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t’s hard to imagine that in a First World country, growing older and retiring from the workforce could mean homelessness, but that’s the grim reality for many older Australians, especially women. Call me old-fashioned, but I think there was always an expectation that, like our parents before us, having your own home and a guaranteed pension would be enough for a secure old age. Not so, despite the wails of Gen X and the Millennials that they have been left the scraps after the Baby Boomers partied with their future. A recent report by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre found a clear trend that older Australians are now falling out of home ownership and resorting to renting.
Contents Almost one-third of Australians are tenants; and among them, more than a quarter of those aged 65 and over have been in the private rental market for less than five years. The report found that tenants aged 55 and over spent 63 per cent of their gross income on rent. Societal change has seen to it that there’s no longer much option for granny to move in with the kids. That’s what retirement villages and care homes are for. And with a generation of women who didn’t have a lot of access to superannuation schemes because it was their job to stay at home and raise the family, it’s coming up to crunch time. This is compounded by divorce statistics that have seen the pots put aside for retirement being split up, while at the same time science is working ever harder at keeping us alive and in charge of our senses. Where does it end? Russell Hunter this month investigates the situation and how it is being addressed. Oh, for a simpler time. Dorothy Whittington, Editor
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There’s no place like home An aged pension system not designed to cover mortgage payments or rent, coupled with falling home ownership rates, is behind the growing housing crisis for older Australians. RUSSELL HUNTER investigates.
lder Australians are falling off the housing ladder and face spending their retirement as renters, with the situation expected to worsen for coming generations, the New Daily reports, citing the Grattan Institute’s recently launched Grattan Retirement Incomes Model. “Falling home ownership rates among younger generations means many more retirees in future won’t own their homes,” GRIM states. Older Australians are one of the
fastest-growing groups of renters in Australia, and in 2015-16 there were 102,600 lower-income households aged 65 or over in the private rental market, according to ABS estimates. While home ownership rates are falling fastest among the young and the poor, we’re also seeing a “tsunami of falling home ownership” among those in their late 40s to early 60s, according to the Grattan Institute senior policy adviser Brendan Coates. “Our current retirement system is
predicated on the assumption that most people will own their own homes. That assumption is running headlong into the falling rates of home ownership,” Mr Coates said. Older women are most vulnerable to falling out of home ownership and into the cut-throat rental market, or homelessness, experts say. A recent survey of more than 4000 Australian workers conducted by the Australian Services Union found that the median superannuation balance for
women immediately before retirement was less than $80,000, which is estimated to fund less than three years of retirement. Men fared slightly better, with an average superannuation balance estimated to fund five and a half years of retirement. There are a number of “key life triggers” such as job loss, divorce, and illness that cause older Australians to “tumble out of home ownership”, according to Curtin University housing and population ageing expert Rachel Ong. Unlike younger people who are better able to bounce back from “adverse
“We need to adapt our retirement income system to acknowledge the reality of falling home ownership” life events”, older people “find it very difficult to make their way back into home ownership”, Professor Ong said. “We need to adapt our retirement income system to acknowledge the reality of falling home ownership,” Mr Coates said. “Even if politicians do everything in their power, falling home ownership is baked in, so we need to make a retirement income system that treats people more fairly whether they’re a home owner or a renter.” Commonwealth Rent Assistance will need to be boosted by up to 30 per cent in order to ensure retirees who rent have
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FEATURE STORY an “adequate or comfortable retirement”, Mr Coates said. Changing tenancy laws to improve renters’ rights is also key to ensuring Australians of all ages can afford a home. Landlords can currently evict renters for no specified reason, creating a situation where renters may have to bear the brunt of moving costs at short notice. “Renters need to make their house a
home,” Mr Coates said. However, for pensioners and many others on fixed incomes “the private rental market is just inappropriate”, Mr Patterson-Ross said. Instead, such demographics require “market-proof housing”, such as social and public housing “to ensure people can be protected from the market where they’re not able to compete”.
ROYAL COMMISSION TAKES UP CARE CONCERNS SUNSHINE Coast seniors are encouraged to speak up about the aged care sector as part of the Federal Government’s Royal Commission. The inquiry will focus on aged care in all forms of Commonwealth-funded residential and home aged care services. Member for Fairfax Ted O’Brien said the Royal Commission would conduct its work over the next 18 months, delving into the problems currently besetting the sector. “We consider that 18 months will be sufficient but as the Prime Minister has said, if the Commissioners feel it necessary to extend the inquiry, they will have the power to do so,” she said. Mr O’Brien held his own public forums on the Sunshine Coast last month, aged care clients, family members, providers and workers to inform him of their concerns and share their stories. He is using the information gathered from the three forums to compile a submission to the inquiry on behalf of the electorate. However, Mr O’Brien is also urging the community to make their own direct submissions to the Royal Commission or attend hearings if possible. “This inquiry came about because the Federal Government was acutely aware of rising concerns in aged care as we ramped up monitoring activities,” he said. “We were undertaking more
unannounced audits and accreditation visits which resulted in 14 residential aged care facilities across Australia having their accreditation revoked. “Notifications to the Aged Care Complaints Commissioner increased by 47 per cent in the past two years. “There was mounting evidence that, despite wide-ranging and continuing reforms and funding increases, there continued to be significant incidents of completely unacceptable, sub-standard care which needed addressing. “This Royal Commission will be about proactively determining what we need to do in the future to ensure the expectations of quality care can be met.” The Government received 5100 submissions when developing the terms of reference which are available at www. ag.gov.au The Honourable Justice Joseph McGrath, a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia, and Ms Lynelle Briggs AO, a former Chief Executive Officer of Medicare and Australian Public Service Commissioner were appointed Commissioners in early October. The Royal Commission’s interim report is to be provided by October 31, next year and its final report no later than 30 April 2020. To keep up-to-date with the Royal Commission visit tedobrien.com.au or call 54792800.
WOMEN WORK better together BETTER Together Housing (BTH) has been created by two leading charities on the Sunshine Coast to address the rising cost of living and the risk of social isolation facing single women over 55 years old living alone. It is a new concept that will be evaluated at the end of the year, with the intention of expanding the service to the broader community. BTH is a platform for participants to find someone to share with, it does not provide housing but does link people together who are interested in sharing their home, so that they can reap the benefits of a shared housing situation. Interested people are invited to register to either share their home or find someone with whom to share a home. The project aims to promote companionship, affordability and peace of mind for women over 55. “You are in control,” its website tells prospective clients. “We will not match you with another person. We believe that you can make those decisions yourself if you have the right information to start with.” From there the program proceeds with: • Undertaking reference and police checks on all participants • Requiring those sharing their home to offer similar security of tenure to those of the private rental system. • Having participants sharing using the free Better Together support services if the relationship is not working as expected within the first six months of being established. THE TWO CHARITIES ARE: Sundale, a local service provider in aged care. Being local means it can cater to people’s needs on a more personal
level. “We understand that getting old doesn’t mean you should stop living. We’ve been caring for our elders for five decades”. Coast2Bay Housing Group, an independent, not-for-profit company committed to providing affordable safe and appropriate homes to individuals throughout the Sunshine Coast, Noosa, Moreton Bay, Redcliffe and Gympie regions. This pilot project is focused on single women over 55 who live alone. It supports participants to find suitable housing in their preferred location. It could be women offering their home to share or someone willing to move in with someone else, or individuals wanting to start a new shared tenancy. The program has been funded until the end of this year and is subject to extensive review and evaluation that is being undertaken by the University of Sunshine Coast. After the review the intention will be to open the program to the broader population.
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Woman’s place to have a home Women get a raw deal during their working lives and come retirement time, they confront the frightening reality that their money will run out before they do, writes RUSSELL HUNTER.
ll available data and research point to a gender gap that shows no signs of closing. Women are in general paid less than their male counterparts for equal work. They frequently have interrupted careers due to family commitments. And they live longer. So, on retirement, women – in particular single women – tend to have less in their super accounts. Housing, then, becomes critical. Women who need to rent are extremely vulnerable. And that’s where at least one not-for-profit organisation has identified a role. With State Government support Better Together operates, for now, mainly on the Sunshine Coast and provides a service that matches women who can then team up to rent shared accommodation. As Better Together’s Gail Middleton explains, the best a retiree can hope for on the pension is $500 a week. An average two-bedroom home will cost $300 to $320 a week in rent. That leaves about $180 for bills and food. The stories of women staying in bed because they can’t afford the power bills
are not myths. But the numbers – daunting as they are – don’t tell the whole story. “Women living alone on the pension risk being isolated from their communities,” says Ms Middleton. “They stay home because they can’t afford to go out which give little or no opportunity for interaction. “They can’t accept invitations because they can’t afford to take a bottle of wine with them, for example.” Having spent half a lifetime in the quest for affordable housing, Ms Middleton says throwing more money at the issue isn’t necessarily the only answer. “We’re always looking for solutions,” she says. And one of these has been shared accommodation. “People have talked about the potential of shared housing for a long time. But now we are trying to match people – and this can be quite risky. For instance, the women who we’ve discussed this with neither need nor want advisers.” At the same time, the need for such a service very obviously exists. People on fixed incomes can and do find themselves
in difficult situations in regard to housing. So Better Together seeks to match women who not only may benefit from pooling their resources but who are likely to be compatible. “The participants need to be involved in the process,” says Ms Middleton. “They need to be involved in all facets of the organisation.” The Better Together program looks mainly at two and three bedroom homes. That’s primarily because bigger homes tend to cost considerably higher rents putting them out of reach of even pooled incomes. “Two or maybe three people each with an income of $300 a week can do quite well,” she says. “But it’s really up to the participants. We help them draw up a co-tenancy agreement containing, among other things, a grievance procedure.” In that way all tenants know their rights and responsibilities. “This program is for average everyday women,” says Ms Middleton. “They’re not welfare dependent and they’re quite capable of running their own lives.” The Better Together program allows potential clients to browse each other
other’s profiles on its website while also carrying out extensive background checks to ensure that only genuine inquiries get past the first stage. And the rate of inquiry shows that women in their golden years can see the program’s benefits. Seniors aren’t always comfortable online and some may distrust computers in general. It’s why steering group member Tricia Cullum says it’s good to take “the unusual step of getting out actually MEETING people”. “Older people shy away from computers,” said Ms Cullum, at 81, a retiree who lives on the pension and has first-hand knowledge of the difficulties that confront senior women. There’s also a lot of contact via traditional media. “We use a range of ways to communicate without necessarily using computers,” she said. Already, she said, about 100 people have responded. “It’s one of the most satisfying things I have done.”
