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Contents cover story, she said it had become quite obvious to her that Facebook, more than other form of social media, was a bit concerned about losing its younger membership and pondering what changes to make to keep them. “I plan to get back to their media people and tell them what a big mistake this would be. The young are fickle and follow trends while we are more steady and faithful. As this demographic is embracing Facebook in waves I think it’s much more important to keep us happy,” she says. “After all, while the old (alas) don’ get young, the young inevitably get old. So, today’s Snapchat users will become tomorrow’s Facebook users because it offers so much more. Mind you, by then there will probably be something completely different to keep us all amused!” While social media platforms open up a world of communication we never could have imagined even a decade ago, they can never take away the pleasure of flicking through pages of a good old-fashioned magazine that doesn’t need an internet connection. Happy reading. Dorothy Whittington, Editor

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Face up to social media revolution Love it or hate it, Facebook is the new meeting place with on-line clubs, discussion forums and opportunities to find old friends. And, writes JULIE LAKE, it also has been found to improve cognitive ability through stimulating dormant memory.

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n Facebook there is a video clip doing the rounds in which an overly-entitled millennial girl is being interviewed for a job. To show her competence with technology she lists her several favourite social media sites but bursts into incredulous laughter when asked if she uses Facebook. “That’s, like, for OLD PEOPLE,� she replies. “Like, my PARENTS!� Or even her grandparents. Because while younger media socialites are turning to Snapchat and Instagram, those over 55 have become the fastest-growing Facebook user demographic – a phenomenon which was not envisaged when Facebook was launched in 2004, targeting tech-savvy teens and 20-somethings. In fact, Baby Boomers, many of whom

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learned to engage with computers in early middle age, have embraced all social media with enthusiasm – but Facebook remains the firm favourite, despite privacy scares and recent scandal. Research shows this is due to three main factors: ease of use, the need for social engagement and – above all – nostalgia. Facebook remains the best platform through which to reconnect to the past, not only by having your own page and inviting friends and family to join it but by joining sub-groups such as your old school and your old home town. Judith Younghusband comes originally from Aylesbury in England and was thrilled when she discovered a Facebook site called Aylesbury Remembered.

This was started by a man with an impressive photo archive of the town in bygone days – now other residents and former residents contribute pictures from their family albums. Judith admits to being resistant to the very idea of Facebook until she “friended� the Aylesbury Remembered site. “I’m a very private person�, she says, “And was afraid of giving away personal information or being hacked. Now I have my own page and enjoy communicating with my family and friends, many of whom live so far away I rarely see them�. Through the Aylesbury site, Judith connected with a couple of primary school friends and also made new friends. This year, for the first time in 40 years, she visited her birthplace especially to meet those friends face-to-face and, encouraged by her social media venture, she has now joined WhatsApp and Linked In. Judith’s story is a common one for older Facebook users. The Kenya Friends Reunited Facebook page was started by a couple of people eight years ago; they still moderate the sub-group which now has about 8000 members around the world, several hundred of them in Australia. It began purely as a nostalgia site friended by those who left Kenya after Independence in 1963 and who wanted to enjoy sharing photos and memories of the country from which they felt exiled. “Back then it was just the ageing children of the old European memsaabs and bwanas,� says one of the Australian members. “But since then, many exKenyans of Indian origin have also joined and it’s been interesting to see colonial Kenya through their eyes – and realise

they loved it just as much as we did!�. It is exactly this global nature of social media that lies at the heart of its success. People feel directly and intimately connected not only to each other but to the larger world of common interest in a way that has not been possible before. This is enhanced by associated direct communication platforms such as Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp which make it easy to exchange quick “notes� in real time – a more embracing service across all devices than phoning or texting. IT manager and recreational musician Alan Hyde sums it up for most regular Facebook users when he says the main benefit to him has been keeping in touch with relatives in far-off countries and keeping up with favourite bands. “It’s also great for organising my own band,� Alan says. “I use my page to book rehearsals, upload videos with songs to learn and keep a calendar�. Alan also founded a family sub-group which shares genealogical research as well as member-orientated news. And he is involved with a Scout group that uses its Facebook page to publish photos, upload documents and generally keep the parents informed. And then there is Jimmy Cruickshank, at 81 one of the older people surveyed for this article. Jimmy suffers from cancer and other health problems and is mostly housebound. For him, Facebook has proved a blessing. “It’s my window on the world,� he says. “Until my son introduced me to it I didn’t even have a computer or use email. Hated all that techno stuff! Now I do it all. I don’t really understand Twitter and

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COVER STORY Linked In seems to be for professional people but Facebook has brought me in touch with old friends, even a former girlfriend! I’ve been posting some of my old photos and people love them!” Jimmy’s reminiscences grew too long for Facebook posts but proved so popular that he was persuaded to start a blog – and now he’s putting them into a book. “It’s given me a new lease of life,” he says. Griffith University sociotechnical studies senior lecturer David Tuffley says social media participation has been shown to improve cognitive ability, mainly through stimulating dormant memory. He has heard of aged care facilities getting people online and giving them basic computer skills especially so they can join Facebook and keep up with their extended families. Dr Tuffley describes it as a benign platform that allows people to connect with the world because it is attuned to our understanding of human evolutionary psychology. “As a species we love to establish social relationships,” he says, and believes that social media enhances rather than suppresses that evolutionary hard-wiring to engage in deeply instinctual social behaviour Social media and Facebook especially, has its detractors. People fear invasion of their privacy, or being attacked by hackers and scammers or the on-selling of personal information for marketing purposes, as highlighted by the recent data harvesting scandal involving Facebook and Cambridge University. Others blame social media for fostering illiteracy or making us socially dysfunctional. “That’s what I used to think,” says Judith Younghusband. “But now I realise it’s often the socially dysfunctional who don’t engage with social media because

The author as a young ballet dancer. She had no pictures of her ballet days until two turned up on Facebook. “Imagine the thrill,” she says. “Now I can show them to my kids and grandkids and friends. Spot the young ballerina!” they have no friends! I find it has actually extended my social interaction with others, making it possible to remain connected with many people in a way writing letters and phoning never did. “It’s the ability for several people in a group to respond and comment and even share a joke that makes it all so much fun; like having pen pals or being at a permanent party even though the guests are far apart!” Dr Tuffley agrees, pointing out that the social media companies want long-term relationships with their customers so it’s not in their interest to offend us. He understands the irritation with targeted advertising but points out that we are given a powerful – and free – tool by the providers of digital services and all they ask in return is that we see a few advertisements. “Surely if those ads are targeted to our specific interests it’s better than the

scattergun approach and can even prove of interest to us,” he says. Many of the concerns expressed about social media apply to young people rather than their grandparents. The image of the teenage smartphone texter, eyes forever on the screen, fingers flying, apparently disengaged from the “real” world has become iconic. Yet oldies do it differently. We still tend to communicate in full sentences and spell correctly. We don’t clutter up our Facebook page with “friends” to show how popular we are but rather limit our friendships to those we actually know, and are careful to guard our privacy by not revealing unnecessary information. Unlike our grandchildren who live in the Snapchat moment because they have no past worth remembering, we prefer a platform such as Facebook where our long, rich personal histories can be

shared and our memories stimulated. More than that, older users are increasingly seeing social media as a way of extending working life and opening up new earning opportunities thanks to the easy, inexpensive, from-home marketing and promotion opportunities offered by Facebook, Twitter, Linked In and others. According to Social Media Statistics Australia, we are some of the most prolific social media users in the world with Facebook alone boasting 15 million monthly active users. Of these, about 2.8 million are over 55 and that figure is rising. This provides social media developers with plenty of creative – and lucrative - opportunities to enhance our lives in the future. Dr Tuffley says one of the ideas that might be of particular interest to seniors is the “digital companion” – an assistance program being developed by several companies, including Facebook, to help us manage our lives more easily and efficiently. The artificially intelligent companion will function rather like a community care worker only more comprehensively and will be programmed to respond to our mood, body language and tone of voice, so it can interact with us appropriately and effectively. Hollywood actors are being hired to give warmth and humanity to the AI voice. He quotes American journalist Kevin Kelly who told a TED (the non-profit Technology, Entertainment and Design organisation) audience that the challenge for today’s technologists is to come up with a technology of self-expression that hasn’t yet been invented for children being born today. Those reading this article might not be around to see it, but we can at least embrace – albeit with due caution – those digital platforms that give us a wider social experience than was available to our parents.

