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any years ago, I was invited to inspect an amazing hoard at an auction house. It was all antiques and collectibles, from art deco lamps and statues to fine art originals, furniture, jewellery and even rare matchbook covers. The experience was like walking into a museum. The story was that it had belonged to an elderly couple – and here’s the rub – who had basically become prisoners to their prized collection from a lifetime of gathering the rare and valuable. Their house was locked up like Fort Knox with alarms and a security system and they had been afraid to go out in case of a burglary. The woman continued living locked away in the house after her

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Contents husband died until, eventually, she too shuffled off this mortal coil. So, what happened next? They had no children and a nephew they didn’t really know inherited the lot. He promptly handed it to the auction house where it was split up and sold. It’s not a happy ending, but it is something of a cautionary tale about the true meaning of life. No doubt they had enjoyed the joys of building their collection, but in the end, it brought them little joy at all. As a self-confessed hoarder, I acutely feel the pain of letting go. I am currently sorting through piles of old letters, books and family “treasures”. I keep reminding myself that when I’m gone, the kids will probably just throw the lot as they don’t know its sentimental significance. They also have little interest in the big silky oak sideboard and table. And after reading Julie Lake’s story this issue, I realised that all those “might be valuable one day” items, probably won’t fund my retirement after all. It’s too depressing to contemplate so I’ll just have to seize the day and hope it all disappears. Dorothy Whittington, Editor

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Looking for gold in the oldies You don’t have to be a hoarder to own a china cabinet full of porcelain treasures or an elegant piece of furniture inherited from your grandfather, but what is it really worth when you have to downsize? JULIE LAKE investigates what to do with antiques and collectibles.


ome years ago, a modest little lowbudget program out of Hobart called The Collectors became one of the most popular shows on Australian television. Every week we tuned in to marvel at the strange things people found collectible – remember the bloke with the international toilet paper collection? Or the man who was passionate about barbed wire? We also began to cast an eye on our

own possessions to see if anything might be saleable to these enthusiasts! The British Antiques Roadshow is also much watched here and has encouraged many an Aussie to go rummaging hopefully around the op shops and markets in search of a bargain-priced rarity. Collecting is fun, be it for pleasure or profit. But when it comes to disposing of your treasures, it’s a very different story.

Are those lovely old bits of porcelain you inherited worth what you’ve always believed them to be? Is that early Australian silky oak dressing table really an antique? Here is a typical story from a Your Time reader: “We downsized to a much smaller home in a retirement village and had no room for a lot of our possessions, especially those we had inherited from both sets of parents. And, of course, our kids didn’t want them! Not even the family silver. My daughters say they don’t have the time to polish it. I’d always been told by MY mother that a much-prized tea set was Georgian but in fact it turned out to be late Edwardian and not nearly so valuable. In fact, it was hard to sell, and, in the end, we only got $500 for it, including a rather lovely filigree-bordered tray.” The same reader also discovered that porcelain and other heirlooms were harder to sell than anticipated and did not fetch the expected prices. Furniture can be even more difficult to dispose of. Valda Fresser moved from a large house to a small unit and tried to sell a 70-year-old (so not antique) but beautifully-made oak dining table and chairs. Gumtree didn’t yield any buyers at the hoped-for price and collectible furniture dealers offered either a low wholesale price or to sell on consignment. Valda decided to sell the setting to a niece for a token price, at least keeping it in the family. So how DO you go about getting a fair price for those things you have loved and cherished but can no longer fit into your life? Or are forced to sell because you need the money. A survey of experienced sellers and buyers yields the following advice:

BE REALISTIC Don’t waste anyone’s time, including your own, trying to get high prices for items that you think are valuable because you’ve “been told so”. Ascertain the real value. Condition, rarity and scarcity are important here. A piece that is chipped or cracked, however skilfully mended, is of far less value than one in mint condition. A single dish from a 130-year-old Wedgwood dinner service is worth little compared to the whole service, as I found when I tried to dispose of a couple of plates from one of only three dinner services commissioned for the marriages of my great-grandmother and her two sisters in the 1870s. A very rare piece of porcelain, silverware or furniture might be so highly prized it will fetch a high price despite damage, but this is unusual. Scarcity also increases the value of many collectibles. I know someone who collected Charles and Di wedding mugs thinking they would become valuable one day, but a vast quantity of these were produced at the time and a quick on-line check shows just how little these are worth today. With collectibles it’s as well to remember that while one person’s junk is another person’s treasure it also works the other way around. As for antiques, just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s valuable. Books are a case in point. Even a first edition does not necessarily fetch more than a few dollars and most old books are just that – old! DO YOUR HOMEWORK Use the internet to check provenance, hallmarks, styles, dates, artists’ signatures,

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patterns (for example with porcelain and silver), market value and all the information you need to come up with the right price. Compare your item(s) with similar pieces on-line and check the pricing. Consider buying a black light – an ultraviolet torch or lamp, cheap and readily available, that emits very little visible light and makes it easier to identify obscure markings on china. Fortunately antiques and collectibles are international and there are plenty of websites offering advice relevant to sellers anywhere in the world. TIME Give yourself at least six weeks, more if possible, depending on what you have to sell, to gather the information you need. Anne H. had a house full of valuable antiques and loved them so much that even when she downsized, she crowded them into her new home. When her severe arthritis grew worse, she could no longer care for them properly. Dusting became a nightmare and cleaners refused to touch them. Friends and family kept advising her to start selling things, but she procrastinated, despite increasing health issues. Then the day came when she had to go straight from hospital into fulltime care, leaving her valuables to be disposed of

quickly and at knockdown prices by her son and daughter, both living overseas. When you are sure you have something of proven value, target your marketing. The four main markets for private collections are:

or more inquiries a day from hopefuls trying to rid themselves of purported antiques so your first approach must be as pictorially explicit and succinctly informative as possible if you wish to attract interest.

GARAGE SALES This can generate useful publicity but is not really worthwhile for antiques. The dealers will arrive early, and the good ones will quickly make offers on the valuable items – but they are looking for bargains so you must be very sure of your valuations. And be careful how you advertise. All that good publicity can be an open invitation to burglars.

AUCTION Selling through galleries that hold regular auctions can be an easy and effective way of selling your stuff at the best price. Of course, there are fees to pay and also a bit of paperwork involved. Advice on this is available on the excellent Brisbane Auction Galleries website.

DIRECT TO DEALERS Local dealers offer an advantage in that you can check out their shops and talk to them in person. With high-end items it’s advisable to deal with members of the Australian Antiques and Art Dealers Association who are bound by a professional code of conduct. For collectibles there are several specialist dealers in this region; for example, those specialising in military memorabilia. Do your homework before approaching a dealer and have some idea of the price you expect, remembering that they have to make a profit and will thus offer you anything from 25 per cent to 50 per cent of the expected retail price. The best way to approach a dealer is to look at the website and ensure that what you are selling fits their business profile. Jessica Wallrocks of the well-known Brisbane family of dealers specialising in 18th and 19th century European furniture says the next step is to send an email with a single high-quality photo taken in good light, of the item(s) you wish to sell and some basic information. As Jessica points out, dealers can get 10

ON LINE This method of direct communication with buyers reaches the widest market and cuts out the middleperson. It also involves more risk. You will be expected to post excellent photos and provenance information – the more valuable the item you are offering, the more accreditation and verification you will need. Good, safe packaging and registered

postage is required and while it is easy to dispatch small articles such as jewellery and porcelain around the world it is much more difficult – and expensive – with furniture. Again, be careful of the information you give online because jewel thieves trawl the net. Serious, experienced collectors know where to go when they wish to dispose of their possessions, whether these be paintings, coins, stamps or Louis Quinze furniture. But for the rest of us, the ordinary lovers of beautiful things who find themselves forced to downsize, disposing of the objects we have collected or inherited can be not just a logistical challenge but an emotional one as well. So, here is some advice from Darcy Thiel of the Aging Life Care Association: There is consolation in knowing that someone else will get the same pleasure from owning those objects as you have done – and at the end of the day, it’s just stuff!

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Letters Re: The article, “Driving - know when to walk away” (YT, May). In 2007, I completed my doctoral studies at the University of the Sunshine Coast looking at psycho-motor skills (natural abilities) of people operating very large mining equipment and how they equate to their operating performance. It is necessary to note that abilities are what we are born with; skills are how the abilities are demonstrated in a particular activity. Please note, I am an engineer and this work was under a broad area called human factors engineering. It was done on a scientific (factual) base. It won an Institution of Engineers Innovation award in 2009. Also note, I am 55 years old, so draw whatever conclusions you like from that. A number of my findings are relevant to the question of who should be driving cars and who shouldn’t. Firstly, we found a very close correlation between individual performance and measured psychomotor skills (natural abilities). This was in line with findings in a

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number of other industries. Secondly, people lose about 0.8 per cent of their ability level per year. In some industries, this decline has been offset by an increase in skills although we did not find this in the mining industry. We also found that approximately 2 per cent of operators we tested (aged 28-68 years) could be defined as “dangerous”. In fact, all dangerous results were in the 30-40 years group. In other words, they will never have the abilities to build skills when operating equipment or driving and probably won’t have a long career doing this. What this says is that a 65-year-old will on average have lost about 24 per cent of their ability level (and likely their skill level) compared with when they were 35. We were not able to determine if the decline past 65 accelerated. We know that the decline with age was consistent between 28 and 68. That in itself does not mean the 75 or 85-yearold should not be driving; it simply says that there is a much greater chance that the individual at 75 or 85 will have fallen

into the “dangerous” zone. But as the article pointed out, we don’t know how “good” the person was at 35. The RACQ and other relevant bodies should be aware that the processes to measure abilities is a well-established science. So, while we don’t know how good the person was at 35 we could know (at any age) if there was a requirement for psycho-motor testing for all drivers, regardless of age. To me, it is too obvious that regular psycho-motor testing of all drivers would have positive outcomes, which suggests there is more to this issue than the RACQ and other road safety bodies are talking about publicly. That is the end of the facts from my study. Now a few opinions. Firstly, anyone who says that a decision to drive should be left wholly in the hands of the GP and the individual is not facing reality. I have a daughter who used to be a GP’s receptionist. I suggest that doctors know that if they don’t give the elderly person the medical certificate they will likely not come back. And the elderly are their bread and butter. People will doctor-shop to get the medical certificate. It is also my opinion that when we are talking about people’s lives on the road it is OK to be ageist. Young people under 17 can’t get a driver’s licence when some would be perfectly capable. My uncle drove a truck around a farm when he was eight. I don’t know what an appropriate cut-off age should be, but if we have many years’ notice that we can’t drive past a specific age then we can plan for that. However, we can take ageism out of it and be purely scientific. If we did psycho-motor testing over a number of

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years we could all predict some time ahead when we will fall below a specific level of psycho-motor skills (our natural abilities). Dr Graham Lumley DBA, MBA, BE(Hons) I very much enjoyed Russell Hunter’s “Driving Ambition” article and agree with those who consider the requirement for those over 75 to have a doctor’s certificate to be an ageist outrage! Surely the criterion for driving should be mental and physical health, not age per se. I shall be 75 next year and am in excellent health. I realise that my reactions are not as fast as they were a couple of decades ago and I drive accordingly. Age has brought experience and a greater awareness of the many potential hazards out there on the roads – something that no young driver can possess. I still enjoy driving on the open road and am equally happy to drive in heavy traffic, in Australia and overseas. And I very much resent having to prove all this with a certificate – in fact, I consider just having to include my age on my driver’s licence an invasion of my civil liberties! Two things have made it possible for today’s older drivers to stay behind the wheel longer – cataract/lens replacement surgery and, of course, the in-vehicle technology that gives us reversing mirrors, lane assist, object sensors, speed limiter and voice control of non-driving functions such as phone and GPS. I have all these in my under-$25,000 car and they make handling a car so much easier and therefore safer. Jill Garnett

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The article on older drivers (YT May) contains a number of interesting points, all of which are relevant, such as medical checks and eyesight tests. Neither of these tests, however, can decide whether the driver is capable of driving safely. NSW has a system where all drivers over 85 must pass a driving test and have one every two years. This test evaluates whether a driver is competent to drive a vehicle. Having lived in NSW and taken the test, I believe it is necessary for all aged drivers. NSW also has provision for a limited licence allowing older drivers to restrict their travel to a 10-km radius. This

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Legends in our lifetime It’s close to midnight and PAULINE CLAYTON is on a luxury coach an hour out of Brisbane, with 10 Aussie pop music legends and as many noted musicians. They might have grey hair these days, but they are still the names that are familiar to every Australian teenager of the 1960s and ’70s.


