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Strangers on the line Modern day burglars enter your home via telephone and internet. PAULINE CLAYTON investigates the nefarious world of the scammer who trades on wiles and patience to take your hard-earned.
OAN politely answered a call from a Telstra technician who, introducing himself as Mick, said he was calling to let her know her computer had been hacked and contained a virus. The 60-year-old Brisbane woman had no reason to believe a professional cyber-criminal was rubbing his hands with glee. He had a target – his victim hadn’t hung up. Now he set about working slowly and resolutely to gain her confidence. Supposedly completing the service to remove the virus the caller went on to suggest Joan (not real name) was the type of person who could assist Telstra catch these vile criminal hackers. So how did a member of the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) feel having to tell Joan that she would never see her savings again? “It hurts every time,” a member of the ACORN team said.
“There’s nothing we can do to recover funds for victims such as Joan who have sent funds overseas, including via gift cards.” Soul destroying for the Queensland Police cyber-crime team is the daily occurrence of the same scams. “We see the same thing over and over again.” Before you shake your head and say how could anyone be so stupid to hand their money to a stranger over the phone, just know that the ACORN team’s victims include professionals, academics and the young. A detective with ACORN is quick to explain that anyone can be a victim. “We have had police officers scammed, we see doctors, lawyers, teachers, people who have worked hard for their money,” he said. The detective added that thinking that only the mature aged and computer
illiterate were the targets is a misconception. “The younger generation think they are smarter, but they are more likely to click on things and download malware. The older generation has more money and so they are singled out,” he said. “The 40-year-olds with children and mortgages cannot afford to pay a scammer.” Even so why would a hard-working, honest person buy $88,000 worth of gift cards for a stranger over the phone? Because they are of the generation to have respect for authority and care for their community. They are anxious to make a difference by helping an authority such as Telstra to trap cyber criminals. Implausible as it sounds, the gift card scam that late last year stripped Joan of her life savings is becoming increasingly common. The day I asked, the Queensland Police ACORN team had responded to five gift card scam victims, individual losses ranging from $200 to $19,000. Here’s how it works. After using the old trick posing, for example, as Microsoft, Telstra or Optus to say there’s a computer virus, scammers add the twist that with the victim’s help they can use their computer and online banking to trap these evil scammers. The victim is told the method used to trap the criminals is via the purchase of gift cards. The cyber-criminal then pretends to deposit funds into their victim’s bank account for this purchase. They adjust their script and when Joan said she didn’t have a car, the scammer said Telstra would pay for a taxi.
The scammer then transferred funds into the account Joan was looking at but, unbeknown to her, it came from another of her accounts. Often scammers will transfer from a credit card or mortgage account. Following precise instructions from her “handler”, over two days Joan went from store to store purchasing 185 gift cards, most at $500 each. The scammer stayed on the phone with her for up to six hours. Some large retailers question a purchase of more than $2000 of gift cards, but the scammer quickly says: “Say they are for your grandchildren”. A Queensland Police Snr Constable said there were so many cards in this case that Joan carefully wrote down the serial numbers before reading them back to the scammer. “The moment she tore off the strip and read the code to the scammer the cards are redeemed and sold on, often at a discount. The plastic card is then useless,” she said., Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Deputy chairman Delia Rickard put out an alert in September 2017 announcing that during the previous 12 months, 1236 Australians lost nearly $540,000 by gift cards being used as fake payments. The previous year, the losses were $480,000. “This is a growing trend and scammers can become threatening and aggressive if they sense they are ‘losing’ their victim or if they are starting to cotton on,” she said. The rule to follow is that you never, ever give remote access to your computer to a stranger over the phone. And no company, including Centrelink,
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Queensland police officers Tracy Reynolds and Suzie Kobez with the 185 gift cards and receipts that cost the victim $88,000 but are now worth nothing. and emails. Claiming to be from the Australian Government offering a solar rebate of up to $5000 is currently common. “I’ll check with my federal member,” is a wise response. Claiming to be from an insurance company regarding a member of the family involved in an accident is also doing the rounds. Alarmingly, scammers are now using the actual company logos to produce fake invoices, and even stocks and shares. The ACCC reports that people over 65 are being targeted with fake power bills. Hang up instantly and then check your previous account. Missed calls on mobile phones are also
now in play by scammers. The area codes are for Belarus, Latvia, Serbia, Valparaiso and others, or often simply 02 or 03 suggesting Sydney or Melbourne. If you hit recall you have opened the back door to your house and into your phone which, of course, contains your contact list, banking, credit card and often passport details. Then there’s the scam messages i.e. “You missed a call on 07 xxxxxxx and a lost suitcase is being filed under your name. Call back immediately.” The range of scams is exotic and ever evolving. Your car has recently been involved in an accident and there is an outstanding claim. Your computer has a virus. You owe money and a warrant is being issued in your name. There is a warrant out for your arrest due to unpaid taxes, fines, insurance etc. The moment you respond, a scammer will work to gain your trust until they have your money. Ding, they are gone. You gave voluntarily.
ARE YOU in control? Or is there an unseen stranger in your house? Who to contact if you believe you have been scammed. Queensland – Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) at 3364 6622. acorn.gov.au Federal – Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) to report a scam or subscribe to Scamwatch. scamwatch.gov.au Victims of identity theft can contact: ID Care – Cyber Security. 1300 432 273. idcare.org.au
DID YOU KNOW? THE Australian Institute of Criminology’s: ‘Estimating the costs of serious and organised crime in Australia 2016–17’ report tell us: Consumer fraud has been estimated to cost Australia almost $1 billion annually, although the full extent of the losses is unknown as many choose not to officially report their experiences. Although victims of scams can lose as little as $1, some send substantial amounts to criminals, occasionally exceeding many hundreds of thousands of dollars. Those who send such large amounts frequently feel ashamed of what they have done, or apprehensive that they might have acted illegally. Victims may also receive little sympathy for having been victimised and may be blamed for being gullible. These factors act to deter victims from formally reporting the scam to police. When the full circumstances of cases are known, however, the sophistication of the deception makes it clear that victims have been enticed by a serious and concerted campaign of trickery which preys on their weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
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The mother I can’t forget As a trainee midwife in far north Queensland, SUE CURRIE met a young mother who gave birth to twins and had to give them away.
had twins, didn’t I?” she said. Her voice was no more than a whisper as we waited for her train to Bowen. It is late 1964. The question surprised me. “Yes.” I said. “Two identical little boys with red hair like yours.” Her brown eyes searched my face for more clues. It was the first time she’d made eye contact since her admission to Maternity a week prior. “Your babies weighed four and a half pounds each. They’re in an isolette together and they’re doing fine,” I said. “We call them Peter and Paul.” “What will happen to them?” “They’ll be adopted” I said. “A nice couple without any children have already been in to see them.” “Thanks,” she said. She climbed into the train and was gone from my life, but not from my memory. I do not remember her first name, only her surname. I clearly remember that brief exchange so long ago, just before noon at Townsville station because as a student midwife, I’d “accidentally” delivered her first twin. It was 1.30pm on a warm Wednesday afternoon when I came on duty for my
shift in the labour ward. There were three delivery rooms in a row. All of the senior medical and nursing staff were busy with a breech delivery in the middle room and the one on the left was occupied by a woman in early labour. Breech babies were not automatic caesarian sections back then. Sister James told me to admit the new patient into the room on the right. While I prepared her for delivery I tried to obtain a history of her pregnancy. Like many young unmarried women in those days, she’d received no ante natal
care and had done her best to hide her shame from the prying eyes in her home town. She’d fled from Bowen to Townsville several months before, when she began to “show”. The most I could extract from her was a soft “yes” or “no” as she avoided my eyes. Shy, embarrassed and withdrawn, she’d waited until her contractions were strong before coming into the hospital. She lay on her back with her eyes tightly closed while the junior Resident Medical Officer (RMO) palpated her
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Mum’s medicine chest cures all ailments For any childhood ailment – stubbed toes, sore throats, ear ache, tick bites, boils, carbuncles, wind burn, sunburn, school sores, cold sores, any sores – my mother had a remedy on hand, writes KATE CALLAHAN.
