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he dawn of a new year is not going to be my excuse for waxing lyrical about resolutions and saying farewell to 2020, which turned out to be a miserable one, to varying degrees, for most of us. Whether it was something disheartening such as having travel plans crushed; something difficult such as losing daily routines in isolation and not being able to see friends and family; or something devastating, such as the loss or illness of a loved one, it certainly had its challenges. As I have noted in this column in previous years, the best intentions of new year’s resolutions have usually gone out the window by February 1, and anyone who thinks that life is

going to miraculously change at the stroke of midnight on December 31, is delusional. Cynical I know, but that’s the reality of it, which is why New Year’s Eve has never been one of my favourite celebrations. Expectations run too high. Having said that, there is no reason for not having some serious optimism about 2021 and January 1, is as good a date as any to start planning to reclaim some sense of “normal life” (No, I won’t use that trendy expression “new normal”. ) I am thinking about picking ourselves up by the bootstraps, as the old expression goes, and planning for new and interesting experiences; for taking life off hold and simply getting on with it. Julie Lake this month gives a long list of possibilities, from fitness to learning new skills. These are things that every one of us can do to make our own life a little bit richer regardless of external factors, such as a pandemic. And let’s hope we won’t be hearing as much of that this year. So, let’s plan to pick up where we left off. Dorothy Whittington Editor

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Whether you have resolved to get fit, learn to play the bassoon, study Swahili or become an e-commerce zillionaire in 2021, JULIE LAKE writes that there are plenty of new tricks for old dogs to learn – and many good reasons to get going.

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he American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie wasn’t one for partying until the wee hours on New Year’s Eve and bellowing out Auld Lang Syne, despite his Scottish heritage. Instead, he liked to be up and doing early the next day to celebrate the start of a whole new year. When asked in old age whether he ever made New Year’s resolutions he replied, with typical brusqueness: “Not as such. I just ask myself what and where I want to be this time next year”. It’s a question all of us would do well to ask ourselves as we say goodbye to

2020; a year, which to paraphrase the word of political philospher Thomas Paine, another famous British-born American, certainly proved to be a time that tried our souls. Are we going to embrace this annual opportunity for renewal, or are we going to stick safely in the same old rut? It’s all too easy as we age to shy away from the shock of the new. And yet, because today most of us live so long and so healthily in a society where technologically-driven change is exponential, we need to boldly face the challenges of new learning, new experiences and new ways of living, so

that we remain physically and mentally at our personal best. Or so says psychologist Rosie Butler whose work focuses on older people who feel that their get up and go has got up and went. And if you are wondering exactly what she means by “older” consider this – a recent Norwegian study found that we lose the motivation to try new things after the age of 54! Go forward another decade and many of us start to suffer a loss of confidence that can be paralysing when faced with the unfamiliar – which is why so many older people suffer from

clinical depression. Life coach Robert Chen, founder of the Embrace Possibility concept and author of The Dreams to Reality Fieldbook says as we grow older we tend to believe the cliché, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” and this then becomes self-fulfilling. “There are people out there who don’t know how to use a smart phone, shop online or send email,” he says. “This is not because of their age. It is because they make the conscious decision to stop learning even though they may not realise it.” Yet never before has it been easier to renew ourselves at an age when our grandparents were content to potter their way quietly towards oblivion. In every community there are many close-at-hand opportunities for enhancing life skills; or in our own homes via computer and smart device. In 2020, we learned a new word – Zoom. This remarkable online platform united groups with shared interests around the world, making it possible to continue usual activities – singing, dancing, exercise, discussion, language study and learning of all kinds – without leaving home. As one choral group director says, “It’s not the same as getting together in the flesh but it enabled us to see each other’s faces, learn new songs and rehearse old ones and generally stay together through the restriction period”. The restrictions are happily over – for now – and choirs are singing together again but Zoom remains popular with groups whose members live far apart. For many it has been a first and surprisingly rewarding experience with online learning. Talk to any group of people and you’ll

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find that the most popular New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, get fit and achieve some new goal. For Steve Nemeth this has been quantified into setting himself a new physical and intellectual challenge at the start of every year. At 72 he has no intention of giving up, even if his physical challenge this year is to restore the mobility he lost recently after a back operation. “I’d been planning to climb Bluff Knoll (in West Australia) but that’ll have to wait until next year,” he says, only half-joking. His intellectual challenge for 2021 is to read every one of Shakespeare’s plays. “My dad was a ‘refo’ who migrated here in the 1950s and loved Australia because everything about it was new. Every January 1, he had us celebrate this newness by making resolutions to improve ourselves in the coming year so we could be worthy of living in the Lucky Country,” Steve recalls. It’s a given that most Your Time readers will have health and fitness on their minds because we have to work harder at this as we grow older. For some it means continuing to do what we’ve always done, such as improve the golf handicap. Others find more benefit in taking up new sports and exercise regimes that offer a chance to still do something well, rather than suffer the frustration of trying to do something that is inevitably limited by age. Pickleball and senior ballet are two activities that have recently become popular with those who still have reasonable mobility. Yoga and tai chi have mental as well as physical benefits and can be started at any age. If these activities aren’t

Zoom entered our world and remains popular among group members who live far apart. available locally, there are plenty of classes online. Walking groups combine social interaction with exercise and range from beach expeditions or a gentle meander around a local park to serious bushwalking. At 97, former mountaineer John Leisten still bushwalks and though he doesn’t do 23km hikes up and down the gorges of Lamington any more, he can still do a 5km circuit of his nearest national park – and he played tennis until his early 90s. Oh, and he’s reasonably handy with digital stuff too and regularly watches (and downloads) opera on YouTube. If you don’t have one already, a good New Year decision might be to install a fitness app on your smartphone or buy a wearable device such as Fitbit. These

not only measure and monitor your fitness activities but have features to help manage a range of health conditions from diabetes to heart disease. The ideal of a healthy mind in a healthy body has been with us since the poet Juvenal wrote about it in the days when gladiators were still chasing each other around the Roman circus. Unlike we of the 21st century, Juvenal didn’t have the advantage of digital technology to help him learn a new language or musical instrument. While class participation is still the most enjoyable way to learn new skills, this can be augmented by the many excellent online programs which provide printable materials, one-on-one tuition, instructional videos and much else. Smart device apps mean you can

access your programs wherever you are, whenever you want. Longstanding, quantifiable research into the importance of music in keeping the human mind keen and active indicates two basic benefits: the stimulation of brain activity through learning to sing and possibly play new songs and revitalising memory from singing (and possibly playing) old songs. Anyone who does this in their senior years will tell you just how much it improves all areas of brain activity, from tackling other intellectual pursuits to remembering where you put your car keys! And it doesn’t have to be that hard. You don’t have to learn to read music (though in itself this is a great way to get your ageing mind working). If a guitar seems too large and difficult an entry level ukulele can have you strumming five chords and playing your favourite songs in a few lessons. The same goes for small, portable keyboards and simple wind instruments such as the recorder. And if you enjoy it, you can take it from there all the way to developing a classical repertoire. “It’s a good idea to pick an instrument you can play while sitting down,” wryly observes retired army major Terry Holland, who plays the trombone (and a few other instruments besides). For those who wish to keep their brains in top gear, learn new things and share knowledge, the University of the Third Age offers many affordable options, and our region is blessed with several active branches. The organisation’s role in keeping seniors sane and connected during the Covid crisis has been acknowledged by incoming national chairman Glen Wall

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Walking groups combine social interaction with exercise, whether it’s a stroll or a trek. who says: “The challenge for U3A is to maintain connection with our members and to modify our model of service delivery for the future to be a mix of face-to-face and remote access classes. “The U3A vision is to support our member networks to improve the provision of benefits of positive ageing and lifelong learning which support mental and physical health and social engagement of seniors”. U3A offers members an opportunity

to teach as well as learn, thus continuing to exercise our career skills in the service of others. For example, one branch offers a course in Human Origins in which professional scientists and interested “amateurs” share research information and scientific inquiry. Such courses help make new friends with similar interests; old friends may be good friends but it never hurts to seek new company with the like-minded as

our interests mature and diverge. A significant step up from U3A is the Open University which provides a learning path for older people who wish to earn a degree. And, given the continuing drop in overseas student numbers, it’s a fair bet that our universities will be happy to see those with post-retirement careers in mind taking up some of the slack. According to Open Universities Australia, an area that is attracting a lot of interest from mature age students is aged care work! After all, a fit 65-year-old who wants to continue working brings a lot of life skills to caring for those a generation or so older – or even for those in the same age group who are health-challenged. Some of those made redundant during last year’s Covid crisis are launching their own businesses in 2021 either to continue making a living or supplementing a retirement income. Susie O’Rourke supplements her part-time job by making lampshades and this is proving so successful she may soon be able to do it fulltime. She doesn’t rely on walk-in business so her small shop does not have to be located in a central high rent area and most of her marketing is done through Facebook Marketplace which costs her nothing. Felice Vogel used to sell her

handcrafted jewellery at markets around south-east Queensland but now finds having an online “shop” more profitable, with no time or money wasted in travelling. In her early 70s, she is one of many post-retirees making good money from e-commerce in accordance with small business expert Brian Edmonson’s message that “the internet levels the playing field” because you can live anywhere you want, set your own schedule and don’t need a lot of start-up capital. And the whole process for newcomers is made easier by on-line platforms such as Shopify that provide all the tools from website creation to marketing, payments and shipping. There is one more resolution you might like to make and that is to reactivate your sense of adventure by travelling somewhere new. Going overseas might not be an option but travel agencies are reporting an unprecedented interest in exploring the more remote parts of our own country. Psychologists and life coach gurus tell us that staying young means embracing new ideas, accepting challenges and taking each day as a gift. Here’s wishing you all a happy, healthy, mentally stimulating and physically adventurous new year!

