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You wil find news that puts you in a fine frame of mind from the goodwill mission of a national identity to the positive news from friends in the neighbourhood. * Responsibility for all election comment is taken by Seniors Newspaper Group Editor Gail Forrer, PO Box 56 Maroochydore, qld 4558.

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Good news, good food & fun events WELCOME to our June edition. This month we spoke to the much-loved food personality Maggie Beer. When I was defining the editorial qualities of our new-look seniors publication, I decided on diverse, down-to-earth and informative, the same qualities I believe Maggie Beer exudes – in bucket loads. In this story we focus on her mission to improve nursing home diets. This effort has far-reaching effects; beyond nursing home residents, we all benefit


knowing our loved ones are receiving the most nutritious food possible in caring surrounds. In this edition we also present our first “Live and Lets Save” feature. If you agree with the old saying a “Penny saved is a dollar earned” then I think you will find plenty of penny savers in this list of

practical tips and hints, including the rewards that are often hidden behind our everyday transactions. Other new features include our ‘Online Page’ where we give you a quick look at our website offerings and tips on how to operate computers. The Northern Rivers area is full of inspiring local stories and in this edition it was easy to place our ‘Marathon man’ on page 3. I know I will never be running marathons , but after this story I reckon I could find it in me to once again commit to regular

exercise. I’m always reading evidence to prove that exercise is beneficial to mind and body, but its only when the evidence is a backed up with a real person (and indeed one in the senior age-group) that I feel I could , (once again) give it ago. Who knows you may well see me doing a very slow jog around the suburbs . As always thanks to all the locals who have contributed to grassroots stories, community notes, event updates and photographs. Cheers, Gail

Let’s salute our SES volunteers JOURNALIST YVONNE GARDINER

IT WAS a wild ride for many residents of the

Northern Rivers early this month when major storms hit the region. We salute the thousands of SES volunteers and emergency workers who respond to such catastrophic events, repairing damage and saving lives. SIDS and Kids also

supports families at the saddest of times. You can fund their work by contributing on Red Nose Day. In this edition of the Seniors Newspaper, read about the start of whale-watch season, Lismore’s Friendship Festival, Byron’s writers’

festival and one man’s bid to compete in the Boston Marathon. Seniors reporter Yvonne Gardiner is happy to take your calls regarding stories for the July edition. Contact her on 0411 622 720 or email yvonne.

Welcome to Real Food Artisans, farmers and chefs join in for the cooking classes Yvonne Gardiner

THE Real Food Projects Cooking School launched its second location in May in the Byron Bay Hinterland. Author, cook and founder of Real Food Projects, Kate Walsh, said the school was set to become the go-to destination for foodies across the region. Kate has teamed up with Harvest restaurant, deli and bakery located at Newrybar and the trademark Real Food classes will now be held weekly in their 107-year-old bakery. “Putting the spotlight on the best artisans, farmers and chefs in the region, the classes will be teaching students how to cook from scratch using local, seasonal and native ingredients,” she said. “The first classes include jam, pickles, fermenting, BBQ 101, stock and broths, cocktail essentials (think DIY tonic water, bitters and shrubs)

The Real Food Cooking School teaches students how to cook from scratch. :

and good old sausages. “The Real Food Cooking School shows people simple ways we can change the way we cook, shop and think about food. “Giving people the knowledge of where their food comes from and the skills to make amazing and nutritious meals from scratch is one of the best ways we can fix our broken

ABUNDANT HARVEST: Kate Walsh (centre) leads the Real Food Cooking School classes.

food system.” Alongside Kate, the Harvest chefs, baristas and cocktail masters will be getting out of the kitchen and in front of students to showcase their passion and skills. Harvest staff forager

Peter Hardwick will also be helping source unusual native ingredients for as many classes as possible. “I’m so excited to be working with the team at Harvest - a restaurant and community who also have the same passion for

local, seasonal and ethical produce and a commitment to feeding people delicious food,” he said. Kate recently released her first cookbook – Real Food Projects: 30 Skills and 46 Recipes from


Scratch. Published by Murdoch Press, it is available at all good bookshops and online at See the first round of classes on the same website.

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59-year-old Alstonville man is shaping up for his dream run

SETTING GOALS: John Wickham will try for a personal best at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon in July.


‘First I do Gold Coast’ Yvonne Gardiner

NORTHERN Rivers runner John Wickham aims to qualify for a spot in the 2017 Boston Marathon if he does well in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. The Alstonville resident, aged 59, has entered for the second time in the airport marathon. At the event on July 2-3, he hopes to achieve a personal best time. “I’ve done two marathons and two half marathons at Gold Coast in the past,” John said. “It’s been really good. “It’s always extremely well organised and a great

atmosphere with people coming from all over the world. “It’s such an international event. You come across some well-known identities. “I’m very new to the marathon distance thing. “The Gold Coast is a good course because it’s pretty flat.” John took up running to be more active. “I’m part of the Ballina Triathlon Club,” he said. “We might go out for a weekend run on occasions. “I do most of my running training by myself. “I’m always aiming to

improve on my time. “Something under four hours is normally considered a reasonable time.” His personal best in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon last year was 3hrs 38mins. John has worked to improve his performance, with a couple of training sessions with Gold Coast triathlete Courtney Gilfillan. “When I did my first marathon on the Gold Coast in 2014, leading up to that, I got in touch with professional coach Jake Brindle for some running tips,” he said.

“He’s in America now but sets the program for me each week.” Running in the Boston Marathon is a dream for him. “Boston is one of the best marathons because of its popularity,” John said. “You have to achieve a certain time to get in. “I ran a marathon in Hobart this year and had a qualifying time.” The 38th annual Gold Coast Airport Marathon will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3. Its course runs next to the Gold Coast’s surf beaches and broadwater

and has a reputation as one of the flattest and fastest courses in the world. The event received an International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) Road Race Gold Label in 2014. There’s a race tailor-made for everyone, with events including the Gold Coast Airport Marathon Wheelchair Marathon, ASICS Half Marathon,Wheelchair 15km, Southern Cross University 10km Run, Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge and Zespri Junior Dash (4km and 2km).

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Govt cash incentive for mature-ages AGE Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan, at the Australian Human Rights Commission, has revealed that of complaints received involving allegations of age discrimination, almost 60% of these complaints related to employment. With older Queenslanders expected to work into what was once known as their ‘retirement years’, it is critical that barriers to older workers re-entering the workforce be removed. It is widely known that there are significant difficulties faced by older workers re-entering the workforce and maintaining employment; however, this is rarely acknowledged. The Restart Program is an Australian Government wage subsidy that encourages businesses to employ mature age workers. The Restart wage subsidy is a payment of up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) if you employ eligible mature age job seekers for 12 months or more. To receive this wage subsidy, you need to employ a job seeker who: ■ Is 50 or older ■ Has been on income support for six months or more ■ Is registered with a job active or Disability Employment Services or Community Development Programme provider

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Maggie’s tips for healthy eating USING butter over margarine is always Maggie’s recommendation because of potentially harmful trans-fats. If you find that butter is too difficult to spread, try blending it with a little extra virgin olive oil to keep it softer straight from the fridge. ■ Extra virgin olive oil is a great choice for everyday cooking, salad dressings and roasted vegetables or meats, not only for its full flavour, but also for it’s well documented health benefits.

Extra virgin olive oil is a great choice for everyday cooking, salad dressings and roasted vegetables or meats ... ■ Using all full fat milk and yoghurts adds to everyday protein intake but also has the added benefit of leaving a feeling of being fuller for longer. ■ Coconut in all its guises offers wonderful health benefits; adding coconut water or extra virgin coconut oil on a daily basis helps boost the immune system enormously. ■ Alternatively, for those wanting to reduce sugar intake, fresh coconut water is a wonderful option, adding vital electrolytes and also offering flavour beyond plain water. ■ To increase further hydration, try adding a slice of lemon to plain or sparkling water. Thursday, June 16, 2016

Crusader Maggie’s vision for aged care

Foundation is putting good food and top chefs in care JIM FAGAN

MAGGIE Beer has a recipe for keeping folk in aged care happy and contented - flavoursome, nutritious meals, served in pleasant surroundings. She started her Maggie Beer Foundation - A Good Food Life for All - in May 2014 and it is now providing benchmark best practice in many of Australia’s aged care homes. The 71-year-old entrepreneur will be in Brisbane this month to conduct cooking demonstrations at the Regional Flavours Festival on July 16-17 at South Bank and in an exclusive interview from her home in the Barossa Valley she told Seniors, “I will take the chance to talk up the foundation while I’m there.” Maggie’s first became interested in 2010 when she was named Senior Australian of the Year and asked to speak in Tasmania at a conference of aged care leaders. “I did my research into a lot of facilities and, while I saw some wonderful things, I also saw some terrible things at places where the quality of food didn’t count. “Everyone has the right to a good meal every day. I’ve had good food all my life and to me the greatest gift everyone should have is the gift of a life of good food. It’s not just

TOP NOSH: Maggie Beer believes everyone has the right to a good meal every day.

sustenance, it’s pleasure.” She described how she approached the then Federal Government with the idea that they find the best aged care exponents across Australia and see what they were doing to deinstitutionalise food. “There was a lot of interest but no money. I knew I had to do something so I started the foundation. So far we’ve managed to get a TAFE

course with eight different components of specific instruction in aged care and two master classes each giving grants for 30 cooks and chefs in aged care facilities. “We bring in the experts and the chefs then go back their homes where they are looking after 50 to 300 people and so it becomes a movement. “Flinders University in Adelaide did an evaluation before and after the

“Everyone has the right to a good meal every day. I’ve had good food all my life and to me it’s the greatest gift. master classes and six months down the track we have qualitative evidence that it works. It’s just


fantastic.” Her vision of the ideal aged care facility, large or small, country or city, as one that not only feels like home but needs to be the home of the person who is in it. “I see it as bringing people around the table enjoying a lovely outlook, conversation and a really good meal. Pleasure, nutrition, conversation, all the things that should be there.”