hen two children from a neighbouring farm, Raymond and Sandra, came to stay with us for a week in 1965 due to a family emergency, Raymond arrived with an ugly carbuncle behind his knee. I’d never seen a carbuncle before, but Mum had. “Bad diet,” she said as she headed off to the kitchen to prepare a poultice. After heating some milk on the combustion stove, she added a handful of cooking salt, simmered the concoction for a bit, and then thickened it with stale breadcrumbs. Dividing the mixture into several poultices, she applied one to Raymond’s boil every half-hour for the next couple of hours. Raymond earned my respect that day. He didn’t cry once but it must have hurt like Hades. I won’t go into the gory details of what happened next but by the end of the week, the carbuncle was gone and so was Raymond. Mum had worked her magic once again. The main stay of the medicine chest was Castellani’s paint, or Castellani’s for short. An intensely purple paint in a tiny bottle, it was the invention of Italian
physician, Aldo Castellani, who was a specialist in tropical diseases. Mum swore by it and applied it with gay abandon to cuts, grazes and gravel rash, ingrown toenails, warts, infected finger nails, tick bites and – gasp – school sores. I had a serious dose of school sores when I was eight. It all started when a shellback tick burrowed into the crown of my head. A liberal dose of good old Castellani’s should have seen the end of it, but the wound site was attacked by bacteria and I had a head full of school sores. This was one of the few times when Mum’s arsenal of home remedies failed, and medical treatment had to be invoked. Though better forgotten, the whole dreadful episode is indelibly etched in my memory bank, so let’s just change the subject … to Agarol. For the uninitiated, Agarol is an old-fashioned vanilla-flavoured laxative that contains agar-agar, a gel-like substance that bulks up the gut. These days, agar-agar is a prime ingredient of gluten-free baking, where it performs a bulk-up function similar to real gluten. Mum had a morbid fear of
constipation, perhaps a legacy of wartime food rationing, so she used Agarol prophylactically. We got a dose every Saturday whether we needed it or not. My older brother loathed Agarol and would do everything in his power to avoid a dose. But this was the 1960s, a time when parental authority prevailed. If necessary, Mum would pin him down and prise his mouth open with a wooden peg. Dad had no sympathy. “Better than castor oil” was his view.
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During the winter, the Vicks VapoRub invariably made an appearance. It worked its magic when rubbed on the chest, smeared in the nostrils or used as a steam inhalation. But warning, warning! Avoid getting Vicks in the eyes. I learnt this lesson at age 10 when I used Vicks as a substitute for petroleum jelly to make my eyelids gleam, just like the glamorous models in the Woman’s Day. Dumb, yes, but perhaps not quite so dumb (or damaging) as depositing your used chewing gum behind your earlobe. I can tell you that chewing gum sticks with incredible tenacity to human skin and is resistant to lanolin, hot water, vinegar, methylated spirits and kerosene, all of which Mum tried before resorting to brute force. These days I still use some of Mum’s remedies for various ailments. Bicarbonate of soda for mouth ulcers; warm salty water for sore throats; raw onion for insect bites; apple cider vinegar for indigestion; egg yolks for dry hair; nutmeg for cuts. But childhood experiences can be formative. I haven’t gone near Agarol since the late 1960s and I’ve maintained a lifelong aversion to chewing gum and Vicks VapoRub.
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Dr William Archibald Spooner was born in London in 1844, and is remembered not so much for his prowess as a scholar and Oxford lecturer, but for his frequent speech errors, writes BARBARA BUFI.
poonerisms, as they have come to be called, occur when initial letters or sounds of adjoining words are transposed for mostly humorous results. Although it is believed that his students may well have been responsible for many of the slips of the tongue attributed to Dr Spooner, one of his genuine examples during World War I was, “when our boys come home from France, we will have the hags flung out.’ Another emerged at the end of a wedding ceremony at which he was officiating: “It is now kisstomary to cuss the bride”. Live radio broadcasts can provide good instances of embarrassing spoonerisms. Years ago, a Sunday morning presenter on the (at that time) very proper and appropriately spoken ABC, described a vessel he was observing in a sail-by as a “three basted marque”. This was followed by a short, strained silence, before he launched calmly into the remainder of his commentary. That’s aplomb. Another incident which occurred on
ABC radio during a live broadcast from the Houses of Parliament was not a spoonerism but is most certainly memorable. The female Speaker of the House was involved in a discussion as to whether or not “Mr Speaker” was the correct form of address. “Thank you, Mr Speaker will be quite appropriate,” she replied. “I have no sex in this position.” Dead silence, then the House erupted. On one occasion our usually impeccable TV weatherman observed that the district would be subject over the next day or two to shattered scowers. Not to be outdone, the morning forecaster on the radio noted next day that should showers occur, they would queer clickly. Some home-grown spoonerisms have become part of our family vocabulary. My daughter-in-law produced a classic during a discussion on the difficulty of buying suitable footwear these days. “My feet have to be comfortable,” she remarked. “I just can’t stand ill-sh---ing foos.” Well, who can?
One of her fellow teachers, a proper, carefully spoken man, was in the staffroom after school when some students came to the door bearing jars of jam which they were busy sampling with their fingers. “Want some of this jam I made, sir?” asked one boy, offering his jar. “Not likely. I’m not eating anything you’ve had your finger stuck in,” was what he meant to reply. What actually came out transposed consonants between “finger” and “stuck”, causing the poor man great embarrassment, although the listeners thought it was hilarious. When tongues lag behind thought processes, which can happen more frequently as our bits and pieces age, verbal confusion is often the result. Many of the resulting spoonerisms are unique and well worth preserving, so don’t trust to sometimes unreliable memory – jot them down (being sure to remember where you put the piece of paper), use them often, and enjoy a good chuckle. They say a hearty lelly baugh can be most beneficial to health, and as medicines go, what could be cheaper?
THE French biologist, microbiologist and chemist Louis Pasteur is famous for his accomplishments in disease prevention in the 19th century. He proved the germ theory of disease and developed a vaccine for rabies, anthrax, and chicken cholera. Pasteur (1822-95) discovered that microbes were responsible for souring alcohol which led him to the process to which he gives his name – pasteurisation – a process in which bacteria is destroyed by heating beverages and allowing them to cool. So next time you open the pasteurised milk, give a nod to Louis. The Austrian physician, Franz Mesmer (1734-1815) believed that all living things were related in some way to magnetic fluid. This led him to use magnets and the power of suggestion to address ailments – until his theories were debunked. He theorised that there was a natural energy transference between animate and inanimate objects, and called it animal magnetism or, as it later became known, mesmerism. The founding father of hypnosis, his name became the verb, mesmerise.
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Ailsa Watson and Anne Ridd meet Ted Oâ€™Brien at the forum. AVAILABILITY of service packages and a confusing MyAgedCare website are among four key areas raised in a Sunshine Coast submission to the Aged Care Royal Commission. Member for Fairfax Ted Oâ€™Brien used his annual Seniorsâ€™ Forum, attended by more than 120 people, to publicly release the 20-page report to the Commissioner. â€œMy Fairfax submission to the Commissioner is primarily
based on feedback from annual Seniors Forums,â€? he said. â€œIt was quite apparent that older Sunshine Coast residents and their families are worried about the availability and quality of aged care places and information services. â€œTheir stories were upsetting and highlighted problems with the Aged Care system and also the fears of senior citizens about getting older and how they will be cared for in facilities.â€? Mr Oâ€™Brien said his submission
ANYONE FOR TENNIS? encompassed four key areas: â€˘ AVAILABILITY of service packages: There are long waiting lists for home care packages, people fear being placed in residential facilities and delay seeking help, and there is poor transitioning from home to aged care. â€˘ COMMUNICATION: The MyAgedCare website and phone line is too confusing and technical, especially for people without computer skills. â€˘ MODELS OF CARE AND SUSTAINABILITY: The aged care system should meet peopleâ€™s needs. Seniors should not be placed in inappropriate levels of care and facilities eg. non-dementia patients should not be in the dementia ward. â€˘ STAFFING: This includes staff-to-patient ratios, staff qualifications and suitability for the job.
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SUE Johnston, who has just turned 80, and Bernie Bill, who has just turned 90, are living proof that youâ€™re never too old to enjoy a game of tennis. And you donâ€™t have to be Martina Navratilova or Bjorn Borg either. Every Monday and Thursday morning, they get together with a group of up to 30 other over 55s for â€œfun, fitness, friendship and foodâ€? at the Maroochydore Tennis Club courts at Cotton Tree. â€œItâ€™s social tennis,â€? says president Eric Smith. â€œWe make a morning of it and take it in turns to bring morning tea.â€? Games are always doubles, mixed or menâ€™s, and there are six courts, so itâ€™s a full morning or exercise. A (younger) coach is on hand. Eric says itâ€™s a perfect retirement sport, as age is not a factor. â€œYou donâ€™t have to be a great player,â€? he says. â€œI started playing tennis only after I retired. It was the first time I had played since I was at school, and there are a lot of us like that. Sue and Bernie both were introduced to social tennis by
Sue Johnston, Eric Smith (Chairperson), and Bernie Bill the U3A, Sue in 1998 and Bernie in 2001. The Maroochydore Tennis Club, beside the bowls club at Cotton Tree, has its roots in 1976, when it had two dirt courts and a tiny clubhouse. At the time there was nothing between them and the river, so the courts were built east-towest to avoid the glare from the sun on the water. Many club members are long-term and Narelle Pearce, who joined in 1984, is the longest-serving. Facilities have been consistently expanded and improved since then and Sunshine Coast Regional Council has assured them their lease will remain for sport and recreation for at least another 20 years.
