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Lions roar at Camp Hill 50th A 50-YEAR anniversary is cause for celebration and so 100 members and friends of the Lions Club of Camp Hill, Carindale, gathered for a big party last month. Glamour was the order of the night with a glitz theme ensuring everyone donned bling and black tie for the celebration at Newnham Hotel in Upper Gravatt. Linking the golden years of Lionism to the golden years of Hollywood added a further sense of style to the occasion.

The club’s 51st president and long-term Carindale resident, Lyndon Kurth, said members were especially proud of the club’s contribution over the last 50 years, helping people in need in the local community and well beyond. “I particularly commend previous management committees,” he said. The club was chartered in 1966 by a core group of local Carina businessmen, with Jack Tobin, local identity of W.J.

Tobin Real Estate, the charter president. To further celebrate the special anniversary, past president David Greenup launched an initiative called 50 Acts of Kindness to support selected projects that will aid community groups.Special guests at the celebration included Lions district governor Graham Jackson and wife Denise, charter member Nev Kruger and wife Joy, and Nola Fields, wife of charter member the late Bob Fields,

Time for a win THIS month it’s a pleasure to bring to you the one and only Judy Nunn, actress, screenwriter and best selling author. Judy has won many accolades for her life’s work, including a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Australia Day Honours. Her latest book, Spirits of the Ghan, continues her line of great Australian novels. And we are delighted to announce the start of our caravan giveaway. This is an opportunity not to be missed – who wouldn’t want to travel in luxury around this beautiful country of ours?

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But you have to be in it to win it, so find out how you could take the first step in calling yourself the owner of this great van. You will find all the information on pages 17 and 30. Thanks to everyone for your letters and emails, we are always happy to hear from you about topics, events and issues you would like us to cover

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Judy Nunn, actor, screenwriter, author.. Judy began taking acting classes as a teenager. Shortly before her 19th birthday, she moved to Sydney to begin seriously pursuing her acting ambitions. From there, she moved to London for a five-year stint, finding success in everything from Shakespeare productions, to BBC Radio plays and television shows. famous to be invisible.” But Judy says, if she’s made a quick trip to the supermarket dressed down in trackies rather than made up and is suddenly recognised, then invisibility would have its upside! Still, who is it that Judy

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Never too old for fun! There will be 300 entrants having a go Ann Rickard

DON’T let anyone say you are too old to let your inner kid out now and again. The Annual Brisbane Billycart Championships is your chance. The event will see more than 300 entrants speed down a custom-made grass track in billy carts, and the oldest is 84. He will be competing against all age groups, even a four year old, but imagine the thrill of rushing down a hill in a cart created from all manner of things, from a bath tub to a washing machine. Conventional billy carts are acceptable of course. The annual Brisbane Billy Cart Championships will be held in conjunction with the Green Heart Fair on Sunday, September 11, at Carindale Recreation Reserve in Cadogan St, Carindale from 8am–4pm. More than 5000 spectators are expected

to watch. Feature races include The Political Mayhem Matchup between Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Cr Adrian Schrinner and MP Steve Minnikin. Entrants will compete for fun prizes and money and it is not too late to get your entry in. Do not let your age

deter you. The photo shows Graham Testro at last year’s event when he was 76 and had just beaten his 40-year-old daughter, and was planning to beat his 14-year-old grandson. It took Graham two years to beat his daughter. He has been competing

for four years. The first time he competed he borrowed a cart, then decided to build his own. Unfortunately, the cart came to an untimely end when his granddaughter crashed it on a hay bale at the 2014 event. Registration is open at www.brisbanebillycarts.

com.au. Entry to the event is free for spectators. The event is funded by the Brisbane City Council and brought to you by the Rotary Club of Carindale. If you would like to enter but don’t have a cart, you can borrow from a range of Rotary carts available on the day.

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Braithwaite rocks on

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he explained. The Australia music industry has changed from when he started in 1967. “I think it is probably — Daryl Braithwaite harder for artists today to get a break. There’s no between the audience, doubt there’s a lot of yourself and band talent out there but you do members when you play have to put in the hard songs that people like. I’m yards. I was lucky when I fortunate I can sing and I started because I was in enjoy that. It’s just loving the right band and I had what I do, I guess.” the right management.” Braithwaite’s career Daryl is no stranger to started in early-1967, with the Caloundra Music a little known Sydney pop Festival, where he will group, Bright Lights. entertain with 30 other He became lead singer top acts, including with successful rock band singer-songwriters Guy Sherbet in 1970, winning Sebastian and Kate Miller the TV Week King of Pop Heidke. award in 1975, ‘76 and “I’ve been two or three ‘77, with 20 hits in the times and it’s a beauty, Top 40 in the 10 years he one of the more ideal was with the band. settings for an outdoor Probably his best known concert. There’s always a song is Horses, which he big variety of acts and the recorded in 1991. This huge audience of 3000 or year is its 25th 4000 people make it anniversary and Daryl said something special.” it was probably just as popular now as it was ON STAGE: Daryl Braithwaite then. will perform at the Caloundra “I get a lot of requests Music Festival in October. for it from people who PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED were around at the time,”

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OLD rockers, like old soldiers, never die. In fact, if they’re like Daryl Braithwaite, they don’t even fade away. Australian rock legend Daryl is nudging 50 years as a hit record artist and performer, and has no intention of quitting. He’s 67 and does up to 150 gigs a year around Australia, and said he’ll stop when someone says “you’re looking haggard and your voice is buggered”. Braithwaite had just finished gigs in Rockhampton and Gladstone, and was about to go on stage at Bay Central Hotel, Hervey Bay, when Seniors caught up with him for an interview about his upcoming performance at Caloundra Music Festival on Sunday, October 2. “I suppose the secret about my longevity is that I’m really passionate about the music and performing, especially the aspect of playing live,” he explained. “There’s something about the interaction


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Pam and Brisbane thrive together Ann Rickard

SHE is one of Brisbane’s most poised and glamorous women, proof that hard work, commitment and a balance of family life and cherishing long-time friendships can see you age with both grace and stamina. Pam Tamblyn is a well-known figure in Brisbane. The mother of two, grandmother (Nonni) of three, is at an age when she could easily leave the business world behind and devote time to herself and her husband Lew. However, she continues to have a role in her successful modelling agency Tamblyn Models Australia, working locally and globally in a

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competitive industry with Brisbane as her base. Although Pam has handed over the day-to-day running of the modelling agency to her daughter Sallie, she is still very much involved, hosting events and producing Bridal Expos, Ekka

Parades, Fashion Festival Week. Hard work and goalsetting are an integral part of Pam’s lifestyle; she doesn’t know anything else. Her long career has been as vibrant as it is enduring, beginning in the fashion industry in Adelaide where she grew up. “I began working in Adelaide for fashion agents, handling leading

Australian designers,” she said. At the same time Pam was forging a career in television, first as a singer then as a weather presenter and children’s show host. An impressive five Logies for “South Australia’s most popular television personality” was just the beginning of a long and successful career in the entertainment industry.