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Shine a light on good food Yvonne Gardiner

DIETITIANS, chefs and nutrition experts throughout the country are working together to ensure that fresher, healthier meals are served up to aged care residents. Gold Coast studies have found that more than half of aged care residents are malnourished – a figure borne out at a national level. Two years ago, when The Lantern Project was launched, that figure was up to 80%. Project founder and dietitian Cherie Hugo, as part of her PhD studies at Bond University, set out to improve the food served up to residents in aged care. “If someone is

undernourished, they are more likely to be depressed, have falls, pressure areas and not recover from wounds or infection, so the ultimate goal is improving quality of life,” Cherie said. “We know a mealtime is more than just food and nutrition. Mealtimes are also about communication, company and connection.” The Lantern Project has high-profile supporters, including Maggie Beer, Simon Bryant and Peter Morgan-Jones, and The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. Lantern “ambassadors” are being recruited and trained to help gather food stories. Four working groups focus on legal and quality management, dining

experiences, edible gardens and lifestyle, and communications. “In terms of my PhD research for the project – the next steps involve gathering and analysing food stories shared by the community,” Cherie said. “The more stories gathered, the more clear we will be on where priorities lie in terms of aged care menus and dining experience. “This is where we really invite readers to share food experiences online now at or become a Lantern Ambassador to assist us to collect more stories in the community.” Anyone interested in The Lantern Project can contact Cherie Hugo via email at cherie@




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EAT WELL: Dietitian Cherie Hugo is passionate about nutrition in the aged care sector. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Losing someone you love can be devastating enough. Not only are you grieving the loss of this person, but you may also be tasked with the role of finalising their affairs as the executor of their Will, often the last thing on your mind in your grief-stricken state. Just the thought of it can be daunting because it is unfamiliar territory and it’s certainly not a situation any one wishes to be placed in. Unfortunately, it’s a situation you are likely to find yourself in throughout your lifetime. During the process, it is common to hear foreign terms such as “Probate” or “Letters of Administration”. Generally, the majority of people have never heard of either of these terms and those who have tend to have misconceptions about what they actually mean. We often hear statements such as, “there’s a Will so why do we need Probate?” or “we don’t need Probate because our family gets along”. 99% of the time we are simply asked, “What is Probate?” and “Why do we need Probate?”. It is important to understand what Probate (or Letters of Administration) is in order to appreciate why it is required to administer a deceased estate. What is Probate? A grant of Probate is essentially confirmation by the Supreme Court of the authenticity of the last Will of the deceased. The process involves advertising with the prescribed legal publications to ensure that there are no later Wills in existence and a subsequent application to the Supreme Court to effectively “prove” the last Will. An affidavit sworn by the executor is filed with the Court, and the document itself is inspected by the Probate Registrar with a fine tooth comb to confirm its validity. What are Letters of Administration? A grant of Letters of Administration is the equivalent to a grant of Probate in the circumstances where a person has died intestate, ie without a Will or without a valid Will.This grant is also required if the executor of the will has died, has lost capacity or has renounced. The administrator (akin to an executor) is appointed by the Supreme Court. This grant is more difficult to obtain and priority to apply is determined by the rules of intestacy in the relevant States. Why is Probate required? You may often hear from someone you know, whose mother/father/brother/sister died, that they didn’t need Probate compelling you to question why it is required at all. After all, there is a Will so why does it become so complicated after the fact? Yes, there are circumstances in which the executor will not be required to obtain Probate. This is may be the case where the assets are jointly held or it is considered a “small estate”, where the assets of the estate are of low value. However, it is important to understand that every estate is different. There is no stock-standard estate plan because the personal and financial circumstances of each person are varied. There are many issues to consider when it comes to the duty of an executor and the administration of the estate, however, the most common reasons for obtaining Probate are outlined below:Authority to deal with assets Most asset holders will not release or transfer assets held by a deceased person until a grant of Probate has been provided to them. For example, in New South Wales the sale or transfer of all real property held solely in the name of the deceased cannot be carried out without a grant of Probate or Letters of Administration. Generally, most banks and financial institutions will not release the contents of a person’s bank accounts if the value is over a certain threshold. There is no set or standard value, and each financial institution determines its own value at their discretion. It can also depend upon the family dynamics and who the beneficiaries are (and how many). For example, if a male dies and has several de facto partners with children from different marriages, it is unlikely a bank will release funds without a grant and, even if they do, they require indemnities to be given. Production of the grant effectively ensures that the executor is legally authorised to deal with the assets. There are certain procedures set out by the Supreme Court to flush out any prior Wills and if a grant is not issued it is almost impossible to determine that the last Will is in fact the last testament of the deceased. Essentially, the asset holder is guaranteed that they are in fact dealing with the correct legal personal representative and if a later Will is found the liability rests with the executor for intermeddling with the estate. Protection from claims There are certain statutory time limits imposed by the respective Succession Acts in each State and Territory for an executor to safely distribute the assets of an estate.These time limits are in place to allow any person whom is eligible to make a claim for provision from the estate sufficient time to provide their notice (“eligible applicant”). For example, in New South Wales, the executor must wait 12 months from the date of death before he/she may safely distribute the assets of the estate to the beneficiaries. The reason for this is that an eligible applicant has 12 months from the date of death to file their claim. There is the option to distribute after 6 months from date of death by publishing a ‘Notice of Intended Distribution’ with the Supreme Court of New South Wales. It should also be served upon any known eligible applicants. If no one comes forward within 30 calendar days from the date of publication then the executor may safely proceed with distribution. In Queensland, there is a 6 month notice period from the date of death for people to give notice of a claim against the estate and legal proceedings must be filed no later than 9 months from the date of death if that notice has been given. It is therefore prudent to wait at least 9 months from the date of death before distributing but this can be shortened with written confirmation from any potential claimants they will not bring a claim. Statutory protection is only afforded to the executor or administrator when Probate or Letters of Administration are obtained. If a grant is not obtained, they leave themselves open to liability for any claims brought against the estate by creditors or beneficiaries. Take for an example, the instance where an executor distributes the assets in accordance with the Will without obtaining Probate. An illegitimate child or a former spouse may come out of the woodwork (as is often the case) after hearing of the death some time after the fact with the intent to seek provision from the estate (i.e. bring a claim against the estate). If the assets have been distributed prior to the requisite statutory time period, and no notice has been given to the public of the distribution the executor becomes personally liable. This is despite the fact the executor has acted in good faith and distributed the assets in accordance with the contents of the last will of the deceased. There is also the possibility a later will could be in existence without the knowledge of the executor. There are many good reasons to obtain a grant of probate if you are an executor! Don’t listen to back yard legal advice or get advice from lawyers who don’t specialise in this area. In most cases, the reason an executor chooses not to obtain Probate is because they do not want to incur the cost of doing so. They are often misinformed or have not been provided with the correct advice in relation to the liability that goes hand in hand with their duty as an executor. We strongly advise any executors or administrators to carefully consider their position and obtain accurate legal advice from experienced legal practitioners in this complex area. It may save you a lot of grief and money! For enquiries please contact Wills & Estates Department Manager, Donna Tolley on direct line 07 5506 8241, email or freecall 1800 621 071.

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Residents showing their best work at last year’s parade.

Lismore's Lantern Parade lights up the night sky.

The Friendship Festival ❝ Yvonne Gardiner

BRIGHT LIGHTS: Residents showing their work at the Lismore Lantern Parade in 2015. PHOTOS: NOLAN VERHEIJ-FULL

LISMORE is ready to celebrate its Italian cultural heritage... and it’s all for free. The inaugural Friendship Festival, on June 26, launches a Piazza in the Park. Publicity co-ordinator Ros Derrett said non-stop family fun and festivities will take place at Spinks Park in the city’s CBD from 10am-3pm. On the program is great food, musical entertainment, dancing in the park, displays of Italian cars and bikes along with kids’ activities and Italian conversation, market stalls, card games and mask-making workshops. “The Friendship Festival pays tribute to Lismore’s ‘friendship relationship’ with Conegliano in the Veneto region of northern Italy,” Ros said.

The Friendship Festival pays tribute to Lismore’s ‘friendship relationship’ with Conegliano in the Veneto region of northern Italy.

