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WW2 Veteran Anne drove lorry for D-Day mop-up by Jim Bowden

THE medals glistened under the warm autumn sun, but the shine in the all-knowing dark brown eyes of 92-year-old a war veteran Anne Maher reflected the dedication and resolve of the fighting women in World War 2. Anne enlisted with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Corps, a branch of the British Army, when she was 18 and helped locate and muster vehicles and equipment for soldiers returning from the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Along with her friend Brenda Stephens, 73, who was a nurse with the Royal Air Force in England, Anne joined in the Anzac Day celebrations in Brisbane, enjoying a few tipples of whiskey at the Irish Club after the parade. It was there that they met up with Royal Australian Navy exservicemen Greg Burrell of Wamuran, a sub-mariner, and Terry Jones of Caboolture, a chief naval engineer for 20 years, who after the celebrations, escorted Anne and Branda to the central railway station for their train ride home. Both women are members of the Brisbane arm of the British ExService Men’s and Women’s Association – all now Australian citizens – who meet regularly at the Geebung-Zillmere RSL Club. Enjoying Anzac Day in the city . . . Anne Maher, 92, and Brenda Stephens, 73, are escorted from the Irish Club by ex-servicemen Greg Burrell and Terry Jones

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Continued from Page 1 Anne who lives at Ormeau and Brenda from Lawnton visit the city regularly by train. “She’s a big drawcard wherever we go,” Brenda said of her friend. “People relate to her very well; she has a certain dignity, composure and stature – and a remarkable mind for a ‘girl’ in her 90s.” More than 28,000 people gathered for the pre-dawn service at Anzac Square, a ceremony that marked 100 years since Australia’s involvement in World War 1. Anne and Brenda joined the thousands who applauded veterans in the Anzac Day march, but both admitted that tears welled up when the skirl of the pipers at the Irish Club brought memories of old friends lost. But Anne chirped up. She was soon softly singing ‘pack up all your troubles in your old kit bag and smile, smile, smile’. “It must have been the whiskey,” she confessed. Both women stood out among decorated war veterans with their smart dress, medals and black berets topped with distinctive red and while

hackles. The plumes can only be worn with the special permission of the Royal Fusiliers Regiment, an honour bestowed on British ex-service men and women. The hackles have been worn by all ranks in the regiment since they were taken from the defeated French troops by the fusiliers at the battle of St Lucia in the West Indies in 1778, during the American War of Independence. [This was the year France – which had been providing aid to the Americans since 1776 – entered the war]. Lancashire-born Anne Maher recalled her involvement with the DDay landings at Normandy on June 6, 1944. “I had been posted to Hereford, England, and a day before the landings we were ordered to quickly scout and map out the locations of all vehicles in the region and access as many as possible,” Anne said. “Of course we didn’t know about the plans for the D-Day landing but we knew something was up. “I had never owned a car, but became a lorry driver

in a hurry, helping with the collection and transport of returning troops.” Anne reached the rank of sergeant and after V-E Day was assigned to help with the gigantic task of clearing battlefields in Europe. She declined the assignment, preferring to enjoy, as she says, a new life of freedom. Anne migrated to New Zealand with her railway worker husband Daniel and three-year-old daughter Linda in 1962, and moved to Australia 33 years later. Brenda Stephens joined the Princess Mary’s

Royal Air Force Nursing Service, a women’s only branch of the British Royal Air Force, when she was 17. “I think I was considered under age for the service, but they were accepting young nurses on the basis of their IQ. I got in with an IQ above 140.” Brenda says she was basically and orphan; her mother married three times and she was shunted to relatives “working on farms minding babies and cleaning eggs”. She served as an RAF nurse in Northern Ireland,

driving ambulances to where young paratroopers were landing on training exercises. At 28 she married a British air force officer who eventually worked in military intelligence in Australia. They have three children, two born in France, and one in Australia. Brenda said she was delighted to shake the hand of Prince William on his visit to Southbank. “I waited four hours to see him and Kate. As they walked by I called out and William came over and put out his hand.”

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community news Hamilton charity event brings fresh hope to needy children in slums of Kenyan city

THE Kenyan child’s small thin brown arm reached out to touch Brisbane student Tim BainbridgeBrown in an expression of a wide-eyed gratitude. The little girl is one of many hundreds of children whose families are benefiting from the Nakuru Hope charity, a cause explored by Tim on a visit to Africa. When he was 16 and on his way to university studies, Tim decided he wanted to help those less fortunate than himself. His aunt, Allison Hegh of Hamilton, pointed to the Nakuru Hope project, and Tim was soon off to Africa, returning “with a fire” to help communities struggling in the slums of Nakuru in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Tim was at Allison’s Hamilton home recently when Seniors Newspaper visited, helping his aunt and her friends with a Nakuru Hope charity event that raised $8000 from the sale of donated Retro clothing,

Celebrating the success of the charity event in Hamilton to raise funds for Nakuru Hope are Allison Hegh (right) and Jan Haughton of Wellington Point

jewellery and handbags. “The day was a heart-lifting experience,” Allison said. “Since we started these charity events two years ago, we have raised more than $40,000 for the Kenyan project.” She thanked the many friends, families, local businesses “and total strangers” who donated items

for the day. Allison will travel to Nakuru in July to inspect the project, which includes the building of an orphanage, where she will meet up again with charity founder and director Susan Saleeba, who is based in Fremantle, WA. Tim and Allison were quick to point out that all monies raised went di-

rectly to the Nakuru Hope project .. “no overheads, administration costs or fancy four-wheel drives,” they said. “If you donate $100, I can look you straight in the eye and tell you that the $100 goes directly to the cause,” Allison assured us. Susan Saleeba’s project really got moving in 2009 when she helped to teach 50 destitute women from the slums how to sew. In 2010, through countless fundraising events, she purchased land and planted crops to assist in feeding families and help raise money to build a school. In January this year, the school opened to the first 90 children and by year’s end will have more than 200 children from ages three years (preprimary) to 10 years. “We have formed a co-op with our sewing ladies who now make a school uniforms and earn wages,” Susan said. “In October we will begin

within our already constructed orphanage, a safe home environment for abandoned and orphaned children.” The charity now assists more than 600 families with food, medicines, HIV education, family planning and housing. “With a fast approaching 1000 meals a week to prepare, we will be growing our first crop on our own land in the rural area of Nakuru,” Susan said. “Within six months we will be able to use our own grown crops to fill the little tummies of many as well as to begin small road stall businesses for families so that they are able to begin to care and educate their own children.” JIM BOWDEN

Older Australians gravely worried about changes to age pension

LEADING seniors advocate COTA Australia is calling for an urgent meeting with Prime Minister Tony Abbott to discuss pensioners’ concerns about any change to age pension indexation arrangements, eligibility age, or including the home in the assets test. In a letter to the Prime Minister, COTA Australia Chief Executive Ian Yates made the point that the age pension was comprehensively reviewed as recently as 2009 and was found to be sustainable over the long term, so proposed further changes will need remarkable justification; noting also that the 2009 changes had bi-partisan support. 62% of age pensioners have little or no assets or income apart from the family home, and significant numbers don’t even have that. About 85% of pensioners who go on to the full age pension at 65 years do so from another Commonwealth payment such as Disability Support, Widows pension or Newstart - so increasing the pension age will have limited impact on the budget bottom line; and also can’t be done without addressing mature age employment issues. Despite current indexation the age pension remains below the ASFA benchmark for a modest retirement income and cutting indexation will widen that gap. Almost 1.5 million older Australians depend either entirely or primarily on the pension for their income

in retirement, and for another 943,000 it is an important part of their income alongside super and savings. “Older Australians are growing increasingly fearful that the Prime Minister will renege on his pre-election promises and introduce changes to the pension,” Mr Yates said. “Seniors fought long and hard to get to a point where the pension allows them to keep their heads just above water. We can’t afford any backward steps now which would have pensioners slipping below the poverty line again.” Mr Yates said our ageing population offers both challenges and opportunities and must be planned for in an integrated way across retirement income, health, housing, employment, tax, transport and planning policies. In COTA’s letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Yates calls for a roundtable between the government and all relevant stakeholders to explore evidenced based ways forward. “Such a roundtable discussion would need to be well informed, including with detailed analysis of who would be the winners and losers in any changes,” Mr Yates says in his letter. Media release: COTA

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THIRTY-TWO paramedic science students from the University of the Sunshine Coast undertook training in a Queensland-first program at Immanuel Gardens Retirement Village in Buderim. The students learned how to treat, communicate with, and transport their most typical patients – older people. USC Associate Professor in Paramedic Sciences Dr Bill Lord said the student paramedics learned about the effects of common medications, how to communicate with people who may have dementia or hearing difficulties and how to move frail people. Despite television programs popularising paramedics’ role in trauma situations like car accidents, this constitutes only a small percentage of their actual work, he said. “The majority of their workload is with older people,’’ Dr Lord said. “People think that

paramedics spend their days attending car accident and serious cardiac arrests but the average age of their patients is in their early 60s.’’ Immanuel Gardens Retirement Village in Buderim hosted four groups of eight students every two weeks (in total there are 140 students at aged care services around the region), finishing in February. Manager Steve Stacey said the program ensured paramedics would have first hand experience dealing with older people and aged care nurses, which in turn would promote respect and understanding. He was impressed with the students’ enthusiasm and work ethic. “The feedback from our staff and residents has been very positive and the conduct of the students whilst here on site has been outstanding,” Mr Stacey said. “They have been most professional and respectful during their


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AN innovative housing project which offers a range of solutions for ageing carers and their adult children with a disability is set to open its doors in May. The project offers people with disabilities a smooth transition into supported accommodation and offers their parents the option to live close by in the family home or at the adjacent Trinder Park retirement village and aged care service. This approach assists families to plan ahead and minimise the upheaval created when parents are no longer able to offer the support their adult children need. Four refurbished rental units will be finished at the end of May. Construction of a purpose-designed four-bedroom house will commence

soon. Support will be available from Lutheran Community Care disability service Keystone, located within one kilometre. Trinder Park General Manager Alan Lamb said the accommodation featured a beautiful bushland setting and that its proximity to public transport and local services would help residents develop and maintain lifestyles that were as independent as possible. “The refurbished units and the new home will be conveniently located with easy access to the bus service that comes through Trinder Park,’’ he said. To find out more about the project, phone Keystone Disability Service on 3209 1466.

Governments get a big “F” for employing older workers GOVERNMENTS, both federal and state, lag well behind the private sector when it comes to employing older workers, a new report reveals. Using ABS and Census data, the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre report - Past, present and future of mature age labour force participation in Australia highlights variations in rates of ageing and mature age participation across the country. An interesting finding is a marked decline in the proportion of people aged 60 and over employed by governments. For example, around

16.4% of men aged 50 to 59 work across national, state and local bureaucracies, but this falls to 12.7% for men in their 60s. Women drop from 24.2% in their 50s to 20.1%. Conversely, private sector employment actually increases as people age. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said the findings were surprising considering Treasurer Joe Hockey’s recent emphasis on the costs of population ageing. “Government threats to raise the pension age, when they don’t employ older workers them-

selves, are a bit rich,” O’Neill said. “The public service should represent the gold standard in hiring and retaining mature age staff. Instead, public servants aged over 60 are a rare breed across the country. “When it comes to employing senior Australians, governments, both federal and state, get a big ‘F’.” The report concludes that an ageing workforce underscores the importance of addressing the barriers to mature age employment from age limits on workers com-

pensation to discriminatory recruitment practices. “Unless governments lead by example and stamp out age discrimination, Australia’s mature age participation rates will continue to lag behind those of other OECD countries,” he said. In 2012, 14% of the population was aged 65 and over. This is projected to increase to 20% in 2042. The proportional decline in the “working age” population (15 to 64) may result in wage inflation and lower productivity. Media release: National Seniors

community news Opera singers recall ‘majestic’ memories of legendary theatre

Reminiscing at an imaginary stage-door entrance to Her Majesty’s in Elizabeth Street are four of the original members of the Queensland Light Opera Company – Les Black, Merle Fassnidge, Phyllis Ball and Eric Hauff, pictured with the original program from Iolanthe, the company’s first performance.

“DON’T you think this comic opera might reflect, just a little, the performances of some of our politicians in Canberra right now?” Putting the question with a chuckle was Merle Fassnidge who was referring to Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe, first produced at London’s Savoy Theatre in 1882, which lampoons the House of Lords as “a bastion of the ineffective, privileged and dimwitted”. Merle, 77, and three friends, all original members of the Queensland Light Opera Company, had gathered outside Brisbane’s Hilton Hotel in Elizabeth Street, the site of what was once the stage door entrance at the back of Her Majesty’s Theatre – opened in 1888 and demolished in 1983. They were there to discuss the celebration on April 30 of the company’s 50th anniver-

sary and its first performance Iolanthe – and its last, The Mikado, in 1981. Gravitating to the Irish Club across the road for some tea and cake, I chatted with Merle and her friends – soprano Phyllis Ball, 83, a renowned opera singer for many years with performances at the famous Sadler’s Wells in London; baritone Eric Hauff, 83, and tenor Les Black, 77. Their banter about past performances, directors, musicians, costumers, dressers and stage hands was fascinating. Brisbane-born Phyllis Ball has performed in many operas in Australia and has fond memories of singing in Verdi’s La Traviata at the Opera North in Innisfail in 1971.This was shortly after her return to Queensland from England where for five years her stage venues included London’s Sadler’s Wells in

Centenary Evening VIEW Club THE May dinner meeting for the Centenary Evening VIEW Club will be on Monday 12 May 6.30 pm for 7.00 pm. Meetings are held at the Mt. Ommaney Hotel/Apartments, cost $35 and bookings are essential. With Mother’s Day the day before, the theme of this meeting will be “Mothers”. Members and guests are invited to bring along and display, (with a photo if desired) an item of some significance that belonged to their mother or grandmother. If they would like to talk about the significance of the item then a minute or two will be allocated for this purpose. It promises to be an interesting and entertaining part of the meeting, especially if some of the items are from a past era. Another feature of this meeting will be a “Bring and Buy” stall. Money raised through the sales will go towards the sponsorship of students through The Smith Family Learning for Life program. Women of all ages are invited to be part of VIEW, join in the fun and friendship at regular monthly meetings as well as coffee mornings, visits to movies and theatre and various other social functions. For more information please ring Di on 32029759 or Val on 33761717 or before noon on Friday 9 May.

