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IN THIS EDITION Vintage Journalist/surfer Phil Jarratt ..............................................................pages 4–5 Live and Let’s Save ......................................................................................... pages 14–15 Wellbeing ......................................................................................................... pages 21–25 Travel ................................................................................................................. page 26–30 What’s On..........................................................................................................pages 31–32 Puzzles .......................................................................................................................page 35

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The celebrity doctor cuts rents for elderly

He shared laughs on TV, but he also shared affordable housing AUSTRALIA’S first celebrity doctor, Dr John Knight AM, has spent decades amassing a residential property portfolio that supports elderly Australians. John, also known as Dr James Wright, answered the nation’s medical queries in print, radio and as a regular guest on Midday with Ray Martin for 30 years. He’s in the running to be Senior Australian of the Year. In 1973, John and his late wife Noreen established Medi-Aid Centre Foundation, a charity that provides accommodation for the elderly, particularly those who are frail, have no family support and no home. Now at 89, John has battled through heartbreak, personal and financial loss and cancer, but he’s kept buying property for Medi-Aid and now has almost 1000 investments – including hundreds of Surfers Paradise waterfront apartments – that are rented out for a meagre sum. Dr Wright said the rising cost of living had made it increasingly difficult for people to survive on the aged pension. “If we can make it affordable for them, they’ll eat right, they’ll get their

In 1973, John and his late wife Noreen established Medi-Aid Centre Foundation, a charity that provides accommodation for the elderly. right medication and look after themselves, and they can keep their independence and have a quality of life,” he said. While John could afford to live in luxury, he chooses to live in the same unrenovated home where he raised his four children and has lived for the past 60 years. In Queensland, Medi-Aid accommodates about 200 elderly people in individual home units, mostly on the surf front overlooking the ocean, located in various high-rise blocks. The majority of tenants have had an unfortunate background, or negative sudden life change (death of a partner, cancer, illness, old age, eviction from their home, or no home). Dr Wright, probably Australia’s best-known “media medic”, is often called The Merry Medic because he dispenses

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THERE’S plenty of talk about 50 being the new 40 and 60 the new 50 etc. But what does that really mean? You still wear cool clothes, you still like rock’n’roll and you’re on Facebook? In the case of vintage journalist/surfer Phil Jarratt, it means the start of a new career at 64 years old. With 32 books behind him, a history of print editorship and founding the annual Noosa Festival of Surfing, Phil has moved from the small-scale print page and gone to the big screen. For the man who was editor of Australia’s first surfing magazine, Tracks, it’s the story he had to tell – the colourful journey of the pioneers of the Australian surfboard industry known affectionately as the Brookvale Six. “Through the stories of these Aussie pioneers we trace the roots of the

modern Australian surfboard, from fine-tuning the toothpick for wave riding in the ’40s through to the arrival of the Malibu chip, the development of the Omani in the ’50s and the peroxide surf boom of the early ’60s,” he said. The Noosa-based author is a daily surfer, but after suffering a series of minor heart attacks and undergoing the insertion of a stint, he is lucky to be alive. He said he’d been experiencing heart disease symptoms, but ignored them. “Until then, I thought I was bullet-proof,” he said. He reckons that, like most people his age, he has mellowed. But just like his health scare, the arrival of this state of mind has also sneaked up on him. During his early journalist surfing days, he said he took no prisoners. “When you look back, you wonder how you weren’t beaten up behind the pub more often,” he

SURF PIONEERS: Gordon Woods, one of the Brookvale crew, (far right) in a 1966 ad for his surf shop.

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rides new career wave recognise weekends and I work from wherever I am.” He said a trip to Sri Lanka this year was the first time he actually hadn’t worked. “I liked it and might do it again,” he said and grinned. Meanwhile, his biography The Life of Brine, A Surfer’s Journey will be out next year. This promises to be a fun and truthful account of an Australian surfing

storyteller. He said the first person he had to check it with was his wife Jackie. After that, a few mates mentioned were allowed to read it. He’s proud of his happy family, including three daughters and four grandchildren, and is glad they are living close by. He has stepped down from his role in the Noosa Festival of Surfing and his daughters have stepped up.

“The festival numbers are 35% up this year already,” he said proudly. And it’s about this time of year he takes a small step back into the festival to support his daughters. Other than that, life goes on as usual. Except, in deference to his age, he’s given up short boards. “I ride a longboard now,” he said.

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GEORGE Megas, 80, and the most senior athlete competing in November’s 10.5km road race walk in Runaway Bay at the Jupiters Pan Pacific Masters Games, took home two gold medals. George has been competing in road race walking for more than 20 years and has been a competitor in the Pan Pacific Masters since its inception in 1998, missing just one year. He came away with a gold medal in the 80-89 year division of the road race walk, and another in the 3km track race walk, this year and was very happy with his achievement, despite the hot and humid conditions. “I did very well; I’m not sure about my time but it doesn't worry me,” George said. “I’m happy I finished the race.” Born in Alexandria, Egypt, to Greek parents, George was fortunate

He came away with a gold medal in the 80-89 year division of the road race walk, and another in the 3km track race walk, this year and was very happy with his achievement. enough to represent his birth country in basketball, table tennis and indoor volleyball. After moving to Australia, he again excelled at sport and represented NSW in the same three sports. When he moved to the Gold Coast, George met some racewalkers who showed him the ropes of the sport and he took it from there. “I like it because I can look after my health,” he said. “I enjoy being active.” He has continued to

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Mum found, still looking for dad – an adoptee’s story BERYL found out when she was seven years old that she’d been adopted. In the years after that, having no original birth certificate or medical records caused problems. With the help of adoption agencies, Beryl started looking for her birth parents. She knew she was born in Sydney in 1950. In 2012, Beryl found out her birth mother’s identity, but too late to meet her. “I lost both mums in 2005, not knowing my birth mother,” she said. “I now have my original birth certificate and my birth certificate which was amended, and my adoption papers which I got in 1992. “All through, I needed medical records. “When I had my children, my doctor said, ‘I think you’d better start doing something about this because we need records’.” In January this year, Beryl made contact with a

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MEET Michelle. She’s a warm and stable 64-yearold lady, divorced with two children in their late 30s and lives in Brisbane. She is one person who doubts if she would be alive today without the particular assistance offered by Bowen Court. If you checked Michelle’s CV you would find an impressive work career including administration in Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s office, secretary to an SBS chairman and with

her husband, she owned and and managed a successful coast tourism business. In the private sphere, she has two adult children, who are educated, employed and good people. She was divorced after 20 years of marriage. What won’t be noted down is how her daughter battled a dreadful drug addiction at 19-years-old, followed by a diagnosis of thyroid cancer, and how Michelle had to leave her own career to care for her and ensure her daughter’s passage to health. “I just did what any mother would do,” she said. After that, her divorce further damaged her financial situation.

