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Your Local Seniors’ Newspaper - Written for Seniors by Seniors

Vol 1 - Issue No 1

November 2013

1300 880 265

At last a local seniors paper !


Celebrating the arrival of their new local seniors newspaper are: (Left to right, back) Anne Slater, Janice Mills, Max Mills, Keith and Brenda Lindenmayer, Sylvia Osborne, Lyn Virgo, Carol Bateman, Jean Swineer, Mal Leslie. (Seated in front) Kate Purcell and Jill England See Story Page 2

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community news Toowoomba & Darling Downs

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At last a local seniors paper! SUCH exciting times are ahead for over 50s in the region now that you have your very own new free monthly seniors newspaper to embrace. Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper began in response to the numerous telephone requests from local people , who picked up our sister publication Brisbane Seniors Newspaper, while down there. You asked to have your own local over 50s newspaper like Brisbane people have been enjoying for over 10 years, and here it is at long last. Supported by Toowoomba Regional Council the paper will be your voice and serve as a vital link for organisations, community

groups and businesses who want to connect with you. If you are involved with a senior specific group and you want to let others know, who you are, what you do, where you meet, and how to join you, we would like to hear from you, so that we can publish your information as a priority. Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors is a free monthly newspaper, written by seniors for seniors. It will provide you with an abundance of local relevant information for over 50s living in the Toowoomba region and the towns of Gatton, Dalby and Warwick.

City Hall to light up for Christmas Carnival in Toowoomba CBD

Lifestyle .......................... Page 14

CITY Hall will light up this festive season as Law & Finance .............. Page 18 part of an expanded Christmas Carnival in Health ............................ Page 20 Toowoomba’s CBD. Toowoomba Regional Travel ............................. Page 25 Council Tourism and Events portfolio leader Crossword ..................... Page 30 Cr Geoff McDonald said this year’s Christmas Entertainment ................ Page 31 Carnival in the CBD would be launched on All Advertising, Editorial Thursday, December 5.” & Distribution enquiries: Entertainment and activities will start from 4.30pm near the Margaret and Ruthven streets Email: intersection with the Christmas tree lights P.O. Box 1062, Tewantin Q. 4565 turned on at 7pm,” Cr McDonald said.”Once Subscribe Now the Christmas tree is Only $36.30 for 1 year (11 Editions) subscription sparkling, the Harlaxton - includes GST & postage anywhere in Australia. Call 1300 880 265 RSL brass band will lead Toowoomba Seniors Online SOON Santa and his sleigh south along Ruthven Street to City Hall.”City Published monthly and distributed FREE across Hall’s new festive lights the Toowoomba & Darling Downs and decorations will be Also publishers of • Sunshine Coast Seniors Newspaper turned on and unveiled • Brisbane Seniors Newspaper • Gold Coast/Tweed Seniors Newspaper from 7.20pm. Printed by APN Print, Toowoomba “City Hall’s new displays Opinions expressed by contributors to Seniors Newspaper are not necessarily those of the editor or the owner/publisher and publication of advertisements have been arranged and implies no endorsement by the owner/publisher. installed by the Lions Club of Toowoomba West, which is the club Distrubed to libraries, clubs, shopping centres, select behind the spectacular chemists and newsagents, seniors and community centres, and successful senior specific groups, associations, over 50s complexes, Toowoomba’s Christmas Park Gardens. Wonderland in Queens aged care facilities and retirement villages. “Council is proud to join with the service club to offer a new display, including a nativity scene, for families to visit. “The light show will be on display to 10 o’clock each night until early in the New Year.” Cr McDonald said new

candy canes,” he said. “This will brighten sites along Ruthven Street and complement the other street and shop decorations. “A range of other entertainment is being planned for the launch evening with children invited to see

Santa and his sleigh near City Hall from 7.30pm. There will be giveaways, treats and face painting along with other performers until 8pm.” Cr McDonald said additional features would be announced in coming weeks.

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WE hope you like your newspaper and enjoy reading through the pages of this first issue of Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper. Because we are a free paper, we depend totally on advertising support to pay for the production of the paper and wages. Early in the New Year, we plan to employ more older people to help work with us on the paper. To achieve this all we ask is this. When you need to make a buying decision, please consider our advertisers in these pages first. It’s their money which pays for the publishing of your own local seniors paper each month. Without their advertising we wouldn’t be here. Can you also spread the word to businesses who you regularly shop with? ‘Not just any business though, we only want to talk to businesses who would benefit from advertising to the over 50s age bracket. If you know of a business that would be interested call Sylvia on 4635 0460 and if she’s not in to take your call please leave a message .

community news Remembrance Day - Armistice Day - 11th November

THE most significant thing about Armistice Day - or as it is now known - REMEMBRANCE DAY - is that it is has survived. And like Anzac Day, it has not only survived but also grown in importance in a seemingly materialistic and troubled world. So once a year we stop on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month; that moment in time that signified the end of World War I – the Great War to end all wars. On this day we pay homage to all those men and women who have fought not only in that war, but all subsequent wars and battles to protect our freedom. After four years of conflict from 1914 to 1918 , the people of the world believed they had learnt their lesson; never again would the world be devastated by such destruction and carnage. Sadly the people of the world were wrong, but that makes Remembrance Day all the more important in our never-ending quest for peace. But, what do we actually remember? What images do we carry in our

minds and in our hearts on this special day? The Flanders Poppy? The vibrant red flowers that blossomed in the churned up soil of the broad western front of the Great War; flowers nurtured by the blood of 33,000 soldiers, seeping into the ground? In all, 416,000 Australians fought in the Great War, 300,000 overseas. On the Western Front 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded or taken prisoner. Perhaps we dare to reflect back to our earliest memories of Remembrance Day. As a child I felt for the young man killed at 5 minutes to 11 O’Clock. I worried about his mother, who heard the news – The War is over – and she thought her son would be coming home safely. And I can never forget the story of the Officer, who survived the war, only to