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HAIRDRESSERS are very important and they have to be carefully chosen, maybe with even more care than doctors or financial advisers. Nobody’s work leaves as obvious a mark as the hairdresser. Illnesses can be hidden, teeth can be replaced, hips can be repaired and nobody will be the wiser,

but hair is out there for everybody to see. When your hair is right it doesn’t matter what you wear; you look and feel good. There truly is such a thing as “a bad hair day”, which has come to mean that a person has problems, is distressed, depressed or worse, or simply in a bad mood. When I was still quite young my mother felt she needed to advise me “Never go white! Whatever it takes, keep your natural colour. White hair is so ageing.” Sorry, mother, but I think white hair can be absolutely beautiful. Thank goodness, women no longer put blue rinses through their white hair and the expression “the blue-rinse brigade” has all but disappeared from our language when describing mature women. I am a natural blonde but I also tried other colours much to the consternation of my husband when he suddenly saw a woman with titian-red hair come through the door. I was lucky, he was the tolerant kind and over the years became accustomed to “having a different wife” walk in from time to time. Like everything else in life, hair styles changed over the years. In the 1960s, the bouffant hairstyle was in vogue. It could have been used as a contraceptive because when her hair was freshly piled up, no woman was going to

allow any man to mess it up again. At around the same time, wigs were very much in fashion. I had several. One was a silver-grey bob, my dream hairdo. Being “blessed” with frizzy hair, creating a bob was totally out of the question. Wigs were great but living in Darwin in those years, especially in its humid wet season, my hair underneath the wig became like a rat’s nest. Constant washing was required and it was a miracle that my hair did not fall out. When I was young, my hair was enormously thick and I cursed it; a frizzy, thick mop that could not be pressed into any kind of smooth hair style. What wouldn’t I give for that hair now that it has become so thin that sometimes the scalp is visible. The other valuable benefit of going to a hairdressing salon on a regular basis is that you don’t need to listen to the news on radio or watch TV. You can cancel your daily paper. Whatever happens in the world, the country or the neighbourhood, in particular the juicy gossip, can be obtained right there. Maybe one day I will work out why so many of us feel that we can talk about the most intimate things, in confidence, to our hairdresser; things we might not mention even to our closest friend. May your hair stay thick and its colour interesting.

by Cheryl Lockwood SOMEHOW we muddled our way through 2020. We came to terms with a new normal, adopted surgical-level hygiene and replaced hugs with touching of elbows. Standing behind lines marked on the supermarket floor, we conversed with checkout operators through perspex screens. Hand sanitiser became our new perfume and let’s not mention the toilet paper wars. Businesses suffered. Jobs were lost. Lives were lost. It became the year that we all wanted to erase and start over. New Year’s resolutions were likely forgotten back in February as more important matters made daily headlines. Normally, I don’t make resolutions. “I must eat more chocolate this year” probably doesn’t count, although staying home on the couch was recommended by our prime minister. Or maybe he just said the first bit and I imagined the “on the couch” bit. In January last year, I decided that my sporadic attempts at exercise would become regular. I set a goal of doing a physical activity four times every week. Each session had to be a minimum of 30

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minutes. I was serious. No pretending that a stroll to the mailbox would suffice. “Move it or lose it,” became my mantra. Unfortunately, exercise bores me – I wish it didn’t. My solution was to mix it up. An exercise DVD one week and laps of the pool the next. Sadly, the pandemic put a stop to pool visits for a while, but most other things were permitted. Several times I dusted the cobwebs off the pushbike. Occasionally, I progressed to riding it. There were mountains to climb, literally. There was running. As much as I hate

this particular form of torture, I found that if I kept it slow, I could do four or five kilometres. It became my mission to find the flattest possible paths. There should be a new word for my style of running. It is something between a jog and a shuffle. A juffle? That sounds like a toasted sandwich ordered with a Kiwi accent. It could be a shog perhaps? The point is, no matter how poor my effort, it was still movement and I’m claiming that I made and kept my 2020 New Year’s resolution … almost every week. May you stay fit and well in 2021 as you continue on life’s adventure.

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THINGS YOU CAN DO AROUND THE HOUSE WITH VINEGAR The humble bottle of vinegar is more than just the basis of a salad dressing. Here are 10 tried-and-true ways to use vinegar. 1. CLEAN THE KETTLE You know those unsightly scorch marks in the bottom of your kettle? Pop some vinegar in the bottom of the kettle, let it soak overnight and it’ll come up like new. 2. DEEP CLEAN THE DISHWASHER Once a year, pour a couple of cups of vinegar into a bowl on the bottom rack of your dishwasher when it’s empty and then run the dishwasher on its hottest cycle. This will help deal with grease, limescale and deposits in the pipes, as well as odours. 3. CLEAN THE CARPET A homemade carpet cleaner of 2 tabsp dishwashing liquid, 3 tabsp white vinegar and ¼ cup water, outperformed every commercial carpet cleaning product tested by consumer group Choice. Work the mixture into the stain, being careful not to over-wet the carpet and blot dry. 4. POLISH GLASS For a cheap window cleaner, mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray on the window or mirror, then wipe off with newspaper, paper towel or a dry cotton cloth. This also works on ceramic-glass surfaces such as cooktops. Vinegar isn’t suitable for some surfaces, including marble. If you want it to smell nice, steep some citrus peel in the vinegar.

5. FABRIC SOFTENER Fabric softener is one product you can do without. It’s expensive, largely unnecessary, reduces the fire retardancy of clothing, and reduces moisture absorbency – not great news for towels. If fluffy towels are a must, add ½ a cup of white vinegar to the dispenser. 6. FRESHEN FLOWERS Keep flowers looking fresh and perky for longer by adding two tablespoons of white vinegar and two tablespoons of sugar to the water. Change every few days. 7. LIFT YOUR LOAF Adding a tablespoon of vinegar to bread dough helps the bread to rise as well as giving the loaf better keeping qualities. 8. KILL ODOURS IN YOUR COOKER Multi cookers and pressure cookers can get a bit whiffy when rubber seals trap odours. Dilute vinegar in warm soapy water, 1L of water to half a cup of vinegar, and soak. 9. FRESHEN UP YOUR DUTCH OVEN If your Dutch oven or ceramic slow cooker bowl is stained or smelly, add half a cup of vinegar to a litre of water, and soak. 10. CLEAN STAINLESS STEEL Vinegar and hot water work a treat on stainless steel barbecue exteriors. And if you’re cleaning a stainless steel oven exterior, try vinegar and a paper towel. Visit choice.com.au

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IN THE GARDEN — with Penny WITH some good rain in December, plants are thriving. Keep the fertiliser going with either liquid sprays, animal manures or general fertilisers. Not only will your plants grow better but they won’t be as susceptible to pests and diseases. Dig over a veggie patch, adding compost and manure ready for autumn crops. Pull any weeds out while they are still small and definitely before they seed. Tidy up any plants that are overgrown or have finished flowering. Check rose catalogues for camellias or roses, and get your order in early to save missing out. It’s still a bit early for most flower and veggie seedlings. Keep an eye open for pests, and treat accordingly. Join my show. Tune in to 104.9 every Saturday, 8am-9am.

THE WISDOM OF YOUTH HEY, we all age. It’s a fact. So, when using the word elderly to refer to somebody getting up there in years, all you’re really doing is being cruel. The word was once commonplace (first recorded around 1605) for people of advanced age. However, elderly has come to be frowned upon because it implies an older individual is frail or weak. Instead, consider treating your grandparents as the mentors they are. The words accomplished, well-versed, or wise come to mind. Also, important to remember: getting old is going to happen to you, too. – From dictionary.com

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That there was never a September 3, 1752, in Britain. And the 10 days that should have followed never happened either. This was the year Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar and to get into step, it had to lose 11 days. The British Calendar Act of 1751 adopted the Gregorian calendar for Great Britain and the British Empire. The adjustment caused riots because people claimed the Government had stolen 11 days of their lives.

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HISTORY

Neighbourhoods rise from the dunes In half a century, a community emerged from sand dune and wallum scrub. AUDIENNE BLYTH looks at the roots of Kawana and its astonishing growth.