The move to Queensland in 1981 with Channel 9 and later with Channel 10 had Pam thrive in the Sunshine State, presenting women’s programs as well as reading the news. But Pam wanted more. With the help of Lew she opened a grooming and finishing school on the Gold Coast and presented courses in television training. She also opened a

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Four generations: Pam Tamblyn with her mother Nansy, daughter Sallie, and grandaughter Charlotte.

industry to opening a modelling agency in Brisbane in 1987 seemed a natural progression. “I really wanted to work with young people, to promote models and help them being well-groomed, courteous and confident,” Pam said. She soon began introducing local Queensland models to the national scene and then the international stage, and the work continues today through Tamblyn Modelling Agency. “We travel annually overseas to keep in touch with our international colleagues,” she said. “In the beginning we started to visit the overseas agencies to avoid being tagged as ‘just a Brisbane agency’ and we now have agencies

from New Zealand, New York, Paris, Milan, London, Hamburg, India, Hong Kong China and so on.” Like anyone in business, Pam has had to keep up with technology, realising she would get left behind in the cut-throat world of modelling and fashion if she did not adapt. “The modelling industry is no exception to being affected by the digital age,” she said. “Things like fashion shows in shopping centres used to be commonplace, but not anymore. “I was lucky to have my husband Lew join Tamblyn Models, he is the studio photographer. “My daughter Sallie also joined and she

manages the Brisbane agency and oversees all international bookings.” Pam is also active in fundraising, and for eight years has helped raise money for Childhood Cancer Support. Although she is still very much involved in the business, she has managed that rare thing: balance. She lives on acreage with horses and dogs and tries to spend as much family time as possible. “Our son Mark is in Western Australia but our daughter Sallie lives nearby and we have three gorgeous grandchildren,” she said. Friendship plays an important part in Pam’s life. Her gaggle of girlfriends

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Pam with entrants in the Rodeo Queen Quest on the Gold Coast.

remains as strong as ever, with them spread across the world: London, US, France and Australia. “I truly value my girlfriends and quite often relate how important this is to my young models, to retain your friendships for life,” she said. As for the secret to Pam’s business longevity? “As in any business, large or small, it is all about hard work, dedication, loyalty, honesty… and a bit of luck,” she said.

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Dementia Month time when you are not alone AUSTRALIANS are being encouraged to find out more about dementia during Dementia Awareness Month in September, so people living with the condition feel less isolated and alone. As part of Dementia Awareness Month, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld) will host a range of events. Visit fightdementia.org.au for details. This year’s theme is You Are Not Alone. World Alzheimer’s Day is on Wednesday, September 21. Dementia Awareness

Month 2016 is supported by financial assistance from the Australian Government. Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 353,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030. National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500. An interpreter service is available.

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A cruel diagnosis PADDY Ryan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease four-and-a-half years ago. His 15 years in Brisbane’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade and his life since appears to have counted for little. The cruel diagnosis placed Paddy among more than 25,000 Australians aged under 65 and currently living with dementia, a number forecast to increase to close to 37,000 by 2050. Paddy was always a family man; a husband, father, grandfather and brother. Today his wife Shirley and children Tracy, Kellie, John, Jessica and grandchildren Lukas,

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Thinking of downsizing? You’re not on your own, a whole industry has started up around the concept of smaller living spaces. In this feature, Seniors has a look at some concepts: According to Brisbane-based The Tiny House Company co-founder Lara Noble, the tiny home movement is taking housing to a new level, saying it is not just a dream; the “tiny house movement” is a reality. “It is about time the housing market caught up and offered some alternatives to “the ‘just in case you need it’ suburban four-bedder’,” Lara says. “As designers and builders, our interest is in compact spaces; whatever form or application they take. Of course, living in small dwellings is nothing new, most of the world already

does it, but here in Australia we’ve lost our way. For some, it’s the freedom to live a well-balanced life by purchasing something small within their means rather than relying on a crippling mortgage. For others it’s the flexibility of being able to change the size and function of an existing home as the need arises – a granny flat for family dependants, an additional rental property on-site, or a smaller home to downsize to once the kids have left.” Lara adds, more and more Australians are adopting it as a means of achieving freedom from debt, minimal environmental impact, and the opportunity to live simply. “Imagine a sustainable house that can bring the ability to live debt-free, with utility bills as low as $10 a month.” Key design features Focusing on the basic

requirements of sleep, work, relaxation and hygiene, a tiny home, no matter what application, should feature living areas awash with sunlight and flush with airflow. Moving joinery will allow for spaces to grow or contract as required and a loft will provide an escape nook or alternative sleeping area. Just like normal housing, north-facing is optimal and, if you include a conservatory, it will buffer the external environment and provide a place to grow vegetables and to relax and unwind. Alternatively, for those tiny homes on the move and retractable deck provides extra space when needed. ❚ One bedroom ❚ One bathroom ❚ One living area ❚ Kitchen dining ❚ Laundry nook Lara says their tiny homes are built to suit the correct Queensland guidelines, with the

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dimensions meeting regulations so as to not need a permit or escort vehicle. Sunshine Coast-based Heavy Vehicle Registration Assessment Scheme officer John Black says the heavy vehicle standards and modifications vary between states and while you may only require a car licence to tow a tiny home in Queensland, you may need a heavy combination licence in other states. He says that while the grey nomads are looking to hit the road; some are looking for a more permanent base. “It is also easy to put the house on footings for more stable accommodation.” Koho Developments, North Manly, are leaders in the tiny home movement, and not only cater for the downsizing Gen-xers, they specialise in designing and developing co-housing

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❚ Keep one area sacred – make sure at least one room is simple and relaxing, not full of dressers and shelves. ❚ Make everything multi-functional — make an ottoman hollow, with a hinged cushion top for storage. ❚ Don’t waste space under or above furniture – fit a desk with craft storage above and your pet’s bed below. ❚ Think vertical when it comes to storage – opt for high kitchen cabinets with shelves and vertical wardrobes. ❚ Create a spacious feel with a mirrored wall. ❚ Flexible seating – consider rolling swivel chairs. ❚ Closets – frame beds with reading lamps and pull-out shelves. ❚ Mount luggage in cabinets just below the ceiling with a rolling ladder. ❚ Stagger shelving around pipework in wet areas. ❚ Vanity mirrors to conceal pull-out bins.

❚ Sliding edible garden walls to block sun penetration. ❚ Green roof for added thermal insulation. ❚ Airtight building envelope improves sound protection and saves energy. ❚ Hard-wired data lines to reduce electromagnetic radiation.

Director Adam Bennet-Smith says Koho Developments employ tiny house principles including space efficiency, amenity and storage. “We believe that with good design, tiny homes can offer more amenity in better locations than larger conventional homes,” he says. “We recently completed The Kollective Byron, which consists of 20 one-bedroom detached houses that are around 30sq m. We are also working to rethink models of tenure including long-term leases and shared equity models

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may lack the deposit, the opportunity to enter or re-enter the property market. In this model rather than offering a conventional rental, Koho lends the home owner the deposit interest-free in return for a share in the long-term capital gain should the property ever be sold. “Given how low-interest rates are, the repayments are actually less that the equivalent rental rate while at the same time providing the security of tenure of home ownership.” Adam says it is the

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Australia’s climate is ideal for outdoor rooms; add a deck for entertaining and growing gardens.

but it is important to plan for sound and thermal insulation, waterproofing, fireproofing and waste removal (composting toilet). Pre-installed bathrooms and kitchen cabinets are the best choice, and the structure under flooring should be termite-treated marine grade ply base on a structural steel sub-frame. To follow the Tiny Home Movement, visit facebook.com./Tiny HousesAustralia. an online community for Tiny Home lovers to share ideas, links and resources and experiences.