HE driver is asked to pull into an all-night roadhouse. Colleen Hewett wants ice cream, Johnny Young a pie and sauce, Marty Rhone salt and vinegar chips, Normie Rowe a fruit bar, everyone coffee or hot chocolate. Young balances his pie and sauce diet by drinking Kombucha, advertised as “filled with living probiotics to assist with digestion, immunity and more”. These are the musicians who grabbed the nearest guitar and kicked off the rock ‘n’ roll music scene in Australia in the ’60s. The penultimate was to appear on television’s pop music shows Bandstand and The Go!! Show. Tonight, after sold-out concerts at Brisbane’s QPAC Concert Hall and Toowoomba’s Empire Theatre, this year’s G0!! Show Gold reunion stars in the coach, (along with the aforesaid Johnny, Colleen, Marty and Normie) are Lucky Starr, Izzi Dye, Tony Worsley, Bobby Bright (Bobby & Laurie) Ronnie Burns and Rob E Gee, plus a line-up of musicians who have been there and seen it all. Svelte and fit, there’s Lindsay Field, for 30 years, backup singer/musician for

Musician Bruce Sandell and Lucky Starr.

Johnny Young and Ronnie Burns. Johnny Farnham, and also recognised as an inspiration vocal coach. Unsurprisingly, Normie Rowe is asking his advice on breath control exercises. This King of Pop (there are three on this tour) keeps physically and musically fit and

can still hit his high notes with ease. Normie’s just been with master guitarist Tommy Emmanuel, and rolling his eyes, says he wishes he could be just “100th as good”. “I used to think buying a new guitar would make me better, but now (with nine) I know its practise and more practise,” he says. Since the Go!! Show Gold concerts began eight years ago, there’s been no shortage of artists who appeared on the television version. Promotor Denis Smith (a former Go!! Show producer) said getting them together at the same time was the challenge.


There’s been Brian Cadd, whose latest album saw him invited to perform at the 50th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock Festival this year. Another GO!! Show family member, Russell Morris who performs 60-70 shows a year, against all advice, embraced the blues which was met with 100,000 in record sales and a new fan base. “Hard to pin him down for another show right now” said Dennis, adding, “but he will be back because they all simply love what they do.” After performing to a sold-out the Brisbane concert hall audience, this legendary cast of 27 artists and musicians on the coach had rocked on at their hotel until 3.30am, while the ground crew drove into the night to Toowoomba to set The Empire Theatre. “Well a few of us did get together in Bobby Bright’s room for a catch-up,” said Johnny Young. So why am I here? As a journalist whose first gig in the ’60s was TV Times magazine in Melbourne writing about these aspiring rockers, it was also a reunion for me. Happy surprise was seeing Marty

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Ronnie Burns and Normie Rowe. Rhone home for a couple of weeks before returning to the USA where a single (We Had a Good Thing Going) from his new country and western album has made it to No.1 on the charts. Marty is still the snappiest of dressers – black silk glitter pants and white silk shirt shot with silver. Izzi Dye (a mean tap dancer) up at 8am for a two-egg breakfast, often performs in London, because he has a daughter there and it is a great excuse to visit and have his stage suits made, mostly in satin. Another daughter, Bianca Dye, is a 97.3FM announcer. Within days of these three concerts he is back- to-back performing in Redlands,

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Nerang and Coolangatta. Ronnie Burns, reliving memories with Johnny Young, penned hit Smiley and appears ageless which he puts down to a Clarins revitalising face cream. “Made for men,” he insists. Colleen Hewett, who gets a standing ovation the moment she appears on stage, offers to “chuck to any of you who ask nicely” the keys to her house on Fiji’s Coral Coast. This is where she heads between gigs. Rob E Gee aka Rob Porter is finally settled in Australia after 46 years commuting to USA where he built an enviable career as a regular guest on US Network tv shows, both variety and

drama. He drops names like Eagle Rock and Daddy Cool, Air Supply and Rick Springfield and appearing with Charlotte Rampling in the movie Three. In Brisbane, there was an interesting (for the audience, panic for the promoter) moment when Rob, ever the professional, set about tuning his Hawaiian steel guitar on stage before launching into his famous Jezebel. As Izzi Dye said, “the best show is in the dressing room”. The coach ride wasn’t bad either. They’re The Go!! Show family, and certainly the days of hotel-trashing and groupies is behind them. They are now proven, veteran professionals. Lucky Starr (aka Leslie Morrison) is still the only one of these legendary rockers who can flawlessly perform the tongue twisting I’ve Been Everywhere. When he performs Sing, Sing, Sing his audience does just that. It’s all about great music and great memories. Lucky also grows bonsai, “hundreds of them” and gets up at 6am. Once known as a long-haired, wild-boy of rock, today Tony Worsley, (The Fabulous Blue Jays) is now calm and charming, and back at doing what he has loved since he first jumped on stage as a school boy. Selling his Caloundra restaurant Velvet Waters in 2007, Tony headed south where he runs Hastings Cove Holiday

Apartments – that’s when he’s not back on stage with his pioneering mates. And there’s a special musical moment when Bobby Bright, now without his original ‘beat’ group partner, Laurie Allen (died 2002), joined with Normie Rowe for his hit Hitch-Hiker. There was more to come when the tour arrived at Melbourne’s re-furbished St Kilda Palais Theatre. Two more legendary rockers joined the show – the 1960s heart-throb Colin Cook and the AFL’s mascot music star Mike Brady, who closed the show with his legendary anthem Up There Cazaly. The audience stood as one and rocked. As you would.

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NO WINING IF YOU KEEP AN EYE ON COLOUR If you’ve ever wondered if the riesling you’re about to buy is going to be a fuller or a finer style, the answer may be right in front of your eyes. Respected head winemaker at Leconfield Wines, Paul Gordon, says it’s all about the colour. “A white wine with a full yellow colour in its first year is likely to have been made into a flavoursome wine to be enjoyed in its youth. A pale coloured, finer style may have the crispness to encourage an evolution of enjoyment over several years.” He says the juice of the most common grape varieties is white and requires contact with the grape skins to extract colour. “That is why a sparkling wine, for example, made with pinot noir, a red grape, can be white or pale pink. Short contact with skins does not extract a lot of red hue,” he says. Red wine comes from allowing the grape skin to come in contact with the juice – a process called maceration. Full-bodied reds such as shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and merlot will have much more red intensity. The brightness of red is an indication of a red wine’s youth and its pH, a measure of acidity. A young red wine should show bright scarlet hues enhanced by lower pH or may have a trace of purple with slightly

higher pH (lower acidity). “As a red wine matures, the youthful scarlets give way to more brooding chocolate reds and at the same time develop fullness with silky textures,” Paul says. “These natural changes in the chemistry of the wine eventually lead to ochres in older reds and may lead to the formation of a light sediment in very old wines which will then benefit from decanting.” Leconfield Wines which is Australia’s oldest family-owned winemaking business and its wines are served on premium Australian experiences such as The Ghan, The Overland and Indian Pacific.


HOW SMALL IS MY CASTLE? Mention castles and images of vast and picturesque affairs in a fairytale English or European setting immediately spring to mind. But near Long Compton village in England’s Cotswolds, a couple of hours out of London, is an officially recognised castle that rather than being famous for its vastness, is renowned for just how small it is. Because with a floor area of a mere 73sq m it is England’s smallest castle, and actually tinier than many of its neighbouring country bungalows and cottages. And although it is called a castle, and recognised by authorities as a castle, to locals it is known simply as Molly’s Lodge. It has just one bedroom, a modest living room and dining room, compact kitchen and a small bathroom – and despite its moniker as a castle, served for a time as gatehouse to the opulent former deer-hunting property, Weston Park Estate. Importantly, it’s still officially a castle as far as the British government is

Tiny as it is, because of its design this is still recognised as a castle … and officially England’s smallest, with a floor area of just 73sq m concerned, because it has corner turrets, mullion windows (fashionable in Romanesque architecture) and a crenelated parapet from which arrows could be unleashed in days of yore at anyone foolish enough to try to attack. This little castle was built in the 1830s by architect Edward Blore, who completed extensions to Buckingham Palace for Queen Victoria in the 1840s. He also designed Government House in Sydney, and with his love of castles, created that in Gothic Revival style. This smallest of English castles in the picturesque Cotswolds also has a separate one-bedroom mews house that was added later when the original stables were converted. The castle and mews last changed hands in 2017 for just under $1 million.


A SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY, CELEBRATING DORIS DAY! Join Melly Melody for her wonderful matinee showcase as she celebrates the life and music of the wonderful Doris Day. Melly sings Doris Day’s most popular and cherished songs from screen, studio and bandstand!

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Featuring Doris’s most beloved songs such as “Que Sera Sera”, “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps”, “Tea For Two”, “It’s Magic”, “Secret Love”, “By The Light Of The Silvery Moon” and many more!

Redlands Performing Arts Centre, 24th August 2pm

‘A Sentimental Journey, Celebrating Doris Day’ pays homage to one of the world’s greatest performers…A true triple threat, beautiful soul and a legend who will stay in our hearts forever! Melly has recently returned from a national tour of Menopause the Musical, Women on Fire, performing to sold out audiences across the country. She now brings her story telling and gorgeous voice to the vast catalogue of Doris Day songs.


