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Issue 31 January 2010

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New Mum & Bub section

Choosing a family pet School holidays on a budget!

of Comps • Did you know? • Loads review • Heaps of Prizes • PAK

What’s On January

what’s stacked in pak this month



Lets start 2010 off with a Bang of Zest!

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What’s new


Kid’s Mini Mag


Sea FM’s daddy diary


Colour it in & win

editor’s note


Low cost or no cost holiday ideas


Healthy kids


Animal Antics


Pak activities


Bopstars bulletin

Hello and welcome to the 31st edition



Animal facts

of PakMag, our summer holiday

16 Dazzling Damper

special loaded with information about

19 Kids in the kitchen

school holiday activities.

19 Parents in the pantry

Wow, what a month. I can’t believe


Out & about photos

Christmas has come and gone and a


What’s On October

New Year is beginning. I have to say


Out & about photos

a massive thank you to my friends,

35 Pak Baby

family and team this month; this edition would not be here if it wasn’t for your help and support. I’ve realised that getting this magazine off to print, preparing for Christmas shows,

15 Pak Health - brain food Pak Health - get active with your kids

37 A moment for mum

baby & toddler 35

Tummy time


Wall art + Water babies


Nuturing mum

40 School holiday fun 42 Taking enrolments for 2010

Things to Win

44 Prize Winners/Fav Pet Shots 46 Business Directory


Win a double movie pass


Colour it in & win


Battle of the brains


Word scramble Central voucher


Civic prize pak


Win a wall art prize


Win a swim nappy + wetbag


Win Bamboo Baby Wipes

So Mums, if you need a break, join us


Win a Cairns Mum’s Diary

at our very first PakClub this month


Win a Face Fitness book

moving house and looking after a baby all at the same time was probably biting off more than I could chew! It has certainly been a wake-up call and I have even been considering daycare but I haven’t quite got my head around that concept yet!

47 DIY Pak Project 48 Cazaly’s PakClub 50

Eating out - Wink Restaurant


Movie of the month

52 Time for a break

on the 24th at Cazaly’s. We have lots of activities, giveaways, and heaps of entertainment for the whole family. So we hope to see you there for this fantastic, free, monthly event. Businesses that want to be involved, please email us.

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Enjoy spending time with your loved ones, be safe and here’s to a fantastic 2010. Happy reading, and don’t forget to tell everyone, you read it in PakMag!



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what’s new! Early Easter at the Expo

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Rumour has it that the Easter Bunny will be making a singing and dancing appearance at the North Queensland Baby & Children’s Expo on 6-7th March. Playgroup Queensland will be running Easterthemed activities all weekend including a huge Easter colouring-in competition plus loads of prizes and fun for everyone. There will also be an Easter Egg Hunt throughout the Expo. Every entry will receive an Easter Egg and go in to the draw for one lucky family to win a visit from the Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday! Don’t forget the new car restraint laws come in to effect in March. They include: Babies 0-6 months must be secured in a rearward facing restraint. Children between 6 months and 4 years must be secured in either an approved rearward or forward facing restraint. Children between 4-7 years must be secured in a forward facing restraint or booster seat. Children under 4 years cannot travel in the front seat of a vehicle with more than one row of seats. Babies are recommended to stay in capsules for as long as possible. If you want gorgeous photos of your precious bundles of joy, check out new fun photography business Bec Thomas Photography. Bec specialises in pregnancy, newborn, baby, child and family protraiture and works on location so she can come to you or meet you somewhere fun like the local park. Digital images can be bought on disc for as little s $300 – that way you can reproduce, send and share the images with other people. For more information go to or phone 0421 440 638. The Cairns Wildlife Safari have just welcomed a new tiger cub to the family. This is the first tiger born at the Reserve and visitors will be able to see him during the school holidays at specific times of the day when he’s being fed (ring ahead to check times) Phone 4093 7777

what’s new in entertainment! PakClub Australia Day 2010

Come along and join in the fun at our first PakClub on Sunday January 24th at Cazaly’s. There will be food and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. PakClub’s will take place every month and will be a great way to meet other families.


thanks to Civic Video Fighting (M) In store 7 Jan

Up (PG) In store 13 Jan

G Force (PG) In store 27 Jan

Funny People (MA15+) In store 7 Jan

Taking of Pelham 123 (MA15+) In store 6 Jan

Push (M) In store 6 Jan

Orphan (MA15+) In store 20 Jan

Soloist (M) In store 7 Jan

The Cairns Esplanade is hosting a FREE “Australia Day Concert” at Fogarty Park from 4pm – 9pm. There will be amusement rides, jumping castles, animal shows, petting zoo, Aussie food, and entertainment from local performers. There will also be a special guest performer. For more information, check out the Council website:

Nothing but the Truth (MA) In store 18 Jan

The Trinity Beach Australia Day breakfast will start at 8am with a jumping castle and face painting for the kids until 11.30am. Snake Gulley will be playing, plus there will be heaps of other activities for the day. For more information call Barb on 4057 8246

Aliens in the Attic (PG) In store 13 Jan

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daddy diary #9 Potts, one half of the Sea FM morning crew, continues his chronicles of first time fatherhood A new year and a new baby - we have so much to look forward to in 2010. We’re still anticipating Noah starting to teethe plus there’ll no doubt be more hissy fits and sleepless nights. On the bright side we also have his big important milestones still to come – crawling, walking and the all important first words. We’ve already been drumming ‘mum mum mum’ and ‘dad dad dad’ in to him for a while now, so it’ll be a surprise if he says something else, although other acceptable first words would be ‘Hawthorn for premiers’ or the ‘SEAFM morning crew with Potts and Pacey’. So much for us thinking this parenting lark was pretty easy. Just as we thought we had it all down pat, Noah’s gone and changed everything just to keep us on our toes. How often do babies need to change their routines?! I thought we had his sleeping patterns all sussed but

apparently not. He used to like lying on his tummy with hand in his mouth to fall asleep but now he’s gone back to lying on his back with his arms and legs flinging everywhere. Trouble is, it’s not working. And, he’s starting to move around and trying to crawl but just ends up in the corner of the cot with his arms and legs stuck through the bars. Apart from that we’ve reached another milestone. The little man is now on solids and has been trying out rice cereal, apple, pears, carrot and zucchini. His nappies have taken on a whole new personality of their own. Of course most of his food ends up on his clothes as he sticks his hands in and smears himself. I now understand why really big bibs are necessary. I’m looking forward to the day when he throws his first bowl of Spaghetti Bolognese on the floor. At least then the dog can clean up the mess.

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21 no cost or low cost ideas for the school holidays Here’s a list of ideas you can do with the kids for very little cost

Keeping the kids amused all through the summer holidays without breaking the bank can sometimes be a struggle but it needn’t be. Here’s a list of suggested activities you can do in or around the home for very little cost. [1] Plant some veggies or herbs together. Even if you have no garden, you can have so much fun collecting recyclable pots, decorating them, filling them with potting mix and planting seeds. Try it at the beginning of the holidays so the kids can water and watch them grow. [2] Go on a treasure hunt. You could have heaps of fun creating a treasure hunt around the house and garden for the kids that could keep them entertained for hours. Get it ready at night after they go to bed and put a trail of something from their bed to the first clue. It will be like Santa has visited twice!


you can have a photography competition afterwards. [5] Have a clear out day. After all the new gifts the kids got for Christmas maybe it’s time they got rid of some old things and gave them away to younger kids or to the charity shops. Kids love to reminisce – go through some old photos while you’re at it. You could also decorate some boxes for keepsakes. [6] Visit Granite Gorge. Feed rock wallabies by hand and swim in the freshwater creek and rock pools. Cost $5pp.

[3] Go beach combing. Kids love any excuse to go to the beach but why not turn it in to a game and create a list of all the things they could find and collect at the beach eg. a shell, pieces of wood or coral, a pebble, leaf etc.

[7] Camp-out in the garden. Putting the tent up in the garden and providing a picnic lunch is easy entertainment. No tent? Get some old sheets, doonas and create a den. Load it up with books and games and look forward to some peace and quiet.

[4] Go bushwalking. A great way to get some exercise, connect with nature and teach the kids about the great outdoors. You could even go the extra mile and give them a disposable camera each so

[8] Visit Crystal Cascades. We have so many creek and water holes in close proximity and they are huge fun for the kids. Crystal Cascades is like our very

own natural water park with rock slides and it doesn’t cost you anything! Take a picnic and mozzie spray. [9] Have a kid’s bedroom makeover. The school holidays are a great opportunity to have a clear out and sort out the kids bedrooms. Look for ways to update their room without breaking the bank – maybe make some artwork with them for the walls. Even just moving things around is fun for the kids. [10] Have a random party. If you’re all bored with each other’s company maybe it’s time to throw an unexpected party and invite as many people as you like to bring a plate of finger food & a bottle. [11] Invite a playmate round. If all else fails inviting other children round to play is always a winner. [12] Get some other kids together and have a sports day. Cricket, soccer, sack races, egg & spoon races, you name it, they’ll love it and it’s a great way for them to exercise.