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awana is an Aboriginal word meaning wildflowers. The name, like others in the area, was chosen by developer, Alfred Grant who obtained the leases for the area. Before the 1960s, Kawana and the surrounding area was almost inaccessible wallum, sand dunes, mud flats and mangroves – inhospitable to say the least. To visit the area, brave souls set out by boat and crossed the Mooloolah River or rode horses along the beach following a sandy track north of Lake Currimundi. There was no Minyama Island and no canal development. These were formed by dredging many years later. The 10 miles of empty ocean beach from Mooloolah Heads to Caloundra Heads were described as nature’s greatest beauty, with the Pacific Ocean to the east and wildflower plains to the west. Modern subdivisions rule out the same abundance. Minyama, Buddina, Warana, Bokarina, Wurtulla are now home to

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Aerial view, around 1960, of Kawana Waters, Bundilla and Minyama. McKenzie Bridge is at right. Picture: Sunshine Coast Council Heritage Library.

thousands of people. Place names tell stories of personalities involved in the area. The Nicklin Way is named after Queensland premier, Frank Nicklin; Ahern Bridge for Caloundra’s Mike Ahern who succeeded Joh Bjelke-Petersen as premier. Kathleen Macarthur Conservation Park shows what the bushland that once covered

the area looked like. Kathleen and the Wildlife Preservation Society lobbied the government in the 1960s and ’70s to stop the destruction of native plants. La Balsa Park is named to commemorate the voyage of four men by raft to demonstrate a long-held belief of migration from South America to Australia. McKenzie Bridge is named for Roy and Gwen McKenzie who

were fishermen, shop owners and boat builders. The bridge was named the same day as the Nicklin Way in 1965. The proposal that got it all started was a subdivision put forward by the Alfred Grant development company which had purchased 160 acres of freehold land from Arthur and Cyril Parkyn in 1959. It was called Kawana, and was approved in May 1960. Alfred Grant advertised the sale of allotments at Buddina Beach from £495 and offered a 10 per cent discount for cash. The only high land was the headland at Point Cartwright, with two sand dunes and a swamp up to a metre deep keeping the ocean from breaking through to the almost 4000 acres that would become Kawana. The canals and lakes of Kawana were not so much a lifestyle choice as an effective way to drain the swamp. Sand was dredged to create the canals and fill the land sites. Some areas were below sea

level. Cyclone Wendy in 1972 brought high seas and flooding. Man-made islands are Mooloolah, Minyama and Kawana and man-made lakes are Parrearra and Kawana. June 22, 1973, remembered as Wet Wednesday, saw many areas of the Sunshine Coast flooded when 250 mm of rain fell in 24 hours. It was a test for roads including the Nicklin Way. With the onset of climate change and speculation about rising sea levels, low-lying coastal areas could be inundated. There have been dramatic increases in Kawana’s population and the much talked-about property values. In the late 1960s, a three-bedroom house would sell for less than $10,000. Many now sell for over a million. This large urban society now has every facility, from sporting venues and stadiums, to shopping centres and a hospital. What drew us there in the first place? The simple pleasures of a dip in the sea and a walk on the beach.

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SUMMER READING

CLIMBING FEAR by Leisl Leighton X-TREME TV sports star Reid Stratton has everything – until his best friend falls to his death on a climb while shooting their show. In the fierce media fallout, Reid begins to question himself. Crippled by a new fear of climbing, he returns to CoalCliff Stud, his family’s horse farm, to recover. Single mother Natalia Robinson is determined to start afresh, away from the shadow of her past. A job at CoalCliff Stud where she lived as a child is the perfect opportunity to live the quiet life she always wanted. But she is unprepared to see Reid and even more unprepared for the passion that still burns. But after a series of menacing events threatens the new home she is trying to build, Nat realises that Reid is the only person she can rely on to keep her and her daughter safe. Together, they must face the pasts that haunt them.

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Sit back and relax with a good book for an easy read this summer holiday season. Here are three of the latest offerings by Australian authors from Harlequin Books. SECOND CHANCE LANE by Nicola Marsh NATASHA Trigg leads a simple life in small-town Brockenridge. She works at the roadhouse, has good friends, and at the centre of her world is her daughter, Isla. She knows dumping musician Kody Lansdowne 13 years ago was for the best in the long run. She drove him away so he could achieve his dreams. When a matchmaking Isla invites a surprise new neighbour to dinner, they come face to face once again. Now a bona fide rockstar, Kody’s in hiding to sort through the mess his life has become. The last thing he needs is discovering he has a child. Especially as it means the one woman he’s never been able to forget is now permanently part of his life. Pity he’s so furious with her...

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THE LAST TRUEHART by Darry Fraser IT’S 1898 in Geelong, Victoria. Stella Truehart is all alone in the world. Her good-for-nothing husband has died violently at the hands of an unknown assailant. Her mother is dead, her father deserted them before she was born, and now her kindly Truehart grandparents are also in their graves. Private detective Bendigo Barrett has been tasked with finding Stella. He believes his client’s intentions are good, but someone with darker motives is also seeking her. Stella is fiercely independent, but as danger mounts she agrees to work with Bendigo and before long they travel together to Sydney to meet his mysterious client where they discover more questions than answers. What role do a stolen precious jewel and a long-ago US Civil War ship play in Stella’s story?

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Surveyor’s field of expertise entrenched in history Bill Kitson calls himself the luckiest public servant in Queensland because he never had to attend a meeting. GLENIS GREEN meets the retired surveyor and museum curator who put together one of the best collections of its type in the world.

Bill in his home office with some of the poetry treasures he’s found from former surveyors

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or a man who has spent his life excelling at planning, Bill Kitson’s life and career have not always gone according to plan. Now well known around the world and many times awarded as an accomplished surveyor and retired senior curator of the Museum of Lands, Mapping and Surveying in Brisbane, Bill grew up with dreams of being a fisherman and, later, perhaps a geologist. But fate – and his father – had other things in store for him and together with his forever lively, inquiring and determined disposition, plus a burning desire to never be bored, he ended up officially surveying much of Queensland. Now living amid the rolling green hills of Witta near Maleny on the Sunshine Coast with his Dutch-born wife of 53 years Angeline, Bill says no one is more astonished than he about how his life turned out. “I’ve been lucky,” he says simply, with the broadest of grins that underlines the impression that this talented surveyor and researcher is quite possibly the happiest man alive. Bill, now 76, grew up in Ayr, North Queensland, where his father was the chief cane inspector for the sugar mill and

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where he and his schoolboy mates would fish every weekend in the Burdekin River for barramundi. He was happy to do just that for the rest of his days, but in his words “Dad saw me as a bum and sent me to boarding school”. From a carefree life and wearing no shoes, Bill said it was “a cultural shock beyond belief” to end up at the Brisbane Grammar School as a boarder for four years. Describing himself from his Kalamia State and Ayr Intermediate school days as “a poor student”, Bill struggled at first but with extra tuition his natural academic traits shone through and he ended with two scholarships to universities. “Dad pushed me on and for that I am eternally grateful,” he says. Bill accepted a state scholarship to the University of Queensland but because all degrees also needed language skills and Bill’s German attempts ended up with 0 per cent, he had to forgo his first choice of geology. Instead he studied a Bachelor of Surveying which was the only one not requiring a separate language. He became a government surveyor but said: “I had a problem with boredom … doing

20-30 miles of road over six months was so boring”. In search of adventure he began working on the Brigalow Scheme for private surveying firms. “We climbed mountains, we cleared hills, we measured all the borders of Queensland and I was as happy as a pig in mud.”

“I became a mini genealogy centre and found their relatives all around the world.” But when they tried to take the best field surveyors in as managers in the 1970s and ’80s, Bill’s smile disappeared. “They saw me looking forlorn and asked why I wasn’t applying (to be a manager) and asked me what I wanted to do. “I said I’m interested in surveying history, let me start a museum.” And together with his cartography friends, that is exactly what he did. It started as the Museum of Land, Mapping and Surveying – the department, founded in 1839, is the oldest government

department in Queensland – in the Lands Administration Building (now the Conrad Treasury Hotel) but is now above Central Station. The collection’s importance was recognised when it was formally gazetted as a branch of the Queensland Museum. When they wanted him to attend meetings, which Bill always saw an enormous waste of time, he put on his crankiest demeanour and along with his big, black beard, which he says made him look like Ned Kelly, and the higher powers of the public service decided to simply let him be. When people didn’t seem to spend much time in his museum looking at the historic surveying equipment he had collected, Bill asked a library friend what to do. She told him not everyone was interested in looking at theodolites, compasses and sextants and he needed to delve into some social history, so Bill began searching. “I found there were 700 dead surveyors, from the first ones in Moreton Bay in 1838, to 1950, so I became a mini genealogy centre and found their relatives all around the world. “They sent me letters, diaries, poems, artwork and photos, everything that they knew, and a whole world opened up,” he says. “It was just magic. I was hooked and couldn’t stop.” Bill said he would contact some distant relative and they would dig out a shoebox from under the bed and the excitement levels would rise – “it’s like finding the Holy Grail”. He describes it as an addiction, the thrill of the chase, and it is one that has never waned. He also admits to an addiction to growing orchids but even this was superseded by his investigations into the people who created surveying history. Recognised as an expert in

his field, Bill was soon in demand for talks and presentations and he estimates he’s done more than 2000 presentations all around Australia during the past 35 years. These days he’s still doing them – even on Zoom. But tracking down past land surveyors wasn’t the end for Bill. For the last 15 years he has also been into maritime history, adding to his knowledge and collection by tracing the relatives of 70 commanders of vessels involved in maritime surveys of the Queensland coast from1861 to 1913. The relatives have turned up from England to Goose Bay in Canada and Bill is excited all over again with every new find. He wrote a book with prominent historian Judith McKay called Surveying Queensland 1839-1945, A Pictorial History, and now he’s on the cusp of publishing another on maritime surveyors. “I’ll be dead before I run out of things to do,” he says. “This is the only thing I’d rather do than go fishing.”

FAST FACTS • In 1997 Bill was awarded the Australia Day public service medal and appointed as Senior Curator, Museum of Lands Mapping and Surveying. • In October 2000 he was awarded an honorary membership of the Royal Australian Surveys Corps Association in recognition for his research into the history of mapping Queensland during World War II. • He was awarded Queensland Surveyor of the Year and was winner of the Harry Ward medal for 2000 for raising the profile of the surveying profession • In 2007, Bill won the Queensland Museum Medal.

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Cats, dogs or fish ... it’s a pet subject On top of the proven health benefits, there are plenty of other good reasons to have a pet in your life and, writes KENDALL MORTON, there are also ways to keep them with you as you age.

