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HELLO READERS, This month three high-profile, straight-talking elders (Warren Mundine, Dame Quentin Bryce and author Hugh Mackay) issue some thoughtful insights and challenges to our demographic. While each of these leaders has chosen different life paths, their common ground covers working towards a more fair, just and equitable society. Indigenous leader Warren Mundine talks about his early life as a political activist and his current view that change occurs over a series of battles, not a war. At 61 years old, he has gathered the experience of his past and, despite serious health issues, is using it to fashion fresh initiatives to push for an improved future. Former GovernorGeneral Dame Quentin Bryce pulled no punches when she spoke at a forum at the recent WOW (Women of the World),


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Festival in Brisbane. She said it was the duty of our generation to support younger women as they live and engage within the community. She also offers her considered thoughts on care for the grandchildren. In his latest book, 80-year-old Hugh Mackay is calling for nothing less than a social revolution. He believes it’s the only way to reshape our contemporary society which is plagued by social isolation, disillusionment and distrust. Human beings, he said, are herd animals and as such, need to live as social beings. And it’s up to us, the over 55s, the ‘tribal elders’ to once again take the lead in social change by saying “let’s get’s up to us, the over-55s, the ‘tribal elders’ to once again take lead in social change by saying “let’s get engaged, be visible and make connections with each other”

engaged, be visible and take connections with each other” in order to shore up our communities. He quotes a survey that that notes just 35 per cent of Australians say they trust their neighbours – which, to him, means we haven’t taken the time to get to know them. “We need to start smiling, say hello or be a listening ear, acknowledge each other and show respect and kindness towards each other,” Hugh said. I believe the voice of


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Mundine the tireless and fearless disruptor Economic empowerment not political jousting is his answer Tracey Johnstone

DISRUPTIVE. A changemaker. From his early adulthood Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO has been intensively involved in championing changes to the quality of life of his mob, his fellow Aboriginals. Through his recently released candid memoir Warren Mundine: In Black + White I met a man who as a teen knew he wanted to be in public life. He watched Lionel Rose win the 1968 boxing world championship and that win shaped his life pathway. In the 80s he believed activism was the best way to achieve change. Soon after he became an insider, using his astute learning of big business,

politics and the media to be heard across all of Australia and all its generations. Many have not agreed with Warren’s ideas for changing the younger generation’s choices. He firmly believes in moving away from welfare centricity to economic centricity, in creating real economies within Aboriginal communities, in creating jobs and facilitating education, and in better access to health services. The road ahead to achieve these changes he admits remains uphill. The Federal Government’s target of halving the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by 2018 isn’t on track.

A group of Aboriginal Australians at a rally lead by Warren Mundine, chairman of the Justice Before Games support group, demonstrating in front of the Queensland Tourist Bureau office in Grenfell St, Adelaide in September 1982. PHOTO: JOHN GUSTER

The Closing the Gap targets, 2017 analysis of progress and key drivers of change report states, “the lack of opportunities is an issue on the demand side of the labour market, the lack of skills is an issue on the supply side, and logistical reasons a market barrier to potentially matching workers with jobs”.

How can this be changed? “The only way to change the status quo is to disrupt it,” Warren, 61, said. “Everything that has happened in history that has made a change has been through someone who has been a disruptor.”


MOVING AHEAD: Warren Mundine at his family home in Sydney. PHOTO: AAP - DAMIAN SHAW

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The proud Australian comes from a working background - first as a Sydney factory worker, then a public servant before pursuing higher education. He became the first Aboriginal to be elected to a NSW local government role and was national president of the Australian Labor Party in 2006/7. He chose not to renew his party membership in 2012 and went on to vote Liberal - and that’s only part of his extraordinary story. Warren has earned the ear of the politicians and of the mainstream media. This allows him to keep pushing out his message of economic participation where outcomes rather than activities are the measure of the success of change within the Aboriginal communities. “Giving a person a job, it deals with a lot of issues like mental health, substance abuse and people’s living style with better housing, and access to better finance to have a better lifestyle,” Warren said. Warren has survived many political upheavals and five prime ministers. In February last year he stepped away from the chair of the Indigenous Advisory Council. “Malcolm Turnbull asked me stay on the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, but I said I was more interested in economic development and doing something at the coal face rather than advising on policy and hoping governments take it up,” he said. Instead, there’s another hill that he is climbing. “I’d been around the political process for long enough to understand that achieving change is not a war but a series of battles,” Warren said. “You have to go out to battle for what you want every single day.”

So, he’s back at the coal face, working 24/7 on two new businesses, continuing his advisory roles for public groups, serving on boards for private businesses and charities, and delivering in a variety of written and broadcast media roles including his own business show on Sky News. The two companies he has bought into have 16 offices across Northern Territory, NSW and West Australia. Their focus is on getting Aborigines into work and creating employment opportunities within community. He also spends about 14 days each month visiting Aboriginal communities – talking to people, and listening to them. Tapping into the power of social media is another of his battles. “I am very vocal on social media which I want to expand, plus looking at more blogs and more media approaches,” Warren said. His lengthy memoir is an easy read. Designed to engage a broad audience, it includes a deeply researched history of his family and of the cultural connections that have help to develop his passion. “I wanted to tell a story of Australia and use my family and myself as a vehicle for that,” Warren said. The book smoothly crosses between family history, personal experiences and Australian political history. “The vast majority that have read it liked it, even though some of the political comments in it they may not agree with them. I had one bloke who said he totally disagrees with my politics, but he enjoyed it because of the story it told. He actually said it should be high school and university reading as it shows a history of Australia which most people wouldn’t

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know about or don’t remember it,” Warren said. Facing up to reaching his 60s has been tough for Warren. He already has three stents, courtesy of his mother’s genes. “I wish they told me this when I was 18 that what you are doing at 18 does affect you when you are in your 60s and 70s,” he said. While he now has to watch what he eats and drinks, he isn’t physically slowing down nor looking at retiring. “In fact, I probably couldn’t think of anything worse than retiring,” Warren said. “No offence to anyone who is. “I am very focused on doing things which is something I got from my father who worked until he was 72.” Look. There’s another hill. Warren hasn’t climbed that one, yet.

WORKING HARD: Warren Mundine in the Sky Studio at News Corp offices in Sydney before the launch of his Sky News Sunday television program Mundine Means Business. PHOTO: BRITTA CAMPION THE AUSTRALIAN

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BALLET is usually associated with eager little girls or lithe young women. But seniors? Who would have thought it? Every Sunday morning at a studio in West End, about 20 seniors with an average age 65, gather for ballet lessons, and every one of them agrees it is the best way to keep fit and flexible, to work on the all-important balance and to socialise with like-minded mates. “Seniors classes are lower impact than our other ballet classes,” Kendall Battley of Queensland Ballet said. “We have teachers who are trained in how to

teach ballet to older people.” The classes focus more on those ballet movements that don’t require jumping and turning. Students are taught basic barre and centre work technique and classes often include basic choreography from the Ballet’s upcoming seasons. They focus on technique, balance and fitness. Students Chris Bell (61) said she looks forward all week to her Sunday morning ballet classes. “It’s very good physically and there is also the mental stimulation,” she said. “You have to remember

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“We don’t have to get our legs up around our ears, but some of us can get a leg up on the barre,” she said. “We don’t do it for performance, we do it for us. “The social side is great, the friendships. “We also have one man in the class. “We have a lot of laughs, but we are hardly going to be auditioning for the Royal Ballet.” The Seniors in Studio program includes a number of different classes tailored specifically to older people. Ballet for Seniors classes fit within this program alongside Zumba Gold, Tai Chi and specialised Dance for Parkinson’s classes. For more information, go online to queensland

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Judging by her activities McMurdo isn’t really retired Being mentally and physically active is an ongoing affair Tracey Johnstone

STEPPING out of her judicial robes has freed Margaret McMurdo AC to apply her substantial persuasive skills to several leadership roles. It has also given her the opportunity to spread her creative wings, developing previously hidden passions into enjoyable outcomes. Mrs McMurdo’s four children wondered if she would cope with moving from a high-profile and extremely busy life, to retirement. She has proven she can, and can do it successfully. “I am using the skills of my prior life in the things I am now doing in the private sector,” Mrs McMurdo said. The former president of the Queensland Court of Appeal, Acting Chief Justice of the Supreme

Court of Queensland, judge of the Children’s Court of Queensland, judge of the District Court of Queensland among many other leading legal roles, theoretically retired from active work 12 months ago. But, at 63, Mrs McMurdo is just as busy and engaged in community work now as she was during her time on the bench. Currently under her guidance is the $88 million Queensland Community Foundation charitable trust which gives out millions of dollars each year. The low-profile charity, estanlished in 1987, raises funds for community projects. Mrs McMurdo also holds several other volunteer roles, including working with the Australia Institute on promoting a

POSITIVE AGEING: The former president of the Queensland Court of Appeals, Margaret McMurdo AC, remains active in all aspects of her life.

national integrity commission. “In essence, (it’s) a federal ICAC to look at integrity and stop corruption at federal level,” she said. “I could never have

done that when I was a judge because it is entering into the semi-political sphere and crossing the boundary from the judicial arm of government into the executive.”

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She also chairs Queensland’s Legal Aid Commission. “It’s a very important organisation, an essential element of the justice system in Queensland,” she said. “They do an amazing job on limited funds.” With the formality of court and being in the public eye behind her, Mrs McMurdo is finally enjoying lots of “nice things” while spending time with her grown-up family and friends is at the top of her retirement list. “I do French every Friday morning at Alliance Francaise in Brisbane,” she said. “I have done a creative writing course and I am hoping to do a bit more creative writing, but I am finding it very hard to be disciplined to fit it in. Her children’s retirement present of oil painting lessons has turned into a keen interest. Learning the guitar is on her to-do list, as well as quilting.