— Ros Derrett

“Stallholders provide exciting and authentic Italian-themed food and local produce to transform the city’s central park into a lively destination.” The event comes the day after the Lismore Lantern Parade. “Make a weekend of it as Lismore comes alive with amazing arts and cultural activities,” Ros said. “There will be high-quality exhibitions at Lismore Regional Gallery, the Richmond River Historical Society’s Museum and the Environment Centre in Molesworth St.”

■ The Lismore Lantern Parade is an annual community arts festival held on or around the longest night of the year, the Winter Solstice. In 2016 it is the 22nd anniversary of bringing ‘light to the heart of the city’. Each year the Lantern Parade attracts in excess of 30,000 people. The festival celebrates community, art and nature with arts, crafts, workshops, regional cuisine, markets, a spectacular parade, lanterns, bands, street theatre, music, carnival dancers, illuminated

puppets, fire art and pyrotechnics and much, much more... The festival takes place in the heart of the Lismore CBD with lantern making workshops held in the months and weeks before the festival begins. Local businesses actively participate in the festival and decorate their windows to complement the theme for each year. The Aboriginal people of this area are the Widjabul. This country is sacred to them and we urge you to respect their land, culture and beliefs. The Lismore Lantern Parade and LightnUp Inc acknowledges the Bundjalung Nation on whose land we walk and celebrate. Tickets for the Fiery Finale at Oakes Oval, June 25, Lismore, are now on sale and can be booked online at www.lantern

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100-year-old model HARVEY Nichols is throwing out the new and celebrating the old. Breaking with the traditional youth-obsessed fashion industry conventions, the British department store is featuring a 100-year-old model in an ad to align with Vogue’s century anniversary magazine. The model is Bo Gilbert, who was born in 1916 and the ad will run in the June edition of Vogue. This is the first time Vogue has run an ad featuring a model of this age and that’s one of the reasons Harvey Nichols said that the ad aims to highlight and challenge

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IN THE corner of an old-fashioned antique store, aptly named Old Codger’s Antiques sits a man with more tales to tell than the iconic ornaments lining the shelves.


Retiring after 65 increases life MANY are pushing back retirement, choosing to continue with work and save more, become more active and engage with the world around them – before taking the leap. technology. The truth is it’s not easy, everyone has different capabilities when it comes to technology and it might take 10 explanations or it could be constant reminders of the same process. Facebook is something lots of people struggle

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FIRST RESPONSE: Heather and Neville O’Malley are in the SES Tabulam.


SES in eye of storm

NSW SES volunteers responded to more than 10,000 jobs during the major storm event at the beginning of this month. The majority of jobs related to storm damage, leaking and damaged roofs and trees down. A total of 292 flood rescues was reported during this event. In the Northern Rivers, flood evacuation warnings

were issued for Tumbulgum, South Murwillumbah, Ocean Shores, South and North Lismore. SES volunteers had to rush to the rescue of a person who attempted to drive through flood water on Eltham Rd at Eltham. Richmond Tweed SES media liaison Inspector Boyd Townsend told the Northern Star that the

community could help volunteers by listening to the advice of the SES and other emergency services and staying up to date with any warnings. “And if people have an interest in assisting their community, perhaps they could join a volunteer organisation, whether it’s the SES or Rural Fire Service, and consider perhaps joining and

becoming part of that team that does help the community,” Insp Townsend said. “All volunteer organisations are always looking for volunteers and extra people to make it easier for people that are already there. When we do get major events like this, the more people that can help the better.” Insp Townsend said

people needed to take heed of the tpower of moving water and stay clear of it during floods. “People have died in those situations where cars have been washed off causeways,” he said. “It might not look too bad to the eye but if you put some reasonably moving water against the side of a car, it doesn’t take much to actually lift

the car. “You don’t know what damage has happened to the road surface underneath and, because you don’t know how deep it is, people will drive into those areas, find that it’s too deep, the car will stall or they potentially fall into a wash-away.” For emergency help in floods and storms, phone the NSW SES on 132 500.

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10-day program of events showcases Tweed Valley A FEAST of creative arts, nature, music and local food is on offer around the Tweed region over 10 days later this year. While these experiences are available any time in abundance, Tweed supporters are joining forces in a project dubbed Tweed Fusion that will thrill visitors and locals from October 21 to 30. The packed program makes a start at The Lake Cabarita with drinks, tapas and jazz, followed up by a harp and flute recital in the Living Waters Church at Tumbulgum. Also on the program is ballroom dancing at historic Tyalgum Hall, cooking demos at Murwillumbah Farmers’ Market, a tasting tour of the Tweed with visits to local producers, art gallery exhibitions, the Tyalgum Spring Fair and special dinner at Hastings Point.

Tweed Fusion, a partnership between Destination Tweed and the Caldera Institute, was launched at Tumbulgum’s House of Gabriel on May 26. Co-ordinator Anne Duke said securing sponsors would be "wonderful". "There are so many fabulous things happening," she said. "There’s only one problem – money "We really want to grow this to be a sustainable event. "This year, if you know someone who’s got dollars in their pockets, send them my way. "We need marketing dollars to prove a viable event." Anne said events would be spread across the Tweed Valley, linking coast and hinterland. "The things we’ve chosen are the things we’re strong at," she said. "It’s the markets we have. "There are far more

Caldera Art Gallery’s Andy Reimanis, Taste the Tweed organiser Kerry Turner and Tweed Fusion co-ordinator Anne Duke at the launch. PHOTO: PICASA

people involved this year, more villages. "It’s about building the image of the Tweed

Gold Coast airport’s ILS plan grinds to halt THE Tugun Cobaki Alliance (TCA), Gold Coast Lifestyle Association and Palm Beach resident John Hicks have put in requests to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for “stay orders” on the Gold Coast Airport’s ILS (Instrument Land System) development. A hearing to deal with the requests is on June 23 in Brisbane, delaying the ILS mid-June start-of-construction date. TCA spokeswoman Lindy Smith said the alliance’s legal action was based on environmental factors – disturbance of soil and water, and destruction of wetlands, salt marsh and fishing habitat. “Evidence to date is that there was no consideration or assessment of PFC (perfluorinated compounds) chemical contamination (before ILS approval in January).” Gold Coast Airport chief operating officer Marion Charlton said any

Valley." Tweed Fusion will present pop-up performances, from choirs

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interactive arts and crafts workshops, and lessons on Tweed history from local Aboriginal guides.

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The system is touted to boost reliability, reduce disruptions to passengers’ journeys, and help to make the Gold Coast a more appealing and reliable tourism and business destination. In its objection to the ILS in July last year, the TCA stated: “The installation of the proposed ILS will result in unnecessary, unacceptable negative impact on coastal landscapes, water resources, landscape soils, and communities.”

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UPCYCLING is a fun and innovative way to reuse materials and reduce your carbon footprint. The beauty of upcycling is saving - saving dollars, saving waste and ultimately saving the planet. We all talk about making the world a better place - well here is one way we can make a personal contribution. Take your time, plan the project and perhaps you can join up with neighbours, friends or family to complete the job. Upcycling can work well as a group project as the old saying goes: “The more the merrier.” Through clever repurposing or giving an unused or possibly discarded item a second life and new function, we are helping to save the world’s resources and keeping down the landfill. ■ UPCYCLING is the opposite of downcycling, which is the other half of the recycling process. ■ DOWNCYLING involves converting materials and products into new materials of lesser quality, upcycling adds quality. ■ LOOK around your home or garage for some inspiration, starting small to begin with. A common household item such as a glass jar is perfect.

■ BE sure to save your empty food jars for future projects. Give you jar a good clean and get your supplies ready. ■ GET creative and think of how your item could be improved and more practical. There are many ideas to give your glass jar a new lease on life. ■ PAINT or decorate your jar with a ribbon and add some fresh flowers for a vase. ■ ADD a tea light candle in the base for a simple lantern effect. ■ MELT some soy wax and add a wick and a little essential oil for a scented candle. ■ MAKE some jams or chutney and give to family or friends (keep for some special festive occasions.) ■ KEEP leftover coffee grinds until you have enough for a homemade skin exfoliate. ■ ADD an old soap dispenser pump to a lid by screwing a hole in it and securing with adhesive glue, creating your own soap or moisturiser dispenser. ■ MOST items to get your project started should be on hand. Take a look around and find your unused paint, ribbon, string, glue. For larger projects you may require: a hammer, nails, drill, and old timber. Some items like an old timber crate or pallet can be transformed into a coffee table, bench sit or vertical garden. ■ BE inspired, repurpose and reuse. Happy Upcycling!

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brew on and stout. You can use empty PET bottles from soda water or mineral water or coke, nothing that leaves a strong residue in the bottles for wine and bubbly drinks such as ginger beer or cider. These bottles can also be reused in your next batch. ■ CLEANING the bottles is very important. Brew cleaner is available at home brew shops/online, etc, and dry the bottle if not used straight away as they can go mouldy. ■ KITS are the easiest way to make home brew

for your first time so you have all the ingredients together to start with. You will also need a hydrometer, about $15, to check the alcohol levels. ■ ONCE you have your bottles, decide what type of home brew you want and equipment you need to use. It all depends how much you want to invest. ■ Good quality water from the tap is ok (if it tastes ok) or you can use filtered water. ■ Join a home brew club in your area for tips and support. Happy brewing!

