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Mothers Day Edition

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Guide Complete guide of MAY events

Cover photo: Ta Da Photography

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Hi everyone & welcome to our May edition. This month, of course, is all about some of the most important people on the planet…Mums! A special thanks must go to Deirdre Comerford for agreeing to be interviewed about her role as a mother and also the local businesses who have kindly donated prizes for our big Mother’s Day giveaway.


parents 02 What’s New 05 Show & Tell 07 Real Lives: Celebrate Motherhood

There’s heaps on this month so be sure to check out the What’s On Guide. There are a few fundraisers going on including the Mothers Day Classic Walk at the Botanic Gardens.

08 Mummy Bloggers

I hope you enjoy this edition and remember to tell everyone you read it in PakMag!


Happy Mother’s Day,

Ange pakmag Publisher: Bree James Editor: Elaine Seager Publication Manager: Angela Julian NQ Sales & Biz Development: Angelina Mortley Design & Layout: Trina Jensen Articles: Elaine Seager, Jutta Dempsey, Amanda Cranston and submitted writers Mobile: 0439 555 515 Head office Phone: 4053 3331

11 Mackay Christian College 13

Women & Finance



16 Nutrition PakFood

kids 23 Kid’s MiniMag

babies 31 Baby News: Baby Brain

things to win

20 Top 5 Things To Do

05 WIN a kids Hi-Vis shirt

21 What’s On


23 Mini Mag

24 WIN Movie Tickets

31 PakBaby

25 4 mystery prizes to WIN

34 Homemade Mum Day Gifts

33 WIN Gumigem jewellery

36 Home Section

44 WIN a mystery prize

WIN a $20 Meat Voucher

39 Bold Interiors 40 Little Explorers 43 Help for Carers 44 Fav Pets 45 Mackay Pet Superstore 46 Out & About 48 SeaFM Local Laughs

cover ModelS: Mum Kassi with son Charlie Cartia Photography: Thanks to Ta Da Photography

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19 May (10am-12noon) Blacks Beach Tavern Grab your capes and masks this month and join us for some Superhero fun at the next PakClub at Blacks Beach Tavern on 19 May. There will be special prizes for the Super-Mums, especially if they wear their

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

undies on the outside! Hee hee!

Pink Bun Campaign

Sunday 16 June PakMag’s inaugural Teddy Bears Picnic is coming up next month.

Sunday 26 May

Thursday 23 May

2-22 May 2013 Bakers Delight bakeries across the nation are joining forces to raise $1.2 million for Australians affected by breast cancer in this year’s Pink Bun Campaign. During the campaign Bakers Delight bakeries will donate 100% of the sales of their Pink Finger Buns to Breast Cancer Australia. Sporting clubs around Australia will also ‘pink up’ their clubs on Mother’s Day weekend for the same cause.

POOL Closures With the cooler weather now here many of our local pools are undergoing winter maintenance as follows: • Bluewater Lagoon

• Mirani Pool

Currently the children’s area and middle

Now closed - reopens end of August

lagoon are open. Upper Lagoon and waterslide now closed - reopens on 1 September Entire facility closed from 8 July - reopens 1 September

• Sarina Pool Now closed - reopens end of August • Pioneer Swim Centre Closed from 1 June - reopens 1 September For further info on council’s aquatic

• Memorial Swim Centre

facilities visit or

Now closed - reopens 31 May

call 1300 MACKAY (622 529).


This month there will be morning teas happening all over Mackay as the Cancer Council asks Queenslanders to whip the candles out and don party hats to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. Funds raised through this event go towards vital cancer research, prevention and early detection programs, and patient support services. Visit, phone 1300 656 585 or text ‘HOST’ to 0400 867 867 to receive your Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea host kit today.

BABY Welcoming

Greenmount Homestead has been polished

So, for a great family day out why not

and painted in preparation for the annual

visit the Heritage Fair on Sunday 26 May

Heritage Fair this month. Some rooms inside

and enjoy the vibrant artist’s village,

the prestigious property, including the

working sheep dog demonstrations,

master bedroom have been restored back to

live entertainment and free activities for

the original colours that appeared when the

the kids. For more information go to the

home was first built in 1915.

Council’s website or call 1300 622 529.

MILLION Paws Walk Sunday 19 May

We are looking for some volunteers to help with the planning of the event and with assistance on the day. It’s raising money for our local children’s ward, so if you would like to volunteer, we would love your help. We are also after businesses that want to have stalls, plus prizes to give away for Teddy categories and activities. Please send your interest to

BLUE Light Disco 17 May (6.30-8.30pm)

Calling all Dog Lovers! The RSPCA’S annual

good cause. Other entertainment and

Million Paws Walk will be starting from

activities are also planned to make a fun

Goose Ponds at 9am on Sunday 19 May.

family day of it. Turn up before 9am (from

Even if you don’t have a dog you can still

7.30am) to register or register online at

do the walk and help raise money for a

Blue Light Discos are safe event for kids to have some fun together whilst being supervised by off-duty police officers, volunteers and staff at the PCYC. No kids are allowed to leave the event until the 8.30pm finish unless previously arranged with a parent or guardian. Cost: $5.

2 June Civic precinct, gordon St Mayor Deirdre Comerford says Council’s Baby Welcoming Ceremonies “are a special way of recognising the role and responsibility the community has towards raising our future generations.” Local families are invited to register their baby (up to 15 months) to take part in the next one on 2 June. Each baby will receive a welcome certificate. There will also be activities and information stalls from various community groups on the day. Register online by visiting council’s website ( before registration closes on Monday, May 20.



