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Personal challenges By KYLIE WILSON
TEAMWORK: Friends Ian Hayward and Murray Porter are among the growing numbers of local people competing in intense race events such as Tough Mudder.
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THEY battle through sticky mud, freezing water, daunting obstacles and in some cases, even electrical shocks. But local competitors in races like Tough Mudder, which are rapidly increasing in popularity among athletes of all kinds, would not have it any other way. Wangaratta residents and long time friends, Ian Hayward and Murray Porter, are old hands at the fun run circuit, but in the past year or so have hungered for new ways to challenge their fitness and endurance. They recently completed in the Tough Mudder race for the first time, and have also done similar races in recent months, including the Spartan Race and Warrior Dash. Mr Porter said he enjoyed being active, and competing in more intense races was a buzz. And not only does the motivation of competing in future events keep him “off the couch”, he said they are a way of experiencing different cities in a way not many other people can. During one recent race, he got to experience the Sydney Harbor bridge and surrounding landmarks on foot, a rare opportunity. “It’s a whole different perspective,” Mr Porter said. The unforeseen obstacles are another attraction for Mr Porter. continued page |
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Keep it simple
Sally Browning, Rae Dart, Bev McCracken, Sue Ryder and Pauline Wiffen, known as the ‘Gardening Girls’ Alpine Health Kiewa Valley House and Mt Beauty Hospital Gardens
What’s in your garden: The original plantings consisted of roses, lavender, loropetalum, azaleas, camellias, pierises. More recently gardenias, peonies and daphnes have been planted to provide extra perfume to the garden. What do you enjoy about gardening: A group of local gardeners have come together to develop a plan to beautify the gardens of Kiewa Valley House and Mt Beauty Hospital. Our vision is to create gardens that all people, irrespective of whether they are residents or visitors, can enjoy. Favorite plant/spot in your garden: There are lots of lovely places in the gardens around Kiewa Valley House. We are currently developing a ‘soft green’ garden for the Reflections Lounge for families.
HARD AT WORK: Clockwise from front, Pauline Wiffen, Rae Dart, Sue Ryder (kneeling) and Bev McCracken working in the garden at Alpine Health Mt Beauty Hospital.
This includes a gardenia, pieris, hellebores and azaleas. Water saving/ conservation tip: We are currently using the mulched leaves, grass clippings from the lawns that have been mulched by the maintenance staff. We hope to add extra mulch before summer
to help maintain soil moisture levels. As with every garden we plan to add a drip watering system in the near future. Your tips to keep gardens in top shape: Recycle grass clippings for mulch and compost. We use a mulcher to create our mulch.
AT the front of our house is a steep sloping bank that for many years was covered with long grass making it look pretty unsightly. Recently the process of beautifying the area began. Killing the grass was the first task so the bank was sprayed fortnightly with Roundup. Due to the steep sloping nature of the bank, removing the dead vegetation would result in the soil being loosened and washed away during rainfall or when watered. The solution was to plant among the dead grass, which will act as mulch, protecting the seedlings while they grow, keep the soil moist and the bank stable. It will also prevent further weeds growing. As the plants grow they will eventually cover the dead grass which will slowly break down adding nutrients to the soil. The bank has a four metre slope and is nearly 20 metres long which is a large area to plant out. This could be a costly exercise if buying plants so utilising what was already in other gardens was a cost efficient and sustainable solution. The color theme is yellow, blue, pink and white with five varieties
which are repeat planted along the bank. The plants chosen all self-seed and multiply quickly and will fill the bank in a couple of seasons. The yellow and orange hues of calendula, the blue forget me nots, the pink achillea and the white chrysanthemum daisies and Dutch iris all complement each other and look stunning. These plants were chosen because of their long flowering periods, with some blooming in winter. Calendulas bloom nearly all year round, while chrysanthemum daisies flower early winter through to the end of spring. Forget me nots flower during winter, spring and summer and achillea is a tough perennial plant with stunning crimson pink flowers throughout spring, summer and autumn. The Dutch iris bloom in spring. When planning a new garden keep it simple by having a color theme, limit the plant choices and repeat plant to tie it all together for an absolutely stunning effect. Happy gardening.
