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Blast off into the joys of technology GREETINGS friends. This month our national genius Dr Karl lights up our front page with an expression that shouts :‘Beam Me Up Scotty’ and we have taken up the challenge by providing a practical, plentiful and entertaining list of tech and science stories . Scientific inventions are travelling at such a super-sonic speed that I don’t think it’s too far-fetched to suggest that one day in the not too distant future, we could be flying not only to the moon, but taking trips throughout the galaxy. Yet, despite the prevalence of modern technology the mention of robots, rockets, apps and Apple can sometimes provoke a nervous response something like: ‘Stop the world, I want to get off’. Neverthless, a read of our interview with Dr Karl on pages 4&5 including a factbox of

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life-enhancing inventions, may well prompt a change of attitude and a moment of gratitude. Dr Karl reminds us that life before anaesthesia was very different (and very painful). Anaesthesia was first introduced to Australia in the late 1800s, and was by all accounts, particularly unpleasant in its early forms. However over the next decades, anaesthesia techniques and technologies were refined, and by the 1970s it had advanced amost to the level we experience today. Thank goodness for that! On our Online page

(p12), you will also find a list of apps that could well reduce some daily pain or at least anxiety. For instance, once you have the Find My Car app, you can totally forget the scary ‘my car has been stolen’ moment and confidently locate its precise spot in the shopping centre car park, or how about the app that guides you to your the keys, you know the ones you just put down, but can’t quite remember where. These wonderful applications are available on your mobile phone, and yes, there is an app to find your phone! Technology has also played a part in the mentoring between UnitingCare’s Wesley Mission Queensland and the Chinese Christian Church (p3). The Mission’s quality and compliance manager for residential aged care Janet Morganti said it’s an unusual relationship that has developed over

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the last two years, but one that fits with their current aged care model. Janet’s team provides to church homes practice information and advice during the year through the internet and then travels annually to China to present education to carers. Meanwhile, the Mission’s aged care residents are also involved busily knitting quilts for the residents in the homes in China which lack adequate heating. We also present a r ange of profile, entertainment and travel stories and thanks to you dear readers, pages full of community notes. I trust you enjoy the read and checkout the book giveaway on p5. Gail PS: Come and have some fun with us on facebook (search for facebook.com/ seniorsnews) or find more stories on our wesbite www.seniors news.com.au.

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Parkrun events for everyone MOST people enjoy a relaxing sleep in on a Saturday morning. Not John Taylor, from Mooloolaba. Last month, at the grand age of 83, he ran his 200th Parkrun. John is not only the oldest person in Australia to reach this milestone, but he can boast being the oldest person in the world. What an inspiration. Every Saturday at 7am, six Parkruns are held across the Sunshine Coast. Nambour is the only run that goes entirely through bush trails. The trails at Parklands

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NO EXCUSES: Parkrun participant, 83-year-old John Taylor, completed in his 200th event.

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WHAT ARE WE DOING ONLINE? SENIORS AND TECHNOLOGY ■ Email is the most common online activity for older Australians, with 76% using email. ■ More than 50% of older internet users perform banking transactions online. ■ 43% of internet users aged 65 and over accessed the internet to engage with social media. ■ 23% of older Australians used communication apps such as Skype or Facebook Messenger to stay in touch with others online. ■ 15% accessed government services, and health and medical information online. clean drinking water, and medical innovations such as anaesthetics, antibiotics and vaccinations,” Dr Kruszelnicki says. “These are things that can mean the difference between life and death.” Many people in younger generations see vaccinations as commonplace, but community vaccination didn’t begin in Australia until 1932. Life before anaesthesia was very different too (and very painful) for Australians. Introduced to

Australia in the late 1800s, anaesthesia was particularly unpleasant in its early forms. However, over the following decades, anaesthesia techniques and technologies were refined, and by the 1960s and ’70s it had advanced almost to the level of comfort we experience today. “Glasses are another huge technological advancement –those bits of transparent rock that we wear are particularly important to people over 70,” Dr Kruszelnicki says.

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bounds over the past century. Road transport has moved from the horse and buggy to revolutionary cars, motorbikes and rail travel. International travel too has progressed to the point that jumping on plane to some far off destination is now an everyday occurrence – not the months of travel faced by people 100 years ago.” Perhaps the technological advancement that has had the biggest impact – certainly it has garnered

the most attention – is the invention and advancement of the internet and communication technologies. “The smartphone has had an enormous impact,” Dr Kruszelnicki says. “Depending on how you use it, that little screen you hold in your hand or keep in your bag can be a notepad, a calendar, a diary, a dictionary… the list goes on. It can keep you in touch with family and friends around the world, and give you access to information such as news and weather. “Those little devices have changed everything.” However, smartphones and the associated technology isn’t always user friendly, particularly for seniors. In his blog ‘Does Google Hate Old People?’, People for Internet Responsibility co-founder, and internet and technology commentator Lauren Weinstein points out that

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TECH TIMELINE 1917 vs 2017 1917: Kitchen technologies were basic. Refrigeration for home use was still a way off; most homes had iceboxes. Washing was done by hand, toasters and kettles were non-existent, and stoves were fire fuelled. 2017: Almost every home in Australia has a fridge, a stove and oven that starts with the flick of a switch, and appliances such as kettles, toasters – even coffee machines – are commonplace 1917: It took over three months to travel from London to Australia. 2017: You can fly from London to Australia in less than a day. 1917: Cars were only just gaining traction for the average Aussie (in particular the Ford T Model) taking over from the horse and buggy. In 1917, 15,000 automobiles were brought into Australia. 2017: The majority of Australians drive and own vehicles of some description. More than one million new cars were sold in Australia last year. 1917: The major tech invention in 1917 was the toggle light switch. 2017: Dr Kruszelnicki says the cutting edge today is CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology, which enables us to reprogram life as we know it (you’re all online, dear readers, so you can Google it). factors such as font size, screen contrast and use of white space can make usage difficult for seniors (how many of us have become frustrated with those tiny words, or buttons the size of a pinhead?). Despite the challenges, Australian seniors have embraced new technologies with