No or low cost school holiday ideas - continued... [13] Go to the cinema at home: Instead of just putting DVD’s on, why not go the whole hog and black out the windows, sell tickets, show the kids to their seats & sell popcorn. To make it even more entertaining get them to wear dress-ups. [14] Have a kitchen day: Let the kids make pizzas, decorate cakes and make summery drinks like lemonade. [15] Go to the Library: Cairns Libraries have some fantastic free activities for the kids during the school holidays (see our school holiday guide for more information). Even if you don’t get involved in these, the Library is still a great place to hang out in the air conditioning. You could even set your kids a task – give them a list of questions and send them off amongst the books to find the answers. [16] Write a story together. You could start by playing a guessing game in the park where the kids have to guess who people are, what they do, how old they

are, where they live etc and then weave these characters together in to a story. Maybe you could even write a play and put on a production or video it to turn in to a movie.

watch for timing races is optional. If they get bored of this you could always make your own bowling alley with old drink bottles with sand in the bottom. [20] Make up any excuse for water play. Any idea you can think of for involving water play will create happy kids. Maybe it’s time the kids washed their toys for example? If you’ve got a paddling pool, chuck some coins in it and then give them each a fishing net or rod to fish them out. If all else fails get them washing your car. Yes, it will turn in to a water fight but that is the point!

[17] Let the kids loose on your wardrobe and put on a fashion show. The mess will be worth the giggles! Turn a blind eye and let them put on any creation they fancy. Just make you have a video recorder handy. [18] Play indoor balloon volleyball. This is especially good to play on rainy days. All you need is some string or something you can hang across the room, a balloon and two teams. It couldn’t be easier and it can be hilarious.

[21] Get crafty: Kids love craft activities including painting, making cardboard constructions etc. Chalk drawing is especially good in summer because it means hosing down the drawings and the kids afterwards. So why not dedicate a whole afternoon to making or building something.

[19] Make an obstacle course. Here’s a great one for burning off some energy (and it’s not bad for the kids either!). All you need to do is find lots of items to jump over, run around, throw etc and set them all up around the garden. A clock

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Animal antics How to choose the right pet for your children

I have long believed in the value of having pets throughout life. Not only do they bring comfort and joy when you need it most, they can be incredibly loyal companions who never fail to bring a smile to your face (even if they’ve just chewed up your favourite slippers!). By Shannon du Plessis It has also been proven that pets are great for our health. They can boost our self-esteem, lower our heart rate and blood pressure, and help prevent loneliness, particularly for the elderly. Pets love us unconditionally, but that doesn’t mean they can be left unsupervised with our children. The experience of looking after a pet gives children a sense of responsibility but only adults can truly be responsible for a family pet. Before you bring home a pet on impulse, sit down as a family and discuss what sort of pet is right for all of you. Decide who is responsible for feeding, grooming, walking, cleaning up litter and taking them for annual vet check-ups and vaccinations. Remember there are all sorts of pets suitable for children, not just dogs and cats. Fish, birds, hermit crabs, reptiles, mice, turtles, guinea pigs and backyard hens can all make great pets. I grew up with many cats, all of them strays who needed a home, a very faithful beagle, an assortment of fish, a turtle (who loved our swimming pool) and birds. Now, my growing family includes a happygo-lucky jack russell, a very affectionate house cat, a pond full of goldfish and an aviary of canaries and finches. But when we had our first child, we did ask ourselves are our pets “child-friendly”? Some people may say that no pet suits a baby or toddler because they are not old enough to understand how to treat an animal and that animals don’t understand how to treat toddlers. With young children, it’s often a good idea to get an older dog or cat as puppies and kittens will bite and scratch as a way


of playing and learning, and they may injure your child causing them to dislike the new pet in the house. Older pets are already trained, so there is less mess, and are generally more mature and calmer, so will respond to commands and not play rough. My daughter is great with our dog and likes to pat him, but she also has been caught letting him lick her ice blocks and sticking it back in her mouth! The dog likes to play rough with me but is gentle around our daughter, although I don’t trust him enough to leave them alone together. Dog attacks on children are terrible tragedies in so many ways. The thought of your own dog attacking and possibly killing one of your children is horrifying, but it has happened. Dog owners who are sensible about how they manage interactions between their dogs and their children should have no problems, but if there are warning signs from the dog, such as barking, yapping or mouthing when it is playing, you should take steps to ensure your child is safe. Before buying a dog it’s a good idea to talk to your vet or do some research about what dog breeds suit young children and then enrol your new pup in dog training. After a simple Google search I discovered jack russells are recommended as family pets alongside pugs, beagles, Labradors, bichon frise, poodles and golden retrievers. German shepherds, bull terriers and Australian cattle dogs are the worst offenders when it comes to biting. But that doesn’t mean they’re not good family pets. These dogs make good pets if given obedience training; however young children should not be left alone with them.

Cats view babies and toddlers as different species to adult humans. The key to introducing a new cat to the family is to supervise the cat’s natural curiosity, while protecting the baby and the cat from each other’s unexpected actions. Cats don’t smother babies (that was the traditional explanation for SIDS deaths), but instead get into the cot because it is soft, warm and high up. Try putting a shelf in the room instead – they will love to sit up there and watch the goings-on below instead of being near a squirming baby who cries all the time. Most cats will keep their distance from babies and toddlers, and are usually more tolerant of handling. Always ensure they have an escape route to lessen their anxiety should your children become too boisterous.

To rescue an abandoned animal visit one of the following organisations: • YAPS (Lot 2, McGregor Road, Smithfield Ph: 4057 6373 or visit • RSPCA (cnr Arnold & Greenbank Roads, Stratford Ph: 4055 1487 or visit • Cat Rescue (Ph: 0418 883 865 or visit


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By Kerry Bird Numerous polls of parents and community leaders have indicated there is a growing consensus regarding what we want our children to be taught in schools. In summary, we want our young people to be fully literate, to understand science and technology to prepare them for the world of the future, to be effective problem solvers, to take responsibility for their personal health and wellbeing and to be able to develop effective social relationships (inc. being able to work in a team). It’s not just about academic achievement; it’s about developing well rounded young people. This is especially the case since growing evidence points to the fact that social and emotional skills determine success in life more so than academic achievement. People with good social and emotional skills are generally happier, more effective and more confident in life. In school they Pakmag also increase a child’s capacity learning. 1/4 Page Ad 2/12/09 7:51 AMforPage 1

Of course, young people don’t just learn these things from school. Their beliefs, values, attitudes and actions are strongly influenced by all of the key adults in their lives so family, school and the community share the responsibility for promoting social emotional learning in the development of young people. These skills are important. When young people master these skills, they are more likely to succeed in school and life. They become happier and more confident. They are better students, family members, friends, and workers. They are less prone to drug and alcohol use, depression, or violence. In many ways, social and emotional learning is like an insurance policy for a healthy, successful life. Kerry is the Social Emotional Learning Officer for Catholic Education Services in the Diocese of Cairns

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Brain food Naturopath Kylie Cloney reports on the link between nutrition and learning difficulties

When a child is having problems with learning and concentration, a key factor worth considering is diet. Sometimes a simple adjustment to their diet can make all the difference to help balance moods and memory, and boost their learning ability. Poor learning and concentration can be caused by various factors including: Sugar Fluctuations - Today, more than ever, we are bombarded with sugar; it’s in almost everything on the shelf. Sugar may taste sweet, but it has sour effects when it comes to learning. Sugar intake causes a rapid influx of energy into the blood which gives us a rush of energy which then quickly dissipates leaving the body feeling tired and the head foggy. Most parents are aware of the obvious sugars, but beware of hidden sugars on labels such as sucrose, glucose, galactose, maltose, fructose, aspartame, corn syrup and cane juice. Irregular Meals - We’ve heard it said many times before that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’. However it’s the quality of the foods eaten at breakfast that really make the difference. Early mornings in any family household are often hectic but prioritising and organising


your time so you can provide a good breakfast for yourself and your children will make a difference. Try introducing organic porridge with natural honey, scrambled eggs and fresh fruit. Breakfast cereals may be convenient but they are mostly processed and from a naturopathic perspective they’re considered a ‘dead food’. So, try alternating cereals with some of these ‘live’ foods. A solid nutrient rich breakfast will provide a good foundation for the rest of the day and help balance blood sugar levels. Children’s bodies are still developing and growing at rapid rates so they require a regular supply of fuel through regular meals and snacks so that their cells are not starved. Additives - Our children are increasingly exposed to a cocktail of harmful chemicals, additives, preservatives, heavy metals, pesticides and other toxins which leave them more vulnerable to toxicity than past generations. Some people are able to easily rid these toxins from their body but others are not so efficient. If this is the case the body’s major detox organs such as the bowel, liver and kidneys can be given gentle support to help eliminate toxins.

are not getting the right amounts of good fats in their diet so their brains are literally starving. Essential fatty acids fuel the brain and memory to function at full capacity but they are commonly deficient in western diets, so supplementing with quality clean omega 3 oil is important. There are also other lifestyle factors which affect concentration and learning in children including not having enough deep sleep, not drinking enough water and not getting enough exercise. Exercise is important for brain health since it promotes blood flow around the body and helps the brain receive an increase in oxygen and nutrients.