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for the exercise. A lovely walk Rhonda enjoys is around the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, across the river to Southbank and then around Southbank’s Cultural Centre down to West End. “These walks are easily achievable for seniors,” Rhonda (in her 60s) said. “We walk to Eagle Street Pier as well. Walking in the city is delightful.” For the inexperienced city walker, there is the excellent organisation Brisbane Greeters, run by Brisbane Marketing, which will welcome locals as well as visitors to walk along with them, and the service is free. The Greeters, all local volunteers, go out walking every day, showing the highlights of Brisbane – their personal favourite spots that appeal to locals as well as visitors. They offer a variety of walks through the city, the Botanic Gardens, Eagle Street Pier and the Roma Street Parklands. Themed walks are

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Trotting on towards Tokyo Mary Hanna is not giving up any time soon Taya Sweeney

MARY Hanna, 61, was the oldest Australian Olympian competing at Rio this year but the equestrian athlete admits she doesn’t think about her age. “I don’t go ‘I’m 61, I better not do that’, I just live my life,” she said. “In dressage circles, a lot of people are older but we don’t mention or even think about age really. “I mix with people of all ages, men and women, we’re all equal.” Born into a horse-loving family, Mrs Hanna was a member of the Nambour Pony Club as a young girl living at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. “I would compete in all three events – cross country, show jumping and dressage – but I didn’t really get into dressage properly until I married my first husband,” she said. “He brought me over to Europe and introduced me to true competitive

FUTURE PLANS: Mary Hanna and Boogie Woogie competed in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

dressage.” Mrs Hanna returned from Rio, 20 years after her debut, with an individual score of 69.643 with her horse Boogie Woogie. The German team dominated overall, winning the team gold

medal and averaging a score of 81.936. “I live in Germany half of the year and the other half in Australia,” Mrs Hanna said. “To be the best, you need to be surrounded by the best.” Hanna shies away from

using the term rigorous for her fitness routine, although she does maintain a good diet and rides at least three times day. “When I’m in Australia I ride five times a day, right now only three times,” she said.

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“I also swim three times a week and play golf… practice yoga and pilates to help with my core strength.” But it’s not only her own fitness she needs to consider, Mrs Hanna is very wary of the strain travelling bears on her

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MOST people equate spring with gardening, and what better time to “spring clean” the garden, with September marking one of the most exciting seasons for gardeners. Not only is this a great time of year to start a vegetable garden or establish gardens beds; it’s perfect to renovate your lawn, spruce up neglected areas and give your garden a good feed of fertiliser. Prime time to fertilise – first rake to remove the build-up of dead growth, then scatter slow-release fertiliser and if the lawn is looking sparse, reseed or re-turf bare areas. Planting vegetables and herbs, is rewarding, especially summer salad vegies such as tomato, snow peas, capsicum or lettuce, cucumber, rocket and parsley. Garden expert Yates suggests

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growing dill this spring. It is a mineral-rich, aromatic and versatile herb that will add flavour to many dishes. Dill is a hardy annual that prefers a full-sun position in either garden beds or pots, with small seeds that need to be sown only 1mm deep. Avoid re-transplanting and choose a permanent home before sowing the seeds then lightly spread a thin layer of raising mix. Seeds take 10 to 12 days to germinate and reach maturity in eight weeks. Dill’s attractive foliage will also suit a mixed flower border. Plant

it towards the rear, as dill can grow almost a metre tall. Flowering spring annuals can be planted now to give your garden a quick lift. Add instant colour with pots of cineraria, pansy, polyanthus or flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Plan ahead – buy punnets of late spring and summer flowers including petunia, phlox and impatiens. Plant trees, shrubs and annuals. Prepare for plantings by clearing grass and weeds, then digging organic matter into the soil. When placing a plant take into account space requirements; it grows out and upwards. Citrus trees will start their spring foliage flush this month, growing lots of lushlooking leaves. Young foliage is susceptible to citrus leaf miner attack, causing silvery trails distorting the leaves.

Protect new growth with organic citrus spray. Warm weather means outside entertaining. Check outdoor furniture, which may need repainting and nuts and bolts tightened. Top up water features and clean out ponds by removing accumulated leaves and rubbish that’s blown in over winter. For something new, try vertical gardening – having gained momentum in Australia, a new trend is emerging as creative gardeners are pushing the envelope, with picture gardens set to be the next big thing. Designing and assembling picture-frame planters are similar to artwork in your home, living pictures can help define an outdoor room and succulents are a natural choice because they grow slowly, have low water requirements and have rich hues and textures.


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Finding an inner joy INSPIRING AND RETIRING EVA BENNETT “THINK young and do what you love.” This was the philosophy of a friend of ours, a 74-year-old leader of a swing band. A few years ago, I attended a charity concert where his band was performing. The swing the band was made up of 18 musicians, ranging in age from 26 to 85 years. Our friend said that the mix of ages, kept the older musicians young at heart. Having a purpose and a positive outlook, certainly proved that if we think and feel younger than we are, we can look younger and healthier, slowing down the ageing process. I believe that if we have ‘fear’ thoughts about ageing, we will age quicker than someone who accepts the ageing process as the natural flow of life and sees new opportunities for continued growth. As author and poet

Oliver Wendell Holmes said: “To feel 70-years young is far more cheerful than to feel 40-years old.” Back in the 1970s, Louise Hay wrote her best-selling book, You Can Heal Your Life, in which she discusses the mental patterns that create our physical illnesses and how to create positive affirmations to heal these illnesses. I personally have found this book a source of inspiration for many years. Research now says that as much as 80% of our physical illnesses can originate from our thought patterns. For a number of years I ran courses in public speaking. I found that the common, underlying belief that holds many people back from reaching their potential as a presenter is, “I am not worth listening to”. This belief was reflected in nervous body language and voice. Before I could successfully help them to improve their presentation techniques, I focussed on helping them to change that belief. Just for the day, in that

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are stress, poor nutrition, lack of sleep, worry, anger, too much caffeine and alcohol. They all affect our ability to think and remember clearly. To slow down the ageing process and to stay healthier mentally and physically, there are a number of easy things you can do every day that involves minimum spending of money. A good night’s sleep regenerates the brain. Positive thoughts, including daily gratitude for the good in your life, strengthens the immune system. A daily walk and focussed breathing, rejuvenates the brain and

helps you to think more clearly. Eat well, drink moderately, laugh more and enjoy friendships and the simple pleasures of life each day. These can all help to slow down the ageing process. Today’s baby boomers, especially women, don’t feel their age. We still want to look good, but with all the persuasive advertising about cosmetic surgery promising to make us look young forever, it can lead to women avoiding the reality of ageing, especially physical ageing. A growing number of women are trying procedures that don’t always have the desired outcome. The fear and denial of ageing can actually lead to depression and hasten the ageing process. Why not accept that our physical features are slowly maturing and get on with living life to the full and stop thinking about ageing. Our thoughts create our reality, so rather than focusing on fear thoughts of ageing that can speed up the ageing process,

think mainly good thoughts about how we can get the most from each stage of our lives, to live a longer, healthier and happier life. Too often people look to material things, or face lifts, or other people to make them happy, only to find that these things are short-lived. When you meet someone who is truly happy with their life, their eyes shine, they have a lovely aura about them and whether they are wearing designer clothes or expensive make-up, is not the important factor. You can have all the beauty treatments in the world and the most expensive clothes, but if you are constantly thinking negatively about your life and other people, this will show through. So if we want to slow down the ageing process, start thinking good thoughts everyday and be thankful every day for the good in your life. It’s all in the mind. ■ Eva Bennett, visit www. plansretirement.com.au or email eva.bennett@ bigpond.com.


