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Issue 27 September 2009

Kid’s mini mag inside! ! t NLYou S Ome KuIDLL


Celebrating Dads

School holiday fun

Babies: Using the potty from birth!

• Did you know ? • Loads of Comp s • Heaps of Prize s • PAK review

What’s on in Sept

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Hello and welcome to the 27th edition of PakMag, our Fathers Day and spring holiday special. This month is jam packed with prizes for the whole family, you’ve got to be in it to win it. There’s lots happening in September with the end of Festival Cairns, Fathers Day and the spring school holidays. Make sure you keep our What’s On Guide somewhere handy and get out with the family and enjoy yourselves. This month has been interesting for me to say the least. To put it lightly I am surprised I am still awake and that this magazine actually made it to print. Jordan used to ‘sleep like a baby’ which I have decided is the stupidest saying in the whole world. I guess the only thing that gets you through it is knowing that it will eventually be a few years! It’s funny the things you do to stop them from waking, drive around the block 10 times, sit in the car on the driveway working on your laptop, walk five blocks instead of hopping in the car (this one actually backfired when I got a flat tyre on the pram, which was of course fully loaded, and then I was stranded with a flat mobile phone...funny now but wasn’t at the time!) or putting them into bed with you which then takes a whole week to ‘wean’ them out of. I laugh at the days where I worked 15 hours and thought I was tired. Enjoy this edition of PakMag, it’s been a laugh putting it together, the whole PakMag team has had more than its fair share of sleepless nights this month so we hope this edition is as perfect as we think it is! Nite Nite Bree PS I nearly forgot! Happy Fathers Day to all you dads, especially Trent, your first one x




What’s New


Kids Mini-Mag


Sea FM’s Doting Dads


Colour it in & Win


Celebrating Dads

23-29 Pak Activities


Supporting kids after separation


Bopstars Bulletin


Don’t sweat the small stuff


Walking on the wild side


Solar Power worth the switch


Pak Animal Facts


Pak Health - Men’s health


Pak Health - Cold sores

Baby & Toddler


Active Kids - Fitness for Toddlers


Eliminate nappies the natural way


Happy nappies


Gaia Natural Baby


Pak Parent - A labour of laughs

19 Kids in the Kitchen - Apple Hearts 19 Parents in the Pantry - Tuna Pasta 20,33 Out & About Photos 25-28 What’s On June 38 Pak Parent - A labour of laughs 40-41 School Holiday Guide 42 A Trip to…Gone Wild 43

Pak Vouchers

44 Prize Winners/Favourite Pet Shots

Things to Win 2

Win one of 10 Family Passes to Cairns Auto Spectacular


Win a Double Movie Pass


Colour-It-In & Win

23 Win a G-Force Double Movie Pass


Business Directory


G-Force Battle of the Brains Prize Pak


DIY Pak Project - All about dad


Civic Prize Pack

48 Kids Activities - Dirt bike riding


Gaia Prize Pack


Eating Out - Blue Sky Brewery


Win a Mystery Prize


Time for a Break


Win a Family Wildlife Pass

44 Favourite Pet Shot Competition 52

Win a Family Bowling Pass

The PaK Mag crew:

Editor: Bree James Sub Editor: Elaine Seager Website, What’s On & MiniMag Manager: Trent Stievano Graphic Design & Layout: Trina Jensen from Intrinsic Creative Articles: E  laine Seager, Amanda Mathiot, Barbara Randle and submitted writers.

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what’s new! Go Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and to launch the campaign the Lagoon will be illuminated pink as one of 200 landmarks around the world. Local businesses will also be encouraged to go pink for the occasion. The Hilton Cairns will also host a spectacular cocktail event on Sat. 3rd. October to help raise funds. Go to for more info.

Love me, love my kids

Relationships Australia will be holding a workshop for adults living in a step-family on 5 Sept. It aims to improve understanding of children’s issues and develop new parenting skills. Runs from 10am – 3pm at 182 Gatton Street $45 pp or $70 per couple including lunch & morning tea. Call 1300 364 277 for more info or to book (find out about more courses in the community by downloading a free information sheet at

Pregnancy Yoga

Dagmar Hirsch, midwife and yoga teacher, is now teaching a weekly yoga class with invigorating views of Holloways beach at Coolum’s restaurant on Tuesdays 4.30-5.30pm. For info go to

Free family fun

Check out the free family entertainment, food, drinks and activities on Wednesday 9th September 2-5pm at Fogarty Park in honour of Child Protection Week.

what’s new in entertainment! Theatre with a message 14 & 15 September

‘Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes’ is a play based on the true story of a young girl who, like many children, got leukaemia after Hiroshima but believed that she would be healthy if she could make 1000 paper cranes. Her story has inspired a world wide peace movement. Every year children all over the world send paper cranes to be placed beneath her statue in Hiroshima on World Peace Day. At the Civic Theatre’s Monday 5.30pm show, audience members can fold a paper crane which will be sent to Hiroshima and also receive a free sampling of Japanese food.

Free dance show

300 Backstreet Dance students will be performing their jazz, funk and hip hop moves at Stockland on Saturday 12th Sept (11am and 1pm). For more info call 0407 995182 or check out their website at

Tjapukai Father’s Day

Dad’s go FREE at Tjapukai on Father’s Day and the rest of the family get a 30% discount. Bookings are essential and you need to mention PakMag when you book on 4042 9999 or email

Cairns Auto Spectacular

Car fanatics should check out this showcase of the best street machines, beaut utes and jaw dropping bikes at the Showgrounds on 26th and 27th Sept. Lots of activities to entertain the whole family. Entry fees $10 adults, $6 children (6-13 years). You could win one of 10 family passes, all you have to do is find the red car and email the page number and your details to competitions@ Entries close 21st September.

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thanks to Civic Video 17 Again (PG) Zac Efron and Matthew Perry In store 17 Sept State Of Play (M) Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck In store 24 Sept Defiance (M) Daniel Craig and Jamie Bell In store 3 Sept Lesbian Vampire Killers (MA15+) James Corden and Matthew Horne In store 17 Sept Killshot (M) Diane Lane and Mickey Rourke In store 10 Sept Fired Up (M) Nicholas D’Agosto and Molly Sims In store 23 Sept The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (M) Asa Butterfield and Zac Mattoon O’Brien In store 2 Sept


KELLY & THE SAFETY GANG Kids... don’t miss this fun & educational show teaching important messages about safety and the environment. Monday 28 September - Saturday 3 October Shows at 11am and 1pm daily at Cairns Central Centre Court For further information visit

The Last House On The Left (R18+) Michael Bowen and Joshua Cox In store 17 Sept Dragonball Evolution (PG) Justin Chatwin and Chow Yun-fat In store 23 Sept Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (M) Michael Cera and Aaron Yoo In store 23 Sept

Have you got something new that Cairns families should know about?

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daddy diary #5 Hello out there in PakMag-land. My name is Potts, one half of the SEAFM Morning Crew and for those who don’t know me, I’ve become a FTF (First Time Father). Well, I’m no longer expecting, I’ve become a First Time Father just in time for the Father’s Day issue and what an experience! Baby Noah was born at 10.27am on Friday 31st July which just happens to be my parents wedding anniversary. The whole birthing experience started at 1am Wednesday morning when Kylie’s waters broke. So it was off to Cairns Base where we stayed for a couple of hours before we decided to send ourselves home as nothing was happening and we had to pick up the mother in law from the airport. We were back into hospital for a check up 8am Thursday morning and the labour still had not begun. We went home again knowing that if Kylie didn’t start her labour that day she’d be induced on the Friday morning. So 48 hours after the waters broke, we went back to hospital at 12:30am Friday morning when Kylie went into labour. It was going to be a long night and I couldn’t believe my luck when we got to the birthing suite and the AFL Footy Show was on TV. This was followed by day one of the 3rd

Ashes test. Come to think of it, they were great signs that we were going to have a boy. After quite a long and painful experience I decided to get off the couch and see how Kylie was doing. What a trooper she was. No pain relief for 6.5 hours before she took the Epidural which is when she became a new woman. Unfortunately Kylie ended up needing a caesarean so I met her in the theatre decked out in my blue gown and after about 2 minutes we were the proud parents of a baby boy. I then sent about 100 SMS messages and made heaps of phone calls before gathering my new family all together in the maternity ward. It’s very hard to describe the feeling of how blessed and proud we feel. It’s amazing. Thanks to all the staff at Cairns Base Hospital - we’ve got nothing but praise for them and even the food was yummy!!! So now it’s dirty nappies, sleepness nights and baby talk for the next few years but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Potts & Pacey

To Mt Sh

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Celebrating Dads Fatherhood these days comes in many different guises, there’s married Dads, single Dads, stay-at-home Dads, long distance Dads, divorced Dads, adoptive Dads, custodial & non-custodial Dads to name a few variations. Whatever the circumstances, having a loving present father in a child’s life is hugely important and has been shown to affect their social and emotional stability as well as their achievements in school. And, in the longer term, a father’s loving guidance greatly influences a child’s ability to build and sustain strong marriages in their adult life. So in recognition of the role of father’s and in honour of Father’s Day here are a few stories of fatherhood from some of our local Dads.