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Amanda Webber, owner of the Eagle Boys store at Rural View is making her mark on the community by taking over the North Queensland Baby and Kids Market. She is also mum to three children, Amelia (4) and twins Elena and Harrison (2). [1] What made you decide to buy the

financially to the household without losing

markets? It was a hard decision because

quality time with the children.

the last two years have been hard for us financially but I LOVE the markets and have been passionate about them for many years. They are a great way for WAHM’s to sell their products in a safe and pleasant environment. I love being a part of something that is so positive and exciting and helps so many people out in the

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[3] What plans have you got for the business? I have already introduced two new markets to the calendar - Moranbah and Cairns. We have also relocated the Townsville Market to Townsville RSL Stadium to enable an extra 30+ stalls to come along. So we will now be holding five markets in Townsville, four in Mackay, three in Cairns and three in Moranbah every

Masterchef Julie Goodwin has just released her newest cookbook just in time for Mother’s

[2] What was your background? I was

year. We are also looking into Bowen as a

an ANZ Bank Manager and I had been

possibility too.

Day. This gorgeous book revolves around

[4] What have you learnt so far since

range of occasions, such as family dinners,

considering going back to work but just couldn’t bear to leave our young children in daycare for 60 hours a week. Owning the markets is enabling me to contribute

starting this business? How to multitask like never before! LOL.

food for social gatherings with recipes for a cocktail parties, high tea and, of course, the kids school cake stalls.



Lives Story thanks to Amanda Cranston

Motherhood Celebrate

Deirdre & Family

Dream Role


he had tried unsuccessful fertility

also been very lucky as I found my niche in life

treatments and after years on the

joining the council. I get to see how council

adoption register was considered too

policies impact and shape people’s lives in a

old to adopt locally. She never gave up hope

variety of ways and I get to make a difference.”

and in 2000 her and her husband Brett applied

Deirdre is proud to have helped change adoption

to adopt from an overseas agency through

legislation and is now the regional representative

the Queensland Government. “We ended up

of International Adoptive Families Queensland

adopting from Taiwan as it was the only program

(IAFQ). She volunteers and helps other families

where the birth mother chooses who will adopt

who are trying to adopt locally or overseas.

their child and not a social worker,” Deirdre says. “Then the moment you become a parent all your heartache is washed away in an instant. Holding your baby for the first time is a very surreal experience.” Now the proud mother of

After waiting 10 years on the Queensland register to adopt, Mackay Mayor Deirdre Comerford almost gave up on her dreams of motherhood.

two beautiful children, Mei-Lin (9) and Kai-Yi (7), Deirdre says every day is a blessing and she loves the unconditional love children bring.

as well as their Australian heritage, so each year they celebrate Chinese New Year and other Taiwanese festivals with other adopted families as well as International Adoption Day. “It is important to us that Mei-Lin and Kai-Yi don’t lose out on understanding their cultural traditions,” she says. Deirdre is also raising her kids to have a

mother takes a lot of juggling as well as the

good community attitude and as both a mother

support of her husband, but at the end of the

and the Mayor, she wants to instil a good work

day it is about being realistic in what you can

ethic and be a good role model. “We support

achieve. “Before I stood for election my husband

foster kids overseas and teach our children the

and I sat down and worked out who would be

importance of helping families less fortunate

doing what roles with regards to our children

than ourselves,” she says. “I’m a big believer that if

and our home. I couldn’t do this job without

everyone volunteers a little bit then no-one is left

his wonderful support,” she says. “I believe the

to do everything”.

in communication and of course choosing the right partner in the first place because you can’t change people.” Deirdre says she tries to lead by example for her children and also in her everyday life, but admits she is not superwoman and will ask for help when she needs it. “I wouldn’t have taken on this job with two young children if I didn’t have a strong support network. I have

grow up celebrating their Taiwanese heritage

She says raising a family and being a working

success of a modern day healthy marriage lays


She believes it is important for her children to

When not working, Deirdre loves spending time with her family, baking with the kids on weekends, taking family bike rides, collecting shells at the beach, playing board games and watching her kids on their skateboards. “I choose to give my time and commitment to everything I do so when I am at work I am the Mayor and when I am at home I am just mum,” she says.



ummy blogging in Australia is

But why are so many mums turning to the

booming. Following the lead of US

blogosphere to share their experiences?

mummy blogs which have become

a cultural and marketing phenomenon, more and more mummies are choosing to share their innermost thoughts and ideas about parenthood


with several thousand of their closest friends.


And, it’s becoming big business. Mums blog about all kinds of issues from cooking, crafts, gardening, travel, fashion and creative pursuits, to politics, health, relationships, finance, sex, dieting, religion, parenting and matters of the heart., former Cosmo editor Mia Freedman’s blog, attracts over 300,000 hits every month, the vast majority of them women who engage in debates on everything from Madonna to tuna casserole. Not surprisingly with the amount of hits many of these blogs receive, marketers have come knocking at the door pitching to them to get them to write about their products or services. Knowing that word of mouth is far more effective than many other forms of marketing, they love mummy bloggers because women are the major decision makers in households and they’re really good at getting conversations about products started. Consequently, women with the knowhow and the ability to write in an informative and entertaining manner can find themselves turning

Blogging brings people together and has become especially popular with mothers because they are often the ones feeling isolated when a baby won’t sleep at 3am. Once we could call on our family or neighbours, whereas now women are finding their own sense of “community” online. As the author of three blogs I can tell you that when you’re going through a crisis and post it on your blog, it’s amazing to watch the flood of other women going through the same thing, offering support and advice. To find out that you’re not the only one who lets your child watch a little too much TV (OK, a lot) and admit you’re often bored by the sight of your newborn baby, takes away some of the mother guilt. This shift in ways of communicating in our digital world makes life easier in many ways. We can find out what books to read, restaurants to go to, what to cook for dinner, how to grow tomatoes or toddler taming techniques. The expanding world of the mummy-blog proves that women are talented, funny, sensitive, supportive, creative and fantastic at both time management and time wasting.

a profit at something they love to do.

how to start your own blog


by Shannon du Plessis

• You don’t have to be tech-savvy to start

• Take great pictures. Some of the best blogs

a blog, as there are free platforms such as

I have found come illustrated with wonderful

blogspot, wordpress or typepad which are

photographs. Start small with your little

easy to set up and navigate.

digital camera and experiment with light and

• Write honestly and passionately but don’t



It is now estimated that there are 300 mummies around Australia blogging, posting and tweeting

risk your safety. Also, don’t write too much

happy snaps where everyone says “cheese” are not very interesting.

