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It’s no secret that I love to travel. But that wasn’t always the case. My mum and dad never learnt to drive, so my childhood adventures revolved around a walking radius of about 2km from Kedron to Stafford or Wooloowin, and anywhere the old 172 and 144 bus routes could take me.

When a brother gave me a Kodak Instamatic for my 10th birthday, the shots taken were very much close to home. That camera taught me that no matter how ordinary or extraordinary, moments in life are worth capturing and preserving because you may never pass that way again or be surrounded by those people, experiencing what’s in front of you, feeling the way you do. Over the years, I have worked shoulder to shoulder with some of the best snappers in Australian media and, like osmosis, I have taken on board some of their expertise in how to frame a shot to tell a story or find the ‘wow’ in any setting. Alas, I remain more of a point-

and-click kind of photographer who just gets the job done. I work on the premise that out of every 10 shots I take, one is likely to be usable for my required purpose. Sometimes I get lucky with a real ‘beauty’.

That’s why I am in awe of professional photographers such as David Kirkland, who steps out from behind the camera for journalist Angela Saurine’s feature story this month. David has found himself on assignment in places including the Pacific, transporting people through his pictures to some of the most exotic and remote areas on the planet. Turn to page 4.

Meanwhile, travel writer Nannette Holliday (yes, that’s her real name) cruises from Siem Reap to Saigon for more holiday inspiration for Your Time readers. Enjoy!

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Clicking with exotic cultures

ANGELA SAURINE meets the photographer who’s dedicated his life to documenting Indigenous customs of the South Pacific and beyond.

David Kirkland has always wanted to condense as much human experience into his life as possible.

It’s fair to say he’s achieved that goal. He’s lived with a tribe in the Amazon jungle, interviewed a zombie he saw being revived during a voodoo ceremony in Haiti and been beaten to the ground by a cultural guardian disguised as a giant bush to gain permission to photograph a secret ceremony in Papua New Guinea.

When not off on international adventures, the esteemed tourism photographer likes nothing more than to go for a morning swim at the beach and grab a coffee before retreating to the old Queenslander he calls home at Buderim.

“I enjoy coming home just as much as I do leaving,” the 65-year-old says.

Born in Perth, David was an ‘army brat’ whose dad worked as a military attaché in Indonesia.

After finishing his education at Canberra Grammar School, he spent a year hitchhiking around Australia before heading overseas, pulling beers in London and picking oranges in Spain and grapes in France.

After a stint in Morocco, he decided he wanted to be a journalist and returned home, where he completed a cadetship at TheWestern Mail newspaper in his home state. He worked for the ABC in TV and radio before setting off travelling again.

As well as living with the Amazon tribe, he captained a shrimp trawler to America and worked on luxury yachts in the Caribbean. He spent four weeks researching voodoo and zombies in Haiti and wrote a story for a newspaper in London, which was picked up by the current affairs program 60 Minutes

Upon his return to Australia, David moved into public relations, then used the communication skills he’d acquired to run the Foundation for Law, Order and Justice in Papua New Guinea.

Fascinated by the country’s unique cultural traditions, it was there that he discovered his passion for photography and wrote his first book.

Back in Australia, he worked for various tourism boards in Western Australia and Queensland, including on the Sunshine Coast. At age 40, he decided to start his own publishing company, producing guide books, coffee table books and calendars, and began specialising in tourism photography.

“I’ve always been interested in


traditional culture,” he says.

“It was incredible to me that I only had to take a three-hour flight from Queensland and I was in one of the most-vibrant, diverse cultures in the world. It was right on my doorstep.

“As a photographer with a background in tourism marketing, I never saw myself as a travel photographer who captured images opportunistically. My job has always been to capture photos that strengthen a marketing message which is aimed at a particular audience.

“What I do is 95 per cent planning, five per cent pressing the button.”

During one assignment recording land diving in Vanuatu, in which men jump from 30-metre high wooden platforms with vines tied around their feet, David was drinking kava with the local chiefs when he mentioned the importance of authenticity.

Instead of wearing T-shirts and shorts, they now dive wearing traditional penis sheaths. He’s also captured scarification ceremonies in Papua New Guinea, in which the male torso is cut to represent the head of a crocodile.

But of the countless photos he has taken, his favourite is of a man with a traditional Samoan pe’a tattoo that covers the lower half of his body. The framed

image takes pride of place in the dining room of his home, which he bought in 2022 after 12 years living in Brisbane.

He knew it was meant to be when he noticed a sign with the house’s name above the front door. It is called Kegl Sugl, which is the name of a village in Papua New Guinea’s Chimbu Province that he has been to.

David’s home is filled with objects you would usually only see in a museum. They include a Tolai money ring from Papua New Guinea’s New Britain Province, artworks embedded with artefacts from around the world, and elaborate masks.

“I just love the culture in the South Pacific,” he says.

“Having been writing about it and photographing it for more than 20 years, I have been right on the coalface of watching how traditional culture is slowly but surely disappearing.

“In Papua New Guinea, the huli wigmen used to spend two hours getting ready for a sing-sing. Now they’re getting paid to do it and they’re preparing in a fraction of that time, wearing one layer of

yellow paint on their face, not three.

“I can see at least the visual aspects of the culture diminishing rapidly.”

Now semi-retired, David plans to spend a year in Greece writing a book about philosophy. He’s also begun taking photography tours with adventure travel company Crooked Compass, capturing such displays as the Holi Festival in India and mask festivals and Baining Fire Dance ceremonies in Papua New Guinea.

Reflecting on his life so far, David

feels satisfied that his work will help future generations understand the past, and hopefully learn from it.

“I don’t think the value of my photos is going to be significant while I’m alive, but in 50 years’ time, young people are going to say, ‘I can’t believe how incredible my culture was’,” he says.

“That’s when my photos will come into their own.”

To see David’s photos, visit

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What’s hip

What to book

The Brisbane Writers Festival  has just launched its pageturning 2024 program. The 2024 festival, from May 30-June 2, is an unmissable adventure from beginning to end, with more than 150 live events including author talks, panel discussions, special events and workshops. More than 60 Brisbane authors will feature alongside a starstudded line-up of national and international guests, with most events held in the festival hub at the State Library of Queensland in the South Bank Cultural Precinct. Australian headline authors include Melissa Lucashenko, Julia Baird, Kate Ceberano, Chris Hammer, Trent Dalton and Bryan Brown, while international highlights include Booker Prize-shortlisted author Paul Murray, bestselling crime writer Michael Connelly, fantasy legend Naomi Novik, English novelist and screenwriter Louise Doughty, and superstar fantasy author Samantha Shannon. Go to

Back in the day… What to watch

This year marks 55 years since the Apollo 11 mission from July 16-24, 1969, that landed the first humans on the Moon. And what better way to celebrate Man’s amazing scientific feat that blasted astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins into space than revisiting history through the nostalgic comedy-drama The Dish on Netflix. The top-grossing Australian film of the year 2000, starring Sam Neill and a host of favourite Aussie actors, tells the true story of the Parkes Observatory’s role in relaying the live television footage of those first steps on the Moon. Watch it (again!) to relive all the small-town humour and the proud Aussie ‘recovery’ after a monumental stuff-up.

What’s a big deal

The Curated Plate food and drink festival from July 26 to August 4 has an event for every taste among more than 90 on offer. The initiative is a celebration of local produce and producers, restaurants, experiences and chefs, plus unique natural assets from the sea to the hinterland. The 2024 highlights include: the Sunshine Coast Asian Food Festival at Spicers Tamarind, Maleny; Tom Hitchcock’s Chef’s Table at Spirit House, Yandina; Peter Kuravita’s Smoke and Charcoal BBQ Lunch at Australia Zoo’s Warrior Restaurant; Brunch on the Balcony at The Mapleton Public House; the Hinterland High Tea with Adriano Zumbo at Maleny’s Tiffany’s; and Chefs in Conversation at Altitude Nine, Maroochydore. Visit

On May 24, 1964, The Beatles made their 4th appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in America, with an interview and prerecorded performance of You Can’t Do That. The Beatle Boys recreate the magic of “the four mop tops” and Beatlemania 60 years later with 35 chart-toppers, along with other timeless hits of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in The Beatles – All You Need Is Love show. As The Beatle Boys say in their publicity: “To this day, the 1964 tour (of The Beatles) changed social and cultural attitudes in this country overnight, creating a whole new pop culture. It changed fashion and it changed us. Boys started to wear their hair longer and girls their skirts shorter. We changed and we never looked back.” Catch The Beatle Boys at the Concert Hall, QPAC, on May 9 at 7.30pm. Visit

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Taking away people’s autonomy as to when they retire and forcing them to work until 67 to qualify for a government pension could be doing damage to their health and wellbeing.

With debate raging about who should pay for Australia’s aged care burden, a study has found that the people more likely to experience all the benefits of retirement are those who are able to make the decision to stop work earlier.

But only 30 per cent of Australians can afford to retire before they are eligible for a pension, Dr Rong Zhu, a senior lecturer in economics at Flinders University College of Business, Government and Law, reports.

“We need to consider the unintended consequences of delayed retirement for health and wellbeing via a reduced sense of internal locus of control,” he says.

“If workers work beyond retirement age, they are less likely to consider life outcomes as a result of their own choices and actions.”

This can impinge on all the benefits workers might otherwise get to look forward to at that stage of life. Dr Rong Zhu says the unintended consequences of delayed retirement need to be considered.

“Our paper shows retirement significantly improves older people’s physical and mental health as well as

their subjective wellbeing, as measured by life satisfaction,” Dr Zhu says.

“One-third of the positive impact of retirement on health and one-fifth of that on wellbeing can be explained by the retirement-driven increase in internal locus of control.

“Facing an increased eligibility age for the age pension, if an older person defers retirement, then the health and wellbeing benefits associated with retirement also come at a later date.”

The increase in the retirement age to 67 for men and women can be tough, when they might have been enjoying the benefits of retirement a lot earlier, he added.

Australia’s public pension take-up rate is the second-highest in all of the OECD countries, with about 70 per cent of retirees receiving either a partial or full payment. – AAP.

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The tramline linking hinterland to coast

With debate surrounding a planned trail between Nambour and Coolum, AUDIENNE BLYTH travels back in time.

Community groups have been talking about a trail from Nambour to Coolum in recent years.

Sunshine Coast Council endorsed the idea in 2017. Several groups including the Coolum Residents Association also support the concept. It would be an almost-50km planned track that could offer walking, running and cycling and provide great scenery including the river, cane fields, wetlands and forests of tea tree and heath.