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AN ALLIANCE of 48 aged care groups have launched a national campaign to put aged care on the election agenda after silence from the major parties on how they will address the aged care needs of older Australians. The Australians Deserve to Age Well campaign www.agewellcampaign. will target all political parties, calling for an end to the ‘aged care lottery’ so that older people no longer have to wait for months to receive the care they need. COTA Australia CE Ian Yates said despite some multi-partisan steps in the right direction in recent years, older people still languish on waiting lists, not receiving the right level of care because there are not enough aged care packages to go around.

“We are calling on all political parties in the 2016 Federal election to commit to a timetable to end the aged care lottery,” Mr Yates said. “This is one of the key asks in the Alliance’s Position Statement for the 2016 Federal election. “It is not good enough that thousands of people are forced to wait months, and in some cases years, to access the level of care and support the Government’s own independent assessment says they need. “We are talking about older, vulnerable Australians, living day-to-day, missing out on showers, daily care visits and family respite. This is not how we should be treating our elderly parents and grandparents.” Annie Butler, Acting Federal Secretary, Australian Nursing and

Midwifery Federation, said the capping of aged care places creates an inequitable lottery for Australians right at the time you needed aged care most. “In 2015, the Federal Government funded an aged care service for 112 out of every 1000 Australians over 70 years. If you are number 113 or more, you join a long waiting list for care, regardless of how urgently you need it,” Ms Butler said. “We need an aged care system that meets the demands for care required, not one that means we have to turn people in need away.” The campaign is also calling on the Coalition Government to release the modelling that led to an adjustment of $1.2 billion in residential aged care in the 2016 Federal Budget.

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“We call on all political parties to commit to an open and transparent co-design process between providers, consumers, professionals, unions and the Department – as we have successfully done over the past few years,” said Aged and Community Services Australia President, Paul Sadler. “We need to see the modelling and assumptions used to justify this significant reduction in projected growth.” The Australians Deserve to Age Well campaign is run by the National Aged Care Alliance. Read more about the campaign, including the 2016 Australians Deserve to Age Well Position Statement for the 2016 Federal election by visiting www.agewellcampaign.

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THE National Aged Care Alliance – a coalition of 48 aged care consumer advocates, service providers, professionals and unions. * CAMPAIGN HISTORY ■ In 2009, the then 25 members of the National Aged Care Alliance (the Alliance) joined forces to come up with a vision statement on how to improve Australia’s aged care system. ■ In 2011, the Productivity Commission had explored the issues and delivered to Government the Caring for Older Australians report. In 2012, the Australians Deserve to Age Well Campaign was launched. A major aged care reform was won in the 2012 Federal Budget, with the Living Longer Living Better (LLLB) package launched by the then PM and

Minister. ■ In 2015, the Government announced reforms in its May Budget to start in February 2017 with consumers being given control of Home Care Packages and being able to decide who will provide them. The Government also endorsed the Statement of Principles developed by the Aged Care Sector Committee and asked it to develop a Roadmap to complete the reform process. At the same time the Alliance’s Blueprint II responded to the Australian Government’s desire to look at further reform and the Aged Care Sector Statement of Principles developed to guide future reform. It sets out the vision, the objectives need ed to be met to fulfil the vision, and the steps that stakeholders can take to create a stronger aged care future for all.

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Lift lid on conspiracies And why there’s only one certain top that comes off the bottle


ONE of our lovely Seniors Newspaper readers emailed me suggesting I write a column about the conspiracy to kill off us seniors by slow starvation. While most of us enjoy a conspiracy theory, this one might be a bit much. And while I can’t really


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COOLANGATTA-TWEED VIEW Club is looking forward to celebrating its 23rd birthday with the theme of “Tiaras and Diamonds” commemorating the 90th birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. This Royal occasion will

believe our manufacturers and producers are out to kill us oldies, it’s worth giving the theory an airing. It is death by the inability to open a bottle top, unscrew a lid or operate a can opener. This one has crept up on me over the years. Where once I had no trouble with my big hands and strong wrists to wrench the top off a jar of pickled onions and dive in, now I need to cry for help. Any jar now poses an insurmountable problem

for me. From the raspberry jam jar to the humble peanut butter jar, I am defeated by them all. “Buy one of those super gadgets especially made for silly old people who can’t open jars,” I can hear you say. Hear you loud and clear. I already have one. It looks like an old-fashioned bottle opener but it is all modern moulded plastic stuff. You put it on top of the jar lid, press down until

you hear a pop noise and then the lid should come off like greased lightning. Not so. At least not for me. Whenever I am confronted with a jar lid, I do give it a go first, and then raise my head to the heavens and shout: “Why, why, WHY is everything so difficult?” Fortunately I live with someone who has bigger hands, stronger wrists and more patience than me, and all it takes is a loud bellow down the

hallway of: “JAR, JAR, CAN’T OPEN THE WRETCHED LID” to summon help. But for those who live alone it is a question of going into the neighbours with your jar of gherkins or going without. And you don’t want that, do you? It is the same with can openers. Thankfully most cans now come with a ring pull and even I with my weak old hands can manage that, but the ring-pull-less

be held at the South Tweed Sports Club, Minjungbal Drive, South Tweed Heads on Thursday June 16, commencing at 10.30am. Members and guests are invited to “Dress Formal” as befits such an event. Excellent entertainment, provided by local musician and singer Ross Melene, is guaranteed. Visitors will be most welcome and are asked to contact President Dianne on 5590 9119 to book. Members should contact Kay on 5524 4089 with any apologies.


TWIN Towns Evening VIEW Club recently held Walk for VIEW and saw around 80 take to the Jack Evans Boat Harbour for a friendly walk by members and friends of Combined VIEW clubs. All enjoyed a great sausage sizzle after. Meeting day is the 2nd Wednesday of the month. For more information contact 02 6674 3115.

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BANORA Point Probus Club meets on the fourth Monday of the month at 10am for 10.15am in the South Tweed Sports Club. A friendly mixed club for retirees and semi-retirees. The guest speaker for the June meeting will be Roland Storm, singer and keyboard player. He will tell us about aspects of life in show business and will be playing some music. Visitors and those interested in joining the club are welcome at the



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KINGSCLIFF Mixed Probus Club holds its meetings at Kingscliff Beach Bowls Club on the first Wednesday of each month at 9.45am and outings on the third Wednesday of the month. Visitors are most welcome. Phone Norma on 02 6676 3360.


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and special guests will hold a light luncheon and concert at Tom Atkins Hall, Tugun, on June 24 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their incorporation and founding. U3A Twin Towns developed through Gold Coast U3A and always welcome seniors from both sides of the state border, hence the name U3A Twin Towns evolved. As in past years, classes continue in subjects such as Literature, History, Book Clubs, Mahjong, Board Games, French, Italian, Spanish, Art, Calligraphy, Digital Photography and Card Making. Healthy living and Inner Health classes include Light Exercise, Aerobics, Tai Chi, Line Dancing, Latin Beat, Jazz, Yoga, Belly Dancing, Qi Gong and Laughing Yoga. Twin Towns Mantra have kindly donated first prize for our anniversary raffle, tickets are $5 each. Enquiries via phone: 07 5534 7333 and email


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can (coconut milk, big culprit) that requires a can opener, forget it. My feeble and almost arthritic hands can no longer turn a can opener. Cans and jars and lids are now my enemy. But here’s the puzzling thing…no matter how difficult I find a jar, lid or can to open, I have never once been unable to get the cap off a wine bottle. They come off with just a delicate twist. A champagne cork poses no problem either. I can’t explain this phenomenon, but I don’t question it.

HANDS up who wants to know the secret to a long healthy life? It’s simple: “keep breathing as long as you can”. Breathing and the Nervous System: There is a huge body (excuse the pun) of research that examines

the strong relationship between effective breathing, vitality and longevity. That’s it; careless breathing can result in a significant shortening of the lifespan. How? Why? Because vital capacity is the most accurate long term predictive marker of aging that we posses. And what is vital capacity? Vital capacity is the maximum amount of air a person can expel from their lungs after they have taken their biggest ever breath. Conscious control over

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a struggling family to put food on their table or assist someone sleeping on the streets to find a safe and warm place to stay. “To continue to help those less fortunate in the community, we desperately need volunteers in our Evans Head shop, as well as in Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads, Murwillumbah, Kingscliff, Ballina and Tweed Heads – in fact, Vinnies is always looking for volunteers across the Northern Rivers region.” If you are interested in volunteering, contact Shaya, Volunteer Support Officer, on 0428 977 454 or email shaya@vinnieslismore. org

Vinnies desperately needs volunteers to work in our shops to gather, sort and prepare donated goods for sale, to assist customers, display items, and to keep our shops looking attractive, neat and tidy. Volunteer van drivers are also needed to collect items from donation bins from our van bases in Lismore and Brunswick Heads, and deliver goods to our shops in the Northern Rivers region. To keep our Vinnies shops operating, we need your help! Come and join a great group of locals supporting Vinnies, and help us continue to provide vital community support to those who need it most.