Islington, one-time headquarters for both the English National Opera and the Royal Ballet. She still claims the Venetian operetta The Gondoliers as her favourite among Gilbert and Sullivan’s vast repertoire The quartette of singers also reminisced about Her Majesty’s Theatre in Queen Street where they worked together in such contrasting performances as No! No! Nanette, Showboat, Annie Get Your Gun, The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, Pirates of Penzance, The Merry Widow, Brigadoon, Carmen, Oklahoma and many others. “We had up to 80 singers on the stage at any one of these performances,” recalled Eric Hauff. “I also remember Jan Power’s café which sat at the back of the theatre in Elizabeth Street, I think it was called something like Her Majesty’s Behind.” Merle Fassnidge lamented that Brisbane had a long and sad history of demolishing performing arts venues and theatres. Her Majesty’s was a 2000-seat theatre that boasted performances by artists such as Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in School for Scandal, Katherine Hepburn and Robert Helpmann in The Merchant of Venice, and Dame Nellie Melba, the

first Australian to achieve international recognition as a classical musician, making her Covent Garden debut in 1888 as a lyric soprano in Lucia di Lammermoor. This was the year Her Majesty’s Theatre originally opened (on April 2), then known as Her Imperial Majesty’s Opera House at 193 Queen Street, in the block between Albert and Edwards streets. It changed its name after the death of Queen Victoria to His Majesty’s Theatre on March 23, 1901, a name which it kept throughout the reign of three kings and even through some of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, eventually being renamed Her Majesty’s Theatre. His Majesty’s was the largest theatre in Brisbane and hosted most of the productions by professional touring companies throughout its 95-year history; J.C. Williamson’s company held the lease on the theatre for more than 80 years. Her Majesty’s was sold to the AMP Society for $3 million in 1973. The property had been owned by the family of Byrne Hart of Ascot since before 1850. Despite community protest, the Kern Corporation demolished the theatre on October 23, 1983, and the Hilton Hotel and Wintergarden Shopping Centre were built on the site. The

Kern Corporation caused a union ban on construction at the site because, despite assurances that the façade of the colonial theatre would be kept, the entire building was

destroyed. The last night at Her Majesty’s was compered by Bobby Limb with an orchestra directed by Bob Gibson. Featured performers included

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community news Archives helping to preserve Brisbane’s social history at monthly presentations INDUCEMENTS to buy gout and lumbago oils, watch performing fleas and help the war effort, are just some of the

early advertisements and trademarks preserved in the National Archives of Australia’s collection in Brisbane.

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‘Children must not stand on the seats – even with Paddle brand shoes’ and ‘Don’t Crush! Remember, thousands of Herbert Adams’ eggs go home daily on the trams’. Brisbane commuters in the 1950s and 60s will remember those ads on the back of tram tickets such as ‘McDonnell and East – Where You Pay the Least’. Founded in 1901 by Irish immigrants Francis McDonnell and Hubert East, ‘Mac & East’ was a large department store in George Street, Brisbane, which had started business as a drapers. Mairi Popplewell said there were also

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community news Seniors demand tougher financial advice standards OLDER Australians stung by a string of corporate collapses have called for top quality, independent financial advice in a submission to the federal government’s Financial System Inquiry. In its submission, National Seniors urges the inquiry to consider whether: conflicted remuneration and percentage fees should be allowed in the provision of financial advice; minimum educational standards for financial advisers should be lifted; and tougher financial advice standards adopted. The call comes barely two weeks after acting Assistant Treasurer Mathias Cormann delayed the dilution of consumer protections introduced by the former Labor government in response to recent corporate failures such as Storm Financial (2009), Trio (2009) and Banksia (2012). Chief executive Michael O’Neill said that with the growth of superannuation and an increasingly complex financial system, the risk burden had shifted to individuals. “The system needs to acknowledge and reflect the shift to individual risk,� he said. “For older Australians there’s a great deal at stake nest eggs are on the line and, if you’re in or nearing retirement, there’s little opportunity to recoup losses. “Yet the system is so complex that consumers, no matter how savvy, are increasingly forced to seek professional financial advice,� said O’Neill. “Australians should be able to trust that financial advice is independent and in their best interests; that

their hard-earned money is safe; and that, on the promise of commission, they’re not being sold a lemon. “Currently, that isn’t always the case.� The submission quotes a 2012 Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) shadow shopping survey that shows only 3% of retirement financial advice was of good quality; 58% adequate; and almost 40% poor. Yet over 80% of consumers believed they had received good quality advice and 78% had paid commissions or fees based on a percentage of their assets or investments under advice. O’Neill said there were lessons to be learnt from corporate collapses which left thousands of vulnerable, elderly investors destitute. “Government has a role to play in ensuring higher standards, greater transparency and more accountability across the system from banks and financial advisers to regulators. “The challenge is to create a strong regulatory framework that puts consumers first without stifling growth,� he said. Announced by Treasurer Joe Hockey late last year, the inquiry is charged with exploring how to position the financial system to best meet Australia’s evolving needs and economic growth. An interim report is due mid-year; and the final report by November 2014. Source: National Seniors ‘Connect’366

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Hockey acknowledges age discrimination, but will those willing to work to age 70 find a job? AMID signals that Joe Hockey will raise the age of eligibility for the pension in his first budget on May 13, the Treasurer has acknowledged the barriers keeping older Australians out of the workforce such as age

discrimination and physical decline. Mr Hockey said wants to change attitudes in the business community as well to encourage business to start thinking about employing people who want to restart their careers after the age of 50. “We have to start to focus the debate on how we can have a restart to working life after someone turns 45, 50 or 55 after manual labour,” he said in a radio interview. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill aid the Treasurer’s comments represented a shift from what has been a hardline stance on raising the pension age to 70. “For the first time, Mr Hockey has publicly acknowledged the obstacles older workers are facing, from discriminatory recruitment practices to sheer physical exhaustion,” Mr O’Neill said. “Older Australians want to work but, the reality is, if they lose their jobs at 50 – now 45 even – few businesses will hire them. “Raising the pension age without first changing employer attitudes or providing retraining opportunities will simply shift older Australians from one form of welfare to another.” Mr Hockey has already hinted at plans to lift the pension age from 67 to 70, saying raising the entitlement age was an “inevitability’’. “We should celebrate the fact that effectively, one in every three

children born today is going to live to 100,’’ he told ABC radio. “We should also not see someone’s life ending when they turn 65 or 70. They should work as long as they can.’’

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Trivia with Allan Blackburn 1. What animals were responsible for spreading bubonic plague in the 14th Century? 2. What is stored in the gall bladder? 3. What is a rattan chair made from? 4. What part of a clarinet makes sound? 5. What Australian free-to-air TV network broadcasts the Tour de France? 6. In which Australian city is Swinburne University based? 7. Which ocean is traversed by the International Date Line? 8. Who was the first Australian to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics? 9. June Bronhill changed her name to honour her home town. Where was she born? 10. What name is given to the point where the boundaries of WA, SA and the NT meet? 11. Which strike fighter aircraft replaced the F-111 in the RAAF? 12. What is the name of the horse of the comic strip character The Phantom? 13. What does the first “A” stand for in QANTAS? 14. What are the colours of the Collingwood AFL guernsey? 15. What branch of surgery deals with conditions of the musculoskeletal system? 16. What does a person do when they expectorate? 17. Who is mayor of Ipswich? 18. What is the largest member of the dolphin family? 19. In what industry is the company Allen and Unwin involved? 20. What date is Mother’s Day this year? Answers on Page 16

Logan Senior Superstar concert rescheduled THE show will go on Wednesday, 28 May. Illness, a torn shoulder ligament and even flooding have knocked several Logan Senior Superstars for a sixer so organisers have thoughtfully and respectfully opted to reschedule the Logan Senior Superstars. Finalists and favourtites concert to Wednesday, 28 May at Beenleigh Events Centre. For further information please visit www.senior

community news Mother’s Day: what does it really mean? A WOMAN without children and who never married honoured her mother at a memorial service in West Virginia, USA, in 1908, at what is recognised as the first official observance of Mother’s Day. Anna Marie Jarvis, who died aged 84 in 1948, was the daughter of Ann Reeve Jarvis, who by the time she was 26 was the mother of 11 children. Mother’s Day began to take root in 1858, when Ann Jarvis created working groups of mothers to deal with health and sanitation issues in her community. These groups of mothers continued to work for the greater good, even through the American Civil War during which they cared for wounded soldiers from both sides of the conflict. On May 10, 1908, three years after her mother’s death, Anna Marie held a memorial ceremony to

arrested for disturbing the peace. She and her sister Ellsinore spent their family inheritance campaigning against what the holiday had become. Both died in poverty. So on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, we should contemplate the origins of this day, a day that was first Anna Marie Jarvis . . . celebrated founder of Mother’s Day without buying gifts or honour her mother and greeting cards. That was all mothers at Andrews never the point. Methodist Church in Think of Anna Jarvis as Grafton, West Virginia, the figurative Mother of marking the first official Humanity. She was, for observance on Mother’s all humanity, what all Day. In the following mothers want for their years, she campaigned own children. They to make ‘Mother’s Day’ wanted peace, they a recognised holiday. wanted their children to But by the 1920s, Anna be healthy, safe, eduhad become soured by cated and cared for. They the commecialisation of wanted their children not the holiday. She to die fighting stupid incorporated herself as wars. They wanted their the Mother’s Day children to remember that International Associaeven when dogma-fueled tion, trademarked the wars do divide us, our phrases ‘second Sunday humanity unites us. in May’ and ‘Mother’s They wanted us to care Day’, and was once for each other.



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community news Dedicated team keeps Queensland’s racing heritage galloping at Doomben

Veteran jockey Noel Best holds up the1946 Doomben $10,000 Cup won by Bernborough and admired by archive committee members, from left, Jan Carnegie, treasurer; Alayne Petersen, secretary; Karen Best (Noel’s daughter), and Kerry Woodlock, president, Thoroughbred Racing History Association

THE plucky 13-year-old skidded his bicycle to a stop alongside the horse float at Doomben racecourse. Noel Best, who was to become a champion jockey, hoped to catch a glimpse of the mighty Bernborough who had just won the Doomben Cup that amazing day in early June 1946. “A group of men were standing around the float and I went up and asked a flashy guy chewing a cigar if I could please pat his horse,” recalled Noel, now 81, and still treading

the turf at Doomben. “Well, he said ‘sure, young fella’, and they backed the big bay colt out of the float. I tried to pat his head but he was too tall for me, so I stroked his shoulder. “He stood over 17 hands and had a huge stride of 26 ft [7.9 m], not unlike Phar Lap.” Noel Best recounted stories about the famous Darling Downs-bred Bernborough as we ascended to the refurbished Brisbane Racing Club archive, located in the old

Crowds flock to touch Queensland-bred Bernborough after the mighty bay colt won the 1946 Newmarket Handicap. The horse’s winning run ended in sensational circumstances at the Caulfield Cup that same year. Burdened with a staggering 10st 10lb (68kg), he was sent out a hot 7/4 favourite. Despite his massive handicap, Bernborough might have won but for striking severe interference at vital stages

press rooms on Level 1 of the public grandstand at Doomben. The jolly cigar chewer on that June day in 1946 was Bernborough’s owner, the colourful Sydney restaurateur Azzalin Romano, whose Romano restaurant attracted the cream of high society in the 1940s. Trained by Harry Plant, a noted buckjump rider from north Queensland, Bernborough was foaled at Rosalie Plains near Oakey in 1939. He won 15 feature races in a row and was the only horse to win the Doomben 10,000 [then the Ahern Memorial Handicap] and Doomben Cup in the one year – 1946.In the Cup, Bernborough had to carry 17 kg more than his closest rival Tea Cake who was burdened with just 8.2 (51.5 kg). This was an era of huge handicaps, but there are few horses in Australian history that have ever won a classic race with 10.11. Phar Lap was famously beaten with 10.10 in the 1931 Melbourne Cup – and 10.10 is also the weight that stopped Bernborough in the 1946 Caulfield Cup. But 10.11, a weight greater

than that which caused these famous two defeats, didn’t even go close to stopping Bernborough in the 1946 Doomben Cup. In 1948, two years after the thrill of stroking Queensland’s most iconic racehorse, Noel Best, aged just 15, won the Doomben 10,000 riding Murray Stream. Today, Noel can often be found out at the Doomben course swapping yarns with his mates. And he’s happy to be a volunteer at the racecourse archives. Enjoying the collection of photographs, diaries, racing calendars, scrapbooks, historical registers and equine memorabilia, we chatted with Kerry Woodlock, president of the Thoroughbred Racing History Association. Kerry, who originally hails from Thallon in southwest Queensland, extends a warm invitation to groups of seniors to visit the archives, which are now open on Wednesdays from 10 am to 3 pm. “Visitors are always welcome as well as those ‘hands on’ supporters of Queensland’s racing heritage who would like to assist with this important

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Northern Suburbs Bowls Club invites community involvement in expansion THE Northern Suburbs Bowls Club was formed in 2012 with the merger of the Wavell Heights and Clayfield Bowls clubs. Premises in Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights are being upgraded and the club is invites the community to be part of their future by joining the club as either bowling or social members. Northern Suburbs would like to see the members grow and develop their welcoming club into a diverse- activities, friendly and inclusive club. With community help and input they believe an inclusive club which will be vibrant, versatile and useful club can be built for all the community. While Bowls is the core activity, along with the barefoot bowls game, other community activities and groups are invited to join with them. With Futsal already part of the club, other sporting and social groups interested in becoming part of their expansion are invited to contact the club with proposals and suggestions. With the club’s Friday Evening Barefoot Bowls and BBQ becoming popular with the youth, families and groups, the club is presently refurbishing and upgrading facilities for members and visitors. Their large

hall which is available for all types of functions, including seminars, meetings and corporate functions with bowls will be part of the renovations. Areas under consideration for expansion are - Meals: bistro and or semi-restaurant , Coffee/tea and light meals shop , Outdoors covered area for social relaxation and eating , Secure children’s play area . In early May the club will have regular live music for members and guests, of all ages, on Friday Evenings. The Windsor Independent Music School and the Kedron Bandwagon Music Studios will provide musical entertainment with vocals. An Open day is held each month on the Last Sunday of the Month from 12 noon for all to experience bowls. Bookings are essential for these activities, although casual attendance can be accommodated. Further information on club membership, bowls and social barefoot bowls is available from the club on 3359 2142 or email the club at, for Attention: Greg Mahony. A web site at is being developed along with social web networking utility Facebook.