Other Factors which may influence learning: • Allergies/Intolerances • Candida – yeast overgrowth in the bowel can lead to symptoms of poor concentration, fatigue, foggy head and irritability. • Stress – like it or not, the disease of the 21st century is also affecting our children.

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Get active with your kids


Australia now has one of the highest obesity rates in the world so the importance of fitness for children is getting a lot of attention. If you’re stuck for ideas about how to get your kids off the couch, Brandt Kelly, has just published a book to help called “Mums and Dads Get Active With Your Kids: 40 Great Games’. As a Primary School Physical Education teacher and founder of the Kelly Sports Network which operates sports clinics in schools around the country, he is very aware of the importance of kid’s fitness. His book does exactly what it says in the title and as Kelly says “It’s a call to arms – to get Australian Mums and Dads off their bums and using their arms (and, of course, their legs) to get active with their kids”.

Kelly has included his favourite 40 games in the book which he has road tested and used extensively in his sports clinics. They are designed for kids aged 5-12 years and they’re simple enough for you to pick up and start using within 5 minutes (no expensive equipment is necessary). The games can be used for birthday parties or just for fun and with the school holidays here they provide great ideas for getting the kids out of the house. As Brandt says “Playing games together brings the whole family together and everyone gets fitter in the process. When your kids grow up and look back, it will be memories of tossing a ball around

the backyard with Mum and Dad they treasure, not their first Wii”. ‘40 Great Games’ is available in bookstores and newsagents for $7.95. We have 10 copies to give away.

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Try some Italian herbs, sundried tomatoes, grated cheese and olives, for a different taste. So try a tasty Damper this Australia Day!

Damper’s also have a long Australian history. This yeast-less bush bread was traditionally cooked over the hot coals of a camp fire. It became popular when colonies began moving into remote areas and cooking pans were hard to carry and Dampers were placed directly onto the hot coals. Later, as towns began to settle, Damper was cooked in cast iron pots or camp ovens.


This recipe can be mixed and changed to suit your own individual tastes. You could add a little more sugar and dried fruit to the mix.


• 4 cups self-raising flour • 3/4 - 1 teaspoon salt • 2 teaspoons sugar • 2 tbsp butter at room temp • 1 cup milk • 1/2 cup water

Method • Sift the flour and salt into a bowl and mix in the sugar.

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• Form a well in the top of the flour, pour in the milk and water, and mix well with a knife until the dough come clean from the sides of the bowl. • Turn out onto a floured board and knead until smooth and silky. • Shape into a mounded loaf and bake in a preheated oven (200c) for 25 minutes. Then lower the temperature to 180c and cook for a further 10 - 15 minutes until done. The loaf should be a light golden brown colour and sound hollow when tapped.


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• Rub in the butter with your hands until it’s like fine breadcrumbs


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Apple Tarts

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Ingredients • 1 small granny smith apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped • 1 tspn lemon juice

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• 2 sheets filo pastry • Canola cooking spray • 1 tbsp almond meal (or coconut)

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Combine lemon and apple in a bowl. Place one sheet of filo on a flat surface, spray with oil, top with remaining sheet, fold in half and cut into 4 even squares then press into muffin tray. Sprinkle with almond meal (or coconut), top with apple mixture and then sprinkle with half the sugar and cinnamon. Bake in the oven for 15 mins or until golden. Stand for 2 mins in pan and place on a wire rack for 5 mins. Spoon custard into cases and top with remaining cinnamon and serve.


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To enter this fantastic competition just colour-it-in and mail to: PAKMAG, Colour-it-in January, PO Box 7433 Cairns Q 4870 and you go into the draw to WIN a Prize! Closing Date: 21 January 2010 For more copies of the colour-it-in and win download from our website

tips to keep fit & healthy all year your drink bottles filled with water, and carry around with you so you don’t get thirsty.

times. These foods contain too many bad fats and sugar, they are simply not good for you.

(1) Eating all your veggies – 5 of them each day. It’s important to eat lots of different coloured veggies, and lots of green leafed veggies.

(3) Exercise and laugh – laughing and exercising are great ways to keep fit. Have you heard the saying “laughter is the best medicine”, well it’s true. We should exercise at least 15 to 30 minutes everyday – do you do this?

(5) Drink less soft drink – fizzy drinks may taste great, but they do not quench your thirst, they actually make you more thirsty, and are full of sugar and chemicals.

(2) Drink lots of water – if water is too tasteless for you, try squeezing a little lemon or lime juice (real fruit) into the water, and it will taste zestie! Keep

(4) Eat less junk food – this is important. It’s ok to have a treat of McDonalds, Hungry Jacks etc each week, but keep it to a minimum of 1-2

Happy New Year! Calanna Pharmacy would like to help your family stay healthy this year, so here are a few steps on how the family can stay fit & healthy all year around;

(6) Get plenty of rest & family time. Stay healthy and have lots of fun! Be sun savvy this summer and remember the tips from last issue!

Question 1 What is the Date and day of Australia Day in 2010? Question 2 Finish this movie title: C _ _ _ _ _ W_ _ _ A C_ _ _ _ _ O_ M_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Answer all the questions and you could win a fantastic prize pak!!!

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• The Twelve Days of Christmas: refers to the twelve days between the Christmas Day (December 25) and the Feast of Epiphany (January 6). Tradition has it that this is the tim e taken by the Three Wise Men (the Magi) to reach Bethlehem to see the babe in the manger, Jesus.

• Mistletoe: is a plant hung on the doorway of every American hou sehold during Christmas. The mistletoe symbolises love, having been clo sely associated with Frigga, the Scandinavian’s goddess of love. It’s from this that the convention of kissing under the mistletoe origina ted.


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(Q) What happens when ducks fly backwards? (A) They quack up. (Q) What did the parakeet say when he finished shopping?

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(A) Just put it on my bill. (Q) How does a male octopus ask a female octopus to marry him? (A) Can I have your hand, your hand, your hand, your hand ...

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Prize!!! Win a Mystery and send the Simply un-scramble the words answers + your name and contact info to email or post them to PO BOX 7433 Cairns. Entries close: 21/01/10.


pak’s what’s on guide january

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Brothers Leagues Club Esplanande Lagoon Birch Carrol & Coyle Cinemas Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Esplanande Lagoon Cairns Esplanade Cairns Regional Gallery Esplanande Lagoon Cairns Esplanade Trinity Beach Tavern Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Brothers Leagues Club Esplanande Lagoon Cairns Esplanade Brothers Leagues Club Cairns Esplanade Cairns Regional Gallery Gordonvale Library Earlville Library Brothers Leagues Club Manunda Library Cairns Esplanade Brothers Leagues Club Cairns Esplanade Cairns City Place Cairns Esplanade Mossman Library Brothers Leagues Club Cairns Esplanade Cairns City Place Cairns City Library Cairns Esplanade Cairns Esplanade Cairns Civic Theatre Esplanande Lagoon Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Brothers Leagues Club Esplanande Lagoon Esplanande Lagoon Cairns Esplanade Cairns Esplanade Brothers Leagues Club Innisfail Cairns Convention Centre Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Esplanande Lagoon Brothers Leagues Club Cairns Esplanade Mount Sheridan Plaza

Green = kids

blue = adults


Live Music - Giles Smith Live DJ's - Performace from local Dj's to relax into 2010 Move Release - 'The Princess And The Frog (G)' Live Music - Big Jim Live Music - Danny Ross Trapeze for Kids - Circus Workshops First Saturday Free Entry Live Music - Meridian Trapeze for Adults - Circus Workshops Kids Club - Mr & Mrs Claus Live Music - Kaz & Gaz Karaoke Live Music - Usual Suspects Live Music - Shari & the Mice Trapeze for Kids - Circus Workshops Live Music - Carrizma Trapeze for Adults - Circus Workshops Geometric Expressions - Exhibition Free Storytime for Kids (Booking Essential) Free Baby Rhyme Time (Booking Essential) Live Music - Out of the Blue Free Storytime for Kids (Booking Essential) Trapeze for Kids - Circus Workshops Live Music - Carrizma Trapeze for Adults - Circus Workshops Live Music - Danny Ross Trapeze for Kids - Circus Workshops Free Storytime for Kids (Booking Essential) Live Music - Muthafunk Trapeze for Adults - Circus Workshops Live Music - Vikarious 'Where the Wild Things Are' Workshop (Booking Essential) Trapeze for Kids - Circus Workshops Trapeze for Adults - Circus Workshops Live Show - Oliver Foreshore Fridays - Drum Up Big Live Music - Barbary Coasters Live Music - Swinging Alleycatz Live Music - Parley Trio Live Music - The Hillbilly Goats Trapeze for Kids - Circus Workshops Trapeze for Adults - Circus Workshops Live Music - Barbary Coasters Taipans Vs Gold Coast Blaze Live Music - Kaz & Gaz Karaoke Live Music - Craig Sinclair Live Music - Carrizma Trapeze for Kids - Circus Workshops Arts & Crafts with Polly's Crafts


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pak’s what’s on guide january RED = FAMILY DATE

