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Star still shines RICE flakes, power naps, false eyelashes, sorbolene moisturiser. What could this mixed bunch possibly have in common? They are all included in Maria Venuti’s daily routine and they keep her

fired with energy and looking show-biz glamorous even though she has just passed her 75th birthday. “Just write 75 once, darling,” Maria said during our fun interview. “No need to mention it

again after that.” So we won’t. But sensible eating, lots of power naps, big fake eyelashes and the twice-daily slathering of moisturiser on face and décolletage keep Maria Venuti ready for the

spotlight at any time of the day. “Darling, I can’t go past a beauty shop, especially when they have a 50% off sale,” she laughed. “I’ve just bought five more sets of eyelashes, lots of turquoise and gold

eye shadow and more lipsticks.” In an entertainment career that has spanned 58 jam-packed years and seen Maria perform on stage both nationally and CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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In this edition

Age-friendly cities ............................................ Pages 6–7 Talk ‘n’ Thoughts .......................................... Pages 10–11 Community news and columns .................. Pages 16–23 Good Living ................................................... Pages 24–29 Finance................................................................... Page 31 Travel ............................................................. Pages 32–40 Entertainment .............................................. Pages 41–43

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Don’t be afraid to change at any age DON’T let age dictate who you are. Nor what stories you tell or pictures you publish. So today, you will see from our new-look newspaper we have followed that dictum and backed it up with some fine examples of people who have forgotten about numbers, raised their hand above the crowd and found their own unique form of expression. I trust our new design expresses the vitality, wit and fun of these authentic people. I believe I was first introduced to Maria Venuti on day-time


television, by who other than 1970s TV show host, Mike Walsh. He was a man who put personality first and brought us the likes of screechy voiced Jeannie Little (remember her pronunciation of Ddddddaaaarrrling), another person who defied the norm and made us happy.

Have you ever thought of changing and re-training for a new career at 60? Brisbane public relations business woman Jayne Keogh turned her thoughts into actions and has achieved what many of us dream of – the prerequisites for a fascinating new job. You can read about her inspirational journey on pages 8 and 9. Recently I attended a forum featuring South American global expert on aging and age-friendly communities Professor Alexandre Kalache at the Queensland State Library.

He named a few things as important for joyful longevity, including lifelong learning and a sense of humour. For example he described one of his 103-year-old father-in-law’s last conversations. While he was in hospital the nurse inquired: “So you have three children.” “For now,” he replied. This newspaper has not been around as long as Professor Kalache’s father-in-law. But we aim to have the stuff it takes to make it, including a rather cheeky sense of humour.

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DURING some of the earliest chapters of Australian exploration, it was decided that a second penal colony should be established at Redcliffe in 1824 to house the most recalcitrant of Sydney’s convicts. It was moved to the site of Brisbane the following year. By 1829 there were 1000 prisoners, more than 100 of whom were women, but by 1839 only 107 convicts remained. The penal era ended in 1842 when the Moreton Bay area was opened to free settlement, with Brisbane Town as its centre. Today, only the Windmill Tower and the Commissariat Store, both built by convict labour, still stand. The colony of Queensland was separated from New South Wales in 1859 and Brisbane, with a population of 6000, was made the capital. It quickly underwent the first of its many booms, with more than 35,000 new settlers flocking here

WINDMILL TOWER: Brisbane's oldest building claims a unique place in Australia's history. PHOTO: TONY MOORE

between 1860 and 1865 and the city as you now see it began to evolve.


Brisbane’s oldest building can claim a unique place in Australia’s history, having been the site of brutal punishment in the

convict era and used to broadcast the first television signals in the Southern Hemisphere in 1934. Built by convicts in the late 1820s, it is not just the longest-surviving convict building, but also the oldest windmill in existence in Australia.

In 1861 the mill became a signal station, and from 1866 to 1894 a gun was fired from the windmill at 1pm every day to announce the time. Source:


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‘Mr Hollywood’ takes on ambassador role Ann Rickard

HE IS Mr Hollywood to Brisbane locals, as any A-lister will tell you. Damien Anthony Rossi is the glam man behind the social pages, the handsome bloke who loves nothing more than to get out among Brisbane events and report on what is happening around the traps. He freely admits he is one lucky man to have such a gig. “I love to get around and report what’s going on,” he said as he was about to take off for a family reunion holiday in Hawaii. As if one such pleasant job wasn’t enough, Damien Anthony is also the entertainment guru on Channel 7’s The Great South East. “I feel so fortunate,” he said. “I get to go behind the scenes to all the shows and interview cast members. “I’m doing The Sound of Music. I love bringing all the gossip to the viewers.” Okay, so that’s enough of the good times. But there is more. Damien Anthony Rossi is also Ambassador for

the Noosa Long Weekend (July 15-24) and he is pinching himself to ensure the dream role really is his. “I’ve been to the Noosa Long Weekend for the last few years and I’ve really

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enjoyed myself,” he said. “It’s such a unique, wonderful vibe. It’s a chance to be close and intimate with so much theatre, so many events. “And Noosa is glorious in July. Last year I not only immersed myself in the event, I met amazing people. “You not only get stimulated by the wonderful art, cultural and culinary offerings, it is socially wonderful as well.” Being asked to be ambassador for the regional event is just one of many highlights in a rewarding career for Damien since he left his

home town of LA to settle in Australia 25 years ago. “I was an assistant casting director in LA when I took a trip to Brisbane to visit friends in 1990,” he said. “I loved Brisbane straight away. I loved Queensland. I went back home to LA, continued working on a show I was doing and later had the opportunity come back to Brisbane and work here. Then I really fell in love with Queensland.” Damien’s first job in Australia was not as a casting director, but as production assistant on two movies being made at the time. “One of them was Muriel’s Wedding,” he said. “I was production assistant, running around getting coffee for Toni Colette and Rachel Griffiths. “That was wonderful but I had no idea the movie would end up becoming such an iconic film. “I didn’t know any of the actors at the time. “The other film I worked on was a movie with Jason Donovan. He was really big at the time, with Neighbours. “The movie was called Rough Diamond and it certainly was a rough

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diamond. It never turned into a valuable one. “I spend three months running Jason around. I thought his movie was going to be the big one. It went straight to video. “And to think I thought Muriel’s Wedding would be a small art house movie.”

After those two experiences, Damien went on to run his own company in Milton, Rossi Casting Group, using his experience as a casting agent to grow the business. In between he hosted an annual charity event,


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I always wear low-cut necklines. If I wear anything too high I feel claustrophotic. I have to let my girls out. It’s like taking a deep breath. It elevates me.

everyone laugh and I loved that.” Becoming braver and less self-conscious is a benefit of ageing Maria now enjoys and wishes the same for all other seniors. “You tend not to worry about how you look from a certain angle or if your bum looks big,” she said. “You think ‘I am what I am’ and that is how I feel now. I think everyone should look hard in the mirror and find their own uniqueness and build on that. Everyone has something special.” Never holding back when it comes to over-the-top outfits, always those that show off her trade-mark generous bosom, has endeared Maria to thousands of people over the years. “I am lucky in that I have that olive oil Sicilian skin so my décolletage hasn’t wrinkled yet,” she laughed. “I moisturise it twice a day. I do alternate between using expensive products and $6 stuff from the supermarket. “I always wear low-cut necklines. If I wear

anything too high I feel claustrophobic. I have to let my girls out. It’s like taking a deep breath. It elevates me.” Sequins, feathers and way too much bling are as essential to Maria as oxygen. “I will wear black sequin pants and a sequin top out to lunch and diamante earrings in the day time,” she said. “I like to keep it interesting, flamboyant but not garish...although I don’t mind a bit of garish.” With non-stop invitations to perform, speak, consult or endorse, Maria never stops working. “I go hell for leather but I realise now I should take a step back, slow down...but just a little bit. “My secret to keeping going is to take a little nap whenever I can wherever I am.” Maria is fortunate in that she can nod off for a few minutes in the back of a taxi which enables her to go from a celebrity breakfast on to a charity lunch and then a gala dinner in one hit. Maria needs every

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JAYNE Keogh is known to so many Brisbane locals. For more than three decades she’s been seen skipping around town in her stilettos, dark black hair always immaculately coiffed, make-up perfect, and her signature vibrant outfits announcing her arrival the minute she enters the building. Brisbane’s PR queen in the ‘80s and ‘90s is a little more subdued now but still operating her own business - Jayne Keogh Public Relations - looking after her clients while simultaneously near to completing a Master of Museum Studies at the University of Queensland. Jayne is proof that it is always worthwhile learning, no matter your maturity or your career experience. Her motivation to study something new and perhaps change careers at this late stage in life came from heart-break, but she has turned sadness into joy and through learning now has a life filled with happiness and purpose.

