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Meet the Age of Disruptors FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK GAIL FORRER

Group editor Seniors Newspapers network

HAPPY New Year readers. We have kicked off 2017 with quite a few inspirational profiles. These are people who fit into the category of “Age Disruptors”. They just won’t conform to the

traditional superficial stereotype of ageing. Instead, they’re disrupting the concept with a brand new definition. A definition that is shaped by the idea that you need not be invisible unless you want to be. They seem to express an attitude that says, you can continue to work, speak up and make a difference, no matter what age you are. In fact, it’s not about the number you are, it’s about who you

are. Our front page (and page 3) features renowned actor John Waters who says that getting older means there is more to do, certainly not less. It is with pleasure we catch up with the Grand Dame of Brisbane Sallyann Atkinson, the lady who elegantly and with a forthright intelligence stood by and encouraged her city through the hard yards of rapid development,

thereby cementing a firm foundation for the city’s transformation from a rather large provincial town to the city of culture it is today. (Pages 8 & 9) Now at 74 years-old, Sallyanne is a busy as ever. She is on the boards of the Queensland Brain Institute and the Waltzing Matilda Centre, she is in demand as a public speaker and is in equal demand as a mother-offive and grandmother-of14.

Similar to John Waters, she has no plans to stop working. But we all have different stories and different times to shine, Lorraine Moyes (page 6) spent her youth in the family unit, now at 69 years old she’s living the dream and presenting a wonderful musical stage show. Perhaps another route to satisfaction can be found in our “Sharing Economy” feature on pages 4 and 5.

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Ever-flowing creativity John Waters’ long life and the big career Jim Fagan

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Asked why he selected the charismatic Lennon who was fatally shot outside the Dakota Building in New York on December 8, 1980, he said, “I couldn’t think of anyone else in the rock’n’roll era who measured up to him. His image is of someone who is always worth listening to and it has endured. “I didn’t want some historical treatise. I wanted something personal, something visual. I show his life in a series of vignettes like a drowning person seeing his life in bits and pieces but not in a chronological way.” Two years ago in

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adulterous affair. Shock, horror. “And then there was a condemnation of her as a person who controlled Lennon. She never did as far as I can make out. In fact, Lennon borrowed from her artistic pursuits. He loved what she did as an artist. She became his muse.” When John isn’t touring, he’s at home with wife Zoe (47) and children Archie who is 14 and 10-year-old twins Gloria and Rusty. “I find it very rejuvenating to have small children all over again.” It’s his third marriage and he also has two grandchildren from his first marriage. “My son

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DRIVE TIME: Uber has opened up the market for both customers and drivers.

Because it is on the web, it has a huge range of visibility and reaches massive audiences. On this site a host of tasks are available, ranging from household chores and errands to high level professional projects, making freelancing accessible to anyone, regardless of skill level. THE CHANGING WORKFORCE A study by The

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has shown as the population ages, people are also working longer. Forty-five percent of women in Australia aged 60–64 were in the labour force in 2013, up from just 15.2% in 1993. For men 65 and older, it’s 17% – double the number from 20 years ago. But what is well

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THERE’S a new economy happening. It has a couple of names, both indicative of its meaning. The names refer to the same thing and have come about due to what’s known as the Digital Disruption, which had come about due to the innovation of Digital Platforms. Before we go too far into this, let’s share some meaningful phrases: Firstly, in this article we are going to be talking about the Gig Economy, in other words, about the small jobs (the gigs) you can take on for some extra cash. Secondly, we are talking about the Sharing Economy, this term refers to job sharing. Beyond our friends and family, we can now “share”, for instance, our cars and our homes or other under-utilised assets and charge for it. Digital Platforms are the websites where the wheeling and dealing is done. Customers use the site to view products placed and services shown by a provider.

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❚ As for the dollars you might make out of all this enterprise, CPA Frank Knudson says that if it’s just a hobby, with minimal income earned, you don’t need to declare it but you also can’t claim expenses. ❚ If, however, you are making a reasonable income and it’s not only a hobby, the tax office wants to know, so keep good records of both money in and money out. ❚ For a full Age Pension, a single person can earn up to $4264 a year, while a couple (combined) can earn up to about $7592 a year without it affecting their pension. ❚ Self-funded retirees can earn a “rebate income” of up to $28,974 each ($57,948 combined) or $32,279 if they are single without paying income tax, subject to certain conditions. This “rebate income” is in addition to any super benefits from a taxed source.

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❚ Research into users of “platforms” like eBay and Airtasker shows plenty of Australians logging in, although the older age group could do well to start taking advantage of these sharing economies. ❚ Airtasker says it now has 850,000 users and has created more than $8.5 million worth of work a month since its launch, with 8.5% of workers on Airtasker aged 55 and over, and this number is growing. ❚ About eight million Australians are interacting with eBay every single month, with less than 10% of those people 65+. ❚ Recognition rates for Airbnb among the 65-plus demographic are about 14.4%, according to Roy Morgan Research. ❚ As for Uber, about one in six drivers are older than 55 years old. ❚ Etsy’s American CEO Chad Dickerson says the site has more than 15 million members and, from a buyer perspective, Australia is number four out of 150 countries, just behind the US, the UK and Canada. The average age of sellers is 39. way for retirees to put skills back into use. From tasks like gardening or baking to services like accounting or legal advice, users list a task and a budget and community members bid to complete it. Etsy, Airbnb, Uber and Airtasker are just a few of the web sites open for business, but don’t stop there, spend a little time googling (importantly reading reviews) to find a

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CRAFTY WORK: Etsy is a site to sell your creative creations online.

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Back to happiness Lorraine finds the time of her life in the 60s Ann Rickard

VERY FEW 68-year-old women of today consider themselves the tea-drinking, armchairdozing grannies of yesterday and that’s a good thing. However, few think of themselves as stage entertainers either, and even fewer would consider organising, choreographing, staging and performing in a tribute show. Enter Lorraine Moyes. At almost 69 she is has just put together a tribute show featuring one of her favourite singers of the 60s, Helen Shapiro. “She has inspired me since I was a teenager,” Lorraine said. “I have been a semi-professional entertainer since I was 16, since 1964 when I sang at Cloudland (Brisbane ballroom) and on Channel 9 (Teen Beat) and other shows.” Like too many young hopeful entertainers of the time, Lorraine could not afford the luxury of pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. She had work to support herself, and put aside a career she would have loved, opting instead for stability. Marriage and family followed and took

I never followed a career (as a teenager) as I needed to pay the rent and eat. Now my goal is this tribute show called Walking back to Happiness: a Tribute to Helen Shapiro and Friends. up the decades, but Lorraine never lost her dream of getting back on the stage. “I never followed a career (as a teenager) as I needed to pay the rent and eat,” she laughed. “Now my goal is this tribute show called Walking back to Happiness: a Tribute to Helen Shapiro and Friends. “Helen Shapiro was actually bigger than the Beatles from 1961 to 1963,” Lorraine said. “She had a deep and powerful voice. They used to call her Foghorn. “I sang all her stuff.