Robert “Huey” James, one of nature’s gentlemen

Great War, but is any war different? Our men and women have fought in many battles since. Loved ones have been lost and many of us have witnessed the effects of war on those who have returned. A Telegram Boy on a bike no longer carries the news, but it is still the same news – a loss that a family lives with for the rest of their days. We now struggle to win a new type of war - the War on Terrorism. On this day, the important question

is: How can we best salute the men and women who have fought in these battles, some paying with their lives, others with their physical and spiritual health? They have given us the freedom and the lifestyle we enjoy today – and sometimes take for granted. Perhaps the answer is in these words I read recently: It is not enough just to take care of something, it is also important that it be used. These wise words suggest

it is not enough to just stop momentarily on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to dust off our memories, express our gratitude and pay our respects. We need to use the gift of freedom that our men and women have fought and died for – use it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year – every year. We must value every day, make it special, through interaction with our families, our friends, our jobs and

our community. To achieve this, we must also value ourselves. On Remembrance Day, it is not intended that we dwell on the gory details of war. We are only asked to remember that great sacrifices have been made. In return the greatest tribute we can offer to these men and women is to use their gift of freedom to live our lives to the best of our ability – and enjoy the journey. By Loma J. Spencer

be haunted for the rest of his life by the images of young soldiers, our young boys, some only fourteen and sixteen, crying out for their mothers in circumstances beyond our imagination; circumstances haunting and disturbing to hear about, and totally destructive to live through. ST LUKES 10.30am Saturday November 9th Do our emotions identify The Rector Rev.Dr. Jonathan Inkpenn invites serving with the families at home, and Ex Servicemen & women families and citizens of the mother watching the Toowoomba to attend the Church Parade to Comtelegram boy cycle up the memorate the 95th Anniversary of the signing of the road? She prays he will not Armistice 11/11/1918 to be held at St Lukes Church stop at her gate, yet feels Cnr Ruthven & Herries Streets at 1030 am Saturday guilty when he leans his November 9th. The National Flag and Ensigns of the bike on next-door’s front Australian Defence Force and Merchant Marine will fence. Later she will go in be paraded by Ex Servicemen and the Guest Speaker to comfort her neighbour will be the Rt.Rev’d Len Eacott AM KSJ the former for the loss of her son Bishop to the Australian Defence Force.For further ‘killed in action.’ For the information contact Bill Hills OAM phone 4636 1088 moment she has a reprieve; there is still hope her son will come home. Time and memory have MOTHERS Memorial 10.30am Monday Nov 11th distanced us from much of The Memorial Service to Commemorate the 95th signing of the Armistice 11/11/1918 will be held at the the personal side of the Mothers’ Memorial Margaret St at 1030am Monday November 11th The Guest Speaker will be Miss Keinne William Cadet Leading Seaman Australian Naval Cadets, Senior Student St Ursulas College and 2013 recipient of the Toowoomba RSL ANZACDay Award. The 11th Light Horse Darling Downs Troop will be present at 9.00am at the Mothers Memorial. Wreath bearers are asked to assemble at the Memorial by 10.15am. Enquiries should be directed to Bill Hills OAM Ph 4636 1088

Remembrance Day Church Parade

Remembrance Day Memorial Service

HUEY was only 19 when he joined the Army in1966. He did two tours of Vietnam 1967/68 and 69/71, and spent 25 years in the Regular Service and 16 years as an Officer and Cadet. When asked recently for his thoughts on Remembrance Day. Huey spoke of the significance of The Battle of Milne Bay in the Coral Sea on 7th Sept 1942 in which the Japanese were defeated by land, air and sea. Huey said “ I honour the legacy of all Australian men and women who fought and died, so that we all have the privilege of living in our great land today.” Robert “Huey” James

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community news Tickled pink at TOMnet Oakey

Toowoomba turns pink

Volunteers giving a helping hand

Guests at the Ladies Luncheon

OAKEY TOMnet was tickled pink with the response to its Ladies Luncheon on Friday as the shed turned a sea of pink. A capacity crowd of ladies heard key note speaker Susan Hickey and Maree Lock speak on breast cancer research and awareness. Lunch was served by the Year 12 Oakey High Hospitality Class, who made pink cupcakes which were served with pavlova from KerryTown Cafe. TOMnet’s George Lipman said that it was a fun filled day that raised funds for Pink Ribbon and thanked the guests for attending. Susan Hickey, Maree Lock and Annie Phillips

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TOOWOOMBA turned pink for Cancer Council Queensland’s Pink Ribbon Day on Monday October 28. Cancer Council Queensland called on all locals to wear their hearts on their chest, and buy pink merchandise to wear proudly on the official day. Cancer Council Queensland Fundraising Coordinator Susan Hickey said volunteers were out in force selling pink ribbons and merchandise across Toowoomba in support of the one in eight Queensland women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer. “Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Queensland women, and Pink Ribbon Day is a great opportunity to remind women of the importance of detecting breast cancer in its early stages. “Over 2,900 Queensland women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, so it’s important we raise funds to help support these women and their families, and that we continue to fund vital cancer research.” This year Cancer Council Queensland aims to raise over $1.2 million from Pink Ribbon Day.

Tuesday Talks - wellness of body, mind and spirit

TUESDAY Talks is an informal gathering which is on the 2nd Tuesday of each month and is open to anyone who wishes to attend. New faces are very welcome. The talks are free, with an optional donation which is used to help cover the costs of creating the event. We have a different guest speaker each month with the focus being wellness of body, mind and spirit. Our speakers have included Naturopaths, Kinesiologists, Feng Shui practitioners, Hypnotherapists, Acupuncturists, Food specialists, Yoga teachers and many many more. Tuesday Nov 12 Speaker: Barry Bowden from the Theosophical Society Tuesday Dec 10 We will have a Christmas lunch on December 10th, with some sharing from several speakers. Lunch is optional and is purchased from the restaurant. Everyone is welcome to stay on, whether they order lunch or not. We meet at Platform 9 Restaurant in the Railway Station, Railway street, Toowoomba 9.45 for a 10am start.For more information contact Barb on 0414 999 714 or email

Clifton Senior Citizens CLIFTON Senior Citizens Club activities include bowls, card games, hoy and bingo, luncheons are organised every second month, yearly bus trips and visits to other Senior Citizens Clubs.We are located at Meara Place, Clifton. For further details please phone 4697 3334.

Need information on aged care?

THE Australian Government is making it easier for older Australians, their families and carers to access information about aged care through a new national phone number. By calling 1800 200 422 or visiting, you can find information on a wide range of aged care services available locally and nationally including: Household help, transport, home modification and maintenance; Personal and nursing care; Continence assistance; Assessment, including Aged Care Assessment Teams (ACATs); Carer support and counselling; Community Aged Care Packages; Aged care homes; Allied health care such as podiatry, physiotherapy and occupational therapy. You can also receive help to access respite and carer support services. Phoning 1800 200 422 is a freecall except fro mobile phones.

