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here was a time when dining out seemed to be the main, if not only, form of entertainment. There wasn’t a lot to do on the Sunshine Coast in the 1970s after I had outgrown my teenage obsession with the Cotton Tree rollerdrome. The Palmwoods dance was lots of fun but for someone with two left feet, not always entirely successful. The drive-in theatre was an option, but not week after week. Pubs with live entertainment were out of bounds until you turned 21, and even after that couldn’t always be relied upon for live music. And so restaurants became the go-to for a night out with friends. The Boolarong was posh and expensive for a group of teenagers. There was

Contents the Red Bull and The Attic in Noosa, John Douglas had his various reliable enterprises in Mooloolaba and Rusty’s on Sixth Avenue was a regular haunt. Restaurants came and went, and we loved them. We thought we had hit the height of sophistication when a place on Aerodrome Road began offering sorbet on dry ice to cleanse the palate between courses. But usually, it wasn’t so much about the food as the atmosphere and the company, although we certainly had our menu favourites. Then came marriage and buying our first home and we soon realised that what we were spending on restaurant bills on a Saturday night would pay for the new blinds in the lounge or new carpet in the bedroom. Our days of extravagant dining out every Saturday night were drawing to an end. These days, lunch sits much better than dinner and those rich foods and obligatory three courses are no longer desirable – or even physically possible. Julie Lake takes up the story about how tastes and habits have changed over the decades in a fascinating look at our dining pleasure. Dorothy Whittington Editor

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Dining out – a taste for change From prawn cocktails to duck and cognac parfait, our tastes and expectations of fine dining have changed dramatically during the past 50 years. JULIE LAKE whets the appetite with a look at the food revolution.


ack in the day, dining out in Queensland was a simple business. Food was fresh and familiar. Seafood, lamb and beef were comparatively cheap. On the other hand, many foods and flavours now common even on pub menus were unknown to us. We’d never heard of truffle oil or kipfler or cipollini onion. Turmeric and Indian takeaway were unknown. Olive oil was found only in Italian restaurants. We didn’t know jus from juice. In the 1970s and ’80s, leading Brisbane restaurants included the revolving Tower Mill, Gino Merlo’s Milano and the Brekkie Creek Hotel for steaks. At Brad Garrett’s

bistro in the Brisbane Arcade you chose one of half a dozen grilling meats from the showcase and this came served with salad and a baked Idaho potato with sour cream, which we thought very sophisticated. Baxter’s at Deagon was worth the journey for superb whole mudcrab and for class, you went to Leo’s where there was a gypsy violinist and the food was distinctively European. The advent of Ken Lord’s two theatre restaurants offered the novelty of fun with your food – their standard entrée was half a very large avocado stuffed with prawns. You seldom see such avocadoes now.

Noosa was already making a name for fine dining with Barry’s on the Beach offering a simple but popular brasserie menu, shortly to be followed by Annabelle’s which raised the bar in fine food and service. Chefs like Leonie Palmer, Luc Turschwell and Pierre Otth followed to put the town on the gastro-map. Whatever their age, people didn’t worry about what they ate back then. We hadn’t heard about cholesterol, or Type 2 diabetes. And the lack of ubiquitous fat and sugar-filled foodstuffs in shopping malls and elsewhere meant less temptation and thus fewer weight problems. Women of my generation, raised to cook featherlight sponge cakes, scones, layer cakes and lamingtons, tended to what was called the “middle aged spread” but this was considered normal. It’s all very different today. Our average life expectancy is being drastically prolonged by medical science and technology – and also by our own improved knowledge because everywhere we turn – magazines, TV, health websites – and what we now call our “health professionals” are telling us what we should and shouldn’t eat if we want to live long, fit, active lives. And look forever young. Much of the information is contradictory, some of it misleading but the result is a change in our dining out habits and expectations. “We eat out regularly,” says Leonie Schott, who is in her early 70s. “And the choice is endless. But I like to keep fit and am on pills to reduce my cholesterol level,

so I search the menu for low dairy dishes. “My husband is Type 2 diabetic so he has to avoid sugar and starchy foods and prefers restaurants which offer tasty alternatives to potatoes, rice and pasta. For example, our favourite restaurant serves a variety of pastas made from beans, zucchini, lentils and other other unlikely foodstuffs. Also a great goat curry with cauliflower cous cous.” Menus in most eateries offer at least some low carb, low fat dishes but according to Leonie these tend to be boring and repetitive – “The same old Caesar and Thai beef salads, grazing bowls and smashed avocado,” she says. “That’s why we look for restaurants that build at least a significant part of their menu around food suited to the people we are today.” Vegan restaurants, which Leonie describes as “overpriced and yuk” have become popular but according to dieticians they are not the best choice for older people who need more protein, iron, calcium and cooked vegetables because those high in cellulose such as celery, can be hard for ageing digestive systems to break down when served raw. The same goes for most beans, except green. Indeed, one of the big contradictions for us oldies is that while dairy products put on weight, their calcium content is important for helping prevent osteoporosis. The answer is moderation – watch the fat, salt and sugar but remember that for life to be worth living a bit of what you fancy does you good. As we age, we opt for smaller portions and while most good (i.e. expensive)

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COVER STORY restaurants meet this need, many still offer only large servings, restricting older and weight-conscious customers to the usually limited entrée list. This is where the degustation menu comes into its own. Jeannette Willemsen is a regular diner-outer in the “foodie 50s” age group. She and her partner travel from Brisbane to Noosa and further inland seeking out restaurants which offer something new and adventurous to the palate – but in tiny portions.

Presentation has moved on from prawns on lettuce in a cocktail glass. “I would say that degustation dining is my preferred option for various reasons,” Jeannette says. “Most notably it’s for the variety of small taste bursts and different flavours that come with each course. It allows you to enjoy such an array of small-portioned meals that are easily digestible with the individual matching wines. The attention to detail, artistic

presentation and the time taken to sit back and savour the meal is what makes it a whole experience”. Degustation menus usually range upwards from $75 a head for a set menu that varies only according to the number of courses you choose, and you walk away satisfied but not feeling stuffed with kilojoules. It makes this kind of dining a healthy option for a generation that has gone from steak and veg to tapas and yumcha in 50 food-filled years. There are still some die-hards like Ted Hallman who at 84 believes a plain roast with pumpkin, potato, peas and gravy is better than what he calls “haughty cuisine”. He’s got a good sense of humour, has Ted, and reckons he’s fitter than his children whom he describes as “always following some new food fad”. He abhors sushi (“soggy rice with stuff on top”), thinks raw meats like carpaccio and ceviche are “disgusting” and laughs at the idea of a saffron reduction. Unlike Ted, however, most people interviewed have happily embraced the ever-changing cuisine scene and are prepared to pay for it. It’s worth noting that several commented on other aspects of dining out for seniors and pet hates were loud (or any) music and sloppy service (even in classier places). “When I’m paying top dollar I don’t expect a waitress to stand there, one hip stuck out, saying ‘not a problem’ when you place your order,” says Leonie Schott. “My motherin-law is very Old Country and says there is only one restaurant in Brisbane which offers truly European-style service, by which she means deft, discreetly attentive efficiency.” The same used to be said of

Annabelle’s in Noosa under legendary maitre d’ Gordon Shrubsole. Dining out has become an important social activity for Australians of all ages and it is the cashed-up Baby Boomers with high expectations and sophisticated tastes who have led us into considering food as an art form rather than just body fuel. Today we can enjoy dishes from the furthest-flung parts of the world and thanks to the prevalence of TV cooking shows, we are always being tempted to

try something new. The emphasis on fresh farm-to-table produce means older Australians with health issues, and those who wish to avoid them, can choose their restaurants from among the many that offer tastebud-tempting and appetitesatisfying menus that are in tune with today’s lifestyle needs. By comparison, the good old days were not really all that good, when it comes to dining out. Though I do miss those giant mudcrabs at Baxter’s!

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The dishes are notable for their innovative fusion of different national cuisines, daring use of flavours, sparing use of starch and dairy and elevation of humble foods like kale, once used mostly for cattle fodder) to haute cuisine status.

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They are also notable for increasinglyfamiliar terms like “amuse bouche” (French for pleasure or amuse the mouth). The first menu is decidedly French in style, the second is more global with strong Australian references. Such dishes may make up a degustation menu of several tiny courses, or a set menu of two to three courses, with wine pairing, or simply be available a la carte.