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Stockland Cairns Cairns Esplanade Brothers Leagues Club Mount Sheridan Plaza Stockland Cairns Cairns Esplanade Cairns Esplanade Cairns City Library Mount Sheridan Plaza Cairns Esplanade Stockland Cairns Cairns Esplanade Brothers Leagues Club Cairns Civic Theatre Cairns City Place Mount Sheridan Plaza Birch Carrol & Coyle Cinemas Mossman Library Stockland Cairns Cairns Esplanade Cairns Esplanade Brothers Leagues Club Cairns Civic Theatre Cairns City Place Mount Sheridan Plaza Cairns City Library Stockland Cairns Esplanande Lagoon Brothers Leagues Club Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Esplanande Lagoon Stockland Cairns Cairns Civic Theatre Esplanande Lagoon Trinity Beach Tavern Cairns Civic Theatre Brothers Leagues Club Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Esplanande Lagoon Cairns Civic Theatre Brothers Leagues Club Cairns Regional Gallery Mount Sheridan Plaza Cairns Central Centre Stage Smithfield Library Cairns Regional Gallery Mount Sheridan Plaza

Green = kids

blue = adults


Awesome Cheerleading Workshops Trapeze for Adults - Circus Workshops Live Music - Take 5 Arts & Crafts with Polly's Crafts Awesome Cheerleading Workshops Trapeze for Kids - Circus Workshops Trapeze for Adults - Circus Workshops Free Storytime for Kids (Booking Essential) Arts & Crafts with Polly's Crafts Trapeze for Kids - Circus Workshops Awesome Cheerleading Workshops Trapeze for Adults - Circus Workshops Live Music - Carrizma Live Show - Oliver Live Music - Mark Lane Arts & Crafts with Polly's Crafts Move Release - 'Toothfairy (G)' Free Storytime for Kids (Booking Essential) The Beatty Clan Crew - Rock Star Makeover Trapeze for Kids - Circus Workshops Trapeze for Adults - Circus Workshops Live Music - Carrizma Live Show - Oliver Live Music - Mitch Arts & Crafts with Polly's Crafts 'Where the Wild Things Are' Workshop (Booking Essential) The Beatty Clan Crew - Rock Star Makeover Foreshore Fridays - Marks Aussie Animal Show Live Music - 4 in a Groove Live Music - Sweet K Live Music - Bluebud The Beatty Clan Crew - Rock Star Makeover Live Show - Oliver Live Music - Jaia Rain Kids Club - Mr & Mrs Claus Live Show - Oliver Live Music - Usual Suspects Live Music - Kaz & Gaz Karaoke Live Music - Sweet K Live Show - Oliver Live Music - Carrizma Christmas School Holiday Workshops (Booking Essential) Arts & Crafts with Polly's Crafts Cairns Has Got Talent - Heat (contact for entry details) Free Storytime for Kids (Booking Essential) Christmas School Holiday Workshops (Booking Essential) Arts & Crafts with Polly's Crafts


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$2 games ThuRsday

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Cairns Central Centre Stage Cairns Civic Theatre Brothers Leagues Club Babinda Library Mount Sheridan Plaza Cairns Regional Gallery Stratford Library Cairns Central Centre Stage Brothers Leagues Club Cairns City Place Mount Sheridan Plaza Birch Carrol & Coyle Cinemas Cairns Regional Gallery Mossman Library Cairns Central Centre Stage Brothers Leagues Club Cairns Civic Theatre Cairns City Place Mount Sheridan Plaza Cairns Regional Gallery Cairns City Library Cairns Central Centre Stage Esplanande Lagoon Brothers Leagues Club Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Cairns Civic Theatre Esplanande Lagoon Cairns Central Centre Stage Cairns Civic Theatre Cairns Convention Centre Cairns Civic Theatre Brothers Leagues Club Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Esplanande Lagoon Cazaly's Brothers Leagues Club Cairns Regional Gallery Fogarty Park - Esplanade Trinity Beach Tavern Brothers Leagues Club Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Manunda Library Brothers Leagues Club Cairns City Place Earlville Library Brothers Leagues Club Cairns Convention Centre

Green = kids

blue = adults


Cairns Has Got Talent - Heat (contact for entry details) Live Show - Oliver Live Music - Big Jim Free Storytime for Kids (Booking Essential) Arts & Crafts with Polly's Crafts Christmas School Holiday Workshops (Booking Essential) Free Baby Rhyme Time (Booking Essential) Cairns Has Got Talent - Heat (contact for entry details) Live Music - Carrizma Live Music - Flavez Arts & Crafts with Polly's Crafts Move Release - 'Toystory 1 & 2 in 3D (G)' Christmas School Holiday Workshops (Booking Essential) Free Storytime for Kids (Booking Essential) Cairns Has Got Talent - Heat (contact for entry details) Live Music - Out of the Blue Live Show - Oliver Live Music - Rand Blade Arts & Crafts with Polly's Crafts Christmas School Holiday Workshops (Booking Essential) 'Just MacBeth' Workshop for Teens (Booking Essential) Cairns Has Got Talent - Heat (contact for entry details) Foreshore Fridays - Fireshow Live Music - Swinging Alleycatz Live Music - Carrizma Live Show - Oliver Live Music - The Venus Project Cairns Has Got Talent - Finals Live Show - Oliver Taipans Vs Townsville Crocs Live Show - Oliver Live Music - Rhythm & Groove Live Music - Kaz & Gaz Karaoke Live Music - The Babagaghannouj Express Jazz Ensemble PAKMAG & CAZALYS - BRAND NEW pakClub KIDS CLUB Live Music - Carrizma Talking Tapas - Exhibition FREE Australia Day Concert - featuring Special Guest Australia Day Entertainment Live Music - OZ Day/Mangrove Jack Live Music - Barbary Coasters Free Baby Rhyme Time (Booking Essential) Live Music - Carrizma Live Music - Shells Free Storytime for Kids (Booking Essential) Live Music - Big Jim LIVE - Ronan Keating supported by Tina Arena


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pak’s what’s on guide january RED = FAMILY DATE

Fri 29th

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Green = kids

blue = adults


Cairns City Place Brothers Leagues Club Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Mareeba Leagues Club Esplanande Lagoon Cairns City Library Cheeky Monkey Club Brothers Leagues Club Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Esplanande Lagoon Brothers Leagues Club

Live Music - Prodigal Sista Live Music - 4 in a Groove Live Music - Justin Wellington Barbary Coasters Live Music - Lost @ Last Free Summer Reading Club Party Sign on Day for 2010 Live Music - Take 5 Live Music - Kaz & Gaz Karaoke Live Music - Latin Jazz Excursion Live Music - Take 5


12:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 11:00 AM 10:00 AM All Day 8:30 PM 8:30 PM 3:00 PM 7:00 PM


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FRIDAY: 10AM - 12PM & 7PM - 10PM SAT: 10AM - 12PM, 1PM - 3.30PM & 7PM - 10PM SUNDAY: 10AM - 12PM & 1PM - 3.30PM Esplanade Lagoon Mon - Aqua Aerobics @ 6.30am & Walk / Run Circuit @ 5.15pm Tues - YOGA @ 6.30am Wed - Sarge’s Army Boot Camp @ 5.30pm Wed - Beach Volleyball Clinic @ 5.30pm Thurs - Pilates @ 6am & Petanque @ 10am Thurs - Aqua Aerobics Class @ 6.15pm Thurs - Esplanade Learn to Run @ 5.30pm Fri - Aqua Aerobics @ 6.30am Fri - Mums & Bubs @ 8am (meet at funship)

Atherton Markets

- the first Saturday of each month from 7am at Platypus Park, Herberton Rd

Babinda Markets

- the first Saturday of each month, except January, from 8am, Munro Street

Rusty's Markets

- All day Friday, until 2pm Saturday and Sunday, Grafton Street, Cairns

Cooktown Markets

Nov at Marcs Park

Gordonvale Cottage Markets

- every Saturday from 7am - noon under the raintrees in Mossman

- every Saturday from 8am - noon at Lions Park - on the first Saturday of each month from 8am - noon at Norman Park

Innisfail Red Cross Markets

- held the 3rd Sunday of each month at Anzac Memorial Park

- every Sunday from 8.30am - 2pm at Anzac Park

SPeewah Markets

Kuranda Markets

- Every Saturday from 8am - 4am at Fogerty Park, Cairns

- every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at 9am - 3pm in Therwine St

- Every Sunday 8am-2pm Carpark of the Speewah Tavern, Speewah Road. 6ks past Kuranda

Mt Sheridan Markets

Malanda Markets

- the first Sunday of each month at Morrow Park Race Course

Mareeba Markets

- every 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at the Tully Showgrounds.