Steve Williams

Scott Pottle

Father of 8, grandfather of 13, great grandfather of 2

Local musician and father of two beautiful girls

Manager of PCYC, father to Ella & twins Kasey & Tristan

I was born in Italy but when I was 2 years old my family left to live as refugees in Libya because of the war. Later, at the age of 24, I decided to migrate to Canada and a year later my wife Anna came to join me. We proceeded to have a family of 8 kids; 5 boys and 3 girls and as you can imagine life was very busy!

Sophie is my 2 year old daughter with my wife Caz and I also have a teenage daughter called Libby who lives in the UK (sadly, I haven’t had any contact with her since she was 4 years old). Fatherhood has taught me many things but the need for patience is probably the biggest. Patience is certainly needed when peanut butter sandwiches are being shoved in to the DVD Player but it’s also needed in the early days of sleep deprivation when we Dads are feeling inadequate, insecure, full of self pity and generally not very appreciated. This is normal but we quickly have to realise that Mum is going through the same thing at 100 times the intensity.

I was 38 years old when Ella was born and after an unfortunate episode where I passed out in an anti-natal class, I managed to be present (and stay upright) during her birth. I even got to cut the cord and watch her take her first breath. It was an amazing experience and something I will never forget.

Just after our last baby was born I migrated to Australia because we wanted to live in a warmer climate again. It was very difficult to find a house as no one wanted to rent to us with 8 children but luckily I was able to buy one after selling the family business in Canada. The rest of the family then came to Australia 6 months later. After 2 years in Sydney I went off exploring in our Kombi Van to find a new home for us. I stopped at many places along the way until I eventually found a little gem called Port Douglas. Back then it was a little town of 200 residents, only dirt roads, 2 pubs, one doctor, 2 general stores and 1 souvenir shop. It was beautiful and most of the family has remained up here since. I am proud of all my children. There have been a few hard times of course. The girls were the worst and the school principal called about them a few times. It was a worry when they had boyfriends who were into drugs, smoking and drinking. The boys were great and kept themselves out of trouble...or maybe they were just better at hiding it from me?!

The two most important things in a father’s life are their ears. I’ve learned to listen to Caz and understand that it’s not all about solutions. I just need to listen, acknowledge what she’s feeling and ask how I can help. This is a twoway street of course so I’m also working on letting her know when I’m upset too. My relationship with my own father is fairly traditional. I never really talked to him on an emotional or personal level much at all. We can chat about the footy, work, how the family is doing etc, but never really about how we feel. In a way we take our feelings for granted. He’s my dad, I’m his son and we love each other. It’s unconditional. I want Sophie and myself to know each other better than that. I hope that she’ll be able talk to me about how she feels…. not just about how she really needs to borrow the car.

My wife Cheryl then fell pregnant again after a couple of false starts. We were grateful to reach the 12 week scan but to our shock and surprise the young doctor doing the scan, as casually as you like, told us that there were two babies in there. It was the last thing we expected and after I picked myself up off the floor (again!) we spent the next 6 months preparing for their arrival. Luckily having Ella had given us the insight and experience to cope and I had accumulated enough leave to take a few months off to help. We got in a routine straight away and Cheryl breast fed the twins together to save time. They are now full of energy from the moment they wake up at 6.00am and pounce on me in bed like I am a human jumping castle. I can’t really remember what life was like before the babies arrived, although I really miss reading the weekend paper from start to finish and watching a DVD to the end. We are fortunate to have my wife’s parents close by so we do get away on occasions. Watching my children develop and being there for their first milestones has been a wonderful experience. The current milestone we are facing is toilet training the twins. So far so good!


Celebrating Dads - continued...

Stephen Boyd Single father to two boys who live in Western Australia

I have been separated from my ex-wife and children for 5 years. My first son was born in 1998 and is now 11 and my second son is 9 years old. For the first 3 years that we were separated it was very hard to live away from my children. Time spent together was great but when they went home it left a big hole. At that stage though, they lived close by so I was able to see them as much as I or they wanted. However, two years ago my ex-wife decided to move back to Mandurah in Western Australia where they have a lot of extended family. My children are very lucky they have an intelligent, wise and fantastic mother but unfortunately we are not friends. I keep in contact with the kids via phone calls, letters and cards as much as I can. Six weeks ago I got to spend one and a half hours with them over dinner whilst they were back over here in the area for 10 days. Of course, I couldn’t help but notice

the differences in how they’ve grown, not just in height but also within themselves. They are becoming young men. Fatherhood opens your eyes to many things. How much you can love somebody from the first contact, how a smile or a look can affect your total soul and how a hug from your child… well… if you’re a dad you know what that feels like. Being a separated Dad can affect people in many different ways and some times we do the dumbest things. My biggest mistake as a father will affect me for as long as I live. Three years ago my eldest son gave me a trophy for Fathers Day with the words ‘THE WORLDS GREATEST DAD’ on it. I handed it back to him and told him I didn’t deserve it and the hurt in his eyes and the hole in my chest proved it. That one awful moment of poor judgement can never be healed no matter how much I apologise.

Supporting kids after separation Families come in all shapes and sizes. It’s fairly common for children to have two homes or two families or to have one parent or a step parent. By Tara McGowan In Australia lots of children experience their parent’s separation. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 43 % of marriages end in divorce. About 50% of these divorces will involve children under the age of 18, so over 50,000 children are affected by divorce every year. And, that’s not counting all the children whose parents weren’t legally married before the separation. So there are many children out there who are trying to make sense of their parents’ separation and adjust to changes in their family situation. Sometimes children can adjust to these changes easily, becoming resilient and adaptable young people, but other times they may need help bouncing back and adjusting to the change. Some of the common reactions for children whose parents are separating include difficulties in adjusting to having two homes to live in with different rules and routines, struggling to know what to tell their friends, blaming themselves for the separation and even fantasizing about their parents getting back together. They may also feel responsible for one parent’s feelings or a loyal to one particular parent. Or they might just feel stuck in the middle. Children can also feel confused and anxious about how their life will now look and who will tuck them in at night or take them to their rugby match as well as feeling anxious about meeting a whole new set of family


members. With support, children can make sense of these changes and adjust healthily. Parental separation does not always result in a lasting negative impact upon children, but ongoing parental conflict is what causes the most damage to children’s development.

or a counsellor about how things are going may also help or checking out some good websites like www.reachout.,, www. and www. Step by step, they can feel stronger.

Children experiencing parental separation need to be told that:

Parental separation, no doubt, has an impact upon children but if children are supported to make sense of these changes and all the feelings that go along with it, they can adjust and become resilient young people. Children can learn to better understand their emotions and experiences and protect themselves – both physically and emotionally. With this ability to protect themselves they can build healthy relationships with parents, siblings, step parents, step siblings, peers and community members.

• It’s definitely not their fault • Their parents still love them very much • They can’t get their parents back together • They can try to get answers • The hardest changes usually work out eventually • They still have a real family • Some things are often much better after the separation • It’s their parents’ job to sort things out • Their Mum and Dad may have separated but they still love you and it is ok for you to keep loving them Children need to know that they can’t do anything about their parents’ big decision to separate. But they can find ways to take care of themselves throughout the period of change, like staying involved with fun activities. It’s also a good idea to have a calendar or communications book so routines are easy to follow between two homes and create their own special space in each home. Talking to friends, family, a teacher

Rebound – Supporting Children after Separation Program – through Relationships Australia is here to support young people to make sense of their parents’ separation, and to adapt to changes in their family situation. You are welcome to call Rebound on 1300 364 277 for support. You can also come and meet us at the Child Protection Week Family Fun day on 9 September 2009 at Fogarty Park. Tara McGowan, Child Consultant – Rebound, Supporting Children after Separation. Relationships Australia, 182 Gatton Street, Manunda.


Don’t sweat the small stuff

We all have so much clutter in our lives, whether it’s physical clutter in our homes or work spaces; or emotional clutter such as “the need to please” or the “Superman/woman” syndrome. It’s time to clear out that clutter and start over with a clean slate. By Digital Divas Let’s start this month by clearing out that physical clutter; the overflowing “in-box”, the piles of unfiled bills or correspondence, the last 12 months worth of magazines that you swear you’re going to get around to cutting the recipes out of, the frosty blue eye makeup that’s been in your drawer since the 1980’s - you get the picture, all of that stuff you’ve been avoiding because it’s either grown to an unmanageable level, or you have some emotional attachment to it (yes, the blue light discos where you were dressed like Madonna were fun, but I’m pretty sure the frosty blue look has gone for good).