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heavy planting and the digging out of a large section to create the lake, then building the restaurant in Thai architecture before The Spirit House opened. And when it did, success was instant. People came from all across the country and then across the world, enjoying stepping into a true slice of Thailand in the middle of country Yandina. They loved wandering the extensive gardens, dining in small alcoves by the lake, sitting in the ‘floating’ restaurant, eating rich Thai curries and braised pork belly and, what quickly became

a signature dish, whole crispy fish. Delighted customers began demanding recipes which led to the first best-selling cookbook and the opening of The Spirit House Cooking School. The school became an instant hit, with hands-on cooking classes run by chef Annette Fear who now oversees three permanent chefs in the school offering dozens of different classes each week. Then came the tag-along-tours led by Acland, Helen and Peter’s son who had by then become an important part of the business. He began taking tours to Thailand, giving Spirit House customers a glimpse into Thai culture

and cuisine. He has now expanded these tours to visit India and Cambodia. In September, the most ambitious tour of them all will see eight fortunate guests board a ketch in Bali to visit the islands where Portuguese and Dutch traders once sold spices. Just two of these tours sold out in five hours of announcement. Yet still there is more growth at The Spirit House. A new private dining room and bar is due to open in April/May. “The demand is there,” Helen said. “So many people want to celebrate birthdays or family reunions but don’t want to be surrounded by others.” The private dining room will seat up to 28 people, have its own chef and modern bar. It is a separate stand-alone building linked to the main dining room with its own outdoor courtyard.” You have to wonder when it will all stop… but Helen Brierty sees no sign of that. “It is all client-driven,” she said. “We just have to do these things, you have to respond to the demand.” The new Spirit House cookbook is set to overtake sales of the original green cookbook now in so many households across Australia. Its arrival on bookshelves this month has been highly anticipated. “It has many new recipes, lots of chef’s tips and hints,” Helen said. “It’s a big book, double the size of the original one.”

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HER work has won many prestigious awards and numerous literary accolades but Coolum author Annah Faulkner says she finds writing difficult. Her debut novel, The Beloved, won the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for an Emerging Queensland Author in 2011, was commended for the FAW Christina Stead Award, won the Kibble Literary Award and was shortlisted for the 2013 Miles Franklin Award. These are honours any author would be over the moon about, and Annah is indeed that, yet still she says she finds it hard to get down to the business of writing. “Before I tackle the keyboard I don’t find it easy,” she said. “I do anything I can (to avoid the keyboard), especially when I am stuck where I don’t know

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where to go next (with the writing), when I think I am stupid, think I should be looking for a job cleaning or waitressing. “At that point everything else seems right, even cleaning toilets and emptying dog dishes.” Just as well Annah

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life, she began writing in her teens with sporadic bursts of poetry and short stories published in newspapers and magazines. But as it is with so many young talents, work got in the way, a living had to be earned, which meant a regular job and the back-burner for the indulgence of writing. However, work as an administrative assistant did not engage Annah and she studied traditional Chinese medicine and ran her own practice. Eventually a desire to convey the effects of emotions on disease led her to write a non-fiction manual from the traditional Chinese medicine perspective, which reignited her passion for writing and in 2000 she wrote and published a short humorous biography, Frankly Speaking. With the writing flowing, she then wrote The Blood of Others, a 5000-word story published in 2007.

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Now there isn’t any stopping the literary flow, the publishers can’t wait for her next manuscript and readers hang out for her next book. Both The Beloved and Last Day at the Dynamic Factory are character- driven, both not plotted. “I never plot in advance,” Annah said. “The characters are what drive both books. “If you are writing a character-driven novel and force your character to do something he doesn’t want to do, he won’t, you get stuck.” While such prestigious recognition for her work has fired Annah, she still finds it all humbling. “I am tremendously honoured with the awards,” she said. “It started with the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award in 2011. I nearly did not enter. “I was away, emailed a friend and told her I’d seen there was a Premier’s award, asked

her to print off a copy (of the manuscript) and send it in. “I didn’t think any more about it. “I was overseas when I got a phone call asking when I was coming back (for the award). “I was just gobsmacked. I can’t tell you how stunned I was. “To win was a wild dream. “When I was long-listed (for the Miles Franklin) my publisher rang me. “I was in a Vietnamese restaurant in Brisbane and I didn’t know what to do with myself. “I shrieked, all the diners got a fright. “I don’t think any of them knew what the Miles Franklin Award was.” Annah is working on her third novel, again not plot but characterdriven, and does not want to talk about it yet for fear that talking too much might hold her back. But she does reveal it has a Sunshine Coast background.