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ustralia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. All up, we have 29 million pets and about 61 per cent of homes have at least one pet. According to the RSPCA, in 2020, dogs were the most popular (40 per cent) and cats second with 27 per cent. Pets are faithful companions. They greet us enthusiastically when we return home and amuse us with their antics. In time, pets become much-loved members of the household. For seniors with health conditions they can offer particular advantages. Let’s look at two examples. A study among people with dementia focused on fish as pets. Fish tanks were installed in the dining rooms and common rooms of several nursing homes. In other homes, static scenes of the ocean were displayed in communal areas. In homes where fish tanks were installed patients gained an average of 0.75kg in weight. Measurements were taken three months before the experiment and four months after the tanks went in. Those who had the static ocean scenes

to look at showed no weight gain. It is possible the calming effect of watching the fish swimming reduced agitation and therefore helped with weight gain. Other research showed the presence of a dog can reduce hypertension. People who suffered high blood pressure were divided into two groups. One group was told to get a pet. Six months later, both groups were revisited and asked to solve an arithmetic problem and give a speech. Those with

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Pets for Life arranges for a volunteer to visit the pet owner a few times a week. Currently the program has 75 registered pet owners who are supported by 100 volunteers. The volunteers offer practical help. They can take a dog for a walk, assist with grooming or change a litter tray. It is not a free dog walking service for busy people. The program has many positive outcomes for pet owners. Firstly, they do not have to give up their pet and secondly, owners and volunteers share a chat and a cuppa. New social connections are formed. This is invaluable for someone who may be isolated by age, mobility issues or disability. The volunteers benefit too. They feel useful and enjoy meeting new people. The program is flexible as visiting times are arranged between the pet owner and the volunteer. If you wish to know more about the Pets for Life call co-ordinator Mark Wischnat on 0414 519 047. Kendall Morton is the Director of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay. Call 5491 6888 or email kmorton@homecareassistance.com

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Parasites are just a pain in the gut If you suffer from bloating, gurgling, nausea upon thinking about food or other gut issues, it could be a parasitic infection. TRUDY KITHER discusses bacteria, parasites and gut health.

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parasitic or bacterial infection can often cause symptoms including diarrhea, constipation, distended abdomen, a sensation of fullness before you’ve finished eating or being continuously hungry, pain under the ribs, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, moodiness, rashes or cravings. There are so many different ways to pick up harmful bacteria and parasites. If you have been overseas, in particular but not limited to Asian or African countries; swum in rivers, lakes, or dams; had food poisoning or a common case of gastro; consumed unfiltered tank water; or been to festivals or events where handwashing facilities were not completely hygienic, there is a reasonable probability that a parasite could be contributing to unexplained gut or health issues. It could also be a smoldering infection in a tooth or gums, or living with pets. Natural bacterial colonies in your stomach, bowel, and large intestine can become occupied by unhealthy bacteria and parasites. These weaken your gut walls and destroy your normal, healthy metabolic functions, resulting in “leaky gut syndrome,” or holes in your gut lining.

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These holes and channels harbour undigested food, toxins, and especially bacteria and parasites. Living in these leaky channels, they excrete their toxins. They especially love feeding off carbs (sugars), which fuels their energy supply; hence you may have sugar cravings. This whole process then forces even stronger immune reactions with fluctuations in thyroid, liver, and blood sugar levels as the body attempts to defend itself against unwanted intruders.

There are mainly two types of bacteria – gram-negative and gram-positive. Because gram-positive bacteria only have a single cell wall (even though it’s thicker), they are, in general, easier to treat. Gram-negative bacteria have two cell walls to be penetrated. In essence, the bacteria have two chances to identify and deactivate an antibacterial substance that is hostile. Even if an antibiotic gets into the empty space between the cell walls, it most likely will not kill the bacteria. It has to penetrate the second wall. Gram-negative bacteria have a series of highly synergistic reactions to antibiotics. By contrast, gram-positive bacteria rely on their thicker cell wall and rapid efflux pumps to withstand conventional treatments. Bacteria can enter the body through wounds, breathing tubes, catheters, and injection sites. Anything that breaks the surface will allow an entry point. Most hospital infections from these bacteria come from the insertion of contaminated breathing tubes during hospital procedures. Catheter insertion can cause severe infections of the urinary tract. Injections,

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MOTORING

Watch the small stuff and see your fuel go further It’s time to drive into 2021 and BRUCE MCMAHON suggests that keeping an eye on basic fuel efficiences will extend the journey before filling up.

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opefully without border blockades there’ll be plenty of opportunities to explore Australia’s big backyard in new – or old – machines. If there was one thing that come out of 2020 it was a new-found – in some cases renewed –appreciation for the pleasures of a driving holiday and the wonders of this part of the world: Alice rather than Aspen. It’s not all about caravanning. With a tent and a bit of a plan it’s easy and cost-efficient to drive from north to south, east to west staying at a mix of camps, motels and caravan park cabins. The common factor here in 2021 – whether driving around town or across the country – is driving efficiencies: keeping motoring costs under control. For instance, while today’s fuel and emission savings are controlled largely by swags of sensors and computer chips there are still ways to save on fuel. Most are obvious enough, but timepoor drivers often forget, or forgo, some basics. A regular service, as per the manufacturer’s handbook schedule, is one. A clean car and driving habits also play their part. KEEP CLEAN The first step to saving some fuel is

cleaning up and de-cluttering the car, inside and out. Do we need two umbrellas and a dozen shopping bags in the boot at all times? Is that roof rack needed outside of holiday trips? A tidy up, a good clean-out and vacuuming, can unload unwanted kilograms with the benefit of making the interior more welcoming. Keep the exterior, in particular the

glass, clean; the body doesn’t need to be spotless but it makes it easier to spot any issues. Lighter cars run better, happier drivers steer better, and that should make for fuel savings. DRIVE CLEAN Driving habits make some of the more noticeable differences to fuel economy. Imagine a carton of eggs sitting atop the accelerator and treat that pedal with great respect. Smooth and steady acceleration – and deceleration – is best. This doesn’t mean driving slowly. It’s better to get the vehicle rolling at the speed limit with authority, and into its best fuel-sipping gears with lower revs. Read the traffic ahead, avoid sudden stops. Keep off the brake pedal as much as possible. How often do brake lights flash ahead when people baulk at slight turns? Try taking the foot off the accelerator a tad to help slow the car rather than forever brushing the brake. Less heavy, and less timid, acceleration plus less braking will save fuel. RIGHT RUBBER Some argue tyres should be pumped beyond a manufacturer’s recommended pressures. The idea is that it lessens the

rolling resistance and means less work for engine and drivetrain. This could be a false economy for over-inflation can lead to irregular tyre wear and a need for new rubber which may offset economy gains. The right size of tyre, with correct pressure and tread pattern, is important for efficiencies, as are balanced wheels and correct front end alignment. SERVICE ON TIME While there are fewer components in engine bays today, there are elements which need to be in good order for best fuel economy. Fuel, air and oil filters, engine and transmission fluids should be checked on a regular basis, as set out in maintenance guides. Belts, hoses and all fluid levels need to be in top condition. Air conditioning should be running in peak condition. Some of these can be checked by the home mechanic and it’s a good idea to look under the bonnet from time to time. For premium results, have the vehicle serviced, on time, by an expert. Any element that’s not in good shape, from driver attitude to tyre pressure, and anything compromising engine efficiency, will affect fuel economy.

DID YOU KNOW? John Boyd Dunlop, a Scottish vet living in Ireland, wanted to find a way to protect his son’s tricycle from damage on cobbled streets. In 1888, he made a pneumatic tyre with a rubber outer casing and an air-filled inner tube inflated through a valve. This was the first inflatable tyre containing air under pressure. In 1845, the civil engineer Robert Thomson had designed and patented a hollow rubber tyre filled with horsehair or air, but Dunlop wanted

something better. Andrew and Edouard Michelin first used a pneumatic tyre on motor vehicles in 1895. Dunlop sold his rights for a small cash sum to a company he formed with the president of the Irish Cyclists’ Association, Harvey Du Cros, and withdrew from the company that bore his name. The world’s first pneumatic tyre factory, the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company opened in Dublin in 1889 and began producing motor tyres.

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FINANCE

ON TRACK

Give a little, gain a lot In the quest for adding value to life, JUDY RAFFERTY recommends volunteering as a good way to ensure a happier and healthier new year.

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elcome to 2021, and may it be kind to us all. Not many people thought 2020 was their best year, marked as it was with global grief and uncertainty and personal threat to health and wellbeing. But it has reminded us to make the most of what we can when we can. I think that as we age, we are increasingly aware of this imperative. The question becomes what do we want to do, and what can we realistically do, to add value to our lives? I use the word “value” intentionally. What adds value in your life? Happiness? Purpose? Meaning? Fun? Friendships? It is yet another of life’s ironies that in many situations you cannot get without giving. What can you give so that you can get a smorgasbord of value adding experiences? Possibly you can give time, money, your talents, your kindness, but who wants those even if you would give them willingly? Perhaps the answer is volunteering – you give and you get. There are well-documented benefits to volunteering. Many studies have shown that volunteering is associated with raised levels of happiness and lowered levels of depression and stress. Volunteering has been shown to improve confidence and self-worth. A major study with 70,000 participants in the UK found that people who volunteered were more satisfied with their lives and rated their overall health as better than those who did not engage. The study also found that the frequency of doing voluntary work was important. Those who volunteered at least once a month reported better mental health than participants who volunteered infrequently. Volunteers’ perception of having better mental and physical health is well founded. One study claimed that

volunteering reduces the risk of premature death by 22 per cent. Some people have said that now they are retired, they are not going to do unpaid work. Others have said that they volunteered on committees and had had unpleasant experiences with other volunteer co-workers, while yet others mentioned that they volunteered a few hours a week but there was pressure to do more. So, volunteering is not a perfect answer, but it is a good one. The 2016 census showed that the peak volunteering age for seniors was between 65 and 74 years of age. People in that age group provide 43.8 percent of volunteering in Australia and did the greatest number of hours on average. It also recorded that more females than males do voluntary work. With those statistics it is probable that you are already a volunteer but Covid-19 may have disrupted your voluntary work. I hope you might seek to return to it and to the benefits it will provide. Whether you are starting volunteering, or returning to it, there are many options. There are approximately 600,000 not-for-profit organisations in Australia, and they all rely on volunteers. To find positions in your area search the website govolunteer.com.au which is an initiative of Volunteering Australia. Mahatma Ghandi said that the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Aristotle is reported to have said that the essence of life is to serve others and to do good. Volunteering might be an effective way to value add to the smorgasbord of life and provide one way to ensure a happy and healthy 2021. 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.