“I had a horrific marriage break-up after a long time together,” she said. “I had been betrayed for the duration of my marriage and when I found out it was the biggest shock of my life. Everything I held dear was shattered. My self-esteem in tatters.” Throughout the

came and the accountants followed. “So I set out on my own with my own PR business and I am still here.” Over the years Jayne has worked on accounts promoting products, destinations, and business as varied as fresh produce to boutique wineries.

Every day I would come out of the tube just as Big Ben was chiming 9.45am and walk across Westminster Bridge, so excited that my life had changed for the better. heartache, Jayne never missed a day’s work, always putting her clients first. “I have been in PR for more than 30 years,” she said. “I just kept going. It was all I knew to do. “I started my career at Myer, a dream job for a serial shopper and fashionista. I hit my straps in the ‘80s and had never worked so hard in my life. I did 12 hour days for months on end. Then the recession we had to have (thank you Paul Keating)

“I could do PR in my sleep,” she said. After she had grieved for her broken marriage and recovered her shattered self-esteem, she decided a change was called for and began researching with her typical thoroughness. “I had always wanted to be an artist or an archaeologist, but was talked out of both by my parents who were concerned I was too sensitive for those professions,” she said.

“Now, all these years later when I wanted a change I looked for a position that was close to those two, and museums came up tops. “It was more realistic for my stage in life.” At an age when she could so easily have sat back and just shopped and socialised a lot more, Jayne enrolled at the University of Queensland in a three year part-time program in Master of Museum Studies. She took to it with a passion and enthusiasm that still surprises her. “I wasn’t nervous,” she said. “I was a bit quiet in the seminars at first, and then once I got my first High Distinction for an assignment, you couldn’t shut me up. “Studying holds no fear for me. I was well advised by a couple of the most senior people in this sector, Professor Suzanne Miller from the Queensland Museum and Dr Ian Galloway, her predecessor.” Jayne continued to work for her PR clients during the day, operating her business with the same

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most of life change Sydney Jewish Museum, at Vaucluse House, Hyde Park Barracks, Museum of Sydney and the Queensland Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art. I have loved every minute of it. It has made me feel valued.” Jayne consciously selected museums and positions that were new areas to her. At the Museum of Sydney she was Visitor Services Officer on a school holiday Lego exhibition, helping children build with Lego, taking tickets, cleaning up between sessions. She planned a detailed marketing plan to attract more in-bound tourist at Vaucluse House in Sydney. “The most exciting was working in London at the Florence Nightingale Museum,” she said. It’s just across the Thames from Westminster. “Every day I would come out of the tube just as Big Ben was chiming 9.45am and walk across Westminster Bridge, so excited that my life had changed for the better. “I wrote a new

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professional approach, and then hitting the books at night. “I would sit down after dinner with the iPad and then again for a full day on the weekend,” she said. There was no concern for Jayne that she was studying with people younger than herself. “I had a lot of life experience,” she said. “I had travelled. I’d been to most of the important museums and art museums around the world. I understood that museums have to pay their way.” At every chance, Jayne offered herself for work experience in museums all over the country, working for no wages on weekends and during her holidays, turning up even when she wasn’t expected, doing every job from the menial to the important, getting her hands dirty while gaining valuable hands-on experience. “Every semester break I worked,” she said. “I have worked in London at the Florence Nightingale Museum, in Sydney at the Powerhouse and the

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IS THERE prejudice against older people applying for jobs? That is the most common question at my seminars on how to get a job or start a business. The answer is simple: “Absolutely! So what are you going to do about it?” The choice is stark: keep trying for jobs but meanwhile buy or start up a business. The alternative is an unemployment benefit, but even that is hard to retain as the government (rightly, in my view)

demands you job hunt for any job, no matter your prior experience. Business brokers and business for sale advertisements can be found online or in local newspapers. But beware, urges Sunshine Coast accountant, Val Smart, who tells of many a retiring senior bureaucrat asking for advice on purchasing shopfronts in glamorous areas: “You could be making a couple of bucks an hour,” he warns. Sometimes ignoring such advice, means you

pay the penalty, and return with superannuation gone, this time to listen to advice. Alternatively, you can set up a business. Again, arrogance can get in the way. Take cleaning as an example. Is it beneath you? If you clean a property so it is spotless, your reputation will spread. Cleaning jobs will pour in through word of mouth. You then hire cleaners, promote the business and with persistence could become a Compass or Sodexo, both major cleaning companies worth millions.

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Anzac Day an emotional time for long-time sergeant Ann Rickard

SERGEANT Adam Hankey doesn’t mind admitting Anzac Day leaves him emotional and pondering his good fortune to be here while so many of his mates are not. The Brisbane-based sergeant has been in the Defence Force for 25 years and although he has not seen too many horrors during that time, he has many friends who have — and have paid with their lives for it. “It is a hard day to get through, very emotional,” he said. “Some of the guys who I served with lost their lives. They were young. It was very difficult to attend their memorial services, to see their families grieving.” Sgt Hankey joined in the Defence Force as a 17-year-old and says it was difficult to get used to the army discipline in the beginning. “It toughens you up,” he said. “It gets you ready. The first three months

Some of the guys who I served with lost their lives. They were young. were hard, especially being straight out of home but once I settled down I got into the army life.” A three-month deployment to Timor working with the logistic team looking after headquarters was the first taste of overseas work for Sgt Hankey, then it was back home to Brisbane until another deployment in Timor. After retiring from the army in 2009 Sgt Hankey found life “on the outside” not much to his liking. “It was a lot harder on the outside than I thought it would be,” he said. “I maintained a connection with the army as a reservist. I knew the army lifestyle, I missed the camaraderie and made a decision to get back in.”