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The Events Centre Caloundra, 28th July 2pm Gympie RSL 4th August 2pm (07) 5482 1018 (07) 3829 8131

The Brolga Theatre, Maryborough 22nd September 2pm (07) 4122 6060

The Empire Theatre, Toowoomba 5th October 2pm 1300 655 299

Kedron-Wavell RSL, Chermside 6th October 2pm live-shows/ (07) 3359 9122

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Quite contrary, but how her garden grows Edna Walling, one of Australia’s most influential landscape designers of the 20th century, was a frequent visitor to the North Coast and retired to Buderim when she was in her 70s. Today, there is a garden dedicated to her memory at the Buderim Forest Park, writes AUDIENNE BLYTH.


dna Margaret Walling was extremely talented but genuinely eccentric. Famous around Australia as a landscape designer, author, artist photographer and conservationist, she spent her latter years in Buderim where her cottage can still be found. Edna was born in Yorkshire in 1895, and at 14, migrated with her family to New Zealand. Three years later they settled in Melbourne where she studied horticulture at the Burnley School of Horticulture which had been established in 1891. She soon became one of the most sought-after landscape designers in Victoria. She strived for natural effects and to create gardens in which the architecture and plantings were inseparable. In 1921, she purchased land in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges and created a landscaped village which remains and has been listed by the National Trust. Edna also bought land along the Great Ocean Road where she intended to develop a seaside village. However, she enjoyed the peace and isolation so much she decided to use the

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Edna Walling was brilliant and eccentric. cottage as a retreat and not proceed with the village. During that time she wrote a book, The Happiest Days of my Life. For more than 40 years she wrote columns for magazines and newspapers and other books about gardening in Australia. Among her famous patrons were Dame Nellie Melba, Sir Frank Packer and Sir Keith and Dame Elizabeth Murdoch who, it was said, did not always pay their bills but Edna needed their patronage.

She also worked at Yarralumla in Canberra and during her career carried out 350 commissions. Edna had been visiting Buderim since 1954 and liked the climate which would grow English flowers – she did not like tropical plants. In 1965, when she was 71 years old she bought a cottage in Buderim which she named Bendles. She carried out many commissions of walkways, steps and pergolas and many examples remain around Buderim of her dry-stone walls. She was a keen conservationist and advocated the use of mulch and little watering. There are many Buderim residents who still remember her and recall her eccentricities. One story was that at night she would go out and remove public plantings she disapproved of and replace them with more appropriate plants. Edna had views about the Buderim people as well. She thought they were very friendly but few could offer stimulating conversation and they cared only for hibiscus and azaleas. She had strong views on her dislikes, such as frangipanis, annuals and formal

flower arrangements. She was known to plonk cut flowers in a water container without a thought to artistry. Her appearance and manner were striking. Edna was only 5ft 3inches tall, smoked cigarettes and a small clay pipe, liked sherry and gin, was outspoken, feisty and strong willed and frequently clashed with her male clients. But she could also be warm and charming. She found domestic chores a bore and obviously liked wearing heavy duty gardening clothes and being outside. She died in Nambour in 1973 following a stroke and her ashes were placed in the Buderim cemetery. Since then, there have been many owners of her cottage; the present owners supporting her legacy. Edna was one of our great personalities. There is a memorial garden dedicated to her name at the Buderim Forest Park. Thanks to Maxina Williams of the Buderim Garden Club for her research. Audienne Blyth is a member of the Nambour Historical Museum, open Wednesday to Saturday 1pm-4pm.


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REPORT FINDS HOUSING FAILS RURAL AGEING POPULATION A NEW report from community housing provider Horizon Housing has found that it is largely unable to meet the needs of the ageing population in rural areas. The My Home, My Place report, funded by the Queensland Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, is the first of its kind to examine the housing needs of older people living in key rural communities. The report found that over 65 per cent of rural residents live in detached homes or on more than five acres, exposing them to unique liveability challenges when compared to their metropolitan counterparts.

Other key findings were: • 73 per cent of older rural residents received no advice about ageing in place • 64 per cent want modifications to be able to stay in their home • 50 per cent did not know how to arrange an assessment for home modifications • Over 27 per cent lived in a home older than 50 years. Horizon Housing CEO Jason Cubit said despite more than 96 per cent of participants intending to age in place, the regions were not currently equipped to allow them to do so. “For ageing Australians living in rural areas, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain a home in an

environment where searing temperatures, drought and other extreme factors are expected,” he said. “More than 64 per cent of our participants wanted modifications to their existing home to allow them to remain there safely as they age, yet 73 per cent are not seeking advice on how to do so. We also found that over half did not know how to arrange an assessment to access modifications to remain in their home. “The My Home, My Place report reinforces the fact that older people living in our rural towns face unique challenges, yet most of the programs and services focus on urban areas.”

GLASSHOUSE VIEW TURNS 16 GLASSHOUSE Country View Club will celebrate its 16th birthday at a lunch meeting with the theme “View Around the World” at Glasshouse Sports Club on June 19, at 11am. There will be raffles, trade tables and home-made goodies, as well as a buffet lunch. The next outing, on June 5, will be a sausage sizzle at Glasshouse Township Park. New members welcome. Call Trish 5493 0026 or Janet 0448 845 303


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FREE GREY MEDALLION TRAINING IS BACK THE Grey Medallion is a special life saving award created for the over 50s by the Royal Life Saving Society – and you don’t have to be able to swim to do it. The program helps people to learn essential lifesaving and emergency care skills that could one day save family members, friends or even your own life. “Many people think that toddlers and young children are at most risk from drowning, but in fact, the over 50s are high risk group,” Grey Medallion trainer Patricia Barry said. “The Grey Medallion is definitely not a swimming award, and you don’t even have to be physically fit to do it.” It’s a two-day course that teaches how to act in emergency situations both on land and around the water, including CPR, first aid, how to use a defibrillator, treat marine stings, and waterwise skills.” On the Sunshine Coast, most people have easy access to rivers, creeks, dams or the sea and pools. Many older Australians also care for their grandchildren after school and during the holidays, so the course also covers their water

safety issues. “Non-swimmers can do this course. We teach dry rescue skills, where you don’t even need to get into the water,” Patricia said. Funding from CoTA and the Queensland Government and sponsorship from BreakFree Grand Pacific Caloundra enables Ithaca Caloundra City Life Saving Club to run the two-day Grey Medallion course for free. This year, because of increasing demand and popularity of the course, there will be two weekend events – July 20-21 and August 24-25 as part of Seniors’ Week. Both will be at Grand Pacific Caloundra, 9am-4pm. “Over time the Grey Medallion has become a very popular event, and we know that the course fills up quickly. People do need to enrol online in advance,” Patricia said. “It’s run by fully qualified Grey Medallion trainers, first aid trainers and life savers.” Enrol online or find out more at call Patricia 0402 454 644 or email

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From left, helpers Heather Koch, Sue Johnson and Emily Williams AN open garden and plant stall at Montville has raised $5770 for the Western Queensland Drought Appeal. The garden at The Shambles, owned by Michael and Kyleigh Simpson, has been opened for charity at least once a year since 2001. Organisations such as Legacy and Cittamani Hospice have benefited in the past. This year, even constant rain didn’t

deter hundreds of visitors. The garden will open again for A Royal Spring Open Garden on October 5-6. New and returning visitors will be able to see an extensive display of orchids, spring flowering shrubs and rare plants. A plant stall, toy and treasure stall and light refreshments are planned, so bring cash and bags to carry home your loot. Some funds will be used to help publish the new limited edition book, The Queenslanders, Homes and Gardens, Their Second Century, the ninth book by Dr Michael and Kyleigh Simpson. Supported by extensive research and a collection of colourful photographs, this large hardcover volume encompasses history, architecture, interior design and horticulture. Visit

SPREAD BRANCHES ON YOUR FAMILY TREE IF you want to find out more about where your family came from, Genealogy Sunshine Coast has experienced genealogists available to assist with your ancestral search. The centre is located at Petrie Park Rd, Nambour, opposite the swimming pool. Irish, German/European and Scottish interest groups meet monthly at 9.30am on respective Tuesday mornings, to delve deeper into their roots. Workshops are held regularly and a comprehensive borrowing library is on site. Independent research can be carried out by utilising computers at the centre 9am2.30pm Monday to Wednesday; 1pm-5pm Thursday; and noon-4pm Saturday. Ancestry World Library Edition is available on all GSC computers. Call 5329 2315 or email

GRANT HELPS WOODCRAFTERS KEEP ON BUILDING The Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild has received a grant of $4475 from the Queensland Government Gaming Fund. The money will be used for the purchase of a new mitre saw and towards improvements and repairs to the guild’s shed compressor. Present at the handover were, from left, Don Lear, Greg McCosker and president Rob Otto who received the cheque from Member for Glass House Andrew Powell.

COMING UP THE bi-annual Arts and Crafts Fair showcases the work of the more than 550 members of the Caloundra Arts Centre Association. As well as fine art, prints and pottery at bargain prices, there will be second hand books and CDs and videos, plant and cake stalls and great food. Funds raised help keep the centre going to foster and promote the arts and cultural activities. Members meet to socialise, develop skills and make friendships with groups ranging from knitting and crochet to the fine arts painting, pottery and printmaking. Plenty of parking is available. 5 North St, Caloundra. June 8, 9am-4pm; Sunday 9, 9am-3pm. Entry free. THE Sunshine Coast Doll Bear Craft and Miniature Club presents its annual show on Saturday, July 20, 9am-3pm at the Buderim War Memorial Hall, Main Rd, Buderim. Porcelain and cloth dolls, reborn dolls, crafts, quilts and sewing and miniatures will be on display and for sale, as well as trade tables, displays, raffles, refreshments and light lunches. The club Our Club is non-profit organisation and monies raised support children’s charities. Entry $5, enquiries 5451 1106.

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Stella was in the same aged care home for 10 years and not one staff member could tell me 10 things Stella loved Stella was a victim of the aged care system.

clear communication is happening between all parties.

The family have not yet submitted the paper work for the royal commission into aged care.

Further discussions held with this home resulted in the establishment of “Ten Things About Stella”. A service that will improve the lives of all aged care residents through increased, prompted and easier communication.

Do they want their mother’s story dragged around a court room, they are not sure? If only Staff listened and acted on their concerns and complaints. Meetings were held with residential care givers and management however, there was little change made to improve the distressing way Stella lived. Complaints were taken to the next level. A PowerPoint presentation was shared with the CEO of this home, outlining evidence of neglect, abuse, theft, lies, and customer care surveys filled out, but never sent because of the fear of repercussions. Observations of Stella’s and other residents care, and the meetings

held relating to this, revealed a common thread – there was very little communication happening between carers, ancillary team members, Stella, and her family. After Stella had passed away, it was important to the family, that the complaints and concerns just didn’t disappear. There were other residents who they were concerned for. The family needed to be heard. They also wanted to be part of the solution. Families and aged care providers need to work together to provide person-centred-care, ensuring good

families. This communication will be facilitated through the development and display “Conversation Boards”. Care givers and Ancillary team members can rely on the boards to assist them in engaging with residents in a respectful, understanding and engaging manner thus, improving care and understanding that residents are individuals with unique needs and histories.