There is much debate about the route. No doubt there is nostalgia to retrace at least some of the original route of the cane tram that operated from 1923 to 1935. The original cane tram lift bridge and the tramline have gone forever. Hardly a trace remains – just the memories.

The tramline from Nambour to Coolum was established to carry cane to the sugar mill in Nambour. It was also vital for transporting supplies and passengers.

Newspapers reported that Sir Matthew Nathan, then governor of Queensland, officially opened the line on November 2, 1923. About 80 members of government, as well as guests, arrived at Nambour Railway Station in a McKeen Car (an American rail motor) from Brisbane and made their way to the cane tram outside the Royal George

Hotel in Nambour. There, they were joined by dignitaries from the sugar mill and the council. Visitors were amazed by the little steam locomotive with its two-foot wide gauge.

With all aboard, the travellers set out, passing through Petrie Creek Valley and experiencing the thrill of the ride. They had to wait at Prentis’s Junction, then up and over Andersons’ Ridge, over the tea tree flats and across the Maroochy River by the lifting span bridge, built in 1922. They crossed two bridges via an island in the middle of Coolum Creek and passed through low scrub, she-oaks, mangroves and swamp where drains had been cut. Nambour, with its sugar mill, was the

centre of a most prosperous and fertile valley. The investment in the new line indicated faith in the district’s future. The Coolum Beach Estate developer said at the time that 94 allotments had been sold at 50 pounds each. Hundreds were still to sell.

In the following years, the railway advertised special trains from Brisbane to meet the cane tram. Early photos show well-dressed women and men travelling in an open wagon without seatbelts, windows or doors. It was a roller coaster ride in sideless carriages over sideless bridges.

Audienne Blyth is a member of the Nambour Historical Museum, open 1-4pm Wednesday to Friday, and 10am-3pm Saturday.


The Landsborough School of Arts Memorial Hall in 2024 is celebrating 100 years of service to the community.

Built between 1921 and 1923 by soldiers returning from World War I and opened officially in 1924, the hall continues to stand grandly as a beautiful town building.

In collaboration with the Landsborough Museum’s Street Festival on Saturday, May 18, from 10am to 2pm, the hall committee would like to invite the public to participate in this event.

The hall committee is seeking any memorabilia that can be incorporated into a display: photos, videos or a fond memory you would like to share.

The Landsborough Museum will be available on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 10am to 2pm, so call in and volunteers will scan any memorabilia that you would like to contribute.

Copies of your documents will be added to an important collection of the history of Landsborough.

Alternatively, you may like to donate such memorabilia and these can be dropped off at A1 Hair at 27 Caloundra Street, Landsborough, Tuesdays to Fridays. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated. For further details, contact admin@

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The opening of the tramline to Coolum. Then governor Nathan and guests admire the view.
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CALOUNDRA Evening VIEW Club is looking forward to another successful year.

The new committee was inducted by former president May at the first dinner meeting of the year on February 13.

The VIEW Clubs of Australia have become one of the women’s leading volunteer organisations, assisting the education of disadvantaged children through The Smith Family’s educational support programs.

The Caloundra Evening club is always looking for women from all backgrounds and ages to join in supporting local children.

The club is a friendly group and has a busy and varied social agenda.

The group meets at the Caloundra Power Boat club on the second Tuesday evening of each month at 6.15pm. Inquiries are welcome at caloundraview@ or phone Diane on 0400 473 193.

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THE Probus Club of Currimundi Combined meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Caloundra Indoor Bowls Club in Burke Street, Golden Beach.

The meeting begins at 9am, allowing time for a chat and to browse the many activities on offer: board games, book club, craft and social activities, coffee and chat group, bus trips and outings, caravan and camping excursions.

There’s plenty of opportunity to stay active with golf, tennis or the walking group.

Each month, an invited guest speaker, with varied topics, informs and entertains the members.

The monthly barbecue breakfast is always a hit, with members meeting at Kings Beach.

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FAMILY historian, researcher, former teacher, public servant and author Garry Reynolds is guest speaker at the next meeting of Caloundra Family History Research group.

Your Time columnist Garry, who will present “Station of the Cross”, has led an amazing life.

Hear his journey from high school teacher and shire councillor to a career with all levels of government, as an advisor to leading businessman Gerry Harvey and even resuscitating a 1959 honeymoon motel. After surviving and rehabilitating from four strokes, Garry moved to the Sunshine Coast to be closer to family and has since become

involved in using his public service experience in researching and writing to promote uplifting stories of active seniors. His presentation of “Station of the Cross” features some brutally honest history from Victorian England and Australia’s colonial past.

The meeting will be held on May 16, at 1.30pm at the CFHR rooms, Corbould Park, via Gate 2, Pierce Avenue, Caloundra. Register: At hello@


A Bloomin’ Good Walk will bring the community together in health and wellness on Saturday, May 18, at Cooper’s Lookout Park, Buddina. The event, from 2-6pm, aims to reach a fundraising target of $50,000 for nursing and therapy care services to support those impacted by cancer. All ages and abilities are catered for, with four walk options: from 200m to 5km.

Attend in person on the day (or on another day that suits you) and set your fitness and fundraising goals. Invite family and friends to join in. Dogs are allowed (on leash) for the 3pm walk. A live band, barbecue, roving entertainment and face painting are included in the festivities on the day. Register at event/bloomin-good-walk

Past president May congratulates the newly elected Caloundra Evening VIEW Club committee.

mentioned that before – and I fit into anything from 12 to 18, depending on the label.

FIRSTLY, I would like to thank all my readers who have gone to the trouble of contacting me re: the ‘colloquialisms’.

Not only was it great to get feedback, but I also learned a lot about the origin of some colloquialisms.

This month, I would like to share a concept a close friend told me about which I never, ever considered.

We all know about the bucket list: all the things we want to do before we leave this earth.

So, I was flabbergasted when a friend told me about a new list: a list of what he never wanted to do again in the years remaining to him. A sort of bucket list in reverse.

It sounded crazy to have a list like that but I had a think about it and realised there are quite a few things I really do not ever want to do again.

I would never starve myself again to be able to fit into that size ‘S’ dress, top or slacks. I am neither slim, nor fat, and quite contented with how I look.

Also, sizes are crazy – I think I’ve

To making myself unhappy because of that elusive size 10 and living on lettuce leaves (sorry, these days it is kale), I say categorically: “Never again.”

I will never marry again – a very credible resolution, given my advanced years and being entrenched in habits and a set lifestyle which includes very little cooking.

I will never again allow nasty people to diminish me, tear me down or ridicule me. I will stand up to them and put them in their place. However, I think I would have to practise that, as nasty people are usually very forceful as well and I really do not like conflict.

I will never forget to acknowledge something done for me, either with a thank-you note, text, a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates. To overcome my forgetfulness in this regard, I write myself a note immediately I receive a gift or kindness.

I will never lie again. Ever? Not even little white lies? This will be a difficult bullet on my ‘reverse list’ but I’ll put it there anyhow and give it a try.

I shall never again make jokes to my family. They never get my humour and simply roll their eyes.

I will not buy anything I don’t need just because it is ‘on special’ –no matter if the ‘special’ is oh-so tempting, and not even if the miracle cream is guaranteed to erase my wrinkles or the magic lotion to make my hair grow.

I have wasted a lot of time, and still often do, worrying and sweating the small stuff: things not really very important in the grand scheme of my life. Maybe I should put this also on my reverse bucket list.

May one item on your list be to no longer worry. Just enjoy life.


Life in the slow lane Life’s an adventure

THERE will be no mother-in-law jokes from me because mine is about the best a girl could get – a little, energetic lady who has always been respected and respectful.

Now in her 90s, she may have slowed down a bit, but she still exudes positivity in bucketloads and laughs a lot.

What she lacks in terms of height, she makes up for in determination.

She speaks her mind whether you like it or not but, somehow, rarely offends. As we recognise Mother’s Day in May, I’m sharing one of her stories.

Some years ago, my mother-in-law decided to purchase a small water tank to install at her home.

Back then, she and my father-in-law lived in a retirement village. They had a tiny backyard with a pretty garden. Brought up in the ‘waste not, want not’ era, she planned to use rainwater for drinking and feeding the pot plants.

A hardware store catalogue had just the thing she wanted.

Checking the measurements, she determined that not only would it suit the back yard, it also would fit into her small, hatchback car.

Now, some women might delegate the task to the man of the family or at least take them along for assistance. But not this woman. Her husband would

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Never again will I marry

have helped, but she declared that she didn’t need that level of drama.

My hubby often spoke of childhood holidays where his dad would use several people to set up camp. “Dad would give up and wander off to chat with other caravan park visitors, while mum finished the job. When she sat down to relax, he’d invite strangers across for afternoon tea.”

The hardware store had the tank in stock, so she got the attention of an employee. She would need help to get the round, plastic tank into her car.

The young lad accompanied her to the carpark with the newly purchased tank on a trolley.

Looking around, he asked, “Where’s your trailer?”

“I don’t have one. I’m taking it in the car,” she replied.

“Oh, it won’t fit in there,” he stated, with the superior confidence possessed by lads with barely 18 years on this earth.

She told him: “Yes, it will.”

This debate continued back and forth for a bit. The worker finally claimed in an exasperated tone and with much pointing, “You won’t get this tank in that car.”

With hands on hips and teeth gritted, she replied firmly, “Just watch me.”

A rainwater tank was shoehorned into the back of a small hatchback that day and transported safely to its new home.

She may have moved on to an aged care home, but don’t ever tell this little, old lady that something can’t be done.

Incidentally, she’s a much-loved resident and still participates in the home’s activities. I hope that I have that much zest for life if I make it to my 90s.

There must be something about mothers of that era because my own mum had similar determination: “If you want something done properly, do it yourself.”

We heard this line on numerous occasions, when she deemed someone’s work not up to her standard. When it came to repairs, she’d work out how to do it or at least give it a good try.

“There’s none so dumb as those who don’t want to learn,” she’d state if we whined of our inability to do something.

These days, girls are encouraged to reach for the stars and women can do anything they want, but I think a lot of mums have been quietly doing that for years.


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What’s love got to do with anything?

LINDA FITZGIBBON asks us to think about the meaning and expression of love, especially this Mother’s Day.

“Mother’s Day has a spiritual purpose?!” snapped my cousin Mily.

She clearly wasn’t buying this idea.