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Yes, there’s an app for that HERE are just a few helpful apps that you can download for free or at a cost; just remember you need, most of the time, to be wifi connected to use them. ■ Find my car You can cease the pain of trying to find your lost car in the carpark with this app. (Alternatively, it may be helpful to take an iPhone photo of where you have parked which shows the floor number and colour, and the parking space number). You need an active internet connection to access the data and the Location Services option in settings. The App uses GPS location services. ■ Find my mobile phone Mislaid your mobile phone again? There are apps and phone settings to help you find your

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phone. If you own an iPhone the easiest way to find where you have left it is to set up your phone for this service. Go to the home screen. Select Settings and then iCloud. Scroll to the bottom and tap Find My iPhone. Slide to turn

on Find My iPhone and do the same for Send Last Location. You may need to sign in using your Apple ID. Once you log into iCloud or the Find My iPhone app on another device, it will track and show on a map the location of your iPhone.

asked. Search for a person’s name or email address in your contacts or enter their phone number. Chose to connect with the selected person by video or voice. Press the red button to connect. The video option can be activated when already on a call. ■ Skype Skype can be used on computers, iPhones and most android phones, Kindle, iPads and some android tablets, on Apple and android watches, and even on your TV. It’s a free video and call service for Skype registered users. Registering is simple, you just need to select a user name that is unique. While Skype to Skype is free, sending SMS texts or making calls to mobiles or landlines needs a credit

■ Where am I? You need to meet a friend at a restaurant or building; you have the street name and number, but still can’t work out how to get there. Whip out the phone and click on the WhereIs app. Hey, presto! You now have the tool to get you from A to B with little to no stress. Enter the address you need and then follow the bouncing blue button on the screen. ■ Facetime Facetime is a free Apple video and call app that is available on an iPhone, iPad and iPod. The app only works between these products. To use the service, you need to – Select the Facetime app on your device. Enter your Apple ID if

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TO ALLOW for readers’ requests for the publication of more neighbourhood news, please keep notices short (100 word maximum). If you would like to submit a photo, please ensure it is at least 180dpi with faces in a nice and bright setting. The deadline for the April issue is March 22. Email Nicky or Chris at communitynotes@seniors newspaper.com.au

GCBF GRANT

THE local heritage-listed former Bli Bli School residence at 94 Willis Rd, Bli Bli, will benefit from a long-term investment to preserve its heritage character. The Bli Bli on Maroochy Historical Society Inc was awarded a prestigious Gambling Community Benefit Fund Grant in December. These funds are highly competitive throughout Queensland and will fund

upgrades and security measures for the 87-year-old building. It will fund the purchase of equipment for archival storage, research and management of digital collections. These funds provide a significant boost for the historians who keep our local history alive for future generations.

FRIENDS OF MAROOCHYDORE LIBRARY

THE Sunshine Coast Council invites trivia buffs to the Friends of Maroochydore Library Trivia Afternoon on Saturday, March 11, at 1.30pm. Get together with family and friends to make up a table of six and enjoy a fun afternoon, exercise your brain and maybe win a prize. If you would like to come on your own, we will match you up with others at a table. Cost is $7 per person and includes light refreshments. Bookings

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are essential by visiting council’s library website or phone 5475 8989.

COOLUM LIONESS

THE Coolum Lioness club has recently handed over a lot of used stamps for the Lions Stamp Project. These are sold to stamp clubs to raise money for the Lions Children's Mobility Foundation to provide wheelchairs and walking aids. This is an ongoing project and we accept all used stamps, which can be left at the Coolum Post Office or

other Lions clubs. We have also parcelled up small bags of toilet items, which are given to hospital and emergency accommodation centres. For inquiries, phone secretary Heather Davis on 0484 573 633.

SUNSHINE COAST CONTRACT BRIDGE CLUB

BRIDGE for Dummies or Great Minds Think Alike. The Sunshine Coast Contract Bridge club holds beginners’ classes just

once a year. Bookings are now being taken. This annual beginners’ course runs over 14 weeks, including four review sessions. The classes are held Wednesdays from 9am–noon. Beginners or those taking the course as a refresher can choose from several levels of play, with games throughout the week at the clubrooms at the northern end of the Elizabeth Daniels Sports Complex on Syd Lingard Dr, Buderim. For details, visit www.suncoastbridge .com.au, phone 5444 7574, or email info@suncoastbridge .com.au .

COOROY-NOOSA GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL RESEARCH GROUP IN 1996, seven like-minded people curious about family history met on a front veranda in Cooroy. Twenty years later, that little group has grown to about

125 members and now Cooroy-Noosa Family and Local History Group has a home of its own at the Heritage Centre, 22 Emerald St, Cooroy. All members are proud of their efforts to raise the majority of funds for the build, which is on land leased from Noosa Council. A big thank you goes to those hardworking people who packed and moved at Christmas. Next meeting is on Saturday, March 11, at 1pm in the Heritage Centre. John Sparrow will talk about the interesting hobby of ‘geocaching’. On Wednesday, March 29, from 9am a workshop will be held on ‘Boer War and First World War diaries online’. The cost of $5 includes morning tea. Visit www.genealogynoosa.org.au or phone 5442 5570.

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AIR is a not-for-profit organisation working for the interests of self-funded and partially self-funded retirees or those about to retire. Next meeting is on Thursday, March 9, at 9.45am for 10am at South Pacific Resort, 179 Weyba Rd, Noosaville. Speaker is Betty Croft, proprietor of 1300 Cruise and the topic is: Are you ready for adventure? Expedition and adventure cruising – the what, when and how. AIR meetings are conducted in a friendly and informal atmosphere and visitors are very welcome. We seek a fair outcome for retirees. $5 entry includes morning tea. Phone 0424 615 083 for information or email airnoosacommunications @gmail.com www.independent retirees.com.au.