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“You can’t really plan for a lot of it, a lot of it is unknown beforehand,” he said of races like Tough Mudder. He said he liked the emphasis on teamwork and camaraderie, rather than winning, that the races promote. “If anyone’s struggling, people are there to lend a hand,” Mr Porter said. Mr Hayward sees the race as a personal challenge. “It is just something fun and to challenge yourself,” Mr Hayward said. “Neither of us go into these races trying to win, it’s just done for fun – these races have these extra obstacles, just to try and push you. “For me, personally, it’s just something I can say I’ve done.” The races are an equal opportunity challenge, according to fellow Wangaratta participant Chloe Earls, who also completed Tough Mudder for the first time this spring. “It was a group of 10 of us that have been doing the early morning boot camps together for more than 2 years,” Ms Earls said. “We thought it would be good fun and a challenge that would push us all in different ways, really getting you out of your comfort zone with various obstacles, whether it be fear of heights or confined spaces and completing the run for some were new challenges to conquer.” Regular bootcamp classes and targeted endurance and strength exercises, added to her regular solo exercises, made up the pre-race regimen for Ms Earls. And she said it was a challenging race, ranging from wading through thick mud to the confronting “arctic enema” and more. “You jumped into an ice bath and then had to completely submerge your head to get under a wooden wall and then get to the other side to lift yourself out,” she said of the obstacle. “Trying to push up when your
Genetic testing in dogs GENOME mapping has well and truly spread from the human world to the animal world. This has allowed scientists to identify genes that are responsible for certain genetic diseases in our pets. The use of this information is greatly helpful in diagnostics, but also in preventative health measures. An example of this is the use of genetic tests on potential breeding animals to determine whether they carry any genes associated with debilitating disease. With this information breeders can choose mating pairs that all but guarantee an absence of inherited genetic diseases in their pups or kittens. Genetic testing can also identify certain diseases in animals unfortunate enough to have inherited a disorder from their parents. This information can be used to create measures that help slow the progress of these diseases or to allow the use of supplements or medications that effectively treat the disease. In addition to inherited gene associated diseases there are a growing number of genetic tests that actually identify the genes of infectious agents like viruses and bacteria that are very useful in diagnosing infectious diseases. In these instances a blood sample or tissue swab from a suspect area can be submitted to the lab to try and isolate a pathogen’s genetic information.
STICKY SITUATION: Ian Hayward during the race.
muscles were not working and your body is burning it is so cold is not nice” “As it is not a race for time everyone is willing to help you out if they can just so that you can get to the finish as that is what everyone wants, so you are cheering on anyone to encourage them to get to the end.” But she said reaching the finish line is an ecstatic feeling. “I think shock and relief were what everyone thought, as we really had questioned if we would finish. “Then it was just elation. “As you finish they put the sacred orange headband on your head for you, drape your t-shirt over your shoulder and put your stubby holder under your arm, as you are so dirty and covered in mud you can’t hold them. “It has certainly increased my confidence in what I can achieve. “I think these events are great if they are going to get people moving and promote healthy life styles and it is great fun.”
THIS week’s pet of the week at the Wangaratta RSPCA is Cassie, a four year old, desexed female domestic shorthair cat who is black and white in color. To see more animals up for adoption at the Wangaratta RSPCA, visit the shelter in Connell Street or phone (03) 57222874.
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Some bacteria and viruses have been very difficult to detect by conventional means, like bacterial cultures, but these new genetic tests are much more sensitive in picking up infections. In addition to all the medical benefits these new technologies are bringing there is also the more novelty feature of looking at where our beloved mixed breed dog has come from. With genome mapping, databases have been created associating certain variants of genes with certain breeds. A blood sample from a mixed breed dog can be analysed genetically to look at what genes it carries and from this its likely parentage can be determined. These mixed breed tests can be done for around $150 now compared to around $400 when they were in their more fledgling stage.
october 16 - 22 | 2013
CATCH OF THE WEEK
Warmer weather to lift activity
Rob Hill, Brockelsby
THE weather has quite literally been hot and cold over the last week - air conditioners on one day, heaters the next. But on the whole the average temperature in recent weeks has risen considerably, and so too has the average water temperature which has led to the fish becoming more active. A friend fished Lake William Hovell from a kayak last week and managed a couple of small redfin. He caught these using worms for bait just drifting slowly over the weedy southern edge of the lake. While he only caught two fish, that is a sign redfin may be starting to become a bit more active, and this will only get better as the weather continues to warm up. Several people have told me they have caught yellowbelly in the Broken River during the last week. Sadly the average size of the fish caught has been quite small, with most fish being undersize.