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Taking steps for change Call for over-55s to reconnect with Australia in crisis Alison Houston

AUSTRALIA has become a more socially fragmented, anxious, depressed, stressed, overweight, medicated, debt-ridden and addicted society than ever before. It’s not a pretty picture the country’s most respected social researcher, Hugh Mackay. paints. And it’s up to each of us to take steps to change it. Twenty-five years on from his groundbreaking book, Reinventing Australia, Hugh has penned Australia Reimagined: Towards a More Compassionate, Less Anxious Society. At 80 he says it is the last book he will write which paints the big picture of the state of the nation. But the man who wrote his first book at 55 and has been involved in social research for more than 50 years, sounds every bit as engaged and eloquent as ever. He believes there are two major facts about

contemporary Australia which we all understand exist but which we have failed to make a valuable connection between. Firstly, we are more socially fragmented than ever. More people are feeling isolated and loneliness is a major problem. This is the result of a number of factors including divorce, shrinking households, how busy we are, mobility (moving house on average every six years) and our reliance on information technology, all of which have cut us off from our neighbourhoods and communities. Secondly, we have a mental health crisis with an epidemic of anxiety (two million Australians diagnosed last year) and depression. While job losses, relationships, budgeting or even the state of the planet can affect our outlook, Hugh said when anxiety is affecting so many people, there is an undeniable underlying social factor. He believes our poor

REIMAGINING: Hugh Mackay paints a picture of an anxious and unhappy Australian society, but says the remedy is not difficult. PHOTO: ALAN BENSON

mental health has been brought about by social fragmentation and the accompanying lack of a sense of belonging. “We are herd animals; we need to live as social beings,” he said. “When we shut ourselves off, we’re

denying our humanity.” While 68% of Australians still believe in God or some higher power, a paltry 8% are regular churchgoers, shutting the door on another traditional sense of connection, meaning and belonging.

“When we become more individualistic and live more within our own bubble, we become less trustful of people in general, as well as of our institutions like the church, our politicians, business and banks,” Hugh said. “We have become a more disillusioned, less trusting society.” Hugh described over-55s as today’s “tribal elders”. He said it was up to these social pioneering Baby Boomers, once so impatient to shake off the values and attitudes of their parents, to once again take the lead in social change by saying “let’s get engaged, be visible and make connections with each other” in order to shore up our communities. Presently, he said, just 35% of Australians said they trusted their neighbours – which, to him, means we haven’t taken the time to get to know them. “We need to start smiling, say hello or be a listening ear, acknowledge each other and show respect and kindness towards each other,” Hugh

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Ex GG becomes the DD Role model Dame lovingly leads her younger generation HER grandchildren call her Dee Dee, a name that evolved from Gee Gee, a reference to her former position as Governor General. In 2008 Dame Quentin Bryce became Australia’s first female to hold this position. Right from the first official photo shoot she signalled a fresh approach to the illustrious office, when she spared us the ubiquitous suit-and-tie affair and presented the picture of a sophisticated woman decked out in a fiery red dress amidst a gaggle of grandchildren in suitably matching red attire. At 75, Dame Quentin has engaged in a life-time of community work together with holding down senior national and international positions which have allowed her to campaign and shape a generation of gender and family politics. While she has officially retired from her public roles, she sees her

position as a role model to future generations as of the utmost importance. “There is responsibility in being an elder,” she said “And it is a serious responsibility.” As patron of the recent WOW (Women of the World) festival in Brisbane, Dame Quentin spoke on a panel which included indigenous leader Lisa Mumbin who was born and raised in Katherine and now leads her community on cultural maintenance, support for women and youth. The panel also included Agnes Titus, a mother of the Bougainville Women’s Movement who has held many roles in local level government and with organisations promoting women leadership and peace building, including as UNWomen co-ordinator for Bougainville. The panel was complemented with the inclusion of philanthropist and pastoralist Gina Fairfax who, along with her husband Tim, has made

FAMILY: Granddaughters Georgette Parkin, Claudia and Alexandra Browning hugging Dame Quentin Bryce after her swearing in as Governor-General at Parliament House in 2008. PHOTO: ENGLAND DARREN

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Assoc calls for a ‘rightsizing’ Government’s downsizing policy needs additional measures JULY 1 is the start date for the Federal Government’s new downsizing policy that was introduced in last year’s budget. However, a survey undertaken by National Seniors Association reported that 82 per cent of older retirees preferred an alternative policy proposed by National Seniors organisation. The government’s policy allows Australians aged 65 and over to sell their home and divert up to $300,000 a person into superannuation.

However, National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said the policy has not been well received by most older Australians. He said the organisation’s Rightsizing proposal would exempt up to $250,000 of home sale proceeds from the Age Pension means test. “The government’s initiative is too narrow,” Mr Henschke said. “We’re not saying it should be abandoned. But our Rightsizing proposal would benefit more seniors and for this

reason, we’ve included it again in this year’s budget submission. “It would enable up to $250,000 of the proceeds from a home sale to be quarantined from the Age Pension means test,” he said. “Older Australians could move to more age-appropriate and suitable housing without losing their pension, and have funds to cover health and other costs in their old age. “Many live in housing that is inappropriate for

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their needs, for example with stairs and unsuitable bathrooms. This increases the risk of injury and hospitalisation. It can also bring on early entry into residential aged care.” Many older people cited maintenance issues as a key motivation for downsizing, while others were keen to stay in the home where they raised their families or an area that was familiar. “But if they could sell without losing their pension, there’s no doubt many would,” Mr Henschke said. “This would free up homes for families and promote the construction of purpose-built homes for older Australians, as another key barrier to downsizing is a limited supply of ‘accessible’ housing stock with universal design features. We’re urging all political parties to back a Rightsizing initiative to help ensure older Australians can find the type of housing they need in the communities they know and want to live in. At the same time, we believe the government’s initiative that will come into effect on July 1 should be maintained.”


I WAS non compos when they took me to hospital the first time. It is thought I’d had a major seizure; I was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 2000, and refused chemo and radiation, believing what my body has created it can uncreate. The senior doctor informed my two daughters he did not expect me to be alive by the end of the week. Well, I didn’t die. They had me in palliative care for a month, then moved me to the local nursing home into the palliative care. From there I was moved into a locked ward, where they had 24-hour nursing care. I couldn’t walk, barely talk, and needed assistance to do everything from eating to showering and going to the toilet. Being a determined and stubborn witch, I was soon walking with a walker, then without, managing all the other stuff, had the organic shop bring me in fresh greens, rye bread, and anything else I could think of, believing food is my medicine. I was moved into a free ward, went for long walks, participated in games, drawing and gardening. Twelve months later I WAS HOME!!! I had jumped through all the hoops for My Aged Care, ACAT and whatever. Managed to acquire a level 3 home care package, all with

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the help of senior staff, my daughters and the local Care Group. I am curious about death, as long as it is painless and peaceful to this end I have registered my support with the local MP for the euthanasia pill. I encourage everyone to do the same. Name withheld MR RIDDLE an entrepreneur is obviously a healthy senior. A good deal of us mere mortals unfortunately don’t have that good fortune. I congratulate those capable and willing to work on. But to encourage bureaucrats, politicians to understand we need change is a dangerous thing. These people (B&Ps) are hardly likely to have experienced chronic pain due to broken bodies through a lifetime of hard manual labour. So they, the lawmakers,do not understand there are a great many people unable to continue working in latter life. We are not all capable of embarking on a new business venture. It is hardly fair to expect people to risk their meagre nest eggs on a business set-up, which according to statistics is possibly doomed to fail. W. Plummer The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the views of this paper. – Editor


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Man behind the mask Barry Humphries to bare all in his new Australian shows CELEBRATED Australian performer Barry Humphries AO CBE promises “an intimate, confessional evening – seasoned with highly personal, sometimes startling, and occasionally outrageous stories” – as part of his Australian tour. The Barry Humphries: The Man Behind the Mask tour will see Humphries at his funny best, peeling back the facade and introducing the man behind the clown who has entertained us for more than 60 years. Humphries has made us laugh by holding a mirror to Australia and Australians and revealing their virtues, their foibles, their triumphs and their failings through a gallery of adored characters, including Dame Edna Everage, Sir Les Patterson and Sandy Stone. Now he will spin the mirror around, exposing his own highs and lows, the good times and the not so good. Themes include Humphries’

Australian childhood, family relationships, attitudes, career and his experiences as one of the world’s most acclaimed entertainers. “This is a show in which I am the principal character; it’s not Les, it’s not Edna, it’s not Sandy Stone. It is really about this character called ‘me’. I’m not in disguise,” Humphries said. “It is the story of my generation, it is a story of a life spent in the theatre and a life spent in comedy, and it will show what it is like to be a clown. In a way, this is perhaps the bravest thing I’ve ever done and I hope the most entertaining. “I think people might be agreeably shocked and they certainly will learn much they didn’t know.” The show promises plenty of laughs and an opportunity to ask questions and Humphries said the magic of technology may even allow appearances – or interruptions – by

LAYING IT BARE: The Barry Humphries: The Man Behind The Mask show will hit the Brisbane stage on May 10 and Gold Coast, May 12–13. Tickets: PHOTO: SIMON SCHLUTER

unexpected guests. “Audio-visual technology has made dramatic strides in my life and it’s now possible for me to be on stage with one of my own characters.

They may intrude. I might be interrupted,” he hints. “I might even be upstaged! “I’m rather proud of what I’ve done in my career. It’s constantly

surprising, it’s very stimulating and it’s wonderful to look back on, and to look forward too.” The tour hits Newcastle (May 5-6), Brisbane (May 10), Gold Coast (May

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THE Association of Independent Retirees (AIR) have a regular monthly meeting at Kedron at the cnr Kitchener Rd and 2 Boland St on the third Friday, at 9.30am and finish about 11.30am. We normally have a guest speaker of interest, with morning tea, raffle, and general discussion. Our main interest is matters affecting our financial wellbeing and items of health. We are fully or partially self-funded with our age group from the 50s to no limit. We also have social events and several bus trips during the year at cost including morning teas and lunch at some interesting venues. For details phone before 5pm on 3881 1820 or Paul on 3351 4120 or

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FREE classes for the aspiring writer in you, to start and publish your story, at the Deception Bay Library, 9 Bayview Tce, only on the second Wednesday. The next two meetings are May 9 and June 13 from 10am–12pm. Phone 0437 682 033.


WYNNUM Region Organised Computing Club for Seniors will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday May 8 upstairs at the Wynnum RSL at 10.30am. The club is for anyone who wants 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 are continuing with our popular where a member has one on one learning with a specific coach for an hour who teaches a subject selected by the member. Irrespective of the type or duration of a Monday, May 7, 2018


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WE WILL be hosting Michael O’Dea as our speaker at the meeting on Thursday, June 7. Michael will be talking on garden pests and diseases, and how to deal with them, especially using home made recipes. Morning tea is served at 9.45am, so come along to the Enoggera Memorial Hall, corner of Wardell and Trundle Sts. Visitors are welcome.