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t the Glasshouse Mountains hours.” After a good night’s sleep, they were up early the next day to climb Mt Tibrogargan, taking a Union Jack and nine metres of rope just in case it was needed. They were well aware of the dangers ahead. Mt Tibrogargan at 364m is as high as a 76-storey building. The approach to the climb was hard enough as they scrambled over loose stones concealed under blady grass. All were fit and strong. As the climb began, they scrambled up the rock face using niches and crannies. Now and again a small shrub gave the chance of a rest. In the history of mountain climbing, this is one of the first documented instances of rope being used as a safety device. Excitedly, they flew the flag at the top and, while eating lunch, admired the wondrous 360-degree view of Moreton and Stradbroke islands, Mt Cooroy and the far-off Macpherson Range. With all care on their descent, they arrived at Bankfoot House at 2.30pm in time for a drive into the surrounding countryside to admire and photograph Mt Beerwah and views of the D’Aguilar Range. The following morning, they were ready to start at 7am. Coonowrin had

been climbed previously by local men, H. Mikalsen twice and T. Roberts. Coonowrin is 377m and a more difficult and dangerous climb than Tibrogargan. Safely and surely the climb was accomplished “though not without many thrills and tremors” as they encountered loose shingle, sheer rock and hazardous edges. The route they took is known as Clark’s Gully. Mikalsen’s calico flag, although ragged, was flown again and they left calling cards in a receptacle at the summit. They had marked their ascent with pieces of calico but the climb down was still precarious. They were well aware that a mis-step would mean death. Lesley, Ettie and Sara Clark were the first women to climb Mt Coonowrin. They were delighted with their achievement and very proudly told the family waiting at Bankfoot of their success. After fond good-byes and a thank-you for the generous hospitality, they departed at 1.15pm to cycle the 71km back to Brisbane where they arrived at 10.15pm. One can only wonder what they did on other weekends.

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PART of our purgatory on earth is to have to sit through the advertising breaks when watching free-to-air television. Some ads are incredibly good, like the ones for retirement villages and the nursing home, now called by the euphemism “age care facility”. A room in a nursing home is not yet

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Noel Dannett leads a tour for Mike McFarlane, David Allan and Helen Treston. FRIENDSHIP Force Sunshine Coast (FFSC) members might be grounded by global Covid restrictions, but are maintaining their spirit of adventure and innovation. Normally members would be planning the next year’s program to visit associated clubs overseas and around Australia, but

now they are exploring locally. Member Noel Dannett, a pilot and aviation buff, recently guided a tour of the Queensland Air Museum at Caloundra. The museum is the largest and most diverse air museum in Australia, with a focus on aviation history. More than 70 displays show many different types of planes, many of them rebuilt by volunteers at the museum. Noel’s knowledge of aircraft aviation history made the tour informative, educational and enjoyable for everyone. FFSC is one of 23 clubs around Australia and part of a global network of over 300. As a non-profit organisation its charter is to promote national and international cross-cultural understanding and friendships. Visit friendshipforcesunshinecoast. org.au.

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THE Maroochydore Branch of Older Women’s Network Qld is celebrating its first birthday. Mature-aged women looking for friendship are invited to attend – the group’s aim is to connect older women and help prevent social isolation. Monday, July 19, 1pm at Maroochy Neighbourhood Centre, Cotton Tree. RSVP Lee 0429 831 414.

MAROOCHYDORE member Jan Fenton has received the Making A Difference Award from View Australia, for her outstanding contribution to the club, View and The Smith Family. Jan has been a driver in fundraising activities and other activities. Meetings are on the fourth Friday of each month at the Maroochydore Surf Lifesaving Club. New members and guests welcome. Call Maggie 0418 793 906.

FAMILY HISTORY CALOUNDRA Family History Research group will this month hear from retired teacher-librarian Carmel Galvin. She now has beginner classes for family historians and is webmaster at Carmel’s Corner as well as writing her own family history. Carmel’s topic for the meeting on July 15, is “How to search and browse the Australian joint copying project online”. Visit caloundrafamilyhistory.org.au or phone June 0409 932 229.

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A bushie’s life of verse Peter Tyler has been drawn to the work of Banjo Paterson since he was a boy. RUSSELL HUNTER talks to a poet who now has a substantial portfolio of his own work inspired by Australian bush life.


hy do people write poetry? Not for the fame and certainly not for the money – but that doesn’t put so many people off. Certainly not Peter Tyler, now nearing his 80th birthday, who has been writing poetry for most of his life. He writes because he likes to. “It’s for my own enjoyment and sometimes that of others. There’s no fiscal reason,” he says. Peter’ passion for poetry began at a young age. Attending a country town school and through wandering the paddocks whenever he could, he avidly absorbed the life and legends of Banjo Paterson. “I loved horses and I would go off to the paddocks to pat them. There was a big paddock in town that fairs, and rodeos used to use,” he says. “Once a year there was a rodeo, so I went down to see the horses. “I remember there were men sitting on logs around a fire. One asked if I like horses. I told him I did so he said I could go over to where they had the horses and tell the men there that Banjo


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Paterson said I could pat the horses. “So, I did. At school, I soon learnt all about Banjo Paterson and his poems and

could not get enough.” While at Marist Brothers Lidcombe in Sydney, Peter wrote a poem to enter into a competition at school. “I read it to my friend Ronnie Williams. He liked it so much he wanted me to write one for him. His won the competition and mine came second.” A love of poetry – and competitions – was born. “I have won four Queensland championship trophies. When I was 50, I joined the Beaudesert Bush Bards”. Throughout a life of letters, Banjo Paterson’s work has never been far from Peter’s mind. That and some of Rudyard Kipling’s output has been his inspiration. “Banjo is my all-time favourite,” he says. “But the best poem for me has been Rudyard Kipling’s If and also Desiderata. I find them to be a good guide in life.” Peter’s a bushman through and through. His love of horses and dogs shines through in his verse as does his sheer joy at the outdoor life. “I’ve always been a horse and dog lover,” he says. “It’s impossible, of course, to keep either here where I am now, but I well remember the last dog I had. He

was a blue heeler, the finest creature God ever put on His earth.” Peter recited a poem on Valentine’s Day for fellow residents at his aged care home. It’s something he saves for special occasions. “I’ve written hundreds and I also like reciting others that I like,” he says. Throughout his life the Australian bush has been his muse – as reflected by his admiration for Banjo Paterson. “Bush poetry is my passion,” he says. “Occasionally people comment that there is a similarity between my work and that of Banjo Paterson.” And he’s had an impressive range of occupations that have all contributed to his abiding passion for bush verse. “I have been a store manager for UEB in New Zealand, a lifeguard, a policeman, a taxi driver, fleet manager for Black and White Cabs, superintendent, training officer and employment officer for Black and White Cabs. “Most memorably, while in New Zealand I was a guide and took people on trail rides through mountains. I love horses,” he says. There’s a plaque in a Sydney golf

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OUR PEOPLE clubhouse where his son was a pro. Peter has recited a specially written poem for the Care Flight Annual Dinner. He has written special poems for the bush fires – The Gallant Fight and Bush Fire Heroes. But his own favourite is Old Blue – a poem dedicated to man’s best friend. Of course. Peter’s getting on now, but he still has the will to write. “The tremors affect me now,” he says. “They thought I had Parkinson’s but the tests said otherwise.” Then they told him it was something called essential tremors. “But I reckon that’s bullshit,” says Peter. “There’s nothing essential about them for a start.” Nevertheless, those tremors have seriously restricted his poetic output. “Yes, they’ve made it difficult,” he says. “In my mind the poetry still flows but it’s hard to get it down – and I’d find dictating difficult.” That said, it’s hard to imagine Peter won’t find a way to add to his repertoire of many hundreds of poems.

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OLD BLUE With my old `bluey’ dog I was sat on a log Just enjoying a smoke and a break When I thought this is queer There’s something wrong here `cause old bluey was starting to shake We had watched him asleep after mustering sheep when you’d swear the old bugger was dreaming with his farts and his twitches he would have us in stitches, we’d laugh till our eyes would be streaming But the way bluey shook made me think he was crook and I thought of that bloody distemper. Now that’s something I’d hate `cause Blue was me mate, we’d lost one that way in December As I stood up to check on just what the heck was making him act up this way, he leapt straight at me, he could jump like a flea and he knocked me clear out of the way As I fell, I could see what my mate did for me the taipan strike just missed my face but the fangs struck instead behind old blueys’ head he saved my life, but took my place And I still shed a tear for my old bluey dear every bushman would sure understand that to cry for a mate one so faithful and straight is the duty of every real man

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Food for thought The brain is a very energy-hungry organ, accounting for more than 20 per cent of our energy demands despite being only 2 per cent of our bodyweight. KAILAS ROBERTS discusses the brain foods.


t is vital we supply our brain with the right fuel. Its structure is reliant on good nutrition. The integrity and therefore function of the brain relies on it being given the right building blocks for its nerve cells as well as the neurotransmitters that pass messages between them. In addition, the wrong kind of food can cause untold damage, for instance by inflaming the brain or by compromising its blood supply. Without the right balance of various nutrients, the brain suffers – both in the short term (think brain fog, sluggish thinking and the like) and in the long term. One of the major modifiable risk factors for dementia is a chronically poor diet. Choosing wisely is therefore critical. So, what’s important to include? Firstly, antioxidants seem very important. These are compounds that help counter inflammation in the brain and

body. Chronic inflammation is undoubtedly bad for you and is a risk factor for dementia and many other chronic diseases. Antioxidants help mop up free radicals that drive this inflammation. Good antioxidant sources include vegetables (especially green leafy ones), fruits (especially berries), nuts, wholegrains and seeds. Diversity is key, so eat the rainbow! Next, fibre seems to be a critical factor in brain health. Fibrous foods include vegetables