(in other words, don’t write monologues

• Make your headlines snappy, then

about their experiences from behind the wheel

like me!).

proofread and edit your posts. And check

of a pram. In America it has become such big

• Over time, advertisements on your blog

business that some mummy bloggers can

can make a bit of money, but go in with a

command up to $US20,000 for


reveal any personal information that might

colour to achieve something unique. Family

a sponsored post.

passion to share your thoughts, not dollar signs in your eyes. • Try blogging about something different to the mainstream. Parenting is a classic example. There are thousands of parenting blogs, but if you’ve got 10 kids and live in a

your facts. • Include lots of links to other sites. • Write lists with bullet points – everyone loves lists as they’re easier to read. • Be topical, be funny or be controversial... just be yourself and imagine you are talking to your reader.

shoe, then you’re more likely to stand out and get noticed.



Parent Power Actively Involved By Dr Craig Murison


arents play a vital role in the education

What happens at school is really important, but

of their children. It is clear that when

without backup from home it is nothing more

parents display an open interest and

than just a good start. The Queensland Teacher’s

are actively involved in their children’s learning,

Union was quoted recently referring to research

children generally achieve better results at

which shows that school is responsible for 20 per

school and are more engaged in learning.

cent of a child’s learning, while family and the

However, in many families these days, both

social environment contribute 40 per cent each.

parents work and as a result they are often time

Parents are therefore the primary educators of

poor and find it difficult to juggle their multiple

their children.


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Children do much better at school if their parents are actively engaged in their education and even time-poor modern parents can make a difference to their child’s attitude to learning

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seems to have added to the degree to which

lot of time to have a positive impact on children’s

parents expect schools to take care of their

learning outcomes. Something as simple as

children’s learning needs. The simple truth is that

letting your children see you reading can make

without parent backup children are unlikely to

a difference. It might be a novel, or a newspaper,

realise their full potential. Schools cannot take

or even a repair manual for a car. The simple

the place that parents hold in their children’s

fact that they see that you value reading has an

learning journeys.


As one prominent educator recently said of State

You can also sit down with your children and

Government plans to involve parents even more

talk to them (calmly) about their report card or

in the education of their children, ‘…(the plan)

the results on an assignment. Ask them what

encourages parents to instruct kids to value the

they think they did well and what they can do

learning experience by creating a relationship

to improve for next time. This is one way to

between what happens in the classroom, home

demonstrate your interest to your child. Talk to

and community… this is about recognising that

them encouragingly about why doing their best

school cannot possibly do it all’ and how ‘vital

is important.

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news HEARING Problems?

Vaccinations By Dr Rachel Adendorff

It has been discovered that some children who appear to have normal hearing may struggle in the classroom because they have difficulty switching their listening attention. This means they find it difficult to follow a conversation from one talker to the next. The study by the University of Sydney looked at people with persistent listening difficulties in noisy environments, but no diagnosis of a hearing disorder or attentional disorder (such as ADHD). Associate Professor Simon Carlile said the researchers were determined to find out why some children, with otherwise normal hearing, fell behind in the classroom.

he said. “In our study, we showed that these children were markedly slower to switch their attention compared to their agematched peers. In a noisy conversation with many participants, this means that these children were having trouble following a conversation as it moved from one talker to the next, making it difficult for them to get the gist of what was being said.

“A wide battery of clinical tests indicated that children who complained of listening difficulties had otherwise normal hearing sensitivity and auditory processing skills,”

Associate Professor Carlile said the group are now developing a test that can be easily used by audiologists and GPs in their consulting rooms.

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Vaccinations help young and old people stay healthy by preventing serious infections and diseases that can lead to permanent disability or death. Babies gain a small amount of anti-bodies from their mothers through the placenta and breast milk, but this protection is temporary. Immunisation is a way of creating immunity to certain diseases by using small amounts of in-activated or weakened microorganisms. Vaccinations work by using the body’s natural defences to build resistance to specific infections before the child may be exposed to them in the community. Weighing it up

by Dr Rachel Adendorff

se hospitalisation. The centre of disea nd mme reco n entio prev and rol cont an influenza vaccination for everyone six months of age and older. Infants younger than six months can’t have the vaccination but everyone else in the household can and this will help protect the baby. This is very important because infants are more at risk for enza serious complications from the influ infection. It is also recommended that this anyone with an egg allergy discuss on. fully with the doctor before vaccinati

The risk of experiencing a side effect from having a vaccination is far less than the risk of severe complications associated with a vaccine preventable disease. Many vaccine preventable diseases are highly contagious and can be overwhelming to a child’s body defences. Most unvaccinated people who come in contact with an infected person will catch the disease. Vaccination records will be needed to enrol your child in childcare or school. Unvaccinated children are excluded from school if there are reported cases of vaccine preventable disease. This is due to the risk to the child of being exposed to the illness. Queensland children currently have a high vaccination rate with 93% of children aged 24 to 27 months being fully immunised. Dr. Rachel Adendorff is a GP at One Stop Medical.


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Baked Eggs with Chorizo

Recipe thanks to: Rachel Laurence

kitchen kids Lemonade Scones

• 1 tbsp olive oil

• 3 cups self-raising flour

• 1/2 garlic clove, sliced

• 80g butter

• 3 tomatoes, roughly chopped

• 310ml lemonade

• 1/2 chorizo, sliced

• 1/2 cup whipped cream

• 4 eggs

• Strawberry jam, to serve

• 1/2 tsp cumin powder

• Whipped cream, to serve

Recipe thanks to: Holly James

• 1 tbsp parsley, chopped • Salt and pepper

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Method Pre-heat oven to 200oC. Heat oil in a pan and cook garlic until golden. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste and cumin. Cover with a lid, reduce heat and cook for 10 minutes until soft.