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Letters KATE Callahanâ€™s article on the power of music across the generations struck a chord with me. Music is the universal language of soul. The decades of music and song since World War I, have given us all great pleasure and a legacy of tunes and songs which still delight. Americaâ€™s big bands and swooners such as Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra of the post-war era, left Baby-Boomer teens in the â€™50s thirsty for a change. The American love of gospel and spiritual music was interpreted by Elvis, teen idol, King of Pop. The evolution of pop music and stars who became music royalty saw the emergence of our own talent. Dell Shannon began a teen revolution which carried through to the â€™60s. The Beach Boys began to appeal to our surfer culture. But with Donovanâ€™s prophetic words: â€œThe times they are a changingâ€? came the revolution in pop music and the rise of boy bands such as The Beatles and girl groups. Our Easybeats hit the charts with Friday on My Mind, the school boysâ€™ lament. Australia was on the global
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stage. Youth identified with the sentiments of lyrics which spoke of their struggles and generational hangups. With the introduction of television, live music show Bandstand, was a favourite of teens who longed for their own kind of music. I am biased, but the â€™60s music was created for youth by youths and echoed the sentiments of emerging teens, with political and social conscience. Music, as well as the times, were a-changing. In the â€™70s, the music scene was changed by the Swedish group ABBA and Saturday Night Fever by our BeeGees. Then came heavy metal bands such as ACDC and punk rock stars, still with a following today. The â€™90s and 2000 saw the rise of hip hop. We all fit into a generation and category of music type, but we all agree, without music we would not be able to reminisce. I am a â€™60s girl who still loves the songs of my young adult era and always will. Eloise Rowe Re: Language Watch (YT Oct). The article was opened with a true and reasonable
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were to their charges, the jersey cows. Of course, we two city slickers were teased a bit, being outnumbered by our country cousins. I remember being corrected for pronouncing “garage” wrongly, told that I should accent the second syllable. Sydney and World War II were a world away, but John and I had not forgotten our previous life, and when we got into trouble we considered seriously walking 300 miles to Sydney. We figured if we stuck to the rail track which passed through the farm we could not get lost. After staring into the dark down the rail track, we took the other option and retreated to the warm shared bed on the verandah, to cry ourselves to sleep. On the wireless we got to know the hillbilly songs of Shirley Toms and Buddy Williams and Wilf Carter. Our grandparents who lived on the property had a gramophone. Peter Dawson and Gladys Moncrieff were popular. Enrolled in the local school, we soon got to absorb the culture. The male teacher had joined up and was replaced by Miss Webb, who rode a bicycle to school. Many of her pupils rode ponies. John and I walked. The one-teacher school had an enrolment of fewer than 20 pupils, aged five to 15, and the teenage boys were a bit of a problem.
They would have preferred to be doing farmwork or going after rabbits which were in plague numbers. Most boys set rabbit traps each day and made pocket-money selling skins. At times the countryside was covered with rabbits, despite kangaroo dogs, trapping and baiting, and the use of ferrets. This was just before myxamatosis provided the best remedy. On my 9th birthday, the Jap midget submarine entered Sydney Harbour and caused a bit of damage. When we were returned to our Sydney family and resumed school I was relieved to find that I could still compete. Despite the big task Miss Webb faced, we each got a fair share of her attention. On the whole the local children were very tolerant of us intruders from the city. Hugh Naughton I must say up front, that I once owned a restaurant, so I know what I am talking about. Recently I went to lunch with my daughter. Anna, a friend of hers, joined us. When we fronted up to pay, Anna and I both pulled out credit cards. I had invited my daughter, so I was paying for her, while Anna wanted to pay for herself. The girl looked at the two credit cards and said, “Sorry, you cannot pay with two credit cards, one of you has to pay in cash.”
When I asked why, I was told that this was the rule in the bistro. That’s when I cracked it. “How dare you dictate to me how I am to pay. I am your customer, I should be accommodated because it is customers who keeps this bistro going.” I am now old enough to dare to do this. I have had it with “being nice”. The poor girl. I apologised to her. It was not her fault. She did not make the rules. I paid by credit card, Anna went to an ATM and paid in cash. Haven’t we all sat around a large table at a restaurant trying to figure out who ate and drank what? It was often embarrassing when there was a dispute. Then the money was put into the pot and we obediently paid with the credit card of one guest – who got all the frequent flyer points. The rule of the restaurant, in fact of most restaurants now, is one bill per table. Who made that rule and has the cheek to dictate to me how I pay? It is only instigated for the convenience of the restaurant. Well, pull up your socks and do things for the convenience of your customers. I no longer take it laying down. I object, my voice loud so other customers can hear me. I know I ve had one success. My local, and favourite, restaurant does no longer requires one
bill per table when I am involved. We get separate bills and all is well in restaurant heaven. I have some other permanent grizzles. Why do restaurant chairs have to be so low? I am a short person and I like to sit high and look down on my table not up to it. Oh yes, and a table for four should just be a table for two. Why? Because by the time those very large plates – with very little on them – are put down, there’s hardly any room for drinks or a bread basket. Let’s talk drinks. There was a time when a wine glass was standard size and arrived filled to the top. Now your wine comes in an enormous glass, the wine sitting desolate at the bottom. I feel deprived, I feel cheated, I want a full wine glass. I know, I know, what I am receiving is a standard drink but it looks too forlorn in that huge glass. Physiologically I think it is affecting me. I think it is in a diner’s nature to want a full plate and a full glass! Please give me a smaller glass but fill it up. Before I finish my grizzles, why do they take things I love off the menu? Where are smoked salmon with cream cheese on toast and the vegetable stack? Alas, I am too old now to open my own restaurant again but if I could, I would listen to my customers. Mocco Wollert
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WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE
The drones are coming It used to be “the Martians are coming “ but now it’s “the Drones are coming” – and they’re over your head right now, writes DAVID PARMITER.
t was the headline in the paper: “Drones in a park near you” that really grabbed me. What? I might have been sunbathing nude in my garden. So, watching my language, I reached for the Macquarie dictionary. “Drone1: n. 1. The male of the honey bee, stingless and making no honey. 2. Someone who lives on the labour of others; an idler, a sluggard.” Yes, well, I’ve met lots of those down at
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Centrelink when I queue up to be told yet again why I am too old and useless to get a job; while the drones in front of me appear not to be. Although, looking at their ripped jeans and naked knees perhaps I could give them a pair of mine. The knees are fine, but the waist has shrunk. “Drone2: n. 1. To make a dull, continued, monotonous sound. 2. To speak in a monotonous tone.” Now both of these dictionary definitions precisely describe our elected
members during Parliament’s Question Time. They make no money, live off the public hive and drone on ad infinitum. And where is the Queen Bee while the worker bees are out there gathering honey for the drones’ super fund honey pot? Lying back, perhaps, and thinking of England? Or only of the hive? So, all the male “drone” has to do is keep the Queen Bee busy while the workers are out there grafting? What a life! What busy bees. Now, when it comes to language we need to be alert; and goodness knows, the World needs more Lerts. Thanks to the Goon Show. It is no use some critics saying that “English is always evolving, and just suck it up” (a few YT angry letter writers). Well, having employed the English language in 30 years of education for our school students, I am well aware of the evolutionary forms of the way we speak and write. But, before we can change it, we need to know how it is ... or was. Children need to know the basics of English grammar and pronunciation. Only then can they adapt to the modern changes in the way they speak and write, remembering that many
of them cannot write so much as txt. And many more of them cannot articulate publicly. So, I thought, what, in language terms, constitutes ‘droning on’? Immediately, one thinks of teachers and later, university lecturers and professors, probably because they had reached into the filing cabinet and pulled out Lecture #42 yet again. Who can blame them? Lecturing to ill-educated and disinterested students, many of whom have limited knowledge of the English language, is a soul-destroying job. No wonder they retire with the feeling, who cares? Which is why after four years I told the Dean that I was no longer prepared to play the hypocrite, and try to teach people who had no interest and no chance of getting a job in film and television. They had limited English and no desire to work in teams. I shot myself in the financial foot but I slept well that night. I have now worked with the U3A for five years and with aged care facilities and have learnt that when you’re working with older people, just watch your language because they were brought up to articulate correctly.
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When a woman’s place was in the home You don’t need to be a demographer or a statistician to know that women generally spend more time out of the workforce for family reasons than men, writes KATE CALLAHAN, but nevertheless, we have come a long way.
n the 1960s, discrimination against women in the workplace was rampant. Only 18 per cent of married women worked and only one in every 10 workers was a married woman. Why? Because until 1966, women employed in the Australian public service were faced with a choice that is beyond comprehension today. The “marriage bar” required women to give up their jobs once they married, which meant they resigned quietly, were marched out the door or tried to hide their marital status. Unions weren’t interested in advocating for them. In fact, some of the unions were among the strongest supporters of the bar. You have to look after the blokes after all, don’t you? Single women were also affected by the marriage bar. There was no point wasting training and development opportunities on single women – they were only going to get married and leave work. There were some limited exceptions that allowed women to return as temporary staff but the jobs available to them were those regarded by men as unsuitable for men, such as typing.