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Solar power has been in the news a lot recently, but is it really worth the initial investment to switch over? According to local Cairns solar power company, Infinity Solar, the answer is a resounding yes. “With solar power you really can save money on your electricity bills and save the environment – so both your wallet and the planet will thank you,” said Infinity’s Mark Delaney.

power to the home as per usual. The solar power electricity systems work hand-in-hand with the grid meaning you won’t even know it’s there (except when you receive lower electricity bills).

Solar power electricity systems produce electricity whenever the sun is out and in Queensland, any solar power electricity fed back into Ergon Energy’s electricity network can be sold back to them at 44 cents per unit - about 2.3 times what you are paying to buy it off them at 18.8 cents. So any electricity you don’t use that is fed back into the mains system can actually make you money.

Not only will you be lowering your electricity bills, you’ll be helping the environment. All the electricity you produce lowers the amount of electricity needed from the big coal fired power stations down south. This means that your home becomes a mini-power station. Generating electricity where it’s needed saves on unsightly electricity network upgrades, lowering the chances of power black-outs and providing a better quality of power for those at the end of the line. All of which is great for the environment.

“A typical household will save at least 25% off their bill with a small 1 kilowatt (kW) grid connect solar power system,“ said Mr Delaney. “Of course, the bigger the system, the larger the savings!” And if the sun doesn’t shine or the wet season’s here, Ergon Energy’s electricity network will still keep on supplying

“A solar power system will also reduce your carbon footprint,” explained Mr Delaney. “In the Far North, a small 1kW system will save about one and a half tones of CO2 per year. Solar panels are

performance warrantied for 25 years, which is equivalent to saving at least 37 tonnes of CO2 over their lifetimes. For comparison purposes, this is the same as removing 15 petrol powered cars off the road for a year. Which is great news in anybody’s language.” Switching to solar power doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact Infinity Solar guarantees to make the entire process simple and easy from start to finish. “All you have to do is get in contact with us at Infinity Solar and we’ll do the rest – even all the paperwork,” laughed Mr Delaney.

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Men’s health: Matthew Calanna talks man to man about the importance of prioritising health for men.


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How many of us are constantly monitoring one thing or another? Whether it be tyre pressure, fuel, oil etc in our cars, key performance indicators in our business or the footy scores. We all take an interest in monitoring one thing or another, but rarely do we take the time to monitor our own health. Being aware of your own key health indicators – your body “gauges” - is not difficult or time consuming.

[1] Blood pressure This is the measurement of what pressure your blood is exerting on the walls of your blood vessels. If it’s too high you risk damaging your arteries and veins along with organs such as your heart and kidneys. High blood pressure is a huge problem in men and it doesn’t have any specific symptoms so it’s

important to check it regularly with your GP or local Pharmacy.

detecting and treating early signs of this treatable disease.

[2] Mole Scan

[4] Sleep Apnea

We all know the dangers of skin cancer so it’s important to have mole scans to check the skin for abnormal spots or growths. The symptoms you should be looking for are strange discoloured or “different” spots on your skin. Are they changing or growing, becoming more noticeable? Mole scans are available at many GP clinics and they now have the ability to track changes to the skin and detect whether skin growths are dangerous or not.

Sleep apnea is a condition where you basically stop breathing for short periods of time within your sleep. This leads to a lack of oxygen to the brain which can lead to many potentially serious conditions such as increased BP along with constant lethargy from poor sleep. Snoring is a common symptom as well as tiredness or not feeling refreshed on waking. It’s more prevalent in those that are overweight but not always. Talk to your GP if you suffer from these symptoms since this is now a very treatable condition.

[3] Prostate Your prostate is a structure located near your bladder that is involved closely with your water works (in particular your urinary and reproductive systems). Cancer of the prostate is one of the largest preventable causes of death in males. Signs that something fishy might be going on with your prostate include changes in the pattern and frequency of urination or difficulty or pain when urinating. From about the age of 40 it is important to have an annual prostate exam. These aren’t the most flattering check up but they are important for

[5] Weight Excess weight is a huge health concern, particularly with men. It can cause all sorts of chronic health complaints such as diabetes, heart disease, poor circulation and fitness, sleep apnea and many different types of cancers. The symptoms are pretty obvious but the key thing is to keep an eye on is the symptoms associated with the key chronic health conditions that excess weight can cause. Matthew Calanna is a pharmacist & General Manager of Calanna Pharmacy.


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Cold sores

To prevent cold sores: • Apply sunscreens & UV protective lip balms to the face & lips.

Cold sores are embarrassing and uncomfortable and they are one of the most common transmitted viruses, infecting at least 70% of the world’s population. By Matthew Calanna They originate from a herpes simplex virus and are sometimes called the ‘kissing virus’ because they are caught by being in contact with the saliva of someone who has been infected. The infection is highly contagious and can spread not only by kissing or facial contact but also via general household items such as face towels, straws, cutlery and razor blades. They can be triggered by stress, illness, sunburn, windburn, UV light including tanning salons, some food allergies and excessive rubbing of the skin. Cold

Ingredients • 500g (1lb) lean chicken mince • 1 medium red (Spanish) onion • 1 medium carrot, grated • 1 cup (225g/7oz) fresh dense wholegrain breadcrumbs • 1 tsp ground cumin • 1 tsp ground coriander • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric • 2 tbsp chopped fresh mint • 1 egg, lightly beaten • 8 fresh mint leaves

• Avoid sharing cutlery, glasses, water bottles, towels, face washers & razors. • Avoid triggers such as sunlight, tanning salons, windburn & dry lips.

sores begin with a tingle, burning or irritation feeling at the site of infection followed by the appearance of two or three blisters which may remain on the skin for 3-7 days prior to forming a scab. When the blisters break they form a yellow scab and heal shortly after. Generally no scar is left behind and the skin grows back healthy and normal.

There are two types of product available for the treatment of cold sores: • Lysine – an amino acid based supplement that subdues the herpes simplex virus & reduces the number & severity of outbreaks. • Anti-viral creams such as Zovirax which work particularly well if applied regularly as per the recommended dosage & applied during the early stages of the infection.

The best way to deal with a cold sore is to keep them dry and clean; this tends to speed up the healing time to a number of days rather than weeks and can be achieved by using lip balms or Vaseline.

Fusion Recipe


• Get plenty of sleep.

Mango Chicken Loaf

• 1-2 tbsp mango chutney • 1 medium Lebanese cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced • 100g (3 1/3oz) low-fat plain yoghurt Method [1] Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a 11cm x 21cm loaf tin with baking paper so that the paper overhangs the ends. [2] Put the chicken, onion, carrot, breadcrumbs, spices, chopped

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mint and egg into a bowl and mix well to combine. [3] Press the chicken mixture into the prepared tin. Press the mint leaves down the centre. Spread the mango chutney over the top. [4] Bake for 50 minutes or until tender. Drain off any excess liquid and remove the chicken loaf from the tin. Serve hot or cold with the cucumber and yoghurt, a dollop of mango chutney and fresh wholegrain bread.

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White chocolate croissant pudding

Meat fritters

with Teah

Ingredients (serves 4) • 12 small croissants, cut up into pieces

• 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 3/4 cup milk

• 1 small egg

• 1/4 cup caster sugar

• 1 cup milk

• Handful of white chocolate melts

• 250g any cold meat • 1/4 cup parsley

Method [1] Sift flour and salt into a bowl.

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[2] Add the well-beaten egg and then the milk.

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[3] Beat until smooth.

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[3] Wisk together eggs, cream, milk and sugar in a jug until combined.

[4] Cut the cold meat into small cubes and add to the batter.

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[4] Pour mixture over croissants and let them sit for 1 hour (place in fridge if a warm day).

[5] Spoon into smoking ,shallow fat and fry until a rich brown on both side.

[5] Preheat oven to 180OC. Bake for 40 minutes or until custard is set. Dust lightly with icing sugar and serve warm.


[2] Place croissants in dish, sprinkle in white chocolate melts.

• 1/2 cup plain flour

• 300ml thickened cream

[1] Lightly grease 4 single serve pots

Ingredients • 1/2 cup self-raisng flour



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• 4 eggs

• 1 tblsp icing sugar

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[6] Drain on brown paper and enjoy!


