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Feature Story: Marian Keyes......................Pages 4&5 What’s on .........................................................Pags 16&17 Travel & Cruising feature ..............................Pages 19-30 Wellbeing ........................................................Pages 33-38 Money..........................................................Page 42 Puzzles ....................................................................Page 47

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Welcome Monday, November 13, 2017

So many ways so many days Imagination, technology and travel can shape your future

WELCOME to our November edition. This month our pages are jam-packed with super personalities, starting with the awesome Rhonda Burchmore, whose long legs are still scrapping the stage ceilings around Australia. When you have people dancing like Rhonda, singing like Rhonda and showing up like Rhonda, then you have to believe that age really is just a number. While Rhonda is dancing, internationally acclaimed author Marian Keyes is writing about her view from life now that she is in her 50s. The same as her books, Marian is open, honest


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and insightful. This glass-half-full person has faced a lot in her life, including alcoholism (she has been sober for 24 years) and depression, which she has also overcome, no doubt, along with her natural literary ability, it is these experiences that allow her to look into the lives of others, identify the nuances, differences and idiosyncrasies and weave them into hugely appealing stories. In this interview, Keyes is upfront about what she sees as the real agenda for older people – hope you enjoy the read on pages 4&5. That marvellous movie The Marigold Hotel

These days fast communication such as internet, has indeed turned the world into a global village captured the colourful picture of retirees who, for a myriad of reasons, have chosen to retire overseas. In this edition, our journalists speak to people who are both working or retiring overseas and through their conversations reveal the motivation behind their choices. Not so long ago, this sort of retirement would seem a far-fetched thought for most of the population, but these days fast communication such as internet, has indeed turned the world into a global village, where next

door neighbours could not only be around the corner, but across the ocean. Certainly, the vast majority of people who are presently retired or planning to be in the near future, are looking at a world full of options that were not available to our parents. One lady who had recognised the changed circumstances of contemporary ageing is Queensland’s 62-year-old Marlene Rutherford. After a lifetime working as a professional in the wellness industry, she has created a retreat where people can consciously examine ageing. Through workshops and guidance, she makes it possible to recognise alternative routes on the ageing journey. There’s plenty of more reading on all sorts of topics, I hope you can take your time and enjoy the stories. Cheers Gail

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Rhonda is still ABBA-solutely fabulous at 57 Delightful entertainer talks about staying young THOSE flawless long legs were a gift from God, but everything else about legendary entertainer Rhonda Burchmore is a case of hard work and balanced living. Touring Australia with her ABBA-Solutely Fabulous show alongside co-star Lara Mulcahy, Rhonda is a picture of health and vitality that belies her 57-year age. “I started clocking off how old I was when I got to 30,” she laughed. “It is how you age and feel that works.” Rhonda, who has a long and enduring career including stage, cabaret and television work, says a lifetime working with young people has kept her youthful, as well as spending as much time as she can with her young daughter. “My daughter keeps me on my toes. I love hanging out with her, and I love working professionally with young people in the band,” she said. “Some of the band members are so young I have had to introduce them to ABBA.” The ABBA-Solutely Fabulous show is not a tribute show, rather a fun party showcasing all the iconic ABBA songs along with plenty of humour and a storyline. It requires Rhonda to slither into a skintight gold jumpsuit that leaves

nowhere to hide. “I can’t have fish and chips before I get into that suit,” she laughed. “I don’t know what (ABBA) were thinking in the ’70s with those jumpsuits, but doing the show is a joyful thing for me now.” At 182cm tall, Rhonda is long and sleek, a delightful contrast to her ABBA-Solutely Fabulous co-star Lara Mulcahy, a small bundle of Rubenesque curves.

I pine for those times when I can strip off all the make-up and the bling and go for long walks. It revitalises me. “We are like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito,” Rhonda said. “We don’t care. We are a certain age and proud to get into our Lyrca and spread the old girl-power message. Lara is very voluptuous and as short as I am tall. “I think that is part of the joy we bring – the message that you can be fabulous at any age, get

out and have a good time. We have the audiences up singing and dancing.” Obviously, the high-energy performance requires a good level of fitness, which Rhonda works into her daily routine. “I have two standard poodles I walk every day,” she said. “I don’t ever sit idle too long. I am not one of those ladies who does lunch – not that there is anything wrong with that, it is just not me. “I am much better creating a project or running around. The only time I sit down is for dinner, or a movie or a bit of telly at night. I’m active all the time. I pine for those times when I can strip off all the make-up and the bling and go for long walks. It revitalises me.” Even though Rhonda appears to live a life of showbiz glamour, entertaining and attending parties, she emphasises the need to keep mind as well as body at peak performance as you age. “I am like everyone else, I go through bad times. Everyone experiences loss and sadness, but you can’t dwell. Sometimes I could roll up in a big ball and die and dwell in sadness. “That is one of the reasons I am doing the (ABBA-Solutely Fabulous) show. It is my outlet to go out and entertain, to enjoy

life. “People ask me when I will retire and I say retirement is not a word in my vocabulary. I will not stop, there is no reason.” As for those famous long legs, Rhonda laughs off rumours they are insured for a million dollars. “They are not,” she said. “That’s a myth. What use is a pair of legs if everything else falls apart?” Rhonda Burchmore and Lara Mulcahy and their show are currently in Queensland. More details online at www.rhonda


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BEST-SELLING author Marian Keyes has never been afraid to tackle life and its issues head-on. And while her protagonists may be slightly older, that is just as true in her latest novel The Break. “When I started writing at 30, I was writing about people in their 20s. Now I’m in my 50s, I’m writing about people in their 40s because, of course, as I get older my concerns are going to change entirely – the way I view things and the things that are affecting the people around me,” Marian said. She hinted that menopause, with its associated anxiety, sleeplessness and questioning of life for many, would play a part in her forthcoming novel. “The whole issue of menopause has not been written about to my satisfaction. It’s infuriating that these women are not treated with any compassion,” she said. “I want to write about that honestly, so people say, ‘Oh, thank God, it’s not just me!’” The Break deals with a

couple in their 40s who are facing their own mortality, fading love and attempting to rediscover themselves as individuals. After 22 years of her own marriage, Marian said she believed change was inevitable, but keeping the lines of communication open was the key to remaining happy together. “I think if you’re with any person for any length of time, you are going to live through serial relationships. That crazy love of the early days isn’t sustainable. “But you’ve got to keep making sure you’re on the same page, or at least communicating. “It’s easy to get lazy in a relationship and just think the other person will always be there. “You have to keep

connected with who you are, and who they are, and what your unique bond is.” In The Break, Amy is gobsmacked when her husband of 18 years, Hugh, who has been grieving the loss of his father and a close friend, announces he needs six months to go off alone and “find himself” – and he doesn’t rule out sexual encounters. Marian admits it was hard work to write so that Hugh remained a likeable and sympathetic character to readers, and show that Amy was not without her flaws. “I was so bored of reading about midlife crises where the man was painted as a complete arsehole without any sort of sympathetic features

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marriage and family, something Marian said happens all too often. “Especially now for ‘the sandwich generation’ – people who have the worry of elderly parents with illness as well as the demands of children. “Life is hard, work is hard and money is short and often it’s easy for women to come last.” As is characteristic of Marian’s novels, Amy and Hugh do not operate in a vacuum, but are surrounded by family … however dysfunctional. In The Break, that includes Amy’s father who has dementia, something Marian has personal experience of. “Dad has Alzheimer’s and the hardest part was when it began,” she said. “It’s really frightening when you realise it’s happening. My family’s response was to go into denial, but now that it’s full-blown, it’s become normalised – he’s still Dad.” Again, Marian hopes that by dealing directly with the subject, it may open conversations about not just those experiencing the disease but their carers, and their need for greater government support. “It’s ridiculous that spouses and kids are just

expected to be able to take care of these people,” she said, hailing her mother as a superwoman. “It’s awfully hard work. It’s like child care in reverse, but it’s different because they can be really obstreperous, and of course they are fully grown.” Marian has always spoken openly about her own battles with depression and alcohol and proudly states she has been sober for nearly 24 years. She said while she felt alcoholism was “just very much a part of my story”, something she understood was an illness, not of her choosing and would not be shamed for, when depression hit, she did feel ashamed. It brought her to the lowest of lows, terrified of the world and spending hours each day considering how she would kill herself. “Society is very quick to blame the person with depression, as if they caused it themselves, or it’s just self-pity. But this is something you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.” She said it took her a long time to realise that depression, too, was a

disease and that how she was feeling was not her fault. “Even with cancer, people talk about people’s ‘battle with cancer’, and if they die, it’s as if they didn’t battle hard enough. It makes me so angry that the onus is being put on the sufferer – not only are they ill, but they are responsible for their own cure.” As a result of her illness, it’s been 11 years since Marian was last in Australia, but she said “from the word go, from my first book, people in Australia understood, they got it.” She believes this is due to the similarities between the Australian and Irish personalities. “We don’t take ourselves too seriously,” she said. “Humour is important to us and we have the ability to laugh at ourselves and at misfortune.” And that, of course, is a characteristic of Marian’s books, that even – or perhaps especially – when dealing with the darkest subjects, there is always humour not too far away. If you are battling depression, call Lifeline 13 1114 available 24 hours a day.

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and the woman was some sort of sappy martyr,” Marian said. She wanted to create a realistic portrait of life in those years when you become “almost viscerally aware of your own mortality”. She also wanted to challenge the idea that “people of a certain age no longer have sex”. “It annoys me that, especially for women, people believe when they get to a certain age that they are just sexless – that’s codswallop!” she said. While she admits some people are quite happy for that area of their lives to diminish, some are still excited by the idea of being found sexually attractive. “Why shouldn’t they? And no one, especially young people, has any right to pass judgment.” Marian said while she had always found it “mortifying” to write sex scenes, it was no more difficult for older characters, and she wanted to ensure they could enjoy “properly raunchy sex” too. “I was very much making a statement,” she said. In The Break, Amy discovers that she has lost herself in her

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Tech News Monday, November 13, 2017

Tech savvy graduates Move over, here’s another generation of savvy onliners Yvonne Gardiner

AS A student, Frank Birkin is one of a kind. The Tweed resident was among graduates of the Tech Savvy Seniors computer course and picked up his certificate five days before his 100th birthday. Frank was really looking forward to that particular celebration at his bowls club, falling as it did on Melbourne Cup Day, November 7. He’s had a laptop for about three years, and this is his second completion of the Ace Community Colleges tech savvy course this year. At 97, Frank saw other people on computers and thought, “If they can do it, I can do it”. “I don’t know what I’d do without the computer,” he said. “I was up to 6500 emails. I get pleasure out of looking at them. “I like to send them on to other people. “Anything you want to know, you can find out

about it. “There’s a lot I don’t know.” Frank’s not one to spend his whole life in front of a screen though. “I play bowls three days a week,” he said. He retired early, at 42, after several years working three jobs. “I was an engineer, had a poultry farm and I’ve been a milk vendor,” he said. After a 12-year holiday, he returned to work and then came up from Sydney to the Tweed in 1987. Course trainer Glenn Hare says each Tech Savvy Seniors class averaged 12 to 16 students, aged 60 years and above. Two-hour sessions run each Thursday for five weeks. “Some students brought iPhones, tablets, or laptops, or we can supply a laptop.

Tech Savvy Seniors computer course graduates from Ace Community Colleges celebrate their success. INSET: Centenarian Frank Birkin with helper Joanne Simkus at the Ace Community Colleges Tech Savvy Seniors computer course graduation at Twin Towns. PHOTOS: YVONNE GARDINER

“I tell them about the use of email and the internet, then I’d put them with the helpers to assist them. “(At any age), you’ve got to keep up with what’s happening in the world and just learn a few skills.”