Preheat oven to 220°C. Grease a baking tray. Combine flour and butter

Spoon tomatoes into individual baking dishes with some sliced chorizo, make a well in the middle and break one egg into each dish. Sprinkle a little salt over the egg and place in the oven. Cook for approximately 10 mins or to your liking. Serve with a sprinkle of parsley.

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Method until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the lemonade and cream. Stir until combined. Turn dough onto a round 3cm-thick disc. Using a scone cutter, cut into rounds. Place scones, side by side, just touching, on prepared tray. Bake for 15-20 mins or until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Halve scones and spread with jam and whipped cream.


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in the park

19 May 2013 (2-4pm) Botanic Gardens

Take the family along for a picnic and grab a shady spot in the beautiful Mackay Regional Botanical Gardens and watch some live entertainment. This is a not for profit event and there are no stalls but the Café on the Lagoon will be open for refreshments. Call 4952 7300 for more information.

Things to do in MAY

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Lantern Parade



Day Classic

Why not start Mother’s Day off with some exercise by taking the 3.1km walk through the Botanic Gardens to raise money for breast cancer research. There will be entertainment, a cake stall, a raffle and give-aways. The walk itself starts at 9am and you can register online at




8 May 2013 MECC

Humpty, Jemima and Big Ted are all in town this month. Humpty will be putting on a surprise show and gathering all his friends together to join in the spectacular filled with fun songs to sing and dance along with. A ‘must-see’ for younger kids. The shows last only 40 minutes and is perfectly paced for smaller kids.



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VENUE Caneland Central Mackay Womens Centre Mackay City Library Mackay PCYC Norris RD Mackay PCYC Norris RD Gordon White Library St Helens Creek MECC Auditorium Eungella Dam Badilla Art Centre Badilla Art Centre MECC George St neighbourhood centre Marian Town Centre Mackay City Library Mirani Library Gordon White Library Mackay PCYC Norris RD Artspace Mackay Mirani Library Tropical Sun Garden Walkerston Library Mackay PCYC Norris RD Magpies Sporting Club MECC Gordon White Library Sarina Library George St neighbourhood centre Mackay City Library Mackay PCYC Norris RD Mackay PCYC Norris RD Pioneer Valley Golf Club Mriani Town Centre Gordon White Library

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Mothers Day Giveaway till 12th May *conditions apply Bubs playgroup and mums questionaire Storytime for 2-5 year olds Mum's and Bubs fitness class at PCYC Bushikai Juniors Anderson Bushi-Kai Karate Club Training Storytime for 2-5 year olds Wintermoon Festival Morning Melodies - Showstoppers of London's West End MAFSA 7th Annual world sooty fishing championship The Valley Spinners and weavers art & craft exhibition Manga Drawing Workshop Diesel - Tailored Set Solo and Select II Mackay Toy Library Nabilla River Links Estate Bullarama Baby Bounce for 0-18 month olds Baby Bounce for 0-18 month olds Baby Bounce for 0-18 month olds Bushikai Juniors Anderson Bushi-Kai Karate Club Training BMA Kidspace 10am-2pm with live musical entertainment from 12 Storytime for 2-5 year olds Falun Gong Meditation and relaxation Storytime for 2-5 year olds Mum's and Bubs fitness class at PCYC Mums and bubs of Mackay Luncheon Play School Live in Concert Storytime for 2-5 year olds Storytime for 2-5 year olds Mackay Toy Library Storytime for 2-5 year olds Mum's and Bubs fitness class at PCYC Bushikai Juniors Anderson Bushi-Kai Karate Club Training Cane Growers Mackay Golf Day Community Lantern Parade Storytime for 2-5 year olds

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This action packed event has great family entertainment. The gates open from 3pm and the action starts at 7pm. Entry costs $20 for adults, $10 for kids. For more information call them on 0429 803 983 or find them on facebook.

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VENUE Artspace Mackay Walkerston School Grounds Mackay Showgrounds MECC PCYC Norris Road Virgin Australia Stadium George St neighbourhood centre Pinnacle Playhouse Botanic Gardens Mackay City Library Mirani Library Gordon White Library Mackay PCYC Norris RD PCYC Mirani Library Walkerston Library Tropical Sun Garden JCY Mackay, Mackay Hospital Mackay PCYC Norris RD Gordon White Library Sarina Library Mackay City Library Mackay PCYC Norris RD Mackay PCYC Norris RD Gordon White Library Artspace Mackay MECC Plenary Halls George St neighbourhood centre Blacks Beach Tavern Botanic Gardens Whitsunday Sailing Club Boomerang Hotel Gordon White Library Mirani Library Mackay City Library Mackay PCYC Norris RD Mirani Library

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ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME 2013 Libris Awards: The Australian Artists Book Prize Walkerston Rotary Fair Mackay Rod and Custom Car Show Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow Tradies Fight Night Intrust Super Cup 2013 Mackay Cutters v Manly Seagulls Mackay Toy Library Pinnacle Playhouse Mothers Day Lunch Mothers Day Classic Walk in the Gardens Baby Bounce for 0-18 month olds Baby Bounce for 0-18 month olds Baby Bounce for 0-18 month olds Bushikai Juniors Anderson Bushi-Kai Karate Club Training Mums and Bubs energy morning with bubs Storytime for 2-5 year olds Storytime for 2-5 year olds Falun Gong Meditation and relaxation JCU Info Session Mum's and Bubs fitness class at PCYC Storytime for 2-5 year olds Storytime for 2-5 year olds Storytime for 2-5 year olds Mum's and Bubs fitness class at PCYC Bushikai Juniors Anderson Bushi-Kai Karate Club Training Storytime for 2-5 year olds Kids Art Club Term 2 - Saturday art classes Bookings open now 2013 Mayors Charity Ball Fire & Ice Mackay Toy Library PakClub - Superhero Sunday Sunday in the Park Blessing of the Fleet and Peoples Day Mums and bubs of Mackay Luncheon Baby Bounce for 0-18 month olds Baby Bounce for 0-18 month olds Baby Bounce for 0-18 month olds Bushikai Juniors Anderson Bushi-Kai Karate Club Training Storytime for 2-5 year olds