When I sang her song Little Miss Lonely on Australia’s New Faces, the judges said ‘you’ll never be lonely’. I can do her range.” Using the stage name Julie Paris, Lorraine has been entertaining in clubs and retirement homes for the past 10 years since she retired. She has spent six months putting the Helen Shapiro tribute show together and has made all the costumes herself and engaged a band to do the musical arrangements. “It will be very professional,” she said. “We will also feature Sandy Shaw and Petula Clark in the show, and each song will have a narration and story and anecdotes. I think so many people will relate to the show, so many grew up with these singers.” Lorraine is prepared to stage her tribute show for any club, organisation or venue that would like to book her. She is also looking for an agent to handle bookings. Follow her on Facebook: facebook.com/Helen -Shapiro-Tribute-OzBIGGER THAN THE BEATLES: Julie Paris (stage name) will perform the Helen Shapiro tribute show.

Free session for seniors’ groups THE LAWS around electricity pricing have changed. Energy retailers in South-east Queensland can now decide how much to charge customers for their electricity. This could bring changes to the way electricity is charged on existing contracts however, this competitive pricing also brings new opportunities to reduce energy bills. To help understand these changes, COTA Queensland Peer Educators are providing free, interactive information sessions to seniors’ groups and organisations. During these one hour sessions participants will be provided with information to: ■ Better understand their bills; ■ Know where to go to

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Sallyanne Memoir chronicles her life and achievements Ann Rickard

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WHEN A friend read Sallyanne Atkinson’s recently released book – No Job For A Woman – and told Sallyanne she thought it was an easy read, the friend was immediately contrite. Sallyanne Atkinson AO is, after all, a woman of considerable substance. She was the first (and only, to date) female Lord Mayor of Brisbane and a woman with a legacy of political achievement, someone you might expect to write a heavyweight tome rather than an easy read. “She (friend) was embarrassed to tell me that my book was easy to read but I was delighted,” Sallyanne said. “I did not want to write a book that was bogged down in politics, I wanted it to be engaging, easy to read. I’ve always had the philosophy of ‘you take your job seriously, you don’t take yourself seriously’.” A memoir that goes right back to Sallyanne’s

wartime childhood in Sri Lanka, to her first jobs as a Brisbane journalist and television presenter, through all the challenges, pitfalls and triumphs of a long life devoted to public service, No Job For A Woman brims with personal anecdotes, humorous self-deprecation, and delightful vignettes of her home life, including all the trials of a woman raising five children while forging a career. While her myriad achievements over four decades leave most people overwhelmed, Sallyanne takes it all as a matter of fact. She says she fell into most of her jobs/roles by accident and wasn’t always very interested in politics. “I wish I could say my political life began with a great and noble cause,” she says in her book. “It actually began in a laundromat in Edinburgh.” She was living and raising a family in Scotland in the 60s with her then husband Leigh, a

neurosurgeon studying in Edinburgh. She met a woman in the laundromat who invited her to a Conservative Party Young Mothers’ Group. It was not the enticement of the group’s guest speakers that interested Sallyanne, more the offer of babysitters during the meetings, something any young harassed mother would jump at. “I never really planned anything in those days, just fell into them,” she said. “I always knew there was no point in planning, if anything happened (sickness) to the children, I’d be the one to stay at home. I was always concerned about committing. Back in those days, the choices for women (for a career) were either a teacher or a secretary.” After Edinburgh and back in Brisbane in the 1970s, it was a burst drain-pipe in her Indooroopilly street that really ignited Sallyanne’s interest in politics. She was asked by neighbours

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to contact the council about the drain-pine. She did, had it repaired, enjoyed the sense of power it gave her, and went on from there to enter local politics and eventually become elected as Lord Mayor of Brisbane in 1985. Her achievements during her time as mayor include overseeing Expo 88, which was the springboard to begin Brisbane’s metamorphosis from small Queensland town to grow into one of the

history and political science, honorary doctorates from three universities and has been on boards of nine public companies. She was awarded the Australian Catholic University’s highest honour, Doctor of the University, for her extraordinary contribution to Australia’s international reputation as a location for sporting events, even though, as she admits, she was never interested in, or good at, sport. In 1993 she was made

an Officer of the Order of Australia. She considers her greatest achievement, among so many, her role with others in the development of South Bank. “Because I live on it (South Bank), I look at it every day,” she said. “I had to fight so many battles (for its development). It is an ongoing legacy for the people in Brisbane. The old buildings along the river all faced away from the river. It wasn’t

country’s most vibrant and liveable cities. To list every one of Sallyanne’s achievements is almost impossible: she was Queensland’s special representative in South East Asia, chairman of Queensland Tourism, Senior Trade Commissioner to France, Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Deputy Mayor of the Athletes Village at the Sydney Olympics, a member of the Olympic Bid Teams for Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. She has an arts degree in

Matilda Centre, she is in demand as a public speaker and is in equal demand as a mother of five and grandmother of 14. She has no plans to stop working. “My great hero is Sir Edmund Hilary, not just because he climbed Mt Everest but because he went back to help the people. “He continued to help the people. His message is – you have to keep doing it. As chairman of the Brain Institute I understand one of the great preventions for dementia and for having a happy old age, is just to keep doing, keep doing.” Brisbane has always been Sallyanne’s great love and now as she sits on her balcony overlooking the river to the Botanic Gardens she reflects on how much the city has changed and evolved. Just like her own life. Sallyanne Atkinson will be guest at a literary lunch on the Sunshine Coast on March 15. Details on: 5448 2053. No Job For A Woman is published by UQP and is in bookshops now.