Esplanade Markets

- 2nd Saturday of every month

- the 3rd Saturday of each month from 6am - noon at Jack May Park

Night Markets

- Everyday from 4.30pm-11pm, Entry from Espanade or Abbott Street, Cairns

Northern Beaches Markets

- the 3rd Sunday of each month from 9am - 3pm, Smithfield Shopping Centre

Tanks Art Centre Markets

- the last Sunday of each month from 9am-1pm, Cairns

- the 2nd Saturday of each month at Centenary Park, Byrnes Street

Mission Beach Markets

- 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 6.30am - noon, Opposite Hideaway

Monster Markets

- the last Sunday of each month from 8am - 2pm, April til






Aqua Aerobics




Wednesday Thursday

6.30am 10.00am

Pilates Petanque (Bookings essential)


Walk / Run Circuit

5.30pm 5.30pm

Boot Camp Beach Volleyball Clinic

5.30pm 6.15pm

Learn to Run Aqua Aerobics



6.30am 8.00am

Aqua Aerobics Mums & Bubs


7.30am 8.00am 8.30am

Sahaja Yoga Meditation BoxinFun Aqua Aerobics

(2) Lay the bags flat, one on top of another on a large, hard cutting surface. Be sure that the bags are placed evenly together. You may need to trim awkward parts of the bag before you begin. Fold the bags in half together. Line up both halves perfectly and prepare to cut. (3) Cut small strips up the bag, but remember to not cut all the way to the top or you won’t have handles. The size of the strips can vary depending on how full you want the pom pom to be. For a fuller look, cut thinner strips, for a thinner look, cut thicker strips. (4) Take the bag and fold it lengthwise. The folded top can now be scrunched together. This is the handle, insert a popsicle stick and secure with a rubber band. This will make the handle sturdier and easy to grasp. Then use the tape to wrap the top pom pom strips to secure the handle.

See if you can spot the 5 differences. Don’t stop until you find them all!

Mossman Markets

Port Douglas Markets

Tolga Markets

How to make pom poms

(1) Select your colour and purchase plastic bags to match. There are lots of garbage bag colors in stores. Purchase about 10 bags of the color you want per set of pom poms.

Sat - Sahaja YOGA @ 7.30am, Aqua Aerobics @ 8.30am & Boxercise @ 8am CAZALY’s Wed throught to Sat - Live Music @ 7.30pm Brothers Leagues Club Tues - Seniors Morning “Club Gold” @ 9.30am Brothers Leagues KIDS Club Every Sun - Kids Disco 3.30pm-6pm (ages 3-12yrs) Cairns Indoor Sports Multi Sport Madness @ 1pm - 3pm everyday (07) 40322 844

regular markets


Things you will need: • Scissors • Sticky tape/electrical tape (can match colours) • Garbage bags • Water • Popsicle sticks • Rubber bands

regular weekly events

XTREME ILLUSIONS starring Sam Powers at Velvet underground - Every Mon through to Sat @ 7.30pm GO Bowling Cairns Specials on all month for adults, kids, birthdays and groups! (07) 4053 3497. Super Special Sunday Sessions - 3pm till Late ($13.95 p/p for 3 games) Cairns Recreation Centre School Holiday Skate Sessions (07) 4053 5353 MONDAY: 10AM - 12PM & 1PM-3PM TUESDAY: 10AM - 12PM & 1PM - 3PM WEDNESDAY: 10AM - 12PM & 1PM - 3PM THURSDAY: 10AM - 12PM & 7PM - 10PM


BY: Tamara Cameron $12/class

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Tully Markets

(5) Take a few strips in between the palms of your hands and rub them together to create as much friction as you can (called “fluffing the strips”) for 3 to 4 mins. This step works best when the hands are lightly moistened. The thicker you want your pom pom, the longer you rub the strips together. Good luck and enjoy.

science Make a ping pong ball float

Yungaburra Markets

- Held the 4th Saturday of each month from 7.30am - 12.30pm in the Main Street

Swap Meet @ Rodeo Drive-in Mareeba

- open every Sunday from april til september, Highway 3 (Near Bremerton Airport)

What you’ll need: • At least 1 ping pong ball (2 or 3 is great) • A hair dryer

Fun Free Fitness

Instructions: (1) Plug in the hair dryer and turn it on. (2) Put it on the highest setting and point it straight up. (3) Place your ping pong ball above the hair dryer and watch what happens. What’s happening?

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT w.cairnsesplanade or phone one 07 4 4044 3715

Your ping pong ball floats gently above the hair dryer without shifting sideways or flying across the other side of the room. The airflow

All classes meet at the Lagoon Café, except Beach Volleyball (meet at the courts near the skate park) and Mums & Bubs (meet at the Esplanade Funship at the northern end). * All times are subject to change & cancellation.

from the hair dryer pushes the ping pong ball upwards until its upward force equals the force of gravity pushing down on it. When it reaches this point it gently bounces around, floating where the upward and downward forces are equal. The reason the ping pong ball stays nicely inside the column of air produced by the hair dryer without shifting sideways is due to air pressure. The fast moving air from the hair dryer creates a column of lower air pressure, the surrounding higher air pressure forces the ping pong ball to stay inside this column, making it easy to move the hair dryer around without losing control of the ping pong ball. See if you can float 2 or even 3 ping pong balls as an extra challenge


pak review “UP” DVD

Bulletin #26 The totally amazing, incredible, fantastic adventures of Bopstar, Bree and the Boppers! Bulletin: Part XXVI

The Bopstars had just about tried everything that could be done up at Tinaroo and were glad that Bopstar had suggested this holiday. “This is the life!” stated Trina, as she cast her line in the water. “We should definitely, try to do this more often!” agreed Bree. After two days of relaxing, soaking up the sun and taking pleasure in beauty of their surroundings, the Bopstars decided they would take one more canoe trip around the lake. CRACK! CRACK! CRACK!

LAST EDITION: Back at the Bopstars Base, the residents of Cairns had congregated to thank the Boppers for saving the very special World Heritage areas surrounding the Far North. “You have done an excellent job once again and think you all deserve a holiday. Take the Bobopstar Mobile and go relax!” stated Bopstar. Once again the Boppers had stopped evil in its tracks, keeping Cairns a safe and protected place. The Boppers decided to take a nice relaxing Christmas holiday up at Tinaroo Dam... or so that’s what they thought. It was perfect weather on the lake and the Boppers decided to try some activities and enjoy their wellearned holiday. They tried fishing and caught some very impressive Barra. The Boppers gave skiing a go, getting the hang of wakeboarding as well. They cruised along on some canoes checking out the birdlife, turtles and platypi. Each gave sailing a try and capsized at least four times (two times were on purpose).

“What was that sound?” cried Trent, thinking the sky was falling. “I don’t know, but it sounds like it is coming from the dam wall!” explained Bree, quickly shifting the canoe to the direction of the wall. Paddling, stroke after stroke, the Boppers neared the dam wall, when all of a sudden, they heard the sound again.

> Rating: PG > Category: Kids > Released on DVD: 13/1/2010 This comedy adventure about 78 year-old balloon salesman Carl Fredricksen, who finally fulfils his lifelong dream of a great adventure when he ties thousands of balloons to his house and flies away to the wilds of South America. But he discovers all too late that his biggest nightmare has stowed away on the trip: an overly optimistic 8-year-old Wilderness Explorer named Russell...CHECK IT OUT! To win a Civic Prize pack, simply tell us in 25 words or less “Where is the best place to go on an adventure and why?”

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CRACK! CRACK! CRACK! “I don’t like the sound of that at all.” stated Trina. Bree pointed towards the dam wall and shouted “Look! It is beginning to crack!” Just as she yelled out, a large crack could be seen shooting across the top of the wall. “Oh no! It’s is going to give way! Quickly paddle backwards!” yelled Trent. But it was too late.

Walking on the

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CRACK! CRACK! CRASHHHHHHH! The wall, in what appeared to be slow-motion, began to topple over and the water started to rush r, beneath the Boppers, sweeping them towards the demolished wall edge. “Hold on! It looks like we are going to have to ride this one out!” screamed Trina, clutching the side of the canoe and holding on for dear life.

Happy New Year everyone!!! We are all very excited about the first tiger to be born at Cairns Wildlife Safari. She is a little girl and very cute. Her mum Luise and dad Hari are very proud. Unfortunately we had to take her away from her mother on Monday night as she was not looking after her very well, this is very common in first time tiger mothers.

AAAAHHHHHHHH!!! To Be Continued...

So Mommy Sam, our vet, and Daddy Paul, our curator, are working in shifts to stay up all night keeping an eye on our new baby for the first couple of weeks. As she gets a little bigger and stronger she will be on display later in the school holidays for feeding times. 

Where there’s a SHOW that needs a GLOW, a SMARTY that needs a PARTY, Bree and the boppers are ready to entertain the people of Cairns! But when Trouble arises and there’s no one else to call, The Bopstars use their Super Special Powers and embark on Exciting Expeditions to protect and preserve.

She will grow to about 120kgs but at the moment is the size of a new born kitten. She is very noisy when she wants to be fed and lets us all know during the day it is time to feed. Hope you can come up and see her soon. Have a fun holiday and see you when you all come up.




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PAK Facts Did you know? DID YOU KNOW? That a Black headed python has the ability to regenerate its tongue if it is damaged.

Snakes are fascinating! They are among one of the most feared animals yet we still find them interesting to look at or watch as they slither behind the safety of a glass enclosure. Our lack of education about these Reptiles and the fact that Australia is home to some of the top ten most venomous snakes in the world cause us to go running when we see one. Pythons however are non venomous. They lack front fangs which inject venom into their prey. Pythons kill their prey by constriction and strangulation only. No venom involved. Most Pythons have a unique way of finding their prey. On the side of their face are pits called labial pits (Black headed and the Woma python lack them). These allow the Python to pick up any warm blooded animals near by. They are like heat senses collecting infrared radiation allowing the Python to accurately detect and strike at their prey.