According to Robert Parker, an expert in public service recruitment in the 1940s and beyond, women were “more adaptable to monotonous work than men”. (Perhaps that’s why we’re so good at housework!) Men didn’t need to fear the ignominy of a female boss. No, siree! Temporary female staff were not permitted to hold supervisory positions, so their careers effectively stalled. As if the marriage bar wasn’t enough, women struggled under the weight of other reigning prejudices. According to an unwritten moral edict of the time, a woman’s place was in the home and by accepting employment, she was somehow evading her domestic responsibilities. These were the days when domestic science books advised a woman to put on a pretty frock, a fresh apron and some lipstick to greet her husband upon his return from a hard day’s work. For those women who failed to acknowledge their rightful domestic place, there was a further disincentive to work – unequal pay for the sexes. Women were paid less than men for the same work. Sound fair? Oddly enough, the impetus for change
had nothing to do with employment conditions or pay, but everything to do with women being banned from public bars. In those days, it was okay for a woman – a barmaid, no less – to serve alcohol in a public bar, but she couldn’t drink there. No way! Women were relegated to the lounge, where drink prices were higher. In 1965, two audacious women, Merle Thornton and Rosalie Bogner, chained themselves to the public bar of the Regatta Hotel in Brisbane to protest against this discriminatory ban. Thornton, who had been forced to resign from her job at the ABC part way through her first pregnancy after
concealing her marriage for two years, established the Equal Opportunities for Women Association. The primary goal of the EOW was the abolition of the marriage bar. The time was ripe for change. In November 1966, the Public Service Act was amended to allow women public servants to retain their permanent status upon marriage and for married women to be appointed to permanent positions within the public service. Within four years, all Australian states had lifted their marriage bars, greatly increasing the number of experienced women remaining within the nursing and teaching professions, which was good news for patients and students. The gender pay gap remains stubbornly stuck in double digits so there is still some way to go before women are competing on a truly level playing field. But before we bemoan the current state of play, it’s always worth reflecting on the past and acknowledging the profound advances that have been made in the past 50 years. Let’s pay tribute, too, to previous generations who fought for the workplace conditions we now take for granted.
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Memoir of a Baby Boomer Downsizing gave Dennis Harrison the chance to tell his story, one that will resonate with many who grew up during the 1950s, writes DOT WHITTINGTON.
ennis Harrison is a true Baby Boomer, born in the vanguard right after the war in 1946. In fact, he entered on the world on August 6, a year after an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima to end the conflict. In a nutshell, Dennis was born in Perth, moved to Melbourne as a teenager with his father, graduated as a geologist, travelled a lot with his work and ended up in Brisbane in 1985. But interwoven in his story is coming to understand the impact of his mother’s mental illness, riding the resources boom, a midlife crisis when his wife suffered a stroke, and all the laughter and tears that come with 72 years. Dennis happily admits he was part of the generation growing up in a peaceful and prosperous time. “We were very fortunate. We grew up in a golden age,” he says. “We had the freedom of walking 1.5km to primary school, playing in the park, feasting on freshly-caught prawns around a fire on the river bank and even visiting the headmaster after a fist fight at school. For the life of me I can’t remember what we were fighting about.” His optimism and appreciation of the times shines through in his book, You
Could be Prime Minister One Day Son. The title is explained early on. After he won the 50m sprint on opening day at Infant School, his father “behaved as though I had won a gold medal in the Olympics”. “He was always so supportive and encouraging. It was a catchphrase he used in my adolescence and adult life that he loved to repeat,” Dennis explains. “What a guy to have in your corner.” Dennis retired in 2012, and soon after, he set about writing the book that had been bubbling away inside him for years.
“I was tired of telling the same old stories and wanted to tell some new ones,” he says. “It would not have been written at all if I was still looking after a big house, garden and pool. Downsizing made it possible.” His book is a chronological account, from childhood through adolescence to adulthood and now, as he so delicately describes his dotage, “maturity”. Chapters are short and punchy, making it an easy stroll down memory lane. “I’d been writing all my life, but it was always a lot of reports, although I was very descriptive doing that,” he says. “Then with retirement looming, I enrolled in a U3A creative writing group and went to that for three years. It worked really well for me.” It has been a six-year project, although for one of those years, the manuscript sat in a drawer undisturbed. “You need a break so you can see it more clearly,” he says. “The last thing I wanted was a book that said, ‘I did this, I did that’.” His book has two overarching themes. One is growing up with a mother who suffers mental illness. It went undiagnosed at the time, but Dennis now recognises that she suffered
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TO MARKET IN PALMWOODS THE Palmwoods Markets are held in the Palmwoods Community Hall on the first Sunday of each month, 8am to noon. The craft ladies have been busy with Christmas in mind –children’s clothes, decorations, and gifts. Home baking will be available, plants, treats for your dogs, books, retro gear, jewellery – it’s all there. Come along November 4 and December 2, and enjoy a morning browsing, having a coffee and a chat, listening to local music, and start your Christmas shopping.
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The mighty Maroochy flows from the past The Maroochy River is one of the great natural treasures of the Sunshine Coast, although James Cook in 1770 and Matthew Flinders in 1802 were well out at sea and did not notice the estuary, writes AUDIENNE BLYTH .
ur first European visitors were ticket-of leave men who were working as timber getters and blown off course in 1823. They are believed to have wandered the coast line until eventually being rescued that same year by explorer John Oxley. Escaped convicts from the Moreton Bay settlement in the 1830s and 1840s were also visitors. Aboriginal legend explains the origins of the river. Two great warriors, Ninderry and Coolum, fought over the hand of the beautiful maiden Maroochy. Ninderry knocked Coolum’s head into the sea and they were turned to stone. Maroochy wept herself away in grief. Aborigines used the river as a great resource. It was their supermarket, supplying fish, crabs, shellfish, oysters, kambo from the she-oaks and bungwall roots and bangalow palm from its swampy banks. Members of Bunya Bunya Country Aboriginal Corporation presently monitor and replant mangroves and saltmarsh. Andrew Petrie made expeditions to what is now the Sunshine Coast in 1838 and 1840 and named the river, Maroochy, an Aboriginal word for black swan. We
From original lush vegetation to cane fields in the 1950s, the winding Maroochy River near Dunethin Rock. Picture: Murray Views. can only imagine the flocks of black swans on the river at that time. Petrie was impressed with the bunya trees, a food source for the Aborigines, and persuaded Governor Gipps to issue a proclamation forbidding settlement or timber getting in the district south of the Maroochy River to the Pine River. When Queensland became a separate state in 1859, the government set about unlocking the land for the pastoralists and timber getters. By 1861 timber getters were at work on the North Arm of the river and rafting the logs down the Maroochy River but not over the dangerous and unpredictable bar.
The logs were taken over land to the Mooloolah River and shipped out from there. The river was the highway into the rich timberlands and the good soils of the hinterland. We can marvel at the natural basin of the Maroochy River over 400sq km. Near Eumundi, the north arm begins and meets up with the south arm several kilometres east of Yandina. The south arm flows from the west of Yandina where Wappa Dam water supply is located. Yandina Creek and Coolum Creek add to the flow. West of Palmwoods, Woombye and Nambour, Petrie Creek and its tributary Paynter
Creek carry water from the Blackall Range. From the slopes of Buderim come Cornmeal Creek and Eudlo Creek. The channel at the mouth has changed from north to south of Pincushion many times since European settlement and will change again. Early travellers on the river described the thick jungle-like vegetation along the river. From 1868 settlers cleared the land to grow citrus, bananas, and cane. A few old barracks remind us of the gangs who cut cane by hand. Present canefields are harvested by machines and the cane transported to Maryborough. Much of the old cane land now has fences for cattle, and housing subdivisions. Edgar Foreman described how Dunethin Rock, in 1875, was a “camp of over 400 blacks” and headquarters of a number of tribes. Their pathways became our roads. Old jetties belong to the era of Coulsons and Duffield and Gilby, 1909 to 1963, when boats delivered mail, groceries and a great variety of goods to families who lived along the river. Change is inevitable but we all ought to be out there doing our bit to look after our river.
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TIME TO REMEMBER
My great uncle John and I missed each other by a little more than 33 years, writes BRIAN THOMAS.
orporal John McIntosh Fraser, a Gallipoli veteran and twice awarded the Military Medal for bravery, was killed at Bapaume in northern France 100 years ago and I was born on the last day of 1951. But at last I feel I have done the right thing by a man I never met and even now know precious little about. A few months ago, at my request, the New Zealand Army issued his Gallipoli Medal earned 103 years ago to go with the Military Medal and Bar I obtained by chance three years ago. The youngest boy in a family of six, John McIntosh Fraser was 20 years old when he volunteered for World War I service at the first available opportunity, perhaps caught up in the euphoria of the time and maybe inspired by the adventuring nature of his oldest brother, Thomas, my grandfather. Grandad was turned down because he was half an inch too short when he tried to volunteer for the Boer War in 1899. Undeterred, he signed on for the long sea voyage from Auckland, New Zealand, to Southampton and then found a ship to take him back to Cape Town, where he was put overboard and swam ashore to enlist. He was quickly sent up country without too many questions asked. At one point he had his horse shot from under him but he survived the war and eventually worked his way home seven years after he had left. His adventuring spirit took him to Coolgardie in Western Australia for a spot of gold prospecting on the way. It was only when I began researching Grandad’s war service, I discovered that he had enlisted in World War I at the age of 38 in the hope of protecting his kid brother, a common if forlorn practice at the time. Grandad survived, invalided home at the end of 1917, but great uncle John perished, probably killed by a grenade, on August 16, 1918, less than three months before Armistice Day.
Brian Thomas at his great uncle’s grave in France It was a wonder he made it that far. Twice he was badly wounded and his Military Medals were won in the face of German machine-gun fire when comrades were being killed all around him. The citations are remarkably similar and not just for the formulaic first sentence: “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in the field on the 26th March 1918, north east of Mailly Maillet [southeast of Arras in northern France]. When his Platoon Officer and all the NCOs became casualties Private Fraser organised the platoon under heavy machine-gun fire and led them forward capturing the final objective. He again organised the platoon and consolidated the position.” My application for the citations led me to the New Zealand’s National Army Museum where the warm reception from a librarian was in great contrast to the chilly welcome when I began compulsory military training there in 1972. She told me in passing that my great
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uncle had served at Gallipoli and it appeared that no one had ever applied for the service medal. While awaiting the citations, I rang a fellow great nephew with a penchant for family history to find out more about our great uncle. He could tell me nothing but he remembered he had some old war medals in a tin somewhere. He fished them out and to my great surprise they had been awarded to John McIntosh Fraser, apparently handed down to him by John’s sister. And even more surprisingly, he was prepared to send them to me. My wife and I took the medals to France and photographed them on my great uncle’s grave in Gommecourt Wood New Cemetery, on the outskirts of Foncquevillers, only a few kilometres from where the Military Medals were won. He lies with almost 750 other casualties of the World War I’s carnage, two-thirds of them unidentified – Known only to God is the inscription. Before we left for France, I sent an exploratory email to the NZ Defence Force Personnel Archives and Medals section about claiming the Gallipoli Medallion. The answer was enough to deter me for the moment: “The difficulty you may run into is showing the link between you and John McIntosh. To claim the medallion you are required to submit both the application and copies of official documents that show the link between you and him.” Imagine my surprise when the medallion arrived. The Customs declaration puts its value at $NZ40. To me it is priceless. And when I am gone it will be handed on to my son Fraser Thomas in the hope it will always remain in the family.