Ace Community Colleges Burleigh Waters manager Robyn Keenan said hundreds of seniors had built their technological confidence through the course. “It’s such a rewarding and positive experience for everyone,” she said. “The absolute best way to support our seniors through the Tech Savvy program is with

step-by-step demonstrations and additional one-on-one support which our students volunteer to do. “We are really proud of our graduates for their commitment to helping others and it’s truly wonderful to see our community working together. “By the finish, the team really know a huge

amount and can safely navigate their way around the web, their phone, iPad and so much more – and they have so much fun. “Hats off to the crew as they graduate and we say goodbye – we will miss you all.” The Tech Savvy Seniors program is funded by Telstra and the Department of Family and Community Services.

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New man has the plan for the OPAN organisation Yvonne Gardiner

CREATING a national voice to advocate for older men and women is the key aim of the newly set up Older Persons Advocacy Network. After only a few weeks in his new job, CEO Lewis

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through its state and territory member organisations,” he said. “My vision is that we will become strongly engaged with each member organisation and with the key national aged care stakeholders.” OPAN will act as a national co-ordinating peak body for the nine member organisations in states and territories who deliver aged care advocacy. “They will continue to maintain their own identities,” Lewis said. “It’ll be challenging to achieve all we’ve set out to do but the member organisations are all signed up for this. “It’s brand new and it’s exciting. It also creates efficiencies. “We are going to be creating a way to communicate via digital means, like television and video, in all aged care facilities.”

We are going to be creating a way to communicate via digital means, like television and video, in all aged care facilities.

Older Persons Advocacy Network CEO Lewis Kaplan has worked with Diabetes Australia, Red Cross NSW and Alzheimer’s Australia NSW.

Lewis joins OPAN with extensive experience, having been CEO of several major organisations, including Diabetes Australia, Red Cross NSW and Alzheimer’s Australia NSW as well as executive

director of Council on the Ageing NSW. He says there are three key aspects to the OPAN service – information, education and individual aged care advocacy for anyone in an aged care facility or receiving a Commonwealth home support service, or prospective aged care consumer who is struggling to get what they need or who thinks “something isn’t right”. “We provide a free confidential service to the

consumer or carer, to work through what their issue is, and how they might approach the facility or service to get it fixed, as long as it’s a reasonable request,” he said. “In addition to age care advocacy roles, we’re starting to have a role in elder abuse.” OPAN will be represented at the next national elder abuse conference in Sydney in February. OPAN chairman Craig Gear said the new network had an exciting program of work, supporting its state and territory service delivery organisations to ensure the rights of older people were properly linked to the recent aged care reforms. Each state operates an information and advice line 9.30am-4.30pm weekdays at free call 1800 700 600. Your call will be answered in each state by the OPAN organisation in your state/territory.





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For the love of earth Volunteers do their bit to restore Australian bush Yvonne Gardiner

THE loss of native Australian bush on the Gold Coast verges on a tragedy but, on a brighter note, many opportunities are offered for volunteers to be involved in bush restoration work. Gold Coast Catchment Association president Wal Mayr says much of the coast and hinterland was cleared or disturbed over the last 150 years by timber-felling and agriculture. “Both of these industries are virtually dead on the coast now – and unfortunately foreign plants tend to colonise the disturbed land they have left much quicker than the endemic Australian species. “This is now being exacerbated by urban sprawl and garden escapees that become weeds. So much of what we assume is Aussie bush is actually foreign

weedscapes. “These weedscapes can be massive, taking over whole trees and completely dominating the landscape. “They offer limited food and habitat for native animals and do little to protect our waterways as they are shallow-rooted, and collapse in on themselves and give little shade over the water of creeks and rivers.” But Wal praises the City of Gold Coast, and organisations like Healthy Land and Water and the GCCA which offer opportunities to learn about natural systems and actually do some hands-on work to fix the problems. GCCA recently organised The Gold Coast Biggest Tree Planting Day beside Mudgeeraba Creek at Robina where 10,000 native endemic

Rotary Club of Southport members Mervyn Powell (left) and Leanda Cooper with Peter Weber preparing to plant. INSET: Volunteers (from left) Dale Oliver, Wal Mayr, Jenny Rosewell support The Gold Coast Biggest Tree Planting Day at Mudgeeraba Ck, Robina, in October. PHOTOS: YVONNE GARDINER

plants were put in the ground. Wal and Heather Mayr, long-time members of Land for Wildlife and Voluntary Conservation Agreement schemes, took out the city’s 2016 Australia Day Environment Award. They have spent the

last 25 years restoring their property, Blue Fig Creek Nature Refuge, which adjoins Springbrook National Park and the Austinville Conservation Area. “We would love more people to get involved in Landcare, Bushcare and Beachcare,” Wal said.

“Any age or fitness level is fine. People serving the tea at smoko are highly valued, as are people who want to plant or get involved in weeding or other more vigorous activities.” A program that GCCA runs is Platypus Watch, involving regular surveys

of the major Gold Coast creeks and rivers. “We have up to 10 pairs of people spread across a particular waterway and survey the activity of platypus for two hours around dawn. “We then get together and collate the results. The only skill required for this is the ability to get up early!” Wal is passionate about bush restoration work and believes the associated learning is critically important. “When someone gets involved and becomes aware of the issues, they can help influence government to direct its resources to helping fix the problem,” he said. “Secondly, they can use new skills to actually do on-ground work. There are more than 40 Landcare, Bushcare and Beachcare groups on the coast that tend to have planting and weeding days once a month. “They are a great social way of getting involved.” Visit

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WE are a small group called the Elders and would like to invite any seniors interested to see the show, Disney Aladdin the Broadway Musical at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC in February 2018. We have a party of six that are attending but need more seniors to get a group discount on a Wednesday


MERRY TUNES: Join in on the Christmas Carols at the Voice Weavers Christmas Workshop.

at 1pm. We need 20 seniors so if any group can accommodate us or anyone would like to attend, contact: Bob Sproston on 0407 793 739 or 5563 3623. Email: eldersashmore We meet every Friday at Runaway

Bay Shopping Centre for morning coffee.


YOU are invited to join them for a commemorative morning tea to honour the fifth

Anniversary of the Queensland Governments apology for Forced Adoption Policies and Practices on Monday November 27 at 9.30am at Memorial Corner, Roma Street, Parklands, 1 Parklands Blvd Brisbane City. Please RSVP by Monday, November 13, by

COME in and join us to Improve your public speaking and leadership skills at The Uniting Toastmasters Club. Learn how to speak with confidence, to think on your feet and be provided with constructive feedback. Meetings held every Tuesday morning 9.30am-11.30am at 17 Applecross Way, Elanora meet in the Robinson Hall next to the Coffee Shop. You are welcome as our guest, as the first three visits are complementary. Call Norma on 5534 3270 or Tuti via email:


VIEW (Voice Interests and Education of Women) is a valued part of The Smith Family and proudly

supports their Learning for Life Programmes, which help children in need to participate more fully in their education.


THE Surfers Paradise VIEW Club holds their meetings and lunch on the second Tuesday of each month at the Southport Golf Club. Meeting at 11.30am for lunch at 12noon. Always with an interesting guest Speaker. New members and visitors are most welcome. For an opportunity to meet new friends and join in our social activities and really enjoyable outings, please contact Felicity on 5679 0226.


MEMBERS of Burleigh Palm Beach VIEW Club meet on the third Tuesday of each month at Treetops


Solar rebates are set to decrease

Australian households and businesses continue to embrace solar energy at a rapid pace in a bid to avoid rising electricity costs. The STC delivers real upfront savings to Aussies moving towards renewable energy and is not to be confused with the feed it tariff that is an ongoing discount determined by your electricity retailer (that’s a story for another day). So just what is an STC and why do you need them right now? Understanding the federal STC rebate The federal government currently offers a financial incentive designed to encourage Australian homes, businesses and community groups to take up solar in a bid to meet our renewable energy target by 2030. This incentive comes in the form of an STC (small scale technology certificate) which is applied directly to the solar system at the time of installation. As the end user, you do not need to pay up front or claim any money back, you are not out of pocket, the incentive is built in to your upfront cost of your solar system.



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Tavern, West Burleigh at 10am. At the October meeting, guest speaker, author Bernadette Lawson, encouraged members to keep a record of their lives for the information and interest of future generations. VIEW is always looking for motivated women to join the organisation as an opportunity to meet new friends and to give back to the community through support of The Smith Family programs helping disadvantaged Australian children. The next meeting will be on November 21. Details call Ros on 5520 5821.


OUR November Meeting will feature a Fashion Parade with Fashions by Kimya, modelled by members of the Club. Many members will remember Kimya and will welcome her return. The Luncheon will be held on Thursday, November 16, at the South Tweed Sports Club, Minjungbal Drive, South Tweed Heads, commencing at 11am for 11.30am. Members are asked to call Elaine on 5524 4461 with apologies by Monday, November 13. Visitors are always welcome. Come along and have fun and fellowship

whilst supporting a worthy cause. For more information on VIEW phone Secretary Janice on 5524 5707.

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. Contact Brian on 5520 6332 or John 5520 6661.


A LARGE group of members recently enjoyed a very interesting visit to impressive Government House in Brisbane. Purple Jacaranda trees were blooming profusely in the magnificent gardens and admired by all. Morning tea was a delightful affair in the beautiful Investiture Room, where aides also outlined Government House protocol. A walk through Government House was later undertaken with informed volunteers. Everyone enjoyed lunch afterwards at the historic Breakfast Creek Hotel, followed by a fascinating bus tour / commentary of Brisbane. Contact: Sandra Clarke on 0417 346 321.


WE WILL hold our last meeting for 2017 on November 28, (not the first Tuesday of November) at Paradise Point Bowls Club, Thrush Ave,

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SCENIC VIEW: Burleigh Waters Probus group check out the new Burleigh Headland walking path.

Paradise Point. Meetings will resume on February 6, 2018. For further information, call Rae on 5577 4025 or 0419 289 766.


WE ARE a non profit making club operating to promote fun, friendship and fellowship in our community. If you are interested in making new friends and joining us to enjoy guest speakers, lunches and outings, the club will be holding its next meeting, on Monday, November 20 at the Paradise Point Bowls Club cnr Thrush & Sunbird Avenues. The meeting will start at 10am. There will be an interesting guest speaker. All members & new friends are welcome

to attend. Contact Warren on 5514 0234.


GENERAL Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month. For our October outing we went to the Smorgasbord Lunch at Danny’s at Coolangatta-Tweed Golf Club, and at our last meeting Amy Degenhart gave us an insight into designing smaller apartments. The walking group tried out the renewed walking path around Burleigh Headland. Retired or semi-retired men are invited to join us at club meetings, 10am on the third Monday of each month at Burleigh Waters

PRESIDENT Judy, welcomed members and visitors. Plus performed the induction of new members Bernie and Erika De Vires. The club has had yet another busy month of outings and activities. With the Festive season soon upon us we have a few functions to keep in mind, The Annual Friendship Day at the Country Paradise Parklands Nerang on November 17, this is always an enjoyable day. To cap off another successful year we have our Christmas Function December 1 at the Nerang RSL. Helensvale Club will be celebrating an important milestone next year, with 25 years of Probus in Helensvale, The date for this event is February 23, 2018 at the Seniors Hall, put this date on your Calendar. Our Club meets the second Friday of the month, however our last meeting will be

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November for 2017 and we resume February 2018 visitors always welcome. We meet at the Seniors Hall Discovery Dr, Helensvale. Contact President, Judy on 0421 173 918 or Lynne 0402 538 234.


THE first U3A on the Gold Coast, are excited to announce a fantastic opportunity for you to have your 2018 U3A Gold Coast membership refunded in full. Eligibility to go in the draw commenced on October 9 for Member Renewals and New Memberships of $75 and will drawn at 2pm Thursday, January 25, 2018 in the U3A Gold Coast office/campus Level 1, Shop 1074 Australia Fair, Southport (opposite the Cinema). Call: 5591 6671 MondayFriday, 10am-2pm.


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coaching at all levels and conduct bridge sessions 6 days a week and 2 nights. We’re known as “the friendly club” and organise many social functions for members. Join the club and meet interesting people from all walks of life. For more information contact Cecily or Lynley on 5538 3112 or 0418 984 856.