“I had a little money,” she said “And while I didn’t have to pay full rent,” I managed. For some time a friend rented her their holiday house. When that finished her ex-husband let her live in his unit and pay just a $100 a week. When he wanted to raise more rent, she had to leave. His money was from his family, not from their marriage. Michelle’s personal grooming portrays an innate stylishness. Her smile is warm and she’s ready to be upfront with me, but she is challenged. Due to cancer treatment, she has lost all of her teeth, she shows her underarm, where a long scar has replaced

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NRAS (National Affordable Rent Assistance Scheme) 2014: The Abbot-lead Federal Government abandoned the fifth instalment of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (known more commonly as NRAS). Applicants who applied for the fifth round of approvals (which closed in August 2013) were abandoned entirely. Conversely, those projects already formally approved still received government concessions. Up until 2014, NRAS delivered 14,575 dwellings with a further 23,884 in the pipeline.

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Message from the Minister – Funding to better protect Queensland Seniors

CONTESTING A WILL – HOW EASY IS IT TO BRING A CLAIM? COURT PROVIDES GUIDELINES FOR CLAIMS BY ADULT CHILDREN There has been a dramatic increase in the number of claims brought by family members in deceased estate matters. Australia has an aging population and the post World War II generation of children born during the 1940’s and 1950’s are coming to the latter phases of their life spans. These hardworking parents usually have a family home which has appreciated in value substantially, along with other assets including savings and superannuation. It is not unusual for current day estate values to be valued at several million dollars. Inevitably this increase in the value of the assets of parents who are dying leads to disagreements amongst the family when it comes to dividing up the estate assets amongst the surviving beneficiaries. The advent of the internet and the increased access to information for people has contributed to an increased awareness of legal rights with respect to estate matters. Indeed, a short Google search will quickly inform you of the rights of certain parties to make a claim in each of the states and territories of Australia. This Google search will usually include a list of lawyers advertising for estate litigation claims, frequently on a “no win no fee” basis.

MINISTER’S MESSAGE CORALEE O’ROURKE

It is no surprise to understand that this has led to an increased number of applications being made to the Courts in family provision claims. These are claims made by eligible applicants who challenge the Will of the deceased on the grounds that it has not made adequate provision for them. A similar claim can also be made in estates where there is no Will and the laws of intestacy apply.

As festivities begin across the state, I’d like to assure all seniors that as a Government, we are stepping up our efforts to make sure you are better protected against financial abuse and fraudsters. We have allocated $400,000 additional funding to the Seniors Enquiry Line to better protect Queensland seniors so you can enjoy a safe and happy holiday season. All too often, we see older people becoming victims to financial abuse, and this extra funding will support the Seniors Enquiry Line to raise awareness about targeted scams.

In recent times various Supreme Courts in the states of Australia have appeared to take a more conservative approach to claims being made by adult children, especially in circumstances where the adult beneficiary is able bodied and financially established. It is difficult to generalise in relation to these claims because they each turn on their own facts, but there has certainly been a trend for Courts to deny claims made by adult applicants who are independently secure in their financial circumstances. This can apply even when the estate assets are of a reasonably high value. The other issue that is relevant in this equation is the conduct of the adult beneficiary towards the deceased and the family generally. Although what constitutes ‘disentitling conduct’ in relation to an estate is a wide and varied issue, recent decisions are focusing on the moral aspect of the claim and the character of the beneficiary bringing the claim against the estate in deciding what provision is adequate in the circumstances of the case. The Courts attempt to follow general community expectations when it comes to considering these issues in claims by adult children. The good news for aggrieved family members who believe that they have not been adequately provided for is that they may still be able to bring a successful claim against the estate. For the Court to make a family provision order in favour of an applicant the Court must be satisfied that adequate provision for the proper maintenance and support of the applicant has not been made. If the Court is satisfied the provision made for the applicant is not adequate, the Court will then consider whether further provision ought to be made in his or her favour. The factors the Court considers in the assessment of the above questions include the nature and size of the estate; the provision (if any) made for the applicant in the Will; the financial circumstances and ‘needs’ of the applicant for his or her maintenance and advancement in life; the nature of the relationship between him or her and the deceased; any contribution (financial and non-financial) to the deceased’s welfare and to the acquisition, maintenance or improvement of the deceased’s estate and the extent of the claims of other persons on the estate of the deceased. Whilst the Court will take into account all of the factors outlined above the predominant considerations for the Court are the relationship between the applicant and the deceased person and the financial circumstances of the applicant. In the event that the Court is satisfied that the power to make an order is enlivened then the Court determines whether it should make an order, and if so, the nature of any such order, having regard to the facts known to the Court at the time the order is made. The decision made at the second stage involves an exercise of discretion.

The Seniors Enquiry Line (1300 135 500) is a vital service, funded by our Government and operated by UnitingCare Community. This will become even more important over the Christmas period, when people are spending more on presents and a little Christmas cheer. The Seniors Enquiry Line (1300 135 500) is a vital service, funded by our Government and operated by UnitingCare Community. I am pleased the Enquiry Line has already begun to build its networks and update its phone scripts, to ensure seniors receive improved

support and assistance, if they phone about fraud or scam-related issues. We want seniors to be armed with this knowledge, as well as support services and available resources, so that you can better protect yourselves, and can live actively and happily in their later years. I understand this time of year can be particularly difficult for those who may not have family nearby. There are some great resources about staying healthy, happy and connected available on my Department’s website, and I encourage you to reach out by visiting www.qld.gov.au/seniors or calling 13 74 68. I hope everyone has an enjoyable Christmas and a happy New Year. Thank you all for your support and contributions to communities right across Queensland this year.

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TIME LIMITS TO BRING A CLAIM There are time limits applicable to claims brought against an estate. In Queensland claimants have 6 months from the date of death to provide written notice of an intention to claim and a claim must be filed in the Court within 9 months of the date of death. In New South Wales you have 12 months from the date of death to bring a claim although there is provision for executors to distribute the assets of an estate after 6 months from the date of death providing that they advertise and give a notice of intention to distribute the assets. The Court has discretion to direct an application be heard out of time. The onus is on the applicant to establish sufficient grounds for extending the time limit. The most significant considerations for the Court in exercising the discretion include: whether there is an adequate explanation for the delay, whether the beneficiaries are prejudiced and whether the estate remains intact. Court’s take a very strict approach to applications commenced outside the statutory time limit. The best practice is to obtain legal advice from lawyers who specialise in this area of law as soon as possible. It is certainly not problematic to obtain preliminary advice from a lawyer on the prospects of a claim and most firms will provide this preliminary advice free of charge. Some cases may be taken on a “no win no fee” basis. Attwood Marshall have a dedicated estate litigation team with senior lawyers who practice exclusively in this area. Please contact Department Manager, Donna Tolley on free call 1800 621 071 or direct line 07 5506 8241 or email dtolley@attwoodmarshall.com.au in order to arrange a free initial consultation. What have you got to lose? Call us now to make an appointment or log onto our website for a live chat – www.attwoodmarshall.com.au

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Riding their way to the win

THE Palm Lake Resort and Seniors Newspapers’ $69,990 Majestic Caravan Giveaway competition brought out the creativity and sense of humour in hundreds of entrants. There were so many great entries, it was hard to pick. But in the end, there is only one winner and that is ... Rodney and Jenny Simmons, who were helped to victory by an internet-savvy son with a larrikin streak. Rodney, 70, said his son spotted the caravan competition online and sent an email off to Seniors Newspapers to request a sticker, after telling him it would be the perfect prize for he and Jenny to try for. When the sticker arrived in Windsor, NSW, where the family has lived for all of Rodney’s life, its Retired Not Expired slogan struck a chord. “We’ve retired all right, but we’ve not had it yet,” Rodney said. The couple’s three sons have a small farm at Pitt Town where the grandkids go to ride their bikes and get away from it all – and it was there the creative spark arrived for the