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MAKE new friends, come along any Tuesday between 9am-noon to the Community Centre, 19 Nerida Street, Rochedale. Members of a Senior Citizens Club play indoor bowls or are entertained with a concert on alternate Tuesdays. Tuition provided for new players and new members are most welcome. For more information, phone Shirley on 3209 1682.


OUR April day trip was to Lake Wivenhoe for a picnic lunch. We meet on the third Friday of the month at The Lion, Pine Road, Richlands at 10.30am. Date claimers for the next two meetings are May 18 and June 15. For more information on

ARE you finding what you are looking for in Come along to this seminar and find out how to find more information on your ancestors. On Saturday, June 2 from 9am–12.30pm at Queensland Baptists Conference Centre, 53 Prospect Rd, Gaythore. Cost: $25 members and $40 non-members (includes morning tea). Discovering more in the record vault: This session demonstrates how to access the 1.3 million newly digitised records that are being added on line each day and are viewable for free. From search to research with FamilySearch: Paul will show that using the research tools in FamilySearch will broaden search results. Our Research Wiki provides links to global resources which can be used to ensure Genealogical Proof Standards are achieved. FamilySearch Family Tree:

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THE "Animals in War" Exhibition at Brisbane’s Victoria Barracks on Petrie Tce in Brisbane concludes in June, and only limited bookings are now available. Tours (Wednesdays only) by individuals or groups must always be pre-booked by contacting Bev Smith on 0429 954 663 or go to armymuseumsouth The price of $15 pp includes the exhibition, an escorted tour of historic Victoria Barracks, Devonshire Tea served in the original Officers’ Mess, souvenir booklet and group photo.


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WE WERE founded in 1998 and this year we are celebrating our 20th anniversary. Everybody welcome on Saturday, May 19 from 2–4pm at Chermside Historical Precinct, 61 Kittyhawk Dr, Chermside (behind Kedron-Wavell Services Club). Highlights of the celebration: Past and present presidents will provide a short presentation on our

history and progress. Afternoon tea in the Drill Hall – tea/coffee/biscuits – will be served following. There will be displays in both the Drill Hall and the old Chermside State School building with CDHS members on hand to answer any questions. Books on local history and CDHS merchandise will be available for sale. The mission of CDHS is to preserve the history of the area and record the present. Inquiries: Archivist Beverley on 3350 2874 or go to


THE men and women of our garden club will warmly welcome you. Guest speakers each month give enthusiastic talks. Alternate months we have competition tables, where members have the opportunity to share and admire best plants or flowers. We visit a member’s garden each month to socially chat and get to know each other. Meet us in the hall on the corner of Island Outlook Ave, Thornlands and Cleveland-Redland Bay Rd, on the third Monday of the month from 9–11.30am. Plants for sale – $3 entry includes

IN TUNE: U3A Pine Rivers is looking for musicians for the band and also a new Music for Pleasure group.

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CAN you play an instrument? We have a wide range of music groups for players at all levels. We are currently looking for people interested in joining our Music for Pleasure group. This group is for basic players – play by ear or simple music; first grade level on instruments such as the ukulele, keyboard, piano accordion, violin, etc. This group meets at Kallangur – Mondays from 9am–12pm. U3A Band is looking for woodwind, brass and percussion instrumentalists. The band meets weekly from 9.30am–12pm at Warner. Inquiries for both groups, phone the U3A Office during office hours on 3880 6677.

IT WILL be the turn of the big girls (not the little girls) to play princesses at the May meeting of the Centenary Evening VIEW Club. Members and their guests will be celebrating the Royal Wedding by dressing up in their finery. Phone Rita (before 12pm on Friday, May 18) on 0413 138 967 or 3378 3356 or email centenaryeveview@gmail. com. This meeting will be held at McLeod Country Golf Club, 51 Gertrude McLeod Cres, Middle Park on Monday, May 21 at 6.30pm for 7pm. The cost of the dinner is $35. A Bring and Buy Table will be conducted on the night. Monday, May 7, 2018


OUR club caters for many interests, with a very active choir and monthly meetings of bridge, canasta and mah jong groups. Visitors are always welcome. Phone Denise on 0409 261 488 or email the club for further information at: chapelhillview@gmail. com.

11am on the second Wednesday of the month at the Rec Club, Alba Lane (off Jacaranda Ave), Kingston. Cost of $25 includes a two-course lunch and a guest speaker. Proceeds from the day go to The Smith Family's Learning for Life program. Phone Pat on 3804 6931 for further details.



ARE you new to the area, recently retired or looking to make new friends and enjoy different activities? Then VIEW is for you! Our club meets on the third Monday of the month from 11.15am at the Boulevarde Gardens, Witton Rd, Indooroopilly for lunch with a guest speaker. The next meeting will be on Monday, May 21 with VIEW National Councillor as guest speaker providing updates on VIEW and the work of The Smith Family. We welcome guests and new members. Bookings are essential, phone Nan 0410 006 500 by May 17.


OUR ladies are urging the local community to support disadvantaged children and young people with their education by joining the club which sponsors three school children. We meet at

LUNCHTIME meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month, 10.30am for 11am start at Gaythorne RSL Club. Our latest outing was tripping up the river to Northshore Harbour Cafe on May 8. We are a small, friendly club seeking community-minded women and would welcome you as a visitor to our lunch meetings and perhaps become a member of our club. If you wish to know more about the Newmarket VIEW Club and also join us for lunch, please go to, email us newmarket or phone Estelle on 3356 7598.


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“What always compels me about Queensland Symphony Orchestra is the sheer physicality of the players: countless bows arcing down upon strings in tandem, air quivering from the honeyed cry of French horns and the answering staccato of flutes. Besides a technical prowess, it highlights a passion for the music — and for sharing it.” (West End Magazine, Feb 2018)

QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WINTER PREVIEW Renée Jones Queensland Symphony Orchestra presents a diverse program for Winter, performing the following spectacular programs at QPAC Concert Hall: Mystical and Majestic Fri 8 Jun 11am Sat 9 Jun 7.30pm Make your weekend extra special with this spine-tingling performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.2, a true heart racer spiked with folksy tunes and lightning rushes up

and down the piano. And for dramatic punch, it’s hard to beat Zarathustra’s thrilling, brass-fuelled Sunrise fanfare, made famous by Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Russian Marvels Sat 14 Jul 7.30pm Spend the night in Russia with this showcase of some of the country’s finest composers. Be transported as our musicians traverse the emotional landscape in three diverse and moving works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich.

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Remember the movie Shine? This is your chance to relive Rachmaninov’s breathtaking Piano Concerto No.3, here performed by Sergio Tiempo, a master of his craft. This concert also features Bartók’s feisty Concerto for Orchestra, where every musician has an opportunity to display their virtuosity.

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mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness. A very inspiring talk about how such a simple thing as clean clothes can have a ripple effect for the homeless person. Come along to our May meeting to make new friends, help disadvantage Australian children and hear from our very interesting guest speaker from the Moreton Bay SES. If you are interested in attending or would like more information phone Elizabeth on 3886 4937 or Sandra 3425 2738.


WE MEET on the third Friday of the month at 10am in the AFL (Magpies) club in Chelmer St East, Chelmer with an interesting speaker each month. We currently have vacancies for both male and female members. Independent interest groups include – theatre, dinner, lunch, garden, book, mah jong and scrabble. We have regular coach trips and barbecues at little or at cost to members. There are occasional trips away. For more

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WE MEET at the Croll Memorial Precinct, 2 Clewley St, Corinda (opposite Sherwood Services Club) on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 9.45am. Our meetings include a friendly chat over morning tea, followed by a guest speaker covering a wide and interesting range of topics. Members also get together for regular outings, a garden group, a walking group, theatre visits, a book swap and other activities. We welcome retired men and women from Chelmer to Oxley and surrounding suburbs who wish to join in the fun, friendship and fellowship of Probus and meet for club meetings and outings with other active, like-minded retirees. Phone Kathy on 3379 7237 for details.


OUR club meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Redcliffe RSL at 10am. We welcome new members to join our club

ACTIVE AGEING: Wavell Probus co-ordinator Dallas Weller and Health and Fitness Advocate for the over 60s Marion Keane.

of 65 plus members. Phone Ray on 3203 2611 or Denis on 3283 5301.


JOIN us at the Probus Club of Wavell. We welcome active retired and semi-retired singles or couples as new members who are interested in fun, friendship and fellowship. Monthly meetings with a guest speaker, local day tours, picnics and theatre outings are part of the club's activities. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 10am at Geebung RSL Club. Bus and rail transport are virtually at the door and there are adequate car parking facilities. For detils phone Bev Worthington on 3359 2056 or Kay Davidson 3263 8072.


WE WISH to advise that our finance meeting is held at Chermside on the second Friday of each month. The meetings start about 9.30am and finish at 11.30am. While we do not give financial advice, we do discuss matters of a financial nature for the benefit of our lifestyle in a round table format open to members only and possible interested parties on a first visit only. We also have our normal monthly meeting at Kedron on the third Friday for members and interested parties with a guest speaker of interest, morning tea and bickies for a small fee. For inquires phone

MAY’S guest speaker will be Rod Stegeman, who runs ACRO Home Maintenance. ACRO is set up to assist older people with many practical services but also with “paperwork” about subsidies and other financial assistance to help pay for home maintenance. Non-members are welcome to attend at 9.30am, Thursday, May 17 at the OES hall, cnr Kitchener Rd & and Bohland St, Kedron. Normally, Stafford Garden Club has speakers about all aspects of gardening but May is an exception.


THE Decoupage Guild of Queensland is offering a course of six weeks from Thursday, May 17 to Thursday, June 21 from 9am–12pm at Bells Pocket Rd, Strathpine. All aspects of decoupage for beginners are covered. Cost $60. For registration and details: Heather 3205 1943, Barbara 3359 8937, Diane 0417 764 401.


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FROM timeless classic literature to contemporary Australian writing, to well-known musicals and quirky cult theatre, Brisbane Arts Theatre delivers on its promise of accessible theatre while introducing challenging and sometimes confronting works to its loyal audiences from May 26 to August 11. Bookings online at: wewillrockyou.


