idea with all those needles in my back. Then I heard the door opening and a friendly voice asking me how I felt. “Bloody abandoned,” I wanted to say but held my piece. The acupuncturist removed the needles and I went on my merry way. Since then, I have been having regular treatments by my favourite acupuncturist – favourite because I don’t feel his needles at all. They have rid me of vertigo, anxiety, headaches and lots of other annoyances. The most amazing thing is that those little, fine needles are also a cure for motion sickness, which could have spoiled many a cruise or boat-trip. May you overcome your fear of needles and try acupuncture some time.

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DINGHY SETS SAIL AS A FIRST CLASS PROJECT DEDICATED members of Caloundra Woodworking Club recently completed a major fundraising project. A generous benefactor from Maleny donated an Acorn 13 sailing dinghy that he had crafted himself. It was lovingly built from plans by world-famous Australian boat designer Iain Oughtred. The 4m dinghy is made from marine ply planks in the classic clinker style and has beautiful features in silver ash, Western Australian she-oak and other classy timbers. And it is now for sale. “The craftsmanship is exquisite. We are used to seeing first-class workmanship at the club, and this dinghy is up there with the best,” Graeme Tuesley said. The mast is solid oregon and is rigged in the gunter style. It is a stepped mast, meaning there are no stays or shrouds to clutter the deck. After many hours of work, the dinghy is perfect from bow to stern and will appeal to anyone who appreciates fine woodwork and sailing. It is transported on a trailer which has also been completely restored and fitted with new tyres, jockey wheel, electrics and rollers. The trailer is fully galvanized and registered. The club has a membership of about 160, men and women, mostly retired, who show amazing skills.

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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he latest Haval SUVs punch well above their weight. Take the Haval Jolion with the first of three variants, the Premium, starting with a drive-away price of around $25,500. While deemed a compact Sports Utility Vehicle, the 4.4m long Jolion offers top interior space for people and packages plus a swag of gear for comfort and convenience. For instance, there are paddle shifters for the seven-speed automatic, a 10.25inch multimedia touch screen with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, reverse camera, autonomous emergency braking system with pedestrian and bicycle detection, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and speed sign recognition. Throw in another $2000 for the Jolion Lux and there’s a 360-degree camera, more stereo speakers plus a driver fatigue monitoring system with a little camera watching from the windscreen pillar. Some of these driver-assist systems, as in other makes, can be a bit over the top. Glance out the window for a street address and the monitor sends a warning to the dash, nudge a white line and the lane assist gets huffy, but there’s no denying the Jolion’s cabin comforts. The clean interior design with a premium feel to fit and finish belies the SUV’s showroom prices. Upfront is well-sorted plus there’s decent room in the back seat for full-sized adults with a surprising amount of cargo space behind. The three Haval Jolions run with a turbocharged, 1.5 litre petrol engine, developing 110kW and 210Nm of torque to send to the front wheels. It’s no race wagon but it’s adequate for suburbs or highways. Fuel consumption can trend a bit high-ish, toward 9 litres per 100km. Likewise, ride comfort and road manners are fine under most driving conditions though there’s room for a little extra suspension and steering refinement.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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CLASSES DEAL UP NEW YEAR BRIDGE BUDERIM Contract Bridge Club begins its annual bridge lessons on Wednesday, February 2. The 10 weekly lessons and six supervised play sessions cost $50, which includes membership, all 16 lessons, textbook, notes – and morning tea. Education Centre, Hibiscus Resort, Lakehead Drive, Sippy Downs. Wednesdays 8.30am11am. Call secretary Claire Torrance 0449 521 588 or email SUNSHINE Coast Bridge Club’s lessons begin on Monday, March 7.

LEARN ALL ABOUT U3A AT OPEN DAY HAVE fun learning new things, stay healthy and active and make new friends – it’s all part of the curriculum at the University of the Third Age Sunshine Coast, which is welcoming new members for the new year. Anyone who is no longer working fulltime will find U3A can make a real difference to your life – it’s local, friendly, low cost and open to everyone with a passion to live life to the fullest. To find out more and to register for classes, U3A Sunshine Coast will host its annual Open Day on January 15. It is an opportunity for both prospective and current members to meet the tutors at information booths, discuss classes on offer and sign up for classes of interest. “U3A’s main purpose is to encourage those of us in our Third Age of life to get out there, meet people, have fun, and do something new and interesting,” U3A Sunshine