WE ARE a supporter of the National Stroke Foundation. Any stroke (or brain attack) survivor, members of their family and their carer(s) and other interested members of the public. You are invited and welcome to attend our 2017 Christmas Luncheon. Our final function for the year will be held at the Southport Bowl’s Club, Marine Parade, Southport on Wednesday, December 6, at 11.30am for noon-1.30pm. Luncheon will be served at noon. Cost $15 pp. Drinks will be available at the bar, at your own cost - BYO is not allowed. A two-course Traditional Christmas Luncheon to include a very delicious Christmas pudding. Bookings and prepayments are required

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to assist with the catering arrangements. RSVP: is required by noon December 4. Call 5531 3254 or 0400 849 573. Email: colinoxenford or www.goldcoaststroke


THE Gold Coast Post Polio Network meets at 10.30am on the second Monday of the month at Treetops Tavern, 7 Executive Drive, Burleigh Waters. Please call the facilitator Lyn on 0448 206 856 or Joan on 0413 178 073 for details and venue location.


WE ARE an organisation for people grieving the loss of a partner. We meet every second and fourth Wednesday at 10.30am at Broadbeach Senior Citizens Centre, TE Peters Drive, Broadbeach. For more information phone Betty on 5580 7034.


NEW to the Gold Coast or a senior resident looking for social activities? Join us for weekly barbecues, picnics, theatre, restaurants and outings at various locations around the Gold Coast. Singles

and couples welcome. Our club is called PALS (People Alone Lending Support) and we look forward to meeting you. Contact Vicky on 0412 783 907. Monday, November 13, 2017



Parents and Grandparents are providing financial assistance to their children and grandchildren by way of inter-family loans at unprecedented levels. Attwood Marshall Senior Associate Hayley Condon discusses this important topic for families.

COME and enjoy Voice Weavers’ Christmas Workshop and sing with us on stage at our Christmas Variety Concert. $40 Includes light lunch, three free Wednesday night rehearsals (15, 22 & 29 November valued at $45) and an opportunity to sing with Voice Weavers on stage at our Christmas Variety Concert being held on Saturday, December, 2. Pre booking is necessary. The Voice Weavers Christmas Workshop is at the South Tweed Community Hall, Corner of Heffron St and Minjungbal Dr, Tweed Heads South on Sunday, November 12, from 10.30-3.30pm. Contact: email info@voice

With the cost of living increasing and property prices soaring in most capital cities it is becoming increasingly difficult for our children to purchase their first home and make their way into the property market. So where do our children turn for finance? Usually to a financier that is normally flexible on its terms, charges minimal to no interest, AND does not always require regular repayments or security …. the increasingly popular ‘Bank of Mum and Dad’! It is not unusual for an adult child to sit around the dinner table with their parents accompanied by their partner and request financial assistance. There is usually a discussion between the parties where the parents agree to lend funds for the purchase of a property. The advance is typically unsecured and not in writing because the parties want to keep the arrangement informal as it is a loan between family members (inter-family loan). In many cases they also do not want to inform the bank that the children are obtaining their home loan from. BUT what can happen if this well intended financial assistance to give your child and their partner a start in life is not properly documented? What happens if your child and partner separate? Although parents may be completely transparent with their intentions when advancing funds to a child and their partner (i.e. that the loan is to be repaid), disputes often arise over the terms of the loan if the relationship between the child and their partner ends. Naturally, upon the breakdown of the relationship, the child will staunchly maintain that the advance was a loan to be repaid to their parents from the asset pool and the former partner will maintain that the advance was a gift made by the parents and that the value of this gift should remain part of the asset pool. If the former partner is not prepared to concede that the advance was a loan (which is often the case) then the parents can end up being dragged into their child’s property settlement matter in the Family Court. The parents would incur legal costs to engage their own legal representation to argue that the advance was a loan or to intervene as a party to secure an order for repayment of the loan.


If the issue is litigated before a Family Law Court and the advance is deemed a “gift,” then the advance amount (which generally is equity in a property) will form part of the asset pool to be divided between the child and their former partner and the parents will not be repaid – in essence the parents lose their

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money. An example of where the Family Court found that an advance made by a parent to their child and their


child’s spouse was a “gift” is in the case of Carpenter v Carpenter. In this all too common scenario, the father of the husband advanced $200,000.00 to the husband and his then wife. The funds were used by the husband and wife to purchase land on which they intended to build a family home. The loan was not formally documented. After the husband and wife separated, the husband maintained that the advance was a loan to be repaid to his father and the wife asserted


that it was a gift. As the father was aware of how his son and his then wife intended to use the advance the Court determined that the father had gifted the money to his son and his son’s wife to financially assist them. Accordingly, the $200,000.00 did not have to be repaid to the husband’s father and the value of this gift remained in the asset pool for the benefit of the wife. To avoid ending up in a situation similar to that of the husband’s father in Carpenter, it is important that any inter-family loans are properly documented by way of a Loan Agreement and secured whenever possible by way of mortgage. By taking this simple step, parents can ensure complete security of repayment of the advance and have a strong case against any argument raised by their child’s former partner that the advance was a gift. Inter-family loans – how does this affect siblings and their share in the estate? We have only touched on issues involving the Family Court with respect to inter-family loans. There is also the impact of lending funds to certain children and whether this is taken into account if the loan is outstanding when the parents die. This can cause friction between siblings when the child who has the benefit of the loan argues that it was a gift and does not have to be repaid from their share of the estate! Again, it is very important that any such loans are properly documented and the parents Wills are updated to reflect their wishes with respect to any loans made to children. It is not uncommon for parents to provide in their Wills that loans are to be taken into account in the distribution of their estate or forgiven as the case may be. Other issues about inter-family loans Some other relevant things to consider if making an inter-family loan to a child or grandchild: 1. The loan agreement is often stated to be ‘repayable upon demand’ – sometimes this can cause issues with the statute of limitations and the loan cannot be recovered after 6 years; 2. Are there any tax or Centrelink issues with the loan – it is wise to obtain taxation and financial

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3. Are there any issues with the Bank of your child? Sometimes borrowing further funds from a ‘third party’ can be a breach of the loan covenants; 4. Are the parents of sound mind with no capacity issues or is there an Enduring Power of Attorney from the parent to the child? Sometimes there can be a conflict of interest if this is the case; 5. Make sure the parent’s Wills are updated to reflect the loan agreement and any other family members are informed. If you are intending to advance funds to your child and require assistance with the preparation of a Loan Agreement or if you require legal advice in terms of recovering payment of funds advanced to a child and their former partner, please contact our Family Law and Wills and Estates Department Manager, Donna Tolley on direct line 07 5506 8241, email or free call 1800 621 071.

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holding free education sessions for Gold Coast residents affected by dementia. 244 Australians are diagnosed with dementia each day. In Queensland alone, there are currently 77,633 people living with dementia. An estimated 10,000 of these reside on the Gold Coast. Registrations are essential for courses and light refreshments will be provided. Specific location details will be provided upon registration. Living with Change: November 29 and November 30 and Considering Residential Care: December 6. To register including course times and specific locations, call 1800 588 699, email: or visit:

of the Twin Towns Resort. Details call Tom Hughes Public officer on 5513 0665. If you served in any Forces of the Commonwealth “between” 1951 -1972 then why not join us and re kindle the camaraderie you experienced during your service. New members always welcome. GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY: Norm SPECIAL NOTE and Barbara Booth on their November 4, 1967 - 2017. Wedding day 50 years ago on Norm - My dearest November 4, 1967. husband.


THE Gold Coast South – Twin Towns Branch of the National Servicemen’s Association of Australia. Serving from Tallebudgera to The Tweed will hold its next General Meeting on Sunday, November 19 at 10am EST time in the RSL Sub Branch Anzac Room

FREE 4 SALE CLASSIFIEDS YOU can submit one item a month and write up to 20 words. Items must not exceed $500. Post to Gold Coast Seniors Free 4 Sale, PO Box 56, Maroochydore, Qld, 4558, or email free4sale@seniors

CRANE SPORTS exercise bike, $30. PH 0438 369 777. Reedy Creek. EXERCISE Cardio Twister excellent condition with DVD cost $250 sell $50. Pick up. PH 5522 4100. Elanora.

We have reached a golden bond, 50 years together, with love, laughter, marriage, family, friendship, great times and adventures along the way. Thank you Norm for all your kind and caring ways with me. All my love to you now and forever. Your ‘mate’ Barb xxxxx

SLIPPERS, Grosby, ladies, blue, size 9, new. $9 PH 5556 0628. Helensvale. VIBRA POWER, brand new, seen on TV, vibrating exercise, strengthen muscles, burn fat, Cost $300, sell for $220. Pick up. PH 0420 506 926. Southport.

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Talk’n’thoughts Hurdles, highjumps and solutions

What are you doing later on? LOOKS like it’s time to start some Olympic-style training. I say that because it appears this generation of older adults is facing a long run into the future. Last month, I presented a small selection of scientific advances made in the longevity industry. From all accounts, ongoing discoveries in this area are well on the way to providing us with extra years. This month, the Australian Bureau of Statistics shared more information relating to the subject of longevity. The report noted: “In the past 125 years to 2015, life expectancy in Australia increased by 33.2 years for males and 33.7 years for females.”


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Which poses the question: How will we occupy these extra years? There’s no point looking to our parents for an example. The generation before us basically followed a path of retiring at 65 years old and not living much longer after that. Not so these days. Our job is to not only live for a couple of more decades, but also to provide ways and means to do it with dignity, self-respect and joy.

However, if we don’t have the superannuation funds to match, it’s time to seek out other options. In this edition we have published a couple of lifestyle scenarios chosen by people in their 60s. One option is to keep working and never, ever quit. Another alternative is to live in a cheaper country and, according to the people we have interviewed, this expat lifestyle holds a lot advantages. However, both of these options – a lifelong working life and overseas living – also require society to acknowledge, accept and incorporate corresponding legislation in terms of visas and taxations to fit the

changing circumstances. This includes the serious issue of age discrimination in the workplace. As more older adults seek employment, so do claims of discrimination rise. One of my job-seeking friends tells me that on numerous occasions, after emailing her resume to a prospective employer (where her age is not mentioned), she obtains a face-to-face interview, where her age (57) is obvious, and she never hears back. Of course, that’s only one story, but from what I hear, it is indicative of what many older people experience. Certainly, research completed by the Benevolent Society

provides definite evidence of ageism, but also ways it can be addressed. Additionally, Human Rights and Age Discrimination Commissioner Dr Kay Patterson has made workplace age discrimination a priority. Recently, parliament decided against major changes to the rules and regulations governing people overseas receiving pensions. However, from January 1, 2018, there are changes to the Pension Supplement for people who live overseas or travel outside Australia for more than six weeks. Share housing, intergenerational living and the tiny homes movements add another

dimension to the changing lifestyle of the older Australian. Again, we need government to see the value of supporting these kinds of alternative housing. Finally, our story with Marlene Rutherford and her workshops on consciously ageing is, again, something that is totally unique but I believe necessary as we address a new world order. As American social anthropologist and author Mary Bateson Clark advises – do not juggle all the things you have to do in life, instead put some thought in and compose rather than juggle. Indeed, time to start training for the new years ahead.

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GOLD Coast events throughout November and December


WHEN Lily and Tom inherit an old house, they are over the moon about having a place to raise their baby when it is born. However, as they set about restoring the dilapidated family home to its former glory, they begin to wonder if the house is more of a curse than a gift. With muddy water, shocking electricity problems, pest infections, foundation issues and meddling family members, the couple quickly begin to second-guess their decision to take on the

"renovators delight". Obsession is an amusingly haunting story about a perfect couple, their unusual families and a past that will not go away. Presented by Javeenbah Theatre, cnr Stevens and Ferry Sts, Nerang, from November 17 to December 2. General admission $25, concession $22, members $20. To book tickets, call 5596 0300.