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There’d no holding back our veterans of stage and screen Many will remember Benita Collings as the smiling Playschool presenter, but now, nearing 80, she’s back touring, writes ANGELA BENSTED.
he veteran actor has featured on Australian screens for almost as many years as we’ve had them. With television credits including Homicide, Cop Shop and Division 4, Benita’s longest gig was playing the straight guy to John Hamblin’s Ham on Playschool, reading stories and singing songs beside Big Ted, Little Ted, Humpty and Jemima. But touring is a new challenge for the 78-year-old who still hasn’t conquered the art of packing. “I had to buy a new suitcase because the old one was too old and heavy,” she says as she prepares to leave Mackay for her next performance in Canberra. “The new one is much lighter, but when I put the packed case on the scales it weighs exactly the same,” she says with a sigh. “You wouldn’t believe I used to backpack.” The actor is touring Australia with Senior Moments, a sketch revue mocking ageism, which comes to southeast Queensland in May. The tour is the second road trip for Benita and her fellow acting veterans – Max Gillies, John Woods, Russell Newman and Kim Lewis - none of whom
Benita Collings has a senior’s moment with Geoff Harvey, Max Gillies and John Wood. show signs of slowing down. “Bits of the company have a few ails and ills but they keep on keeping on. That’s what we do,” the actor says, crediting her own stamina to healthy eating, gentle gym classes and regular walks. Her favourite sketch from the show is called Old School, a playful poke at children’s television. Benita plays Miss Jane and Geoff Harvey (Midday) is Mr Music in a tongue-in-cheek mash-up of kindergarten classics.
“It’s a real send-up of childhood shows that used to be around way back when. It’s fun,” she says. While some of the show’s gags might rely on longer memories for a giggle, Benita says her 18-year-old granddaughter found plenty to laugh at. “She said she kept turning to her mother and saying, ‘that’s you’, so she was getting the point from that generation,” Benita says. A war baby with a “regular upbringing” in Sydney, Benita says she knew from a young age she wanted a life on stage. Even so, she took her mother’s advice to learn typing and shorthand first, skills that saw her through her early years in the industry. Once acting jobs started flowing she abandoned secretarial work, but Benita doesn’t regret her time behind the desk. “When computers arrived, I was the smartie pants who could say ‘guess who can touch type?’” she says with her familiar laugh. The longest-serving presenter, Benita fronted Playschool’s cameras for the last time in 1999, 30 years after she’d started and just months before being unceremoniously let go.
“I can’t remember the exact words they used,” she says. “They were just getting rid of some presenters. Nobody was told why. It wasn’t an age thing because some of the people they got in were our age.” With casting calls from other studios also petering out, Benita did what many people in their 50s do; she changed tack and sought new challenges. “I didn’t want to wait on tables or work in a call centre,” she says. Instead, she retrained to teach presentation skills, starting her own company along the way. Since then she’s been picked up by the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA)’s corporate performance program and later NIDA Open, where she runs short courses in television presenting. It’s a busy dance card, but despite the demand for her teaching skills it’s clear Benita Collings is unlikely to pass up a chance to be on stage herself. “I enjoy doing it,” she says. “I won’t do anything if the word ‘fun’ isn’t in there somewhere.” Events Centre Caloundra. Friday May 24, 1pm and 7.30pm; Saturday May 25, 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets $55-$69. Bookings 5491 4240 or theeventscentre.com.au
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WE GET AROUND – You never know quite where Your Time might turn up – even Antarctica. Judy Polkinghorne, who recently stopped off at Neko Harbour during an adventure with her Girls on Tour, had a browse while out on the ice with the penguins. Now that’s on location! THE VALUE OF PETS Pets are therapeutic and almost always enhance the overall wellbeing of their owners. They are a support system providing lavish amounts of love, acceptance and validation. As long as you are physically able to care for a pet, it is certain to enrich your life. The Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge at Tanawha this month introduces: Sunshine Coast Animal Refuge 5494 5275 or visit sippycreek.com.au
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A 1978 Ford Fiesta MkI that has never been registered and has racked up all of 141 miles (227km) in its 41 years, has just sold through online auction in the UK for £14,950 ($27,338), believed to be a world record for the model. Said to be still “just like new” today, the time-warp little hatchback was brand new when it arrived at a London dealership. It had not even got around to registering it when it was bought by the London Science Museum. It was to appear in a Glimpses of Medical History diorama, a showcase of technology the museum was developing to help the elderly get into and out of a car more easily. It remained at the museum until earlier this year when the floor housing it was closed for refurbishment. It was decided to put
the hatchback up for sale at somewhere between £6500 and £8500. Even the museum was bowled-over when it was knocked down through online auction house H&H Classics for an amazing £14,950. H&H head of sales, Damian Jones, said the car’s remarkable condition when it went to auction was doubtless due to it having been displayed within the Science Museum for all those 41 years. “It is a highly original and authentic Fiesta. Go see if you could find another like this one,” he said. “It is perhaps the lowest mileage Ford Fiesta MKI in existence.” With just 227km on its speedo after four decades it’s unlikely to be challenged in a hurry.
A HAPPY HOME IN THE HINTERLAND Residents at Landsborough Pines for just over a year, Syl and Raye are now a part of the Landsborough Pines community in their brand-new architecturally designed home.
Pines park manager at the local markets, Syl and Raye visited the park and eventually moved in.
The couple previously lived on Bribie Island for 23 years before selling their home to travel Australia. Raye explained, “It’s a nice little community, it’s not a very busy area and that’s what I like after living on Bribie. Bribie became very busy and very touristy.”
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When they returned home from their most recent adventure, they decided it was time to settle into a place of their own, closer to their family. After striking up a conversation with the Landsborough
“The community here in the park, it’s a nice community, very close knit. People can come and join in at functions or they can spend alone time if they want. We’ve made some lovely friends and we
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“They love to come and see the ducks down at the pond,” Raye says.
The couple are keen gardeners and very involved in the community Gardening Club. “We have herbs and salad vegies that we grow. It’s very popular with the residents, we all help to run the garden.”
Raye explains that one of the best things about living at Landsborough Pines is how accessible the location is. “We have everything here. Medical clinics, dentists, bakeries, news agencies, coffee places, it’s all only a few hundred metres away. The rail station is close by and it’s easy to get to the highway if we want to go up or down the coast.”
After coming off a big property, Syl and Raye are enjoying having a more manageable home. “We’re nice and comfortable. Our house is the Katherine design and the living area is lovely for two people.” With two young grandchildren only 5 minutes away, Landsborough Pines has a pool and other great facilities for them to enjoy when they come visit.
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Righting the harms caused by past wrongs In the winter of 1841, German missionaries reported there were up to 3000 Aboriginal men, women and children fishing at Toorbul. It was a regular event at this time of year and the fishing was good, writes AUDIENNE BLYTH.
A gathering of Kabi Kabi in about the 1880s. Image: John Oxley Library Kilcoy massacre, so the full story will never be known. But there were others, in other places. On the 11th anniversary of Kevin Rudd’s Sorry Speech, the Beulah Community of Buderim met on 13 February to recall the injustices to Australia’s first people. Brisbane historian, Frank Uhr recalled the stolen generation and the forced removals and shared his research of these
massacres. The deaths of so many led to organised resistance to white settlement by strong Tribal Alliances across southeast Queensland. Fourteen or 15 clans met at Tiaro and decided to take revenge. And so began organised “frontier wars” or “black resistance”. There have been just two inquiries – in 1843 and in 1979 – to determine what actually happened to cause so many deaths. The details remain a great mystery as evidence is difficult to find. Kabi Kabi traditional owner, Melinda Serico told of how her family survived the massacre. From family oral history she has learnt that her ancestors were out fishing at the time of the massacre, otherwise they too would have died. She also told the story of her grandmother, Lucy, who was born at Tuchekoi on the Mary River. Lucy was six when, with other family members, she was forcibly removed to live at Barambah now known as Cherbourg, near Murgon. Aborigines from different groups were all lumped together and their lives were
changed forever. Saltwater people were mixed with desert people. Their culture and language were lost as strict laws forbade them practising their customs. They needed permission to travel into Murgon and generally were not allowed to leave Cherbourg. Lucy was nine when she was placed with a white family to work as a domestic. She was treated so poorly she had to be returned to Cherbourg. She recalled diseases such as chicken pox causing deaths among Aborigines. It raises questions of the deliberate introduction to the community. In the spirit of reconciliation between Aborigines and Europeans many people express their own “sorry” stories. Australia-wide, the stolen generation, the forced removals and the massacres are a terrible blot on our history. While some of us may doubt the sincerity of apologising, it is a step forward. Hopefully, healing and reconciliation occurs where there is an understanding of past wrongs and the harm caused by them.