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Producer Jerry Bruckheimer brings his first 3-D film to the big screen with G-FORCE, a comedy adventure about the latest evolution of a covert government program to train animals to work in espionage. Armed with the latest high-tech spy equipment, these highly trained guinea pigs discover that the fate of the world is in their paws. Tapped for the G-FORCE are guinea pigs Darwin (voice of SAM ROCKWELL), the squad leader determined to succeed at all costs; Blaster (voice of TRACY MORGAN), an outrageous weapons expert with tons of attitude and a love for all things extreme; and Juarez (voice of PENELOPE CRUZ), a sexy martial arts pro; plus the literal fly-on-the-wall reconnaissance expert Mooch, and a star-nosed mole Speckles (voice of NICOLAS CAGE), the computer and information specialist.

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• The ant always falls over on its rig ht side when intoxicated.


(A) He calls the toe truck.

• Elephants are the only animals tha t can’t jump.

• ‘Stewardesses’ is the longest wo rd typed with only the left hand.

Thu 3rd

(Q) What does an elephant do when he stubs his toe?

Things around the house

• Shakespeare invented the word ‘assassination’ and ‘bump’.

Wed 2nd

(Q) What’s the difference between a well dressed man and a tired dog?

• Butterflies taste with their feet.

• On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.


Tue 1st

(A) Three. A Left Ear, a Right Ear, and a Final Front Ear!

(A) Tyrannosaurus wrecks.

did you know? • In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.


(Q) What did they call prehistoric sailing disasters?

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(Q) How many ears does Dr Spock have?

pak’s what’s on guide september

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Simply un-scramble the words and send the answers + your name & contact info to email or post to PO BOX 7433 Cairns. Entries close: 21 September 2009.

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Brothers Leagues Club Gordonvale Library Casino Sportz Arena Esplanade Lagoon Cairns City Place Cairns City Place Esplanade Lagoon Esplanade Lagoon Tanks Arts Centre - Tank 5 Brothers Leagues Club Bartle Frere State School Cairns City Place Cairns City Place Esplanade Lagoon Manunda Library Brothers Leagues Club Edmonton Library Mossman Library Cairns City Place Cairns City Place Esplanade Lagoon Brothers Leagues Club Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Woree High School Mareeba Rodeo Drive-In Cairns City Place Esplanade Lagoon Cazaly's Blue Sky Brewery Brothers Leagues Club Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Trinity Beach Hotel Esplanade Lagoon Esplanade Lagoon Salthouse Trinity Beach Hotel Mareeba Rodeo Drive-In Brothers Leagues Club Brothers Leagues Club Collins Avenue/Tanks Blue Sky Brewery Blue Sky Brewery Esplanade Lagoon Shenannigans Salthouse Salthouse

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blue = adults


Live Music - Big Jim Storytime for the Kids FREE MOVIES - How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (M) Beach Day Singer Songwriter Showcase Live Music - Sweet K Barefoot in the Park - CairnTango Dance Workshops Barefoot in the Park - Tom See Poy Trio Australian Poetry Slam Live Music - Carrizma Teddy Bears Picnic Singer Songwriter Showcase Live Music - Small Baggage Kinds Corner - "Roving Stars with the Bopstars" Storytime for the Kids Live Music - Big Noise Storytime for the Kids Baby Rhyme Time Singer Songwriter Showcase Live Music - Lakota Elements Schools Cultural - "Choral & Orchestral" Live in the Auditorium - Big Bands Spectacular Live Music - Small Baggage Woree RugRats Playgroup MOVIE - Up (PG) & The Proposal (PG) Singer Songwriter Showcase Schools Cultural - "Rock Bands" Live Music - Tunes With Trent New Pale Ale Launch Party Live Music - Juicy Fruits Kaz & Gaz Karaoke Jelly Bean Kids Club Sea FM Beach Party Sea FM Dive-In Movie - 2 FREE MOVIES Live Music - Sol Nation Live Music - Tunes With Trent MOVIE - Up (PG) & The Proposal (PG) Live Music - Rhythm & Groove Live Music - Carrizma Carnivale on Collins Father's Day Luncheon Australian Native Animals Festival Finale - Parade Movie, Live Music, Heaps of Fun The Gong Show Live Music - Sarah Booker Live Music - Sol Nation


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Cairns BMX Track Brothers Leagues Club Casino Sportz Arena Stratford Library Brothers Leagues Club City Library Fogarty Park Brothers Leagues Club Smithfield Library City Place Esplanade Lagoon Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Woree High School Mareeba Rodeo Drive-In City Place City Place Esplanade Lagoon Brothers Leagues Club Brothers Leagues Club Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Masonic Care Cairns Stockland Earlville Stockland Earlville Esplanade Lagoon Mareeba Rodeo Drive-In Brothers Leagues Club Brothers Leagues Club Esplanade Lagoon Salthouse Cairns Civic Theatre Brothers Leagues Club Casino Sportz Arena Smithfield Library Cairns Civic Theatre Brothers Leagues Club Babinda Library Brothers Leagues Club Stratford Library Mossman Library Mossman Library City Place Esplanade Lagoon Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Woree High School City Place Esplanade Lagoon

Green = kids

pak’s what’s on guide september

blue = adults


BMX Coaching Classes Live Music - Take Five FREE MOVIES - Revoluntionary Road Storytime for the Kids Live Music - Carrizma Storytime for the Kids Family Fun Day @ Fogarty Park - Child Protection Week Live Music - Carrizma Baby Rhyme Time Live Music - Lex N Lizzy Live Music - Heritage on the Lagoon Live Music - Big Jim Woree RugRats Playgroup MOVIE - G I Joe (PG) & Transformers 2 (M) Live Music - Suave Swing Relay Rockers - Rock N Roll Dance Group Marks Aussie Animal Show Live Music - Juicy Fruits Live in the Auditorium - The Underage Rave Kaz & Gaz Karaoke Carpentaria Freemason's Spring Fete Backstreet Dance - Dance Spectacular Backstreet Dance - Dance Spectacular Rotary Duck Race MOVIE - G I Joe (PG) & Transformers 2 (M) Live Music - Rhythm & Groove Live Music - Carrizma Live Music - Koahlition Live Music - Sol Nation Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes Live Music - Small Baggage FREE MOVIES - YES MAN (M) Storytime for the Kids Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes Live Music - Carrizma Storytime for the Kids Live Music - Barbary Coasters Baby Rhyme Time Baby Rhyme Time Storytime for the Kids Live Music - Kantok Live Music - Heritage on the Lagoon Live Music - Almost Brothers Woree RugRats Playgroup Live Music - Sun sOf Icarus Foreshore Fire Show - Cycas Circus


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Cazaly's Mareeba Rodeo Drive-In Brothers Leagues Club Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Tanks Arts Centre Tanks Arts Centre Trinity Beach Hotel Esplanade Lagoon Esplanade Lagoon Mareeba Rodeo Drive-In Brothers Leagues Club Trinity Beach Hotel Brothers Leagues Club Tanks Arts Centre Tanks Arts Centre Esplanade Lagoon Brothers Leagues Club Cairns Cable Ski Mt Sheridan Plaza Brothers Leagues Club Mt Sheridan Plaza Manunda Library Casino Sportz Arena Brothers Leagues Club Mt Sheridan Plaza Brothers Leagues Club Mt Sheridan Plaza Earlville Library Mossman Library Mossman Library City Place Esplanade Lagoon Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Mt Sheridan Plaza Woree High School City Place Esplanade Lagoon City Place Brothers Leagues Club Fuller Sports Club Edmonton Raintrees Shopping Centre Cairns Showgrounds Esplanade Lagoon Esplanade Lagoon Blue Sky Brewery Blue Sky Brewery

Green = kids

blue = adults


Live Music - Tunes With Trent MOVIE - G-Force (PG) & TBA Live Music - Kim Mullins Band Kaz & Gaz Karaoke Acting Classes - Intensive (16yrs +) Acting Classes - Intensive (12yrs - 18yrs) Jelly Bean Kids Club Live Music - Sapodilla Live Music - Hit Fanatics MOVIE - G-Force (PG) & TBA Live Music - Swingin Alley Catz Live Music - Tunes With Trent Live Music - Carrizma Acting Classes - Intensive (16yrs +) Acting Classes - Intensive (12yrs - 18yrs) Live Music - Dixie Jazz Live in the Auditorium - Flo Rida ALL WEEK - Holiday Kids Club Farmer Pete's Farm Live Music - Out of the Blue Farmer Pete's Farm Baby Rhyme Time FREE MOVIES - Changeling (MA) Live Music - Carrizma Farmer Pete's Farm Live Music - Take Five Farmer Pete's Farm Storytime for the Kids Baby Rhyme Time Storytime for the Kids Live Music - Flavez Live Music - Heritage on the Lagoon Live Music - Sweet K Farmer Pete's Farm Woree RugRats Playgroup Live Music - Non Troppo UMI Arts Indigenous Markets Relay Rockers - Rock N Roll Dance Group Live Music - Rhythm & Groove Kaz & Gaz Karaoke A Family Fun Free Day - with the BOPSTARS Cairns Auto Spectacular 2009 Live Music - Sunset Raga Live Music - I & I Tuala AFL GRAND FINAL Cairns Greatest Dj competition rd2