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Letters The warning “those who have not learned from history are doomed to repeat it” is apt when applied to the writings of George Bernard Shaw a century ago and commented on sensibly by David Parmiter (YT May). So we find ourselves locked into an unsustainable system, painted into a corner, with no escape from our overindulgent environmentally destructive lifestyle and lacking visionary leaders who will question the status quo. We should all adopt a more gentle approach to life and resist destructive progress. John Armstrong Your correspondent Irene Keton (Letters, June) certainly covers much terrain with her letter. Might I add a few thoughts on the subjects she has raised. Our bodies can be likened to an infinitely complex machine compared with a motor car. Just as a motor car needs the proper

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Have your say. Send letters to Editor, Your Time Magazine, PO Box 6362, Maroochydore BC 4558 or email editor@yourtimemagazine.com.au fuel to run efficiently, the same with our bodies. But, being so much more complex, our bodies can actually function for years fuelled with less than optimal nutrition, and once we change to a high nutrient diet, many of the illnesses acquired from our inadequate diet actually disappear, as your correspondent proved. Just as a motor car doesn’t just appear from nothing but requires many skilful and intelligent humans to construct it, we would certainly expect our infinitely complex bodies to be constructed by an infinitely intelligent creator who would also give us instructions on how to obtain maximum performance from our “machines”. In the book of Genesis in the Bible, we find these words written approximately 4500 years ago: “ I have given you every herb that yields seed ... and every tree whose fruit yields seed, to you it shall be for food”. So our optimum diet is to be fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts. For your correspondent to have experienced a medical “miracle” by doing nothing more than changing to her creator’s diet, and then in the next breath saying she wants the option of choosing

how and when she would like to die, is a sad case of wilful ignorance. The Bible has much to say about this topic, and I encourage, nay implore, her to get to know her creator, who alone has the power over life and death, before she contemplates such a drastic course of action. Vic Trudeau I am an immigrant who has been living in Australia since the early ’50s. Post-war immigrants came to build this nation. My father had the skills and qualifications required and worked in Australia for 12 months, before we three young children followed with our mother, to escape the devastation of Europe. Thus began our lives in this great land. There was no welfare for immigrants, nor any public housing. No bonuses for us. Both my parents spoke and wrote English and many other languages, before they arrived. My father worked hard to provide for his family. We were all educated and later worked to contribute to the tax system, becoming naturalised citizens of our

nation with pride, assimilating smoothly, without rebellion or contradiction to the Australian way of life. We were assimilated into the Australian way of life. The sense of entitlement of third millennium immigrants, many coming without English and reliant on our welfare system and public housing, has put a huge dent in our national budgets. Australians waiting for assistance for housing and Centrelink are placed further back, so unskilled newcomers from developing nations can find a place and income from taxpayer-funded welfare, ahead of the list. Understandably, many are refugees escaping persecution, depending on the goodwill of foreign governments. They are helped to find their feet in time and find work commensurate with their particular skills. But for those who come expectantly, depending on public funds and jump the queue, not willing to leave the comfort of the big cities, there needs to be some conditions of resettlement in lesspopulated regional Australia, assimilating into our culture, learning to contribute. E.Rowe

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Bert hits a century Family, music and church are the foundations of life for Bertram Davies and, he tells KEN O’FLAHERTY, helped him reach the grand old age of 100.

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ith a century under his belt and a telegram from the Queen to prove it, Bert has been witness to the great events of the 20th century. His grandfather, John, emigrated to Australia from Wales and settled in Gympie where Bert was born on June 7, 1918. He went to school in Gympie and, like most boys, enjoyed playing cricket and tennis. Each Sunday though, was committed to church and he attended morning and evening services. Bert and his brothers, Colin and Stanley, were tutored by their mother for Church assembly exams each year. Occasional holidays to Hervey Bay were something to look forward to, travelling by horse-drawn cab to the station and then taking the train from Gympie to change at Theebine. “On arrival at Torquay, we would hump our baggage a mile or so to Mrs Horne’s boarding house on the Esplanade,” he says. “With only candles in the bedrooms and carbide lights in the communal dining room, it was a long way from the seaside resorts we know today.” Bert’s family was blessed with many talents, in particular music. In true Welsh tradition, both his father and grandfather

Bert and his children John, Bronwyn and Rhys; and (above) with Daphne. conducted local and church choirs. His grandfather had conducted Welsh choirs and with Dr Luther Morris, he introduced the Eisteddfod to Queensland. “There were many Thursday nights my brothers and I would fall asleep under the dining table listening to the family singing around the piano,” Bert recalls. During the Great Depression, his father was fortunate to have a steady job in the PMG but even so, there was no fancy clothing and a school lunch of bread and dripping was not uncommon. In February 1935, Bert accepted a job with the bank of New South Wales (now

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Stating the bleeding obvious Television and radio reporters really have to go back to school and learn how to research, write and deliver a piece to camera on air, writes DAVID PARMITER.

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was watching the Queen’s diamond jubilee river procession this morning. The DVD, of course, not the actual event. That all happened six years ago, and most of us probably were not all that interested – then or now. Well, I was, because I was brought up on the River Thames, and my father was the River Marshall for the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill in January, 1965. In other words, he organised the river procession and it was the pinnacle of his naval career. What appalled me about the 2012 jubilee procession was the BBC’s commentary. The commentator was unprepared, inarticulate and often just plain wrong. Why had he not been properly produced? Maybe I am a bit harsh because I was a radio and television producer for 40 years. The commentator for Churchill’s funeral in January, 1965 was Richard Dimbleby, well-known as the presenter of

Decorated boats on the Thames at Tower Bridge for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee procession. Celebrations in 2012. the BBC’s Panorama, the equivalent of the ABC’s Four Corners. He was the consummate professional. He never fluffed on air. Always word perfect. Richard and my father got to know each other well before and during the Churchill funeral. “The secret,” he said, “is to do your research and preparation very well. Then you do not need a

script; you rely on your palm cards so that you do not get anything wrong.” He never did. The Queen’s Jubilee River Procession in June, 2012, was a disaster. Not the pictures, which were lovely; but the director forgot about screen continuity and kept cutting between shots up and down the river, so the Houses of Parliament kept

jumping from left to right, and we didn’t know where we were. The commentator, however, was hopeless: “Here we see, of course, the iconic Tower Bridge.” Why say “of course” umpteen times during this spiel. Either we know or we don’t know. In either case, don’t be so patronising. Tower Bridge is not iconic. An icon is a religious image of Christ or one of the saints. The bridge, which was built only in the 1880s, is hardly an icon – or even iconic! It was built at the behest of that German, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Hardly a British icon. The commentator then went on to say: “... and there’s Princess Eugenie and next to her, of course, her father”. What a fatuous remark. Tell us which sparkly coat is she in, and who the hell is her father? Try again: “There, in the yellow coat, is Princess Eugenie, the eldest daughter of Prince Andrew, who is standing to her right.” The same applies to our

reporters today. They need to go back to school, and learn how to research, write and deliver a piece to camera. Many of them cannot. When the studio does “a throw” to whomever in wherever, the report should not begin with: “Yeah, that’s right, Nat. So, yeah ... as you say, the event happened here on Thingy Street, and I’ll have more for you as it comes to hand.” Studio: “Thanks, Sandi, and we’ll come back to you soon.” For what? Bad journalism and hopeless studio production. If radio and television people cannot watch their language, we must come back to the schools. Every child should research a topic, write a script and present it to the class. Or get involved in the school plays. Every year. Every parent and teacher should give children the chance and encouragement for public speaking. Only then will they develop the skills and confidence to speak up for themselves. And watch their language.

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It’s enough to make you lose a night’s sleep There are a lot of bedding stores out there with a baffling range of choices beyond kapok, rubber and horsehair, as KATE CALLAHAN discovers.

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winner, I sharpened my focus and continued reading – and then I saw them, words unexpected and game-changing: “the amazing properties of moisture-wicking horsehair…” Perhaps they were kidding or maybe just horsing around. Horsehair? Since when did something so old-fashioned become trendy again? In my post-war childhood, when dinner was called tea and morning tea was called smoko, our home was sparsely furnished with a hotchpotch of hand-me-downs. Even the mattresses on our beds were pre-owned, though it’s not a thought one likes to dwell on now, even if it did us no harm. The mattress on my bed was a thin, lumpy affair, covered in striped cotton ticking and studded with leather buttons to keep the copra filling in place. The mattress on the day-bed in the sleep-out was filled with kapok, a cotton fibre. It was musty and dank and no wonder. Cotton not only absorbs sweat

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and moisture from the air, but it’s also a haven for dust mites. My eldest brother slept in enviable luxury on a rubber mattress that was a hand-medown from an aunt. It was corrugated underneath so was exempt from Mum’s monthly “turn the mattress over” routine. These old rubber mattresses were made from the sap of the rubber tree (not petroleum) and were comfortable and durable. By the time I came along, Mum and Dad had a relatively new innerspring mattress. Unfortunately, its functional life

was cut decades short in 1960 when we moved from the station property outside Hughenden to the dairy farm on the Sunshine Coast. The mattress had been folded in three and tied with rope for ease of transportation. The innersprings may have survived this maltreatment, had it not been for the fate that awaited. The departing farmer’s wife, a large woman, decided that the rolled-up mattress would make a comfortable resting place while she had smoko. The innersprings never

recovered. So, while there was an eclectic mix of mattresses in my childhood home, there was not a strand of horsehair in sight – but you didn’t have to venture too far to find it. Beyond the station’s main house stood a corrugated iron building for the stockmen or “ringers”. Furniture was sparse – an old table, some chairs and a few shearer’s stretchers, each topped with a skinny horsehair mattress, no more than three inches deep. These mattresses were nothing more than canvas bags filled with horsehair of questionable origin. (Let’s just say I couldn’t see that any manes or tails had been clipped). I am a carnivore. I have leather shoes and handbags. I had a black and white cowhide rug in the 1970s and sheepskin seat covers in the 1980s, but I draw the line at a horsehair mattress, even if it’s called “The Grand Bliss” and is prohibitively expensive. It’s enough to keep one awake at night.

