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Challenges for the elders of society HELLO READERS, This month three high-profile, straight-talking elders (Warren Mundine, Dame Quentin Bryce and author Hugh Mackay) issue some thoughtful insights and challenges to our demographic. While each of these leaders has chosen different life paths, their common ground covers working towards a more fair, just and equitable society. Indigenous leader Warren Mundine talks about his early life as a political activist and his current view that change occurs over a series of battles, not a war. At 61 years old, he has gathered the experience of his past and, despite serious health issues, is using it to fashion fresh initiatives to push for an improved future. Former GovernorGeneral Dame Quentin Bryce pulled no punches when she spoke at a forum at the recent WOW (Women of the World),

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Festival in Brisbane. She said it was the duty of our generation to support younger women as they live and engage in community lives. She also offers her considered thoughts on care for the grandchildren. In his latest book, 80-year-old Hugh Mackay is calling for nothing less than a social revolution. He believes it’s the only way to reshape our contemporary society which is plagued by social isolation, disillusionment and distrust. Human beings, he said, are herd animals and as such, need to live as social beings. And it’s up to us, the over 55s, the ‘tribal elders’ to once again take the lead in social change by saying “let’s get

engaged, be visible and take connections with each other” in order to shore up our communities. He quotes a survey that that notes just 35 per cent of Australians say they trust their neighbours – which, to him, means we haven’t taken the time to get to know them. “We need to start smiling, say hello or be a listening ear, acknowledge each other and show respect and kindness towards each other,” Hugh said. I believe the voice of

each of these people is supported by all of the people who feature in this publication, including the dozens of community notices promoting speciality social groups, that are sent to us each month right through to the experts offering tips in health, wealth and happiness. The old saying that ‘charity begins at home’ moves onto sharing and caring in the neighbourhood and in my case, ensuring this publication spreads the news from grassroots stories (community notes and local profiles) to publishing the stories from people speaking out at a national level. You see, I view our readership as a community that joins with others through the sharing of stories. I trust you enjoy the read and don’t forget to check our websites: www.seniorsnews.com.au and www.facebook.com/ seniorsnews.com. — Cheers, Gail

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Mundine the tireless and fearless disruptor Economic empowerment not political jousting is his answer DISRUPTIVE. A changemaker. From his early adulthood Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO has been intensively involved in championing changes to the quality of life of his mob, his fellow Aboriginals. Through his recently released candid memoir Warren Mundine: In Black + White I met a man who as a teen knew he wanted to be in public life. He watched Lionel Rose win the 1968 boxing world championship and that win shaped his life pathway. In the 80s he believed activism was the best way to achieve change. Soon after he became an insider, using his astute learning of big business,

politics and the media to be heard across all of Australia and all its generations. Many have not agreed with Warren’s ideas for changing the younger generation’s choices. He firmly believes in moving away from welfare centricity to economic centricity, in creating real economies within Aboriginal communities, in creating jobs and facilitating education, and in better access to health services. The road ahead to achieve these changes he admits remains uphill. The Federal Government’s target of halving the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by 2018 isn’t on track.

A group of Aboriginal Australians at a rally lead by Warren Mundine, chairman of the Justice Before Games support group, demonstrating in front of the Queensland Tourist Bureau office in Grenfell St, Adelaide in September 1982. PHOTO: JOHN GUSTER

The Closing the Gap targets, 2017 analysis of progress and key drivers of change report states, “the lack of opportunities is an issue on the demand side of the labour market, the lack of skills is an issue on the supply side, and logistical reasons a market barrier to potentially matching workers with jobs”.

How can this be changed? “The only way to change the status quo is to disrupt it,” Warren, 61, said. “Everything that has happened in history that has made a change has been through someone who has been a disruptor.”

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So, he’s back at the coal face, working 24/7 on two new businesses, continuing his advisory roles for public groups, serving on boards for private businesses and charities, and delivering in a variety of written and broadcast media roles including his own business show on Sky News. The two companies he has bought into have 16 offices across Northern Territory, NSW and West Australia. Their focus is on getting Aborigines into work and creating employment opportunities within community. He also spends about 14 days each month visiting Aboriginal communities – talking to people, and listening to them. Tapping into the power of social media is another of his battles. “I am very vocal on social media which I want to expand, plus looking at more blogs and more media approaches,” Warren said. His lengthy memoir is an easy read. Designed to engage a broad audience, it includes a deeply researched history of his family and of the cultural connections that have help to develop his passion. “I wanted to tell a story of Australia and use my family and myself as a vehicle for that,” Warren said. The book smoothly crosses between family history, personal experiences and Australian political history. “The vast majority that have read it liked it, even though some of the political comments in it they may not agree with them. I had one bloke who said he totally disagrees with my politics, but he enjoyed it because of the story it told. He actually said it should be high school and university reading as it shows a history of Australia which most people wouldn’t

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know about or don’t remember it,” Warren said. Facing up to reaching his 60s has been tough for Warren. He already has three stents, courtesy of his mother’s genes. “I wish they told me this when I was 18 that what you are doing at 18 does affect you when you are in your 60s and 70s,” he said. While he now has to watch what he eats and drinks, he isn’t physically slowing down nor looking at retiring. “In fact, I probably couldn’t think of anything worse than retiring,” Warren said. “No offence to anyone who is. “I am very focused on doing things which is something I got from my father who worked until he was 72.” Look. There’s another hill. Warren hasn’t climbed that one, yet.

WORKING HARD: Warren Mundine in the Sky Studio at News Corp offices in Sydney before the launch of his Sky News Sunday television program Mundine Means Business. PHOTO: BRITTA CAMPION THE AUSTRALIAN

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The proud Australian comes from a working background - first as a Sydney factory worker, then a public servant before pursuing higher education. He became the first Aboriginal to be elected to a NSW local government role and was national president of the Australian Labor Party in 2006/7. He chose not to renew his party membership in 2012 and went on to vote Liberal - and that’s only part of his extraordinary story. Warren has earned the ear of the politicians and of the mainstream media. This allows him to keep pushing out his message of economic participation where outcomes rather than activities are the measure of the success of change within the Aboriginal communities. “Giving a person a job, it deals with a lot of issues like mental health, substance abuse and people’s living style with better housing, and access to better finance to have a better lifestyle,” Warren said. Warren has survived many political upheavals and five prime ministers. In February last year he stepped away from the chair of the Indigenous Advisory Council. “Malcolm Turnbull asked me stay on the Prime Minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, but I said I was more interested in economic development and doing something at the coal face rather than advising on policy and hoping governments take it up,” he said. Instead, there’s another hill that he is climbing. “I’d been around the political process for long enough to understand that achieving change is not a war but a series of battles,” Warren said. “You have to go out to battle for what you want every single day.”

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Trusting in the universe Simone’s adventure of a lifetime is a never-ending story Ann Rickard

IMAGINE this. You are a single 67-year-old female with two little dogs. You take off on a year-long journey around Australia in a small van, camping most nights in the bush surrounded only by nature and wildlife and all the accompanying nocturnal noises. Very few women (or men) would have the courage to embark on such a trip with just the two cross-bred chihuahuas for company. But Simone Lienert is no ordinary woman. She has spiritual beliefs so strong they eradicate any notions of fear or potential danger. “I understand the big universe and what takes place for us as souls on this earth,” she said. “I never had a moment’s fear. I am very much attuned with our planet, with life and with (what happens) beyond life.” The Cairns-based adventurer was on the Sunshine Coast recently after a year on the road, on a trip that began in Geraldton in WA and will finish when she returns to Cairns later this month. She has already covered 27,679 kilometres. Originally from Germany but raised in South Africa, Simone has been in Australia for a number of years, including a stint working in and near Alice Springs with indigenous communities. “I had done a few smaller trips when I lived in Alice Springs, into the Kimberley around the

ON THE ROAD: Simone Lienert at the WA/SA border.

Cooling off at Emma Gorge, El Questro Station, WA.

desert area,” she said. “I looked after my (ailing) mother for 11 years and when she passed I flew to Western Australian, bought a campervan (Mitsubishi Delica) and went on my journey.” Some minor adjustments to the campervan, meant Simone had a bed, minimal cooking facilities and two solar panels, but not much else. “I never stayed on the road after dark and I never

stayed in any one place for more than two nights,” she said. “At about three every afternoon I started looking for a place to stop. I preferred to stay in the bush. I cooked every night, vegetables and rice or noodles and fish. The dogs were fed dried food and fresh meat and bones when we went through towns. I had three buckets of water, one for the kitchen, one for rinsing and one for my ‘shower’.

Travelling through The Pinnacles, WA.

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Toilets were never a problem. I had doggie bags for the dogs and myself. I never left a trace anywhere.” Simone’s adventure took her north in WA to Kununurra, inland over Marble Bar in the Pilbara to Karijini and then back to Geraldton before tackling the Nullarbor. “The Nullarbor really is an adventure,” she said. “You have miles of nothing, then these amazing cliffs. It’s very beautiful.” Into South Australia and then up to Alice Springs and back down by Uluru and the Olgas and on to Coober Pedy Simone continued, always inspired and awed by the beauty of the country, never frightened. “It was amazing,” she said. “When it gets dark and the sun sets you hear the cooing of the owls and

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birds, it is so exciting. And the sunrises are beautiful.” The only small brush with danger came from emus near the Oodnadatta Track. “The emus run next to the van, and then turn and attack the van,” she said “I saw a lot of them dead on the road. But nothing else bothered me. You see wildlife and you slow down, you don’t get out to take photos.”

Visiting Honeymoon Gap, Alice Springs, NT.

Although the last thing on Simone’s mind was looking for love let alone companionship on her epic journey, it came to her in one of the lonely camp spots she had chosen for the night. “We were in a free camp,” she said. “My dog wandered over to a man to say hello, I went and stood in front of the man and a voice inside my head said ‘that is your man’.” Her ‘man’ (Barry) met her later in the Adelaide Hills and again in Tasmania after Simone had travelled Victoria by herself and taken the van on the Spirit of Tasmania to spend a month on the island. Then he returned to his home. “He was travelling alone,” Simone said. “I was too. I did not set out to find a man like me, as crazy and courageous as I am, and I did not expect to find him in the desert.” After Tasmania, Simone continued her journey up to NSW through Eden and Byron Bay and then to the Sunshine Coast where we met up with her. She will gradually make her way back to Cairns. “I had actually planned to be away two years but it has been brought forward (by meeting Barry.) When I get back to Cairns I will travel with Barry for two years,” she said. Advice from Simone to all seniors who may let nerves or fear hold them back from experiencing the wonders of our country: “Travelling, as we do, broadens the horizon and it is so exciting to meet and listen to other travellers on the road. I have made many friends, young and old, and all were open to sharing their stories. I can recommend true adventure for seniors using their savings to travel around our beautiful country.”

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THE grandchildren call her Dee Dee, a name that evolved from Gee Gee, a reference to her former position as Governor-General. In 2008, Dame Quentin Bryce, became Australia’s first female to hold this position and right from the first official photoshoot she signalled a fresh approach to the illustrious office. Instead of a ceremony featuring the ubiquitous suit and tie we were given a picture of a sophisticated woman decked out in a fiery red dress amidst a gaggle of grandchildren in a suitably matching style of red spots. At 75 years old, Dame Quentin has a completed a life-time of community work together with senior national and international positions which have allowed her to campaign and shape a generation of gender and family politics. While she has officially retired from her public roles, she sees her position as a role model to future generations as of the utmost importance. “There is responsibility in being an elder,” she said, “and it is a serious responsibility.” As patron of the recent WOW (Women of the World) Festival held in Brisbane, Dame Quentin spoke on a panel which included Indigenous leader Lisa Mumbin who was born and raised in Katherine and now leads her community on cultural maintenance, support for women and youth; Agnes Titus a mother of the Bougainville Women’s Movement. She has held many roles in local level

government and with organisations promoting women leadership and peace building, including as UNWomen coordinator for Bougainville. The panel was complemented with the inclusion of philanthropist and pastoralist Gina Fairfax who, along with her husband Tim, has made an enormous contribution to the Arts and regional communities. As Dame Quentin affirmed her own role as a mentor, she recalled the people who made a difference in her life including Connie Bush from Groote Eylandt.