She’d asked me for suggestions for a Mother’s Day pressie for her mum, my first cousin, and I offered the idea of something that I had seen on Facebook: a small vial of perfume called Love. I added that I liked the spiritual purpose of it.

As Mily is a young, hip girl, I thought that she’d be receptive to an ‘alternative’ idea for a gift. It seems that I was mistaken. I wondered what she thought love was. However, instead of merely assuming what my teenaged cousin thought, I asked her about love and its meaning. She didn’t have much to say.

The idea of love is in songs, movies, novels, social media and advertising.

Where do these ideas come from? Obviously, they come from the culture around us. Love, in popular culture, often refers to romantic love, doesn’t it?

“Can’t we use the word ‘love’ and ‘mum’ in the same sentence?” I asked Mily. She turned and looked at me, and asked me what I meant. Did she think that ‘love’ and ‘mum’ in the same sentence was a bit maudlin – a bit soppy?

Ahead of love’s meaning from popular

culture, the Bible in 1 Corinthians 3 shares that: “Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast. It is not proud. It does not dishonour others. It is not self-seeking. It is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs …  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

Sounds like love to and from a mother to me, but did Mily understand this Biblical quote?

I asked Mily to think about her mum and patience. Was she patient? Her mum and kindness. Was she kind? Her mum and forgiveness. Did she forgive? Her mum and protection. Did she protect? Her mum and even-temperedness. Was she tempered? Her mum and hopefulness. Was she hopeful?

Mily’s face and eyes softened and

showed she had understood that her mum had all of these attributes. Her mother expressed love and showed love to Mily, along with the rest of their family. In return for love from her mother, Milly ordered the Love perfume. I hope they both enjoy the exchange. Now, what about the rest of us? Can we apply love to our neighbours, friends and colleagues? Can we? We can!

We can practise patience, kindness, letting go of envy, pride and boastfulness. We can try to honour others, and to give up a self-centred concern, be slow to anger, while not keeping a scorecard. We can’t really practise all of these things at once. We can start somewhere. But where? How?

Possibly by following the advice of Gautama Buddha: “Radiate boundless love towards the entire world – above, beyond and across – unhindered …”

‘Radiate’ – what a lovely word. Love, as a spiritual behaviour, is a bellwether for our culture, communities and families.

Linda Fitzgibbon has a PhD in Applied Linguistics, and is a trained and experienced facilitator with the Virtues Project™. Linda is now retired, and lives on the Sunshine Coast. She can be contacted at


WE ARE shocked when we see reports of city people found dead in their homes after no one noticed them missing for months. We still have a chance to avoid this increasing pariah of growth. Leading psychologist, Susan Pinker, says despite technological innovation, face-to-face contact is crucial for our happiness, resilience and longevity.

Susan has also identified the ‘village effect’. For instance, the island of Sardinia has six-times the number of centenarians as the Italian mainland. Her studies show it’s not a sunny disposition or gluten-free diet that keeps the islanders so healthy –it’s their close, personal relationships and face-to-face interactions.

In highly urbanised Australia, social isolation has become a leading public health risk of our time. An important predictor of longevity is our degree of social integration with the people around us, like the lady who walks past every day with her dog or the chatty proprietor of the coffee shop. Creating our own ‘village effect’ can occur through councilsponsored local events and interest groups such as U3A helping seniors meet up, as well as transport services including Comlink helping the lonely escape the isolation of their homes with trips.

The new councils have an opportunity to revitalise our old social bonds in a challenging new era.

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Hope exists, even after putting out the mayday call

CHARLIE Griffiths reckons he’s slipped from a yappy yuppie to a sappy suppie and has become a little lost.

Here’s a couple of definitions. Yuppie: a term created in the 1980s as an acronym for young urban professional, meaning a young well-paid person focused on (often obsessed with) financial success. Suppie: a word I made up as an equivalent to a senior yuppie.

Being a suppie is great because we have years of experience as a yuppie to draw on, plus life lessons learned during career progression and family raising.

But one day that bloody mirror on the wall turns on us malevolently. We notice that our natural hair colour is one shade of grey, our cute crow’s feet have turned to emu treads, and we step back and realise that gravity is a bitch. It’s also even money that by now, we’ve developed some kind of chronic medical condition that has a much greater hold on our motivation than our ego. Looking the part is usually easy, but with most chronic illnesses, some days it can be near impossible to even start the cosmetic artistry ritual.

What happens when we begin to lose faith in our ability to kick ass on the big stage? What of our dreams and aspirations for our golden years? Who are we letting down? How did we let it

come to this? This can’t be happening. Mayday! Mayday!

The best thing about making a mayday call is that we’re not done yet. There’s still hope. There’s always hope. The fact that we have called for help means that we care about our life, our family, friends, goals and dreams.

While we’re waiting for the cavalry to arrive, let’s play some think music … What’s changed in our life, apart from this persistent health hiccup? We’re the same person with the same values that have soundly supported us thus far.

Maybe our sense of humour has slightly darker, cynical tendencies but we haven’t lost it. We’re as skilled and knowledgeable as ever. In fact, we’ve recently learned a lot about stuff we never thought we’d be interested in. Why do we feel so confused, anxious, stressed, angry and desperate?

We can get through this, can’t we? We’ve lost focus. Maybe there’s something amiss with our belief system.

In our youth, we were bullet-proof, unstoppable, in control. We had to overcome major resistance at times and things didn’t always work out as we planned. But we believed in our abilities, causes and destiny. We hadn’t heard fancy coaching terms such as mindset, self-awareness, accountability, visualisation and transformation. We didn’t have coaches outside of sport.

On reflection, we just believed. Call it attitude, state of mind, outlook, mentality or disposition, we had a positive mindset. Plain and simple, yet oh-so powerful. It may sound surprising, but I know from experience that a winning mindset can be created very quickly. It all comes down to boundless belief and vivid visualisation.

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Charlie Griffiths is a certified life coach and NLP practitioner dedicated to helping middle-aged professionals who are struggling with career decisions after being diagnosed with a chronic disease.


THE National Council on Aging states that the three main categories of abuse in people aged 55 and over are emotional, physical and financial abuse.

Almost 60 per cent of violence and/or neglect is inflicted by a family member. Elder abuse can lead to serious health issues including dehydration, poor nutrition, organ failure and even death.

The Department of Justice says mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, are a reality for many: a result of neglect and feelings of abandonment.

Understanding the ageing process, and the change in needs that accompany the elderly person, is dependent on the individual providing the support and care.

Neglect and abuse can be as a direct result of a lack of acceptance of the increase in dependence of the elderly person and their reliance on others for support. This lack of understanding by the support/care worker and their subsequent failure to provide basic needs further exacerbates the elderly person’s decline in physical and mental health, leading to poor decision making, lack of trust and further isolation. May is Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month. The Elder Abuse Hotline is 1800 353 374.

WORDS: Manuela Whitford, CEO/founder of Friends with Dignity: a charity providing practical programs for DV survivors. Visit

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The hidden signs of reflux

Could Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) be the cause of your chronic, unexplained cough?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a common condition.

Silent reflux affects approximately 40 to 50% of patients who have GORD. It is referred to as ‘silent reflux’ because it does not present with the classic symptoms of reflux, being heartburn, lump in the throat and regurgitation.

Symptoms of silent reflux range from chronic cough, recurrent sore throats, loss of voice, persistent throat clearing, chest pain, choking, wheezing and shortness of breath.

When diagnosis and treatment are delayed, chronic GORD can increase the risk for serious health complications.

In June 2021, X-Ray & Imaging partnered with Professor Hans Van der Wall and introduced the Gastroesophageal Reflux Test to the Sunshine Coast. The first of its kind, this patented nuclear medicine imaging technique precisely identifies contamination of reflux fluid throughout the head, throat, and chest.

“Many patients do not present with classic symptoms of GORD but are suffering from typical upper respiratory tract symptoms such

as chronic cough, dysphonia and globus. This is due to reflux fluid contaminating the maxillary sinuses, throat, middle ears and laryngopharynx. It may also contaminate the airways and lungs causing asthma-like symptoms, breathing difficulties, chronic cough and recurrent bronchitis or pneumonia. We frequently see patients with a diagnosis of “atypical asthma”, which often turns out to be GORD with entry of reflux into the airways”, says Professor Van der Wall.

Historically, GORD has been diagnosed using pH monitoring, fluoroscopy, or endoscopy.

So how does the Gastroesophageal Reflux Test differ to these tests?

Although PH Monitoring is 50-80% sensitive and 77–100% specific in the presence of heartburn & regurgitation, it is limited to oesophageal disease only, particularly the lower oesophagus. Endoscopy is effective as an anatomical diagnostic tool but has a poor sensitivity for GORD (less than 30%) and is limited to detecting reflux disease that is severe enough to damage the oesophagus.

Fluoroscopy or Barium Swallow is insensitive

and has a high radiation burden and only demonstrates oesophageal disease.

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Light your way to gratitude and better sleep

KAILAS ROBERTS considers it may be time to start her day earlier and reap the benefits of ‘fröhlichkeit’.

When it comes to precise word use, the Germans are veritable experts. Take ‘schadenfreude’, for instance – the pleasure one gets from another person’s misfortune, or the ridiculously complicated term ‘flughafenbegrussungsfreude’, which describes the joy one feels when we are welcomed home at the airport.

Another of these intriguing words is ‘fröhlichkeit’ which translates as the special feeling we experience when up and about yet everyone else is still in bed. Now, I wonder whether fröhlichkeit is a feeling that has been preserved over the millennia because it promotes good health. If so, it is worth embracing. Let me explain what I mean. One of the big advantages to being up early is the opportunity to see the sunrise – something missed by most of us as we lie comfortable under our doonas.

There is something special about seeing the first rays of the sun as it ascends into the sky. For many, it is quite a spiritual experience. But it also has profound physiological effects. One of the chief values of witnessing sunrise is the flooding of light onto the back of our eyes. This exposure sets in train a process that leads to the suppression of a hormone called

melatonin. You may well have heard of this – otherwise known as the hormone of darkness (or sometimes the vampire hormone).

As melatonin levels drop, cortisol (another hormone) rises and prepares our body for the day ahead. This forced suppression of melatonin means that by evening, the rebound spike in melatonin is even greater. This then tells our body and brain that it is time to prepare to sleep. In this way, making the effort to rise early in the morning not only provides fröhlichkeit, but will also benefit sleep.