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THE popular Grey Medallion training – a free two-day event for Seniors that covers essential lifesaving skills – is back, and to cater for demand, there will be two courses this year. Ithaca Caloundra City Life Saving Club will conduct the first on the weekend of July 28-29 and the second on August 18-19 at BreakFree Resort in Caloundra as part of Seniors Week. “Many people ask if the Grey Medallion is like a Bronze Medallion. It’s a lifesaving award specially designed for the over 55s by the Royal Life Saving Society, but it’s definitely not a swimming award and you don’t have to be able to swim or physically fit to do it,” facilitator Patricia Barry said. “The program helps people to learn essential lifesaving and emergency care skills that could one day save a family member, friend or even your own life.” The two-day event focuses on how to deal with emergency situations on land and near water, CPR, how to use a defibrillator, basic first aid, how to deal with marine stings, and water wise and pool safety skills, as well as on keeping safe in the

water and “dry” rescues. Many grandparents also care for grandchildren after school and during the holidays, and many have pools or access to creeks, dams or the sea, so the course also looks at these aspects. “We teach dry rescue skills, where people don’t need to get into the water if they choose. And our life-size electronic manikins are always a great hit for people to practice,” Patricia said. The courses are run by qualified Grey Medallion trainers, first aid trainers and lifesavers. Funding from COTA and the Queensland Government and sponsorship from BreakFree Resort enables Ithaca Caloundra City Life Saving Club to run the two-day Grey Medallion course for free. “We’ve run the Grey Medallion for 10 years now,” Patricia said. “It has become very popular and places fill up quickly.” Participants need to enrol in advance. To find out more call Patricia on 0402 454 644, email secretary@caloundracity. org.au or visit caloundracity. org.au to enrol online.

THE THREE VOLUNTEERS EACH week, three men get together to give back to their community – and have some fun along the way. Peter Mason, Col Millers and Dennis Heavey (pictured) are part of a team of volunteers busy beautifying the gardens at Katie Rose Cottage, hospice for the terminally ill, in the Noosa hinterland. Peter’s background is in mining, driving trucks and earthmoving equipment. “We retired two years ago and were looking for a charitable course in our community to support,” he says. “My wife Toni is completing a course in palliative care so that she can also volunteer her services in care for the guests.” Both Col and Dennis worked together for 27 years with Queensland Railways, Col as a manager and Dennis as a welder and truck driver. All three agree that giving back to the community is not only satisfying and rewarding, but a lot of fun. Volunteering Sunshine Coast has more than 140 non-for-profit member organisations seeking volunteers for a variety of positions around the Coast. Call 5443 8256

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THE Sunshine Coast Doll Bear Craft and Miniature Club’s annual show is coming up on July 21. On display and for sale will be bears, porcelain and cloth dolls, reborn dolls, crafts, sewing and miniatures. There will also be trade tables, displays and raffles, refreshments and light lunches. It will be held at the Buderim War Memorial Hall, 9am-3pm. Entry $5. Call Sue 5451 1106 or Kathy 5491 8542. THE next monthly meeting of the Buderim Garden Club will be held at Buderim War Memorial Hall on July 13 at 2pm. Guest speaker will be Buderim horticulturist Jason Brooksby from Elemental Gardens, who will talk about moving plants from other regions to our sub-tropical climate, garden renovation and maintenance and how to maintain a garden and enjoy travelling. There will be the monthly flower competition and Manawee plant of the month as well as plant stalls, raffle and seed bank. Visitors are welcome. Call John 0448 714 561. THE next Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society presentation will be by

David Rosier who will look at how Qianlong guided China through a period of unquestionable political, economic and cultural prosperity. David, who has over 25 years’ experience living and working in East Asia, will discuss how Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795) was the ultimate Renaissance ruler and fine art collector: It will be at the Drama Theatre Matthew Flinders College, Stringybark Rd, Buderim on July 23, at 6.30pm. For bookings call Janine on 5452 6643. Visitors cost $25. ADFAS is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to enable members and guests to learn more about the arts in a friendly, welcoming environment. STORY Dogs, a literacy program for year 2 students, is looking for volunteers to visit Burnside, Nambour, Bli Bli or Yandina state schools. If you have a friendly, calm dog and 1.5 hours a week to spare to assist students at one of these schools with their reading. Contact Petra 0419 137 716 or visit storydogs.org.au. AGLOW Sunshine Coast will meet on July 13, from 9.30am at Flame Tree Baptist Church hall, 27 Coes Creek Rd, Burnside, for worship and an inspirational message. Entry of $8 includes morning tea. Women and men welcome. Aglow is a world-wide non-denominational Christian organisation in 172nations. Call Melva 5443 5752 or Dorothy 5476 4190.

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HISTORY

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arly mail deliveries on the Sunshine Coast were by Cobb & Co, or by different combinations of a packhorse, horse and buggy, boat service and by 1891, rail link. By 1910, the first motorised service was in use. Whatever the method, the slogan was rain, hail or shine, “the mail must get through”. This year marks 150 years since the first post office, the Yandina Post Office, was established on the Sunshine Coast. With the discovery of gold at Gympie in 1867 and thousands of miners flocking to the diggings, there was a need for a fast mail service and a regular delivery of goods between Gympie and Brisbane. Gympie quickly established a post office and a telegraph office. Two men, James Low and William Grigor advertised that they could transport mail, miners and goods by the shortest, best and cheapest route from Gympie to Brisbane. The journey was praised for

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the remarkable speed in which the mail was delivered. The Brisbane Courier, May 23, 1868, reported that they took 29 hours to reach Brisbane. Passengers and mail needed to leave Gympie at 8am on a Tuesday by horse dray and arrive at the Maroochy River at sundown, travel by boat to the mouth by 10pm, walk to the Mooloolah River, and depart aboard the Paddle steamer Gneering, at 1.15am to arrive in Brisbane at about midday on Wednesday. The journey was rigorous and so their enterprise lasted only a few months. In 1868, believing that a post office would be necessary, James Low established the Sunshine Coast’s first post office on the Maroochy River, opposite Dunethin Rock and on the edge of Yandina Cattle run, thus the name, Yandina Post Office. A few months later that same year he relocated the post office to the government road at South Maroochy Crossing, later the

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Some of us can still recall a time when all letters and accounts were handwritten and the mail delivery was vital for communication, writes AUDIENNE BLYTH.

Edmund Biggs established one of the first motorised mail services in Queensland from Nambour to Mapleton in 1910. Motorised services began a new era in postal services. The vehicle was only the second in the district. town of Yandina. Cobb & Co delivered the mail as they held the mail contract for the Brisbane to Gympie run from 1868 to 1879. At that time, postage on an ordinary letter was two pence and a post master was paid £12 (pounds) a year. This was a worthwhile amount when wages were five shillings a day. Cobb & Co kept a tight schedule and could be fined if

the mail was late. Flooded streams delayed the service and many tales were told of coaches waiting beside a stream until the flood passed. The coaches could be lit with candles for night travel and coachmen carried axes and scythes to cut away trees from bush tracks. Importantly, medicinal rum and gin were carried for the hardships of the road.

When Cobb & Co ended their run in 1879, mail was delivered by packhorse or horse and buggy. However, the stops made by Cobb & Co on their Brisbane to Gympie run such as Glasshouse (William Grigor’s Bankfoot), Eudlo, Palmwoods, Woombye, Petrie’s Creek (Nambour), later saw receiving offices and post offices established as the population grew. Postal services were opened in 1875 at Buderim, in 1878 at Woombye, and in 1885 at Rosemount. In 1888, a receiving office was opened at Petrie’s Creek,later Nambour. The rail link between Brisbane and Gympie opened in 1891 and some postal services relocated to railway stations. The idea of mail being delivered instantly to smartphones belonged to science fiction. Audienne Blyth is a member of the Nambour Historical Museum, open afternoons, Wednesday to Saturday 1pm-4pm . All welcome.

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READERS STORY

I never even tasted it My father was very conscious of history and whenever some significant event was happening he made my brother and me sit quietly on the floor in front of the radio and listen to an announcement, writes DIANE AMOS.