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blue = adults


Brothers Leagues Club Brothers Leagues Club Cairns Showgrounds Esplanade Lagoon Yorkeys Knob Boating Club Cairns Cable Ski Brothers Leagues Club Casino Sportz Arena Brothers Leagues Club

Velvet Underground

Green = kids

Live Music - 4 in a Groove Live Music - Carrizma Cairns Auto Spectacular 2009 Live Music - Junior See Poy Trio Live Music - Barbary Coasters ALL WEEK - Holiday Kids Club Live Music - Carrizma FREE MOVIES - Bride Wars (PG) Live Music - Carrizma


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regular weekly events Cairns Recreation Centre

SAM POWERS EXTREME ILLUSIONS Every Monday through to Saturday @ 7.30pm

GO Bowling

Specials on all month for adults, kids, birthdays and groups! Super Special Sunday Sessions - 3pm until late ($13.95 per person for 3 games)

Tanks Arts Centre Kids Workshops

FRI - Circus Skills workshops @ 3.30pm (9 week = $90) SAT - Circus Skills Workshops @ 9am & 10.30am ($135 per term) PHONE: (07) 4032 6604

Tanks Arts Centre Adult Workshops MON & TUE - TV Acting Classes @ 4.15pm (POA) SUN - Laughing YOGA @ 9.15am ($5 per person) MON - Hatha YOGA @ 6pm ($15 per person) PHONE: (07) 4032 6604

MON - Public Skate - bookings essential (6 or more people) MON - Indoor Sports TUE - Fund Raiser Session @ 6.30pm (coa) TUE - Indoor Sports WED - General Skate @ 10am & 1pm THU - General Skate @ 10am & 1pm FRI - General Skate @ 10am SAT - Beginners Skate Session @ 10am-12pm ($7 entry $2 skate hire) SAT - General Skate @ 1pm-3.30pm ($8 entry $1 skate hire) SAT - Retro Skate @ 7pm SUN - Learn to Skate Sessions @ 10am-12pm ($7 entry $2 skate hire) SUN - General Skate Session @ 1pm-3.30pm ($8 entry $3 skate hire)

Atherton Markets

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

Esplande Lagoon Fun FREE Fitness

Babinda Markets

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

Tues - Seniors Morning “Club Gold” @ 9.30 Every Sun - Kids Disco 3.30pm-6pm (ages 3-12yrs)

Rusty's Markets

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

Nov at Marcs Park

Gordonvale Cottage Markets

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

- 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

Port Douglas Markets

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

SPeewah 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.

- 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

Mission Beach Markets

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

Tanks Art Centre Markets

- the 2nd Saturday of each month at Centenary Park, Byrnes Street - 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 6.30am - noon, Opposite Hideaway

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

Monster Markets

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

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

Mossman Markets

Kuranda Markets

Esplanade Markets

To learn how to do a scorpion there are some stretches to help you perfect this safely on the ground. Perform a split, with one leg straight out in front of you, knee and toes facing up. Your back leg should be stretched out behind you, with the knee and toes facing toward the floor. Arch your back and lean back toward your back leg. Bend the knee of your back leg to bring your foot up toward your head. Make sure your back leg is straight out behind you, not off to one side. Use your hand to pull your foot toward your head, if needed. Hold this position. The idea is to resemble a scorpion, with the raised leg behind you resembling the stinger.

Cazalys Wed throught to Sat - Live Music @ 7pm Brothers Leagues Club

Cooktown Markets

- every Saturday from 8am - noon at Lions Park

While some might think that cheerleading is nothing more than looking pretty and shaking pom-poms, the reality is that cheerleading requires strength, flexibility and agility. Some stunts can be extremely challenging. One cheerleading move that calls for more flexibility than some other moves is the scorpion.

MON - Aqua Aerobics @ 6.30am & Walk / Run Circuit @ 5.15pm TUE - YOGA @ 6.30am WED - Sarge’s Army Boot Camp @ 5.30pm WED - Beach Volleyball Clinic @ 5.30pm THU - Pilates @ 7am & Petanque @ 10am THU - Aqua Aerobics Class @ 6.15pm THU - Esplanade Running Club @ 5.30pm FRI - Aqua Aerobics @ 6.30am FRI - Mums & Bubs @ 10.30am SAT - Sahaja YOGA @ 7.30am, Aqua Aerobics @ 8.30am & Boxercise @ 8am

regular markets

Tolga Markets


Tully Markets

Yungaburra Markets

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

How to do a scorpion

Another way to practice a scorpion is to perform a table scorpion. Use a table which is the same level as your hips. Place one of your legs (the one which you are going to pull into the scorpion) straight on the table so that the knee is downwards on the table. Bend your knee, bring your foot up and pretend you are doing a normal scorpion. Try not to bend your body too much. Make sure the leg you are standing on is tight and your knee locked just like you would in a stunt. (Photos become property of Awesome Cheerleading & may appear on website or other print material).


Science facts about light

Swap Meet @ Rodeo Drive-in Mareeba

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

Where do Light Sources come from? (1) Electric light bulb (2) Candle Flame (3) Sun and other stars

Cairns Esplanade Markets

What is Light? Our main source of light on Earth comes from the Sun.

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Light is a kind of energy that can move in waves and it is made up of a flow of small particles of energy called photons. A ray of light travels very fast. The speed of light equals 300,000 km/second. Nothing else travels faster than light, not even sound!

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The white light from the Sun is made up of the seven colours of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.

After a rain shower you can usually see a rainbow in the sky if the sun is shining. A rainbow is formed by the refraction of the sunlight in the droplets of water that are suspended in the air for the rain shower. Think of the rain drops as prisms. If our Earth did not have an atmosphere, the sky would be black like outer space. We would be able to see stars in our daytime like an astronaut sees stars in space.

What are the uses of Sun Light: (1) For Energy (2)  For Warmth - Heat (3)  To see things - Light (4)  To help things grow


pak review Scooby Doo 3 - The Mystery Begins

Bulletin #22 The totally amazing, incredible, fantastic adventures of Bopstar, Bree and the Boppers! Bulletin: Part XXII

Last Edition: After being captured by the evil villain, he began to explain his evil plan. “That, my dear, is the most ingenious, clever and inspirational part of my plan!” explained the evil character. “You and your little friends are extremely lucky to have not one, but two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest, within metres of each other and I have the power to hold them ransom.” clarified the excited villain. Bree couldn’t believe what she was hearing. How was it possible to hold such a large area to ransom? What was his plan? Bree had to find out what his diabolical plan was and quickly. The Boppers were puzzled as to how this crazy man could hold the entire GBR and also the mountainous Wet Tropics to ransom. “But how?” Trent questioned, and continued, “How are you going to take two large regions to ransom? It is impossible!” This remark made the evil villain chuckle, as he replied, “Impossible?... Impossible, you say. Nothing is impossible and I will show you

in due time my little friend. Nothing is impossible!” With that, the evil creature turned to his cronies and ordered, “Lock these good-doers away and get the uplink to the Prime Ministers and Presidents ready, NOW!” Minutes later the three Boppers were locked in the chef’s quarters and needed to figure out a plan, and fast! MEANWHILE, BACK IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM…all the world leaders were listening in as the evil villain made his demands… “If you want your precious world heritage areas to continue to exist, then you will need to pay $10 billion dollars within 72 hours. If you choose not to co-operate, then I will have no choice but to destroy the GBR and the Wet Tropics Rainforest. You have 72 hours, goodbye!” Concluded the mysterious creature.

> Rating: PG > Category: Family > Released on DVD: 2/9/09 What brings best friends together? For Daphne (Kate Melton), Velma (Hayley Kiyoko), Fred (Robbie Amell), Shaggy (Nick Palatas), and Shaggy’s spunky pup Scooby Doo (voiced by Frank Welker), it’s a mystery! The feature length live action Scooby Doo! The Mystery Begins original movie takes you back to when four teenage sleuths (and one dog detective) first met. Unjustly accused of staging a spooky practical joke complete with ghosts, the kids are suspended from Coolsville High. To clear their names, they team to solve the supernatural mystery...and head into nonstop laughs and adventure. Special fun, special friends, and extra-special effects make this “how it all began”! For your chance to win a Civic Pack, simply tell us in 30 words or less, “Who is your favourite Scooby Doo character?”