Location and comfort - a feature of new Pacific Palms homes SUNSHINE Coast beaches and mountain ranges to the north .. facilities such as major hospitals and department stores to the south – and all within a 45minute drive. If the call is for “location, location”, and a comfortable lifestyle away from the madding crowd, then the new Pacific Palms Home Village at Burpengary just off the Bruce Highway is on the money. Overfifties resort-style living starts from $227,000. “This is an affordable village community providing the best possible retirement lifestyle options and value,” says the village’s Sue Cowie. “The homes are selling to people who want to move from their high maintenance inner-city or suburban homes to accommodation that is still spacious and extremely low-maintenance.” Pacific Palms is filling fast with residents who have moved from Queensland’s bustling city, rural and regional areas to also enjoy an expansive barbe-

cue area, bowling green, covered gazebo, park-like setting and relaxed seating among trees and lawns. Sue Cowie says development of the village is almost complete, with no further room to build. “We have seven homes left for sale, all with two bedrooms, both carpeted, and with an additional spacious utility room for an office or lounge area.” The homes feature high ceilings, large air-conditioner and bedroom fans. “It’s the friendly atmosphere that appeals here,” Sue said. “Some residents have organised street parties or casual get-togethers and many new and friendly relationship have been formed.” The village club house has a licensed bar, indoor bowls, snooker table, darts, craft area, functions and a lot more. A full-size grass bowling green is popular and free lessons are open to new-comers to the sport. Contact Sue Cowie on 07 3888 4500 or 0411 687 843.

community news Aldyth celebrates her 100th birthday

A RESIDENT at Carinity Aged Care – Brookfield celebrated her 100th birthday this week, and attributed her longevity to “keeping interested in life and doing charity work”. Aldyth Mildenhall was involved with the New South Wales ‘Save the Children’ fund and was vice president for many years. She received an honour badge from Princess Anne for her services to the organisation and also used to enjoy arranging flowers for the church. Aldyth added that her good genes also helped, as both her mother and grandmother lived well into their nineties and “finding the right man” in her husband

Mervyn, was another factor. Born in Armidale in New South Wales, where her parents had a grazing property, Aldyth later moved to St Lucia in Brisbane. Staff at Carinity Aged Care Brookfield create communities of care where residents feel safe, welcome and valued, in a real homely environment. Birthdays are always a big celebration at the aged care centre and staff hosted a special morning tea for Aldyth’s milestone birthday. The chatty centenarian loves to keep herself busy at Carinity Aged Care – Brookfield by doing craft, reading and listening to music.

Heartfelt Thanks to all Burnie Brae Volunteers MAY is the month that organisations all over Australia have a particular opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of volunteers. Burnie Brae at Chermside is one organisation that greatly benefits from the gener-

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Julie Argeros said. “Booklets can also be forwarded to seniors which explain how UnitingCare Community’s Elder Abuse Prevention Line and Time for Grandparents programs can provide services to older Queenslanders to increase their wellbeing and sense of security while at the same time strengthening ties within the community,” Ms Argeros said. Publications and booklets available through the Seniors Enquiry Line include: Protecting Yourself Online – What Everyone Needs to know: An Aus-

tralian Government publication designed to help keep Australians safe and secure when online (www.staysmartonline. NPS MedicineWise: Information on who to contact when you suspect your medicine may be causing you a problem or if you have a question about your medicine ( au) Now That’s Living: A comprehensive publication of accommodation, services, support and lifestyle options in Queensland, including a retirement directory (

“Seniors Enquiry Line staff can also post out applications and forms to seniors who may not have access to the internet to be able to print them out,” Ms Argeros said. “For the cost of a local call, Queensland seniors, their family or carers can talk to a real person to obtain applications for the taxi subsidy scheme or other government concessions, rebates and subsidies should you be eligible.” For further information, call the Seniors Enquiry Line on 1300 135 500. The service operates Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm.

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community news Caboolture VIEW Club

AT the April 17th luncheon the members were asked to wear their ‘Prettiest Hat’ or ‘Decorated Hat’ for an ‘Easter Bonnet Parade’. Quite a number of ladies participated, and there were some very clever ideas. Caboolture VIEW celebrates their 16th. Birthday with a theme of “Sweet Sixteen & Pretty in Pink”, at the next luncheon meeting to be held on Monday, 19th. May at the Caboolture R.S.L, Hasking Street, Caboolture. 10.30 am for 11.00 am meeting start time. You are warmly invited to join us for Fun & Friendship at our Birthday Celebrations. New ladies ‘most welcome’. For more information and bookings for lunch please contact Secretary Esther on 3888 2558.

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RSL Care will launch its 2014 Chairman’s Appeal in May which aims to raise much needed funds for Australians living in residential care. RSL Care Chairman Mr Pat McIntosh said the appeal was raising much needed funds to help people to get more out of life. “This appeal is about promoting wellbeing and independence for our fellow Australians and aims to raise funds to provide support, equipment, tools and services to deserving members of the community in need,” he said. Deserving people like 44 year old Katie Burgess, who, after a diagnosis of Motor Neurone Disease came to live at RSL Care Milford Grange, in Ipswich last October. Two months after her diagnosis, the disease rapidly progressed to the point where she had to give up work, sell her house and find rental accommodation. Katie’s challenges progressed to the point where she needed high-care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Katie has very limited ability to communicate, she has lost the use of her arms and legs and her speech is severely impacted. The future

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looked grim for Katie. Since coming to live at Milford Grange our qualified and caring staff have used all their skills and experience to encourage Katie to have a go at life again and feel confident about seeking improvement. Mr McIntosh said Katie has had a positive impact on the lives of staff and other residents here too. “We are so lucky to have Katie, we have learned so much from her,” he said. “It’s so fulfilling for our staff to be able to understand Katie and chart a new course for Katie’s life, to shape a new future with her and give her independence back.” Mr McIntosh said RSL Care would use funds donated to the appeal to install specialised software onto Katie’s laptop. “This will open up a world of connection, communication and self-expression. Katie said “I will be able to take back some control”. Donations to the 2014 Chairman’s Appeal will directly support people in our care to make the most out of life. Donated funds will go towards programs and items that support and enhance individuals mental, physical and emotional health, activities that keep them socially connected to their community and most importantly activities that acknowledge their unique life and self-expression giving them a purpose to be healthy and live a productive life. Donations can be made at

St John’s off to a running start at Taigum

“IN just a few weeks we’ve made great strides and we’ll be huge before we know it,” enthused Kelsey Price, community service officer at the St John’s Community Care centre at Taigum, which opened last month to provide aged care and disability support in north Brisbane. The centre, which has been built on the grounds of the St John the Baptist Church in the Greek Orthodox Parish of St Paraskevi, is providing domestic assistance, health services, disability support, consumer directed care and aged care services. “The centre and its services have been warmly welcomed by the citizens in the region,” Kelsey said. “Early projects off the ground include a centre base care day every Friday – a social gathering with special activities over morning tea – and a multi-cultural day every third Wednesday of the month with guest speakers, ethnic food tasting and lots of other activities.” Kelsey said the centre operated a paediatrics clinic once a month and there were plans to build a child care centre on the church grounds before the end of the month. “We’ve got 9 ha we can further develop, so there is room for the centre to grow,” she said. St John’s Community Care, an activity of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, was established in Cairns in 1997 and is still playing a major rule in community care in Far North Queensland. “The organisation provides high quality client orientated, community focused aged care and disability support services striving to achieve the best possible outcomes not only for clients but also as support and respite for their carers.” Kelsey said. The community centre is located at 241 Church Road, Taigum. Kelsey Price and her team can be contacted on 07 3865 7611.

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Jindalee Probus Club

THE monthly meeting Tuesday the 13th May at the Jindalee Golf Club commencing at 10.00am. This month Bronwyn Wright will share with us her story “My Life as a Laboratory Technician”. More information is available from secretary Annette on 3376 1888.

community news Chelmer and District Probus Club going from strength to strength

New Chelmer and District Probus members recently inducted by President Rob Bruce (centre rear)

CHELMER and District Probus Club which is a relatively new reformed club are progressing well with around 45 current active members after only being operating since February 2013. An original local Probus club that used to meet regularly were significantly affected by the floods of 2011 when the meeting venue was flooded as well as a number of members homes. The Chelmer and District Probus reformed in early 2013 to be an active club again. This could not have been achieved without the help and support of Director of South Pacific Probus David Allen. In March 2014, they held their Annual General Meeting with all roles filled and a very healthy membership. Probus is about fellowship and opportunities to meet new people and have

fun. At the April meeting 5 new members were formally inducted and welcomed to the club by President Rob Bruce. Upcoming day trips and activities include a visit to the Southbank ABC studio with lunch at QPAC forecourt; City Hall and Museum of Brisbane with lunch at the former Red Cross CafĂŠ; BBQ breakfast at Oxley Common and a City Botanic Gardens walk and lunch at the Coffee Club. In August, a bus and boat trip to Coochie Mudlo is planned. The Chelmer and District Probus club normally meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the Corinda Bowls Club from around 9:30am. Visitors are most welcome. To find out more about the club, contact Coral Tel 3379 7540.

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community news Fifty is an ideal age to start embracing resort living ‘RELAXING, friendly and a fantastic location, what more could you ask for’. This is how our newest

residents, Graham and Julie describe living at Palm Lake Resort – Tweed River.

Both Graham and Julie come from a banking background with Graham specializing in property

development in Brisbane and also on the Gold Coast. Whist Graham can sit back and enjoy the lifestyle that Palm Lake Resort Tweed River offers, Julie continues to work full time for Queensland Health. Julie and Graham are die hard Brisbane Lions supporters with Graham having a lifelong interest in Australian Rules football. Graham and Julie are excited about the current season and are looking forward to arranging trips to the Gold Coast in the Palm Lake Resort Tweed River courtesy bus for themselves and fellow residents to go and watch the ‘Footy’ live. Both agree that their move to Palm Lake Resort Tweed River was the best decision they ever made. From their very first visit they knew this is where they wanted to be, ‘the feel was right and the timing was perfect’, Graham said. Julie loved the idea of an ‘Over 50’s’ lifestyle and was excited that you didn’t need to be retired to enjoy everything on offer. ‘Don’t leave the move too late’ Julie said,

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’50 is an ideal age to start embracing resort living’. Graham and Julie love their new home; with a backyard for ‘Tigger’ it has made the move to Palm Lake Resort Tweed

River the perfect choice. Excitement is also building at the resort with the new Bistro now serving lunch. Where can you get a 2 course meal –main and dessert, plus free coffee

& tea for $5. And the views from the waterfront clubhouse dining room is fantastic. For more information on Palm Lake Resort Tweed River phone 1800 881 041.

Socialise and meet new friends THE U3A Pine Rivers wish to advise that our monthly Social and Information meeting for May will be on Friday 16th May 2014 and held at the Lawnton Community Centre Hall in Ellis St, Lawnton (not far from the Lawnton Primary School). Our Special Guest will be Ruth Thompson, Elite Specialist from helloworld (formerly Harvey World Travel) at Strathpine who will have some specials for the day. Take the opportunity to socialize, meet the new members

as well as booking for the theatre and catch up with the new changes to our bus trips.and check out our newer classes, including the favourites like walking and photography, computer courses including IPad, IPod and Tablets. Entry is free and visitors and prospective members are welcome. Light refreshments are provided for a gold coin donation. Support us by purchasing raffle tickets at the door. For further information please phone 3321 0681.

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community news Redcliffe Peninsula Probus becomes mixed club

THE Redcliffe Peninsula Probus Club initially formed in 1985 (29 years in existence) has recently become a mixed club and welcomes new men and women members to join their club. During the April general meeting, two new members were inducted. Flo Wanka and Erica Juster became members in a ceremony conducted by President Bob Hanley. General meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month at the Redcliffe RSL Club about 10:10am with the formal meeting commencing about Bob Hanley (President); Flo Wanka and Erica Juster (inducted new mem10:30am. In additional to bers) and Ray Baulch (Secretary and Patron) general business, regular guest speakers are scheduled. Probus is an association for active members of the community, and for those no longer working fulltime to join together in clubs for a new lease of life. Probus allows members to enjoy the fellowship of new friends as well as offering many member benefits to keep you young including international and domestic travel, daytrip excursions, luncheons and opportunities to meet new people. There are in excess of 170,000 members in Probus spread over 23 countries. In May, a number of social activities are planned including a dine out at Bramble Bay Bowls Club (13 May); Tapp the Feet with Terry Scott at Caloundra RSL (15 May); Redcliffe Historical Society Annual Dinner at the Golden Ox, Redcliffe on the 16 May (50s and 60s theme with three piece band as entertainment); Seniors Concert and Morning Tea at Parliament House (27 May) and the May general meeting on 27 May. On the 25 June, there will be a bus trip incorporating a visit to both the Doomben and Eagle Farm racecourses with well-known historian David Gibson in a ‘History, Houses and Hi-jinks at the Races’ event. Lunch will be at Gallopers followed by attending the local race meeting. This will be a dress in ‘glad-rags’ themed event. To seek additional information about the Redcliffe Peninsula Probus club, contact Secretary Ray Baulch on 3203 2611. New members are always welcome. Alternatively why not come along as a visitor and consider joining if you enjoy?

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Evening for Mothers and Daughters WILSTON Evening VIEW Club will celebrate Mother’s Day by inviting Daughters, Daughters in Law and Friends to join members at the dinner meeting Wednesday 14 May at Brothers Grange 41 Agincourt Street, The Grange, 6.30pm for 7pm. Friendship, fun, lucky door and raffle prizes, along with a Guest Speaker combine for an enjoyable evening. A Bring and Buy stall will be laden with goodies for purchase. New members and visitors are most welcome. Two course dinner cost is $30. Bookings: Please Phone Janette 3350 4331 by 1pm Sunday 11 May.