DELIGHTED WINNERS: Rodney and Jenny Simmons were the lucky winners of the $69,990 Majestic Caravan Giveaway with this creative photo. BELOW: Some of the other entries in the competition.

photo. Rodney, who often visits the farm to mow the lawns for the kids, said one son had come across a life-size bull statue some years ago that had pride of place in the

paddock. “We were walking past and my son said to his mother, ‘Jump on that bull!’ ” Rodney said. “She told him she’d never be able to get up on

it and he went and got her a ladder. Old mother climbed up the ladder and I pretended to be getting chased over the fence. “It was funny. We were having a scream of a

laugh about it.” Rodney said in 70 years they’d never won anything of note, until now. “It doesn’t happen to us. We’re just little old parents who’ve got three

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HELLO readers, would you like to promote your club or group and let your community know what’s going on with your members for free. Club Notices deadline for the next issue is January 5. Send your notices and enquiries to Nicky or Chris via email communitynotes @seniorsnewspaper. com.au. We look forward to hearing from you. Nicky and Chris.

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WE RECENTLY held our Christmas luncheon at the beautiful LakeFront Bistro in the French Quarter at Emerald Lakes, Carrara. In January, The Society is hosting their Australia Day function in Runaway Bay. Contact Bruce for details on 5578 9454.

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ALTHOUGH QCWA is not just about tea and scones, there is no doubt that cookery contests attract a lot of attention and are hotly contested. Coomera’s latest contest saw master shortbread maker Rosie Murphy take out first prize again, while our newest member scored in the brownies section. Ginger scones featured at morning tea. Five members received awards at the QCWA State

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MERRY CHRISTMAS: Gold Coast Wine & Food Society recently held its Christmas luncheon at the beautiful Lake Front Bistro in the French Quarter at Emerald Lakes, Carrara.

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Live and

Let’s be frugal but very festive BE THRIFTY AND THRIVE NICKY NORMAN OF COURSE you bought your Christmas cards and wrapping paper when it was on sale in January, right? No? Well here’s some ideas to save you money before the merry madness begins. Let’s look at Christmas gift wrapping and decorations on a budget.

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★ If you’re over dragging out the old artificial tree, go evergreen and use a live plant or tree. You can decorate it for the festive season then use in your home or garden after the season is over. ★ Alternatively, find an old spray of branches and paint them gold or silver, add some fairy lights and you have a festive look and an up-cycled tree. Have a very merry and thrifty Christmas.

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YES, IT is possible to enjoy your Christmas lunch without breaking the bank. The best way to do this is to share the load and a budget. Don’t hesitate if a guest asks if they can bring something. Have a list ready to go and write down who is bringing what so you get a good coverage and don’t double up. Make it simple and just remember don’t overdo it. Start with a punch and a few dips and nibbles. Just a few as you don’t want to ruin your lunch: also ask guests to BYO drinks. If you decide to go with the seafood lunch you can go to your local fishing co-op before Christmas and order the prawns. Buy green and frozen prawns as they are much nicer when you poach your own.

CHEAP EATS, NO TRUFFLES CHRISTINE PERKIN The sweet, meaty flavour of prawns makes them perfect contenders for poaching and helps to retain moisture and gives the opportunity to add flavour by adding aromatics to the poaching liquid. Prawn cocktails are a nice starter. Making your own dressing for prawns is so quick and simple instead of paying $. If you buy in bulk, you can reduce the cost per kilo quite significantly. Why not see if a friend wants to go halves in a 5kg box of prawns?

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1. ALLOCATE MONEY IN ADVANCE

it simple Calamari and mussels are tasty and cheap seafood so don’t hesitate using these delicious sustainable morsels on a platter. If you buy sliced leg ham from the deli instead a large piece or leg you will only use what you need far less outlay. Buying cheaper cuts of meat can save bucks and will taste wonderful when marinaded and cooked slowly. This can save quite a few dollars off your budget if you use a shoulder cut instead of leg of lamb or pork buy early before the rush and freeze. Roast chicken is also a better idea than turkey much cheaper and less prone to drying out. Making your own sauces can be very simple, quick and cost effective and yum. Why not have a baking

day and make your own mince tarts and plum pudding? Home-made always taste better. The process is fairly simple for mince tarts. Buy the pastry and a jar of fruit mince from your local supermarket and bake a batch. Shortbread is also another simple treat to make. Plum pudding can be fiddly but well worth the effort. Cold desserts can be made of fresh fruit with dipping sauce, pavlova and my all-time favourite trifle. Just remember less is more so you can enjoy your day. Try to make sure most of your preparation is done the day before or earlier and write that list of what you need to do and when to do it. Have a very tasty and Merry Christmas!

Even though Christmas is an annual event, many people don’t prepare themselves financially in the lead-up to December. It is actually the perfect time to create a personal budget. Allocating money in advance is a great way to prevent finances from going into the red during one of the most expensive times of year. Before deciding on the amount of money for Christmas spending and gift buying, put together a comprehensive budget and cash flow forecast as this will help determine the final figure. In the budget, include all additional expenses such as food, drinks and socialising. For parents, sticking to one main present per child is a good way to prevent overspending.

2. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ONLINE SHOPPING

Get in early and make online bargains part of your Christmas shopping mix. Completing payments with debit cards rather than credit cards avoids the risk of being hit by a seasonal spending surcharge – in the form of unwanted interest payments in the new year. A great way to make sure you stay within the Christmas budget you have set is by keeping an

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WELCOMES all Gold Coast and Tweed Heads area residents and visitors. The Centre has a large range of activities, including Bingo, Dancing (including lessons), Free Computer Lessons, Card Games, Choir Group, Indoor Bowls, Craft, Light Exercises, Line Dancing, Mah Jong, Qigong, Rock & Roll, Spanish Lessons, Snooker & Eight Ball, Social Table Tennis, Tai Chi, Yoga, Ukulele Lessons, Monthly Bus Trips, Free Monthly Concerts, Hairdresser & Free Wii on the Big Screen. Our next Free Monthly Concert will be Monday January 30, 2017 at 1pm QLD time. Detailsandbookings phone 07 5536 4050 or visit 2 Gerrard Street, Coolangatta.

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OUR Club will celebrate the Christmas spirit at their meeting on Tuesday, December 20 at 10am at Treetops Tavern, West Burleigh. Burleigh Palm Beach VIEW will continue to meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in 2017. The 1st meeting of the year will be on Tuesday, February 21 at Treetops Tavern, West Burleigh, at 10am. New members welcome. Phone Ros on 5520 5821.

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OUR CLUB hold meetings and lunch on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Southport Golf Club at 11.30am and 12pm for lunch. Always with an interesting guest speaker. New members and visitors most welcome. For an opportunity to meet new friends and join in our social activities and really enjoyable surroundings, phone Nancy on 5592 6730 or

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■ LOGAN

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. Logan VIEW Club ladies meet at 11am on the second 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. Phone Cheryl on 3711 9146.