HARMONY in Paradise Ladies Choir is a dedicated group of ladies who rehearse every Tuesday. They perform at various venues around the Gold Coast area and sing a variety of a capella songs. Come along to one of our rehearsals and see for yourself. Rehearsals take place every Tuesday night from 7pm at the Anglican Church Hall on Salerno St, Isle of Capri. Call 0414 357 579 for details, or check out the website or Facebook.


ONE of the best and most vibrant markets on the Gold Coast, The Village Markets are a treasure trove of creative goods and arts as well as a haven for delicious street food, live music and entertainment. The markets are held on the first and third Sunday of each month at Burleigh Heads State School from 8.30am to 1pm. Founded in 2008, The Village Markets are the original boutique fashion and lifestyle market, showcasing a carefully

edited line-up of stalls, live local music, delicious eats and positive Sunday vibes. Held at Burleigh Heads State School, Lower Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads. Details on Facebook and markets website.

COMING INTO FASHION: A Century of Photography at CondĂŠ Nast celebrates some of the most iconic images from the past century of fashion at the Gold Coast City Gallery. PHOTO: JOHN RAWLINGS


Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games forum will be hosted by the Gold Coast District Neighbourhood Watch to inform residents about the impacts of the Games on their neighbourhoods. At Albert Waterways Community Centre from 5.30pm to 8pm on Tuesday, November 21. Guest speakers from GOLDOC, Queensland Police Service and City of Gold Coast. This forum is free but locals should register for catering purposes. Register at or call 0437647 128.


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COME along to free community dune-planting activities as a volunteer with BeachCare and care for your local beach. You can make a difference to improve the Gold Coast’s beach environment by planting native species, removing invasive weeds and picking up litter. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. All equipment is supplied. Please be sure to wear enclosed shoes and sun-smart clothing, and bring some drinking water. On Saturday, November 25, from 9am to 11am at The Alley, Duringan St, Currumbin. Details: James Gullison on 0414 762 374 or at website.


COMING into Fashion: A Century of Photography at

Condé Nast celebrates some of the most iconic images from the past century of fashion. Conde Nast, the powerhouse publisher of Vogue, Vanity Fair and Glamour, has opened its photography archive to the public to create this stunning exhibition. The collection of images, selected by photography curator Nathalie Herschdorfer, shows the sharp contrast in the first fashion photographs from the early 20th century compared to the modern day. Also included in the exhibition is a selection of vintage couture fashion from The Darnell Collection. At the Gold Coast City Gallery, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise, from November 25 to February 18. Call 5588 4078.


AUSTRALIA’S most energetic golf tournament, the Australian PGA Championship, is back at RACV Royal Pines Resort, Ross Street, Benowa. Masters champion Sergio Garcia and local favourite Adam Scott will headline a stellar list of Australian and international players who will compete for the Joe Kirkwood Cup. The 2017 tournament

from November 30 to December 3 will feature an array of entertainment on and off the course, but it’s the Soniq Million Dollar Hole where the tournament really comes alive. Action from 6am to 6pm. General admission $25, kids under 16 free. Book through PGA website.


A TRIBUTE to Roy Orbison In Dreams: The Greatest Hits is a Roy Orbison, two-record music album released in 1987 on Virgin records. The double album-set was the means by which Orbison revisited much of his classic repertoire and included a raft of signature standard-bearers including Crying, In Dreams, Only The Lonely and Oh, Pretty Woman. Aaron W Mansfield has the combination of Orbison’s powerful, impassioned and distinctive pitch-perfect voice that makes him the perfect candidate to bring the album to reality. This never-before-seen concert at The Star, Broadbeach, on December 2 will have fans on their feet as they witness Aaron recreate

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CHRISTMAS in the Park Pacific Pines welcomes families from 4pm on Saturday, December 9. Carols start at 5.30pm concluding with fireworks at 8pm. Come along and join in our community carols event, with rides for the kids, face painting, giant inflatable snow globe, market stalls, food vendors and great entertainment.

From 4pm to 8pm at Central Park, Hotham Drive, Pacific Pines. Free to enter. Details Vikki Hocking, Pacific Pines Residents Group, 0418 729 544 or check out the Facebook page.


LITTLE Shop of Horrors, a Horror Rock Comedy Musical, directed by Brady Watkins. Seymour a love sick, meek & mild flower shop assistant is in love with Audrey. A bloodthirsty people eating plant that grows

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and grows and grows. All tickets $20pp. Showtimes are Saturday, November 18, at 8pm, Sunday, November 19, at 2pm, Friday, November 24, at 8pm, Saturday, December 2, at 8pm and Sunday, December 3, at 2pm. The theatre is located at 21a Scarborough Street, Southport. Inquiries call Doreen on 0403 810 940 or email taurus28 Enjoy pre-show drinks in the Green Room fully stocked bar. There is also plenty of parking available.

U3A Twin Towns -- Connecting Seniors to Lifelong Learning INVITE VOLUNTEER TUTORS

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Your new home awaits at The Gardens on Lindfield.

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With an abundance of space this top floor, open plan home is perfectly positioned in a vibrant, progressive village.

Make the most of your retirement in this brand new apartment with private courtyard.

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• Two bedrooms plus study

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Drop by the village to find out more or call 1800 550 550. THE VIEW

The View at The Gardens on Lindfield 101 Lindfield Road, Helensvale Qld 4212

The Gardens on Lindfield *Pricing and availability advertised are correct at the time of printing but subject to change without notice. Information about the services and facilities provided in the village is correct at the time of printing but may change as the needs of residents change. Photographs are for illustrative purposes. Some images may depict items not provided by Lendlease within the units such as furniture and other decorative items. November 2017. Published by Lendlease RL Realty (QLD) Pty Ltd ABN 25 138 535 814.

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Why take a tour with a guide?


■ Local knowledge UNLESS you are a fanatic about research before you travel, you will probably miss many a highlight and relevant information. A local guide will take you to all the important sites and ensure you don’t miss anything. ■ Safety SOME countries and

destinations should never be considered without a tour guide, on safari for example (you preferably want one with a stun-gun), or in India where just leaving your hotel is a journey into chaos. A tour guide will not let you venture into dangerous parts of any town or city either, and this is a big one for seniors’ safety. ■ Jumping the queue A GOOD tour guide will have access to pre-booked tickets that you, as a free-spirited traveller, will not. This is especially welcome at crowded and popular museums, cathedrals or sites where the queues extend for several kilometres. Skipping the queues is a big advantage for seniors. ■ Saving time

ALL travellers have experienced the frustration of wasting time looking for that famous landmark, site, icon. Many an argument has sprung between couples over a map and a confused expression. A guide will get you there effortlessly and take all the responsibility. A guide will also know places or sites to avoid during rush times, saving you hours of frustration. ■ No driving DRIVING in foreign countries on the other side of the road is stressful for everyone, let alone the nervous senior. Anyone who has driven in Rome or navigated the multiple lanes around the Arc de Triomphe will tell you horror stories. A guide and driver will move you

smoothly through even the most frenzied city and get you as close as possible to the destination.


■ Too much structure A STRUCTURED tour means you are locked in. You will not be able to visit that delightful trattoria, bistro or patisserie you passed on your way to a famous landmark, no chance of going back to discover those tempting markets you passed on the bus – you have an itinerary to stick to. You will never know what you have missed. ■ Other people GROUPS mean there will always be someone annoying (never you, of course). It is impossible to love everyone in a group and there will be

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exhausting. ■ Way too much to do MANY tours have their guests up at dawn and into a big bus to complete a busy full day’s itinerary before a hotel dinner (again structured) and then bed. Too much travel means you won’t remember half of what you see or do, will not be able to take your time and soak up the atmosphere, let alone immerse yourself in the culture and get to know the locals. Ann hosts groups of eight on her Provence tours, with a large house as a base from where she does day trips, allowing for plenty of free time around the pool with a glass of French wine and flexibility for shopping. More information at

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occasions when you must grit your teeth and bite your tongue or end up in an argument. ■ Trapped into buying IN POORER countries you will often find your tour guide taking you to his brother’s carpet shop or his cousin’s souvenir store where you will be stuck and hassled to buy something you don’t want. ■ Too much information WHILE tour guides will give you inside knowledge about that fresco in a cathedral or the carvings on a temple, they can often be too long-winded for most travellers, who want only the minimum information. Trying to pay attention to every small fact and historic date is difficult… especially for the senior who finds standing in one spot


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Icebergs are stunning to see.

Polar bears are abundant in Spitsbergen.

MAGNIFICENT: Rembrandt van Rijn sets sail from Svalbard en route to Greenland over 18 days, with plenty of time to absorb the splendour of the Arctic at the best time of year.

Set sail with Rembrandt and view the glory of the Arctic Cruise the Arctic on the classic topsail schooner, Rembrandt AN ARCTIC cruise is the best way to relive the glory days of exploration and discovery under sail aboard a classic gaff-rigged, three-masted, topsail schooner through Quest Tours. In July next year, the magnificent 56m, 33-berth Rembrandt van Rijn sets sail from Svalbard en route to Greenland over 18 days, with plenty of time to absorb the splendour of the Arctic at the best time of year. “Our voyage is timed to experience the best of the Arctic, polar bears on Svalbard, hopefully the Aurora Borealis (Northern

Lights) plus the option to experience sled dog mushing on an Icelandic glacier,” tour leader and award-winning photographer, Ron Hunter of Quest Tours said. “The spectacular Arctic light show is on an 11-year cycle and we’re about to close this cycle for another decade, so it could be the best chance for many of us to witness this incredible natural phenomenon.” Whilst wildlife sightings can never be guaranteed, it is expected to see polar bears as we sail around Spitsbergen, for here there are 3000 polar

July is the best time of year to see stunning views on this trip.

bears, the biggest concentration in the

world, in fact there are more bears than people

here. We also expect to see walrus, icebergs,

glaciers, seals, muskox, reindeer, orcas, belugas, birdlife and whales, as well experiencing Inuit culture. Prior to the 18-day Arctic cruise, we visit Oslo, Flam, Bergen with fjord train and boat tours, then Longyearbyen, Ittoqqortoormiit and Constable Pynt. The Rembrandt van Rijn cruise is just part of the 29-day Arctic itinerary that Quest Tours has put together. The tour departs Sydney on July 21, 2018 flying to Oslo. For more information, phone Quest Tours on (02) 6554 7478 or 0409 466 958 or go to or email info@QuestTours.



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Insure for a good time International medical care can be a very expensive cost BY 2020, close to two million Australians will be packing for a cruise, but they won’t necessarily have the correct travel insurance. Recent research proves almost half of those holiday makers won’t be taking out travel insurance or won’t take out the correct type to cover them when on a cruise ship and at their destinations. Also revealed was that during the time on board, many travellers mistakenly believe Medicare or their private health insurer will cover any medical expenses. “Nearly a third incorrectly assumed the Federal Government would pay if they needed to be medically evacuated from a cruise ship,” the Quantum Market Research’s Understand Insurance and survey researchers

reported. The researchers found 70% of these cruise travellers were exposing themselves to significant risk because they believed there was less chance of losing their luggage than on a flight, or that their voyage would be cancelled or delayed. Other key findings of the survey of cruise travellers were: ■ 37% of those aged 65 and over bought travel insurance policies that might not adequately cover them. ■ 65 year olds and over had a better than average understanding of travel insurance, but a large proportion thought it covered cruises as standard, leading to under-insurance or non-insurance. ■ More than a third of them believed travel insurance was less important for cruises than

CRUISING: Many cruise travellers mistakenly believe Medicare or their private health insurer will cover any medical expenses.

other overseas holidays because cruise ships have doctor to treat passengers if they get sick. Understand Insurance spokesman Campbell Fuller said: “Unfortunately, 53 per cent of cruise ship passengers and cruise intenders in the next two years believe they can rely

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on medical care on board their ship, and that if they fall critically ill the Australian Government will pay for their care and their evacuation back home. “That is not the case. Medical treatment, hospital stays and medical evacuations back home can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“Too often, Australia’s consular officials in foreign ports have to help ill or injured passengers who are either not insured or have not bought the right insurance cover. “When cruise passengers book a trip, they should make sure they buy travel insurance that covers them for their cruise, and for all

destinations they intend to go. “Travellers who have pre-existing medical conditions should also let their insurer know beforehand.” Did you know: ■ A day in an international hospital can cost $10,000 and payment is often required prior to admission.