THIS is the uniquely Queensland story of how an epic game of rugby league goes down as one of the best in history. Written by Robert Kronk and Nadine McDonald-Dowd and

directed by Bridget Boyle, the world premiere of The Longest Minute will run in Brisbane at the Cremorne Theatre from May 26. The Longest Minute is 80 minutes of high-energy theatricality that spans joyful highs and some tragic lows. With the high-profile success of Australian women in sport – from the AFLW to the giant-beating Matildas, the show is a timely story that celebrates the power of determination in the face of prejudice. More at

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THE nooks and crannies of Brisbane will explode with over 500 performances in places you least expect them from May 10-27. Theatre in car parks, comedy in laneways, opera in reservoirs, dance in stairwells and quirky workshops exploring arts and craft from cooking to jewellery. There is a lot to look forward to. Find out more at the website


MUSIC legend Tim Finn has composed more than 12 new songs for Queensland Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, with director Sam Strong promising a Twelfth Night like audiences have never seen or heard before. At the Playhouse at QPAC, Queensland Theatre’s Twelfth Night stars a rollcall of the very best Shakespearean specialists performing with a live band onstage under the inspired directorship of Sam Strong. They will bring Shakespeare’s hilarious and ageless characters to life, with the music of Tim Finn providing an unparalleled soundtrack to one of the Bard’s most appealing tales. More at


CLASSIC: Audrey Hepburn pictured in 1956. Enjoy an Afternoon with Audrey Hepburn at Metro Arts, Brisbane featuring two iconic 1950’s movies on the big screen: Sabrina and Funny Face.


AUDREY Hepburn fans mark your diaries for June 23 when Kritian Flencher presents a classic movie double feature, part of an Afternoon with Audrey Hepburn at Metro Arts, 109 Edward Street.


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Brisbane. The afternoon will feature two iconic 1950 movies, back to back on the big screen: Sabrina and Funny Face. More information and bookings at


ONE of Brisbane’s favourite festivals, the Paniyiri Greek Festival will be staged again on May 19-20 in West End. Delicious Greek food will keep you fuelled as you enjoy a host of

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ORGANISERS of Le French Festival (July 6-8) are calling for volunteers. If you love wine, cheese and all things French, then volunteering at this popular Brisbane festival is tailor-made for you. Volunteers enjoy free entry to Le Festival, and receive a Le Festival Volunteer T-Shire, a

THE Supreme Dreams are known for their musical tributes to vocal powerhouses such as Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin and on Friday, May 25 they’ll be bringing their high-energy show to Corinda. The trio of singers – Taryn Stewart from Coorparoo, Giuliana Russo from Clayfield and Rebel Bliss from Bracken Ridge – will bring their ’60s swagger to raise funds for the Friends of Corinda Music. Think The Supremes, The Crystals, Martha and the Vandellas and Tina Turner and then you’ll start humming the songs that made them legends. At Old Hall, Corinda State High School, Lynne Grove Avenue, Corinda at 7.30pm on Friday, May 25. Tickets: Full price $35, CONCESSion $30 and students and children $20. Family packages: 2 adults and 2 children $95 or go to: UZIN.

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Wellbeing Men’s Health: Is the chassis getting rusty? Now is a good time for a wear and tear check-up Tracey Johnstone

WHETHER you are in your 60s, 70s or older, it’s a good time to check out the chassis for wear and tear, and maybe be some rust. You can use the following check list from Foundation 49 for some of the items you should consider talking to your GP about and to find out more information. ■ Arthritis (ball joint lubrication)

– ■ Falls Prevention (stability control) – www.myagedcare. ■ Osteoporosis (chassis rust) – The good advice from men’s health group Foundation 49 is: ■ Find a GP you are happy with. ■ Have an annual check up with your GP. ■ Know your body and what is

normal for you. ■ Promptly check out any concerns or health issues with your GP. ■ Know the health risks for your age group and what to do to reduce them. For more men’s health information, go to CHECK-UP: That chassis of yours might need an overhaul.



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And so was born, Marto’s Colonoscopy Club. They took calls from men all over Brisbane who admitted they were worried about their health but hadn’t done anything

The gang at The Big Breakfast on Triple M (Marto, Robin and The Moonman) have been talking about tough stuff colonoscopies. about it. Johnno from Logan, Jeff from Brassal and Col from Mango Hill were all inducted to go with Marto and have the procedure. Over two weeks, Marto, The Moonman and Robin followed the story of these men, chatted to their

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and Marto coming out and talking about this, these men would not have had checks. So listen up, men. You’ve been warned.

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THERE is a new club in town and it is one all blokes should consider joining: Marto’s Colonoscopy Club. The gang from The Big Breakfast on radio station Triple M (Marto, Robin and The Moonman) have been talking about tough stuff – colonoscopies. Lawrence ‘The Moonman’ Mooney had his first colonoscopy, procedure to visually examine the bowel, recently on the advice of a doctor. Then his on-air colleague Marto acknowledged that his sister told him five years ago everyone in their family needs to have one as the family history isn’t healthy. Mooney and Robin were aghast and put it to him straight; “Go and get it done asap”. “I’ll go if we can get a few other blokes together to get one too,” Marto said.

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What matters most when the horizon is getting closer? Talking about your end-of-life care is important Tracey Johnstone

HAVE you thought about what are the most important things in your life that you want protected if you are faced with a life-limiting illness or something untoward happened to you? These are tough questions for many of us to answer. It’s a confronting concept to be planning for the end of our life but by having the conversations now, we can trust in our wishes being implemented at a critical time when it may not possible for us to voice what we want and how we want it done. What matters most to you? Writing down or recording your thoughts will help you to start the process. Consider travel, food, laughter, pets and music, mementos, family trinkets, experiences, your funeral, medical support, Power of Attorney, finances, substitute decision makers, friends,

family and anything else you want to add to your list. Getting your thoughts recorded and then verbally sharing them with others could turn into an interesting journey as you reveal to yourself new elements of your character, perhaps challenge yourself to re-prioritise your choices and goals, and even revive long-repressed wishes. Palliative Care Australia’s chief executive officer Liz Callaghan said where a person talks openly to their family and doctors they are more likely to get the care they want. “If you don’t have these conversations, we believe you can end up receiving care you don’t necessarily want because you haven’t been asked or you haven’t volunteered that information for yourself, or not receiving the care you do want,” Ms Callaghan said. Don’t wait until it’s too late It’s not about waiting

until the end of your life that Ms Callaghan is advocating; she wants you to start planning the details now so you can use those plans to start a conversation with your significant others and then get on with living life to the full. You can then return to those conversations over time as circumstances change. “There is a very strong consensus among Australians that talking about their end of life care is important, should something happen, but most haven’t had the conversation,” Ms Callaghan said. Anything can happen to anyone at end time, she reminds us. “You might see something on the television and say ‘I would love to experience that one day’ or ‘I would never want to live like that if that happened to me’,” Ms Callaghan said. “Continually exploring those ideas with your family is the first step.

“It’s really about understanding and thinking about what you want.” To find ideas on how to start the conversation, go to where there is a range of tools to help you put together your ‘what matters most’ list. What is palliative care? “It is about helping people live their life as

fully and as comfortably as possible when living with a life-limiting or terminal illness,” Ms Callaghan said. “Part of that is caring for them at the very end when they do die. “The majority of care is provided for those who can still achieve many things.” The care, which is available to anyone of any

age, is often also provided to family members and carers. “The aim of palliative care is to help people live as long as they can in a quality way,” Ms Callaghan said. Palliative Care Australia’s website has fact sheets and videos on to help you start the conversations.

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Take an active role in managing your arthritis Osetoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common Tracey Johnstone

COMING to terms with what arthritis is and how it can be managed will greatly help sufferers to live a well life. Out of the 100 forms of arthritis, which affects the body’s joints causing pain and stiffness, the two most prevalent for ageing Australians are osetoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis It’s the most common form of arthritis, with two million Australians living every day with the incurable condition. Once considered a ‘wear and tear’ condition, Arthritis Australia policy manager Franca Marine said there has been a significant shift in knowledge and approach to osteoarthritis. It is now considered a breakdown in the normal repair processes of a joint. “There are lots of micro-tumors in the joint and it’s constantly repairing itself,” Ms Marine said. “It’s when that repair process either gets overwhelmed, such as when you have had a traumatic injury to the joint or the constant onslaught of minor things, that’s when you start to get osteoarthritis.” Osteoarthritis is usually diagnosed clinically by your GP. Treatments:

■ Reduce your weight to take pressure off your joints. “Every extra kilo of weight you carry puts an extra four kilos of load on your knees,” Ms Marine said. “Even minor weight loss has been shown to reduce the symptoms and pain.” ■ Keep physically active. “It encourages blood flow to the joints which nourishes the joints and strengthens the muscles around the joint to give them extra support,” Ms Marine said. “Research shows physical activity has the same benefits as taking anti-inflammatory medicines or other pain killers, but without any of the side effects.” To find out what exercise you should be doing, Ms Marine recommends you talk to a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist. Rheumatoid arthritis The auto-immune, inflammatory and incurable condition is commonly diagnosed before the age of 50. While reducing weight and keeping physically active are part of the treatment program, so too are medications. “The sooner you treat this condition, the better your outcomes are going to be in terms of reducing the severity of the condition in the longer term,” Ms Marine said. “If someone over 60 is

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experiencing stiffness in their fingers, especially if it’s in both hands equally, or both feet equally, and they are particularly stiff for a long time in the morning for more than 30 minutes and their hot and swollen, they should go and see a doctor as soon as possible to eliminate the possibility of rheumatoid arthritis. “Don’t assume it’s just old age.” The risk factors for this condition are smoking, which can also impede its treatment, and possibly genetics. Diagnosis usually starts with a visit to a GP who

will then refer you to a rheumatologist. Ms Marine said there is no evidence to support a particular food being an arthritis trigger, but once you have the condition, turning to a healthy diet can help you manage both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Knowledge advancements There is newly started research looking at the microbiomes, which are the communities of bacteria in the gut, and their possible impact on inflammatory arthritis. Ms Marine expects it take up to five years

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before the researchers can determine if there is a link. Researchers are also looking at how the treatment of arthritis can be personalised. The first step is the establishment of a biobank to collect specimens from people with arthritis so that researchers can search across the specimens for markers that may impact on the development or progression of the condition. “The data will then be matched with clinical data for that person so that you know how severe the condition is when they

developed it, what the risk factors were, how they were treated, what their response to the treatment was, so that you can then try to find what is the best treatment pathway based on a person’s own physical make-up,” Ms Marine said. “At the moment we don’t really know which of the medicines available are going to best for a particular person. It’s a bit of trial and error.” Arthritis Australia’s updated website has extensive resources on arthritis diagnosis and treatments. Visit arthritis