Lending a helping hand for Vinnies


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Pyramid Holiday Park Tweed Heads

what is good in your life. 5. Have fun: When we join groups, meet new people and share interests – we slow down the ageing process, feel younger and maintain better health. Both my books – So What Do We Do Now? and As Time Goes By, Dealing With Life’s Changes contain many helpful tips to help you make the most of your life. For more information about my books, visit www.plansretirement. or email eva.bennett@bigpond. com.

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Volunteers will need to be available to assist on any day between Monday and Saturday – ideally, for a whole day if helping in our shops and for half a day if assisting with collections.

To volunteer or for further information, pop into your local Vinnies shop or call Shaya on 0428 977 454.

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Ladies enjoying Knit n Knat at Wardell. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

FIBROMYALGIA, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group meets on the first Friday of every month at 10.30am at the HACC Community Centre, Cnr Heffron Street and Minjungbal Drive, Tweed Heads South. All welcome. For info phone Bronwyn on 5593 9319.

18 from 7.30am-1pm. There will be lots of stalls including Cakes, Plants, Books, Trash and Treasure, Pre-Loved Clothing, Craft, Babywear, Jewellery, Remnants and Toys. There will also be a Sausage Sizzle. Come along and get a great bargain and help your local hospital at the same time. Winners of the raffle drawn at the Fashion Parade on May 27 are: 1st Prize - Nick, 2nd Prize - J Yaldwyn, 3rd Prize - Bob. Thank you to everyone who supported the Fashion Parade. Enquires phone 07 5599 9029.




THE Tweed Hospital Auxiliary will be holding a Mini Fete in the Hospital Car Park on Saturday June

WE meet every Saturday and Monday at 12.15pm at the Brunswick Heads Bowling Club. Anyone

wishing to play Bridge is made very welcome. Classes for new players are held regularly. Contact Sylvia on 667 3720 for more info, or Phyllis on 6684 1103 to arrange a partner.


WARDELL Knit n Knat meets every Thursday morning at from 9am-12noon. Members do work for charity or bring their own projects. For more information contact Sue Steel on 0416 005 023.


QUOTA Craft Fair is being held on Friday July 8 and

Saturday July 9. Open 9am to 4pm each day at Tweed Heads Cultural & Civic Centre, cnr Brett & Wharf Sts, Tweed Heads. Admission: Adults $5, School Students $3, Under-12 Free. Proceeds to Blair Athol Support Services and Quota Local Projects. Light refreshments and a wide range of crafts on display and for sale, including patchwork, jewellery making, cardmaking, woodwork, handmade crafts, tatting, embroidery, painting and much more. Enquiries: Sue Wickham 07 5524 2618, Barbara Lee 02 6674 3276.


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, July 24 at 10am in the ‘RSL Sub-Branch Anzac Room’ of the Twin Towns Services Club. If you served in any Forces of the Commonwealth between 1951-1972, then why not join us. We also have a full social program. Contact: Tom Hughes Publicity officer on 07 5513 0665.

A loving heart is healthy Mariana Trapera

YOUR heart is like a compass. It speaks to you moment by moment. It’s your wisdom bank, and is much more than an efficient pumping machine. Science has shown that the heart possesses its own intelligence, its own brain. And the HeartMath Institute has identified that the electro-magnetic field of the heart is 5000 times stronger than that of the brain. So feeling and expressing all of our emotions is good medicine! By intentionally attending to them, we can rewire the neural circuitry of our nervous system, and the stress pathways begin to atrophy. In our culture, women have been socialised to keep the lid on their anger which then gets internalised, causing

stress. Yes, it’s okay to be angry! But as heart disease is a significant health risk for women, it’s important to find a way to process any bottled-up anger. A loving heart floods our 75 trillion cells all at once, revitalising our being with powerful hormones. Personally, I start my day with a brief check-in with my heart. If I’m ever upset, or in doubt, I put my hand on my heart and bring up a loving thought of appreciation for someone. This practice activates the oxytocin hormone of bonding, safety and trust in our brain. If you want to boost your immune system and have a healthy heart, then remember to seek out tender, heart-to-heart connections with your loved ones this month. www.heartandsoul

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Exercises, Line Dancing, Mah Jong, Meditation, Qigong, Rock & Roll, Spanish Lessons, Snooker & Eight Ball, Social Table Tennis,Tai Chi, Yoga, Monthly Bus Trips, Free Monthly Concerts, Hairdresser & Beautician, Free Wii on big screen. Our next free concert will be on Monday June 27 at 1pm, featuring outstanding vocalist and all-round entertainer Paul Hayman. For enquiries, events brochure and concert bookings please phone 07 5536 4050 or visit the Centre, 2 Gerrard Street, Coolangatta.


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THERAPY: Dance Movement and Music classes are helping seniors with Parkinson’s and dementia stay connected.


Dance for Dementia Better posture, flexibility and smiles are part of benefits memory triggers. Research suggests dance can improve cognitive performance and reaction times, making it a useful treatment for a number of conditions, including arthritis, dementia, depression, Parkinson’s, and overall mobility issues. Listening to music, dancing, creating or appreciating art can achieve responses, with some studies proving that after nursing home residents listen to music they become less agitated and aggressive and have fewer hallucinations.

The Dance for Dementia (D4D) classes operate on a cognitive level, incorporating music and movement to meet people on another level. The D4D classes have seen participants with better posture, flexibility improvement, not to mention the smiles on their faces getting bigger and bigger. But most importantly, the classes provide an opportunity for those with cognitive issues to meet and mingle in a social, friendly and creative

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NEC’s curve phone and Sony’s Xperia waterproof mobile phone. Judges publicly quoted on the reddot website: “The device is ergonomically simple to operate; elderly persons and persons in need of help as well as children who travel unaccompanied involve a great deal of responsibility – the system provides efficient and functional support.”

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space as students and not as patients, assisting them to feel a sense of belonging in a communal environment, while offering exercise, confidence building and improved quality of life. Dance for Dementia classes are currently being held in Lennox Head, Bangalow, Lismore and the Tweed Valley area.

Amber Hitzke is a certified Personal Fitness trainer and Dance for Parkinson’s instructor. Contact: 0409 349 891. Yvette Connors is certified Nia dance teacher and Dance for Parkinson’s Instructor. Contact: 0440 405 160. Jodie Lee is a certified professional trained dance teacher, Nia dance teacher and Dance for Parkinson’s instructor. She has a background in many areas of health and well-being. Contact: 0408 665 275 or jodielee004@yahoo.

Dance, Movement & Music for Seniors Dance for Dementia classes are currently being held in Lennox Head, Bangalow, Lismore and the Tweed area All seniors welcome

For more information on times and dates please contact Jodie 0408665275 and


WITH one in three Australians being diagnosed with cognitive issues, dancing is now acknowledged as beneficial movement-based therapy. Focusing on mobility, balance, rhythm and flexibility, dance has been found to be particularly therapeutic for patients with dementia. The Dance for Dementia (D4D) classes operate on a cognitive level, incorporating music and movement to meet people on another level, using pattern steps, dance, freedom of movement and

VEGESORB is a safe, highly tolerated, fragrance free, colour free apricot and almond oil based moisturiser. Vegesorb is an alternative to pharmacy brand sorbolenes containing petrochemical by-products such as paraffin, mineral or petrolatum which were primarily designed to act as barriers. Why use Vegesorb? Vegesorb is light, non-greasy and due to the natural physical and chemical properties of apricot and almond oils, is rapidly absorbed by the skin providing quick effective and lasting moisture with skin. Who uses Vegesorb? Medical centres, compounding chemists, podiatrists, aged care centres, beauticians, aromatherapists, beauty clinics, surfboard manufacturers, engineers, hairdressers, horse trainers, babies and normal everyday people for the whole body. Why do they use it? Because its safe and it does the job for them because of its versatility. It’s also affordable and economical and available at similar prices to pharmacy brands at $8.95/100g and $14.65/250g Vegesorb is locally owned and developed and is manufactured in Brisbane by Queensland Company, Vegesorb Australia Pty Ltd. Available at most pharmacies and health food stores. Info and retail outlets visit or phone Neale Scott 3885 2882.