Brisbane Symphony Orchestra and the Sunshine Coast Oriana Choir will present The Armed Man in commemoration of the centenary of Armistice Day. It is described by its composer, Karl Jenkins, as “A Mass for Peace”. It was composed in 1999 on commission for the Royal Armouries for the transition from one millenium to another, and its composer, Sir Karl Jenkins, dedicated it to the victims of the war in Kosovo, which was unfolding. It is one of the most performed choral works in the modern classical repertoire. Also in the program are George Butterworth’s orchestral rhapsody A Shropshire Lad, Peter Sculthorpe’s Small Town and Albinoni’s Adagio. Venue 114, Bokarina Drive, Lake Kawana. November 10, 3 pm. Tickets brisbanesymphony.org.au and at the door. PALMWOODS Singers will take part in the Palmwoods Remembrance ceremony on Armistice Day, November 11. “Through a Spirit of Service State Government grant, the Palmwoods Information and Heritage Centre under the auspices of the Memorial Hall will stage the Welcome Home Parade,” musical director Marjorie Murray said. “This will involve local school children carrying hand-crafted ceramic poppies bearing the names that appear on the World War I and II honour boards.” After the Remembrance Service, a specially-commissioned stained glass window depicting Flanders Fields will be unveiled to take pride of place overlooking the Palmwoods Heritage Precinct. SUNSHINE Coast Concert Band directed by Ken Chadwick will host an Armistice Centenary concert on Saturday, November 10, at 2pm. Vocalists are Fiona Simpson, Barry Woods, Tanya McFadyen, Alex Chambers and the Merriatrics. Lifepointe Community Centre, Wises Rd, Buderim. Pre-entertainment begins at 1.20pm. Tickets $15. Call Legacy Sunshine Coast 5443 9841 or at the door. For future events visit sccb.org.au
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Smart move, Mr Henry Mr Henry was a dirty, gnarled man, gnome-like, and ancient, in a young girl’s eyes, writes CAROLYN COOMBES in this month’s reader’s story.
ur house was adjacent to his overgrown backyard. Mitzy, his pint-sized, yappy dog never seemed to go there. Mr Henry was a man of few words, and seemingly little knowledge of the outside world. When I alighted the school bus, to walk past his house, Mitzy would race from a dark veranda, hidden by bushes. She was kamikaze-like in her bid to reach the front gate. Would she stop, or would she implode on impact? Nup, she never imploded, just pulled up stock still, apart from a rear end that oscillated madly. Those gyrations ceased when I stopped patting her. Mr Henry and I had a connection: dogs. Our dog could have eaten Mitzy. He never would have, as he was the most, gorgeous, gentle, golden Labrador the world has ever known, but he could have sat on Mitzy, and that would have been the end of her. Mr Henry limped to the gate at 3.55pm. Our conversations were deep and meaningful; “Hello Mr Henry, how are you?” “Fine.”
“Hello Mitzy.” Waggle, wobble, wiggle. “Have a good day, Mr Henry.” “You too.” I didn’t think he knew my name. “Well, I’d better go, bye,” (I didn’t like Mitzy as much as our dog, and there was nothing more to say). “Bye.” One day the conversation changed at 4.55pm. “Hello Mr Henry, how are you?” “Fine, why are you late on Wednesdays?” “Chess club, Mum says it is good for me, but I’m hopeless. I can never plan the
next move properly. I’m always beaten.” “I play chess. Ask Mum if you could come to my veranda on Thursdays, and we could review your moves.” “OK, bye.” I didn’t like the idea of him and his veranda – foreboding, gloomy, scary. Mum was never home when I arrived back from school, but our dog missed me. Later, over dinner, I said: “Mr Henry suggested I go to his place on Thursdays for help with chess.” “Lovely idea,”the voice replied from the fridge.
“Really?” I whined. “Really.” Mum also spoke few words, especially from inside the fridge. Next day: “Hello Mr Henry. Mum says yes.” “Good.” Then another first. A toothy, yellowed smile. Next week: As the gate opened, Mitzy went ballistic. It took all my agility to avoid squishing her, but once on the veranda she settled as Mr Henry absent-mindedly patted her, while gesturing towards a clean glass with cordial and two biscuits. He declined my offer of one. The veranda stayed frightening, with cobwebs and spiders. 15 weeks later: I won at chess. Not an amazing achievement, my opponent was two years younger. What was gobsmacking was that I wasn’t in fear of the veranda anymore. I guess as a girl I had never been afraid of Mr Henry. He was just a lonely, disabled, uncared for, shut-in, of few words or recent experience. Forty years later, I am still happily playing chess, and occasionally winning.
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Message on a T-shirt Like the little black dress and denim jeans, the T-shirt is an enduring fashion item and currently it’s all about the message, writes KAY McMAHON.
ith slogans – such as Equal Pay Now, We Should All be Feminists, Stronger Together, I’m an Immigrant, More Trees Less Walls – the T- shirt this summer is lauded as the canvas for the younger generation’s alignment to a cause. But I wonder. The T-shirt has been a means of political and cultural messaging since the early ’60s. This year’s Fashion and Textile Museum’s exhibition in London, T-shirt: Cult, Culture, Subversion, catalogued the history of the garment and the political and cultural influence of its wearing. As curator Dennis Nothdruft explains in a foreword, “It feels quite relevant … the matter of the personal as politicised. [The T-shirt] is a really basic way of telling the world who and what you are”. Though it was Barbara Hulanicki who broke the status quo in Britain and started marketing the T-shirt as a fashionable garment in 1964, for many it was the 1970s T-shirts of Vivienne Westwood and partner Malcolm McLaren that truly kick-started the influence and rebellious tactics that fashion, music, art and political commentary can promote. From their punk rock boutique selling
sadomasochism (S&M) clothing and T-shirts covered in anarchic slogans, the two had a huge influence on the political commentary of the times and the punk spirit that rebelled against everything traditional and conservative. At the time their slogan T-shirts (normally torn and ripped) were an anomaly on the streets. Westwood’s designs embodied the punk spirit and whether hanging out with those street punks in her store or facing a magistrate for a breach of peace case in a black
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T-shirt and shaved head, she has maintained the fire. She remains a fierce advocate for climate change, nuclear disarmament and other political causes. Another British designer Katharine Hamnett became notorious for fashion slogans in the ’80s. Her iconic meeting with then prime minister Margaret Thatcher (pictured) dressed in a “58% Don’t Want Pershing” T-shirt (referring to public opposition to basing United States Pershing missiles in the United Kingdom at the end of the Cold War) re-ignited the influence of political fashion. She has been quoted as saying: “I wanted to put a really large message on T-shirts that could be read from 20 or 30 feet away. Slogans work on many different levels; they’re almost subliminal. They’re also a way of people aligning themselves to a cause. They’re tribal. Wearing one is like branding yourself”. And so the T-shirt has been emblazoned with words, advertisements and captions over the last few decades. However, along the way there has been disruption. The logo-infested hautecouture and brand-laden collections of the late ’80s, ’90s and early 2000s has diluted the impact of the slogan T-shirt. Yes, the collared T-shirt with a
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polo-player that the business exec gets for Christmas certainly identifies an economic tribe, real or aspirational. But where are the signs of rebellion, political passion and cultural signposts for changing the world? Has branding replaced the impact of fashion slogans? We might see this season. I still worry that all those years fighting for feminist beliefs, an end to wars and poverty, nuclear disarmament, the rights of all humans to education and a peaceful life, may not have made a difference. As Hamnett said: “A successful T-shirt has to make you think, but then crucially, you have to act. What’s tragic is that most of these messages are still relevant today.” But there’s a T-shirt-slogan glimmer on the horizon for those of us who lived through the those decades. Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style fame @ advancedstyle, in conjunction with Fanny Karst @fannykarst have recently created a T-shirt with the slogan Not Dead Yet. I intend to join that tribe and help my children and grandchildren understand the impact and motivation a slogan T-shirt can create. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Downside to updates Every six months Microsoft releases a major update to the Windows 10 platform and inevitably, there are issues. The October release, writes NATHAN WELLINGTON, is no exception.
f you follow tech blogs and forums, you may already know that some people have completed the update only to find that some of their files went missing. Another more recent Intel audio update was released which stopped the audio from working. Even Microsoft itself has advised: “While we encourage you to wait until the update is offered to your device, if you’re an advanced user on an actively serviced version of Windows 10 and would like to install the Windows 10
October 2018 update now, you can do so by manually checking for updates.” This has prompted me to write about updates and what I think is the best way to install them. When it comes to Windows 10 updates, we have been resigned to the fact that Microsoft has taken away our ability to control what to update and what not to (sigh). And, with each major update, another assortment of compatibility issues arise. It doesn’t give you a lot of faith in their
quality assurance processes. It is always around this time that I receive an influx of calls from people experiencing a myriad of unexplained phenomena with their Windows 10 computers. Whenever you accept an update, many people wonder if it’s safe to do so, and wonder what it is that they are actually updating. So here are a few handy hints on what to look out for when it comes to updates. Firstly, from the horse’s mouth, Microsoft: DON’T check for updates in the Windows update section of your computer if you’re a novice. Wait for it to prompt you. This will help to avoid any undue updates that may not be ready for download on to your computer. Secondly, there are many supposed update apps that claim to check all your software and get the latest updates. My experience with these is that they tend to do more harm than good. Many install adware, keyloggers or malicious software that slows your computer down. If you find that you have a driver that no longer works, or you want to check if
you need driver updates for your computer, then go directly to the manufacturer’s website and check your make and model. Some manufacturers even have system checkers that will do the hard work for you, such as HP. It will scan through your HP computer and check that you have the latest drivers. A lot of these updates are generally for security purposes, for compatibility between your computer and the Windows operating system, or for bug fixes. If you are not sure whether to update your computer and it gives you an option not to update, then I would choose not to update. If you find that you have an update installed and your computer has gone a bit glitchy, then it may be time to call your tech, because it either didn’t install correctly, its conflicting with other software on your computer, or it is buggy”. In any case, rolling back the update may require a bit more expertise. If you don’t have a tech to call, or have a question about what to do, you’re always welcome to email me on nathan@ hometechassist.com.au or call 1300 682 817 for some advice.