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The unwritten yet understood laws of the queue The only country that insists on queueing appears to be the UK, writes TERRY DYER, whether it’s a bus stop, cinema or a butcher’s shop you’ll always find a queue.
oming to Australia, I noticed that habit had not really caught on here. The one with the loudest voice who pushed to the front was served first. In the UK, the standard procedure – if you can call it that – was if you arrived first you stood at the head of the queue. People arriving after would stand in a line behind you, and be served in order. Australia was different. If you entered a shop, and I’m not talking about supermarkets, conversation would begin as soon as you entered. As more customers entered the shop and joined the rousing conversations, there was no worrying about queueing. Everyone seemed to know each other, but as soon as the first person was served, there would be a chorus of requests from the assembled group. The loudest voice appeared to be served first. This occurred when the shop assistant called “who’s next?”. The exception would be the oldest in the group, usually an old lady who everyone seemed to know, and the voice would proclaim an opening to the counter for Mrs Watson.
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Once she was served and had left the shop the competition for service would begin again. In the UK, when queueing you stand in line, don’t talk and look straight ahead at possibly nothing. I’m using a queue for a bus in this example. When the bus arrives, everyone shuffles forward. No matter what happens you can’t afford for anyone to push in front, so there is slight panic when a recalcitrant heathen who arrives late tries to get into the middle of the line. In that case, you push up to close any gap and glare at nobody in particular. Nothing physical really happens; the pusher-in, gradually gives up in a huff, and goes to the back of the queue. Buses in the UK were nearly always double deckers and had conductors who controlled the passengers. Because there was a limit to the number of passengers allowed on a bus, particularly on the top deck, the conductors would check the space available and then stand on the entrance platform as the bus arrived at the stop, and call “two upstairs and one inside”. It was the same at cinemas (this was
before television) where the queue would snake out on to the foot path. Normally there would be two or maybe three shows. During this time people would leave the cinema due to illness or boredom or whatever. This would allow seats to be free in the auditorium, in which case a staff member would walk the queue calling “two in row six, one in row ten, one in row twelve”. Once you had paid for your ticket, you were escorted into the darkened room by the usherette who guided you to your seat with the aid of a torch. Next was the queue for the toilet in large auditoriums. Let’s take the Sydney Opera House and the disparity in numbers of female to male toilets. In the Opera House, the bar is quite long with four bartenders, so the assembled customers in the interval was akin to a scrum, and it appeared the one with the loudest voice got served. After 20 minutes I was getting concerned, that my wife was either lost or gone home. Telling the bartender to hold the drinks, I went looking and just as
I arrived she came out of the toilets. The queue waiting to get in was still formidable. The reason was that the allocation of male to female cubicles was equal. What is this madness? Women need much more room in a communal toilet block than men? They need more cubicles. Architects need to put a lot more thought into this. These experiences were in the 1960s to the 1990s, so maybe it has changed in the 21st century. From the time, you are born you have to line up. All through school you have to line up. It’s the order of life and I haven’t mentioned the armed forces, where it’s impossible to do anything without lining up. Talking to friends who had lived in the old Soviet Union, “the queue” was the indicator that something important was being sold, like food. You even have to get in line to vote, not that being at the head of the queue makes much difference. So maybe queuing with its rules that everybody knows but don’t talk about, is ingrained, or maybe we just like fairness.
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Never too old for the job … As Ita Buttrose takes over the chairmanship of the ABC at the age of 77, KENDALL MORTON reflects on the importance of being needed at any age.
n the last few weeks we have seen Ita Buttrose AO OBE, the 2013 Australian of the Year, take on the chairmanship of the ABC. Ita is 77 and this is a five-year appointment. Ita, (I am calling her by her first name, as she is a household name, right?) has a lifetime of skills, media experience and good sense. And she’s obviously ready to give it her all. It’s a very encouraging story because here she is making plans for living, not dying and taking on new roles in her late 70s rather than deleting them. Too often when we age, we are encouraged to drop roles and responsibilities and we encourage our loved ones to do the same. But having a purpose and being useful to others is one of the great joys and motivators in life. An elderly relative who is caring for his frail spouse, mowing his own lawn and shopping each week, has a clear purpose. He’s needed. If you take those roles away from him, his
health can suffer. Of course, there are risks involved, but having the freedom to take risks is important too. Being socially connected is also important. Researchers now consider a lack of social connection to be a major risk factor in predicting cardiovascular disease, dementia and depression. If your loved one is receiving home care support, it should be more than practical help. It should include conversations, news of the day, a recipe or a few jokes. It’s all about connection. Atul Gawande, an American doctor who specialises in geriatric care has written a very informative book called Being Mortal. In it he describes many illuminating stories about older Americans and their experience of ageing. Gawande stresses the importance of purpose and social connections as we age. For instance, meet Alice. Alice Gavrilles lived alone. She was underweight and had
poor balance. Her toenails were untrimmed, and her feet were swollen. Alice was at risk of falling. Her doctor booked her in for a monthly podiatry appointment. He modified her drugs and told her to throw out low-fat foods. They arranged for friends and family to drop in and share meals with her. With this new regime, Alice put on a few kilos and continued to live independently. Connecting had sparked her appetite again.
In another example, Gawande describes a nursing home in New York State where Dr Bill Thomas convinced the management to introduce pets to overcome what Thomas called the Three Plagues of nursing homes: boredom, loneliness and helplessness. They went big and brought in a greyhound, a lapdog, four cats and some parakeets. It was a major cultural shift. The goal was for the animals to become an integral part of the residents’
lives. Thomas said that it was pandemonium at first, but the place came alive. “People who we had believed weren’t able to speak started speaking,” Thomas said. “People who had been completely withdrawn and non-ambulatory started coming to the nurses’ station and saying, ‘I’ll take the dog for a walk’.” So, on reflection, before giving up a role you have or encouraging an older relative to lighten their load, pause and think. A simple task such as picking up a loved one’s prescriptions from the pharmacy is a chance to get out of the house, see some new scenes and have a chat with the staff. With fewer roles and responsibilities, our lives can become smaller, not richer. Kendall Morton is the Director of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay. Call 5491 6888 or email kmorton@ homecareassistance.com
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They call among us every day The number of people regularly being contacted by scammers is now bordering on epidemic, writes NATHAN WELLINGTON. Stay one step ahead, as these callers are smart, determined and unscrupulous.
very single week I meet clients who have been contacted by scammers masquerading as an online technician, phone company, bank, the Federal Police or the ATO; and every week many are inevitably parted with extraordinary amounts of money by a sophisticated scam that heavily relies on fear tactics and bullying. Clients often contact me while they are actually on the phone with the scammer to ask if this is a legitimate call. I always recommend they hang up the phone immediately and if they are on the computer, to power it off immediately and unplug it from the wall ready for me to come and clean it. Unfortunately, I have seen many lose thousands, even tens of thousands of dollars. One was scammed $70,000 by a syndicate that claimed to be Telstra who, over a period of three days, convinced the client to transfer money to a bank account. He was stopped by his local bank teller who queried why he was transferring large monies. These vulgar con-artists prey upon the elderly and trusting by using intimidation
and threats of legal action or worse. They are trained to bully the innocent into allowing access to their personal details to take their money. Once the victim has been scammed, they are then bombarded with more phone calls demanding more money from different narratives. These scams are generally not located within Australia and are generally beyond the law as the technology to call from around the world at a relatively cheap price means they rely on a system that has no global jurisdiction. Websites such as ACORN (Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network) or SCAMWATCH can do little more than record the event and look for patterns in the activity to coordinate with local governments from other countries to expedite criminal charges. By the time this is coordinated, the scammers have long since disbanded. This is of little consequence to the thousands of victims who, as recently as January and February this year, have already lost more than $1.2million to hacking, phone and online scams. It is sad that we tend to receive more
phone calls from scammers or tele-sales than from friends and family. My first recommendation is to get yourself a new set of walk-around phones that have an answering machine and caller ID. Start screening your calls. If you recognise the phone number that appears on the phone screen answer it, but if you don’t, then let it go to the answering machine. If they leave a message, don’t trust the phone number they leave but check online or in the phone book before calling back. The receiver can then confirm or deny
the validity of the message. Secondly, there is no institution that should call you for any reason other than returning your enquiry, and if one does, ask for a reference number and you will return their call through the proper customer service number. Thirdly, don’t ever, not ever, let anyone who calls you have access to your computer remotely. There is no reason for any company to want to access your computer no matter what reason! Lastly, if you find you are on the phone with a scammer or tele sales person, just hang up! You have no obligation to stay on the phone with them or engage in conversation. If they call again, let the call go to the answering machine. That way they will eventually register your number as a dead phone number and will likely not call again. If you find you may have been the victim of a phone scam and your computer has been accessed, close down your computer and call a technician to clean up any malware straight away. If you don’t have a technician, I am on 1300 682 817 or email me nathan@ hometechassist.com.au
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CLUB ENJOYS THE VIEWS
VIEW members, Maurine Lamont and Sandra Harding catch up over morning tea CALOUNDRA Evening VIEW Club enjoyed the coastal scenery with recent morning teas at Café by the Beach, Moffat Beach and the Caloundra Power Boat Club at Golden Beach. Caloundra’s fabulous water views
set the scene for the club’s enjoyable social outings. There are 750 disadvantaged children in our region and they are the focus of the VIEW Club’s fundraising. VIEW Clubs are an integral part of The Smith Family, a national charity helping young Australians in need to get the most out of their education so they can create better futures for them and their families. The Caloundra Evening VIEW Club is a very welcoming group which holds dinner meetings at 6.15pm on the second Tuesday of each month at the Caloundra Power Boat Club at Golden Beach If you would like to make friends while helping to achieve important social change, phone Sue 0403 504 408 for more information.