Coast president Glyni Cumming said. “The only challenge is not to take on too many classes because there just may not be enough time in your week.” To join, there’s an annual membership fee of $40 and a sliding scale of fees according to the venue for each class taken. Currently, there are about 135 classes on offer. Classes may be mentally stimulating or physically challenging. There are also one-off lectures at four locations on the Coast. U3As are run by volunteers, who give their time, energy and enthusiasm to administer the organisation, conduct lectures and tutor in a variety of cultural and physical classes. To book a COVID-safe session at 9am, 10am or 11am during the Open Day, email Open Day University of the Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre Saturday morning, January 15. Visit

The 10-week, three-hour course costs $60 and includes lesson book. Instructor Alison Dawson is a teacher and Queensland champion. New beginners can join supervised games and any of the many weekly sessions and events throughout the year. The course prepares beginners to play in clubs around Australia, or the world. Club rooms, Elizabeth Daniels Sports Complex, Syd Lingard Drive, Buderim. Mondays 9am and 7pm. Call Alison 0412 690 781, email or visit

AFTERNOON OF JAZZ THE Jazz and Blues Collective presents the Braben Jenner Hot Five with special guest vocalist Grace Rigby. This one-off special event will be an afternoon of traditional and mainstream jazz with inventive improvisation. The band will be playing the music of early to mid-20th century America from the classic jazz greats in a diversified mix of vocals and instrumentals. Guest vocalist Grace Rigby will be performing the first time with John Braben (trumpet), Jo Bloomfield (keys), Dave Burrows (guitar), Peter Freeman (bass), and Paul Williams (wind). A coffee van will be on site from 12.30pm and BYO drinks (no glass) and nibbles. Patrons must be fully vaccinated or show an authorised exemption. Millwell Road Community Centre, 11 Millwell Rd East. Maroochydore. January 23, doors open 1pm Tickets $26, concessions $24 Bookings:

YOGART MEDITATION CREATIONS ENJOY A Peaceful Play with Watercolours after a 30-minute guided resting and restorative meditation using your breath and body awareness techniques to reach deep relaxation. Then transition silently to Meditation Creations, a watercolour painting session. The session is led by Anna, a certified facilitator Yoga Nidrā and member of Yoga Australia. Bring a pillow, yoga mat and comfy blanket/light covering. Currimundi Community Hall, Ilya St, Currimundi. January 9, 8.30am. $25 includes all art supplies and GF morning tea. Bookings yogartnidra@gmail. com or call 0431 873 043.

MEET THE AUTHOR AT BOOK SIGNING AL.LI (A.J Bailey) is a Sunshine Coast actor, director, playwright, producer and now – author. Writing children’s educational, interactive theatre productions became her passion and in 2008, she began “living the dream”, successfully touring Australia with her interactive theatre productions, including Snow White and the Seven Cool Dudes. But it wasn’t until the Covid lockdown that she had time to pen her adaptation of the show into a beautifully-illustrated picture book, Snowy and the Seven Cool Dudes, written to rhyme, about acceptance and kindness. The book will be launched in conjunction with stockist, Annie’s Books on Peregian. Meet Alli Pope-Bailey and take home a signed copy. The Village Square, Peregian Beach. January 8, 10am. Call 5448 2053 or visit au. The book is available online at jallyentertainment.

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The uncertainties of death

Recovery after an anterior total hip replacement

This is the fourth in our series of articles of the uncertainties of death. Myth – “I can defeat a challenge to my Will from a family member by making a token gift to them in my Will.” Wrong! If a person challenges your Will, they are seeking an amount from your estate for their “proper maintenance and support”. The outcome of the challenge is largely based on the challenger’s level of need. A token gift to the challenger won’t extinguish their claim. As well as their level of need, the Court will consider factors including: • the size of your estate; • the nature of the relationship between you and the challenger; and • the other competing claims on your estate. There are a number of possible options, far better than a token gift, that can be included in an effective estate plan to potentially prevent or defeat a challenge to your Will. When preparing your Will, you should obtain advice on the options that best suit your asset and family structure.


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Many patients are surprised at how quickly they can comfortably ambulate after an anterior total hip replacement. We typically mobilise patients within hours of their surgery. Most of our patients usually rapidly progress to being independent on crutches and require them for only one to two weeks. There are many factors that dictate how long a patient needs to stay in hospital but generally getting back to your home environment as soon as it is safe to do so is an important component of your physical as well as your psychological recovery. Excessive physical activity in the first two months after a hip replacement is counterproductive. We generally recommend gentle walking and stretching. Many patients are safe to drive after just three to four weeks and can perform most of their everyday activities within six weeks. For patients who enjoy more extreme activities such as surfing, they should wait at least three months to return. All patients are different, and you should discuss your specific situation with your orthopaedic surgeon.