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BY ROB ALEXANDER, WANGARATTA There are some bigger yellowbelly among them if you are willing to persevere, and the best way to catch them is using worms, or small yabbies with a patternosta rig. I have also had success in the Broken River with small crustacean like soft plastics, bouncing them across the bottom. I fished the Broken River one evening last weekend with Jack Rufford-Sharpe, but sadly our trip was a little disappointing all we managed was one small carp, and one small Murray cod which was quickly released. But we did have a wonderful time trying and Jack and I will be back there again very soon to try again.
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About Time [M] THE night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, 21 year old Tim Lake’s father tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can’t save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect every family.
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The Perfect Wife by Katherine Scholes KITTY Hamilton arrives in Tanganyika with high hopes for her new life. An exciting adventure halfway across the world could be just what she and Theo need to recover from the scandal that almost tore them apart. She is determined to play the role of the perfect wife, but her dreams soon begin to unravel. Published by Penguin Australia
A quiet Sunday morning LAST Sunday at about 5am, we were woken by the sound of screeching car brakes followed by a loud thudding noise. Our first assumption was that there’d been an accident somewhere quite close to our house. I leapt out of bed and raced outside in my jarmies, the dogs in tow. While they barked into the semi-light, I strained my eyes but I couldn’t see a thing. With no further noise to guide me; no sirens, no voices, nothing, I started to wonder if I’d imagined the whole thing. A minute or so later, though, I saw a person walking along the other side of the street (away from the direction the sound had come from). I wondered what they were doing out and about at this time, but decided it didn’t necessarily mean they had any connection to the noise. But a few moments later I saw another figure – a young male – running in the same direction as the walker before suddenly turning and running back in the direction of the noise. He disappeared into the darkness and I was even more confused. I went back to bed and the spouse and I concluded that whatever had happened must have been farther away than it sounded. A few minutes later, however, I peered out the window again and saw a police car with lights flashing, a council ute and an ambulance. By the time I’d gone out for a better look, the ambulance was making its way off down the street – lights still flashing. I guessed there may be a patient inside, but perhaps not a critical one - given they seemed in no hurry (it didn’t occur to me that there could have been an alternative reason why the ambulance was in no hurry. Luckily I don’t believe that was the case). For the next half hour, I moved around the house to various vantage points trying to see what on earth had happened and, as the light increased and a tow truck and more police turned up, it eventually became clear that a vehicle had wheelied around the corner, mounted the
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kerb, crashed through a six foot timber fence and slammed into the brick house diagonally across from us. By 6 am the street was a hive of activity. We could see the young occupant of the house standing in her pink pyjamas, while some men were busily removing the car from the mangled side of the house and loading it onto the tow truck. We quickly dressed, leashed the dogs and ventured past the site. A late model utility was imbedded in the side of the house, its young driver (we presumed) standing nearby with his mother who was clearly – understandably - upset. The boy kept his head down as we passed, no doubt busily texting his buddies the dramatic news. As we rounded the corner we could see his long line of squiggly burn-out marks that covered the road for some distance. It must have seemed like a great hoot at the time, snaking exhilaratingly back and forth across the road at high speed. Until, of course, the fateful moment where he’d lost it completely. I’ll bet it wasn’t quite so funny then. Trouble is, that stupid moment of fun could have ended in tragedy. The lady in the pink pyjamas might have been sleeping in the front of the house. The ute might have flipped in the gutter or the house roof might have collapsed on them. Any number of awful things could have happened. For what? For a bit of ‘testosterone-injected fun’? I seriously question why we allow 18 year olds to drive high powered killing machines at an age when risk-taking behaviors are at a premium; when young people often think they’re bullet proof. It sure doesn’t seem too sensible to me. Well anyway, I’m sure that boy will be walking for a good long time - if we’re lucky. Just a pity he doesn’t have to fix the fence and building as well.