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A message for all men WOMEN have long listened and adhered to the message; the importance of early cancer detection. However, when it comes to a similar message getting through to men, it is another story altogether. Guitarist, songwriter and rock ‘n roll legend Tim Gaze wants that changed and as a survivor of prostate cancer, he knows the significance of spreading the early detection message. “Blokes think they are impervious and only see it if it happens to them,” he said. “They need to get checked (for prostate cancer). It’s a simple blood test, not invasive. Girls have more common-sense when it comes to that sort of thing.” Tim was lead guitarist with Rose Tattoo when his friend and fellow band

member Pete Wells died from prostate cancer. When Angry Anderson (lead vocalist with Rose Tattoo) insisted the entire band have regular check-ups, Tim was happy to go along, never for a moment suspecting he already had an aggressive form of prostate cancer. He received the dreadful news on Christmas Eve in 2009. He was just 56 and he and his wife Kathy had recently welcomed their son Oliver into the world. “I am thankful I had a blood test when I did,” Tim said. “I had my son in October. Two months later I had the terrible news.” Fortunately, Tim responded well to surgery and treatment and has now received a full all-clear with the need for annual tests only. But it is the message to other men he wants to get across. “Mine (cancer) was

LOUD AND CLEAR: Tim Gaze as a guitarist with Rose Tattoo, has an important message to share.

contained in time but it could have gone the other way,” he said. “It is so important for guys to

have regular check-ups, to have information.” Tim will be performing at the Gympie Music Muster in August where he will have the chance to spread his message now that the iconic event has teamed with the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia to help raise funding for research and to raise awareness and provide support to sufferers and their loved ones. The Muster will host a Biggest Ever Bloke’s lunch where Tim and fellow music legend John Williamson will be special guests. “It will be interesting to hear what John Williamson has to say,” Tim said. “It will be an enlightening experience. So many guys connected with the Muster have had prostate cancer, it is very prevalent. A person doesn’t realise this until it happens to them. I am very pleased to be able to talk at the lunch about my experience.” The Gympie Music

Muster has helped generate more than $15 million in donations to charity and community groups since its inception in 1982. Muster Chair Greg Cavanagh said the choice of this year’s charity partner was driven by the disproportionate impact prostate cancer has in rural and regional areas. “One in five men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer by the age of 85 and statistics tell us the survival rate for those in regional areas is 21 per cent lower than anywhere else.” “I love the Muster,” Tim said. “I first performed there 15 years ago, it was good then but the last few years have seen it go from strength to strength. I feel darn lucky to be alive, to do what I’m doing now. I’m active with teaching, travelling and doing shows. “My doctor said if I hadn’t caught this in time, I would have been lucky to get another seven years. Now my little boy is eight and a

Celebrate resilience WOMEN’S workshops to celebrate their resilience in the face of Domestic and Family Violence are being held in Brisbane during Domestic Violence Awareness month. The two workshops are open to women who have experienced or are at risk of D&FV, which includes elder abuse. Wynnum Manly Community Centre’s SUPPORTIVE WORKHOPS: Elder abuse Dr Kate Costigan is and D&FV are addressed in these free organising them. women's workshops. “I have been

running these workshops for many years including with indigenous women,” Kate said. The centre provides professional counselling, education and support to the local community as well as Workshops for Women at risk. The Celebrating Resilience workshops will provide information and resources on D&FV including elder abuse and healthy relationships. They will

also celebrate women, their strengths and abilities through a range of art forms: no skill is required. The free workshops (gold coin donation for those who earn a salary) are from 9.30am–2.30pm on May 18 at the Redlands Centre for Women and on May 23 at the WMCC. To book a place, phone Kate Costigan on 0400 000 968 or email kcostiga@gmail. com.

half, it’s fantastic to watch him grow. “You don’t think like this until you’ve been affected. I am trying to get that (message) across to guys. They think ‘I’ll be right’ or “I’m too busy” but it only takes five minutes to have a blood test.” The Gympie Music Festival, which is Australia’s largest charity festival, will run from Thursday, August 23 to Sunday, August 26 in the Amamoor Creek State Forest near Gympie. For more information and tickets, go to w: FACTS: Nine men die of prostate cancer every day; 20,000 Aussie men a year receive a new diagnosis; It is estimated that are 200,000 men currently living with prostate cancer in Australia; Men diagnosed in regional or rural areas have a 21% less chance of surviving prostate cancer; More men die of prostate cancer than women die of breast cancer.


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Restoring your teeth in a single visit Is CEREC right for you? Ask your dentist about CEREC same-day crowns* Getting a crown fitted used to involve several appointments with your dentist. Thanks to CEREC technology, our dentists can now repair or restore teeth in a single appointment.” Dr Malcolm Duff BDS (Dund) MGDS RCPS (Glas) What is CEREC? Dental technology is evolving all the time. CEREC combines 3D imaging, computeraided design and modelling (CAD/CAM) and a milling machine to design and create custom restorations right in your dentist’s clinic. These allceramic restorations are designed to look, feel and function just like your natural teeth.

all available options to you. Impressions would then be sent to an off-site laboratory where your restoration would be made. In the meantime, you’d be fitted with a temporary crown. With CEREC, the whole process from start to finish in a single visit!”

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ORAL HEALTH: The evidence suggests that powered brushes do as well or better than manual brushes.



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Taking a look at why dental hygiene is so important


A soft brush is best, with the head not too large. For those people with dexterity difficulties, the handle should be as thick as possible. The evidence suggests powered brushes will do as well or better than manual brushes. The powered brushes also tend to have a larger and thicker handle, that may be of some advantage. The downside to most powered brushes is the cost of them.


Teeth should be brushed twice per day with a fluoridated toothpaste.


Brushing should cover all tooth surfaces in a gentle rotating motion, with the brush at 45 degrees to the gum line – avoid a scrubbing action.



Adult toothpaste should be used in individuals who are not at high risk of decay. For those who are at high risk, your dentist may recommend a highstrength toothpaste such as a 5000 parts per million fluoride paste (Neutrafluor 5000®), and a crème that helps strengthen teeth such as Tooth Mousse®.


A mouthrinse containing fluoride can decrease decay rates, but if it is being used in conjunction with other fluoridated products, its efficacy may not be great. Your dentist can advise you about this. Other mouthrinses, such as those with an alcohol base, may have some benefits in the short term, however, be cautious about long-term use. Specific mouthrinses, such as chlorhexidinebased rinses, have targeted uses, such as if you have a gum infection. Once again, these mouthrinses should only be used short term as they can eventually stain the teeth and often change taste perception with long-term use. Mouthrinses have specific uses, so they should be used according to need. Your dentist can

advise on their use.


Interdental cleaning is important and can be done using floss, interdental brushes and interdental sticks. Often the easiest way to floss is to buy flossettes – these have a small length of floss attached to a plastic handle, often with an interdental stick at the other end. The floss should be moved between the teeth gently, so as not to

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damage the gum tissues – once between the teeth, the floss should be moved up and down against the tooth surfaces. Flossing once a day is fantastic, but less frequently can also have a positive effect on gum health and decay rates – just don’t do it only when something gets stuck between your teeth.


Your dentist should give you a thorough check

each recall examination. This should include teeth, gums and the soft tissues (tongue, cheeks, etc), as well as checking your saliva, especially if you feel as though you have a dry mouth.


Two main issues arise with oral health – dental caries (decay) and periodontal disease (gum disease). Regular brushing and flossing, eating a diet low in sugars, limiting

snacking and regular dental check-ups can limit the effects of these two diseases, however, there are other potential problems that should be looked out for – ■ Oral cancer (especially among smokers and drinkers), ■ Tooth erosion caused by drinking or eating acidic foods and drinks, and ■ Dry mouth (often caused by medications) is important as it increases decay risk greatly, and can also mean foods stick around in the mouth for a lot longer.

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WHETHER you think you have healthy teeth or not, reviewing your oral health between visits to the dentist by following these expert tips from Australian Dental Association Oral Health Committee chair, Professor David Manton, can help keep you smiling.

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SUNNY DAYS: Hua Hin, the Royal Resort town on the Gulf of Thailand, three hours from Bangkok, is laidback enough to feel like a beach town but has all the modern conveniences of a Western city.

Your ticket to affordable beach living in retirement Many Baby Boomers anticipate having to work beyond age 65

JOURNALIST ALISON HOUSTON A PLANE ticket could be the answer to Australia’s spiralling cost of living which makes you think you can never afford to retire in comfort. According to News Corp’s 2017 Ready to Retire Study, more than 50% of Baby Boomers anticipate having to work beyond 65, and one in 10 don’t think they’ll be able to afford to retire at all. Global wealth and retirement consultant Mercer similarly found more than 60% of retirees face running out of money before they die, with most people’s savings only enough to last 14 years beyond retirement. Charities say that many pensioners are already struggling to meet their

everyday bills and put food on the table. But the solution might not be so unpalatable with International Living suggesting overseas retirement can significantly cut costs and it’s possible to have “a laidback retirement in the sun on a budget of as little as $1325 a month”. “Look in the right places and you’ll discover Baby Boomers can retire – and retire well – in idyllic beach towns, for less than the cost of daily life back home,” International Living’s executive editor Eoin Bassett said. They have put forward three Asian locations in which expat retirees report they are enjoying healthy, fulfilling lifes on a modest budget – Da Nang in Vietnam, Sanur in Bali and Hua Hin, Thailand. Da Nang is central Vietnam’s biggest city and is located on the coast of

the Eastern Sea. Despite a population of about one million people, it is clean, modern and progressive, boasts a 28km-long beach with promenade and numerous parks and is generally considered the most liveable city in Vietnam. Gary Stapleton, 64, has been living in Da Nang since 2013 on a budget of about $1300 a month. He rents a three-bedroom furnished house in An Thuong District, less than 1km from the beach, for which he pays $470 a month rent. “Honestly, after living here, going back to Australia full-time would be disappointing,” he said. “People here have a great deal of respect for older people – I like that. “Vietnam is also much more vibrant, entertaining and interesting, plus, I love the beaches and the

laidback lifestyle here.” International Living states a couple could live comfortably in Da Nang on a budget of about $1325 per month, including rent, utilities, food, frequent meals out and incidentals. Sanur, on the south-east tip of the Indonesian holiday isle of Bali, is described as “just the right balance of familiar Western comforts and Balinese culture”. According to International Living, a couple can live on as little as $1500 a month in this small beachside town with its good restaurants, quiet cafés and white sand beaches; $2500 if you want to live the high life. Gold Coaster Josephine Brierley and her husband Rob fell in love with Bali in 2004, holidayed there repeatedly, and moved there 18 months ago. “Days pass easily, beginning with a long walk

on the beach,” Josephine said. “We make time to discover new places and there is never a month when we don’t have family or friends in town.” Sanur also has a big expat community and Josephine said Bali gave them a simpler, less cluttered life to enjoy the little things like reading, talking and relaxing. Hua Hin, the Royal Resort town on the Gulf of Thailand, three hours from Bangkok, has a beach lined with hotels and restaurants and boasts year-round temperatures in the mid-20s. With its population of about 85,000 people, it’s laidback enough to feel like a beach town but has all the modern conveniences of a western city, including health care. Michael Cullen and his wife Vivien moved there from

Brisbane in late 2015, having decided they were ready to retire but facing another 10-15 years of work to be able to afford to do so in Australia. They have embraced the beach lifestyle, verdant countryside, ancient ruins, cuisine and culture, as well as the friendliness of locals and expats alike. “We bought our own home here for $140,000 and live very well on a budget of about $2500 a month which allows us to continue to pursue our passion for travel,” Michael said. After Seniors News last spoke to Michael he had several people contact him, with one couple returning for a second visit in February, and another “well down the path of evaluating Thailand as their retirement destination”. For more ideas, go to internationalliving. com/au.