– cruciferous ones like broccoli, cauliflower and kale are particularly good – and fruit. Fruit is best consumed whole rather than as a juice as the latter lacks fibre and often has a lot of sugar. Fibre keeps our cholesterol levels down and nourishes our gut bacteria, helping keep inflammation in check. Wholegrains are also a good source of fibre – just make sure you don’t have too many refined grain products such as white bread – and also an important source of glucose, the key energy source of the brain. Omega 3 fatty acids are critical for brain function, helping maintain the walls of the nerve cells. They also help combat inflammation. We cannot produce them ourselves and so rely on our diet to supply them. Cold water fish (preferably wild caught) is the most popular source – so load up on salmon, mackerel or the like. These fatty acids also appear in vegetarian

sources like seaweed, chia, flaxseeds and walnuts. Though it may seem surprising, fat is also vital for the brain – much of the brain is made up of this macronutrient – but it’s important to preference unsaturated fat (good sources include avocadoes, olive oil and certain nuts) over saturated fat. The latter is commonly found in dairy and red meat and can cause inflammation and blood supply problems. The brain is also reliant on many vitamins and minerals for optimal functioning, especially B vitamins. These can be obtained from eating green leafy vegetables, wholegrains, legumes and eggs. They are also found in meat and fish. Liver seems to be especially densely packed with these vitamins. If this all sounds a bit complicated, help is at hand. All these macro and micronutrients are found in the Mediterranean diet and a similar

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Ted O’Brien MP caring for senior Australians living on the Sunshine Coast Ted O’Brien MP, Federal Member for Fairfax, believes aged care is one of the key issues that must be resolved for all Australians. “According to the latest intergenerational report, released last month, Australia’s population is growing slower and ageing faster than expected,” Mr O’Brien said. “Across the next four decades the number of people over 70 is forecast to double, over-85s more than triple and over-100s increase more than sixfold. “Here on the Sunshine Coast, we have one of the oldest demographics in the country, with more than 20 percent of our population aged over 65 years. We must safeguard their futures.” To improve the quality of life of older Australians the Federal Government conducted a Royal Commission into aged care sector.

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Exercise for mind and body It’s never too late to work on getting active. TRISTAN HALL explores the science to show how exercise promotes brain health.


s we age, the protein that is vital for growing new healthy neurons and maintaining existing ones becomes scarcer. This protein is BDNF - brainderived neurotrophic factor. BDNF contributes to neuroplasticity so the brain can create new connections and reorganise existing ones. BDNF is needed for learning and for storing long-term memories. Aerobic exercise has been shown to boost BDNF levels and other key brain building factors. One study placed 49 older sedentary women into a 16-week exercise program combining aerobic, resistance and motor exercises and compared them to a control group. The women who exercised twice weekly showed higher levels of serum BDNF. After the study they were more verbally fluent, faster at processing information, more attentive and able to switch between different mental activities with more ease than

their peers. Another study with 165 healthy seniors showed those who were fitter had higher hippocampal volumes. Generally healthy seniors can expect to lose 1-2 per cent of their hippocampus mass each year. This study found the fitter individuals performed better on spatial memory tasks than their less fit peers. You may be thinking, “It’s too late for me. I’m not the exercising type.” Well, think again. A 12-month study took 90 older adults through an aerobics program. The results were that the older the participant was, the more benefit they had. This was seen in their BDNF levels and in their cognitive tests.

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FIT HAPPENS With Tom Law ONLY three things are needed to help keep fit and healthy – motivation, the right attitude, and venue or space. Are there other things that can help? Of course, but let’s just look at these three for now. Motivation is a whole other subject, and a very important one, which is for later discussion. If you go to the gym every weekday for an hour, and include a couple of days on muscle strengthening exercises you are meeting the daily physical activity guidelines set out by the Australian Department of Health, but how many people do that? You may do CrossFit yoga, pilates or bootcamp on a regular basis and you are not only happy with this, but you are getting more than your recommended exercise needs. Well done, but don’t stop reading. In this column I have been writing about exercises you can do at home and how you can supplement your paid gym or bootcamp program with some simple exercises around the house for free.

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Road manners disappear as traffic builds up again The roads are busy again and some drivers are still not playing by the rules. BRUCE McMAHON finds that a modicum of courtesy goes a long way.


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nabbed at 231km/h in a Ferrari California while out testing and touring WA’s wheatbelt.) Tasmanians are considered the best-behaved of drivers with 77.8 per cent claiming to follow all road rules when driving. And yes, it’s the Victorians who are most nervous on the roads, their driving confidence impacted by strict Covidrelated lockdowns; 18.7 per cent of respondents being anxious on the road due to the behaviour of others. More than 42 per cent were most likely to stay home and rarely drove, during the peak of that state’s lockdown. Some 1200 people are killed and 44,000 injured on Australian roads each year. Ford Australia does its bit for road safety with free driver training for new and young drivers through a Driving Skills for Life program. (Check their calendar at forddsfl.com.au) Better driving skills and better road manners would help all on the roads. Here comes the age-weary sermon: Kids should be taught driving basics in high school and learn to drive in a manual, rear-wheel drive and underpowered ute on a closed course that also has a skid pan.

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n mid-2021 there are more people out and about, more heading back to offices and many belatedly discovering Australia now that the pandemic has closed the beaches and bars of Bali. Australian car sales have returned to some sort of normal with April sales of 92,347 vehicles the best for that month since 2016. Ford’s Ranger ute led the charge with 5021 rolling out of showrooms, compared with 1540 the previous April. With record sales, and more drivers back on the road, Ford is suggesting it’s time Australian motorists took a bit more care out there. Company research indicates many are playing chicken with road safety and flouting the laws of the land. Some, it is thought, may have forgotten how to drive with care and a modicum of road manners. Ford surveyed 1000 Australians, and more than half (56 per cent) say they have noticed other drivers’ erratic behaviours on highways and byways since Covid 19 arrived. Queenslanders did get one tick of approval for road etiquette with the highest number of motorists – almost one quarter of locals – saying they’d return a wave, or a driving courtesy, if other drivers showed them first.

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Facing up to the difficulties of an unwanted retirement

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Retirement is not for everyone and when the choice is taken away from you, it can be tough. JUDY RAFFERTY examines coming to grips with the hurt and loss of unexpectedly leaving the workforce.


aul spoke to me about his recent retirement. He was reserved about his plans and hopes for the future. I mentioned that he did not seem excited about having work-free time. In response, Paul looked away. When he turned back, he had a hard look in his eyes and tone in his voice and said, “not everyone gets to choose their retirement”. As our conversation continued, I discovered that Paul had been made redundant. The redundancy came, he believed, because of conflict with his new manager. Paul had been a loyal middle manager in his company for 15 years. He began working with the firm at the age of 45. All had been well until the new broom appeared and made changes that Paul felt were not in the best interests of the company or its employees. With mutterings and discontent growing in the workforce, Paul decided to have a chat with his boss and raise his concerns. The awkward conversation seemed to be successful but from that time on he was carefully and subtly excluded by his boss. After trying to address this directly with his boss, he was offered a redundancy which he felt he had no choice but to accept. Paul’s story is a surprisingly common one. It is a sad way to finish a career and enter retirement. Paul told me that he left his workplace feeling angry and resentful. Fuelled by those feelings he was determined to find another job. A difficult thing to do at the age of 60 and Paul was not able to find new employment. I have written about the impact of ageism, and this is just what Paul believes he encountered. In addition to job loss through redundancy or being fired, illness and family issues often catapult people into retirement. Coming unwillingly or unexpectedly into retirement creates many difficulties.

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One difficulty is the constancy of others’ enthusiasm for retirement. Paul had to deal with people congratulating him (good on you mate, great to get to this stage), envying him (lucky you, wish I were able to retire), asking him about it (what are your plans?), commenting on it (why did you retire, I don’t think I will ever retire). When you are struggling with the hurt and loss of unwanted retirement these kindly meant responses can be difficult. It can mean that the person develops a mask to hide his or her real feelings. When we mask our real self, we become a little disconnected and therefore lonelier. It is not just those who have made an abrupt or unwanted entry into retirement who might be tempted to mask up. There is a myriad of other possible reasons. I think we all wear a mask at some point in our lives and sometimes it is necessary. The problem is when we have difficulty removing it. I spoke with Paul about being real with others regarding his retirement and what that might mean for him. Together we worked out what he might say in response to the questions that others might ask. The important thing was that his words represented himself in a way which felt honest and respectful of himself and who he believed himself to be. I invite you to think about areas in your life where you might be wearing a mask. Do you need to have it on? Is there a way in which you can be yourself and represent your true self? How might you talk to others or what might you do differently? Yes, it is a risk but perhaps one worth taking. Being your true self is a gift to yourself and to others. Judy Rafferty is the author of Retirement Your Way, A Practical Guide to Knowing What You Want and How to Get It. Available at all good bookshops and online.