The Sunshine Statesmen Barbershop Chorus in action at the Adelaide National Convention last year.
f you’ve ever thought you’d like to sing with a men’s chorus, then now’s your chance, with a free voice coaching program beginning on May 1, for four weeks. The program is being offered by the Sunshine Statesmen who sing in the barbershop style – without backing music and in four-part harmony – and will be followed by a short concert for family and friends to hear the newlymastered singing and performing skills. It will be a fun and light-hearted learning experience guided by musical director Brian Martin. The Chorus is made up of about 40 men, who come together each Wednesday at 7.30pm at the Buderim Uniting Church Hall, on the corner of Gloucester Rd and King St, Buderim. At the conclusion of the four-week
program, participants may wish to audition to become a fulltime member of the Chorus and join its various Sing-Outs at retirement villages, nursing homes, Christmas carols at various Sunshine Coast shopping centres, and ultimately, at this year’s National Convention in Hobart. The Sunshine Statesmen will compete with other barbershop harmony choruses from all around Australia. Whether a tenor, lead, baritone or bass (or yet undecided), you will be welcome to join the fellowship and fun of singing with a group of like-minded men – a Men’s Shed for men who can’t use tools but love to sing. For further information, call secretary Peter Hall 0477 559 205, or president Malcolm Woods 0411 742 073 or visit sunshinestatesmen.com
CRAFT FAIR FOR MOTHER’S DAY IDEAS BAND TAKES A MUSICAL PAWS THE Sunshine Coast Concert will present an afternoon of fine entertainment to support Guide Dogs Queensland. Under the direction of Ken Chadwick, there will be a great variety of music and talented vocalists. Entry includes afternoon tea with all profits going to Guide Dogs Queensland. Kawana Community Hall, Nanyima St, Buddina. April 6, 2pm. Tickets $15 pre-booked or $17 at the door. Call 5352 7800 or email: email@example.com
EASTER BOOK SALE ATTENTION all book lovers! Buderim Community Library will be holding their Easter book sale on Saturday April 20 from 8am to 2pm. This will be upstairs above the library in the Buderim War Memorial Hall, Main St., Buderim. There will be two rooms full of fiction and non-fiction books priced from $1 to $4 - something for everyone. 24 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / April 2019
SUNSHINE Coast Arts and Crafts is hosting its popular annual craft fair just in time to find a special Mother’s Day gift. The Sunshine Coast Arts and Crafts Community Fair will be held on April 27-28, 9am-4pm, at Montville Village Hall. A huge range of locally-made crafts will be available, all of them lovingly handmade by members as well as members of the local community. The fair features fabric art, handbags,
children’s clothing, pottery, jewellery, knitted goods, jams and spreads and cards, all of them unique. Refreshments will be available in the member-run café and include tea, coffee, home-made cakes and slices and sandwiches. Entry is free, so take a few hours out to enjoy home-made goodies and browse the displays. The group is supported by the Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s grants program.
EASTER GARDEN SPECIAL THE Easter Open Garden is coming up at Montville this month, with the opportunity to visit a heritage plan collection in the grounds of a century-old house. It will be on April 20-21, 9am-4pm, at “The Shambles”, 85 Western Ave, Montville. Plants will be for sale and refreshments available. Entry is $6 and funds raised will benefit the western Queensland drought appeal. Visit montvillegarden.com Sunshine Coast
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Antipasto salad with torn rosemary croutons An easy entertaining idea has always been a quick Italian inspired antipasto platter. This recipe brings your platter to life turning it into a fresh salad leaves with crunchy rosemary baked croutons. Serves 6-8 | Difficulty: Easy | Preparation: 20 min | Cook: 15 min • 1 loaf of crusty bread, torn into 4-5cm pieces • 1/3 cup virgin olive oil • 2 sprigs of rosemary • Salt and pepper • 1 clove of garlic • 2 heads of curly leaf lettuce or 1 x 200g bag of salad mix • 700g IGA antipasto ingredients including sun dried tomatoes, olives, roasted capsicum, artichokes, roasted eggplant, baby bocconcini • 6 slices of thinly sliced prosciutto • 100g thinly sliced chorizo sausage • 1 punnet of cherry tomatoes • 1 long cucumber, sliced • ½ bunch of parsley, leaves picked • 100g block of parmesan cheese METHOD Preheat the oven to 180c. Place the chunks of bread into a bowl, combine the olive oil, rosemary leaves, garlic and salt and pepper in a food processor and blend to combine. Tip this over the bread and with your hands toss the bread with the rosemary oil and the sliced chorizo. Place the bread on a tray and bake until golden brown about 15 minutes. Wash and drain the lettuce and place it into a large serving bowl, scatter over the antipasto mix, prosciutto, the salami, halved cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber and with a peeler shave the parmesan scattering this over the top. Top this with the chunky rosemary croutons and the parsley and serve. Substitute Ingredients: Swap the lettuce with cold pasta, cooked rice, quinoa or cous cous add a squeeze of lemon or drizzle of balsamic for another easy salad idea. 26 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / April 2019
Try this: Another great idea for a take anywhere dish is cut the top off a crusty cob loaf and hollow out the centre alternately layering it with a mixture of antipasto ingredients, lettuce or spinach and slices of tomato, shaved parmesan. Leave it to sit in the fridge pressed down for at least 20 minutes, place the lid on and slice to serve. For a delicious tart, lay down a sheet of puff pastry, scatter over the combined antipasto mix and then fold up the edges baking the pastry in a hot 200c oven for 25 minutes until puffed and golden, slice to serve. For a party, make a basic bread dough, rolling it out and scattering it with a mixed assortment of antipasto ingredients, roll it up like a roulade and slice it in the round baking it on the oven for a take on the pinwheel Tips when plating up ingredients for an antipasto platter: Consider having the items in small decorative dishes so that the oils and flavours don’t all mix together Roll a thin slice of prosciutto around a bocconcini ball and fasten it with a tooth pick; drizzle these with olive oil a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of salt Wrap pieces of marinated eggplant around a piece of sundried tomato and a slice of parmesan cheese and a leaf of fresh basil Open up olives remove the seeds and stuff them with whipped fetta, closing them back up and wrapping them with a basil leaf and fasten with a toothpick Chop together deseeded olives, sundried tomatoes and marinated capsicum with a handful of parsley leaves and serve this onto toasted French stick as a bruschetta topping.
Baked fig and rice tart • Short crust pastry to fit a 20-22cm spring form tin • 15 fresh figs, sliced in half • 4 tablespoons Grand Marnier • 4 cups milk • 1 vanilla bean, split • ½ cup Arborio rice, rinsed • Pinch of salt • ¼ cup plus 2 tblsp of sugar • 3 eggs, beaten • 2 tablespoons heavy cream • ¼ cup melted unsalted butter METHOD Preheat oven to 180c. In a small bowl combine the sliced figs and the liqueur and set aside. In a small saucepan combine the milk and vanilla bean and bring to a gentle boil. Add the rice, a pinch of salt, ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons of sugar and cook over low heat for 30-40 minutes stirring until the rice is soft to bite. If the rice gets too dry add in a little more milk until the desired texture is achieved. Basically, you want it to look like risotto. Allow to cool slightly and beat in the eggs, cream and the liqueur from the figs, reserving the fruit. Grease spring form tin well and place the pastry into the tin, it doesn’t need to come all the way up the sides. Pour the rice into the tart case and top with the figs. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden and slightly firm to the touch. Allow to cool before removing from the tin. Slice to serve and add a dollop of cream or natural yoghurt. Sunshine Coast
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TOP TIPS FOR MOVING INTO RETIREMENT LIVING Julie McGregor is well equipped to advise about retirement living, having been a resident at Baldwin Living Northside for the past nine years. The major reason Julie made the move was to downsize. Her three children had left home and she moved from a 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house. She now calls a 1 and a half bedroom unit home. Still independent and working casually, Julie says the location close to shops and transport, as well as secure car parking makes life a lot easier. Another reason was the social aspect. “The sense of community as well as the variety of activities and social events means that you are able, to if you want, make lots of friends,” she said. “But having said that, you can choose to join in or not.” Julie runs the monthly sing-along, plays mah-jong on a Thursday and regularly uses the indoor heated pool. She also enjoys activities such as cards, crafts, exercise classes and social gatherings. Another big feature of village life is security and low maintenance living. The buildings and parking are secure, the 24/7 emergency call button in her apartment is reassuring and there is no gardening or apartment maintenance to
worry about. “The body corporate fees are really manageable, and the peace of mind that everything is looked after for me is fantastic,” she said. Baldwin Living Northside Village Manager Nicole McInnes and her team work hard to create an enjoyable senior living environment for residents. “Our dedication to enhancing independent living for residents is reflected not only in the quality of the facilities themselves, but also in the variety of social, creative and healthy activities offered,” she said. Baldwin Living Northside offers apartment living with all the modern features one would come to expect of ‘resort style living’, and you can enjoy a hassle free lifestyle without the burden of home maintenance. Within the village, there are a blend of one and two-bedroom apartments, each offering a different configuration with quality appliances, modern bathrooms and outdoor entertaining spaces. Baldwin Living Northside is located at 259 Handford Road and is adjacent to 11,000sqm of parkland, with a landscaped waterway, bike and walking paths through to Centro Taigum Shopping Centre. Baldwin Living Northside has properties for sale starting at $230,000 which are open for inspection on Wednesday mornings from 10.00am – Call 1800 911 989 for more information or to arrange an alternate time. For more information visit baldwinliving.com.au.