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Historic Land Rover takes on a pet subject Our best mates can be troublesome travel companions so, 70 years after it began, Land Rover has developed a line for dog lovers, BRUCE McMAHON.
rom being carsick, to wanting the windows open, needing to stop at every third tree, covering seats with body hair and emitting foul smells, dogs in cars can be both lovesome and loathsome. And how about, as dog and owner get that bit older, trying to lift an animal into the back of a station wagon or ute? And out again? Now the English, for all their strange ways, have long been a bit soft when it comes to dogs, so no wonder it’s Land Rover which has developed a line of pet packs to make sure four-legged friends are content and comfortable in the cabin. It’s all there and, with a little luck, here in Australia by Christmas – from access ramps to spill-resistant water bowls. There are three Premium Pet Packs, ranging in price in England from $650 to a tall $1560. The Space Protection Pack includes a quilted load space liner, luggage partition and that special water bowl; move through to the Pet Care and Access Pack and there’s also an access ramp plus … a portable shower. “Land Rover is all about enjoying the great outdoors and that goes hand-inhand with dog ownership for many
customers,” says Land Rover’s product marketing director Finbar McFall. Australian pricing for these pet packs will be known soonish and in the meantime check out YouTube to see some dogs enjoying a pampered ride. Pet packs aside, it has been a busy year for Land Rover, the 70th year of a business that began in 1948. Since then, there has been a long line of four-wheel drive machines – some utilitarian, some bespoke luxury wagons. This year’s anniversary celebrations have included a trip into the remote village of Sandakphu in West Bengal
sitting at 3600m and accessible only by a steep and rock-strewn track. Up here the villagers depend on a fleet of 42 classic Land Rovers, dating back as far as 1957. And a little closer to their home in Solihull outside Birmingham, 70 Land Rovers – from first prototypes to the super-smart and super-quick Range Rover Sport SVR – were honoured with a run up the hill at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Chief engineer for that first Land Rover Arthur Goddard, now 96, lives in Brisbane these days.
He still recalls the days shepherding fellow engineers, dealing with boss Maurice Wilks and driving that prototype to the Amsterdam motor show in 1948 for its first public outing. And he has a simple explanation for the four-wheel drive’s long life – the Land Rover series ran through to 2016. “We gave people what they wanted. It’s pleased a lot of people and it’s kept on pleasing people,” Arthur says. “We met a need. I must say some of the needs we met we didn’t know were there. On the other hand, some of the stuff we thought would be an absolute winner was an absolute woof.” And Arthur would agree there was never any need for pet packs in those workmanlike, raw-boned Land Rovers which finished up as the square-jawed Defender model. The next generation is likely to arrive around 2020 and hopefully will again better suit border collies than labradoodles.
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SPROUTS AND BROCCOLI ARE GOOD FOR YOU
The importance of zinc Zinc is arguably the most important mineral in the human body, writes TRUDY KITHER. That’s more than all the other mineral-dependent enzymes in the body combined.
inc is important for the management of recurrent infections, poor appetite, poor concentration, anaemia, behavioural issues and emotional disorders, sleeping, slow wound healing, poor sense of taste and smell, hair loss, eczema, acne and other skin problems, altered cognition, depressed growth and diarrhea. And that’s only the beginning. Normally, zinc deficiency is due to insufficient dietary intake. However, it may also be due to malabsorption and chronic illnesses. Stress, poor diet or infection can also deplete the body of zinc quickly. The majority of people I see are zinc deficient without even realizing it. Also, diets high in grains such as bread and pasta can block zinc absorption making deficiency more likely. A study from Oregon State University found that improving zinc status through
diet and supplements may reduce the risk of inflammatory diseases. It has been known for decades that zinc has a major role in immune function. Deficiency has been linked to increased inflammation in chronic disease and triggering new inflammatory processes. Zinc prevents cellular damage in the retina, which helps delay age-related macular degeneration and vision loss, according to a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology. The best sources of zinc are oysters, red meats, nuts – brazil, almond, cashew, chestnut, peanut, pecan, pine, walnut – chicken, duck, turkey, cheese, especially hard yellow types and blue vein, yeast spread, tomatoes including sundried, eggs, tahini, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, garlic, green peas, parsley, fresh basil, fresh broad beans, butter beans, spinach and mushrooms.
Alternatively, zinc supplementation is easy to provide via a high quality and easily absorbed powdered drink, capsule or liquid available from a reputable naturopathic practitioner. Zinc is also added to some breakfast cereals and other fortified foods. Vegetarians may require up to 50 per cent more than the recommended intake of zinc because of the low bioavailability from plant-based foods. The Australian Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) for zinc in men aged 51 and over is 14mg per day, and 8mg a day for women aged 51. A simple two-minute test can be done to check an individual’s zinc levels. More than 85 per cent prove to be deficient. Once that deficiency is corrected the difference is felt quickly. Trudy Kither is at Nature’s Temple, Palmwoods. Visit naturestemple.net
Just half a cup of broccoli a day can help older people avoid being hospitalised for a fall, new research from Edith Cowan University (ECU) has found. Researchers from the School of Medical and Health Sciences studied the diets of a group of older Western Australian women above the age of 70 and tracked falls over 15 years. They found that those who ate at least one serve of cruciferous vegetables – such as Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage or broccoli – each day had a significantly lower risk of a fall requiring hospitalisation. Lead researcher Dr Marc Sim said suffering an injurious fall can have a significant impact on quality of life. “On top of the physical impact, suffering a fall has been linked to a reduced participation in social and physical activities due to a fear of falling again,” he said. “Additionally, falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalisations in people aged over 65, which is projected to cost the health system approximately $789 million per
year by 2021.” The research found that higher overall vegetable consumption was associated with a lower risk of falls requiring hospitalisation. And eating cruciferous vegetables provided the greatest benefit. “We also found that higher overall vegetable consumption was associated with better muscle strength and physical function in our participants, which we suspect is one of the ways they reduce the risk of falling,” Dr Sim said. “What we are now interested in investigating further is why cruciferous vegetables in particular seem to be so good at preventing these falls.”
IN THE KITCHEN
Blue Cheese Pork with Pears and asparagus Serves 4 • 4 thick pork cutlets or steaks • 50g (½ cup) crumbled blue cheese • 2 tsp. butter • 1 ripe pear, sliced
Cut horizontal slit through the thickets portion of each pork chop to form a pocket. Stuff 2 tbsp. crumbled blue cheese into each. Season both sides with sea salt and cracked pepper. In a large non-stick frying pan, cook the pork for 3 minutes each side, or until cooked through but still juicy. Remove the pork from the pan, cover with foil and rest for 5 minutes. Add the butter to the pan, swirl to melt and coat the base. Add the pear, season and cook, turning occasionally, until lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Serve the pork with the pear. Sautéed Asparagus • 12 asparagus stalks • 1 tbsp. butter • 6 fresh sage leaves Rinse the asparagus, peel the stalks and then remove the tough white ends at the base. Sauté in butter (along with sage leaves) until tender. Season with sea salt and cracked pepper to serve.
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Baked Ricotta Pies with Blueberry Coulis Whether you’re out on the road in the van or simply looking for an easy way to prepare meals without having to keep the pantry packed, Four Ingredients cooking makes life easy.
Serves 4 • 2 egg whites • 4 tablespoons (100g) honey • 250g reduced-fat ricotta cheese • 1 cup (150g) frozen blueberries, thawed Preheat the oven to 180C. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Add 3 tablespoons of honey and the ricotta cheese and mix to combine. Using a 1⁄2-cup measure, spoon the mixture into 6 cups of a silicone(or other nonstick) muffin tray. Bake for 15 minutes or until the little pies rise and are golden. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, heat the berries and 1 tablespoon water over low heat until the berries are softened. Stir in remaining honey and simmer for 5 to 6 minutes or until syrupy. Serve the pies drizzled with the ‘oh so yummy’ blueberry coulis! WT This also works pouring the mixture into a 20cm paper-lined cake tin, bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the pie rises and is golden. Simply slice into wedges to serve. 4 Ingredients Diabetes
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Memories are made of this We are using our memory constantly and when our memory lets us down, it adds stress and confusion to our lives, writes KENDALL MORTON.
o you repeatedly check that you locked the back door before you go out? Do you have more trouble finding the right word? Your memory and cognitive health in general, affects your ability to live independently and safely at home in later years. Latest research about memory loss and aging suggests six ways to help yourself and your family members. In most cases, memory lapses are a normal effect of age-related changes in your brain known as Age-Associated Memory Impairment (AAMI). The brain actually shrinks as we age due to the loss of neurons and produces less of the chemicals that support our cells. This makes it harder for us to recall facts and information that we know we know. But, not all memory failure is permanent. You can suffer from temporary memory loss due to physical or emotional conditions. Some typical causes are dehydration, fever, head injury, low thyroid function, high blood pressure or reactions to medication. Stress plays a major part too.
A US study of 1320 adults in their 50s found that those who had experienced major stresses such as family conflict, financial difficulties or legal issues had significantly higher risks of dementia in later years. For each individual stress, for example divorce or job retrenchment, the brain could age up to four years. Here are some proven tips to help protect memory: 1. FEED YOUR BRAIN RIGHT Your brain needs a regular supply of omega-3 fatty acids, especially DHA. In older adults, lower levels of DHA in the blood have been associated with smaller brain size, a sign of accelerated brain ageing. You’ll get DHA from seafood, salmon, tuna, sardines and herring. If this doesn’t appeal to you, consider taking a supplement. 2. CHOOSE WATER AND TEA OVER SUGARY DRINKS Start the day with two glasses of water to replace the fluids you lost during the night. For an elderly person who forgets to drink, set up a jug of water for the day.