As providers/residents become aware of this service, they are confident they will come on board, ensuring an improvement in respectful and meaningful communication within residences throughout the country. Given that the industry is currently in a reflective stage of growth, supported by the Royal Commission into Aged Care, Stella’s family are keen to establish and grow this initiative as soon as possible.

An introduction package about the boards are available to the family of the resident or the resident directly, depending on capability. This allows the family and/or resident to indicate their preferred picture and the facts prior to printing and hanging. Please visit our website

“Ten Things About Stella” wants to provide a first step in improving communication between carers, ancillary team members, residents and

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The days when boys were men From a Sydney orphanage to preparing for wartime invasion, then working for Harry Ferguson’s tractors around the world, John Hocking looks back on a long and interesting life, writes MARY BARBER.


ne of John Hocking’s earliest memories, from when life was simple, was perching on top of a wagon loaded with bags of wheat, rolling along a dusty road headed for the Wagga rail depot. His grandad sat next to him, holding the reins as the team of Clydesdales clopped steadily along. The four-year-old could see the world. His grandfather owned a 364ha farm called “Lindoris� where John and his two siblings lived with their mum and grandparents. The children were unaware their mother and father had separated, as they were much loved and fully involved in life on the farm. Everything changed when John’s mother died. He was five years old. His father, a school teacher, turned up to reclaim his three children – John the youngest, Evelyn the oldest and their brother Ted. Their father deposited them in orphanages in Sydney. Evelyn went to a girl’s home, John and Ted to the Church of England Boys Home at Carlingford in Sydney. Because the boys were different ages, they were placed in

know kno what was happening to us,� hap John Joh says. Life was harsh and ha regimented. He re was w only five, but b he had to make his bed m perfectly or p remake it, r again and again again. “On Saturdays we were made to eat tripe which I couldn’t stand. I used to gag but the staff stood behind me and made me eat it,� John says. “To this day, I don’t know why we weren’t left with our grandparents. They were well off and they doted on us.� The children spent three years in the orphanages, their father visiting once a fortnight. One day, he turned up with a woman who was to be their new “mum�. They became a family of sorts but then she had two children and John and his siblings were largely forgotten. In about 1942, John’s father was promoted to headmaster of the school in Bellingen, in northern NSW. He was also

John Hocking now and in his heyday different cottages on the property. It was a shock. “We sat under one of the houses and bawled our eyes out for hours. We didn’t

the Town Marshall responsible for evacuating the women and children if there was a Japanese invasion. “People don’t remember but this was a dangerous time. We were absolutely certain the Japanese would bypass Brisbane and the Brisbane Line and land at Coffs Harbour because it has a deep sea port,� John says. “My brother was in the school cadets and on at least one occasion, he was given a 303 rifle and some ammo and spent the night standing guard on a headland at Coffs. It was thought that Japanese submarines would drop spies there.� John was about 11 by this time and remembers that the boats were all taken off the beaches and jetties. Signs were removed from signs and the railway station to confuse the enemy. “If our troops hadn’t stopped the Japs at Kokoda, we could never have stopped them once they got here,� he says. His stepmother had tins of rations packed in case they had to evacuate. The road over Dorrigo Mountain had been set with landmines and the only escape was on foot over the top of the plateau. From there, it was 130km to Armidale.


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As Town Marshall, John’s father wanted to test this route. He asked an old bullock driver to take Ted and John up a track from the bottom of Dorrigo to the top. It was about 11km and very steep. They made it and reported back that this was a possible way out, if needed. After the war, John wanted to become a teacher, but his father told him, “you haven’t got enough brains to be a teacher. Go down the street and get a job.” He was a milkman for a short time and then began an apprenticeship as a mechanic in Armidale. His career took a leap forward when he and his mate Sandy Brown took a ship to England. They were 22 and ready for adventure.




John showing what a tractor can do in Iran

John had a letter of introduction to Harry Ferguson’s tractor company in Coventry, England and paid to join the tractor training program for overseas tractor dealers. The course was on a farm outside Coventry so it was very hands-on. He learnt how to operate tractors in the field, maintenance and repairs, and became a knowledgeable and valuable employee. After 18 months, the Aussie boy was itching for a change. The company offered him a job in the Middle East demonstrating the new tractors and training dealers and mechanics. It seemed nobody else wanted to go. In the early 1950s, John spent about a year in Turkey, Iran, Jordon, Lebanon and Syria,

travelling with an interpreter and giving tractor training and demonstrations in rural areas. He often slept in mud huts or, if the night was mild, stretched out on top of the service tractor. After 3½ years, he was homesick and sailed back to Melbourne where he found work with Ferguson Tractors giving training and demonstrations. John met his wife Tricia at a dance in Melbourne and they had three children. Watching them grow and contribute to society has been one of his greatest pleasures. With his “international experience” John was an asset to any tractor company

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in Australia and was often headhunted for new positions. He moved up the career ladder, but there were closures and mergers and work wasn’t always steady, especially in the 1980s. In his industry, John was respected as a straight-talker. He knew the tractors and the earthmoving equipment, and he understood the customers. His work often took him away from home, travelling in Australia and overseas. He was only 64 when his career came to a halt. His hearing had deteriorated and communicating was becoming a challenge. A childhood illness had left him deaf in one ear and a lifetime with tractors had taken its toll. “In the old days, we knew nothing about industrial deafness. We thought the louder a tractor is the better,” he says. John has some advice for young people setting out on life: Firstly, “Just have a go. If you get knocked back, pick yourself up and keep going. I wasn’t that bright, but I succeeded because I stuck at it.” Secondly, “Always be sincere and always be honest with yourself and the person you are talking to, whether you’re selling or no matter what you’re doing.” Now 88 and retired on the Queensland waterfront, John is an active member of the Men’s Shed … and his pacemaker is ticking along nicely.

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Life has its stages and phases. CHERYL LOCKWOOD turns 55 and decides that life’s an adventure, while octogenarian MOCCO WOLLERT revels in life in the slow lane.

Sitting in the mall watching the passing parade keeps MOCCO WOLLERT entertained and educated spotting the stereotypes. The Fleet has arrived and invaded the city with a sizable number of sailors. Actually, I am exaggerating. It is not a fleet but just one big cruise ship. For a day, Brisbane will be overrun by a colourful horde of middle-agers, seniors and very-senior seniors. But rather than the city population bolting windows and doors with cries of angst and terror, there are calls of welcome and happy music. These are prized invaders. Shop owners are all wearing big smiles and opening their doors wide. The whispering of credit cards being swiped hangs in the air. I love sitting in the mall with a coffee or a wine and just observing life. I look with envy at the young girls in their stilettos, even if most of them walk with a suppressed expression of pain. Those stilettos are like fire-tempered arrows shooting up their legs and into their backs. I look smugly at my sensible lace-ups under the table but somehow wish they were not quite so sensible and maybe just a bit more stiletto-ish. Young business people in suits look

like they have spent the morning at the gym. Their suits are super tight and their shoes so long they are like the advanceguard of an army. Mature businessmen also wear super tight suits but more to contain the bellies bulging over their belts. I can spot cruise ship passengers immediately. They are as clear as a neon sign. Most walk in pairs, a lot holding hands. Their age is mostly south of 50. Mr Cruiser often wears a Panama-type hat or a cap. Mrs Cruiser wears threequarter pants and a pretty T-shirt or blouse. The ladies of the sea don’t seem to possess a dress or skirt. The final give-aways are a small rucksack or satchel and, most obvious of all, the ship’s identity tag around their necks. Sometimes I think I can smell the aroma of the giant shipboard breakfast buffet still lingering around them. There was a time when the tourist stereotype was a big camera hanging in front of a rotund belly. Now everybody takes photos with mobile phones and makes them into a computer-generated photo book when they get home. I often offer to take a photo of a couple and let them choose the background. They usually pick something exciting like the entrance of David Jones or a bench next to a bin. These are important photos that will go into that computer-generated photo book that will gather dust in dark cupboards and be thrown in the bin when their children eventually clean out the house. I love cruising myself and while I mostly wear a dress or skirt when I wander the tourist spots, hidden laneways or gigantic shopping centres of a town, I’m sure I am easily identified as a Mrs Cruiser. We seem to have that look about us. While on a Mediterranean cruise last year, I wondered if someone was watching me, thinking “here comes another one” as I strolled along the Ramblas in Barcelona looking for a lunch venue. May your lunches be interesting and your days be golden.

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After four decades, it was time for CHERYL LOCKWOOD to overcome her fear of motorcycles. On a picturesque island off of the coast of Thailand, my husband and I rented a motorcycle. By motorcycle, I mean one of those step-through little numbers known as a scooter. Not a ground-breaking activity but for us, a first. I admit to being a wimp when it comes to the two-wheeled beasts. Don’t tell my brother, the owner of a Harley who hasn’t noticed that I’m one of the few family members who has not lined up for a ride. As for my other brother, I do blame him for his attempt at teaching me to ride his 250cc. I was 14 and his instruction included showing me the throttle. “Get on and ride,” he urged. I came within a whisker of ploughing into my parent’s car but chose to bail out as the thought of injury seemed preferable to facing Dad about a damaged car. I dusted myself off to see my brother doubled up with laughter. End of lesson. End of motorcycle riding for me. Some 40 years later, I was nervous as we approached the young lady behind a row of step-through scooters. The price for two days’ hire was similar to the cost of a one-way trip to our accommodation by taxi, and the motor cycle gave us freedom to explore the island. I’m not sure if I wanted an honest answer, when I asked hubby if he could ride it. What did he mean, he thought so? His wobbly practise lap of the street didn’t help my confidence. I wondered if we should have chosen the older bike with scuff marks rather than the shiny, red one. Helmet fastened, I climbed on the back and we gingerly set off avoiding the drains, potholes, tourists and locals. Whole families buzzed by. No one gave us a second glance. I’m sure our laden backpacks helped keep our speed down, but if we were a little slow the locals steered around us.

Dozens of eggs were stacked on the back of one scooter. I saw it as potentially a giant omelette. We made it the whole five kilometres to our hotel intact and I have to say it was not terrifying. In fact, another ride that afternoon, minus the backpacks, was quite pleasant. The following day saw us do a complete lap of the island stopping here and there to take in the views and to taste some delicious food. Despite some stiff muscles, the ride was a holiday highlight with hubby declaring that he could get a scooter when we got home. (And a trailer for the dog) Maybe I didn’t share that level of enthusiasm, but I would do it again. Ah, life’s an adventure.