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Orchid Society Annual Winter Show THE John Oxley District Orchid Society will be holding their Annual Winter Show in July. Come along to the Auditorium Botanic Gardens Mount Cooth-tha on Saturday 26th July 8.30am to 4.00pm and Sunday 27th July 9.00am to 3.30pm. Admission is $3.00. This is one of Brisbane’s major orchid events. The auditorium will be filled with an extravaganza of orchids. The bold, the beautiful, the tiny and the bizarre. Orchids from around the world, as well as our own native orchids will be on display. There will be cultural advise available all

week-end. Potting demonstration are being held on both days at 10.00am and 1.30pm. There will be lots of orchid plants for sale, also available is all the required growing accessories. Light refreshments are available. There will be a major raffle and also smaller raffles on both days. Floral arrangements made on site by our very talented ladies are also for sale at very

reasonable prices. The Brisbane City Council runs a bus service into the Botanic Gardens. There is off street parking for anyone driving to the event. Disabled parking is at the front entry to the auditorium, disabled rest rooms are also on site. We pride ourselves on being a friendly society, new members and guests are always welcome at our general meetings. These are held on the second Wednesday of the month commencing at 7.30pm. The venue is the Corinda Bowls Club, Hall Avenue, Corinda. Enquiries to the secretary 07 3277 5825. Stunning display of orchids July 26th

QWCA Pre Mother’s Day Celebration WE invite you to a pre mother’s day celebration on Saturday May 10th, for 10am at Ruth Fairfax House on Gregory, 89-95 Gregory Terrace, Brisbane, opposite the Brisbane Girls Grammar School. Entry is $30 per person and includes a delicious morning tea with multi draw raffle tickets. Proceeds to QCWA Projects. RSVP by May 7, 2014 to Reception 3026 1201.

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Roses and Carbon THE next meeting of the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club is on Thursday, 5 th June, at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets, Enoggera. Adrian Petrie is the guest speaker for that meeting and “Sugar Content in Plants with emphasis on Roses” is the topic of his talk. Do you know plants are largely composed of carbon compounds and their growth depends on a net ‘carbon

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gain’? Carbon is available to garden plants in the form of carbon dioxide which is a gas present in

the air and dissolved by water. Plant and animal respiration and the burning of fuels produce this

gas. Photosynthesis enables a plant to capture this carbon and build it up into sugars, and these sugars are involved with the growth and wellbeing of the plant. There is an instrument called a refractometer which gauges the sugar present. Respiration breaks down sugars to release energy. At the same time, carbon dioxide is produced as a waste product. Roses are one of Adrian’s favourites and the above will be mainly

The Grange NSA would like to meet you A recent Bring and Buy Table was a winner at the last meeting of the Grange National Seniors. We meet monthly on the second Monday of each month at the Stafford Bowls Club. Each month we have interesting guest speakers or entertainers. This convenient venue has ample parking and is adjacent to the Stafford Shopping centre. The Grange Branch is a fun loving group who enjoy meeting other seniors, visiting interesting attractions on monthly bus trips, and meeting socially for lunches, dinners and bi-monthly morning teas. To find out more contact Brenda 33577043.

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A Million Paws Opens Doors for Dogs in Need THE RSPCA Queensland’s largest fundraising event of the year Million Paws Walk is back and bigger than ever with over 17,000 people estimated to walk at 26 different locations state wide, on Sunday 18th May 2014. Join the Million Paws Walk and support a community of dog lovers,

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National Seniors Sunnybank Branch THE branch undertakes 5 bus trips each year and members have already endured a hot steamy morning to tour Boggo Road Jail, followed by lunch at Manly. Other trips planned are to South East Qld Dams, Samford Historical Village and the ever popular Christmas in July. As our branch attains 25 years in 2015, arrangements are under way to mark this important milestone with a special luncheon. Our meetings are held in the Southern Cross Sports Club at 10.30 a.m. on 4th Monday of the month. We invite any new National Senior Members to join us at 10.00 a.m. for morning tea prior to the meeting. For information Phone Paula 34231421.

centred on the growth of this plant. Gardeners should be diligent with the maintenance of their gardens during May and June, as weeds will take control if not eradicated. Keep up mulching and watering programs too. The Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club meets on the first Thursday morning of the calendar month and new members and visitors are most welcome. The meeting follows morning tea. The hall is close to public transport and is accessible by wheelchair. For more information contact the President, Pat, on 3356 1256.

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Riverside Ballroom set to Rock and Roll for Reunion IT’S said that old rockers never die. Proof of this will be evident and on display at the Annual Rock & Roll Reunion which is set to once again rock the Riverside Ballroom in New Farm on Sunday the 18th of May 2014. The annual get-together began back in 1989 with

a group of old friends get together at the Ship Inn at South Brisbane. They had all been members of early rock and roll groups who had played in and around Brisbane in the 50’s and 60’s.The concept was originally fostered by the famous John Bell and in 2003 taken over

by Vance and Toni Lendich. This year’s reunion is being organised by the vastly experienced Paul Morgan and Anna Churchill and is promised to be true to the original format with continuity with the 1989 committee provided by Darryl [Curly] Wright.


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The Avengers” with Roger Jellicoe, Garth Austin, Graham Rabnott, Mick Monaghan and Paul Yates

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Brisbane International Jazz Festival HEAR an array of exciting performances by worldclass international and Australian artists at the second Brisbane International Jazz Festival. Artists include Finland’s Jukka Perko Avara Trio, UK Saxophonist Julien Arguelles, pianists Barney McCall (US), Mike Nock, Julien Wilson Quartet and many more. World premieres by Queensland composers Sean Foran, Rafael Karlen, Louise Denson and Andrew Butt begin festivities on 4 June at the Queensland Multicultural Centre. Performances will be held at various venues around Brisbane from Wednesday, 4 June until Sunday, 8 June. For further details visit www.brisbane

Tuesday midday concerts at City Hall BRISBANE City Council continues it’s much loved one-hour free Tuesday midday concert series in Brisbane’s City Hall. Doors open 30 minutes prior to concert. 6 May - Island Life, world rhythms and log drums are the foundation of the beautiful, summery sounds of Bobby Alu. Come sit awhile in a Pacific musical paradise. 13 May - Two renowned international musical marriages, Harp duo Sebastien and Sayo Lipman and violin-piano duo Spiros Rantos and Brachi Tilles travels Europe through time and cultures. 20 May - National touring artist and former front man of popular 70’s Australian band Peter Cupples Trio presents a concert of contemporary and jazz classics with his own soulful style. 27 May - Inspiring performances of contemporary music from the bush to the city. Performance by Mic Travers and the Australian Travelling Roots and Folk Ensemble. 3 June - Ian Maurice and friends recreate a radio concert broadcast from the great days of radio with music and radio serials live on stage.

Are you a retired public sector officer? WHY not join our Queensland Public Service Retired Officers’ Association – we welcome new members. Membership is only $10 per year, and that includes your partner. Activities for members include quarterly meetings (with interesting guest speakers) followed by lunch, and day coach and theatre/concert outings. If you become a member, you will be able to join us on our extended six-day coach trip to Yeppoon from 29 August to 3 September at the very reasonable cost of $930 per person twin-share or $1180 sole use, provided we get 40+ passengers. Accommodation is at the Mercure Capricorn Coast (former Iwasaki resort). For more information, contact our Secretary Betty Cahill 3395 7781 or President John Griffiths 3341 8502. Page 24 - Brisbane Seniors - May 2014

Scene. Ahh memories! Brisbane during the 1960’s had a magic and very active rock scene, it was a time when Rock and Roll was vast becoming hugely popular. The concept of the Reunion is to recreate the sounds from this period in front of a critical audience that always includes many old musicians, and to generally have a good time, re-establish old friendships and build new ones based on love of this unique genre of music. The 2014 Reunion performing lineup will include many original members of

early 1960’s bands: The Poor Man’s Sons. The Dominos. The Sonics. Avengers. Gingerbread. The Planets. As usual, the official play list will be followed by a freefor-all all comers are welcome. Come along to the Riverside Ballroom, Oxlade Avenue, New Farm on 18th of May 2014. Doors open at 10.30am, entertainment from 11.00am. Cost $10 with all proceeds to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. For further information please call Paul on 0417 790 883 or Anna on 0419 738 283.

Who do you call… Seniors Card 137 468 or 1800 175 500 (free call outside Brisbane) Centrelink: Retirement 132 300 Disability, Sickness & Carers 132 717 Employment Services 132 850 Seniors Enquiry Line 1300 135 500 Department of Veteran Affairs 133 254 Veteran Affairs Network 1300 551 918 National Information Centre on Retirement Investments (NICRI) 1800 020 110 National Aged Care Information 1800 200 422

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Brisbane Seniors Online approved volunteer organisation with Centrelink and welcomes more volunteer mentors BRISBANE Seniors Online (BSOL) provides affordable computer and internet training for seniors and over 50s in the Greater Brisbane area usually in the learners own home on their own computer using unpaid volunteer mentors (tutors). With some 1400 members, there is always a need for more volunteer mentors across all of Brisbane, Redlands and Moreton areas. Volunteer Brisbane Seniors Online members Elaine mentors can be of any Johanson (mentor), Mollie Thwaites (learner) and John d’Alton (mentor) learning the basics of adult age. President Brenda Williams said that video capture

‘BSOL welcomes all volunteers to join and acknowledges that the expertise offered by younger computer ‘geeks’ is invaluable to the organisation. The only proviso is that volunteers can be patient, relate and be empathetic to their over 50 yo learners and that they commit to at least 6 months with the organisation and willing to take on ideally at least one learner a week’ . All new mentors require attendance at a half day induction before being ac-

It’s Dark Outside

AWARD winning Theatre makers find their way back to Brisbane. Brisbane will be enchanted this May when It’s Dark Outside, a grand epic western weaving together puppetry, animation and live performance, comes to the Judith Wright Centre as part of a national tour. This heartfelt adventure touches on themes of redemption and dementia, focussing on an old man who wanders into the wild and gets swept up in a surreal

world while a mysterious tracker hunts him down. While he tries and runs away from the life he once knew, he can’t hide from everything. Creators Arielle Gray, Chris Isaacs and Tim Watts have touched audiences worldwide with their innovative and beautiful theatrical style. It’s Dark Outside was inspired by research into dementia and the phenomenon of Sundowning Syndrome, the unexplained wanderings of patients which often begins as the sun sets. “We didn’t look to share insight into the mind of a dementia patient, nor do we pretend to understand the complexities of a disease which affect so many” says co-creator and performer Tim Watts. “What we can say for certain is that the top of dis-

cussion deserves respect, but perhaps we have found something beautiful, hopeful and comforting in the telling of this old man’s tale.” While focussing on aging, getting lost and trying not to be found, It’s Dark Outside is an uplifting adventure that has been warmly received by audiences, selling out its premiere season in Perth and receiving four stars at the 2013 Sydney Festival. The Perth Theatre Company presents IT’S DARK OUTSIDE By Arielle Gray, Chris Isaacs and Tim Watts, Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 May. Time 7:30pm Duration 60 mins, no interval.Venue Performance Space, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, 420 Brunswick St (Cnr Berwick St), Fortitude Val-

ley Tickets $29 - $19 unreserved theatre. Bookings www.judith wright or 07 3872 9000. Image courtesy of Robert Jefferson.

Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards 2014 THE Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards celebrates the images that reflect Brisbane’s creative lifestyle. The Photographic Awards provide a cash prize to category winners. There are three categories including Open Category, Tertiary Category and People’s Choice Award. The Lord Mayor at the Brisbane Arts and Culture Innovation Awards will announce the winners of the Open, Tertiary and People’s Choice Categories on Thursday 6 May. The free exhibition will be open to the public on Monday, 19 May and will continue until Friday, 30 May. Visit the exhibition at King George Square and Brisbane City Hall on Monday to Friday from 8am-5pm or Saturday and Sunday from 9am-5pm.

cepted and allocated a learner to teach. All BSOL mentors receive ongoing advanced training at no cost. Mentors do not need to be experts at everything. They just need to have some degree of confidence in operating and teaching technology including Windows, Apple devices and Android systems and have the time and motivation

to provide a service to their learner. In the case of people over 55 who receive a Newstart allowance, BSOL is an approved volunteer organisation that allows Newstart recipients to undertake volunteer work of 30 hours a fortnight in lieu of the mutual obligation requirements of Centrelink. Potential volunteers who would like to

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MORE than 1000 Ipswich residents have updated their digital skills at Ipswich’s specialist training centre. Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale said the Ipswich Digital Hub established at the Redbank Plains Library had been extremely popular with the community since its establishment in January 2013. Cr Pisasale said

the hub was offering digital economy skills training for residents and community groups and the demonstration of high speed broadband enabled applications. “The Ipswich Digital Hub program is designed to provide local residents over a two year period with online training and the opportunity to experience broadband-enabled ser-

vices and technology,” he said.Cr Pisasale said the Ipswich Digital Hub had a range of digital and internet equipment available for demonstration. “These technologies include smart televisions, tablet devices, advanced technologies such as the Microsoft Surface table and Telehealth self-diagnosis and reporting. “Residents can also

learn more about broadband speed tests and equipment”. The Digital Hub is an Australian Government initiative delivered by the Ipswich City Council Library Service and the Office of Economic Development. “Council received program funding of $360,180 from the Australian Government

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Redlands RAAFA THE main objective of the Royal Australian Air Force Association (RAAFA) is to promote and maintain the welfare and benefits of members, ex-members of Her Majesty’s Air Forces and their dependants and other persons approved under the constitution. RAAFA Redlands Branch has a number of WWII members and some of those were aircrew who flew in active areas. These fellows are a great source of RAAF history and have many stories to tell. There are also members from a later era, when the Malaysian conflict and the Vietnam were part of our lives. There are also ex-WRAAF ladies, some who are still active with their own Branch, but have become Associate members of Redlands Branch We have visited other Branches and have been to RAAF Amberley for a day, Redcliffe, Logan & Caloundra Air museum also the Railway Workshops at Ipswich where we met up with members of Ispwich RAAFA. Twice a year we have a BBQ at Cleveland Point and we have at least one formal dinner each year, plus a Bi-monthly night social dinner at a different local restaurant. Our next dinner is on Wednesday May 14th please con-

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total number of participants experiencing broadband-enabled applications and services during group or one-onone training sessions was 1183. Cr Pisasale said the centre had attracted more than 2000 visitors. As well as group training sessions, individual training sessions are also

tact Peter on 3207 0348 to book. The main purpose of the visits and functions is to get those who live alone, out with their mates. The visits are well received as some members meet up with old mates and have a great time together. Our Branch also supports the local Air Force Cadets which meet on Mondays at the Capalaba State Collage. The Redlands RAAFA Branch meets at 10: 30am on the second Sunday of each month in the Redlands RSL, Passage Street Cleveland; one month is a meeting whilst the next is a social gathering or a trip or BBQ. The next General Meeting is on Sunday June 8th at 10.30am. The Branch also meets every Wednesday at 3pm in the Keno Lounge at the RSL for coffee and chat. If you are an ex member of the RAAF, RAF, RNZAF, RSAF FLEET AIR ARM OR THE ARMY AVIATION Please come along to our Wednesday, or Sunday get together or one of our Sunday meetings you will sure to enjoy our camaraderie. Current fees are $30.00 for Ordinary membership and $5.00 for Social or Associate membership. If you are interested in joining, please phone the Secretary, David Field on 0439 855 894.