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Limited Release Durif 2010 Around $31.00 COOKING shows are full of fantastic tips and ideas which would be just amazing to include in your repertoire, if only you could remember them. Unless it is something you can put to use immediately, they tend to go in one ear and out the other. One tip I did finally put into action was to rest my meat before serving it and Iâ€™ve never looked back. Whether itâ€™s a chicken breast or a seared steak, the density, texture and juiciness all benefit from time to relax off the heat, and it can turn an uptight protein into melt in the mouth magic. A perfectly mellow porterhouse deserves a good sort on the side, and a glass of Brown Brothers Limited Release Durif from the Heathcote vineyard, fits the bill.
WITH ANITA McPHERSON The inky, dark color of the wine has echoes of the rich, volcanic red soil in which the fruit was grown, where it obviously enjoyed basking in the warm climate. Itâ€™s glossy and viscous, with an earthy nose of blackberry and cedar, following with more ripe berry in the flavor along with blood plum fruit. Matching it with a rare steak is a no brainer, but if your preference was for Coq Au Vin, the bird having been doused in some too, there would be a lovely synergy. This meaty drop enjoys being alongside flesh and bone. Giving this Durif a few years to rest is a fine recommendation, if only it was going to be that easy. Find out more at www. brownbrothers.com.au
WITH BRONWYN INGLETON THIS recipe goes back to when I was going to state school and we lived on the farm. We always rushed home from school, it would take us at least half an hour to get home, longer if we had to walk, but mum would always have been baking, and it was always a surprise to see what was made. My mum always used to say that the name came from the fact they looked like the little sponges that ladies used to dust face powder on with. You will have to be patient; they need to rest for at least 2-3 hours to soften, but they are well worth it.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Railway to Bright, 1890 cheers of the crowd. The visiting dignitaries were taken in procession for the official welcome at the Shire Hall, while the children were taken for a train ride to Myrtleford.
AN enormous crowd welcomed the special train inaugurating the rail service to Bright on October 17, 1890. The train drew into the town amid the crashing of exploding detonators and the
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Method In a mixer, beat the egg whites to soft peaks; gradually beat in sugar until mixture forms a glossy, stiff meringue. Add yolks, one at a time. Sift dry ingredients together three times. Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mix gently and thoroughly. Do not stir mixture after this point. It should be firm and when spooned onto trays, should not flatten or run.
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Battling from worker fatigue
With Australians now working more hours because of job security concerns, fatigue management at work is becoming a more important issueâ€? says fatigue and sleep expert Elizabeth Shannon. â€œIt translates to the bottom line in a myriad of ways such as errors, bad decisions, frayed tempers, memory lapses and increased absenteeismâ€?. There are 1.4 million shift-workers in Australia, with research showing that 56 percent of them are falling asleep on the job at least once a week. Productivity and brain function problems fall into two broad areas, which can overlap: fatigue (slowing down of performance which includes errors and accidents), and sleepiness (which relates to the individualâ€™s daily natural sleep-wake circadian rhythm and the amount of sleep they are getting). Psychological fatigue is caused when relentlessly doing the same task (such as driving a vehicle or placing trade transactions) eventually fatigues the neural networks and causes impairments such as crashing a car, or making an error in the transaction amount. Fatigue is complicated by emotional stress such as anxiety, exhausted adrenals, trauma, urgency, negative thoughts, overstimulating and challenging environments, even extreme temperatures and noise. The â€œsleepinessâ€? issue is compounded by anything that prevents people from sleeping properly at night such as inappropriate nutrition, lack of exercise, medical problems, age, and some medications.
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If you get really sleepy the body can suddenly and involuntarily just put you to sleep. The workers most at risk of falling asleep are shift-workers, frequent flyers crossing time zones and all workers that work in hours of darkness. According to Dr Charles Czeisler of Harvard Medical School, 70 per cent of people say they frequently donâ€™t get enough sleep, with 30 per cent saying they donâ€™t get enough sleep every single night. Shannon offers four cost-effective fatigue guidelines to introduce to your workplace: 1. Capitalise on the light entering windows by placing desks nearby. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine showed that workers who accessed an extra 173 minutes of light slept on average another 46 minutes at night. 2. No member of staff should operate equipment and/or dangerous machinery, or drive a vehicle if they have been awake for 14 hours straight. 3. Napping for periods of up to 20 minutes is allowed at work, and should be encouraged for shift-workers and all staff members who are working after midnight. 4. No member of staff should catch a red eye flight and then drive a car, under any circumstances.
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