This phenomenon may be even more important as we get older, as the peak level of melatonin produced by our brain tends to drop off. This might explain in part why the quality of our sleep deteriorates as we get older. And the level of melatonin is also affected by conditions causing dementia, in

particular Alzheimer’s disease. Melatonin can be given as a supplement to compensate for the changed production that occurs with age and in disease states, and the consequent disrupted sleep that may accompany them. It is probably one of the safer ways of treating insomnia –certainly more so than the traditional sleeping tablets.

My wife pointed out another reason that getting up early might be good for us. She is naturally an earlier riser and often takes our labrador to the dog park in time to catch the sunrise. She sees this as a valuable opportunity to exercise gratitude: something that is easy to pass over in the otherwise busyness of our daily lives.

The quietness of the hour lends itself beautifully to this opportunity to reflect on what is good in our lives. Gratitude itself is a boon to our mental health, and whatever difficulties we are facing, there is always something to be grateful for.

Kailas Roberts is a psychogeriatrician and author of Mind Your Brain: The Essential Australian Guide to Dementia, now available at all good bookstores and online. Visit or

The new name with a familiar face ...

Noosa & Hinterland Family Lawyers is the new name for a familiar face in Cooroy. Local lawyers Cooroy Legal Centre and McCarthy Family Law in Noosaville amalgamated in July last year and are now celebrating their successful marriage with a new name.

Principal lawyer Ms Jane McCarthy said the new name was chosen to celebrate the firm’s wide experience in all types of family law matters. “We will continue to offer sensible advice in all parenting, property, domestic violence and child protection disputes,” Ms McCarthy said. “Collectively our lawyers have more than 70 years’ experience between them in helping families to negotiate new arrangements after separation.”

Ms McCarthy said both offices in Cooroy and Noosaville would also continue to help people with their wills, powers of attorney, and winding up deceased estates.

Conveyancing remains a strength for the new practice. “Shelley, our very popular conveyancer, is still with us to provide


FOR older Australians, dementia is not just one of the most-common causes of death, but also our biggest health fear.

Many of us worry that if we have a family history of dementia, we will develop it, too. So, is it all in our genes?

The research tells another story. It turns out that dementia risk is not all in our genes, it’s also in our own hands.

For most forms of dementia, around half of the risk is genetic. The role genetics play, however, depends a lot on the type of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common, but Vascular Dementia and Frontotemporal Dementia are two of many other types.

The good news is that no matter what our genetic risk, our environment and lifestyle – what we eat, how we move and how much we sleep – can have a substantial impact. To reduce dementia risk: eat a healthy diet full of unprocessed, fresh food; do regular aerobic exercise (such as walking) and strength training; practise mindfulness or meditation; and aim for seven to nine hours’ sleep per night.

WORDS: Dr Sophie Andrews, Senior Research Fellow and Healthy Brain Ageing Research Program lead researcher, and Louise Pemble, engagement officer, at UniSC’s Thompson Institute.

knowledgeable and friendly help for people who are buying or selling property in Noosa and the hinterland,” Ms McCarthy said.

Noosa & Hinterland Family Lawyers will operate from their Noosaville office to service the Noosa community, while the Cooroy office will service those in the hinterland. Video and phone appointments, including free initial consultations, are available for clients who are unable to attend either office easily.

More information about Noosa & Hinterland Family Lawyers can be found at the firm’s webpage www. Both offices can be reached by phoning 5408 4399.

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What’s your problem, sleepyhead?


HALL offers four simple tips to ensure a better night’s sleep and allow our bodies to recover.

Continuing on with our themes, this month we will provide four focus points for sleep and recovery.

Simply put, sleep is your biological tool to ‘be better’ for the next day and arguably is the most load-bearing pillar. It only takes a few nights of poor sleep to affect our physiology. While you might be able to continue with tasks, stress hormones and survival mechanisms are already active.

A big driver of injuries, pain and mental health issues is not necessarily from overdoing it, but rather from under-recovering.

Recovery isn’t just about what you do, but also what you don’t do. Under-recovering can be just as harmful as overexertion.

This advice is general and from allied health professionals who specialise in lifestyle intervention, exercise and diet. Here are four simple, effective strategies.

A consistent sleep schedule: Align with your body’s natural clock by establishing a fixed bedtime and wake-up time. Sticking to a routine, even on

weekends, reinforces your body’s sleep/wake cycle and can help you fall asleep more easily at night.

Create a restful environment: Make your bedroom a sanctuary for sleep. This means cool, dark and quiet. Consider using blackout curtains to shield against noise and light, reducing the temperature and decreasing the items that can deteriorate sleep (phones next to the bed, TV in the bedroom, animals in the bed). Investing in a comfortable mattress and pillows can also make a significant difference.

Management of light: This can be a simple top-and-tail approach.

Reduce artificial light close to your bedtime (think doom scrolling, watching YouTube videos) and increase natural light in the morning. Suggestions include having your morning coffee outside or even removing the curtains early in the morning. Light can have a huge bearing on our circadian rhythm.

Wind-down ritual: Before bed, engage in calming activities to help signal to your body that it’s time to wind down. This could be as simple as reading a book, taking a warm bath, or practising relaxation exercises such as deep breathing or meditation.

So, prioritise your sleep, refine your night-time routine and consult with a healthcare provider if sleep disturbances persist.

These small, deliberate steps can lead to substantial improvements in physical and mental health and, by extension, your overall quality of life.

Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist at Full Circle Wellness. Call 0431 192 284 or visit



RECENTLY, I was a guest speaker at a Probus club meeting. After the presentation, a gentleman expressed his views on health and wellness, as told to him by a doctor.

The doctor said the three main things you have to do is in no order but equally important. They were: exercise, socialise and memorise. How simple is that and very easy to remember.

I must admit that at times, I have concentrated on exercise without giving socialise and memorise much thought. But I do see with the senior citizen groups that I work with that socialise and memorise are important, too.

My Saturday morning exercise group for over-55s is not only a great way to exercise with like-minded people, the coffee and breakfast after are very important. We have one gentleman who cannot make

the exercise program, so he meets us at breakfast.

Many in our group also play Wordle, chess and bridge and some tackle crosswords and do puzzles and jigsaws as a hobby. All good stuff to keep the brain engaged and the mind active.

Exercise is paramount, but socialising is great for our outlook, improves our mood and, in some cases, can be a good pain-management tool by virtue of distraction.

If you have the time, try some memory games. They can be fun, educational and, most importantly, keep you and your brain active. We all slow down (thank goodness for that, too) but it has been proven many times in scientific studies that the chances of living a better life are improved by keeping physically and mentally active.

Tom Law is the author of Tom’s Law Fit Happens. Visit

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Meet a well-respected warrior by name and nature

BRUCE McMAHON considers the advantages of a ‘warhorse’ wearing the Nissan badge of honour.

Could this be the last season of cruising the back country in a V8-burbling SUV? Toyota’s been moving away from V8 motivation, with the LandCruiser 300 wagon now arriving with a twin-turbo diesel V6.

Meanwhile, the next Nissan Patrol –arriving in 2025 – reportedly will run a twin-turbocharged petrol V6 to replace the current 5.6 litre V8.

Plus, there’s the to-and-fro about the New Vehicle Efficiency Standards proposed which may not play well with petrol or diesel V8s (among other internal combustion engines).

Australia has lagged behind most of the motoring world on quality, generally cleaner-burning fuels and, at some stage, there was always going to be a price to be paid.

Still, the sounds and punch of a big V8 wagon will be missed in many quarters and Nissan’s 5.6-litre petrol powerplant has long been a fan favourite.

This version arrived in 2010 and still delights with smooth power delivery and a very handy 298kW of power and 560Nm of torque. Big numbers, but then these are needed to push the blunt-nosed Patrol along at a fair clip.

It does this with a reasonable amount of sophistication through a seven-speed auto transmission. Fuel consumption (it can be in the high teens per 100km) is not overly thrifty but it’s a price to be paid for a big and very capable wagon. Besides, some V8 diesels aren’t much better on fuel.

Anyway, the Patrol’s long been a decent tourer and four-wheel drive, let down to some degree perhaps by lack of ultimate chassis finesse.

There’s a good bit of bulk to a body that weighs in around three tonne and sits just over five metres long by 1995mm wide and, in standard form, rides 1940mm tall with 273mm of ground clearance.

Last year, Nissan sent the Patrol, nearing the end of its model life, off to Premcar’s finishing school, following the success with that Victorian mob’s version of the Nissan Navara. And what a top job.

The Patrol Warrior drives better over

indifferent Australian roads and is an even-more-confident off-roader than its donor wagon.

There is still some thump and bump if collecting major potholes at speed.

There remains a load of bulk to push through tight turns but, in the main, this is a wonderful touring wagon for all manner of roads – from highways to back-country dirt roads.

The Warrior is quick and competent and forever sounds good.

Maybe the eight-seat interior’s a bit dated (there’s still a CD player among the comfort and convenience gear), but it’s a generous and comfortable cabin.

Plus, there’s no doubting this Patrol’s excellent off-road ability – helped here by Premcar’s suspension work and 18-inch tyres which give another 50mm in ground clearance.

Okay, the Nissan Patrol Warrior by Premcar is not cheap, from $101,160. Okay, so the Warrior is big and thirsty.

And the standard Patrol will be superseded in the new year.

None of these detract from a wellmannered, uber-competent and fabuloussounding V8 SUV.

It will be missed.

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The safe and handy storage locker for all your data needs

EDIN READ explains that mysterious technological phenomenon known as ‘The Cloud’.

We’ve all heard of the daunting place known as ‘The Cloud’. I’ve touched on The Cloud a few times throughout my articles, but I haven’t gone into much detail as it is a tricky piece of the ever-growing puzzle of tech.

You might have heard of Cloud Computing, OneDrive, G-Drive or iCloud and I get it: they sound complex.

Cloud Computing carries nowhere near the complexities of Quantum Computing, and is really quite a simple aspect once you understand it.

So, what is The Cloud? It really is just another word for the internet.

Rather than saving your files and photos to a physical drive, instead you hire a small, private part of the internet that only you have access to.

It’s a bit like hiring a storage locker to hold your garden tools versus building an extra shed at home, but for your computer.

The main benefit is that your data is typically safer, it’s a cost-effective solution, and you can access it anywhere.

Having your data safe is paramount. We’ve talked about the importance of a backup before, just in case something happens to the computer you’re operating on: for example, you spill a glass of red wine on it (my family has had four

computers meet their demise this way!), or your device gets physically stolen or lost.

The benefit of The Cloud means that you can remove your data from a device if it’s stolen, with peace of mind that the thief can’t access that data, even if they have your current password.