Now it is up to us to support and pass on the torch of the wonderful Australian Women’s Movement. She said she held treasured memories of “my darling pal” and the invaluable contribution she made sharing with her the story of the “stolen generations” and sharing teachings about language, country and culture. “Now it is up to us to support and pass on the torch of the wonderful Australian Women’s Movement,” she said. “We must support our young women to be engaged and involved in the community.” Lovingly, she also recognises her part in the lives of her 11 grandchildren. “Our knowledge of brain development shows how

DEE DEE: Quentin Bryce with her grandchildren Georgette Bryce-Parkin, Alexandra Bryce-Browning, Claudia Bryce-Browning, Lucinda Bryce-Browning and Rupert Bryce-Parkin in 2008. PHOTO: ENGLAND DARREN

incredibly important the early years are for learning,” she said. She admits she had no idea of what challenges lie in the future, but knows that qualities of resilience and strength will always be of assistance and that those qualities can be built through a rich cultural life and accompanying reflection. For the Bryce family grandchildren, quality time with the grandparents can include art gallery and museum trips, listening to music and reading poetry.

One thing that was not mentioned in this conversation was retirement. Each of these women, leaders in their communities, are totally committed to providing ongoing intellectual and emotional encouragement to women besides supporting their place within family, workplace and community. It seems the role of teacher, mentor, mother and grandmother is simply part of their DNA.

Quentin Bryce and friends pictured at Lockhart River in 2013.


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Free service for Sunshine Coast seniors and their pets IT’S BEEN proven that owning a pet can be especially beneficial to the senior person. But as we age it can become more difficult to meet a pet’s physical needs such as exercise, bathing and grooming, not to mention getting them to the vet. The good news is help is at hand for elderly pet owners, and it’s a free service. The Pets for Life Project is run from the Caloundra Community Centre, catering to pet owners from Caloundra to Noosa to assist seniors and their pets to stay together. The program is currently funded by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation. It works by matching pet owners with screened and trained volunteers who can provide regular assistance. Activities may include dog walking, access to vets through the provision of transport, and assistance with general well-being of the pet. “We want to make more

people aware of the program,” Mark Wischnat from Pets for Life Project said. “People who have the inability to take their dog regularly for a walk or who might need help lifting the dog up into the laundry sink for a bath will benefit from the service.

Pets for Life is looking for senior pet owners who think they could benefit from a little extra help. “It is partly about the pets but it is also about connecting people in the community, trying to match them with volunteers in their local areas. “They form a relationship around the pet. It can reduce the social isolation that older people are subject to. “The volunteers not

TOGETHERNESS: The Pets for Life Project is run from the Caloundra Community Centre, catering to pet owners from Caloundra to Noosa to assist seniors and their pets to stay together. PHOTO: : Wavebreakmedia

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QCF gives where it lives The foundation helps locals to build their local community

LIVING donations, in memoriam and through a Will are all options for Queenslanders to make a valuable contribution to their community through the Queensland Community Foundation (QCF). The QCF is a charitable trust which accepts tax-deductible donations. The power of the fund is in its donations being pooled and then invested as a whole. The consequent interest from the donation pool is distributed to Queensland charities. Foundation chair Margaret McMurdo AC said there was currently $88 million under management in the fund, which was an incredible achievement since the fund was established by Mike Ahern in 1997 with start-up funds of $300,000. During the 2017/18 financial year, the foundations reports $2.1 million was distributed across 200 organisations which included animal welfare,

arts and culture, children and youth, community, disability, education, environment, health and medical research, indigenous and religion. The QCF is sponsored by the Public Trustee and Queensland Investment Corporation which Mrs McMurdo said meant there weren’t any no administration costs charged against the foundation. “Every dollar donated goes straight to the fund,” she added. “I like it because it’s a long-term, sustainable organisation that’s assisting Queenslanders into the future and helps to keep Queensland a cohesive society. “By being able to help community organisations do good things within the community; those people are the lifeblood of our society. “By having a compassionate, caring society where people care about each other and do things within the community and put their

GOOD GIVING: QCF philanthropy manager Jane Andersen, QCF chair Margaret McMurdo AC and Sunshine Coast QCF board chair Simon Gamble. PHOTO: TRACEY JOHNSTONE

hands in their pockets, and give people who are disadvantaged a helping hand, it seems to me that is a security blanket to stop the terrible things that happen such as in the States with Trumpism and the huge disparity between rich and poor.” Donations to the QCF are attributed to one of the following funds:

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Assoc calls for a ‘rightsizing’ Government’s downsizing policy needs additional measures JULY 1 is the start date for the Federal Government’s new downsizing policy that was introduced in last year’s budget. However, a survey undertaken by National Seniors Association reported that 82 per cent of older retirees preferred an alternative policy proposed by National Seniors organisation. The government’s policy allows Australians aged 65 and over to sell their home and divert up to $300,000 a person into superannuation. However, National Seniors Chief Advocate Ian Henschke said the policy has not been well received by most older Australians. He said the organisation’s Rightsizing proposal would exempt up to $250,000 of home sale proceeds from the Age Pension means test. “The government’s initiative is too narrow,” Mr Henschke said. “We’re not saying it should be abandoned. But our Rightsizing proposal would benefit more seniors and for this reason, we’ve included it again in this year’s budget submission. “It would enable up to $250,000 of the proceeds from a home

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sale to be quarantined from the Age Pension means test,” he said. “Older Australians could move to more age-appropriate and suitable housing without losing their pension, and have funds to cover health and other costs in their old age. “Many live in housing that is inappropriate for their needs, for example with stairs and unsuitable bathrooms. This increases the risk of injury and hospitalisation. It can also bring on early entry

into residential aged care.” Many older people cited maintenance issues as a key motivation for downsizing, while others were keen to stay in the home where they raised their families or an area that was familiar. “But if they could sell without losing their pension, there’s no doubt many would,” Mr Henschke said. “This would free up homes for families and promote the construction of purpose-built homes for

I WAS non compos when they took me to hospital the first time. It is thought I’d had a major seizure; I was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour in 2000, and refused chemo and radiation, believing what my body has created it can uncreate. The senior doctor informed my two daughters he did not expect me to be alive by the end of the week. Well, I didn’t die. They had me in palliative care for a month, then moved me to the local nursing home into the palliative care. From there I was moved into a locked ward, where they had 24-hour nursing care. I couldn’t walk, barely talk, and needed assistance to do everything from eating to showering and going to the toilet. Being a determined and stubborn witch, I was soon walking with a walker, then without, managing all the other stuff, had the organic shop bring me in fresh greens, rye bread, and anything else I could think of, believing food is my medicine. I was moved into a free ward, went for long walks, participated in games, drawing and gardening. Twelve months later I WAS HOME!!! I had jumped through all the hoops for My Aged Care, ACAT and whatever. Managed to acquire a level 3 home care package, all with

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the help of senior staff, my daughters and the local Care Group. I am curious about death, as long as it is painless and peaceful to this end I have registered my support with the local MP for the euthanasia pill. I encourage everyone to do the same. Name withheld MR RIDDLE an entrepreneur is obviously a healthy senior. A good deal of us mere mortals unfortunately don’t have that good fortune. I congratulate those capable and willing to work on. But to encourage bureaucrats, politicians to understand we need change is a dangerous thing. These people (B&Ps) are hardly likely to have experienced chronic pain due to broken bodies through a lifetime of hard manual labour. So they, the lawmakers,do not understand there are a great many people unable to continue working in latter life. We are not all capable of embarking on a new business venture. It is hardly fair to expect people to risk their meagre nest eggs on a business set-up, which according to statistics is possibly doomed to fail. W. Plummer The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the views of this paper. – Editor

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Taking steps for change Call for over-55s to reconnect with Australia in crisis AUSTRALIA has become a more socially fragmented, anxious, depressed, stressed, overweight, medicated, debt-ridden and addicted society than ever before. It’s not a pretty picture the country’s most respected social researcher, Hugh Mackay. paints. And it’s up to each of us to take steps to change it. Twenty-five years on from his groundbreaking book, Reinventing Australia, Hugh has penned Australia Reimagined: Towards a More Compassionate, Less Anxious Society. At 80 he says it is the last book he will write which paints the big picture of the state of the nation. But the man who wrote his first book at 55 and has been involved in social research for more than 50 years, sounds every bit as engaged and eloquent as ever. He believes there are two major facts about

contemporary Australia which we all understand exist but which we have failed to make a valuable connection between. Firstly, we are more socially fragmented than ever. More people are feeling isolated and loneliness is a major problem. This is the result of a number of factors including divorce, shrinking households, how busy we are, mobility (moving house on average every six years) and our reliance on information technology, all of which have cut us off from our neighbourhoods and communities. Secondly, we have a mental health crisis with an epidemic of anxiety (two million Australians diagnosed last year) and depression. While job losses, relationships, budgeting or even the state of the planet can affect our outlook, Hugh said when anxiety is affecting so many people, there is an undeniable underlying social factor. He believes our poor

REIMAGINING: Hugh Mackay paints a picture of an anxious and unhappy Australian society, but says the remedy is not difficult. PHOTO: ALAN BENSON

mental health has been brought about by social fragmentation and the accompanying lack of a sense of belonging. “We are herd animals; we need to live as social beings,” he said. “When we shut ourselves off, we’re

denying our humanity.” While 68% of Australians still believe in God or some higher power, a paltry 8% are regular churchgoers, shutting the door on another traditional sense of connection, meaning and belonging.

said. “It doesn’t sound revolutionary, but it goes against the current trend … it’s the revolution we need.” Hugh said reconnecting did not need government or community group leadership, it’s something every individual can do by simply reaching out across the generations, being engaged in clubs or other groups, holding a street party or just saying hello to neighbours or people down the street. And if we don’t? “The future is quite bleak,” Hugh said. The problems of loneliness and social isolation will get worse, levels of trust will fall and levels of anxiety will rise still further. He hopes his book acts as a wake-up call that our mental health and social crisis is no accident, but something we have brought on ourselves by our failure to connect. However, he also sees the book as optimistic. “I think we are going to do this. There is so much disenchantment now that it’s beginning to dawn on us that we have to do something … this is my contribution,” he said.

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“When we become more individualistic and live more within our own bubble, we become less trustful of people in general, as well as of our institutions like the church, our politicians, business and banks,” Hugh said. “We have become a more disillusioned, less trusting society.” Hugh described over-55s as today’s “tribal elders”. He said it was up to these social pioneering Baby Boomers, once so impatient to shake off the values and attitudes of their parents, to once again take the lead in social change by saying “let’s get engaged, be visible and make connections with each other” in order to shore up our communities. Presently, he said, just 35% of Australians said they trusted their neighbours – which, to him, means we haven’t taken the time to get to know them. “We need to start smiling, say hello or be a listening ear, acknowledge each other and show respect and kindness towards each other,” Hugh


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Community QCWA ● COOROY

WE ARE holding a cent sale on Saturday, May 26. Doors open at noon, for a 1pm start, at the CWA Hall, Maple Street, Cooroy. Free admission and a delicious afternoon tea will be served. Great prizes to be won. For inquiries or to purchase tickets, phone Wendy on 5447 6140. Everyone is most welcome.