Take a home review and look ahead to right-sizing The end of one year and start of another is often a time to reflect on plans for the future, and what changes are needed to improve lifestyle. DON MACPHERSON suggests it’s a good time to look at accommodation options.

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ommon resolutions involve such things as losing weight, getting healthy, being more careful with money, and generally doing things better in the year ahead, but one thing relevant to over 50s is whether current accommodation is suitable. It may be time for a change. This is also the time of year when families get together (sadly a rarer event these days) and one issue that often comes up is ageing parents. Reflection on the year ahead, raises the thought that grannie and grandpa aren’t looking as sprightly as they did last year, and perhaps the time has come for them to consider moving into a retirement village, or even aged care. These decisions are not easily made, and often encounter some initial resistance, but over time there is usually recognition that the house seems bigger, the maintenance workload greater, or even that the lack of community and communication is becoming burdensome. Retirement villages inevitably involve downsizing of accommodation, but also an upsizing of community involvement. In fact, some in the industry call it

“right sizing”. A move into a retirement village is best made as a whole-of-family decision, with the involvement of the seniors, as well as their supportive children – themselves often in their 50s or more. Commonly it is the children who first see that Mum and Dad/Nanny and Pa are only just managing, and a change from the family home to a retirement village may be timely and beneficial. A move into a retirement village is a significant legal decision as well, as the terms of retirement village contracts are complex, lengthy, and onerous. It is essential that seniors and their family understand the ramifications of what they are signing, and what it means to them down the track. Generalist advice isn’t good enough. Sunshine Coast Elder Law is expert in the area of retirement village and aged care contracts and its website has extensive information, including the 24 things to look for in a retirement village, and all the recent changes in the law relating to retirement villages. Call 1800 961 622 or visit sunshinecoastelderlaw.com.au

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HEALTH

HOSPITALS AWARDED FOR STROKE CARE CABOOLTURE and Princess Alexandra Hospitals have been recognised among the top seven Australian hospitals for delivery of quality, evidence-based stroke treatment and care. The Australian Stroke Coalition Quality Stroke Service Awards recognise hospitals that achieve nine best-practice stroke treatment and care benchmarks. These include treatment with thrombolysis (blood clot-dissolving treatment) within 60 minutes of hospital arrival, provision of stroke unit care, and provision of a discharge

care plan. Stroke Foundation chief executive officer Sharon McGowan said more than 27,400 Australians experienced a stroke for the first time in their lives last year. “Regional Australians are 17 per cent more likely to experience a stroke,” she said. “Traditionally access to highquality stroke treatment and care has been limited outside of our metropolitan cities, as most stroke specialists and tailored services are in metropolitan areas.” Visit strokefoundation.org.au

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YOUR NATTER MATTERS R U OK? has launched a campaign to connect seniors through the “Gift of Conversation”. “Your Natter Matters”, backed by the Stockland CARE Foundation, calls on older Australians to use their life experience to support each other through life’s ups and downs. “R U OK? wants to empower our seniors to reach out to one another and give the gift of conversation,” campaign director Gennie Sheer said. “A meaningful ‘natter’ can positively impact feelings of self-worth and self-esteem and make a big difference to someone who might be struggling with life.” Research has found people engaged with the R U OK? campaign are up to six times more likely to reach out to someone who might be troubled, but those aged 65 and older are currently less likely to have engaged with the R U OK? message. Your Natter Matters aims to increase their confidence levels and reinforce the value of simply asking “Are you OK?” and lending a listening ear. After the age of 65, some people will experience mental health challenges for the first time and not know how or where to find support. Isolation, grief, changing circumstances and concern about their

independence can all increase risk factors. “During the development of the campaign people shared with us how the support of friends helped them through some difficult times,” Ms Sheer said. “Having someone recognise they were doing it tough and, rather than turn away, check in on them and be there to listen was something that made a big difference.” Signs that it’s time for an R U OK? conversation can be subtle – changes in verbal or non-verbal behaviour; having difficulty filling the days or withdrawing from social situations. The campaign taps into the power of connecting through conversation. Printed and digital resources have been developed with the support and guidance of seniors, advocates, researchers and those working with older Australians. “The campaign recognises the breadth of life experience older adults can draw on to support those around them who might be struggling,” Retirement Living Operations general manager Kirrily Lord said. “Seniors might be reluctant to reach out so it’s important their peers know when and how to start a conversation that could change a life.” Visit ruok.org.au

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HEALTH

Skin cancer – know your risk MELANOMA is among the top five causes of cancer death in Australia, claiming one life every five hours. In fact, Australia leads the world in skin cancer cases, with about 800,000 diagnoses each year. Yet, 71 per cent of Australians haven’t had their recommended skin cancer check during the past year, and 39 per cent have never had a professional check. “Many Australians don’t understand their risk of skin cancer, including potential deadly melanoma,” says Dr Terry Harvey of the Skin Surveillance Skin Cancer Centre in Birtinya. “Skin cancer can affect anyone, occur anywhere on the body, and may show no symptoms until an advanced stage. That’s why it’s so important to be aware of your own skin cancer risk.” Ninety per cent of people diagnosed with skin cancer are over 40. The risk is also higher for people who have ever been severely sunburnt, used a solarium, worked outdoors, or had skin cancer before. Other high-risk groups include people with multiple moles, fair skin or skin that burns easily, or light-coloured hair or eyes. Melanoma can also run in the family. If a parent, sibling, or child has had melanoma, your own risk increases by 50 per cent.

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HEAR4GOOD

SELF FUNDED RETIREES DESERVE BETTER! When it comes to help for their hearing problems Australia’s self funded retirees get a very bad deal! give you a choice as we are not owned by a hearing aid manufacturer or a huge multi national company. At least take the time to get a second opinion, it may save you thousands of dollars.

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• Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound waves cannot reach the inner ear. The cause may be earwax build-up, fluid, or a punctured eardrum. Medical treatment or surgery can usually restore conductive hearing loss. Early identification of hearing loss is important, make an appointment today for a free screening test at Hear4Good, local and independent. (07) 54770144, www.hear4good.com.au

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WHAT’S ON

CRAFT BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL FINDS A NEW HOME AT NIGHTQUARTER

JAZZ AND BREWS FEST A PERFECT MATCH THE Sunshine Coast Jazz and Brews Fest presents six hours of jazz, craft beers, fine wines, gourmet food, music and fun. Sit under the marquee or under the stars and sip on a cold brew while enjoying great Australian jazz talent. Glass House Brewery is known for its quality Italian food and its craft beers created by a qualified brewer and beer judge. Be treated to the toe-tapping music of Manouche Bop, who skilfully blend the sound of American Bebop with the music of the Parisian pioneers of gypsy jazz. Jess Spina, jazz vocalist and rising star in the Queensland jazz scene, will be singing beautiful jazz standards; while world/folk/jazz quartet Estampa evokes visions of Parisian laneways, South American sensuality, and the unbridled joy of European folk-music. Estampa delivers an energetic, internationally-inspired performance, combining a blend of violin, voice, piano

accordion, guitar and double bass. The Horn Dawgs, Brisbane’s newest and most dynamic brass band will bring a taste of New Orleans with modern funk, and a healthy dose of good time, shake your booty, shout chorus, New Orleans Soul. Some of the best musicians in Australia got together and recorded Orvieto, an amazing jazz-fusion project with original compositions by Gus Fenwick. The project features world-renowned guitarist, Louie Shelton, who has played with the big names such as Boz Scaggs, Neil Diamond, The Monkees, John Lennon, James Brown, Diana Ross, and Marvin Gaye. Catch him live at the Sunshine Coast Jazz & Brews Fest. The event is wheelchair accessible. Tickets are limited. Glass House Brewery, 8/330 Mons Rd, Forest Glen (Kunara) Sunday, January 24, 3pm-9pm Tickets glasshousebrewery.com.au Call Robyn Brown 0403 152 397 or email info@sassyjazz.com.au

THE “cellar-bration” of all things craft beer and cider has a new home —NightQuarter at Birtinya, with its innovative eats, immersive experiences, live music, experiential artists and local culture. Some of Australia’s top brewers will showcase their favourite creations to the region’s growing craft audience. “We look forward to returning bigger and better than ever for a massive weekend of great food, great music and sampling some of the best craft beers and ciders available in the country,” festival founder Tanya Taber said. It begins at 5pm Friday, May 28, with popular Saturday sessons at 11.30am and 5pm, and the lazy Sunday session starting at noon. Michelle Christoe, co-owner of

NightQuarter, said the venue was proud to support local breweries and ciders through the festival. The festival gives a taste of some of Australia’s rare craft beers along with local produce and a mouth-watering line up of street food vendors and amazing live music all weekend May 28-30. Presale tickets (over 18s) $20, on sale now until exhausted. Visit craftbeersunshinecoast.com.au

JAZZ COLLECTIVE IS BACK

THE Jazz and Blues Collective resumes next month at a new venue. The Millwell Road Community Centre in Maroochydore is airconditioned and has plenty of parking. It will be BYO (no glass) and there’s a dance floor. The first event will premier the Dan Bolton Band.