You can switch on two-factor authentication, which asks you for that one-time code we’ve talked about, making it even safer.

Most importantly, let’s say the red wine doesn’t make it into the glass. You can buy a new computer that same day, sign in with your account and have all of your files there at an instant with The

Cloud. No need to start from square one.

The cost of the cloud is negligible. I personally pay $4.49 per month for 200GB of storage on iCloud (Apple’s Cloud service).

Over 20 years, this will cost just over $1000 for peace of mind for my data. A small price to pay, in my opinion, and a lot cheaper than upgrading to a new device just because it’s run out of storage. Cloud plans generally have a free 5-15GB option, then Apple’s iCloud start at $1.49 for 50GB, Google Drive from $1.99 for 100GB, and Microsoft’s OneDrive is included in most Office plans with 1000GB.

The main day-to-day benefit of The

Cloud is that you can generally access it anywhere on any device with an internet connection.

I, for example, have my files shared across my phone, laptop and iPad. This means wherever I am, I have access to them for the times when I just need that one file immediately, or when I wanted to show a photo I took on my phone on my iPad.

Even if I was without any of my devices, I could access them securely from a friend’s device or even at the library’s computers.

The beautiful thing about it is, there’s no real additional work. For taking photos, once signed up and configured, it syncs seamlessly. For documents, I just need to save them in my Cloud folder which is set up natively on my computer.

Continue to back up your files on a physical drive, too, to avoid anything going wrong or being held hostage for ransomware.

The Cloud is really the best way to store your files.

Once configured, it is easy, safe, and durable (no red wine disasters!).

Edin Read is founder and chief technician at Greyology Tech Support for Seniors. Visit

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Choosing a retirement village can seem daunting, but it’s also exciting.

We have found many clients who valued a list of things to consider when choosing a village to live in. These are some of the important criteria:

1. The emotional components of your decision need careful consideration, as well as the financial aspects.

2. Visit a variety of villages and picture yourself in each of them. Talk to residents, as well as friends and family.

3. How will you continue to include your loved ones in your life at the village you choose? a. Will you be close to friends and family? b. Can they stay overnight?

c. Are pets allowed? d. Any transport?

4. An engaging lifestyle is very important. Can you keep up your favourite hobbies or learn new ones? Are activities offered?

5. Can you afford ongoing costs, not just entry costs? Understand what they are. If a couple, could you afford the fees if one of you is no longer there?

6. What happens with capital gain? What are the refurbishment requirements?

7. Exit fees – what are they? When are they payable?

8. If you leave, what are your entitlements? How soon would they be paid?

9. Do you have any right to transfer entitlements to family, such as in a will?

10. What sort of contract are you entering into? Freehold? Lease? Licence to reside?

11. What arrangements are there for ill health/hospitalisation if needed?

12. For higher-level care, can you stay in the village or do you have to move elsewhere? Consider transition costs.

13. Home help and aged care are vital considerations. Plan these sooner rather than later. What options are available?

14. Do you prefer new or established accommodation? High-rise? A garden? Take time to view a variety of options. If possible, look closely at floor plans and view lived-in areas.

15. Ask about the demographics of each option. Does the age range of other occupants suit you?

16. If you are still partnered, would fees be manageable if you become single?

17. Can you maintain your own garden? How would it be modified for your pet?

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Brands stand to benefit from baby boomer consumers, yet marketing tactics usually target generations with less cash.

RMIT University’s Foula Kopanidis, Associate Professor in Marketing, says the 5.6 million baby boomers command a 21.5 per cent slice of our population.

“With an average accumulated net worth of $381,100 per person, they own more than half of Australia’s national wealth – and they like to spend it,” Assoc Prof Kopanidis says. “Baby boomers should be the prime target market for brands, yet many ignore the great potential of this consumer with only five per cent of advertising expenditure in Australia spent on this demographic.”

Assoc Prof Kopanidis says baby boomers often engage in online shopping,

with at least 70 per cent making one purchase from Amazon monthly and engaging with TikTok, Snapchat, Reddit, YouTube and Facebook. “If brands want to bring in big business as younger generations tighten their purse strings, they must pay attention to the baby boomer market and truly understand what their purchasing habits and goals are – not assume,” she says.

Dr Bernardo Figueiredo, Associate Professor of Marketing, says the pervasive ageism in Australia, particularly in technology, stems from stereotypical assumptions about older individuals but “businesses stand to benefit significantly by tapping into the ‘silver economy,’ as older consumers often possess more disposable income and brand loyalty compared to younger demographics”.

fees? Do you pay for electricity, gas, water or internet separately?

19. Can you meet the on-site manager? Do you relate well? What involvement does the residents committee have? How are disputes resolved in the village?

20. Is the village security suitable for you?

21. What arrangements are in place for maintenance of: a. units b. community facilities c. grounds/common areas?

22. Are meals or a dining area available?

23. When are village staff on duty? How

often is there a nurse on duty? Who responds to emergency call buttons? Are these provided?

24. Review amenities and services.

25. Consider financial advice on which option is best for your circumstances. Lesa Macpherson is an expert in retirement village living considerations. Sunshine Coast Elder Law are experts in the legal aspects of retirement village contracts and purchases. Contact them on 1800 961 622 or visit

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Reviewed by Jan Kent

THE latest book from the pen of popular Australian writer Fleur McDonald follows her usual style: strong female characters embroiled in family complications, set in the outback.

Sassi is summoned to her family home by the illness of her grandmother and her subsequent passing, which poses the dilemma of the care of her ailing grandfather.

With the arrival of Sassi’s estranged mother into the family mix, tensions grow and suspicions of elder abuse are raised. Issues to be dealt with involve racial tolerance, healing past hurts, small-minded townsfolk, adoption and the isolation of remote country living.

Can these be resolved ? Well, of course, in quite a predictable ending in this formulaic story.

A good, easy read with wellcrafted characters for relaxing on the beach.



Reviewed by John Kleinschmidt

A SABOTAGED New York skyscraper building crane crashes 22 storeys to the ground.

The perpetrators are demanding that developers cease building skyscrapers to accommodate the elite and, instead, provide billions of dollars for affordable housing. But not all is as it seems.

The plot pitches author Jeffery Deaver’s heroes Lincoln Rhyme, a quadriplegic criminalist, and his wife Amelia Sachs, a New York police officer, against Rhyme’s nemesis Charles Vespasian Hale whose mission is to kill Rhyme.

Working with innovative technology and an ancient deadly poison, Hale conjures multiple false leads to keep in front of his pursuers: Rhyme, Sachs, the NYPD, FBI and others.

Deaver is a good writer and storyteller but predictable and at times a little disjointed.

Worth reading but not my favourite author.


Various contributors, Australiana compilation

Reviewed by Annie Grossman, Annie’s Books on Peregian

WHAT a treat! Galah is a large format, beautifully published book celebrating Australia like no other.

Editor Annabelle Hickson has gathered more than 50 leading Australian writers, photographers and artists and their work to produce a truly unique publication.

Hickson’s dream was to gather a collection of stories about the

Australian country which did not concentrate on the hardships, but the joys of life outside the big smoke, and illustrate the wonderful, diverse and creative people found in every corner of this wide land.

People have been sharing stories since the beginning of time, and we understand the importance of stories for knowledge and connection.

Dip into Galah and find a treasure trove of words and images, and even a few recipes.

THE SEDUCTION OF SUNNI SINCLAIR: Acclaimed crime author Noel Mealey grew up and still lives in Brisbane. In this author Q&A, he talks about his life and new book.

Q. How does your life here influence your writing? I‘ve had an interesting life journey. Brisbane has supplied me with a fascinating pot of interesting characters. In various capacities, I’ve associated with wanted criminals, crooked police, corrupt politicians and wily journalists among other many walks of life. All have allowed me to build on my characters and put a real face to gangsters and murderers.

Q: Tell us about your new fiction novel The Seduction of Sunni Sinclair? It’s about a notorious female escort who outwits Australia’s criminal underworld in the 1950s to mastermind the mostaudacious heist in Australia’s history. Sunni is a woman on the wrong side of the law and we follow her transition from a fun-loving, quick-witted romantic to a vengeful gangster with a price on her head.

Q. Sunni adopts a life of crime in response to what she sees as society’s injustice. How does she rationalise her actions? Sunni is an emotional character, and rationalising is not her strong suit. What drives her is the need to break free and a deep understanding of society at


By Paul Morgan – Historic romantic fiction

Reviewed by Shirley Sinclair

DON’T be fooled by the title. This meticulously researched work cuts to the bone in its tale of romance, heartache and survival when Nazi Germany joins forces with the Soviet Union to invade Poland and usher in World War II.

At the core is a tender love story that transcends time and distance. But after Elisabeth farewells her cherished husband, Army captain Anton, at their Winter Palace stately home in the Polish

that time: the power plays and the comradeship. She has her perspective on what is good and what is bad and tests the boundaries until they break.

Q. Why do you think it is that we cheer on some fictional villains in books and movies? We applaud Brando as he draws blood with a Tommy gun in The Godfather; Tony Soprano is our favourite uncle. We cheer Griselda in the new Netflix series (well, at the beginning, anyway). Fiction fires a more fantastical vision than the most-outrageous real life. Fiction characters can lend us, temporarily, the glamour, charm and power we dream of for ourselves.

Q. The audio book for The Seduction Of Sunni Sinclair is narrated by AFI Award-winning actress Fiona Press? Yes. Fiona is a veteran of Australian stage and screen with a magnificent theatrical voice. She captures the essence of Sunni perfectly. Visit

countryside, neither could imagine how their lives would unravel.

Author Paul Morgan’s writing was inspired by real-life Australian stories from friends whose parents survived ‘the Polish abduction’ that tore families apart forever – a time when millions of men, women and children were abducted and put into slavery, and 140,000 Polish soldiers were captured as POWs and sent to hellholes including Siberia. His depictions of the horrors of war can be as brutal as they are heartbreaking. I knew little of what was inflicted on Poland and the Polish people during the war and found this novel engrossing. And I bet you, like me, won’t see the ending coming.

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WHILE on the road, one crucial factor can make all the difference between a successful journey and potential hazards: a good night’s sleep.

However, if you’re grappling with snoring and fatigue, you may have a serious underlying condition: sleep apnea.

With one-in-four males over 30 experiencing symptoms such as excessive snoring and daytime fatigue, the impact of this condition on health and relationships can be significant.