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Top 10 reasons you should visit the bottom of the world

FABULOUS DESTINATION: Going on an Antarctica voyage is a top bucket list must-do.

During summer, Antarctica is on the side of Earth tilted toward the sun and is in constant sunlight, meaning you get dinners with a view, and as much exploring time as your heart desires. 3. EASY ACCESS Unlike years gone by where getting to Patagonia or Antarctica was an enormous feat, especially with flights, it’s now a piece of cake to reach these destinations. There are regular direct flights to Santiago, Chile, from Sydney, and now also from Melbourne. 4. YOU DON’T HAVE TO ROUGH IT Do you envisage cold hostels and dirty campsites are the only accommodation in this area? That’s certainly not the case anymore. It might’ve once been the domain of backpackers and nature enthusiasts, but for those who like to travel in style and comfort (and warmth!), you’ll have plenty of four- and five-star options to choose from. That means premium meals, luxury accommodation and a

comfortable staff-to-traveller ratio, every step of the way. 5. PICK UP A FEW TRICKS You might not expect expert guides or pro photographers accompanying your tour of the Louvre, but when you head to the bottom of the world, it’s definitely on the list. From photographers running workshops on how best to snap glaciers and penguins to educational experiences with Patagonian locals, tours in these destinations don’t do things by halves. 6. BRAGGING RIGHTS Every man and his dog these days has a photo of themselves ‘pushing’ the Leaning Tower of Pisa or claims to have ventured “off the beaten track”. Well, you can’t really get any more ‘off the beaten track’ than some of the areas in Patagonia and Antarctica, with Contours Travel guests taken to spectacular ‘secret’ places few visitors know exist. These destinations are undeniably unique and will certainly give you an edge

over everyone else’s shots of a European summer or their toes in some sand. 7. IT’S TRULY ONE-OF-A-KIND Everyone always touts their tours or destinations as being original and special – and they are – but there’s just something incredibly humbling about visiting the very ends of the Earth. They’re isolated, serene, completely open and natural, and give you an experience you can’t replicate anywhere else. If you’re a travel junkie seeking truly defining travel moments, this is one of them. 8. GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL Whether you’re visiting the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii or the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, they both have one thing in common: you can’t get too close. And it’s the same for most travel experiences these days. Tourists have poked and prodded so much that fences, barriers and closed doors have popped up where they never used to be.

But not in Antarctica or Patagonia. Here, you have the chance to get up close to the breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier – even trek on and through it, see migrating penguins, and hike amongst the rocky spires of Torres del Paine National Park. In Antarctica, the zodiac cruising will get you even closer to the floating icebergs and wildlife than you thought possible. 9. YOU CAN (ACTUALLY) SWITCH OFF It’s a blessing and a curse really, but that internet connection for your phone is a luxury at the bottom of the world. We’re not talking about your hotel room or expedition ship, but the mountains, national parks, ice cliffs and glaciers aren’t exactly Wi-Fi friendly. This means you can disconnect from the rest of the world and unplug, giving you the chance to really appreciate the breathtaking scenery around you. 10. MORE AFFORDABLE THAN YOU THINK For most people, the idea of doing a Patagonia/Antarctica adventure is something pushed to retirement when they’re (hopefully) loaded up with spare cash. But this doesn’t have to be the case. With more flights making the region more accessible and affordable, the bottom of the world is open for anyone. And not only that, accommodation in Latin America is even more affordable and luxurious in comparison to Europe or North America. And while there are five-star lodges

throughout Patagonia, you can also sleep under one million stars in deluxe camps or glamping tents nestled in the wilderness.


* Contours Travel has just released its first its first hosted cruise tour to Patagonia and Antarctica, with two departures slated for the summer of 2018 and 2019. The 29-day Antarctica and Patagonia tour takes Australians to the vineyards, national parks and glaciers of Patagonia before boarding expedition ship, Akademik Ioffe, for a 12-night round-trip voyage where guests can take part in onshore camping, trekking, zodiac cruising, photography workshops and wildlife watching. The tour stops off in Buenos Aires for two nights to explore the city and Iguazu Falls, before returning to Australia. Including flights from Australia, the tour is priced from $27,850 per person, twin-share, from Sydney and Melbourne, with connections available from other cities. Fares also include flights in South America, accommodation, 64 meals, touring and sightseeing, and the services of hosts and guides. Contours Travel has two departure dates, October 28, 2018, and February 22, 2019. Direct link to the tour: .au/tours/antarctica-andpatagonia. Call Contours Travel on 1300 135 391 or visit the website: www.contours

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WITH so many global destinations overflowing with tourists and high price-tags, there are precious places at the very bottom of the world that remain awe-inspiringly undisturbed as nature created them. Patagonia and Antarctica are two of the last thresholds in the travel world to be explored, and to mark the release of its first hosted cruise tour to Patagonia and Antarctica, Contours Travel – Australia’s longest-running tour operator in South America – has outlined the top 10 reasons to make the bottom of the world number one on the bucket list of must-visit destinations. 1. BEAT THE QUEUE With the travel industry rife with talk of over-tourism and lining up for hours just to catch a glimpse of the Mona Lisa or Michelangelo, Patagonia and Antarctica attract far less visitors in summer, with the only congestion coming from bulging colonies of penguins and seals. You won’t see selfie sticks among the icebergs, nor will you be jostling crowds to capture shots of their natural beauty. And the small expedition ships that explore the region carry just a fraction of passengers on mega liners, so that’s another plus. 2. DID SOMEONE SAY DAYLIGHT SAVING? Well, it might not be called that exactly, but when you visit the lower half of the southern hemisphere in summer, it’s all daylight, baby.


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CRUISE SHIP: P&O's Pacific Jewel anchors off Mooloolaba on a beautiful and perfect winter's day. PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

Learn the ways of cruising CRUISING is a special universe in the galaxy of travel. Boarding a ship on holiday is like moving to a foreign village, with strange customs to be learned, new rules to be observed and a cast of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of strangers to share your days. Prepare for the journey with these handy survival tips. ■ If you’ve already booked a berth aboard something called Crystal Serenity, or Carnival Ecstasy, or Enchantment of the Seas, you’ve probably twigged that cruise companies love extravagant language. The industry comes with its own flowery prose designed to dazzle prospective passengers. Hence even the most basic windowless cabins are billed as staterooms, as if a minor royal might have stayed there just before you, and butlers, let’s be

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frank, are often little more than glorified room attendants. As with so much in life it’s actions, not words, that matter. As long as your butler brings Champagne to your cabin on command, let them call themselves whatever they like. ■ There are few areas of 21st century life where dress standards still matter as much as they do on a ship. Several operators have loosened their bow ties and ditched formal nights in a late acknowledgement that hardly anyone these days gets about in tuxedos and organza gowns. But it’s still a minefield navigating the spectrum of dress codes from daywear and cocktail to informal, smart casual, elegant casual or “stylish separates”. This is a parallel universe where denim is, bizarrely, banned after 6pm on many ships. Always check company websites for

detailed fashion tips, or risk social death at sea. ■ Even on the surest ship and calmest oceans, having the ground shift constantly beneath the feet can make novice cruisers queasy. Pills and patches help ease the upset; some cruisers swear by ginger, others by bananas. Allow a day or two for the middle ear to settle and the sea legs to kick in, except if you’re heading to Antarctica. As always with travel, the most amazing destinations are the hardest to reach and expeditioners must brave 48 hours of the wild Drake Passage crossing before feasting their (slightly bleary) eyes on the White Continent. ■ For those who really can’t stomach being at sea, there’s always river cruising. It offers all the fun of being afloat and none of the nausea.

■ Dining at sea is a series of never-ending indulgences, a place where it’s possible to fill your face from 5am breakfast buffets to midnight feasts via detours to pizza stands, burger bars and 24/7 room service. Celebrity-chef restaurants are all the rage right now and, while you’ve got more chance of spotting a mermaid than you have of seeing Thomas Keller or Luke Mangan manning the stoves, you can expect their branded menus to be a cut above the ordinary. ■ It is not humanly possible to take part in every activity offered on board. All major cruise lines offer dozens of diversions for on-board entertainment. Cunard ships, for example, offer almost 100 daily events, ranging from watercolour classes and bridge tournaments to film screenings and Latin





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dance, to keep passengers busy during long stints afloat on round-the-world and transatlantic sailings. Due to the sheer availability of options, you will do things at sea that you never imagined yourself doing on land. It might be wailing through late-night karaoke in the nightclub, catching a “Broadway-style” show or a craps class in the casino. Don’t hold back. Just go with the flow. ■ No matter how grand a ship’s claims of connectivity at sea, and no matter how “state of the art” their latest technology might be, outside major ports the on-board Wi-Fi will often be woeful. Brace yourself for late ’90s-era connectivity as websites fail to load, emails abort and disappear middelivery and Facebook remains a distant dream. The only thing you can do

to cover yourself is make sure internet access is included in your ticket price. At least that way you won’t be charged for all those hours spent staring at the spinning wheel of despair. ■ Cruising holidays can leave you looking years younger. Partly this is due to the stress-free lifestyle and invigorating sea air, but often it’s the result of shrewd investments at the on-board spa. With everything from teeth whitening to skin peels and Botox now on offer, it’s the ideal opportunity for a makeover. ■ Of all the many compelling reasons why cruising holidays now lure more than a million Australians to explore the world’s seas and rivers each year, they usually have less to do with ice cream flavours and craft classes than with the rare pleasures of seeing our world from the water.

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Not sure about cruising... try a sampler cruise Get a taste for the cruising life with a sampler experience HAVEN’T been cruising before, but always wanted to try it out? Why not try a sampler cruise? This is a great idea for anyone who really isn’t sure what cruising is all about and whether it’s for them. Royal Caribbean has a three-day cruise which starts from and finishes in Sydney. The Sampler Cruise on one of four of the Royal Caribbean cruise ships departs Sydney at 7pm on day one and returns at 6am on day four. There are various departure dates in February and March 2018. The price includes all shipboard meals in a

huge variety of restaurants, other than in the speciality restaurants, and most of the onboard entertainment and port charges. Prices vary across the four types of cabins across 16 decks – inside, outside, balcony and suite – which cater for up to 4905 passengers. There are 1500 staff to look after every aspect of your new experience, or short break. You can duty-free shop, get active with rock climbing or on the surf simulator, watch an outdoor movie, swim indoors or outdoors, try to your luck in the casino, visit the spa and fitness

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Cruise with a difference

PEREGRINE Adventures has released its latest European brochure, with the introduction of brand new destinations and new small ship cruising charters among the highlights of the 2018 program. The new brochure offers unique European itineraries from the Moors to Transylvania and Central Europe to the Canary Islands, and incorporates iconic cultural events in Scotland and Morocco. The Australian-owned travel company has earmarked Romania as the next European hot spot, with a brand new itinerary taking in Bran Castle in Brasov, the pristine forests outside Viscri, and offering the chance to stay in an 18th-century guesthouse owned by a real-life Count. Priced from $3415*, the 11-day Secrets of

Romania tour has a number of departures in June and September 2018 and includes a visit to Transfagarasan Rd, dubbed ‘the greatest road in the world’ by Top Gear. In response to holidaymakers’ desire to get away from the masses, Peregrine’s small-group trips are now even more intimate, with 20 new small ship cruising charters added to the 2018 calendar. The inaugural charters will include eight-day cruises from Lisbon to Malaga, around Iceland’s Wild West Coast, Croatia’s Central Coast and the Hidden Gems of Greece. Cruises run from May to October and are priced from $2735* per person twin share. Peregrine’s Limited Edition range for 2018 includes an 18-day tour of the UNESCO-recognised Fes Festival of World

ANCIENT DISCOVERIES: Moors and Christians Festival Alhambra palace.