Dan is a singer/songwriter/pianist with a unique sound. His songs are 21st century standards, incorporating elements of jazz, pop and Latin American styles. The music is reminiscent of George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin but with a modern twist. Dan will be performing with Dave Cox (woodwinds), Rodney Ford on drums and John Conley on double bass and guitar. Millwell Road Community Centre, Maroochydore. Sunday, February 7, doors open 1pm for show at 2pm. Tickets $25, seniors $23. Bookings: ticketebo.com.au Call 0417 633 734.

GALAPAGOS DUCK COMING YOUR WAY SUNSHINE Coast Jazz Club this month presents the famous Galapagos Duck. The band began in the late 1960s and became well known in the Australian jazz and music scene during the 1970s, when it was the house band at the emerging jazz night club near Circular Quay. Since then, the “Duck” has become the

best-known jazz band in Australia. It continues to work in concert halls, night clubs, at jazz festivals, in the recording studio, and on radio and television. Although the membership has changed, the direction of the band has always been to create a performance experience that while jazz oriented is able to be appreciated and

enjoyed by everybody. The lineup for the band is Dave Spicer, keyboard; Adam Thomas, sax; Rodney Ford, drums; Mal Wood, trumpet and John Conley ,bass. Caloundra Power Boat Club Sunday, January 17, noon and 4pm Visit sunshinecoastjazz.net.au or call Richard 0427 782 960

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RETIREMENT LIVING

GENERATION EMBRACES LIFESTYLE RESORTS

NEW LIFESTYLE RESORT PLANNED FOR PALMWOODS

RETIREMENT can be confronting, as for some it evokes feelings of isolation, the prospect of slowing down or being left with no choice but to move into a retirement village. Improvements in healthcare and general wellbeing has increased life expectancy, and this has helped pave the way for a new generation of over 50s who want to stay active and retire in style on their own terms. This new generation of retirees is increasingly choosing a lifestyle resort over a retirement village. Lifestyle resorts differ in many ways, but the core difference is financial – in a lifestyle community you own your home and rent the land. For example, the financial benefits of a lifestyle resort in Queensland are no entry or exit fees; no stamp duty or council rates; no body corporate or strata fees and you keep 100 per cent of capital gain on your sale price. New lifestyle communities such as

PALMWOODS residents and soon-to-be downsizers, Alanna and Joe Galea, were first in line to secure a home site at the new over-50s lifestyle resort GemLife Palmwoods. The couple, who fell in love with the area about 10 years ago, had no doubt they wanted to stay in Palmwoods. “We wanted to downsize but we wanted to stay in Palmwoods,” she said. “At GemLife we get to have a beautiful new home and pick the colour-schemes. No expense is spared, and we are in awe of the quality and finishings.” They are keen travellers and find the ability to lock-up and leave, together with the security of living in a gated community, an important part of the resort’s appeal. “We want to travel without worrying about the security and maintenance of a big house,” Mr Galea said. The weather is ideal and the town is central to the Sunshine Coast. In addition to high quality two-

Affinity Lifestyle Resort in Morayfield have been created specifically with active and social people over 50 in mind. Currently, homeowners are enjoying the first of their two clubhouses. A new multi-million dollar clubhouse with a cinema, heated magnesium pool and spa, fully-equipped gym, bowling green and a bar will open this year. Stage 1 has sold out and Stage 2 has been launched early, with three new display homes open for private viewings. Call 1300 295 807 or email sales@ affinitylifestyle.com.au

THE ACCOLADES KEEP COMING

HALCYON Lakeside at Bli Bli has won the inaugural Retirement Development of the Year title at the 2020 National Retirement Living Awards. The win follows Halcyon Lakeside’s 2019 UDIA National Award for Seniors Living, and further recognises the over-50s lifestyle community’s excellence. Halcyon Lakeside incorporates quality, innovation, liveability and facilities that have made it a leader in over 50s lifestyle developments. “Australia’s modern seniors want more choice to individualise a home to their taste and lifestyle,” Halcyon joint

bedroom plus multipurpose room homes, the resort will feature a luxury country club with first-class facilities such as gym, ten-pin bowling alley, indoor pool and spa, cinema and a bar and coffee lounge, as well as an outdoor pool and recreation precinct. Optional RV storage is available. The first homes will be ready to move in by the end of the year. GemLife Palmwoods is at 38 Landershute Rd, Palmwoods. The sales office is at 18-20 Margaret St. 1800 718 414 or gemlife.com.au

LOCALS LEAD RUSH FOR BOUTIQUE TERRACES

managing director Paul Melville said. “They embrace over-50s lifestyle communities rather than a retirement village as they are not hemmed in by cookie-cutter design.” State Member for Ninderry Dan Purdie gave a glowing review of the development’s impact on the area. “Halcyon Lakeside is a true visionary masterpiece, creating a connected and cohesive community of active seniors who have also contributed to the broader Ninderry community,” he said. While Halcyon Lakeside has been completed and there are pre-loved homes available, Halcyon is now building its newest community B by Halcyon at Buderim (pictured), its fourth on the Sunshine Coast. More than 20 homeowners have already moved in. Premium recreation and leisure facilities will be completed in April. Call 1800 560 763 or visit the on-site Welcome Centre, open Monday to Saturday 9am-4pm.

LOCAL residents seeking a lowmaintenance lifestyle in a community they know and love is driving demand for Pelican Waters’ latest housing concept, The Signature Terrace Collection. Pelican Waters sales specialist Morgan Bonanno said that with a new terrace home doubling as sales office, interest was growing for the boutique collection. “We are getting plenty of foot traffic with many locals popping their heads in and the feedback has been really encouraging,” she said. Ms Bonanno said the majority of interest was coming from Pelican Waters and southern Sunshine Coast locals who were looking for a relaxed, lowmaintenance lifestyle in familiar surrounds. The remaining Signature Terraces for sale range from $710,000 to $745,000 and are all “Moffat” designs, offering dual living, a choice of three or four bedrooms, three bathrooms, stone benchtops, 2.7m ceilings, internal covered courtyard,

stainless appliances and double garage. Buyers have flexibility in design and the $25,000 HomeBuilder grant for approved applicants gives a massive discount on a new home. “People are loving the freedom they have to express their own sense of style with personalised designs coupled with a water-based lifestyle second to none,” Morgan said. “Buyers also benefit from freehold ownership, no body corporate fees, low maintenance, high quality construction and no shared walls.” Call 5492 4888 or email sales@ pelicanwaters.com

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Over 50s lifestyle villages are not the same as retirement villages. They operate under the Queensland Government Manufactured Homes Act 2003. This means that you own the home outright and lease the land. The (site agreement or Form 2 under Queensland legislation) has a start date but no end date, so you have the right to use the land forever. There are no exit fees or stamp duty payable on these homes. They are proving a hit with over 50s who enjoy this type of living because it means they are surrounded by like-minded people and they can easily engage and socialize. There is usually a recreation centre with bowling, tennis, pool, cinema, library, gym and so on, which encourages interaction and a healthy lifestyle. Some also offer caravan storage. Villages have community guidelines or rules. You can buy a home anywhere but when you are looking to buy in an over 50s village you are looking for something more, usually lifestyle and security. Don’t think about downsizing, think about “life sizing”. If you have any questions, or need solutions or support just give me a call.

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Before recommending surgery to someone suffering with hip or knee osteoarthritis, I recommend exhausting all non-operative methods of treatment first. These include physiotherapy, weight management, lifestyle modification, medication, and potentially, injection therapy. I recommend a visit to a physiotherapist requesting strengthening and range-ofmotion exercises for managing the symptoms of joint pain. Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is vitally important. Ask your GP to check your BMI and to suggest effective methods of weight loss and maintenance if necessary. It is important to modify the activities you perform if you suffer from joint pain. Choose low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, and cycling, rather than highimpact activities like running. A good medication for joint pain is Panadol Osteo (or equivalent), but always check with your GP before commencing, particularly if you have liver disease. There are also injections available to help treat joint osteoarthritis. These can be discussed at the Sunshine Coast Injection Clinic. It is important to understand your condition. Consult an orthopaedic surgeon about the best course of treatment or attend one of our knee patient education seminars.

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Stay in control with a frailty plan This year we have all had a taste of what it is like to lose some independence and be confined at home. It’s not easy to see the doctor or do the groceries without some planning ahead. But what if it was not an international pandemic and not affecting everyone in your street, but just you? What if it was due to your own frailty? With the potential for frailty (on average) to span 20 per cent of our retirement years, we need a plan. We need to think ahead. Decide what is important. Identify the trigger points. Socialise the plan with our family. While this may sound grim, it is not all bad. Having a plan can set you up to have choices and more control so you can maintain as much independence as possible. If frailty creeps up and you have not planned ahead, you might find yourself herded down a path based on the bias and the goals (no matter how well-intentioned) of the person who first says “I can help”. A plan gives you time to consider your preferred choices and be prepared. This may allow you to: • Ensure your home is modified and ready so you can continue living there. • Have your support teams in place. • Take away some of the stress and uncertainty from your family. • And most importantly, have the finances ready to pay for the support you need to ensure not only quality of care, but also quality of lifestyle.