BUDERIM GARDEN CLUB

MEMBERS and visitors are invited to attend the Buderim Garden Club meeting on Friday, March 10, at 2pm in the Buderim Memorial Hall. Susanne Barrett, a local artist and passionate tropical gardener, will speak about plant and colour selection for tropical gardens. Enjoy the plant stall, library,

raffle and more. Plant competition entries are accepted before the meeting until 1.45pm. Remember to bring a cup and a plate to share. Phone 5444 6881 or visit www.buderimgarden club.com.

Sunshine Coast volunteering for two or three hours, once or twice a month, phone 5329 6175 for a chat or email noosacommunitysupport @noosa.qld.gov.au.

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GENEALOGY SUNSHINE COAST

STAFF from the Ulster Historical Foundation in Ireland will be delivering an Irish and Scots-Irish workshop at Genealogy Sunshine Coast, Nambour, on Saturday, May 27, at its premises on Petrie Creek Rd, Nambour (opposite the swimming pool). Guest speakers will be Ulster Historical Foundation executive director Finian Mullan and researcher Gillian Hunt. Registration starts at 9am. Bookings are advisable because of the large interest expected and for catering. Morning and afternoon tea, with lunch available for a minimal cost. Phone 5441 4266 or email genealogysc@gmail.com for further details and bookings.

FAMILY TIES: CFHR guest speaker, member and local historian Paul Seto being thanked by John Finger.

provides free group education course. Free of charge. Suitable for people with anxiety, four two-hour sessions on four consecutive weeks. Caloundra: March 3– 24, July 14–August 4, October 13–November 3. Maroochydore: March 16–April 6, July 24–August 14 and October 9–30. Nambour: April 21 –May 12. Noosa: February 9– March 2, July 4–25, October 12–November 2. To register, phone a social worker at your nearest Community Health Centre – Caloundra 5436 8552, Maroochy 5459 6901, Nambour 5450 4750 or Noosa 5449 5944.

MANAGING ANXIETY WOULD you like to learn more about anxiety and how to manage it? The Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service

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VOLUNTEERS IN COOROY

NOOSA Community Support runs a popular Social Support Group for senior citizens in the Cooroy area. The group is held twice a month at the CWA Hall in Cooroy and attracts about 20 local people. The purpose of the group is for everyone to enjoy a light-hearted, stimulating morning in the company of friends. Activities are varied, with visiting entertainers, old-time sing-alongs, quizzes, games and occasional outings etc. NCS is now seeking volunteers to assist with all aspects of running the group. Volunteers and staff arrive at the hall at 8.30am to set up. Clients arrive at 9.30am for morning tea and the group runs until 11.30am. If you are interested in

FEELING stuck? Perhaps you are an empty-nester or newly retired and wondering what now? Come along to the New Direction/ New You workshop to discover your passion and plan that future. Then, after a delicious morning tea, you’ll learn how to find a personal style to feel confident and fabulous. Deb, a Louise Hay Heal Your Life coach, and Cat, a personal stylist, will ensure a friendly and supportive environment for this practical and inspiring workshop. On Saturday, March 25, 10am–1.45pm at the Cooroy Library. For inquiries and bookings, phone 0439 708 142 or email insideoutside great@gmail.com.

COOLUM AND DISTRICT RED CROSS

OUR next meeting is on Wednesday, March 8, for a 10am start at Coolum Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Coolum Beach. Come and join us for a

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coffee and find out what we do. Visitors very welcome. The Power of Humanity. For information, phone Robyn on 0409 124 460.

HEADLANDBUDERIM CROQUET CLUB

HEADLAND-Buderim Croquet Club, Syd Lingard Dr, Buderim, will be hosting the regional croquet tournament between March 25–31. Three codes will be played: Golf 25–26, Ricochet 27–28 and Association 29–31. Spectators are welcome to come and see the best players the region has to offer. For information, phone the club on 0423 534 909.

SUNSHINE COAST LADIES PROBUS CLUB

MEETINGS are held on the first Friday of each month at 9.30am for 10am start, when an interesting guest speaker joins us for morning tea and an interesting address. On the third Friday of each month, various outings are organised to places of interest. For further details, phone Pat on 5445 6329. CONTINUED ON PAGE 27

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2. LIFT

A SACRED space focused on raising human consciousness and regular schedule of concerts, workshops and seminars featuring artists and presenters. 926 Maleny-Montville Road Balmoral Ridge, Maleny. website: experiencealift.com/.

3.ODD MAN OUT

ODD Man Out is by David Williamson, Showing March 23–April 25. Daily at 7.30pm and 2pm Saturday matinee. Price: $62.50 All seats. The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction. Phone: 5329 6560.

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AUSTRALIAN of the Year, Alan Mackay-Sim, will be guest speaker at a local Sunshine Coast fundraising event for the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave. Adoni Lodge, 279 Kenilworth Skyring Road, Carters Ridge at 9am–3pm on Sunday, March 19.

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5.ROTARY CLUB OF CALOUNDRA ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF DAY

SUNNYKIDS is thrilled to be nominated as charity of

IRISH GIG: Brisbane-based Irish band Sásta, are providing the live music for the Heart of Ireland show in Caloundra.

choice again at this year’s Rotary Club of Caloundra Annual Charity Golf Day, to be held on Friday, March 17 at Pelican Waters Golf Club. Every $500 raised at the golf day will allow SunnyKids to reach out to another vulnerable child. website: sunnykids.org.au.

6. POMONA RAILWAY GALLERY

INSPIRED by their local natural environment at Boreen point, artists Michele Knightley and Margaret Moon have been tuning into the beauty that nature provides. Their latest artworks combine the mediums of printmaking, eco-dyeing drawing and bookbinding until March 29. Email: margaret.jane.moon @gmail.com.