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BACK IN THE CHEF’S QUARTERS…the Boppers were brain storming ideas, trying to figure out what the evil villain’s plans were, and how they could stop him from devastating the Far North. “Maybe he will use some kind of electric fence?” stated Trent. “Maybe he is going to use some kind of dome which would cover the area and somehow destroy the region?” explained Eleese. “These ideas all seem very plausible but I think we need to find out exactly what he plans to do and we need to know now.” suggested Bree.

Walking on the

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With several hours already passed, the Boppers only had 65 hours before the Far North Queensland coast would never look the same again. Time was of the essence and if they were to stop this crazed madman then they would need to act quickly.

Hi Everyone. It’s me, Jemma, from Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve.

Guess what? We have a new baby in our family. It’s a Pigmy Hippo and sooo cute! He was born on Thursday 6th August and he is very small. His Mother, Fluffy, is taking very good care of him. Pigmy Hippos are a very rare and critically endangered species in the wild so to be able to see one of these is very special. The new baby will stay very close to his mother for the first year but he’s already swimming around by himself and spends lots of time sleeping in the sun.

To Be Continued…

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.

We now have four Pigmy Hippos, Fluffy, Frankie, Felix and the new baby. We haven’t picked a name for him yet – any ideas? We feed our Pigmy’s for visitors each day at 3.30pm so if you come and visit you might be lucky enough to see him. See you when you come up and visit and remember, always look after our wildlife.




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PAK Facts Did you know? Why the happy face? Clownfish can grow to be from 2 to 5 inches long. The males tend to be significantly smaller than the females. However, there are various types of clownfish that range in colours from blue to yellow. Clownfish live in a “symbiotic” relationship with certain anemones. This means they benefit from living with the sea anemone, and the sea anemone benefits from the presence of the clownfish. They are the only fish that are able to live in sea anemones and not get stung by their tentacles. Clownfish are very active fish and are extremely aggressive. Because they are quite active, the clownfish are thought to be “clowning around”. They defend their territory and the sea anemone that they live in. Clownfish eat the leftovers from fish on the anemone and algae. The leftovers include copepods, isopods and zooplankton. Far too small to be hunted by man for food, clownfish have lived undisturbed in the coral reefs for thousands of years. But more recently, they have become extremely popular as saltwater aquarium fish. The brightly colored species command a high price in europe and the united states. Collectors, realizing the demand, have destroyed many reefs in search of prime specimens, often damaging or killing the host anemones in the process. Fortunately, many local governements have imposed restrictions on the number of the clownfish that can be taken from their habitats and the means by which they can be taken. And, because clownfish are a big attraction with snorkelers and scuba divers, the tourist industry has an interest in protecting them and ensuring that they be allowed to live and breed safely on the reefs.


Clownfish also feeds on planktonic crustaceans and algae that live in or grow on the reef. They live in the warmer waters of the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean. They are also found in northwest Australia, southeast Asia, Japan and the Indo-Malaysian region. There are no clownfish in the Caribbean.

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Clownfish can grow to a length of about 2-5 inches, according to species. The brilliantly colored Clownfish gets its name from its distinctive black and white markings. Most clownfish spawn on coral near their host anemone or within the anemone itself. The view over the

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Elimination communication is a centuries-old method of toilet training that is popular with many parents, particularly those who practise attachment parenting because they are with their babies 24 hours a day. The parent uses timing, signals, cues and intuition to help an infant address his or her elimination needs, partially or completely avoiding the use of nappies. The term “elimination communication” (EC) was devised by Ingrid Bauer who travelled to India and Africa and noticed mothers carrying their babies without nappies, yet she saw no elimination “accidents”. Subsequently she raised her own children with minimal use of nappies and wrote a book about her experiences. Most parents teach their baby to eliminate in to their clothing and then re-teach them not to later on. EC avoids teaching them bad habits in the first place so babies are toilet trained much quicker.


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of patience and persistence, and using baby sign language to communicate, he was able to go without nappies much sooner than other babies. Most mums practising EC do use nappies part-time so their homes are not littered with baby poo or pee puddles. Here’s a scenario that every parent has witnessed: Baby is sitting in their high chair and finishing off a lovely meal of mashed veges when they get a look on their face, and soon they start straining. Most parents watch and laugh at their baby’s grunts and red face as they proceed to mess their nappy. But a parent practising EC will take this opportune moment to get them out of the high chair and on to a toilet, potty or bowl so the baby learns where to do number twos. Watching for signs from your baby is one of the first ways to start EC and as baby gets older you work at getting them to communicate when they need to go. Charndra Pike has created a website about her EC experiences with her son and offers plenty of information for those new to the idea. “EC is about gently supporting their instinctual awareness of their body and attempting to understand them, and helping them feel ‘relieved’... it uses nappies as a tool, rather than a necessity,” she said. Charndra says it has been a lot of fun to realise how smart babies really are. “It is rewarding to interact daily in such a positive way,” she said, “and it is also really cool to ‘talk’

non-verbally with my baby and have another way to respond to his needs.” The benefits of EC are obvious - it costs less, no more nappy rash, less washing and fewer nappy changes - positive results if you have the commitment to give it a go.

For more info on Elimination Communication > Visit, written by an Aussie mum with plenty of links and articles for those who want to go headfirst into EC or try it part-time. > Also check out where you can learn to the EC skills to fit in with your lifestyle and comfort zone.


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Bree James updates us on her experiences with reusable nappies

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Well it’s been over 3 months of using reusable nappies, and I have to say it’s been nowhere near as bad as I thought. Quite honestly, washing poo out of nappies in to the toilet with a hose is not my favourite thing to do, but hey, we mums do all sorts of jobs we don’t like don’t we!

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I’ve mostly been using Bum Genius nappies plus a few Cushie Tushies. Both brands have been good to use and easy to clean. Jordan always seems happy wearing them and has never had a case of nappy rash. The Cushie Tushies are very soft and come in a range of trendy patterns. They are a one size fits all with stud type “snaps” to hold them together. I did initially find them a little loose around the thigh which caused some leakage, but I later realised it was how I had put them on!

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Bum Genius nappies are fantastic and work exactly like a disposable with velcro sides and a synthetic outer which keeps the moisture in. I did find at one stage that they started smelling a bit but when I called Nurture Nappies for advice I discovered I was using too much washing powder so the problem was soon fixed.

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hallway. Apparently an emergency had arrived by helicopter and we were put aside for a few moments. We felt as though we had been placed in some file marked “Not requiring a drip or anything” and by the time we were finally ushered into a waiting room the labour had completely stopped. Eventually a nurse came in and examined my wife and told us that we were experiencing a kind of warm up dress rehearsal called Braxton-Hick’s contractions. These are Nature’s ultimate practical joke, a biophysical “boy who cried wolf”. We were informed that the baby could be born in a week or two, and that we could go home. She asked me what I was hoping for. “A complete and lasting world peace” I said. She gave me a look I sometimes get. “Oh! we were kind of hoping for a baby.”

“Hello, Kirwan Women’s Hospital.” said a voice on the other end of the phone. “My wife is in labour.” I announced in a voice that I hoped sounded calm and in obvious control but which came out sounding like a cross between a mewling kitten and a Melbourne Cup race caller freaked out on caffeine. “Is this her first child?” inquired the female voice. “No it’s her husband.” I said “But if you’d like to wait a few minutes, judging by her contractions, I reckon her first child should be along any minute.” “You’ll both be fine. Stay calm, you’ve got plenty of time,” said the voice. It might as well have been coming from the other end of the universe. I know she was trying to make me feel better but I found myself wondering how she could tell from the other end of a telephone how far along the birth canal our baby was. Her composure was making me feel agitated: “Should I bring my wife in now or wait until I see a head or something?” When we arrived at the hospital, we were told to wait in the


An hour and a half later another nurse was asking me: “Would you like to cut the cord?” as our son lay in front of me on a table complete with all manner of plumbing. I was handed a device that resembled somebody’s attempt to design a pair of scissors out of a spoon. As I looked at this biological supply line in front of me I felt like I should have had an appropriate statement ready that captured the depth of the moment. What should I say as I cut my son’s umbilical cord? “I hereby declare this bridge open” or something like “You are hereby granted your physiological independence.” Perhaps something simple like “Welcome to life kid.” would do the trick. What I actually said was “This thing’s blunt!” Let me tell you something about umbilical cords. They are tough - really tough and the implement I was wielding seemed somewhat duller than I would have presumed for surgical equipment. It was like trying to cut a knife with a cheesecake. After a few moments, our newborn son Benjamin was brought to us clean, dry and wrapped in blankets. He looked up into my eyes from my arms and went to sleep. A couple of hours later I left the hospital exhausted. When I departed, my son was understandably sleeping like a baby and my wife was understandably sleeping like she’d had one. It was now 8 o’clock in the morning. I went home and slept myself into fatherhood.