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Type 2 Diabetes?

TYPE 2 Diabetes? QUT has a personalised online program to better manage your condition. QUT researchers are calling for people with Type 2 diabetes to join a national trial of an online program that is designed to help them self-manage their condition and alleviate the development of further health complications. Sophie Parham, a PhD researcher in QUT’s IHBI (Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation), needs more than 300 volunteers diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, aged 18-75 who have regular access to a computer and the internet to take part in this 12-month study. The program being trialled is called OnTrack Diabetes. It provides information about diabetes, offers steps to better manage this condition, tips on simple lifestyle changes, and details on where to get additional help. “Some goals that participants can focus on in the program include planning and preparing healthier meals, becoming more active and losing weight, and being able to establish better routines for testing blood sugar levels and/or taking medication,” Ms Parham said. She said QUT had successfully pioneered online self-management programs that helped people in remote areas reduce risky drinking levels and cope better with de-

pression. “QUT’s Professor David Kavanagh had first developed the OnTrack program for people struggling with drinking. He found that 80 per cent of participants showed a reduction in their drinking. On average, people drank 40 per cent less alcohol in their week after completing the trial,” Ms Parham said. “Being able to go online and have a free, personalized program with support from health professionals has proven very attractive to people whose condition can be self-managed. Document7 “The online environment is an appealing location for a trial because it doesn’t matter where you are or what time it is, you can access the OnTrack Diabetes program. “Participants can move through their modules at their own pace. It saves them a lot of time and money in going to appointments and empowers people to take charge of their health.” Ms Parham said Diabetes Australia had estimated that 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. “However, the condition and subsequent health complications can be substantially contained with effective management of diet, exercise, medication and blood sugar testing,” she said. Ms Parham said the OnTrack Diabetes program was a logical choice for a trial because it had self-guided modules aimed at promoting achievable modifications to diet, physical activity, blood sugar testing and medication adherence. “Participants can monitor their progress through these modules and in addition, a researcher will follow up with each participant four times throughout the study,” she said. “We understand that there can be ups and downs in the journey, so we’ve also created a module to help manage mood. “We recognize that managing Type 2 diabetes can be extremely tough and requires a great deal of motivation, so we have designed a program that we hope can potentially improve and maintain a balanced lifestyle. N:\Bris April 2014\Type 2 Diabetes.docx “We hope that OnTrack Diabetes can encourage participants to keep striving to set and achieve their desired health goals.” To take part in this study, or to find out more go to or contact Ms Parham at

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nt e d n e p e d In g in y a t and S What is bowel cancer!

BOWEL cancer is a disease of the large bowel (colon) that usually develops from small growths inside the colon known as polyps. It is the second most common cancer in the world and is the second highest cause of deaths from cancer in Australia after lung cancer. Not all polyps are cancerous but if detected early enough they can be removed to significantly reduce the chances of bowel cancer developing. The prevalence and severity of bowel cancer is due to the fact that usu-

ally there are no symptoms during the early stages of the disease. However, often tiny amounts of blood are leaked from polyps or cancers long before other symptoms appear and it is this hidden blood that a Bowelscan test can detect quite early. Detecting bowel cancer early is the key to surviving this deadly disease. Testing for bowel cancer: Rotary Bowelscan is an initiative of over 300 Rotary Clubs across Australia working to raise awareness of the risks of bowel cancer and reduce the number of lives lost to it

each year. The Bowelscan program complements the Federal Government’s program which offers free test kits to people aged 50, 55, 60 and 65. The Rotary program, however, is designed to encourage Australians most at risk (men and women aged over 40) to test themselves annually, because it considers annual rescreening is the best way to ensure cancerous polyps cannot develop undetected. The Rotary Program: This program runs for one month every year from 1May to 31 May. With the

support of dozens of pharmacies the program distributes inexpensive and easy to use Bowelscan test kits to local communities. It is a test that can be conducted in the privacy of the home. When a completed kit is returned it is tested in a pathology laboratory and Rotary will send a letter advising you personally of the outcome. If the test should prove to be a positive one both you and your Doctor will be informed. Where to buy a kit: Pharmacies on the Sunshine Coast selling Rotary kits are located in Buderim,

Caloundra, Nambour, Noosa, Cooroy , KawanaWaters , Mooloolaba, Gympie and Cooloola, Maroochydore, Bli Bli, Coolum, Peregian Beach and Peregian Springs. In the North Brisbane area they can be found at Bribie Island, Caboolture and Albany Creek. If you have difficulty finding a pharmacy selling the Rotary kits you may contact 1300 779 694 for advice or go on line to www.bowelscanqueensland. Buy a kit today and catch cancer before it catches you.

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THOUSANDS of Australians with diabetes are needlessly having feet and parts of their legs amputated with just one in two sufferers attending foot clinic screenings. QUT is attempting to avert the alarming trend, which has seen Australia record the second highest rate of lower limb amputations in the developed world, by offering free comprehensive foot assessments for people with diabetes. Foot disease affects more Australians than any other major diabetes complication, aside from cardiovascular disease, with about 85 sufferers having a foot or part of their leg removed each week. But Australia has just a 50 per cent screening rate for feet, with experts saying the majority of diabetes-related amputations are almost “entirely preventable” and a result of inadequate monitoring. The Diabetes Foot Clinic at QUT is offering free annual comprehensive foot assessments for people with diabetes. Associate Professor Lloyd Reed said the assessments would include an examination of key issues known to increase the risk of diabetic foot complications, including neurological testing, vascular testing, a musculoskeletal assessment, a dermatological assessment and a comprehensive footwear assessment. Senior Research Fellow at QUT and diabetes expert Peter Lazzarini said the foot assessments and controlling glucose levels would reduce the chance of foot complications and prevent a tidal wave of health problems. “Feet screenings need to occur every 12 months, this is where podiatrists will look for early foot complications such as loss of feeling and no pain response,” he said. “The clinic will offer a comprehensive package of care with up to date machines to monitor those at risk and respond to diabetes nerve and circulation damage that affects the legs and feet.” Nurse practitioner and diabetes educator Kerry Porter said managing diabetes would help normalise blood glucose, preventing short and long term complications that can impact on daily life. “Health practitioners must detect signs early on before there is a problem and this is why regular screenings are vital as they will pick things up at first sign so preventable measures can be put in place,” she said. QUT Health Clinics - Podiatry is located on 44 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove (QUT KG Campus). For more information on the free annual comprehensive foot assessments please contact the clinic on 3138 9777 or visit .

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Men can leak too

URINARY incontinence. It’s normally associated with women who’ve had babies or men with prostate issues.But for the majority of the 4.2 million Australian adults affected by urinary incontinence (of whom 30 per cent are male) the main cause can be put down to lifestyle issues. While there are certain medical conditions and surgeries that increase the risk of incontinence*, for the majority of the population, incontinence is quite preventable and treatable. For men, apart from prostate surgery, the three big culprits are:

being overweight; constipation; and heavy lifting. Being overweight. Carrying extra body weight stretches and strains the pelvic floor, the group of slinglike muscles that hold up our abdominal organs and help close off the urinary and anal sphincters. Stretching them compromises their ability to control the sphincters, critical for shutting off the bladder and bowel and staying continent. Prevention: Keeping your body within the healthy weight range will significantly reduce the likelihood of urinary

leakage. In fact, losing just five to 10 per cent of body weight reduces the incidence of urinary incontinence by 70 per cent. Constipation. Regularly straining on the toilet has the same effect on the pelvic floor as being overweight. It stretches and weakens the pelvic floor muscles, compromising their ability to control the urinary and anal sphincters. A full, impacted bowel can actually have a physical impact both the bladder and bowel. It can take up so much space in the abdominal cavity it presses on the bladder and causes urge incontinence (going suddenly and often). A bowel can be so severely impacted that it can cause faecal leakage that looks like diarrhoea but is in fact faecal overflow. This is when liquid faeces oozes past the blockage, and leaks

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out without the person being aware. Prevention: By ‘engaging’ the pelvic floor and bracing before any heavy lifting or high impact action, the impact on the pelvic floor will be reduced. Like any muscles, the pelvic floor muscles can be strengthened with specific exercises. The correct way to do pelvic floor exercises is detailed at the Continence Foundation of Australia’s website For more information phone the National Continence Helpline (1800 33 00 66), a free and confidential service staffed by continence nurse advisors who provide advice, referrals and resources to consumers and health professionals (interpreter service available on 13 14 50). Further information is available at *Risk factors for urinary incontinence include neurological and musculoskeletal conditions, diabetes, prostate issues, heart

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FEELING GOODg Independent and Stayin Accredited health professionals seeking to help our senior community QUALITY of Life (QOL) exercise physiologists and dietitians are a team accredited health professionals who work together to provide a professional, friendly and supportive service to better the health of our senior community. Our exercise physiologists are qualified health professionals who specialise in the delivery of exercise and rehabilitation programs for the prevention and manage-

ment of chronic diseases and injuries including but not limited to: Heart and lung disease, Diabetes and Prediabetes, Arthritis, Joint replacements, Chronic pain, PTSD, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Cancer. Exercise programs are individualised and specific to injury or chronic condition and to the client’s physical capabilities. Our accredited dietitians offer professional advice to assist with the understanding of the relationship between food and health by providing an individualized diet analysis and plan to prevent and treat illness and disease, for example those listed above. Entitled DVA clients may be referred through their general practitioner with a D904 referral for a clinically necessary treatment of a specific condition. Medicare rebates and private health fund rebates are also available. Eligible individuals can get up to 5 bulk billed visits through an EPC

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program referral with Medicare. Home visits and group exercise are available. Exercise classes include pilates, falls prevention, seniors, chronic disease classes and more. Clinics are located at Aspley, Capalaba, Carseldine, Chancellor Park, Chermside, Deagon, Glasshouse Mountains, Mooloolaba, Mountain Creek, Nundah, Redcliffe, Scarborough, Teneriffe and Woolloongabba. For more information on improving your QUALITY OF LIFE please contact 1800 813 113 or

New research makes inroad into deadly ovarian cancer

QUEENSLAND scientists have made significant inroads into our understanding of the deadliest form of ovarian cancer after identifying two enzymes that make it resistant to chemotherapy. There is currently no proven screening test or method of prevention for ovarian cancer, which kills more than half of all Australian women who are diagnosed within five years. With funding from Cancer Council Queensland, researchers at QUT are working to better understand how serous ovarian cancer cells aggregate and survive in the ascites fluid that accumulates in the abdomen, and why it is resistant to chemotherapy treatment. QUT’s team is one of a few groups of scientists in the world working with 3D modelling for ovarian cancer, to replicate cancer cell behaviour in the abdominal cavity. Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said ovarian cancer was often diagnosed after it had spread, reducing the chances of survival significantly. “If ovarian cancer is treated when confined to the ovaries, 93 per cent of patients will be alive in five years,” Ms Clift said. “If the cancer spreads to surrounding tissue or organs, only 39 per cent of patients will be alive after five years. If the cancer spreads more distantly, the figure drops to just 30 per cent of patients who will survive five years after diagnosis.”

‘Hear and Say’ with Dimity

OVER the past 20 years, Dr. Dimity Dornan has helped countless hearing impaired children to listen and speak like children with normal hearing. A speech pathologist turned social entrepreneur, Dimity founded ‘Hear and Say’ in 1992, developing it into one of the world’s leading paediatric auditory-verbal and cochlear implant centres. Visit State Library of Queensland (SLQ) Auditorium 1, Level 2 on Wednesday, 21 May from 6pm-8pm to listen to a conversation with Dr. Dimity Dornan AO. Bookings for this free event: or phone 3840 7768.


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Spending time online may ward off depression among live-alone retirees

A new study shows that the Internet offers retirees a chance to overcome the social and spatial boundaries that are believed to fuel depression.

SPENDING time online has the potential to ward off depression among retirees, particularly among those who live alone, according to new research The researchers, based in the US, report that Internet use reduced the probability of a depressed state by 33% among their study sample. Late-life depression affects between five and 10 million Americans age 50 and older. This new study shows that the Internet offers retirees a chance to overcome the social and spatial boundaries that are believed to fuel depression. The research was conducted by Dr Shelia R. Cotten of Michigan State University; Dr George Ford of the Phoenix Centre for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies; Dr Sherry Ford of the University of Montevallo; and Dr Tim Hale of the Centre for Connected Health and Harvard Medical School.

“Retired persons are a population of interest, particularly because one mechanism by which Internet use may affect depression is to counter the effects of isolation and loneliness, which are more common among older adults,” the authors said. “Also, working individuals may be required to use the Internet rather than choosing to, and may use the technology for different reasons than those not working.” The data were obtained from four waves of the health and retirement study, a longitudinal survey collecting information from more than 22,000 older Americans every two years. The current study sample included 3075 community-dwelling respondents observed over four waves of data, from 2002 to 2008, yielding a total of 12,300 observations. The measurement of Internet use was based on a question asking participants, “Do you regularly use the World Wide Web, or the Internet, for sending and receiving e-mail or for any other purpose?” Depression was measured using an epidemiologic studies depression scale. With other factors constant, the authors found that Internet users had an average predicted probability of depression of .07, whereas that probability for nonusers was .105. Based on the difference, Internet use led to a 33% reduction in the probability of depression. “The number of people in the household partially mediates this relationship, with the reduction in depression largest for people living alone,” the authors wrote. “This provides some evidence that the mechanism linking Internet use to depression is the remediation of social isolation and loneliness. Encouraging older adults to use the Internet may help decrease isolation, loneliness, and depression.”