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OUR MEMBERS are urging the local community to support disadvantaged children with their education by donating to The Smith Family’s 2016 Christmas Appeal. The funds raised will help 8715 disadvantaged children across Australia get extra learning and mentoring support they need to create better futures for themselves. VIEW Club President Lorna Annakin said: “VIEW is proud to be supporting The Smith Family’s Christmas Appeal.” To make a donation to The Smith Family’s

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AUSTRALIA Day celebrations will be held at the home of Penny Thorpe, Thursday January 19 commencing at 11.30am DST. This will be a Fun Day with Aussie food, games and activities. Any enquiries to Penny on 5534 3931.

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Table games, bingo, trivia quizzes all go toward a fun filled morning. The Centre is self-funding and relies on the generosity of people offering donations to keep this important program running. Details call 5562 2993.

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IS AN Organisation for people grieving the loss of a partner. We meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 10.30am at Broadbeach Senior Citizens Centre, TE Peters Drive, Broadbeach. Phone Betty on 07 5580 7034.

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VOLUNTARY euthanasia options are discussed at meetings held quarterly on the Gold Coast. Details phone Elaine on 07 5580 8215.

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OUR club for retired and semi-retired men and women that meets on 2nd Wednesday of the month, 9.30am for 10am start with guest speaker and morning tea. The Club meets at the Holy Rood Church Hall, cnr Old Tamborine Rd and

SHARING AND CARING: Never Alone volunteers enjoying some time off and enjoying a barbecue at Burleigh Heads.

Tamborine-Oxenford Rd, Oxenford. The Club enjoys outings to theatres, trips to interesting places, dining out and picnics. Visitors and prospective members are most welcome. Call John Woodlock 0421 074 491.

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A LARGE group of our members enjoyed Gold Coast Canal cruising recently. Devonshire tea was served. Probus mantra is ‘Fun, friendship and fellowship’. Come and join our mixed group. Phone Doreen on 5526 6126.

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RETIRED or semi-retired men are invited to join us at Club Meetings, 10am on the 3rd Monday of each month at Burleigh Waters Community Centre, 131 Christine Ave. Burleigh Waters. Nominally a men’s club, but wives are very welcome to share the club’s fellowship, friendship and fun at all club meetings and outings. Phone Brian 5520 6332 or Colin 0427 272 829.

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Christmas lunch will be held at Paradise Point Bowls Club on Tuesday December 13. All members & friends are invited to attend, coming together at 11.30 am on the verandah. The club will reopen January 16 2017 when all past and new members will be welcome to continue the fun, friendship & fellowship enjoyed during 2016. Details call Warren 5514 0234.

■ KIRRA/TUGUN MIXED

OUR club celebrates our 25th birthday this year and we are celebrating this

“silver” anniversary with a silver service lunch, and by wearing silver, not necessarily as our hair colour! As we meet at the Currumbin RSL, where they have a great cafe’ and bistro, everyone is invited to stay on for lunch. Careful selection of interesting speakers and entertainers for our meetings, and the introduction of varied interest groups getting together throughout the month, now gives members a great variety of entertainment and this attracts even more people wanting to join.

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■ BURLEIGH/ PALM BEACH

OUR Club will celebrate the Christmas spirit at their next meeting on Tuesday 20 December at 10am at Treetops Tavern, West Burleigh. VIEW Clubs support the work of the Smith Family in helping disadvantaged Australian school children further their educational goals. Burleigh Palm Beach VIEW will continue to meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in 2017. The 1st meeting of the year will be on Tuesday 21 February at Treetops Tavern, West Burleigh at 10am. New members are always welcome. Details call Ros on 5520 5821.

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Finance What will you be doing at 65? Think cash or credit FIGURES from the Australian Bureau of Statistics indicate one in five Australians more than 45 years of age are planning to continue working up to their 70th birthday. But what is this working future going to look like? Will it be full time employment or part-time work to top up savings? A growing number of people more than 50 years of age are now putting their skills and experience to use in their own businesses, becoming senior entrepreneurs or SeniorPreneurs to supplement their retirement income. What type of business you choose is limited only by your imagination but here are a few things you

should consider: 1. What do you love doing? Find ways to be involved in doing the things you love. Follow your passion and aim to reap rewards on all levels: financially, mentally and emotionally. Working on something that interests you personally can be more sustainable and rewarding. 2. Find like-minded people Find people who share your interests regardless of any age differences. Discussing ideas with people experienced in the areas you may not be familiar with can lift your ideas from the drawing board into reality. Consider contacting organisations like the SeniorPreneurs Foundation or Elderberry — groups like these can help you connect with

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other people who are forging ahead to become their own boss. You can also go to the Queensland Government business website for more tips. 3. Make your workspace fit your lifestyle Many small businesses are run out of spare space. In today’s online world there is no need to go to great expense renting space. Just make sure you check you’re not breaking any local regulations before you fire up the furnace in the back yard. 4. Be clear on your objective If your goal is simply to earn enough to allow you to be financially independent in retirement, there is little point racking up huge debt to fund the venture. Before you jump in with both feet consider:

■ How much do you need to ‘earn’ to maintain a comfortable retirement? ■ How much can you earn before you impact any Government entitlements you may be getting or could be eligible for in the future? ■ What will be the best strategy for your Superannuation payout? 5. Financing your venture There are a number of strategies you can use to fund your new venture, such as redrawing on your mortgage or taking out a small loan. Alternatively, there may be grants available. Again, before pursuing any of these options it’s worth seeking guidance from a financial adviser. Tony Rigby is an Authorised Representative of AMP Financial Planning Pty Ltd, ABN 89 051 208 327, AFS Licence No. 232706.

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THINK MONEY PAUL CLITHEROE CHRISTMAS is a wonderful time of year but it can also put extra demands on our finances. Getting in early for festive shopping lets you stagger spending over time, which can make things more manageable. The usual rules of smart shopping apply at Christmas – shop around for a good deal; draw up a purchase list to avoid impulse buys; and hold onto receipts in case Aunty Ethel isn’t so keen on the power tools you’re planning to put in her Christmas stocking this year. Important rules also apply to the way we make purchases. In particular,

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Home doctor savings QUEENSLANDERS have been praised for using after-hours home doctor services to relieve pressure on emergency departments. It’s estimated that using home doctors can save the state health system $100 million. A new home doctor call centre on the Gold Coast – the National Home Doctor Service Patient Contact Centre – was officially opened by Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick in late-November. The service’s executive chairman, Paul Mirabelle, said new research by Deloitte Access Economics showed Queenslanders were leading the way on using home doctor services to treat non-emergencies outside of business hours.