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School Holidays: Check out our highlights of what’s going on around Cairns during the holidays. Entertainment

[2] Libraries

[1] Movies

As usual, Cairns Libraries is 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 for times and details.

Birch Carroll & Coyle will be releasing the following kid’s movies during the holidays: • Aliens in the Attic (Sept 17) – Animated adventure comedy

[a] Cairns Central: Kelly and the Safety Gang 28 Sept to 3 Oct (11am & 1pm). For further info visit

• Shorts (Sept 17) – Kids comedy sci-fi

[b] Stockland: Chess Tournament 23-26 Sept 11am daily. Let’s Dance 28 Sept to 3 Oct 11am & 1pm.

• Imagine That (Sept 17) – Family comedy with Eddie Murphy • 500 Days of Summer (Sept 17) – Love story for older kids/teenagers • Fame (Sept 24) – A reinvention of the original movie Ring 4057 0000 for movie session times or visit for more info.

[3] CRC Holiday Program

[c] Mount Sheridan: Farmer Pete will be at Mount Sheridan Plaza each day from 21-25 September (10am-2pm).

Activities [1] Go Bowling A fun family outing and during the holidays the following package is

[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. Tel: 4057 7188

[3] Shopping Centres

• G-Force (Sept 17) – Specially trained guinea pigs save the world in 3D! Check out our competition to win tickets

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 Wii. Pease St, Manoora Phone: 4053 3497. Website:

Cairns Recreation Centre is holding a complete sports and recreation program during the holidays for only $20 per day. Weekday’s 8am-5.30pm kids from 5-16 yrs can 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 info 4053 5353.

[4] Cairns Wildlife Safari Why not go and check out the latest addition to the family - a new Pigmy Hippo who was just born a few weeks ago and is the third Pigmy Hippo be Born in captivity in Australasia in the last 20 years. They also have breakfast with the beasts and you can also do dinner and see the zoo at night which is spectacular. Call the zoo on 4093 7777 for more information. [5] Cairns Indoor Sports Their ‘multi-sport madness’ program is open everyday 1pm-3pm and allows the kids to try lots of different sports. Cost $7. Located: 164 Mayers St, Manunda Ph: 4032 2844 [6] Cable Ski

are additional ($5-$20). For info call 4032 2109 or visit

[2] Cairns Regional Gallery

[6] Freshwater Holiday Club

The Gallery’s September school holiday workshops will be inspired by the exhibitions Paddocks of Play, A Trip to Taterine, the Abbott St Windows and Frame by Frame. Children enjoy a tour of the Gallery followed by a practical workshop with a local artist. Mon 21 – Fri 25 Sept (10am-12pm repeated 1-3pm). Mon – Mask Making, Tues – Painting & Drawing, Wed – Making a Diorama, Thurs – Making a mini-scarecrow, Fri – Making farmyard animals. Cost $18 per session ($80 for the week). To book phone 4046 4888 or email

Freshwater Childcare & Education Centre offers a Holiday Club Program for children 6-12 years including various plans and excursions. It runs throughout the holidays 6.30am-6.30pm, 5 days a week. Cost: $40 per day.

[4] Barron Valley Gymnastics Club

Check out their school holiday kids club which introduces kids aged 6-14 the basics of knee boarding, wakeboarding and water-skiing. It runs 8.30-10am Monday-Friday. Cost $29 per session ($116 for the week). Call 4038 1304 for info or

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: 9.00am-3.00pm. Venue: Barron Valley Gymnastics Club, 46 Magazine St, Stratford. Tel: 4055 1711

Classes & Programmes

[5] Cairns West PCYC

[1] Academy of TV

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 $42 per day (with Centrelink CCB rebate). Morning and afternoon tea included – just bring lunch. Excursions

Got a budding film or TV actor in your house? The Academy of TV has workshops with top industry professionals for different age ranges from 7yrs to adult, mention PakMag for a $25 discount. Call 4059 1141 or

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For more information contact Emma on phone 4055 1300 or email [7] 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 information speak to Leanne on 4033 7266 or check out our website [8] Sewing4Fun Sew Fun 4 Kids is an enjoyable and fun “learn to sew” program designed for kids from 6 upwards. The program introduces the basic skills and practical techniques of dressmaking and fashion. Classes are not just limited to sewing either; creative craft and art workshops are also available. Cost: $10 per hour plus materials. For more info call 4033 6600 or check out

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In search of wallabies, possums and the elusive platypus we recently set off with ‘Gone Wild Safari tours’ and from the moment the tour began we were learning and discovering all sorts of amazing things about our own region thanks to our tour guide Warren. The Gone Wild tour passes through 6 different forest systems. Our first stop was the Kuranda Range lookout where binoculars are supplied for everyone to check out the view. Beyond Kuranda we passed through both wet and dry eucalypt forests before coming to the more typical outback landscape. Along the way we stopped at the quaint roadside store, known simply as ‘the Termite’, and sampled some of their local produce including honey, macadamias, handmade soaps and fruit and vegetables grown in the nearby area. Next we headed to Granite Gorge, the home of the endangered Mareeba Rock Wallaby, found only in this area. This species has actually benefited from human contact since daily visitors and an onsite caravan park have deterred natural and introduced predators from attacking them. Humans have also ensured a ready food supply which has allowed the wallabies to raise their joeys safely and


build their population up to more viable levels. There are very few places like this where you can interact so closely with wild wallabies and the children loved it. From Granite Gorge we went to Bonadio’s Rainforest reserve, a private property which has the rare Notophyll or small leafed rainforest. The Bonadio family is working towards revegetating and protecting the forest and unique animal species found here. This beautiful property can only be accessed by Gone Wild tours. On arrival we were greeted by a birds of prey demonstration. The boys actually got to hold a barn owl and we saw a buzzard, a wedge tailed eagle, a lesser sooty owl and a rare rainforest quoll. We’d never seen a quoll before so we were fascinated by this beautiful yet dangerous little creature. The highlight of our adventure was searching for the secretive platypus. It was just on sunset, the best time for platypus spotting, and we were told we had to be very quiet as we walked along the high riverbank peering down to the water below. It wasn’t long before we spotted one though, swimming along the top of the water as it took a breath before

diving down again. We were lucky enough to see three platypus in total before it was time to head back to the farm for our barbeque dinner. After dinner we enjoyed a singalong before heading out on a nightwalk through the rainforest. The children were each given their own torches and we saw lots of possums, an owl and even a musky rat kangaroo as we followed the path through the forest. After such an exciting day the kids went straight to sleep on the drive home! The Gone Wild Safari tour is a great day out for families. The group sizes are small and there is so much unique native wildlife to see that the children were kept engaged and interested for the whole tour. Costs for the tour are $148 for adults and $82 for children over 3. It includes the tour guide, dinner and entry fees. To book call 1300 363 436 or

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

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DIY pak projects

All about Dad!

Amanda Mathiot shows how to help the kids make a salt dough hanging decoration for Dad

The Singing Face Painter Available for themed childrens’ & adult parties

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Painting, high pressure water cleaning plus all general maintenance services

• 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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Brighten your child’s room with personalised art

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You’ll need • 300g flour • 200ml water • 300g salt • 2 tsp oil • Paper clips • String • Art supply box: paints, paint brushes • Different objects to press into dough • Varnish (spray type is fine)


toothpicks. Go crazy and get creative. If your dough gets sticky, sprinkle on some flour. After you’ve had some fun and got your creative minds thinking it’s time to decide what you are going to make as Dad’s special hanging gift.

with acrylic paints. You could mix a little PVA glue with the paint (about 1 part PVA to 2 parts paint) which helps keep it tough and shiny. Give your salt dough hanging master piece a spray with varnish to protect it from the humidity.

We decided on a funny face.

Haven’t had enough of creating for that special person on Father’s Day?

• Make the shapes for the face. An oval for the face, two smaller circles for the eyes, some hair, ears and a mouth.

• Mixing bowl • Rolling pin • Oven • Baking Tray

• Stick them together. • Squash a paperclip onto the back. • Bake the face. (see below) • Paint and decorate the face. • Tie on some string.

Let’s go!!

Baking the Dough: This is Mum’s job!