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A birthday to remember SNAPSHOTS OF LIFE ANN RICKARD

IF I READ another popular author writing a memoir about the angst of turning 50, I’ll go bonkers. I wrote about that subject 20 years

ago. You could say I led the way. Not that I’ve minded reading about some of my favourite authors turning 50, I’ve actually loved it. Anyway, enough of that. Turning 70. There is something about the number 7 coming before a big 0 that made me nervous for the entire year I was 69. Like you, I was sick of reading about 60 being the new 40, and

50 being the new 21 ... all that rubbish. I wanted to read about 70 being the new 30, which would have had my stamp of approval. The 70-year-old is downgraded to the unpalatable words “70 and beyond”. The “...and beyond” bit I find quite offensive. It is as if anyone over 70 is not worthy of a full sentence, just a throw-away line “...and

beyond”. The only thing upsetting about turning 70 for me was the complete and utter lack of recognition, let alone celebration. No way did I want a party. But I did expect some sort of acknowledgement from my family – namely the husband. For my 60th birthday he had a white stretch limo waiting at my front

HELLO readers, to enable us to respond to your request for publication of more Community Notices, we ask that you keep your notices short and to the point (100 word maximum). Club Notices deadline for the next issue is 20th April 2016. Enquires to Robyn, Nicky or Chris via email communitynotes@seniors


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gate concealing my daughter and son he’d flown from interstate for the big day. So on the morning of the 70th, when the husband said a quiet “happy birthday” and I said “well, is the limo at the front gate?”, you can only guess at my disbelief when he gave me a look of puzzlement and said: “No, I haven’t planned anything.” No card, flowers,

Mt Ommaney Hotel/Apartments 6:30pm for 7pm, cost is $35 and bookings are essential. The guest speaker will be Suzanne Rolfe-Bennett talking about the Captel telephone service. This month members will enjoy a guided tour of Government House followed by lunch in the Botanic Gardens. VIEW is open to women of all ages and new members are most welcome. If you would like more information email centenaryeveview@gmail .com or phone Di on 3202 9759 or Margaret 0414 535 526 before noon Friday April 8.

champagne ... nothing. The strange thing is, he is a very thoughtful person. He just honestly did not think turning 70 was worthy of anything. In a perverse way the complete lack of celebration turned out to be a good thing. My 70th birthday just slipped right under the radar. Until now. Now I have announced it proudly to you. Keep it to yourself.


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Salford Waters Retirement Estate, 9 Salford Street, Victoria Point will be holding their Art Show from Tuesday July 12 till July 17. All paintings and art work by local and interstate artists. Art Show Commission and other funds will this year be donated to DV Connect (Helping victims of domestic violence). Opening night Tuesday, July 12. Doors open at 6.30pm, official opening 7.30pm. Tickets $10, includes supper and valid for duration of show. For opening night tickets phone, Alison on 3207 8496

Members gathered for our monthly outing to Madura Tea Estates at Murwillumbah. On completion of the plantation tour, morning tea was served and everyone received a “show bag” containing packets of Madura Tea. Then it was onto the Seagulls Club at Tweed Heads for the buffet lunch at the Star Buffet. We meet on the third Friday of the month at the Queensland Lions Soccer Club, Pine Road, Richlands at 11am. New members are most welcome. For more information on the Club and its activities, please contact Les (Activities Officer) on 3279 9449 or mob 0466 377 618, or email Date claimers for the next three meetings are April 15, May 20 and June 17.

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a signal to the testosterone producing cells of the testes that more testosterone is needed. If there is too much testosterone, then no signal is sent to the testes and the cells stop producing the hormone. The medical term for low testosterone is hypogonadism and it is present in around five per one hundred men. If the testosterone is found to be low on a blood test, then the next step is to work out why it is low. By clearly identifying the reason that the testosterone is low, we can treat the cause.So if you or a loved one is a “grumpy old man”, see your local Doctor and arrange for testing to find out why you feel this way. Avoid taking testosterone or testosterone boosters unless the testicles have failed. It is always best to treat the cause and not just the symptoms. See www.DrMichael

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ANIMALS play an important role in many people’s lives. Pet-friendly senior independent living facilities that allow pets for residents, are on the increase although they have varying criteria or rules. Many seniors with pets would consider it a deal-breaker if they had to surrender a pet in order to move. In addition to seeing-eye dogs and dogs that can be trained to detect seizures, animals can also be used in occupational therapy, speech therapy,

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activities that help keep people active and fit, make friends and enjoy life in general. We are located in the heart of Woolloongabba which is very accessible by car or public transport. Every Thursday is Hub day. We also offer outings and many other activities to bring meaning and support to your life. You can also learn new skills and even volunteer! So much is happening at the Hub, come and join us, for more information phone 3391 8122.


U3A can now announce that they have agreed to a long-term lease for a large space at fifth level 232 Adelaide St which will provide nine good-sized

classrooms plus kitchen/eating, waiting and office space. When the present Queen St lease expires in June 2016, it is planned to vacate those premises and move classes to 232 Adelaide St. President of U3A Brisbane, Marilyn Wagland said “These new premises build upon the substantial growth and progress our organisation has experienced through the hard work of many volunteers over our 30 year history. We are now embarking on the fit-out project and we will keep members posted as we progress towards occupancy in June. We are also planning renovations at Creek St to make those classrooms more suited to today’s demands.”

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or physical rehabilitation to help patients recover. Aside from these designated therapeutic roles, animals are also valued as companions, which can certainly affect the quality of our lives, is that companionship beneficial to our health. Pets keep us engaged, they give us warmth and affection, they establish our routines. Companion animals improve heart health by lowering blood pressure

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Reconnect to life Losing independence following an accident or injury, or a medical condition, can be distressing at any age. At St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane, our rehabilitation programs may help you regain your independence and improve or restore your physical strength and mobility. Our specialist team of experienced rehabilitation physicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers and nurses will work with you to develop a personalised program that aligns to your specific goals. Your program may include group and individual activities, and you can participate as a day or inpatient depending on what will work best for you. Our new physiotherapy and occupational therapy unit supports the latest rehabilitative programs and techniques. Our patient rooms are spacious, comfortable and family-friendly, most are private with adjoining ensuites.

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At the next meeting on May 5, Ann Barton will speak on Recycling and Garden Tips. Ann joined our club last year, and we are fortunate to have such a knowledgeable and resourceful member, who will impart many ideas on how to recycle everyday

seniors, and holiday makers. Free to join, pet sitters set their own prices with most charging around $45 for all day care and $35 per night. PetCloud enables seniors to get extra help with their pet care needs with sitters able to drop around to pick up pets for a round trip to the vet to get their vaccinations up to date. Retirees and seniors without pets have the option to have some furry company by pet sitting local dogs and cats and at the same time, make some extra money.

items which would normally be tossed in the bin. Her garden tips, too, could save energy, expense, and time. Last month a Life Membership Badge was presented to Dawn Kelly who has been in the M.D.G.C. for fifteen years. Meetings commence after morning tea which is served at 9.45am at the CONTINUED ON PAGE 20

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Enoggera Memorial Hall, Cnr Wardell and Trundle Streets, Enoggera. Visitors and new members are most welcome. The hall is close to public transport and accessible by wheelchair. For more information please phone President Pat on 3356 1256.


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Also ask about Time for Grandparents, a program providing time out for eligible grandparents, activities for grandchildren, grandfamily camps and support with school camps.

The Sandgate & District Historical Society & Museum Inc will present a series of guided walks in Sandgate in 2016. All of the walks are rated “easy” and start at 9.30am. Cost is $25 which includes refreshments. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Sunday, April 3: Historical Buildings of Sandgate and Early Bayside History; Sunday, April 10: Peep into the Past - The Historic Houses of Sandgate; Saturday, April 16: Discovering the Secrets of our Pioneers in the Heritage Bald Hills Cemetery; Saturday, April 30: Discovering History in the Heritage Bald Hills Cemetery. Enquiries and bookings: Museum 3869 3383, sandgatemusm@bigpond .com or phone Pam on 0410 327 095 or

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QWCA Oxley Hall, Cawonga Park, 80 Lincoln Street Oxley on Wednesday April 20 at 10.30am. Admission $6. Includes light lunch, lucky door prize and one sheet of tickets. All welcome. For more info contact Pat 3379 1318 or Norma 3375 5160.