7. THE SUNSHINE COAST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

SCSO is performing a concert for families, featuring the narrated story of Peter and the Wolf in which all the characters are represented by various instruments in the orchestra. Tickets: website: sunshinecoast symphonyorchestra.com and from the Old Buderim

The Judy Henzell 2017

Su nshin e Melodies Concert Series GREAT COMPOSERS OF LONDON’S WEST END Australian and West End musical theatre star Philip Gould heads a great cast of performers in this wonderful tribute to many great composers who have had their musical shine on the London stage. A narrative concert tribute to Lloyd Webber, Lionel Bart, Elton John, Richard Rogers and many more.

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ONE of the Sunshine Coast’s iconic bands, the Sunshine Coast Concert Band, will hold its next fundraising concert on March 18 at 2pm. This fabulous 40-piece concert band is into its 21st year of supporting Sunshine Coast charities and not-for-profit groups, Kawana Community Hall, Nanyima St, Buddina. Cost $15. BYO drinks and nibbles. Bookings: Val on 5443 9547 or at the door.

9. COOLUM THEATRE PLAYERS SYLVIA by Director, Linda Gefken. A modern canine comedy about a marriage and a dog is sensitive and heart-warming. Coolum Civic Centre March 17–26. Phone 5446 2500.

10. HEART OF IRELAND

BRISBANE’S proud Irish community is eagerly awaiting the Heart of Ireland show. March 16 at Eatons Hill Hotel, phone 3325 6777 and March 17 at The Events Centre, Caloundra. Phone 5491 4240.


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ADELAIDE has shrugged off its “second cousin” mantle and put on its party hat – and autumn is the perfect time to see it at play. ■ FESTIVALS Locals call it Mad March due to the exceptional number of events throughout the month. Just as Adelaide has said goodbye to the Australian Women’s Open Golf, it says hello to WOMAD, Adelaide Fringe, Clipsal 500 (street circuit car race), the Adelaide Cup, Adelaide Festival of Arts, Adelaide Writer’s Week ■ FOOD Never has a city so fervently embraced food culture over the past few years. Every international cuisine flourishes: in Lic No TAG 1446

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gastro pubs, cafes, high-end restaurants and on the streets. The coffee scene is vibrant…and eat streets are claiming their place in every suburb. ■ GOLF Adelaide has some of the world’s most prestigious golf clubs. The Big Daddy of them all, The Royal Adelaide Golf Club, played host to the world’s top female golfers in February at the Australian Women’s Open, all players enthusiastic about the quality of the course. ■ FUN Let us never again refer to refer to Adelaide as the City of Churches. Sure, churches make their graceful presence known, but Adelaide is more about fun these days…just ask any one of the thousands people who crammed into the

Adelaide Oval to watch Guns & Roses perform in February, and then ask some of the thousands of others who went out into the streets to enjoy the Fringe Festival Parade. ■ CONVENIENCE Locals call Adelaide the 20 Minute City. Just that short time takes you to the beach or the hills and all the good times they offer. The free City Connector bus will take you on an inner-city loop and an extended loop around trendy North Adelaide giving you a link to all the popular attractions. That’s a lot to love about a bus. ■ WINE Grant Burge, Peter Lehmann, Penfolds, Jacobs Creek, Seppelts, St. Hallett, Yalumba…all our best-known wine names live in South

Australia…plus dozens more we haven’t heard of. More than 200 cellar doors are on the city’s doorstep which earns Adelaide’s wine area the title of Great Wine Capital of the World, alongside Bordeaux and Napa Valley. It doesn’t get any more recognised than that. ■ HAHNDORF Hahndorf is home to the oldest surviving German settlement built by a group of Prussian settlers in 1839 and in this leafy town you’ll eat sublime German smallgoods, beautiful breads and sumptuous cakes and then with satisfied stomach, browse galleries, boutiques and jewellery shops. In the autumn Hahndorf is a blaze of rusty colours. ■ BAROSSA VALLEY Neat vineyards roll over

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A cruise fit for a Queen Ann takes an extravagant trip of a lifetime aboard the QM2 Ann Rickard

SHE caused quite the stir when she sailed into Sydney Harbour a decade ago, almost bringing the city to a standstill as is only fitting for royalty. Her visit last month was a more low-key affair as Queen Mary 2 sailed into the beautiful harbour in the dawn light, gliding past her sister Queen Elizabeth anchored near Taronga Zoo. Cunard’s two most famous liners spent a day and evening in Sydney creating an historic event, with QM2 looking more splendid than ever after a $160 million remastering. We were on board QM2 to experience her expensive new look, along with about 2000 others, and no-one was holding back in their enthusiasm for the magnificent ship with its under-stated British elegance. The Englishness was most evident at afternoon tea where a harpist played as hundreds of pinkie fingers were raised over china

cups, and white-gloved waiters proffered silver trays of cucumber sandwiches and scones with jam and cream. While the ship is most definitely the Queen, food and wine are king on board. The Verandah Grill – a new speciality restaurant harking back to the refined atmosphere of Cunard’s original Verandah Grills reserved for First Class passengers – is now available to all passengers (for extra cost). Contemporary French cuisine (slipper lobster, magret duck, prune and Armagnac tart, in our case) is served in grand tradition by discreet waiters who, after multi-courses, will wheel trolleys of dainty petit fours and dazzling liqueurs to your table. In the Carinthia Lounge, a place of relaxed glamour with curved lounges and dining chairs and tables, we took morning coffee although light breakfast and lunch dishes were served. It is here you must ponder the

QUEEN MARY 2: Leaving a regal wake as she slips across the oceans.