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n 1936, when I was only four and my brother seven, it was the death of King George V and later on the abdication of King Edward VIII. In 1939, it was the declaration of way with Germany. I was seven and my father said very seriously, “Now, take notice, you are hearing history being made.” Australian men rushed off to the nearest recruiting office to join up, including my father, mainly because it gave them a pay packet after the long dreary years of the Depression. My father knew the horror, the pain, the discomfort and futility of war, having been in the trenches of France as a 20-year-old in World War I. He had been hit by a shell, suffering shocking head injuries which wrecked the left side of his face. He was tied to a horse drawn gun carriage and carted over fields full of huge bomb craters to the nearest field hospital. Eventually he was repatriated back to England to a hospital and experienced experimental plastic surgery by an Australian surgeon, who was later knighted for his work. Because my father had only one eye he was given a clerical job in the Army Pay Office – they called themselves the

“Cut Lunch Commandoes”. He had been a dentist in civilian life, but had found it a great strain with only one eye, so happily accepted a clerical position. I was waiting at the end of Melrose Lane every night for him as he got off the tram. I adored him and leaned on his strength and wisdom all of my life. As a young school child in Brisbane in World War II, every moment outside school hours was occupied with the “war effort”. Every humble contribution, even from the smallest child, was appreciated. Going to a special matinee at the local picture theatre was free admission if we handed in a piece of aluminium, such as an old saucepan, for them to recycle to build fighter planes. Lipsticks were sold only as refills wrapped in greaseproof paper, as the machines that made lipstick cases were converted for bullets. After the Japanese came into the war in 1941, Brisbane was declared a front line. We were all issued with identification tags which we had to wear around our necks at all times. We were ordered to cover all our windows with tarred paper plus curtains, so no chink of light showed at night. Brisbane turned off all its street lights,

neon signs, shop lights and went into total blackout. The few cars on the road had to black out their headlights and were allowed only a tiny strip across the middle to show the way. School hours were staggered with siblings rostered on for different times, so that a whole family was not wiped out if a school was bombed by the Japs. I spent my mornings with my mother at the local School of Arts Hall making papier mache kidney bowls using strips of newspaper and paste. When they were dry we painted them with a waterproof varnish. They were sent to the frontline hospitals. My nights were spent knitting squares, which was my task as a junior member of the Red Cross. These were stitched together to form rugs and the Red Cross sent them in comfort parcels to POWs in Germany. My mother knitted more complicated woollen socks on four needles for the POWs. I loved the long summer school holidays and being home when all the various delivery men arrived in their horse drawn carts. The ice man brought the ice for our ice chest, then the baker, milkman and butcher brought our daily

supplies. I got a chance to pat a horse and if any horse dropped a pile of manure by our gate, that was a bonus for my brother and me to collect for our wartime vegetable patch. One day a man came by selling pineapples from the Sunshine Coast and my mother had us rush out to stop him, so we could buy some. I adored fruit and my mouth was watering at the thought of those luscious juicy pineapples. Suddenly, my mother heart the sound of marching feet in the distance. It was quite common for Army recruits to be led on long route marches with full packs and heavy .303 rifles from their camps on the old Greyhound racing track at Kedron Park over to the streets of Kalinga. It was a particularly hot summer’s day and my mother, who appreciated the sacrifice these men were making, wanted to help ease their burden. She called the lady next door to come and we all helped peel and cut those pineapples into small cubes, then my brother and I were sent outside each with a tray full of pineapple cubes to stand on either side of the road and offer a bit to every tired, hot soldier. I never even tasted it.

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New horizon in changing trends The Australian fashion scene in 2018 has become one of ongoing flux in customer offerings but despite the changes, writes KAY McMAHON, you don’t always have to go online to find great fashion.

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n January we talked about the demise of many well-known brands from the Australian retail scene and recently Esprit, the Hong-Kong listed brand many of us idolised in the ’80s, decided to close its 67 Australian and New Zealand stores. Why? There are many reasons, beginning with the small size of the Australian market and the burgeoning rise of the new middle class in Asia. Fast fashion and trend-driven brands need quantity to make profits and Australia does not look as inviting now that Asia has hit its economic stride. And yes, the second reason is the rise of online shopping. Not only are our grandchildren partaking of this service, but many boomers are also using the convenience for shopping at home. With fashion brands delivering within three days from anywhere in the world and return policies that are free, this makes for an easy buy while sitting up in bed. And the best part is that it’s an easy try-on at home, with no pesky, young retail assistants telling us the frock sitting just below our crotch looks good with the pattern of our varicose veins.

One of the spin-offs of this fastfashion exit though is that Australia has become a destination for more quality, international luxury retailers due to our stable economy and the growth of Asian tourism to our shores. Various labels from the LVMH Louis Vuitton stable are scouting for bricksand-mortar retail sites. Stella McCartney, Fendi, Lanvin, Mulberry, J. Crew, Gucci, Valentino, Longchamp and watchmaker

Patek Philippe are all discussing retail space in Melbourne and Sydney. But don’t despair. For those of us who can’t always afford the heady smell of such exquisite fabrics, I’m here to say that my favourite brand (and store) COS is coming to Brisbane. Collection of Style, or COS as it’s popularly known, is owned by the Swedish H&M Group. It’s the quality, grown-up version of H&M. It has been my favourite brand since 2007 when I first saw it in London and realised its functional, yet minimalist quality, at a reasonable price-point. The silhouettes and fits are made for a more mature figure and the perennial colour palettes of neutrals allow you to wear them year-in and year-out. The collections always offer lightweight fabrics with plenty of layering options for an Australian winter. Until now, to buy COS you had to either travel overseas (yes, what a shame) or in the last four years, fly to Melbourne or Sydney and recently Perth. Luckily work travels took me to many overseas cities and COS was always the first address googled in each one. Each store can have differing product

at the same time, so you always had to check each one just in case. It was an exciting adventure to sniff out new items as COS also links its branding to the retail space and the interior layout. You can only buy a small selection of COS online through a US e-commerce site and they do no traditional advertising. How’s that for a successful retailer in this day and age? And COS supports the arts; its mantra being that good design need not be costly. They embrace collaborations with artists and architectures who normally exhibit in the hallowed halls of galleries and spaces not normally frequented by the masses. While some of these collaborations are marketing- focused, there appears to be a real love of art and architecture. But I digress. COS is coming to Brisbane later this year and there’s a buzz for those of us super boomers who know the brand well. It is a store we can visit and be certain that something will fit, look stunning, suit our lifestyle and not break our budgets. Hooray! For answers and ideas email styleboomer@gmail.com

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Chances are your young visitors are glued to their phones and it may seem they are talking another language. NATHAN WELLINGTON has compiled a quick guide to all things social media.

It wasn’t so long ago that being on Facebook was the furthest thing from mind but now, writes the iPadman COLIN DUNKERLEY, over 55s are the fastest growing demographic.

FACEBOOK is a great place to start. You can keep up to date with the social lives of your kids and grandkids, without imposing on their lives. Considered the granddaddy of social media as it has been around the longest, it’s also fast becoming the social media of choice for the over 55s. It can be straightforward to set up an account if you have an email address, then once you’ve created your account you can connect with family and friends, and search for local businesses, even find pages that help you connect with your interests and maybe even discover a few new ones. You can message people, find long lost school friends and read your news all at the same time if you choose. Facebook is great for staying in touch with family and friends with posts of photos and videos of holidays, outings and new babies, puppies and what they had for lunch that day. Instagram is primarily a

photo sharing app. Download the app to your iPhone, iPad or android device, and create an account via email or using your Facebook account (Facebook owns Instagram). You can either upload photos and videos or check out what other people are up to. This platform can be highly addictive and also includes messaging. Snapchat is what many of the kids are into. The younger generations are leaving Facebook in droves for this fun and highly-addictive platform. Snapchat has various types of entertainment available. You can snap selfies and apply fun filters to your images, create videos to share and follow friends, businesses and interests much like the other social media apps, as well as message each other directly. Pinterest is a virtual pin board. Filled with gorgeous images of anything and everything you can think of, it’s a great app to create boards to fill with all of your interests

whether its recipes, travel lists, horses, dream homes, you name it – you can create it. Twitter is used primarily where users post and interact with messages known as “tweets”. Don’t worry, this is not a social media app I suggest you bother with but at least you’ll know what a tweet is next time someone mentions it. There are many more social media platforms out there, but these five are the most widely used. If you have any trouble understanding how to use them there are plenty of help videos available on YouTube. If you would like help setting up an account or need some help navigating these apps you can always give me a call for some handy tips and to make sure your information is kept secure while you try them out. At the very least, you’ll be able to understand what the kids are on about at your next family gathering, Call 1300 682 817 or email nathan@hometechassist.com.au

THE main reason for over 55s accounting for 21 per cent of all Facebook users in January 2018, is communication with family and friends is . Friends and family are more likely to post photos to Facebook where everyone can see them and comment, than to write a letter or send an email. One reason seniors avoided Facebook for so long were concerns about security and privacy and these were, and still are, valid concerns. Unfortunately, when we sign up to an internet service we are so numbed by the “terms and conditions” that pop up that most people don’t read them. Facebook offers more control over security and privacy than it did a few years ago. These concerns aside, it is the incredible free services that Facebook offers through its apps – Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and Messenger – that make it one of the best forms of communication in the world.