Alternative emergency phone number

THE RACQ CareFlight Rescue would like to make people aware of an alternative emergency number to Triple Zero. Mobile phone users who have run out of credit or who have no signal with their own carrier, can still phone for emergency assistance if they’re in an area covered by another mobile network. The alternative number 112 (one, one, two) diverts the caller to a Triple Zero operator.

community news At 78, Clive is working at 150 per cent TO the title of developer, Toowoomba City Council alderman (19731982), then Mayor from 1982-1993, Member for Toowoomba South (1986-1991) in the Queensland government and the honour of being the State’s most generous philanthropist, Clive Berghofer would add an accolade of which he is very proud, that of hard worker. Despite turning 78 last May, he continues to put in a long working day. Speaking from his worksite last week, Clive (as he prefers) said he’s been such a busy person all his life it’s hard to stop. “I’m very, very wealthy but I need to work, work is my hobby,” he said. “My father taught me to work hard and produce a good article and sell it at a reasonable price and that’s stuck with me all my life. “It’s hard to retire now when I’ve worked at 150 per cent all my life, it’s too hard to slow down to 100 per cent. Some people never even get started.” Clive’s own working life started at 13 when he left Wellcamp State school to work in a sawmill earning just three pounds ($6) a week. At the one-teacher school with classes from grade 1 to 7 he had struggled with reading and writing, and

Clive Berghofer

has no hesitation in saying that he still does, but he excelled at arithmetic. “I never even did scholarship,” he said. “That was in the war years with ration tickets and shortages, we had no power, no motor car, didn’t have a fridge until we got a kero fridge and it was my job to clean it.” (Older readers might remember kerosene fridges had a flue where soot built up). Working as a carpenter’s labourer, he learnt by

observation and there developed his lifelong motto “to get it right first time”. His first job was to build a chook shed, which he completed in one day, and from this humble beginning his career as a builder and commercial developer was off to a flying start and has never slowed down since Asked for his thoughts on why employers were often reluctant to take on older people, Clive was lost for an answer. “I don’t know why

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employers don’t employ older people when a lot of younger people don’t seem to want to work; work has been a dirty word to them,” he said. “I have spoken to some motivational meetings of young people and I tell them I’ve been happy working twothirds of my life. “I advise them to choose a job they like and enjoy it, don’t make it a drudgery. “Work as if it makes you happy and the employer will look after you. “I’m a workaholic, I’m on the jobsite at 6.30am and go into the office each day at 5.00pm after I’ve finished working with the construction crew” “ I do a lot for health, education and sport, I give away $50,000 per week.” Clive Berghofer has given many millions to medical research in generous bequests that he says gives him pleasure and that he wishes would be emulated by other affluent people.

Proudly employing older people HELLO, I’m Sylvia and I work at your Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper. In a world where older people can sometimes be seen as past our use by dates, it can be difficult to find a job because of our age, or is it the colour of our hair which puts some employers off? Fortunately for me, my age was a plus when I put my hand up for this new role. From a nursing career to, dare I say, Lois Lane. How my life has changed. Working for the paper makes me feel good about my contribution to this vital link for our

anniversary, playing sport , at the races, dancing, dining out, fund raising, volunteering, learning something new or furthering your education. Sometimes you might be simply sitting down having a chin wag, like the large seniors community. ‘Three Good Men’ on page 10 do each It’s also good to make a Wednesday in Warwick. few dollars too. By talking, listening and So come on everyone, start contributing to the sharing we can all make a difference to each other’s paper. Send in your lives. Let’s get together community notices, and connect through the photographs or pages of your new paper, information relevant to and celebrate the other over 50s in our important contribution region. We welcome your social photographs, we over 50s make to the region. whether you’re Sylvia O celebrating a birthday,

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community news Bill’s been everywhere, man - Riding the rattler around Queensland

ALL little boys dream of being an engine driver when they grow up but William (Bill) Boden made his wish come true. He was just five when a steam engine came through at Cunnamulla, kept on going and ploughed over the end of the track. Young William, along with the rest of the town, was a fascinated spectator as first one, then two, locos were brought up to haul back the train, now firmly bogged in the soft earth. The incident must have made an impression because in January 1960, at 15, William started with Queensland Rail (QR) as a call boy at Willowburn. It was the start of a 52-year career with QR following the rail tracks that crisscrossed the country. He’s been to places too numerous to mention, Warwick and Wallangarra, to Inglewood and Goondiwindi (“I really liked it up there,”) Torwood, Dalby and Dirranbandi, Cloncurry and Hughenden and St Lawrence, Toowoomba, Bowen, up to Mackay for the sugar crushing and more. He’s worked on all sorts of trains including coal trains, sugar trains

The A10 loco was one of the first to be built for QR in the 1800s. Here it is on the bridge between Spring Bluff and Holmes on the Toowoomba range

and the Sunlander, even took a circus train to Sarina. William worked for QR until 2011; the last 15 years were as a tutor-driver. Even in retirement he is not far away from trains. “Since I retired I’ve been helping out at DownsSteam,” he said. “At the moment I’m helping to re-wire an engine, I enjoy anything electrical or mechanical

and I like fixing things.” But he started on the bottom rung as a call boy. “I rode a pushbike and you had to learn all the drivers’ addresses,” he recalled. “I worked from midnight. “I used to advise them when they were working, if the train was deferred I would run out to tell them. “I did that until I was 17 when I got an automatic promotion to engine

cleaner, that is an apprentice fireman.” And he was learning all the time, As an engine cleaner he was doing calls, cleaning engines, on night work tending the fires or in the roundhouse, until he was 19 when he passed the fireman’s exam and became an acting fireman in Toowoomba. He was in the shunt yard for three weeks before his

first job to Dalby as a fireman. He was promoted to fireman in Cloncurry then came back to Toowoomba where he remained as firemen until 1969 when the steam trains were retired. It was also the year he got his (locomotive) driver’s licence and the year he married Gay. They have three daughters. In 1975 he was a driver in

Regional railway to bring tourists to the Downs

HISTORIC steam locomotive 106 has been recalled from retirement and will spearhead the launch of a fantastic tourist railway network through the Darling Downs. The inaugural run between Toowoomba and the picture-pretty station of Dayton is expected to take place in April next year to celebrate the Drayton Deviation railway’s centenary. It will mark the culmination of an ambitious long-range plan, initiated by Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce and brought to fruition by DownsSteam Railway Historical Society, to boost local tourism and occupancy by highlighting the many tourist destinations across the region and by offering various special interest and themed train trips. DownsSteam marketing manager Robert Ketton said for some nine years the society had an intent to run a tourist railway as a centrepiece of a wider plan to attract tourists to the area. Mr Ketton said the great advantage in developing the network was access to the main lines, which opened up the whole Darling Downs region to travel by steam

locomotive. “People think steam trains belong to a gentler time where they can rattle along at 30 miles per hour and watch the scenery go by,” he said. “We are selling nostalgia. “We have a number of initiatives and variations in train offerings.” Some of these offerings include a longer trip to Stanthorpe’s wineries involving participation by students from Stanthorpe’s hospitality college, and other tours featuring themes like Country & Western, classical music or opera. Also on the cards are shorter trips to Nobby (the home of Steele Rudd,

creator of Dad and Dave) “For example, we have and Clifton. Passengers here the beautiful Empire will have an up-close view theatre, a 2000-seated theatre of Rudd country and visit traditional the Rudd pub, and be restored 15 years ago. regaled with a Dad and “What our team would Dave reading before like to see is people heading back to coming by train from Toowoomba. Brisbane or the Gold The tours cater for special Coast and enjoying a interest groups such as night at the theatre, then cyclists, photographers going on to visit a number and artists. These tours of interesting museums. are planned for Sundays “There’s the Cobb & Co so the train can make museum in Toowoomba, scheduled stops for the aircraft museum in artists to set up their easels Oakey, a transport and paint the magnificent museum at Gatton that people can choose to Downs scenery. “We can combine visit. destinations and offer “We think we have different trips,” said Mr established a viable Ketton. tourist attraction.” Stories by Margaret Johansson