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OZCARE continues to set a standard for retirement living for older Australians with a quality final expansion planned for its boutique Currimundi Gardens retirement village. Within reach of beaches and close to shops and parks, the not-for-profit retirement and aged care provider has designed 15 new homes that complement the beauty of its surrounds. It is next to Ozcare’s Caroline Chisolm aged care facility which provides certainty for those who want to move into a small, friendly retirement village with the resources of the aged care facility close by. The new $440,000 two-bedroom, two-bathroom units, which are petfriendly, have flexible entry prices. “Retirees can access Ozcare’s community care services within their homes at exclusive rates to help them live independently for as long as they can and if the time comes that they need to move into aged care it is in a familiar environment with friends close by,” Ozcare village manager Tania Bell said. “It is a tight-knit community, and everyone looks out for one another.” The village now has just 37 independent units in manicured gardens, and the expansion will be the last to ensure the grounds remain spacious. It will include a new clubhouse for residents and guests. “We understand that everyone has diverse interests and needs; however, we see our role as making sure that our residents look forward to every day,” Ms Bell said. “We value watching friendships grow among our residents and look forward to adding new faces without ever losing our village feel.” Call Tania 1800 692 273.

President, May Thomas, zone councillor Clodagh Barwise-Smith, Sue Anderson and Kath Barker. CALOUNDRA Evening VIEW Club has presented 10-year pins to members Sue Anderson and Kath Barker. Both have contributed to the friendly culture of the Club and are great ambassadors for View. The club has 116 members and holds regular dinners and a variety of social functions with the aim of funding educational expenses for 10 disadvantaged school students. While enjoying friendships and camaraderie, members volunteer to support the Smith Family as well as mentoring children in local schools through the Learning for Life program. Guests are welcome to attend dinner meetings which are held on the second Tuesday evening each month at 6.15pm at Caloundra Power Boat Club. Call secretary Enid 5491 5502.

TWIN Waters View Club recently celebrated its 15th birthday with the theme Hippy Birthday when 85 members and guests came to the party dressed in brightcoloured clothes from the 1960s. The veranda of the Loose Goose restaurant was transformed with crepe paper flowers under a canopy of hanging LP records and love and peace symbols. The meal continued the theme with a prawn cocktail entrée, crumbed chicken breast complete with a pineapple ring and maraschino cherry and birthday cake dessert. There were games, hula hoop competitions, an auction, photo booth and later, after being shown a few dance moves, everyone was on the floor “moving to the ’60s groove”. Money raised went towards the sponsorship of the club’s eight underprivileged school students who are registered with The Smith Family. Last year the club welcomed 28 newlyretired women who moved to the Sunshine Coast and were looking to form friendships while raising funds for disadvantaged students. For information, call Jan 0410 777 153 or email

FAMILY HISTORY TALK ON IMMIGRATION RESEARCH GUEST speaker for Caloundra Family History research group’s first 2022 meeting on January 20, is Stephanie Ryan who will speak on the challenges of finding immigrants coming to Queensland. Stephanie has been senior and research librarian in family history at the State Library of Queensland for more than 25 years and has participated in radio and television programs.

She contributes to the State Library’s blogs and writes articles on family history as well as running presentations for societies, libraries and clubs. The group continues to offer zoom meetings as well as inviting members and guests to the Caloundra Family History Research Group’s rooms at the SCTC, Gate 2, Pierce Ave, Little Mountain. Visit or call June 0409 932 229.

Mary Cheeseman, president Maggie Taubman and Jan Fenton MAROOCHYDORE View Club members donated 260 library bags to the Learning for Life stationery drive at last month’s last club luncheon for 2021. The bags, for the primary school scholarship children, were sewn by members and will be filled and distributed for the new school year to help disadvantaged children start their school year on an equal footing and have the confidence to get the most from their education. Maroochydore View Club supports 10 scholarship children and approximately 250 children benefit from The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program on the Sunshine Coast. Volunteers Sue, Debbie, Mim, and Mary, along with Jan Fenton, helped sort, count and pack the stationery donations before going to Nambour for distribution. These ladies, along with Francis Howes are volunteer tutors at a local primary school where they assist with homework, reading and supervising afternoon tea and activities after school at the Learning Club. The club also gives an annual encouragement award to a deserving junior and a senior student at that local school – the Pat Taylor Award presented by delegate Mary Cheeseman. Maroochydore View Club lunches recommence on January 28, with an Australia Day theme. Prospective members, visitors, guests and friends are welcome to attend. Call Maggie 0418 793 906 to book.