You can make free high quality audio or video calls to any other user anywhere as long as you both have an internet connection. No more international call rates. There are also thousands of groups you can join based on your hobbies. For example Orchid Growers Australia has over 11,000 members. You can research businesses to find out about their services or see what others say about them (or leave feedback yourself!) and even use it to learn how to use an iPad! And then there is the new Facebook Marketplace which is one of the easiest ways to buy and sell, with a focus on local. The trade-off is that you will see ads. No-one likes ads but we do love free. More than two billion people think the trade off is worth it. Watch this video to see how easy it is to check settings: ipadlessons.com.au/ fbcheckuptheipadman.com.au

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ementia is divided into four stages. The first is Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). At this stage the person is often aware of their memory loss and forgetfulness. They may find that planning and organising is harder. However as the changes are small, family and friends may not notice. This early stage, MCI, can be frightening. The person may stop caring about their appearance and become angry or depressed about what lies ahead. Next is Early Stage Dementia in which the cognitive decline becomes more obvious to others. Daily activities are more difficult to complete. The person may miss appointments and their reasoning and judgement is impaired. Family members worry about how to best support the need for dignity and independence as abilities diminish. It’s a tricky balance with no set answer. It’s about making ongoing adjustments. Here are eight practical suggestions: Consider medication: Talk to their doctor about medications that may help delay the disease’s progression and ease the symptoms. Speak to your local chemist. They can blister-pack the medications with the days of the week to reduce the risk of missing or doubling up on medications. Exercise: Medical doctor and researcher Dr Sheldon ZInberg, founder of Nifty after Fifty, says that individuals who

regularly practice aerobic activities and weight-bearing exercise have a slower cognitive decline than those who do not exercise regularly. The results can be substantial, that is, you can slow the disease down by months or even years, according to Dr ZInberg. Mental stimulation: It’s possible that cognitive rehabilitation programs such as the Cognitive Therapeutics Method may be appropriate. This program has helped other seniors with their cognitive functioning and reduced their daily stress and anxiety. Personal alarms: Talk the idea of a personal alarm through as it will help them with the general risks of aging, such as falls. A bracelet is another option that will help outside the house. It can be presented as a general safety tool, without talking about getting lost. Get some help at home: This is the time to introduce a carer, perhaps for shopping or meal preparation. In the early stages, most people will be able to manage their self-care, but bringing in a carer now will ease them into the person’s routine. Recognise confabulation: A common occurrence in the early stages is expressing false memories or “confabulation”. This is not lying. The person has snippets of information and wants to tell a coherent story so they make it up. For example, asking someone how they got that bruise, may lead to a story that makes sense but is not actually what happened. If you think someone you care about is confabulating,

rather than argue or getting angry, be sympathetic and move to another topic. You can check the facts with other people later. Let’s talk about the car: Driving is a badge of independence. Fortunately not everyone who is diagnosed with dementia needs to give up driving immediately but delayed response time when driving is a signal that the time has come. There is also a risk of getting lost even in familiar areas. If you have concerns, talk about it together. Work out where they need to go each week and make a plan. This may be a combination of rides from family members, friends, taxis or government-supported transport services. Book an ACAT assessment: Your access to programs such as the Commonwealth Home Support Program and Home Care Packages begins with an Aged Care Assessment which can be done in your own home. It’s important to get this process started early. A few hours of home help can free you up for other things. Being assessed and in the system is the first step to getting support now and as needs change. The book Mind over Grey Matter, A New Approach to Dementia Care has many tips. Pick up a free copy by contacting Kendall 5491 6888. Kendall Morton is the Director of Home Care Assistance. Call 5491 6888 or email kmorton@ homecareassistance.com

Care in the home has become a welcomed way of living for older people on the Sunshine Coast, allowing them to continue living in their own home and community, writes TONY SANDY.

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ndustry insights reveal that people aged 65 and older, as well as family members supporting them, sometimes don’t understand how the in-home aged care system works. This means people often go without vital support services. Ongoing reforms to Consumer Directed Care have been a step in the right direction for providing support to older people, but the problem remains that many people don’t know how to access funding, and how it can be used. The aged care system can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming to understand, so we talk to them about what options are available and them through the process to find the best solution for them. We often find that a face-to-face conversation over a cup of tea is the best way to share this vital information with seniors and their families. As people age, their needs and abilities change. They often

NEW WEBSITE TURNS SPOTLIGHT ON AGED CARE Brisbane-based independent advocacy group Older People Speak Out (OPSO) has launched a website to collect, moderate and present submissions from older and Australians or their family or carers. OPSO’s Marjorie Green, said the website asked whether Australia was getting aged care right and presented mounting evidence that this was not always the case. “As advocates for Australia’s elderly, OPSO has heard first-hand and can see from media coverage over the past few years, that our aged care system is broken and in dire need of reform,” Ms Green said. “In fact, in building our special website, we have drawn together links to a good deal of that coverage in what is the first serious attempt to paint a fuller picture of what is happening in the sector.” To have your say on aged care visit yoursayonagedcare.com.au

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Good, honest and knows the meaning of hard work Subarus are among the more honest machines out there and have been for some time, writes BRUCE McMAHON.

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ometimes not the flashest cars, sometimes not the fastest and not always the cheapest, Subarus retain a reputation for durability, decent road manners and comfort on the back roads of Australia. These Japanese-built sedans, wagons, SUVs and sports cars have a loyal following from Brisbane to Broome. That history began here with four-wheel drive wagons and Brumby utes from 1973, then sporting sedans such as the burbling boy-racers’ WRX and turbocharged Liberty sedans before Subaru’s Forester became one of the first, and one of the best, of modern SUVs. Through all this, Subaru has run with “boxer” engines up front, flat four or six-cylinder engines with cylinders horizontally opposed – as with Volkswagen Beetles and Porsche 911s – and as compared with most conventional combustion engines where the cylinders and pistons are vertical. And, on all models aside from the rear-drive BRZ coup, Subaru runs with all-wheel drive. This means the likes of Subaru’s Liberty can be a touch dearer than rivals such as Toyota’s Camry – the base 2.5 litre Liberty is listed at $30,240, an entry-level

Camry at $27,690 – but there’s the attraction of all-wheel drive for safer handling and traction. Move on up to the 3.6 litre Liberty and there’s a $42,740 price tag plus a bit more of everything from oomph (191kW compared with 129kW) to equipment. This is a nice, solid sedan that looks smart in dark and rich colours. It’s packed with all the modern conveniences plus Subaru’s all-seeing safety gear which alerts drivers to troubles ahead, to the sides and to the rear and, where necessary, hops on the

brakes automatically to save collisions. Comfort and safety levels are high but all that gear and the all-wheel drive means this is no lightweight sedan, coming in at close to 1700kg kerb weight. Fuel consumption over a mixed bag of conditions can see fuel consumption head north of 12 litres per 100km. This sedan is perhaps best suited to long distance drives and gravel back roads. If chasing a car more suitable, albeit a little smaller, for a mix of town and country, there’s always the competent Subaru Impreza.

And then there is the Subaru Outback, essentially a high-riding Liberty wagon with extra ground clearance and extra electronics to help find traction on all manner of surfaces. This is no rock-climbing, dirtchucking four-wheel drive but rather a safe and comfortable wagon happy to spend weeks way out west or weekends getting to an out-of-the way camping spot. For many folk, this is the perfect SUV. The Outback runs with the choice of 2.5 or 3.6 petrol engines or 110kW, 2 litre diesel with prices from $35,470. As with the Liberty sedans, the wagon uses a Constantly Variable Transmission, automatic belt drive systems which are getting better but still lack performance lustre unless manually shifted through the “steps”. The all-wheel drive Subaru wagon sits with 213mm of ground clearance so it’s no terrier through a tight turn or roundabout. The trade off is a car that soaks up lumps and bumps on bitumen or dirt, and it lopes through the rougher stuff. The Outback is a great Australian traveller and still, for mine, the pick of the larger Subarus.

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Granny flats work under the new rules There are plenty of good reasons to consider building a granny flat. ADRIAN C JUST explains.