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Hughenden before being transferred to Inglewood, 18 months later he got a driver’s job in Toowoomba where he remained until he retired. Mishaps were thankfully few and far between; a couple of “prangs” at level crossings involving cars running the flashing lights, and a few minor derailments. His alertness was instrumental in detecting

one incident when a bogey derailed and tore up the tracks, wrecking the points just before another train was to cross over. William saw the sparks, signalled to stop the other train and possibly saved a lot of damage. They also had a few fires coming up the range. “They were underneath the cooling fan so I turned off the draught and put it out with the extinguisher,” he recalled. “We had petrol tankers so we had to get it out. “That was about the worst thing that happened. “I always liked firing and always volunteered at Toowoomba, and I did that until I retired. “I was driver on Q150 from Toowoomba to Quilpie and back again, I was driver on the Federation train from Stanthorpe to Wallangarra to celebrate Federation and I was driver on the Garrett for the re-enactment of the Western Mail in 1997. “At present I’m a volunteer driver for SDSR (Southern Downs Steam Railway) driving from Warwick to Wallangarra. “In October I was tutordriver on the Garrett from Roma St to Toowoomba.”

So what is a nice loco like you doing here? STEAM loco 106, believed to be the last of its type, was built in Toowoomba and since retirement in 1957 had been in the Ipswich Workshops where it was slowly but inexorably deteriorating. Basically, DownsSteam members thought it should be in Toowoomba. In 1864 106 ran from Toowoomba to Warwick but bypassed Drayton, whose residents were peeved at the omission and started agitating to be included. It took them 50 years but in 1914 they got their wish when a direct link, the Drayton Deviation, was opened by two locos, the Lady McGregor and, you guessed it, 106. When Lady McGregor and 106

were retired the name plates were presented to Drayton State School where they remained until 2011, when the name plates were given to DownsSteam. With the centenary coming up in 2014 DownsSteam went into overdrive; 106 was put onto a low-loader and brought back to Toowoomba. In the meantime DownsSteam had been busy. “We acquired the

station site at Drayton from Queensland Rail (QR) in 2005 and since then had done a host of things,” said Mr Ketton. “We built a platform, acquired a station from Yuleba, we installed two loco sheds and purchased a train of stainless steel carriages that had been running on the suburban Brisbane line, acquired a diesel locomotive and a turntable and we established an awardwinning garden at Drayton.” “We were lucky to get access to Darling Downs Correctional Centre where one of the inmates was a talented artist and he has entirely decorated the interior of one of the carriages; that is the “Dreamtime” coach.”

community news University study - More accessible than you might think WITH Australians living longer and healthier lives, university study is increasingly being seen as an attractive opportunity for seniors. Long gone are the days when people would leave school, TAFE or university with a qualification that could last them for the rest of their lives. Skills and knowledge get out-ofdate so quickly now that people need to come back to education regularly throughout their careers to refresh their qualifications. This phenomenon is called

lifelong learning and it has resulted in universities now needing to accommodate a wide range of students from all ages. The opening up of universities to a wider spectrum of Australian society over the last few decades now also means that a university education is accessible to people from all kinds of backgrounds. So university study is no longer for a privileged few or just for the young. Mr David Bull, Director of the University of Southern

Queensland (USQ) Open Access College, said many older people are giving higher education a go. “We offer a free 15week Tertiary Preparation Program that if completed successfully qualifies students to enter an undergraduate program,” he said. “Many older people, who may have missed the opportunity to go to university when they were young decide they’d like to give uni a go. They can use this program to test the waters and see if uni is for

them.” Older learners typically surprise themselves when they first commence study. They bring so much life experience and knowledge with them that it’s not uncommon for them to show up the school leavers. And higher education can be extremely rewarding. Students may not wish to complete an entire award program. Study in just one or two semester - long subjects to fulfill an interest may be sufficient. But many older students find themselves hooked and

go on to get a university degree - a bachelors degree, masters degree or even a PhD. “Students graduating in their 70s or 80s is not at all unheard of,” Mr Bull said. “And why not? Keeping the mind active and learning new knowledge to an advanced level is one of the most rewarding things we can do.” For more information on USQ’s free 15-week Tertiary Preparation Program visit tertiary-preparationprogram

‘Weis’ ladies get together CELEBRATING one of their regular get togethers are some of the past Weis Restaurant gang. Between these ladies they worked for Weis Restaurant for many years and their friendships forged there continue today. Pictured (left to right, back) are Marie Barnes, Marjorie Coleman, Ruth Kratzmann, Jan Aldridge (front left to right) Pauline Town, Gloria Marchetti and Daphne Plumb.

What do you think is special about Toowoomba and the Darling Downs? IT could be a particular place, your first school, memories of your family, some local legend or recollections of an event that has stayed with you over the years. We also would like to hear about any upcoming community events. Your story does not have to be past tense and photographs would be the icing on the cake. If Toowoomba and the Darling Downs are special to you, the Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper would love to hear from you. Email editor@seniors or post to P O Box 1062 Tewantin Qld 4565.