“In the past year there have been 762,198 after-hours home doctor visits in Queensland – the highest number for any state or territory across Australia,” he said. “This is good news for Queensland, as the more patients we can treat in their homes, rather than in emergency departments, the more money we save for the health system. “The cost of an after-hours home doctor visit to the health system is $128, while the cost of a patient being treated in an emergency department is on average $368 and it’s much higher when an ambulance is called. “The Deloitte Access Economics report finds that without access to after-hours visits by doctors to households and aged-care homes, the

HOME VISITS: Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick (left) and Paul Mirabelle, executive chairman at National Home Doctor Service, are guests at the opening of the Patient Contact Centre at the Gold Coast.

cost to the Queensland health system would be $100 million higher over the four years of the budget forward estimates, mainly due to avoided

emergency department and ambulance presentations.” The report includes a case study comparing the levels of home visits and

low-urgency emergency department presentations in two regions with similar demographics – the Central Coast in New South Wales and the Gold Coast. On the Gold Coast there were 82 home visits per thousand people and 19 low-urgency emergency department presentations per one thousand people. On the Central Coast, where home visits were fewer at two home visits per 1000 people, there were many more low-urgency emergency department cases, at 52 per 1000 people. “The case study shows that where there is higher use of home visits, as is the case on the Gold Coast, there are fewer low-urgency cases in emergency departments,” Mr Mirabelle said. “Despite the budget

savings and benefits to patients, vested interests are pushing for the removal of the Medicare rebate for home doctor visits. “The association representing home visit doctors has started a campaign to protect home visits, where patients can share their stories about why home visits are an essential Medicare service. “After-hours home visits are especially important for parents with young children, the elderly and people living with disabilities. “With the opening of our new contact centre, which will employ more than 100 people, we hope that home doctors can help even more patients on the Gold Coast, relieving pressure on emergency departments in the area.”

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A short 12 steps to a stress-free Christmas

1/ Start with stillness: Before starting teh Christmas rush, go somewhere quiet to gain a sense of poise. “Be the calm you want to see!” 2/ Let love lead you: Take opportunities to spread seasonal ‘peace and goodwill’. Reordering priorities to do everything with intentional love can bring a sense of calmness and control. 3/ Value family and friends: As you sign, seal and send your Christmas cards (via email or snail-mail) treat each one as an opportunity to value the person you are sending it to. 4/ Be kind to yourself and others: Research shows kindness is good for your health. So saying sorry, no matter who causes the collision, might be the way to negotiate crowded streets, transport and busy shopping centres. 5/ Shop ethically: ‘Treat others as you would like to be treated.’ The Golden Rule could translate to ‘love the Christmas crowds as you would want

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them to love you.’ 6/ Embrace spontaneity: Keeping an open mind and making room for flexibility as each day unfolds reduces stress and increases joy. 7/ Be grateful: Scientists are accumulating evidence which verifies what spiritual thinkers would affirm from experience: a gratitude attitude can reduce anxiety and depression. 8/ Enjoy yourself: Appreciate the festive

lights. Share in the growing anticipation of your children. Meditate on the Christmas story and let the message inspire you. 9/ Don’t forget others: For some reason the season of goodwill seems to bring out the worst in many people’s experience. Spare a prayer for those in need and, when you can, make a difference in practical ways. 10/ Peace interludes: Pausing for moments of

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A good weight to start at should be 3kg. Your basic weighttraining exercise routine, (while in standing position), should consist of a variety of bicep and forearm curls, full side rotation shoulder movements and then vertical presses. A gym can help to introduce you to a mix of safe exercise routines. You can slowly increase the weight as you grow stronger. Begin with 10 reps of each movement going up to 30 and do this six times a week. Don’t forget to stretch first and afterwards. I have always included an exercise bike as a cardio routine and I suggest you put one in your living areas, so that there can be no excuses for not, “getting on your bike”. There will be more on using an exercise bike and weights exercises in 2017. To all the readers of the Seniors Newspaper, have an enjoyable and particularly healthy Christmas and use your New Year’s resolutions to focus on a naturally healthy and active lifestyle in 2017... With Best Seasons Greetings... Alec

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Evidence hard to swallow Experts warn air pollution is killing us

CRUNCHING NUMBERS ❚ 27,519 healthy years of life are lost by Australians every year from exposure to air pollution ❚ 3000 Australians die preventable deaths each year from air pollution ❚ $2.4billion – the total economic cost in the year 2000 of air pollution from motor vehicles alone. ❚ Up to $8.4 billion – the annual estimated health costs of air pollution in Sydney. ❚ Zero – the safe level of exposure to many of the major air pollutants.

MORE than 3000 Australians die premature deaths each year from SOURCE: ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AUSTRALIA urban air pollution, with seniors among the most susceptible, experts have warned. World Health Organisation Director in the department of Public Health, Environmental and Social Determinants of Health Dr Maria Neira said the evidence of health issues and deaths linked to air pollution was too big to ignore. "The risks from air pollution are now far greater than previously thought or understood, particularly for heart disease and strokes," she said. "Few risks have a greater impact on global health today than air HIGH RISK: An estimated 3000 Australians die each year from air-pollution. pollution; the evidence signals the need for concerted action to clean disadvantaged, those Few risks have a greater up the air we all breathe." living near major roads or WHO estimates indoor industrial areas and in impact on global health air pollution was linked to some cases rural areas. today than air pollution; the 4.3 million deaths The people most evidence signals the need for worldwide in 2012 and susceptible to health externally 3.7 million issues caused by air concerted action to clean up the air deaths from urban and pollutants are the elderly, we all breathe. rural sources. children, pregnant women — Dr Maria Neira, World Health Organisation It states the increasing and unborn children and number of factories and people with chronic motor vehicles, which disease. Department of effects, he said it all came release harmful gases, is The Chairman of Elanra Pharmacology and down to the balance of a major contributing factor Medical, a Gold Bioclimatology (Hebrew ions in the air. to respiratory issues in Coast-based company University Israel) said, it is “These winds cause a western countries. which specialises in air a direct result of this type large increase of positive Griffith University’s quality and its impact on of hot, dry wind with low ions in the air. It is this School of Engineering the human body, Joshua humidity that is notorious mixed with the pollutants Professor Igor Agranovski Shaw, said the recent hot, for causing depression, that is bad for mankind,” said major air pollutants dry wind in Victoria which allergies, asthma, fatigue, he said. affecting Australians right saw hundreds of people migraine, irritability and Positive ions are now were inorganic and suffer asthma attacks and moodiness plus more,” Mr believed to be linked to organic gases, particles of allergic reactions, was Shaw said. making people feel mineral nature and proof air pollution was rife Having spent more than lethargic, tired and biological particles. in our society. half a century studying depressed whereas He said those most at "Just as Professor F G this phenomena and negative ions are linked to risk were the Sulman of the trying to reverse its feelings of energy and

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AUSTRALIAN Audiology Runaway Bay and Tweed Heads is inviting all hearing aid users to have a free check-up in the lead-up to Christmas. Owner/ Doctor Partho Paul said the festive season was just around

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the corner with planning for celebrations now in full swing. “All pensioners who are current hearing aid users are urged to come forward and get their ears

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OSTEOPOROSIS is a disease process resulting in decreased bone strength which increases the risk of fractures. While most bones are affected by this process, the most common areas of fracture are the wrist, the hip and the spinal vertebrae. One in three men in Australia over the age of 60 will have an osteoporotic fracture. During our life cycle, bones normally turn over minerals such as calcium, but as we age the minerals are lost more quickly than they can be replaced. As the bones lose the minerals, they lose their mass and density. Factors such as low testosterone, high levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, and some medications used in asthma, arthritis and kidney disease, can all lead to an acceleration in bone mineral loss. Lifestyle factors such as little physical activity and poor nutrition can also influence the disease.