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Very little energy is needed to make a well-designed house comfortable. Appropriate insulation, which is essential for a comfortable house, can create low or even no energy requirements for heating and cooling. Even for existing homes, there are many ways to reduce energy bills, improve comfort and help the environment. Gas heaters and efficient reverse cycle air conditioners, produce only one-third the greenhouse gas emissions of standard electric heaters. Wood can be an excellent fuel because it is a renewable resource if sustainably harvested.

CHEAP EATS, NO TRUFFLES CHRISTINE PERKINS CHEESE is becoming a very expensive and indulgent pleasure these days. Have you ever thought of making your own? It can cost a fraction of the price after the initial outlay for the utensils and ingredients and the flavour is so much better? You will be surprised how easy it is to make. I found the best way to start on the cheese making road was to start with Ricotta as it is a very easy cheese to make with ingredients you will have in your pantry. Ricotta cheese originated in Italy when it was necessary to make the most of the by-products from cheese-making. After a cheese like mozzarella was made, there were still some small, soft curds floating in the whey. These were then scooped up and ladled into baskets to be drained, then cooked again and made into ricotta cheese. Ricotta actually means “recooked” in Italian.

You can make Ricotta on its own and also when you become more adventurous you can make the Ricotta from the left over whey of other cheeses you have made. My first experience with cheese making was Camembert that took quite a while to make and wasn’t edible in the end. I think it may have been a bit ambitious for a first try so I found the local home brew shop had the best way to start and that was to buy a cheese kit (you can always ask them to order one in for you) or you can buy the kit on line as well as ingredients, source recipes and information. When your confidence is higher you can learn how to make the more complicated cheeses such as Chervè, a white, creamy cheese made from goat’s milk from your supermarket or blue cheese can be made at home, the sky is the limit. You can also add fresh herbs to your cheeses. Two web sites I found are www.cheesemaking. com.au and www.madmillie.com.au that have all you need to start. See the next page for a lovely recipe. Good luck and buon appetito!

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community COMMUNITY NOTICES 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). You can submit a photo, please ensure the quality is at least 180dpi, of people’s faces, and nice and bright. Club notices deadline for the next issue is September 22, 2016. Inquiries to Nicky or Chris via email communitynotes @seniorsnewspaper. com.au.

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coin donation with raffles on the day. Phone 3880 6677 or drop in at 1480 Anzac Ave, Kallangur, 9.30am–12.30pm. Future event to lock into your diary is our open day at Strathpine Community Centre on Friday, November 18.

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WILL hold a cent auction to raise money to help our community on Thursday, September 22, at our hall, cnr Victoria Ave and Georgina Sts, Woody Point. Doors open 9am for 10am start, entry $3 includes one sheet of tickets and morning tea.

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To pre-buy tickets, phone Bernadette on 0450 828 676. All welcome.

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WE ARE seeking new members. If you are no longer working full-time or have retired, this is an opportunity for couples, gents and ladies to meet other retirees for friendship and fun. Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of each month from 9.30am at Enoggera Bowls Club, 72 Pickering St, Enoggera. We host a variety of activities. Future events include: Viewing stars and planets with Brisbane Astronomical Society; CONTINUED ON PAGE 26

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BADEN-POWELL GUILD OF QLD

EIGHTEEN members of the Karawa Sub-Branch of the Baden-Powell Guild of Queensland enjoyed a lovely day on the Redcliffe Peninsula on July 25. We first visited the Bee Gees Way, then enjoyed fish and chips at Woody Point. Our 50th anniversary is on Sunday, November 6, with a lunch at the King George Room of the Pullman Hotel. If you would like to attend, phone Bob Gardner on 3366 4795 for details and to reserve

your a seat at the lunch. Cost will be about $75 plus beverages.

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FRIDAYS @QFHS is the name given to mini-seminars and workshops presented at our library and resource centre, 58 Bellevue Ave, Gaythorne, on the second Friday of the month. These sessions comprise topics of interest to family historians. Coming up on Friday, September 9, Dr Graeme Browning will use an interactive family history map to tell the story of his Scottish third great-grandfather, William Slight, and his son James. Starts at 10am. There is a small cost, bookings are

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required. Info and to book, visit www.qfhs.org. au/events. For inquiries email secretary@qfhs.org.au.

ENOGGERA & DISTRICTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY

THE society’s library at Enoggera Memorial Hall is open every Thursday from 9am–1.30pm and at other times by arrangement. Located cnr of Trundle and Wardell Sts. Parking is available, approach via either Pratt St or Glen Alva Tce, wheelchair-friendly. BCC bus routes 598, 599 and 350 stop close-by and there is only a five-minute walk from Enoggera rail on the Ferny Grove Line. CONTINUED ON PAGE 27

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Visitors and new members are welcome. Phone Dave on 3366 3191, view the Enoggera Historical Society website or email edhs.secretary@gmail .com.

50 PLUS CENTRE BRISBANE

RECENTLY we had a great celebration for the 97th birthday of Margaret Byles The 50 Plus Centre offers a variety of low-cost activities. It is open to residents in South East Queensland over 50 years of age, pensioners and benefit receivers (excluding unemployment benefits). Activities are held in the basement level of Brisbane City Hall, 64 Adelaide St, Brisbane. Open Monday to Friday from 8am–3pm, excluding public holidays. Membership is free. You will need to provide some ID, such as a driver’s licence or pension card, when you apply. Phone 3403 4319 (business hours) or email fiftypluscentre brisbane @gmail.com.

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VOLUNTEERS are required to assist at the Army Museum South Queensland. Based at

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50 plus Centre members enjoying the birthday celebration.

Victoria Barracks, Petrie Tce. Roles depend on individual interests and capabilities. Tour guides are required to assist visitors with information and history of the barracks, which date back to 1864. Applicants should be able to speak clearly and with confidence. Other roles include carpentry and other trade skills, conservation and cataloguing. Training is provided. A background of Australian Military

procedures is an advantage but not essential. All ages welcome. Visit stan.albert@defence.gov. au, phone 3233 4553 or email bsmithys@bigpond. net.au. Ph 0412 868 224.