Guest speaker for April is Phil Ryan, a member of Brisbane Organic Gardeners. Phil will give an entertaining and informative talk on the methods he uses for growing plants organically. The Club meets on Thursday, April 21 at the OES Hall cnr Kitchener and Bohland St, Kedron. The ladies will have their usual trade table. Come at 9.30am for a cup of tea and a chat before the meeting. Visitors are always welcome. The meeting starts at 10am. For more information

phone Gloria on 3355 4703 or Kaye on 3357 7660.


Recently Eleanor Lydon demonstrated for members some of the interesting floral arrangements she admired in Cambodia. The annual show of the Floral Art Society of Queensland Inc. will be held on May 28 and 29 at the Brisbane CONTINUED ON PAGE 21



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At the next monthly meeting to be held April 16, the Set Topic for Display and discussion will be begonia hybrids created by John Clare. Meetings are held in the Uniting Church Hall, 52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm commencing at 1pm. Trade table with plants for sale at 12.30pm. Afternoon Tea is served. Visitors are most Welcome. Enquiries Enid Henderson, President Ph 3359 4319


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Our ANZAC Commemoration will feature Boys’ Brigade members and their ANZAC Centenary Project They Enlisted at My Age. Several of these soldiers are commemorated at Samford’s Avenue of Honour. Returning WW1 soldiers returned to Samford by the newly opened train line and welcomed home in the newly constructed Farmers Hall. As the year rushes on, seniors and school groups are keeping members busy. Most are amazed when Ron tells them he helped his father deliver “warm” milk from their dairy during WW2 when their able-bodied workmen were conscripted to serve. For further information or enquiries phone Geoff on 0417 610 983.


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on March 20 with sitting president, Kym Hyson, vice-president Dorothy Livett and treasurer, Derek Nixon-Smith all retaining their positions. A new secretary and promotions officer will take over from Dave Livett, he having been in the position for five years. As part of the ongoing World War I centenary commemoration, EDHS will hold a service on the afternoon of ANZAC Day, Monday, April 25. Wreaths will be laid at the foot of the honour board to men of the former Enoggera Shire who served in the war. 2016 is the centenary of the horrific Battle of the Somme and Australia’s deadliest ever engagement at Fromelles on July 19/20. All are welcome to attend the service and lay a wreath should they so desire. Enoggera Historical Society’s extensive photographic and memorabilia collection is on view every Thursday (including the day before Good Friday) between 9.30-1pm in the Kate Perry Room at Enoggera Memorial Hall, cnr Wardell & Trundle Streets, Enoggera. The hall is wheelchair friendly although parking is at times limited. Community groups can arrange alternative viewing times.

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QCWA Oxley invites you to their Annual Trivia Luncheon on Wednesday, April 27 from 10.30am at the Oxley Bowls Club, Englefield Road, Oxley. Entry fee $10 p/person includes lunch. Teams of four people to participate but don’t worry if you don’t have a full team as there are always other teams looking for extras. Phone Norma Lovelace 33755160 or Margot

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Native Plants Queensland will hold a huge sale of Australian Native Plants on May 7 from 9am-3pm at Grovely TAFE. Plants for all situations, favourites and uncommon ones, are available in tubes or as mature plants. Most are not available from commercial nurseries. Prices are very low and expert advice is available from the growers on plant selection and care. Come and find what a variety of wonderful


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Rotary Clubs are conducting their annual Bowelscan Program which runs from May 1 to May 31. Rotary Clubs have been participating in this awareness program that for over 25 years in an effort to help reduce the 4000 deaths that occur each year as a result of Bowel Cancer. Studies have shown that this

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number can be reduced by 30% simply as a result of people doing a bowelscan test regularly. Bowel Cancer is difficult to detect in its early stages but is 90% curable if detected early enough. Rotary offers relatively inexpensive test kits which are available at many pharmacies. The price of the kit includes testing at a Pathology Laboratory and participants will receive written advice of their test result. For more information contact 1300 779 694.


We are enjoying a great year of activities, guest speakers and, most recently, a getaway to Maryborough for 50 seniors from Carindale and Morayfield. We explored the wonderful history of the city and surrounds, including a day in Hervey Bay returning home via the beautiful Mary Valley, Kenilworth and Maleny. On February 17 Graham Packer, the international marketing manager of Packer Leather at Narangba gave an outstanding address.

Upcoming speakers May 18 Rosemary Beasley and June 15 a representative from Anglicare. We meet every Wednesday morning at 10am and following each activity, enjoy a light lunch finishing up at 12.30pm. We welcome visitors to all our activities and events. Contact Stuart 0402 013 427 or email seniors@citipointe


Our club will hold its 50th Anniversary Autumn show on the weekend of April 9, 8.30am to 4.30pm and April 10, 10am to 3pm at the Bayside United Church Hall, 420 Wondall Road, Manly West. Admission $4 children under 14 free. For information contact Milton Ludlow Ph 3245 5428. Visitors can expect to view a display of excellent quality plants and flowers. There will plants and floral arrangements for sale as well as the EDOS Craft stall, refreshments are also available. CONTINUED ON PAGE 23

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Our ANZAC Commemoration will feature Boys’ Brigade members and their ANZAC Centenary Project - They Enlisted at My Age. Several of these soldiers are commemorated at Samford’s Avenue of Honour. Returning WW1 soldiers returned to Samford by the newly opened train line and welcomed home in the newly constructed Farmers Hall. As the year rushes on, seniors’ and school groups are keeping members busy. Most are amazed when Ron tells them he helped his father deliver “warm” milk from their dairy during the Second World War when their able-bodied workmen were conscripted to serve. For more information, phone Geoff 0417 610 983.

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Help with computers, tablets and phones. They will be holding their monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 12 at the Wynnum RSL at 10.30. The club is for anyone who would like to know more about their computers, laptops, tablets and phones and is run by volunteers. You can join the club, on the day, for an annual membership fee of $10. We offer classes that can be up to four weeks of two hours per week or some of lesser duration. We also now offer “one-on-one”, where a member has one-on-one learning with a specific coach, who happens to teach a subject selected by the member. Classes cost $10. Our classes can commence from a very basic level so don’t be afraid to make a start. For more information please call Lavina on 0411 806 154 or visit our website,


Keep your mind active and make new friends by joining POWERtalk Brisbane Central. Our members meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month 6.45 for 7 pm at Grange Library meeting room, Evelyn St, Grange. We practise our public speaking in a fun and supportive environment, and learn all kinds of interesting things. Guests free for up to three meetings, so come along and see for yourself how much fun we have. Guests and new members are always welcome. Enquiries Mary 0438 624 667.


At the February meeting, our branch celebrated 26 years with a giant Birthday Cake, and a noted author was introduced as our guest speaker. The first bus trip to Redcliffe to view the Bee Gees Way, with lunch at the RSL that was enjoyed by all on board. Names are being taken for our trip to Margaret Olley Art Gallery at Murwillumbah Wednesday, May 11. The

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CELEBRATIONS: Pine Rivers VIEW Club president Carol cutting the 20th birthday cake with past-presidents, Jenny, Valerie, Heather and Yvonne. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

next monthly meeting will be held April 18 (one week earlier due to ANZAC Day). Morning tea is available, new members and visitors are most welcome. Ph Paula 3423 1421 for meeting details and Bev 3341 4170 for Bus Tours.


Our luncheon meeting 10.30am for 11am Wednesday, May 4 at Arana Leagues Club,

Dawson Parade, Keperra. Guest speaker and raffles. Two-course lunch incl tea/coffee $24. Bookings: Heather 3300 3733 by 4pm Monday May 2. Arana VIEW meets on the first Wednesday of the month and welcomes new members and visitors to our meetings and other social activities organised each month.