RESORT LIFESTYLE ALL YEAR ROUND The idea of living a resort lifestyle all year round seems to have caught on for retired Australians. Whether home or away, retirees are seeking that “relaxed holiday feeling”, every day. In fact, the 55+ age group spends more nights away from home caravanning than any other age group, staying a whopping 22.8 million nights away in 2018. Caravans, campervans and RVs have long been a popular way for retirees to see more of Australia and caravan parks around the country have been evolving to offer more resort-style facilities for discerning travellers. Live resort-style every day, whether home or away. At Nature’s Edge Buderim, the RV traveller can have the best of both worlds, living in a new home in a gated community with awesome leisure facilities and being able to store the RV in a secure lock up garage when not travelling. The spacious, architecturally designed RV homes feature extra-large garages, perfect for caravans, motorhomes and RVs, making it easy to pack up and leave 28 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / April 2019
when it’s time to hit the road. With a tranquil rainforest setting, vibrant social scene and an awardwinning $4 million Leisure Centre precinct, Nature’s Edge Buderim offers an affordable lifestyle. Get “a home for me … and one for the RV”. A limited number of RV lifestyle homes are ready to secure now. Call one of our lifestyle advisers on 1800 218 898 or visit www.naturesedgebuderim. com.au
RESIDENTS WALK THE TALK AT LIVING GEMS PACIFIC PARADISE EVERY Friday morning, a group of fit and fabulous women from Living Gems Pacific Paradise meet up to make the most of the beautiful walking tracks in their neighbourhood. Setting their own pace, the women walk 5kms from Living Gems Pacific Paradise to Twin Waters, past the golf course and back, finishing their exercise with breakfast at their local cafe. Resident, Inga Somers, says it’s something she looks forward to every week. “It’s very pretty walking by the canals and past the beautiful homes in our neighbourhood. We all walk at our own pace and it’s definitely not a race – just a great way to exercise in the morning and catch up at the same time,” she said. Mrs Somers, and her husband Charlie, were one of the first residents to move into Living Gems Pacific Paradise in July 2016 - when the resort first opened. They have seen a lot of changes since then and make the most of everything that’s on offer. “As you get older, it is very easy to stay at home and do nothing. Here we are spoilt for choice when it comes to activities and social occasions.” “I bowl, swim, play mah-jong and do pilates every week.” “Every second Friday there are happy hour drinks and a fully catered resident dinner once a month in our awardwinning country club.” “Charlie and I have even started playing pool on a Tuesday afternoon with other residents. “There is so much on offer and
everyone is encouraged to join in, it’s a very inclusive place to live,” she said. Resort sales manager, Victoria Dent, says that with only a handful of 2 and 3 bedroom architecturally designed homes left to purchase, now is the time to come to take a tour of this stunning resort before it’s too late. Living Gems Pacific Paradise is ideally located, surrounded by golf courses, shopping centres, public transport and close to the beach. For more information or to book a tour of Living Gems Pacific Paradise call 1800 860 499 or email victoria@livinggems. com.au. www.livinggems.com.au
PROVING 70 IS THE NEW 50 – A PROFILE OF RETIREMENT VILLAGE LIFE JEAN Baker, a Lendlease village retiree, has a packed social calendar between spending time with friends in and outside of the village, and teaching seniors tap dancing. Before I moved into the community, I already had a lot of wonderful friends here. When my home was being built, I practically came to the village every day to watch the construction, and joined in just about everything that was going on in the clubhouse. Funnily enough, since I moved in, that’s changed – I’m a very active 70-year-old so I’m not often here. I came here for security, for the friendship, the usual things, but I have my own part-time business teaching seniors tap dancing. The thing I love about the village is that you can carry on with your life as normal and it doesn’t restrict your lifestyle. I’ve found as you get older, you value people and friendships a lot more. When you come into a place like a village, you’re never going to be alone. If you want company, you sit outside – if you don’t
you go in and shut the door. Nobody interferes but you always know there’s someone next door or across the road. I don’t worry like I used to worry now I have that added security It’s said that 70 is the new 50 and I have to say I’m loving life and all the freedom and choices I have. Discover Lendlease Retirement Living on the Sunshine Coast. Visit retiresunshinecoast.com.au or call 1800 550 550. Sunshine Coast
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Who Are You? Identity after leaving fulltime work Since the introduction of superannuation, money has been the main focus when it comes to leaving fulltime employment and, writes STEVE MENDL, it’s often to the exclusion of all else.
When leaving employment, relative deprivation can combine with relevance deprivation. When leaving employment, relative deprivation may arise in the perception that another man who has just entered the next stage of their life may be doing better than you, that they have “their s--t in order” so to speak: they have a better car, they have just been on a luxury cruise etc. The danger here is that relative deprivation (comparing your internal experience with others in a similar situation) combined with the concept of relevance deprivation (the fact that the phone has stopped ringing and there are not as many invitations has a big effect on your confidence and sense of identity. When leaving fulltime work, many men lose a sense of their identity. They’ve been able to answer the question, “what do you do?” with certainty for so many years and have normally associated themselves with a certain role. The question becomes harder when you’re no longer working. You suddenly have to think about what you are going to say. For many successful men, there is an addictive quality to having relevance within a group or company. This is inherent to many of the patriarchal aspects of the western society. This institutionalisation starts with schooling and continues right through our lives. Our ego needs to be fed and one of the ways to do this is through the creation of imaginary and illusionary temples and templates that support industry and commerce. However, there is a price to pay when tying your identity to your career – the emotional withdrawal that occurs once the status is removed in the movement out of fulltime work and into the next stage. In a business setting and hierarchy, it is easy to measure your success and relevance. When leaving fulltime work, the status and relevance goes … and with that can come feelings of loss and uncertainty. This is why the mental preparation for the shift out of full-time work needs to come well before the shift itself. It is time to be your own man, to be yourself, not a label you’ve worn in a company or business – never mind how many years you’ve worn it. Be free. Steve Mendl is the author of Beyond the Money and specialises in career to retirement transition.
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here are many different facets when it comes to preparation for retirement. The challenges are numerous – mentally and physically, psychologically and energetically. These areas are rarely focused on. A survey conducted through the Trans America Center of Retirement Studies in the US revealed that 41 per cent of respondents reported moving out of fulltime work as being more stressful than either the transition into marriage or changing previous jobs. Most indicated that they had not been prepared enough for the reality of having another 35-60 hours a week on their hands. A more recent survey of 1000 new retirees (within five years of retirement) conducted by the Centre for Ageing Better in the UK discovered that 20 per cent of people found the transition difficult. This is particularly the case for successful men. Part of this is due to a crisis of identity. For 60,000+ years, the primary role of men has been to provide for the family and/or the extended social community. As society has developed, we have moved away from hunting and gathering to earning money. In his book David and Goliath, Malcom Gladwell looks closely at Samuel Stouffer’s concept of relative deprivation and how it plays out in various environments. Relative deprivation is the idea that by comparing and evaluating yourself against a cohort or people with whom you spend a lot of time, there is the perception that you are not doing as well as others. Relative deprivation is also called the “Big Fish Little Pond Effect”. In the study explored in the book, Stoufler found that there were similar statistics across many universities, regardless of whether they were prestigious or poorer or less selective public institutions. In a nutshell, it’s not how smart you are, it is how smart you feel relative to other people in your various environments that drives your selfperception. Really, it’s how you feel that matters. In a university situation, the smarter you think your peers are, the dumber you feel. The dumber you feel, the more likely you are to drop out. So how does this idea of relative deprivation relate to the journey out of fulltime work?