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Brace for the latest Windows 10 update Another major update has arrived for Windows 10 users. NATHAN WELLINGTON explains some of the new features it contains and what to do when it arrives.


very year there are two major updates released by Microsoft for Windows 10 and these traditionally fall in April and October, however this one’s a little late. Generally, after these updates I will receive calls from clients asking why their computer looks different. It is also when certain issues begin to arise. One of the major changes is that Microsoft has allowed us to have much more control over the way Windows 10 installs the updates – or not. Specifically, Windows 10 will no longer automatically install big updates without our permission. From now on, you’ll see a notification and it’s your choice as to when you want to install the update. Don’t want to install the update? That’s fine, you can keep using your current version of Windows 10 for as long as it’s supported. Security updates will give you around 18 months after release, and then it will force the update, but by then there should not be any major install issues (we hope). Once you install the update you will have the option of the new “light theme”

which affects the start menu, taskbar, notifications, action centre sidebar and print dialog rather than the regular dark theme. Microsoft is also cleaning up those tiles on the start menu into a single column rather than having half a page of tiles that you never use. If you want to uninstall more of those built in apps such as Solitaire, or My Office or Groove Music, they will now allow you to do this as well.

Finally, Microsoft is also attempting to remove passwords, so if you keep forgetting your password to login, you can use a PIN or they can link your account to your mobile phone and text you a password each time you attempt to login. This may not make it easier to use but for some of my clients who don’t regularly log into their computer and keep asking me to change their password, this could be a welcome relief. Microsoft also offers more troubleshooting options which will help you attempt to fix minor issues you may experience. To use this option, navigate to Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot. You’ll see a list of recommended trouble-shooters that Windows suggests may fix your problem. Lastly, another great aspect of this new update is that the Windows Security app is becoming more robust to the point that many may not even need a third-party security app anymore. For the irregular user this is a good alternative to spending money on annual fees through third-party security

programs. Every six months I receive a flood of calls after the major Windows update installs and these are generally with issues that have arisen from the update. It can be anything from slowing down the computer to loading Windows 10 on to a blank screen. If you receive a notification for the latest May update you don’t necessarily have to install it then and there. I suggest that you wait at least one month before installing it, as I find that after the first wave of installs all the bugs begin to rise to the surface and Windows makes the appropriate fixes. If you are unsure or decide to update to the new version of Windows 10 and then find there are changes to your computer you didn’t expect, or if it slows down, contact your local tech support for a home visit. I am sure we would have already seen the problem you are experiencing and can resolve it quick smart. If you don’t have a dedicated tech support you can always call me at Home Tech Assist on 1300 682 817 or

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Diet – the health insurance you can control Staying ahead of the aging game is getting harder and more expensive, but diet is a sure way to stay one step ahead, writes KENDALL MORTON.


ealth insurance changes, superannuation rules change and the pension age creeps up but there is one area of your health, let’s call it your other health insurance, you can still control – your diet. Diet is now recognised as the leading cause of death around the world, ranking higher than smoking. In April, a Lancet study of data from 195 countries found diet was at least partially responsible for the death of about 11 million people each year. A good diet can help protect you from dementia and Alzheimer’s. How? By reducing risk factors such as type 2 diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. Research shows these debilitating conditions can be improved with a low-carb ketogenic diet. In a conventional diet, the body burns insulin for fuel. Fuelling your body with sugars has become a problem. Medical research has consistently shown a strong link between blood sugar disorders, such as insulin resistance and diabetes, and the stages of dementia. This link is so common that Alzheimer’s now has the nickname “type 3 diabetes”.

The alternative is a ketogenic diet, in which you eat more natural fats and a moderate amount of protein and a small amount of carbohydrates. Your body switches to burning fats for fuel. It’s a natural system that gives a steady supply of energy. The diet produces ketones in your liver which are used for energy throughout your body. As the brain now has a steady energy supply, it is thought that the ketogenic diet can slow and even reverse the symptoms of memory loss and cognitive

impairment. In people with Alzheimer’s disease the ability to use glucose as fuel is impaired. Dr Stephen Cunnane and his team from the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada developed a technology to measure how brain cells take up sugar. Using this technology, Cunnane’s team showed that people with Alzheimer’s absorbed 40 per cent less glucose in some areas of their brain. It seems this energy gap is causing ongoing cognitive impairment. In 2018, Dr Cunnane told a lecture

audience the brain was like a hybrid car. It can run on glucose or ketones (see Can Ketones Slow Down Alzheimer’s, IHMC Evening Lecture series, YouTube). Cunnane recommended that if your brain is no longer absorbing enough glucose, it is time to switch to ketones. He added that clinical trials had shown the ketogenic diet to be safe and scientifically well-founded as a treatment in early stage Alzheimer’s. Backing this up, the Neurochemistry journal reported ketones have the following benefits in the brain: They enhance energy production, increase neural growth factors and strengthen the signals sent between the synapses (2017). In addition, ketones will reduce oxidative stress and inflammation. All this leads to better brain function which means more freedom and independence in your later years. For information about the ketogenic diet and aging, check the websites Low Carb Down Under or the Diet Doctor. Kendall Morton is the Director of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay. Call 5491 6888 or email

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Holden’s new hero – big, bold and smart The Acadia is Holden’s biggest and boldest SUV, the flagship of today’s imported fleet of cars, wagons and utes, writes BRUCE McMAHON.


he family-sized wagon Acadia has to both attract customers and fly the flag for a new generation of Holden-badged machines. And this one, by and large, has the goods to be a Holden hero. This is a handsome SUV in the modern American style. It is bulky, yes, but looks good from all angles, particularly in serious dark colours. It looks like it’s about to disgorge a band of Homeland Security big-wigs. That size – almost 5m long by 2m wide – offers excellent cabin space, right through to the third row of seats. This is a comfortable, spacious interior and, if you move through to the top-spec LTZ-V, wants for little in the way of comfort and safety do-dads. As with a few SUVs these days, the big Holden has a swag of buttons and switches and ancillary controls to discover. Most are self-explanatory, but some will need a read of the handbook. To be lauded is the American-built Acadia’s water and oil temperature gauges, old-fashioned perhaps yet more reassuring than simple warning lights. Yet some of the wagon’s nanny safety gear is a bit much for older blokes. There are lights and seat vibrations if the

Holden gets too close to other machines. There are lights and action if it crosses the line or gets too close to the edge of a road. There are warning lights if over a speed limit that the car’s camera has spotted. There’s auto stop-start (and it doesn’t look like you can turn it off) when stopped at the lights. Now with a lusty 3.6 litre V6 –

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model offers a comfortable ride and competent dynamics even if the steering feels a tad over-assisted. In keeping with its SUV status there’s also a drive mode controller to switch between general road use, snow, sport or towing chores with engine, transmission and traction controls adapting to suit the job. I’m not sure that too many owners will be switching to sport. As wellbehaved as the Acadia may be, this is a big and heavy bus to be throwing around. And that would hurt fuel economy. Holden reckons the petrol-engined Acadia will average out at about 9 litres per 100km but that may not be the case in the suburbs. There’s a range of six Holden Acadia models with three trim levels and either front or all-wheel drive (which carries a $4000 premium). Prices start at $43,490 and run through to $67,490. That sounds a lot but these are competitive prices in a competitive market. And while not all Australians need a large, seven-seat SUV, for those who do this Acadia should be on the shopping list, particularly if looking at long-distance tours down the track.

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Beat stress after leaving the workplace Changes associated with moving from fulltime work and into the next stage of life can be stressful. STEVE MENDL gives six strategies to help cope.


here is little doubt that mental and emotional health is a dominant 21st century issue. In times of change, it does take time to adjust the mind, body and soul. For some, it can take a week, for others a month or a year or even longer. What’s important is awareness of how you are doing and how you are feeling. It’s important to understand that feelings of fear, anger, frustration and confusion are a natural part of the change process and don’t mean you’re going crazy. But when you are experiencing stress in your life, what do you do? There are several effective tools and techniques for coping with and managing stress. You may already do other things that work well for you and that’s great. Continue to use what works and regard the following as possible additions. 1. Share Your Thoughts: Talk it out; don’t stuff the stuff in. Find people you trust and respect. Talk to them about your problems. This frequently relieves stress and you may gain new perspectives that lead to creative solutions. Talk to others about their problems, too. Sometimes hearing what’s happening to others puts your issues in perspective. Men’s sheds and other men’s groups can

be a help. Seek professional assistance from your GP, a therapist or a counsellor. Some companies will let previous employees access their Employee Assistance Program for some months after they have left fulltime employment. 2. Think: Solution-finding and problemsolving is an antidote to stress Eliminate distorted or irrational thinking. Take note of thoughts such as: “Other people don’t care about me” or “I’m over the hill”. If you catch yourself with these thoughts, ask yourself, “is this thought (or thinking) useful at this time?”. If the answer is no, think of something more useful, something that makes you smile. Observe recurring sources of stress to determine how you can break the cycle. Many of us fill our lives with additional sources of stress, creating expectations either of others or ourselves that are unrealistic. In many cases, by deciding which tasks or responsibilities are more important, we can gain more control. Analyse the situations and people that stress you out, and avoid them. The effort you put into this analysis goes a long way towards reducing stress. You can’t always avoid stressful people and situations completely but analyse the biggest stress creators and ways to minimise them.

3. Sweat: Exercise for immediate results. Get regular exercise. This releases pent-up anxiety and strengthens the body, enabling you to better withstand stress. Whatever you’re doing now, do more. Plan enjoyable physical activities. These increase positive stress and decrease negative stress. Walk more. Both planned walks and impromptu walks are beneficial, for example, parking in the back of the parking lot and walking further to the store. 4. Organise: Plan and manage your day As it says on one of my many notebooks: WRITE SH-- DOWN! When stressed, it is common to lose track of the details, such as appointments and other commitments. Get a planner system that works for you and use it. Adopt a less stressful schedule. It is often possible to travel, do your banking and shopping, and pursue leisure and other activities during the less frenetic, off-peak hours. Sleep. A rested mind and body can better handle stress. Follow a well-balanced, nutritious diet. This strengthens the body, enabling you to better handle stress. 5. Take control: Make positive choices. Choose to stop striving for perfection. People who have unrealistic expectations for their own performance subject

themselves to tremendous pressure. Focus less on achieving perfect results and more on the enjoyment of whatever you do. Choose to act happy and laugh a lot. Exhibiting cheerful behaviour even when you don’t feel it can fool the body’s systems into reducing stress reactions. Choose to soothe and take a breath. Progressive relaxation, massage, meditation, yoga and deep breathing are just a few of the techniques available. Choose positive self-talk. The voices in our own heads that judge and criticise what we do create negative self-talk. Catch yourself and replace those comments with affirmations. 6. Take action: Devise a stress management action plan Having an action plan to use when you feel overwhelmed is a powerful way to combat fear, frustration, confusion and stress. This maps what you are going to do before getting into situations where you know you won’t be able to think clearly. Record actions or events that you know are stressors for you and devise a coping strategy to adhere to once you’re in the midst of things. Steve Mendl is author of Beyond the Money: A Practical Guide for Successful Men Leaving Full-time Work.