LAST month we began an eight-part series focusing on things you should know about Wills. This month we continue with part two. 2. You can and probably should update your Will People often think that making a Will is something you only need to do once. This is a common, but serious misconception. Many life events can have a significant impact on your Will. These include: ■ Marriage; ■ Divorce; ■ Entering into a de facto relationship; ■ Having a child, stepchild or grandchild; ■ Family members passing away; ■ Change in financial circumstances; ■ Moving interstate or overseas. When a person marries, any existing Will they have in place is automatically

revoked, unless the Will has been made in contemplation of marriage. In the case of a person divorcing, certain parts of an existing Will are revoked. Any clauses in a Will that provide a gift or beneficial interest to a former spouse are revoked by divorce as are any clauses appointing a former spouse as an executor, trustee or guardian. It is advisable to review your Will every two to three years, or whenever you experience any of the above life events to ensure it still reflects your intentions. We are able to help you if you have an existing Will which needs updating. This information is intended as general legal information only for people living in Queensland and is not a substitute for individual legal advice. Carolyn Devries CEO at New Way Lawyers. New Way Lawyers Corinda office: (07) 3278 3992. New Way Lawyers Capalaba office: (07) 3245 5033. www.newwaylawyers.

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Who to trust? Just ask this... Stewart Howard

I BOUGHT a new motorbike last month, a Triumph for those curious. During the review process, I travelled to the state capital in order to test-ride several exotic machines while engaging in a spot of bargaining with the big dealers. I even ventured onto the World Wide Web to make comparisons. Upon completing my review, I purchased my new bike back home in Cairns. You see, I trust the dealer. There was no hyperbole, no spin and no cons; just good old-fashioned straight talking. What he promised, he delivered – again. He must be doing something right because this was the sixth motorbike I’d purchased from him. Which brings me to the forthcoming elections. We are going to be bombarded by hyperbole, promises and spin in the lead-up to the federal election. There may also be a state election thrown in just to keep us from getting bored. So, in the months ahead,

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after listening to what I’m sure will be well-crafted rhetoric, the question I will be asking is: “What have you done for retirees?” Let me be clear, I’ll be differentiating between “what the pollies have done” as opposed to “what the pollies claim they will do”. The former is hard and revealing; the latter as easy as

plucking words from the sky – with few repercussions. If I’m to give a party a second chance, I have to be able to trust its representative. Most of us are retired while others are nearing this privileged state. As a consequence, we are all sufficiently aged to understand that “trust” takes a long time to

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Changes coming to Assets Test the current pace, those close to the upper limit could really start to feel the pinch. For couples who own their own homes the upper limit will effectively be cut to around $823,000 and $547,000 for singles. As of January 1, a couple who owns their own home with assets in excess of $823,000 face a $14,000 cut in pension payments. So what options are available now for reducing your assessable assets and keeping part or all of your pension? Contribute to super For those under 65, your superannuation is not included in your assets. Consider making larger or more contributions before you hit pension age or contribute to your partner’s superannuation if they are under pension age.

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THERE will be winners and losers when new assets test rules are introduced from January 1, 2017. More than 200,000 part age pensioners face a partial cut to their age pension while more than 90,000 face the prospect of losing their pension completely. On the positive side, from January the Government will increase the assets test limit to qualify for the full pension from $291,500 to $375,000 for couples who own their own home and from $202,500 to $250,000 for singles. However, under the new rules the amount you will lose for every $1000 over this limit will double from the current rate of $1.50 to $3 per fortnight. With the age pension rate reducing at twice

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But remember, once you hit age pension age your superannuation does become an assessable asset. Renovate Funds spent on home improvements and renovations are not assessed against your pension. So if you’re thinking about updating that kitchen now might be the best time to break out the renovation tools. Not only will it give your home a fresh update, it will have a positive impact on your pension. Gifting early You can gift up to $10,000 each financial year, up to a maximum of $30,000 over five years, without impacting your pension. So if you have some spare cash that you plan to use to help the kids, plan ahead and consider giving it away before reaching your pension age. But be mindful of being too generous. Keep an eye

on the limit and don’t leave yourself short. Experts say single people need an annual amount of $43,184—and couples $59,326—for a comfortable retirement. It’s important to get advice early and consider your options sooner rather than later.

*Anthony Jones is an Authorised Representative of AMP Financial Planning Pty Ltd, ABN 89 051 208 327, AFS License No. 232706. Any advice given is general only and has not taken into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Because of this, before acting on any advice, you should consult a financial planner to consider how appropriate the advice is to your objectives, financial situation and needs.


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Last year, more than 80,000 older Australians were hospitalised following a fall, often sustaining injuries leaving them temporarily or permanently immobile and dependent on others. Losing independence following an accident or injury can be incredibly distressing at any age, and especially after leading an active and full life. It can be one of the most difficult journeys an individual and their family can make. St Vincent’s Private Hospital Brisbane helps people rehabilitate their lives and regain independence. Our rehabilitation

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Secret Mykonos taverna Treat yourself to a Greek dining experience that will rival all others

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WHAT are the chances? You discover a tiny taverna on a Greek Island, so hidden it is invisible. It has no telephone, no electricity, no signage, a no reservations policy. You have to know someone who knows someone who knows someone else and is willing to tell you all about it. It is in a remote section of Mykonos, on a desolate hill amid a brown denuded landscape, blocked from sight beneath the bushy umbrella branches of a large tree. Three of us were determined to experience it after learning of its rustic charm in hushed whispers on a busy beach on the island. “It’s very small. It opens only for lunch. They cook enormous pork chops and delicious sword fish and giant baked potatoes on an open fire and the views over the sea are

wonderful but you might have to wait to get in, and if the food runs out, that’s it, they close.” Such pressure. But we were unwavering. We found it. A queue had formed outside. Opening time was 1pm and not a second before. When the clock struck one, the owner, a large handsome man looked over the top of a wall at the long line of desperate hopefuls outside, pointed at those he deemed first in line and said: “You, you, you and you.” We were in. And smug. The small bare tables, the inspiring simplicity of the mouth-watering food, the smell of the open grill fire, the glittering sea views, the haughty discern of the owner, and the strict policy that the baked potato came only with the pork, never with the swordfish, all made for such a vivid experience, I returned to Australia and wrote about it. I referred cheekily to the wonderful owner as The Potato Nazi. He had

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refused to give our friend with the swordfish a potato despite our pleading and offers of extra payment. “No potato with the fish,” he said firmly and there was no question of negotiation. We had loved it very much and despite the tongue-in-cheek reference to The Potato Nazi, I wrote fondly of it. In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined someone from regional

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part of Mykonos, find the hidden taverna and brandish my story in front of The Potato Nazi. Really? What were the chances? He was not pleased when we returned the following year for another magical experience. With a livid face, he pointed at me. “You,” he thundered, “I don’t let you in.” Fortunately, after my pleas that the story really had been flattering in its mischief, he conceded and let us in where he produced my small story from a scrapbook and reluctantly said his wife thought I had described him perfectly. We have returned to the taverna every year

for a decade now on an annual pilgrimage because it is, quite simply, the most glorious Greek Island food experience. Other writers before and after me have written about this marvellous place - there was even a story in the New York Times, much to our owner’s feigned horror. The Potato Nazi has a soft heart. His taverna is small and despite the fish/potato policy, he loves to please everyone. and is uncomfortable about the queues. He even passes free wine in small pink aluminium containers over the wall to the people waiting outside. I’m not going to tell you the name of the taverna in case you print this out and take it to him. I really like my annual pilgrimage.