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Keep an eye on your health Let’s take a look at macular degeneration expert advice EARLY detection can make all the difference to losing your vision due to the onset of the sightinhibiting disease, age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It’s the most common condition to lead to irreversible vision loss for Australians aged 60 and over, AMD specialist Dr Matthew Russell said. Macular tissue forms part of the retina which captures the image within our eye and provides our detailed central vision. When AMD occurs, two distinct diseases are diagnosed – dry and wet.


■ It’s a slow degeneration of the macular tissue. ■ The central vision becomes gradually damaged. ■ It leads to not being able to read, recognise faces and perform day-to-day tasks. ■ The condition is irreversible. “Many people who have dry macular degeneration don’t go onto develop

severe vision loss,” Dr Russell said. “They may have no vision impairment, mild vision impairment or moderate. A few people do go onto develop severe vision loss.” There is no treatment to slow down the progression of dry AMD.


■ It’s the blurring or distortion of the central vision. ■ It develops rapidly over weeks or months. ■ Abnormal blood vessels grow beneath the central part of the macular causing fluid leakage and bleeding. ■ It stops you from carrying anything requiring detailed vision. ■ Untreated, it can lead to profound loss of vision in a short timeframe. Some patients can find their vision restored once they start treatment, if it is detected and treated in its early stages. Treatment includes drugs and taking AREDS2 supplements which are

VISION HEALTH: An older man uses an illuminated magnifying glass to help him read because he suffers from wet macular degeneration. PHOTO: CLARKANDCOMPANY

antioxidants found in Omega-3 (salmon, mackerel, trout and sardines), Vitamin C (citrus fruits, berries, kiwi, tomatoes and capsicum), lutein and zeaxanthin (dark leafy vegetables – kale, spinach, broccoli, silver beet, pumpkin, peas, corn and beans), zinc (seafood), Vitamin E (nuts and seeds) and selenium (Brazil nuts, mushrooms, oats and brown rice).

These supplements are known to reduce the risk of developing AMD of people who are at risk of the disease by about 25 per cent over a five-year period, Dr Russell said. Self-monitoring through the use of an Amsler grid, checking each eye separately on a regular basis, can help to detect further decline in vision. “With drug treatment I have many patients who living completely full

normal lives, maintaining their driver’s licence,” Dr Russell said. The drug treatment involves injections into the eye. “Almost universally, the treatment can be performed without any discomfort whatsoever and with a very low rate of side effects.”


Don’t assume a significant change in your

vision is caused by cataracts or a change in your prescription, Dr Russell said. He recommends immediately visiting your optometrist for a thorough eye health examination. If you are over the age of 60, you should have your eyes checked every 12 months by a qualified optometrist who can do a physical examination of your eyes including imaging. “It’s not sufficient to have pictures taken of the eye,” Dr Russell said. “While imaging is very good at detecting macular diseases, it’s not good at assessing the entire health of the eye. “Even if you don’t have Dry macular degeneration it’s important to consider lifestyle and nutritional factors that may increase your risk of developing it, but which can protect you later in life. “They are a diet high in leafy green vegetables, Omega-3 supplements, protection from sunlight, and smoking which is a significant lifestyle factor involved in the development of macular degeneration.”

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Slow down ageing skin

Dermatologist offers tips on delaying the ageing process Tracey Johnstone

TAKE the advice of an expert and use these tips for women and men for slowing down your skin’s ageing process. Melbourne dermatologist Dr Michelle Rodrigues reminds us to have on hand sunscreen, cleanser and moisturiser, but we don’t need to spend a lot on them to get a result. She recommends talking to your healthcare professional for help on navigating your way through the mire of cosmetic treatment choices for your face, because everyone’s skin is different. “Creating a regime is not a one size fits all,” Dr Rodrigues added. The best approach is always individualised.” Sunscreen ●There’s no surprises when you hear the sage advice; “it’s never too late to start with a good sunscreen”. ●Aim for sunscreen with

a SPF factor of 50 or more, and a label saying high UVA protection. ●The key here is UVA which does a lot more damage to the second layer of the skin. “With regular sunscreen, we can to a degree, decrease the amount of sun spots and decrease the amount of pigmentation on the face,” Dr Rodrigues said. “It is over time going to actively improve the skin.” Add an active ingredient ●For your morning skin moisturising regime, and under your sunscreen, add niacinamide which comes in pharmacy over-the-counter products such as serum, gel and in creams. ●It should be in a concentration of five per cent or more. “It can actively provide antioxidants to the skin and actively try to prevent further UV damage, and help with pigmentation and small blemishes,” Dr Rodrigues said.

Include Vitamin A It’s only available by prescription from your GP or dermatologist, but a Vitamin A derived tretinoin-based cream is another item to add to your skin repair shopping list. “There are a lot of over-the-counter products that claim they contain retinol and vitamin A for anti-ageing, but the only one that has been proven scientifically to reverse the signs of ageing over about a six-month period is the tretinoin,” Dr Rodrigues said. “It decreases fine lines and wrinkles, helps with pigmentation and increases luminosity of the skin. It is a proven anti-ageing method that’s simple and effective, and inexpensive.” Skin care advances The newest laser technology can help rejuvenate men and women’s skin, decrease redness, decrease subtle pigmentation and fine lines. “There is some breakthrough, powerful technology that can help

and in addition the creams, can yield quite nice results,” Dr Rodrigues said. But, a word of warning – because operating and licensing rules are different across Australia, be careful who you use for laser treatments. So, it’s best to start with your GP for a referral to a dermatologist who can determine if these laser treatments are suitable to your skin condition.

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WINTER is nigh, and while temperatures in Queensland and Northern NSW are friendlier than those down south, it still gets cold enough to chill the bones of seniors and retirees who can indulge in a long escape to climates more agreeable. Ann Rickard tells of some of her favourite escapes and gives tips on how to enjoy winter sunshine on a budget. 1. COOK ISLANDS COASTAL lagoons and reefs, lush hinterland and volcanic mountains mean paradise around every corner. That’s not counting the warm welcome from locals. Street food and

places to escape winter public buses will keep you on-budget for a long stay. A must-do; attend church. The melodic and harmonious singing of the parishioners will give you goose bumps. 2. ELLIS BEACH, QUEENSLAND JUST north of Cairns, this beach is home to a friendly caravan park/camping ground right on the water. You could stay here for the entire winter in a caravan or rent one of the self-contained beach-front bungalows. It’s a laid-back, dreamy place, and there is the iconic pub across the road serving hearty food at cheap prices. 3. PORT DOUGLAS GUARANTEED warmth without the humidity, this luxury escape can be done on a budget if you do your research. A self-contained apartment for a

long-term stay is good for those who like space and home cooking, but there are a number of camp-sites that will welcome you and your tent/campervan at senior-friendly prices. 4. DARWIN NO-ONE wants to be in Darwin in the summer, but the winter months? A different story all together. A self-contained apartment is best. You have space and comfort and can shop at the Mindil Beach Night Markets for produce to cook or better still eat at the food stalls. 5. GREEK ISLANDS A LONG way to go but if you want day after day of sunshine, blue skies and warm sea-water, this is your stuff. Some of the lesser known islands (Karpathos, Samos, Skiathos) are budget-friendly, especially if you seek modest family run

establishments willing to give discounts for long-term stays. 6. TOWNSVILLE DRIER than its northern counterpart Cairns, it still has a magical tropical ambience. It’s a perfect town/city place to base yourself throughout the winter. There’s the Esplanade to browse and wander and all the sandy beaches of Magnetic Island just a ferry-ride away. 7. VIETNAM YOU get so much bang for your buck in Vietnam it’s almost embarrassing. Luxury hotels are a fraction of the cost in other Asian countries and the choices are many. Food, if you eat at the myriad street stalls, costs next to nothing. With three different weather systems you are best to plan carefully. There is plenty to enjoy in this vibrant country.

8. BROOME CONFESSION…we haven’t been. But it’s on our bucket list because everyone should experience Cable Beach before they die, even if they don’t get on a camel. It’s way north over there in WA which means warm winter temperatures and sunshine are assured. 9. PHILIPPINES UNLESS there is a typhoon lurking, this is a glorious sunny escape with more than 700 islands to choose from. Filipinos are warm and friendly, and we haven’t met one yet who can’t sing like an angel. 10. WHITSUNDAYS AIRLIE Beach is a good base for the winter months to set sail to some of the glorious islands of the Whitsundays. With average temps of 22–23 during winter, it’s the perfect escape.


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Chi Minh City. Internal flights are included in the fare. In vibrant Ho Chi Minh City, you’ll visit stunning pagodas and markets, enjoy skyline cocktails and even take in a performance at the Opera House. Heading toward Siem Reap in Cambodia and the jaw-dropping Angkor Wat, you’ll first enjoy a discovery tour of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta canals. Enjoy more sightseeing cruises at Siem Reap including a trip through the mangroves to an isolated Khmer community where the houses are all built on stilts. This amazing trip also takes in the fascinating Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh. With so many inclusions and unique experiences, it would take you months to organise a trip like this on your own. Why not join a small group tour and have it all done for you? For more information: https://backroadstouring. com/asia-destination.