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he most recent town plans allow for more workable secondary dwellings. These are commonly referred to as granny flats, but they are also useful for weekenders and holiday rentals, older children stuck at home, and retirees who can rent their main residence and go off travelling. For some seniors, these smaller dwellings might be easier to manage than the massive houses that were built in the ’90s, which were the biggest in the world during this era! It is also a means of getting more use from what are now considered the larger size blocks of land, considering that in some estates blocks get down to 225sq m. For a secondary dwelling, the land needs to be at least 600sq m, and the building can be up to 60sq m on the Sunshine

Coast and 70sq m in Brisbane internally, with no size limit of covered outdoor area. A car space is required. This is enough for a full kitchen, bathroom, living space, and one large or two smaller bedrooms. The building must meet usual siting requirements, but it

can be entirely separate to the main house, and have separate metering for water and electricity. If you do the basic sums, a secondary dwelling can be cost positive while interest rates are so low and rents are so high but if they are non-relatives the space needs to be fire separated. We have been designing a few of these over the last year and clients invariably comment on how spacious and adequate they feel. I am 55+ and I believe that architecture is not just about buildings but about people. Many are now preparing for their retirement years and looking to create a space that will suit their future needs. Adrian Charles Just is Sunshine Coast regional chairman for the Australian Institute of Architects and the Open House committee. Visit archicology.com.au

LITTLE JOY IN QUEENSLAND BUDGET Queensland’s budget contained a little joy for older people, with continued funding of elder abuse prevention measures offsetting the demise of a dedicated job skilling program, National Seniors Australia says. The 2018-19 state budget contained $900,000 for the previously announced roll-out of seniors’ legal and support services to Gladstone, Rockhampton, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Mackay. Funding will continue for existing services in Toowoomba, Brisbane, Hervey Bay, Cairns and Townsville while the seniors’ enquiry line, which provides advice on consumer protection issues and scams, will receive an extra $100,000 a year for the next two years. “Elder abuse is a scourge on our society and any measures to help stamp it out are welcome,” National Seniors Queensland Policy Advisory Group chairman Vera Somerwil said. “Older people need to know help and advice is available for them when they need it.” But she said the end of the Back to Work Mature Aged

Worker Boost for jobseekers aged 55 and over would mean many older job seekers could drop out of the workforce altogether. Under the six-month $5 million program, employers who hired unemployed matureaged jobseekers were eligible for payments of up to $20,000. It has now gone. “This is hardly going to help older people find employment in a job market where age discrimination is so pervasive when it comes to hiring and keeping mature-age workers,” Ms Somerwil said. “Many older people still have much to offer and want to keep working.” Cost of living relief was confined to a continuation of the additional $50 electricity rebate introduced last year. Ms Somerwil said the electricity bill relief would come as cold comfort for seniors tossing up whether to put on the heater or food on the table. “Older people on pensions and low fixed incomes have been struggling with living costs for years and this budget gives them little relief,” she said.

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EnviroDevelopment certification from the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA). Halcyon Lakeside was awarded the accolade after adhering to a range of different specifications regarding ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water and community. Mr Sheehan, who was a real estate agent in Melbourne before retiring, said Halcyon Lakeside was perfect place for retirement. “We certainly did our research into over 50s communities and soon realised Halcyon provided the best model,” he said. Homes at Halcyon Lakeside are priced from $569,000 and range from 140sqm to 298sqm. Visit lifebeginsathalcyon.com.au

STOCKLAND CELEBRATES MILLION-DOLLAR MILESTONE THE Stockland CARE Grants program, now in its fifth year, has celebrated a key milestone with more than $1 million donated to more than 1000 community groups around Australia. Recipients of the 2018 grants have been announced with more than $270,000 awarded to local groups. Stockland has awarded grants of up to $1000 to nearly 300 community organisations. Recipients include environmental groups, animal care and welfare groups, charities and primary and high schools seeking additional funds to launch special, community-based programs, as well as local sporting, special interest, seniors and social clubs. Chief operating officer Michael Rosmarin said Stockland was proud to

once again lend a hand to hundreds of community groups around Australia and to be celebrating such a milestone. “The Stockland CARE Grants program has donated more than $1 million since inception and we are proud to continue our support for local community groups whose great work, dedication and commitment are an essential part of making any community thrive,” he said. “We wholeheartedly recognise the valuable contribution these groups make to their community every single day. Stockland CARE Grants is run across Stockland’s retail, retirement living and residential portfolios to provide local organisations the opportunity to help create more cohesive, inclusive and engaging community-based programs.

FREE HEALTHY EATING DEMONSTRATIONS AT BIRTINYA A SERIES of free healthy eating sessions for seniors will be conducted at Stockland’s Birtinya Retirement Village over the next five months. The first session, titled “Foods to keep healthy this winter”, was conducted by qualified local nutritionist and dietitian Jody Pollard from Total Nutrition Dietitian. She said the sessions were designed to provide simple tips and advice on good eating habits in a fun and interactive presentation. Upcoming sessions are preventing diabetes on July 17; Mediterranean diet on August 21; eating for heart health on September 18; bone health and

osteoporosis on October 23; and tips to eat well during the festive season on November 27. Sessions start at 10am at Birtinya Retirement Village Clubhouse, 3 Reflection Crescent, Birtinya. Stockland regional development manager for retirement living Pauline Barton said the healthy eating series had been developed to support the health and wellbeing of local seniors. Each session will include a recipe demonstration and tasting. All seniors are invited. Registration is essential. Anyone interested in attending a session can book their free spot online at stockland.com.au/RetireBirtinya

HOMEOWNERS ENJOY SOCIAL LIFE LAWN bowls, movie nights, aqua aerobics, “killer pool”, mah-jong and happy hour – the social choices are yours at Living Gems Pacific Paradise. Designed for over 50s, it has 112 stylish and modern homes surrounding a central two-storey country club and common area precinct. Living Gems Pacific Paradise is a gated resort located only five minutes from Marcoola beach, and offers all the benefits of location, lifestyle, community and security. Homeowners have exclusive access to resort-style facilities including a heated swimming pool, lawn bowls, tennis court, workshop, cinema and arts and crafts. Other facilities include a bar, dining area, dancefloor, table tennis, meeting room, hair salon, golf simulator, games

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PLAN ON HAVING IT ALL With the cost of living rising, over 50s want to consider what is needed for a comfortable retirement – and there may be a way to have it all. Sell the family home, move into a newly-built home in a gated community, put cash in your pocket and have access to a pool and leisure facilities. Affordable lifestyle communities for over 50s exist and without the expensive exit fees or complicated contracts.

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WELLBEING

Herbs to tame the gout Gout can cause strong pain, joint stiffness and swelling but, writes TRUDY KITHER, there are herbs to help your kidneys and urinary system work better and reduce the symptoms.

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out is actually a form of arthritis but is specifically caused by excess uric acid in the blood which forms crystals in the joints, causing pain. The most common area to experience gout is the big toe, although it can affect any joint. Those with gout typically experience a sudden attack of pain without warning. Doctors will typically prescribe medications to reduce the inflammation and help prevent flare ups. It’s important to treat these issues because gout can lead to painful kidney stones. The best way to deal with gout is to support the kidneys and urinary system. When they work properly, gout can be prevented. Let’s take a look at some of the best herbs for supporting proper kidney function. Green tea is a powerful antioxidant that can help with a number of health issues. It contains polyphenols which help stop the formation of kidney stones and prevent kidney disease. Goldenrod has been used for thousands of years to improve urinary

Gout or inflammatory arthritis. health. It helps detoxify the kidneys and keep the urinary tract running smoothly. Celery Seed extract helps reduce the amount of uric acid that builds up in the body. You can also get the benefits from drinking celery juice. If you prefer, you can buy celery seed extract supplements in the form of capsules.

Nettle Tea provides antiinflammatory chemicals. Drinking it regularly can help prevent the formation of uric acid crystals. If you don’t like the flavor you can use nettle supplements. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation all over the body. If you’re suffering from gout, it can

help calm the swelling, inflammation and pain in your joints. It will not only support your kidneys but other areas of the body as well. You can find turmeric in capsule, liquid or powder form. Alternatively, an effective specific herbal liquid mix can be made to address the causes and symptoms of gout. By taking a small amount twice daily, it can be an effective preventative and also a quick remedy if gout starts to take hold in your body. If you are a gout sufferer, the best thing you can do is avoid sugar, grains and excessive red meat. Sugar feeds the yeast in your body and grains turn into sugar. Red meat is full of hormones and antibiotics and is extremely acidic for your body. Black Cherry Juice has similar actions to celery juice in the way it acts in the body. It reduces inflammation and the uric acid build-up. Celery and black cherry taken daily can be an extremely fast and effective remedy for reducing gout attacks. Trudy Kither is a registered naturopath. Visit naturestemple.net

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In June 2014, my father, Rex, suffered a major stroke which resulted in a complete loss of speech and almost complete loss of right-hand function, writes SEAN GOTHE.

One of the greatest issues after being supplied with a hearing aid, is getting into the habit of wearing it every day. Habits make activities easier to maintain, whether its eating more vegetables, taking daily medication – or putting on your hearing aids. “The more it is practised, the more normal it feels to incorporate that new activity into your lives,” Attune Hearing audiologists say. “Remembering to wear your hearing aids is no different.” Developing a habit of wearing hearing aids doesn’t just apply to new users. Many report that they have hearing aids but they are in the drawer because they forget to wear them If this is you, try some of the tips below to help you get the most out of the investment you have made in your hearing health. 1. Keep them in one place (perhaps on your bedside table). 2. Decide on a suitable time to put on your hearing aids. Make a time that works for your schedule. For example, put on your glasses and then put on your hearing aids. 3. Practise the routine every day – you may need to consciously remember to put them on initially, but this will be easier with time. 4. Don’t worry if you forget or miss a day, just put them in as soon as you remember. Wearing hearing aids consistently helps your brain adapt to sounds it may not have heard in some time. 5. Wear your hearing devices as much as you can. Untreated hearing loss affects quality of life, but it also affects the brain’s ability to remember common everyday sounds because the auditory pathways are no longer effectively used. When the hearing nerves lose their function and no longer channel sound signals to the brain as effectively as they once did, the brain “forgets” the sounds over time and becomes unable to understand them. Call Attune Noosa 5473 4500, Nambour 5453 6310 or Kawana 5334 9453.

