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any years ago when I was working on a Noosa newspaper, I had the great pleasure of driving to work each day along the coastal road with the ocean glistening blue beside me. The best I had to complain about was the condition of the narrow winding road, but that’ s another story. One clear, cool Spring morning, about this time of year, there were some roadworks going on and the traffic controller swung his sign to stop. Sitting there, I became quite envious, and wondered why I was heading into small office for a stressful day full of deadlines, when I could be here, enjoying the weather and waving to cars. That afternoon, I set off home and

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Contents the poor old traffic controller was still there swinging the sign. At that point, I decided that my lot probably wasn’t so bad after all. In the cool of the afternoon, it seemed it would have been a long and boring day. These days, I’m again thinking it wouldn’t be bad standing holding a traffic sign, or making coffees, or something else that doesn’t involve technology and deadlines. And it seems I may not be the only one pondering something completely different. Angela Bensted this month meets some of the retirees who are enjoying doing odd jobs that have taken them on quite a different path to the heyday of their careers. There are some interesting options that suit this age and stage very well, variety being the spice of life and all. Kate Callahan’s ruminations about the Silent Generation are bound to stir up some memories. Childhood has indeed changed from a century ago when kids left school at 13 to work on the farm; and 50 years ago when they disappeared into the neighbourhood to play for the day. Yes, it’s been an interesting time to be alive. Dorothy Whittington, Editor

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first time they come across that type of activity, for the student and the invigilator. “But we have processes in place to deal with it,” Andrew says, “and it’s certainly not a daily occurrence.” For students, exams can be stressful and even overwhelming, with anxiety sometimes getting the better of them. “We’re seeing that happening more now than it did 10 or 15 years ago,” Andrew says, noting the training program for invigilators includes strategies for dealing with students who are distressed.


or those interested in odd jobs with a bit more fun and frivolity on the side, maybe some film and television work might appeal. Production companies are flocking to southeast Queensland, enticed by our climate and generous financial incentives, and demand for film, television and commercial “extras” is strong, particularly for faces with some life in them. Who Artists director Natalie Hall says she’s always looking for mature talent. “Nine times out of 10 I need people who are aged 40-plus,” Natalie says. “We just can’t get enough of them.” She often approaches parents and grandparents who have brought children in to the agency. Usually they’re a bit taken aback, protesting they “can’t act”. But that’s not what Natalie’s looking for. “Basically, we just need people who can stand in the background,” she says. “Then, as they do a bit, they get to see that it’s not scary and that they can have a bit of fun.” Retired high school teacher Ralph

Andrews signed up with Natalie the year he finished teaching, encouraged by a past pupil. He had no work in the first year and then only background extra jobs for the next two before gradually landing gigs as a featured extra. Now in his late 70s, Ralph is in hot demand. This year he worked for eight days over a four-week period on a series being shot in Murwillumbah, where the production company put him up at a local air B&B. “It was really enjoyable,” Ralph says. And despite the long schedule, he didn’t find it tiring. “Filming is a lot like being in the Army,” Ralph says. “You spend a long time sitting around waiting.” He also spent three days as a featured extra on the ABC television series Harrow, mostly lying on a table as a dead body. “I was murdered in the first minute or so of episode nine,” Ralph says. “The rest of the time I spent in my pyjamas in a body bag while he (the pathologist) was looking at me trying to find out how I’d died.” Ralph was having so much fun on set his wife Jenny joined the agency as well and soon picked up some work of her own. Since then, the couple has appeared in ads for QSuper and Heritage Bank and featured in a video on the Ergon Energy website. The money on offer varies depending on the role, with a minimum $25 an hour up to almost $2000 for a day’s work. Sometimes featured extras earn bonus income in royalties when a commercial continues to air past the

original contract period. But there are some upfront costs before people can cash-in on this opportunity. People signing with a talent agency are expected to have a professional photo and may be asked to pay an annual fee. And despite the demand, Natalie Hall says the work is sporadic. “Clients might only get one or two jobs a year. Sometimes it could be one a month,” she says.

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I WILL start out saying that this isn’t some sort of joke. Returning from two weeks holiday after all the wind, our patio area had a thick layer of dust from the earthworks going on next door. Rain was expected so I carefully swept up the dust to avoid mud. After the rain we noticed what appeared to be very small flower petals from this flower which grows adjacent to our patio and we

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didn’t take a lot of notice. However, a couple of days later, we noticed that they were in fact hundreds of dead miniature insects of some sort, the likes of which I had never seen before. Under a magnifying glass they appeared like tiny prawns. I photographed them and sent off the picture to the Queensland Museum for identification. This is her reply: “These little creatures are actually amphipods, a type of land crustacean, so A five cent piece gives an idea of size.

The small flower petals were in fact hundreds of dead insects.

they are distant relatives of prawns and crabs. They are not an insect at all. If you look closely you can see that they have more than three pairs of legs and two pairs of antennae (insects have three pairs of legs and one pair of antennae). “The ones you have photographed here are probably the species commonly referred to as Forest Hoppers or Carpet Prawns. They usually stay in the garden but after rain they can invade carpets, pet bowls etc in large numbers. This is more likely if you have a low set home that backs on to a native garden with lots of ground cover or bark chip. “In their natural environment, they

READING Roma Hines’ article (YT Sept) “Save the children, a wartime experience” brought back memories of my twin brother Graham and myself being sent from Bulimba, a suburb of Brisbane, to Roma for our safety. Friends of my mother who were on a sheep and wheat property at Mt Abundance, about 30 miles out Roma, had agreed to take us. As my father was an invalid, my mother couldn’t leave him so Graham and I, at 11 years of age, travelled to Roma on the afternoon train. About 5.30am, as the train was pulling into the station, I glimpsed ROMA printed on a station seat. We had arrived and were met by Aunty Grace and Uncle Bert. A whole new learning curve awaited us. They didn’t have any children, so it was a new learning curve for them as well. We were to do our schoolwork by correspondence school which came out

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“MENDING our ways to end days of disposable clothing” by Kay McMahon [YT Sept] has revived nostalgic memories of my own mother’s sewing skills with the Singer sewing machine operated by turning the handle. She taught her daughters the skill of efficiently using the machine to make clothes and mend, without electricity. Fashion model outfits on the runways, were far removed from our day-to-day clothing styles. At Queensland primary schools, every Wednesday afternoon, while the boys were taught woodwork, school samplers were the Education Department’s preparation for life skills which our female generation needed to learn as future homemakers. Older primary schoolgirls learnt home science, cooking and sewing, on alternate weeks. This was our introduction to what it meant to be good housewives, considered the desired destination for all girls. Cooking, mending and creating practical outfits for families in the ’50s and ’60s, was considered exclusively “women’s work”. My mother’s frugal living included cutting the sturdy, flat white sheets down the middle and sewing the newer outer edges together to prolong their lives for yet another few seasons.



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on the mail truck each week. My brother simply loved life in the country and soon became Uncle Bert’s right hand man. Graham had always loved horses and riding each day set up the pattern for his future life. I did his school work each week as he was too busy with other things. Education wasn’t quite so important when a war was on. Aunty Grace had an enormous pile of Woman’s Weekly and as I loved reading, I read my way through every one of those magazines during the year we were there. One of my jobs was to bottle feed the orphan lambs, a job I loved. Jet, a delicate black lamb had to be fed first and Blunderbus was last on the list. The evening meal would be done in darkness at the side gate. No electricity in those days. My brother at 13, returned to Roma to begin his working life with Uncle Bert. After several years he kept travelling further west working on big cattle stations and became a well-known horse breaker. I became good friends with Aunty Grace’s nieces, friendships that last a lifetime. I spent several holidays out at Roma when I was still single and later, when I had married and had a family. Aah, the memories, how precious they are. Miriam Buckley nee Eagle.

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Childhood a different ball game in the 20th century There is no doubt about it, writes KATE CALLAHAN, the experiences of childhood have changed dramatically in the past 100 years.


onsider the children of the so-called Silent Generation. They were the cohort born between 1925 and 1945. As youngsters, they were expected to be “seen and not heard”. It’s hard to imagine that parental direction gaining much traction today. Raised in a paternalistic environment, these children were taught by their parents and elders to respect authority, conform and generally do as they were told – or suffer the consequences, which could include “getting the strap” or worse. In keeping with the Biblical injunction to “spare the rod or spoil the child”, there was widespread belief in the value of discipline and, if necessary, corporal punishment, as essential elements of a proper upbringing. Just about any adult had licence – or considered they had licence – to administer punishment to a child who erred. Certainly, teachers and the clergy, relatives, neighbours and the constabulary felt entitled to give a child “a good clip under the ear”. Parents rarely objected to discipline meted out to their children. If a child complained to a parent, their consolation was likely to be “you must have deserved it”. At home, children had to eat what

they were given or go hungry. They did chores, not for pocket money, but because that’s the way it was. In short, the Silent Generation was not the centre of the family universe as children are today. Parents were the key players in the family unit. When Wall Street crashed in 1929, the Australian economy collapsed. Unemployment was rampant, reaching a peak of 32 per cent in 1932. If the husband died, became incapacitated or unemployed, or deserted the family, the woman of the house had to go out to work or take in washing and ironing to support the family. In those days, childbirth was still a risky business for both mother and babe – and women gave birth more often than they do today. Although the loss of a baby was always tragic, it was verging on catastrophic for the mother to die. There were no social safety nets, no childcare centres, no supporting parent benefits. It is hard to imagine that in the 1930s, 700 Australian women died every year due to complications arising from pregnancy or delivery, leaving about 2000 children a year motherless. These were tough times and sometimes parents, who doubtless