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community news Toowoomba & Darling Downs Family History Society Toowoomba, reputed to have served with General Custer in the Modoc wars in the USA. Research revealed that ‘Sam Fox’ could not have fought with Custer, though family photographs suggest he was a drummer boy for a time in the USA. Sam was, in fact, English born Robert Haild who changed his name after a brush with the law in New South Wales. The Society has come a long way in the way their publications are Cr Ros Scotney launching the latest publication of the Toowoomba & now presented. Darling Downs Family History Society. Front row: Judy Brewer, From humble beginnings Professor Maurice French, Jan Ward, Marie Green of photocopying, stapling and binding them ourselves we are BACK in September, Toowoomba Cemetery began. now fortunate to have Councillor Ros Scotney and the people buried Members of the as a member, Mrs Helen launched the latest there and their latest Toowoomba & Darling Hancock, a talented publication by the publication is a follow Downs Family History Toowoomba & Darling on from Drayton and Society transcribed and artist and desktop publisher, who designs Downs Family History Toowoomba photographed the covers and prepares Society Drayton and Cemetery: our monuments, collected our books for Toowoomba Cemetery: backyard which was maps, and compiled a our backyard revisited. published in 2009. database of burials. Mrs publication. Since it was first formed The cemetery is Mary Hollis amassed an The Toowoomba & Darling Downs Family in 1978 as the Darling Drayton’s and enormous amount of History Society is Downs Chapter of the Toowoomba’s most research on the located at 452 South Genealogical Society of significant, historical cemetery and many of Street, Toowoomba, and Queensland, the site where a wealth of her stories were Toowoomba & Darling colonial history is published in our journal, if you drive past, you Downs Family History recorded and the The Gazette, over almost will see that the Drayton Society has collected Society has been active 20 years. One example of & Toowoomba Cemetery material relating to the in preserving the history this research is Sam Fox, is, indeed, the society’s ‘backyard’. Drayton and of the cemetery since it a showman in

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Sisters of Style

Enjoying some retail therapy in Warwick are sisters, Margery Clements of Gold Coast and Beryl Kiss of Warwick

Highfields Senior Citizens Assoc.

COME and join in with all our friendly members at the Highfields Seniors Citizens at the Cultural Centre at Highfields on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. On 2nd and 4th Mondays we attend the Gymnasium. We hold social outings every week. Date claimers for November 18th Trip to Kingaroy and 28th Yarraman. New members welcome. For further details please call our President Ray Welke on 4698 7177.

community news Outrageous Red Hatters of Toowoomba WE are a fun social group of ladies in the 50 plus age group. We greet middle age with humour. Our group meets weekly for coffee, to enjoy friendship, have fun and plan future outings. If you think you may be interested in joining the group, please phone Heather on 4630 9570 or email

The Red Hatters partying at Encores Restaurant From left: Maree Greer, Geraldine Verning, Bett Morgan and Ruth Robertson

Lifelong learning is right here THE current generation of retirees is the best educated and the most informed in history. They have developed an interest in, and an expectation of lifelong learning. They have energy and enthusiasm to explore new ways to enjoy their retirement and they are looking for ways to prolong and enrich their 3rd age. In Toowoomba 1330 retirees take part in 115 classes or activities each week of term. They are enjoying the mental stimulation; they are keeping their bodies active and healthy and are

staying socially connected members of the community. U3A is a not for profit community group, run entirely by volunteers. Volunteering as a Tutor, Office Worker or just taking part in a group provides members the opportunity to have a connection with likeminded people. They take up new challenges, step outside of their comfort zone and learn in an environment free from exams or entry qualifications. From Archery, Lead Lighting, Pilates to Computers, Ipads, Languages, Art and

Music, you will see them out enjoying their retirement. They are never too old, 98 is the age of the oldest member who takes part in several groups each week. If you would like to learn more, check out the website or phone 4687 7659. U3A in Toowoomba Inc. has a need for Tutors/Class Leaders. If you have a lifetime of experience, a passion for, or an interest in a subject and would like to share this knowledge, please give Tutor Coordinator, David Weston a ring on 4613 6559.

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TOOWOOMBA Knit and Natter meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 17 Podd Street, Wilsonton. Knitters and crocheters of all ages welcome - bring your work. 10 am start - stay all day or stay for an hour. Beginners welcome but you should know how to knit or crochet basics. Refreshments. Free to all. Phone 07 4634 0492 for more information.

ON Tuesday the 12th November the Toowoomba VIEW Club invites you to come along to Regents on the Lake, 11am for 11.30 start. Two Course Luncheon, cost $20. Raffles and Lucky Door prizes. It’s our Springitme Celebration. Ladies wear your Hats and Fascinators for a fun time. Guest Speaker is Stan Gittins from the Salvation Army. RSVP by 10th November to Marlene on 4636 1311.

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ACTIVITIES for November and December 2013. November dates: Monday 11th at 9.00am at Mothers Memorial Remembrance Day Service. Sunday 17th 9.00am Jondaryan Woolshed. December dates: Saturday 7th 5.00pm Dalby. Display at the Stock Horse Sale, evening performance.

community news National Seniors Aust Garden City Branch GARDEN City Branch of National Seniors Australia meet on the third monday of each month, except December, at South Toowoomba Bowls Club, 331-339 Hume St. Meetings commence at 9.30am with morning tea. Cost for the morning is $6. Visitors welcome. Next meeting is on Monday, November 18. There will be a raffle and a bring and buy stall with freshly baked goodies and home grown produce. We usually have a guest speaker followed by a short formal meeting. However, we are going to hear from some of our own talented members at our next meeting. We are looking forward to hearing about some of the more interesting parts of their lives.

Hazel Gillies President Garden City Branch

May be some surprises. On Monday, November 25, we will be holding our Christmas Luncheon at South Toowoomba Bowls Club. We will be entertained by ever popular Scott Tweedie on keyboard and singing some of the old favourites. There will also be a multi draw raffle, lots of good cheer and fellowship and something for all. For more information, contact Hazel on 4635 4519.

National Seniors Toowoomba NATIONAL Seniors Toowoomba members greatly enjoyed their recent visit to the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane. We were greeted by Community Relations Officer SaraJane Dean who presented a most informative talk about the work of the Institute’s 600 staff in the areas of cancer, infectious diseases, mental health and complex disorders. We were then privileged to be able to visit some of the working laboratories and talk to dedicated staff members about their projects. Our final bus trip for the year will be on Thursday, November 21. We will have a guided “Commentary on the Canefields” tour through the history-rich Northern Gold Coast sugar growing region to the largest prawn farm in SE Queensland. The cost is

QIMR research assistant Laura Sarimaa tells National Seniors Toowoomba’s Shirley Reimer about her work on the early detection of ovarian cancer

$45 and departure time is 7.00am. This year’s Christmas Party will be at Regents on the Lake on Tuesday, 3 December, commencing at 10.30am.

Music will be provided by the Timeless Duo of Patty Whitehouse and John Cosgrove and there will be a special Christmas array of lucky door and raffles

prizes to be won. The cost will be $40 including hors d’oeuvres on arrival and a delicious roast Christmas dinner. From February to November, National

Seniors Toowoomba Branch meets for morning tea at Regents on the Lake on the first Thursdayof each month and has a bus trip on the third Thursday. During the holiday season, we have a Christmas Party in December and a special activity in January. Bookings for all our events are essential and may be made with June on 4635 9796 or Desma on 4613 6750. Our morning teas are $10 and payment is made at the door. Payment for coach trips must be made at a morning tea meeting or by 4pm on the Friday before the trip at Suncorp Branch in Margaret St in order to confirm your booking. If you are on the waiting list, please ensure you have a confirmed place before making payment. If you have to cancel for any reason, please let us know as early as possible.