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BE SURE TO RECEIVE THE FULL AGE PENSION INCREASE Did you notice your age pension payment increased? As I assume readers are waiting for the beginning of each month for the new edition of Your Time, it is likely you were not that impressed with any increase you received. That is because you may not have received the full result of the adjustment yet… If your payment falls between March 20 and April 2 you will only have received a portion of your total increase as the payment period will not have covered a full fortnight. So that you are not too disappointed, the full extent of the March 20
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and for those receiving rent assistance the full payment increased by either $1.20 or $1.40 pf along with increases in the rent assistance thresholds. For Self-funded retirees, there was an increase in the ‘disqualifying’ income and assets limits (before the pension is $0): • Assessable income for a single pensioner must be below $2,024.40 pf (up by $19.80). • Assessable income for a couple (combined) must be below $3,096.40 pf (up by $29.60). • Assessable assets for a single pensioner must be below $567,250 for a home owner and $774,250 for a non-home owner, an increase of $3,250. • Assessable assets for a couple
(combined) must be below $853,000 for a home owner and $1,060,000 for a non-home owner, an increase of $5,000. *note the above single/couples scenarios relate only to the age pension payments, the rates vary for different payments/allowances and family situations (ie illness separated and dependents, Newstart etc). Particularly if you are receiving a ‘part’ age pension, it is always a good idea to check the Income and asset figures held on your records at Centrelink just to ensure that they are a true representation of your situation. Narelle cooper is a director of the Centre for Age Pension Advice (CAPA) Services. Call 1300 043 197
RETIREMENT: IT’S ABOUT MUCH MORE THAN MONEY THERE’S a lot more to think about in preparation for retirement than how far the super is going to go. The real wealth goes far beyond the dollar, says Steve Mendl who last month launched his book Beyond the Money, a practical guide for successful men leaving fulltime work. Steve talked to thousands of 45 to 60 year-olds about life after work, to formulate the framework he presents in his book that addresses why so many men struggle with the transition. His main message is that there is much more to be considered than the money. “This is not a book about finance, because the focus is always on money. Just google it and you will see it all comes up about super and financial planning,” he says. He lists three main reasons for problems in retirement: • Fear, frustration, confusion and stress –natural emotions natural in times of massive change, but difficult to manage. • Lack of purpose and direction, with some men succumbing to post-work depression. • Loss of identity –who are they now they’ve left the working world? “After 40 to 50 years in the workforce, it can be hard to know yourself,” he says.
Steve Mendl at his book launch “You’ve spent all those years going to work to provide for your family and then it just stops. What are you going to do with the extra 40 to 60 hours a week? It can lead to fear, confusion, stress and depression.” Steve says there are more than 12 wealths beyond money and the book addresses seven of them. These include location, relationships, lifestyle and legacy. “Where are you going to live? Do you want to sell up house and move closer to family?” he says. “It’s about time, not money. Don’t fall of the retirement cliff.” Beyond the Money is available now at good bookshops and online. Visit beyondthemoney.com.au Steve will discuss the issues of Beyond the Money in his monthly column in Your Time. See Page 29.
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Tripping up on guilt – free yourself Guilt is a necessary emotion, writes ANDREW HACKETT. It’s our way of helping us correct our path when things get out of hand.
nfortunately, guilt has a nasty habit of hanging around for much longer than it was intended to. It’s all too easy for a guilty person to embrace guilt as though it were a penance in its own right. It’s not. Feeling guilty for doing something wrong is a good thing. It’s healthy, but living in guilt all day, every day? It’s a disaster for you mentally and emotionally and if it goes on for long enough it can even take a physical toll. So here are five tips to help you let go of your guilt: Acknowledge that you did the best you could. Sure, you may have got it wrong but back at the moment of action, you were acting on the information you had to hand in the best way possible. You might have had anger, fear, anxiety or even just plain old distraction to deal with. Once you recognise that you acted in the right spirit even if the consequences were wrong, you can start to forgive yourself. Acknowledge that hindsight is 20-20. I refuse to believe that we deliberately sabotage ourselves, but it can certainly feel like it when we look back on something
and have all the information including the end result to hand. It’s not the way life works. You’re being unfair to judge yourself in this light; again you do what you can when you have to. Let it go. If you have survived an incident when someone else has not, it can help to just stop and think, and truly internalise that you do not carry any blame for somebody’s
death (unless you acted to take their life deliberately). “Survivor’s guilt” is a real and debilitating form of guilt but it’s a misplaced feeling. You hold no guilt whatsoever. The more you repeat that message, the easier it is for your brain to grasp it. Ask if you are attributing a motive to an action that you didn’t have at the time you took action? This sounds complicated but it’s not. Our memory is not real. It’s a carefully constructed story that our brain tells us to give us a sense of coherent self. Much of it is pure fabrication. So, when something goes wrong, it’s perfectly possible for the brain to justify that by deciding we acted in spite or with malice – when we really didn’t. Ask yourself, are you given to acting in mean spirits? If not, let it go. You almost certainly weren’t acting that way at the time either. Recognise that your own standards may be too high. Some of the best people on earth set themselves impossibly high standards, the kind of standards that Mother Theresa or Gandhi might struggle to meet and which we lesser mortals are going to miss constantly.
Perfectionists are especially likely to feel guilty. It’s time to recognise that nobody’s perfect even you. These five tips are really simple. They ought not take more than an hour to work through in your head and they can free you up from guilt almost immediately. When guilt becomes a burden, it’s time to take action to get rid of it – you don’t need it and you don’t deserve it. Visit andrewhackett.com.au
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A pharmacist’s guide to headaches and migraines
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From tension headaches to cluster pains, head pain is one of the most common health problems doctors and healthcare professionals treat, writes MELISSA HUI, and more than six million Australians suffer from headaches and migraines.
any people describe moderate to severe headaches as migraines, however there are specific criteria used to differentiate the two. Tension headaches can be momentarily debilitating to a patient, but they cause little risk. These types of headaches can often be felt on both sides of the head as a pressing or tightening sensation and won’t be made worse by physical activity. On the other hand, migraines are a neurological disorder that is often disabling. Migraines can be defined by a pulsating feeling on one side of the head. The feeling of a migraine can be severely intense when aggravated by physical activity and can lead to waves of nausea. There are more than 30 types of head pain that can be experienced in the form of pulses, throbs, and piercing pains. It is essential to identify what variety you are experiencing to help alleviate the issue appropriately. Cluster headaches are also a common head pain, which causes a considerable amount of pain around one eye, resulting in a drooping eyelid, a watery eye and
nasal congestion. If you are experiencing re-occurring head or facial pain, it’s vital that you see a trusted healthcare practitioner to determine what’s triggering this condition and how it can be alleviated. While there are many factors that can cause a migraine or headache, triggers are not the same for everyone; diet, physical activity, environmental factors, emotions
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This cleverly written book started at a cracking pace. Funny, insightful … I was looking forward to reading this whodunit. Then suddenly, I was shocked out of any further enjoyment of this grisly tale. If it was the author’s intent to profoundly shock the reader, he got me. It was too macabre for my taste. Maybe some other reader may enjoy solving the riddles at the beginning of each chapter.
This crime thriller by a young Canberra author is an interesting and enjoyable read. The story line is very engaging, imaginative and well written. The main protagonist is an orphaned, homeless, puzzle and brilliant contract crime solver for the Houston FBI. He became a cannibal by nutritional necessity and then became addicted to it. His constant necrocannibalism certainly turned me off eating the log of prime beef fillet I had in the fridge. Despite his psychological aberration he is quite a likeable character. A female FBI agent falls in love with him. He also has complex feelings for her and his dilemma is, will he consummate their relationship, devour her, or both? The story moves at a good pace and has an exciting finish. The ending suggests a sequel will follow soon. This book could turn you towards vegetarianism 7/10.
BOOK review JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT From the outset, the storyline of this book is preposterous with the central character a criminal enlisted by an operative in the FBI to help solve kidnapping cases that the FBI apparently cannot solve. Then he is rewarded by his FBI handler with bodies of executed criminals to feed his taste for human flesh. Apart from highly tuned observation skills, Timothy Blake shows the reader nothing special in a rather twisted, perverse and violent plot. Blake cannot trust himself to kiss his cop partner for fear of taking a piece out of her. An unrealistic and repulsive read with a groan-worthy ending.