cherished their offspring just as parents do today, had to make heartbreaking decisions that had serious adverse consequences for their children. Youngsters barely in their teens were pulled out of school and sent to work, bringing an abrupt end to their formal education and their childhood. Perhaps even worse, children in single-parent families were sometimes sent away to work in live-in domestic arrangements akin to servitude with no guarantee of favourable treatment. Younger children were farmed out to relatives or friends, causing permanent fragmentation of the family unit. The Silent Generation toiled on regardless – they had no choice – and developed a strong work ethic. They experienced the Great Depression and the austerity years that followed. They lived through World War II, cut short their education and careers in the cause of the “War Effort” and went on to build the nation of Australia, which is why they are sometimes referred to as the Builders Generation, a term that pays appropriate tribute to their mighty contribution. But life is what you make it. All the members of the Silent Generation I spoke


to in researching this article were remarkably positive when asked about their childhood, describing it as “idyllic”, “happy”, or “carefree”. Nine months – yes, nine months – after the demobilisation of troops in October 1945, Australia’s baby boom began, peaking in the mid-1950s and not slowing down until a decade later when the contraceptive pill crept on to the market. The Baby Boomer generation had arrived in force. Ask a Baby Boomer about happy childhood memories and most likely you will hear about endless summer days, playing outdoors from daylight to dusk. No shoes, no hat, no water bottle – and minimal parental interference. Boomer parents had little in common with the hovering helicopter parent or interfering lawnmower parent of today. “Go outside and play,” was the parental refrain. So they did. Some wandered the neighbourhood, with younger siblings or a mongrel dog in tow, looking for a game of backyard cricket, red rover, or cowboys and Indians. Girls were perennially keen on skipping and hopscotch, although hula-hoops and yo-yos were big in the ’60s. During the Scouts’ annual bob-a-job

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WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE week, more civic-minded youngsters knocked on doors and offered to mow lawns, wash cars or chop wood in exchange for a shilling in their fundraising envelope. The term “stranger danger” had not been coined (pardon the pun) or seriously contemplated. Having no close neighbours on the family farm, I spent my summer days building make-shift cubby-houses in the scrub, swimming in the creek, catching tadpoles, climbing trees and making very long daisy chains. Careful to avoid snakes, spiders, ticks, leeches and barbed wire, I had no company except a lean, black farm dog and a stick, both of which emboldened me as I wandered the paddocks looking for adventure. Dirty, scratched, hungry and tired from the day’s adventures, Baby Boomers returned home late afternoon to the arms of their loving parents. By today’s standards, parents of old could be labelled permissive, careless even. But in allowing their children the freedom to engage in activities we would now regard as too risky, the Baby Boomers and the Silent Generation were able to test and stretch themselves, experience failure and disappointment, solve problems and become independent beings. Their mums and dads must have done a few things right, don’t you think?

Time to address the himming and herring in our vocabulary Recent discussions about the use of gender-neutral language have sparked some serious debate on the issue. ALLAN BLACKBURN suggests that we could be taking the reforms further.


am tired of the discriminations against men in lots of words. Let us consider just a few examples: Hercules, hernia, hermit, inheritance, sheriff, herpes, fisherman, hero and father. What do you notice about these words? Right! They all contain the letters “her”. I reckon this is totally inappropriate for a hero like Hercules – a very strong male. It would be much more suitable if his name was Himcules. It’s far more masculine and befitting his strength. Which gender suffers the most hernias? Males of course because they do all the heavy lifting. So,the problem should be called a himnia. Hernias would then be the female version. What sex are most heroes? Males again. So they should be called himoes. Thus we could say that Himcules was a himo who suffered a himnia! Most hermits are men so they should be called himmits. If a male and female couple lived in isolation together (togethim?) they would be a himmet and a hermit. And why should males have to get an

inheritance? Make it an inhimitance and let the women keep their inheritance. Makes more sense to me. Do you agree? I sense a hesitancy. I hope you don’t think I am being ridiculous, this is serious. It might happen that the himmit was not worried about any inhimitance. Whoever heard of a female sheriff? Nobody. Therefore they ought to be called shimiffs. I find it incomprehensible that the tough lawmen of the Wild West allowed themselves to be labeled with a name with feminine connotations. Herpes is an unpleasant STD, suffered by both males and females. To differentiate the two, we need to call the male disease himpes. It would indeed be unfortunate if the shimiff suffered himpes! Anglers are one more case as the majority are male. Thus the word should be fishiman or possibly fishisman. Then the correct female variant would be fisherwoman, and fisherman should be deleted from our vocabulary. It all makes sense, doesn’t it? Brother is another (anothim?) that has to go. Brothim is far more sensible and reflective of the correct gender.

The worst example is father. This should be changed to fathim. Anothim way around the problem would be to call the male parent a mothim. Then you would have mothers and mothims. Which do you prefer? Now that I think of it, my fathim was a good fishisman. There are plenty of other words that have this problem – herald, herb, lather, heron, butcher, anther, archer, gopher, gherkin, usher, cherry, sherry and Lutheran, to mention a few. Of course, there (thime?) is the other (othim?) side too: words such as thimble, whim, chimp and whimper all have to change. Men don’t use thimbles, so they should be called therbles. Men don’t whimper, so it would be wherper. It is really quite simple. Schools could adopt a policy of change and make teachims responsible for the implementation. Let us not dithim, let us ruffle some feathims. My wife thinks I need therapy, or should that be thisapy! Maybe all the advocates of vocabulary change should be himded togethim and locked away.

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BUDERIM BLOOMS FOR GARDEN FESTIVAL THE annual Buderim Garden Festival, which draws visitors from around the state, is coming up on the weekend of October 20-21. The festival will be centred at the Buderim War Memorial Hall on the corner Main and Church St and will include a competitive Spring Flower Show, including cut flowers, floral arrangements, hanging baskets, bonsai, children’s entries and photographs. Adjacent to the hall, will be a quality plant market featuring stalls selling an extensive variety of garden plants catering for all tastes. There will also be Exclusive Open Gardens showing the diversity in size and style of gardening in the Buderim area. A free mini bus is provided for those who wish to avoid traffic and parking problems. There will also be a display of pottery, sculpture and garden art at the Craft Cottage and St Mark’s Church will be decorated with floral arrangements. Light refreshments will be available at the hall and Craft Cottage. A festival ticket for the flower show, open gardens and bus is $15 or $2 for the flower show only. Tickets at Manawee Nursery, the Old Buderim Post Office, Newsagency and Bendigo Bank and at the door.

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Rob Otto takes the reins from John Muller. AFTER three years at the helm of the Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild, John Muller has handed the presidency to Rob Otto. During his time in the job John, a tireless worker, oversaw completion of the new shed. It was one of many built for service during the Vietnam war and was gifted to the guild, still in its packing cases, by the Australian Army. Rob, a retired furniture maker, has contributed greatly to the success of the guild and, like John, is liked and admired by all woodies. The group has also presented life memberships to John Muller, Brian Harris, and Hugh McKenna. The guild’s sheds are at the Montville Sports Ground and are open Monday to Saturday mornings. Membership is open to all men and women who have an interest in working with wood.

GOODIES AT CRAFT FAIR SUNSHINE Coast Arts and Crafts community craft fair will feature 100 per cent locally handmade goods at the Montville Village Hall, Main St, Montville on the weekend of October 27-28, 9am-4pm. The locally-run craft group’s shop has been on the Main Street of Montville for more than 30 years. The fair will feature the work of members such as fabric art, handbags, pottery, jewellery, jams and spreads, knitted goods and woodwork. Refreshments, including home-made cakes and slices, will be available at the member-run café. The group is being supported by the Sunshine Coast Council’s grants program. The aim is to support local artisans and give them a place to showcase their work. Most Entry is free. Call 5442 7810.

ENJOYING THE VIEW GLASSHOUSE Country View Club will this month meet for morning tea in a local park on October 3, followed on October 17, by their lunch meeting at Glasshouse Sports Club. Guest speaker will be Ann Ross from Bee Keeping Hive Haven. View Clubs raise money for the Smith Family and the Learning for Life program at all their functions. The club supports five Learning For Life students. Anyone who would like to join is welcome. Call Lynda 5494 7875 or Dianne 5493 0556 for details.

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EUMUNDI CELEBRATES LIKE IT’S 1918 FROM 1914 to 1918 when Eumundi and the surrounding area was just starting to develop and had a population of about 500, 104 local men enrolled to fight for king and country in World War I. Of those, 20 did not return. The 20 trees, each with a plaque, planted in their memory remain in Eumundi’s main street (now Memorial Drive) and Gridley St. This year, the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, will be commemorated by the Eumundi Historical Association in a number of ways before and on the date. In 1918, Eumundi’s Welcome Home Committee held many social functions in


the School of Arts hall in honour of local returned soldiers. Many took more than a year to make their way home, so the functions continued until the end of 1919. In the spirit of the Welcome Home Committee celebrating the return of its 84 returned soldiers, the Eumundi Historical Association this month hosts a supper dance in the heritage School of Arts hall. The hall, now in its 106th year, played a pivotal part in Eumundi’s participation in World War I, and was the venue for many events to raise money for the war effort. The roll of honour still takes pride of place. The Eumundi Historical Association, as trustee of the hall, has recently

undertaken some major renovations so with it looking its best, president Donata Page says it’s time to put on a get-together. “Polish up your dancing shoes and bring out your glad rags to enjoy what promises to be a great evening with some nostalgic old-time melodies from the 10-piece Pete Kelly Swing Band, ably supported by singers Melissa Isles and Carl Beck,” she says. A fabulous supper by chef Peter Wolfe of Free Ranging Chef is included. Eumundi School of Arts Hall, October 13. Tickets $50. Licenced bar. Visit or visitor centre, 73 Memorial Drive, Eumundi.