New $2 coin commemorates Queen’s coronation in 1953 LOOK out for this one in your change - the Royal Australian Mint recently unveiled a new circulating commemorative $2 coin with a splash of purple colour. The coin celebrates the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. The coin is the second colourful coin the RAM has issued for circulation.

The first was a $2 coin with a red poppy released in October 2012. Two million Coronation $2 coins are being released, quadruple the amount of the Poppy $2 coin. The $2 coin, in both standard and colorful versions, is composed of a copper-nickel, aluminum and nickel alloy

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community news

Good friends Lilly McKechnie of Warwick and Sandra Utratny from Stanthorpe catch up at the Rose City Shoppingworld at Warwick

Bush and ’burbs: landscapes from the Collections THIS exhibition is currently open until Sunday 2 February, 2014 and features landscape paintings by Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Ellen Maloney, Fred Williams and Albert Namatjira’s sons. Do not miss this free event which is held at the

Toowoomba Regional Council, 531 Ruthven Street, Toowoomba. Opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm. For further information phone 4688 6652 or visit

Quota International of Toowoomba QUOTA International of Toowoomba is a service club, whose members proudly volunteer their time to make an impact on their local community and communities around the world. We meet twice a month and also have a morning tea at Coffee Bean Cafe at Gardentown on the first Saturday of each month at 10 am. Donations List Toowoomba Hospital Foundation $1000, QI Hand in Hand - QI of Paranaque Med Centre $350, High School Community Service Awards $260, Fresh Hope Association $621, QI 30th District/SP&H Fellowship $100, Qld Cancer Council Morning Tea $242, Lions Circus Spectacular $120, Beenleigh Eisteddford & Junior Q - Club

$100, QuoCKa - Harlaxton SS and Harristown SS $1870, Variety Club Children’s Show Tickets $120, Lavender pouches Breast cancer patients $1419, The Haven Homeless Acommodation $8350, Daffodil Day Cancer Appeal $1380, Toowoomba Hospice $700, Manna House Women’s Refuge $712, Hear and Say Centre Toowoomba $1155, Toowoomba Eiseddford $164, Murphy’s Ck/Neighbourhood entre $700, The Haven – Fuel $500, Floral Art Group $130, Stroke Support Group $50 and other Local Groups $150, plus many more donations in kind. Please come and meet us. Contact Margaret 07 4636 4950 or Shirley 07 4635 9661 or email

National Servicemen’s Association of Australia (Qld Branch) Inc. THE Association was formed in Toowoomba in 1987 and is now a nation-wide organisation concerned with the benefit of nashos who served in the two schemes that operated between 1951 and 1973 and the wives/widows thereof. Associate membership is offered those who served for countries other than Australia., More than thirty branches have been established within Queensland, four in the metropolitan area and several more in Brisbane’s hinterland. To find out about the aims and objectives of the Association, how to obtain the two medals available

to all former Australian national servicemen (or their widows) or to locate a branch near you, phone 3324 1277 or consult website Brisbane North West branch will hold its final meeting for 2013 on Sunday November 17 at Gaythorne RSL commencing 10.15am; new members and visitors are always welcome. While shopping at Coles or Spotlight between November7th and 19th please support our members selling poppies, badges and raffle tickets in aid of the servicemen’s welfare fund.

community news Toowoomba Photographic Society

Winning golfers head to Holden Scramble National final

Pierre Boubib studying the child

THE Toowoomba PhotographicSociety meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7.30 pm at De MolayHouse, 90 Margaret Street, Toowoomba (Opposite Queens Park,next to Park House Cafe.)In addition, a Digital Group “How To� meeting is held every 4th Friday of the month at

7.30pm. All welcome to both meetings. Field days are held most months. The next Field Day is 17th November, 2013 at Laidley, the subject being Streetscapes. New members are always very welcome. For further details please phone John on 0428 364 871 or email

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Pictured are City Golf Club Holden Scramble State winners: Glenda Murray, Margaret Richards, Roger Vandenberg (Laidley Golf Pro) Annie Woodroffe, and Aliecia Freeman (President.)

AFTER taking out the state finals of the Holden Scramble, Australia’s largest and most successful proamateur teams event, City Golf Club ladies Margaret Richards, Glenda Murray, Aliecia Freeman (President) and Annie Woodroffe (Secretary) are off to contest the National finals at Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast. At the Qld final held at Pelican Waters, the talented golfers with a combined

handicap of 8.8 won by 1.3 shots. They shot nine birdies, with five in a row on the back nine and four in a row on the front nine and held off at least 20 other teams to win. We wish Margaret, Glenda, Aliecia and Annie success at the Australian Ladies Holden Scramble final, where they will take on three other teams from across the country from November 15th18th. Go City Golf!

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Lifestyle History on show at Brownesholme

Affordable choices for retirement

IT has been 20 years since the Browne dairy farm became a retirement village, but the legacy of the pioneering Highfields family endures for everyone to see at Carnival time. The original windmill from the Browne property stands tall near the central waterfall feature, while a six-metre cattle trough, once used on the farm, has been converted to a flower garden.Project Manager Reverend Phil West says both help keep the history of Highfields and the spirit of the property alive.”It is important that the unique story of Highfields is preserved during the phenomenal growth our town is experiencing,” Rev West said.”As Highfields expands, we expect more ARE you looking for an alternative to the huge capital people will become outlay required to buy into one of today’s lifestyle interested in uncovering villages? Renting is the answer. Oxford Crest has seven villages for over 50’s in south-east Queensland offering affordable rentals providing independent living in contemporary homes. THERE’S an exciting Each village has an on-site manager and a modern, energy flowing through air-conditioned clubhouse where residents enjoy a the award-winning Palm variety of social activities including afternoon teas, Lake Resort at happy hours, games and craft. Toowoomba – not only An optional meal service offers freshly cooked meals from the eco-friendly onsite. Call Leanne on 07 3869 6696 today to find out facilities but also from a more today. range of free keep-fit activities. The villas come with reverse-cycle airconditioning, ceiling fans, water tank, stone counter tops throughout and two-pak cabinetry – and they’re fitted with

the town’s history, and we have landscaped and manicured our gardens to give it prominence.” The Browne family came to Australia from Ireland in the 19th century, and were among the first to settle in the Highfields region, establishing a dairy farm where Carinity Lifestyle – Brownesholme is today. Rev West says while history enthusiasts will enjoy the gardens at the retirement lifestyle village, there is plenty for gardeners and green thumbs to admire at 109 Highfields Road. “Every day, our residents are spoilt with breathtaking views of the Bunya Mountains and, at this time of year, a kaleidoscope of blooms and colours, and the friendly chatter of local birdlife,” he said. “A series of paths link the open spaces with the

quiet places and make them all easily accessible. We welcome visitors to come and experience the beauty of our backyard.” Residents enjoy the expansive gardens, which are designed to make the lifestyle village feel open and reflect the peaceful country setting. Community spirit is also alive and well at Carinity Lifestyle – Brownesholme, with some residents choosing to take responsibility for the grounds by lending a hand in their upkeep. Residents at the lifestyle village enjoy living in spacious modern units while pursuing an active lifestyle, in a place that offers community atmosphere and a sense of belonging. Contact Phil West on 4696 8281 or 0427 013 392 for more information