Men who have symptoms such as loss of height or previous fractures, a family history of osteoporosis, or chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney or liver disease or testosterone deficiency should be tested. The diagnosis is made with a dual energy x-ray absorptiometry scan. This test measures the density of the bones in the spine and hip and compares it with the bone density of a healthy average adult of the same sex and ethnicity. A “T-score” is derived and the number can inform the doctor if bone loss has occurred. A score of -2.5 or lower indicates osteoporosis and the need for treatment. Medications can prevent further bone loss and can even improve bone mass. These medications can be in tablet or in an injectable form. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle that includes enough calcium in the diet and to have adequate levels of Vitamin D. Weight-bearing exercise is also is great importance. drmichaelgillman.com


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Radiation Care Jenny, a 48-year-old pelvic cancer survivor started experiencing symptoms of chronic radiation damage seven months after her treatment and she sought help from the Wesley Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine, Australia’s largest, private and fully comprehensive hyberbaric facility. “I found it difficult getting out of cars, bending down, getting off the couch or from a sitting position,” said Jenny. “My experience was also one of instability or a sense of instability, I didn’t feel strong and so stopped wearing shoes that had a heel on them as I felt I might fall. Even coughing caused discomfort. Internally I felt swollen and tender. They were vague symptoms in many ways but things just didn’t feel right.

“After my consultation at the WCHM I was keen to start straight away. In the end I undertook the full 40 treatments. Initially, there was no improvement after the first 10 treatments but that is to be expected. Between 10-20 treatments I thought I felt more comfortable. From 20 treatments on I knew I was improving. Gradually less discomfort, no pain.”

Jenny continued to improve after her HBOT sessions ended and it wasn’t long before she was back in high heels. See www.wesleyhyperbaric.com.au www.wesleyhyperbaric.com.au for more information

Almost half of the 131,000 new cases of cancer that will be diagnosed in Australia this year will be treated with radiation therapy as part of the overall healing process. The advancements made in radiation therapy means it can now target tumours more accurately and minimise damage to the surrounding tissue. However, despite these improvements, the normal tissue surrounding the tumour may be affected with the impact not realised for months, sometimes years after the treatment ends. This chronic radiation damage can affect the bone and or soft tissue and is generally a result of scarring or the narrowing of the blood vessels in the treatment area. During radiation, many of the smallest of blood vessels may be damaged or destroyed, which then limits the access of ingredients necessary for healing such as oxygen, antibiotics, nutrition, vitamins and growth factors. If the process is prolonged and the healthy tissue does not receive enough blood, then the tissue can die and in the past would have required surgery to remove it. But doctors are finding excellent success with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) which works by improving blood circulation, supplying more oxygen to damaged tissue, reducing scarring and increasing stem cell activity.

Patients have 30 - 40 two-hour sessions in a pressurised hyperbaric chamber like the world-class facility at the Wesley Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine which operates on the grounds of the Wesley Hospital in Brisbane. The combination of the pressure and 100% oxygen drives the dissolved oxygen into the plasma giving the body the building blocks it needs to repair itself. Generally, oxygen is transported around the body only by your red blood cells but HBOT allows the oxygen to be dissolved into the plasma, central nervous system fluids, the lymph glands, even the bone and can therefore be carried to areas where circulation has been reduced. So oxygen can reach the damaged tissues and support and enhance the body’s healing process. HBOT has had its most publicised success in treating the damage to the jaw bone as a result of cancers of the head or neck but it is also helpful for people who have had radiation therapy for the pelvis for prostrate or gynaecological cancers and developed injuries to the bladder and bowel. Research published in medical journals also point to benefits to women who have complications after surgical reconstruction following a mastectomy and radiation.

See www.wesleyhyperbaric.com.au for more information The Wesley Centre for Hyperbaric Medicine is a fully registered and accredited private day hospital and has contracts with most of the major health funds. As we are a day hospital patients are admitted and discharged daily and all our doctors participate in the no-gap scheme. Most patients have very little to no out-of-pocket expenses for their treatment with us, making this a very cost effective treatment especially if they have wounds/woundcare as this is all covered during treatment. We will also look after uninsured patients as long as their condition attracts a Medicare MBS number.

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Travel Ann Rickard proves seniors can be pleasantly active on a tropical island. JUST A five and a half hour flight from Australia’s east coast takes you into another world of dazzling island landscapes and delightful cultural differences that make a week in this idyll feel like a month-long holiday. The Cook Islands in the South Pacific offer the perfect escape for mature travellers: not too far to get to, an island to laze on if you are so inclined, but also a place for soft activities if you like a little adventure with your island lolling. The main island of Rarotonga is small (just 69sq km) and surrounded by a coral reef that creates a lagoon so clear and dazzlingly blue its presence, peeking through palms from so many vistas, is instantly soothing and simultaneously energising. The beachfront Pacific

Tropical utopia Resort Rarotonga, with its 2ha of tropical gardens, is one of many luxe resorts, a good choice for us seniors. At its toe-in-the-sand restaurant, the food is served in portions so big you’ll feel obliged to take out one of the free kayaks to paddle it off. Or you could just don a snorkel and step off the sand into the lagoon’s underwater kaleidoscope of fish and coral. If that’s too much effort, make use of the resort’s glass-bottom boat, it goes out every afternoon. Other not-too-difficult activities include a half-day cycle with Storyteller’s Eco-Cycle Tours. You’ll cycle about 10km with operator Dave and his co-star Uncle Jimmy, but it is mostly on flat ground through the island’s back roads in the lush hinterland with its

mist-shrouded mountains. You stop every five minutes (very agreeable) to learn about the island’s bounty of taro plantations, avocado and mango trees and myriad plants with healing properties. Dave and Uncle Jimmy care for you every kilometre through the verdant island and you’ll feel alive, especially when you finish the tour with a frolic in a hidden waterhole (an effort to get in but worth it). As South Pacific tropical utopias go, the Cook Islands are right up there. The welcome is warm (there is a lot of cheek kissing, get used to it) and the pace is slow. If you are over 50, ladies you’ll be called ‘aunty’ and gentlemen will be ‘uncle.’ Cook Island tourism guru Aunty Nane greets

most planes and with her beaming smile and ample curves covered in a mu mu (remember them?), she radiates instant welcome. When the sun goes down (and it does spectacularly) there is night-time stand-up paddling off Pacific Resort’s beach, where LED lights under the board light up the crystal waters beneath you. Kave from Ariki Holidays promises to have you standing on a board even if you are a good age. “We have had people in their 70s get up on the board within 10 minutes,” he said. “You can kneel or sit on the board if you don’t want to stand, the experience is just as good.” A Progressive Dinner involves no more activity than getting on a bus and going to three homes, where local

families wait with an entree, main course and dessert cooked by themselves using locally grown produce. It gives charming insight into Rarotonga’s culture as well as cuisine. For a big night out, it has to be Te Var Nui, the largest over-water night show on Rarotonga. Learn the island’s cultural history in a series of pavilions with interactive shows before going into the enormous gardens surrounded by rocks, waterfalls and mini lagoons, where you eat your fill at a grand buffet (be careful, it’s overwhelming), before a show featuring energetic dancers and musicians performing on floating and fixed stages. A 45-minute flight from Rarotonga takes you to Aitutaki, an island of sapphire water so gorgeous it defies belief.