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CALOUNDRA Woodworking Club is holding its annual open days on the weekend of October 20-21, 9am-2pm at its headquarters in Ulm St South, Caloundra. Club members showcase their craft, and many excellent pieces are available for purchase. The club has more than 100 talented members, male and female, who create a variety of items from toys for the grandchildren to carefully crafted tables, pens, bowls, and boxes, and everything in between. The Caloundra Woodworking Club is known in the wider Sunshine Coast district for its support to the community



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Visitors enjoy last year’s event. THE eighth annual Conscious Life Festival is coming up at the Lake Kawana Community Centre on October 20-21. Pioneers, practitioners, speakers and specialists unite for a weekend of interactive workshops, meditations, music and seminars. The two-day festival’s mission is “empowering positive change through holistic health, selfawareness and sustainable living”. “Learn about the latest in health and wellbeing, mindfulness and meaning, and discover new ways of living lightly on the earth,” director Laura Di Mambro said. There will be more than 100 exhibitor stalls of eco-friendly, healthy living and personal growth products and services. Visitors can relax on the green while enjoying the all-day music program and a fresh healthy lunch – and don’t forget to have a massage, reading or healing! Tickets $10 a day or $15 a weekend pass. Visit


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The path that has become too well trodden Cancer arrives with little warning to change lives forever. As October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, survivor DIANNE SMITH shares her story.


was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and remember just thinking they are wrong, it’s a mistake. A whole bunch of appointments followed. They made it seem so urgent – go here, go there, do this, do that … I went through it in a daze and in denial, thinking it can’t be that bad surely. It was when I was sitting in an appointment with an oncologist telling me this was an aggressive cancer and I would need a lumpectomy followed by chemo and radiation starting straight away, that it finally hit me. At the time of diagnosis, I hadn’t yet turned 50, and was at a peak in my career. I had just got the promotion I had worked so hard for three days before and I was like, “I can’t do chemo now, can’t this wait?” The reply was, “what’s your life worth?” I thought she was being funny and looked at my husband and said to him, “is she joking?”. He didn’t know what to say as we were both confused and I was still in denial. The communication with specialists and even doctors was not great and they never seemed to answer the question. I agreed to start treatment but still

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didn’t understand. I just thought I would get treatment and then pick up where I had left off. Chemo was not nice to me and after just one treatment I became very ill and was hospitalised. I was lying there shaking uncontrollably and for the first time in my life I thought I could actually die. My husband was holding my hand and telling me everything was going to be ok but honestly, I wasn’t sure I believed him. I was scared and had no idea what would happen. We cried and just held each other. After the second round of chemo my body had a seizure and I was hospitalised again. My hair was falling out and it felt like I was walking through a daze, losing control of my life. My husband shaved off my hair because I felt like this was the only control I had of my life. I stood there looking in the mirror thinking, how did I get here? I looked sick and pale, my face was swollen and I did not look like me. My family and kids were very supportive, taking me to appointments and cooking and helping out, but I felt alone. I was sick most of the time and

just felt yuk and no-one really got it. After chemo, I started radiation and continued for six weeks. I thought this would be the easy part, but the radiation burnt so bad it got infected. I would never be the same. The trauma of all the treatment and the side effects were too much. I tried to get on with my life. I made contact with support organisations such as Breast Cancer Trials and Breast Cancer Network so I could communicate with others ladies going through the same thing. I wanted to put it all behind me. I went back to work, but I struggled to keep up. My cognitive abilities were impaired, my communication and comprehension was not the same and I lost all my confidence. Three years later, my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer that had spread to most of her body. The diagnosis was not good and I promised to look after her. I nursed her for the last four months of her life through a horrible death. Mum’s sister was next and she also lost her battle within a year of Mum. I felt lost and like cancer was out to get my family.

After the funeral, I never wanted to hear the words breast cancer again. It was over. But that was not to be, as at a routine scan in January last year, the cancer had returned in my left breast. I was so angry and felt broken. I just wanted the breasts gone, so I had a double mastectomy in February. The road to recovery has been long and painful. I hear about survivors of breast cancer having a whole new lease on life but for me, I have survived twice but feel broken, weak and vulnerable. Unfortunately I was not aware of the Breast Cancer Trial Group or trials of any kind at the time I was going through breast cancer, and no doctor ever mentioned any trials. I have since learned a lot about trials and the benefit for some patients. I now help to raise awareness so that other patients are aware of these trials. For me, I have some ongoing issues with mental health, anxiety and depression brought on by my cancer and I just get through each day as it come. I no longer think long-term and don’t like to plan. I always worry about the cancer coming back but I am grateful to be here.

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Storytelling – recording the past for the future There were plenty of activities on offer for Seniors Week this year, from kayaking to mah-jong and, writes Audienne Blyth, one historical society was doing something that all seniors are good at – collecting stories.


ut a group of Seniors together and the stories begin to flow. One eggs the other on. You may hear valuable life lessons, hilarious stories or tragic tales. Changes in society and technology are a neverending topic for reminiscing. Seniors’ stories are part of our heritage, a legacy, and can help to explain who we are and how we have travelled. They can help the teller as well as the listener. Some Seniors recall events from World War II. They remember the different battalions – the 2nd 14th was camped at Mt Ninderry for jungle training; American Seebees were stationed at Cooloolabin to supply the army with timber; a unit from Western Australia was camped at Maroochydore. Troop trains passed through carrying soldiers and armaments to far north Queensland. Italian prisoners of war worked on many Sunshine Coast farms as the men of the family had gone to war. There were air-raid trenches in every back yard. Mosquito breeding seemed to be their main use but children at schools practised getting down in zigzag trenches wearing their camouflage hats, identity discs and a wooden peg to hold between their teeth in case loud explosions shattered their teeth. Luckily there were no air-raids. Some Seniors like to talk about their school days and the never-to-be-forgotten corporal punishment.

When students headed into the air raid shelters during World War II, they had to take camouflage hats, an identity disc and a wooden peg to keep their teeth from shattering in a bomb blast. Photos: Audienne Blyth

Some schools had a horse paddock while at others you learnt to swim in a river. Everyone danced the maypole. You learned to march and sit up straight. Remember the free warm milk? In 1956, the Olympic Torch was carried through hinterland towns from Cairns to Melbourne. Some of those boys who carried the torch recall the reception in the Civic Square in Nambour. Old boys now, but their story is gold. The “talkies” on Saturday night were magic. You wore your Sunday best and went to the local hall where you saw two movies, a newsreel, a cartoon, some “shorts” and had an interval. This was before television, of course. Remember going to school

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on a steam train? Coal dust in your eyes and coal dust on the seat. Children travelled to Nambour High School by train when it was the only secondary school between Caboolture and Gympie. Trams criss-crossed the district during the cane-cutting season, blocking Currie St on the way to Nambour’s sugar mill. The rich smell of molasses blew over the town. Cane fires shone through the evening darkness as a cane field was burnt ready to be cut next day. Itinerant gangs earned a small fortune cutting the blackened cane. Who can forget the great cyclones and the heavy rain of the 1950s? Stories abound of how high the river rose and where the flood waters extended, a memory with a warning. Make sure you write down your Seniors’ story. It is a treasure for future generations.

Your Time history writer Audienne Blyth has revised her 2003 book, Streets and Roads of Yandina and District. Yandina is the oldest town in the Sunshine Coast Council region and was prominent in its early development. An insight into the district’s history can be found in the names of the 221 streets and roads, 12 parks, four ovals and six bridges, all referenced in the book. There have been 29 new streets since the previous publication in 2003. Each name has a story. For example, Yandina’s town centre has streets named after the early owners of corner allotments – Buckle, Farrell, Fleming, Scott, Low and Stevens. However, none of these owners ever built on the blocks they invested in. The district has a rich heritage of Aboriginal names: Yandina (go on foot), Cooloolabin (place of bears), Kiamba (black cockatoo), Kulangoor (good-like), Maroochy (red-billed black swan), Ninderry (leeches). Some roads are named after pioneers – Burton, Coulson,

Krome, Paulger, Collins, Zgrajewski and English. Creeks are named for their connections with the Thorogood, Galt and Plater families. Want Hill honours the Want family and Lalor Road the first school teacher. Parks are named for a variety of reasons – early pioneer Christina Low, the Lions a service club, prominent citizen George Best, council officer Jack Harrison and King George VI who reigned 1936-52. New subdivisions have flourished. During the past 15 years about 500 allotments have been added in housing subdivisions, the names of which grow more fanciful. One boasts “a new dawn in acreage”; another has an exclusive gated community. Posterity relies on the council to be selective and allow names we can live with for many years to come. Streets & Roads of Yandina & District, written and researched by Audienne Blyth, 120 pages, published June 2018. Cost $25. Available at Yandina Historic House.

Streets & Roads of Yandina & District As the oldest town in the Sunshine Coast Council region, Yandina is rich in history. An insight into this history can be found in the road, street and place names in and around Yandina & District.