HANGMAN By Jack Heath
A 14-year-old boy vanishes on his way home from school. His frantic mother receives a terrifying ransom call. It’s only hours before the deadline, and the police have no leads. Enter Timothy Blake, codename Hangman, a genius, known for solving impossible cases. He’s also a psychopath and the FBI’s last resort. The kidnapper is more cunning and ruthless than anyone he’s faced before, and Blake has been assigned a new partner, a woman linked to the past he’s so desperate to forget. Blake has a secret, one so dark he will do anything to keep it hidden. And he also has a price. Every time he saves a life, he takes one…
I have to admit the book is well written and although Timothy Blake is slightly unbelievable (thank goodness) it is a page turner. At times I had to put it down as I felt physically sick. I love a good crime book and this is one, but the likes of which I have never read before. The story is complex and twisted from the very beginning and I have to admit I had no idea who the bad guy was until the very end of the book. Will I read the follow-on book Hunter, due out in March? Not sure my nightmares can take it. Not for the squeamish. 8/10
MARY BARBER This is a fast-paced thriller set in Houston Texas. It’s funny at times, gruesome at others. The main character, Timothy Blake, has a talent for seeing clues other people miss. But he’s a complex man living on the fringes of society. I was reminded of the character Dexter. The writing was tight. (Jack Heath is an Australian writer.) The author uses fresh original descriptions but he doesn’t overdo it. It’s easy to imagine the characters he draws. The story moves along well. This book won’t appeal to everyone but if you like gruesome and bizarre, it’s great entertainment.
Hangman is crime genre with a difference. Rarely have I found a main character so revolting yet likeable, even humorous in a few instances. I found this book strangely compelling despite it being far-fetched, bordering on fantasy and often distasteful (pardon the pun). It is likely readers will be divided in their opinions, with some hanging out for the sequel (based on the opening chapter of Hunter enticing us at the conclusion of Hangman). Personally, I am not interested in reading more about Timothy Blake and his dark modus operandi. Jack Heath is a skillful writer and as a crime story it moved quickly with a few twists and turns, culminating in a challenging conclusion. It is probably movie material – move over Hannibal Lecter!
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Ukebox, who formed at Liverpool’s Hope University in 2012 and now pack out audiences around the world, will join the lineup. ARTISTS from the UK, USA and all around Australia will be performing and teaching their own styles at the 6th annual Sunshine Coast Ukulele Festival. The ukulele is now the most popular instrument to play world-wide. The festival’s special event this year
DISCOVER THE WORLD’S VENERABLE VENUES The next Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society presentation will be Phillip Bailey’s “Venerable Venues”. For more than 20 years, he was personal assistant to the acclaimed violinist Yehudi Menuhin. This lecture looks at iconic venues such as London’s Royal Albert Hall, Vienna’s Musikverein, L’Opera in Paris and the award-winning Menuhin Hall in Surrey. Bailey examines what makes for a “good” acoustic and the compromise between architectural and acoustical
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The First Lady of British Music Petula Clark returns to The Events Centre, Caloundra on Sunday April 28 at 2pm. The legendary film and theatre music star and two-time Grammy Award winner will present a concert of sheer enjoyment for her audiences entitled Once More With Love. All of her timeless hits will be featured. Having sold nearly 70 million records over 69 years, Petula Clark continues to
The Jazz and Blues Collective’s next monthly Sunday Jazz N Blues session for the 55+ music lovers, will feature a musical partnership between Norwegian vocalist Vibeke Voller and Israeli Jazz pianist Dan Papiranj. Vibeke’s smooth and dynamic voice combines superbly with Dan’s inspired and imaginative piano playing to delight the audience as they bring a unique warmth and welcoming stage presence.
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The Downton Abbey team of writer Julian Fellowes, director Michael Engler and actor Elizabeth McGovern come together in the film adaptation of Laura Moriarty’s novel The Chaperone. Norma, played by Elizabeth McGovern, finds her life is changed forever when she chaperones a soon to be famous dancer to New York. Set in the tumultuous early 1920s, one of them is eager to fulfil her destiny and the other hopes to unearth the mysteries of her past. The Chaperone is in cinemas from April 25.
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s this the famous Lake Palace of India?” asks Jenny from Australia, as we wait for our boat transfer. It’s not unusual for first time visitors to confuse it with the much-hyped Lake Palace in Udaipur in Rajasthan, as both were built by maharajas to beat the summer heat. I have seen images of the other one, but now I stand before this glistening white royal residence on red-brick foundations and crowned with several Mughal-styled domes. It is eye-catching in its beauty. Its reflection on the greyish lake water sprinkled with pink waterlilies amid green foliage creates a scene so magical that I, like other onlookers, try to lock in my camera.
This 20th century built regal abode, about 50kms from the capital Agartala, is a highlight of tiny Tripura, one of India’s 29 states tucked away in the north-east frontier of the nation. At first sight, Tripura appears different from the rest of India with the typical crowd, chaos and cacophony missing. It’s predominantly a hilly, landlocked region decorated with lush valleys, rivers and streams, spreading lakes and pristine forests. Calmness and tranquillity – a rare commodity in vibrant India – can still be sensed there. Often referred to as the Daughter of Mother Nature, the grace and grandeur of Tripura’s green landscape is heightened by its rich human resource reflected in
“Often referred to as the Daughter of Mother Nature, the grace and grandeur of Tripura’s green landscape is heightened by its rich human resource” Manikya dynasty which ruled for almost 500 years until joining the independent Indian Union in 1949. Their leftovers are always ranked at the top of any visitor’s itinerary. As well as the Neermahal Palace, the other site of great significance is the Ujjayanta Palace in the heart of Agartala city. Inside a manicured Mughal-style garden on the banks of a small lake, the palace has a similar look to the famous Victoria Memorial in Kolkata, particularly with its white fascia and neoclassical design, which was
widespread during the early 20th century. Martin & Burn, a reputable Indo British company of the time, built this palace which, curiously, remains largely unnoticed by the architecture buffs in India and abroad. It’s most likely lack of promotion, as today this palace, which once housed the royal family, is home to their belongings. It’s the State Museum displaying memorabilia proclaiming past glory Religious tourism is big in Tripura, the region being a treasure trove of the Hindu and Buddhist faiths. Archaeological ruins around Unakoti, Pilak and Devtamura, 170km from the capital, display gigantic rock-cut carvings and stone images of Shiva, Vishnu and continued page 40>
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other Hindu gods and Buddhist creeds. Experts believe them to be more than 1000 years old. There are many Hindu temples throughout the state, the most significant being Tripura Sundari, a version of Goddess Kali. It’s located in Udaipur, 56km from Agartala where, as per Hindu mythology, one of the 51 body pieces of Mata Sati fell, thus becoming a “pith” or a revered holy site. No visit to Tripura is complete without paying a tribute at this pious junction. Similarly, it will be a big miss if anyone leaves Tripura without seeing the spectacled monkeys, a rare and endangered species. Tripura and parts of the northeast are their stronghold. Luck permitting, they can be spotted in the wild. Otherwise Sepahijala Wild Life Sanctuary, 28km from the capital, is the place to meet them. This 18sq km forest is a zoo where the star attraction is these rare langurs with white circles around their eyes. Tripura is very close to Bangladesh, sharing more than 850km of land boundary. A border post is only a few kilometres from Agartala. A military showbiz around sunset has become Tripura’s newest tourist drawcard. This pageant is similar to the famous “Beating the Retreat” ceremony at the
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Jock’s Road revisited – a day in the highlands This drover’s track has stood the test of time and comes down to us as a valuable right of way, writes RUSSELL HUNTER.
It wasn’t always so but today’s Jock’s Road is clearly signposted
aving travelled his road through Scotland’s Grampians as man and boy I, and no doubt many others, perpetually wondered who on earth Jock was. Now with the advent of the internet and Professor Google, I’m informed he was none other than Jock Winter, a local shepherd who in 1887 along with the Scottish Rights of Way Society, successfully challenged the landowner and established Jock’s Road as a Right of Way. Old Mr Winter did us all a favour for Jock’s Road survives to this day as a walking (several have tried cycling) track that follows his droving route from Braemar to the market in Glen Clova.
The route took him through part of Glen Doll, past the Capel Mounth and on to Glen Clova which has an inn and a car park that offers a suitable point of departure to do the walk to Glen Doll following part of the route old Jock would have taken on his return journey, weighed down one hopes by the proceeds of his sale if not by the resultant full stomach (and bladder). So we’re heading for the Capel Mounth and thence to the high plateau of Dreish and later down into Glen Doll with views of dark Lochnagar brooding in the distance. Our plan was to be dropped at the Glen Clova car park from where the path up and over Capel Mounth begins, passing the Capel’s “sma” and “meikle”
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ROAD RULES SURE TO CONFUSE TRAVELLERS It’s hard enough trying to remember all the laws of your own country, let alone memorising those from overseas. When you’re next in any of these countries, make a note of these driving laws which could catch you out. 1. DON’T STOP FOR PEDESTRIANS – CHINA Kicking it off with a doozy, this Chinese law actively encourages you to continue forwards, even if you see a pedestrian coming. In places like the US, there’s still an
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