Sacred Music in Morocco, priced from $3215* per person twin share. Peregrine will become the first operator offering a dedicated tour experience when the music festival gets under way in May next year. Other highlights include

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WHAT’S in the first aid kit? We all love to travel and explore with family or friends. Despite many hours of careful planning and preparation, things can and do go wrong. So a well-equipped first aid kit is a wise investment. The most frustrating and unexpected problems which occur are usually tooth related. A dental check-up before leaving is a good idea, but even though everything looks OK dental problems can still occur while away. Currently available first aid kits only deal with a range of medical problems lacking any effective means of dealing with dental problems (apart from pain-killers). Dental problems won’t kill you but how annoying if a tooth or filling breaks away leaving a sharp, jagged edge and there is always the possibility of toothache. How many holidays are ruined by dental problems? Blu Tack and chewing gum don’t work so how

the14-day Scottish Highland Games tour, which is regularly attended by the Royal family and priced from $5995* per person twin share. Also the 12-day Moors and Christians Festival in Spain, which offers the

chance to take part in parades, battle reconstructions and military marches, from $6560* per person twin share. Train buffs will enjoy the 10-day Alpine Railway Journey, which lets travellers experience the

romance of the railway on an alpine tour through Italy, Switzerland and Germany, priced from $5530* per person twin share. Meanwhile, Peregrine Adventures will continue to offer its 11-day Greek Island Odyssey, a staple of the annual European line-up, starting from $5770* per person twin share. “Europe has always been a hot destination for the Peregrine traveller and now we have incorporated unique historical experiences and festivals into our new trips to cater for specific interests,” said Robyn Nixon, general manager of Peregrine Adventures. “In 2018 we have also lowered the group size on our trips from 16 to just 12 people, which allows us to create special, intimate moments with local people.” For more information about the tours on offer, visit the website: 6706692ac

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10 Tuscan towns to put on your bucket list Ann Rickard

HILL-TOP towns, endless sunshine, renowned wines, sublime food, undulating hills, haystacks, olive groves, vineyards and cypress trees…Tuscany is the essence of Italy. Travel writer Ann Rickard says If you plan well it is possible to visit many of the iconic towns in one unforgettable Tuscan adventure.


THE big one of all them all. A must for its art, treasures, culture, history and architecture. But the summer queues outside the Uffizi Gallery mean a three-hour wait. Best go off-season if you have no tolerance for long lines.


AN HOUR’S train ride from Florence, this

sedate walled-town exudes history and refinement – it is birthplace of Puccini after all. Walk or cycle the five kilometres on top of its walls and then stroll the lively Via Fillungo for the designer shops and restaurants.


YOUR jaw may drop at first sight of Siena’s magnificent Piazza del Campo with its tilted floor fanning out to surrounding buildings and the soaring Torre del Mangia (tower). Hang out in one of the cafes along the permitre of this most celebrated of all the world’s medieval squares – and just watch.


A SMALL town dating back to Etruscan times, mostly overlooked for the more popular San Gimignano. Plenty of tall

tourists as the cathedral in the Piazza del Duomo.


medieval Manhattan. Only 14 of the 72 original towers built in the 14th century remain, but they are visible from far away.

FAMOUS for its Brunello red wine, this surprisingly small walled-town will welcome you for wine tastings on every corner. Wine is king, don’t try to resist as you walk the cobbled streets. After your fill of wine, stop at one of the many restaurants with panoramic views over Val d’Orcia National Park. Drink a glass of Brunello with your pasta.



FULL OF WONDER: San Gimignano has 14 medievel towers.

towers to gaze up to, evocative Roman theatre ruins, a crowning fortress, an Etruscan museum and stately palaces surrounding the elegant Piazza dei Priori, all make Volterra worth leaving the well-trodden Tuscan track.


THE full wonder of San Gimignano hits you as you round a final bend in the winding country road and gaze up to its 14 towers rising like a mini

YES, it isn’t quite in Tuscany, but close enough and home to Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and the famous prosciutto. Giant wheels of cheese in varying ages and enormous legs of prosciutto sit splendidly in deli’s all over the city and attract as many

TINY, and not so well known, but worth a visit. Inside the walls, narrow streets are flanked by handsome buildings. A stroll along the Corso il Rossellino pretty much does the entire town, but it’s a great base to explore the nearby wineries.


LUXURY shops on the Via di Voltaia nel Corso sell leather bags, exquisite shoes, fine jewellery and beautiful antiques. If you can get past the gauntlet of shops, the panoramic views over Tuscan country-side are breath-sapping. Have lunch at Osteria di Bacco on the Via di Gracciano nel Corso and try the nettle gnocchi with white truffle.


DON’T need to say much about this one, other than you simply must take a selfie of you trying to prop up the tower. Pisa is great fun, but crowded, so best to have your fill of the tower first, and then explore the narrow back streets. You need a car in Tuscany, and parking outside the walled-towns can be tight but worth it.

Travel happily by following these eight top tips and experiences ■ On a holiday, it’s good to linger and to relax – but not too much. ■ Move around and mix up our experiences. If we don’t, we may spend two of our three weeks on Maui pining for something different or even wishing we were back at home. 3. Minimise choices ■ If you’re a maximiser, you may be worried about making the most of your experiences while also having strong fears of

missing out. ■ It might help maximisers to limit their holiday choices so that making decisions becomes less fraught. ■ Going to a small town with few options might be better than going to a big city with lots. 4. Consider your own personality ■ Are you more extroverted or introverted? Do you like novelty and adventure or comfort and stability? These factors can help

you decide whether or not you might want a beach vacation in Cancun – where relaxation and socialising are primary – or a solo hike in the alps where adventure and isolation are key. ■ However, we shouldn’t neglect the importance of challenge, meaning getting a little out of our comfort zone. 5. Don’t let cost worry ruin your trip ■ Spending money can be stressful, and there’s no getting around that

travelling can be expensive. ■ It makes sense to consider buying prepaid holiday plans, where costs are up-front. 6. Plan for some uncertainty, doses of awe and flow ■ To keep things fresh, it’s good to leave some uncertainty in your plans. ■ You may think a spa holiday is what you really need, but it’s usually best to mix it up with some exploration of new things. 7. Choose immersion

and connection ■ It is often more satisfying to aim for immersive experiences, like avoiding restaurants catering to tourists or luxury chain hotels. 8. Take time to savour experiences ■ Being mindfully present for any experience can heighten our sense of enjoyment when we are travelling. ■ Put your phone away for large parts of your trip. Story first published:

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DO YOU spend long hours and even days planning your next trip only to find once it’s over you feel let down? Turn your holiday into an experience you want to remember by using these travel tips from Jaime Kurtz, of USC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Centre: 1. Get advice from those who’ve gone before you ■ Ask others about their experiences in the same place at the same time of year. 2. Mix up destinations


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Not just for honeymooners: Millennials and Baby Boomers take on Tahiti One of the world’s greatest beauty spots

Ellie and Lauren Bullen with a Moorea ray.

natural beauty with a year-round tropical climate, an ancient culture and myriad activities on land and at sea. What we’re seeing is groups of friends hire out homes and rent a car so they can see the islands DIY-style, as well as Baby Boomers totally immersing in the destination at rustic B&B type accommodation,” Mr Roman said. “Young Aussie travellers are also realising that the ultimate getaway is closer than they think with Tahiti only a hop and a skip across the Pacific – about the same travel time as other millennial hot spots such as Hawaii and Thailand.” Holidaymakers keen to try Tahiti DIY-style can book their flight at and search for a rental

home on Air Tahiti Nui also offers combined airfare and accommodation packages starting from $1999* a person including return economy airfares and five nights in a pension on Tahiti. For more information or to book visit: https://www.airtahitinui. com/au-en/special-offer/ save-now-pension-de-laplage-package-4-nights *Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Airfare is on sale until November 30, 2017. About Air Tahiti Nui: Air Tahiti Nui operates five A340-300 aircraft from its Tahiti base to Auckland, Tokyo, Paris and Los Angeles and code shares to 37 additional destinations with carriers including American Airlines, Air France, Air

Ellie Bullen at relaxing at Vanira Lodge Tahiti

New Zealand, Qantas and the SNCF rail system in France. It’s the only airline that flies from New Zealand to Europe via Tahiti and Los Angeles and one of only two carriers with direct flights from Auckland to Papeete. The airline has headquarters in Papeete and operates from Faa’a International Airport on the island of Tahiti. Air Tahiti Nui was founded in 1996 and commenced flight operations in 1998. A cabin upgrade saw the A340-300 aircraft move to a two-cabin configuration providing guests with maximum comfort in a stylish Polynesian-inspired setting.


ALL ABOARD FOR A RELAXING JOURNEY Saturday 2nd December 2017 - SANTA CHRISTMAS TOUR The annual Christmas steam train trip from Brisbane to Shorncliffe. With some goodies for the children, and even a guest appearance from the man in red. Sausage sizzle is being organised in the park adjacent to the station (for an additional cost per sausage in bread), cold drinks will also be for sale. Enjoy the return journey back to Brisbane on board the steam train. Wednesday 27th to Sunday 31st December 2017 - BURNETT & CAPRICORN WANDERER Travel from Roma Street northwards the region of Burnett & Capricorn through Kingaroy, Moura, Biloela, Childers and many more towns. A chartered coach will take you to your accommodations, and explore some railway sites in the area. Enjoy the country air and relax with a taste from the local tavern. This trip is a return journey, arriving back at Roma Street around mid-afternoon. Some meals, coach and accommodation included. Limited availability. Get a brochure sent to you today. Saturday 20th January 2018 - BUDERIM This trip will mark the first for 2018, the society will be taking a coach onto the north side of Brisbane, heading towards Forest Glen, then onto Mons followed by a stop at Buderim for an opportunity to purchase lunch. See the first tunnel built between Landsborough and Mooloolah which is only known by few others these days. Limited seats available. Brochures are available on request.


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AIR Tahiti Nui is targeting its latest airfare deal at Millennials and Baby Boomers wanting to travel to the islands of Tahiti their way, with return economy flights from Australia priced from $1219*. No longer just the ultimate honeymoon destination, Tahiti’s latest visitor figures show that Baby Boomers and Millennials account for the lion’s share of visitors to the islands. In the first five months of the year, young travellers (15–34) and those aged around the Baby Boomer bracket (55–74) each accounted for around a third of visitors to the islands of Tahiti. Meanwhile the month of May saw a 26 per cent year-on-year increase among 15 to 24-year-old travellers. While the destination’s overwater bungalows are still a big drawcard for couples, Air Tahiti Nui regional manager Australia New Zealand Alan Roman said the freedom and value afforded by rental homes and family run pensions was attracting different markets to the islands. “Tahiti is an incredibly diverse destination, combining stunning

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Online club of culture Residents fully embrace program linking two cultures Yvonne Gardiner

RESIDENTS of Ozanam Villa at Burleigh Heads visit Japan for one day every month without even leaving their sitting room. This Ozcare aged care facility links up on Skype to the Alice House Aged Care Residence in Nagoya. The program is the brainchild of diversional therapist Michele Roche and she says the residents have fully embraced it. “The ladies have become engrossed in craft,” she said. “They’re happy to make the cards and come up with ideas. We bring anyone who wants to come.” Soon they’ll be sending a Christmas parcel to their new-found Japanese friends, complete with cards, baubles containing chocolate Freddo frogs and Vegemite. Michele says during the Skype sessions residents of both countries sing songs, read poetry, and

This is such a wonderful program and we are truly very enthusiastic about the monthly video conference with our new friends in Japan, learn about each other’s culture. Resident Jill Gibson is one of the biggest supporters of the program. “This is such a wonderful program and we are truly very enthusiastic about the monthly video conference with our new friends in Japan,” she said. “We have lots of questions to ask about their culture; they have so much history and tradition. We hope to teach them about our wonderful country as