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The mysteries of Laos Land Of A Million Elephants deserves all of its accolades Melissa Findley

THE Mekong River flows through Laos, a South-East Asian country known for its mountainous terrain, French colonial architecture, hill tribe communities and Buddhist monasteries. The easygoing, waterside capital of Vientiane is the site of That Luang, a shrine allegedly containing the Buddha’s breastbone, the morning market of Talat Sao, and the Patuxai war memorial, a massive monument meaning Victory Gate. Laos deserves all the accolades it receives. Adrenaline seekers can lose themselves in underground river caves or whitewater rapids. Wildlife enthusiasts can trek through pristine forests, still home to rare creatures, and foodies can experiment with the abundance of flavours that is Lao cuisine. How lucky was I to visit The Land of a Million

Elephants, where I fell head over heels in love with this country. I went to check out elephant conservation and to discover Laos. Waking up at sunrise, I walk along the upper Mekong, quietly roaming the streets, observing the glowing temples. The locals are up, going about their daily routine as I saunter to Wat Sisaket, the oldest original temple (built in 1818), and the only one to survive the Thai invasion of 1828. Across the street I get to explore the Haw Pha Kaew temple. Then I discover the golden-spired stupa, Pha That Luang, the most important national monument in Laos and symbolic of both the monarchy and Buddhism. Something I find heart-wrenching, but also very moving, is spending time in the COPE Centre, which provides prosthetic limbs for victims of mine explosions and brings attention to the tragic

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after-effects of the Indochina wars. Less than an hour’s flight to the former royal capital, Luang Prabang, I get closer to celebrating the 20th anniversary of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage status and the arrival of the Elephant Caravan. As soon as I


arrive, I feel an overwhelming sense of peace, and I allow for a few days to explore the historic architecture, the Buddhist temples and to watch the sunrise procession of 200 Buddhist monks. The water lures you in when you see the beauty

of the waterfalls near Luang Prabang. A two-hour cruise along The Mekong on board a slow boat brings us to the mysterious Cave of a Thousand Buddhas at Pak Ou. Here, in a tradition that has lasted centuries, local people add annually to a

repository of Buddha statues. On my visit to Laos, I take the chance to participate in the Elephant Caravan, whose mission is to stave off the extinction of this majestic species in the small, landlocked country.



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Two islands of Thailand Koh Samui’s twin sister island Koh Phangan is spectacular Phil Hawkes

IT SEEMS everybody’s heard of Koh Samui. It’s a well-known tourist magnet in the Gulf of Thailand, right? An island with great beaches, food, markets, hotels and resorts? Yes, that’s all true. But there’s a twin sister island not far from Samui. Too far to swim, unless you’re an experienced channel swimmer, but just a short ferry ride away. It’s called Koh Phangan (pronounced Ko Par Narn). And it’s spectacular. I discovered Phangan about 30 years ago. There was little development then. Backpacker lodges all around the island, some on quite remote beaches, reachable only by longtail boat. Not too accessible in a medical emergency. But it’s funny how, despite this lack of access, the entire world made the annual pilgrimage to the Full Moon Festival on one tiny corner of the island. Do I

remember that event? Not very well. Phangan has changed. No longer the exclusive haunt of backpackers, its natural attractions (which are considerable) are now enhanced by a huge range of activities and the full spectrum of accommodation choices right up to five-star level. We now find ourselves at the stunning Santhiya Resort, a 30-minute ride from the ferry port on the other side of the island, but well worth the bumps. Here, the general manager is on hand with musicians and staff to welcome guests – a sign of the personal service the hotel is famous for. Perhaps the most defining feature of Santhiya is the extraordinary attention to detail in the villas as well as the public areas. The owners have their own wood carving and furniture factory, evident in small decorative touches such as individual lampshades, screens and even

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doorknobs. The outdoor shower and bath in most villas is fun to use in this tropical climate. The resort is particularly conscious of environmental sustainability, and includes extensive use of recycled timber (although one guest complained that a wooden railway sleeper was “too old”)! Other practices include the use

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Coast artists win award Cyclorama tells story of famous HMAV Bounty mutiny Jim Fagan

It’s a “must see” if you go to Norfolk Island. Two former Sunshine Coast artists have created a tourist attraction topped only by Australian landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, National War Museum and the National Park in the Northern Territory. Called the “Cyclorama” it is a 360-degree piece of panoramic artwork which tells the story of Fletcher Christian, his famous mutiny on the HMAV Bounty and the events that led to the settlements on Pitcairn and Norfolk islands. It has been voted No 5 in the on-line travel giant Trip Advisor Traveller’s Choice Awards and No 6 in the South Pacific. For the two artists, Tracey Yager and Sue Draper, the recognition is a “fantastic reward” for the two years it took to complete. Tracey (49) is a Norfolk Islander, descended from

It was exciting for us to show their work as no one here had really done a good art gallery before.” the mutineers, and she lived in Noosa for seven years before moving back to the island. “I fell in love with Noosa—the beautiful boats, birdlife, the National Park, the beaches and the Coast. It was just so inspirational.” She met fifty-nine-year-old Sue, originally from Melbourne, who had lived in Noosa for 14 years. “We decided on a ‘sea change’ and we came to Norfolk in 1997. “We opened Gallery Guava in a little shopfront in Burnt Pine and we encouraged local artists to take their work seriously and we provided a place for them to sell their work. We also

AWARD WINNING: Artists Sue Draper and Tracey Yaeger and a panel from their work Cyclorama.

showed work from friends in Noosa like Blair McNamara and James Ainslie. It was exciting for us to show their work as no one here had really done a good art gallery before.” Some years later they moved the gallery to


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Check out our own waterway HOW about some local travel? Why not enjoy the last days of our warm weather and take sometime out to celebrate the Redlands Waterways. A whole host of water-based activities are planned at the Redlands Connect Expo to be held on Saturday, April 9 as part of Connect to Your Creek Week. Redland City Environment and Regulation Group manager Gary Photinos said: “The day will be fun for the whole family, with activities held at Raby Bay Foreshore and including stand-up paddleboarding, rowing, kayaking, dragon boating and more.” “There is plenty of evidence that getting outdoors and being active is great for a person’s health, and this initiative is the perfect opportunity to do just that, while at the same time learning about the importance of our local waterways.” Mr Photinos said the

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events were part of the council’s objective of strengthening the relationship between the local environment and community. “Even if you can’t make it to one of our Connect to Your Creek activities, you can visit IndigiScapes at any time and learn more about the grassroots programs and community partnerships working to make real and practical improvements to our local waterways,” he said. “Our waterways are vital to the health of local ecosystems, and council runs a series of education

programs year round for residents to learn about the importance of our waterways.” The expo will run from 9am to 1pm, and activities are free unless otherwise indicated. There will also be a barbecue and coffee van on site, where food and drink can be purchased. Participants should bring a water bottle (water available on the day) and wear sun-smart clothing, enclosed water shoes, a hat and sunscreen. For information, visit indigiscapes.redland.qld or call 3824 8611.