Forget the soft drinks. A study of over 4000 people found that individuals who often drank sugary drinks and fruit juices were more likely to have poorer memories and smaller overall brain volumes. There’s good news about tea. A Singapore-based study of 950 mentally healthy people found that those who drank tea regularly had a 50 per cent lower risk of cognitive decline than those who rarely drank tea. All teas had this positive effect as long as they were brewed from tea leaves. 3. BUILD IN SOME STRESS BREAKERS Add one simple and cheap stress break to your day, such as listening to some peaceful music, sitting in a local park or calling a friend for a chat. Also think about one event or routine that you are doing that you don’t enjoy. Can you stop doing it? 4. WORK WITH YOUR MEMORY Set yourself a challenge to memorise something. You may want to learn the names of your medications, the street names of a major city, song lyrics or a favourite poem. Success breeds success
so start with something small and enjoyable. 5. PRACTICE RECALLING INFORMATION Read a short article in the paper and write down three key facts. Check back that you are correct. Extend this to longer articles. Doing this regularly will build mental muscles and give conversation starters to share with your friends. 6. BE ORGANISED Keeping your keys, phone, purse and other items in the same place will free up your memory for more important tasks. Many seniors already have these systems in place. If there are care workers coming into the home, make sure they don’t upset the system by tidying up. So, with these simple tips, I hope you can feel more positive about your memory as you age and take some steps to help yourself and your family members prevent and slow down any cognitive changes. Kendall Morton is the Director of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay. Call 5491 6888 or email email@example.com
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Understanding the pay rise Centrelink’s age pension rates went up in September. NARELLE CLOOPER explains the how, when and what it means for you.
n September 20, Centrelink’s Age Pension rates increased by 0.99 per cent. Specifically this is: • Single Pension $8.70 and part of a couple by $6.60 each. This has seen the rates rise in 2018 by $21.90 for Single Pensioners and $16.50 each for Couples (ie, combining the March and September increases). If you are economically minded and were wondering how these increases are calculated, well pension rates are linked to price and wage indexes (where as allowance rates are linked to CPI). The rest of us just accept the science while we live the reality (sorry that’s a bit cliché!). Included in the above figures was a slight increase in supplements, and for those receiving rent assistance that payment increased by $1 a fortnight. For self-funded retirees who are watching the thresholds, there was an increase in the disqualifying income and assets limits (before the pension is $0): • Income for Single up by $17.40 to $2004.60 a fortnight. • Income for Couple (combined) up by $26.40 to $3066.80 a fortnight. • Assets for Single up by $2750 to $564,000 for homeowner and $771,000 for non-homeowner • Assets for Couple (combined) up by $4000 to $848,000 for homeowner and $1,055,000 for non-homeowner. These single/couples scenarios relate only to the age pension payments, the rates
vary for different payments/allowances and family situations such as illness, separated and dependents, New Start etc. If you are just above the thresholds, qualification for the age pension may be worth another look. There are strategies that can be put in place within the rules and regulations of the Income and Assets tests, some of which have been mentioned here before. Others are more complicated and dependent on individual circumstances. It never ceases to amaze me how each individual situation can present itself differently. I had a client this month who did not qualify for the Commonwealth Seniors Health Card (CSHC) but will qualify for an age pension. Go figure. The Health Cards qualification thresholds discussed previously also increased by 2.1 per cent: • Low Income Heath Care Card increased by $4 to $556 of income for singles, in the preceding eight weeks, prior to applying, and $6 to $960 for couples (combined). • CSHC increased by $1130 to $54,929 of annual taxable income for singles and $1808 to $87,884 for couples (combined). The above information is presented as general information. Always refer to Centrelink or a Centrelink expert for the impact on your personal circumstance. Narelle Cooper is from the Centre for Age Pension Admin Services. Call 1300 043 197 or email admin@capaservices. com.au
THE MIXED BLESSING OF AN EPOA ENDURING Powers of Attorney (EPOA) are increasingly being recognised as an essential estate planning tool for older people, but caution is required as they can also lead to elder abuse. EPOAs in favour of children can sometimes be used by the child to act for their benefit, and not for the elderly. They allow the attorney to operate
bank accounts – a sensible way to pay bills, do shopping, and generally care and provide for the elderly person. However sometimes the temptation is too much, resulting in the elderly person’s funds being depleted, even exhausted. Acting fraudulently with an EPOA is a crime, but detection isn’t easy, and it often requires another relative or friend to start asking questions to reveal the abuse.
WHETHER downsizing or simply deciding it’s time to sell or ship off the family treasures to the heirs, getting them there is half the problem. John and Julieanne Bradshaw at Pack & Send Maroochydore have been specialising in the packing and delivery of some very unusual items during the past 11 years. Specialising in fragile, large, awkward and valuable items, they have become experts in solving logistics problems for local businesses and individuals and can ship anything, anywhere. They recently had a large ceramic Dalmatian that needed to be packed and sent interstate.
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RETIREMENT VILLAGE QUESTIONS ANSWERED LENDLEASE is offering a series of free masterclasses to answer the big questions about retirement living. Anyone who lives in a retirement village knows the benefits –low maintenance lifestyle, socially vibrant atmosphere, facilities that inspire an active life. But you might not hear about the questions or apprehensions they had before they settled into their community. Like any change in life, there’s often hesitation to make decisions without having all of the answers. There may be confusion about contracts, uncertainty about money, stress at the thought of downsizing, or even simple curiosity about what a typical day might bring. Lendlease’s line-up of free Retirement Masterclasses aim to dispel the myths, answer the questions and tackle all the big topics around retirement living. Presented by the host of Selling Houses Australia, Andrew Winter, and Principal of Aged Care Gurus Rachel
Lane, along with a panel of guests, the sessions offer frank and refreshing insights into everything you or your children could want to know. Both Andrew and Rachel have a wealth of experience and will share their knowledge so you can make informed decisions about the lifestyle you want. It’s an initiative designed to offer a transparent look at village life: what it entails, what to expect and the journey before you make any decisions. Whether you’re interested in learning how a retirement village operates, want to understand contract options, discover the secrets of successful decluttering or get your head around the finances, there’s no question too great or too small. Queensland Retirement Masterclass will be held at Bellflower Retirement Resort on November 16, at 10am. To reserve a free seat, visit talkingretirement.com.au or call 1800 550 550.
NOOSA DOMAIN OPEN FOR INSPECTION WITH more than 30 years in the retirement village sector, the privatelyowned, regionally-based operators of Noosa Domain Village “Country Club Villages” have created a quality independent living environment in which security, social companionship and resort style facilities provide an active and vibrant lifestyle. A new two-bedroom display unit is open for viewing and inspections are always welcome. “With its prized location, our spacious apartments and outstanding resort style facilities will give you the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of,” lifestyle consultant Brian Williams said. Apartments have been designed with
contemporary lines, open plan living, natural lighting and a focus on privacy. Each has its own courtyard/balcony. Noosa Domain is in the heart of Noosaville. Resort living facilities include an outdoor bowling green, hobby workshop, gymnasium, swimming pools, alfresco dining and a clubhouse. The village has its own luxury pontoon boat, moored on the Noosa Marina for exclusive use by Noosa Domain Country Club Village residents. A complimentary luncheon is planned for November 15, 12pm, to meet residents and view the lifestyle opportunities. Visit noosadomain.com.au or call 1800 461 505.
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fire pit, tenpin bowling indoor and outdoor swimming pools, luxury cinema, tennis courts, exclusive Milon gym, an eight-rink undercover lawn bowls green, library, arts and craft room, dance floor, virtual golf simulator, woodworking room and more. It will host 270 single and double storey homes, with 15 different Caribbean-influenced designs. Design teams have spent months researching and defining the right influences to give these homes a truly unique feel. Three display homes are now open to view daily and the first residents are moving in. Palm Lake Resort Caloundra Cay at 96 Village Way, Little Mountain, is the culmination of more than 40 years of expertise in crafting designer resort-style living for the Palm Lake Group, a familyowned and operated company Call 1800 55 66 77 or visit caloundracay.com.au
HALCYON HEADS FOR NEW HEIGHTS AWARD-winning lifestyle community developer Halcyon has reached new heights with the final release of homes at Halcyon Lakeside at Bli Bli. The final offering, Elevation, is on a flat elevated site and will comprise 43 homes.Many of the homes have hillside vistas from the highest vantage point. The final stage is being delivered ahead of schedule, just two years after the first release at Halcyon Lakeside. “We’ve saved the best for last offering a small exclusive precinct that’s within walking distance to ‘The Local’ tapas bar and neighbourhood park,” project director Chris Carley said. “There is a strong focus on outdoor living where we have introduced our
largest covered alfresco areas designed for those who love to entertain friends, or who just like a bit of extra space.” Homes in this final stage are priced from $569,000 and range from 174sqm to 302sqm. Home owners have free access to a health and wellness centre bocce court, bowling green, pickleball courts, and a sunset bar with fire-pit as well as a creative arts precinct, including pottery kiln, as well as a fully equipped work shed, caravan and boat storage, a 12-seat community bus for excursions and 6km of walking trails. Halcyon Lakeside is on a 13ha site overlooking two lakes, just minutes from Maroochydore CBD.