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attractive. We didn’t realise what we had with the river. Expo 88 was the turning point. We were lucky in the sense we developed after that. We came to recognise our city rather late. In a way that is a good thing. We learnt from the mistakes of other cities.” While Sallyanne’s book closely follows her career and chronicles her innumerable achievements, it is peppered with charming insights into her personal life along with insider peeks at some of the famous people, including royalty, she encountered during her global career. When she met Gina Lollobrigida, Sallyanne’s impression of her was “she was old and lined with far too much make-up”. But when she later saw a photograph of herself with the Italian superstar she realised the power of heavy make-up. “She looked gorgeous, I looked drab.” Now at age 74, life is just as busy for Sallyanne. She is on the boards of the Queensland Brain Institute and the Waltzing


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Counting the numbers older women now make up four per cent of private rental tenants (as opposed to those living in community or public housing), and, as Australia’s population ages, this percentage is set to increase. - In 2011-12, only 11 per cent of the 1,789 older women who needed help with long-term housing received this assistance. The data alone does not

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MONEY - MONEY MONEY. AFFORDABLE HOUSING is not going to happen without funding. To this end the Federal Government is investigating a new model of financial funding, it’s called BOND AGGREGATOR. Below is an explanation of the process that has revealed the model, a basic description and the next step. - Gail Forrer, Editor. HOUSING: There is a mounting number of mature woman experiencing homelessness.

2015: October : A request from Treasurers at the Council on Federal Financial Relations for further work on housing affordability. 2016: January 7: the Australian Government announces the establishment of an Affordable Housing Working Group (the “Working Group”) 2016: February 2 - March 11: The Working Group undertake a public consultation process which includes a call for submissions from interested parties on innovative ways to improve the availability of affordable housing 2016: December: The Council on Federal Financial Relations meeting Treasurers considered the Working Group’s report. Treasurers agreed to the recommendations of the report, in particular the establishment of a bond aggregator taskforce, and agreed to make the report publically available. 2017: Mid year: The taskforce will design a bond aggregator model and report back to Heads of Treasuries. IN response to a variety of voices urging government to intervene

to combat surging property prices, which has had an increasing number

of Australians with a limited income unable to buy or rent a home, the Federal Government set up a task force. In January 2016, the Australian Government announced the establishment of an Affordable Housing Working Group. The Working Group focussed primarily on investigating ways to boost the supply of affordable rental housing through innovative financing models. These models are aimed at the social housing sector and the private rental market for low-income and disadvantaged households. In December 2016, the

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The AHURI research outlined the creation of Affordable Housing Finance Corporation to source funding from the bond market so as to provide lower interest, long-term loans to not-for-profit organisations developing housing for lower income households. Council on Federal Financial Relations agreed to the recommendations of the report, in particular the establishment of a bond aggregator taskforce, and agreed to make the report publicly available. The taskforce will design a bond aggregator model and report back to Heads of Treasuries by mid-2017. AFFORDABLE HOUSING FUNDS TO COME FROM A BOND

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Treasurers’ affordable housing plan (www.ahuri.edu.au) The AHURI research outlined the creation of an Affordable Housing Finance Corporation to source funding from the bond market so as to provide lower interest, long-term loans to not-for-profit organisations developing housing for lower income households. As the AHFC would source large amounts of

Federal, State and Territory Treasurers have endorsed a recommendation to establish an expert taskforce to design a bond aggregator model. *AHURI research on a bond aggregator model was central to the Affordable Housing Working Group report’s bond aggregator model adopted for the

capital, it means money would be raised efficiently with reduced financing costs rather than in expensive one-off transactions such as when borrowing from a bank. *The AHFC model has been adapted to Australian financial market conditions from established Swiss and UK schemes. Its benefits are that it is relatively simple and transparent; minimises the impact of debt on government budgets; draws on the successful experience and expertise of other countries; and provides lower cost finance to community housing providers.

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WHEN Brisbane author Tim Heard launched his book, he packed the house out. Guests happily queued and waited to have him sign copies of his book. You’d think Tim had written an international best-seller, but not so. His book is about bees. Yes, bees. It is simply entitled The Australian Native Bee Book. And sales have gone through the roof. Keeping native bees is a hot topic in Australia for commercial, environmental and recreational reasons. But there is a lot more to this surprising interest in bees. Reports tell us that if bees are endangered, then so is the human race. It’s all about the vital pollination bees provide to

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experienced in aged care, special needs, a nanny or babysitting or even pets. By joining, you’ll broaden your reach and increase your odds of finding the right job at the right time. Care connects families and individuals with great carers to help them with their loved ones. Website: care.com EBAY is an online auction and shopping website in which people and businesses buy and sell a broad variety of goods and services. In addition to its auction-style sales, the website has a “Buy It Now” shopping option also. The website is free to use for buyers, but sellers are charged fees for listing items and when those items are sold. Website: ebay.com.au

FINDER is a website offering Australians advice from money experts while learning more about your finances and empowering a change for the better. You can compare services from many companies from a variety of industries including: utilities, technology, shopping, travel, money (including loans, trading and funds) and all types of insurance needs. Website: finder.com.au UBER gives you the freedom to get behind the wheel when it makes sense for you as your own business. You choose when you drive, where you go and who you pick up. It is also affordable transportation instead of catching a bus, train or taxi if you can share the cost. Website: uber.com

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THE State Government has named 18 inspirational Queenslanders as Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions in recognition of their contribution to improving digital inclusion across the state. Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Leeanne Enoch praised the champions for their role as advocates of digital technologies, leading the way in their local communities. “The digital world is an integral part of Queensland’s economic future and social fabric, one that needs to be embraced by every Queenslander, no matter where they live,” Ms Enoch said. “A prosperous Queensland needs a vibrant and active digital community, so it’s essential that all of our citizens have the confidence and skills to be a part of this community, and that is what the Community Digital Champions program is all about,”she said. “The program provides an opportunity for positive community digital role models to share inspirational stories and experiences with others in their local community and encourage online participation. “Each digital champion will reach into their community to improve the digital literacy, inclusion and adoption of more Queensland businesses and citizens.” One of the champions, James Walker, is a farmer and entrepreneur in Longreach who uses social media and digital technologies to generate solutions to combat rural problems. “Through digital and disruptive innovation we can create new possibilities quickly in global agriculture,” Mr Walker said. “I have been collaborating with farmers, business, the Department of Agriculture and Meat and Livestock Australia to develop a digital predictive tool to