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Rain paints a different picture for the Outback

DROUGHT-busting rain in the west has set the stage for the Outback traveller to see it in a whole new light. “It’s a once in 20 or 30-year experience to see the Outback after the rain it has recorded in recent months,” says Paul Brockhurst of CT Travel. “Rivers, lakes and dams are full to the brim and the waterfalls are gushing, so it’s a very special time as it doesn’t happen that often.” The Murray-Darling system is flowing and the Darling River is calling. A 15-day luxury coach tour departing April 26, will follow the mighty river for more than 700km then swing across to Broken Hill, Australia’s first National Heritage City, and Silverton. See the fish traps, one of the oldest manmade structures on earth, at Brewarrina, and learn the stories of the

19th century river ports of Bourke and Louth while on a journey that presents a different picture to the drought-affected Outback of recent years. Carnarvon Gorge region will also be at its spectacular best. Join a small group tour for seven days departing March 21 or May 30, to explore the Carnarvon region from the Wallaroo Outback Retreat. The 29,000ha station represents some of Australia’s best beef cattle country with views of the magnificent Arcadia Valley from the western escarpment of the Carnarvon Ranges. See ancient forests, Aboriginal cultural sites, canyons, majestic cliffs where water has eroded a dramatic gorge system through layers of sandstone, and rugged wilderness with experienced local guides from Boobook Eco Tours. Simon and Michelle, Australian Nature

Guides, will lead the way to the Moss Garden in the Carnarvon Gorge, where lush ferns and moss line crystal clear waters against a dramatic waterfall backdrop. For more rainforests and waterfalls, spend four relaxed days among nature’s wonders at O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland, leaving either March 6 or June 19. After a wine over lunch at Canungra Valley Vineyards along the way, stay in luxury accommodation with a la carte

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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ACROSS 1 Pinches lawbreakers holding power (6) 4 One engaged by company notices superficial cover-ups? (8) 9 Car backed into an animal, a silky-haired feline (6,3) 11 A trace of phosphorus found in rotten elm tree (5) 12 Push forward for spot (7) 13 It’s distributed to those who need food and love in temporary shelter (7) 14 Small Asian country beheaded one close friend (5)


15 Formal verse reproduced in colour (8) 18 Drainage interfered with plant that produces perfumed flowers (8) 20 Kids reformatted school’s primary computer storage (5) 23 Small person that’s following river seen in photograph (7) 25 List one compiled with adjusted times before start of events (7) 26 Penalty imposed for doing something wrong and right could be better (5) 27 A cheeky user forged openings (9)

1 Championship’s leader, running around, is acknowledging a good performance (8) 2 Sect kept from prosecuting newly formed clique (2-5) 3 Normal bunch of oysters infused with oil should be cooked briefly (9) 5 In the main it’s a modified allergy treatment (13) 6 Wizard made money to some extent (5) 7 Look up troublemaker on cruise (7) 8 Midsection of anvil fashioned in refined steel is polished (6) 10 Excited caller can see a sell-out (9,4) 16 Special friend treated evenhandedly by landlord (3-6) 17 Smears essentially admitted by fool (8) 19 A spring close to wilderness is plentiful (7) 21 Small kid added to controversy in disreputable city district (4,3) 22 American developed fuel of great importance (6) 24 Woody growth seen on outskirts of a NSW coastal town (5)




























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No. 054

Today’s Aim:


9 words: Good



18 words: Excellent



11 12 14 15 19

OKs (7) Dam (7) Weatherproof covering (9) Australian businessman and politician — Palmer (5) Irk (6) In a smooth and effortless manner (8) Land mass surrounded by water (6) US state (4) Musical instrument (4)

20 24 25 27 28

Put out (6) Rapturous (8) Barbaric (6) Edges (5) Smearing with a substance (9) 29 Retinue (7) 30 Chemical produced by glands (7)



17 18 21 22

1 2 3 4

Performing (6) Shaping garment (6) Sequence of songs (8) Condiment (4)

6 7 8 13 16

23 26

5 8 9 3 2 4 6 9 2 3 5 4 8 6

4 3

Level: Medium No. 054

Complete the list by changing one letter at a time to create a new word at each step. One possible answer shown below.

South Asian republic (10) Vehicle propelled by explosive thrust (6) The practice of flying aircraft (8) Commonplace (8) Make possible (10) Scientific investigation of crime (8) Ponder (8) Servant (8) Famous dog (6) Gambling house (6) Association (6) Fictional bear (4)

4 1 5

9 6 4 5 5 7 4 2 8 1

No colloquial or foreign words. No capitalised nouns, apostrophes or plural words ending in “s”.

1 5 9

No. 887


Using the nine letters in the grid, how many words of four letters or more can you list? The centre letter must be included and each letter may only be used once.


Level: Easy

2 9



Every row, column and 3x3 outlined square must contain the numbers 1 to 9 once each.

13 words: Very good





_____ _____ _____ _____


No. 888

7 3 9

3 1 8 4 6



3 9


8 5 7 3 6 4 6 3 7 1 2 8 4 9

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