Brownesholme Windmill

Luxurious living at Toowoomba’s award-winning Palm Lake Resort top quality window coverings and floor coverings. Apart from the spectacular facilities, there are many free fitness programs for seniors utilising the gym, which comes with a personal trainer, two indoor heated pools and spas for aqua aerobics and Tai Chi and linedancing classes. A luxury clubhouse with dining facilities offers

bistro meals and adjoining rooms have a library with Internet connected computers, a craft room with sewing machine and over locker and a fully equipped workshop. A giant chess set on the resort grounds is a feature of the communal garden. All lawns are mowed for the residents. Toowoomba houses the most beautiful heritagelisted buildings. Wining

and dining is easy in the Garden City with a large selection of topclass restaurants and cafes. There’s plenty to see and do, all just an hour and a half west of Brisbane and two hours from the Gold Coast. Palm Lake Resort was a finalist in the Business Excellence Awards and its prize-winning gardens have won many awards in the

famous Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers held every September. The resort is offering new homes for the over 50s from $287,000. Inquiries to the manage Dee Schulze at the resort on Hogg Street, Cranley, Toowoomba. Tel: (07) 4614 1382 or toll free 1800 280 129. Email: salestoowoomba Web: www.palm

Free yourself up to do the things you want

Barb Meiklejohn of Regency Park Retirement Village Warwick tending the village vegetable garden

NOELEEN is a very busy retiree residing at Liberty Senior Living at Taigum. Four years ago she made the decision to make the move after her husband died. The house was too big, a huge 2 storey home with 4 bedrooms and a big yard to look after. Noeleen viewed 5-6 retirement villages before settling on Taigum which she said that her son found for her. “It was central to everything, the shopping center just round the corner, the bus to the city close by” she said. “I had to wait for my unit to become available and I was extremely happy with the renovations they did. The unit is


very well laid out, it suits me to a T.” Noeleen soon became involved with the community, joining the

Social Committee and she took on the job of being the bus coordinator. “I help organize the tours and

we go to a different place of interest on a regular basis, and when people need to go to a medical

appointment, I arrange for our volunteer drivers to take them” she explained. “We have a great group of people here and I’m very lucky to have such wonderful caring neighbours.” Not that she is home much as Noeleen belongs to several clubs and organizations and says she is so busy she is rarely home. “Life is what you make it and being here enables me to do the things I want without having to worry about a big house and yard, it’s a great lifestyle and I would recommend it to anyone”, said Noeleen. For more information on Liberty Senior Living phone 1300 82 44 86.

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Lifestyle Oak Tree’s bustling community OAK Tree Retirement Village Toowoomba is now a hive of activity after the opening of the village Community Centre and appending facilities last month. Receiving overwhelming support and enquiry at the September open day, which showcased the brand new facilities inclusive of a fully functional community centre, in-ground swimming pool, and lawn bowls green, the village developers are acting on plans to commence the construction of stage two to keep up with this increase in demand. “We were bombarded by enquiry at our Open Day with close to 200 people walking through our doors,” said Oak Tree Group’s Regional Manager Melissa Luck. “We have not had this much interest since our first open day back in February but we feel this new level of activity is bought on by the fact that we have now delivered on our promise to construct these beautiful facilities which help complete our care-free lifestyle package. “There is a new found

excitement in the air and a stronger sense of certainty – people can now see for the first time our growing community and a very tangible lifestyle experience.” In just a few weeks, the community centre has played host to a numerous number of resident gatherings – the biggest thus far was the Intervillage bowls competition which saw over 60 Oak Tree resident bowlers from Oak Tree’s Warwick, Burpengary, Goodna and Boronia Heights villages visit the Toowoomba village for the bi annual event. The 25+ residents already residing at village are thoroughly enjoying the new facilities as a great place to spread out and mingle with friends and participate in the different social events. Beyond social events, the community centre is also set up for services and support. “Sharon, our Village Manager, now has a permanent office in the community centre making her easily accessible and approachable for anything our residents need. “We also offer a hair

dressing salon with a professional hair dresser who visits on a regular basis, free computer and internet access, a library system, and importantly, a consult room where residents can seek the aid of visiting care providers for health check ups and the like. “These facilities are incorporated to add value to our product offering – helping our residents to enjoy a carefree lifestyle where services and social interaction is easily attainable.” The new release in stage two will include a further 6 villas available for sale from $280,000. “In light of current demand we are working towards a build start date in January 2014 and hope to have these new homes completed by May,” said Melissa. The 2 bedroom Georgia Oak design will be the first of its kind in the village boasting functionality and open plan, one level living with all of the modern conveniences including reverse cycle air conditioning. In keeping with stage one, stage two villas will be of

brick construction with a similar harmonious look and feel. “Age friendly and geared for low maintenance living all of our villas are tailored to help individuals age in place and live independently for longer. “We take special care to minimise steps and door way lips, and aid manoeuvrability so that residents, and their families, can feel confident they can comfortably cope in their own homes well into the future.” Six villas are available for purchase in stage 1 from $220,000. “Offering a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom designs, these villas have the added advantage over stage two homes of being closer to the community facilities yet still far enough away for privacy, peace and quiet.” Oak Tree Toowoomba is hosting a two day open day event on the 25th and 26th of October. Come by for an inspection, meet the Village Manager and Sales Manager and experience all the Oak Tree has to offer. Phone Amy on 1300 367 155, or visit 134 Baker St, Darling Heights or w w w. o a k t r e e

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REGENCY Park Retirement Village Gardens, open on 16 & 17 November at 5 Regency Drive, Warwick from 10am to 4.30pm. Admission is $7 (under 18 free). In this innovative retirement village a wheelchair-friendly walking trail winds through ten exciting and differently themed gardens. The first represents the Munchkin Village from the Wizard of Oz, the yellowbrick road a fitting place to begin the adventurous journey around the village. There is a formal English Garden with massed roses,

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a Japanese Garden with bamboo, gravel surfaces and a tea-house façade, a 1950s Aussie Backyard with clothes line and

outside dunny, and a Wishing Well in a simple formal setting. Along the main drive is the stunning Outback Australian

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Garden, featuring sand, stone, a billabong and plantings of grass trees and wildflowers. There’s a Chapel Garden, hosting a

magnificent pair of cycads, and a wonderful Tropical Oasis garden around the indoor pool area, which features lovely

lush plantings. A Games Area contains a bocce court and a fabulous chess board, complete with chess pieces handmade by

a talented resident, using wood from his own property. You’ll also be able to wander through some of the residents’ gardens, including three wonderfully productive vegetable plots. Three of the resident gardeners have won the Warwick Horticultural Society Spring Garden Competition three years running and Regency Village has also won first prize in the Commercial Business Industrial Garden section. Teas and light lunches will be available and plants will be for sale. Residents will conduct tours of the gardens.