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WORD of mouth recommendations by family members can be a powerful incentive when it comes to making major purchases such as a new home. This was certainly the case for new GemLife Maroochy Quays residents Jim and Colette Cameron who have been smiling since they moved in six weeks ago. “This is the best thing we have ever done,” said Jim. Although they had built a new home

on the Sunshine Coast three years ago, the couple’s daughter suggested they look for something more maintenance-free, just as Colette’s brother Wade and wife Judy Jensen had done in 2019, when they moved into GemLife Highfields in Toowoomba. “Family will tell you how it really is, so we went over and visited them. What they told us and what we saw really opened our eyes to a whole new and appealing way of living,” Colette said. “We couldn’t believe what we had been missing.” The family’s high praise for GemLife resorts combined with Jim and Colette’s own experiences while visiting, swayed them so much that they immediately booked an appointment with the GemLife Maroochy Quays sales team. “We were hooked at first sight and will never leave now. This is what you call the good life and we’re loving it.” Call 1800 982 056 or visit gemlife.com.au

NEW COMMUNITY WELCOMES RESIDENTS NESTLED in the quiet suburb of Avoca, Spring Lakes Resort is welcoming its first residents to Bundaberg’s newest over 50s retirement community. The retirement village is fast becoming a popular choice with its peaceful outlook over 12ha of river frontage, while being close to shopping centres, entertainment, dining and medical facilities. Project Manager Grant Botica said the resort featured luxuriously appointed homes and first-class features specifically designed for low-maintenance living. “We are the only retirement community that has a Burnett River outlook. That combines beautifully with our 9-hole golf course for a real sense of tranquillity,” he said. While delivering quality builds was a priority, Spring Lakes Resort was also focused on providing more than just a home for its residents. “We know that retirees are looking for a sense of community, where they know their neighbours as friends and can have a hit of golf or a catchup for morning tea,” Mr

Botica said. “And with our bowls green, pools, gym, community centre and much more, we have created a community for residents that has it all.” Spring Lakes Resort, a gated community that is mainteance free, is the only over 50s resort in Bundaberg that offers off-the plan builds, or new homes that are ready to move in. “For our new builds, residents have a choice of 12 designs, including options for caravan, RV and boat storage. All homes are pet friendly as well,” Mr Botica said. Call Lisa Blainey 1800 837 933 or visit springlakesresort.com.au



WHEN Roger and Julie Buttenshaw put their Halcyon Landing home up for sale, they were delighted to sell it in two days. Halcyon’s sales agent Rebecca Reynolds had lined up buyers for the home as soon as it was listed. The Buttenshaw’s new home at B by Halcyon won’t be ready until early next year, so they are using the time and the capital gains for an eight-month road trip. Roger, a biology teacher for 41 years, and Julie, a medical receptionist, retired six years ago and bought their first motorhome. “One of the first things we did after retiring was buy an existing home at Halcyon Landing,’’ Roger said. “We realised living at Halcyon made it easy to lock the house – know that it was safe and secure – and hit the road. We were travelling for about six months of the year, every year. We did 125,000km in that motorhome.” He said that the current booming real estate market meant that making the move to a new architect-design house at B by Halcyon was financially easy. “The block we have chosen points north, and this time we get to have input into the customisation of the new house, and we have chosen a design with a more open plan and bigger patio,” he said. “The fact that we don’t pay entry or exit fees, or stamp duty, makes this move economically viable for us.’’ Both Roger and Julie agree that so far, the highlight of their travels has been a five-month trip around Australia in 2016 and 2017. They were delighted to catch up with seven other groups from Halcyon Landing in Western Australia and South Australia. Visit lifebeginsathalcyon.com.au

ELECTRICAL home safety inspections should be carried out regularly. Here are sight signs you may be due for an inspection: 1. You tested your safety switch and it failed – If you pressed the test button but it didn’t trip and cut any power, you know something is wrong. 2. You’re experiencing electrical issues – Regular power outages, a safety switch that keeps tripping could indicate circuits are overloaded or defective work. 3. You live in an older home – Ceramic fuses are major safety hazards, as they have no protection from electric shock. 4. You’re planning to renovate – Adding more power points and electrical appliances will likely affect some electric circuits in the house. 5. DIY work has been carried out – If you find any electrical DIY work, get it checked. 6. You’ve never had an electrical inspection – Sometimes only minor electrical issues might occur, but a major fault can not only damage the house and appliances, but could lead to accidents or a fire. Watch for wires hanging down, buzzing, flickering, dimming, frayed wires, chewed wiring, discolouration, scorch marks or blackening around switches, burning smells and cracked and split power points and switches. 7. You’ve been hit by a major storm – If your electricity was affected by a storm, have the house inspected. Faults caused by storm or flooding need to be taken seriously. 8. You’re buying a house – Get a prepurchase electrical inspection. Call Fallon Solutions 1300 762 260 or visit fallonsolutions.com.au

Switch to quality aged care today. Are you unsatisfied with your current aged care provider? Are you looking for better care for a loved one? If you answered yes to these questions, then you should know that switching to a new provider is possible and easy. With seven beautiful locations from Buderim to the Redlands, call today to learn how switching to McKenzie Aged Care will be the best decision you make.

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Call the specialists for elder law matters You don’t call a plumber to fix an electrical problem and the same applies to legal matters. As DON MACPHERSON explains, elder law is a specialised field.


he Baby Boomers are retiring, and there are many legal challenges for the generation, many of them highlighted by the pandemic. To get any job done properly, you choose someone who knows what they are doing because that’s what they do – every day. Do you worry about having an adequate will – or having a will at all – to ensure that your financial wishes are carried out and your estate is managed as you intend?

Do you worry in these times of isolation that an elderly parent is isolated, and falling under the influence of a family member that could give rise to elder exploitation and abuse? Are you concerned that the granny flat agreement you have entered into, or are considering, doesn’t offer the protection that ensures clarity and certainty going forward? Do you have a desire to be part of a community when this period of enforced isolation is over? Is it time to consider

moving to a retirement village to become part of an active and engaging community? Are you in the situation of having to manage the estate of a deceased family member, and don’t know what to do or how to navigate the complexities involved? All of these are specialist elder law matters. A lot of solicitors say they do elder law, but in fact are generalists who also look after conveyancing, personal injuries,

criminal law, and frankly anything that walks through the door. Just as you wouldn’t ask a GP to do brain surgery, don’t choose a generalist to do specialist legal work. Choose lawyers who work in the areas of elder law every day. Don MacPherson is an elder law expert at Sunshine Coast Elder Law. Visit sunshinecoastelderlaw.com.au or call all 1800 961 622. Video conferencing is available.

FINDING INCOME IN A LOW INCOME WORLD Trying to maintain income levels as interest rates have fallen has become an acute problem for many investors. MARK DAVIDSON looks at other ways to enhance returns.


t’s no surprise that across asset classes, income returns are diminishing as interest rates are rebased lower, but the opportunity cost of sitting in cash is increasing, with real deposit rates now negative. That is, inflation is now above the interest earned on a term deposit. The last time this happened was during the 2008–09 global financial crisis. Currently, the average 1-year term deposit rate is 0.75 per cent, compared with inflation at 1.2 per cent. This is unlikely to change any time soon. This backdrop of lower-for-longer interest rates and cash no longer preserving value means investors are being compelled to look at other ways to enhance their returns. Inevitably, it requires assuming more risk. For example, 18 months ago, a term deposit would have earned 2 per cent. To replace that level of income today would require investors to move into corporate credit and hybrid assets, at least. A good option is to have a diversified portfolio of government bonds and corporate credit, and active management to either maximise return or minimise risk. One such option is the Janus Henderson Tactical Income Fund, which

can invest in a range of fixed income asset classes, including global bonds. The fund is actively managed, and since its inception in 2009 has only had seven months when the return has been negative. Moving up the risk curve slightly, hybrid securities have some features of debt and equity. They rank lower in the capital structure – generally just above ordinary shares, but below secured debt. This means their income and value can fluctuate more than debt, but typically less than equities. An average major bank hybrid should be able to offer a gross running yield (including franking) of 3.9 per cent a year, while non-major banks are on approximately 4.2 per cent. At the higher risk end of the scale, shares are mainly a growth, rather than income, investment. But even equities are now presenting a more attractive income proposition than usual. To achieve a yield above the market average, one could increase weightings to higher yielding sectors. In summary there are many options, but the key is to take advice. And don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Mark Davidson is a representative of Ord Minnett. Visit ords.com.au

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When the cure becomes a symptom If you are worried about becoming vague, forgetful or unsteady, it may not be what you expect. KENDALL MORTON suggests having a close look at the medicine chest.


lder people are particularly vulnerable to the effects of multiple drugs as the body takes longer to metabolise medicines. Slurred speech, confusion, disorientation and dizziness are all possible side effects. Drug interactions increase the risk of falls and fractures. They can cause incontinence and depression. The more medications you take, the higher the risk of negative drug interactions. It’s common to attribute these effects to aging so the cause gets ignored. Family members who are over 75 and living alone or with an elderly spouse are at particularly high risk from drug interactions. Another risk factor is having more than one doctor prescribing drugs – prescriptions from the GP, then a heart specialist and then a psychiatrist. Being on multiple medications makes it hard to know which one is doing what. How common is this problem? Well, an Australian report called Medication Safety in Australia 2013 found that 20-30 per cent of hospital admissions for people over 65 were medication related. In 12 per

the elderly and drug usage from colleagues across six universities including Harvard, John Hopkins, and Sydney. The researchers found individuals who took more than three drugs that affected their sleeping or cognition were twice as likely to break a hip as those taking no medications. In Australia, there is a service to help understand and better manage medicines. The Home Medicines Review is managed

cent of cases, the adverse drug reaction (ADR) was considered life-threatening. The drugs that most often caused ADRs were anti-bacterials, opioids, diuretics, antineoplastic agents, antithromboitcs and cardiac therapy. Some common adverse drug reactions were gastrointestinal bleeding, nausea, vomiting, hypotension, falls and arrhythmias. A study from the University of Otago in Christchurch collected data on falls in