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Tips to buying used car One trap to be aware of is: Finance still owing on vehicles

THINK MONEY PAUL CLITHEROE SOME say there’s nothing like the feeling of driving a brand new car out of the showroom. Personally, I am in tears just thinking of the depreciation. I reckon we tear up about 25% of the car’s value as we drive out of the showroom! Many agree with me. Some 1.2 million Australians will buy a used car in the next 12 months,

and it can be a money-saving option. Consumer group Choice estimates new cars lose around 14% of their value in each of the first three years and I reckon 14% in year one is very conservative. Motorists spend on average of $14,000 on a used car, so it’s a major purchase. But it’s not something most of us feel comfortable with. A study by, the automotive arm of credit reference agency Veda, found less than one in three motorists are

confident about buying a used car. Along with the risk of buying a lemon, there are financial issues that can be harder to pick that patched up bodywork or a dodgy diff. One trap to be aware of is vehicles that still have finance owing on them. In 2015, 12.8% of used cars on the market had an encumbrance, meaning money was owed on the vehicle. If you’re buying through a car yard, dealers are required to provide proof the car doesn’t have finance

owing. But private sellers are not subject to the same laws. It’s easy enough to discover if there is money owing on a used car with a simple online check through either the government’s Personal Property Securities Register or If a car you’re interested in buying does have money owing on it, it’s important to be aware of the risks. When a car has been used as security against a loan, the financial

institution involved has ownership rights over the vehicle. There’s no guarantee that when you hand over hard cash to the owner, the money will be used to pay down the loan. And as the new owner, you could be responsible for paying off whatever is owing on the car – or the vehicle can be repossessed. If you plan to buy a car that’s already under finance, it’s not the end of the world. Just be sure that when you sign your name to the bill of sale

there is no money left owing on the vehicle. This may mean finalising the transaction in the offices of the financial institution that holds the car as security. That way the seller can pay off the loan on the spot. Yes, I know, buying a second hand car requires effort, but think of the money you will save. 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.

Surprises in 2016 Budget TREASURER Scott Morrison’s 2016/17 Budget contained a number of important changes to the superannuation system, including retirement income streams and tax changes. Depending on your perspective the announcements were a mix of both good, and bad, news – with a couple of surprises thrown in for good measure. Note: These measures are proposals only and will need passage of legislation to become law. Some key “super” announcements: ■ Catch-up concessional contributions: For people who have not contributed their maximum allowable concessional contributions in any one year – they will now be able to catch up by contributing any unused amounts. Unused amounts can be carried forward for a period of up to five years. This will

apply from 1 July 2017 and will specifically benefit those who take career breaks, but will be limited to individuals who have less than $500,000 in superannuation. ■ Contributions for older Australians: Currently – people aged between 65 and 74 wishing to make contributions to their super must meet the requirements of an annual work test. The work test requirement will be removed from 1 July 2017. This will benefit those who wish to make contributions to super – even when they are not working. ■ Low-income spouses: Effective from 1 July 2017, the current low-income spouse superannuation tax offset (of up to $540) will be enhanced. The income threshold for the spouse for whom a contribution is being made will go up from $10,800 to $37,000. ■ Super transfer balance cap: This was one of the “surprises”. While there are no limits

on the amount someone can have in superannuation – the government have now introduced a $1.6 million superannuation transfer balance cap on the total amount of super that an individual can transfer into their retirement phase accounts. ■ Non-concessional contribution lifetime limit: Non-concessional contributions are personal contributions that come from money made after-tax. The surprise announcement in this year’s budget was to impose a lifetime limit on non-concessional contributions of $500,000 per-person. ■ This measure would be effective as of 3 May 2016! Non-concessional contributions made between 1 July 2007 and 3 May 2016 will be taken into account when applying the lifetime limit. ■ Low income super tax offset: from 1 July 2017. This provides a tax offset to super of up to $500 to low income earners (income of less

NO SURPRISES: Enjoy the good life and keep an eye out for super changes. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

than $37,000 per annum), and compensates them for tax paid on contributions made to super on their behalf. It replaces the former Low Income Superannuation Contribution. ■ Tax deductions for personal contributions: From 1 July 2017 anyone under the age of 75 will be able to claim a tax deduction for their personal super contributions, up to their concessional contribution cap ($25,000) – regardless of their

employment situation. As most of the initiatives are not due to take effect until July 1, 2016, there is time toput strategies in place to manage your retirement savings. For more Information, contact Tim Maher at Maher Digby Securities Pty Ltd - Financial Advisers – AFSL No. 230559.The information contained in this article has also been devised from the 2016 Federal Budget Papers, Ministerial statements, associated materials, and our interpretation of them.

This document is to be used as general information only and should not be considered a comprehensive statement on any matter and should not be relied upon as such. This document has been prepared without taking into account any individual objectives, financial situation or needs. You should assess whether the information is appropriate for you and consider talking with your financial adviser before making an investment decision.

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EXPERT: Bernie Treston, President of the Qld ivision AIR. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

adoption of the following definition: “To enable Australians to have a sustainable and self-managed income

stream in retirement that will adequately support a comfortable and active retirement lifestyle”. For further information: Contact Bernie Treston on 0424 615 083 (AIR) Ltd is a member-driven national, not-for-profit, non-political organisation which works to advance and protect the interests and independent lifestyle of Australians in retirement.

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SINTRA: There’s one special place close to Lisbon that no visitor should miss, whether for a few days or just an easy day trip.

Portugal’s royal jewel By Phil Hawkes

DE PENA: On a clear day, it’s seen from Lisbon.

"Perhaps in every respect the most delightful town in Europe" -- Lord Byron IF Portugal is on your travel agenda, there’s one special place close to Lisbon that no visitor should miss, whether for a few days or just an easy day trip. This is the historic town of Sintra, a World Heritage Site which has been the site of human civilisation since Paleolithic times, evidenced by fragments of ceramics and utensils discovered by archaeologists. More visibly interesting is the town’s history as a retreat for Portuguese royalty and wealthy Lisbonites, with fine palaces, extravagant mansions and decorative gardens. The pine covered hills and maritime climate are ideal for resort-style activities. Added to that is today’s funky town centre with traditional buildings and cobblestone streets (ladies beware: forget the heels) lined with cafes, restaurants and boutiques. A day trip from Lisbon is hardly enough to enjoy all of Sintra’s delights, yet when

De Monserrate, the traditional resort of Portuguese court.

you’re on a busy itinerary it may be all you can manage… so here are some of the highlights. that should not be missed. Palacio National de Sintra Although there was an ancient Moorish castle on this site, the present building dates back to the 14th century and is an interesting mixture of Moorish, Gothic and Manueline styles. Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle) Set among the forests, this castle was built by the North African Moors to protect their fertile agricultural lands, but was conquered by the Crusaders in the 12th century. Palacio de Pena Extravagant and colourful, the palace was commissioned by King Ferdinand II in 1842 following his instructions to "create a scene from an opera". Palacio de Monserrate Designed and commissioned in 1858 by an Englishman, Sir Francis Cook, this palace is the smallest but arguably the most beautiful, set among romantic subtropical gardens that have been described as a masterpiece of landscaping and botanical engineering.

Castelo dos Mouros was constructed during the 8th and 9th centuries.


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Outback Hall of Fame A tribute to outback pioneers Erle Levey

NOT everyone gets the chance to pass on some history of the nation. Yet that’s just what Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame CEO Lloyd Mills gets to do every day. The former Caloundra RSL business manager considers it a privilege to be able to help pay a tribute to the pioneers of the outback and pass that legacy on to the coming generations. “Australians understand that the bush built the city,” Lloyd tells me as we walk through the landmark at the eastern entry to Longreach. “Everyone carries a bit of bush in them. It’s bringing that out in them.” After 22 years at Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast, Lloyd moved to Outback Queensland Tourism as general manager and after two years in that role the CEO position at the Hall of Fame came up. He asked the family what they wanted to do:

stay in Longreach or move back to Caloundra? They knew it would be for three to five years. But as Lloyd says, the answer was easy considering their youngest child been in Outback Queensland longer than he was at Caloundra. “It’s got everything you need but not everything you want,” he says of Longreach. Lloyd’s biggest change in the move from coast to country was leaving friends, especially after surfing for 35 years. Yet the beauty is a barbecue of a Sunday. “There is not much chance of being rained out,” he says with a grin. And in the outback, where you get used to the unexpected, Lloyd without hesitation says the most unusual thing he has seen was a German traveller with his worldly goods in a wheelie bin, and he was 350km down the Birdsville Track. Yet the grey nomad market is very strong throughout the outback,

RURL HISTORY: The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame at Longreach.

Lloyd says, with the demand for camper trailers enormous. “People are wanting an earthy experience, and the confidence increased tourism will bring to the outback is going to grow.” A highlight of a visit to the Hall of Fame is the Outback Stockman’s Show, a light hearted but

informative look at caring for stock horses and sheep dogs. The children loved the animal nursery but the big attraction was the brahman bull walking through the foyer. Remembering what goes in, must come out... you simply cannot beat poo jokes.

Lachie Cosser presents the The Outback Stockman’s Show at the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame at Longreach.