NATIONAL SERVICEMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA (QUEENSLAND)

THE association exists for the benefit of all Australian nashos called

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up for either of the two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973, or wives/widows thereof. Conscripts who served countries other than Australia are invited to be associate members. To discover the benefits of membership, to apply for both medals to which all Australian nashos are entitled or to find a branch near you, call 3324 1277 or scroll website www.nashoqld.org.au. Brisbane North West branch meets at

Gaythorne RSL on the third Sunday of the month (next meeting September 18) starting 10.15am. Visitors and new members are welcome. After the meeting you can enjoy Sunday lunch in the pleasant surroundings of the RSL dining room. Info about Brisbane North West branch, phone Dave on 3366 3191 or email dlivett@optusnet.com.au.

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AT THE August meeting we welcomed Helen Morris to the secretary’s chair. Only 13 weeks to our Christmas lunch at the Arana Leagues Club on December 6. The next day trip is on Friday, September 9, to the Majestic Theatre in Pomona. Contact Bev

ASAP to book. Next visit to the Gap Tavern will be on Friday, October 7. Meet there at 11.30am. The last day trip for the year will be Friday, November 4, when we will travel into the Nunimbah Valley and get up close and friendly with Mt Warning, then lunch at the Kingscliff Bowls Club. We meet at Ashgrove Bowls Club on the third Tuesday of the month at 9.30am. Next meeting Tuesday, September 20. Our speaker will present an update on pensions, assets and superannuation, this is subject to his availability. The alternative will be a trivia morning, good prizes and lots of fun. Please note: Pickup stops for day trips are 7.45am at Keperra Retirement CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

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HELD an over 80s recognition luncheon at Kedron Wavell RSL recently. More than 130 Nashos were present to see OBE medallions presented to 61 members. Lt Col Rev Sandy Marshall delivered the keynote address. A special presentation was made to Merv Clark, MBE OAM. Another OBE, “Old But Everlasting”. Merv will celebrate his 100th birthday next year. More info phone Brian Nichols, PR officer, Brisbane North on 0419 717 354.

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WYNNUM Region Organised Computing Club for Seniors will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, September 13, at the Wynnum RSL at 10.30am. 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,

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21. We will leave from the Queen of Apostles Catholic Church, Appleby Road, Stafford at 7.30am. Members and friends welcome. Our club meets every second Wednesday in the school hall. More info, phone Julia on 3355 6560 or 0467 680 551, or Carolyn on 3356 8223.

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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 are continuing with our popular “one-on-one” sessions, they only cost $10. Our classes can start from a very basic level so don’t be afraid to make a start. Info phone Lavina on 0411 806 154 or website www.wroccs.org.au.

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OUR branch’s first high tea at Newnham Hotel was enjoyed by more than 90 guests. As advised, a noted journalist and poet will be guest speakers for September and November meetings. We look forward to welcoming Mike O’Connor and Rupert McCall entertaining us. Meetings are held at 10.30am at Southern Cross Sports Club on the 4th Monday of month with morning tea at 10am. Friends are welcome at

meetings. For branch info, call Jill 3272 8210 and for bus tours call Bev 3341 4170.

■ STAFFORD

WE RECENTLY celebrated Christmas in July at the River Deck at Tewantin. The staff had gone all out to create a Christmas atmosphere for all groups who were dining there on the day. Our next bus trip will be to the beautiful Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Cost is $55 which includes morning tea and lunch September

THE committee hopes everyone enjoyed Xmas in July celebrations and are ready for whatever comes next. Our next coach trip is to Maleny Dairies August 23, leaving Greenbank RSL at 8am and don’t forget to bring an esky for purchase. September 27 the trip will be to Rudd’s Pub at Nobby leaving the Greenbank RSL at 7.30am. Guest speaker for September will be Lachlan Berry. We meet the second Tuesday of month at the Greenbank RSL. The meeting starts at 10.30am. Phone Ron or Bev on 0432 690 446.

■ WELLINGTON POINT

RECENTLY members of our club were winners of the Alex-Bovill Shield played at the Redland Bay Seniors. We play social indoor bowls each Tuesday at 12.45pm and

Saturdays at 9am in the Community Hall, Birkdale Rd, Wellington Point. New members are always welcome, why not give it a try? Phone Edith on 3390 3196 or Madge on 3824 6160 for details.

■ ROCHEDALE/ SPRINGWOOD

ON MONDAY, August 15, a strong contingent of 17 members assisted in packing over 1500 ‘showbags’ for the Logan Loves Seniors Expo. The following day eight members assisted at our expo stall and assisted in promoting National Seniors Australia. Our latest monthly coach trip took 48 members on a great day trip to Noela’s Gardens. This was followed by an extensive tour of Bribie Island. Please join us at our next meeting which are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Logan East Community Centre, on the corner of Cinderella Dr and Vanessa Blvd, Springwood. Info, phone 0409 677 975.

VIEW CLUBS ■ PINE RIVERS

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Vanuatu in the 1970s, before it became independent. The speaker for September is from Mates4Mates, an organisation which supports ill and injured current and ex-serving Defence Force personnel. Our club meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 10.30 at the Murrumba Downs Tavern. Ladies, how about joining us for lunch? We are a very friendly group and as well as the lunch meeting we gather for social activities. Lorna celebrated her 90th birthday in August. Phone Elizabeth on 0414 471 437 or 3886 4937 for info.

■ ASPLEY

THE club meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at Kedron Wavell Community Centre for fun, friendship, vibrant guest speakers, two-course lunch, raffles, lucky door prizes, a secondhand bookstall and trading tables. Next fundraising event will be a morning tea and fashion parade at Aspley Bowls Club on Friday, September 9, at 9.30 for 10am start. Come along and enjoy morning tea and see the Spring fashions.

Lorna celebrated her 90th birthday in August with Carol the Pine Rivers VIEW club President. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Lynda Reynolds, of the Floral Art Society of Queensland, with one of her beautiful designs. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Purchases are available on the day. New members and guests most welcome. Info call Helen 3263 6240 or Wendy 3350 4476.

■ CENTENARY EVENING

NEXT meeting Monday, September 12, held at the McLeod Country Golf Club, 61 Gertrude McLeod Cres, Middle Park, 6.30

pm for 7pm. Cost of the dinner is $35 bookings are essential. The guest speaker will be Susan Spence, Professor Emeritus, School of Applied Psychology and Australian Institute of Suicide Research and Prevention. There will be a tucker table at this meeting where members contribute goodies for sale to the value of $2 to $3. There is always a

book “bring and buy” table and a raffle at each meeting. VIEW ladies enjoy many social events and outings and each month there is a coffee and chat morning and September will also see the ladies enjoying a breakfast outing. Ladies of all ages are most welcome. More info, email centenaryeveview@gmail. com or phone Di 3202 9759 before noon on Friday, September 9.

Guest speaker Rachelle Panitz’s presentation will focus on Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So wear something pink and bring a friend along. New members and visitors always welcome to join our fun and friendship monthly meetings and social activities. Two-course lunch including tea/coffee, $25. To book, phone Heather 3300 3733 by 4pm Monday, October 3.

■ ARANA

MITCHELTON AND DISTRICTS GARDEN CLUB

LUNCHEON meeting Wednesday, October 5, at Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Keperra, 10.30am for 11am. Lucky door and raffle prizes.