Not everything always goes our way or how we planned though, and this is why planning is important. You can add contingency measures and decision pathways into your plan. So how do you get started? Don’t do it alone. It is too hard to be objective. Ask your financial planner for help. This is what they are good at, but make sure the planner knows their limitations and if aged care and frailty planning is not a key strength, ask them to bring someone into the team who is. In our business we believe in helping clients throughout retirement and continually review and modify plans so that the changes needed at life’s transition points can be implemented smoothly and effectively. We can also help with your family discussions. Advisers who are Accredited Aged Care Professionals are ready to help.

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FRIENDSHIP A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

President David Allan with Frank Kopke, tour guide at the Gympie gold mining museum. LIKE many organisations, the Friendship Force of the Sunshine Coast has had its activities curtailed by Covid. Normally, members of Friendship Force clubs from around the world are hosted in the home of local members for a week at a time. Luckily, the club from Long Island, New York visited in March, just before all travel ceased. The 2020 plan for the Sunshine Coast club to travel to South Korea and Japan in April was cancelled – like all Friendship Force journeys, for the foreseeable future. However, members have not allowed the travel hiatus to hold them back. Now that they can meet in person regularly, they are enjoying the activities they would

normally arrange for visitors. The most recent was a visit to Gympie for a trip on the Rattler and to visit the Woodworks Museum, Goldmining and Historical Museum. President David Allan said many members had maintained contact with international friends they had visited or hosted in the past. The club intends to continue its focus to promote understanding across the barriers that separate people. There are over 350 clubs in more than 60 countries, and David expects Friendship Force to survive and thrive in the future. Call 5471 7338 or 5492 8414 or friendshipforce sunshinecoast.org.au

VIEW MEETINGS RESUME MAROOCHYDORE View Club celebrated the close of 2020, with entertainment from the Coastal Caring Clowns who also explained the valuable work they do for the Sunshine Coast community. As part of a network of about 500 clubs throughout Australia, View members have been able to contribute to the education of many disadvantaged children. The club has volunteers who assist with the homework club at Kuluin Primary School as well as

giving annual encouragement awards at their assembly. There was a strong response to the annual stationery appeal for the Learning for Life program. In many cases sponsorship of a child benefits the whole family. Maroochydore View Club meets on the fourth Friday of each month and resumes this month at the Maroochydore Surf Club. New members and guests are welcome. Call 1800 633 622.

PROBUS LINES UP A BUSY YEAR

Currimundi Probus members breakfast at Kings Beach. THE Probus Club of Currimundi will begin its year on February 10, at the Indoor Bowls Club, Burke St, Golden Beach. Anyone who would like to find out more about this lively

club and become a member, is welcome to attend. As well as monthly meetings, which always include a guest speaker and morning tea, other activities include a barbecue breakfast at the beach, a Coffee & Chat morning, and a cruise on the Mooloolah River. There’s also a walking group and a book club. The club motto is Fun, Friendship and Fellowship, and it’s a great way for retirees and seniors to make friends in the local area. Call Ros 0458 753 922

BRIDGE CLASSES BEGIN AGAIN THE next series of beginners’ classes at the Sunshine Coast Bridge Club start on Monday, March 1, at 9am or evening classes at 7pm. Last year the introduction of evening classes attracted full and part-time workers, including medical professionals, salespersons, construction workers and most noticeably, teachers. The 10-week, three-hour course, is held at the club rooms at the northern end of the Elizabeth Daniels Sports Complex on Syd Lingard Drive, Buderim. The clubhouse is wheelchair accessible. Cost of $60 includes lesson book. Instructor Alison Dawson is a teacher and Queensland champion. New beginners are then ready to join supervised games, and any of the many sessions/events held throughout the week. Friendships are formed leading to “kitchen bridge� games in members’ homes. Visit suncoastbridge.com.au or call Alison 0412 690 781. Email alison.dawson@yahoo. com.au

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ACTIVE LIVING

Dive into do-it-yourself water aerobics

FIT HAPPENS With Tom Law

You don’t have to join a formal aqua aerobics class to get fitter and stronger this summer. TRISTAN HALL suggests some simple exercises to do in your own pool or a local lake.

“AN intense and widely-shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived” may be one reasonable definition of a fad. In the fitness industry we have seen a lot of fads, and I am sure we will see many more. I am not going to name them all here but I’m sure you know them – fads on diets, exercise programs, exercise equipment, food supplements, replacement meals … the list goes on. I would like a dollar for every attempt made to convince me to promote a product to my clients. My answer to them is always the same: I allow people to make up their own mind and do their own research specifically on nutrition. I do not have the time to verify every claim made by people about their products and equipment, so leave the choice up to individuals. My lack of conviction in no way means I do not believe the products work, it is simply my belief that it is an individual choice and I cannot guarantee the validity of the product. What I do know is that a

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he benefits of working out in water are numerous. The buoyancy supports you and prevents jarring to joints. You move against the weight of the water. Water aerobics is a form of resistance training. It can strengthen your muscles, boost blood flow, improve bone density and reduce joint pain. And of course, you stay cool, so let’s jump in: AQUA JOGGING Start your water workout with jogging. You can jog on the spot

or across the pool. Your body will get into a gentle bouncing rhythm. Jog at a pace that gets your heart rate up. If you feel unstable, walk instead or use the side of the pool for support. This exercise supports your knees while strengthening the muscles around them. POOL EDGE PUSH-UPS Place your hands on the side of the pool at a comfortable width. Push up until your arms are straight, but not locked. Bend your arms and lower yourself back down. For best results work slowly. Do 5-10 repetitions. This exercise is excellent for arms, chest and shoulders. SQUATS WITH ARM SWEEPS Stand with your feet apart in a secure stance. Squat down until your chin is close to the water. Do this a few times. Then bring your arms out together in front of your body and sweep them to the sides on the water surface. To work harder, put more of

your arms under the water surface. Continue for a few minutes. Alternatively, you can do squats and arm sweeps as two separate exercises. SIDE WALKING Walking side to side works the muscles large and small around your knees and hips. It also strengthens your core. Tighten your core muscles, then take small sideways steps across the pool. Widen your steps and walk back to the other side. Check in with yourself that you are continuing to hold your core muscles firm. Repeat a few times. BREATHING PRACTICE Breathe in through your nose as you push your abdomen out. Then push off from the side of the pool. Put your head in the water and glide as far as you can slowly expelling your breath. Repeat 10 times. Breathe calmly. Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist with Full Circle Wellness. Visit fullcirlcewellness. com.au

balanced lifestyle works. Good nutrition combined with regular activity and movement helps keep a body healthy. That is not disputed, so my message to anyone who asks my advice is simply that. In my book I mention a piece by Wayne Fields from What the River Knows: The best six doctors anywhere, And no one can deny it, Are sunshine, water, rest and air, Exercise and diet. These six will gladly you attend If only you are willing. Your mind they’ll ease, your will they’ll mend, and charge you not a shilling. We have choices. If you choose to live a moderate life, eat well and move your body regularly the chances of leading a healthy life are greatly increased. Obviously, if you have been instructed by your doctor or medical professionals to take a particular supplement or product you should follow those instructions. Tom Law is the author of Tom’s Law Fit Happens. Visit tomslaw.com.au

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Richmond, 400km north of Longreach, seems an unlikely fishing spot. FROM fossicking, fishing and outdoor baths, to the greatest pubs and the best caravan parks in Australia, north-west Queensland is the ultimate destination for grey nomads. With broad landscapes, rich cultural experiences and natural wonders, Outback Queensland is also home to communities that have struggled with drought and Covid and now are waiting to give a warm welcome. Whether towing a caravan or exploring by car, there is a variety of accommodation available and plenty of

adventures awaiting eager explorers. Lake Fred Tritton, Richmond Shire Walk the dog, ride a bike, swim, canoe or fish. This is also a camping ground and prime spot to throw a snag on the barbie while watching a picturesque sunset. It’s a must-visit for bird watchers and a walk in nature. Kronosaurus Korner, Richmond Australia’s premier marine fossil museum, it showcases nearly 1150 specimens from Outback Queensland. Fossils include 100-115 million-year-old remains

from extinct marine reptiles, fish, ammonites and squid from Australia’s ancient inland sea. Hampstead Tours, Richmond Hampstead is an incredible way to see Richmond shire and provides a bush experience. Buses leave every morning for Hampstead Springs, a stunning sight in the foothills of the rugged Gregory Range. Guests can explore the spectacular scenery, unusual geological formations and colourful history, all served up with bush hospitality and a dollop of home cooking. Julia Creek Caravan Park and Outdoor Baths, McKinlay Shire As soon as you drive in, you feel at home at Julia Creek caravan park. With powered sites for motorhomes and caravans, as well as self-contained units, this is the perfect pit stop to sit back and enjoy a slice of the Outback. Adding a dose of luxury to the stay are Julia Creek’s outdoor bathhouses which have become hugely popular for good reason. Guests enjoy champagne and snacks while soaking in the outdoor bathhouse surrounded

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by country views. From April to September, guests can also enjoy an award-winning bush dinner hosted by the caravan park team every Monday night.

If you fancy a little more luxury in the Outback, try Trek West’s Big Loop Trail. Make the most of north-west Queensland’s big blue skies by day and a canopy of stars by night with a personalised adventure.