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HE ARRIVES looking menacing in traditional tribal cloak and headdress fashioned from jungle materials. A proud warrior. Larger than life. But we soon discover he is simply a fierce protector of history, family and the community he holds dear. He puts us all at ease with his funny anecdotes and friendly demeanour, telling us that despite his long-winded tribal name “you can call me Danny”. Animated in his storytelling, he takes the United Nations-like audience on an enlightening cultural journey. His family. His heritage. His story. Rarotonga’s Highland Paradise Cultural Centre Sunset Cultural Night is much more than a glimpse into a 600-year-old Cook Islands village. The dancers, musicians, chefs, barmen and guides are all descendants of Ariki (High Chief) Tinomana – the last highland king – and his four wives. Together, they ensure his spirit, his descendants and this special mountain paradise remain at the forefront of island storytelling through Drums of Our Forefathers. The great warrior and cannibal was much-feared until one of the first Tahitian missionaries to the country converted the king to Christianity. Tinomana’s epiphany and complete transformation saw him put down his weapons and seal them in a cave, choose only one true wife and command his tribe to come down from the mountain and live in harmony by the majestic turquoise lagoon. The passionate, colourful and energetic production tells the story of the ancient hill-top, the majesty of Halong Bay where’ll you’ll enjoy an unforgettable overnight cruise tribal settlement, sometimes known as “the lost village”, abandoned in the early 1800s. The sanctuary lay forgotten for 150 years until one man decided to reclaim his rights as a descendant of the hill

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tribe, and subsequently work began to restore maraes and rebuild this sacred place nearly 40 years ago. As well as on the on-stage presentation in music, song, dancing and narration, the night includes a warrior welcome, Maungaroa village cultural tour, sacred marae visit, umu (underground oven) feast

and audience participation, including the presentation of each table’s visiting “chiefs”. The award-winning Highland Paradise Sunset Cultural Nights are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. In Rarotonga, phone 21924, see local travel desks or go to the website to book.

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#19 Take a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey.

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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: The Great Wall of China, Huairou, China; walk around Historic Havana, Cuba; trek to Machu Picchu, Peru; take in the sights in Rome, Italy; and stay in an over-water bungalow in the Maldives, French Polynesia or Fiji.

bucket list for 2018 13. Dive and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia. 14. Walk around the ruins of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. 15. See the Taj Mahal, Agra, India. 16. Tour vineyards in Bordeaux, France. 17. Sleep under the stars in the Sahara Desert, Morocco. 18. Experience amazing Bali, Indonesia. 19. Take a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey. 20. Take an Alaskan Cruise, Alaska, United States. 21. Visit the Pyramids in Giza, Egypt. 22. Swim with whale sharks, Mexico, Rangiroa, Bora Bora, Isla de Mujeres, Donsol, Tahiti, Fakarava, Philippines. 23. Soak up city life in the Big Apple, New York City, United States. 24. Visit Petra, Jordan. 25. The Great Wall of China, Huairou, China. 26. Volunteer at an elephant sanctuary, Hohenwald – Tennessee, Chiang Mai – Thailand, Kenya –Africa.

27. Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp, Kathmandu, Himalayas, Nepal. 28. Ignite your senses in Tokyo, Japan. 29. Visit New Zealand’s South Island, New Zealand. 30. Drive the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. 31. Visit the Amazon Rainforest, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia. 32. The Canadian Rocky Mountains, British Columbia, Banff Alberta, Canada. 33. Hike Through Volcanoes in Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii. 34. Explore the Australian Outback, Flinders Ranges, South Australia, Alice Springs, Australia. 35. Swim in the Dead Sea, Israel. 36. Soak in the Salt Flats in Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. 37. Visit Tiger’s Nest, Paro Taktsang, Bhutan. 38. Watching Polar Bears roam, Canada, Norway, Greenland, Russia. 39. Visit The Mayan Ruins, Mexico, Guatelama, Belize.

40. Take in the astonishing Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. 41. Walk around historic Havana, Cuba. 42. Take a slum tour in India, Delhi, India. 43. Soak up the sun in Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia. 44. Marvel at nature on the Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii, United States. 45. Ride The Glacier Express, Switzerland, Europe. 46. Take in the sights in Rome, Italy. 47. Watch a centre court match at Wimbledon, United Kingdom. 48. Drink a beer at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. 49. Stay in an Ice Hotel, Sweden, Canada, Finland. 50. Experience Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Visit the Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States; visit the pyramids in Giza, Egypt; take in the astonishing Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; and soak up city life in the Big Apple, New York City, United States.

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Prague the magical city

Artistic heritage reflects the path into new millennium Erle Levey

PRAGUE ... it’s said to be the city of 100 spires. In fact there are more than 400 spires in this bewitching city. And surprises at every turn. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Prague as the capital of the Czech Republic has witnessed the tramp of history, especially through the struggle for self-determination and nationhood. And while fellow travellers return with wonderful accounts it is so much better to see it for yourself, in your own time. It’s more hilly than expected and road tunnels are used in the city to good effect. But don’t even think of driving in the old city ... the streets are narrow and the temperament of fellow road users an unknown factor. Besides, it is a city made for walking. And it has a cheap and efficient public transport system. The River Vltava, that reflects so much of the city’s beauty, is wider than you think it will be. Each of Prague’s districts has its own characteristic atmosphere and unique charm. It presents as a changeable city, one that likes to alternate styles: it is romantic and successful, ancient and modern. It is also the historical capital of Bohemia. Situated in the north-west of the country, the city is home to about 1.26 million people while its larger urban zone is estimated to have a population of nearly two million. This is in a country of about 10 million. The city has warm summers and chilly winters. Indeed, the river is known to ice up. Prague has been a political, cultural, and economic centre of central Europe with waxing

and waning fortunes during its 1100-year existence. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, Prague was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire. After World War I it became the capital of the newly-created Czechoslovakia. The city played major roles in the Bohemian and Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years’ War, and in 20th-century history, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era. Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of war-torn Europe. These include the gothic Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock and the Church of St Nicholas in the Lesser Town, the most beautiful Baroque church in Prague. Then there are the winding lanes of the Jewish Quarter, made famous by the novels of Franz Kafka. Closed to road traffic, the 621metre-long Charles Bridge was started in 1357 under King Charles IV and made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe. Among the sculptures found on the bridge is that of Saint John of Nepomuk, the patron saint of bridges. He refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional with the confessor of the queen of Bohemia, and at the behest of King Wenceslaus was thrown from the bridge and drowned. In modern times it has become traditional to touch the bridge here; this is held to bring good fortune and to ensure that the visitor will return to

BREATHTAKING: Looking towards the Church of St Nicholas in the Lesser Town, Prague.


The River Vltava with Prague Castle on the skyline.

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the city of Prague. Installed in the year 1410, the 600-year-old astronomical clock is the world’s oldest still in operation. Mounted on the southern wall of Old Town Hall in the Old Town Square, the clock mechanism has three main components: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the sun and moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details; statues of various Catholic saints stand on either side of the clock; The Walk of the Apostles, a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures – notably a

than 10 major museums, along with numerous theatres, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. The National Gallery for the centre of Modern and Contemporary Art has four vast floors that house a wonderfully impressive collection of 19th to 21st century European and Czech art. A full day can easily be spent wandering around this museum but on the third floor is where you will find 19th to 20th century French art (some Rodin, Gauguin, and Van Gogh) and Czech art from 1900 to 1930 – most notably Frantisek Kupka. The fourth floor showcases the works of

figure of death, represented by a skeleton, striking the time; and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months. Legend has it the the city will suffer if the clock is neglected and its good operation is placed in jeopardy. Accordingly, it is undergoing maintenance at the moment but is expected to be started again in June this year. The thing about Prague is you can wander and stumble upon absolute treasures. Whether it be the intercontinental train station or a cafe off Wenceslas Square. The city boasts more

various intriguing Czech artists such as Josef Myslbek, Josef Manes, and Julius Marak, including Art Nouveau sculptures, beaming portraits and lush landscapes, while the first floor displays Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Picasso. Yet, on this day, the ground floor featured the Slav Epic, an exhibition of works by Czech painter Alfons Mucha depicting the struggle of the Slav people through history. In a way that part of the building says a lot about the present-day Prague. Large windows open to the street displaying the transparency and a confidence for the next millennium.

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Financial advice in the spotlight FINANCE TONY KAYE THE harrowing tales of gross financial misconduct emanating from the Royal Commission into the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry have once again raised huge concerns about Australia’s financial advice industry. They’ve included sensational revelations of big banks and financial institutions such as AMP providing questionable if not fraudulent advice, charging for advice not given, and even charging fees to the accounts of deceased customers.

Then there’s the case of a high-profile financial planning firm that provided misleading advice to a member of the Fair Work Commission (after impersonating her to gain personal details from her superannuation fund) that, if acted upon, would have resulted in a $500,000 loss. The motive was pure and simple – the ability to earn large fees and commissions. Don’t be unduly surprised. It’s clear that the efforts aimed at cleaning up the advice industry, including the government ban on product commissions and volume-based payments introduced in 2015, have only scraped off the tip of the iceberg. There are still major flaws in the advice

system, especially in the quality of advice being delivered. But, let’s face it, it would be wrong to tar all financial advisers with the same brush. There are many very good advisers out there that do act responsibly and in the best interests of their clients. What can you do? If you use the services of a financial adviser, or are planning to, the cornerstones of your relationship should always be based around transparency and trust. Transparency is all about the adviser explaining how they operate, and exactly why they are recommending a specific investment strategy or financial products. There has to be very clear reasons, and there should

never be unanswered questions around fees and commissions. ■ If your adviser will not charge a flat fee for their service, walk away. And don’t be afraid to ask them about their own financial plan, including the level and types of insurance held. ■ A good strategy should be very detailed and take all your financial goals and needs into account. ■ If the adviser is recommending you buy direct shares, you need to be sure you are comfortable with the degree of risk involved, and how this might impact you over the long term. If they are recommending a more passive investing approach through exchange-traded funds, ask for an explanation of the risks and benefits

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over the medium to long term. ■ Don’t establish a self-managed super fund just because your adviser recommends you do. The fact is that not everyone needs their own fund, and most people can get the investment control they need without having one. Financial adviser Theo Marinis said one strategy is to appoint an adviser who is around five years younger than you, which makes sense if you are close to retirement. “Remember, super is tax-free from 60; so if your potential adviser is aged 59, they may harbour a plan to retire very soon,” Mr Marinis said. “You may wish to know who will be left behind to help you if you intend to stay on until age 67. Are there competent younger

people working with your adviser?” Your first step should be to call and book an initial appointment, and tell the financial adviser you have prepared a list of questions you would like to send them via email. Do this at least a couple of weeks before your meeting. You should be able to get a sense of how appropriate your potential, or existing, adviser is for you, based on their response. If they don’t respond at all, that’s obviously a bad sign. If they don’t answer all your questions, ask for more clarification. And if you’re still not satisfied, it’s probably time to seek another adviser. Tony Kaye is the Editor of InvestSMART. www.