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Freshen up and flow into summer With the heat and humidity of another Queensland summer coming into view, many of us are looking for clothing that will freshen existing wardrobes. The good news, writes KAY McMAHON, is that this year’s trend is on side for advanced lifestylers looking for something comfortable and flattering.

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eedback from this column and many of the women I meet, suggests that we all want to look and feel great but are now aware of our specific body-angst and the design elements that make us feel comfortable in our advanced lifestyle. Among the dilemmas that can make shopping a nightmare is not wanting to show our “tuckshop arms”, camouflaging expanding torsos, finding the right dress length to cover varicose veins and finding the right proportion of top to cover our crotch in a more streamlined pant. Add to this the plethora of polyesters available, it sometimes makes it hard to choose, particularly for those of us who live in hotter climes where perspiring is a problem and natural fibres are a necessity. However, the news is good with this year’s trends. When shopping, there are

Maxi dresses, sleeves to hide the tuckshop arms, and tops that camouflage waistlines are cool and on trend. plenty of options to consider: 1. The wide-leg pant is back with all options from plains to prints and in lengths from long to seven-eighths and three-quarter. 2. Maxi dresses are de rigeur for all occasions – they work for

casualwear day and night. 3. Flat sandals are worn with dressy maxis through to casual pants. Freshen your shoe cupboard with rose gold, pewter, silver and some be-jewelled embellishments. 4. For those a little adventurous,

white sandshoes are worn with everything including maxis, dresses and dressy day wear. 5. 100 per cent linens are trending with the “no-iron” rule which I know will send some of you or your mothers

into a spin – just wring and crinkle before wearing. 6. 100 per cent crinkle cotton is also in plenty for casual dresses, tops and pants. 7. A slim-line pant or skinny jean is still popular, but pair it with a top that has volume or draping to cover those problem areas below the bust. 8. Anything made in fabulous bamboo fabric feels amazing, is forgiving, needs no ironing and is great for travelling. 9. Accessories are big, bold and colourful. From earrings and necklaces to bags, scarves and hats, the bigger and brighter the better. Check your wardrobe first. Many of you, like me, will still have some of these pieces tucked away somewhere. Just freshen them up with a few new season pieces and you’ll be ready to face the summer months. For Styleboomer answers and ideas email styleboomer@

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Forget taboos and master the art of living I would like to talk about death, writes TRICIA ELLIS, and says that by using the correct word she honours the process.


n ancient times the recognition of death and its meaning was an integral aspect of most cultures. Our ancestors from both east and west saw death as a necessary precondition for the allowment of wisdom. Plato went as far as to say that philosophy is nothing more than the art of preparing for death but we in the modern western world have made the subject taboo. When a person dies the deceased is talked about in hushed tones. Euphemisms abound. We are told they have “passed” or “gone to their just rewards”. A cloak of secrecy surrounds the whole proceedings. To talk of death is to admit one’s own mortality so the subject is dealt with as quickly and as efficiently as possible and by doing so we deny any possibility of a spiritual connection. Why do we, in the western world so fear death? Our culture is enchanted with youth and intensely fearful of old age. Everything is geared to looking younger as if the lack of a few lines will stave of the inevitable. By continually fighting nature we strip ourselves of the joy of living.

The daring exploits of an adventurer will be labelled foolhardy, or a death wish but the truth most likely is that they have no fear of death so can live life to the full. We learn from a young age that death is a frightening thing. Children are often kept away from funerals so they don’t need to learn about death early in their lives, but to deprive them of the ritual of saying goodbye to a loved one creates confusion. They are told that the diseased had gone to Jesus, become a star, or whatever euphemism is deemed appropriate, with no explanation as to how or why. In years gone by the deceased was laid out in the parlour for all to see and admire. Children could say their goodbyes in familiar surroundings, thus taking the fear out of the occasion. Terminally ill children have a sixth sense of their ultimate death and will talk freely if allowed but are often hushed or joked out of the conversation. They need to verbalise their thoughts and should be encouraged to talk in an open and honest manner, however hard this may be for the listener. Fear has taken over with the need for every human emotion to be understood

and explained in physical terms. If it cannot be seen it cannot be so. The word spirituality has lost its true meaning. Its disappearance can be traced to the scientific revolution the 17th century. Since then, scientific research has tried to explain all phenomena, including the human psyche as a byproduct of matter and physical forces. But we, as humans, are made of so much more. In ancient times death was celebrated as the end of one experience and the beginning of another. Old age was just that, accepted and revered for the wisdom hopefully gained through a lifetime. Many countries still treat their old with reverence but we hide our aged away in sterile buildings. Medical science has progressed to the stage that to die is seen as an effrontery to the caregivers. We have to be kept alive at all cost regardless of the quality, or lack thereof, of a life. We are told that we should be grateful that we live in such enlightened times but how enlightened are we? Various religions add to the fear of death with their fire and brimstone rhetoric. No talk of a loving God only the promise of punishment. Eastern



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philosophy paints a much gentler picture, the belief being that at point of death we discard the old body while the spark, the essence that is you, continues to exist. Each appearance on this planet is prearranged with one or more lessons to be learnt. Where we are born and the length of our stay has been mapped out so why spend time worrying about our demise when we have no real say in it? All we have to do is to live our lives showing love and compassion to our fellow travellers and nirvana will be ours. Human life in its fullness is denied to many. It is up to us to live our lives with as much enthusiasm as possible, seeing each experience, be it good or bad, as another tool to aid us in our pursuit of fulfilment. Many lives are wasted waiting for the grim reaper to pounce. We should approach life with a great measure of awe and gratitude. We have been given the opportunity to develop and grow, so why waste it? Our time on this little blue planet is fleeting so why spend it worrying about the inevitable? As one great master reminded us, in the fullness of time we all come to see that the secret of dying is to master the art of living.

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HEARING AID ADVERTISEMENTS BREAK RULES TWO hearing aid retailers have been put on notice by the consumer watchdog. The ACCC has commenced proceedings against Oticon Australia and Sonic Innovations, alleging that both made false and misleading representations to pensioners in advertisements for hearing aids supplied under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program. The advertisements were published 85 times in newspapers around Australia from June to November 2017, under the AudioClinic and HearingLife brands. Oticon and Sonic sold more than 10,000 of the advertised Oticon Ria2 and Sonic Cheer20 hearing aids. They have also committed to offer refunds to customers who purchased additional equipment to use with the advertised hearing aids. They admitted the advertisements contained the following false and misleading representations: • In order to obtain a free hearing aid pensioners had to book a free hearing test at an AudioClinic or HearingLife

hearing clinic before the deadline in the advertisement, when in fact there is no deadline to obtain a fullysubsidised hearing aid under the Hearing Program. • The free hearing aids included wireless technology that would allow users to connect them to digital devices like televisions and mobile phones, when in fact this technology was not included with the free hearing aid, but required additional accessories which were sold separately at an extra cost. • Any user of the advertised hearing aid would no longer miss any conversations, when in fact this may depend on a person’s individual circumstances and the nature of his or her hearing impairment. “Hearing aid advertisements have a powerful effect on purchasing decisions. The ads must be accurate and truthful, especially given that many of the people buying hearing aids may be vulnerable due to their age,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said. “The AudioClinic and HearingLife advertisements

were targeted at pensioners. Consumers who receive hearing aids under the Hearing Program are, on average, aged in their late 70s.” “This action is part of our broader work to address some concerning practices in the industry after we first put hearing clinics on notice about our concerns in 2017. “We encourage consumers to shop around for the best deal, compare offers, and choose a hearing aid that is right for their needs.” About 80 per cent of hearing aids in Australia are provided under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program. It provides access to subsidised hearing services and devices to eligible persons, such as pensioner concession card holders, veterans, and defence force personnel. Vouchers can be used to obtain fullysubsidised hearing devices, or to cover some of the cost of partially-subsided hearing devices, with the consumer paying the remainder of the cost directly to hearing clinics.

NEW WEBSITE DOES THE HARD WORK ON RETIREMENT LIVING COMPARISONS FEW would disagree that retirement living options are many and varied, confusing at best and potentially calamitous. A new website, the first of its kind in Australia, is doing the legwork and comprehensively comparing the options. Users of comparevillages. can nominate where they would like to live, the type of property they’re looking for, how many bedrooms, bathrooms and carparks they require, and select the lifestyle features that appeal to them – pool, gym, restaurant or tennis court. Other factors may be if pets are welcome, if there is an onsite hairdresser or an option to have meals provided. Budgets are entered into the site and a number of options fitting the requirements are presented in a simple comparison table. Contact can be made through the site to the selected village managers. “Until now the retirement living industry has been

shrouded in confusion, complexity and misconceptions, particularly around fees,” the site’s founder Jessica Kinnear said. “Prospective purchasers had to research villages separately, often left to do their own comparison of potentially very different products, which can be daunting and time consuming.” Jessica, who worked as a lawyer in the retirement village sector, said she had seen first-hand the confusion around fee structures and the desire for greater transparency. “I could see the need for a simple to use, free comparison service, a bit like iSelect or Trivago for the sector,” she said.