● MAROOCHYDORE OUR cent sale which was to be held on Friday, May 25 has now been cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience.

AGLOW INTERNATIONAL

AGLOW – Sunshine Coast will meet on Friday, May 11 at 9.30am at Flame Tree Baptist Church hall, 27 Coes Creek Rd, Burnside. Entry $8 includes morning tea. Come along, bring a friend and enjoy worship and an inspirational message. For more information, phone Melva 5443 5752 or Dorothy 5476 4190. Aglow is a world-wide non-denominational

Christian organisation with branches in over 170 nations on six continents.

Keeping the Planet Clean and Green, and decorated the stage appropriately with the emphasis on green floral arrangements including a vine-wreathed globe. We also handed to each guest a paper bag containing information about recycling and other positive ways to look after our planet.

AUSTRALIAN DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY

NEXT lecture will be: William Hogarth: “A Terrier Snapping at the Heels of the Great”. ADFAS is a not-for-profit organisation providing superbly illustrated monthly presentations on diverse topics within the arts and related disciplines. Our monthly raffles raise funds to support local young art projects. The lecturers are recognised specialists in their fields drawn from a variety of professional backgrounds. The next ADFAS presentation will be on Monday, May 21 – 6.30pm for 6.45pm start at the Drama Theatre Matthew Flinders College, Stringybark Road, Buderim. This lecture looks at the life, times and work of William Hogarth who’s work reflected the social and political issues of his times. Lecturer Rosalind Whyte explores his cutting and often bawdy sense of humour and the wealth of detail in his work. For bookings, phone Janine on 5452 6643. Visitors cost is $25. Bookings essential. Full annual memberships are available. Email sunshine coast @adfas.org.au or go to:adfas.org.au/societies /queensland/sunshinecoast.

BUDERIM CRAFT COTTAGE MIXED AND MULTI MEDIA ART SHOW

FEED your creative soul

ON SHOW: Jillian Bergman shows her acrylic painting on display at the Buderim Craft Cottage Mixed and Multi Media art show.

with a visit to the Buderim Craft Cottage’s Mixed and Multi Media art show on Friday, May 25 to Thursday, May 31 from 10am-3pm. The artists promise a feast for your eyes as they share visual explorations of their creative paths. From vibrant acrylic abstracts to glossy oil landscapes, 3D sculpture to one-off gift cards, make sure you visit not only to enjoy the artworks, but also to buy a special gift or a piece for your home and support the cottage. Each piece in the exhibition will have been handmade by a local artist making them unique originals. The Mixed and Multi Media group is one of the cottage’s largest and the artists have many years’ experience in a wide variety of media. Talk to artists as you wander The Atrium gallery, then relax with tea and refreshments (weekend only) and admire your latest acquisition. It will be held daily at the Buderim Craft Cottage, 5 Main Street, Buderim from Friday, May 25 to Thursday, May 31 with the doors open from

Preserving Your Memories and Achievements

DIVE in for the diggers at The Sunshine Coast Solstice Charity Swim is on Sunday, June 24. Organised by Alexandra Headland Rotary, this refreshing ocean swim will raise money for The Young Veterans Sunshine Coast branch. Registrations are now open for the 1km, 2km, and 3km events and the course will start from Alex Surf Club. Registration opens at 7.45am. Entry fee: $35 (1km); $40 (2km); $45 (2km); includes swimming cap, event t-shirt and other goodies (additional donation of $10 if you are wearing fins or a wetsuit). Online registration: eventwizards.com.au.

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SOCIAL BALLROOM DANCING AT POMONA

EVERY Tuesday evening from 7-9.30pm, Pat and Norm Young organise a social evening at the Pomona Memorial School of Arts Hall. The cost is $4, which includes supper. It is a very

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KEEPING the Planet Clean and Green was the theme for our recent Friendship Day. President Margaret Smith said this year the club extended the hand of friendship to fellow garden clubs throughout southeast Queensland as well as special guest gardening presenter from Brisbane, Claire Bickle, Member for Nicklin Marty Hunt, Sunshine Coast Councillor Greg Rogerson and Queensland Garden Expo organisers. Each year we invite people to visit our club to hear a special speaker and share friendship with us. They share our meeting plus morning tea and lunch. We chose the theme,

DIVE IN FOR THE DIGGERS

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10am-3pm. A commission from each piece sold goes to the not-for-profit Buderim Craft Cottage to fund ongoing improvements, encourage creativity and provide a special place for artists to work in the company of other artists. For more go to buderimcraftcottage. com.au.

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Crafts, Wednesday for Painting and Thursday for Pottery. Marlaine on 5441 6852 is the person to phone for the Monday group, where you can learn crafts such as knitting, crochet and embroidery. Phone Dawn on 0438 794 473 if you’d like to join the painting group and Heather on 0484 573 633 for pottery.

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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 or visit.

12. Open 8am-1pm. There will be hundreds of good cheap books, CDs and magazines on sale in all categories. Have you some books you want to donate to a good cause? Phone 0400 973 604 to arrange a pick-up. All welcome to browse or buy. Admission free.

MOBILITY DANCING

OUR seated dance sessions promote fitness and well-being through inspiring music and wonderful world dance styles. No experience needed. Come along and give it a go; bring a friend. Classes every Thursday at the Freemasons Hall in North Street, Yandina, 10.30-11.45am. For more details, phone Philippa on 0417 780 016 or email pippambc@hotmail.com.

aged from 55-105 years. All welcome. For more information, phone Selima 5452 5979.

MAJESTIC THEATRE POMONA

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

IF YOU are passionate about your local community and helping others, and can donate a few hours of your time, the Nambour General Hospital Auxiliary is looking for you. The volunteer auxiliary team have been operating the kiosk and gift shop for more than 30 years. The dedicated team of volunteers is looking to expand their volunteer numbers, to continue their high level of service to the community. The main purpose of the auxiliary is to provide fresh and healthy food for staff, patients and visitors to Nambour General Hospital. If you are interested in volunteering, you can contact the Nambour General Hospital Auxiliary on 5470 6858 or email ngh-auxiliary@health. qld.gov.au.

NOOSA LIBRARY

WHAT’S ON: One on One Tech Help @ Cooroy Library. Every Wednesday (11.45am-3pm) and every Friday (9am-1pm); One-on-one help for basic problems with PCs, tablets, Mac and phones. Free. Bookings required. Drop in Tech Help @ Cooroy Library – First and Third Thursday every month, 9am-noon. Have you got a question about your tablet, smartphone, or computer? Need some help using your favourite social media platform? Forgotten your email password or not sure how to clear out your inbox? Drop into the Cooroy Library Retail Store and chat with our friendly volunteers. Free. No bookings required. One on One Computer Help @ Noosaville, Noosaville Library – every Friday (9am-noon), Saturday (1-2.30pm). One-on-one help for basic problems with PCs, tablets, Mac and phones. Free. Bookings required.

BUDDINA COAST CARE

JOIN us under the shade of the Casuarina trees anytime between 8-10am for our next dune care activity (planting natives and removing weeds) on Tuesday, June 12 at Beach Access 203 on Pacific Blvd, Buddina (between La Balsa Park and Pt Cartwright Drive). All provisions, tools, plants, conversation and morning tea are provided. Buddina Coast Care is a small community volunteer group and new volunteers and visitors are welcome. We meet on the second Tuesday of each month. Follow us on Facebook for

POMONA LIONS BOOKFEST

Cooroy-Pomona Lions are holding their next regular Bookfest at the Lion’s Den, Mountain Street, Pomona on Saturday, May

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ANNUAL HIBISCUS SPECTACULAR

ON SATURDAY, May 12 between 9am-1.30pm at the Woombye School of Arts Hall, Blackall St, Woombye, the Sunshine Coast Branch of The Australian Hibiscus Society Inc will be holding their Annual Spectacular where some of the best examples of exotic Hibiscus will be competing for the annual honours. The general public are invited to enter a Hibiscus bloom from their garden and have the opportunity to win a prize. Enter your favourite bloom in the Novices Most Spectacular Bloom Competition. Everybody is welcome to enter irrespective of age, colour or creed, so bring the whole family and enjoy this wonderful experience together. Just turn up with your bloom before 11am to enter. If you have a problem with your Hibiscus and would like some advice or if you simply wish to have a bloom identified, an expert will be on hand to identify your bloom and help you resolve any problems you may be having with your own Hibiscus plant, tips on fertilizing, pruning and general care. For those who would like to own a hibiscus plant, over 300 specially prepared plants

will be on sale from 9am.

ST PETER’S ANGLICAN CHURCH

WE ARE a friendly, engaging, involved church. Rev. Tania would like to welcome you to either of our Sunday services. A 7am traditional service or a 9am less formal, all age service for families. Some other activities are: Monday and Tuesday – 9am Mainly Music, for pre-schoolers; Wednesday at 9.30am a shorter church service; Wednesday evening at 6pm, a community meal for socially isolated brothers and sisters finding it hard making ends meet; Mission group Thursday and Friday Friendship and craft group. For more information, go to anglicanmaroochydore .org.au or phone 5443 2133. St Peter’s Anglican, corner of Church Street and Beach Rd, Maroochydore.

KAWANA SENIOR CITIZENS INC

COME and Join us for a morning of fun and friendship with entertainment, indoor bowls, hoy, bingo, morning tea, lucky door prizes. We meet each Thursday morning from 9.30am-12.30pm in the Hall adjacent to Kawana Library. Cost $5 each morning. $5 yearly membership for those

UKULELE for raw beginners – new class starting soon. No musical experience necessary. Phone Cherry the ukulady. 0410 573 629. Volunteers wanted to join the happy family of volleys, phone 5485 2330 for more or go to the majestictheatre.com.au.

AIR NOOSA BRANCH

ASSOCIATION of Independent Retirees (AIR) Limited Noosa Branch is a not-for-profit organisation working for the interests of self-funded and partially self-funded retirees or those about to retire. Our next meeting will be a Seminar on Saturday, May 12 from 8.45am for 9am-12.30pm. Venue: South Pacific Resort, 179 Weyba Road, Noosaville. Keynote speaker: Noel Whittaker AM (one of Australia’s top financial commentators). Plus expert Speakers from Centrelink; Morgans, Noosa and MacGregor Wealth. Topic: Planning for Retirement. We seek a fair outcome for retirees. Cost: $5pp includes morning tea. Visitors very welcome. Phone 5455 6790 to reserve a place or email airnoosacommunications @gmail.com. Pre-bookings are essential for members and visitors. Go to facebook.com/AIRNoosa.

BUDERIM GARDEN CLUB

THE next monthly meeting will be held at Buderim War Memorial Hall at 2pm on Friday, May 11. Guest speaker will be Stephen McLennan from All Rare Herbs and there will also be another Q&A session where members can seek answers to their gardening problems from the “green thumb panel”. There will

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be the monthly flower competition and Manawee plant of the month. Members are encouraged to come early for plant stalls, raffle and seed bank. Visitors are welcome. For details, phone president John Lyon on 0448 714 561.