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VENUE Walkerston Library Tropical Sun Garden McKays Law Centre Mackay PCYC Norris RD Sarina Library Gordon White Library George St neighbourhood centre Mackay City Library Mackay PCYC Norris RD Mackay PCYC Norris RD Gordon White Library MECC Auditorium George St neighbourhood centre Mackay Christian College Sarina MECC Auditorium MECC Auditorium Artspace Mackay MECC Sarina Showgrounds Gordon White Library Mirani Library Mackay City Library Mackay PCYC Norris RD Mackay Womens Centre Tropical Sun Garden Mirani Library Walkerston Library Mackay PCYC Norris RD Sarina Library Gordon White Library MECC Auditorium Mackay City Library Mackay PCYC Norris RD Mackay PCYC Norris RD

ENTERTAINMENT/EVENT NAME Storytime for 2-5 year olds Falun Gong Meditation and relaxation FREE Family Law Seminar Mum's and Bubs fitness class at PCYC Storytime for 2-5 year olds Storytime for 2-5 year olds Mackay Toy Library Storytime for 2-5 year olds Mum's and Bubs fitness class at PCYC Bushikai Juniors Anderson Bushi-Kai Karate Club Training Storytime for 2-5 year olds Mackay Musical Comedy Players - Hairspray Mackay Toy Library North Queensland Babies & Kids Markets Red Shield Appeal Salvation Army Mackay Musical Comedy Players - Hairspray Mackay Musical Comedy Players - Hairspray Sunday Cinema at Artspace - Rebel Without A Cause. Bookings essential

Charmaine Wilson The Spirit Whisperer Sarina Markets Baby Bounce for 0-18 month olds Baby Bounce for 0-18 month olds Baby Bounce for 0-18 month olds Bushikai Juniors Anderson Bushi-Kai Karate Club Training Bubs playgroup and mums questinaire Falun Gong Meditation and relaxation Storytime for 2-5 year olds Storytime for 2-5 year olds Mum's and Bubs fitness class at PCYC Storytime for 2-5 year olds Storytime for 2-5 year olds Giselle presented by The Queensland Ballet Storytime for 2-5 year olds Mum's and Bubs fitness class at PCYC Bushikai Juniors Anderson Bushi-Kai Karate Club Training

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yourGUIDE Regular Markets Marian Markets From 8am every month on the 3rd Sunday of the month, until further notice.

Palm Avenue, Seaforth For more information call 4959 0332.

Paxton’s Night Markets Every 2 months on the 2nd Friday of the month, until further notice.

Anzac Avenue - Holy Rosary Church For more info or bookings call 4954 3424.

Finch Hatton Markets From 9am every month on the 1st Sunday of the month, until further notice.

Showground Markets 7.30am Saturday every week, until further notice.

Criterion Hotel Grounds - Finch Hatton For more information call 4958 3504.

Milton Street - Mackay For more information call 4957 3916.

Eungella Markets Eungella Memorial Hall, North Street, Eungella

Paxtons Night Market is a unique experience for Mackay. They are on 6 times a year and let local artists, designers and crafters show off their goods. Everything is home grown, locally made, baked and eco-friendly. There are also vintage stalls, suitcase sales and local musicians playing. For more information please visit our Facebook page. 6pm

Seaforth Markets 8.30am Sunday every week, until further notice.

Held on the first Sunday of every month from April to December from 9am-1pm. For info call 4958 4522.

River Street - City Centre For more information call 0401 834 829.

Regular Events Playtime at PCYC

Mum’s & Bubs fitness at PCYC


Monday to Friday 9am-11am

Tuesday & Thursday 11.15am-12.15pm

Friday from 9.30am-11.30am

Playtime is for kids 0-5 years, offering jumping castles, slides, obstacle courses, trikes, push cars and scooters. Cost: $4 members, $7 non members. Call 4942 3296 for info.

The mum’s do the class while the bubs play. Please note: bubs’ are still under supervision of parents. Cost: $10 members. Call 4942 3296 for info.

Bucasia Playgroup meets at the Northern Beaches Community Hall every Friday. Cost: $5 per family. Bring a healthy plate to share, a drink, hat and sunscreen. Call 0427 777 440 for more info.

Beginners Aqua Aerobics 2013

Monday & Thursday nights 5.30pm-6.30pm

Tuesday 9.30am-10.30am Sarina Pool Thursday 9.30am-10.30am Sarina Pool Cost: $9.50 members, $12 non members

Anderson Bushi-Kai Karate Club training. Cost: $5 members, $7 non members, $40 for 10 sessions. Call 4942 3296 for more info.

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It was a morning just like any other. I got up

Whatever the cause, baby brain gets worse

slowly, and with blurred vision and that half-

as the pregnancy progresses, and you start to

asleep stagger, I made my way to the bathroom.

become more preoccupied with the impending

I picked up my razor (which, let’s face it, doesn’t see much action when you’re pregnant) and carefully and skillfully started shaving off my eyebrows. One at a time, the hair came off and I looked at myself in the mirror admiring the fact that I now had not one hair between my eyelashes and the top of my forehead. And then...I woke up. In a panic, I instinctively felt my face to make sure my eyebrows were still in their rightful place.