Sleep apnea – a condition characterised by interrupted breathing during sleep – can significantly impact reaction time, focus and energy levels, as well as quality of life.

That’s why CPAP Direct is dedicated to providing solutions that can help you regain control and have the best chance at gaining a restful night’s sleep. Founded by a Queensland family who recognises the need for quality care, CPAP Direct has grown into a company with more than 110 dedicated employees and multiple locations nationwide. Their unwavering commitment to patient satisfaction remains at the core of their business.

Not only does CPAP Direct offer exceptional solutions for sleep apnea at more than 20 locations across Australia, the company also prides itself on being the trusted name in travel CPAP. One of the most-popular offerings is the range of travel

CPAP machines specifically designed to meet the unique needs of travelling with sleep apnea. Portable CPAP machines are built with convenience and efficiency in mind, enabling you to maintain your sleep therapy even when you’re away from the comfort of your own home. Equipped to run on either 12 or 24 volts, travel CPAP machines provide the assurance that your sleep apnea treatment remains uninterrupted. CPAP Direct also has you covered with masks to sleep comfortably, ready to tackle the miles ahead.


CHANGING tiny batteries has always been a barrier for the less dexterous when considering hearing aids, but the technology available now has certainly helped.

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Experienced clinicians, equipped with firsthand knowledge of CPAP equipment, can guide you through the entire process from diagnosis to treatment. They are committed to working closely with you to find the ideal mask and optimal device settings that suit your needs and preferences. They place a strong emphasis on personalised attention and support, ensuring that you receive the care necessary to enhance sleep and wellbeing. For a free, online sleep apnea test, go to CPAP Direct is at Maroochydore and Morayfield. Visit or call 1300 133 298.

Cataracts and Dry Eyes

A cataract is any clouding of the lens of the eye. The lens is situated inside the eye, behind the pupil. It acts in the same way as the lens in a camera to help focus light rays on to the light sensitive nervous tissue in the back of the eye – the retina.

Dry eye syndrome is a general term for the breakdown of the tear film that protects the eye’s front surface. It is the most common symptomatic eye condition treated at Best Practice Eyecare. Dry eye syndrome causes chronic, tired, uncomfortable eyes.

Dr Michael Karpa and the amazing team at Best Practice Eyecare can help you with cataracts, dry eyes, and much more including glaucoma, pterygia, lid surgery and macular degeneration.

Rechargeable hearing aids are gaining popularity as an excellent choice for those with hearing loss, due to their convenience, environmental impact and technological advancements. These devices, powered by rechargeable batteries, offer a more sustainable and cost-effective solution compared with traditional disposable batteries.

One of the key advantages of rechargeable hearing aids is the convenience they bring to daily life. Users no longer need to worry about carrying spare batteries or dealing with the hassle of frequent replacements.

Rechargeable devices come with compact charging stations, making it easy for users to charge their hearing aids overnight, ensuring a full day of use. Some of the chargers can actually provide recharge away from a power point.

Environmental considerations are another compelling reason to opt for rechargeable hearing aids. The long lifespan of rechargeable batteries minimises the overall waste generated.

Technological advancements in rechargeable hearing aids have further enhanced their appeal. Many models offer

Rechargeable hearing aids make life easier

quick-charging features, allowing users to enjoy several hours of use with just a short charging time. Additionally, rechargeable devices often come equipped with smart features, such as Bluetooth connectivity, making it seamless for users to connect to various devices for enhanced communication and connectivity.

Nearly all quality hearing-aid manufacturers have these devices in their range, but they are all not quite equal in capability. That’s where an independent hearing clinic can be useful.

They will know what will suit your loss and lifestyle and recommend what will give the best results.

An independent clinic usually has a good range to choose from.

Lisa Burley is a senior hearing rehabilitation specialist at Hear4Good: a locally owned and independent hearing clinic in Golden Beach and Caloundra. Call 5477 0144 or visit

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Great news for the women who struggle to find a great fitting bra. Our new bigger brighter store has enabled us to expand our range to include sports bras, full figure and maternity as well as our traditional post mastectomy wear. Our goal is expertly fit your bra so you feel amazing in your clothes. Visit our new store and experience the Tracey G service.

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WITNESS the latest production by Opera Queensland: Do We Need Another Hero?

This live musical tribute features chart-topping anthems, from pop to opera, country to classical.

Timeless hits by The Beatles, David Bowie, John Farnham and more, intertwined with opera classics from composers from Beethoven to Bizet, provide the ideal soundtrack in the search for what it means to be a hero. From the creative team behind Are You Lonesome Tonight and Lady Sings The Maroons, Opera Queensland returns with this epic performance of heroism and bravery.

WHERE: The Events Centre Caloundra, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra.

WHEN: Friday, June 7, at 2pm and 7.30pm.

TICKETS: From $45. Call 5491 4240 or visit


CALOUNDRA Chorale and Theatre Company presents Allo Allo 2! The Camembert Caper, based on the original TV series written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft. This riotous sequel to the hit stage production of Allo Allo features many favourite characters such as café owner Rene Artois, Michelle of the Resistance, General Von Klinkerhoffen, and Herr Flick of the Gestapo. This play is not recommended for children.

WHEN: May 22-June 9.

WHERE: Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Company, 3 Piringa Street, Wurtulla.

TICKETS: From $33-37. Visit


THE Buderim Craft Cottage is staging a major exhibition.

The Fibre Art Group is showcasing its biennial exhibition, titled Existence

The theme explores life from an individual perspective.

Many of the artists are experienced in a broad range of techniques and the result of each one’s personal relationship to the topic is providing a thought-provoking and unusual exhibition.

WHEN: May 18-26, daily from 10am-4pm. Free entry and parking.

WHERE: Buderim Craft Cottage, 5 Main Street. Visit


THE Noosa Eat & Drink Festival will warm the cockles of your heart this winter with more than 75 beverage and foodie events and entertainment spread across four delectable days.

Its biggest and best program yet, the festival celebrates its 21st edition with a revamped Festival Village, a tantalising restaurant showcase, daily beach events, and the return of its signature event: The Long Lunch. Special guests and TV cooking personalities Gary Mehigan and Hayden Quinn will host a culinary utopia daily at the Festival Village Main Stage, celebrity chef masterclasses will pepper the program, and a sizzling daily showdown will see Olympian Michael Klim and Olympian-turned-restaurateur Eamon Sullivan put everything on the table to prove their gastronomic genius.

WHERE: Various venues in Noosa Shire.

WHEN: From May 30 to June 2.


ART In Conflict is a new touring exhibition of contemporary art from the collection of the Australian War Memorial.

The exhibition is hosted by Noosa Regional Gallery – the second-last destination for the national tour that started in 2022. Curator Dr Anthea Gunn says Art In Conflict “reveals neglected histories, untold stories and deepens our understanding of Australia’s experience of conflict, both past and present”.

Three major new bodies of work debut in this exhibition: two recent official war art commissions – Susan Norrie (Iraq, 2016) and Megan Cope (Middle East, 2017) – and a landmark commemorative work by Angelica Mesiti.

WHEN: Showing to June 9.

WHERE: Noosa Regional Gallery, riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin.

TICKETS: Entry to the exhibition is free. Visit


EXPERIENCE two sensational performances on one magnificent evening of the Grand Kyiv Ballet of Ukraine.

Act 1 is the Ukrainian showpiece Forest Song: this legendary ballet remains the pride of Ukraine after more than 75 years – a magical love story, alongside the conflict between the human world and nature.

Acts 2 is Don Quixote: this flamboyant and festive Spanish ballet is a much-loved romantic comedy about a courageous but troubled man’s quest for love.

WHERE: The Events Centre, 20 Minchinton Street, Caloundra.

WHEN: Saturday, May 25, at 7.30pm.

TICKETS: From $99. Call 5491 4240 or visit


PALMWOODS’ Little Village Theatre was formed in 2020 as a sub-group of the Palmwoods Singers Theatrical Society. This amateur musical theatre organisation has presented shows for the entertainment and enjoyment of audiences in the hinterland since 1984. Celebrating Palmwoods Singers Theatrical Society’s 40 years of musical theatre accomplishment, Little Village Theatre will present The Royal Galah Performance: a light-hearted romp around the world. “Our troupe of madcap entertainers look forward to presenting a show jam-packed with merriment and fun,” musical director Marji Murray says.

WHEN: Matinee performances from 2-4pm on June 8, 9 and 16.

WHERE: Palmwoods Guide Hut, corner PalmwoodsMontville Road and Lingara Avenue.

TICKETS: $30, including afternoon tea. Call Moira on 0409 026 145 or email ourlittlevillagetheatre@


THE Robyn Brown Quintet has been working on a project to bring together some of the pop and jazz hits of the Sixties and reinterpret them with a jazz and funk twist.

You might hear a soul version of Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire, a Beatles hit done in a swing style, Sunshine Superman with a 7/8 groove or a funky version of The Beat Goes On. Brown, John Conley (Galapagos Duck), Ross Nixon, Phil Hayter and Trent Bryon-Dean (The Ten Tenors) have had sell-out shows.

WHEN: May 16 at 6pm.

WHERE: The Presynct, upstairs, 15 Ann Street, Nambour.

TICKETS: $15-$25, via events.


• May 1-31 Macula Month; Queensland Small Business Month

• May 6 International No Diet Day; Labour Day

• May 7 World Asthma Day

• May 5-12 Road Safety Week

• May 8 World Red Cross Day

• May 12 Mother’s Day

• May 11-17 Kidney Health Week

• May 17 National Endangered Species Day

• May 19 World IBD Day

• May 19-25 National Palliative Care Week

• May 23 Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea; World Turtle Day

• May 25-31 Spinal Health Week

• May 26 National Sorry Day

• May 27-June 3 Reconciliation Week

• May 30World MS Day

• May 31 World No Tobacco Day

• May 31-June 1 Maleny Show

Here’s a firm family favourite guaranteed to be a hit dessert at any Mother’s Day lunch or dinner.

Apple Crumble Serves 6.


• 2 x 400g cans pie apples

• ½ cup (80g) sultanas

• 250g packet Scotch Finger biscuits, crushed

• 4 tablespoons (60g) butter, melted. Method:

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Spoon the apples into a lightly greased, 20cm pie dish and then sprinkle with sultanas. In a large bowl, mix together the biscuit crumbs and melted butter. Spread the mixture evenly over the apple and sultanas and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.

Optional: Cinnamon may be added to the biscuit mixture if desired.

Serving suggestion: Serve with custard.