THEOSOPHICAL SOCIETY SUNSHINE COAST

WE MEET every Thursday at 7pm at the Croquet Club, Syd Lingard Drive, Buderim. Donation $4. Join us, in a non-sectarian inclusive way, to be inspired, to explore the mysteries and meaning of life according to the ancient wisdom, alive still today. All are welcome. This month’s talk titles include: The 5 Spiritual pathways of the Ageless Wisdom; The significance and symbolism of White Lotus Day; The dark side of the Light Chasers; The Third Object of the Society. Every fourth Thursday is a Members only study group. May’s topic: ‘The Bodies of Man’. Inquiries 0409 065 062.

CALOUNDRA CHORALE AND THEATRE COMPANY

A GREAT line-up of talent is assured for the Caloundra Chorale and Theatre Company’s pleasant Sunday afternoon concert on June 3. Hitting the stage at the CCSA hall in Nutley Street, Caloundra (behind Events Centre) will be Helen Brereton on violin, Jessica Norup on flute with vocalists Wendy West and Jenny Wood. Completing the program will be students from the Caloundra Music Academy. Concert starts 2pm. Tickets at the door $9 and members $6. Afternoon tea included.

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CALOUNDRA

WE WILL once again be holding our Mother’s Day High Tea and Fashion Parade on Thursday, May 10 at the Uniting Church Hall, corner of Ulm and Queen Sts, Caloundra. This is a not to be missed occasion. Fashions by Susanah’s of Caloundra, Shoes by Shannons. There will be the usual lucky door prizes, as well as lucky numbers and Mother’s Day gift stall. Admission is a very reasonable $10 – morning tea will be served at 9.30am with the parade starting at 10am. The high tea put on by the auxiliary is legendary. Pay at the door. Some indication of numbers would be appreciated as the high-tea is a sit-down at tables event. Phone Gloria on 5492 3318 for details or email lorraine keelty@bigpond.com.

CENT AUCTION

A GRAND Cent Auction will be held on Friday, April 13 at Kawana Surf Club, 99 Pacific Blvd, Buddina. Doors open 6pm for 7pm start. Entry $5 includes two free sheets of tickets and lucky door prize. Over 100 great prizes to be won including a Gold Coast getaway. Courtesy bus,

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meals and drinks available. All proceeds aid Coast Hospice Mombasa Kenya. For inquiries/ pre-purchase tickets phone Liz 0421 021 927.

Morning Tea on May 29 at Ma Boulange Coolum Beach from 10am. A special thank you to Coolum Beach Hotel. They supplied us with a meeting room and a wonderful morning tea to welcome in our new members and committee for 2018. Visitors/Guests are Welcome. Phone Averil on 0429 516 788 or Mandy on 0401 976 062.

SOCIAL BALLROOM DANCING AT POMONA

EVERY Tuesday evening from 7-9.30pm, Pat and Norm Young organise a social evening at the Pomona Memorial School of Arts Hall. The 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 or visit.

LINE DANCING WITH BARBARA

BEGINNERS classes are on Monday evenings from 7pm at the North Shore Community Centre Mudjimba and Mondays from 9am at Woombye Hall. Wednesdays from 9am at Mudjimba and Thursdays from 8.45am at Yandina Hall. Keep your mind active and body fit with dance. Fun fitness friendship and great music. Phone Barbara on 0407 733 280.

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NAMBOUR CROQUET CLUB WE HELD our annual Saint Patrick’s Day Gala with visiting players from Buderim, Maleny Bribie Island and Noosa Clubs. Most got into the spirit with ‘the wearing of the green’ and the club house was decorated with Irish flags. A great fun day was had by everyone we had great food, music and craic (Irish for fun conversation) and local businesses contributed with very generous support. Anyone interested in the great game of Croquet can come along to the club for ‘a try’ mallets and coaching is provided, you just need soft soled shoes. The clubhouse is adjacent to the Nambour

Bowls Club on Connection Road. Phone Patrick on 5472 7287 or email berpat@bigpond.com for information.

PROBUS CLUBS ● COOLUM BEACH COMBINED

WE ARE for active retired or semi retired seniors. Our purpose is to promote fellowship, friendship and fun. Our meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month at 9.15am sharp at the Uniting Church, Elizabeth St, Coolum Beach. May outings: May 14, morning tea at Tanawha Golf Club from 10am. Walk through Maroochy Botanical Gardens. Lunch at Maroochydore RSL. This is a Car Pooling event.

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RETIREES are very welcome to visit our small friendly club which meets on the second Tuesday of every month in Hilton Terrace, Tewantin. We enjoy walks, meals out, day outings and short holidays, darts, coffee mornings and much more. In May we have a visit from Oz Harvest to tell us about diverting surplus food from landfill. Phone Brian on 0403 435 978.

GENEALOGY SUNSHINE COAST

WE ARE proud to welcome Dr Judith Grimes renown genealogist and family history author. Judith will be presenting an all-day workshop on Saturday, May 5 from 9-9.30am Registration and welcome cuppa; 9.30-10.30am Session 1: English Family History; 10.30-11am Morning tea;

11am-12.30pm Session 2: Using Family Search; 12.30-1.15pm Lunch; 1.15-2.30pm Session 3: Scottish Squatters of the South Burnett. Venue: Genealogy Sunshine Coast centre, Petrie Park Road, Nambour (opposite the swimming pool). Admission: $10 for 1 session or 20 for the day (three sessions & morning tea). Sandwiches and slice or fruit will be available for purchase for $5. Bookings (required, for members & guests) phone 5329 2315; email genealogysc @gmail.com.

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OUR next lunch and meeting is on Wednesday, May 2 from 11am for a 11.30am start at Buderim Tavern. Cost: $28. RSVP: Pat Cooney on 5445 6329. Do consider attending our club’s events and help raise funds for educating students of underprivileged families. There is always an interesting guest speaker at our meetings, also there is a social event is held on the third Wednesday of the month.

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18-year-old singer songwriter Mason Hope was the guest artist and speaker at April’s Dinner Meeting of Caloundra Evening View Club. Mason was raised by his Grandmother, Liza Hope, in Gympie and attended Maroochydore High School where his interest in music led to him learning to play drums and guitar. In a moving tribute, Mason outlined how the financial assistance from the Smith Family’s Learning for Life program had enabled him to complete High School as well as Sound Engineering Studies at TAFE. He was very grateful for the encouragement and mentoring he was given by the Program which gave him confidence to overcoming bullying and also achieve his musical goals. If you are interested in joining the Caloundra Evening VIEW Club, phone the secretary Sue on 0403 504 408.

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WE MET for morning tea at Ewen Maddock Dam in April and had lots of fun despite the wet weather. Our outing on May 2 included a tour of the lighthouse at Caloundra.

Our next lunch meeting is on the may 16 and will be a fun and friendship morning at Glasshouse Sports Club for an 11am start. Anyone who would like to join us or come along to one of our meetings should phone either Lynda on 5494 7875 or Trish on 5493 0026. Our club raises money for The Smith Family and The Learning For Life Program.

● KAWANA WATERS

MEMBERS recently joined with over 100 local women of VIEW, for the annual Zone Conference. Mary Anne Maher, from VIEW National Office in Sydney, led local members in advance planning for VIEW National Convention 2019, which is to be held on the Sunshine Coast. With 15000 members Australia-wide, VIEW women from every state will descend on the Sunshine Coast in September 2019. At all Conventions, VIEW women enjoy “kicking up their heels” in the evenings, but day time events will involve more serious issues. If you would like to join us for fun and friendship, whilst supporting Australia’s next generation, we meet on the fourth Wednesday of the month at Headlands Golf Club

ARTISTIC APRIL: Caloundra Evening VIEW president Clodagh Barwise-Smith welcomed guest speaker Mason Hope.

Buderim at 11am for lunch and interesting speakers. Phone Lorraine on 5438 0886.

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OUR next luncheon will be held on June 1 (Meeting in lieu of May 25) at the Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club. The cost of the two course meal is $30. Newcomers are always welcome and if you would like to attend a meeting please phone Sandi on 0429 022 033. Guest speaker is Pauleen Cass. Each of us has a home place and life experiences that contribute to who we are. The joy of genealogy is discovering not just the names of those long-forgotten ancestors, but also their life stories. They say it takes three generations to lose the

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history of a family but with persistence we can go beyond that barrier. The introduction of DNA testing as part of our repertoire of genealogy tools can reveal more about those from whom we’ve inherited it. Pauline Cass is well recognised in the genealogical community in Australia and overseas.

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What’s on LOVE AND CELEBRATIONS

ARIOSO Chamber Ensemble will perform a concert of Love and Celebrations at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4.30pm, Saturday, May 19 and Caloundra Uniting Church, 2.30pm, Sunday, May 20. As part of the 4MBS Festival of Classics the ladies have been lured by the musical vibrancy of the Sunshine Coast to bring their unique sound and music. Tickets and more information at website: ariosochamber ensemble.com or phone 5446 8128.

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THE Sunshine Coast Jazz club presents The Session Band with Russell Bayne on May 13. The member’s love for music, energy, brilliant musicianship and unpredictability will put you in the perfect mood for a fun afternoon of true traditional jazz. Phone 5491 6017.

NOOSA MARATHON

THE Noosa Marathon on Saturday, May 26 is a big running experience and great fun for spectators with five different race distances. Full details at runawaynoosa marathon.com.au.

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NOOSA FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL

THE Noosa Food & Wine Festival, May 17-20 presents a cornucopia of epicurean fun. Meet celebrity chefs, enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, a Pimm’s Garden party or just relax at Festival Village. Full details, program and tickets at: noosafoodand wine.com.au.

COOROY FUSION FESTIVAL

THE Cooroy Fusion Festival on May 12 presents food, fashion, entertainment, market stalls, art and much more. This is a country festival that attracts visitors from afar. From 9.30am- 3pm, Cooroy is your place to be.

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MAJESTIC Theatre Pomona presents A Night with Adele, a funtastic tribute concert by local diva Danielle Steele. May 11 and 12 at 7pm and Mother’s Day matinee May 13 at 2pm. Go to: themajestic theatre.com.au.

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LOOKING IN: A new exhibition by Jeanine Hill is on now at the Pomona Railway Station Gallery until May 31.

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PUT Saturday, May 12 in your diary for a fun night when the star-studded Absolutely ‘’80s Band bring their chart-toppers to The Brewery at The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi. Get your crew together

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Talking about the tough stuff to get more men to the doctor THERE is a new club in town and it is one all blokes should consider joining: Marto’s Colonoscopy Club. The gang from The Big Breakfast on radio station Triple M (Marto, Robin and The Moonman) have been talking about tough stuff – colonoscopies. Lawrence ‘The Moonman’ Mooney had his first colonoscopy, procedure to visually examine the bowel, recently on the advice of a doctor. Then his on-air colleague Marto acknowledged that his sister told him five years ago everyone in their family needs to have one as the family history isn’t healthy. Mooney and Robin were aghast and put it to him straight; “Go and get it done asap”. “I’ll go if we can get a few other blokes together to get one too,” Marto said.

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Healthy teeth top tips

Taking a look at why dental hygiene is so important WHETHER you think you have healthy teeth or not, reviewing your oral health between visits to the dentist by following these expert tips from Australian Dental Association Oral Health Committee chair, Professor David Manton, can help keep you smiling.

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WHEN TO BRUSH

Teeth should be brushed twice per day with a fluoridated toothpaste.

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SHOULD WE BE USING MOUTHRINSE?