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Longreach & Winton • Accommodation in Longreach • Meals • Sunset Cruise on Thomson River with dinner at the “waterhole” & Larrikin & Legends Show. • Stockman’s Hall of Fame • Qantas Museum & Tour of 747

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Fairy tale train ride through Switzerland Ann Rickard

ONE of many dazzling panoramic trips in Switzerland is the Wilhelm Tell Express experience, part paddle-steamer through beautiful Lake Lucerne, part train ride through sweeping mountain ranges. Boarding the regal paddle steamer in Lucerne gives you a tingle of anticipation, and when it slowly sails from the shore and you gaze back to the snow-topped sight of Mt Pilatus soaring to the blue sky, well, you know you are in one of the most scenic destinations on the planet. A glamorous lunch is served on board in an elegant dining room. Traditional dishes are matched with local wines while you sit back and glide past lofty mountain landscapes, picture-perfect villages and charming lakeside towns. You’ll pinch yourself. Are you really there on this blue and lovely Lake Lucerne? Surrounded by cloud-shrouded mountains? With the sun

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GET NATURAL: Switzerland’s oldest paddle steamer, the ‘Uri’ on Lake Lucerne, built in 1901. PHOTO: BEAT MUELELR

glinting on the clear water creating millions of dancing diamonds? It’s beauty overload. The senses struggle to take it all in. There is not a moment where you are not encircled by Switzerland’s embracing beauty, when you are not gazing at something post-card beautiful. The Wilhelm Tell Express is an astounding and unique travel experience, named after the Swiss hero, Wilhelm Tell who, according to legend, symbolised the


struggle against oppressive rule. And the best part? You enjoy all this natural beauty in absolute comfort and arrive at yet another of Europe’s lovely destinations. *The writer travelled courtesy of Switzerland Tourism and Rail Europe. Full details of the Wilhelm Express experience are on The most economical way to travel by train is with a Swiss Travel Pass wwwmyswitzer

IN NEW York, there is diverse architecture, mind-blowing museums and people with attitude. But there’s also something else – cheap, expensive, different and thoroughly enthralling shopping experiences, all wrapped up in a satinribboned box of history. Yes, stretching between the marvels of Macy’s to the glitter of Tiffany’s and notoriety of Bloomingdales is an eclectic range of curiosity, retro, vintage and everything-else stores, many in the boroughs. The lure of visiting what’s known as the world’s biggest department store was too big for me to resist. I walked in and was greeted with a thumpy, bumpy blast of disco

music. I looked up and there was the coolest looking African American woman doing the DJ thing on an upper floor. Sure put me in the mood for the ball-breaking sale going on on three floors. And if you’re going to Macy’s, you must act like an American and wear your running shoes. Macy’s in Herald Square covers an entire city block, has 11 levels and encompasses almost 205,000sq m of retail space. You don’t want to be caught out with the wrong shoes. When the store opened in 1902, it mightn’t have been disco music bringing in the customers, but it could have been the escalator. Macy’s Herald Square building was the first in the district to have a

modern-day escalator. So there’s plenty of history to get in touch with. The opening of the classic holiday film Miracle on 34th Street takes place in 1947 and Is set in Macy’s Herald Square, showing off the store’s iconic Santa Claus and festive holiday decor. Thanks to the ladies from Sex in the City, Bloomingdales was on my bucket list. I can tell you it felt good to be part of this upmarket store and know that my refined taste was shared with global celebrities. And then there’s Tiffany & Co. This time it was visions of the gorgeous, elfin-like Audrey Hepburn in the classic movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s that drove me into this magnificent granite and limestone, art decoinspired establishment.


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Let the fun time begin ...

COME along to the inaugural Lismore Vintage Market on Saturday June 25 at 11am at Northern Rivers Conservatorium, Corner Magellan and Keen Streets, Lismore. All ages. A fantastic monthly outdoor vintage market which showcases original vintage, antiques, retro fashion, homewares and collectables in the heart of Lismore CBD. Contact: lismorehandmade


BYRON Writers Festival 2016 will feature William Finnegan, Cheryl Strayed, Madga Szubanski and Charlotte Wood in a stellar line-up of more than 150 writers, poets, journalists, politicians and thinkers. The event will be held

between Friday August 5 to Sunday August 7. For more information, phone (02) 6685 5115.


BALLINA Fine Wine and Food Festival is on Sunday July 3. This fabulous festival will be held at the Ballina Jockey Club from 11am-5pm. Cost: Festival ticket $25. Bus ticket $5 return. Buses run from various locations around the region from Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay, Bangalow, Lismore, Alstonville, Lennox Head and Ballina. Bus tickets are just $5 return, so no need to worry about driving. The main festival day features exhibitors, information sessions, demonstrations and quality entertainment.

DECADENT: Some delights you can enjoy at the Ballina Fine Wine and Food Festival.

This stunning celebration of the Northern Rivers highlights Ballina and what the region has to offer. Don’t miss it. Entry to Sunday event is Adults 18-plus. Photo ID will be required for entry. For enquiries: info@rotaryclubofballina


THIS is your chance to experience the magic of Australian violin virtuoso, Attilla Sautov, along with Ukrainian pianist, Oleg Poliansky, will be embarking on a winter tour of regional New South

Enjoy the Musical Portraits magic THIS is your special opportunity to be part of the brilliant musical performance conducted by the legendary Australian musician John Curro. The Northern Rivers Symphony Orchestra (NRSO) warmly welcomes John Curro AM MBE to conduct their winter concert ‘Musical Portraits’ on Sunday July 10. Through a career as violist, teacher, conductor and director of music, Mr Curro has gained legendary status and is one of the most respected musicians in Australia. He has recorded and performed live broadcasts for the ABC, and has toured nationally and internationally as a soloist and conductor. Some of John Curro’s career highlights includes his position as the founder (1966) and director of the Queensland Youth Orchestra (QYO) – now the Queensland Youth Symphony Orchestra (QYSO). His passion has inspired thousands of young musicians in Australia and internationally throughout his career. Under his artistic leadership, the QYSO has built a reputation as one of the


Wales and Queensland, to present a truly worldclass classical performance. Sautov only recently toured New South Wales and Queensland with a solo, unaccompanied recital. These musicians are of the highest calibre, and

bring unique personalities to the stage to ensure a most entertaining and enjoyable performance. For information about shows in your area, including a performance in Ballina on Sunday, June 26, visit the website: or phone 0417 619 915.



THAT’S CLEVER: Hugh Won, violinist and orthopaedic surgeon. PHOTO:CONTRIBUTED

world’s finest youth orchestras. Now in his eighth decade, Mr Curro’s commitment to young musicians whom he teaches and mentors remains undiminished. Joining Mr Curro on stage is soloist Hugh Won, who will play the beautifully romantic Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1. Mr Won was only 17-years-old when he won the National Youth Concerto Competition under the baton of Mr Curro, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. Hugh studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Youth

Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra and he is currently a member of the Gold Coast Chamber Orchestra and the NRSO. He is also an orthopaedic surgeon in the Gold Coast-Tweed region. The program starts with Rossini’s playful Overture from L’italiana in Algeri followed by the Bruch and then Brahms’ masterpiece, Symphony No 4 in E minor. The NRSO look forward to seeing you at this most exciting concert. The concert will be at the Tweed Heads Civic Centre, Brett Street, Tweed Heads on Sunday July 10 at 2.30pm. Tickets are available from the NRSO website:



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Renowned conductor John Curro takes the orchestra to new heights with Rossini’s Overture from L’italiana in Algeri, Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 featuring soloist Hugh Won. Date: Time: Venue: Tickets:

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Ginger, apple and walnut loaf

Serves 8-10 INGREDIENTS 150g flour 100g brown sugar 80g butter Zest of ½ orange ½ tsp ground ginger 1 tbs grated fresh ginger 1 cup sliced apple 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped ½ tsp baking soda dissolved in 1 tbs boiling water 1 egg

150ml natural yogurt METHOD Heat an oven to 170C. Line a loaf tin with baking paper, cutting into the corners to ensure it sits snugly. Place the flour, 80g sugar, butter, zest, ginger and grated ginger in a bowl. Rub the mix with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs. Sprinkle the remainder of the

sugar on the base of the tin and spread the apple slices and half the walnuts. Add the remaining nuts to the flour mix. In a small bowl beat the egg with baking soda and yogurt. Pour into the dry mixture and combine well. Pour into your lined tin. Bake for 50 minutes.

Did you know?

Half a cup of sliced cooked parsnips has 3g of fibre and only 230 kilojoules.

Parsnip and apple soup Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 25g butter 1 large onion 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 tsp coriander ½ tsp cumin 800g parsnips, peeled and chopped roughly 300g apples, peeled and chopped

1 litre chicken stock ½ cup cream ¼ cup chopped parsley METHOD Melt the butter in a large pot. Add the onion and garlic. Soften for 5 minutes without browning. Add the coriander and cumin. Stir until fragrant. Add the parsnips, apple and

chicken stock. Bring to a simmer for 20 minutes until the parsnips are completely softened. Put through a blender until smooth or use a hand whizz. Before serving bring back to a simmer, add the cream and parsley. Serve with roasted parsnip chips.