IF YOU want to begin travelling or have been bitten by the travel bug,

Maree Peel from Go See Touring is the one who could help you. At the next meeting on Thursday, October 6, Maree is the guest speaker who will talk about Useful Travel Tips. She will also touch on upcoming garden tours available. September is a busy month for gardeners. It’s pruning time and fertilising time for vegetable and flower seedlings. This club meets at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, corner of Wardell and Trundle Sts, Enoggera. Morning tea is served at 9.45am, meeting starts at 10am. Visitors and new members are most welcome.


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Stickers are available with your Palm Lake Resort ‘Spring 2016’ magazine, for collection at any of the Palm Lake Resort sales offices, will be available in selected Seniors Newspapers during the month of September 2016 or can be posted to you by emailing communitynotes@seniorsnewspaper.com.au before 18.11.16. The competition closes 25.11.16, will be drawn on 28.11.16 and a winner will be announced on 30.11.16. Keep your eye on the Palm Lake Resort Facebook page during the competition period for some of the latest entries. Good luck!

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QLD BEGONIA SOCIETY

MONTHLY meeting on Saturday, September 17, at the Uniting Church Hall, 52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm. Set topic for the day will be begonias with crested or curled margins. There will be a special guest speaker, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens curator Dale Arviddson. The meeting starts at 1pm afternoon tea included. Visitors welcome.

FLORAL ART SOCIETY OF QLD

MEETINGS include a floral design demonstration or workshop as well as bench work of floral art designs exhibited by members. Next meeting and workshop will be Monday, September 26, at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Auditorium, Mt. Coot-tha Road, Toowong. This month will feature a hands-on workshop with Margaret Morrow. Cost is $7, includes tea or coffee before the meeting and a lucky door ticket. For more information, phone Heather Prior on 0412 735 483 or go to www.floralartsocietyqld. org.au.

OUR guest speaker for September is Colin from Earthlife, the soil care specialists. The club meets Thursday, September 15, at the OES Hall, cnr Kitchener and Bohland St, Kedron. The ladies will have their usual trade table, 9.30am for a cup of tea, meeting starts at 10am. Info, phone Gloria on 3355 4703 or Kaye on 3357 7660.

CITIPOINTE SENIORS

WE MEET Wednesday morning at 10am in the Epicentre. Recently 50 of us travelled to Maryborough and Hervey Bay area for four days. Coming up: Meals On Wheels guest speaker September 14; Citipointe School student performance September 21; entertainer Kevin Doyle October 19. We have a cuppa at 9.30am and a light lunch. First week of the month we have an interdenominational church service, second week is surprise week, third week we have lifestyle guest speakers and fourth week is variety day. Phone Stuart 0402 013 427 or seniors@citipointechurch. com.

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Just how to be a ‘better me’ ACTIVE AGEING JENNY FARELLO THIS is my first column, but if my mum could do it, why can’t I? She kept diaries and notebooks for most of her life and at age 92 her scribblings, as she called them, were published. I wish I’d had the foresight to do what she did. She’s left quite a legacy for her children and grandchildren. My life has been so very different to hers – times change, demographics change. Apart from time as a stay-at-home mum, my working life centred around office work. Then at age 54 a big career change – I became a fitness instructor and personal trainer and the world of fitness, health and how to be a “better me” opened up. Now, after almost 20 years as a carer for my husband, then

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LIFE LESSON: Remain healthy and active for longer by learning new skills, such as computing, with the University of the Third Age.

remain healthy and active for longer, lessening the strain on our already overstretched health system. With more than 30 U3As spread across Queensland, there is a good chance that there will be one near you. With U3As from Cairns and the Atherton Tablelands in the north, to Twin Towns on the Queensland border, and west to Roma, you will find the friendly volunteers ready to welcome you as a member, but that’s just the beginning. You will

then discover all the social, mental and physical benefits that you will ever need to live a fulfilling life in retirement. Remember, you retire from work – not life. No U3A in your area? Well, why not start your own? All you need is some like-minded people and a little help from U3A Network Queensland, the advisory group to U3As across the state. For more information email info.u3aqld@ gmail.com or visit www.u3aqld.org.au.

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MULTIPLE USES: An architect’s high-resolution drawing of the Meals on Wheels kitchen and community facility. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Excitement about community centre THE new Meals on Wheels kitchen and community facility which is combined to serve three purposes in the district. ■ For a new MoW modern kitchen with modern and welcoming facilities for all volunteers. ■ To provide a facility for the community with a meeting room to accommodate 150 people seated, theatre-style, a separate kitchen for catering purposes. ■ Board room suitable for smaller groups. The centre will be fully equipped with wi-fi throughout, which will also be equipped with modern training aides. This will be a centre suitable for conducting mini-workshops for seminars and training for groups. It will be available to community or business organisations having off-street parking for

about 60 vehicles. The site has now been fully completed by Brisbane City Council as a community project. We are desperate to raise additional funds to make this exciting community project a reality. So far we have been unsuccessful in gaining funding from the State Government. The new facility will provide so much for people with disabilities. Some funding has already been promised by the Australian Government. Meals on Wheels saves governments many thousands of dollars in enabling recipients to continue to live in their own homes, where they are happiest. You can become a shareholder in this wonderful new community facility by making a

tax-deductible donation. Every cent of your donation goes directly to the project as Meals on Wheels is a voluntary organisation and a registered charity. We have no overheads to handle donations. ABN 69 259 285 223 DGR 900424648 refers. Donations can be made by cheque or money order made out to Wynnum Manly Meals on Wheels PO Box 266 Wynnum 4178. Or you may pay by Direct Deposit BSB 064133 Account No, 10179072 Account Name Wynnum Manly & District Meals on Wheels. Do not send cash in the mail. You may also donate direct at the kitchen, 241 Tingal Rd, Wynnum. Call 3396 9479. All donations will be acknowledged with a return receipt by first post.

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SET SAIL: Relaxing on the Anjodi. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Ann Rickard discovers a relaxed pace barging IN the Southern French city of Narbonne you can stand by a section of road still intact from the day the ancient Romans built it. The Via Domitia was the first Roman road built to link Italy and Hispania. This section of the ancient road is now in a shallow pit in the town square, protected by a low wall where you can sit and take a selfie (if you are that way inclined). The historical city of Narbonne is home to the wondrous St. Just-St Pasteur Cathedral, a massive Gothic structure you could easily spend an entire day just traversing. Then, a short walk would take you to Les Halles,

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You’ll be picked up in Narbonne and driven to Anjodi dockeda short distance away where you will be greeted by crew proffering Champagne.

carry grain between Amsterdam and Paris. Chef Tom presented as a testament to the fresh produce fathered from nearby villages: lunches of zucchini and feta salad, pissaladiere tart, seared tuna nicoise, an abundant seafood platter. Dinners were leisurely five-course affairs, but nothing too heavy. Barge cruising means you can access places big river ships cannot. But be warned. Once bitten by the barging bug, you’ll want more, and more. The writer was a guest on board Anjodi. More on www.gobarging.com

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On the road in Portugal

Fabulous food and scenery lures Aussies Phil Hawkes

THERE are many good reasons why more Australians are discovering Portugal. Far from the madding crowds of France and Italy, Portugal has a relaxed vibe and friendly people whose historical alliances with England mean English is widely spoken. Beautiful beaches and inland scenery, excellent food and wine combined with history and culture make the country one of Europe’s most appealing. Accessibility has improved thanks to Emirates one-stop flights from Australian cities to the capital, Lisbon. There are many ways you can enjoy Europe’s best-kept secret – guided tours, private tours and packages – but as we experienced recently, self-driving is the way to go. Even with left-hand drive, it’s easier than other European countries because the roads are

The cuisine, a Portuguese drawcard.