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empower farmers to understand their financial situation and make more informed, data-driven decisions,” he said. Steve Dixon, a retiree and volunteer from Sherwood, is helping to close the digital divide by teaching older Queensland citizens how to use digital technologies and participate online. “Seniors often feel excluded from technology, so it’s important that we mentor and tutor them. Once seniors join the online world, digital technology often becomes an integral part of their daily lives,” Mr Dixon said. Ms Enoch said the Advance Queensland Community Digital Champions program was helping to enable Queensland to thrive in the global digital economy. “We want Queenslanders to be among the most connected and digitally savvy in the world and the digital champions program plays an important role in achieving this,” she said. “The great work undertaken by the champions, on a voluntary basis in their communities, is so important, especially in the areas of disadvantaged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, our senior citizens and Queenslanders in regional areas.” For details visit www.advance.qld.gov.au /innovation-movement/

Now I know what really counts INSPIRING AND RETIRING EVA BENNETT AFTER putting out a recent newsletter, What Really Counts, I received a touching email from Pauline S, who lives in Albury NSW. She said: “I’ve been having a rotten time at work for the past few weeks and I have been saying to myself – Why am I putting up with this catering job and demanding boss? I work 4 days a week, I’m 68 years old. Do I really need this work thing any more? Then your newsletter starts off with – ‘What am I waiting for?’ I have gone over it and over it. It arrived at just the right time for me to take a hard look at what could make my life more fulfilled. And it’s true, we don’t know what is around the corner. Will keep you posted on the outcome.” I phoned Pauline to find out what had been happening and at the moment she is on the Sunshine Coast for a

short break. She has decided to finish work at Christmas; she has started a bucket list of the things she’d love to do but has been putting off; she made a last-minute decision to fly up to Noosa, where she loves walking on the beach, feeling free as a bird and waking up when she feels like it. This last-minute decision to have a break has given her the

motivation to accept there is more to life than work, especially at her age. Talking to her on the phone, it was lovely to hear her confident, cheerful voice – so different to the flat, tired voice I heard a few weeks ago, when I rang her to thank her for her email and ask if I could mention it in my next newsletter. After talking to Pauline, I decided to devote the

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EVERYDAY MATTERS CAROLYN DEVRIES CEO of New Way Lawyers

WE have now reached the end of our eight-part series on making your Will. In the final part of our series we consider the circumstances when your Will may be able to be contested by way of a family provision application. Your Will can be contested in certain circumstances In certain circumstances if you have excluded someone from your Will or not made sufficient provision for someone in your Will, your Will may be able to be contested by way of a family provision application. In Queensland a family provision application can only be made a spouse, child or dependent. The terms spouse, child and dependant are defined by the law and defined quite broadly. For example, the term spouse includes a husband, wife, de facto partner, registered partner, former husband, former wife and former registered partner while the term child includes a biological child, unborn child, legally adopted child and step child. A court can take various matters into consideration in determining whether the terms of a Will should be varied so that provision is made for a person making a family provision application. These considerations

include, but are not limited to ■ The financial position of the person contesting the Will ■ Whether any other person is liable to support the person contesting the Will ■ The health of the person contesting the Will ■ The size and nature of your estate; ■ The strength of any competing claims to your estate ■ The relationship between you and the person contesting the Will ■ Any contribution made by the person contesting the Will to your estate ■ Any conduct by the person contesting the Will which might disentitle them to an order for provision ■ Any other matter which the court considers relevant There are various ways to minimise the risk of someone contesting your Will by making a family provision application and it is best if you obtain legal advice if you are considering excluding a spouse, child or dependent from your Will. We hope that our eight-part series has helped you gain a better understanding of the matters you should consider when making your Will. ■ This information is intended as general legal information only for people living in Queensland and is not a substitute for individual legal advice. ■ New Way Lawyers at Corinda 3278 3992 and Capalaba 3245 5033 www.newwaylawyers. com.au.

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All is good with a diary to kick off the new year

SO CHRISTMAS is done and dusted for another year and we face a new 12 months. This should be an exciting time for us seniors. Just the fact we have got through another year and are still here to approach a new one is reason to celebrate. My 98-year-old mother tells me she feels this way each morning. “I keep on waking up,” she says with an air of puzzlement which at that grand age is cause for a star-jump of celebration the moment she is out of bed. (I thought I’d give you that visual to make you feel better about your aching knees.) I always feel optimistic in January. There is something about turning over the page of a calendar that says December 31, to the next page announcing January 1, that gives a surge of

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the same time support disadvantaged Australian children through The Smith Family Learning for Life program.

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Details email centenaryeveview@gmail. com or call Di 3202 9759 before noon Friday before the meeting.

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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 11am on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Rec Club, Alba Lane (off Jacaranda Avenue), Kingston. Cost of $22 includes a two-course lunch and a guest speaker. Proceeds from the day go to The Smith Family's Learning for Life program. Details call Cheryl on 3711 9146.

■ PINE RIVERS

OUR FIRST meeting in 2017 will be held on Wednesday, January 18, at the Murrumba Downs Tavern on Dohles Rock Road, and will be combined with our annual general meeting. If you finish work at the end of this year, or are new to our area, why not come along and join our VIEW Club? You will have fun and make new friends while raising funds to educate a needy Australian child. Details call Elizabeth

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LOTS OF GOODIES: Pine Rivers VIEW members Norma and Lyn selling from the Christmas-themed Bring and Buy table.

3886 4937 or Sandra 3425 2738. New members and visitors are always welcome.

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OUR AGM luncheon meeting will be held Wednesday, February 1 at Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Keperra, 10.30am for 11am. Lucky

door and raffle help The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program and support disadvantaged Australian children. Bring a friend along to enjoy the harmony of a male quartet for our Valentine’s Day theme. New members and visitors always welcome to join our fun and friendship, monthly

meetings and social activities. Two-course lunch incl tea/coffee $25. Booking: Heather 3300 3733 by 4pm Friday, January 27.

■ CENTENARY EVENING

WE HOLD a dinner meeting at the McLeod

Country Golf Club, 61 Gertrude McLeod Cres, Middle Park on the second Monday of the month from February to December. As well as monthly dinner meetings Centenary Evening VIEW ladies enjoy coffee mornings, visits to the theatre, various social gatherings and fundraising activities.