Vegan apple cake with caramel drizzle

INGREDIENTS Cake: 1 cup spelt or buckwheat flour 2 apples, cored and diced into 1cm thick pieces 8 dried figs, tough stalks removed and finely sliced 1 ⁄3 cup rice malt syrup or maple syrup 1 cup ground almonds ¾ cup coconut cream 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp pure vanilla Pinch of sea salt Caramel drizzle: ¼ cup almonds, cashews or

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macadamia nuts ¼ cup rice malt syrup, or pure maple syrup 2 tbs coconut cream Pinch of sea salt METHOD Preheat oven to 170C, and grease or line a cake tin with baking paper. Combine all cake ingredients in a bowl, and mix until well incorporated. Spoon batter into prepared cake tin, and smooth out evenly. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when

inserted in the middle. Leave to cool completely. To make drizzle, add all ingredients in a high powered blender, and blend until smooth. You may need to add a little more coconut cream to get a thick luscious consistency, start with 1 tablespoon at a time. To serve, drizzle cake with caramel sauce – and enjoy. Keeps for 2-3 days in an airtight container. Courtesy Petite Kitchen

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\ VIEWS ON THE VINE | With Peter Chapman

Wynnsday 2016 releases reflect the best in Aussie reds NO MATTER what job you have there will always be some sort of pressure involved in meeting both your expectations and that of the company you work for. That said you should spare a thought for Wynns Coonawarra Estate’s chief winemaker, Sue Hodder (pictured), and her role to produce the best wines for the estate’s annual Wynnsday releases. Wynn’s has established a reputation for delivering some

of the best reds in the land on the first Wednesday of August, and it’s Ms Hodder’s responsibility to uphold and enhance their reputation each year. It’s something she has done with aplomb since she joined the company in 1998. In vintages where the quality of grapes is exceptional, two flagship reds are made, the John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Michael Shiraz. Lovers of red will be pleased to know the 2016

release of these two is once again a reflection of the very best in Aussie reds. In all, six wines will be available in the August 3 release. Here’s how they rated: 2014 Black Label Cab Sav 93/100, 2014 V&A Lane Shiraz 93/100, V&A Cabernet Shiraz 94/100, Harold Single Vineyard Cab Sav 95/100, 2013 Michael Shiraz 96/100, John Riddoch Cab Sav 97/100.


Gleefully cooking with ghee The healthy fat goes back for thousands of years Eleanor Ozich Petite Kitchen


QUITE often have readers asking me what my favourite cooking oil is. While I absolutely love extra-virgin coconut oil in baking and raw treats, and olive oil for drizzling over meals, ghee would have to be my number one choice to cook with. Ghee is also known as purified or clarified butter, and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. This healthy fat is said to nourish and regenerate the body’s tissues, cleanse toxins, ward off pathogens and cancer, aid in learning and memory, lower cholesterol, boost the immune system and promote general vitality. Ghee is free of casein and other milk solids as these have been boiled off when preparing. If you are intolerant to butter, you may find that you are able to enjoy ghee. It is a great alternative to other vegetable oils and spreads. I love the weekly ritual of preparing a glass jar full of aromatic and delicious ghee to use in my daily food

preparation. It is also fantastically easy and enjoyable to make. Simply place a block of unsalted (preferably organic) butter in a skillet or saucepan over medium heat, and bring to the boil. Allow the butter to bubble away for 5-6 minutes. It will start to fill your kitchen with the most divine toasty aroma, similar to popcorn. The ghee will turn a lovely dark golden colour, and a foam will appear on the top. Remove the ghee from the heat immediately and pour over a cheesecloth-lined sieve placed on top of a glass jar. Allow to cool, and store for three months at room temperature or much longer in the refrigerator. Here is my recipe for an astonishingly beautiful and vibrant soup of roasted red capsicum, thyme and a dash of creme fraiche using ghee. It has the most lovely hint of sweetness, and a touch of earthiness from the herbs.

ROASTED RED CAPSICUM SOUP Serves 4 Ingredients 4 large red capsicums

TASTY TREAT: Roasted red capsicum soup is astonishingly beautiful and vibrant. 6 tbs melted ghee, butter or olive oil 6 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 1 medium onion, diced Small handful fresh thyme, roughly chopped 2 carrots, roughly chopped 1 stick celery, roughly chopped 1 bay leaf 4 cups good quality chicken or vegetable stock Sea salt Ground pepper To serve: ¼ cup creme fraiche or

double cream Preheat oven to 200C and place a wire rack towards top of oven. Method Place whole red capsicums in a baking dish, and then using a pastry brush, lightly coat them in melted ghee, butter or olive oil. Roast in oven for 15 minutes until blackened on top. Remove from oven and flip each capsicum over. Roast for another 15 minutes until other side is also soft and blackened.

Remove from oven and leave to rest until cool enough to handle. Using your hands, remove stem, seeds and charred red capsicum skin, then set aside. In a large soup pot, add remaining ghee, butter or olive oil, and place over medium heat. Add garlic, onions and thyme, and saute until soft. Add remaining vegetables, and continue to cook while stirring for 5 minutes or so. Add bay leaf, red pepper

PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED flesh and stock, and then bring to a soft boil. Simmer on low for 25 minutes. Leave soup to cool slightly, and add creme fraiche. Use a stick blender to blend until smooth. Alternatively, blend in batches using an upright blender. Season to taste with sea salt and ground pepper. The soup will keep for 4-5 days in the fridge, or up to 3 months in the freezer.

\ Tasty snack

Raspberry and bran muffins Makes 12 INGREDIENTS 2 cups bran 1 cup self-raising flour ¾ cup raw sugar 25g butter ¼ cup golden syrup 1 cup milk 1 egg ½ tsp baking soda 1½ cups frozen raspberries 1 tbs raw sugar to sprinkle on

top METHOD Set oven to 180C. Grease a muffin tray lightly. In a medium-size bowl put the bran, flour and sugar. Melt the butter and golden syrup. Then add the milk, egg and baking soda. Pour into the flour mixture and combine with just a few stirs.

Mix the raspberries through gently. Spoon the mixture evenly into the muffin tin. Sprinkle a little extra sugar on each. Bake in the middle of the oven for 15 minutes, or until just cooked. Cool in the tin before removing. Serve warm with butter.

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Across 1 What spiked metal ball is laid to lame cavalry horses or puncture tyres? (7) 4 What powdered seed pod is used as a substitute for chocolate? (5) 7 What is the irregular shape given to one side of a lawn bowl? (4) 8 What spirited Spanish guitar music is accompanied by singing and dancing? (10) 10 What is the submission of an issue of public importance to the direct vote of the electorate? (10) 12 What religious witchcraft is practised in the Caribbean and the southern US? (6) 13 To which genus do onions, garlic and chives belong? (6) 15 What type of scientists study the structure and composition of the earth? (10) 18 What are Oxford and Cambridge universities called when considered together? (8) 19 The famous garden Sissinghurst is in which English county? (4) 20 Tradition says Rome was built on seven what? (5) 21 What was the name of Roy Rogers’ horse? (7)


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Down 1 What is a trimmed tree trunk tossed in Highland games? (5) 2 A proverb says that a truly wise man never plays what game with a unicorn? (8) 3 What country did Germany invade in September 1939? (6) 4 From a French word for “disguise” what word entered the English language during WWI? (10) 5 What describes the smallest in a litter? (4) 6 What is a flower on a fruit tree? (7) 9 Which branch of physics studies the phenomena that occur at very low temperatures? (10) 11 Which beat generation poet (Allen __) was later influential in the hippy movement of the 1960s? (8) 12 “Starry, starry night” begins a Don McLean song about which painter? (3,4) 14 What word can precede control, deck and path? (6) 16 In mythology, what lustful, drunken woodland creature chases nymphs? (5) 17 In the Bible, who was murdered by Cain? (4)


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

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



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Across: 7. Reveal 8. Zenith 10. Lurched 11. Hippo 12. Eyed 13. Heart 17. Costs 18. Moor 22. Knoll 23. Spartan 24. Wobbly 25. Dry run. Down: 1. Grilled 2. Oversee 3. Paths 4. Zephyrs 5. Lippy 6. Throw 9. Advertise 14. Worldly 15. Couture 16. Pruning 19. Skews 20. Hobby 21. Parry.



Solution opposite


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


How many words of four letters or more can you make? Each letter must be used only once and all words must contain the centre letter. There is at least one nine-letter word. No words starting with a capital are allowed, no plurals ending in s unless the word is also a verb. TODAY: Good 25 Very Good 30 Excellent 35















Down 1. Interrogated (7) 2. Supervise (7) 3. Tracks (5) 4. Gentle breezes (7) 5. Impudent, verbally (5) 6. Hurl (5) 9. Make known (9) 14. Sophisticated (7) 15. Fashion (7) 16. Cutting back (7) 19. Distorts (5) 20. Pastime (5) 21. Deflect (5)

ACROSS: 1 Caltrop, 4 Carob, 7 Bias, 8 Flamenco, 10 Referendum, 12 Voodoo, 13 Allium, 15 Geologists, 18 Oxbridge, 19 Kent, 20 Hills, 21 Trigger. DOWN: 1 Caber, 2 Leapfrog, 3 Poland, 4 Camouflage, 5 Runt, 6 Blossom, 9 Cryogenics, 11 Ginsberg, 12 Van Gogh, 14 Flight, 16 Satyr, 17 Abel.

Across 7. Disclose (6) 8. Highest point (6) 10. Staggered (7) 11. African animal (5) 12. Looked at (4) 13. Centre (5) 17. Expenses (5) 18. Tie up (4) 22. Small hill (5) 23. Austere (7) 24. Temper tantrum (colloq) (6) 25. Trial before the real thing (3,3)


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