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Wait for work bonus changes nearly over Researching the net will give any number of reasons to work past retirement age, but NARELLE COOPER is here to give only one – changes to Centrelink’s Work Bonus.


t sends goose bumps up my hard-working arms when I think of the extra $7800 per annum available to age pension recipients who are currently self-employed. But wait there is more, potentially another $6500. Thank you very much. That is initially, a possible $14,300. Let’s not forget to mention those “work together, stay together” couples, that could be an additional $28,600, until your “work bonus bank” runs out. If a picture paints a thousand words, then the Centrelink work bonus explanation would be a Picasso. I am also working on the theory that if the new work bonus rules apply to you then you have done your research. The big question is how Centrelink is going to manage the process. Firstly, if you are selfemployed already you will shortly receive a letter from Centrelink asking you to go online and complete the forms

that will be sitting on your MyGov Centrelink online account. Do not wait until July 1, action the letter as soon as you receive it. Secondly, sadly there is very little information available yet on the ongoing income reporting for the self-employed. It is expected that you will predict an income for the coming 12 months. There will be a dedicated line to Centrelink for all work bonus enquiries, and no, I do not yet have that number. I have been assured it will be in the letter. For those thinking of starting their own business, and who are worried about cognitive capacity, I recently read a New York Times article titled The Science of Older and Wiser by Phyllis Korkki: “Unfortunately, research shows that cognitive functioning slows as people age. But speed isn’t everything. A recent study in Topics in Cognitive Science pointed out

that older people have much more information in their brains than younger ones, so retrieving it naturally takes longer. “And the quality of the information in the older brain is more nuanced. While younger people were faster in tests of cognitive performance, older people showed greater sensitivity to fine-grained differences,” she writes. No joke, this article is serious science, therefore I will leave you on this note: if you think you cannot work because you are thinking slower than those around you it’s just that you have more in your brain. Let’s just say if you think the new work bonus rules applies to you and it all appears too confusing, talk to an expert. The above information is presented as general information’. Narelle Cooper is director of the Centre for Age Pension Admin Services. Call 1300 043 197, visit

IN BRIEF RETIRED Australians want financial security and peace of mind but feel locked into “gambling” their life savings on sharemarket-dominated superannuation. That is a key finding of research by National Seniors Australia. It revealed a clear conflict between risk appetite and investment behaviour, with more than 25 per cent of retirees who claim they can’t tolerate a loss of more than 5 per cent investing all their retirement savings in the sharemarket. Another 43 per cent invested some of their savings. National Seniors CEO,

Professor John McCallum said the findings revealed the conflict experienced by many retirees, particularly post-GFC, who felt they had little option but to continue to gamble their savings in the sharemarket. “It is a clear opportunity and a responsibility for the superannuation sector and government to reset the regulatory and product focus of superannuation to better meet the needs of Australian retirees.” The research also found that more than half of retirees are worried about outliving their savings, and women more than 40 per cent more likely to worry.

THE Superannuation Consumers’ Centre (SCC) at consumer group Choice, says an independent inquiry is desperately needed to figure out how best to protect people who can no longer work. “Some life insurance policies sold by default as part of people’s superannuation are failing to protect people and their families”, SCC director Xavier O’Halloran said. “After years of paying for insurance, you should be able to rely on your fund to support you if you can’t work due to health conditions, but the life insurance industry has prioritised profit over wellbeing, leaving Australians under-covered.” He said there had been a clear drift away from community expectations and in most cases people were paying the exact same premiums but having the quality of cover stripped away from them because of an arbitrary term hidden deep within a policy.

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Help beat the winter flu with elderberry With the flu season fast approaching, we need to start thinking about ways to boost our immune system beyond the jab, writes TRUDY KITHER.


here are additional preventative measures and one worth keeping in your medicine cupboard this winter is Elderberry (Sambucus nigra). Elderberry has been used for thousands of years by native Americans and people of the Mediterranean and surrounding regions. According to ethnobotanical research, it is still one of the most widely used plants worldwide. Berries are used primarily as antiviral agents for colds, influenza and the herpes virus. Clinical research shows that high quality elderberry extracts may reduce flu-like symptoms, have anti-viral, immunomodulating and antioxidant effects while also containing insulinstimulating properties. The berries have been scientifically proven to contain Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B9, C and E and trace elements such as copper, zinc and iron, with minerals of potassium, calcium and magnesium. It also contains phytochemicals of carotenoids, phytosterols and polyphenols in each little berry. Elderberries have a higher antioxidant capacity than vitamin C or E, and in addition to colds, they are also used to relieve symptoms of asthma,

arthritis and constipation. The scientific tests showed that it prevents influenza infection by stopping the flu virus binding to host cells to begin their destruction. An Israeli virologist demonstrated that the elderberry constituents neutralize the activity of influenza A and B and the herpes virus. When these viruses are deactivated, they can no longer pierce the cell walls or enter the

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EVEN the simplest task can seem overwhelming when you’re short on sleep, writes KATHRYN SMITH, and this is largely due to the fact that your brain and cognitive function is not operating at optimal levels. So, it’s not surprising that when it comes to navigating a relationship, sleep deprivation can cause major problems. The part of your brain that monitors mood and emotions, called the amygdala, is affected when you are sleep deprived, causing you to overreact to situations that normally wouldn’t bother you. Research suggests, and anecdotally I can concur, that lack of sleep can also lead to increased stress, as well as anxiety and depression. Often people think there are problems with their relationships when in reality, the stressors and irritations are a result of not enough sleep or other choices. Lack of sleep can also lead to a decline in overall health as your body is deprived of the downtime it needs to restore and replenish cells. Enter the relationship triple threat – stress, tiredness and sickness. An unhealthy you can often lead to an unhealthy relationship and some very testing times. According to the National Sleep Foundation, evidence suggests that people with insomnia have a 10-fold risk of developing depression and an increased risk of other co-morbid conditions. Another key consideration when it

IN-home aged care provider Bromilow Community Care is sponsoring Dementia Australia’s Memory Walk and Jog, and is calling on residents to get involved. Participants can walk, jog or run their choice of 2.5km, 5km or 9km to help Australia “get active and beat dementia”. This year, participants can also register their dog to join them on the walk. “Bromilow staff will attend and walk the event to support our clients living with dementia and to be the voice for them and their families,” CEO Paul Hawting said. “We encourage people of all ages and fitness levels to come together to show

comes to relationships is the importance of giving each other enough time. It can be challenging to feed your relationship when life pulls you from pillar to post, and with Mr Sandman beckoning, date night can fall to the wayside. Setting aside time and committing to quality time together can make a real difference. But the underlying sleep problems or other health concerns that are affecting a relationship need to be addressed and it’s important to encourage your significant other to seek professional help. With psychiatrist Dr Curt Gray I have been effectively treating insomnia with cognitive behavioural therapy in a group program, Towards Better Sleep. Unlike sleep medication, CBT is not a quick fix and takes time to work, which is why the program is over six weeks, focusing on education, behavioural techniques, correcting faulty thinking and relaxation strategies. A group setting has proven an effective setting to treat people with sleep problems, as it allows participants to share their experiences and learn from one another in a more cost-effective way. If you think you could benefit from group therapy, talk to your GP about the Towards Better Sleep program. Kathryn Smith is a clinical psychologist and sleep expert at

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The concept of proprioception informs us that the central nervous system (most specifically the cerebellum) depends heavily on the peripheral nervous system to recognize its body’s position spatially. Imagine a robot that’s motherboard is still in working order, yet it no longer has enough working sensors to inform its spatial position – it would likely begin falling over and bumping into things, damaging even more sensors as it does. So too is the experience of many cancer patients. For a variety of reasons (such as an axonal peripheral neuropathy or reaction to chemotherapy drugs), the peripheral nervous system can begin slowing production and thus see a steady decline in the amplitude of its signals - much the way our robot experiences malfunction of its sensors over time. What this primarily means for cancer patients is that maintaining good balance, which is integral in day-to-day life, becomes increasingly difficult. The body’s ability to remain stable while sitting, standing or moving (which helps to prevent falls and further injury

which cancer patients are especially vulnerable to) is compromised. Practitioners are aware that balance disorders in patients can commonly be attributed to innocuous disturbances to the vestibular system (such as an inner ear infection). Additionally, the vestibular system relies on the visual and skeletal systems to maintain the body’s stability and, when either of these is out of commission, a patient’s balance will be adversely affected. While the vestibular, skeletal and visual systems are commonly checked for a multitude of underlying causes in patients with a balance disorder, an equally important, yet often overlooked consideration is the role of the peripheral nervous system in relation to balance (particularly in cancer patients). Balance disorders may present in cancer patients in a number of ways including an irregular/erratic step, unsteady gait, the need for support when walking, clumsiness, falls, lethargy, dizziness (especially while standing) and vertigo. For more information visit June 2019 / YOUR TIME MAGAZINE 31

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GLOBAL STAR HEADLINES WINTER JAZZ FEST EMMA Pask, hailed by James Morrison as the greatest gift to Australian jazz vocals in the last decade, will headline the Nambour Winter Jazz Fest next month. Spotted by Morrison when she was 16, Pask has toured the world and collected accolades during the past 20 years. Her VIP audiences include the late Diana

Princess of Wales and Princess Mary of Denmark and performing the bridal waltz at Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s wedding. She is a Mo jazz vocalist of the year, appeared in the TV show The Voice and in top venues around the world. While Pask’s voice and style are unique, her performances are reminiscent of the classic era of jazz, when swing was top of the charts. She interweaves storytelling through timeless swinging jazz standards, upbeat Latin rhythms, tender ballads and raucous blues. The Supper Club with Emma Pask Nambour RSL Club, Matthew St. Saturday, July 20, 8pm, doors open 6pm. Tickets $78 includes two-course dinner. Visit

FINE ART GOES FROM BUSH TO BEACH BUSH to the Beach, a fine art exhibition and sale, will be held to coincide with the annual Kenilworth Food Wine and Cheese Festival. Presented by the Artists Alliance Australia (AAA) in collaboration with the Kenilworth Arts Council, the inaugural Bush to Beach will feature more than 100 artworks by 11 local artists. AAA creator Graeme Love said the Sunshine Coast artists were passionate about the region and its vibrant, natural beauty and there would be a treasure

trove of artworks on display and for sale. “This exhibition promises a wide selection of collectable art for the most discerning interests,” he said. Bush to Beach will be officially launched on June 28, at 6pm by accomplished local artists Jandamarra Cadd of Pomona and Pam Hopkins of Imbil. Kenilworth Community Hall, Friday, June 28 1pm-5pm; June 29-30, 9am-5pm; July 1, 9am-noon. See


SWING BACK IN TIME THE Jazz and Blues Collective this month presents the one-off show Something’s Got a Hold On Me starring Melly Melody. It explores the rich and raw tapestry of love, longing, loss, and liberation with songs from Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, and Bessie Smith, as well as modern classics from Amy Winehouse and Duffy. Melly’s smooth vocals, deep soul, sophisticated vintage look and talented band will transport audiences to times past. Featuring Pete Kelly keys, Simon Gardner guitar, Brendan Scully bass, Aaron Jansz drums and Joe Howman trumpet, it will be an afternoon of fabulous music. Specialising in music from the 1920s, including jazz, blues, swing, wartime, American songbook, rhythm and blues; soul; pop; and musical theatre, Melly captures the essence of the era. Old Soul Bar, 19 Ocean St, Maroochydore. June 9, 1pm for 2pm. Tickets $24, seniors $21.Tickets

THE world-famous ensemble Chamber Philharmonia Cologne will bring the hills alive with the sound of classical music in Maleny. On bassoon, violoncello and violin, the group’s motto is “classical music the world over”. From one of Germany’s best-known music centres, they bring a mix of popular and unknown works from a variety of musical eras. From Cologne Cathedral to Sydney Opera House to St George’s Maleny, they present about 300 concerts a year. The Maleny program will include a concerto for violin, strings and basso continuo by Vivaldi, a concerto for bassoon and orchestra by Mozart, Paganini’s Moses Variation for violin and orchestra, and Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Saint-Saens. The venue has excellent acoustics. There is plenty of parking and afternoon tea will be available in the church hall. St George’s Church, 2Walkers Drive, Maleny. Saturday, June 22, 2pm Tickets $40, concessions $35. Maleny Visitors Centre or at the door from 1pm.