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Chirpy hatchback a fine alternative to the SUV So-called Sports Utility Vehicles are everywhere today, topping sales charts and cluttering car parks. BRUCE McMAHON suggests it may be time to back off.


aybe it’s time to re-categorise some of the SUVs and call them over-grown hatchbacks, people-movers and such. Growing numbers of today’s SUVs have little “sport” in their DNA; many are just hopped-up, two-wheel drive runabouts incapable of tackling more than a nasty gutter, let alone a soggy bush track. The bigger ones, the seven-seaters, are precious more than glorified peoplemovers, safely boring to drive. Why not hand the SUV tag back to “real”, go-just-about-anywhere fourwheel drives such as Toyota’s Fortuner and Isuzu MU-X. Granted, there are some quite sporting SUVs, though these tend to reside in the upper market – Porsche’s Macan, Jaguar F-Pace and Volvo’s XC60 are fun road machines. Some tiddlers, such as Toyota’s CH-R, have dollops of funk. And yes, some, such as the big-selling Mazda CX-5, are good-looking and driveable all-rounders. But there’s a lot of vanilla blancmange crowding our streets – SUVs with lots of forever-beeping and blinking safety gear and passenger comforts but bland styling,

doughy Constantly Variable Transmissions, soft rides and often dearer than equivalent sedans or wagons. Why not step back and look at Hyundai’s sensible hatchback, the i30? Why not forget sensible and go for the i30N, Hyundai’s sports hatchback? This is the much-tweaked version of the i30, tuned-up for more driving fun than the average hatch. While there are body styling cues, such as an extra red line here and there to suggest this is no ordinary shopping

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trolley, it’s a car that won’t scare the grandkids’ parents. Best to arrive with engine, transmission and exhaust mode switched to Eco. For all its get-up-and-go, the i30N can be driven, and behave, as a safe and comfortable car with today’s mod-cons and manners, and with extra neat sporting touches inside. Having buckled in, switch to Sport mode, lower the windows and blip the throttle for serious exhaust notes. Take

off on a light throttle and there’ll be enough acceleration to give you a smile. Leave the suburbs and head for the hills. That’s the only drawback to 202kW of turbocharged 2-litre engine driving front wheels through a six-speed manual – this Hyundai needs a break-out run maybe once a week; a place where performance, Australian-sorted sports suspension and 19-inch Pirelli rubber can be best explored and exploited; a place where this hot hatchback can have its head. On the right road, up a decent hill for instance, there’s no need to break speed limits, or do anything illegal. It’s just the i30N, now switched to Sport or N mode, will run that hill climb with amazing grip, performance and composure. Now grandad’s grinning from turn to turn (though he wouldn’t mind a smidgen more weight to the steering on turn-in). Back to the Hyundai’s Eco or Normal Drive Mode and potter back to the ’burbs. There’s precious little out there to match this car at $39,990 but if all this sportiness is a bit much, there’s always the standard, and still very good, Hyundai i30s from around $20,000. It still might be a better proposition than an SUV.

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HALCYON Lakeside is taking it to the streets on October 13, when the over 50s lifestyle community will open its gates to the public. Featuring a vibrant and relaxed street party theme, the Open Day welcomes guests to discover what life is like in the over 50s lifestyle community at Bli Bli. Lakeside’s streets will be lined with food, fun and festivity as buskers provide a coastal soundtrack and ice cream and doughnut vendors serve up their treats. Halcyon Lakeside project director Chris Carley said the day was a chance for potential home owners to bring their family and have a first-hand look at the lifestyle in the 232-home community. “It’s a genuine insider’s tour and a chance for the whole family to explore the community together,” he said. “Walk the streets, check out the five-star resort facilities and inspect the stunning display homes that showcase the final stage of homes now selling at Lakeside. “Another important aspect is they get to talk to the real experts – our home owners who love showing off their community, sharing their experiences and providing genuine insights into life

ANIMALS and humans have been companions for centuries, but it’s only now we’re learning the positive social, emotional and physical benefits pets bring, something Living Gems Pacific Paradise lifestyle resort is keen to encourage. In addition to the unconditional love and happiness received from owning Fluffy or Fido, research shows there are physical and mental health benefits, including lower blood pressure, reduced stress and increased physical activity. The benefits can also be financial. A recent Australian study found that pet owners save about $2 billion in healthcare bills, with fewer doctor, specialist and hospital visits. Resort Manager, Victoria Dent said owning a pet was often a catalyst for building new friendships. “Our residents regularly get together to walk their dogs and catch up at the local park and beaches as part of their daily exercise regime,” she said. “Being such a large part of everyday

here,” Mr Carley said. Halcyon Lakeside has recently released its final stage, Elevation, featuring 22 homes at the highest vantage point in the community. The release includes some of the community’s largest covered alfresco areas to date, while continuing Halcyon’s signature wide streets and lush gardens. Priced from $569,000, each home comes standard with high-end luxury inclusions, quality AEG appliances, solar panels and ducted air-conditioning throughout. For more details about the open day on Saturday, October 13, call Halcyon Lakeside 1800 050 555.

BIRTINYA VILLAGE SETS SAIL AT CRUISE EXPO SUNSHINE Coast seniors dreaming of cruising the seven seas were treated to a free information session and morning tea as part of a special Cruise Expo hosted by Stockland and Volunteering Sunshine Coast at Birtinya Retirement Village. The expo provided a range of tips and advice on cruising as well as helpful comparisons between cruise companies and information on some of the more unique cruises on offer. Retirement Living at Stockland regional development manager Pauline Barton said cruising had become a popular holiday choice and the expo aimed to give an insight into the different options available. Birtinya Retirement Village is a new eight-storey vertical village in the heart of the health precinct at Birtinya, with the one, two and three bedroom

Roger and Viki Harrison of Mooloolaba apartments enjoying views of Lake Kawana and the Glass House Mountains. The community’s new 660sq clubhouse features a wellness centre with yoga studio and gym, outdoor pool, billiards room, library, hairdresser, bar, dining room, lounge and kitchen. Visit or the clubhouse at Birtinya, 10am-4pm.

life, it’s only natural that when it comes to retirement living, people would want to keep their pet with them.” Some retirement communities allow residents to bring pets but when it dies, owners may not able to get another. “Our residents own their homes outright and have the freedom which comes with any home ownership, including bringing pets into their home,” she said. “Animals encourage physical activity, social interaction and gives a feeling of purpose.” A recent survey confirmed that almost 35 per cent of residents own a pet, with dogs being the most popular. Call 1800 978 388 or email victoria@

VILLAGERS CALL ON OVER 50S TO BACK THE FARMERS RESIDENTS at Nature’s Edge Buderim have called on over 50s lifestyle and retirement communities to join them in fundraising for drought-affected farmers. Like many in the local community, Bryan Hughes and his fellow social committee members wanted to help after reading about the devastating effects of the current drought. Bryan said the Nature’s Edge Buderim Social Committee decided it would donate 50cents from every drink sold at events during September, to a Sunshine Coast based aid organisation such as Drought Angels. The initiative raised more than $500 and Nature’s Edge Buderim management added another $500. The community’s quilting group also took part in the drive for donations by creating and raffling a quilt, bringing the total donation to $1300. Tash Johnston, co-founder of Drought

Angels, said there was a massive shortage of feed for livestock in Queensland. One truckload of hay costs more than $10,000 and lasts just three days to a week at most. “It’s easy to forget how tough it is for people on the land. We’re lucky to live on the Sunshine Coast and it’s only right we try to help where we can,” Bryan Hughes said. “We hope other retirement community social clubs will join us in fundraising for this important cause.” Visit

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Cars can drive up assets test values

Even the rich and famous make mistakes

One of the questions that should be asked regularly is “what value do I record for my car” for Centrelink purposes, writes NARELLE COOPER.

Aretha Franklin, who died on August 16, has joined a long list of celebrities and prominent people who have caused enormous trouble for their family and loved ones, writes DON MACPHERSON.


his is one of the first things looked at in pension applications and, might I add, we generally find car values are overstated. “Fire sale value” is what we tend to think of “if you had to get rid of my car tomorrow, how much would I get?” Well, that is easy. If you put my new Alfa Romeo 4cSpider, Modena Yellow, Coupe (I wish!) on the street and put $20,000 on it you would definitely see it gone in a day, but that is probably not the essence of the statement. On average if you buy a new car you can deduct rego and dealer charges (or on road costs) from the purchase price, as the first step. Then, without wanting to depress you, the value of new cars fall considerably in the first three years. So, it is therefore within the realm of “fire sale value” to drop the price of your new car by 10-14 per cent when you drive it out of the car sale yard. You can expect this trend to continue for the next two to three years. After that, it gets a bit harder to estimate the car’s fire sale value. However, you can check the current sale price of just about any vehicle on the internet A number of websites will give you

information about the value of your car using model, make and year: CarGuide, CarSales, RACQ, Drive, The Motor Report. I like CarGuide as it gives an indication of how many cars have been sold over a given period and the price range from lowest to highest. It is expected that if you wanted to sell your car under fire sale conditions, you would choose the lowest price, but if you were nervous, then check out a couple of sites before deciding on an amount. Remember it’s not the average but more towards the lowest price. Of course, if your payment is under the income test or you are in receipt of a full pension, any drop in your car value would not impact your payments, however keeping your records up-to-date at Centrelink is always advisable. But, under the assets test, a drop in the value of assets by even $5000 would increase your pension by $8 a fortnight or around $200 pa. This information is general. Refer to Centrelink for personal impacts. Source: Narelle Cooper is from the Centre for Age Pension Admin Services (CAPA). Call 1300 043 197.


retha, whose estate is said to be worth $80 million, had no will when she died. Under Michigan law (like in Australia) it is likely that ultimately her estate will flow through to her children as her next of kin, but the absence of a valid will opens the door to a raft of litigation and potential claims against her estate, with the costs and delays being borne by her children. Even if there are no competing claims on the estate, the cost of court action to get the estate through to her children will be considerable. Another who died without a will was President Abraham Lincoln – pretty poor work by a former lawyer, but no doubt fighting a civil war was a little distracting, and he wouldn’t have anticipated dying when he did. It took the US Supreme Court to sort out his estate and pass it, eventually, to his wife and children. Michael Jackson did have a will, but it was said to be incomplete and confusing, which has resulted in lengthy and expensive disputes between his appointed executors and his family. Other famous people who died

Aretha Franklin intestate (without a will) include Pablo Picasso, Howard Hughes, Martin Luther King, Prince, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, John Denver, Amy Winehouse, Sam Cooke and Sonny Bono. In doing so, they ensured that their family and loved ones had to endure lengthy and expensive fights about their estate. The message is simple – do a will (and keep it up to date) so that your family and loved ones can avoid the expense and time consumed in sorting out the mess the absence of a will can cause. Don Macpherson is from Brisbane Elder Law, experts in drafting valid wills, updating wills, and sorting out disputes that may arise through the absence of, or defect in, a will.