A mouthrinse containing fluoride can decrease decay rates, but if it is being used in conjunction with other fluoridated products, its efficacy may not be great. Your dentist can advise you about this. Other mouthrinses, such as those with an alcohol base, may have some benefits in the short term, however, be cautious about long-term use. Specific mouthrinses, such as chlorhexidinebased rinses, have targeted uses, such as if you have a gum infection. Once again, these mouthrinses should only be used short term as they can eventually stain the teeth and often change taste perception with long-term use. Mouthrinses have specific uses, so they should be used according to need. Your dentist can

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PALLIATIVE CARE WEEK

What matters most when the horizon is getting closer? Talking about your end-of-life care is important Tracey Johnstone

HAVE you thought about what are the most important things in your life that you want protected if you are faced with a life-limiting illness or something untoward happened to you? These are tough questions for many of us to answer. It’s a confronting concept to be planning for the end of our life but by having the conversations now, we can trust in our wishes being implemented at a critical time when it may not possible for us to voice what we want and how we want it done. What matters most to you? Writing down or recording your thoughts will help you to start the process. Consider travel, food, laughter, pets and music, mementos, family trinkets, experiences, your funeral, medical support, Power of Attorney, finances, substitute decision makers, friends,

family and anything else you want to add to your list. Getting your thoughts recorded and then verbally sharing them with others could turn into an interesting journey as you reveal to yourself new elements of your character, perhaps challenge yourself to re-prioritise your choices and goals, and even revive long-repressed wishes. Palliative Care Australia’s chief executive officer Liz Callaghan said where a person talks openly to their family and doctors they are more likely to get the care they want. “If you don’t have these conversations, we believe you can end up receiving care you don’t necessarily want because you haven’t been asked or you haven’t volunteered that information for yourself, or not receiving the care you do want,” Ms Callaghan said. Don’t wait until it’s too late It’s not about waiting

until the end of your life that Ms Callaghan is advocating; she wants you to start planning the details now so you can use those plans to start a conversation with your significant others and then get on with living life to the full. You can then return to those conversations over time as circumstances change. “There is a very strong consensus among Australians that talking about their end of life care is important, should something happen, but most haven’t had the conversation,” Ms Callaghan said. Anything can happen to anyone at end time, she reminds us. “You might see something on the television and say ‘I would love to experience that one day’ or ‘I would never want to live like that if that happened to me’,” Ms Callaghan said. “Continually exploring those ideas with your family is the first step.

“It’s really about understanding and thinking about what you want.” To find ideas on how to start the conversation, go to www.dyingtotalk.org.au where there is a range of tools to help you put together your ‘what matters most’ list. What is palliative care? “It is about helping people live their life as

fully and as comfortably as possible when living with a life-limiting or terminal illness,” Ms Callaghan said. “Part of that is caring for them at the very end when they do die. “The majority of care is provided for those who can still achieve many things.” The care, which is available to anyone of any

age, is often also provided to family members and carers. “The aim of palliative care is to help people live as long as they can in a quality way,” Ms Callaghan said. Palliative Care Australia’s website has fact sheets and videos on www.palliativecare.org.au to help you start the conversations.


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SPOTLIGHT ON THE SENSES: ARTHRITIS

Take an active role in managing your arthritis Osetoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common COMING to terms with what arthritis is and how it can be managed will greatly help sufferers to live a well life. Out of the 100 forms of arthritis, which affects the body’s joints causing pain and stiffness, the two most prevalent for ageing Australians are osetoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis It’s the most common form of arthritis, with two million Australians living every day with the incurable condition. Once considered a ‘wear and tear’ condition, Arthritis Australia policy manager Franca Marine said there has been a significant shift in knowledge and approach to osteoarthritis. It is now considered a breakdown in the normal repair processes of a joint. “There are lots of micro-tumors in the joint and it’s constantly repairing itself,” Ms Marine said. “It’s when that repair process either gets overwhelmed, such as when you have had a traumatic injury to the joint or the constant onslaught of minor things, that’s when you start to get osteoarthritis.” Osteoarthritis is usually diagnosed clinically by your GP. Treatments:

■ Reduce your weight to take pressure off your joints. “Every extra kilo of weight you carry puts an extra four kilos of load on your knees,” Ms Marine said. “Even minor weight loss has been shown to reduce the symptoms and pain.” ■ Keep physically active. “It encourages blood flow to the joints which nourishes the joints and strengthens the muscles around the joint to give them extra support,” Ms Marine said. “Research shows physical activity has the same benefits as taking anti-inflammatory medicines or other pain killers, but without any of the side effects.” To find out what exercise you should be doing, Ms Marine recommends you talk to a physiotherapist or exercise physiologist. Rheumatoid arthritis The auto-immune, inflammatory and incurable condition is commonly diagnosed before the age of 50. While reducing weight and keeping physically active are part of the treatment program, so too are medications. “The sooner you treat this condition, the better your outcomes are going to be in terms of reducing the severity of the condition in the longer term,” Ms Marine said. “If someone over 60 is

ARTHRITIS UPDATE: Don’t assume it’s just old age.

experiencing stiffness in their fingers, especially if it’s in both hands equally, or both feet equally, and they are particularly stiff for a long time in the morning for more than 30 minutes and their hot and swollen, they should go and see a doctor as soon as possible to eliminate the possibility of rheumatoid arthritis. “Don’t assume it’s just old age.” The risk factors for this condition are smoking, which can also impede its treatment, and possibly genetics. Diagnosis usually starts with a visit to a GP who

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will then refer you to a rheumatologist. Ms Marine said there is no evidence to support a particular food being an arthritis trigger, but once you have the condition, turning to a healthy diet can help you manage both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Knowledge advancements There is newly started research looking at the microbiomes, which are the communities of bacteria in the gut, and their possible impact on inflammatory arthritis. Ms Marine expects it take up to five years

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before the researchers can determine if there is a link. Researchers are also looking at how the treatment of arthritis can be personalised. The first step is the establishment of a biobank to collect specimens from people with arthritis so that researchers can search across the specimens for markers that may impact on the development or progression of the condition. “The data will then be matched with clinical data for that person so that you know how severe the condition is when they

developed it, what the risk factors were, how they were treated, what their response to the treatment was, so that you can then try to find what is the best treatment pathway based on a person’s own physical make-up,” Ms Marine said. “At the moment we don’t really know which of the medicines available are going to best for a particular person. It’s a bit of trial and error.” Arthritis Australia’s updated website has extensive resources on arthritis diagnosis and treatments. Visit arthritis australia.com.au.

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Living SUNNY DAYS: Hua Hin, the Royal Resort town on the Gulf of Thailand, three hours from Bangkok, is laidback enough to feel like a beach town but has all the modern conveniences of a Western city.

Your ticket to affordable beach living in retirement Many Baby Boomers anticipate having to work beyond age 65

JOURNALIST ALISON HOUSTON A PLANE ticket could be the answer to Australia’s spiralling cost of living which makes you think you can never afford to retire in comfort. According to News Corp’s 2017 Ready to Retire Study, more than 50% of Baby Boomers anticipate having to work beyond 65, and one in 10 don’t think they’ll be able to afford to retire at all. Global wealth and retirement consultant Mercer similarly found more than 60% of retirees face running out of money before they die, with most people’s savings only enough to last 14 years beyond retirement. Charities say that many pensioners are already struggling to meet their

everyday bills and put food on the table. But the solution might not be so unpalatable with International Living suggesting overseas retirement can significantly cut costs and it’s possible to have “a laidback retirement in the sun on a budget of as little as $1325 a month”. “Look in the right places and you’ll discover Baby Boomers can retire – and retire well – in idyllic beach towns, for less than the cost of daily life back home,” International Living’s executive editor Eoin Bassett said. They have put forward three Asian locations in which expat retirees report they are enjoying healthy, fulfilling lifes on a modest budget – Da Nang in Vietnam, Sanur in Bali and Hua Hin, Thailand. Da Nang is central Vietnam’s biggest city and is located on the coast of

the Eastern Sea. Despite a population of about one million people, it is clean, modern and progressive, boasts a 28km-long beach with promenade and numerous parks and is generally considered the most liveable city in Vietnam. Gary Stapleton, 64, has been living in Da Nang since 2013 on a budget of about $1300 a month. He rents a three-bedroom furnished house in An Thuong District, less than 1km from the beach, for which he pays $470 a month rent. “Honestly, after living here, going back to Australia full-time would be disappointing,” he said. “People here have a great deal of respect for older people – I like that. “Vietnam is also much more vibrant, entertaining and interesting, plus, I love the beaches and the

laidback lifestyle here.” International Living states a couple could live comfortably in Da Nang on a budget of about $1325 per month, including rent, utilities, food, frequent meals out and incidentals. Sanur, on the south-east tip of the Indonesian holiday isle of Bali, is described as “just the right balance of familiar Western comforts and Balinese culture”. According to International Living, a couple can live on as little as $1500 a month in this small beachside town with its good restaurants, quiet cafés and white sand beaches; $2500 if you want to live the high life. Gold Coaster Josephine Brierley and her husband Rob fell in love with Bali in 2004, holidayed there repeatedly, and moved there 18 months ago. “Days pass easily, beginning with a long walk

on the beach,” Josephine said. “We make time to discover new places and there is never a month when we don’t have family or friends in town.” Sanur also has a big expat community and Josephine said Bali gave them a simpler, less cluttered life to enjoy the little things like reading, talking and relaxing. Hua Hin, the Royal Resort town on the Gulf of Thailand, three hours from Bangkok, has a beach lined with hotels and restaurants and boasts year-round temperatures in the mid-20s. With its population of about 85,000 people, it’s laidback enough to feel like a beach town but has all the modern conveniences of a western city, including health care. Michael Cullen and his wife Vivien moved there from

Brisbane in late 2015, having decided they were ready to retire but facing another 10-15 years of work to be able to afford to do so in Australia. They have embraced the beach lifestyle, verdant countryside, ancient ruins, cuisine and culture, as well as the friendliness of locals and expats alike. “We bought our own home here for $140,000 and live very well on a budget of about $2500 a month which allows us to continue to pursue our passion for travel,” Michael said. After Seniors News last spoke to Michael he had several people contact him, with one couple returning for a second visit in February, and another “well down the path of evaluating Thailand as their retirement destination”. For more ideas, go to internationalliving. com/au.

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Slow down ageing skin Dermatologist offers tips on delaying the ageing process Tracey Johnstone

TAKE the advice of an expert and use these tips for women and men for slowing down your skin’s ageing process. Melbourne dermatologist Dr Michelle Rodrigues reminds us to have on hand sunscreen, cleanser and moisturiser, but we don’t need to spend a lot on them to get a result. She recommends talking to your healthcare professional for help on navigating your way through the mire of cosmetic treatment choices for your face, because everyone’s skin is different. Sunscreen ●There’s no surprises when you hear the sage advice; “it’s never too late to start with a good sunscreen”. ●Aim for sunscreen with a SPF factor of 50 or more, and a label saying high UVA protection. ●The key here is UVA which does a lot more damage to the second

layer of the skin. “With regular sunscreen, we can to a degree, decrease the amount of sun spots and decrease the amount of pigmentation on the face,” Dr Rodrigues said. “It is over time going to actively improve the skin.” Add an active ingredient ●For your morning skin moisturising regime, and under your sunscreen, add niacinamide which comes in pharmacy over-the-counter products such as serum, gel and in creams. ●It should be in a concentration of five per cent or more. “It can actively provide antioxidants to the skin and actively try to prevent further UV damage, and help with pigmentation and small blemishes,” Dr Rodrigues said. Include Vitamin A It’s only available by prescription from your GP or dermatologist, but a Vitamin A derived tretinoin-based cream is another item to add to your skin repair shopping

list. “There are a lot of over-the-counter products that claim they contain retinol and vitamin A for anti-ageing, but the only one that has been proven scientifically to reverse the signs of ageing over about a six-month period is the tretinoin,” Dr Rodrigues said. “It decreases fine lines and wrinkles, helps with pigmentation and increases luminosity of the skin. It is a proven anti-ageing method that’s simple and effective, and inexpensive.” Skin care advances The newest laser technology can help rejuvenate men and women’s skin, decrease redness, decrease subtle pigmentation and fine lines. “There is some breakthrough, powerful technology that can help and in addition the creams, can yield quite nice results,” Dr Rodrigues said. But, a word of warning – because operating and licensing rules are different across Australia, be careful who you use for laser treatments. So, it’s best to start with your GP.