THE CLUB has raised sufficient funds to support 30 disadvantaged children with education expenses. Cora Zanetti and her team of helpers make jams and chutneys every month to raise funds. The club members buy their home supplies and gifts regularly from Cora, which has helped enormously towards fund raising over many years. The club will hold the first meeting for 2017 on January 25 at Kedron Wavell Community Centre. It will be the AGM. We will have Tricia's Trivia, and we will celebrate Australia Day. We have a lot of fun and make new friends whilst supporting a very worthy cause. New members and guests always welcome. Details call Ros on 3263 8686 or Helen 3263 6240.

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Tuesday of the month at 9.45am. We have our monthly meeting with a friendly chat over morning tea and 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 always welcome retired men and women from Chelmer to Oxley and all 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. Details call Coral on 3379 7540.

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HELPING OTHERS: Cheryl Dangerfield, president of Logan VIEW Club (centre), presenting six tablets for Learning for Life children to Ruby Pritchard and Sam Mao, from The Smith Family.

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NATIONAL SERVICEMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA (QUEENSLAND) INC

NEXT meeting will be January 15 and be held on 3rd Sunday of each month at RSL Gaythorne commencing 10.15am, with the exception of Easter Sunday April 16. Visitors and new members are welcome. After each meeting you have the opportunity to have lunch in the bistro downstairs. The Association exists for the benefit of Australian nashos called up for either of the two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973, or wives/widows thereof. Conscripts who served countries other than Australia are invited to join as associate members. To discover the benefits of membership, to apply for the two medals to which Australian nashos are entitled or to find a branch nearer to you, call 3324 1277 or scroll website www.nashoqld. org.au. For details about Brisbane North West branch call Dave on 3366 3191 or email dlivett@optusnet.com.au

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for social outings that consists of visiting places of interest and lunch. Past outings include a Noosa River tour, Boggo Rd Gaol, State Parliament House, picnics, hotel and club lunches. 2017 looks to be just as interesting and diverse. Details call Peter at 5433 9395 or email tracepj@gmail.com.

THE FIRST 2017 meeting is on Thursday, February 2 at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets, Enoggera. Visitors and new members are welcome. The guest speaker will be Harry McKinnon, Senior Officer, Stafford Wavell Heights Section of Home Assist Secure, and his topic will cover security for you and your home. Home Assist Secure is a State Government program. ACRO Home Maintenance (incorporating Stafford Home Assist) provides quality home maintenance and modifications for eligible clients aged 60+, people with a disability of any age and those with carers who wish to remain living independently at home. Club enquiries call 3356 1256.

NORTHERN SUBURBS BOWLS CLUB

YOU CAN meet others and enjoy their company in social activities and bowls. Northern Suburbs Bowls Club, Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights, invites you to be connected through bowls. Free coaching is available and the club assists in your transition to play in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with others. Come N' Try with family and friends and have fun learning a social game for all ages. To arrange times contact the club on 3359 2142 or email bowls@nsbc.com.au.

FOREST LAKE FIFTY + CLUB

ON WEDNESDAY, December 7, 101 members and guests of the Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club celebrated their annual Christmas party at the Blue Fin Club, Inala. Our club provided a generous three-course meal with tea/coffee and a drink for everyone. There were Christmas gifts for all as well as 44 wonderful raffles. Our members meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month (January, February, March and April only) at the Lions Richlands Club, Pine Road, Richlands at 10.30am. New members are most welcome. For more information on the club and its activities, call Les (activities officer) on 3279 9449 or mob 0466 377 618 or email fl50plusc@gmail.com. Date claimer for the next meeting is Thursday, January 19.

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A SUB unit of the Australian Army History Unit, is based at Victoria Barracks on Petrie Terrace, Brisbane. An exhibition to acknowledge all who served during the ten years of the Vietnam conflict will be opened in February 2017. More than 50,000 Australian Defence Force men and women served in Vietnam. South-east Queensland was the base for much of the jungle training and the Brisbane Barracks was an important administrative HQ. The historic Victoria Barracks precinct dates back to 1864 and is characteristic of a 19th century British Empire military barracks. Today, Devonshire Tea, served in the original Officers’ Mess is a highlight of guided tours. All bookings must be by prior arrangement for Wednesday morning tours. Other days by arrangement. Cost is $10 a head. Call 3233 4531 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only or 0412 868 224 or email


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FRIENDSHIP FORCE BRISBANE

EVERYBODY is welcome to join Friendship Force Brisbane at a fashion parade where affordable, easy care clothing will be presented by Portofino Australia Pty Ltd. Enjoy a light lunch with members of Friendship Force, make new friends and you can have even more fun by trying your hand at modelling. Join us on February 25 at 11.30am for 12pm lunch at the conference room, Building 3, Parkland Boulevard, Brisbane City. (Roma Street Parklands) – use your car or public transport. Cost is $10 per ticket and bookings are essential by no later than January 15. Call Erika 0413 335 315 or Marlene 3862 9666 ffpresident.brisbane@ gmail.com

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PARTY FUN: Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club members had a wonderful Christmas party at the Blue Fin Club at Inala.

Linux and Windows. Do you need to know how to "get" your photos off your phone? JDs 50 Plus Cinematographers holds 2 meetings a month, the 1st and 4th Tuesdays, 9.30am to 12.30pm at the 50 Plus Centre in the Brisbane City Hall. Cost is

$2 per day. Call Mr John D'Alton weekdays but *not* between noon and 2pm on 3371 3707.

QLD FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY

WE ARE offering a beginners course in family

history research. The 6 week course is designed to involve participants in the process of sound genealogical research and to teach the most up-to-date methods of family history searching using a variety of resources. All participants

will have the opportunity to use all the resources at the QFHS Library and Resource Centre. This means that any non-members who enrol in the course will have complimentary use of the library for the duration of the course. In addition,

everyone who enrols in the course will receive a copy of Shauna Hicks’s recent book Where do I start?: a brief guide to researching your family in Australia and New Zealand. The course will be based around this

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SCOPE CLUB OF WYNNUM INC

ENOGGERA & DISTRICTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY INC.

WHEN WE return to work on January 12 we will always be looking for new members, we love em! Are you interested in the local history of your district? Would you like to be involved in the unravelling of local history that in European terms extends back into the 1840s? Yes? Give us a call on 3366 3191 or visit us on a

times with regular meetings starting at around 9am and finishing at noon, stopping for morning tea and goodies in a general social spirit. We also have a Financial Group that meets on the 2nd Friday at Chermside (for members only). Visitors are welcome at our social meetings with hope of joining later. Details email sitram@powerup.com.au or call Carl Nielsen at 3381 1820 daytime hours please or 3351 4126 ask for Paul. Membership fees are small and we have regular social bus trips.