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DID YOU KNOW? Australia’s longest snake is found right here in Tropical Nth Qld. This is the Scrub Python (Amethystine python) and sightings of up to 8 metres in length have been reported with the majority measuring up to 5 metres.

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Snakes are covered with special skin called scales, which overlap each other and allow the snake’s body to stretch and expand easily when eating large prey. Snakes also shed their skin, which usually start from the lip scale all the way to the tip of the tail, turning inside out similar to how you might take off your sock.

DID YOU KNOW? Snakes do not have eye lids, their eyes are covered and protected by a scale which is the same as what is found all over their skin.

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Tummy time

Dr Jane Williams explains why tummy time is so important for your baby’s healthy development

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Tummy time when your baby is awake is the first developmental step up the ladder of learning. Infant and child development occurs in an orderly and predictable sequence of activities that form the foundation for healthy brain development that underlies all higher levels of learning. Tummy time is important as it allows infants the opportunity to develop the head control and muscle strength required for later movement. It also allows babies to take advantage of naturally occurring primitive movement reflexes that help them “wriggle” or move forward. These reflexes are only present for the first few months of life, that’s why it’s essential to give our infants time on their tummies as soon as possible after birth. When babies are on their tummies the spontaneous in-built wriggling movements become learnt skills of coordination and movement. Babies who spend all their time on their backs can’t utilise these in-built reflexes and they end up like frustrated turtles stranded on their backs! Tummy time does not just mean time spent lying on a rug on the floor. They get the same benefits from resting across your chest, along your arm, over your legs while

you relax and watch television or over your shoulder as you walk about the house. Tummy time is important for many developmental reasons: • It stimulates development of vision; • It stimulates hand and finger development and sense of touch • It avoids misshapen head development that occurs when babies lie for long periods on their backs; • It helps form the arch in the foot when the infant pushes his toes onto the floor; • And, it is essential for strengthening the muscles of the shoulder, neck, arms and legs which are necessary for crawling (the next important part of a child’s development). Babies who are given lots of tummy time during the early months of development find out about themselves and their world much more quickly than those who do not. It is tummy time that develops neck, back, arm, leg and eye muscles that will enable them to gain control over their body movements and get themselves moving forward along the developmental trajectory of life.

Dr Jane Williams is the Research and Education General Manager for Toddler Kindy GymbaROO and Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the JCU School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition. She will be speaking at the Parenting Forum at the NQ Baby & Children’s Expo on 6-7 March at the Cairns Convention Centre. Go to www. for more info. GymbaROO is available in Cairns and the Tablelands (

Encouraging tummy time: As early as possible, lie baby on her tummy for several short periods each day and extend tummy time as they get stronger. Find ways to encourage them to lift their head and look up: • Lie baby on your chest so she can look at your face • Lie baby across your legs and stroke down her back; • Place a toy or mirror in front of her • Place a small rolled up towel under her chest and arms

Help your child discover a love of learning that will last a lifetime by enroling your child in an authentic Montessori program that is owned and operated by a passionate Montessori/Early Childhood Teacher. We offer; • A Montessori based kindergarten program implemented by experienced and mature university trained early childhood and Montessori teachers • An exciting and innovative curriculum framework to be introduced in 2010 • Extended day programs for children 15 months to school age (including Prep)

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Is sterilising necessary? Do we really need to spend all that time and effort sterilising bottles when baby is busy sticking everything in to his mouth? Some people suggest not. As long as bottles and teats are rinsed after use and then washed thoroughly in hot soapy water to get rid of milk residues it seems sterilising is not really necessary. The only exception is when you may need to take extra care with sick or premmie babies.

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Is it time to change your nursery in to a child’s bedroom? Check out Little Chipipi’s cute moveable stickers. They are perfect for little ones who like to keep moving and repositioning their wall art without damaging the walls. They are Australian designed and made and come in various ranges including butterflies, animals and space rockets. They are priced from $79.95 for a pack of 42 premium wall stickers go to for more information. To win one of three packets, simply tell us which shop in Cairns stocks them. Email your answer to Entries close 21/1/10.

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Babies are language experts and there’s no reason why you can’t teach them 2 or 3 languages from birth (4 is not unheard of in Europe). It may mean that their speech development is delayed but once they get the hang of the different language systems they soon catch up. If you’re teaching your child more than one language you will need a language plan. If you decide each parent speaks a different language to the child you must be consistent and only speak in that language. The other alternative which often works well is speaking one language in the home and the other outside in the community.

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Fed up with spending a fortune on swimmers for baby? Local business, Absolutely Baby, have cloth swim nappies in 3 different sizes for $15 and wetbags to store them in afterwards for $12. Go to for more info. TO WIN a medium swim nappy + wetbag tell us how many thousands of dollars the average family can expect to save by using cloth nappies. Email your answer to Entries close 21/1/10.

Gaia have just launched their new Bamboo Baby Wipes. Made from soft bamboo cloth that biodegrades in just 14 days (confirmed by the CSIRO), they are an eco and skin friendly option. They’re free from alcohol, petrochemicals, soaps, sulphates and paraben preservatives. We have sample packs to giveaway to the first 8 emails we receive at Entries close 21 January 2010.

Beauty author Gregory Landsman has worked with supermodels across the globe for more than 20 years and he’s just released a book showing how women can get a face lift without going under the knife. ‘Face Fitness’ highlights the fact that it is sagging facial muscles rather than wrinkles that alter face shape as we age, so keeping your facial muscles in shape is the natural way to stay younger looking. Based on ancient knowledge from Indian sages, he has created a 10 minute daily routine for face fitness plus advice on food to create a ‘nutritional face lift’. For your chance to win a copy of Face Fitness, simply email us the name of his other book. Email your answer to Entries close 21/1/10.

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How many Mums bother to sit down in January and write down what they really want to have, do and be for the next year? Probably not very many! So, if you want to avoid a repeat of the same old same old then it’s time to commit to imagining how you’d like this year to be diffferent. This is also a good time to acknowledge all that you achieved in 2009 so give yourself a pat on the back.

Check out this tasty little godsend on your next shopping trip to Stockland. Cocoa Amour are a new local business who are expanding rapidly with plans to have 5 cafes around Cairns soon. The one in Earlville is targeted at Mums so treat yourselves to a lip-smackingly good coffee morning.

mum’s diaries If you haven’t bought a diary for 2010 yet, get one of these gorgeous diaries for $24.95 from one of our local childcare centres, kindergartens, newsagents or Post Offices. Samantha Thyrd has published them as a way of raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Call Samantha on 0411 899 605 for more information. We have 5 diaries to give away. To win, simply tell us 3 reasons why you need one of these diaries. Email your answer to Entries close 21/1/10.

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Kindermusik with Nicole Music and movement program for children aged newborn - 7 years Village course for infants from $240 (16 weeks) Classes recommencing for 2010 from January 30 Classes in Brinsmead & St. Andrew’s Catholic College PlACeS filling fASt!!! Phone tODAY for details… Phone 4034 2219 Mobile 0418 772 258 est. 1998.


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Tjapukai by Day

Nurturing mum Naturopath Kylie Cloney explains the importance of Mums taking time to nurture themselves

The challenges of being a mother in the 21st Century are diverse. We cook, clean, teach, wash, drive, shop, work, socialise, look good as well as enter the board room. Mothers are so good at caring for others but I am seeing many mothers in my clinic who are actually burnt out and yet they still have an amazing tendency to keep on trucking along. They never stop to nurture themselves.

the family. However, if you neglect the garden and fail to weed, water, fertilise and rest the soil, over time the garden begins to suffer and the crop slowly depreciates. Then the whole family suffers as a result.

By ‘Nurture’ I simply mean being kind to your body, supporting and looking after yourself.

Ways for Mum start nurturing yourself

Mothers and Children – What are we teaching our kids? One of the most important roles for a mother is that of being a nurturer of her family. Mum is the one who loves and cares gently, rubs sore tummies and holds hands as children learn. Perhaps however, the most important role of a mother is to lead by example. My three year old follows me around the house copying my daily activities - sweeping, typing on the computer and telling the dogs to ‘go outside!’. This makes me wonder what else I’m teaching her with regards to health, how to treat herself and how to manage stress. Mums often put themselves last as far as nurturing within the family is concerned. What do you do when you’re stressed or tired? Do you stop and take time out to walk in nature or read a good book; do you eat well and look after your body with massage and relaxing activities? Probably not. If you’re like most women I see you keep on trucking, eat on the run, have another coffee, get sick, get stressed and put yourself at the bottom of the pile. Do you even know how to relax without wine or TV? And, what is this teaching our kids?

It is important to look after yourself too Mums often consider a massage or time out as a ‘treat’; some even feel guilty about doing something purely for themselves. However, looking after your personal self as a mother should be an important priority. Imagine that you had a vegetable garden that your family depended on for growth and nourishment. Year in, year out, your garden provides abundant crops to provide for


• Food Choices – choose wholesome natural and nourishing foods and steer away from stimulating foods such as sugar and caffeine which overstimulate the nervous system.