BETTER FACES: Looking at how you can slow down the effects on ageing skin. PHOTO: CECILIE_ARCURS

Aged care staff take flu vaccine THE Federal Government has announced that all residential aged care staff must have a flu injection. The government hopes this will help to see a significant reduction in the worrying number of reported cases among residents during this flu season. No details were provided in the announcement about how and when the vaccine program will

quickly and have devastating consequences,” Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt said. “I urge all Australians to have their flu shot, especially those who regularly visit loved ones living in aged care homes. “Every one of us has a responsibility to reduce the chance of spreading the virus among some of our most vulnerable citizens.”

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WINTER is nigh, and while temperatures in Queensland and Northern NSW are friendlier than those down south, it still gets cold enough to chill the bones of seniors and retirees who can indulge in a long escape to climates more agreeable. Ann Rickard tells of some of her favourite escapes and gives tips on how to enjoy winter sunshine on a budget. 1. COOK ISLANDS COASTAL lagoons and reefs, lush hinterland and volcanic mountains mean paradise around every corner. That’s not counting the warm welcome from locals. Street food and

places to escape winter public buses will keep you on-budget for a long stay. A must-do; attend church. The melodic and harmonious singing of the parishioners will give you goose bumps. 2. ELLIS BEACH, QUEENSLAND JUST north of Cairns, this beach is home to a friendly caravan park/camping ground right on the water. You could stay here for the entire winter in a caravan or rent one of the self-contained beach-front bungalows. It’s a laid-back, dreamy place, and there is the iconic pub across the road serving hearty food at cheap prices. 3. PORT DOUGLAS GUARANTEED warmth without the humidity, this luxury escape can be done on a budget if you do your research. A self-contained apartment for a

long-term stay is good for those who like space and home cooking, but there are a number of camp-sites that will welcome you and your tent/campervan at senior-friendly prices. 4. DARWIN NO-ONE wants to be in Darwin in the summer, but the winter months? A different story all together. A self-contained apartment is best. You have space and comfort and can shop at the Mindil Beach Night Markets for produce to cook or better still eat at the food stalls. 5. GREEK ISLANDS A LONG way to go but if you want day after day of sunshine, blue skies and warm sea-water, this is your stuff. Some of the lesser known islands (Karpathos, Samos, Skiathos) are budget-friendly, especially if you seek modest family run

establishments willing to give discounts for long-term stays. 6. TOWNSVILLE DRIER than its northern counterpart Cairns, it still has a magical tropical ambience. It’s a perfect town/city place to base yourself throughout the winter. There’s the Esplanade to browse and wander and all the sandy beaches of Magnetic Island just a ferry-ride away. 7. VIETNAM YOU get so much bang for your buck in Vietnam it’s almost embarrassing. Luxury hotels are a fraction of the cost in other Asian countries and the choices are many. Food, if you eat at the myriad street stalls, costs next to nothing. With three different weather systems you are best to plan carefully. There is plenty to enjoy in this vibrant country.

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Rarotonga tells its story

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HE ARRIVES looking menacing in traditional tribal cloak and headdress fashioned from jungle materials. A proud warrior. Larger than life. But we soon discover he is simply a fierce protector of history, family and the community he holds dear. He puts us all at ease with his funny anecdotes and friendly demeanour, telling us that despite his long-winded tribal name “you can call me Danny”. Animated in his storytelling, he takes the United Nations-like audience on an enlightening cultural journey. His family. His heritage. His story. Rarotonga’s Highland Paradise Cultural Centre Sunset Cultural Night is much more than a glimpse into a 600-year-old Cook Islands village. The dancers, musicians, chefs, barmen and guides are all

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descendants of Ariki (High Chief) Tinomana – the last highland king – and his four wives. Together, they ensure his spirit, his descendants and this special mountain paradise remain at the forefront of island storytelling through Drums of Our Forefathers. The great warrior and cannibal was much-feared until one of the first Tahitian missionaries to the country converted the king to Christianity. Tinomana’s epiphany

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expertise. By consulting the world’s top travel professionals, Flight Network has produced the most reliable and precise bucket list for the modern era – meant to captivate and inspire travellers all over the world. But don’t just take our word for it – dive into this list yourself. Pack your bags and book a flight to the wonders of an African safari, the gorgeous purple night skies of the Sahara, ancient ruins infused with power, and crystallised waters begging you to dive in. This comprehensive list will transport you from the otherworldly landscapes of Iceland to the sensational views of French Polynesia, Bali, Melbourne, New Zealand, Fiji, Greek Islands, Singapore, South African capes, Oceania, Europe, Asia, Africa, USA, Australia, Caribbean, and everywhere in between.

1. Take a wildlife safari in Africa. Gambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Africa. 2. Embark on an expedition to Antarctica. 3. See The Northern Lights, Iceland, Sweden, Canada, Norway, Africa. 4. Trek to Machu Picchu, Peru. 5. Sail the Galapagos Islands, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Visit the pyramids in Giza, Egypt.

6. Lose yourself in the streets of Paris, France. 7. Stay in an over-water bungalow, Maldives, French Polynesia, Fiji. 8. Gorilla trekking in Central Africa, Virunga National Park, Rwanda, DR Congo. 9. Explore otherworldly Iceland. 10. Go island hopping in Greece, Europe. 11. Visit the Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States. 12. Explore Western Cape, South Africa. 13. Dive and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Australia. 14. Walk around the ruins of Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia. 15. See the Taj Mahal, Agra, India.

16. Tour vineyards in Bordeaux, France. 17. Sleep under the stars in the Sahara Desert, Morocco. 18. Experience amazing Bali, Indonesia. 19. Take a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey. 20. Take an Alaskan Cruise, Alaska, United States. 21. Visit the Pyramids in Giza, Egypt. 22. Swim with whale sharks, Mexico, Rangiroa, Bora Bora, Isla de Mujeres, Donsol, Tahiti, Fakarava, Philippines. 23. Soak up city life in the Big Apple, New York City, United States.


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TOP LEFT: The Great Wall of China, Huairou, China; (centre) walk around Historic Havana, Cuba; (right) trek to Machu Picchu, Peru; and (above) stay in an over-water bungalow in the Maldives, French Polynesia or Fiji.

24. Visit Petra, Jordan. 25. The Great Wall of China, Huairou, China. 26. Volunteer at an elephant sanctuary, Hohenwald – Tennessee, Chiang Mai – Thailand, Kenya –Africa. 27. Trek to Mount Everest Base Camp, Kathmandu, Himalayas, Nepal. 28. Ignite your senses in Tokyo, Japan. 29. Visit New Zealand’s South Island, New Zealand. 30. Drive the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. 31. Visit the Amazon Rainforest, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia. 32. The Canadian Rocky Mountains, British Columbia, Banff Alberta, Canada. 33. Hike Through Volcanoes in Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii. 34. Explore the Australian Outback, Flinders Ranges, South Australia, Alice Springs, Australia. 35. Swim in the Dead Sea, Israel. 36. Soak in the Salt Flats in Bolivia, Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. 37. Visit Tiger’s Nest, Paro Taktsang, Bhutan. 38. Watching Polar Bears roam, Canada, Norway, Greenland, Russia. 39. Visit The Mayan Ruins, Mexico, Guatelama, Belize. 40. Take in the astonishing Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. 41. Walk around historic Havana, Cuba.

42. Take a slum tour in India, Delhi, India. 43. Soak up the sun in Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia. 44. Marvel at nature on the Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii, United States. 45. Ride The Glacier Express, Switzerland, Europe. 46. Take in the sights in Rome, Italy. 47. Watch a centre court match at Wimbledon, United Kingdom. 48. Drink a beer at Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany. 49. Stay in an Ice Hotel, Sweden, Canada, Finland. 50. Experience Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

Visit the Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States.

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Prague the magical city

Artistic heritage reflects the path into new millennium Erle Levey

PRAGUE ... it’s said to be the city of 100 spires. In fact there are more than 400 spires in this bewitching city. And surprises at every turn. One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Prague as the capital of the Czech Republic has witnessed the tramp of history, especially through the struggle for self-determination and nationhood. And while fellow travellers return with wonderful accounts it is so much better to see it for yourself, in your own time. It’s more hilly than expected and road tunnels are used in the city to good effect. But don’t even think of driving in the old city ... the streets are narrow and the temperament of fellow road users an unknown factor. Besides, it is a city made for walking. And it has a cheap and efficient public transport system. The River Vltava, that reflects so much of the city’s beauty, is wider than you think it will be. Each of Prague’s districts has its own characteristic atmosphere and unique charm. It presents as a changeable city, one that likes to alternate styles: it is romantic and successful, ancient and modern. It is also the historical capital of Bohemia. Situated in the north-west of the country, the city is home to about 1.26 million people while its larger urban zone is estimated to have a population of nearly two million. This is in a country of about 10 million. The city has warm summers and chilly winters. Indeed, the river is known to ice up. Prague has been a political, cultural, and economic centre of central Europe with waxing

and waning fortunes during its 1100-year existence. Founded during the Romanesque and flourishing by the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque eras, Prague was an important city to the Habsburg Monarchy and its Austro-Hungarian Empire. After World War I it became the capital of the newly-created Czechoslovakia. The city played major roles in the Bohemian and Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years’ War, and in 20th-century history, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era. Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of war-torn Europe. These include the gothic Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock and the Church of St Nicholas in the Lesser Town, the most beautiful Baroque church in Prague. Then there are the winding lanes of the Jewish Quarter, made famous by the novels of Franz Kafka. Closed to road traffic, the 621metre-long Charles Bridge was started in 1357 under King Charles IV and made Prague important as a trade route between Eastern and Western Europe. Among the sculptures found on the bridge is that of Saint John of Nepomuk, the patron saint of bridges. He refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional with the confessor of the queen of Bohemia, and at the behest of King Wenceslaus was thrown from the bridge and drowned. In modern times it has become traditional to touch the bridge here; this is held to bring good fortune and to ensure that the visitor will return to

BREATHTAKING: Looking towards the Church of St Nicholas in the Lesser Town, Prague.

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The River Vltava with Prague Castle on the skyline.