Looking for the right surgeon isn’t rocket science - it’s brain surgery.

through pharmacies and has been a free service under Medicare since 2001. First, you need a referral from your regular doctor. Then a pharmacist will come to your home and review your medicines with you. They will examine any possible drug interactions. The aim is to help you benefit more from your prescribed drugs and to reduce the possibility of side effects. The visiting pharmacist then writes up a report. Copies go to your GP, specialists and other health care professionals so that everyone has a thorough picture of your medication regime. With better information, comes better care. The pharmacist can also help with the proper use of medical aids such as blood pressure monitors. It is advisable to have a Home Medicine Review each year as your health, your weight, your medications or your living circumstances change. Kendall Morton is Director of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay. Call 5491 6888 or email kmorton@homecareassistance.com

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RECOGNISE THE SIGNS OF SKIN CANCER Do you know what to look for when checking for signs of skin cancer? A dark mole or a new freckle – it isn’t always that simple. The ABCDEFGs of skin cancer can be a good way to remember common signs: Asymmetrical: the two halves of the lesion don’t match Border: edges are uneven or blotchy Colour: there are multiple colours Diameter: bigger than 6mm Evolving: changes in shape, colour, or size Funny-looking: looks different to the others Growing: growth over weeks or months. Skin cancer may show one, all, or none of these signs, but the naked eye is not enough to tell if a lesion is cancerous. Some are invisible without the aid of special tools and a skin cancer doctor’s expertise. “It is frightening how many skin cancers we see each week which show no signs and are nearly invisible to the naked eye,” says Dr Alvin Prakash of National Skin Cancer Centres. “That’s why we recommend a head-to-toe skin cancer check annually, as picking up changes early can significantly improve your chances of successful treatment.” Winter is ideal for a check, as signs of skin cancer are often easier for skin

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Super antioxidants wage war on flu With the flu season dragging on, many are conducting their own research into natural and safe alternatives that don’t have severe side effects. TRUDY KITHER recommends some extreme immune-boosting herbs..


esearch has found that it is possible to safely and effectively use high antioxidant herbs and high-quality supplements to naturally increase the immune system. To avoid colds and flu this winter, here are some natural and safe alternatives to boost immunity. Maritime Pine: The extract contains bioflavonoids and catechin, caffeic acid, ferulic acid, procyanidins, and taxifolin. It has some of the most abundant polyphenolic substances in the plant kingdom. These are called Oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs) Jacques Cartier, a French explorer, led a winter expedition up the St Lawrence River in New York in 1534. His crew soon found themselves trapped by ice and were forced to survive on hard biscuits and salted meat. They then began to show signs and symptoms of scurvy long before anyone knew what caused it. By chance, a Native American showed them how to make tea from the needles and bark of pine trees. To their surprise, the men got better and survived. Maritime Pine contains a potent antioxidant, anti-mutagenic, anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral activities. Its benefits are currently used for antioxidant therapy, asthma, diabetes, cholesterol reduction, chronic venous insufficiency and leg ulcers as well as for hypertension, gingival bleeding/plaque, oedema, retinopathy, sunburn. It is shown to have antioxidant activity in several in-vitro, in-vivo, and human studies. The extract reduces lipid peroxidation and oxidation of LDL (the bad cholesterol). Sweet Wormwood: Extracts have been used in traditional Chinese medicine and are used for many infectious microbial and viral diseases worldwide. Artemisinin, the extract of Sweet Wormwood, is a potent antimalarial. Its various synthetic derivatives are among some of the most widely used malarial drugs in the world. In 2015, the Nobel Prize was awarded to researchers who created treatments for some of humanity’s most prominent diseases, including malaria, river blindness, and other parasitic infections. There may be more to sweet wormwood than just the derivative of artemisinin. A clinical trial showed that a decoction of sweet wormwood effectively eliminated symptoms and dramatically lowered parasite burden in adults with chronic malaria. The cure rates were, on average, 74 per cent, despite providing far lower levels of artemisinin than used as an isolated drug. Ongoing work is still needed to identify


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Vitamin C – are you getting enough?

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Vitamin C is essential for the production of healthy collagen, the major protein that gives structure to your skin, bones and connective tissues. It is also crucial for wound healing and helps absorb iron from your diet. As it is a powerful antioxidant, it protects bone cells from damage. It is also anti-inflammatory. Older Australians who are housebound and people who rely on packaged meals are most at risk of Vitamin C deficiency. The recommended daily intake of Vitamin C for adults over 70 is 45mg. There are many fruits and vegetables with good supplies of Vitamin C including mangoes, pineapples, papaya, rockmelon, berries, citrus, tomatoes, broccoli and capsicum. If you enjoy coleslaw, one cup of cabbage has about 36 mg of Vitamin C. Vitamin C levels drop once fruit is cut, so prepare when you are ready to eat. Check with your doctor before taking Vitamin C supplements. Excess is excreted via the kidneys and an oversupply can put a strain on your renal system. If you are concerned about your diet or that of an older family member, speak to your doctor. You may be eligible for support from a dietician.

Radiofrequency neurotomy (or RFN) is a specialised, minimally invasive procedure that is used to provide intermediate to long-term pain relief from chronic pains, such as knee pain, neck pain and lower back pain. Radiofrequency treatment is a 30to 45-minute procedure that uses heat generated by radio waves to target the nerves responsible for your pain. This interrupts the nerves sending pain signals to the brain and can provide long-lasting pain reduction. The nerves that have been treated will eventually grow back and when this happens the pain will probably return, at which time the procedure can be repeated. Some of our patients have been returning to us every year for more than 10 years with great results. If you think you could benefit from RFN, ask your GP if you might be suitable for a referral to X-Ray & Imaging Pain Clinic for consultation, investigation and treatment with our specialist pain doctors. For bookings, email painclinic@xrayimaging.com.au.

Andrographis has long been used for bacterial and viral infections. all the synergistic compounds in sweet wormwood. In 2021, an in vitro study found that sweet wormwood extracts inhibited SARS-CoV-2 (the infectious substance of Covid 19) infection. The extracts’ active component was likely something besides artemisinin (or combining elements) that block the virus’s entry into the body. Andrographis: This herb has a very long history of use for bacterial and viral infections. Effective for treating symptoms of colds, including sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, hoarseness, cough, chills, and fevers. An essential scientific finding was that a dose of 6gms daily of Andrographis is equivalent to, if not better, than paracetamol to treat sore throats and fevers, especially in upper respiratory tract infections. Zinc: Needed for over 200 enzymatic reactions in the body, zinc is crucial for the normal development and function of white blood cells. A deficiency will dramatically reduce the ability to fight viruses and bacteria. Zinc is essential to produce the antibodies needed to remember previous infections and protect against them in the future. Vitamin C: In reasonably high doses, Vitamin C increases the activity of infection-fighting white blood cells. It is most effective when given at the same time as zinc. Most Vitamin C is held in the adrenal glands, which are essentially the stress glands of your body. If you have been unbder stress or unwell a considerable amount of time, chances are that Vitamin C stores have been depleted. Vitamin D3: High Doses of Vitamin D3 are responsible for your immune system. It can help push auto-immune disorders into remission and helps protect against respiratory conditions, aids in regulating calcium and phosphorous for bone health, lifts mood by supporting neurotransmitter production, builds immunity against foreign pathogens and helps cognition. Vitamin D3 also soothes inflammatory conditions in the body, suppresses renin to lower blood pressure, and assists in the growth of new cells. Trudy Kither is a naturopath and owner of Nature’s Temple. Visit naturestemple.net



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Help is at hand to navigate the maze of Centrelink

Do you know where your original Will is?

There are ways to care for the carers suffering burnout

Shoulder pain

The more I work with Centrelink the more I am amazed at the complexity of the whole assessment process. So, you think it would be easy to write a column with so much to talk about. I tend to overthink things as I look for a topic that would appeal to the wider audience.Let me try this one – I am seeing a new trend out of Centrelink. If you are applying for any of Centrelink’s payments and have had dealings with Centrelink in the past, you could be asked to justify an investment, bank account, business, or property etc. that you no longer own or are associated with. This could be an asset/income from a couple years ago or, as I have seen, as far back as more than 10 years. There are a number of ways we can help you find your way through the maze. We can assist with informative guidance, with liaising with Centrelink on your behalf; and by ensuring that the assessment when done is correct and you are receiving the maximum pension you are entitled to.

Recently, our firm assisted in a matter where the original Will of our client’s late father could not be located. Our client could only locate a copy of the signed Will. The court ended up admitting the copy of the Will to probate and the administration of the estate was able to progress, however it required a significant amount of research, evidence and a court order.

Carer fatigue and burnout is a real experience and can silently affect even the strongest people. Whether living with an older person or trying to support them from a distance, the caring role can have real health impacts for the carer. There are a few ways to reduce carer burnout, such as taking a break and getting assistance from services. Respite care can be provided in-home or in aged care. The government provides 63 days annually for people approved for residential respite care. In-home respite care is provided as part of the home care package. These services help you to care for your loved one over a longer period of time, reducing the stress and enhancing the experience. It is important to find services that will work in partnership with you as a carer. Contact Your Future Care to discuss how together we can explore the aged care industry and find a suitable solution.