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27 Sept - 424th Oct 2016 15th Nov 2015 ON THE WATER: Enjoy activities at the Redlands Connect Expo. PHOTO: ROB MACCOLL

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7 Nights Accom, Car Hire & Breakfasts, Breakfast Bush Walk, Welcome Dinner, Pizza Night, Jazz Concert Dinners & Lunch, Orientation Tour, Gift Bag - Souvenir Programme, Polo Shirt, Gold Class Seating at all Concerts 2NightsBangkok,City&Temples Tour, 2NightsRiverKwai,Hellfire Pass,2NightsChiangRai,White Temple,5NightsChiangMai, MaesaElephantCamp,Seating at the Chiang Mai Flower Festival, Cooked Breakfast, Dinner Nightly staff member

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• 3 night stay in Hong Kong including breakfast. FR PER P • Half day Hong Kong City tour. ERSO N • Harbour Lights and Seafood Dinner Cruise. • 12 nights aboard Legend of the Seas cruising from Hong Kong to Darwin with port calls in Manila (Philippines), Puerto Princesa (Philippines), Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) and Benoa (Bali, Indonesia). • Half day Darwin City Sights tour. • 2 night stay in Darwin including breakfast. • 2 nights aboard The Ghan travelling from Darwin to Adelaide in all inclusive Gold or Platinum Service. pensioner/ senior $5,599 $5,929 $6,629




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Advertorial Monday, April 4, 2016

Diverse sights in NT and in Asia Take in views by rail and sail

Rail, sail and fly on a fascinating holiday taking in sights as diverse as Katherine Gorge and Hong Kong’s bustling city centre. On arrival in Hong Kong, a transfer is provided to the Mira Hotel Hong Kong for a three-night stay, including breakfast. The package includes a half-day Hong Kong city tour and a Harbour Lights and Seafood Dinner Cruise. When it comes to what Hong Kong is most famous for, often its magnificent harbour and mouth-watering food jockey for position. Here’s an ideal way to combine the two, beginning with a sunset cruise through

Victoria Harbour on board a Chinese tour boat. Soak in the view as you sail through the central and eastern parts of the harbour to the Lei Yue Mun fishing village, an off-the-beaten-track paradise for seafood lovers. After dinner, a cruise back through Victoria Harbour offers panoramic views of both sides of the harbour. A transfer to the Hong Kong Cruise Terminal paves the way for new adventures with a 12-night cruise to Darwin on Royal Caribbean International’s Legend of the Seas. The cruise includes all on-board meals and entertainment, prepaid

RAIL ADVENTURE: Rail, sail and fly with this great holiday.

taxes and gratuities. The truly immersive cruise adventure lets you find your zen with one of dozens of treatments at the VitalitySM Spa, or you can retreat to the glass-canopied Solarium adults-only pool. This is a ship built for adventure, too, with rock climbing, the Casino Royale, and entertainment including shows, live music, bars and lounges. Experience

the world in ways that will expand the limits of your imagination – on a ship that you'll never forget. The cruise includes port calls in Manila (Philippines), Puerto Princesa (Philippines), Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) and Benoa (Bali, Indonesia). The Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin is home for the next two nights, including

breakfast, giving time to experience a snapshot of the city. After a short stay, embark on an unforgettable journey from the Top End through the Red Centre to South Australia on an epic journey on The Ghan. The two-night trip to Adelaide in Gold Service or Platinum Service includes all meals, drinks and Off Train Experiences. The views showcase the vastness of the land.

Have a drink in the Outback Explorer Lounge and dine in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant. The 19-night package is priced from $5599 per person twin share (pensioner/senior rate) and departs on October 16, 2016. Phone 1300 854 897 or visit www.holidaysof

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Wonders of South Africa

Cape Town, Johannesburg, Franschhoek and more awaits Advertorial

JOIN Solo Connections when we depart Brisbane on June 19 and travel to South Africa, taking in the wonders of Cape Town, Franschhoek, Kruger National Park and Johannesburg. Spend 10 nights in five-star deluxe hotels in your own private room with all your meals included at your hotels and specialty restaurants. You will arrive in and stay in Cape Town for four nights. Visiting Cape Point, Table Mountain, South Africa’s own 12 Apostles, and a dinner at Gold Restaurant are just some of the highlights. Moving on to Franschhoek, you will spend two nights in the wine farming town and

enjoy a unique experience on the Wine Tram. A three-night stay in Kruger National Parks Private Reserves will see you on safari in search of the famous Big 5 – lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes and rhinos. The final night will be spent in one of Africa’s biggest and most vibrant cities, Johannesburg. The city is a multi-cultural mixture of tradition and ultra-modern. Fully escorted from Brisbane, including return economy class flights, all meals and all sightseeing, this tour is priced from $9538 per person. Call 1300 044 444 or email info@solo or contact your local travel agent

HASSLE-FREE HOLIDAYS: Solo Connections offers vivid and luxurious experiences including fully escorted travel. PHOTO:CONTRIBUTED

Franschhoek Wine Tram’s long history serve as an alternative to ox-drawn carts for farmers wanting to get their produce to market. For more than a decade the

Norfolk Island Show day

• Orientation Tour • Mutiny on the Bounty • Night as a Convict • Breakfast Walk, Wonderland by Night

railway line remained dormant until it was returned to full-time service in 2012 as the Franschhoek Wine Tram.


8 Days From $2,795*

HERVEY BAY – 8 DAYS VICTORIA REGIONAL 9 Days AUGUST 2nd – 9th $2250 Ex Bris September 6th - 14th $2390 $2590 Ex Melb

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Travel - Advertorial Monday, April 4, 2016

TRAVELLING GOOD TIMES: Many happy Down Under Coach Tours passengers enjoying a recent trip.


Full service for seniors ❝ Down Under Coach Tours is a Queensland-based, family-owned company with over 30 years experience in planning and conducting tours. They offer inclusive, luxury accommodated coach tours and personalised service for seniors. Their main emphasis is ensuring your holiday is a

fun and exciting experience that will provide memories you will treasure. Be looked after by their professional and caring crew throughout your holiday as they take you to some of the best and most popular destinations in Australia. Down Under Coach Tours takes pride in having many travelling

Be looked after by their caring crew throughout your holiday as they take you to some of the best destinations. companions return year after year to do additional tours. Here’s what two of their passengers had to say after a recent tour:

“For a different holiday adventure with everything arranged and every day running like clockwork, without being bossy and with plenty of times out for

photograph opportunities and comfort stops and two wonderful people up front, there was no other place we would have rather been. Loved it!! We will be back!” — Mr & Mrs B McGrath, Hervey Bay Down Under Coach Tours also offers a free door-to-door service (conditions apply), details

are on the back of their brochure or by calling their Freecall number and speaking with one of their friendly travel consultants.

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Climbing our world famous rock Ayers Rock, known by its indigenous name of Uluru a is huge chunk of sandstone and a true monolith, it resides in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Ayers Rock is located down towards the south-west corner of the Northern Territory and close to the geographic centre of Australia. The rock is huge, jutting up about 350m from its barren surrounds and is a

World Heritage site. The Pitjantjatjara Aboriginals own the land around the rock. Uluru is about 335kms to the south-west of Alice Springs,463kms by road, and is served by the small resort town of Yulara. This is where tourists stay and most people spend the night, either in hotel accommodation or camping; there are no actual camping or other

facilities within the park itself. Visitors can climb the rock as well as explore the base of it, which is around 10kms by footpath. The trip up takes a good couple of hours there and back. Although if you are fit and hotfoot it, it can be done in 20 or 30 minutes (not recommended in the summer). It is best to observe the rock during sunrise and sunset.

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Bohemian days play out on stage DETAILS:

Bastard Territory by Stephen Carleton ■ Where and when: April 6 – April 16 at Bille Brown Studio, The GreenHouse, QTC ■ Director: Ian Lawson ■ Designer: Kris Bird ■ Lighting designer: Sean Pardy ■ Sound designer: Guy Webster ■ Cast includes: Benhur Helwend, Suellen Maunder, Peter Norton, Steven Tandy, Ella Watson-Russell, Lauren Jackson ■ Tickets: queensland or by calling 13 62 46 Bastard Territory is a confessional human drama about a man – and a city – carving out an identity. Mixing wry humour, raw insight, a dash of Tennessee Williams and a killer ’60s and ’70s soundtrack, it’s a powerful and affecting yarn that will transport audiences back



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BASTARD TERRITORY: Russell thought he’d made peace with his past, but the skeletons won’t stay in the closet. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

in time to the heady, bohemian days of 1975 Darwin and to swinging ’60s Papua New Guinea. Brisbane-based writer Stephen Carleton (The Narcissist, and Patrick White Playwrights’ Award-winner Constance

Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset) has created a passionate, funny and vividly perceptive work about family and identity, expertly woven together with dry wit and an earthy tell-it-like-it-is wisdom,

which resonates both on a personal level and, more broadly, as a political commentary on a pivotal period in Australia’s history. Source: www. au.