LIFE AT ITS BEST AT LIVING GEMS RESIDENTS enjoy an active lifestyle with the security of knowing they have made a good investment at Living Gems Pacific Paradise. With architect-designed two and three-bedroom villas set among landscaped grounds, homeowners have quality of life and greater certainty. Living Gems General Manager Vlad Pullich said homes were affordable because ownership of the land was separate to home ownership. “Our fee structure if very transparent. There are no entry fees, no deferred management fees and no stamp duty,” he said. “Unlike residents in traditional retirement villages, our homeowners typically own their villas outright.” With home prices starting at $538,000, downsizing is an attractive proposition. Homeowners choose their site, home design and receive a list of
high-end inclusions as part of the package. Construction of the new home takes 10-12 weeks. In addition to winning a regional Master Builders’ award earlier this year, Pacific Paradise’s Country Club most recently won the Queensland Master Builders State Housing & Construction Award for best Tourism and Leisure Facility up to $10 million. To book a tour call 1800 978 388 or visit livinggems.com.au
TREAT YOURSELF FOR CHRISTMAS RESORT lifestyle with less maintenance and more leisure, plus $10,000 cashback sounds like a good deal for Christmas. Residents at Nature’s Edge Buderim over 50s lifestyle community can do it all from their perfect location in the Buderim foothills, handy to shopping precincts at Forest Glen, Buderim, Kawana, the hinterland, Cotton Tree and Sunshine Plaza.
This festive season, give yourself a gift that will keep on giving with a new home at Nature’s Edge Buderim. Choose from a selection of homes available to move in before Christmas. You don’t pay stamp duty or exit fees and keep 100 per cent of your capital gain if you decide to sell. Call 1800 218 898 or visit naturesedgebuderim.com.au
RETIRE IN THE HEART OF IT ALL RELAX on your spacious balcony with views of Lake Kawana or the Glasshouse Mountains, while having morning coffee. Head to the Wellness Centre for tailored programs with an exercise physiologist. Try aqua aerobics in the new, outdoor heated pool, or dine alfresco with neighbours poolside. Birtinya Retirement Village is a coastal oasis focusing on the individual, their care and wellness. A short stroll leads to local restaurants, cafes and shops, and with the
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ONE FOOT AT A TIME
Repair the flat How you bear your weight can affect your whole body. IAN BEHR explains how to test if you’ve got a flat and how to try and fix it.
ave you got a flat tyre? Stand barefoot upright in your natural position. Now bring your attention to where the weight lies in your feet. Is it more in your left foot vs right, or is it even? Is it more towards the front of your feet or more towards your heels? Why is this information important? Well, this is where the flat tyre question comes in. If you drive your car day after day and one of the tyres are flat, somewhere in your car there’s going to be a payoff. So, if the weight in your feet isn’t even, how bad is it? This depends on how much off centre you are – a little probably won’t make too much of a difference, but a lot might. Think about your body. Is there an ache or a pain that doesn’t have a reason apart from “old age”? This could be due to your flat tyre. What can you do? If your weight is more in your left foot, then stand with your right hip about 10cm from a wall. With your feet shoulder width apart, move your right hip directly towards the
wall as far as you can, then allow your hips to come back to your starting position. Repeat this at least 10 times without moving your feet and then re-check the weight in your feet. Reverse this if the weight is more in your right foot. If the weight is more in your toes, imagine your hips/pelvis as a bucket of water. Without moving your upper body or bending your legs, try and tip the water out the back of the bucket. It’s a tough one and I don’t recommend trying it in public unless you like strange looks but this will help to move some of your weight towards your heels. Reverse this if the weight is more in your heels. These are just two of many different ways to try and fix your flat tyre. The more even you are in your feet, the more even you should be in your body. This will hopefully mean fewer aches and pains, and we all want that. Iain Behr is a movement coach. Call 0424 260751 or visit behrmovement.com
New research reveals 40 per cent of over 55s suffer from some sort of movement or pain in their lower limbs. The 2018 Foot Health Survey also found that three out of four Australians admit they don’t prioritise their foot health and one in three admit they don’t care for their feet at all. The average person walks a total of 128,000km or more in their lifetime – the equivalent of three laps around the world. Despite 25 per cent of the body’s bones being in the feet, it’s not surprising that almost all Australians (89 per cent) suffer from foot pain at some point. One in three respondents said their foot health had declined in the past decade, citing inability to stay on their feet as long, more pain and less range of movement compared to 10 years ago. The 2018 Foot Health Survey, conducted jointly by the Australian Podiatry Association and Scholl Australia also found: • Over 55s are the only age group to say they have enough knowledge to manage foot health, and are the most likely (47per cent) to visit a podiatrist to do so • One in 10 Australians suffer from constant foot pain • Only 8 per cent of Aussies over 65 visit a podiatrist for lack of movement, but 73 per cent would visit for lower limb pain
• 63 per cent of Aussies admit to having never sought advice regarding their foot health • The most common foot ailments are foot pain (89 per cent), blisters (56 per cent), corns and calluses (42 per cent) and fungal and nail infections (39 per cent). Here’s the top tips to care for your feet: • Regular check-ups with a podiatrist • Self-care: Cleanse, moisturise, nail care and monitor your feet for changes • Wear correctly fitting shoes • If needed, use insoles for extra comfort and get treatment for blisters, corns and calluses • If your gait or movement is limited, or you are in pain, visit a podiatrist Visit podiatry.org.au.
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Urinary problems can be solved A strong steam of urine and fully emptying the bladder is a sign of good health, writes PHIL JOHNSTON, but age does bring its problems.
etention of urine (incomplete emptying) or frequency; stress incontinence dribbling from a cough or laughter; urinary tract infections and prostate problems are common. Aggravating factors can be due to consumption of tea, coffee or excessive water intake. We need to drink water throughout the day, but not excessive amounts. If water is adulterated with a flavour or a substance your body won’t count it as water but as food. Tea and coffee are both diuretics, expelling fluids from the body. This flushing effect is not good for your health as it makes the body more inflamed and leaches minerals. These habits start to impact of our health as we continue them over the years. The correct use of salt, in particular celtic sea salt, is very important in maintaining the proper balance of fluids – not too much, not too little – and minerals. Diet also affects the urinary system. From the ancient BioChi medicine understanding, oedema or fluid retention is predominantly driven by digestive
problems or dietary issues. Our diet – food selection, cravings, the quantities we eat, the times of the day we eat – has a profound effect on urinary system problems. High protein, fatty, low fibre animal foods such as eggs, meat and dairy foods have negative effects on the kidneys, urinary and prostate organs. BioChi Needling, the ancient, original medicine that acupuncture was derived from, is very helpful for urinary problems when combined with dietary adjustments. Correction of urinary problems is important in the treatment of lung/respiratory and heart problems. Excessive or insufficient urine output affects the moisture content of the blood, the lungs and heart and can limit the effectiveness of any natural treatment and recovery. The tone and the function of the urinary system can be normalised, even in quite severe cases. So if you or a loved one suffers from a urinary problem, resignation and medication are not your only options. Phil Johnston is a healthcare professional at BioChi Clinic. Visit biochiclinicsunshine.com.
SPINAL SURGEON DEBUNKS BACK PAIN MYTHS Up to 90 per cent of Australians will experience back pain in their life. With so many people looking for relief, it can be easy to get lost in the amount of advice that is readily available. Leading spinal surgeon and neurosurgeon, Dr Michael Wong debunks the most common myths surrounding back pain. Myth 1. It’s all in the muscles “When people face a bout of back pain, they may automatically assume it’s because they’ve pulled a muscle or pushed themselves too hard. Back pain can come from several different sources. The back contains the spinal cord, which is the foundation of our nervous system. The spinal cord enables our brain to respond to other parts of the body almost instantaneously. When the discs in the spinal cord are damaged or displaced, it can lead to one or more nerves not functioning properly.” Myth 2. Painkillers are the best solution “Over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol may help relieve pain temporarily, but do not fix the underlying issue and are ineffective for treating long term discomfort. Some painkillers even produce negative physical and mental side effects from prolonged use for chronic back pain. There is a wide range of treatments beyond medication which can be undertaken, such as
physiotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acupuncture, massages and relaxation techniques.” Myth 3. You should exercise less “Exercise may be the last thing on your mind when going through severe back pain but studies have shown that bed rest can actually make the pain worse. Ensuring that the muscles and joints in the lower back are being used regularly helps strengthen them in the long term. The key is not to place excessive pressure on your back.” Myth 4. Back pain is purely physical “Prolonged back pain can often make those that suffer from it feel helpless. No matter what they try, they can’t seem to eliminate the consistent pain. This feeling of helplessness can have serious effects on an individual’s mental health. This can make the problem worse, as the perception or expectation of pain can result in it becoming more heightened. Sufferers of back pain are 2.6 times more likely to report psychological distress.” Myth 5. An MRI Scan or other diagnostic test is needed to diagnose back problems “In some instances, technology doesn’t hold all the answers. A scan can often reveal what is going on, but it’s not always that simple. Back pain is often a complex issue, meaning that a spinal diagnosis isn’t straightforward. Visit drmwong.com.
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COMING UP AT THE EVENTS CENTRE theatrical event celebrates the genius, music and phenomenon of John Lennon. Created and performed by Australian actor/ musician John Waters and singer/pianist Stewart D’Arrietta (pictured right), it is part-concert, part-biography and features 31 hits, including Lennon solo works and collaborations with Paul McCartney. November 10, 2pm and 8pm Tickets $60-$65 BOOK now and don’t miss Senior Moments, a comedy revue about “old” people and the young people they have to deal with, coming to the Sunshine Coast next year. John Wood, Benita Collings and Max Gillies are having some Senior Moments, with Geoff Harvey on piano, in this senior theatrical sensation. Senior Moments is a fresh
Direct from New York, Victor Trevino brings back to Australia his hilarious production Men In Pink Tights. It is the ultimate sendup of both classical and contemporary ballet. The combination of brilliant dancing technique, tongue in cheek and blatant humor with intentional foibles, and dancing mishaps makes great entertainment. Some of the men look gorgeous, while others are hairy chested with pancake makeup, but all are in tutus, dancing on perfect pointe. November 10, 8pm Tickets $69.90, concessions $64.90 Lennon Through A Glass Onion is back in Australia after a 16-week season in New York. The internationally-acclaimed
collection of comic sketches and songs performed by a cast who are old enough to know better. The star cast combines to deliver a somewhat silly show for otherwise sensible seniors. Bookings open now so you don’t forget. May 24, 1pm and 7.30pm May 25, 2pm and 7.30pm Tickets $55-$69 The Events Centre Caloundra, Call 5491 4240 or visit theeventscentre.com.au
COMEDY AT THE RETIREMENT VILLAGE THE Crumbletop Caper is the next laugh show at The Independent Comedy Theatre, at Yandina. The Crumbletop Retirement Village is like no other (we hope). It’s run-down, it’s gloomy and its residents depressed, but there’s a newcomer to change all that. Meet Stella in this romp through the streets of the Crumbletop Retirement Village, the place where nobody wants to be and a vacuum for retirees.