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The court must be satisfied that: a) there was actually a Will, adopting or purporting to embody the deceased’s testamentary intentions; b) the document revoked all previous Wills; c) the presumption that a Will has been destroyed by the testator when not produced must be overcome (i.e. ‘did the deceased destroy the original on purpose with the intention that it no longer be his/her last Will?’); d) there is evidence of the terms of the Will; and e) there is either evidence of due execution or that the deceased person intended the document to constitute his/her Will. To avoid extra hassle and expense it is best to keep your original Will safe (preferably in a safe).



Shoulder pain is one of the most common reasons for a patient to see an orthopaedic surgeon. Sometimes there is a clear injury such as a shoulder dislocation. Pain may develop after lifting something too often or too heavy. More often there may be no incident at all that leads to shoulder pain. Pain can be felt anywhere from the neck to the elbow. Minor shoulder problems may be due to inflammation in the bursa causing pain with movement, or perhaps inflammation in the joint causing a frozen shoulder. These conditions often do well with conservative treatments such as steroid injections and physiotherapy. More serious conditions such as rotator cuff tears and tearing of the shoulder lining (labrum) may require surgery to repair. These types of shoulder problems often result in more than just pain but loss of shoulder movement and loss of strength and function. Specialist shoulder surgeons often take further fellowship training internationally and are able to repair rotator cuffs and labrums through minimally invasive keyhole techniques.



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Memories that defined a childhood If you grew up in the 1950s, ‘60s or even ‘70s, you’ll remember a time when things were easier and simpler, writes KATE CALLAHAN. WASHING was an all-day affair when you had to stoke up the boiler or feed the ringer, taking care not to get fingers, thumbs or long hair caught in the apparatus. But you didn’t have to spend half the morning in a knot of frustration talking to a Telstra consultant about the vagaries of your home internet connection. Wardrobes were smaller because we didn’t have many clothes. There was no need to learn the “art of decluttering”. We were flat out having enough of any one thing. Socks were darned. String and brown paper were saved. Grandfather’s old trousers were cut down for the children. Stale bread was turned into bread and butter pudding. The combustion stove heated the water. We shared the bath water. Dad always bathed last but he smelled clean, just like Sunlight soap. Granny Smith apples came in boxes and, to prevent bruising, half the apples were wrapped in squares of green, wax paper. The paper was collected, flattened out and threaded on to a hook made of fencing wire, which was then hung up for use in the outhouse. It all sounds rather appalling now, but it didn’t seem so at the time.


he ultimate trip down memory lane comes from Pam Van Der Kooy who has written a book called Stuff We Had in the ’50s and ’60s. If you remember learning to read through the adventures of Dick and Dora (and Nip and Fluff); the fear of getting your fingers caught in the wringer of the Pope washing machine; and sucking on a Sunny Boy from the tuckshop, then you’ll understand it all. Pam says she is so old she can remember the national anthem playing when television stations closed at midnight, having a backyard dunny, and learning to write on a slate. Her father Roly Chapman wrote Aniseed Balls, Billycarts and Clotheslines about growing up in the 1930s, which was published in 2002 and later played on ABC radio as a morning serial. Here are some extracts from Pam’s book: WITH the popularity of some of the tamer Western TV shows, Cowboys and Injuns became a great game outside. I even had the complete Annie Oakley outfit with guns and my brother had the Roy Rogers set.

You could even get jeeps and tanks. There were also “enemy” soldiers available with the German soldiers being a dull kind of grey while the Japanese came in yellow (what else?). My parents’ generation had only just come out of World War II, so it was all still in their recent memory. There were, of course, war comics to feed the blood lust and from them we learnt a smattering of German and thought that all Japanese soldiers had buck teeth and glasses.

Of course, we had absolutely no idea of the historical significance of any of it, just like the war games that the boys played with their little green plastic soldiers. These came in about five different poses to hold a plethora of weapons including rifles, machine guns, pistols, grenades and bazookas.

TO accompany your biscuit (certainly not called a cookie) was the good old cuppa tea (certainly not the teabag type). Tea leaves (certainly not anything but black tea) would be measured in the pot. Boiling water from the butter-yellow Hotpoint ceramic electric jug (the kind that had an element you could replace) would be poured in. Then a tea cosy (pictured right) was plopped over the pot to keep it warm. Tea cosies were many and varied and often of the knitted kind although there were quilted ones, embroidered ones and even lacy ones if you were really fancy shmancy. Some had doll heads with or without torsos that were downright creepy.

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READER John Manton recalls his days as a telephonist in the 1950s and wonders if today’s younger generation could ever imagine being asked, “three minutes, are you extending?” on a phone call. ****** DIANA Hacker recalls when dish mop – just like a floor mop but sink-size – was used to wash the dishes and a linen bag hung on the clothesline to hold the pegs.

ELOISE Rowe writes that she was raised in a Brisbane Housing Commission home, where life was sparse and uncluttered. “You owned nothing personal and were lucky if you had a few pennies to buy fish and chips, or, for a special treat, 10d to buy a Dairy Cream, the original soft serve ice-cream – ‘the cone with curl on top’. “A girl’s haircut was a shilling so mother usually cut the girls’ hair and there was definitely no pocket money. “Children shared a bedroom and turnips were served for dinner but everyone put on their good hats to go out.” ****** GWEN Shipp, 75, remembers the game of colours. The kids lined up and someone out front called a colour. If you were wearing that colour you stepped forward. The last to come to the front was the winner. ****** VIVIENNE Ferguson’s mother wore an apron tied around her waist and made from pretty pieces of material, always with a frill on the bottom and sometimes with several pockets. Ice was delivered for the kitchen ice chest. FHB or Family Hold Back was when you had a visitor for a meal and you let them have their choice first as often there was not enough food to go around. ****** DIANE Allen, 86, remembers the milkman coming by horse and cart in the early

Girls had to learn their embroidery stitches in primary school and would sew samplers. morning and filling the enamel container left out for him. Meat for the evening meal was brought daily and put in the meat safe, a fine mesh cage hung under the house in the cool. Kids loved the day the weekly groceries were delivered as the box always included a small bag of boiled lollies. Meals were simple meat and three veg, followed by dessert, always. The family sat at the table together, mother and father at either end. Clothes were always handed on to friends or relations who had a daughter ready to step into them. The clothes my mother made were highly treasured. When she needed fabric or thread, we dressed in our best clothes and caught the tram into the city. After visiting Penney’s, we would walk up Adelaide St to Edwards and Lamb and then

catch the lift to the material department, where mother spent what seemed like hours caressing fabrics, absorbed in her creative dreams. Yes, these were good times, gracious times. ****** SHOPPING was easier before supermarkets. The grocer didn’t have shelves full of choices. Will that be Kinkara tea or Bushells? ****** REMEMBER bouncing balls in different sequences playing Sevens? Or throwing the ball at the beam under the school building in a game imaginatively called Beam?

Recognise this? When an ancient great aunt came to visit she would have this under her bed, the “gazunder”. It was unpleasant smelling and scary to a child but these days we must wonder how she ever managed to get her creaking old bones down to use it.

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LIFESTYLE EXPO FOCUSES ON OVER 55 COMMUNITY A MAJOR lifestyle expo will showcase the best the Sunshine Coast has to offer its over 55 community. A wide range of market stalls and exhibit stands will cover everything from travel, health and wellness, holistic living and insurance to retirement and independent living options, education and employment pathways, financial and retirement planning, aged care, caravan and camping and gardening. “There is something to cover everyone’s interests,” said founder and gerontologist Tanya Dave of IAgeWell. “It’s time to reimagine ageing and embrace new possibilities. We need to open the door to choice and provide opportunities to learn, earn and pursue what makes us happy.” There will be a variety of food trucks and live entertainment by well-known local bands. The event is supported by the Healthy Ageing Partnership, Sunshine Coast Council, 104.9FM and Your Time Magazine. “Attendees will be surprised by the array of services, products and support available,” Ms Dave said. “The latter years of our lives should be filled with choice, opportunity and growth.” Nambour Showground. Thursday, August 5. Call Tanya 0407 748 773 or email expo@iagewell.com.au



THE Brisbane Big Band 18-piece with special guest Lynn Rogers will make a rare appearance outside Brisbane for the Sunshine Coast Jazz Club. Their program always covers a wide variety of styles. Caloundra Power Boat Club July 18, 1.30pm. Tickets $25, seniors $22.50, members $20. Bookings call Richard 0427 782 960

THERE will be a day of free family fun in the heart of historic Yandina on Sunday, August 22, 11am-7pm with food, all-day music and entertainment across three outdoor stages. Special guest star is rock ‘n’ blues legend Kevin Borich. The Sunshine Coast Plein Air Paint Out art exhibition will be held in conjunction with the fair. Follow on Facebook @YSF2021

NICK AGGS, saxophonist and composer, has reunited with his long-time collaborators from seminal fusion band Afro Dizzi Act to form soul jazz outfit, Space Direct. They will be performing the music of Dave Brubeck and Eddie Harris in a night of funky soul jazz. Glass House Brewery, 8/330 Mons Rd, Forest Glen. July 11, 5.30pm for 6pm show. Tickets $54 ticket include two-course dinner. Bookings stickytickets.com.au/TheJazzSessions or call Robyn 0403 152 397 THE Jazz & Blues Collective’s next special guest will be Adam James and his four-piece Tamworth band who come to the Coast fresh from his Brisbane Jazz Club album launch. Millwell Road Community Centre, 11 Millwell Rd East. Maroochydore August 1, 1.30pm start. Tickets: $26, seniors $24. Bookings ticketebo.com.au or call Graeme 0417 633 734.