GRANNY FLATS PROVE A GOOD INVESTMENT Some local councils in southeast Queensland have relaxed the laws relating to granny flats, or secondary dwellings as they call them, in recent years, writes PETER DEE. is a family business based on the In an effort to provide more affordable Sunshine Coast for more than 30 years. and sustainable housing and to also We recently designed and built a reduce urban sprawl, some councils, granny flat for a property at Gold Beach. including the Sunshine Coast Regional It was on a corner block, so we kept it Council, now permit these dwellings to totally separate from the main house be rented out to non-related parties. with a dividing fence and its own Previously these dwellings were driveway and entry. available only for family members, but The Sydney investor left the design they now give home owners options. and finishes to us and reported they were They can be used by the elderly or thrilled with the resulting quality, time disabled to stay close to family, a and cost which has not only given them a teenager’s retreat, to create more living positive cashflow but also increased the space, or be an affordable holiday house overall value of the property. while the main residence is rented. Visit Granny Flats South East Queensland

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Sleep, the mighty healer It’s Sleep Awareness Week, October 1-7, so it’s a good time to ask yourself, “am I getting enough sleep?”, writes KENDALL MORTON.


leep is often ignored yet it contributes to your health in countless ways. For starters, good sleep boosts your immune system, reduces inflammation, allows joint cartilage to repair, cuts your risk of heart attack and consolidates your daytime memories. Quality sleep also contributes to skin healing and helps you live longer. On the downside, not getting enough uninterrupted sleep can impair your decision-making, increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease and lead to heightened anxiety. According to the Sleep Health Foundation, Australians over 55 get about six hours and 50 minutes sleep a night. This is less than the recommended seven to eight hours for this time of life. Here are five ways to improve the quality of your sleep: 1. Cut down on coffee and alcohol Older people tend to drink more coffee and more alcohol than their younger peers. Drinking coffee in the afternoon or evening can reduce the quality of your sleep. As for alcohol, while an evening drink may help you fall asleep, as your

reduced the time it took to fall asleep and increased the time they spent in uninterrupted sleep. In contrast, there was no improvement with vigorous exercise such as running or weight lifting.

body metabolises it a few hours into the night it can disturb your slumber. 2. Don’t stay in bed too long As we age, we tend to get tired earlier and wake earlier but if you are not listening to your body and going to bed earlier you may find it hard to get to sleep and stay asleep. Also, when you wake up, get up. Don’t stay in bed simply because you used to wake later. And lastly, keep those daytime naps short. 3. Declutter your bedroom Bedrooms should be restful places. If you have piles of books or clothing by your

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5. Set up a relaxing sleep routine Aim to go to bed and get up at about the same time each day. Stop using electronic items an hour before bedtime as the blue light prevents the release of melatonin. Clear your head by writing down any jobs that need your attention tomorrow. Turn down the lights. Try some physical prompts to tell your body you are ready for sleep, for instance, apply a scented hand cream, take several deep breaths or tense and relax your muscles repeatedly. Take your sleep seriously. It is not something we do, like putting the car in the garage when the day is done. It’s a powerful healer that you can use for free. Poor sleep is not a normal part of ageing so see your doctor if you have on-going concerns. Kendall Morton is the Director of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay. Call 5491 6888 or email

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Eat and die like a king

Ups and downs of mobility

Many of us eat, and die, like kings in the days of old, but danger and disease lurks in this land of plenty, writes PHIL JOHNSTON.

“Get on the floor” or should it be “get up off the floor”? Your reaction to this simple statement, writes IAIN BEHR, will go a long way to gauging where you are on the health continuum.


he availability of foods we enjoy is unprecedented in history. Never has the general population had so much choice – all praise to capitalism and mass food production technologies. These are the fruits and way of life for which we fought great wars. Once, only a ruler could avail themselves of an abundance of whatever their heart desired. As human nature and unrestrained appetite had its way, they ate to excess and consumed loads of rich, refined foods that ruined their health and invited disease into their bodies and minds. With the abundance of food stuff we enjoy as the kings once did, we are also suffering from an abundance of diseases directly related to what and how we eat. Heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer are leading causes of death and debility. Good eating and food choice are crucial in avoiding these life-ruining plagues. If you wish to live out your last years well, you need to exercise careful discrimination and make wise food choices. To let taste or marketing pressure guide your food choices can prove costly to your health and ultimately, fatal.

Many foods look good on paper, but nutritional lab analysis can reveal only so much. One risky common thought is that if a food contains all these goodies we’d better eat plenty of; but how foods behave inside the body and affect our health is a story that’s yet to be heard properly. Let’s look at a popular food – avocado. The Mexicans knew to eat avocado only very sparingly. One a week is plenty. They should NEVER be eaten by girls under the age of 18 – it will stunt breast growth – or by women over the age of 60 – it will upset their hormones and affect bone growth. Incidentally, the old South American cultures had incredible food propagating sciences. These sciences originated from the 100 Schools of Thought in ancient China. Now that’s a story for another day. I practice the ancient Yin Yang medicine derived from these schools and will introduce you to this wisdom in future articles. Phil Johnston is a natural health care professional at Biochi Clinic. Visit or email


he “sit to rise” test originated in Brazil and claims to be able to tell how long you will live based on how many points of contact you need to use to get up and down. While I find this overly simplified, I do agree that how easily, or not, you can get up and down from the ground will shed some light on strength and mobility. So why is it important? It highlights the mobility of your hips, back, the strength of your lower body to get you up and, if you use your arms, their strength supporting your body weight. Different mobilisers, stretches and strength protocols can help you achieve this, but for now, make getting up and down, or a variation of it, a daily exercise and it will give you a little more out of life. Start slowly. Don’t go all the way down, just to one knee. Use a chair for support, a cushion on the floor or just a bit more help than you think you need. Why? Well, the secret is in completing it safely as many times as

SUPPORT for creaky joints While most know a relative, friend or acquaintance living with arthritis, they may not know that arthritis goes beyond having “creaky joints” caused by overuse or injury. For those living with inflammatory forms, such as rheumatoid arthritis, the “invisible” symptoms, such as extreme fatigue, stiffness and pain, can make it challenging to work and leave some sufferers feeling isolated. Founded in 2015, CreakyJoints Australia provides arthritis patients and their families education, support, advocacy and patient-centred research.

Its mission is to empower Australians living with arthritis to put themselves at the centre of their own care by vocalising their treatment preferences and working in partnership with healthcare providers. CreakyJoints Australia has social media channels to connect arthritis patients around the country. The organisation also provides opportunities for members to proactively advocate on behalf of the arthritis community and participate in research that will broaden the global understanding of its management. Visit:

you can, because the more you do it, the stronger, more mobile and more confident you will be. If this all sounds easy, you tried it and didn’t even break a sweat, try swapping sides. If you used your right leg to get up, try using your left. We all start on our strong side so if it’s not as easy, this should be your focus. The fact that you used your other leg, now takes this exercise from a strength and mobility exercise, to one that also trains your brain. Your brain and nervous system have now been stressed in a positive way which means that they have to grow, get stronger and adapt to this new stress. The key element in making all the right stuff happen is ensuring that this exercise isn’t too stressful and that you choose the right level for your ability. Iain Behr is a movement coach. Visit or call 0424 260 751.


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GIVE BREAST HEALTH A PRIORITY IT’S easy to find a million things you’d rather do than go for a breast screen, and just as easy to come up with reasons why that health check isn’t really necessary. But the fact is, women can’t afford to skip breast screens. Queensland women have a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer by the age of 85 and more than 75 per cent of breast cancers are detected in women aged over 50. BreastScreen Queensland Sunshine Coast Service Health Promotion Officer, Kelly Hart said women were often surprised to be told that 90 per cent of breast cancers were diagnosed in women without a family history of the disease. She said mammograms or breast screens were the most effective, proven method of detecting breast cancer early, and early detection is important. “What screening does is bring




forward the time at which breast cancer can be diagnosed, so that the cancer can be found when it’s small, confined to the breast and hasn’t spread to the lymph nodes,” she said Ms Hart said that despite this, some women remained skeptical of the need to get screened, or found themselves putting it off. Breast screens are conducted one-on-one with female health professionals, and an appointment, including paperwork, usually takes less than 30 minutes. “Most women find, if they haven’t had a breast screen before, that it wasn’t as bad as they feared,” Ms Hart said. The BreastScreen Queensland Program is a free, high quality breast cancer screening service. Referrals are not required and appointments are available from 7.15am at all locations. 13 20 50 or


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LOVE IS IN THE AIR The choir will be then spreading more love with performances at St Peter’s Church, Coolum on Saturday, November 17 and Kawana Community Hall on Saturday, November 24. Buderim Male Choir, with a history of more than 40 years, is enjoying a resurgence in membership with growing numbers of singers taking part in public concerts and at numerous charity appearances. A donation from this year’s premiere will be made to the Buderim Foundation’s 2018 Appeal. The choir is fortunate in having talented and experienced music director, Mitch Meyer, who has given members who join for fun and fellowship, great enthusiasm. Choir members also appreciate the skills of accompanist, Carina Frank, who gained her qualifications in piano and church music in South Africa. The Buderim Male Choir always welcomes new members. Call secretary Rod Strachan 5456 4473. Nambour.