collection of 46 different vintage ports dating back to 1840. The Queens and Princess Grills, both with a la carte offerings and sophisticated service, work well, but the buffet in the Kings Court must be the most popular for breakfast and lunch and while it is, yes, a buffet, it didn’t seem as frantic as others we’ve experienced. The English influence of patient queueing perhaps? You’ll feel regal yourself as you enter the grand lobby, and definitely when you make a grand

entrance down the steps of the curved staircase in the two-tiered Britannia Restaurant with its coloured-glass ceiling. We particularly loved the Smokehouse restaurant (cost involved) with its classic American dishes – best ribs and blackened salmon we’ve had. QM2 can boast (if she was so inclined, she isn’t) to have a number of ‘world firsts’ at sea. The library certainly qualifies with 8000 books. The wine cellar has the world’s biggest-at-sea collection with 450 fine wines

including a $4500 bottle of California Screaming Eagle, which you can have by the glass thanks to a new Coravin wine pouring system, which uses a fine needle to extract from a bottle without unsealing the cork. After food comes pleasure – and it is plentiful at the Canyon Ranch spa on two fragrant levels, the biggest and most luxe we’ve seen at sea (that’s our boast) with a range of treatments fit for royalty (you). New carpet laid during the remastering – six football pitches of it – adds to the elegance, and hectares of teak decks around the ship are home to rows of timber deck chairs lined like military soldiers and facing the sea. Terribly British. If you can get past the wickedly seductive Godiva shop with its sinful chocolates, you’ll make it into some of the world’s big brand-name outlets including Michael Kors, luxury bags, shoes, accessories. Fifty new staterooms have been added, with the new Britannia Club Balcony staterooms paying tribute to the original QM iconic

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Caloundra’s family oasis Peter Gardiner

TOUGH-as-teak rugby league legend Norm Proven would be proud as punch as a father lifts up his toddler son to the basketball hoop for a slam dunk as they trampoline here in Oaks Oasis water park. All around them is the playful splashing of the aquatic slides, sluicing into the not-so-lazy afternoon at this welcoming Golden Beach resort built by big Norm, who is immortalised in the NRL’s premiership trophy. Parents and grandparents plonk themselves down on comfy outdoor chairs that usually face the Oasis’s centrepiece – it’s lagoon-skirting Reflections restaurant – to watch their young ones rip-tear until they just about bust with ridiculous energy about the grassy knoll leading up to the water park. The trampolines with the bonus basketball hoop get a workout all afternoon as we sit at our apartment balcony overlooking the waterlily-laden lagoon.

We could retreat to the cool air conditioning in our self-contained two-bedroom apartment, but the afternoon breeze has kicked in. So we watch the streams of feel-good families – barely a one eyes down to a phone screen – come and go past the lagoon from the Oaks’ many attractions. This water feature is fed by a rocky fountain where two of the resort’s VIP residents, white and brown and brown ducks I call Hansel and Gretel, tamely tail-wag greetings to the many young guests they fascinate. What strikes me most at the Oaks Oasis, apart from the spacious grounds, is the level of laid-back activity going on here – although the pool and spa nestled into the side of the lagoon is more for lolling in than doing laps. Across the way, three generations of holidaying families putt-putt for bragging rights at the Oaks’ mini golf course, with some shots scoring bursts of either triumph or laughter. This is all the fun of the

FUN FOR ALL: Great place for intergenerational holiday.

Oaks Adventure Zone, complete with its family-friendly beach volleyball, Triple Galaxy climbing frame and boundless fun of the giant Kangaroo Jumper Pillow. Those who may have been inspired by the Australian Open heroics of Venus and Serena, Roger and Rafael can engage in their own tennis court battles, but we’re more than happy to spectate. As are the mums and grandmums sitting back at the water park, not moving at all, enjoying the

treats from the kiosk. The resort sits strategically beside Caloundra’s CBD across from the culturally inclined Caloundra Arts Centre gallery, a Woolies supermarket, two bottle-os, a string of takeaways and just around the corner from the start of Golden Beach. We stroll over the road in the late January heat to be greeted by the always appealing Pumicestone Passage, looking across to the tip of Bribie Island and its collection of

anchored boaties cooling off. My son and I go past Bill’s Boat Hire doing business with some first-time SUP users, who have just got the hang of standing and paddling as we eventually dive into the sweeping outgoing tide. We go with the steady flow until we run out of the sandy beach shore and walk south again, then dive back in. A simple pleasure offering cool reward. In the early morning it’s an easy walk for me across to Bulcock Beach and Happy Valley, before heading back to Reflections for a hearty $20 breakfast buffet at Reflections. When we leave after our very restorative two-night stay, we have the added luxury of heading straight to the Oaks Seaforth resort up the road at Alexandra Headland. I’m there now in this oceanside getaway built around subtropical gardens and a winding lagoon. I’m up at the sixth floor balcony, staring down at the drop-dead gorgeous beach as my two

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Alternative medicines: don’t get caught out A LACK of scientific evidence behind pharmacy recommendations on the use of natural medicines has been flagged by CHOICE as a major concern for consumers. Visit any one of the plethora of pharmacies available and you will be confronted by the bulging shelves of natural medicines offering a way to rectify just about every health issue you can think of. These front-of-shop medications are often priced competitively and presented as an attractive option. Because of the complexity of deciding which product and which brand of that product to buy, the recommendation of the pharmacy assistants or the duty pharmacist is often sought by the consumer. But the problem CHOICE discovered is that among those pharmacy staff who recommended a natural product, one in three lacked knowledge about the effectiveness of the product.