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Latin America small group tours

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CAREFULLY planned small group fully escorted tours to different Latin America destinations are paying off to husband and wife team Horacio Passeggi and Stella Romagnoli joining forces in their pursuit to promote Latin America, the continent of their roots. Latin America Group Tours is focusing on small groups where the passenger is escorted every day, in every place until boarding the last flight home. Their classic fully escorted tour to Argentina, Brazil and Peru is scheduled for April and September 2015. From the hectic capital

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of Argentina to the incredible Iguazú Falls, the astonishing city of Rio de Janeiro to the mixture of cultures in Cuzco or the majesty of the Inca sacred city of Machu Pichu all has been carefully considered. If you are one the adventurous and curious type that dream about exotic cultures, far away lands and ancient history, Mexico and Central America is your tour. Your senses will be filled up with the sounds, colours and flavours that this unique region has to offer. This tour has been planned to explore the genuine Aztec and Mayan cultures combined with country life and cosmopolitan fascinating cities in the most authentic Mariachi style with lots of burritos, tequila and amigos! Departure time

for this tour is May 2015. Two information nights are being held at Caloundra Community Centre, on May 15 and 22 starting at 5.30pm. On May 15 we will show a day to day itinerary of the Mexico/Guatemala trip while we’ll do the same for the Argentina/ Brazil/Peru on May 22.

Everybody is welcome. Stella and Horacio love to promote their culture and can be contacted at: 07 5492 5274 or Mob: 0400 193 040. Email:latinamerica Web: www.latinamericagrouptours Facebook: Latinamericagrouptours

Come with us to Bribie Island

ON 13th May, the bus trip will be to Bribie Island to join the Ferryman Boat cruise. Morning Tea and Lunch will be enjoyed aboard the Ferry. Colin Butler, our President, will be able to give you full information if you phone him on 3848 6371. The other Tuesdays of the month will find our friendly group enjoying Morning Tea, Concert and Lunch together. Why not come along and join us at our hall at the corner of Clifton and Fleurs Streets, Annerley. The day commences from around 9.30 a.m.


Panyiri - a Greek celebration BE taken on a Greek journey of discovery - a celebration of dance and music, a gastronomical tour through secret recipe books, a voyage through history rich in colour and passion. More than 30 food stalls will showcase the tastes, recipes and food secrets from all corners of Greece. On the main stage famous Greek dances the ‘Zorba’ ‘Sirto’, ‘Kalamatiano’ and ‘Sousta’, will be performed to traditional Greek music n a wonderful cross-cultural celebration. Enjoy the Panyiri celebration on Saturday, 24 May from 12 noon-10pm and Sunday, 25 May from 10am-7pm at Musgrave Park, South Brisbane.

Saturday 21st June A NICE DAY OUT Travel by ICE train to a mystery destination and country pub for lunch

Saturday 12th July NAMBOUR & QLD GARDEN EXPO Travel by steam train to Nambour and enjoy this garden event

Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st August THE BORDER BULLET A week end tour by rail motor to Stanthorpe & Wallangarra “Book early as seats are limited”

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Home sweet anywhere: retirees trade their home for a life around the world

Retire and travel .. Lyn and Tim Martin spending their later years on the road

AMERICANS Lynne and Tim Martin are on their way to Queensland – and they say they’re breaking all the rules of retirement. At a time when they had every right to kick back in their cosy Paso Robles, California, home and live out their golden years surrounded by children, grandchildren and friends, they chose to sell their house, pack their lives in two rolling duffel bags, and see the world. Lynne, 73, and Tim, 68, have been chronicling their journeys since 2010. Lynne’s memoir, ’Home Sweet Anywhere’, recently hit the shelves. She retired from a career in public relations, and Tim retired from his job running a small electronics firm. Their lifestyle is the stuff of dreams for most retirees, but the couple’s decision to travel full time was very much rooted in reality. “We looked very carefully at what our over-

head was living in California, and what it cost us to wake up every morning in our house,” says Lynne. “We added everything together and it was staggering. We found we could live for less travelling the world.” If they needed a sign they were on the right path, they got it as soon as they put their house on the market. It sold in one day. In less than four months, they began the first leg of their journey in San Miguel, Mexico, where a friend agreed to let them housesit for free. A month later, they were in Buenos Aires for six weeks, where they tried (and failed) to finetune their Spanish. After a brief visit to the UD for Thanksgiving, they flew to Florida and took a oneway cruise to Europe, where they spent seven months hopping around France, Italy, England, Ireland and Portugal. They’re re-visiting their favourite destination,


Paris, this June. “We try to schedule our destinations [based on our budget],” Lynne says. “If we’re going to London or Paris, which are expensive, we try to counter them by going to Portugal or Spain afterward, which are cheaper. It all cost-averages.” About that budget. Living abroad without a home base isn’t something one can do on a whim, especially without a steady income. How do the Martins manage to make it work? Funding: With the help of an investment advisor, the couple decided live off of a $6000 monthly stipend, sourced from returns on their joint investment portfolio. They also get a boost from Lynne’s Social Security income. Since they book trips as far as six months in advance, they keep a ‘slush funds of about $20,000 to make deposits ahead of time on any lodging or transportation they may need without biting into their monthly budget. It took decades to build the nest egg that now sustains them overseas. Lynne was always an aggressive saver, but Tim, like most Americans, didn’t start saving for retirement until he was well into his 40s. To catch up, he dabbled in real estate for a while and ran a small electronics firm. Transportation: One of their favourite ways to bundle transportation and lodging together is to take ‘re-

positioning’ cruises. Twice a year, cruise lines relocate their ships as the seasons change and sell cheap one-way fares to passengers who want to come along for the ride. The Martins recently travelled from the US to Europe for $2000 – not exactly ideal if you have to book a flight home as soon as you land, but for Lynne and Tim, it’s an economical way to get from point A to point B while enjoying all the amenities a cruise has to offer. Often they travel from the US to Europe this way. “When you consider

apartments, condos and sometimes houses. To stretch their dollar and have time to settle in to new places, they stay in countries for several weeks at a time. And their first destination in any new city is always the grocery store. If they do eat out, it’s usually for lunch, a much less expensive meal. Health care: Since Medicare doesn’t cover overseas health expenses, Lynne and Tim have an international catastrophic health care policy. It’s not much, but it ensures they can be transported home


what airfare costs, we’re getting transportation there, plus 12 or 14 days of food and housing,” Lynne says. On the ground, they stick to public transportation whenever possible and use when wheels are necessary. The site lets them search for rental agencies in most countries and compare prices in one place. Lodging: With a housing budget of around $2400 a month, they don’t have room for pricey hotels. They use and to rent

if they become too ill for travel. For more common health needs like dental check-ups, they pay out of pocket. “Health care in other countries is remarkably good,” she says. “If you get sick in Paris, lucky you.” The time table: Tim usually handles nitty gritty trip-planning duties, but they’re careful to leave room in their schedule. “We try to plan six months ahead because I’m old and I need to know where I’m going,” Tim says. “When we first started, we tried planning a year ahead and I thought that lacked a little flexibility.” Currency: Credit is king with the Martins. They take advantage of their airline-specific credit cards for free checked baggage perks and otherwise use credit cards that earn points for travel and don’t charge foreign exchange fees. The end of the road: With the benefit of good health on their side, the Martins say they’ll continue travelling as long as their bodies allow it. But they purposefully leave their principal retirements savings untouched as a form of security for when they do finally need to slow down. May 2014 - Brisbane Seniors - Page 33

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Come with the train buffs THE excitement of a day out by steam train commences at Roma St as you go walk along the platform to find your carriage with a reserved seat. It is then a quick walk to the head of the train to inspect the great “Iron Horse” which is simmering away quietly waiting for the grand departure. Final boarding announcements are made , the guard blows his whistle and waves the green flag and the engine bursts into life with it’s whistle blowing

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• Accommodation Charleville • Meals • Fire, Flood & History Tour • Yabby Races & Camp Oven Dinner • Woollabra Station Tour • Corones “Scones & Stories” • Cosmos Centre night sky tour • Flying Doctors • History House & Meet the Bilby • Helpful fun tour host Tour Dates: 26th August

• Staying at Daydream Island, Airlie Beach & Cairns Queenslander • Delicious meals • Airlie Markets, Yacht Club & orientation tour • Daydream Island Coral Reef Lagoon • Atherton Tablelands & Kuranda Kyrail • Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Daintree River • Harbour Cruise and Trinity Inlet • Helpful fun tour hose Tour dates: 18th July or 22nd Aug or 12th Sept

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• Accommodation at 4 star Cairns Queenslander • Meals on tour • Gorgeous Green Island - including glass bottom boat tour • Travel up the tablelands to Mareeba & Jacques Coffee Plantation, explore Kuranda then travel on Skyrail • Paronella Park, Innisfail, Scenic Cassowary Coast • Port Douglas, Mossman Gorge, Daintree River Cruise • Helpful fun tour host Tour Dates: 6th July, 17th Aug, 21st Sept

• Accommodation at 4 star Chifley Plaza • Meals on tour • Day tour to Magnetic Island • Castle Hill and town orientation tour • Markets, Perc Tucker Museum, Reef HQ Aquarium • Museum of North Qld, Hervey’s Ranges Heritage Tea Gardens • Army Museum of North Qld • Helpful fun tour host Tour dates: 20th June, 1st Aug, 29th Aug, 3rd Oct

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Tour Date: 7th October

*Per person twin share Single supp $590

• Includes return flights from Brisbane • Accommodation and Meals • Interesting day tours to: Eureka Towers Skydeck, Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, Geelong & Apollo Bay, Werribee Open Range Zoo Safari, Lorne, Great Ocean Road including Cape Otway, Port Campbell National Park, Twelve Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge, Port Campbell, London Bridge, Crown of Thorns, Warrnambool, Flagstaff Hill, Lady Bay, Middle Island, Thunder Point Coast Reserve, Famous Laser Light Show “Shipwrecked”, Port Fairy, Mount Gambier, MuttonBird Rookeries, Portland, Coorong National Park, Victor Harbour, Kangaroo Island, Seal Bay, Kingscote, Flinders Chase National Park, Seal Bay, Cape du Couedic Lighthouse, Admirals Arch, Cape Jervis, Strathalbyn, Hahndorf, and Adelaide’s Mount Lofty Lookout. Plus much, much more on this magnificent deluxe tour. • Naturally this tour includes one of our helpful fun Tour Hosts & experienced Coach Captain

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Tasmania - The Great Escape

10 Days $2,049* *Per person twin share plus applicable rail fare. Single supp $500

Tour Date: 2nd September

8 Days $2,690* *Per person twin share Single supp $480

• Includes return flights from Brisbane • Accommodation & meals • Interesting day tours to Hobart, Richmond, Port Arthur, Queenstown, Gordon River Cruise, Strahan, Cradle Mountain, Stanley, North West Coast, Launceston, Tamar Valley and River Cruise, Wall in the Wilderness and much more • Friendly informative tour host & experienced Coach Captain

Canberra Floriade with Bowral Tulips & Spring in the Highlands

the destination in July. The train steams through the scenic Glasshouse Mountains, past pineapple fields, and the lush Sunshine Coast Hinterland enroute to Nambour for the large garden event. There is also the option of staying on the train and continue to the interesting little village of Yandina. In August come and escape with us on a two day tour by special rail motor to Stanthorpe and Wallangarra to celebrate the end of winter. There is great scenery across the Southern Downs and Granite Belt region and there is no better way to see it then from the comfort of the heritage rail motor. To book or order a brochure phone our office on 3252 1759 between 10am and 3.00pm Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A recorded message operates at other times.

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• Accommodation in Townsville, Charters Towers, • Stathmore Station Hughenden & Longreach • Kinnon & Co Harry Redford • Meals • Sunset Cruise on the Thomson River, Dinner & Waterhole • Townsville & Castle Hill Tour & Camp Dinner with “Larrikins & Legend Show” • Magnetic Island • Helpful fun Tour Host & Coach Captain • Charters Towers Town Tour • Miners Cottage, Zara Clarke & Ambulance Museums • Night time Ghosts of Gold Tour • Flinders Discovery Centre Hughenden • Winton, Waltzing Matilda Centre, Magic Mesa’s & Age of Dinasaurs Exhibition • Stockman’s Hall of Fame • Qantas Museum & Tour of 747

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to signal departure and steams out of the platform heading for the day’ destination. Like the sound of the above ? The Australian Railway Historical Society (Queensland Division) has now entered iti 57th year of operating rail tours. Over 980 excursions operated by both steam and diesel hauled trains to many destinations in Queensland have been run by the Society since 1957, of course the steam hauled tours are very popular and give passengers a nostalgic tour in travel of a bygone era , travelling in style in the heritage carriages. Join us for a mystery day out by ICE train on Saturday June 21st. We don’t tell you where we are going but head off to a country destination and have lunch at an historic old pub before returning to the City mid afternoon. Nambour Garden Expo is

Tour Date: 26th September

• Accommodation & meals • Interesting tours to Port Macquarie, Bowral Tulips, Canberra Floriade, Canberra War Memorial, Japanese Garden & Cultural Centre Cowra, Parliament House, Camelot Lavender Farm, Gloucester, Uralla and the Gostwyck Chapel, Captain Thunderbolts Grave, Armidale, Manor at Cotswald, Glen Innes, Celtic Standing Stones, Tenterfield Saddlery, Stanthorpe for a ‘Medley of Maine’ and much more • Friendly informative tour host & experienced Coach Captain

8 Days $2,099* *Per person twin share Single supp $560

GET tech savvy (if you don’t know how your kids will help you). Check with your airline to determine if there are options for web, kiosk or mobile phone check-in to save time when you arrive at the airport. Hold the stress and understand your airline’s baggage requirements. Check with your airline to ensure that you have the latest information about baggage restrictions. Be prepared if any extra charges may apply to you. If you have any items that you are unsure about, check with your airline prior to arriving at the airport so that you can avoid any unnecessary surprises or delays while checking in for your flight. Gifts - Unless your present is intended for the security personnel, it is best to keep all of your items (including those packed in your checked baggage) unwrapped until you arrive at your destination point. Don’t be “that person” in the security line (you know who you are!) Don’t hold up the line. Ensure that all personal toiletry items such as liquids, aerosols and gels are packaged in containers with a capacity of 100 ml/100 grams (3.4 oz) or less. The containers must fit comfortably in one clear, closed and re-sealable plastic bag, with a capacity of no more than 1 litre. One plastic bag per person is allowed and must be removed from carry-on baggage. Any containers over 100 ml should be placed in checked baggage. All liquid food in your carry-on (for example, yogurt, pudding, peanut butter or jam) must be in containers of 100 ml or less. Still unsure about the rules? You are responsible for making sure that you have the proper identification and travel documentation for yourself and your children as required by the country of destination.