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A cruise of the luminous-blue lagoon will reinvigorate you (and possibly add another 10 years onto your life, it is that special). The good people of The Vaka Cruise Company will help you on board their Polynesian-style boat, Tit-ai-Tonga, for a six-hour cruise to three islands, including the famous One Foot Island. The cheerful crew barbecue tuna to serve with bounteous salads while you play in the water, and when you reluctantly sail back to shore and reality, they entertain with music. At Aitutaki’s Tamanu Beach Resort, with its swinging hammocks and fresh petals on the bed, you breakfast on tropical fruits overlooking the lagoon, sip a cocktail as small waves gently lap your feet. You’ll wonder what the rest of the world is doing. The writer was a guest of Cook Islands Tourism. More information and full details of the Cook Islands are online at sale.cookislands.travel.

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A window to the soul of Africa Shirley Sinclair

THE words on the blue and gold mat at the entrance to the check-in lounge are prophetic of the journey on which we are about to embark. For the next 30 hours and 1600km, we will peer into the lives of everyday South Africans, get close with their history, culture and traditions, observe industry and agricultural practices, and be embraced by their dramatic and diverse scenery. But this is much more than that for me: it is also my window of opportunity to sample a whole new world of excellence in service and elegance in travel. The Blue Train through South Africa’s interior has cemented its reputation among the world’s great rail journeys for its relaxed ambience and grand old-world style. It starts with the seamless check-in. Attentive staff have us out of the taxi, with our luggage organised, paperwork done and floating into the comfortable welcome lounge with a pot of rooibos tea in under seven minutes. You know this is going to be special. Before we know it, white-gloved porters in matching white long-sleeved shirts and colourful vintage-style waistcoats are showing us the way to Carriage 18, Suite 34. The rich blues and

golds that have become The Blue Train’s signature design, coupled with the solid birch wood panelling create a tranquil yet sophisticated ambience in the suites and throughout the public areas of the train as its smooth ride reaches a maximum speed of 90kmh. The journey ebbs and flows while passing through some towns, or stops to replenish water supplies and for the off-train excursion. It doesn’t take long to discover that the Observation Car (with windows on three sides) and the Lounge Car (next to the Dining Car) are the social hubs of the train – places to share tales of holiday adventures, rub shoulders with some of the world’s most interesting people, and simply enjoy each other’s company while watching the changing landscapes. Adding to the comfort are specially designed thinner-than-normal body sides that create spaciousness within, plus a revolutionary air-conditioning system that maintains an even 20-21 internal temperature even when the outside temperature in the African continent reaches 45 degrees. But many prefer retreating to their compact oasis of their suite: simply reading a book and occasionally lifting the head to be surprised by yet another unusual

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African setting, watching a new-release movie on the in-cabin TV, taking in the journey on the “driver’s eye view” camera or drifting off as their favourite background music creates a lullaby soundtrack. Your surroundings border on opulence with rare Gialo Royale Italian marble and fittings plated in 24 carat gold in the bathroom, comfortable lounge chairs with matching ottoman, double-glazed long, rectangular windows with automatic roll-down blind, dual-control air-conditioner, occasional chair and fold-down table, closed-circuit TV, recessed soft lighting, and bed with white cotton sheets and plush duvet with a selection of pillows and cushions. Your suite’s butler is at your beck and call from 6am-11pm, and thereafter on request, to outline everything from how to lower and raise the electric blind to where the remote controls are kept, replenish drinks and snacks, ensure the room is tidy and the bathroom sparkles, make and put away the beds while you are at dinner and breakfast, ensure your stay is as relaxing and comfortable as possible, and always have a ready smile and be happy to chat. Similarly, the bar and dining car staff are a breath of fresh air –

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OFF TRAIN EXCURSION: The lap of luxury found at the Lord Milford Hotel in Matjiesfontein.

combining grace, etiquette and manners as they promptly fill that request for an exotic cocktail, or add sides of mushroom and bacon to your breakfast dish, or help you combat a dreadful cold by suggesting specially prepared lemon, ginger and honey tea. Dining on specialities such as springbok tenderloin served in a barley casing with herb jus (a dinner main meal option), pan-seared scallops with parsnip puree and cranberry reduction (recommended brunch starter) and breakfast delights such as eggs benedict or savoury omelette with your choice of filling while watching this fascinating new world pass by your table-to-ceiling window is nothing short of divine. Karoo lamb, line fish, crayfish, Knysna oysters, ostrich and cuts of venison grace the menu when in season and fresh fruit and vegetables are always available as part of the showcase of fresh, South African cuisine created on board and fine Western Cape wines. With the exception of caviar, French champagne and external phone calls, everything on board The Blue Train is included in

the price. So you can add that cheeky nip of scotch to your coffee, indulge in an afternoon mojito or three, select that recommended bottle of wine with dinner, have a beautifully brewed cup of your favourite tea blend at any time of the day or night, and shout the bar with chardonnay if you wish. As we roll into our final destination, we start to count a procession of highlights – from the welcome champagne and tropical fruit, to “the world’s shortest tour” on a double-decker bus ride around the main street of Matjiesfontein while being regaled with stories of the enchanting colonial town frozen in time, to the animated conversation over cigars and warmed cognac late into the night in the Club Car Lounge (the only area where smoking is permitted). Our journey ends with handshakes and merriment as we bid farewell to newfound friends who have shared our grand experience. The “window to the soul of Africa” has also revealed a kind, hospitable heart. ■ The writer was a guest of The Blue Train as part of an Aust Society of Travel Writers convention

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THE Blue Train, owned by Transnet Freight Rail, operates two trains of 14 or 19 carriages long that can accommodate 52–80 guests. Our train, the longer of the two, was completed in 1998 with an Observation Car (with full rear panorama window) that can be converted to a conference centre for 22 delegates. Over 25 years of service, the two trains are expected to travel 12 million km. While the official name The Blue Train enjoys a 70-year history, the wheels were set in motion for the current trains in 1994. That vision has long been met, with The Blue Train being the undisputed winner of the title of Africa’s Leading Luxury Train in the World Travel Awards since 2009.