SUPER LUXURY: Opulent hotels are relatively affordable.

good, and not as busy as Spain or France. Self-driving has many advantages. Your time is flexible and you can dally longer at places you enjoy. One of the biggest benefits is to plan your own accommodation at super-luxury, yet relatively inexpensive hotels and resorts called Pousadas which are dotted around Portugal. These restored palaces, castles, monasteries and convents combine history and architecture with modern

facilities. In the central region of Alentejo, we stayed at several Pousadas which also boast some of the region’s finest cuisine. Here are a few examples: ■ Pousada Mosteiro de Crato… a castle/monastery/palace at different times in its history. Today, it shows what can be done to transform a crumbling ruin into a luxury resort with creative modern architecture and engineering, whilst retaining much of the

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original exterior including the church tower and ceilings in the cloister. There’s a large pool for those hot summer days (sometimes over 40°), a fine restaurant and rooms with every modern convenience. ■ Pousada Convento de Vila Vicosa… a restored convent with large guest rooms and bathrooms. The poetic transcriptions around the hotel add a literary flavour, but a more visual experience awaits just next door at the palatial

Paco Ducal (Ducal Palace) of the Braganza family who ruled Portugal from 1640 until the proclamation of the Republic in 1910. The palace and museum is a treasure trove of history. ■ Pousada Castelo de Estremoz… a towering castle-like palace overlooking the busy market town of Estremoz. Here, we’re lucky to arrive on market day (Saturday) in time to watch the passing parade of farmers, housewives and typical groups of men who gather for their weekly social. Secret men’s business, indeed. ■ Pousada Castelo de Alcacer… an ancient castle which reigns supremely over the town

and river flats where rice is still grown. Here we spend two nights enjoying the luxury of the hotel as well as the waterfront cafes and bars… and trying another version of Portugal’s national dish bacalhau (codfish) which we find irresistible together with the fresh local wines. In Alentejo, these are just a few of the many delights that await Australians who like to drive, enjoy some history, love their food and wine and, most of all, are not averse to a modicum of affordable luxury. For more information see www.visit portugal.com; www.visit alentejo.pt or www.pousadas.pt

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A walk in literary giants’ footsteps ERLE LEVEY

“I HAD written him a letter which I had, for want of better knowledge, sent to where I met him down the Lachlan, years ago ...’’ The beauty of a road trip is, you are constantly surprised. While you have an idea of where you want to get to, it remains to be seen how you end up getting there. It was with a sense of wonder I realised a road trip through the heartland of New South Wales was taking me in the footsteps of some of Australia’s literary giants. “They lie, the men who tell us in a loud decisive tone. That want is here a stranger, and that misery’s unknown ...’’ Hill End held a strong allure for me. Just like Mudgee. Known today for its wine and fine produce such as honey. Its enticing B&B accommodation a weekend escape for Sydney-siders. Gulgong? Where did

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that fit into Australia’s rich tapestry? Gulgong, home of Australia’s $10 note. The original one. With writer Henry Lawson’s image on it, some of his work and sketches of an old gold mining town. Henry Archibald Hertzberg Lawson was born at Grenfell in central NSW yet Gulgong claims to have been his home even though he grew up

closer to Mudgee about 30 km south along the Castlereagh Highway. Along with Andrew Barton “Banjo’’ Paterson, Lawson is among the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period. The Mudgee Guardian and Gulgong Advertiser wrote on Friday, January 13, 1978: Days When Gulgong Was Hub of the World.

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on struggle and desperation, Paterson tended to glorify the bush. He was born at Narrambla, now an outer suburb of the expanding regional city of Orange. There is a signpost to Ophir from Narrambla, about 30km. It’s one of those little-known names by today’s standards but an important signpost of a rich and glorious past. The old Narrambla homestead stood about 200m (8 chains) north-east of the original obelisk memorial. Another tribute to Paterson is the Emmaville Cottage, near the Orange Botanic Gardens and a tangible link to the area where he was born. Henry Lawson had known life as a bush worker, house painter, telegraph linesman, journalist and rouseabout. Much of what he saw and experienced went into his short stories but his deepest feelings are revealed in his verse. Lawson died aged 55 and was given a state funeral, the first writer to be given one. Images, homes and stories of the first waves of migrants pop up everywhere and they are so intrinsically Australian I think I’ve solved the riddle of what comprises our national spirit.

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Find India’s opulence

Explore this fascinating country by indulging in the finest accommodation it has to offer Ann Rickard

ANN RICKARD UPGRADES – FROM BACKPACK TO BOUTIQUE IN INDIA.

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Jaisalmer In the heart of the Rajasthani desert, not far from Jaisalmer city, lies the majestic Suryagarh. This traditional sandstone fortress has been converted into a luxury boutique hotel with a sophisticated and distinctly Rajasthani feel. All thanks to its local staff, design, cuisine and

the tribal music. ■ La Villa, Pondicherry Founded by a man born and raised in Pondicherry, La Villa has a strong authentic claim. Its aesthetic is irresistibly chic, having perfected a rustic and modern look. ■ Wildflower Hall, Shimla In the foothills of the

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Tahiti’s freshest of pearls Exclusive hotel player brings a new luxury level to Bora Bora PLANS to further polish the Pearl of the Pacific will see several hotel updates giving Tahiti’s famed island of Bora Bora a stylish new look and feeling of chic. A new hotel player will join the exclusive list of properties call Bora Bora home, as Conrad Hotels and Resorts prepares to take over the franchise for the Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort and Spa. The property will undergo a multi-million-dollar refurbishment before re-opening as the stunning Conrad Bora Bora Nui in early 2017 – the first Conrad hotel in Tahiti. Located on Motu To’opua, off the coast of Bora Bora, Conrad Bora Bora Nui will offer 29 tropical garden and beach villas and 86 over-water bungalows, including the destination’s only double-storey presidential suites. The resort will feature a full-service spa, a kids’ club, mini-golf course, fitness centre and dining

options including a modern take on a French brasserie, a speciality beach restaurant serving Polynesian and Mediterranean cuisines, a contemporary Chinese restaurant, a swim-up pool bar and an over-water sunset bar and lounge. The Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa, operated by Pacific Beachcomber, is set to undertake renovations, constructing four new two-bedroom over-water villas with private pools. Scheduled to begin in September and last for about 10 months, the work will also include the addition of swimming pools to 10 over-water villas in the south branch of the resort, as well as a general refresh of all villas. Meanwhile, Le Meridien Bora Bora has completed a refurbishment with a focus on refreshing its bungalows and food and beverage outlets, including a revamp of its picturesque Miki Miki and

FUTURE PLANS: Construction of four new villas is planned for Bora Bora Resort and Thalasso Spa.

pool bars. The lagoon-side hotel has launched the new Happaina Wine Bar, which is the ultimate location for a sundowner. Happaina, which means glass in Tahitian, offers a range of wines by the bottle or glass, as well as a new tapas menu. Tahiti Tourisme director Australia New Zealand, Robert Thompson, said while Bora Bora would always be one of the most sought-after places to