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ad was 76 at the time and had just returned home after visiting my wife Helen and I. He’d been fine while he was with us, but Helen realised something was wrong when she called him on the day of the stroke. He could barely speak. She asked him to hang up and she called an ambulance. Paramedics took Dad straight to hospital. He spent over a month there, including a period of rehabilitation. He was unsteady on his feet after the stroke, but was able to walk again quickly without aids. He also had to be supervised when eating for a few weeks due to the danger of choking. The next month, he came to live with us and started regular speech therapy. Dad also lost all use of his right hand but adapted quickly. The day after his stroke he immediately started writing and drawing with his left hand so he could communicate with us. He knew what he wanted to say because his mind was working even though he couldn’t speak. My Dad had to cope with the sheer frustration of not being able to communicate verbally. The loss of speech was the most difficult challenge he faced, followed by the loss of use of his right hand. He’s been working hard, but it’s been a slow process. The improvement in his hand is significant and his speech continues to get better. To compound this experience, shortly after the stroke, Dad’s GP discovered he had elevated blood pressure. An arterial blockage was found and he decided to risk another stroke by undergoing triple bypass surgery, in January 2015. Dealing with both a stroke and heart issue has lengthened his recovery time but he was determined to regain his independence. A major step in this process was regaining his drivers’ licence. Helen and I have been right beside

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Dad during his recovery. He’s lived with us since completing rehab. That has played a huge part in his recovery and ongoing life. He has now reached a point where he can do most things for himself. We travelled to Malaysia for Dad’s 80th birthday. He obtains full travel insurance for all of his overseas travel – he wouldn’t travel without it. I think anyone who suffers a stroke just has to be patient. You can’t give up, but you have to accept it takes time and Dad has done that. Even though a few years have passed, he is still determined to improve his speech. It is good now but, he knows that it’s not the same as it was prior to the stroke. He will never stop trying. Dad has shown that determination and the right level of support can allow you to continue leading a fulfilling life. He is not just existing, he is living. Visit strokefoundation.org.au

1. Stroke is one of Australia’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability. 2. Stroke kills more women than breast cancer and more men than prostate cancer. 3. In 2018 there will be more than 56,000 new and recurrent strokes – that is one stroke every nine minutes. 4. More than 80 per cent of strokes can be prevented. 5. In 2018 there will be more than 475,000 people living with the effects of stroke. This is predicted to increase to one million by 2050. 6. Around 30 per cent of stroke survivors are under the age of 65. 7. 65% of stroke survivors suffer a disability which impedes their ability to carry out daily living activities unassisted. 8. The financial cost of stroke in Australia is estimated to be $5 billion each year. 9. In 2015, funding for stroke research through the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) represented just 4.1 percent of the total investment in medical research. 10. The FAST test is an easy way to recognise and remember the signs of stroke. Using the FAST test involves asking these simple questions: Face – Check their face. Has their mouth drooped? Arms – Can they lift both arms? Speech – Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you? Time – Time is critical. If you see any of these signs, call 000 straight away.

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Diamonds in the Sky is, as the name suggests, about the musical footprint left by well-known artists who have died. The concert at the Caloundra Power Boat Club this month will showcase the many wonderful songs of Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, Julie London, Sammy Davis

ALL THAT JAZZ AT WINTER FESTIVAL Jr and Michael Jackson. It includes evergreeen hits such as Hit the Road Jack, Cry Me a River, Unfortgettable, Mr Bojangles, You Make Me Feel and covers a diverse and versatile repertoire with three singers and a quality band. Vocals are Jan Lennard and Di Clark, with Shane Calderbank on keys, Peter Uppman trumpet and vocals and Phil Jack bass. Starting at 2pm on Sunday, July 15, it promises an afternoon of top entertainment. Tickets $22.50 for seniors, $25 non-members. Call 0412 789 957 or 0427 782 960.

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THE Nambour Winter Jazz Fest showcasing some of the best Australian talent is coming up on July 21. Over just 12 hours, the Jazz Fest will feature music, workshops, and pop-up performances, as well as dancing, good food, fine wine, and great coffee. The boutique jazz festival aims to not only present high-quality jazz but support and encourage local musicians and emerging artists. “We wanted to showcase the best of Australian talent, so of course that meant that we were going to feature artists and musicians from the Sunshine Coast,” organiser Robyn Brown said. “We have some world-class musicians living here on the Coast” The program features national and Queensland artists along with some of the Sunshine Coast’s most inventive and best known jazz practitioners. “If you’re not sure what jazz is, or you think you don’t like jazz, then come along and find out what it’s all about,” Robyn said. “As jazz has grown from its AfricanAmerican roots it has embraced many national, regional and local musical cultures around the world. You’ll hear quite a few at the Winter Jazz Fest.” The day will start with workshops for local musicians, focusing on jazz guitar or jazz improvisation skills, with international musicians such as James

Vince Jones comes to Nambour. Sherlock and Willy Qua. After midday, music takes over C-Square. With a “Jazz Walk” pass, festival patrons can see the 16 different acts in the 4 C-Square venues for a single ticket price – from the sounds of Paris, to Gypsy swing, Brazilian bossa novas, funky New Orleans grooves, Spanish flamenco and boogie-woogie, or toe-tapping swing. As well as food stalls during the afternoon, dinner will be served at The Supper Club with the Vince Jones Quartet at the Nambour RSL Club. For the full program and tickets visit nambourwinterjazzfest.net.au or call 0403 152 397.

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Local performers Bev Gourlay, Aart Schouten, Ken O’Flaherty, Trevor Mitchell, BYTES, and singing duo Sue and Neil will perform a variety of “Foote” tapping songs among the trees in Foote Sanctuary on July 22. The day opens at 11am with food and craft stalls and a sausage sizzle, with the concert from 12.30pm. Bring a chair and give a gold coin admission for a full afternoon’s entertainment. The concert is to raise funds to replace non-native trees in the sanctuary. Parking along Eckersley St with steps leading down into the sanctuary.

ACCLAIMED Australian country singer Daniel Thompson and Golden Guitar winner Stuie French along with their powerhouse backing band, The Tennessee Express, present Johnny Cash the Concert. On the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash’s famous performance at Folsom Prison, the show will not only feature the Folsom Prison album in its entirety but also a set of The Man in Black’s greatest hits. Caloundra Event Centre, July 6, 8pm. Tickets $65, concessions $60. Bookings call 5491 4240 or visit theeventscentre.com.au

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BOOK review THE FATHER and THE SONS by Anton Svensson JO BOURKE I do not have enough superlatives for this dynamic duo of reading captivation! Here are two novels based on historical facts, with the characters fleshed out so deeply that the father, the mother and the three sons seeped into my imagination in clear detail. Overall it is the story of an utterly dysfunctional family where the brainwashing and conditioning of the three boys starts early through the cruel and erratic father. The family bond is so unwavering that the eldest son Leo, with incredible planning, is able to convince the brothers to rob banks successfully over many years. These novels had everything I love in a novel – I was mesmerized by the unravelling of the characters as they each faced their demons. The story was balanced by the sub-plot of the policeman who became obsessed with their capture. These are books so skillfully written that I will probably read them again.

MARY BARBER Crime novels are not my cup of tea but, that said, these books were riveting, fast-paced and wellwritten. The flashbacks to childhood were clear and compelling. The short passages made it an easy read. I sympathised with Leo and his brothers and the extreme uncertainty and hovering violence that was their childhood. The novel shows how Leo chose a life of crime so that he could escape uncertainty and map out his own destiny. It was painful watching his brothers being drawn into his schemes due to their misplaced loyalty. The follow-up book brings in new characters and goes further into the boys’ childhood. However, I think the author should have rested on the success of the first novel. It felt like the author was trying to excuse the criminal life and intense hatred of the police that Leo had taken on. By this time, I didn’t really care.

ELIZABETH PASCOE The opening paragraph of the first book in this true story, is a violent battery on a woman by a man. It left me feeling sick and angry and wondering, “do I really need to read this book?” After calming down and reading on, I realised that this incident was an essential part of this dysfunctional family’s life and formed a backdrop to future events. This is a stunning, beautifully written book which holds the reader enthralled to the end. By the second book, seven years have passed and the bonds that bound the brothers are not quite as strong. We are taken back to their past experiences. I didn’t find this book as interesting. The flashbacks were an intrusion at times. Combining both books, this is a saga of a family and the individuals in it. For some who had no choice to survive was enough. Blind loyalty also has a part.