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PLEASANT SUNDAY AFTERNOON CALOUNDRA Chorale and Theatre company presents the third in its five Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Concert series. Host Annette Sharry promises a great line-up of artists including Fancy That, an a cappella trio, the talented Kerry Garside, and the Amber Trio on piano, cello and viola. Annette will also be singing some of her favourite songs. CCSA Hall, Nutley St, Caloundra August 1, 1.15pm for 2pm start Tickets: $10, members $5.

CROONING SWOONERS IT’S time to croon and swoon as the boys of the Buderim Male Choir present fabulous renditions of songs by some of the greats, from Frank Sinatra to Michael Buble. St Mark’s Anglican Church, Buderim July 10, 2pm. Tickets $20.

ART EXHIBITION ARTISTS group Passion on the Passage (POP) presents The Pelican Collection, its inaugural exhibition and sale of quality fine art in Caloundra this month. The collection by established artists in Caloundra and district includes works in all media from traditional, to contemporary. Pelican Waters Resort, Mahogany Dve, Pelican Waters. July 24-27, 10am-3.30pm daily. Gold coin donation

CONCERT BAND AT COOLUM THE Sunshine Coast Concert Band presents an afternoon of music under the baton of Noel Bowden with vocalists Wendy West and Alex Chambers. St Peter’s Church, Elizabeth St, Coolum. August 1, 2pm. Tickets $15.


SUNSHINE Coast Art Group presents Soup n Soul, an exhibition and art market. Members will be giving demonstrations and chatting about upcoming classes and workshops. Artworks and handmade crafts on sale cover everything from paintings and pottery to aprons. Be sure to bag a bargain. Potters have made ceramic bowls and the painters decorated them, so keep the bowl when you buy soup. There will be live music, food and fun for a feel-good fix. SCAG, 1 William Parker Place, Buderim. July 10, 9am-3pm. Free.

ORCHESTRAS UNITE THE Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra and Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra are joining together to create the largest orchestra ever to play on the Sunshine Coast. Conducted by Adrian King, the combined power of two orchestras creates is awe-inspiring. Program includes works from Les Misérables, The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord Of The Dance to Jupiter from The Planets. St Andrew’s Anglican College, Peregian Springs. July 25, 3pm. Tickets $15, including program Visit sunshinecoastsymphonyorchestra.com

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Tambo – the oldest town in the (central) West In September 1846, explorer Major Thomas Mitchell stood on a ridge near Long Water Hole and became the first European to look out over the rolling black soil downs of Upper Barcoo country. BEVERLEY EVERSON tours Tambo district and finds there’s a lot more to see than you might imagine.

The Tambo Wool Truck artwork in the main street gives a nod to the region’s heritage.


ambo is on the Barcoo Way which also includes Blackall, Yaraka and Windorah. New settlers and selectors who moved to the Great Western Downs began camping in what would become the township from 1862. It is recorded that in the early 1870s about 200,000 sheep and 50,000 cattle watered at the holes on the mighty Barcoo River near the town. The first pub was built in 1863 as even then, travellers were keen to quench their thirst after a long, hard, dusty day on the road. At first glance Tambo could seem to have little to offer the visitor, although the sign at its entrance proudly announces a variety of attractions in the oldest town in central west Queensland. After obtaining brochures and mud map from the Info Centre we realised Tambo is full of history and tales of old. Well-maintained heritage buildings have descriptive interpretive signage. It’s the site of a deadly Qantas plane crash almost a century ago, has the now-famous Tambo Teddies workshop, a Grassland Art Gallery, Ben’s chicken races

at the Royal Carrangarra Hotel and a heritage precinct. It also has a friendly and welcoming atmosphere as you stroll the wide streets. At last count Tambo had a population of under 400 in town. It has limited access to the facilities that are taken for granted in bigger towns and cities, but it does very well for a small population. This slow-paced tidy town is awakened only by locals doing their day-to-day activities, the constant passing of travellers of all ages, and cattle road trains. Temperatures in summer can exceed 35C and in winter drop below zero in the early morning. We travelled in May and found the days comfortable and the nights mild. The knee-high Mitchell grass had a recent drenching which replenished the pastures for winter. Tambo has earnt its reputation as the Outback Teddy capital of Australia. During the past 25 years around 500,000 plus teddies have been sold and can be found in homes all over the world. Each bear is individually named and outfitted giving each teddy its individual appeal. Around 5pm during tourist season

(seven nights a week May-September) visitors head to the Royal Carrangarra Hotel to bid or just be a spectator of the crazy Chicken Races. Publican Ben’s lovely hens need very little encouragement other than a mobile buggy filled with chook seed, which they chase to race several times around a track. The owner of the winning chook takes half the proceeds with the other half going to the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS). The Qantas crash memorial site along the Coolabah Walk commemorates the spot where a biplane crashed on the claypan landing strip on March 24, 1927, while on a regular run from Charleville to Cloncurry. The pilot and two others are buried in the Tambo cemetery. Take a self-guided walk along the banks of the Barcoo and past the town’s historic buildings or try Morse code at the Post and Telegraph building. Day trips are common to the Salvator Rosa national park or relax at the Tambo Dam where there’s an abundance of bird life – a comprehensive list of local birds is available at the Information Centre. The Barcoo was not flowing but a

A memorial has been erected at the site of the 1927 air crash.

series of billabongs were deep enough to hold Yellow Belly. The dam was short on water, but surrounded by shady trees, irrigated green lawns and picnic tables with barbecues. Among the annual events that draw visitors from all over, are the Tambo Stock Show in April, and the Tambo Races in August. September sees the town overflowing for the rodeo. When travelling it is always a good idea to check the calendar of Outback towns so you don’t miss anything. There are currently a lot of travellers on the road as this is the best time of year to head west, so it’s likely you’ll need to book ahead for accommodation or a spot in the caravan park. I recommend spending at least two nights to allow time for a full experience. Like all small western Queensland towns, you may need to wait till after 10am when the paper and bread are delivered. It’s not really an inconvenience, so stay a while and soak up its atmosphere.


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NEWS FROM AROUND THE RIDGES GET a behind-the-scenes look at the Birdsville Races as a volunteer. There’s a call-out for helpers at the 139th Melbourne Cup of the Outback on September 3-4. Organisers have also announced that tickets must be pre-purchased will not be sold at the gates, and numbers will be restricted for social distancing. Tickets are on sale now, with the event raising funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and volunteers can register at birdsvilleraces.com/Volunteer You can do a shift with friends and family, or in line with a particular skill-set or area of interest. Roles are available in hospitality, information, as marshals and gate staff, media liaison assistant, ticketing, mini-bus drivers, and set-up and packdown. In return, volunteers receive an exclusive souvenir volunteer polo shirt, a stubby holder, cap and a souvenir medallion which gives complementary entry to both race days. Visit birdsvilleraces.com/volunteer ******* TOURING Queensland has become the way to go, with many travellers visiting country areas they hadn’t seen previously, says tour leader Penny

Hegarty. And the towns visited appreciate the bus groups and tourists who arrive. Chinchilla, Roma, Esk, Tambourine and Toowoomba have been particularly popular. As well as the features of each area, there is country hospitality and dining experiences, so it’s a win-win. Most towns have a museum or historic house, and with Penny’s horticultural expertise, her tours also include outstanding gardens and nurseries, on top of the occasional winery and car museum. “Group travel is easy and economical, so all you really have to do is pack,” she says. “Travelling with like-minded people gets the conversation flowing and as a tour host I get to meet many lovely people. Some book multiple tours.” Penny’s next trip is in August when she heads off to Kingaroy, Jandowae, Chinchilla and Roma. The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers is fully booked for September. Warwick and Stanthorpe are coming up in October. Penny recommends booking early to be sure of a spot. Call 5441 2814 or email penny. hegarty@gmail.com *******

TOURISM Research Australia shows that caravan and camping is now the most popular holiday accommodation type for Australians, accounting for 44 per cent of all holiday nights. And sales of caravans were up by 242.9 per cent in December 2020, with the top three dream destinations being the Kimberley, Tasmania and Queensland. Despite its increasing popularity, purchasing and maintaining a caravan can still be an expensive exercise and according to Caravan Partnership founder Roni Ormandlaki, on average, it is used on average for only six weeks a year. His Caravan Partnership system allows purchase of as little as 10 per cent of a new caravan for use for 35 days a week plus unlimited standby days, using an online booking system. The more shares that are purchased, the more days you can book the caravan. Visit caravanpartnership.com.au ******* A NEW 400-page coffee-table cookbook by chef Dean Keddell is raising funds for five Bali charities to help thousands of families survive the current hard times. With Bali welcoming more than one

million Australian visitors in a normal year, it had a thriving tourism-based economy and although it has bounced back from the bombings in 2002 and 2005, eruptions of Mount Agung in 2017, and the devastating Lombok earthquake in 2018, there is no end in sight to the pandemic. People can’t travel even if they want to. Keddell, owner of two of Bali restaurants, decided to do something and keep staff busy too. They began collecting favourite family recipes and then expanded to ask local Warung cooks for theirs. The large hardcover cookbook, Our Bali Your Bali (Bali Kita Bali Kamu), has colourful images, family and community stories and more than 100 local recipes as well as recipes from the restaurant kitchens. Visit chuffed.org/project/bali-needsour-help