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• Supplements – in times of demand, the physical body and nervous system require additional support. • Baths - warm baths with candles and aromatherapy oils are cost effective and relaxing. Add some Epsom Salts to loosen those muscles from carrying the kids and shopping. • Massage – massage can help the body to let go and relax. • Time out – allocate one hour each week in your schedule that is totally about you. • Special Interests – book clubs, yoga, dancing. Give yourself some time for activities that keep you vibrant and this vibrancy will ripple out to your children. I notice that when mothers are full of energy and revitalised they are able to give more to their children and to be fully present with them, their attention is sharper and patience longer. We live in a high stress society. Demonstrating the importance of balance , relaxation, healthful living and wellness is a beautiful gift to give to your children. So, go on, start 2010 by nurturing yourself TODAY. Kylie Cloney is a Naturopath at Cairns Naturopathic Clinic. She is offering full body massages for $60 during January for Mums who know they deserve a treat in January. For more information call Kylie on 0421 982 952.



School holidays: Entertainment [1] Movies Birch Carroll & Coyle will be releasing the following kid’s movies during the holidays: The Princess And The Frog (G) - Release Date 1st January Disney’s new movie is a modern day retelling of the classic story The Frog Prince. Toothfairy (G) - Release Date 14th January A minor league hockey player is sentenced to a weeks hard labour as a tooth fairy for discouraging a youngster’s hopes. Toy Story 1 + 2 in 3D (G) - Release Date 21st January Woody, Buzz and friends return to the big screen bigger and better than before. Both Toy Story 1 and 2 are being re-released in 3D as a double feature, stay tuned for more on Toy Story 3. Ring 4057 0000 for movie session times or visit for more info.

Where the Wild Things Are Workshop (Jan 8 & 15 at 10-11am) – City Library Just Macbeth Workshop (Jan 22 at 10-11am) – City Library – Explore Andy Griffiths really silly version of Shakespeare’s great big gory tragedy while learning to perform for the camera. Suitable for ages 12-18. The Summer Reading Club – also running through January means kids can collect an SRC showbag from any local library which cotains a reading list, fun activities, competition forms. Go to for online games and more.

[3] Cairns Esplanade Check out the Circus Trapeze for kids aged 7-15 years in addition to Little Lifesavers and lots of free entertainment. Go to the website for more information:

[4] Shopping Centres Cairns Central Cairns Has Got Talent

The Mareeba Rodeo Drive-In will be showing kids and family movies throughout the holidays. Cost $10 adults, $5 for kids. For more info call 4092 1666 or go to

(Heats: Mon 18 – Fri 22 11am & 1pm. Final: 23 Jan 11am). There are over $10,000 in prizes to be won so if you can sing, play an instrument, dance, act or anything to entertain, get down to Cairns Central to show off your talents. Cost: $10 to enter. For more info call 4031 6116 or email

[2] Libraries


As usual Cairns Libraries are offering several fun workshops for kids during the holidays. They are free but bookings are essential. For more info go to their website ( or call 4044 3727. The Young Theatre Company will be presenting 3 workshops for children and young people:


Awesome Cheerleading Workshops (Mon 11-Wed 13) The Beatty Clan Crew (Wed 14-Sat 16) Rock Star Makeover where kids are made to look and feel like rock stars (Mon 16-Sat 23)

Mount Sheridan Arts & Crafts Weekdays with Polly’s Crafts (11-15 Jan & 18-22 Jan 10am-2pm)

Check out our highlights of what’s going on around Cairns during the holidays. will be able to see him during the school holidays at specific times of the day when he’s being fed (ring ahead to check times). For info call 4093 7777

Classes & Programmes

Activities [1] Go Bowling A fun family outing and during the holidays the following package is available for $19.50: 2 games of tenpin bowling, shoe hire, 4 game zone tokens, a lolly bag, fantastic coffee shop discount vouchers, plus the chance to win a big prize. Pease St, Manoora Ph: 4053 3497 or visit

[2] AJ Hackett Great for older kids, both bungy’s and minjin swings have an age-weight minimum of 10 years or 45 kgs. Check out their annual local’s passes for your thrill seeking teens. Sunday Sessions feature live music, a BBQ and jumping castle from 1-6pm. Located: McGregor Rd, Smithfield. Phone: 4057 7188

[3] CRC Holiday Program Cairns Recreation Centre is holding a complete sports and recreation program during the holidays for only $20 per day. Weekday’s 8am-5.30pm children from 5-16 yrs will be able to participate in roller skating/blading, a range of indoor sports, agility courses, team building events and activities, novelty events, arts & crafts and educational visits. For more info call them on 4053 5353

[4] Cairns Wildlife Safari Check out the latest addition to the animal family - a new tiger cub. This is the first tiger born at the Reserve and visitors

[1] Young Company Theatre Various courses will be on during drama summer school for the budding thespians in your household. There’s a different theme each week. 9am-3pm daily. Call 4041 4066 for more information.

[2] Barron Valley Gymnastics Lots of fun and games with crafts, cooking activities and lots more. No gymnastics experience or leotards needed – it’s all playtime. Suitable for kids 5+. Cost $25 per day. Times: 9am-3pm. Venue: Barron Valley Gymnastics Club, 46 Magazine St, Stratford. For more information phone: 4055 1711

[3] Cairns West PCYC Lots of fun, fantastic activities for the kids including laser tag, break dancing, swimming, movies, face painting, fishing and even rides in police cars! Any school age children can attend. Costs to parents are $5 per day (with Centrelink CCB rebate). Morning and afternoon tea included – just bring lunch. For info call 4032 2109 or visit

[4] Freshwater Holiday Club Freshwater Childcare & Education Centre offers a Holiday Club Program for children 6-12 years including various activities and excursions. It runs throughout the holidays 6.30am-6.30pm, 5 days a week. Cost: $40 per day. For more information call 4055 1300 or email

[5] Crafting About Acrylic painting classes for kids aged 7-15 yrs with a set activity planned for each session. Equipment and paints are included and the kids go home with their artworks. Cost $20 per class. For more speak to Leanne on 4033 7266 or check out

[6] Sewing4Fun Sew Fun 4 Kids offer fun and creative workshops for kids. Activities are ageappropriate and designed to match your child’s interests so they can create their own unique and memorable experience. Every child goes home with their very own artwork. Cost: starts at $25.00 including materials (2 hours). For more information call 4033 6600 or check out

learn how to snorkel or scuba with scuba rangers. Call 4055 1954 to find out more information about courses occurring in January.

[10] Cairns Regional Gallery The Gallery are running workshops on weekdays (10am-noon and 1-3pm) from 14-22 January for kids aged 5-12 years. Cost $18 per session or $80 per week. Bookings essential. For more information call 4046 4800 or go to Also, don’t forget the Gallery’s first free Saturday on 2 Jan when you can go and explore the exhibitions for free between 10am-5pm.

[7] Dance & Cheerleading Cheer Camp is for all boys and girls 7+ who would like to experience the fun of cheerleading including complete beginners. It runs 4-8th January. There will be workshops in dance, tumble, stunting, pom routines and team building culminating in a performance at the Taipans on 9th January. Cost $350. Contact Awesome Cheerleading for more info on 0402 225 630 or go to

[8] Tjapukai The Bibunbay Kids Programme runs every day of the holidays in addition to normal activities. Kids get to paint a boomerang and message stone, learn to play the didgeridoo and get their face painted. Cost: included as part of entry fee. Call 4042 9900 for more info.

[9] Scuba Rangers Summer holidays are a perfect time to


activities Taking enrolments for 2010 If you’re thinking about booking your kids in to some extra-curricular classes or activities this year, here’s our round-up of those currently taking Term 1 enrolments. [1] Academy of TV at the Tanks

[4] The Young Company

This is a drama course with a difference with students put in front of the camera working on actual scripts from TV shows and commercials. Great for building self confidence and communication skills for ages 7-11 and 11-16.

A range of youth theatre activities across Cairns. Kids up 4-18 yrs get to explore their creativity through devising their own performances and staging well known classics such as the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and the Wizard of Oz.

Starts 1 Feb on Monday afternoons for 5 weeks. Cost $165. Call 4059 1141 for info or email

9 week terms. Cost $90-$220. Call Leigh on 4041 4066 for more info or check out

[2] Awesome Cheerleading

[6] GymbaROO

Great classes for physical kids who want to try something new, they include cheerleading, dance, tumble, sports aerobics & acrobatics. Suitable for beginners, both boys and girls, 3-18+.

A motor development programme inc. exercises, dance, music, massage, gym equipment and more. Age specific classes are available for babies (from 8 months) up to 5 years.

10 week terms. Call Tamara on 0402 225 630 for more info.

10 week tersm starting 27 Jan. Cost $150. Call 4041 4140 for more info or email

[3] Cheeky Monkey Club Kids can start performance dance classes from 2½ years (up to 6 yrs). Encourage their imagination, creative talents, interaction with others, gross motor skills and self confidence. Classes run during school terms (approx. 9 weeks). Sign on day 30 Jan or do it online at au. Costs start from $12 per class.