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SUNSHINE Coast culture vultures will have a feast of entertainment when NOOSA alive! transforms local venues into stages for the world’s best over 10 days next month. “We’re thrilled to be offering locals and visitors a diverse offering of music, theatre, dance, art, film, literature and even culinary experiences at this year’s festival,” producer Tim Loydell said. The program starts on Friday, July 19

when, inspired by New Zealand’s showbands of the 1960s and ’70s, Modern Maori Quartet merges soul classics with the Maori tradition of storytelling in a heartwarming and humorous evening. It continues with journalist Kerry O’Brien in conversation with Annie Gaffney over a two-course luncheon from View by Matt Golinski; Tim Freedman of the Whitlams in a special solo performance; and the classical six-piece vocal group Ganz A Capella. A writing workshop and the launch of Shelley Davidow’s book is also on the program and the Queensland Ballet will present two performances produced specifically for the festival. Michaela Burger presents her riveting true story, A Migrant’s Son with Noosa Chorale and the Umbilical Brothers (pictured) bring their awardwinning show Speedmouse. More events are still to be announced. Visit

CUPCAKES AND CLASSICS THE Sunshine Coast Concert Band presents Classical Cupcakes, with program highlights including favourites from classical and popular repertoires, such as Swan Lake and Oklahoma. Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment with the band under the direction of Ken Chadwick and vocalists Wendy West and Alex Chambers, followed by cupcakes for afternoon tea. Only 200 tickets available. The concert will benefit Hear and Say. St Mark’s Anglican Church, Main St, Buderim. June 16, 2pm. Tickets $25, concessions $20, from Buderim Old Post Office or at the door.

COMEDY NOT JUST FOR GRANNIES A COMEDY about a third major Australian political party, The Grannies Only Party (GOP) is being presented by the Indee Comedy Theatre in Yandina. Every Crook and Granny features six stage grannies – Gwen Griffin, Debbie Pitura, Di Meyers, Carol Burls, Nerryl Hagenbach and Lea-Anne Grevett, plus not-yet granny, Dunia Tarrant. The Wild Tomato Tearooms, quiet and sedate, become a hotbed of intrigue with what passes as a book club parting major banks from ill-gotten gains and turning them into public benefactors. The tearoom gardens earn extra income from the herb, commonly known as pot, tended by the council’s always happy noxious weeds inspector. And a nosy reporter sniffs out a new political party that storms to a win. Parking is easy and there’s table seating, with complimentary tea, coffee

SING ALONG FOR BLOOMHILL BUDERIM Male Choir presents a special charity concert based on the old-time favourite TV series, Sing Along With Mitch, to benefit Bloomhill Cancer Care. The concert will feature more than 25 favourite songs from the past 50 years and the audience will be encouraged to sing along with the help of projected lyrics. The program will include favourites such as as Edelweiss, My Way, Moon River,

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LIVING GEMS WORKSHOP KEEPS THE BOYS BUSY RESIDENTS can continue a passion for creativity without having to travel too far at Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront’s own workshop. Mal Aland and his band of workers can be found six days a week sawing, hammering and sanding to their heart’s content. Mr Aland said he had always loved woodwork and has been creating toys and furniture for more than 50 years. “Even before moving into Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront, I was building wooden toys for charity and all kinds of different things out of wood,” he said. Part of the resort’s award-winning Country Club, the fully operational worshop was built for residents interested in woodwork and building. This small group of talented people have a broad range of skills and are interested in creating projects and helping repair small to medium items for residents. “We put up extendable clothes lines, hang pictures, restore furniture – you name it,” Mr Aland said. “Most recently we restored a couple of dining tables and chairs for people living in the resort.” At the moment, the workshop group is concentrating on the construction of

ramps for doorways to help access to villas for residents who might need some assistance in the short term. They also make medium sized cabinets and shelving. The group plans to run various courses for interested residents including carving and pyrography, the art of decorating wood or other materials by burning from the controlled application of a heated object such as a poker. In the future, they plan to introduce activities where use of machinery is not necessary. The workshop operates wholly on a self-supportive model, so a small cost is added to each job to compensate for any breakages and wear and tear of equipment, as well as the purchase of materials, and to cover costs for projects big and small. Not restricted to beavering in the workshop, the group booked the resort bus for a trip to last month’s Maleny Wood Show where members saw timber cutting displays and methods as well as craft woodwork displays. “Woodwork is a good hobby in retirement and there is great satisfaction in helping others,” Mr Aland said. “It also keeps me out of my wife’s hair.” Call 1800 957 948 or visit

CHURCHES of Christ Little Mountain Campus offers Sunshine Coast seniors a low cost aqua fitness class and morning tea program, so they can make new friends and get fit at the same time. The sessions are on Mondays at 10.30am in the centre’s comfortably heated pools. It is a partnership program with Healthy Sunshine Coast. Become a member of Little Mountain Aquatic Centre and take part in other aqua aerobics sessions and also squad training, learn to swim and lap swimming. Afterwards, get together with friends to feast on good food and coffee at the One Table Café on campus. Meanwhile, in the community rooms, Impulse Performing Arts is now running Term 2 dance classes and Common Ground Jujitsu is running martial arts classes. The campus also has a state-of-the-art residential aged care service and

community care office. Little Mountain Campus is at 211 Parklands Blvd, 8km west of Caloundra. The campus is fully owned and operated by not-for-profit Churches of Christ in Queensland. Call 5436 4100 or the aquatic centre 5436 4110.


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“Our resorts provide a community of like-minded people, as well as five-star leisure, sport and social facilities. GemLife is more than just a home, it’s a lifestyle.” Outdoor facilities at GemLife include a floodlit tennis court, swimming pool, putting green, bocce court, bowling green, off-leash dog run and other recreational areas. In addition, the Country Club’s attractions include a heated indoor pool and spa, gymnasium, library, cinema, bowling alley, games room, café and bar. Homes are architecturally designed, spacious and include premium fittings and appliances. Additional features such as reverse cycle air conditioning, stainless steel security screens and solar power are standard inclusions. GemLife has six resorts at Maroochydore, Pacific Paradise, Bribie Island, Highfields, Lennox Head and Woodend. Visit

Spending time in natural green spaces delivers health benefits, according to a recent study. THE uplifting feeling when you’re close to nature can be difficult to describe, but there is proof that spending time outside can have significant health benefits. A UK university study of more than 20 countries found that spending time in, or living close to, natural green spaces is associated with diverse and significant health benefits. Exposure to green spaces reduces risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, according to the research. The researchers believe that health benefits related to living near open green space, urban parks or street greenery may be related to increased physical activity and socialising as well as exposure to immune-boosting bacteria. There are plenty of opportunities to get outside at Nature’s Edge Buderim

over 50s lifestyle village. Nestled in the Buderim foothills, homes have been designed to maximise the natural rainforest setting with all homes including an alfresco dining area. Nature’s Edge Buderim residents enjoy award-winning landscapes and outdoor spaces as well as a vibrant social scene. Getting active is easy with a $4 million Leisure Centre precinct featuring a tennis court, bowling green, swimming pool, parks and walking trail. “We love our home, the rainforest setting and the people,” resident Trish Jordan said. “Walking down the street can take an hour because there are so many people to say hello to.” Call 1800 218 898 or email info@ to arrange a personalised tour. Visit Sunshine Coast

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Walking in a winter wonderland in Japan Think Japan and it’s Tokyo, Kyoto, Mt Fuji, Osaka and Hiroshima, but MICHAEL OSBORNE heads to Hokkaido in search of ancient traditions and birds that enjoy the snow.

The group celebrates at Cape Soya, the northernmost town of Hokkaido.


OKKAIDO is the big island to the north and the home of Sapporo beer. It’s rich in history and sensational natural beauty with an abundance of wildlife including the Tancho crane, Japan’s avian figurehead. It’s an auspicious bird once thought to be extinct. With distinctive white and black plumage and a red crest, the Tancho crane has been called Surround Kambui (deity of the wetlands) by the Ainu people since ancient times. It is also revered as a symbol of a good marriage because the birds stay together in mating pairs for their entire life. The depth of this devotion is evident in the anecdote about a wounded male who could not fly so carried food from a feed site to his family faraway on foot. The original habitants are the Ainu people, who have been here for thousands of years, many of them still observing ancient customs and beliefs. Using bird feathers for clothing, gathering food for winter and following traditional song and

dance is part of their lifestyle. But firstly, let’s talk about the weather. I travelled in early January when the temperatures ranged from around 0C to -20C. This creates huge amounts of the finest powder snow that skiers love. The island is dotted with ski fields and resorts. The best, they claim, is Niseko “the prince of powder” which has many resorts and about 1000ha of skiable snow. Most resorts also feature the Onsen or hot springs, said to be so relaxing you can hear the snowflakes falling. For those wanting to go at a warmer time, agriculture is the mainstay of the island. The freshest of products combined with Japanese methods of preparing food creates a gourmet heaven. In winter, the Ramen style was an ideal warmer to prepare for the outdoor challenges. There are four different ramen soup bases that originated on the island – miso (Sapporo), shoyu (Asahikawa), shio (Hakodate), and curry (Muroran).

Everyone tends to have a personal flavour preference with their noodles, but why not try them all before you make up your mind. In spring and summer, the weather is mild with little humidity, making it ideal to explore the wonderful listed national parks and wildlife reserves. A two-hour flight from Tokyo lands at Wakkanai, the northernmost town and capital of the Soya Sub prefecture of Hokkaido. In the Ainu language, Wakkani means “cold water river”. Cape Soya is as far north as you can go, and they say that on a clear day you can see the Russian island of Sakalin. We were lucky to see more than a few hundred metres courtesy of a snow storm. Heading South we arrive at Toyotomi, gateway to the sensational Sarobetsu Wetlands and wilderness area. A visit to the centre is a must, and it’s here that you can watch a video of the year-long changes to the 20,000ha of nature at its best. Nearby is Lake Saroma, the largest brackish lake in Japan and year-round home to a huge selection of wildlife. It’s where I see my first Tancho crane. The lake is separated from the ocean by a 25km sand spit which protects some special flora

The delights of authentic sushi and fauna. Furano is a more laid-back destination famous for rolling fields of lavender and other summer flowers. In winter, top-class skiing and snowboarding opportunities are on offer in this scenic rural area. Abashiri City is on the ocean and is noted for the drift ice in the Sea of Okhotsk as well as its museums, national parks and wildflower reserves. As it was -20C in January, I really appreciated the heated footpaths when checking out the city. Visit Michael Osborne travelled as a guest of Hokkaido Tourism. Feature supplied by WTF Media

Winter spreads its cloak across the land, creating a picture postcard scene.