The Events Centre, Caloundra

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CLOSE to the best the city has to offer and yet surrounded by nature, GemLife over-50s lifestyle resort’s first split-level display home showcases an unprecedented lifestyle opportunity on the northern Gold Coast.

The display is one of 39 architecturallydesigned premium homes to be built, with some boasting city skyline views.

Four designs are available. Each offers a spacious, open-plan design with two bedrooms plus a multipurpose room, ultra-high ceilings, large rear yards, two al fresco areas, louvered shade systems and designer kitchens with European appliances.

GemLife Gold Coast sales manager Ashleigh Murtagh says the premium homes raise the bar for over-50s living, providing luxury inclusions as standard, lovely outlooks, as well as maximising natural light and breezes.

“The split-level homes feature a generous 326sqm to 351sqm of living space with a master suite located on both levels, providing plenty of privacy when guests

stay or the option for dual living,” she says.

“Each home features outdoor entertainment areas on both the upper and lower level, plus an al fresco kitchen, complemented by a built-in bar area and wine fridge inside, making them ideal for those who love to host family, friends and neighbours.”

The resort’s luxury split-level homes, priced from $1.2 million, are among GemLife’s most premium to date.

“Demand has been extremely strong for homes across the board and with a large wait list already for Stage 3,” Ashleigh says.

“We’re expecting the more than 100 homes to sell within weeks of hitting the market, when they’re released later this year. The new split-level homes offer a rare opportunity, with only a limited number of these designs to be released in future stages.”

For more on GemLife Gold Coast and the new split-level home collection, contact 1800 325 229 or visit gemlife.


AS THE country faces a rapidly approaching silver tsunami of older Australians and an ongoing housing crisis, retirement living construction activity levels are forecast to continue to lead the way in Australia.

The latest Procore/Property Council Survey reveals Australia’s retirement living industry is forecasting strong confidence around construction activity over the coming 12 months, while capital value growth sentiment has bounced back in most jurisdictions after a decline in the previous quarter.

Confidence in retirement construction activity is at its highest since December 2021, outperforming other sub-sectors, and is forecast to be greater than residential, office, retail and hotels combined.

Retirement Living Council executive director Daniel Gannon says this positive sentiment is another reason for the Australian government to include retirement communities as a key delivery component of achieving the National Housing Accord target to build 1.2 million new homes by 2029.

“The Master Builders Association ... forecast that the Australian Government will fall short of its target by 112,675 homes, but there’s a silver lining to this scenario,” Mr Gannon says.

“In order to maintain existing market demand, the retirement living industry requires 67,000 units to be built by 2030.

“This would represent 59 per cent of

the gap identified by the MBA, meaning age-friendly communities can help the government solve Australia’s housing supply problem.

“With the number of Australians over the age of 75 set to increase from two million to 3.4 million by 2040, more age-friendly housing that keeps people out of hospital and aged care facilities must be supported by all levels of government.”

Mr Gannon says that while the survey is largely positive, there are still a number of variables that could place a handbrake on much-needed supply.

“There is still much uncertainty across all property sub-sectors, with construction prices, materials and labour continuing to drive uncertainty,” he says.

“The other variable for the retirement living sector is legislative reform, which is taking place in every corner of the country and impacting two-thirds of Australia’s retirement living markets.

“This is particularly relevant in WA, one of the states currently undergoing legislative reform, with the survey showing a sharp decline in forecast capital value growth.

“This provides an important reminder that if these reforms make it harder for operators to build and operate age-friendly communities, it could tighten the supply clamp at a time when confidence remains high, construction activity is strong, and when the nation needs housing.

“Governments need to better understand that retirement villages across the country save the federal government almost a billion dollars every year as Australia’s population continues to age.”

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Bonded by love and art

Geoff and Anne McKenzie not only share a special bond as husband and wife, they also are celebrating more than 50 years as professional, full-time artists.

Ballarat-born Geoff McKenzie, 87, filled his quiet moments with drawing and painting from quite a young age. Over the decades, he has built a reputation for high-quality work as a painter of traditional oils depicting the Australian bush and the Outback –from the characters and bush race meetings to horses and wagons, plus a variety of other subjects.

The oil paintings from his wife Anne, who exhibits under the nom de plume of Allison Shaw, are atmospheric impressions of the Australian bush, with mountains, creeks, lagoons and waterbirds – a very different landscape from her English upbringing. After training as a nurse in London, Anne worked and travelled in Europe, Canada and the US before arriving in Australia in 1968 – always with oils and brushes in her luggage to preserve the ever-changing scenery in her individual style.

The pair have painted and exhibited all over Australia and around the globe, operating their own studio-galleries at Guildford and Anglesea in Victoria and Burleigh Heads, Miami, Woombye and Montville in Queensland. At one time, they had their studio overlooking the beach at Alma Bay on Magnetic Island, off Townsville in North Queensland, until, as Anne laments, “Cyclone Althea chased us away at Christmas 1970”.

Over the years, they have had a series of highly successful exhibitions, and their artworks hang in collections throughout the world. Now based in Bli Bli, in their small Wallaby Studios (so-called because they were constantly on the move), they boast a collection of almost 200 of their paintings. They continue to travel every year to find new subject matter and inspiration. But they also have found a new lease on life after settling on the Sunshine Coast.

“We are now both in our 80s and as

masters swimmers (Sunshine Coast Masters Swimming life members), we swim four times a week at Cotton Tree Pool,” Geoff says. “It keep us fit enough to maintain our art interests and will hopefully keep us painting to a ripe old age.”

In creative lives well-lived, Geoff and Anne can look back on a host of memories.

“While travelling in the early days, we would rent empty shops or banks (painting in the tellers’ boxes) for $10 a week,” Anne remembers. “Geoff painted the Tenterfield Saddler’s shop before it became famous.

“We later bought a 120-year old shop and cottage in Guildford, Victoria, which became our home and studio-gallery.

“We are most happy about our lives, knowing that our works will always be out there – throughout Australia and other countries – long after we are gone.”

Geoff and Anne are taking part in the Sunshine Coast Open Studios Art Trail curated by ArtsConnect Sunshine Coast from May 18-26 (openstudiossunshine and are having a 50-year anniversary exhibition at Wallaby Studios.

See their artwork via wallabystudios. and Facebook/WallabyStudios


FEW people half his age can keep the pace of Maroochydore’s Hilary Chessher. Hilary celebrated his 90th birthday this year on February 11 with a party and game of tennis at the Ballinger Park Tennis Club in Buderim with fellow members of all ages.

The spritely gent, married to Shirley for more than 60 years, has been a club member for the past two decades, when tennis began there. Hilary was recently awarded a life membership.

Up until about a year ago, when he sustained a few injuries, he was playing three days a week, even hiring the ball machine or hitting with one of the coaches in his spare time.

He only started playing tennis at 50

and did not have the opportunities that today’s players enjoy. In the past, he was also heavily involved in archery.

More than 20 years ago, Hilary had major shoulder surgery and was advised that he may never play again. But his determination and tolerance with daily exercises saw his return to the game he loves with renewed passion. All the club members hope they continue to see him regularly on the court.



A matter of trust

Discretionary family trusts aren’t just for the super wealthy.

They are a common asset protection and tax-minimisation tool for thousands of Australian families.

They often include a long list of potential beneficiaries.

It’s probably fair to say, over the years Trustees have become a bit blasé about strictly observing some of the obligations imposed on them – with mum and dad running the show, exercising ‘absolute discretion’ steering funds to whoever they liked (including themselves) and excluding other beneficiaries.

Well, the Victorian Court of Appeal has recently given all Trustees a wake-up call about carrying out their duties.

The Court declared that two adult children had been unfairly repeatedly overlooked for distributions from the family trust and that the Trustees (the parents) had failed to properly exercise their discretion.

The Court confirmed a Trustee has to give real and genuine consideration as to who should benefit, including making inquiries of the beneficiaries’ needs.

How a Trustee goes about this is uncertain. It may mean that the Trustee should be informed of the circumstances of each of the numerous potential beneficiaries.

It might be time to blow the dust off your trust deed and actually review it and its primary purpose.

CPAP technology boosts user comfort

Recent advancements in CPAP therapy have transformed the landscape of apnea management and overall sleep quality.

The AirSense 11, crafted by ResMed, stands as a testament to the evolution of CPAP technology. Its wireless connectivity enables seamless software updates, ensuring users benefit from the latest features effortlessly. With whisper-quiet operation and integrated humidification, it offers a comfortable sleep environment, fostering better adherence to therapy.

The device’s standout feature is its intelligent sleep coach, which interacts with users to enhance comfort and adjust therapy settings through a user-friendly interface and mobile app. Cloud data upload facilitates remote adjustments by CPAP Direct clinicians, optimising comfort and efficacy.

The Solo Mask from Fisher & Paykel Healthcare redefines CPAP mask design, prioritising comfort and performance. Its innovative ‘stretch and fit’ headgear eliminates elastic straps and Velcro, reducing facial pressure while maintaining a secure seal.

Available in nasal cradle or nasal pillow configurations, this lightweight, minimalist mask ensures a leak-free experience without leaving marks on the face.

CPAP Direct is committed to leveraging technological progress to empower individuals with sleep apnea.

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Immersed in Cambodia and Vietnam’s hidden

There’s more to be experienced on a Mekong River cruise than the delta region, as NANNETTE HOLLIDAY discovered while floating along estuaries and the Tonlé Sap River from Siem Reap to Saigon.

Children playing along the riverbanks wave, long boat fishermen protect their extended lines, and stilt houses stand like little wooden soldiers between the rice fields and native bushes.

It’s all so close and captivating. I almost feel like I’m intruding, but the villagers, who’ve rarely seen tourists, remain unfazed.

I’m aboard the RV Toum Tiou II (TT2) on its nine-day New Discovery Cruise from Siem Reap, Cambodia, to Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (or reverse), meandering the chestnut Tonlé Sap and Mekong rivers away from the typical tourist trails.

The boutique teak, steel-hulled ship is the second-smallest of five operated by CF Mekong. Its old-world charm is captivating. The vessel feels intimate yet luxurious, with just 14 cosy ensuite cabins opening onto teak decks, a restaurant, sundeck bar and lounge staffed by happy, helpful Cambodians.

TRADITIONAL CAMBODIA – Each day’s off-ship activities are included, offering insights into the region’s culture and traditions.

At Andong Reusey Community Village outside Kampong Chhnang, artisans showcase their age-old crafts with unwavering passion. For 15 years, Sophat has walked around a solid tree stump, patting the clay on top with her hands and a paddle until she creates a perfect pot without any form of potter’s wheel in sight.