HOLIDAY & Leisure In love with Naples

by Phil Hawkes

nativity scenes. For lunch, we indulge in slabs of cheese and fresh bread from a local deli, eaten on the steps of a cathedral where we watch people and they watch us. It’s a favourite pastime, and everyone wants to talk to you especially if they know you’re Australian. Every single person in Naples has relatives in Australia and they all seem to be called Giovanni or Maria. Of course we know them all. We spend hours roaming the alleys and the squares, following our guide or guide book, grabbing a gelato and taking it all in. But at the Parkers Hotel end of the day, there’s THERE’S no doubt that From the balcony of our In the morning it’s off “Parker’s” as it’s known, Naples gets a mixed and the prospect of a lodgings, the palatial downtown to meet press. It would be too splendid dinner on the Grand Hotel Parker’s, we Walter the tour guide, easy to read some terrace, or a takeaway begin to understand the whom Marco the reviews and reschedule contradiction that’s the concierge has arranged from the nearby pizzeyour itinerary to bypass city of Naples. for us. The old, historic ria. Washed down, of the city and head course, with something There’s the beauty of part of the city teems straight for the Amalfi the harbour, the bay with life in narrow alleys very Italian indeed. Coast, Pompeii or indeed shimmering at dusk, the where Vespas come Naples is a city that anywhere else. Reports lights reflecting off low- hurtling toward you and absolutely demands a of pickpockets, mafia, slung clouds. veer at the last moment, return visit, to enjoy life littered streets, dodgy in a way that seemingly Closer beneath us, the keeping the adrenalin vendors and taxi touts only Neapolitans know, chaos of the streets, the pumping. are not unknown. bee-like buzz of human- There is so much to see but are more than willing Conversely, you’ll find to share. And when it ity, the senses awakened and experience that 3 rave reviews of the food, with culinary anticipahours is hardly enough comes to hotels, you’d the history, the palaces be well advised to tion. ... medieval churches, and monuments, the discard any thoughts of How could anyone not old palaces, an undermuseums and churches be in love with this taste ground labyrinth, even a budget lodgings ... and the people. For because, frankly, the 5 of the real Italy, the one museum of purgatory; the Neapolitans, life is to we see in movies or read and to satisfy true star experience will be be lived to the fullest. about in a marvellous believers, rows and rows well worth it. And you’re invited to book called “Naples – A of stalls selling religious go along for the ride. Way Of Love”. objects and elaborate

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Forest Lake 50+ Members enjoyed the big day out

FOREST Lake 50+ members travelled to Highfields Pioneer Village in the beautiful City of Toowoomba. We enjoyed billy tea and damper. After walking around the village at our leisure seeing other interesting buildings such the Southern Cross Museum and Toy Shop, we all settled down for lunch, of beef stew, which everyone loved,

also damper, to soak up the gravy from the stew. Desert was fruit salad and ice cream all washed down with more billy tea. With another successful day over we settled on the Coach for the relaxing trip back to Forest Lake. Forest Lake 50+ Club meet on the third Friday of the month at the Queensland Lions Soccer Club, Pine Road,

Richlands at 10.30am and new members are always welcome. For more information on the club and its activities, please contact Kay Treasurer on 3278 9406 or Les Activities Officer on 3279 9449 or mob 0466 377 618, or email Date claimers for the next three meetings May16th, June 20th and July18th 2014.

Do come along and join us, we’d really like to meet you

THE next monthly meeting of the Newmarket VIEW Club will be at the Gaythorne R.S.L. on Tuesday, May 27th, 10.30 for 11.00 a.m. We are a small, friendly club seeking community minded women to join us in our mission to provide better educational opportunities for disadvantaged young Australians. Along the way we make many new friends and share new experiences. Why not come along as a guest and see what we are all about? You will be met at the door and introduced to other members and can be assured of a very enjoyable morning. Our guest speaker this month will be Mr. Michael Solomon, an experienced volunteer pilot with Angel Flight who has flown over 70 missions and will share with us his vast experience. Bookings are essential for catering purposes so please contact Lynne 3353 3978 or Jill 0412 722 067 prior to Friday, May 23 for further information. Cost of two course luncheon is $25, including tea and coffee.

Book a date sightseeing with Stafford Seniors Club

OUR last social day had an Easter theme, with a Easter trading table and a party with all members bringing a plate to share. Our May bus trip is a day tour through the Currumbin Valley sightseeing along the coast. Lunch is at Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club. Cost is $50 which includes morning tea and lunch the date for this trip is 21st May. We depart at 8am, arriving home between 4.30pm and 5pm. Our club is situated in the school hall at Queen of Apostels on Appleby Road Stafford. We are a small club that is seeking to increase membership for further information please contact Julia 0467 680 551 or Carolyn on 3356 8223.

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Seniors On Stage (S.O.S.) Wynnum OUR Theatre Group meet every Wednesday at 11.30am at the Wynnum Workers Club, 35 Bognor St, Tingalpa to rehearse their upcoming production, Hollow House, a drama with a twist. “Hollow House” was in danger of crashing for lack of male cast until we approached several local community groups and got a tremendous response from Wynnum-Manly Men’s Shed, of whom Muffy, the mascot, is the only female member. Men’s Shed have provided actors, stage crew, and transport for props. In return we promised that Muffy would be the star of the show. She is the intrepid police dog who steals the limelight and still manages to get her man (or woman). Who knows until the end? New members are welcome to come along and experience amateur theatre among friends. For more information please contact Meg on 3161 8696. The cast of Hollow House including Muffy (centre)

Vikings from the British Museum Spectacular Cinema Event

EVENT Cinemas will offer cinema goers a unique opportunity to see a must-see British Museum exhibition brought to life on the big screen with Vikings: Life and Legend screening on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of June. This special British Museum cinema event offers an exclusive private view of the BP exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend filmed live in London and introduced by the Museum’s Director, Neil MacGregor with the presenters and celebrated television historians Michael Wood and Bettany Hughes. Exhibition curator Gareth Williams and leading world experts will take cinema audiences through the exhibition, getting up close to objects and exploring the global contacts, ships and swords, burials and beliefs of the Viking Age as well as examining the Vikings’ enduring language and legacy. For nearly 300 years, from the end of the eighth century AD until around 1100, Vikings set out from Scandinavia on raids and voyages of discovery and colonization across the northern world. Warfare and warrior identity are at the centre of what it meant to be a Viking and contact with other lands was often violent. Objects from the exhibition include recently excavated skeletons from a mass grave of executed Vikings in Dorset, armour and weapons. But there is also fine jewellery, sculpture and metalwork which was traded as well as raided across the globe. With demonstrations, stunning close-up photography of the Viking objects in the exhibition and a torchlit burial staged in the grounds of the museum, Vikings from the British Museum will be a reminder of how the Vikings have shaped our modern lives. Tickets are $20* + $1.10 online booking fee applies. This special event is screening at Event Cinemas Chermside, Garden City and Indooroopilly and tickets are on sale now online at or at the box office.

West Moreton Country Music Association

OUR next social is on the 23rd of May and we are having the Logan/Beaudesert Country Music Club as our guests, members $5 non members $6. 7pm start until 11pm. Lucky door and raffles, meals available, more information please call Trish 0434 114 656.

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Classical didgeridoo artist to play at Yugambeh Mobo on the Gold Coast

Performing at Yugambeh Mobo .. William Barton, of Australia’s finest didgeridoo players.

ONE of Australia’s finest didgeridoo players will be a big attraction at the Yugambeh Mobo event at Somerset College at Mudgeeraba on the Gold Coast on June 1. William Barton, 33, was born at Mount Isa and learned to play from his uncle, an elder of the Wannyi, Lardil and Kalkadunga tribes of western Queensland. William is widely recognised as a leading didgeridoo player in the classical world. “I’m doing what I love,” William says. “I want to take the oldest culture in the world and blend it with Europe’s rich musical legacy.” The Yugambeh Mobo event is organised by the Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre at Beenleigh, which records and promotes the traditional knowledge of the region, especially the Yugambeh language, which was spoken throughout southeast Queensland. The museum also assists Aboriginal youth with employment and training opportunities, and helps community members trace their own family stories. Yugambeh Mobo means ‘yugambeh tomorrow’ and

acknowledges the history of its past. It was officially launched at Somerset College in December 2013 and has grown from a one-day event into an all-inclusive campaign. Driven by the Yugambeh Museum, but owned by the southeast Queensland community, this journey invites all to participate and celebrate “the cultural uniqueness of our home”. Paula Nihôt, healthy communities coordinator, Parks and Recreational Services, Gold Coast City Council, writes the Yugambeh Garden component, highlighting local plants that can be used in everyday cooking. She told Seniors Newspaper that William Barton also plays the guitar and is backed by a symphony orchestra. “I heard a four-minute prelude which was amazing,” she said. Paula invites readers to follow the campaign on facebook Contact the Yugambeh Museum on (07) 3807 6155 or Somerset College on (07) 5559 7167.

Tour Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens SATURDAY 31 May, 10am-noon - Join us for this wonderful opportunity to enjoy an intimate private tour of the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens with Ross McKinnon, Curator-in-Charge of the gardens. The tour will start with a delightful morning tea on the deck of the Botanical Cafe. Ross will then lead a walk through the Gardens, covering many areas of significance to Queensland and giving a unique insight to this most magnificent landscape in the heart of Brisbane. Bookings are essential for this event as places are very limited. Tickets $45.00 includes morning tea. To book, phone 5427 1488 during business hours.

Variety concert date claimer

THE Queensland Accordion Orchestra Inc will be performing a variety concert at the Queen Alexandra House, Alexandra conference Room Upstairs at 347 Cleveland Road, Coorparoo on Sunday July 27th, 2014 starting 2.00pm. Doors open at 1.30pm and tickets cost just $10 per person. Performance by Queensland Accordion Orchestra, Mary Martyn Volcalist and performers from the entertainment industry. Free parking, refreshments available during intermission. Further inquiries please contact Mary 3359 4896 or email

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Caboolture Senior Citizens OUR next outing will be to Kingaroy Senior Citizens Club on Monday, 12 May with the coach leaving the Centre at 7.30am. Tuesday, 17 June Esk Over 50’s will be our guests with morning tea from 9.30am followed by entertainment by “Golden Sands” and lunch with the

usual raffles, bring and buy stall and lucky door prizes as well.owls are on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1pm and Friday mornings, with cards and a cuppa from 9a.m. For further information phone our club rooms on 5495 2856.

Kenmore Evening VIEW Club WE meet at Boulevard Gardens, Witton Rd., Indooroopilly at 6.30pm for 7 pm. dinner meeting on May 21st. Malcolm Thorne, our speaker, will delight us with his recitations entitled” 50 years of Comic Verse with Stanley Holloway”. This year VIEW (Voice, Interests, Education of Women) members in Australia hope to raise $3.66 million to provide

support for 9,100 Australian children to help with their education. Join us in our activities, walking, book reading groups, mah-jong and outings etc. Our dinner meetings are held on 3rd Wednesday each month. Cost is $34. Advise Jean on 3371 2968 if you would like to join us.

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WE meet for lunch on the third Wednesday of the month at the Murrumba Downs Tavern in the Griffin room at 10.30 for an 11 o’clock start. There is always an interesting speaker,entertainer or entertainment.

Members meet at other times for social outings and coffee. For details of the clubs activities please call Sandra on 3425 2738 or Joy on 3285 5989 will be happy to answer questions.

Seminar Where there’s a will THE Queensland Family History Society will be hosting a seminar on wills and associated matters, entitled Where there’s a will, on Saturday 7 June 2014. The seminar will take place at the Queensland Baptist Conference Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne beginning at 9.00am. The seminar will run for three and a half hours, including a short refreshment break. The will of a deceased person and its associated documentation can provide worthwhile information for family history researchers, information which is often not available elsewhere. This may include the name of the deceased’s spouse, the deceased’s children or other family members. A will can show what property and assets the person held. Sometimes a will might contain fascinating snippets of information which tell the

researcher a little more about the deceased. Certainly not everybody left a will, but it is often surprising to find those who do. The three speakers at this seminar, Saadia Thomson-Dywer from the Queensland State Archives, Ann Swain of QFHS, and Shauna Hicks, from Shauna Hicks History Enterprises will lead participants through the terminology of wills and where to find them in Queensland, in Australia, and in the United Kingdom. You may book for the seminar online, at Click on the Events tab and then select Seminars. The cost of the seminar is $15 for members of QFHS and $20 for non-members. Information about the Society is also available our website. For enquiries, contact the Secretary (email

Brendale Evening VIEW Club DINNER meeting on 20th May is Bring and Buy night. Any new/ near new items hiding in the cupboard that you don’t need, then bring them along for sale. Start potting those lovely plants and baking those lovely goodies so we have a great time choosing what to buy. No guest speaker for this month – it is our Chat Night plus a bit of fun. 17th June Guest Speaker will be Jenni Greaves who is the Manager of the Brisbane Airport Ambassador Program. The club actively works to overcome disadvan-

tage among Australian children through The Smith Family’s Learning for Life Program and provides friendship and support for members while promoting their needs and interest. Members guests and friends meet on the third Tuesday of the month, 6.30pm for 7.00pm start at Aspley Hornets AFL Club, 50 Graham Rd., Carseldine. Book by the Sunday prior to the dinner by phoning Julia on 3285 2153 to reserve your seat. For more information on our friendship club phone Trish on 3264 2213.

Guest speaker, raffles and coach trip

CLEVELAND National Seniors next meeting is on Friday May 16th, Doors open at the 9.15am for 9.45am start. The guest speaker is from Australia Hearing plus we have a good raffle with many surprises also books and DVDs on sale. Our next trip is to the Police depot on Wednesday 30th April has 3 seats available. Cost $25. Coach starts Renaissance at 7.45am with usual pickups through to Capalaba. Also there is one room available on the Glen Innes trip, Double or Twin share. For more information contact Peter on 3207 0348.