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Credit record on report Comprehensive credit reporting kicks in from July PAYING bills on time always makes good financial sense, but with comprehensive credit reporting due to kick off from July 1, it just became a lot more important. Whenever you apply for credit – and this can include opening a new mobile phone or gas/electricity account – the service provider is likely to take a look at your credit history. At present, this shows any applications you’ve made for credit as well as negative information like unpaid bills, overdue accounts and loan defaults. These details can stay on your credit history for years, potentially making it difficult to secure a competitively priced loan. Yet people often don’t know they have a tarnished credit record until they’re knocked back for a loan. This system is set to change from July 1 when “comprehensive” credit reporting is due to kick in. The proposed

than ever to pay bills on time. In our busy lives it can be easy to overlook bill payment dates. Setting up an automatic direct debit can help, or if you have a credit card debt, it can be worth asking your bank whether an automatic payment system is available. These autopay systems usually let you choose between paying the closing balance of your card, the minimum payment or a set sum each month. If you regularly struggle to meet bills for utilities like power and gas, ask your energy provider about “bill smoothing”. This is where you work out your total power bill for the last year, divide it by 12 and then pay a monthly sum into your energy account. A lot of people say it is far more manageable than paying a large quarterly bill.

THINK MONEY PAUL CLITHEROE legislation calls for our big financial institutions to provide details of positive as well as negative events, and up to 24 months of debt repayment history can be recorded on your personal credit file. It may all sound a bit “big brother”, however the new credit reporting changes will give lenders a more rounded picture of your credit history. Paying bills and loan repayments on time will reflect favourably on your credit report and hopefully make it easier to secure credit. On the flipside, consistently dragging the chain with bills can make it harder to get a loan. Positive credit reporting has been in place overseas for some time, and anecdotally, borrowers often use a

CREDIT REPORTING: The proposed legislation calls for financial institutions to provide details of positive and negative events, and up to 24 months of debt repayment history can be recorded on your personal credit file. PHOTO: ZORAN ZEREMSKI

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months away, the big banks have already begun compiling details of your repayment history in

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IS IT tasty or terrible... and before you answer, remember looks can be deceiving. Coriander is a green leafy herb also known as cilantro or chinese parsley. It’s used in a variety of meals and adored by some and despised by others. I’m definitely in the latter on this one! All parts of the plant are edible but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the parts most traditionally used in cooking. The leaves have a different taste from the seeds. Some people find the leaves to have a pleasant citrus taste, while a small percentage experience a soapy taste. This has been linked to a gene which detects

BE THRIFTY AND THRIVE NICKY NORMAN aldehyde chemicals, which is also present in soap. Others experience an unpleasant aroma, like sweaty socks. The health benefits of coriander can include: the treatment of skin inflammation, high cholesterol levels, diarrhoea, mouth ulcers, anaemia, indigestion, menstrual disorders, smallpox, conjunctivitis, skin disorders, and blood sugar disorders, while also benefiting eye care. Unfortunately, some people (like me) have a severe reaction to

coriander. In fact, it has spoilt many an evening out, not knowing what was causing the pain. Sometimes unbearable …. not dissimilar to childbirth. How is it so, that a small healthy looking herb could be a villain in disguise? I believe it is the seed more so than the foliage that is the real issue for me, but none-the-less it’s horrible either way. A coriander allergy is an immune system reaction to parts of the coriander plant, including the leaves and the whole or ground seeds. It may be caused by oral allergy syndrome. Many spice allergies are a result of oral allergy syndrome, or a pollen-food allergy. Coriander is related to the birch tree,

so people allergic to birch pollen may experience a mild and brief allergic reaction, such as itchy or tingling lips, severe stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and constipation. It may also affect the respiratory system, causing wheezing and trouble breathing. Like most allergies, it may take some time to discover the cause and then realise that avoidance is key. For me, that means being vigilant and on coriander alert! Facebook has a page dedicated to the passionate people who can’t stand the humble herb. Love it or hate it, the “I hate coriander page” is a good laugh. Check it out, go to: facebook. com/ihatecoriander/.

NOT SO HAPPY HERB: Coriander is used in food as a condiment, flavour enhancer and even as a garnish. PHOTO: KITZCORNER

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BRILLIANT BROAD BEANS BROAD beans, sometimes referred to as faba or fava beans, are a great source of fibre and protein as well as containing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Broad beans (Vicia faba) are a fantastic bean to sow during May that will yield heavy crops of beans in about 4–5 months. Yates® Broad Bean Early Long Pod is a vigorous variety that produces long 20–25cm well filled pods. In a sunny spot in a

well-drained garden bed, sow seeds 4cm deep into moist soil that’s been enriched with some Yates Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser. Don’t water again until the seedlings emerge in about two weeks. Limiting watering helps to reduce the chance of seeds rotting before they germinate. Yates Broad Bean Early Long Pod will need to be planted next to or within a support as the plants can grow up to 2m tall and become heavy when covered in their large pods.

Supports can be constructed from tomato stakes or bamboo poles and strong garden twine. To encourage a great harvest, as soon as the broad bean seedlings are established start feeding each week with plant food. Young and tender pods can be harvested, sliced and cooked as a green veggie or allow them to develop until you can feel the beans swollen inside the pod. To “extract” the beans, boil the full pods for a few minutes, cool and then slice the pod lengthways and pop out the beans.

Tasty chorizo and broad bean bruschetta TRY growing some broad beans in your own garden. Some of nature’s best gifts are in abundance right now, so enjoy them in this fresh dish. Ingredients ★ Sourdough baguette ★ Two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ★ One garlic clove, halved ★ Two chorizo sausages, thinly sliced diagonally ★ 200g fresh or frozen broad beans, skins removed ★ One tablespoon sherry vinegar ★ 50g soft feta, crumbled ★ 1/4 cup small mint leaves

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Method Step 1 - Heat a char-grill on high. Use a serrated knife to cut the baguette into 1.5cm-thick slices. Brush each bread slice lightly with half the oil.

Cook the bread slices on the char-grill for 1-2 minutes each side or until lightly charred. Remove from heat. Rub the hot bread with the cut side of garlic. Set aside.

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Reviews THE story of Eleanor’s Secret is at once a surprising tale tangled with compelling love, an engrossing wartime mystery of past deceptions, family secrets and long-lasting love. It’s London in 1942. Art school graduate Eleanor Roy is recruited by the War Artists Advisory Committee and she comes one step closer to realising her dream of becoming one of the few female war artists. But breaking into the art establishment proves difficult until Eleanor meets painter, Jack Valante, only to be separated by his sudden posting overseas. Go forward to Melbourne in 2010. Although reluctant to leave her family at home, Kathryn can’t refuse her grandmother Eleanor’s request to travel to London to help her return a precious painting to its artist. When the search uncovers a long-held family secret, Kathryn has to make a choice to return home or risk her family’s future. Eleanor shows her that safe-guarding the future is sometimes worth more than protecting the past. Written by Australian author Caroline Beecham. Published by Allen & Unwin. RRP $29.99.

FROM the best-selling author of Still Alice comes a powerful and heartbreakingly moving exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom – and what it means to be alive. An accomplished concert pianist, Richard’s inspired performances received standing ovations from audiences all over the world. Every one of his fingers was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago. Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralysed. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorce – his divorce. As poignant and powerful as Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, Every Note Played is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness. Published by Simon & Schuster. Paperback RRP $32.99 and ebook RRP $12.99.

Panic room secrets?

PANIC Room is Robert Goddard at his nerve-shredding best. A sliver of a mystery kicks off a juggernaut of a thriller. Layers of secrets, half-truths and lies must be peeled back to reveal what really lies within. Sometimes the danger is on the inside. High on a Cornish cliff sits a vast uninhabited mansion. Uninhabited except for Blake, a young woman of dubious background, secretive and alone, currently acting as house sitter. The house has a panic room. Cunningly concealed, steel lined, impregnable – and apparently closed from within. Even Blake doesn’t know it’s there. She’s too busy being on the run from life, from a story she thinks she’s escaped. Her remote existence is going to be invaded when people come looking for the house’s owner, missing rogue pharma entrepreneur, Jack Harkness Published by Bantam Press. RRP is $32.99.


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caboolture senior citizens centre has various activities including bowls, pool, bingo, concerts and bus trips.

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operating hours: Mon to Fri 9.00am – 12:00pm Phone: 07 5495 2898 Fax: 07 5495 2856 Address:24 Hasking Street, Caboolture, 4510

OLD CHURCH B&B We would love to welcome you to our peaceful and very comfortable bed & breakfast located 5 minutes outside the delightful rural township of Boonah only just 1 hours drive from Brisbane or Gold Coast. Surrounded by the mountains and lakes of the Scenic Rim. Luxury ensuite bedrooms in an old historic church, you will be served a scrumptious breakfast with freshly baked sourdough. You will feel rested and invigorated after spending a night at our heavenly old church.


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Insert the missing letters to make ten words — five reading across the grid and five reading down.

Solve the anagrams. Each solution is a one-word anagram of the letters beside it, and the five solutions are sequential. For example, if the fiveletter solution starts with J, the six-letter solution starts with K, and so on.










Across 6. Thoughtful (7) 7. Music group (5) 9. Wipe (3) 10. Watered (9) 12. Early (5,2,4) 15. Upsetting (11) 17. Permits (9) 19. Poorly (3) 21. Vicious (5) 22. Worry excessively (7)




How many words of four letters or more can you make? Each letter must be used only once and all words must contain the centre letter. There is at least one nine-letter word. No words starting with a capital are allowed, no plurals ending in s unless the word is also a verb. TODAY: Good 21 Very Good 29 Excellent 37







Across: 6. Pensive 7. Choir 9. Dab 10. Irrigated 12. Ahead of time 15. Distressing 17. Tolerates 19. Ill 21. Cruel 22. Agonise. Down: 1. Began 2. Ask 3. Over 4. Thwarting 5. Dilemma 8. Minors 11. Shattered 13. Arenas 14. Rigours 16. Bliss 18. Edgy 20. Ant.


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