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prescription medications is not well understood.” That study also concludes: “The content and quality of herbal preparations are not tightly controlled, with some ingredients either not listed or their concentrations recorded inaccurately on websites or labels”. When the pharmacy staff were asked what was in a product and how it worked, half of the questions posed about

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THE GLOBAL Year Against Pain After Surgery campaign is about calling for more attention to the management of surgeryinduced chronic pain – one of 200 diagnosed pains – which many people fail to resolve. The International Association for the Study of Pain reports persistent post-surgical pain can affect as many as one in two patients undergoing major surgery such as amputations, and one in four for all kinds of surgery combined. Pain Australia chief executive officer Lesley Brydon says patients need better advice before surgery. “Despite the prevalence of post-surgical pain, it is worrying that most people are ill-informed about the risk and unprepared for how to live with the pain, should it happen to them,” she said. “Normally you go into surgery and you think it’s going to fix everything. Most patients are not told of the risk that they can come away and have a whole new problem, a whole different type of pain.” Short-term or acute pain after surgery is normal and is expected to disappear within a few

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TUCKED away quietly in a suburb in Geelong, Victoria is a unique community-centred charity providing support for companion pets of vulnerable elderly people. The social benefit charity, Cherished Pets Foundation, was started by veterinarian Dr Alicia Kennedy and is run out of her Cherished Pets Community Care. “Our (practice) services have been designed and developed around elderly people and people with disabilities who are still living independently in our local community,” Dr Kennedy said. “The charity provides a portal for eligible people who require extra support to care for their pets and aren’t in a position to fund it.” The veterinary business provides the on-going support for the health and wellbeing of pets while the charity provides support through volunteers under-pinned by the veterinary practice, a discretionary vet fee support and respite care

of pets during times of crisis. “So, if the owner goes into hospital, we have a plan in place for who’s going to look after the pets, which provides enormous peace of mind.” Dr Kennedy said she recognised early in her practice years how important the attachment is between an ageing person and their pet, but also how difficult it can become for the person to care for the pet. “In severe cases the welfare of the pet can be comprised. It’s not through a lack of love, but rather through their lack of capacity,” Dr Kennedy said. The CPF charity was launched in April 2015 and ran a pilot project for 10 clients, funded by the community. In 2016, with the support of a state grant, CPF were able to expand their rehoming and respite care services. “Every pet that comes into our program has a high chance of needing respite care or rehoming at some point in time,” Dr Kennedy said.

“During our pilot we recognised that many of these sole companion pets have behaviour and training challenges that could impact their ‘rehomability’ including not being used to being around people. “So we were able to progress our service through this grant to ensure that the behaviour and training needs of pets in our community project are supported, as is the rehoming and respite care process.” Her passion and generosity is exceptional, and so is her determination to make the program sustainable. Each client’s program is tailored to the needs of the pet and their owner. The funding come from home-care packages, direct payment by private clients, the foundation, Dr Kennedy’s pro-bono and low-bono social mission allowance, or the practice’s 20% pensioner discount. “We are making extraordinary progress to keep pets healthy so that their owners are happy and can enjoy the benefits,” she said.

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TUESDAY mornings from 9am. Come and try badminton at the badminton courts in Nambour. All ages welcome. You can have some exercise and fun at the same time, and make new friends. Your first time will cost you only $5. Wear sports clothes and non-marking shoes. Newcomers will be given assistance to learn the game. If you have played tennis or squash, you will pick up badminton quite easily. Rackets are available free of charge. Entry is beside the bus shelter opposite Queensland Transport on Coronation Ave, Nambour. There is plenty of off-street parking. Phone Eunice on 5448 5575.

NOOSA MEN’S SHED

PUBLIC open day on Saturday, April 1, 10.30am–3.30pm. Parking and signage available –Rotary Way, off Wallum Lane, off Noosa Springs Dr, Noosa Heads. It’s an opportunity to see the many areas we are involved with, including charity work. Tours are available of our woodwork shed, metalwork shed, studio (arts/computer work), our long shed for meetings and functions (expertly recycled from

army pallets), examples of charity work and exhibits of work produced. Many stalls will be available, including cake stall, tea and coffee, sausage sizzle, face painting, trash and treasure sales (many bargains), fresh produce and plant sales, fresh honey (from our beekeeping hives), Unitywater, council recycling exhibit and much more. Major raffle prize is a large wine cooler. All welcome. Come for an exciting day and maybe consider joining. Inquiries to John 0402 595 094 or Brian 0404 549 504. Visit www.noosa-mens-shed .org.au.

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THE Sunshine Coast branch meets again on Friday, March 10, from 9.30am at Flame Tree Baptist Church hall, 27 Coes Creek Rd, Burnside. Entry $8 includes morning tea. Come along and enjoy worship and an inspirational message. Women and men are all welcome. Come along and bring a friend. Aglow is a worldwide non-denominational Christian organisation with branches in 172 nations on six continents.For more information, phone Melva

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A NEW technology item or an updated program may be a problem. This is where the Sunshine Coast Computer Club can help. Come as a visitor to a weekly meeting at Buderim or Caloundra and have an introductory chat to our welcoming member and see what goes on at a meeting. Have a cup of tea or coffee with the club’s friendly members as a start to getting to know your computer and technology devices. Phone the information line 5492 1005 or visit www.sccc.org.au.