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NYC dining on the cheap DESPITE the exchange rate, you can eat out in New York on the cheap if you slip on a local’s shoes. Here’s a list of 10 of the best places for memorable cheap eats I discovered with Big Apple Greeter Ellen Gasnich. Big Apple Greeter Tours is a free service where locals show visitors around their city. 1. Find the best value dumplings in Chinatown at Fried Dumpling, 106 Mosco St. You can buy five fried dumplings for $1. Although the sign says they do pork buns, it’s best not to ask as the response is rarely favourable. 2. Pop into 69 Chinese Restaurant at 69 Bayard St to see the walls papered with signed $1 notes. Try Chinese comfort food classics such as Beef Cho Fun and Minced Beef with Peas and Raw Egg. The average order is under $10. 3. It’s easy to find Jing Fong Restaurant, 20 Elizabeth St, by the people queueing on the street outside. This large Cantonese restaurant

EAT, DRINK AND BE KERRY KERRY HEANEY seating 800 people draws crowds on weekends for dim sum rolled out on carts. 4. Deluxe Food Market, 79 Elizabeth St, is a long, narrow supermarket selling Chinese groceries, baked goods, sticky rice and Asian-style sandwiches. Wind your way through the crowds to find tasty marinated meats and seafood. Check for samples too. 5. Look for the sign on Canal St corner, fire hydrants painted in red, white and green and you’ll know you are in Little Italy where the street vendors sell almond biscotti and fig cookies, roasted chickpeas and honey roasted peanuts by the bag or pound. 6. A Lobster Tail, crisp puff pastry filled with cream at Ferrara Bakery and Café at 195 Grand St, along with some cannoli is

a must-try. 7. Katz’s Deli, 204 E Houston St, is where Where Harry met Sally was filmed in 1989. People queue up outside the door, and there’s a ticket system to get inside. Take a ticket and it doesn’t matter if you don’t buy anything, although you will be sorely tempted. 8. Established in 1920, Piemonte Ravioli, 190 Grand St, Co makes ravioli, tortellini and other take-out pasta, all made fresh pasta daily the old-school way. 9. La Esquina Corner Deli at 114 Kenmare St, is a casual corner taqueria hiding a dimly lit subterranean brasserie serving upmarket Mexican fare. 10. Dean & Deluca, 560 Broadway, has been providing the world’s best epicurean treats for more than 35 years. It’s a wonder just to walk through the doors but head to the back where you are sure to find samples or just try the sushi bar. Discover more New York cheap eats on eatdrink andbekerry.com.au.


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Brisbane’s dining scene is evolving

The Petroccitto family introduces ItalianAmerican pizza to city YET another new and exciting option in the ongoing narrative in the Brisbane dining scene. The Petroccitto family has introduced Santa Monica Brisbane to the city, an Italian-American pizza, burger and cocktail bar set to bring a new street-style vibe to the city. With spring upon us and summer just a heartbeat away, this sidewalk-style dining is most welcome. A signature pizza oven is the heart of the kitchen to ensure pizzas come at you with speed and celebrated toppings. Burgers promise everything from the classic to the gourmet. Pastas, salads, chicken wings, arancini balls, spiced calamari…there is a lot to love on the menu. Desserts can be enjoyed by themselves, over coffee or as a late-night taster or promise a sweet finish (warm chocolate brownie, cannoli

Bacchus wins gourmet award BRISBANE’S dining scene continues to evolve, easily making it a worthy contender for its Melbourne and Sydney counterparts. The latest accolade for the city’s restaurant landscape goes to Bacchus at South Bank with the awarding of Gourmet Traveller three-glass rating for its wine list, for the fourth year in a row. This follows from July’s 2016 Wine Spectator Restaurant Wine List acknowledgement (Best Award of Excellence.) Curated by sommelier Andrew Giblin, Bacchus’s wine list has more than 200 world-class presentations. “The list is a guided tour of the great wine-producing regions of the world, and, like a great menu, provides a wide selection of flavours and styles,” Mr Giblin said.

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By George she’s got it! Julie Andrews directs Aussie production in Brisbane city of the great musicals from Broadway’s golden age. Associates of the original design team have come onboard for this production to help bring to life once again the stunning sets by Oliver Smith and glorious costumes by Cecil Beaton. Contributing to the creative team is Tony-award winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli, musical director Guy Simpson, lighting design by Broadway and West End legend Richard Pilbrow and sound design by Michael Waters. Renowned producer John Frost said: “The response we have had to the Sydney season has been truly overwhelming ... this 2016 recreation of My Fair Lady has been more than a decade in the making and we are excited to share it with Australian audiences.” Producer Lyndon Terracini, the artistic

ON STAGE: The cast of My Fair Lady recreates a well-loved musical in Brisbane.

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The challenge is to rearrange a crossword which has been broken into 25 sections. One letter has been given to get you started. Work out which 3x3 square fits in with that letter and write in the letters. You can also shade the black squares if you find it helpful. After completing the first 3x3 area, work out which square joins on to it, and continue until you have made a complete crossword.

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NIGERIAN author Odafe Atogun uses the force of simple language and universal themes to guide an extraordinary narrative of love, sacrifice, power and contemporary politics. Famous musician Taduna returns from his self-imposed political exile to find a country suffering from a collective memory loss. Friends, neighbours, colleagues and politicians no longer recognise Taduno. All he has is memories, his beautiful voice has been lost through beatings from the secret police. This book resonates on many levels – from a couple’s love to a nation’s cruelty and betrayal. This is a beautiful book that has been described as a plunge into the depths of the seas of Nigeria’s history. It may well be Nigeria, but this is a moving tale of integrity and courage. ■ RRP $24.99 ■ Allen & Unwin

KURT has long been captivated by “the communists” from his immigrant grandparents’ past, transfixed by stories of the Soviet Union, the place where history happened. In the West, the Soviet universe has long been consigned to the dustbin of history, no longer relevant to a world where the Golden Arches have supplanted the Hammer and Sickle. But what about those still living in the shadow of the USSR? The language and symbols of the Soviet Union have become a nostalgic brand, but after travels, Kurt begins to suspect some have retained their former sanctity. Spurred on by a growing obsession to find what remains of this old Red World, Kurt visits the far reaches of the former USSR. Far from lying dormant, he discovers the legacy of the Soviet Union is alive, its history shaped to serve the political ends of the Kremlin in this new Cold War. ■ RRP $34.99 ■ Random House

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Rebellious daughters Deborah Cook

“NOT every woman is a mother, grandmother, aunty or sister – but all women are daughters.” And the scene is set for a collection of incredibly raw, emotional and often-brave stories from some of Australia’s greatest female writers. Edited by authors Maria Katsonis and Lee Kofman, this compilation showcases writing talent and shares a diverse array of heartbreaking and heart-warming true stories about families; about mothers, fathers, grandparents and siblings. And about daughters. The pieces vary in their delivery and complexity. Some tell a story, while others share a series of events. It’s hard not to find something to remind readers of our own childhoods, adolescence or families. And we remain grateful these talented women have trusted us with some very personal and painful experiences. ■ RRP $32.99. ■ Ventura Press.

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