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community news Dallas Kampe’s open garden TROPICAL garden embracing plantation-style Queenslander and Balinese temple. A boardwalk winds beneath rare and exotic palms sheltering lush colourful cordylines, crotons and bromeliads. Handcrafted urns, fabulous red mosque-like folly, ponds, topiary garden. New walk-through grotto and waterfall, and Indian-inspired chatris pavilion. The garden is situated at 15 Sunrise St, Mount Cotton and will be open on 23, 24 and 25 May from 10am until 4.30pm. $7 entry.:Pic saved: qld-dallas.jpg

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Picture Ipswich photo drive delivers new details on fallen Ipswich soldiers

FASCINATING details have come to light as part of a focus on military images on Picture Ipswich. Ipswich City Council Tourism and Libraries Committee Chairperson Councillor David Pahlke said Picture Ipswich was an online database website which provided a record of the city’s historical photographs and documents.”Picture Ipswich now contains more than 10,000 images, depicting everyday life and historic events of Ipswich during the past 150 years,” Cr Pahlke said. “It is an accessible record of the history of Ipswich through images and stories of its people, families, places, events and way of life and since its launch in May 2008, has become increasingly popular with the wider community.”As a timely reminder of Ipswich’s role in world history and to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of First World War, a photographic drive is underway to collect images and memorabilia from the First World War. “We were looking for photographs of those who served overseas or at home and images of the Ipswich community during those war years. “With more than 200 service personnel from Ipswich killed during World War I, our community has a strong connection to the conflict. “Picture Ipswich has many images of people who fought and returned, or paid the supreme sacrifice. “We would like to thank the community for the way in which it has supported this important photo drive. “Your contribution is helping to build a wonderful resource for the future that will provide a comprehensive window into the past.” Cr Pahlke said anyone still with images they wished to make available to Picture Ipswich was asked to make contact with council’s Digital Archivist on 3810 7272 or email “Placing images of your relatives’ time in the war or images of how the Ipswich community helped with packages for overseas or coped with rationing at home

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Chick Corea and Gary Burton PIONEERING jazz pianist Chick Corea and vibraphone maestro Gary Burton continue their unstoppable journey through 40 years of duets, and are coming for one night only to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) Concert Hall on Wednesday 11 June.

Brain Training Solution From page 43 Code Words: 1 Date 2 Tide 3 Era 4 Rise 5 Diaries 6 Present 7 Antedate 8 Stop 9 Period 10 Season Splits: 1 Persevere 2 Liquorice 3 Porcupine 4 Magnesium 5 Incognito Elimination: Night – Moon, Owl,

Pyjamas, Sleep, Stars Noises – Bang, Boom, Clunk, Pop, Thud Settlements – City, Hamlet, Metropolis, Town, Village Heroines – Beatrice, Juliet, Portia, Rosalind, Viola Remaining words: Harvest Festival

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FREE 4 SALE CLASSIFIEDS BED single white steel, foam mattress $49. Lamp, table reading $15. Ph 3857 7637. Kedron. FANS 15", 11" pedestal $15, 11" table fan $25. Ph 3857 7637. Kedron. INCONTINENCE pants and pads at below half usual cost price. 19761, 4620,4865. Ph 3349 8514. Mansfield. MINI bike trainer. Built in computer, indoor aerobic exercise as new $30. Ph 07 3282 4378. Ipswich. MOLIMED maxi pads (pack of 14) $5 a pack or 1 box of 12 packs for $50, free delivery around Sandgate area or I can post the box anywhere for an extra $25. Ph 0435 885 633. Sandgate. OLD painting on canvas 120x60 with signature. Sell $500 true value is more. Expansive frame. Ph 3805 9131. Bethania. OUTDOOR wooden setting, 7 piece VGC never been in sun or rain. $280 ono. Ph 0421 207 827. Kipparing. OVER toilet aid, light weight, adjustable never been used. $80. Ph 3816 1115. Riverview. POT plants extra large to medium size, healthy mature plants from $40. Ph 5446 4073. RECLINER armchairs 2 matching. Walford floral pattern cream and plum scotchguard fabric. $200 each. Ph 0432 607 109. Aspley.

RECLINER electric chair near new beige floral VGC. $340. Ph 07 3261 1158. Brackenridge. RECLINER electric. Beige suede. Near new. Cost $1000. Sell $350. Ph 3823 4660. Capalaba. ROLLATOR walker as new, adjustable height with basket, seat and stick attachment, lightweight and easy fold. Half price $275. Ph 0408 731 106. Carseldine. SPECIAL occasion 4 x two-piece outfits, size 14. Excellent cond. Pastel blue, maroon, pink/ blue, red/white. Mature lady $20 -$50 ono. Ph 3857 7637. Kedron.

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Classifieds Only ONE FREE FOR SALE classified allowed per person per month. No other sorts of Classifieds, ie: Wanted adverts will be accepted. The publisher reserves the right to decline, edit and reduce the number of classifieds appearing due to space available in the newspaper. Due to these space constraints sometimes not all adverts will appear in the one month, but will be placed in the following month. You can write up to 20 words per advert, but make sure that your contact phone number, and the selling price are clearly stated. Items for sale must not exceed $500. Please submit FREE classifieds only by post, fax or email to our office by 30th of each month. (No adverts will be accepted over the telephone.) Wanted items are no longer accepted. Conditions apply: Free For Sale classifieds are for private party advertising only. No business adverts accepted. Please print the first word of your classified in CAPITALS, and the rest of the advert should be in lower case. All adverts must be accompanied by the name, address and phone number of the person placing the advertising. POST your adverts to: ‘Bris Free 4 Sale,’ Brisbane Seniors Newspaper, P O Box 1062, Tewantin Q. 4565. FAX adverts to: 5474 4975 EMAIL: (All emailed adverts must be in lower case, except for the first word, which should be in capitals.)

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Pet friendly, 2 solar panels, washing machine, dishwasher and fridge included. Wooden floors, three bedrooms, open plan living, pleasant patio and garden. Cathedral ceilings, built-ins, walk-in in master bedroom. Car space, good neighbours and community. Weekly fees $110.


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community news Seniors Twospeed Crossword Straight Clues

Cryptic Clues

ACROSS 1 Having a common centre 6 Accept delivery 9 Made beer 10 Small remnant 12 Egotists 14 Magma 17 Prior to 19 Built 20 They produce allergies

ACROSS 1 A concert briefly incorporated having a common centre 6 Get to take delivery of 9 Devised a plan prepared by fermentation 10 A small quantity from a doctor for example 12 Those who practise self-admiration are vain people 14 Balaclavas conceal that which emanates from volcanoes 17 Earlier than being in the presence of 19 Put together upright established tips 20 Is this name provided to produce hay fever?

DOWN 1 Skin eruption 2 Organ of smell 3 Want 4 Swamp grass 5 Small bay 6 Keepsake 7 Vexes 8 Outer layers of birds’ ova 11 Questioned 13 Meander 15 Span 16 Non-returnable tennis serves 17 Greek letter 18 Prophetic sign

DOWN 1 Detailed carbon to a male relative for a rounded gemstone 2 Sounds like one is aware of a proboscis

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Thank you Queensland! I WOULD like to extend a sincere thank you to all who helped make this year’s World’s Greatest Shave such a success. The World’s Greatest Shave is the Leukaemia Foundation’s major annual

3 Have occasion for some fine education 4 Any of the tall water grasses used in certain wind instruments 5 A sheltered nook for a common bloke 6 A surviving memorial out of dereliction 7 Otherwise risk troubles 8 Urges on infernos to shards 11 Inquired about a desk

13 Some grovellers wander about 15 Part of the ear changes into a curved structure 16 Single spots on cards for highly skilled people 17 Punt on a second brightest star in a constellation 18 Ring some fellows for a prognostication

Word Trivia Abstemious, abstentious, adventitious, aerious, annelidous, arsenious, arterious, caesious and facetious are all words with all five vowels in order. If you count ‘y ‘ as a vowel, -ly can be added to most of them to get all six vowels.

Morning Tea and cooking competition

fundraising event. It enables us to continue to provide free world-class support services to blood cancer patients and their families as well as fund medical research. This year thousands of brave participants shaved, cut, coloured or waxed their hair to help raise over $16 million nationally. We are well on our way to reaching our $5 million goal set for Queensland. Each day the lives of six Queenslanders are turned upside down with the diagnosis of a blood cancer such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma. There are no known causes or preventative measures. The Leukaemia Foundation is there to provide patients with the practical assistance and emotional support they need during this difficult time. We are truly appreciative of the many participants, sponsors and volunteers who supported our work by being involved in the World’s Greatest Shave. The time and energy you have dedicated to the cause will help make a real difference to the lives of those impacted by blood cancers. Bill Petch, Chief Executive Officer, Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland.

Q.C.W.A. Clontarf Branch will be holding “Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea” at the C.W.A. Hall, Cnr Georgina St and Victoria Ave. Woody Point. On 22nd May, 9am for 9:30am start. Cost is $5.00 each. Judges will be overseeing a cooking competition. All cakes will be sold on the day. Public wishing to participate in the cooking competition please phone 3284 8516 for further information.

NSA Bardon Branch

OUR Branch meets at 10am on the fourth Friday of the month at the Bardon Bowls Club, Bowman Parade. Interesting trips and speakers. If you would like to come to a meeting or two as our guest, please contact David on 3369 2213.

FUNERAL SERVICE Fabulous Bonus Morning or Afternoon Tea

at “Secrets” on the Lake for all Seniors staying or booking during the month of May

Why pay too much . . . ? For a loving farewell not an expensive one . . . price from $4,250 includes: • Transfer of deceased • Quality coffin • Chapel service • Celebrant / Minister • Cremation

• Doctors certificate • Memorial book • Floral Tribute • Death Certificate Pre-arranged funeral plans available from $2000

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community news Madden Family Reunion THE Madden family who arrived in Moreton Bay in January 1863 will commemorate the ocassion with a Family Reunion and celebration on Sunday 6 July 2014 at 10am at the Rosewood Showgrounds. Patrick and Margaret, their only daughter Elizabeth, four surviving sons, and nephew James arrived on the Flying Cloud from Doon, Ireland and settled around Ipswich / Rosewood. Another two sons were born whilst at Rosewood. From there, they married into various families including Ryan, Smart, Callaghan, Doyle, King and O’Brien. They have spread out far and wide, settling in various areas. James later brought out his two sisters Elizabeth and Jane, in 1864 and his young brother John, in 1877 and they married into the Bourke/Burke, Ryan, Doyle, Martin, Scanlan and Campbell families. There is currently 5476 direct descendants in the database, plus spouses and parents-in-law. Family Tree Book: We will be updating the last book we published in 2003. This book will detail the dates and places of Births, Deaths and Marriages of over 5476 direct descendants. The book will contain short stories and numerous family photos supplied by the descendants. There are ten generations recorded. We would love to hear from anyone connected with the family . For further details, please contact me

Friendship Force welcome Perth Ambassadors

LAMB ISLAND HOME BEING SACRIFICED This FULLY FURNISHED home with WATER VIEWS TO STRADBROKE ISLAND must be sold. Cathedral ceilings, cool and bright. Sit on the deck and watch the every changing water views. It’s any easy walk to the licensed club, swimming enclosure, shop and ferry. 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, colorbond 2 car lock up and huge workshop area under. 1/2 an hour by passenger ferry to Redland Bay, car ferry too. $3 fare to Russell Island supermarket and Macleay Island Golf Course. Fishing, crabbing, relaxed island lifestyle. Great tenant paying $225 per week will stay or leave.

Call Jan on 0413297476

LOGAN VIEW is hosting a morning tea fundraising event. Spencer Howson, one of Brisbane’s top morning radio broadcasters, will be Guest Speaker at a fundraising morning tea, proudly hosted by Logan VIEW Club, to be held at The Rec Club, 4 Alba Lane (off Jacaranda Ave), Kingston on Wednesday 21 May 2014 starting at 10am. Spencer will divulge stories from the behind the scenes of the world of radio with musical entertainment presented by Walter Willans. $15 entrance fee will include morning tea and the proceeds will go to The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program. Reserve your seat by phoning Cheryl on 3711 9146 by 15 May.

Would you know what to do in a medical emergency? Majella and Neale Harding from Friendship Force North Moreton enjoy pre Welcome Dinner drinks with Perth club ambassadors Susanne Carter and Jean Holland at Petrie School of Arts Hall.

FRIENDSHIP Force North Moreton hosts welcomed 16 Perth club ambassadors to our beautiful Moreton Bay region for a week of home hosting.

Bands in Brisbane parks Private Sale $220,000 neg

Spencer Howson talks radio

ENJOY Brisbane’s green spaces with Bands in Parks concert. Held across Brisbane these free, quality performances are sure to be a highlight of the weekend. Sunday 11 May: Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha - Enjoy St John Ambulance Concert Band’s tribute to some of the best movies and stage performances from 2pm-3pm; May - Little Bayside Park, Manly - South Brisbane Federal Band is in a festive mood for Mother’s Day. Enjoy sea breezes and brass music at its best from 11am12noon; Perrin Park, Toowong Brisbane Symphonic Band will perform well-known television and movie themes. The fun continues with giant chess and other board games from 12.30pm-1.30pm; Sunday 18 May: Newstead House, Newstead Queensland Irish Association Pipe Band entertains with a mix of traditional

Scottish and Australian tunes from 2pm-3pm; New Farm Park, New Farm City Temple Salvation Army band play classic tunes in contemporary style everything old is new again from 2pm3pm. Sunday 25 May: Lower Moora Park, Shorncliffe - Enjoy the smooth sounds of steel drums playing reggae and socca rhythms featuring the Rivercity Steel Band from 2pm-3pm. Sunday 1 June: State Library of Queensland, South Bank - Enjoy Italian Week with music that celebrates Italy from traditional folk tunes to sweeping operatic themes from 4.30pm5.30pm.

Traveller Retired Early 70’s seeks travel companion to UK in August or September 2014. For further details please phone Anne on 3849 4813 or 0437 187 519.

IF someone was injured, had a heart attack or suffered an allergic reaction in your presence, would you know what to do? How would you react? Do you know the first steps of first aid? People are often hesitant to get involved in an emergency situation not so much because they don’t want to help but they’re worried they won’t know what to do. Emergencies can happen anywhere — at home, on the street, in the pool or at the supermarket. So what should you do? To gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to successfully react and possibly save a life you need to complete a first aid course. An Allability Training course in first aid, providing nationally recognised training, will have you feeling confident to assist should there ever be an emergency. Allability is owned by Sunshine Butterflies Inc that provides services and support to people with a disability and to their families. Sunshine Butterflies does not receive any government funding and relies on their training business to be sustainable. Leanne Walsh, of Noosa, started Sunshine Butterflies. She and her husband know firsthand how difficult it is to raise a special needs child without any support, so Sunshine Butterflies was born. Rather than wait for a millionaire benefactor to donate to the charity, she started AllAbility Training to provide much needed funds for the charity.

To book your First Aid course call 5470 2830.

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