Public transport in Prague is efficient and economical.

the city of Prague. Installed in the year 1410, the 600-year-old astronomical clock is the world’s oldest still in operation. Mounted on the southern wall of Old Town Hall in the Old Town Square, the clock mechanism has three main components: the astronomical dial, representing the position of the sun and moon in the sky and displaying various astronomical details; statues of various Catholic saints stand on either side of the clock; The Walk of the Apostles, a clockwork hourly show of figures of the Apostles and other moving sculptures – notably a

than 10 major museums, along with numerous theatres, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. The National Gallery for the centre of Modern and Contemporary Art has four vast floors that house a wonderfully impressive collection of 19th to 21st century European and Czech art. A full day can easily be spent wandering around this museum but on the third floor is where you will find 19th to 20th century French art (some Rodin, Gauguin, and Van Gogh) and Czech art from 1900 to 1930 – most notably Frantisek Kupka. The fourth floor showcases the works of

figure of death, represented by a skeleton, striking the time; and a calendar dial with medallions representing the months. Legend has it the the city will suffer if the clock is neglected and its good operation is placed in jeopardy. Accordingly, it is undergoing maintenance at the moment but is expected to be started again in June this year. The thing about Prague is you can wander and stumble upon absolute treasures. Whether it be the intercontinental train station or a cafe off Wenceslas Square. The city boasts more

various intriguing Czech artists such as Josef Myslbek, Josef Manes, and Julius Marak, including Art Nouveau sculptures, beaming portraits and lush landscapes, while the first floor displays Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Picasso. Yet, on this day, the ground floor featured the Slav Epic, an exhibition of works by Czech painter Alfons Mucha depicting the struggle of the Slav people through history. In a way that part of the building says a lot about the present-day Prague. Large windows open to the street displaying the transparency and a confidence for the next millennium.

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via Charleville’s Cosmos Centre before arriving at Longreach, a town that encapsulates the history and culture of outback Queensland. The Longreach tour includes the Stockmans Hall of Fame, the

multi-million dollar Qantas Museum, School of the Air and the Thompson River Sunset Cruise. Your outback journey would not be not complete without a trip to Winton, home to the

world’s largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils and the rebuilt Waltzing Matilda Centre. From the Outback you venture to the sea at Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, believed to be

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Financial advice in the spotlight THE harrowing tales of gross financial misconduct emanating from the Royal Commission into the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry have once again raised huge concerns about Australia’s financial advice industry. They’ve included sensational revelations of big banks and financial institutions such as AMP providing questionable if not fraudulent advice, charging for advice not given, and even charging fees to the accounts of deceased customers.

system, especially in the quality of advice being delivered. But, let’s face it, it would be wrong to tar all financial advisers with the same brush. There are many very good advisers out there that do act responsibly and in the best interests of their clients. What can you do? If you use the services of a financial adviser, or are planning to, the cornerstones of your relationship should always be based around transparency and trust. Transparency is all about the adviser explaining how they operate, and exactly why they are recommending a specific investment strategy or financial products. There has to be very clear reasons, and there should

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never be unanswered questions around fees and commissions. ■ If your adviser will not charge a flat fee for their service, walk away. And don’t be afraid to ask them about their own financial plan, including the level and types of insurance held. ■ A good strategy should be very detailed and take all your financial goals and needs into account. ■ If the adviser is recommending you buy direct shares, you need to be sure you are comfortable with the degree of risk involved, and how this might impact you over the long term. If they are recommending a more passive investing approach through exchange-traded funds, ask for an explanation of the risks and benefits

over the medium to long term. ■ Don’t establish a self-managed super fund just because your adviser recommends you do. The fact is that not everyone needs their own fund, and most people can get the investment control they need without having one. Financial adviser Theo Marinis said one strategy is to appoint an adviser who is around five years younger than you, which makes sense if you are close to retirement. “Remember, super is tax-free from 60; so if your potential adviser is aged 59, they may harbour a plan to retire very soon,” Mr Marinis said. “You may wish to know who will be left behind to help you if you intend to stay on until age 67. Are there competent younger

people working with your adviser?” Your first step should be to call and book an initial appointment, and tell the financial adviser you have prepared a list of questions you would like to send them via email. Do this at least a couple of weeks before your meeting. You should be able to get a sense of how appropriate your potential, or existing, adviser is for you, based on their response. If they don’t respond at all, that’s obviously a bad sign. If they don’t answer all your questions, ask for more clarification. And if you’re still not satisfied, it’s probably time to seek another adviser. Tony Kaye is the Editor of InvestSMART. www. investsmart.com.au

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Then there’s the case of a high-profile financial planning firm that provided misleading advice to a member of the Fair Work Commission (after impersonating her to gain personal details from her superannuation fund) that, if acted upon, would have resulted in a $500,000 loss. The motive was pure and simple – the ability to earn large fees and commissions. Don’t be unduly surprised. It’s clear that the efforts aimed at cleaning up the advice industry, including the government ban on product commissions and volume-based payments introduced in 2015, have only scraped off the tip of the iceberg. There are still major flaws in the advice


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Credit record on report

Comprehensive credit reporting kicks in from July PAYING bills on time always makes good financial sense, but with comprehensive credit reporting due to kick off from July 1, it just became a lot more important. Whenever you apply for credit – and this can include opening a new mobile phone or gas/electricity account – the service provider is likely to take a look at your credit history. At present, this shows any applications you’ve made for credit as well as negative information like unpaid bills, overdue accounts and loan defaults. These details can stay on your credit history for years, potentially making it difficult to secure a competitively priced loan. Yet people often don’t know they have a tarnished credit record until they’re knocked back for a loan. This system is set to change from July 1 when “comprehensive” credit reporting is due to kick in. The proposed

than ever to pay bills on time. In our busy lives it can be easy to overlook bill payment dates. Setting up an automatic direct debit can help, or if you have a credit card debt, it can be worth asking your bank whether an automatic payment system is available. These autopay systems usually let you choose between paying the closing balance of your card, the minimum payment or a set sum each month. If you regularly struggle to meet bills for utilities like power and gas, ask your energy provider about “bill smoothing”. This is where you work out your total power bill for the last year, divide it by 12 and then pay a monthly sum into your energy account. A lot of people say it is far more manageable than paying a large quarterly bill.

THINK MONEY PAUL CLITHEROE legislation calls for our big financial institutions to provide details of positive as well as negative events, and up to 24 months of debt repayment history can be recorded on your personal credit file. It may all sound a bit “big brother”, however the new credit reporting changes will give lenders a more rounded picture of your credit history. Paying bills and loan repayments on time will reflect favourably on your credit report and hopefully make it easier to secure credit. On the flipside, consistently dragging the chain with bills can make it harder to get a loan. Positive credit reporting has been in place overseas for some time, and anecdotally, borrowers often use a

CREDIT REPORTING: The proposed legislation calls for financial institutions to provide details of positive and negative events, and up to 24 months of debt repayment history can be recorded on your personal credit file. PHOTO: ZORAN ZEREMSKI

strong credit rating to negotiate a lower interest rate. While July 1 is still a few

months away, the big banks have already begun compiling details of your repayment history in

readiness for the new system to come into effect on July 1. That makes it more important

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.

Are you receiving what you paid for?

WITH the Royal Commission under way into the big banks and large financial institutions, the news has been rather shocking. Here’s a look as some of the legal obligations a financial adviser is under to provide financial advice to clients. What is an ongoing financial advice fee? An ongoing advice fee is an amount you pay your adviser or their licensee to receive ongoing advice services for a period of more than 12 months. Some ongoing advice services are worth more than others based on the service you receive. Make sure you understand exactly what you are paying for. Your ongoing service agreement is a legal contract that should set out what you will or will not receive for the fees you are paying. An ASIC investigation into the advice practices of Australia’s biggest banks and financial institutions found that over 330,000 customers may have paid more than $200 million for ongoing financial advice that they didn’t

GOOD ADVICE: What are the legal obligations a financial adviser is under when providing financial advice to clients. PHOTO: SELECTSTOCK

receive. This figure is based on the banks’ own estimates. How to check you are getting the right level of service Your ongoing service agreement may include newsletters or other financial education, but the most important thing it should include is an annual or bi-annual advice review. Your annual advice review should include discussions with your adviser about:

■ any changes to your income, expenses, assets or liabilities ■ changes to personal insurance cover and whether your current cover is still appropriate ■ how you are tracking against stated goals ■ changes to your goals or personal circumstances ■ how changes to legislation, the economy, or financial products could affect your financial plan going forward ■ whether any

adjustments need to be made to your financial plan. Check your fee disclosure statement If you are paying ongoing advice fees, for a period of more than 12 months, you must receive an annual fee disclosure statement. This requirement has been in place since July 2013 but may not apply to advice agreements made before this date. The statement must contain information from the previous

12-month period. Renewing your ongoing advice arrangement In addition to a fee disclosure statement, if you signed a statement of advice from July 1, 2013, you must also be provided with an “opt-in” renewal notice for your ongoing fee arrangement every two years. This means that if you receive a renewal notice and you do nothing, your adviser must assume you no longer want to receive ongoing advice and must

stop charging you ongoing advice fees. For more detailed information you can go to: moneysmart.gov.au. For more Information contact Mark Digby at Maher Digby Securities Pty Ltd – Financial Advisers – AFSL No. 230559 (see advertisement Page 3). Phone 5441 1266 or visit our website www.maherdigby.com.au. This document was prepared without taking into account any person’s particular objectives, financial situation or needs. It is not guaranteed as accurate or complete and should not be relied upon as such. Maher Digby Securities does not accept any responsibility for the opinions, comments, forward looking statements, and analysis contained in this document, all of which are intended to be of a general nature. Investors should, before acting on this information, consider the appropriateness of this information having regard to their personal objectives, financial situation or needs. We recommend consulting a financial advisor.


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Coriander…love it or hate it? BE THRIFTY AND THRIVE NICKY NORMAN aldehyde chemicals, which is also present in soap. Others experience an unpleasant aroma, like sweaty socks. The health benefits of coriander can include: the treatment of skin inflammation, high cholesterol levels, diarrhoea, mouth ulcers, anaemia, indigestion, menstrual disorders, smallpox, conjunctivitis, skin disorders, and blood sugar disorders, while also benefiting eye care. Unfortunately, some people (like me) have a severe reaction to

Delicious broad beans BROAD beans, sometimes referred to as faba or fava beans, are a great source of fibre and protein as well as containing vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Broad beans (Vicia faba) are a fantastic bean to sow during May that will yield heavy crops of beans in about 4–5 months. Yates® Broad Bean Early Long Pod is a vigorous variety that produces long 20–25cm well filled pods. In a sunny spot in a well-drained garden bed, sow seeds 4cm deep into moist soil that’s been enriched with some Yates Dynamic Lifter® Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.

Don’t water again until the seedlings emerge in about two weeks. Limiting watering helps to reduce the chance of seeds rotting before they germinate. Yates Broad Bean Early Long Pod will need to be planted next to or within a support as the plants can grow up to 2m tall and become heavy when covered in their large pods. Supports can be constructed from tomato stakes or bamboo poles and strong garden twine. To encourage a great harvest, as soon as the broad bean seedlings are established start feeding each week with plant food.

coriander. In fact, it has spoilt many an evening out, not knowing what was causing the pain. Sometimes unbearable …. not dissimilar to childbirth. How is it so, that a small healthy looking herb could be a villain in disguise? I believe it is the seed more so than the foliage that is the real issue for me, but none-the-less it’s horrible either way. A coriander allergy is an immune system reaction to parts of the coriander plant, including the leaves and the whole or ground seeds. It may be caused by oral allergy syndrome. Many spice allergies are a result of oral allergy syndrome, or a pollen-food allergy. Coriander is related to the birch tree,

so people allergic to birch pollen may experience a mild and brief allergic reaction, such as itchy or tingling lips, severe stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain and constipation. It may also affect the respiratory system, causing wheezing and trouble breathing. Like most allergies, it may take some time to discover the cause and then realise that avoidance is key. For me, that means being vigilant and on coriander alert! Facebook has a page dedicated to the passionate people who can’t stand the humble herb. Love it or hate it, the “I hate coriander page” is a good laugh. Check it out, go to: facebook. com/ihatecoriander/.