TONY HARRINGTON These paired Nordic noir novels are a powerful blend of real-life criminal acts and fiction woven into a great story. It is the tale of a family, of brotherhood, of blood ties and domestic violence. It is about clan loyalty and betrayal. The main theme is stick together and never snitch on the clan. It is about a drunken violent father who hardens his sons to become criminals and a loving mother who helps soften their natures. I liked the counterbalance between the two main protagonists and that of the investigating police officer’s story against that of the sons and their bank robberies. The two books are written in an easy to read movie script style. The second book is a bit repetitive but ties up some loose ends. Engaging and entertaining. 8/10

The true story of the dysfunctional Duvnjac family told in two separate volumes has been translated from Swedish. It is about twisted relationships that result in inevitable crime and violence. The story is a thriller and also an examination of family relationships and of the toxic damage done by child abuse and domestic violence.

JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT Scandinavian crime fiction writers, in my opinion, are at the top of the genre. These books are about armed robberies that are meticulously planned, extremely clever and precise in execution. The father’s tough love for his three sons and violent behaviour towards their mother sets the scene for a life of crime for one son and devastating consequences for other members of the family. The author constructs his criminal villains, police heroes, crime scenes, escapes, hideouts and other action locations so clearly that it is hard not to feel that you are in the story. Two very good books that are believable, exciting, easy to read and a great change up from murder stories.

SUZI HIRST I struggled through the first book and felt there was a lot of ploughing through page upon page of military-style plans before each robbery happened. Everything planned to the last second by Leo, the eldest son. I loved The Sons and really then got a grip on the how the actions of the drunken, abusive, wifebeating father shaped his eldest son Leo’s life, and how he would eventually involve all his family in his criminal activities. Leo needed his brothers with him as family always “Stick together and look after each other” was the code drummed into him at a young age by his father. The Sons was a much faster-paced book. Big reads.

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You wouldn’t miss it for all the tea in China Have you ever seen a travel deal that appeared too good to be true? BEVERLEY EVERSON hesitated when she saw 14 days in China all inclusive for under $2000 but decided to give it a go.

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he China Orient and Yangtze River Cruise included all international and internal flights, bullet train and high-speed train travel, 4-star accommodation and breakfasts, most dinners, English speaking guides, airport transfers and excursions. So while it was not on our list of “must do” destinations, this was an offer too good to turn down and, after checking with a few friends who had done a similar China tour, we went ahead and booked. The itinerary arrived promptly which was good, as it is needed to support the visa application. We would fly from Brisbane to Guangzhou for nine hours and then take a three-hour domestic flight to Beijing, so it was good to know we would be met and have all transfers organised after such a long day. Our first and lasting impression of China was the sheer scale of everything.

Guangzhou just north-west of Hong Kong, for example, has a population of 14.5 million. China is one of the oldest surviving world civilizations and the world’s fourth largest country with a quarter of the world’s population at 1.25 billion people in 23 provinces. Australia is the sixth largest country with a population of 24 million – similar to many cities in China. There are endless roads and highways, seemingly chaotic congestion, sprawling landscapes of construction sites, tower cranes and skyscrapers as far as the eye could see (which at times was not that far because of the smog). Temperatures were an average of 8C-19C during our trip in April, with some days as high as 24C-28C. It soon became obvious that we would be spending a lot of time travelling the long distances between locations in the cities, but the destinations were well

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worth it. There were plenty of optional tours too, so we always had the choice of time out or joining cultural experiences and night entertainment. It is also worth noting that there was no opportunity to shower and dress for dinner on our tour. Meals always immediately followed the day’s excursions and before returning to the hotel. Days were full and we often returned late to the hotel. The first day out was in Beijing and off to Olympic Park to see the Birds Nest and Water Cube made famous in 2008, and then on to Tiananmen Square which has a capacity of one million. There are monuments to the People’s Heroes and Mao Zedong who proclaimed the founding of the people’s republic in 1949. Not surprisingly, there is no mention of the 1989 student uprising and massacre. From here, it’s a short walk to the Forbidden City, for more than 500 years a palace of the Chinese emperors. Back on the bus and off to the Hutong area for an optional tour with a rickshaw ride and meal with a local family. We soon discovered how, in part, the price of the trip could be so affordable – there were obligatory trips to various Chinese Government enterprises – jade, silk, tea and medicine among them. The next day was the highlight of the trip. About an hour’s drive out of Beijing we came to the Great Wall of China, which still lives up to its name. It was somewhat surreal to climb on the ancient steps which go on for 8850km and possibly more. We learn it would take longer than 18 months to walk although many sections are now in disrepair or closed. The Great Wall was mainly constructed during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and built as a defensive structure. It has very steep sections, with

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Forbidden City see West Lake Wonderland, one of the top 10 scenic areas in China. It is a freshwater lake covering 64sq km and divided into five sections with temples, pagodas, gardens and artificial islands. Departing early by bus, we set off for the Longjing tea plantation, a charming cultural village where Longjing or dragon well tea has been grown for more than 1200 years. We were treated to a traditional tea ceremony and learnt the culture of this very expensive tea. Then it was two hours on the road to Suzhou, with a population of 10.6million (Brisbane has about 2 million) which is west of Shanghai and known for its canals, bridges and gardens. The Master of the Nets Garden is one of the finest traditional, classical and residential gardens in China, built in 1140 and restored many times over the centuries. The Suzhou Grand Canal, the longest in the world, seen from a motorised gondola, is a picture of local life. Some sections date to 5BC. A walk through a local market in alleyways beside the Grand Canal is an

eye opener with live offerings of toads, eels, cooked sparrows and other unrecognisable “delicacies” to satisfy the adventurous appetite. Day 7 was a 7.45am start for a silk factory visit and the trip to Shanghai, which has 24.21 million people. Only a small fishing village 1200 years ago, it is now the largest city in the world in population followed by Beijing. Here, 10 million people use the subway and about 1000 bus routes each day. Highways are stacked to six levels. Shanghai is ranked 4th in the world for its skyscrapers, all 145 of them. Most of the centre is only 30 years old. Despite its size, it is a beautiful city. Gardens are planted on the freeways and drape down walls and over pylons. The Nanjing walking district and The Bund (embankment) on the Huangpu River is a fascinating walk where the very old meets the new – a walk through time like a living museum. The Bund once housed numerous banks and trading houses and exchanges from all over the world and lies north of the old

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Gentle exploration of the Med’s biggest islands

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palazzi and villas, visit quaint villages and discover the island’s varied and dynamic history. In Sardinia, the tour covers the south, centre and north of the island with visits to unique gardens and the chance to taste local food, wine and folkloric culture. The tour commences in Rome on September 23 and concludes in Rome on October 12. Priced from $9350 it includes breakfast and dinner daily, all field trips and lectures, applicable entry fees, tipping, transportation and domestic flights within Italy. Call Golden Compass Tours 1800 132 385.

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The Commodore tells us “the flagship of the Cunard Line towers 62m above the waterline – the equivalent of a 23-storey building – and is the finest ocean liner ever built. “Its four diesel engines and two gas turbines produce the thrust required to launch a jumbo jet. It’s a giant power station run by electric motors, made to take the heaviest weather… it’s as good as it gets.” Grey Goose Citron martinis beckon in the smart Commodore Club overlooking the bow, prior to dinner in the Britannia

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restaurant. Choices are many, quality and service excellent, and wine list extensive. The same can be said about La Piazza, the Carvery and Lotus in specially themed areas of Kings Court, a huge, buffet restaurant catering to all tastes and at all times; and a la carte Todd English where there are small extra costs per dish. English is a Boston-based chef and the modern American fare such as ravioli “love letters” filled with truffled mash and glazed with oodles of butter, is a refreshing change of pace, served with a aplomb. Open sandwiches and tarts in Sir Samuel’s or British staples fish and chips with mushy peas and ploughman’s are on the menu in the Golden Lion pub. Both are excellent lunch options as is high tea in the Winter Garden, with white-gloved service of dainty sandwiches and rolls, choux pastry swans, scones, tartlets and melodious strains of a harpist. After dinner, it’s showtime with headline acts from opera singers to comedians and cabaret stars. Or a game of black jack in the casino; or dancing in the Queen’s Room, the largest ballroom at sea. At the G32 night club, sing and dance to Caribbean band. The night is young and tomorrow’s decisions are easy, especially when not in port. Or are they? The daily lineup covers pub trivia,

Britannia Restaurant table tennis, deck quoits, card games, movies, bridge, dance classes, martini mixology, whisky and wine tastings, fruit and vegetable carving, art classes, scarf tying and napkin folding. Or perhaps simply curl up on a steamer chair and catch a few rays poolside. Feature supplied by wtfmedia.com.au

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REDISCOVER YOURSELF IN THE OUTBACK WAKING up in Longreach to look out at the dusty sunrise in a wide sky, you could be forgiven for thinking youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve landed in another world. Actually, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only a couple of hours flight from Brisbane and still in Queensland, but on Outback time itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a slower pace. The city and coastal bustle seems light years away and everyday stresses fade. Longreach has been doing it tough the past few years but the localsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; resilient

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