Charming comedy about life lessons TWO very different worlds collide in Willy Russell’s charming and wonderfully entertaining comedy classic Educating Rita, that has been loved by audiences for over 30 years. This brand new production from HIT Productions is directed by AFI Award winning director Denny Lawrence and stars Helpmann Award winning actor Colin Moody as Frank and Francesca Bianchi as Rita. Frank is a cynical, burnt-out English professor, who drinks far too much whiskey. Rita is a hairdresser and a bit naive. She has however, a wonderful and indeed desperate thirst for knowledge and she chooses Frank of all people to introduce her to culture. Frank soon discovers that Rita has a lot more common sense than the so-called educated class within which he moves and he begins to fall in love with her … Don’t miss this wonderful modern day Pygmalion that is as fresh today as when British playwright Willy Russell first unveiled it back in

ALL NEW: A modern-day Pygmalion - Educating Rita. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

1983. “Simply a marvellous play, painfully funny and passionately serious: a hilarious social documentary; a fairy tale with a quizzical, half-happy ending,” The Sunday Times. Book your tickets now for this big-hearted comedy about life lessons at Redland Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday 20 April at 7.30pm. Tickets are: Adults $48, Seniors/Pensioners $45, Students $35 and Groups of 10 + $42. Bookings: or 3829. 8131. Booking fees: $4 per transaction by phone; $3 per ticket online.


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VOCAL VIRTUOSI: Tenori will perform at the Logan Entertainment Centre. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Former Ten Tenors take to the stage

It’s not every day you get the chance to see three former members of The Ten Tenors on stage. Three-piece ensemble Tenori features the talents of David Kidd, Craig Atkinson and Andrew Pryor, who toured internationally together as members of The Ten Tenors. “Andrew, Craig and I met at the Queensland Conservatorium just over 20 years ago,” David Kidd said. “It’s wonderful sharing the stage with gents I’ve known and worked with for two decades.” After some time apart working with Opera Australia, Opera Queensland and many of the country’s finest orchestras, the three former Tenors reunited to form Tenori. Tenori will bring their


It’s wonderful sharing the stage with gents I’ve known and worked with for two decades.

— David Kidd

19. “Queensland is the first place we toured with The Ten Tenors,” David said. “It means the world to us, so we’re calling it our World Tour of Queensland. “We’re travelling all the way from Cairns to just down the road. “Andrew lives about 10

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arts and enjoy working with children. We need approximately 50 volunteers for each day of the Festival with at least 400 in total,” said Mr Howe. Volunteers will be assigned diverse roles including information booth attendants, school buddies, rovers and guides, catering assistants, workshop helpers and administration assistants. Volunteers require a Blue Card valid until 29 June 2016. QPAC will ensure Blue Card applications and renewals are processed on your behalf. Email ootb. Applications close on: Friday April 1 - (For applicants without a current Blue Card) Friday, April 22 - (For applicants with a current Blue Card) For information and to apply http://www.outofthebox



across the Cultural Precinct and South Bank in collaboration with Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Museum, State Library of Queensland and South Bank. This year the Festival is aiming to recruit 400 volunteers and is calling on south-east Queensland residents to volunteer. Out of the Box Festival director Brett Howe said that the delivery of the eight-day Festival would not be achievable without the enthusiasm of volunteers, many who we have seen return year after year. “The success of this iconic event would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of volunteers who carry out vital roles in creating unique experiences for thousands of Queensland children. “We are seeking motivated individuals who are passionate about the

minutes from the Logan Entertainment Centre.” With a combined 60 years international experience in the industry, Tenori knows how to put on a dynamic, uplifting and entertaining show. From the soaring heights of Puccini to the glitz and swagger of Elvis or Bublé, they do it all and leave you wanting more. Tenori is performing as part of Merry Melodies, a monthly series of musical performances hosted by the Logan Entertainment Centre. You can purchase tickets for Tenori or find out about other Merry Melodies shows online at www.loganentertainment or from the LEC Box Office on 07 3412 5626 (open Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm).



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QUEENSLAND Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) is calling for volunteers for its 2016 Out of the Box festival for children eight years and under to be held at QPAC and across the Cultural Precinct and South Bank, Brisbane from June 21-28. Presented biennially, Out of the Box has been curated by QPAC for 24 years. It is the only arts festival in Australia dedicated to children eight years and under and one of only a few in the world. It’s also the nation’s largest early childhood arts festival with more than 103,000 participants in the 2014 festival. The 2016 Festival crosses over the end of the school term and into the June school holidays and provides a rich arts-based program including performances, workshops, free events and symposiums. Out of the Box will take place within all of QPAC’s theatres and spaces and



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Looking back on ’80s life DURING 1988, with the financial assistance of the Australian Bicentennial Authority, six photographers were commissioned to produce a portfolio on the theme of community life in Queensland titled Journeys North. Last exhibited in January 1988, it is an ideal time to re-examine this portfolio, which highlights how Queensland has changed in the 28 years since it was commissioned. The photographers involved – Graham Burstow, Lin Martin, Robert Mercer, Glen O’Malley, Charles Page and Max Pam – each travelled to different regions of Queensland. During the course of about 18 months, the photographers each documented through their work the lifestyles,

attitudes and values of Queensland society in the late 1980s. Although overall these images present a coherent record of both the natural and social features of the state during this time, significant individuality is evident within and between each artist’s contribution as they each addressed the project’s theme in a way that related to their earlier work and their personal interests. As a result, many of these images question attitudes that have long been an accepted part of Australian community life, while others reaffirm the unique difference and richness of the Australian lifestyle, land and environment. For more, visit

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When: Wednesday, March 30, 9.45–11.15am Details: An integration of several yoga practices. Cost: $7.50 Bookings: Natasha on 0424 722 723. Venue: Fifty Plus Centre. Brisbane City Hall.


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Disney’s ice show This year’s Disney On Ice is an all-new ice show weaving together four worlds of Disney royalty, with Anna and Elsa, Ariel, Belle and Rapunzel all taking starring roles. Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival opens in Brisbane from June 23 to 27. It showcases moments from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Tangled, Beauty and the Beast and Frozen and combines them with elements of comedy, music, colour and lights.

Magical Ice Festival takes a fresh new spin on how the Disney stories are presented, also marking the first time popular animated film Frozen has comes to life on ice in Australia. For tour dates and further information, visit Tickets via Ticketek on 132 849 or www.ticketek. Tickets start from $34.50. Discounts apply on select performances. Credit card and transaction fees may apply. NEW LIFE: Shakespeare’s whimsical masterpiece by acclaimed choreographer Liam Scarlett.

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Story comes to life in ballet “LOVE looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” Shakespeare’s whimsical masterpiece has been given new life thanks to acclaimed choreographer Liam

RETURNING to the stage in the role of Captain von Trapp is the multi-talented Cameron Daddo. Starring alongside Cameron are many of Australia’s favourite stage performers: Marina Prior, Jacqui Dark, Lorraine Bayly, and joining them in the coveted role of Maria is one of Australia’s newest and most

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