• Put all the ingredients into mixing bowl. • Squeeze the mixture together. • Pat it into a ball. • Roll it out using your rolling pin. Now have a play. Roll your dough, squash it, and pinch it. Find objects around the house that can you can use to decorate your dough in different ways. Rake it with an old comb, use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Paddle pop sticks, the corrugated side of lids, pencils, forks,

Bake for 20 minutes at 180OC. Place your shapes on a baking tray. Keep your shapes small and chunky. If the shapes are too big, they will take longer to cook. If they are too delicate they could break more easily. Remember to allow cooling before painting. Be very careful of the hot paper clip. When the dough has been baked and cooled, you can paint it and decorate it

How about creating your own wrapping paper for your perfect gift? All you need is some old newspaper or butchers paper and paints. You could use your very own hand prints to decorate the paper, or make splatter designs using your paintbrushes. Get creative. Here are some of our favourite quotes that you could write in Dad’s card: “A father carries pictures where his money used to be” “Dad, you’re someone to look up to no matter how tall I’ve grown” Or you could write your own. Think of a special time that you remember and write about that. If you’re too little to write, then maybe an adult could help you.


kids activities


Dirt bike riding


Local Enduro Bike Racer, Tanya Hearn, is hoping to make it on to the Australian team. Here, she explains how kids can get involved in this exciting sport.



For further information contact ✆ 4051 2741 I first learnt to ride motorcycles at the age of 18. As a young teenager I really wanted to ride bikes but my father thought it wasn’t the right thing for a young girl to do. As soon as I was able to afford it I bought a Yamaha WR 200 and began trail riding in the bush. This was the start of my passion for dirt bikes. In 2003, as a 23 year old I competed in my first motocross event run by The Cairns Motorcycle Club at Mirriwinni. I came third and was hooked. Over the next three years I continued to compete in local motocross events and had some great results including Senior Club Champion (yes I beat all the men!) at Mareeba. Dirt bike racing has traditionally been a male dominated sport but the female sector of the sport is rapidly growing and I am actively involved in encouraging young female riders. I’ve organised several women’s trail rides and I’m currently planning a beginner’s ride day to promote confidence and develop skills in women aged 13 and up which is aimed at increasing female participation in riding events.


Dirt bike riding is an excellent sport for children since it promotes confidence and coordination as well as determination to succeed. In addition to that it also gives them valuable mechanical skills. The first step for a child wanting to get involved is to join a local club and participate in practice days. The Cairns Motorcycle Club in Edmonton have “Come and Try days” which allow the kids to ride on the track before they join the club. Last month 70 new riders came along and the day was a huge success. Practice days are held at the Cairns Club most Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Lessons and coaching are available (dates are always advertised on the club websites at www.cairnsmotorcycleclub. For a great family day out, the next club day at Cairns Motorcycle Club (Thomson Rd, Edmonton) is Sunday 13 September. In the last 2 years my focus has changed to endurance dirt bike racing and I now participate in both Pony Express and Enduro events on my brand new KTM200 (thanks to Wayne Leonard

Motorcycles). I am passionate about this style of racing and in order to improve I have had to travel further afield. Last November I competed in the final round of the Queensland Enduro series in Goomburra and I finished second in the State. I then competed in the women’s class at the Australian 4 Day Enduro Championships held in Orange, NSW in April 2009 where I placed a credible 7th in a field of very experienced Australian competitors. Next year my goal is to compete in several events (most of which are in SE Queensland or further afield) so that I may be considered for selection for the Australian team that will be competing in the 2010 International 6-Day Enduro. Tanya Hearn is currently seeking sponsorship. If you would like to help her achieve her dream to represent Australia by making a contribution to her travel and racing expenses (it costs her at least $2000 each time she travels to an event!), please email Tanya on Photography by Megan Cox


Movie of the Month

eating out

Charlie & Boots

Blue Sky Brewery

Heartfelt Comedy

Charlie McFarland (Paul Hogan) is a man in his late 60s who suffers a devastating loss and withdraws into his grief.

Blue Sky Brewery Bar & Restaurant is a world-class venue located right in the heart of Cairns on Lake Street. It is of course father friendly, but surprisingly, it is also family friendly. As the name suggests, Blue Sky Brewery is home to ten premium handcrafted beers brewed on site, giving you a full flavoured, preservative free, naturally brewed 100% Cairns beer. The Blue Sky’s main feature is the Brewery itself although there’s also two function rooms, a VIP Oak room, the restaurant, the Main Bar and Blue Bar. They also do brewery tours 3 times a day at 11am, 4pm and 6pm which are $10 for adults and free for kids. Head in on a Sunday though and the tours are free. The menu is extensive and reasonably priced with meals for lunch and dinner ranging from $12-$30.Kids meals are only $8 which includes a soft drink. The top two menu favourites are their reef fish and chips with homemade tartare sauce which is absolutely divine, and the Potted Pie made with tender chunks of beef and root vegetables in a yummy sauce made with their True Blue Stout. We also tried the prawn spring rolls and the Caesar salad topped with calamari which where both fantastic. They have a range of salads on offer plus steaks, pizza, pasta, schnitzels and seafood. They can also cater for coeliac and vegetarians on request. Lunch is served daily from 11.302.30pm and dinner from 5pm. The snack menu runs all day. The thing that distinguishes the Blue Sky menu is the fact that it is cleverly matched with their beers. I had a taste of the ginger

Charlie’s youngest son, ’Boots’ (Shane Jacobson) - who has become largely estranged from his father in recent years - is deeply concerned by his father’s decline. After visiting him one morning he decides something needs to be done and it is up to him to do it.

beer, the cider and their Pilsner all of which were fantastic. Had I not been breastfeeding I would have tried them all!

Boots convinces his reluctant father to take a fishing trip with him, but it is not until they are on their way does he confess that they are not actually going to fish at their favourite local spot, but off the top of Australia at Cape York - 3,000 miles away!

During the week Blue Sky have theme nights: Wednesdays are trivia night with a twist and Thursdays are Wing Pong with 50 cent wings and ping pong tables. Blue Sky is great for a well earned Dad’s night out but they now also have a family day on Sundays when kids eat free with every paying adult. One Sunday a month is super-special Sunday with animal visitors from the Dome so kids get to touch baby crocs, snakes and other animals. The next family day coincides with Fathers Day so make sure you book a table. I can’t think of a better place to go on Father’s Day; he can enjoy a great meal, try a few beers and go on the free brewery tour whilst the kids get up close with some native animals. So don’t buy dad socks this year, take him for a yummy lunch that the whole family can enjoy.

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The feisty old curmudgeon wants no part of his son’s crazy idea and does his best to escape, but Boots is onto him and the resulting trip takes the two on an adventure across some of the most beautiful locations and landscapes in Australia. When a young beautiful hitchhiker, Jess, joins them, her natural charm and upbeat outlook on life helps them to understand how important they really are to each other - but also puts them in some strange and unusual situations.

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Released September 3rd, 2009 BOOK YOUR SCREENING NOW!

As they get closer to their destination and the quality time together increases, old wounds are reopened and family secrets exposed. Charlie & Boots is a celebration of a father and son’s relationship, a heartfelt and emotional comedy.

Book your private screening in cinema by emailing or call 4052 1166




Time for a break Stopped for speeding

“And I said to keep quiet!” The officer said,

A police officer in a small town stopped a motorist who was speeding down Main Street.

“You’re going to jail!”

“But officer,” the man began, “I can explain”. “Just be quiet,” snapped the officer. “I’m going to let you cool your heels in jail until the chief gets back.” The man tried again to plead his case. “But officer, I just wanted to say . . .”




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Down 1. Evergreen tree 2. Consumed 3. Beverage 4. Vacant 5. In addition 6. Horned ruminant 7. Aquatint 13. Command 14. Rise rapidly 15. Elaborate song for solo voice 16. Limited period of time 19. Flightless bird 20. Part of a pen 21. Attempt


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“Don’t count on it,” answered the fellow in the cell. “I’m the groom.”


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A few hours later the officer looked in on his prisoner and said, “Lucky for you that the chief is at his daughter’s wedding. He’ll be in a good mood when he gets back.”


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Across 1. Destiny 5. Mature 8. Distinct part of a group 9. Entire collection 10. Harvest 11. Pouch 12. Molar 14. Woodland deity 17. Mineral 18. Surface impression 22. Atmosphere 23. Ruler or chieftan 24. Male sheep 25. Gem

Who originally sang this song? 1. We’ve Only Just Begun

4. Sittin on the dock of the bay

2. I Got You Babe

5. I wish I was a punk rocker

3. Big Yellow Taxi

6. Oh what a night

Email or post your answers to us: or PO BOX 7433 Cairns 4870. Don't forget to include details. Entries close: 21st Sept 2009.


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PAKMAG - September 2009  

Cairns and the Far North Premier Parents and Kids magazine. Full of whats on information, heaps of prizes, loads of activities and plenty mo...

PAKMAG - September 2009  

Cairns and the Far North Premier Parents and Kids magazine. Full of whats on information, heaps of prizes, loads of activities and plenty mo...