Music director Mitch Meyer and accompanist Carina Frank MEMBERS of the Buderim Male Choir are busy rehearsing for the final of their 2018 concerts in November. With the theme “Love is a Many Splendoured Thing” the program will include favourites such as Annie Laurie, The Rose of Tralee, She was Beautiful, On the Street where you Live, The Way you Look Tonight, Tea for Two and the always special Some Enchanted Evening. It will premiere at 2pm on Saturday, November 3, at St Mark’s Anglican Church in Buderim.

FASCINATED by the history and stories of the music of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Robyn Brown has created the gospel show, Down by the Riverside. Robyn (pictured) will perform many of the influential songs from the genre and tell the stories behind them. It includes traditional tunes, negro spirituals and songs from Blind Willie Johnson, Mavis Staples, Sam Cooke, and Sister Rosetta. “These are the songs that will touch your heart, stir your soul, have you clapping your hands and singing along,” Robyn said. “There are so many great stories

to tell that the hard part is deciding which ones to include.” She said some of the spirituals sung by the slaves were actually coded messages on how to escape. “There are songs of pain, songs of hope and songs of joy,” she said. “I love the passion and the heart of gospel music and want to share that with the audience.” Robyn will be backed by some of Queensland’s finest musicians – David Spicer (piano), Peter Walters (bass), Paul Hudson (drums) and Rob Mc Williams (trumpet).

The Bison Bar, Centenary Square, Nambour. October 27, 3.30pm. Tickets $20. Bookings call 0403 152 397 or email info@

CALLING COUNTRY MUSIC LOVERS COUNTRY music lovers are heading to Yandina this month for the 53rd Australian Country Music Association annual festival and country music competition. Open to amateur and semi-professional artists aged 12 to 66, it is drawing interest from far and wide and promises a great day of entertainment. Co-ordinator Shirley Robinson said the festival

promised to be widely supported. “Previous years have seen many contestants going on to make careers in country music,” she said. “Contestants come from as far as Rockhampton and Toowoomba to compete. Many will be coming back this year and we anticipate a large crowd.” Country Music Hall of Fame, 24 Steggalls Rd, Yandina, October 13, from 8.30am. Call 0408 582 386.

Shirley Robinson and Graham Robinson at last year’s festival.

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BATS PRESENTS NEW COMEDY BATS Theatre Company’s next play The Fox on the Fairway is a charmingly madcap adventure about love, life and man’s eternal love affair with … golf. Ken Ludwig’s play is about the Quail Valley Country Golf Club which is preparing to take on archrival Crouching Squirrel in the annual inter-club tournament. With a sizable wager at stake, the contest plays out amid

three love affairs, a disappearing diamond, objectionable sweaters and general mayhem. Book a table of eight or come and share a table. Bring your own nibbles and the Belfry Bar will be open. Buderim War Memorial Hall, Cnr Main and Church St October 5 and 6, 7.30pm and October 6, 2pm. Bookings or call or 0466 923 395

MUSICAL JOURNEY OF JOHNNY TO JACK THE concert experience about the making of Australian icon John Farnham traces the rollercoaster journey of a teen pop idol’s rise and fall, to the making of a rock and roll star who would become known as “The Voice”. The story of From Johnny to Jack begins 20 years before Whispering Jack became the highest selling album in Australian history, when a teenager named Johnny Farnham stormed on to the Australian music scene with the unconventional smash hit Sadie (The Cleaning Lady).

Australian vocal superstar Luke Kennedy (The Voice, The Ten Tenors, Swing On This) and his world-class band will lead the musical odyssey. The repertoire will include Playing To Win, One, Don’t You Know It’s Magic and Please Don’t Ask Me, as well as smash hits Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, Sadie, and You’re The Voice. Venue114 (formerly Lake Kawana Community Centre) October 12, 7.30pm. Tickets $40, Concession $38 Bookings 5413 1400 or visit Cabaret seating

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CONCERT BAND PUTS ON DANCING SHOES DANCE the night away with a live 35-piece band when the Sunshine Coast Concert Band under the direction of Ken Chadwick. Music will range from the pride of Erin, modern waltz and gypsy tap to rock and roll. Tea, coffee and water provided or BYO nibbles, drinks and glasses. Kawana Community Hall, Nanyima St, Buddina. October 13, 7.30pm. Tickets $15 online or at the door include supper Visit or email

ONLY box office hit Menopause The Musical - Women on Fire can take hot flushes, mood swings, and memory loss, and transform them into a universally praised, international sensation. Set in a department store, four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra on sale, find they have more to share than imagined. The cast makes fun of their woeful hot flushes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realise that menopause is no longer the silent passage, but a stage in every woman’s life and normal. Men also enjoy this musical parody staged to classic tunes of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. October 12 and 13, 2pm, 7.30pm. Tickets $45, concessions $40 THE Grigoryan Brothers will be performing works from their latest release, which sees a return to classical repertoire. Composers such as Bach, Elgar, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Faure, De Falla and Ponce have


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THE Judy Henzell Sunshine Melodies Concert Series presents Frankly Sinatra, A Tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes with musical theatre star Philip Gould and singer/ actress Michelle Fitzmaurice singing and dancing their way through the hits of Frank Sinatra. His fascinating life story will be told through skillfully written narration and all of this in front of the backdrop of many stills of his life on the big screen. The show also includes hits from the women in Sinatra’s life – Nancy Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Judy Garland. October 10, 11am. Tickets $19, Group 10+ $17.50. The Event Centre, Caloundra 5491 4240, box office, 20 Minchinton St, Caloundra or visit



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Boy’s own adventure in an Outback odyssey The lure of the open road and the big horizons of the Outback was compelling, writes ANDREW MEVISSEN, so there we were, two middle-aged blokes chasing freedom and adventure on a boy’s trip across the continent.

The wild beauty of Nitmiluk National Park north of Katherine; and (inset) the author with the Ghan railway line disappearing ino the horizon.


t began as a wild idea over a beer with a mate – to roam the Outback for two weeks. And 8600km and 15 days later, we were no longer talking and dreaming about the great Australian road trip. We had done it. Day one of our adventure began at a restful bush camp beside the Murray at Robinvale before pushing northwest through Renmark, Burra, Port Augusta and Coober Pedy along the seemingly endless, black belt which connects Australia’s top and bottom – the Stuart Highway. As we ate up the kilometres, we

played music – loudly – solved world problems, shared life stories, laughed until it hurt, daydreamed out the window and ate too many roadhouse meals. We slapped together sausage camp dinners in world record time, toasted sunsets over campfires and stayed in some dodgy motels when camping seemed too hard. We shaved our full heads of hair as a desert dare, encountered swarms of flies immune to Aeroguard, visited pubs in the middle of nowhere and met so many colourful characters along the way – each with an emotive back-story worthy of

reality TV treatment. And when something interesting grabbed our attention, like the eye-dazzlingly white expanse of Lake Hart, a huge salt lake near Woomera, we stopped in awe and did a nudie run, as blokes do, just for fun. While our destination was Kakadu and its wild swimming holes, our trip was all about the journey. There was the magic of unfolding scenery, the overwhelming scale of our great continent, the simple joys of moments unplanned and our own pursuit of happiness. Each day delivered new discoveries.

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Was $3,849*pp | Now from $3,464*pp London to Paris via the Channel Islands Go from Great British culture to Gallic charm on this trip from London to Paris, immersing yourself in the Channel Islands’ natural beauty and fascinating history along the way. Highlights London • Winchester • Dorset • Guernsey • Jersey • Mont Saint-Michel • Laval • Chartres • Paris Departs Selected dates 10 April – 02 October 2019

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< from page 36 Finally crossing into the Northern Territory, we treated ourselves to a bit of luxury with a night at Double Tree by Hilton in Alice Springs, with soft beds, fine dining, resort pool and relaxing jacuzzi. Back to camping, we pushed further north past the intriguing Devil’s Marbles boulders at Tennant Creek, and had a soak in the thermal pools at Mataranka before arriving at tropical Katherine for a two-day stay at the boutique Cicada Lodge at Nitmiluk Gorge. The highlight here was a Nitmiluk Tours helicopter ride to a remote waterfall and swimming hole in the gorge and a dip at the paradisiacal Southern Rockhole waterfall. And then, far from home at the top end of Australia, we were in Kakadu – Australia’s largest national park, embracing 20,000sq km of timeless landscapes, fresh and lush and pumping with water after the summer wet. Based at Cooinda Lodge for two nights, we busily bagged a series of experiences we had dreamt about. We swam at impossibly beautiful waterfalls (Motor Car Falls was our favourite), saw crocodiles on the Yellow Water Billabong, and flew over spectacular Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls with Kakadu Air. That’s another must if you want to see the full majesty of Kakadu when you’re short of time – or need to drive more than 4000km home, as we did. While our trip north was filled with anticipation, the journey south the same way was more melancholic. On the last night, again camped by the Murray near Mildura, we relaxed by the campfire and reflected on our great escapade, vowing to feel the freedom of the open road every year; the endless pursuit of happiness.