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Norfolk Island with its famous pines and buildings from the convict period of the 1820s. IT’S only a short flight of just over two hours, but it’s a new world, a perfect piece of peace in the Pacific, where history and natural beauty collide. Norfolk Island is small in size and big in attraction, from steep ocean clifftops and patches of sub-tropical rainforest to convict ruins and the famous Norfolk Pines. Paul Brockhurst of CT Travel has carefully planned an eight-day tour for February next year and has a Norfolk adventure covered – not just the basics of where to stay and what to eat, but one that captures everything the island has to offer. “This is a fully escorted tour that allows you to get offshore and travel overseas again, but at the same time feel safe and secure on Australian territory,” he says. In historic Kingston there is St Barnabas Chapel, built from the ruins of the New Gaol, where history comes alive

from the legends of the first settlers, the Polynesians, who arrived 900 years ago to the first and second convict settlements. Pitcairn Settlers Village, one of the last remaining original settler’s properties, shows what life was like for Norfolk Island’s most recent settlers, the Pitcairners, and their descendants. Cyclorama is a panoramic painting that brings to life the famous mutiny on the Bounty and the mutineers’ settlement on Norfolk. Journey behind the scenes to see their work, including a secluded old island home surrounded by gardens with a well dug during the convict era. If you watch Gardening Australia, you’ll recognise four gardens that are part of the tour that has Norfolk’s nature covered. At Wonderland by Night, take a stroll or ride along a winding pathway through 4ha of magical Norfolk pines and bushland

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MARY BARBER This novel brings to life the Oxford Dictionary and its compilers in the last 1800s and early 1900s. It’s a wonderful tale centred around Esme, a young girl whose father was an editor of the dictionary. The book draws you into Esme’s life and the life of the famous dictionary. I enjoyed this book immensely. It is populated with real people from the time, such as Sir James Murray who ran the Scriptorium, the large garden shed were words were sorted and described for inclusion in the dictionary. If you enjoy words, history or just a darn good yarn, this book is for you.

BILL MCCARTHY Lured by its association with Simon Winchester’s The Surgeon of Crowthorne, I ploughed manfully through the first third of this book before grinding to a halt, defeated by the tedium of the tale. I am afraid that this story about a young Victorian-era girl coming of age was not particularly interesting and her peripheral role in the creation of the Oxford Dictionary was not enough to prevent the onset of sleep. If you are into Jane Austin, Charlotte Bronte and Victorian dialogue, then I guess this novel might be more up your alley.


BOOK review SUZI HIRST I really struggled with this book, to say the least. It is not often that I do not finish a book, but this one got the better of me. It is a slow read at the beginning and I eventually downloaded it on to Audible hoping that it might hold my attention better so I could write my review. It is the true story of the Oxford Dictionary and thus feel I must finish it. The reviews are excellent so there must be something more to come in the story that I have not reached yet! I’m still trying.


JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT Debut author Pip Williams had two simple questions: Do words mean different things to men and women and have we lost something in the process of defining them. She decided that the absence of women in the process of compiling the first edition of the Oxford Dictionary resulted in it being biased in favour of the experiences and sensibilities of older, white, Victorian men. The story is of Esme’s short life collecting words lost or discarded by the lexicographers, discovering words, some vulgar and used by stallholders in Oxford’s markets, and other places, including the women’s equality and suffrage movement active at the time. An enjoyable book with many layers to absorb.

Motherless and irrepressibly curious, Esme spends her childhood in the Scriptorium, a garden shed in Oxford where her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the first Oxford English Dictionary. Her place is beneath the sorting table. One day a slip of paper with the word bondmaid flutters down. When she learns that the word means “slave girl,” she begins to collect other words that have been discarded or neglected by the dictionary men. Set during the height of the women’s suffrage movement and with the Great War looming, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. It was inspired by actual events.

JO BOURKE A dictionary was top of the book list for all primary school students in the good old days! All those years I thumbed the pages of my school dictionary and never once wondered who had compiled it. Well, this book certainly has the answers in factual and painstaking detail enticing the reader into the lofty patriarchal world of Dr Murray and his band of lexicographers. To avoid being solely historical the author introduces fictional Esme, precocious and motherless, who navigates from childhood to her adult questioning of inequality in language and in the rights of women. I had mixed feelings re this book – it is long and often repetitive, but it won me with the accuracy of the author’s thorough research and Esme’s story was certainly believable as a female daring to challenge the norms of that period. The work of Dr Murray and his band lives on in dozens of Dictionary Apps available on phones and laptops. How amazing! Definitely recommended.

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This well written and interesting novel expertly brings together the life of a young woman and the history of researching words to create the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). After 70 years and millions of slips defining the origin and meaning of English words, eight volumes of the OED were finally published in 1928. The main character, Esme, realises that vulgar words and those relating to activities of women were often excluded from the OED so she starts collecting them. English women in the late Victorian period no matter what their social status, were essentially slaves to the wishes of men. The themes of this story are how women fought to be equally recognised, universal suffrage, family, love, unwanted pregnancy, marriage, grief, the role of women during World War I and the hard life of a female servant, a bond maid. Great work Pip Williams! 8/10

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1. In the Northern Hemisphere do the hands of an analogue clock go clockwise or anticlockwise? 2. What three-letter word is used for sodium hydroxide? 3. In Australia, what are the main ingredients of a shandy? 4. In the original Godfather movie, what was Marlon Brando’s character’s name? 5. Prior to decimal currency, how many pence were in a pound? 6. At the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, in what Japanese port was the Diamond Princess quarantined? 7. In what city is the main campus of the University of Southern Queensland? 8. What tune did Mr Whippy ice cream vans play? 9. In New York City, what is the title of the person who lives in Gracie Mansion? 10. What is a baby camel called? 11. In the Australian Defence Force, what rank is abbreviated to CPO? 12. In chemistry, the limewater test detects the presence of what gas? 13. Durum is a variety of what grain? 14. What is the demonym for a person from Turkey? 15. Which word is closest in meaning to “affable”: cheap, talkative, friendly? 16. Hosted by Rob Brydon, what British comedy panel show is known by its initials, “WILTY”? 17. What geometric shape are Arnott’s Barbecue Shapes? 18. In what comic strip is Bluto a character? 19. What percentage of 3 kg is 30 grams? 20. In the AFL team known as GWS, what does the “S” stand for?



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25 Large amount of food and wine is kept back (8) 26 Curses damage suffered by ship internally (6) 27 National assembly of Spain redefined ‘sector’ (6)




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ACROSS 1 A warning device sounded by toy train maker (6) 4 Managed 75 per cent of some extortionate price (6) 8 Centre of ice rink was first covered in lines (8) 10 Support County Council retaining track next to hospital (6) 11 Try hard stretch of roughest river (6) 12 Fine wood panelling was on the exterior of trendy bed (8)


13 Call about blend of great tobacco in consumable form (9) 15 Part of a fence is lacking in colour (4) 17 Disaster is cut after film’s opening (4) 19 The deacon going through Reformation is deceived (7,2) 21 Afghan once, for example, confused situation in car (8) 23 Minor recalled number in set exercise (6) 24 Lecture notice dropped in drain (6)

1 Free-thinking male reinterpreted article (9) 2 Gang, infiltrated by nun, changed management (7) 3 Boutique’s opening by famous model is lovely (5) 5 Hire act organised by court designer (9) 6 Superior outside buildings maintains security (5,2) 7 Computer worker given up by terrible romantic (5) 9 Practical town organised nothing in famine (4-2-5) 14 Criminal’s key almost pocketed by drunken caterer (9) 16 Recluses bagging fellow English capitalists (9) 18 Quiet one handling referee’s introduction (7) 20 Drop bearing inside fitting (7) 22 Nickname a skipper picked up (5) 23 Dance done by people heading down under? (5)




























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No. 048

Today’s Aim:


15 words: Good


31 words: Excellent

Using the nine letters in the grid, how many words of four letters or more can you list? The centre letter must be included and each letter may only be used once. No colloquial or foreign words. No capitalised nouns, apostrophes or plural words ending in “s”.

ACROSS 1 Disappoint (4) 3 African island nation (10) 10 Sovereign (7) 11 Yield; submit (7) 12 Understandable (8) 13 Come in (5) 14 Clone (4) 15 Part of airport (10) 18 Taking something by force (10) 20 Laid bare (4) 21 Woody plants (5) 23 Cutting tool (8) 26 Hockeylike game (7)

27 Annoying (7) 28 The share in relation to the whole (10) 29 Ditch (4)

DOWN 1 Nourish (4) 2 Extempore, unprepared (9) 4 Contract (9) 5 Holding (5) 6 Very old (7) 7 Tally (5) 8 New South Wales electoral division (9)




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

9 Cedar or acacia, for example (4) 14 Romance (9) 16 Undergoing mental anguish (9) 17 Storehouse (9) 19 Accepting without resistance (7) 22 Mistake (5) 23 Vision (5) 24 Cause (4) 25 Internet joke (4)

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

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