GOOD CAUSE: Aspley VIEW Member Cora Zanetti with a display of jams and chutneys sold each month to raise funds.

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YES LOTS of laughs and bubbly on our recent Mystery Xmas trip to

Tambourine by the North Brisbane Association of Independent Retirees. We meet on the 3rd Friday of the month at the Community Hall at Wavell

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IS CALLING for nominations for the club’s Australia Day Award. We are seeking someone who lives and volunteers in the local Bayside area, who is community minded, helpful to others, excels above normal duties and never expects recognition for their efforts! Include a brief history and details of community activities of the nominee. Nominations deadline January 20, 2017. Send to The Scope Club of Wynnum, PO Box 184, Wynnum Central QLD 4178. Details call Pam Clements on 3348 6025.

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MANY MEN, especially those over 50, find it difficult to express their feelings. Experts tell us opening up and talking to others can have a profound effect on wellbeing, and since the founding of the Australian Men’s Shed Association, so many men have discovered this. Men’s Shed is recognised as one of Australia’s largest male-based community development organisations, and the Wynnum Manly and District branch has helped many men on the way to good mental health by sharing time and companionship. It has been a struggle to keep the branch going due to land-lease

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TUNED UP FOR THE THIRD AGE PAUL McKEON IN OUR youth obsessed world, wrinkles are regarded as an unfortunate affliction normally found in people over 50. They are to be feared, hidden if possible, and are often the butt of “oldies” jokes. How could we get it so wrong? Surely one of the main reasons for being on this earth is to experience the highs and lows of life. These experiences leave their marks on our minds and on our bodies. They help form our character and attitudes and they leave lines on our faces. A mature, lined face shows that we have accepted challenges, enjoyed victories and good times, found the strength to survive defeats and try again. They are the outward signs of having lived our lives.

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Young faces and bodies are often beautiful. They are unlined, untested and can be like a blank canvas before life starts to paint on their surfaces. Youthful, unlined faces are to be enjoyed, but not worshipped as something we should all strive for when clearly the human face changes with age. To focus on youth and beauty and denigrate older faces is to make the

mistake of only considering the outer, physical appearance. The cliche “beauty is only skin deep” is still relevant. It is the journey from unblemished and untested youth to wrinkled maturity that defines who we really are. People who have handled the journey well may have lost much of their youthful beauty but they still can be very beautiful people in their

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GOOD MEDICINE Dr MICHAEL GILLMAN TESTICULAR cancer is not a common cancer, with about 700 men being diagnosed in Australia each year. It is however the second most common form of cancer in men aged between 18–39 years. The cancer starts as an abnormal growth in the testicle and often presents as a painless lump. This type of cancer can spread throughout the body, however if diagnosed early it often is still localised within the testis and has a very high cure rate. The causes of testicular cancer are mostly unknown however we know that certain conditions are risk factors for its development. Undescended testes, which is found in 3-5 per one hundred boys, is a major risk factor increasing the risk by a factor of 10 times in men with undescended testes. Men with previous fertility problems and men with Down Syndrome are

also at an increased risk of this cancer. Men aged between 20–40 are at most risk of developing testicular cancer however it is also seen in older men. Testicular self-examination is an easy process and is used to detect any lumps. The scrotum is supported in the palm of the hand and each testis is gently rolled between the thumb and fingers, feeling for any areas of hardness, lumps or swellings. Each testis should feel firm and the surface should be smooth. Any change to how the testes feel normally is a trigger to see your GP straight away. Testicular cancer is diagnosed with ultrasound scans and certain blood tests and if found, other scans of the body are performed to look for any cancer spread. Treatment involves surgery and possibly radiotherapy and chemotherapy depending on the type and spread. The message is that all men should become familiar with how their testicles feel and should regularly examine them for any changes. www.drmichaelgillman. com

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pressure has been used to assist the healing of wounds for more than four decades. It enhances the body’s natural healing process by allowing the patient to breathe in 100% oxygen in a specially designed compression chamber.

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Removing toxins And keeping on track into the new year

ACTIVE AGEING DR ALEX McHARG PhD I BEGAN my last column with diaphragm breathing. I will explain why it is important to the immune system, as there is no actual pump but the action of the diaphragm acts like a pump. It helps to drain dead lymph cells and other debris from the lymph nodes into the blood stream, where it is carried away. The lymphatic system is very important as it helps to remove toxins from your body. Upper body stretching, using two types of rigorous arm swings; overhead and forward and backwards bowling action movements and laterally across the body and back. (2x30). This will aid the lymphatic system, which is especially important for

LIFTING WEIGHTS: Building your muscular structure will help to avoid frailty.

women. Men and women should also concentrate on lower body movement, such as hip swings and brisk walking. It becomes obvious that stretching exercises are interlinked with breathing and the immune system. Helping the lymphatic system is like getting rid of the garbage from your body. This is also assisted by regular bowel movements. All of these help to

maintain daily equilibrium. Now to expand more on the subject of weights, and here I am going to use the, ‘F’, word, which is, ‘Frailty!’ This is a weakness that is often associated with ageing and leads to many degenerative diseases. Building your muscular structure will help to avoid this so I am going to insist that weight training sessions are really

necessary. Next column I will expand on using weights and stressing the importance of cardio training, with examples. Lastly, the importance of a balanced diet. In order to aid your slower digestive rate, eat your al dente veggies and salads first, then your proteins and good quality fats. Try not to eat simple carbs and proteins together. Fruit and carbs go well.