Walkabout Creek Hotel Famous for being the first venue where Banjo Patterson presented his Waltzing Matilda, the Blue Heeler Hotel welcomes all travellers for a great bite and a cold pint. See the framed memorabilia, rustic interiors and gorgeous brick fireplace built by RM Williams himself. If you fancy a wander at sunset, trek down the road to Combo, the waterhole where Banjo Patterson penned his famous ballad. IMAGE: TOURISM AND EVENTS QUEENSLAND

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A 66km hiking challenge covers some of this region’s most idyllic and breathtaking landscapes, with fully prepared and deliciously healthy meals served daily to keep you going. The trek follows the limestone escarpments through the Boodjamulla National Park and Little’s Range, leading you back to the comfort of the Stock Camp on Herbertvale Station. Karumba This stunning coastal town is the perfect spot for fishing fanatics and seafood lovers. Karumba is home to a massive wild barramundi hotspot and the Les Wilson Barra Centre, the only hatchery in the world breeding Southern Gulf barramundi. queensland.com.au

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TOURING WITH PENNY WITH international travel curtailed, it’s a great time to travel within Australia. In October we went to the Darling Downs and also to the Gold Coast hinterland. Both trips were so successful they will be repeated this year. One couple has already booked on both trips again. Melbourne Flower Show is in March and looks like it will be better than ever. I am looking forward to Uluru in June for the spectacular light show. Crisp mornings and evenings make the sunrise and sunsets a photographer’s delight.

Then it’s back to WA in late September for the wildflowers. I have hand-picked a coach driver who is passionate about all of the local plants, and who will take us to places off the tourist route to see them at their best. October sees me taking a group to Tasmania for the Wynyard Tulip Festival. We also visit Stanley and cruise the waterways. Your tour expectations are my priority. I hope to once again catch up with previous travellers and meet many new ones in 2021. Email penny.hegarty@gmail.com

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THE new year is here and with the state borders open, Australia is waiting – the safest place in the world to travel. And if it’s the time of year when you would normally be booking an overseas trip, flights and a full itinerary included, do not despair. A luxury coach is waiting. The itinerary, accommodation and all the extras for the trip of a lifetime are organised and ready to go. “Don’t think this is sitting in a bus driving around all day, that’s what the long-distance commuter buses are for,” says Paul Brockhurst of CT Travel. “This is not budget travel but luxury coach travel with all the trimmings. We put the ‘tour’ into a trip.” And rather than having to make your way to the airport, you can be picked up at the door. Pack your bags and it’s all aboard for adventure. The tour ends at your front door too, making it the easiest way to get moving again.

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BOOK REVIEW

MARY BARBER I found this novel believable and gripping. The central characters, Lydia and her 8-year-old son Luca, are appealing and the other characters are well drawn and distinctive. The book raises questions about how you would behave in extreme circumstances – what hidden strength would you find? How far would you go to protect your family? The harsh but beautiful land plays a big role, almost like another character. The descriptions were vivid. This is a 5-star read. The author faced some flak for writing this novel. Some of her events were cancelled by the publisher due to concerns for her safety. I am glad she wrote it. If authors only wrote about their own experiences, Dickens would not have written Oliver Twist.

BILL MCCARTHY Jennie Cummings is an intriguing author. Her previous three novels give no clue to the direction she has taken in American Dirt. The harrowing tale of a Mexican middle-class mother and her young son, having seen family assassinated by a drug cartel, go on the run. How she attempts to reach the US while avoiding pursuit is a tale of courage and initiative. The plot is embellished with the stories of the endless stream of refugees attempting to escape their own respective hells. Characters, both good and evil, encountered along the way and the dysfunctional officialdom on both sides of the USA boarder add complexity. A fascinating and disturbing read. An interesting aside – she was heavily criticised by the “woke” Latino literati for writing this story, because she is “white”.

TONY HARRINGTON

BOOK review SUZI HIRST This book is a quick easy read that had me from the first page. What this book did do for me, was leave me thinking about the Mexican migrants and their battle to find freedom and safety in the US. There is a fair amount of controversy on the internet about the author as to her background (nonMexican) and whether she was the right person to tell the story. The story is fiction, but a mother and her son on the run from a cartel that murdered her family may well be the story of many migrants. Heart wrenching. 7/10

AMERICAN DIRT by Jeanine Cummins

Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the Mexican city of Acapulco where she runs a bookstore. She and her husband, a journalist, have a son, Luca, the love of her life. Although cracks are beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is comfortable. Lydia stocks some of her favourite books even though she knows they’ll never sell, until one day a man enters the shop to browse and finds a few books he would like to buy – two of them her favourites. He is erudite and charming and, unbeknown to Lydia, the jefe of the newest drug cartel that has gruesomely taken over the city. When Lydia’s husband’s tell-all profile of Javier is published, Lydia and Luca are forced to flee north to the US on the notorious train La Bestia.

JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT If you have ever wondered just how brutal the Mexican drug cartels really are and why so many people flee the countries in which they thrive, then read this book as it provides a good insight to their power, and equally, the desperation of migrants trying to reach safety and a better life in the US. The author says her intent is to form “a bridge” whereby non-Mexicans might come to a new empathetic understanding of the migrant experience and for me she achieved just that. I felt the trauma of the massacre of her family, rode the rooftop of the trains and experienced the dangerous desert border crossing into America with Lydia and Luca. A work of fiction based on fact and a good read.

JO BOURKE Despite the controversy about this novel re the author’s authenticity, I found it a riveting read. The poignancy is most evident through eight-year-old Luca whose insights to his mother and the sisters took me deep inside their characters. Most of all this novel urged me to want to find out more. The descriptions of La Bestia are sanistised compared with the real thing! There are YouTube videos of varying lengths showing the real train travel, migrants packed on top like sardines where crime is rife. About 4000 migrants ride this train each year with hundreds losing limbs. I found American Dirt a very sobering read which alerted me strongly to the sacrifices made by others to reach freedom. I recommend it.

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This well-researched and extremely engaging novel has polarised book critics and reviewers. The story is of a Mexican mother and son trying to escape as illegal migrants to the US from a vicious narco cartel. The South American critics paint the author as a white, pearl-wearing American academic who has no right to write about Mexican people and culture. Ignore them! This novel is entertaining fiction which shines a light on the life and plight of these migrants. As they travel their escape route to El Norte USA on the famous La Bestia freight train they meet and befriend several other interesting migrants. The dangers, trials and tribulations they face remind me of the ancient Buddhist Chinese tale Hsi Yu Chi, celebrated in the Japanese TV series Monkey Magic. Like this epic tale, I highly recommend this book. 9/10.

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1. In Roman notation, what does M represent? 2. What is the biggest state of Australia crossed by the Tropic of Capricorn? 3. People from what English city are often called “Scousers”? 4. In what sport are players sometimes afflicted by the “nervous nineties”? atha Christie 5. What Egyptian river was the setting for an Agatha novel? 6. What is the hooked staff used by a shepherd? 7. In what European capital is an island called Île de la Cité? ed for capturing 8. Which artist, born in Broken Hill, was renowned the spirit of the Outback? 9. What kind of living thing is a wahoo? t? 10. What is the fourth consonant in our alphabet? r? 11. What is the usual abbreviation for a helicopter? 12. For what animal is a bridle path intended? ler? 13. A cartouche is the symbol of what ancient ruler? 14. What is the English translation of the French phrase, Bon chance? and? 15. Which city is further south: Hobart or Auckland? 16. In the NATO phonetic alphabet, what comes after “Hotel”? centage of the 17. At the beginning of a game of chess, what percentage board is unoccupied? 18. A festival to what music legend is held in Parkes each January? 19. What chemical element has the symbol P? 20. From what English county do Cornish people originate?

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1. 1000; 2. Western Australia; 3. Liverpool; 4. Cricket; 5. Nile; 6. Crook; 7. Paris; 8. Pro Hart; 9. Fish; 10. F; 11. Chopper; 12. Horse; 13. Egyptian Pharaoh; 14. Good luck; 15. Hobart; 16. India; 17. 50 per cent; 18. Elvis Presley; 19. Phosphorus; 20. Cornwall.

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PUZZLES

CRYPTIC CROSSWORD

ACROSS 1 The common doctor is me, followed by a detective! (5) 4 Ecclesiastical leaders foolishly proposed doing without the rod (5) 7 Certain areas dipped before they left no trace at all (11) 9 A month’s return of food (3) 10 Wean off again (4) 12 Send out from the rooms (4) 13 Perform detailed thoracic surgery on old form of transport (7) 14 The century one visits a terribly hollow metropolis (4) 15 A sort of “off-cream” enthusiast (4) 17 Retrieve first government economic tax (3) 19 Undergo wart treatment with artesian liquid (11) 20 Powders angular studs (5) 21 Melt down gold and question the righteous (5)

CODEWORD

No. 2569

DOWN 1 Aimed at being in the public eye (5) 2 Such incisive analyses toss indices aside (11) 3 A facsimile of journalist’s work (4) 4 Mope around with a few good lines strung together (4) 5 It was the stolen tape, reputed to have kept it from oblivion (11) 6 Turf-like drinks (5) 8 Warded off an attack by one draper out of control (7) 11 Wholly? Just half? That is the question (3) 12 Betray somebody somehow (3) 14 Trapped an era in compact disc (5) 16 A number in favour of timely limits (5) 17 Creatures living in a rather snug situation? (4) 18 Suddenly realise it’s just a small bit of tree (4)

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WORD STEP

ACROSS 1 Public assembly (5) 4 Metallic element (9) 9 German-speaking country (7) 10 Ten year periods (7) 11 German city (9) 12 Result from (5) 13 Sound of indigestion (3) 14 Wielding (11) 16 Evaluations (11) 19 Knight’s title (3) 20 Non-PC (5) 22 Terrible beating (9) 25 Clique (7) 26 Attack (7) 27 Utilises (10) 28 Objects (5)

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