CREATING FRIENDSHIPS: Ozanam Villa residents Jill Gibson (left) and Greta Moss (right), with diversional therapist Michele Roche, discover new friends in Japan through the internet. PHOTO: YVONNE GARDINER

well.” Michele says technology allows us to connect with anyone in the

world from the comfort of our armchairs. “All of us immediately saw the program would go

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Wellbeing Pathways to new age

Marlene Rutherford is inspiring people to acknowledge the wisdom and greatness of age HOW do you feel about getting older? Good, bad, indifferent. For 62-year-old Marlene Rutherford, the time arrived to examine her own feelings about ageing after seeing her father end up in a nursing home and knowing he had never wanted to be in one. Marlene, a mother of four and grandmother of five, started her career as a psychiatric nurse, going on to gain a post-graduate qualification. She furthered her career in health with courses in alternative medicine including qualifications in reflexology. Her background in wellness has provided a solid foundation to begin a conscious examination of ageing. Right from the start she became aware of certain repetitive phrases. “I noticed I kept hearing comments like, ‘It’s a bugger getting old’,” she said. “Of course, we get old and things don’t work the same as they use to – but there are other things we can do.” The key, she thought, to

finding the things we can do, was in gaining an understanding of what was possible and that meant finding out who you wanted to be, identifying your beliefs about death and learning how to construct a new path. “We are pioneers of this new age and our wisdom is so needed, let’s not tuck ourselves away to age quietly, let’s bring ourselves fully into the

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The key, she thought, to finding the things we can do, was in having an awareness of what was possible and that meant finding out who you wanted to be, identifying your beliefs about death and dying and learning how to construct a new path. light as elders and manifest our greatness to help shape family, community and society,” she said. To that end, Marlene has created her Ageing Consciously, Step up as an Elder in your Community weekend retreats. Within the retreat, exercises explore the areas of work, creativity, spirituality, and

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10 helpful carer tips A loving husband shares what he learnt as his wife’s carer Tracey Johnstone

FOR seven years Queensland resident James McCutcheon has cared for his wife of 61 years, learning many valuable lessons along the way about the carer role and Alzheimer’s. “I took it on as a natural thing,” the 86-year-old said. “I loved the woman so I decided to care for her until I couldn’t any longer.” His wife Beverley was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s after two years of James struggling with the gradual changes in her. In March he finally moved her into a high-care facility. James shares his 11 hard-learnt tips from his experience of caring for Beverley. 1. Get a good GP

“The first one I had was terrible and didn’t recognise the fact, kept saying it was old age,” James said. “Beverley wouldn’t let me go with her at the time until I forced the issue.” James knew something was wrong when Beverley kept asking the same question “every five minutes”. “I thought, that’s the first sign,” James said. He changed GPs quite quickly. 2. Find an even better geriatrician The first geriatrician James found very offhand, with no bedside manner and “mucked up tablets”. 3. Enduring Power of Attorney This must be obtained for everyone and done early on. As Beverley didn’t have

CARING: James McCutcheon and his wife Beverley. PHOTO: PATRICK WOODS

one, James approached everybody he could think of to help, but as they considered Beverley not capable of understanding the document, nothing could be done. It was only when he obtained a form from the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. “I finally went to court just this year and was granted administration,” he said. 4. Check out rest homes early

Look over rest homes to find a few that you are comfortable with and then register with them. 5. Join a carers group Do this early. “You can learn a lot of information from carers,” James said. 6. Approach the aged care assistance team Get an assessment done as soon as there is a diagnosis. “There are packages available from the government,” James said.

“You can then get a provider, and there are lots of them around now, and they look after you with people coming to help you, or you want a day off.” 7. Day care Find out about day care options through a provider. 8. Respite “It’s a necessity to have respite as it’s a 24/7 job,” James recommends. “You get a bit jaded and it’s very hard with what comes out of their minds and how they act.” Your provider can advise on your respite options. 9. Friendship Talked to My Aged Care about the closest friendship group which is where you can meet with others socially and learn a lot about dementia. 10. Incontinence allowance There is an allowance to cover some of the costs of incontinence

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■ When you are feeling depressed or angry, “remember it’s not the person, it’s the disease,” James counsels. ■ Go walking. James walks with a group that steps out around the local area early in the morning. ■ Find an activity that gives you pleasure. He is a painter of 40 years. ■ Allocate a time each week for you to do something just for you. James had Monday morning locked in as his time to paint. ■ Find social activities. “I think you have to be socially active because if you don’t, you will tend to vegetate and sit and watch TV all the time,” James said.

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Lawyer’s own life gives her insight on loss

Carol Taylor’s adversity teaches compassionate listening Tracey Johnstone

NOTHING stands in the way of lawyer Carol Taylor whose quadriplegia, caused by a car accident in 2001, has given her the ability to be sympathetic to her clients that are struggling through significant life losses. She often counsels her clients to accept that loss is part of life’s cycle. “There is no light without the shade,” Carol said. “They need to allow themselves to grieve. There is no expiration date on it.” The Gold Coast lawyer deals with difficult issues daily as she focuses on deceased estates, property law and wills, and touches occasionally on family law. She doesn’t however do adversarial work any more since her

accident. In the future, Carol wants to add human rights, anti-discrimination and NDIS skills to Taylor Law and Conveyancing. “I would like to bring this to the practice because I think, in my situation, the biggest thing I bring to the table for my clients, whether it be buying their first home or going through a stressful divorce and wanting things over and done with as soon as possible, is the empathy that I honestly didn’t believe I had as a lawyer before my injury,” the 50-year-old said. “You can learn all you like about listening skills, but there is a whole new level of intense listening when you have experienced the raw emotions and the roller

Because I deal with sad people all the time, some of the things I have picked up from my clients are positive things you can do. coaster that goes with something like a catastrophic injury, a life-changing event which may be the death of someone, or in my case, sustaining a life altering event.” Carol manages her very restrictive physical limitations and the stress of working with emotional cases by setting practical limitations. She has a two-tier approach for herself and her clients. “You have to remember

to look after yourself when dealing with this, but by no means put up a wall because that defeats the purpose,” Carol said. With her clients, she tries to get them to see that no two journeys are the same. “Nobody has written this script for you,” Carol said. “You are the author of your own journey here.” There is no clock in her office, just a very good listener for every client who is as much an individual as Carol is. “Because I deal with sad people all the time, some of the things I have picked up from my clients are positive things you can do,” Carol said. Some of her clients use gardening or other activities, others create memorials. For Carol, she learnt to paint which has


opened the door to her independently developing her own skills to the point of publicly displaying and selling her works with the proceeds donated to spinal paralysis research. She also talks to her


clients about their physical responses to grief and how not to allow themselves to become too stressed. “And not to be afraid to get professional help,” Carol adds.

Unparalleled service when it comes to legal work during this most difficult time. Carol was admitted as a solicitor in 1993. In 2001 she was paralysed following a horrific car accident which left her a quadriplegic. Carol was a newlywed and her legal career was at an all-time high. This would be enough to stop most

people, but Carol, with the support of her “pillar of strength” husband, went on to have a beautiful son despite years of being told that it could not be done. With motherhood securely under her belt, Carol returned to the law and specialises in what she

calls “wheelchair friendly law”. Carol specialises in deceased estates and property law at a fixed fee. Carol’s disability has drawn her to technology and her practice Taylor Law & Conveyancing recently made history by becoming the first law firm in Queensland to

complete an electronic online simultaneous conveyance between properties that were 1200km apart. Carol represents clients across NSW and Queensland and is backed by a strong team led by her conveyancing manager Sascha Rodgers and her

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Dr Barr gives tips on signs of hearing loss If you identify with these symptoms, it’s time for action Tracey Johnstone

ONCE we hit 50 most of us are affected by hearing changes; it’s one of those things that happens with ageing. University of Melbourne audiology lecturer Dr Caitlin Barr said about 80 per cent of people older than 80 had hearing loss. Because it is often a slow onset, Dr Carr says it can be a gradual change of what we do to counter our hearing problems that leads us slowly to the realisation we need to take some action. “You can have a hearing loss and it doesn’t bother you because you don’t do things in your day-to-day life that require hearing, or you might have a substantial hearing loss which is really problematic for you,” Dr Carr said. To help us understand what to look for and how to deal with hearing loss, Dr Carr offers the following tips. Signs of hearing loss “The signs can be varied and will depend on the individual’s lifestyle,” Dr Barr said. Usual signs are: ■ Feeling more tired. ■ No longer enjoying social interactions because they have become hard work. ■ Relationship difficulties

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because communication has become harder, and it’s not obvious that your hearing is the issue. ■ Turning the television or music volume louder than before. ■ Hearing what sounds like mumbling when in fact the person is speaking clearly. As we age we tend to lose our sensitivity to high

pitch sound, before low pitch sound, which makes hearing speech a problem. What can I do? ■ Visit an Audiology Australia credited audiologist for a diagnostic hearing test. Dr Barr suggests taking with you a family member or friend who knows about your hearing problems.

■ Get tested every five years, even if you aren’t concerned about your hearing. ■ If you get a commonly available screening test, then Dr Barr suggests taking that test results to a clinic that will also do the diagnostic test for an in-depth review. ■ There are online screening tests available,


but there are variabilities with the type and quality of your headphones. Managing your hearing Most of what we can do to reduce hearing loss should have done in our younger years. “It’s all about how long and how loud,” Dr Barr said. ■ If you have to listen to something loud, do it for

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to provide your pet with personal attention as well as mental and physical stimulation to keep them happy, healthy and relaxed while you’re away. “Many baby boomers don’t have the funds to retire but PetCloud allows an affordable and flexible way to supplement their incomes and get job satisfaction.” PetCloud is an expanding, nationwide organisation which connects pet owners with loving pet carers. Pet sitter Debbie Taylor left her 20-year career in pharmacy to run her at-home pet sitting business in Queensland. “I registered with PetCloud in May 2016

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Overseas retirement Doing the maths on a fresh start to retirement overseas Alison Houston

IMAGINE cutting your living costs not by 25 or even 50 percent but by a whopping 70 percent. Impossible you say? Certainly in Australia it would be, and that’s precisely why so many Aussies, like former Brisbanites Michael and Vivien Cullen, are choosing to retire overseas.It was early 2015 when they made the move to Thailand and Michael has just celebrated his 60th birthday there with absolutely no regrets. Having sold up in Australia, the couple bought their new home in Hua Hin, a coastal resort 200km south of Bangkok, for just $140,000. Who can remember the last time Australian properties were at that level? Monthly utilities are $100 and monthly food and grocery shopping $500. Michael says they also eat out several times a week, with tasty fresh

meals for around $4 in local eateries, or in more traditional cafes and restaurants $6-10 for a main meal. If, like me, you are questioning the availability and quality of health care, Michael again has reassurances. There are two international-standard US-university training hospitals in Hua Hin and seeing an English-speaking doctor for a GP-style consultation (including any required medication) typically costs no more than $20. Dental check-ups and cleans are $40, while medical insurance, which the pair believe is essential, is roughly equivalent to what they paid in Australia. The only thing to be wary of is the water, which must be bottled rather than straight from the tap. Michael said that ironically, it was while on a plane to Europe for a long-saved for holiday that the pair came across a magazine article about

NEW LIFE: Michael and Vivien Cullen have no regrets about selling up in Brisbane and starting a new life in Thailand.

others their age who had not just enjoyed a quick escape but were starting new lives overseas. “I suppose it was the desire not to have to work, to be stuck on that treadmill for, in my case, another 10 years,” the former businessman and teacher said. He said they had seen friends and family who had “done the right thing” and worked and saved all their lives for retirement, only to have something happen to take their health, or life

away before they could enjoy the fruits of their labour. “I suppose we wanted to take control of our life, what we were going to do and how it was going to be,” Michael said. He started reading about other people’s adventures living overseas on the International Living Australia website, and discovered it was a real possibility – the only question was, where would they go?