BEST WILD SWIMMING PLACES IN THE TOP END Waves of Australians are now shunning concrete and chlorine for wilderness and waterfalls to take a dip. Here are seven of the best wild swimming spots in the Top End of the NT.

Southern Rockhole, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine A beautiful waterfall that plummets into a gorge-cradled pool. 4km walk with gorge views from the carpark and a 10-minute ferry boat trip back via Nitmiluk Gorge, best in March/April after the wet before it dries up. The Swimming Hole, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine This mysterious place doesn’t have an official name but that’s what local chopper pilots call it. It’s a remote and beautiful hideaway accessed only by joining a thrilling, two-hour adventure swim helicopter trip offered by Nitmiluk Tours which will fly you over the gorge and land you at this deserted waterfall and lagoon which you can enjoy all by yourself. Edith falls, Nitmiluk National Park North of Katherine, this idyllic pool is fringed by paperbark and tropical pandanus and is open most of the year, with camping and kiosk facilities. Best of



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Mataranka Thermal Pools, Mataranka A little piece of paradise south of Katherine where warm, turquoise, thermal pools soothe the muscles year-round, shaded by a jungle of palms. A must-stop place for a swim on the drive north. Motor Car Falls, Kakadu National Park This deep, little-known pool, fed by a majestic waterfall and hugged by cliffs and lush, monsoon forest, is a real find, offering a shady hideaway from the Top End heat. Accessed by a 7.5km return walk and usually available year-round. Boulder Creek, Kakadu National Park An easy 2km loop walk from the Motor Car Falls carpark takes you to a series of little, cascade-fed, crystal-clear pools – each more beautiful than the next. They’re shaded by the jungle and you’ll

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Escape for Christmas If you fancy getting away from holiday hordes and not having to clean up, stock up and cook up a Christmas feast, ALLAN BLACKBURN recommends a yuletide cruise.


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ny cruise is fun and enjoyable but a Christmas cruise is one to remember. A festive air pervades the ship, from the little decorations on the cabin door to carol singers in the foyer, to a huge decorated tree and, of course, the mandatory visit from Santa. Any cruiser will tell you that the food is a highlight. A Christmas cruise is appreciated even more since there are no hassles on the day. You just roll up to the restaurant and have a feast fit for royalty. A four-course meal, each with a Christmassy flavour, is just wonderful. If the menu offerings are not quite to your liking, staff go to great lengths to accommodate all requests. And to top it off, there is no washing up to do. All you have to do is waddle back to your cabin and have a snooze. Of course, if you really want, you could have a game of table tennis or shuffle board, or hit a few golf balls – all things are possible. Specific destinations vary with the cruise line. Most offer a Pacific islands package

which may include Mystery Island, Isle of Pines, Port Vila, Port Denarau and Suva. New Zealand or Papua New Guinea may also be possibilities, as are various options from Singapore. With some of the popular lines such as Princess, P&O and Cunard now including Brisbane in their itineraries, you don’t even have to fly to Sydney. It is a simple matter of driving to Eagle Farm, leaving the car at one of the storage facilities, and you’re on your way. While the Port of Brisbane passenger terminal is not the flashest around, it is functional and quite efficient – it has to be to enable the larger ships to offload more than 2000 passengers and their luggage, re-provision with fuel and all supplies, and then board the next complement of travellers, all within about eight or nine hours. There is only one snag – with cruising growing rapidly in popularity, bookings for Christmas cruises will be heavy. If you are interested in pampering yourself for this year, you need to get moving. So don’t wait, get on the internet or go and see a travel agent.

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Sahara stargazing from a Bedouin camp Sitting in a Bedouin camp looking up at a zillion stars while the breeze whispered through the mysterious Saharan sand hills was a highlight of MICHAEL OSBORNEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s journey across Morocco.

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t was one of those Arabian-style nights that stays with you forever. The Bedouin camp was a â&#x20AC;&#x153;glampingâ&#x20AC;? facility set up especially for us. So far, this Back-Roads Touring expedition into Morocco had been interesting and exciting, but it was about to take on a whole new dimension. It was my first visit to the legendary Sahara Desert and staying in a Bedouin camp was a dream come true. Our comfortable coach arrived at Merzouga, a small Moroccan town in the Sahara Desert near the Algerian border. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s known as a gateway to Erg Chebbi, a huge expanse of sand dunes north of town. We were about to board some 4WDs and head off into the Sahara. The experienced drivers soon had us out of town and turning off the road into the sandy unknown. As we sped across the desert, the drivers took turns in leading the convoy and putting the cars into slides that raised adrenaline. In fact, a certain fellow mature traveller, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s name will not be mentioned, was cheering our driver to go faster and faster. I think she may have been a bit of a wild one in her youth. As we skimmed through the dunes, we came across the campsite. It was



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stars that filled the sky before heading off to sleep the sleep of a happy traveller. In the morning it was back to the main tent and another feast (breakfast) was waiting. It was quite a feat how all this could be produced in the middle of nowhere. Then it was into the 4WDs and back to Merzouga, where our coach was waiting. Michael Osborne travelled as a guest of Words and images WTF Media.

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MADAGASCAR in all its glory– with Travel Associates WHEN you hear the word Madagascar, does the phrase “I like to move it move it” accompanied by visions of dancing lemurs pop into your head? It does for me, so when I got the amazing opportunity to travel to this bucket list destination with Adventure World and Air Mauritius, I jumped at the chance. And I found there is a lot more to this island nation of 24 million than lemurs! After a seven hour flight from the west coast of Australia we stopped for the night in Mauritius. With its swaying palms, French colonial towns, clear azure waters and luxury resorts and golf courses it’s a “must return” destination. Following a quick flight to mysterious Madagascar, we landed in the crowded, bustling capital of Antananarivo (known as Tana to locals) where we were whisked away in luxury 4WDs to Andasibe and the waiting lemurs. The Adventure World ground crew were extraordinary throughout the entire journey! While the roads in Madagascar can be rough and inhospitable, the people, lodgings and food were not. Our first lodge Mantadia was new, tucked away in the rainforest, luxurious and welcoming. The pattern was repeated throughout our journey. The next day our smiling drivers were waiting along with some local guides to

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This is an Australian country story about the ravages that the drought has on the farmers, their families and their town. Two adolescent boys, mates on the cusp of maturity, are fooling about and starting to notice girls. Death and mayhem ensues in this dusty town. Who is responsible? Readers are taken on a journey to find the killer or killers. This is an intriguingly-told story, deftly written by the author. I found it interesting and I highly recommended it.


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BOOK review JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel by Jane Harper and I look forward to her future offerings. Harper makes the most of Australian characteristics including the story setting, Australian language, unpretentious Aussie heroes, and unpredictable small town villains. The two central themes that play out in this story are the death of two of Falk’s closest friends – Ellie murdered before a teenage Falk is forced to leave town; and Luke and his family two decades later. From start to finish, nothing is as it seems and we are kept guessing on both fronts as new revelations constantly change the focus of a rouge investigation by Falk and the likeable local policeman Raco.

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In the grip of the worst drought in a century, the small Australian farming town of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily when three members of a local family are found brutally slain. Police investigator Aaron Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his childhood friend Luke Hadler. He is not keen to face the townsfolk who had turned their backs on him 20 years earlier. But as questions mount, Falk is forced to probe deeper into the deaths of the Hadler family. Falk and Luke shared a secret, one that Falk thought was long buried but now threatens to surface.

I loved this fast-paced book from page one – and it was so nice to read a really good thriller with so many twists and turns. Jane Harper has written an excellent first novel in that she made the characters truly come to life. It was suspenseful, hard to put down and she described the Australian Outback’s harsh dry drought conditions to a tee – the effect it has on a small rural town and on families. Harper has managed to tell two stories that intertwine and cross 20-plus years of friendship and heartache; a presumed suicide and years later, the murder/suicide of a family. I liked the way the book was written with the story in italic script at various stages to let you better follow the characters’ past stories and connection to each other. A quick page turner and different to the last books we have read. 8/10



MARY BARBER I admire an author who can tell a gripping tale in just over 300 pages. This is a true page-turner so set a few days aside. The crime that starts the book is set in a run-down farming community struggling with the drought and its harsh consequences – business closures, family tensions, money problems, depression. But does this explain the horrific crime? That’s the crux of the novel. The book has just enough description to set the mood. The storyline is constantly moving forward. The main characters were all welldrawn and believable. At times, I found the language a bit awkward and it slowed down my reading. Other than that, this is a 5-star read.

I love a good mystery and this book did not disappoint! Not one but three bodies in the first chapter discovered in a scene of utter heat and parched land. The imagery of the blowflies settling on the corpses had me in immediately. Jane captured the essence of an Australian drought and its effects on the farmers perfectly. This was a well-planned novel – with enough sub plots and red herrings to throw us off the scent of deducing the killer. The identity of the killer was a surprise to me which is the test of a good mystery. I particularly liked the way Jane Harper gave us insights and backgrounds of characters and events via paragraphs in italics. What an excellent debut novel. I look forward to reading future novels from this excellent author.


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