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COTA: Free information sessions on wellbeing MOST OF us wish to age well. A core part of this is considering your wellbeing. Research informs us even the smallest change to daily activities can have a large impact on your wellbeing. Wellbeing, active ageing, enablement, wellness, person-centred care and so forth are terms we are hearing more often when talking about ageing and aged care services in Australia. COTA is offering free information sessions to break down this terminology and provide tools for you to identify what is important to you as you age and develop goals that focus on what you would like to improve and how to start making those changes. COTA’s trained peer educators will come to your group and in interactive sessions will discuss; ■ The possibilities/ advantages of staying well as you age ■ Your options for increasing wellbeing ■ Getting community and aged care services on board to assist you ■ How this can improve local and community

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Why air could be keeping you from quality sleep Q&A with Debbie Black, Director of Elanra Medical SLEEP quality can be directly linked to the type of air we breathe, according to Director of Elanra Medical Debbie Black. She says too many seniors put up with poor sleep and rest without knowing the cause, or fixing it. We caught up with her to find out just what the link was between air and sleep and how to improve it. Q. What links does air quality have to sleep quality? A. Air quality affects your breathing. Problems with your breathing affects your sleep. A study conducted at Harvard School of Public Health found air pollution significantly increases the risk of a group of disorders known as Sleep-Disordered Breathing. The worst being sleep apnea, but ranging from asthma to allergies and more. The ‘Sleep Heart Health Study’ in the U.S. studied 6,000 people between 1995 – 1998; 3,000 of those people were studied for air pollution across 7 cities in the U.S. They found that an increase in air pollution within the bedroom increased the risk of sleep-disordered breathing, low blood oxygen levels and reduced quality of sleep. They also found that the risk of stopping breathing for at least 10 seconds increased by 13% in summer when pollution

levels increased. Q. Is there a link between air quality and the development of breathing disorders like sleep apnea, asthma etc? A. There is an undeniable link between air quality and breathing disorders, not 100% as some people may have physical obstructions to better breathing, but it certainly would be close. Scientists have already proven Cardiovascular disease is influenced by lack of sleep from increased pollutants. Q. What is actually causing the harm to us within the air? A. It's a combination of the pollutants in our homes and the electrical charges of those pollutants. The changing weather patterns play havoc with human beings as they alter the electricity in the air. Our body is made up of water and electrical frequencies. Dehydrate yourself and you will notice many bodily functions cease to function correctly. Put yourself in a positively ionised space and the air you breathe is bad if there are too much positive ions, you will then suffer, your body cannot function correctly in that atmosphere. On the other hand, put your body into a negatively ionised atmosphere and then your body can restore. Not just you but animals and plants too. Dr Rohan of the

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New year, new plans WHERE to go? Where is hot, where is not? Where is safe? Perhaps only you can judge, but here are my top tips. . Switzerland. Perfect for senior travellers because everything works efficiently and almost everyone speaks English. Now there is even more reason to go with the launch of The Grand Tour of Switzerland, the world’s first

electric road tour for electric cars and bikes. Norway. Many of us haven’t been and we need to go, not just for the northern lights and winter holidays but because as seniors we should enjoy new experiences. Mountains and fjords are easily traversed with small group tour operators for the nervous, or self-drive options for the

Ann Rickard gives her top ten destinations choices for 2017 adventurous. Montenegro Close to Dubrovnik, very small, much to offer from spectacular scenery along an enchanting coastline with gin-clear waters and sandy beaches. Kotor’s ancient city walls hide winding alleyways and untouched charm. quickly. No yacht? Rent a small boat and sail to dozens of tiny inlets and beaches along the coast. Las Vegas, USA. Even if you eschew the glitz and glamour you still need to see it once in your life. Where else can you go to the top of the Eiffel Tower for

dinner, be serenaded by a gondolier as you glide along a “Venice” canal and be frightened out of your wits on a helter-skelter ride on top of the New York building all in one afternoon? Milford Sound, New Zealand It’s close, it’s beautiful and it has been judged the world’s top international travel destination. On the west coast of the South Island with dramatic cliffs rising from mysterious dark waters, it is best enjoyed from the sea. If you aren’t up to kayaking plenty of operators will take you on a comfortable cruise, or for a luxe experience take a flightseeing ride in a plane.

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Fun and frolic on ship P&O caters for young and old in special cruise adventures Ann Rickard

ANN RICKARD tries and fails to take a leap of faith in the middle of the ocean. There is the expression “the mouth went dry with fear”. We all know it, but how many have actually experienced it? I certainly never had, although I’d read it in many books. However, my turn came when I was half way up the tunnel on P&Os ship Pacific Eden in the middle of the Coral Sea. I was strapped into a flying fox and ready to take a leap of faith off the ship’s tunnel (actually a deck near the tunnel) and my mouth actually went dry with fear. I’d already climbed up many steep steps to the tunnel from the ship’s top deck where The Edge, P&Os Adventure Park at sea featured more than 20 different adrenalineinducing activities. All my cruise mates had had a turn on the flying fox

and had all come off exhilarated, eyes and expressions alight like children’s on Christmas morning. I was the last one the group to take my turn. But once up there, strapped in and ready (complete with hard hat), with two kindly crew members coaxing me just to step off into the air and let the flying fox whizz me across the long (so very long) deck to the other side, I turned into a quivery mass of jelly. Never before had I experienced the dry-mouthed fear. It was the wind you see. You are so very high up there with the ship’s enormous funnel and the wind is ferocious. Then there is the blue ocean 360 degrees around you, all the way the horizon. Nothing but ocean and sky and you up there ready to jump into oblivion. You need to have faith. I didn’t. I just couldn’t do it. And I cursed myself because I knew it would have been exhilarating,

UP HIGH: Let the grandchildren enjoy the flying fox .

and seniors need all the thrills they can get. Climbing back down from the funnel with the wind pounding me was probably harder than whizzing along the flying fox. Maybe another time. And it must be said, everyone in our group was younger than this senior writer by a good 10 years.

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FOR YEARS I’ve been a devotee of train travel. It started in the days of steam locomotives when, at the age of 10, I went on a school trip from Sydney to Cairns which took us three days and two nights of sitting up, not much sleep and blackened faces from the soot. How things have changed in the diesel electric era. I’ve tried the Orient Express from London to Venice, tuxedo and all. I’ve ridden the rails across China, Mongolia and Russia on the Trans Siberian. And of course the Shinkansen, the Japanese bullet trains. But in many ways the most enjoyable of all was a recent trip on the Indian Pacific from Sydney to Adelaide and Perth. Like its sister service The Ghan from Darwin to Adelaide, the Indian Pacific brings the vastness of Australia to

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your consciousness in a way that simply can’t be matched by air travel. For four days and three nights the seemingly endless vistas unfold before your eyes and if you thought this would get terribly boring, you’d be wrong. I took a book and managed to get through