NOT SO HAPPY HERB: Coriander is used in food as a condiment, flavour enhancer and even as a garnish. PHOTO: KITZCORNER

Tasty chorizo and broad bean bruschetta TRY growing some broad beans in your own garden. Some of nature’s best gifts are in abundance right now, so enjoy them in this fresh dish.

INGREDIENTS

★ Sourdough baguette ★ Two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ★ One garlic clove, halved ★ Two chorizo sausages, thinly sliced diagonally ★ 200g fresh or frozen broad beans, skins removed ★ One tablespoon sherry vinegar ★ 50g soft feta,

SIMPLE AND TASTY: Impress with a delicious chorizo and broad bean bruschetta.

crumbled ★ 1/4 cup small mint leaves

METHOD

Step 1 - Heat a char-grill on high. Use a serrated knife to cut the baguette into 1.5cm-thick slices. Brush each bread slice

lightly with half the oil. Cook the bread slices on the char-grill for 1-2 minutes each side or until lightly charred. Remove from heat. Rub the hot bread with the cut side of garlic. Set aside. Step 2 - Heat a large

frying pan over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, turning occasionally, for 5 minutes or until golden brown and heated through. Add the broad beans, vinegar and remaining oil and gently toss until well combined. Remove from heat. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Step 3 - Spoon the chorizo mixture onto the toasted bread slices. Sprinkle the bruschetta with feta and mint leaves and serve immediately. For more recipes, go to: taste.com.au.

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IS IT tasty or terrible... and before you answer, remember looks can be deceiving. Coriander is a green leafy herb also known as cilantro or chinese parsley. It’s used in a variety of meals and adored by some and despised by others. I’m definitely in the latter on this one! All parts of the plant are edible but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the parts most traditionally used in cooking. The leaves have a different taste from the seeds. Some people find the leaves to have a pleasant citrus taste, while a small percentage experience a soapy taste. This has been linked to a gene which detects


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Praise and applause for Maggie’s performance A great voice has kept this singer in the limelight By Ann Rickard

AGE DEFYING: Maggie Britton has maintained her beautiful looks with an unusual beauty product.

RUBBING a few drops of olive oil on your face at night is not a beauty tip you hear often today, but it has kept entertainer Maggie Britton looking beautiful for more than four decades. She uses good quality Australian olive oil and believes it is every bit as beneficial as an expensive night cream. “There is so much fuss these days about products,” Maggie said. “I used to wash my hair with Velvet Soap and use it in the bath. Now buying any beauty product is confusing.” Many seniors would agree with her. With a “bop till you drop” philosophy, and a no-frills approach to beauty routines, Maggie Britton is an entertainer who keeps on keeping on, and getting better with it. Her long and prolific career began in the 1960s with Brian Henderson on Bandstand and still continues today. Her many hits include Come on Down, Morning Dew and the country classic Reuben James. She has performed with The Bee Gees, Robin Gibb, Peter Sellers, Kenny Rogers, Glen Campbell, The Mama’s and Papa’s, The Temptations and the Three Degrees. She is also a coach, mentor, presenter and compere.

Maggie is an entertainer, coach, mentor, presenter and compere.

A highlight of her long career was performing at a Royal Command Performance in London. “The Royal Command Performance was a real thrill,” she said. “I was singing my own compositions. I was lucky enough to have my mother, my aunt and my son come from Australia to see it, it was wonderful.” Although Maggie is reluctant to single out any particular famous person she has worked with, she does have a special fondness for Peter Sellers. “He was a terrific person,” she said. “When I met him, he was such a big star. The press were giving him all the attention. He made sure he pulled me over and got me included in things…he didn’t have to do that.” Maggie says what keeps her going and performing is firstly her love of music, but also

meeting people and being invited to places and events. “Performing is like a vitamin pill to me,” she said. “When I have to perform, I kick into a different mindset, a different gear. “The wonderful thing about music is you get to meet amazing people, you get invited to places you’d never think go to. I’ve been Kazakhstan twice (for music festivals), I would have never thought to go there in a million years, but it was a wonderful country. I’ve been to Egypt which I loved and Turkey…places I never would have taken myself to.” Easier places to get to are the Gold Coast, Hervey Bay and the Sunshine Coast where Maggie will perform arrangements of music from the Great American Songbook as well as Latin jazz and original tunes.

Off-Broadway play travels to Noosa theatre

LEDENDARY: Maggie Dence will be in Noosa during July.

ORGANISERS of NOOSA alive! (July 20–29) have pulled off another coup with the presentation of Marjorie Prime, an acclaimed off-Broadway play to run over July 24–25 at The J Theatre. The performance will be presented in association with Ensemble Theatre, Sydney, and stars Aussie theatre legend Maggie Dence as Marjorie. Written by Jordan Harrison (Orange is the New Black) and nominated for the Pulitzer

Prize, Marjorie Prime will also showcase some of Australia’s finest actors. The play is intimate in setting yet ambitious in scope. It delves into a world of artificial intelligence, robotics and virtual assistants but through the lens of the everyday, the every-woman and family. The benefits and joys that technology could bring but also the possible heartache, this play is about the impression we leave on

others, the details we remember, the stories we re-craft and the love we’re lucky to experience. This is a play for all demographics: those interested in the ways in which we rely on technology in our lives and both the challenges and rewards of that. And also for anyone who loves great theatre or great writing and enjoys a laugh as well as a cry. “Marjorie Prime is a four hander,” Maggie Dence said. “I play

Marjorie and there is my daughter, my husband and Walter, the hologram. The story is a bit of a mystery I think, a family saga about relationships. This is a warm and charming play with a really interesting twist. And the director and cast are fabulous, I’m so looking forward to the play and also visiting and performing in Noosa.’ NOOSA alive! is on from July 20–29. Go to: noosaalive. com.au for more information.


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Reviews

Love and loss in Eleanor’s Secret

THE story of Eleanor’s Secret is at once a surprising tale tangled with compelling love, an engrossing wartime mystery of past deceptions, family secrets and long-lasting love. It’s London in 1942. Art school graduate Eleanor Roy is recruited by the War Artists Advisory Committee and she comes one step closer to realising her dream of becoming one of the few female war artists. But breaking into the art establishment proves difficult until Eleanor meets painter, Jack Valante, only to be separated by his sudden posting overseas. Go forward to Melbourne in 2010. Although reluctant to leave her family at home, Kathryn can’t refuse her grandmother Eleanor’s request to travel to London to help her return a precious painting to its artist. When the search uncovers a long-held family secret, Kathryn has to make a choice to return home or risk her family’s future. Eleanor shows her that safe-guarding the future is sometimes worth more than protecting the past. Written by Australian author Caroline Beecham. Published by Allen & Unwin. RRP $29.99.

Freedom, love, rage and regret

FROM the best-selling author of Still Alice comes a powerful and heartbreakingly moving exploration of regret, forgiveness, freedom – and what it means to be alive. An accomplished concert pianist, Richard’s inspired performances received standing ovations from audiences all over the world. Every one of his fingers was a finely calibrated instrument, dancing across the keys and striking each note with exacting precision. That was eight months ago. Richard now has ALS, and his entire right arm is paralysed. The loss of his hand feels like a death, a loss of true love, a divorce – his divorce. As poignant and powerful as Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, Every Note Played is a masterful exploration of redemption and what it means to find peace inside of forgiveness. Published by Simon & Schuster. Paperback RRP $32.99 and ebook RRP $12.99.

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PANIC Room is Robert Goddard at his nerve-shredding best. A sliver of a mystery kicks off a juggernaut of a thriller. Layers of secrets, half-truths and lies must be peeled back to reveal what really lies within. Sometimes the danger is on the inside. High on a Cornish cliff sits a vast uninhabited mansion. Uninhabited except for Blake, a young woman of dubious background, secretive and alone, currently acting as house sitter. The house has a panic room. Cunningly concealed, steel lined, impregnable – and apparently closed from within. Even Blake doesn’t know it’s there. She’s too busy being on the run from life, from a story she thinks she’s escaped. Her remote existence is going to be invaded when people come looking for the house’s owner, missing rogue pharma entrepreneur, Jack Harkness Published by Bantam Press. RRP is $32.99.


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Across: 7 The Black Arrow. 8 Endocarp. 9 Bile. 10 Phobia. 12 Archer. 14 BBC. 15 Jingle. 17 Kismet. 19 Trey. 21 Diazepam. 23 Winnie The Pooh. Down: 1 Shanghai. 2 Absorb. 3 Tapa. 4 Skipjack. 5 Arabic. 6 Foil. 11 Aberdeen. 13 Elevator. 16 Guyana. 18 Steppe. 20 Rain. 22 Ashe.

GK CROSSWORD

Across: 6. Pensive 7. Choir 9. Dab 10. Irrigated 12. Ahead of time 15. Distressing 17. Tolerates 19. Ill 21. Cruel 22. Agonise. Down: 1. Began 2. Ask 3. Over 4. Thwarting 5. Dilemma 8. Minors 11. Shattered 13. Arenas 14. Rigours 16. Bliss 18. Edgy 20. Ant.

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 21 Very Good 29 Excellent 37

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

BLACKOUT

ALPHAGRAMS: PACED, QUINCE, REBATES, SALINATE, TRANSPIRE.

DOUBLE CROSS

QUICK CROSSWORD

R E

H C

SUDOKU

5x5 S T E W S

541

Down 1. Commenced (5) 2. Inquire (3) 3. Finished (4) 4. Frustrating (9) 5. Quandary (7) 8. Children (6) 11. Smashed (9) 13. Sporting venues (6) 14. Hardships (7) 16. Ecstasy (5) 18. Nervous (4) 20. Colony insect (3)

WORD GO ROUND

V

alive archive aver calve carve cave caver cavil chervil clave clavier crave curve evil halve have haver hive lave laver live liver rave ravel rival rive uvea uveal vail vale value valuer veal VEHICULAR veil vela velar vial vicar vice vile viral

U A

D

CAPED CINQUE BEATERS NIL AT SEA TERRAPINS

SOLUTIONS

22

WORD GO ROUND

L I

W

Note: more than one solution may be possible.

19

E R R E D

17

R A

16

T R

T

15

Across 6. Thoughtful (7) 7. Music group (5) 9. Wipe (3) 10. Watered (9) 12. Early (5,2,4) 15. Upsetting (11) 17. Permits (9) 19. Poorly (3) 21. Vicious (5) 22. Worry excessively (7)

E P

14

21

E

A

11 12

5/5

5x5

L E A R N

2

A L P H A

1

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C E G J Y X G J R L I G C P C

O K A Y L U N D E R N E A T H

B K M J K O A G P R D H V I I

W E B M A S T E R T E V I C T

E D L S W Z S I I Q F E A D C

B L I M E Y J R E S E A R C H

R G N X I N T R V O A E T W A

J O G C N E A T E N S B W E T

I Q T O S J N C U R I O H O Q

N I N E P I N S H U B O A T S

G R I D I U U F B H L F T E A

O C C U R J A G R E E M E N T

I P E X I N L Q A T F M V R E

S E L E N O L O G Y W H E R E

M G Y O G G Y I S I L J R J N

BLACKOUT

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

DOUBLE CROSS

U G N D R E R I N E C A T C H C O K G A Y

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

J I N G O I G N I E N S P I E I A N N U T S E N U S I B L O W H A T E T T S A

A G R E E M E N T O C C U R

H V E R R E E N I S E E L E I N O L L O A G Y

S Y G Y M


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