[6] Dancescapes in Redlynch Jazz, funk and tap classes for kids and adults. Dance director June Vale has an extensive background in Classical ballet and jazz dance and a professional dance career spanning over 30 years in Australia and ovcerseas. 9 week terms starting 1 Feb. Cost $9.90 per 45 minute session for whole term

(casuals $14.40). Call June on 0412 576 272 or email

[7] Kindermusik Music and movement courses for kids 0-7 years with classes split in to 4 levels depending on age and ability. 16 week term starting 30 Jan. Cost $240-295 inc. materials. Call Nicole on 4034 2219 for more info or email

[8] PCYC Tae Kwon Do, Capoeira, boxing and break dancing classes will be running during the school term for kids 6½+. Classes are between $5-7 but after 3 visits you need to become a member ($20 for a child). Call 4053 1532 for more info or check out the website at

[9] Barron Valley Gymnastics Several classes run during school terms for various ages and abilities including gymnastics as well as tumble and trampoline. Cost $120 per term for 1 hour classes. Call them on 4055 1711 for info.

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Nikki the Clown • Face Painting • Puppets • Balloons • Games • Music • Other costumes available

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Kids Moves • Birthday parties • One on one sessions to help with progression of gross motor skills • Special functions anywhere you need children to be entertained • Mobile services available

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What we had at home: • Pipe cleaners • Paintbrushes • Water to wash paintbrushes • Newspaper • Good craft glue • Scissors • Lead pencil To make a Koala

• Two long rectangles to wrap pipe cleaners in for the legs and tail.

(6) Glue two eyes in place.

(4) Now the gluing begins.

(7) Glue the arm across the spoon.

(5) Paste the two ears on

(8) Glue the legs on the spoon. Make sure the top of the legs can be covered with one of the circles for the body.

(6) Glue the face over the top of the ears, so it covers where the ears are glued.

(9) Paste the one circle on the top and the second circle on the bottom. (10) Draw a tail on or if you have black felt you can use that as well. (11) Glue one of the flags onto one of the hands or you can do like us and glue one in each hand. There you have your wonderful little Australia Day koala. To make a Kangaroo (1) We just used an old ruler for the kangaroo, because we had already used both wooden spoons on the koala’s.

(7) Glue the eyes on. (8) For the snout we twirled up a small piece of pipe cleaner. Then covered it with the brown felt and glued onto the face. (9) Glue on the front body. (10) Then the pouch. Remember to only glue the pouch on the sides, so it actually sits open like a real pouch. (11) For the front arms we pasted the two arms onto some pipe cleaner, so they can be bent into shape.

(2) Paint the timber.

(2) On the grey felt draw the shapes for the body with a lead pencil.

(3) Draw the shapes required on the brown felt.

(13) Cover the two longer pipe cleaners with the two strips of felt.

• 2 ear shapes

• A long oval shape for the face

• 2 circles for the body

• Two pointy triangles for the ears

(14) Then glue onto the front bottom of the body for the legs

• For the arms we cut out one long rectangle with claws cut out at the end for the hands.

• A piece to wrap around for the snout of the kangaroo

(3) Cut out the shapes for the body.

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(5) You can either paint or draw the mouth and nose onto the face.

(12) Glue the arms into the pouch so they hang out, but you can’t see where they are glued down.

(1) Mix a grey colour with your white and black and paint your wooden spoon.

• For each of the legs, a simple leg shape with claws cut out for the feet.

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(4) Put some glue on the top side of each ear and glue onto the back of the spoon.

• A long rectangle for the body • Two smaller rectangles with claws cut out of the bottom for the arms. • A shape for the pouch. Get your children to help decide what shapes would work best. Look at pictures.

(15) The longer one for the tail can be used to cover the timber at the back and also as a tail. So glue down the back. (16) You could make a Joey to put in the pouch. We chose to stick in a flag. (17) What other Australian Animals can you make?



Cazaly’s PakClub Let the parents play while the kids run amok! Every parent knows that your social life takes a battering when kids come along and with so many new families coming to Cairns all the time, we thought we’d concoct an excuse for local families to come together for some fun and entertainment. So, on Sunday 24th. January, Cazaly’s will be hosting our first ever PakClub from 5-7pm in the air-conditioned comfort of their main function room. We already have lots of entertainment planned including jumping castles, face painting, playstations, parents and kids Bingo as well as all of Cazaly’s other Sunday

afternoon kids club activities. There will also be a soft play area for babies and a display and information area where we are inviting local businesses to come and demonstrate their products.

There will be raffles with proceeds going to the Club Smile for a Child who support children’s charities throughout Queensland as well as heaps of prizes and giveaways.

Dads need not worry about missing out on the sport because there will be a big screen TV for them to watch!

So, put the 24th. January in your diary and come along for some air-conditioned family fun.

The idea is for parents to come along, relax, catch up with old friends or meet new ones – all while the kids are kept well and truly entertained. You can also make a complete outing of it by making the most of Cazaly’s ‘Sizzling Summer Buffet’ for $15 per person (KIDS EAT FREE).

BOOKINGS ARE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If you intend eating please book a table for the adults in your party (there will be a communal table for kids so don’t include them in your booking) Phone: (07) 4054 1464

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Sunday 24 January 5-7Pm Cazalys FunCtion RooM Come and join us for this free event • Meet other parents • Have fun • Find out the latest product reviews • Enjoy games, activities and giveaways!!! Proudly brought to you by:

Enjoy the hot and cold

“Sizzling Summer Buffet”

FOR ONLY $15pp KIdS eat free

Plus bingo & raffles!!! 48


eating out Wink, wink, nudge, nudge Nathen Dainney checks out Wink for Valentine’s Day I had two questions on my mind before going there: (1) Can I afford it? and (2) What sort of food do they serve? Wink has the stylish décor of a chic inner city Melbourne bistro so you could be easily fooled into thinking that you need to take your friendly bank manager and teller with you. Surprisingly though it turns out that there are no menu items over $30. As far as the second question is concerned about the food, chef Leon Walker has a background in Jamaica and England and has worked alongside Gordon Ramsay and Marco Pierre White and cooked in several Michelin star restaurants. He has also spent time cooking for passengers on board the QEII. He has extraordinary flair and creativity and, importantly for families, he believes in providing wonderful but affordable meals.

Believe it or not Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. This is one of the few times during the year that my slate is swept clean of all my wrongdoings and, provided I have put in the appropriate effort on the day, I can do no wrong for at least another birthday or mothers day. This year I need the points badly, so I’m not leaving anything to chance this time round. I’ve driven past the neat white clothed tables of Wink Restaurant several times before and thought to myself that it would be a great place to go on a date. So, Valentines being the most important date of the year, I have done every couple in Cairns a favour and gone on a ‘pre-Valentines Day reconnaissance date’.

What I love about Leon’s kitchen is that he fuses his European and Jamaican influences with modern Australian tropical food. Dishes like the Sauteed Squid rubbed in creole spice with a pamela chilli puree & candy salad ($16) plays tricks with your tongue. His signature dish is slowly braised beef cheeks with a honey swede puree, balsamic mashed potato and a port red wine reduced sauce ($29.50). Marinated for 24 hours and then cooked slowly over 4 hours this dish is even more moorish and sweet than lamb shanks, and I’ll definitely be going back for more, with or without Valentines! For those with a sweet tooth, the molten chocolate and orange fondant style soufflé is a must for Valentines Night. It is served with a choc spearmint ice cream and delicately cut tropical fruits. This is a wonderful restaurant that will leave you with some money in your pocket to buy the obligatory red rose if you want to! So, do yourself a favour and book now for Valentines as the bookings are LH already filling up quick. There will be a choice of set menus or a la carte as well as complimentary sparkling wine on arrival.

Spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day $55

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3 course set menu + complimentary sparkling wine on arrival Bookings are now being taken for Valentines day. To book call 4051 9008. Don’t miss out!!!

Open tue-sat for Dinner & tue-fri for Lunch 50


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Time for a break Jokes

Dentist visit A man and wife entered a dentists office. The Wife said, “I want a tooth pulled. I don’t want gas or Novocain because I’m in a terrible hurry. Just pull the tooth as quickly as possible.” You’re a brave woman said the dentist. Now, Show me which tooth it is.





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When the fence was forty feet high, a camel in the next enclosure asked the kangaroo, “How high do you think they’ll go?”

A kangaroo kept getting out of his enclosure at the zoo. Knowing that he could hop high, the zoo officials put up a ten-foot fence. He was out the next morning, just



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A twenty-foot fence was put up. Again he go out.

The kangaroo said, “About a thousand feet, unless somebody locks the gate at night!”

Down 1. Lout 2. Athlete who plays for pay 3. Australian flightless bird 4. Synthetic fabric 5. Zealous 6. Desperate 7. Cervid 13. Black bird 14. Informal conversation 15. Detest 16. Notion 19. The night before 20. Draw 21. Of an earlier time




roaming around the zoo.


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The wife turns to her husband and says “Open your mouth and show the dentist which tooth it is, dear.”

Across 1. Overt 5. Sum up 8. Military 9. Compete 10. Sports violation 11. Anger 12. Command 14. High quality porcelain 17. Possessed 18. Blocking vote 22. Consumed 23. Malevolent 24. Beverage 25. Require

Who sings this song? 1. Paparazzi

4. Hide your love away

2. So What

5. Black Velvet

3. Your the Voice

6. White Wedding

Email or post your answers to us: competitions@pakmag, or PO BOX 7433 Cairns 4870. Don't forget to include details. Entries close: 21st January 2010.


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