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India curries favour from every angle


Vibrant colours, exotic spices, throbbing streets and piquant cuisine, SEAN LUES was warned that India would appeal to the senses and it didn’t disappoint.

Vibrant colours of a cloth market in Jaipur.


ndia, I was warned, would be an assault on the senses. And that’s exactly what happened to all five senses. There was always movement, bold brushes of vibrant colours sparkling in the light, as women hurried about their daily business. The overwhelming traffic and

proudly-decorated vehicles, from camel carts to lorries, clamoured through the streets while peacocks, kingfishers and other birds proudly displayed their attire in their natural habitat of the jungle. There was the incessant sound of the horns of multiple vehicles, but not in anger as we would normally anticipate. This was simply advice to other road-

users that they were there. The loud conversations of throngs of pedestrians in the streets could quickly give way to a sudden, unexpected calm in a hidden garden or step-well. An incredible variety of foods had to be sampled (many times) and kept my sense of taste busy. (It also meant I didn’t lose any weight.) No Indian restaurant here can do justice to the tastes and assortment of dishes available in India. With the vast array of spices used in everything, there was always a lingering fragrance for the sense of smell, from the spice markets of Old Delhi to incense being burnt in shops and even the bouquets of lilies in hotel foyers. The touch of cool marble on the walls of the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal was in contrast to the air outside. It was hot, but luckily not humid. India is currently heading into its hottest time of the year and Delhi will be reaching 45C on most days. Most places are air-conditioned and the feel of the cool air brushing across your face as you enter a hotel or bus is bliss. Exotic India has to be seen, heard, tasted, smelt and touched to be believed. Visit


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Cyclists enjoy last year’s ride and (inset) the spectacular coastline.

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ancient lava flow encrusted with coral reef, and through Japanese-designed artificial reef structures. Two ships lie here – US Navy vessel YO-257 and the 34m Korean fishing vessel, San Pedro, sunk in 1996. These contrived reefs provide information for the University of Hawaii, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and Hawaii State’s Department of Land and Natural Resources. Two days earlier, we had spent most of the day at Pearl Harbour looking over, among other vessels, the wartime submarine USS Bowfin, and marvelled how anyone could live and work in that cramped area. The vessel Atlantis is more spacious and not as claustrophobic as I’d feared at 18m long and 2.5m wide inside. Communication with the surface by wireless phone is maintained always. I forget my fear and wish we were going further down, but then shiver as I think of more than 60 headstones at Pearl Harbour, each representing a submarine lost with all hands. All too soon our 45 minutes is up and we head back to the surface. Next time you’re in Hawaii, give it a try. Aloha!

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e are in Hawaii ending a cruising holiday when we decide on the Atlantis dive. I’m afraid I might suffer claustrophobia but I tell my husband I’d love to go. We are taken to the jetty stretching into the water from Waikiki beach in front of the old Royal Hawaiian Hotel which, dressed in soft pink paint, is fondly known as the Pink Lady. As the launch slips alongside, we are warned of possible deep swells. The ensuing short trip to the vessel provides, as promised, significant rock ‘n’ roll. We clutch the rails nervously as the Atlantis 64 submarine materialises from the depths like a huge, sleek shark. Stepping carefully on steep stairs we are shepherded below. Launched in 1994, she has 16 viewports each side, all with glass 6cm thick and a diameter of 60cm to provide easy comfortable viewing for two people. Passengers sit back-to-back on moulded seats in two rows down the centre of the cabin. A frisson of apprehension/fear ripples through me as we slowly dive. It’s an odd, other-worldly feeling as we sink below the waterline. Colours are changing. At 9m, the orange breaks down and the water looks yellowish; at 18m, yellow does the same and appears green. At 27m, green begins to look blue. The nerves kick in as we go deeper and I watch the depth register show 30m, 32m and then … I hold my breath … 33m. The guide tells us this is as deep as we go. The experience becomes surreal. We pass the remains of two mid-Pacific airliners. We creep at snail’s pace past man-made reefs, wrecks and various sea-floor detritus which is inevitable given this area’s history – bits of iron and rusted pieces of ships and aircraft. We pass artificial pyramid reefs placed by the University of Hawaii at a depth of about 24m, then it’s down again. At 27m we pass over the Pali O Pono

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Bhutan - Land of the Dragon Tigers Nest- Taktsang

On reflection as I left Bhutan behind and took off from Paro, one of the most dangerous valleys to fly out of in the world, I was already looking forward to my return in November. Visiting Bhutan is an experience of natural beauty, unique architecture of an ancient culture and one of spirituality. A small country with cities no bigger than 40,000 in population travelling is made easy and relaxing. Bhutan only opened its doors to the world in 1974 and was the last country in the world to allow satellite television in 1999. Landlocked by India in the south, China and Tibet in the North, and with a population of around 700,000, Bhutan is a place unlike any other and one you are sure to fall in love with. Cheryl trekking up the Tigers Nest path

5 REASONS TO VISIT BHUTAN Natural Beauty Think peaceful, untouched landscapes, punctuated only by the sounds of its rich wildlife and gurgling rivers. Bhutan’s Constitution mandates that 60% of its lands be under forest cover at all times, with the current forest cover approximated at 72%. Beautiful blue pine forests with Rhododendrons populate the roadside. Low Impact Tourism Following a ‘High value, low impact’ tourism policy a holiday to this country can be quite an expensive and hence, exclusive affair for citizens of most countries. Barring several passport holders, any other foreign national is required to pay a fixed minimum daily price of $250 ($200 in the off-season. A considerable percentage of this fee is contributed back into community initiatives, free healthcare and right to education. With this minimum fee, Bhutan successfully controls the number of visitors and maintains a sustainable format of tourism, giving way to negligible traffic, near-empty attractions, and an unspoilt vista of valleys and roads.

No Western Influence It is hard to imagine that just forty odd years ago, Bhutan didn’t participate in the world. There were fewer than 20 cars, the United Nations hadn’t recognised it as a country, and it had never been invaded or colonized; remaining free from western influence. No McDonald’s, no Starbucks, no giant supermarkets and no skyscrapers. Bhutan is refreshingly devoid of some of the most familiar sights your eyes are drawn to when you visit a new country. No Traffic Lights White-gloved policeman and a firmly ingrained civic sense seem to suffice to regulate traffic in Bhutan. In fact, Thimphu is the only national capital in the world to not have a single traffic light. I delighted in seeing this white gloved policeman standing in the centre of the road directing the traffic. Traditional Dress In another attempt to preserve the Bhutanese culture, locals here are mandated to wear the traditional dress during work hours and while entering any place of worship. However sadly as the younger generation are growing up, they are trying to push back against this for a more western style dress.

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Punakha Dzong Monastery Top: Dochula Pass. Above left: Monks at Punakha Dzong Monastery. Above right: Buddha Dordenma Left: Punakha Suspension Bridge

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This story follows the life journey of two women in Afghanistan who are separated from their families by tragedy or circumstance. Mariam is 15 when she is bought by Rasheed who later acquires another wife named Mariam at about the same age. Burqas are mandatory and with the Taliban in control of all aspects of daily life, the women’s lives restricted. They may be publicly beaten for any misdemeanour. On the home front, it’s also commonplace for Rasheed to lash out at Mariam for no particular reason. His brutality is appalling to read and eventually comes to a surprising end. I found this book a harrowing read, but realise we need to learn from people who have the courage to write about abuse and injustice in the world.


This is a story about two women of different generations set during three war-torn decades of recent Afghan history. It is a story of companionship and ultimate love and survival under the extreme duress of unimaginable domestic violence. One of the principal characters “never would have believed that a human body could withstand this much beating, this viciously, this regularly, and keep functioning”. The author touches on the beauty of friendship, of art, of books, in contrast to the brutality, oppression and destruction by the various warring Afghan groups. The main theme running through the novel is the obscene violence of a male-dominated controlling and misogynistic society. This book is both educational and very well written. 8/10


This is a well written book with a dual narrative about Mariam an illegitimate child with little self-esteem and a much younger Laila, orphaned by tragic family circumstances. Both women suffer at the hands of dysfunctional families and later, arranged marriages to Rasheed. He is a much older man who exhibits the worst traits of his culture, violently abusing both women and caring little for their welfare. The Russian occupation of Afghanistan and subsequent takeover by the Taliban introduces complexity to the story, as does Laila’s lover. This story has it all but is ultimately a story of the oppression of women, hope and love. Worth reading.



Hosseini writes so well and with such feeling that you easily empathise with Mariam and Laila and their wretched lives with nobody to protect them from their abusive husband. It is difficult to believe that even in current times women have so little status in Afghan society. Rasheed their husband is a brutal bully. Hosseini describes the love that develops between the two wives as their lives depend on each other. It can make difficult reading at times. The brutality in the past and current day, the sacrifices made, and secrets kept. Recommend reading The Kite Runner, Hosseini’s first book.

By the author of The Kite Runner, this story is set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last 30 years, from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding. It humanises the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in a tale of two generations of characters brought together by war. Personal lives – the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness – are woven into the history playing out around them. This is a chronicle of three decades of Afghan history as well as a moving account of family and friendship; a heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love.


MARY BARBER Hosseini’s tale of Mariam, a young girl born out of wedlock, is depressing. She dreams that her father who visits on Thursdays will take her to live with his family in the big house. This never happens. Mariam’s life is destined to be hard. She is married off to Rasheed, an older man who has strict views about women. He buys her her first burqa. The story unfolds simply with short clipped sentences and sharp descriptions of daily life in Kabul. Each character is drawn with sympathy. They live in poverty, under religious oppression, and violence is never far away. Mariam’s challenge is to snatch a few moments of joy from this rubble.

I read this book many years ago and it was a privilege to read it again. It remains one of my favourite novels to recommend. To me, it surpasses the success of The Kite Runner with its imagery and historical accuracy depicting lives of many women in Afghanistan under the rule of the Taliban. The characters of Miriam and Laila are skillfully developed from their vastly different childhoods and culminate in an unexpected closeness and reliance. It is a brutal story, one of drudgery, intimidation and cruelty. Khaled entices the reader to visualize the scenery and characters even with minor details, such as Miriam stumbling in a burqa as she walked dutifully behind her husband. For background I found it fascinating to listen to Khaled’s account of his reason for writing this novel and his impression of Kabul after an absence of 27 years. Thoroughly recommended.

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Today’s Aim:


21 words: Very good


28 words: Excellent


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





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