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Tahiti sets pace with marathon at Moorea

HOLIDAY PACE: The Annual Moorea Marathon has a scenic view. PHOTO: CHRISTIAN DUROCHER

TAHITI’S stunning island of Moorea will next year host one of the world’s most picturesque marathons. During the annual Moorea Marathon, runners of all ages will be lining up on March 25, 2017, to pound the pavement during one of three events, from a full 42 kilometre marathon to a 21km half marathon or 5km colour run. Each offers views of Moorea’s imposing mountain peaks and stunning blue lagoon. Held annually since 1988, this year’s event is expecting 1200 participants including 20 from Australia and New Zealand. Entrants planning to combine the run with a beach break can enjoy a seven-night package from event travel specialists

Tahiti Mana. Priced from $3550* per person twin share, travellers will receive registration to the event of their choice, five nights at the Manava Beach Resort and Spa Moorea in a garden view room with breakfast, two nights at the Manava Suite Resort in Tahiti in a lagoon studio room with breakfast, return economy flights with Air Tahiti Nui from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane via Auckland and transfers including inter-island ferry. While in Moorea, guests will also receive a stand up paddle boarding guided tour and a 50-minute monoi massage at the Manea Spa to help recovery. Early bird deals are available and there are also upgrade options for those wishing to prepare

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Sail the sea with bionic cocktails & bar-keepers A ROBOT arm walks into a bar, and the bartender says, “I’m out of a job”. No joke, on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum class ships, the Bionic Bar makes other barS you’ve ever visited outdated. So cool even James Bond would be impressed, the two robotic bartenders produce two drinks per minute and up to 1000 each a day from an endless selection of cocktails. Guests just log into the system via the ship’s iPad ordering system and their cocktail of choice goes up on the visual order list. The robot arms even have names. On Anthem of the Seas,

FUN AND FANCIFUL: The Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Sea's Bionic Bar with Robotic Bartenders.

they are called Shaken and Stirred, while on Harmony of the Seas the names are Mix and Mingle. There’s also a few saucy one-liners and bar

chat on the board, the sort of stuff that bartenders regularly exchange, but it’s usually hard to hear. The bartender robots are excellent at muddling,

stirring, shaking and straining your creation. Once completed, the drink is ready to claim via your wristband. Your perfect cocktail just slides across the bar into your hand.

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CHRISTMAS CAROLS: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

concert with major orchestras and performed with celebrated theatre composers Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Sondheim. She is well-known to Australian audiences through her regular appearances on Carols By Candlelight. This show, starting at 11am on December 14, is a perfect end-of-year celebration for a club, group or friends. This is a wonderful heartwarming live show. Make your way to The Gold Coast Arts Centre at 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise. Bookings essential at theartscentregc.com.au.

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Coast Christmas Carols events ★NERANG CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS

Bring a chair or rug and enjoy an afternoon entertainment program. It is featuring local artists and school bands, huge evening program with traditional carols and a visit from Santa and Rudolf. You can buy ride passes for the kids. Food and drinks will be available before fireworks finale at 8.30pm.

★SOUTHPORT YACHT CLUB CAROLS ON THE BROADWATER

Head to the Southport Yacht Club for festivities such as Santa’s arrival from the North Pole at 5.30pm, a live band singing all of your favourite Christmas carols. There’ll be face painting and plenty of waterfront fun. Cost: Free

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With pre- entertainment from 5pm and carols from 6.30pm, this Highland Reserve-based event is a family-friendly community event and Crosslife Baptist Church is presenting simply carols in the park. Cost: Free

DECEMBER 18 ★CHRISTMAS CHILL AT LINKS

Relax on the clubhouse lawns and enjoy carols by candlelight performances from Coomera Anglican College and other artists. There’ll be entertainment for the kids, raffle, candles, glow sticks, drinks and food available, no BYO. Money raised from event to benefit Links Hope Island Community Project, One Girl. Cost: Free

★SURFERS PARADISE CAROLS ON THE BEACH

Held under the star on the picturesque Surfers Paradise Beach, bring a blanket, some chairs and enjoy an evening of song and family fun. Hosted by Charli

Robinson from Sea FM, there’ll be an all Aussie line-up of carols talent. Cost: Free

★JACOBS WELL CAROLS

Children will be entertained from 5.30pm. There will be a visit from Santa at 6.30pm before community carols performed by some great local artists. Fireworks will end the night with a bang about 8pm and there’ll be food, drinks and glow sticks to buy. Cost: Free

DECEMBER 20-24 ★2016 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS BUS TOURS

The City will once again be hosting the Christmas Lights Competition and Murray’s Coaches will co-ordinate bus tours. The tours depart nightly from The Arts Centre Gold Coast at 7pm. It will return by 10pm. Cost: From $10 to $15 (online booking). Don’t miss out. Visit our events calendar to see more information about 2016 Christmas Lights Bus Tours.

CELEBRATIONS: Fireworks on Surfers Paradise Beach. PHOTO: SURFERS PARADISE ALLIANCE

New Year’s Eve party SURFERS Paradise will light up for New Year’s Eve with the familyfavourite “superheroes” theme returning for a fourth year. Bring friends and family and count down the New Year beneath one of the largest fireworks displays in Queensland – in Surfers Paradise. Fireworks shows will be held at 8pm and midnight on Surfers Paradise Beach. Additional fireworks can be seen at 10pm from the Surfers Paradise Riverside. Kids, both big and small, are invited to come dressed as their favourite superhero. The New Year’s Eve Carnival will see the

Surfers Paradise foreshore come to life with fun entertainment including kids’ slides and rides from Tuesday, December 27, to Sunday, January 1. Surfers Paradise will go off with a bang as the latest in pyrotechnics produces one of the most spectacular fireworks displays in Queensland. The city will celebrate in true Gold Coast style with beach and boat parties, glamorous and glitzy events and good old-fashioned pub and club parties. Enjoy free New Year’s Eve fireworks at: Broadbeach: 8pm and midnight Broadwater Parklands Southport: 9pm – bring

the whole family to Southport’s Broadwater Parklands in Marina Parade from 5pm where The Food Truck Feast runs until 9pm. Coomera: 9.30pm – from 5pm there’ll be a community family event with amusement rides, sideshow alley, live entertainment, kids disco, food and drink stalls. No alcohol. Currumbin Creek: midnight – the Currumbin RSL is hosting a range of paid entertainment options that culminate in a spectacular fireworks display. North Kirra Surf Club: 7.30pm – plenty of family fun, a barbecue, drinks, glow sticks, jumping castle.

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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 five-letter solution starts with J, the six-letter solution starts with K, and so on.

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QUIZ 1. How many Australian rugby teams were in the Super 12 competition? 2. la Paz is the capital of which South American country? 3. The complaint Scrivener’s Palsy is more commonly known as what? 4. If the answer to a multiplication sum is the product, what is the answer to a division sum? 5. Who did Priscilla Anne Beaulieu marry in 1967? 6. Who won Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Grammy Award in 2005 for her song “Sunrise”? 7. “Moon-starer” is an anagram of which occupation? 8. What is melanophobia the fear of – the colour black, vegetables or flying insects?

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1 Three (ACT Brumbies, NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds), 2 Bolivia, 3 Writer’s cramp, 4 Quotient, 5 Elvis Presley, 6 Norah Jones, 7 Astronomer, 8 The colour black.

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Across: 1. Gaining 5. Moped 8. Opportunities 9. Mar 10. Toboggans 12. Doubts 13. Covers 15. Embodying 16. Ebb 18. Substantiates 20. Dread 21. Reforms. Down: 1. Gloom 2. Imperturbable 3. Irritated 4. Grubby 5. Moi 6. Private sector 7. Desists 11. Good grief 12. Dressed 14. Winner 17. Basis 19. Tad.

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