Oops, now where did I leave my brain? Baby brain has been a handy excuse for pregnant women for years, but new research suggests it’s all in our head, writes Shannon du Plessis

Welcome to the world of the pregnant woman... where dreams seem real and putting the milk in the pantry is a regular occurrence. “Baby brain” has been well documented and one of the common symptoms listed in the classic What to Expect When You’re Expecting guide by Heidi E. Murkoff.

birth and caring for a new baby. You might be worried about labour, family dynamics (if you have other young children to care for), family finances, the baby’s health, and how you will handle motherhood. Sleep will probably also become more erratic. So baby brain is perfectly normal and will probably last for several months after the baby is born due to sleep deprivation. However a team of researchers at the Australian National University said they had debunked the “baby brain” myth. Their 20-year study on health and ageing analysed the mental function of a group of women before and during pregnancy and in the early stages of motherhood. The women were given memory and cognitive speed tests three times over eight years, but

Absentmindedness is very common during

were not told they were being tested for a

pregnancy and a report published in The

pregnancy study. While the study had found

Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing found

some limited impact on cognitive speed in

that 82 per cent of women surveyed reported

late pregnancy, Christensen said the results

some type of absentmindedness or inability to

showed that carrying a baby had “pretty much

concentrate during pregnancy.

no permanent effects” on a woman’s mental

Feeling forgetful, daydreaming or brain fog is


often attributed to a change in hormone levels.

While I’m happy to hear I’m not losing my

Hormones have a powerful influence on our

marbles, I am slightly miffed at not being able

bodies, including the brain, and pregnancy is

to blame my forgetfulness on my unborn child.

a time of dramatic hormonal changes. Some

Although I’m grateful I still have my eyebrows!

theories suggest that low iron levels and stress


are also contributing factors.


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Sleep plays an enormously important role in the mental and physical development of children as well as for their immune system.

Speaking is living Toddlers who stutter are likely to be the targets of bullying and teasing at preschool and kindergarten according to stuttering expert Professor Mark Onslow, Director of the Australian Stuttering Research Centre (ASRC) at the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Health Science. Stuttering typically starts in two to three year old children and can hinder educational and occupational success also causing serious psychological problems later in life states Professor Onslow. Professor Onslow says school can be a terrible time for those who stutter and the general community, parents and


Recent research undertaken by ASRC has also shown a linear relationship between stuttering severity and educational achievement. The research has prompted further calls for early intervention and treatment in preschool and school aged children.

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teachers need to be educated in regard to the experiences of these children and what they can do to help. “Our recent studies have shown that school children who stutter are generally perceived negatively by their peers and it is virtually inevitable that many will be the victim of teasing or bullying,” says Professor Onslow.

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Mother’s Day Gifts

Love You Mum

Need inspiration for an impressive Mother’s Day surprise? Then why not plan breakfast in bed and decorate the tray with homemade flowers? Or put a handcrafted spin on the traditional gift and create your own jewellery.


Fabric Ne c k l a c e

What you need • Light to medium weight fabric, enough to cut a 110cm long x 10cm wide strip • 6 x 25cm wooden beads • Sewing thread • Hand sewing needle • Sewing machine • Scissors


These instructions will create a short necklace measuring approximately 80cm in length before tying. To make a longer length necklace, simply cut a longer fabric strip. [1] Begin by making a fabric cylinder by cutting and measuring a fabric strip 110cm long and 10cm wide. Fold the fabric strip in half lengthways, with the printed side on the inside, and pin. Using a sewing machine, stitch the fabric together, down the length of the pinned side, leaving a 10cm seam allowance. Turn through so the printed side of the fabric is now facing out.

to secure it inside the fabric cylinder. Repeat this process until you have added half the beads into the fabric cylinder, then repeat this process by adding the other half of the beads into the other end of the fabric cylinder. Your finished necklace should be made up of six beads surrounded by seven knots. [4] Finish the two open ends by turning the raw edges inside the fabric cylinder and hand sew the gaps closed. All Mum needs now is a new outfit to match her new necklace!


[2] Before placing the first bead inside the fabric, identify the middle of your fabric cylinder and tie your first knot in the necklace.

HINT 1: Use smaller beads to make a coordinating bracelet.

[3] Into one end of your necklace, insert a bead. Beside the bead twist the fabric slightly so that the fabric bunches around the bead. Tie a knot, as close to the bead as you can

HINT 2: Buy 10cm of fabric and use the width of your chosen fabric as the length, as most commercially made fabric measure 112cm in width.

Designed and constructed by Sofie of Tinker & Tailor Sewing School and Design

F l o wers

These simply made fabric flowers could

What you need • 2 x flower template, large and small size (available free, on many good scrapbooking websites)

become an arrangement on a tray for Mum’s breakfast in bed or a decoration to add to a wrapped gift. They are great for younger children to assemble with some adult help.

HINT 2: To make more detailed flowers

shapes together from largest to smallest and

• Craft glue • Tailor’s Chalk or a washable fabric pen • Scissors

cereal box and cut out. A template made in

your chosen combinations of fabric and felt

• Felt

• Hand sewing needle

onto a light piece of cardboard such as a this way can be drawn around multiple times.

and cut out. Layer your fabric and felt flower

• Sewing thread

HINT 1: Mount the template, using glue,

Using the flower templates, trace around

• Fabric

• Pipe cleaners


secure in the middle with a small hand stitch or dot of glue between each layer.

using felt, cut out 5 – 7 flowers from the same size template. Fold all but one of the felt flowers in half. Stitch or glue these folded flowers onto the remaining felt flower in

Turn your assembled flower shapes upside

varying directions.

down and pinch in the middle. Pinch enough

For more comprehensive directions

to wrap the end of a pipe cleaner around to create a flower head on a stem. You could also use florist wire for a more authentic

• Florist wire (optional)

finish. Turn your flower back the right way

• Buttons or a self-covering button kit

and create a flower centre by gluing a button

and a pictorial tutorial look up:

into the middle of your flower.


Home edition


Photo thanks to: Dean Whitling

Deny Designs - Nick Nelson Analogous Shapes in Bloom Shower Curtain

May 2013

Splish Splash Thanks to the team at Bold Interiors

Looking for playful pieces to brighten up your bathroom? These quirky accessories are sure to bring a smile to any little one’s face.


Here’s a few handy hints to plan a child friendly bathroom;

7 Wonders Design - Kids Bathroom Art Prints

L’Amour Homewares - Cherry Pie Bubble Bath

Momi - Sponge with beech duck


[1] Giving kids access to the sink with a step

ladder is a great idea.