There are no activities, the Men’s Shed has been taken for storage, the swimming pool emptied and the commandant-like manager levies charges on everything including visitor-parking. Yandina School of Arts, November 17, 24 and December 1, 4pm; November 18, 25 and December 2, 2pm. Tickets $25, concessions $23 Bookings 5472 8200.
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What the Butler Saw, a comedy, set in an English mental asylum in the 1960s, is Noosa Arts Theatre’s final production of the year. Written by British playwright Joe Orton, it is a social commentary of the 1960s, a manic farce that satirises social norms, government institutions and establishment in a witty, profane and outrageous way. Director Tania Nash is excited about raising various issues in this overly-sensitive politically correct climate. What the Butler Saw
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COMING AROUND THE MOUNTAIN It has been almost a decade since a congregation of part-time musos got together in a shed on Round Mountain in the most northern part of NSW to play “a buncha old songs for a bit a fun”. Hundreds of shows on Australia’s biggest stages and biggest festival later, they are coming to Caloundra RSL. There are lots of instrument changes, different sounds and personalities, and they exude a positive energy. Round Mountain Girls is a
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Balinese holiday not just for the kids Even before Redgum’s 1984 anthem, I’ve Been to Bali Too, the little Indonesian tourist mecca for Australians failed to make my list, but that has become a matter for regret, writes DOT WHITTINGTON. It’s all about expectations and purpose.
Lounging on daybeds being waited on hand and foot at Finn’s VIP Club isn’t all bad and (right) dragonfruit juice.
or four decades I declared that I didn’t need to go to Bali to see Aussie tourists behaving badly, I could go to Sydney. And crowd-watching from a sidewalk bar in Seminyak, has given me no cause to change my mind on that score. The change of heart came about because I couldn’t bear the thought that my children had all been somewhere I hadn’t. And I’m very glad it did. It was with some cynicism that I booked a flight bound for Denpasar, a name that rings a bell for all the wrong reasons – Schapelle, the Bali 9, drug mules, and firing squads. Add to that the horror stories of volcanoes and earthquakes, and Australians in motor scooter crashes; suffering Bali belly at best and food poisoning at worst; and being arrested or
dying, and I felt my 40-year grudge against the place was justified. It’s had a bad rap. However, needs must, and I set off north to check it all out for myself. On the bright side, air fares are comparatively inexpensive and it’s a relatively short flight of around six hours. Fares range anywhere from $300-$800 depending on the time of year, sales, and the airline of choice. Malindo, the Malaysia-Indonesia full-service airline has generous legroom and, with Jetstar and Virgin, provides the best deals. There are also plenty of package deals offering five nights staying at four to five-star hotels for less than $1000 – including the airfare. And herein lies the secret to Bali, as I was soon to discover. It’s a fabulously cheap
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Breakfast at a local cafe
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there were navvies who had worked on the construction of the railway. The arrival of the railway destroyed the income of many carriers. Difficulties in finding work and financial hardship helped build a sense of mateship and mutual support among sections of them. In 1887, the Central Queensland Carriers Union was formed, and discussions leading up to this were held under the gum tree which provided shade for the carriers who waited at the front of the railway station. At the same time, the Queensland Shearers’ Union was formed at Blackall. Within a year it had 1300 members,
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TRAVEL indicating a need for collective bargaining to obtain fair pay and working conditions. In 1888, the Central Queensland Labourers’ Union was formed at Barcaldine. These three unions were the driving force behind the strike of 1891. Tensions simmered and threatened to turn into a major conflict between police and striking workers. One of the first May Day marches in the world took place during the strike on May 1, 1891 in Oak St, Barcaldine.
The railway station was a centre point. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that of the 1340 men who took part, 618 were mounted on horses. The leaders wore blue sashes and carried the Eureka Flag. The Labor Bulletin reported that cheers were given for “the Union”, “the eight-hour day”, “the Strike Committee” and “the boys in jail”. Ultimately the strike petered out and the workers went back to work. However the seeds of a great labour movement had been sown. Today the whole event is commemorated in a major display surrounding the restored remains of the dead tree. A giant wooden structure covers the tree and looks ungainly at first sight. Inside, next to the tree remains, a “cathedral type” structure shuts out the everyday world. Nearby the words of the working class hero Henry Lawson steal the show. It shows his original hand writing capturing the immortal words of the poem “Freedom on the Wallaby”. Lawson wrote the poem on hearing of
the strike and it was published soon after. The “rebel flag” was the Eureka flag first flown at the Eureka stockade. The last stanza reads: O we must fly a rebel flag, As others did before us, And we must sing a rebel song And join in rebel chorus. We’ll make the tyrants feel the sting O’ those that they would throttle; They needn’t say the fault is ours If blood should stain the wattle! Nearby is the Australian Workers Heritage Centre which is being developed to celebrate the role of ordinary working class people in our society. The centre tells that working class Australians fought the wars, built the nation, became great leaders and prime ministers and dominated the sporting fields. Surrounding a bore-fed billabong, it is in 14 buildings on a former state school site. Barcaldine also has a number of other heritage-listed sites. These include Barcaldine Shire Hall, the war memorial clock in Ash St, Lagoon Creek shearers strike camp site, Barcaldine Masonic Temple in Beech St and St Peter’s Anglican Church and hall in Elm St. Words and images by wtfmedia.com.au
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Masses of cherry blossoms turn on their best display in March and April. FOR a small Island, Japan has a lot to offer, from ancient temples to futuristic cities; thatched rooves to bullet trains; tiny villages to urban jungles; and misty mountains and picturesque countryside. Japan is both modern and traditional, providing a fascinating experience. It’s easy to get around with a first class transport system, English is widely spoken and friendly people make the journey a breeze. It’s also a gardener’s paradise and the cherry blossoms are not to be missed. The best viewing time is from the end of March to early April when thousands of trees are in full bloom. Cruise Lake Ashi with Mt Fuji in the background for picture postcard views. Tokyo has some of the oldest Japanese traditional gardens dating back to the 1600s. The Shinjuku National Garden covers more than 53ha.
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This is a long slowly-paced story. We meet Eleanor a spinster living alone in a small flat in Glasgow, a beige type who keeps to herself , has a keen, critical eye, meticulous manners and drinks two bottles of vodka over the weekend! As the many emotional layers are gradually stripped away we meet more people who come on to Eleanor’s radar. This quirky and at times sad story caught me off guard and left me with a lot of affection for Eleanor. It left me wanting to say “you go girl!”.
I really didn’t want to read this book as my wife recently had her “old ladies” book club meeting at our house to discuss it. Most of them were raving about how good it was, except my wife who didn’t like the ending. Was it a book just for the ladies? No, definitely not! I found the novel to be engaging and well written. I liked the quirky, lonely, OCD, vodka-drinking Eleanor with repressed memories of her childhood. But what kept jumping out at me throughout the book was that the main character was combination of the author’s personality mixed into her fictional character. The story was not real life but was entertaining and I suppose that’s what novels are meant to be. I liked the happy ending. 6/10
BOOK review JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT This is an unusual book, and one that I was tempted to give up on after the first few chapters. I am glad that I stayed with Eleanor as the story is about profound loneliness, a scourge of modern society. Eleanor is a little weird; other characters are likeable, neither goodies nor baddies; the plot straightforward. An act of kindness that Eleanor was coerced into by a work colleague provides the catalyst for friendships and experiences that gradually restore her confidence and that, combined with thoughtful actions, inclusion and kindness, draw her into social interactions that lead to the type of life she wants to lead. An easy but different and worthwhile read.
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I absolutely loved this debut novel by Gail Honeyman. The writing was superb and the characters were so well presented you felt as though you actually knew them. Eleanor is different, and often socially unacceptable. She goes to work, comes home and spends her weekends on her own drinking vodka. She makes you sit back and realise that there are people in this world who lead these lonely single lives and we probably know someone just like her. Eleanor is funny sad and I cried and laughed and sat back and pondered, especially as this was the second time I have read it. There is a twist at the end but not sure it was necessary as the book is wonderful. Talk to that strange quiet person – you may just be what they need! 10/10
Eleanor Oliphant struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Her life is carefully timetabled, avoiding social interactions and with weekends punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. Everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. Together they save Sammy, an elderly man who has fallen on the footpath, and the trio become friends who rescue one another from lives of isolation. This unusual heroine’s deadpan weirdness and wit presents an emotional rollercoaster as she comes to realise the only way to survive is to open your heart.
MARY BARBER Initially, I wasn’t impressed by this book. A quirky woman is searching for a man; it reminded me of The Rosie Project. I don’t find “difference” or “disability” funny and there wasn’t much to laugh about in Eleanor’s circumstances. However, the story deepens as you get to know Eleanor. I found I was getting more and more curious. The book is well-written with a rich set of characters. As an outsider, Eleanor challenges some social conventions that irk many of us – such as giving your name for a coffee order. These incidents are amusing and easy to connect with. Ultimately this is a positive life-affirming book. By mid-way I really cared about Eleanor and was cheering her on. This is a genuinely good read. It would make an excellent Christmas present for yourself or another keen reader.
Eleanor Oliphant introduces herself perfectly in just the first few pages of this excellent debut novel. To survive and try to cope with past tragedy, Eleanor’s life is totally ordered and bereft of any friendships. Any social interaction is unfiltered, demonstrated by her inability to fit in with daily workplace banter. In the good old days she would have been labeled a misfit. The sadness of Eleanor’s background is balanced by humour as we watch Eleanor become hopelessly infatuated with a Band singer. For the first time in her life she visits beauty parlours to imitate workmates in an attempt to attract her beau. I challenge anyone to read the description of her first ever bikini wax without chuckling. I loved this book. I loved watching the layers of hurt and rejection being peeled away and Eleanor’s gradual realisation that her judgmental attitudes can change and that friendships are worthwhile and necessary. Bring on your next novel, Gail Honeyman – perhaps a sequel?
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