YANDINA COUNTRY MUSIC

COUNTRY music is alive and well at the Australasian Country Music Association’s Hall of Fame at 24 Steggalls Rd, Yandina. The hall is decorated with country music memorabilia and has a great atmosphere. Concerts are on the second Saturday and third Sunday of every month, starting at 1pm. For an entry fee of $8 ($6 concession, $5 members), experience an afternoon of entertaining music – traditional country favourites along with modern music and even some rock’n’roll. There are local artists, walk-ups and a guest artist, door prizes, a raffle, canteen and free afternoon tea. Inquiries phone Jim on 0437 191 004.

FOLLOWING on from the highly successful and well-received presentations at Sunshine Coast Libraries on the new changes to government funding for Home Care Package subsidies (ACAT funding) and referral process, Falon Newman will be giving additional presentations at Noosaville Library on March 13 and Cooroy Library on March 29, both from 10–11.30am. The presentation includes real-time demonstrations on how to navigate My Aged Care and explaining how means testing works. The presentation will empower individuals with information to make informed choices about how to compare care providers, their fees, including existing fees and service agreements, and much more. Bookings essential, phone Noosaville Library for both events on 5329 6555 or visit www.libraries.noosa. qld.gov.au (events page).

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Memorial School of Arts Hall. Cost is $4, which includes supper. It is a very enjoyable evening as Pat and Norm provide new vogue and old time dancing. Come and be a spectator and see if you will enjoy it. Everyone is welcome. Phone 5485 2007 for more information. Please note that Tuesday night dance will now be held at the Federal Hall.

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WHEN looking for inspirational women from a variety of backgrounds with a plethora of talents, the Pomona Community House didn't have to look very far from our local area. As part of Queensland's Women Week (Queensland Women: Be Involved. Lead the Way), the Pomona Community House is co-ordinating a number of online events, culminating in an evening of inspirational speakers and workshop activities starting at 5.45pm on Thursday, March 9, at the Pomona State School hall in Station St, Pomona. All proceeds will go to a local charity. For information, phone the Pomona CONTINUED ON PAGE 28

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FRIDAY MEET-UP

IF YOU are interested in topics of a spiritual, philosophical or scientific nature, why not come along to the CWA Hall in Tewantin from 7–8.30pm for guest speakers, visual presentations and discussions, followed by a cuppa? It is a great opportunity to expand your mind and your social network and all for a gold-coin donation. This weekly event is on every Friday and is hosted by the Theosophical Society, which is not a religion and does not require membership. Visit www.sunshinecoast .theosophyqld.org.au or phone Joanna on 0422 944 075.

ROTARY NOOSA

A CAR BOOT sale is held at the Tewantin State School, Poinciana Ave, Tewantin, on the second Saturday of the month from 7–11am. The next car boot sale is on March 11. $10 per car bay and all funds go to local projects. Book your bay, phone 0422 862 810.

SPIRITSONG A CAPPELLA CHOIR

THIS year, Spiritsong A Cappella choir will be singing Tomas Luis de Victoria's O Magnum Mysterium Mass and Motet. All parts needed.

Spiritsong sings in Tewantin on Wednesday evenings. If you would like to join Spiritsong, phone 5474 1498 or email andrewjemmet@ gmail.com for more details.

CALOUNDRA FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH

OUR guest speaker for the March general meeting will be Dr Jennifer Harrison, an Honorary Research Fellow from UQ. Her talk will start at 1.30pm on Thursday, March 16. Members of the public can attend these interesting guest speaker appearances at the SCTC, Gate 2, Pierce Ave, Little Mountain. Phone Roz 5493 1197, email the secretary at caloundra familyres@y7mail.com or visit www.caloundrafamily history.org.au.

AUSTRALIAN PENSIONERS AND SUPERANNUANTS LEAGUE

A GIANT Cent Auction is being held to raise funds for the ongoing maintenance to the Caloundra Community Services to the Aged, Community Hall. Come along and enjoy a day of family fun, prizes galore. A $5 entry fee includes the sausage sizzle, homemade cake and tea or coffee. Phone Don on 5492 2105 or email pamandfrank@ bigpond.com to pre-order tickets. Doors open Saturday, March 11, at 10am, CCSA Hall, Nutley St, Caloundra.

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AUSTRALIAN’S are amongst the highest users of new technology in the world. We can all help to address the e-waste (electronic waste) epidemic by recycling our used mobile phones, accessories, batteries and even computers.

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Australian’s purchase more than two million computers every year. This makes e-waste, including computers and accessories, a growing problem. Monitors contain lead and computers also contain other hazardous materials that need to be disposed of responsibly. Computers and accessories that are in working order can often be refurbished with new software and some replacement parts. These repackaged computers are generally

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It is estimated more than 31 million mobile phones are in use in Australia. Millions of old and unused mobile phones are stashed away in cupboards and drawers at home and work. We are all possibly guilty of this.

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If your mobile is still working and you would like it to be reused, you could have it repaired, pass it on to family or friends, donate it to a charity or sell it to a company that offers cash. Throwing old mobiles into landfill can potentially be dangerous. Heavy metals in the batteries could penetrate into the environment. Simply drop them off at a recycling collection point as mobile phones and mobile batteries cannot be recycled in your council recycling bin.

There are a wide range of battery types, many of which contain toxic metals, mercury and lead. Others contain valuable materials like magnesium and zinc. Buying rechargeable batteries is an important way to reduce battery waste. Each battery can be recharged up to 1000 times, saving you money and reducing pollution. Used rechargeable batteries are a hazardous waste and should not be placed in the garbage bin. This includes batteries in laptops, mobile phones, power tools and cameras. Aldi supermarkets offer a free battery recycling service at their stores. Find a commercial battery recycling service for your workplace or business via BusinessRecycling. com.au or for more on recycling, visit www. planetark.org.

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