TIP1: Choose a neutral colour palette for a

[2] Bath toys are an essential item, however

storage for these items are often an after

thought. When designing your vanity, ensure

a deep drawer is available to fit a waterproof

container for storing toys and accessories.

[3] If you have the option of renovating or

starting from scratch, start with a neutral

colour scheme for your tiles and joinery.

[4] A night light in the bathroom is helpful for Itty Bitty Greenie - Elfie the Elephant Organic Bath Towel

from floorzone

long-lasting look TIP2: Current design colour trends include warm creams, lattes & stone or cool charcoals,


silvers and greys

Neutral Colours

TIP3: Be consistent – use the same tiles on floor on wall for a classy understated look TIP4: Timber-look ceramic tiles are a new trend - dark blacks, charcoals and white washed

those little night time trips.

[5] Bring some creativity into your space with

some colourful artwork.


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BOLD Architecture decided to launch BOLD Interiors in 2011 after noticing a gap in the market for an interior focused company. Since then they’ve been forging a new vision for Interior Design in regional Queensland. We caught up with them to find out a bit more about who they are and what they do. [1] What kinds of interior design

the two most utilized areas of the home and

[6] What tips would you give to

projects do BOLD Interiors do?

everyone wants a beautiful, functional space.

families with young kids?

[3] Who or what inspires you?

When couples with young children come to us for

Since BOLD Interiors’ conception in 2011, we have worked on about 100 projects in Mackay, Moranbah, Emerald, Gladstone, Townsville and Cairns. We don’t just work on homes; we also design offices, shops, schools and bars. Currently, we’re helping a local hotel to rejuvenate their existing facilities. We’ve also recently been asked to be the NQ contributors for Dani from The Block’s new blog – The Home Journal.

advice, they are often cautious about spending Our inspiration can come from anywhere. As

money on quality furnishings. Finding furnishings

designers, we never stop thinking about different

that are attractive, inexpensive and easy to clean

projects and inspiration can surface in the most

and maintain is the key.

unexpected places – stuck in a traffic jam, a fashion magazine or even a rock concert.

[4] What is your design philosophy? Our design style is confident and considered. It

As every client and project is different, our

is important to us to have a strong concept and

services are tailored to meet individual

design idea behind each project. Our designs are

requirements. We offer a range of services

as varied and diverse as the clients who engage

including interior design advice, colour

us. Each project has its own set of issues that need

consultancies, sourcing furniture, designing

to be solved in turn creating a unique outcome

furniture and built-in cabinets, kitchens,

each time.

bathrooms, bedrooms, finishes advice, suggestions for plumbing fixtures and appliances.

[2] What is your typical project? There has been a trend for refurbishments recently as people are watching their pennies. We offer bronze, silver and gold packages to help design bathrooms and kitchens. These are

[5] What are some typical decorating

[7] What’s different about designing tropical homes compared to what you see in magazines or on TV? Outdoor areas are a big part of our lifestyle in NQ. A well-designed external space should have good ventilation, screening to protect from mozzies, a roof or shade cover and hard-wearing materials. There are some lovely ranges of outdoor fabrics available at the moment so paired with quick dry foam cushions, you can have a practical and beautiful outdoor living room.

mistakes you often see in homes? Left over fashion trends is a big one. Feature walls are not so popular now as they were in the 90’s. We tend to paint all the walls of a room in one colour to create a sense of harmony. Placement and size of artworks is something that can usually be improved as well.



Home edition

May 2013


Little Explorers


Childproofing Gadgets for the Home

Did you know the average person uses 45 different types of batteries in their home? Everything from computers and TV remotes to all those battery operated toys!

The most common accidents involving kids in the home are falls, drownings, poisoning, scalds and burns so creating a safe environment is vital. Making your home safe means your little explorers can venture freely without fear of harm. And, these days, there’s a lot more child safety products available than cupboard locks and gates.




The average household with children uses 109

battery you could possibly need. And, they even

Battery World is also the place to go for recycling

batteries but despite some types being quite

offer to locate batteries in your items if you can’t

domestic batteries – take them in and they will

obscure Battery World owners’ Sue and Gabe

find them!

dispose of them safely for you. Many people are

Giannangelo say most are AA’s. But if you’re at that point in your house where all the batteries seem to have run out and you haven’t got around to replacing them maybe it’s time you took a trip to Battery World on Victoria Street. It is a one-stop shop that stocks just about any type of


Table Edge Protector

Power Board Cover

This award winning decorative door stay prevents

Fastened by double-sided tape these table edge

These tamper-resistant power board covers are great

doors slamming and small children being locked

protectors are perfect for coffee tables, dining tables,

for protecting against curious hands. $9.90 from

inside a room. $35 from

benchtops and furniture with sharp edges. $19.50


how families can save on batteries. “Use reliable rechargables. One new generation rechargeable can outlast 1500 regular alkaline batteries. That’s

unsure what they’re supposed to do with old batteries but they are toxic to the environment if they end up in landfills and more than 8000 tonnes ends up as rubbish every year.

a big saving and at the same time you’re helping

For more information call the team at Battery

the environment”.

World Mackay on 13 17 60.

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Gabe and Sue also have some useful tips on


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Flat Screen TV Lock

Suction Bath Mats

Cord Shorteners

To avoid the TV falling on top of little ones, this TV lock

These help prevent kids slipping in the bath. For less

Blind and curtain cords are a strangulation hazard

securely connects the back of the TV to the wall. $25

than $7 you can buy a pack of six fun shaped mats

(never place cots near cords). Cord/cable shorteners


from They also sell bath spout

can also prevent your baby from pulling an item such

soft covers to prevent head bumps.

as a lamp, or laptop down on top of them. $4.50 at


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by the Parenting Research Centre but the local

be hard when you’re the parent

groups across North Queensland are managed

of a child with a disability. “I won’t

by the Cerebral Palsy League.

lie and say it isn’t hard, or exhausting, or that some days I wish things were just ‘normal’. But, truthfully, part of me is also grateful, having a child with special needs has opened up a whole new world to me.”