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THE Indian Pacific gives you two oceans on one of the world’s longest and greatest train journeys. But most of your cruising will be across the vast continent of Australia. From the spectacular Blue Mountains to the treeless plains of The Nullarbor, where the train travels the world’s longest straight stretch of railway track (478 kilometres), you will see unique landscapes unfold and spot a

fascinating array of wildlife from the comfort of the lounge or your cabin. The journey from Sydney to Perth covers 4352km and in either direction you’ll have three nights aboard the great train. There are many things to see along the way as you cross this vast continent. And you can get up close and see many of them when you enjoy an optional off-train sightseeing tour. The great train offers these tours during

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In Adelaide there are dinner options in the city, the Barossa Valley or the pretty village of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills…we chose the latter and were treated to an evening of German culture ...

butter pudding. And an excellent wine selection. The off-train inclusions are equally impressive, with options such as tours of Broken Hill including the Living Desert Sculpture Park or the Pro Hart Gallery. In Adelaide there are dinner options in the city, the Barossa Valley or the pretty village of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills…we chose the latter and were treated to an evening of German culture with an Oktoberfest-like, thigh-slapping performance by the local people in their lederhosen. And a beer or two. The Nullarbor Plain occupies a whole day and night of travel and is almost mesmerising because of its scale. On the final evening we

hit a remote place called Rawlinna (population four) for a dinner under the stars, at long tables set up on the deserted platform with a roast lamb w/veg feast magically appearing from the train’s kitchens. The train itself is not exactly bullet-like. In fact the average speed over 4352 km is just 85 km/h with a top speed of just 115 km/h. This is not a means to get from A to B (or S to P), but an Aussie experience that brings the word “iconic” to mind… clichéd as it is, there’s no other way to describe the Indian Pacific or for that matter, The Ghan. They bring the Wide Brown Land to your window while you sit back and enjoy the wonder of it all. greatsouthernrail. com

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THE NEW year marks the beginning of the Mitchelton Farmers’ Markets on the first Sunday every month, starting February 5. From 6am to midday enjoy all the colour and vibrancy of the Mitchelton Farmers’ Markets at Blackwood St, Mitchelton (between Samford Rd and Mitchelton Train Station). Janpowersfarmers markets.com

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THE QUEENSLAND Art Gallery has the exhibition No. 1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966-2016 running until January 29. It focuses on the vibrancy of contemporary artistic expressions. A key conceptual theme within

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TREAT yourself to the theatre for the stylish story of fashion, friendship and 1950s Australia in the production, Ladies in Black. Running from January 28 through February 19, Ladies in Black features more than 20 original songs and a stunning range of 30 custom-designed dresses and suits. qpac.com.au

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FROM January 25 to 29, join Le Gateau Chocolate and cabaret artist Jonny Woo for an evening of unadulterated musical theatre nonsense in A Night at the Musicals at Brisbane Powerhouse. From Gypsy to Grease, Annie to The Lion King and Phantom to Les Miserables, this high camp duo will drag through the back

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SOLUTIONS

ewer INTERVIEW newer newt renew review twee tweer twin twine twiner view viewer ween weir went were wine winier winter wire wive wivern wren writ write

21 22

S E L L S

Across: 1. Seek 8. Near misses 9. Contract 10. Owns 12. Advice 14. Sadden 15. Knolls 17. Result 18. Odes 19. Rashness 21. Deposition 22. Says. Down: 2. Emboldened 3. Knit 4. Parade 5. Smites 6. As good as 7. Uses 11. Needlessly 13. Illusion 16. Sortie 17. Rustic 18. Olds 20. Nuns.

ALPHAGRAMS: EASEL, FOURTH, GUNSHOT, HECTARES, INSULATES.

BLACKOUT

QUICK CROSSWORD

Solution opposite

T R I E D

Find a finished crossword by deleting one of the two letters in each divided square.

N O R S E

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 13 Very Good 17 Excellent 20

DOUBLE CROSS

I D E A L

V E

WORD GO ROUND

E N

SUDOKU

5x5

T A P E S

401

GK CROSSWORD

W

Down 2. Encouraged (10) 3. Tie or link together (4) 4. Procession (6) 5. Hits (6) 6. Almost the same (2,4,2) 7. Puts into service (4) 11. Unnecessarily (10) 13. False perception (8) 16. Military attack (6) 17. Rural (6) 18. Parents (colloq) (4) 20. Sisters (4)

Across: 1 Ampoule, 4 Picot, 7 Greek, 8 Espresso, 10/12 “Rhinestone Cowboy”, 13 Albany, 15 Flying bomb, 18 Voltaire, 19 Lima, 20 Rungs, 21 Compass. Down: 1 Auger, 2 Previews, 3 Ersatz, 4 Phrenology, 5 Cosh, 6 Trotsky, 9 New Orleans, 11 Carolina, 12 Cadaver, 14 Citric, 16 Bears, 17 Flan.

R I

T I

WORD GO ROUND

Across 1. Search (4) 8. Close shaves (4,6) 9. Shorten (8) 10. Possesses (4) 12. Recommendations (6) 14. Dishearten (6) 15. Hillocks (6) 17. Outcome (6) 18. Poems (4) 19. Foolhardiness (8) 21. Courtroom statement (10) 22. Pronounces (4)

Q Z I U C J L O K U C F B L O

T A N G O Z C O N S O N A N T

I Y F K N P A X I S D E T Y R

P O L I T I C W T H E A T R E

P R A Y E E T E W J V F E J A

E X T E N S I V E H C A R A T

D X E K D X O F A Y O K Y B Y

G M D N E W S P R I N T I E O

C R C F R L I D Q A F B C Y B

H A L T S T D E S P E R A T E

E A O X Y M E N C X R C R Y A

A R T W O R K P O V E R A C T

T W H T A J I I W C N D V L E

S C E P T I C A L N C H A I R

K O S P H Q K D D N E S N P L

BLACKOUT

Work out which squares need to be deleted to reveal a completed crossword. Solution opposite

DOUBLE CROSS

C O K N S C O N B A N T T A I N G C O

I P P E D C H E O X A F L A T E C L O I E N T N T E N D E R S I S W A C T I S I D E V P E I T W E A R S C H I P D E C O N F E R A A T R T T E R Y C A R R A T R E A T Y B E A

O V E R A C T A R T W O R K

N C E H V A N I E R T S C H E S P A T H I I C K A W L


40 Seniors Brisbane

seniorsnews.com.au Monday, January 9, 2017

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