Next door, 72-year-old Mr Ry swings between his 30m high sugar palm trees, collecting palm juice. Then, he demonstrates how to make palm wine and offers us a taste. I gag. It’s bitter. It’s certainly not being added to my preferred drink list. I’m also not putting my hand up for his 73-year-old wife’s job – standing over a large cauldron, consistently hand stirring the palm juice daily, turning it into palm sugar – all for $US1.75 (about $AUD2.66) a kilo.

Over the following few days, other uniquely adventurous and insightful outings expand my knowledge of the people and region. These include a relaxing ox cart ride past emerald rice fields to 18th-century Wat Kampong Tralach Leu at Kampong Tralach, interactions with a monk and receiving his blessing. As a nun washes the lunch plates in a plastic bowl under her modest home, she imparts insights into her life at Vipassana Dhura Buddhist Meditation Centre in Oudong, Cambodia’s former capital. It’s awe-inspiring and humbling.


– The culinary adventures are equally memorable, from eye-opening foods including stuffed frogs, snakeheads and red ants with bananas at Oudong local market to fried crickets and tarantulas at Phnom Penh’s Central Markets, and exotic black eggs, duck embryos and fried rats, plus loads of traditional Vietnamese foods and tropical fruits at Sa Dec Markets.

With all meals included aboard TT2, it’s not necessary to experiment with unusual market foods unless they’re on

A colourful flower market

your wish list. TT2’s chef prepares bountiful buffet breakfasts, copious lunches, lavish five-course Asian and Western dinners, and individual chefcooked offerings are all too mouthwatering to refuse.

In Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City, tours cover all the big-ticket items, entry fees and an English-speaking guide explaining every minute detail, along with local anecdotes, as we travel by air-conditioned bus from place to place among the city’s hustle and bustle. Nothing is rushed.

ACROSS THE BORDER – Crossing the border into Vietnam at Vinh Xuong, we notice an eerie mood change. The little Cambodian fishing boats are replaced by looming factories along the riverbanks, juxtaposing patches of fruit plantations, rice fields and unassuming cattle on the other side. Mercifully, the Mekong is miles wider here, as our cruising space is now shared with massive barges loaded with gravel and export goods heading to Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon.

Three hours later, we float into Chau Doc on the Hau River, 250km west of

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The writer on an ox cart ride in Kampong Tralach

A chef on board cooking breakfast

Chi Minh City, where brightly coloured floating fishing farms dot the shores. This border town is a kaleidoscope of multiculturalism, where Khmer, Chinese, Cham and Vietnamese communities provide a harmonious blend of cultures and traditions.

A 900m cable car ride up sacred Sam Mountain provides 360-degree views of the town, patchwork farming countryside, and Vinh Te Canal to the border. At Mieu Ba Chua Xu Pagoda, locals offer whole pigs, baskets of fruit and flowers while praying before

the sacred Lady Chau statue. The relaxing afternoon rowboat ride through 850-hectare Tra Su Cajuput Forest, under lush towering paperbarks and over carpets of waterlilies, flourishing in the permanently flooded wetlands, exposes a veritable bird-lovers’ paradise.

DELTA DELIGHTS – At My Tho, a major port and the largest city in the Mekong Delta, some ride bikes or float in sampans along scenic palm-fringed canals and learn about fruit harvesting and glazed fruit production while enjoying unlimited samples.

Like all our outings, the tour is void of other groups of tourists. However, day trips to My Tho from Ho Chi Minh City are popular, and multiple buses arrive at 11am as we leave. We’ve enjoyed three hours without interruption, allowing more profound local connections.

As TT2 begins the final and unique leg of our cruise along the Cho Gao Canal, the entrance to Ho Chi Minh City, we relax over lunch and drinks. Only the five CF Mekong River Cruise ships can cruise this 29km canal: a water highway servicing more than 2000 commercial boats and barges daily. Being near the shore and seeing local life up close again is refreshing.

SENSATIONAL SAIGON – Docking at Bach Dang on the Saigon River at sunset, the bright neon lights dazzle. We have two more nights aboard TT2, complete

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The colourful vintage Vespas and our drivers are waiting. The fantastic four-hour experience scooting around the city, slurping sky-high cocktails, staring at city lights, devouring the best Banh Mi in town, eating a seafood banquet with locals, and finishing with a super-smooth hot chocolate nightcap at Maison Marou Saigon delivers in spades while surrounded by the capital’s crazy city traffic.

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to Saigon is an enlightening treasure trove of experiences. The scenery, cuisines, authentic activities and interactions with people in Cambodia and Vietnam, far from the regular tourist haunts, produce a rare calm and peacefulness.

All restaurant meals aboard, on-land tours, English-speaking guides and WiFi are included. Alcohol is not. However, a good selection is available and reasonably priced, or you can take your own aboard, and staff will happily refrigerate.

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CRUISING has been embraced with a wave of excitement as over a million Australians set sail on voyages in 2023, marking a splendid return to the seas.

A remarkable fleet also emerged, featuring vessels with cutting-edge, sustainable technologies and offering new and unforgettable gastronomic, cultural and immersive experiences.

If exploring the enchanting islands of Greece one island at a time, indulging in evening dinners amid ancient ruins, only to return to your private yacht for a nightcap sounds like you, then chartering a yacht in the Mediterranean epitomises the ideal multi-generational experience.

boutique hotel journey offering passengers an itinerary full of unique destinations to discover with stops at new ports almost daily.

Craving adventure coupled with luxury? Set your sights on the trip of a lifetime with an expedition cruise – from the extraordinary white lands of the Arctic to the untouched Kimberley region, often referred to as Australia’s last frontier.

Whatever your travel style, cruise lines promise tailored experiences for the seasoned wanderer.

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Visitors need a little patience if they wish to snap a photo of the larger-than-life statue of a man who was committed to peace, freedom and reconciliation. Nelson Mandela Square in the heart of Sandton, Johannesburg, pays tribute to the late anti-apartheid activist, politician and statesman who served as the first democratically elected president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. The impressive work, sculpted by artists Kobus Hattingh and Jacob Maponyane, stands at the entrance to a piazza-style square with fountain in the Sandton Mall, surrounded by vibrant bars and restaurants. The shoes alone are almost a metre long. Visitors from all over the world come to see the imposing sculpture and pay their respects to a beloved leader and the legacy he left the world. If you have a gob-smacking photo from your holidays, send it in with details for consideration in our travel pages. Email

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A NEW seaside park will ensure the rich history of an iron-hulled steamer, driven ashore during a cyclone in 1893, lives on.

Inspiring our youth and taking many back in time, the 129-year-old SS Dicky wreck has been immortalised in an interpretive installation at the southern Sunshine Coast beach named in its honour.

The ‘barnacle wall’ features restored wreck pieces, artefacts, lifebuoy, replica bell and stories of locals inspired by the steamer. Sunshine Coast Council liveability and natural assets

group executive Bill Haddrill says these impressionable works are the final piece of the Dicky Beach Precinct Plan.

“The wreck’s significance to the local area will continue to live on and serve as a really fun way to share the memories and history of what the  SS Dicky meant to our community,” he says.

“Come and take a look at the interpretive elements and ship pieces featured on the viewing deck, which has direct line of sight to the location of the grounding.”

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Local Graham Smith says he is pleased to see the  SS Dicky’s heritage on display.

“It’s a job well done,” Mr Smith says.

“Colin White and I were strong advocates for the precinct upgrade since 2013 and were on the SS Dicky Taskforce to ‘bring the bell home’.

“It was a great achievement to find the original bell and to now have its history on display alongside the replica bell is great.

“It’s a dream come true to see the heritage ring on at Dicky Beach.”

A new study reveals that Edinburgh Castle is the mostInstagrammable destination in Scotland, with a total of 723,165 posts featuring its hashtag.

Private Tours Scotland analysed Instagram data for 30 popular Scottish tourist destinations to uncover which have been tagged the most on the platform by users.

Edinburgh Castle takes the crown as the mostInstagrammable spot in Scotland, with an impressive 723,165 posts using #edinburghcastle. Standing on Castle Rock in the country’s capital, Edinburgh Castle is one of the oldest fortified places in

Europe. Closely following in second place is Glencoe, with 607,634 posts featuring #glencoe. Located within Lochaber Geopark in the Highlands, the deep valley and towering mountains of Glencoe were formed over millennia of shifting glaciers and volcanic eruptions.

The third mostInstagrammable destination in Scotland is Loch Lomond, with 596,965 posts using #lochlomond. This beautiful freshwater loch crosses the Highland Boundary Fault and is surrounded by charming villages, rolling countryside and hills.

The world-famous Loch Ness ranks fourth, with 527,939 posts featuring its hashtag. Loch Ness contains more water than all the lakes in England and Wales combined.

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With Quizmaster Allan Blackburn

1. In which Australian state or territory is Mount Cordeaux?

2. In the NRL State of Origin matches, what is the creature nickname of the NSW team?

3. Which car manufacturer has a model called Jazz?

4. In the sentence: “He shouted angrily at the dog”, what part of speech is ‘angrily’?

5. What fictional seaside town is the setting for TV series Home and Away?

6. Where in the human body is the bone called the stapes?

7. Who wrote the children’s story Peter Pan?

8. In Queensland, what is the northern end of the Pacific Coast Way?

9. In Channel 7’s The Chase Australia, how much is each correct answer worth in the Cash Builder round?

10. What does the letter ‘L’ represent in Roman notation?

11. What modern-day creature is most like a mastodon?

12. What second language are all American astronauts required to speak?

13. Oyster blade is a cut of what type of meat?

14. The New Zealand National Anthem is sung in English and what other language?

15. In what country was the emperor called the mikado?

16. The name of what card game is the Spanish word for ‘one’?

17. In what decade did former prime minister Harold Holt disappear?

18. What is 2.5 per cent of 80?

19. The publication The Moreton Bay Courier evolved into what later newspaper?

20. Which Australian state coat of arms bears the motto: ‘Audax at fidelis’?

16. Uno. 17. 1960s (December 17, 1967). 18. 2. 19. The Courier-Mail. 20. Queensland.

7. J.M. Barrie. 8. Cairns. 9. $2000. 10. 50. 11. Elephant. 12. Russian. 13. Beef. 14. Maori. 15. Japan.

1. Queensland. 2. Cockroaches. 3. Honda. 4. Adverb. 5. Summer Bay. 6. Head, specifically the middle ear.

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