Angela Julian

ay Publication Manager Mack

opportunities exist

For parents of children with a disability finding support from other people who understand, care and won’t judge them can be life altering. And the federally funded MyTime Program was created to do just that.

Away from the stares and glares of the wider community Melanie vividly remembers feeling welcome at her first MyTime session, “I just remember being in tears because I finally felt understood and it was the first time I had seen

When Melanie’s first daughter Rhiannon started

Rhiannon really interact with kids her own age.

missing developmental milestones her gut told

It was so wonderful to be able to talk to parents

her something was different despite the fact that

who actually knew what I was talking about,

doctors and other parents kept reassuring her

who were living it themselves.”

that all kids develop at different rates. “Rhiannon

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elanie Walsh admits that life can

just seemed ‘different’ to her peers. I could never quite put my finger on it but I couldn’t shake the feeling that there was more to it.” It was only when Rhiannon started Prep that someone asked if she had had any genetic testing done. When she got home Melanie went straight to Dr. Google and came across Williams Syndrome. “As I read through the characteristics my heart started to beat faster and faster - they described Rhiannon to a ‘tee’.” Ten weeks later a specialised genetic blood test confirmed the diagnosis and Melanie says she felt relieved to finally find a ‘why’ even though it didn’t really change much since there is no specific support available for this fairly rare condition. Instead, Melanie says that she has found

Corinna Myers, Cerebral Palsy League’s MyTime Coordinator, says creating time for parents and carers is at the heart of the program. “MyTime offers families the opportunity to meet others in a relaxed environment, share information and experiences, create friendships and develop community support. This peer support is vital to families who can feel isolated or disconnected, and is a fantastic way to make friendships, socialise and find out more about the support and services available in local communities.” For more information on your closest MyTime group please visit or contact Corinna Myers on 4799 9600 or The Cerebral Palsy League is a non-profit organisation that provides vital support to more than 5,000 children and adults with cerebral palsy and physical disability.

wonderful support from the MyTime program. This national program provides local support for parents and carers of children (0-16 years) who have a disability, chronic medical condition or


developmental delay. It is coordinated nationally


Pets fav

Fav pet shot of the month wins a mystery prize to the value of $30!

May entries


as Pets

Charcoal loved by Kelsea

Prize winner!

Buddy loved by Seth

Tigger loved by Chatran

Razu loved by Danika

Email your photo, name/s & address to: • Deadline for photos is 18 May for the June 2013 edition of Pakmag.


he bantam is not a breed; the word

Like other animals worming is important, you

refers to size as they are around

can add it to their water every three months.

a quarter the size of a standard

chicken. There are lots of different varieties available all with different personalities and plumage. Silkies and frizzles are often used as a show birds because of their beautiful

Chickens are traditionally used for egg-laying, but the smaller sized chicken known as the bantam, also fits into the normal sized house yard as a family pet as well.

Quite a few chickens can be housed together but their wings need to be clipped. You’ll also need to watch your dogs and cats with them as they can become victims of attack easily.

feathers, but they also make fantastic low

On average chickens live around 10 years

maintenance children’s pets. They will eagerly

if cared for properly, but they can live a lot

follow you around and don’t mind being

longer. If you do decide on a rooster it will

handled or carried and they are quiet, placid

need to be placed in a box to stop it from

and sociable. They will lay eggs but not as

crowing every morning. Remember that

often as standard size chickens.

roosters can be aggressive toward humans so

In the first few months of their lives a heat

they’re not recommended for children’s pets.

light is required to maintain their body

Mackay Pet Super Store is now stocking pure

temperature in a draft free area. They feed

bred female Bantam Chickens of all different

on a good quality chick starter and budgie

varieties, so come in to see what is available,

seed can be offered occasionally. They also

or check out our Facebook page for updates.

love insects like crickets and mini mealworms, which can be offered a couple of times a week.

Winners prize

When they have their adult feathers they can be moved outside in a chicken coop in an area free from rain and the elements. They then can be fed on a good quality chicken mash or pullet grower if they are a bit smaller in size. Leftover vegetables and scraps are perfectly okay to feed them; just remember, no meat.

Congratulations to our april prize winners! Match Words & Pics:

Dot to Dot:

• Jeremiah Goodchild

• Diane Robertson

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• Simon Luck

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Have a laugh with a local thanks to SeaFM

Laughs local

Since we’re celebrating mothers this month we started thinking about our mums and the funny ‘mumisms’ they come out with. For example, when I ask my mum what’s for dinner she always replies “Wait and see pie!”. Here are some other funny ‘mumisms’ from our listeners:

our fav Shantel Wicks “My mum used to tell my friends, “You’re a guest in this house so if you want something guest up and guest it yourself”. We also used to have ‘ifits’ for dinner - if it’s in the cupboard or fridge you can have it!”


Sue Hurt “Bread and duck under the table was my mum’s answer to “What’s for dinner?”. And her reply

Alison Le Grice “My mum used to knit. When asked what she was making she would always say “a singlet for Cecil””

Kylie Maree

to “What’s that?” was “Wingwong for a Goose’s

“Mum’s reply to “What’s for dinner?” was “Air


pie and windy pudding…and if you don’t like it

Rebecca Hopf “Whenever I asked mum “Why?” she always replied with “Because y’s a crooked letter and Z’s no better.”

Kaleena Bradwell “Whenever I said “I’m hungry” mum would always says “Nice to meet you hungry, I’m Debbie”

here’s 50 cents, call the Salvos, they care.”

Robyn Hansen “We lived on a cane farm and mum would stand on old Queenlander steps and call out “The further you run, the more you’ll get.” Like really!!!! You have to find us first haha”

Donna Bloedow “If we asked “Where’s my...?” mum would always

Kate Olsen

reply “Hanging from my nose shouting Tarzan!”

“If we asked mum at 8.30pm “what’s on TV next

“What do you want me to do? Break out in

mum?” she’d always say “The blanket show”

threepenny bits and throw a party?”

Or if we said “I can’t find my...” she would reply,



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