After considering, and even visiting South America, they decided it was too far from home and looked towards Asia. “When you’re in Australia and thinking about the move, it’s scary as all heck,” Michael said. “But once you do it, you realise it’s an easy and more stimulating life. “This has given us a much more affordable and comfortable life than we could have had back home.” Their time, he said, is spent being together, socialising with locals and ex-pats from Australia, Britain and Europe, exploring, both Thailand and its neighbours, and learning more about the history, culture, the language (although it is easy to get along without it) and religion. If they had retired in Australia, which he doubts they could have afforded, Michael said they might be “doing the Grey Nomad thing” but would constantly have been looking at the cost of petrol, food and checking how far they could afford to go.

The pair are on a retirement visa (multi-entry and renewably annually), which means they are not allowed to work at all, but they also have friends who have moved on a business visa and are setting up a food tour business. His advice for others looking to escape the rat race, the high cost of living and push their dollar further, is to do their research, both formal and informal, such as reading websites and blogs of others living in the area you are interested in, visiting or possibly house-sitting. As yet, Michael and Vivien haven’t returned to Australia, even for a visit, and Michael says he can’t see them ever moving back permanently, but perhaps Vivien best sums up their experience. “What I didn’t expect, and can’t even begin to put a price on, is the thrill of being immersed in a country where everyday life feels so fresh and new,” she said. To read more of Michael and Vivien’s adventures:


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My Aged care program to provide assistance Andrew Heaven, Wealth Partners

Q: My mother is 86, a widow and living at home. I am concerned about her welfare but she refuses to consider moving to a nursing home. What form of assistance is she entitled to and who should we contact for help? A: Living in the family home as long as possible is a priority for most elderly people. While there is recognition they may need assistance in some aspects of daily living, they fiercely value their independent living. Access to home care packages is initiated via My Aged Care and the Department of Human Services. The program provides services to assist individuals to

remain at home for as long as possible by providing flexibility in the way support and care services are provided. To be eligible for an HCP, your mum must be assessed by the Aged Care Assessments Team. The ACAT will then prepare a letter confirming eligibility for an HCP and detail the level of care your mum is approved for. The level of subsidy available depends on what level of support your mum is deemed to require. This may include transport for shopping and appointments, social support by way of companionship, domestic assistance for household tasks, personal care for bathing or dressing, food services such as help with

preparation or delivery of meals, and home modifications. Services can be tailored based on needs and the funding available. HCP can’t be used as a general source of income for day-to-day expenses but is a subsidy paid to HCP providers. The providers can charge administration and management fees in addition to the service. Consumers can choose which provider they work with, and transfer unspent amounts from one provider to another. When accepting an HCP, the recipient may be asked to pay a range of fees towards the cost of their care. A basic daily care fee is negotiated between the recipient and the provider.

MONEY: What form of assistance is my parent entitled to and who should we contact for help?

The maximum daily care fee is capped at 17.5% of the maximum single Age Pension rate. Currently the cap rate is $10.17 per day. Depending on your mum’s income, an income-tested fee may apply. This fee reduces the government subsidy. The provider will charge the same cost for the approved level of support, however your mum will pay a greater portion of the cost. A fee is not payable if your mum’s income is less than $26,327. If your mum’s income

exceeds this threshold but is less than $50,876, then the fee applicable will be 50% of the income in excess of $26,237, capped at a daily rate of $14.59 per day. If your mum’s income is greater than $50,876, then the fee will be 50% of the income in excess of $50,876, capped at a daily rate of $29.19 per day. A lifetime cap applies to income-tested fees, which is indexed and is currently $63,759. Your mum will be required to submit an

Aged Care Fees Income Assessment form (SA456) to the Department of Human Services to determine her applicable fees. Further information can be found at Q&A with The Coach first appeared on the WealthPartners website Any general advice in this article doesn’t take account of your personal objectives, financial situation and needs. www.seniorsnews. for the full article.

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THINK MONEY PAUL CLITHEROE netball, take a bow – the AMP survey found you’re likely to be among the nation’s most financially savvy thinkers. Cricketers are most likely to have a financial advisor, and golfers top the league table for personal savings – with one in three having more than $50,000 in savings. When you think about it, these results aren’t all that surprising. Keen sports people often achieve success by setting personal or team-based goals. So it’s a natural step to set goals in other areas of life like money management. A number of overseas studies confirm AMP’s findings that physical and financial health often go hand-in-hand. One group of US researchers explained the link, saying that people who make healthy choices today to enjoy good health tomorrow, are also more likely to regularly put money aside to achieve

greater financial security in the future. I freely admit I’m no sports scientist, but it’s fair to say there’s another link between physical health and fiscal fitness – both can be achieved when you make it part of a regular routine. Getting physically fit involves taking the time to exercise regularly. It may not happen overnight but your fitness should improve over time. The same applies to financial security. It’s all about developing and sticking to good money habits – like using a budget to gain control of your cash, spending less than you earn, and saving and investing for the long term. It’s not hard and it delivers great results without working up a sweat. If you’re sure where to start with your financial wellbeing, take a look at the MoneySmart website for sensible tips on managing your money. Paul Clitheroe is a founding director of financial planning firm ipac, chairman of the Australian Government Financial Literacy Board and chief commentator for Money Magazine.


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Maggie Beer’s recipes for life MAGGIE Beer’s Recipe for Life is so much more than a cookbook. She has teamed up with world-leading Alzheimer’s researcher Professor Ralph Martins to fight one of the most debilitating diseases of our times. “To have a healthy old age you must act now, whether you are 30 or 50,” Maggie said. “I have two great passions – sharing my love of cooking delicious simple food and improving the health and nutrition of older people. “I hope this cookbook does both, but it’s not for ‘old’ people, it’s for you.

“I have been delighted to work with leading Alzheimer’s researcher Professor Ralph Martins in recent years and I have learned that if we are to avoid Alzheimer’s and other lifestyle diseases, it is what we eat today that matters. “These are my recipes for every day, for everybody, full of deep flavours and beautiful ingredients that will nourish you and your family. “Nobody wants to eat worthy food that tastes like cardboard. “For me, food without flavour is unthinkable! And so is the notion of

restricting whole food groups. “My recipe for life is to have a healthy attitude to eating – it’s all about balance, variety and choosing foods that give you the best chance of being in good health now and into your future. “This is not a diet book – it’s a way of life.” Based on the latest scientific research, Maggie has created more than 200 recipes that help provide the nutrients we need for optimum brain health. More than one million Australians are affected every day by Alzheimer’s or its impact on their

Celebrate the great Aussie shed ONE of Australia’s best-loved celebrities Scott Cam raises a toast in stories, anecdotes and photographs to an enduring Australian icon, the (not so humble) backyard shed. He loves his sheds so much, he has two of them. He loves spending time in them, sometimes doing absolutely zip; just having a beer, looking around, turning random things on and off, sanding a bit of timber for no reason. And it got him to thinking... “There are thousands of people around with a love of sheds like me, and plenty of their sheds are better than mine,” Scott said.

“So, why not run a competition to find the 20 best ones and whack ‘em in a book for all to see?” After his nationwide search, here in Scotty’s Top Aussie Sheds you’ll find the most fascinating examples of our humble, and not so humble, backyard icon. You’ll be inspired by the owners’ fascinating stories, and by the stunning images of their pride and joy and you might even join Scotty on his mission to make sheds great, make them essential, and make them loved again. Scott Cam is one of Australia’s best-loved television personalities. As host of The Block on

Nine Network, Scott’s laidback larrikin attitude has won him millions of fans across Australia and a Gold Logie award in 2014. Published by Murdoch Books, Scotty’s Top Aussie Sheds is available in bookshops. RRP $35.

Bewitching Zanzibar Wife

THE Zanzibar Wife by Deborah Rodriguez’s is a bewitching novel of clashing cultures and conflicting beliefs, of secrets and revelations, of mystery and magic, by the author of the bestseller, The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul. Set both in Oman and on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, The Zanzibar Wife is the story of three different women, each at a turning point in her life. Oman. The ancient land

of frankincense, wind-swept deserts, craggy mountaintops and turquoise seas. A place where tales of evil spirits and eerie phenomena abound. Into this magical nation come three remarkable women, each facing a crossroad in her life. As the three women journey together across this weird and wonderful land, they are forced to confront their darkest

fears and their deepest wishes. Published by Penguin. RRP $32.99.

family, but the good news is that you can eat well to age well, from this moment on. The proceeds from Maggie’s Recipe for Life will be shared between the Lions Alzheimer’s Research Foundation and Maggie Beer Foundation. Maggie’s foundation is committed to providing a good food life for all. Published by Simon & Schuster, Recipe for Life is available in bookshops and in ebook now. RRP $39.99.

A guide to living longer RED wine is good for us. Alcohol is bad for us. Cut out sugar. Eat less fat. Eat more fat. Every day we’re bombarded by often-contradictory advice on what to do to keep ourselves healthy. The Longevity List is a witty and instructive guide to help us sort the medical fact from health industry hot air – to help us live a long and healthy life. Professor Merlin Thomas runs a research unit within Monash University and frequently travels the world lecturing on health-related matters. In his new book he looks at each item on the “longevity list” in turn, analysing why it’s come to be considered a health priority, and giving his scientifically backed verdict on how much attention we really need to pay to it. Along the way you’ll discover stacks of intriguing, entertaining and often very funny facts. Why do people get drunk more quickly on champagne? Is caffeine really a performance-enhancing drug? Can chocolate

improve your sex life? This is the one-stop checklist to living a life that might just see you reach your 100th birthday and beyond! You’ll learn everything from why taking statins to lower LDL cholesterol might not be a good idea for everyone with higher

than desirable levels, to whether there’s a connection between donating blood regularly and living a longer life. The Longevity List is available from www.exisle and book stores. RRP $34.99. Available now.

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THE dates for National Recycling Week 2017 are Monday, November 13 to Sunday, November 19 but of course it’s good to encourage recycling at any time of the year. There are many ways to donate, trade and exchange – to give your unwanted items a new home, or to get new things that doesn’t cost the earth. Some of the ways you can get into good recycling habits are: Exchanging: Charity op shops can resell your unwanted items, and the profits go towards the charity’s aims. Remember to ask them what types of items they accept. Reuse and Recycling Events: Events are a fun way to reduce, reuse or recycle. They help to get people motivated

BE THRIFTY AND THRIVE NICKY NORMAN together, have a good time and meet other people in their community. Recycling and reuse events can be held between a group of friends or work colleagues, schools or neighbourhood areas. Swap Parties: Hold a party with a group of friends, at your work or publicly to swap certain items, from clothes to toys, DVDs to sports equipment. Planet Ark’s Swap Guide makes it easy to host your own party. Second Hand Saturday: Neighbourhood-wide garage sales organised

GO GREEN: National Recycling Week 2017 is from Monday, November 13 to Sunday, November 19 but all year round is ideal.

for the same day, often arranged by the local council. You could arrange one for your street. No Waste Wednesday: This is a day at work or school where you all minimise the waste you discard from lunch. Bring reusable containers and recycle cans and bottles.

Buying and Selling: There are many easy options to buy and sell your preloved goods from a local to wider level. Listings can be placed in your local classifieds or community websites. For more information: www.recycling

Tasty ideas to get your BBQ on! IT’S time to clean up the barbie and get ready for outdoor entertaining. Barbecuing is an easy way to entertain and socialise at the same time. Don’t be afraid to ask guests to bring a salad or dessert to simplify the day. That way you can enjoy yourself as well. The humble snag is a must-do when you have a few people over – it’s cost-effective and there are so many flavours available. Marinating your meat, seafood or vegetable selection can also make a simple meal delicious. Honey soy marinade is easy and makes chicken

HOME COOKING CHRISTINE PERKIN wings a taste sensation at a very affordable cost, and the kids love them. Haloumi is also a great alternative on the barbie, only takes a minute or two to cook and will be very well received – your vegetarian visitors will love you for it. Or why not try partially cooked corn on the cob finished off on the barbie? Cooking a barbecue really doesn’t need to be

KEEP IT SIMPLE: Marinated prawns are an easy addition to any meal.

hard, it’s just all about preparation Using condiments are always a great way to jazz up a meal, so buy a few

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