Save now on a fresh new look for your home IF you’re considering giving your home a fresh new look, especially before family and friends visit during the festive season, it can all seem too hard when you are not quite sure how to bring it all together. Let’s face facts, not all of us can create a look we may have seen in a magazine. Well don’t despair, this is where Suzie Jordan from Andersens Floor and Window Coverings can help. Over the years Suzie has helped many local seniors, change their homes look and improve their overall living comfort with qualified

professional advice on colours and texture choices, so that they could achieve the look they wanted. Did you also know that you don’t have to visit lots of different shops to have new blinds, shutters, carpets, vinyl, cork or timber flooring, or even ceramic wall and floor tiles in your home, because Andersens Toowoomba is your One Stop Shop. From the kitchen to the bedroom, the bathroom to the lounge, and then from the garage to the pergola, they provide quality floor coverings, window furnishings, with friendly down to

earth service. With 15 per cent Seniors Discount on floor and window coverings*available to Seniors Card holders or RACQ members on presentation of your relevant card, you’ll also save money and the Andersens team will look after you from start to finish and make your project a breeze. It’s more than knowing you are buying quality products, it’s the good old fashioned, down to earth service for over 50 years, that assures you Andersens is a name you can trust. With their unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction

Mal Chaffey and his team are committed to ensuring a trouble free experience from the time they first meet you to your projects end. Call into the store today (with parking available from James and Prescott Streets) or they can even bring their ‘Showroom on Wheels’ to your home, if this is easier. Call now for a FREE measure and quote on 4638 4344. *Not available on already discounted prices or any special offers including interest free. Current RACQ membership card must be presented to receive this discount

Delightful Country Garden CRONK Garden: This expansive garden is an exuberant celebration of the flower of love, its hundreds of mass-planted roses creating a heady mix of colour and perfume. Shirley and Lloyd Cronk’s charming country garden stretches over more than an acre and showcases all varieties and styles of roses – floribundas, hybrid teas, heritage, old-fashioned, shrub, pillar and climbers. A soft backdrop to the rose beds is formed by shady green lawns and large trees sheltering hardy perennials, irises, annuals and shrubs. Made up of many different areas – including a ‘peaceful area’ and ‘diamond area’ – the garden also features an eclectic collection of historic farm implements, old horse equipment and old farm gates. After decades working on creating their garden, Shirley and Lloyd say “it’s a dream come true to be opening our garden with Open Gardens Australia”. Teas and light lunches will be available and plants will be for sale. The owners will donate their proceeds to Olive McMahon Lodge and Care Flight Queensland. Come along to 123 McLeans Road, Crows Nest, on the 9th and 10th November 2013, 9am to 5pm. Admission $7 (under 18 free). Open Gardens Australia: 25 Years and Growing

Our next edition of the Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper is December 5th Copy deadline is November 27th

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La w, F inance & Y OU Law Finance YOU No Will? Where will your property go?

SHEELAGH Gray of Gray Lawyers explains how your property is distributed if you don’t have a Will Around 50% of the adult population doesn’t have a current Will. Many people believe their personal situation doesn’t require a Will. But the reality of how your property will be distributed if you don’t

have a Will may come as a shock. The most commonly requested Will arrangements involve a couple leaving all of their property to each other in the first instance if one of them passes away. And if they are both deceased it is then passed on to their children or other family members.

But under the current Queensland law if you pass away without a Will a large part of your property would legally pass directly to your children NOT to your spouse. This happens regardless of the age of your children or the financial consequences that may result. Under Queensland Succession Law your

spouse is only entitled to receive the first $150,000 available in the estate. Your spouse is also then entitled to all of the household property (usually called chattels) such as furniture and white goods. But then, the rest of your property is divided between your spouse and children regardless

Seniors cut medical costs to pay for essentials SOME seniors are no longer spending money on medical costs and public transport as they grapple to cover the basic essentials, a new report out today reveals. More than half a million low-income senior households are spending on average four-fifths of their incomes on essentials such as water, gas, insurance, medical services and rates - all of which have risen by more than double the inflation rate over the past five years. As a result, 15 per cent of households –mostly pensioner householdsare no longer spending any money on medical

fees, public transport, eating out, clothing, cigarettes and alcohol, or car and home maintenance. The report also found the number of senior households reliant on the pension grew by 55,000 (6.5 per cent) between 2006 and 2011 as a result of more baby boomers reaching age 65. The findings were released in the National Seniors Australia Productive Ageing Centre’s report, A squeeze on spending? An update on household living costs for senior Australians. National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said some of the findings

from today’s report were alarming. “This study looked at household cost of living pressures affecting the over 50s and examined the changes in spending behaviour caused by higher prices in essential items,” O’Neill said. “A very worrying trend is the fact that some seniors may not be receiving health care when they need it because they have been forced to cut their spending. “We are also seeing an increase in low-income seniors living in rental houses, making them extremely vulnerable to the ups and downs of the housing market’s rent

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cycle.” The report found the biggest price increase was for electricity, which rose by 83 per cent – more than six times the overall rate of inflation. In 2011, almost a quarter of a million (245,000) senior households said they had been unable to pay their utility (electricity, gas or telephone) bills on time and the proportion of pensioners unable to pay their utilities bills rose by 13 per cent over five years. Over the five years to March 2013, the majority of the top ten price rises were for essential household goods or services.

of how much it may be worth. This could include your house, investment properties, a business, cars, jewellery, shares or artwork. If you have one child they receive half of this property and your spouse receives the other half. If you have two or more children they share two-thirds and your spouse

receives just one-third. Rarely, if ever, is this distribution of property the ideal situation for you and your family. For single people with no children their entire estate goes to their parents – even though most single people preparing a Will choose to pass their property on to siblings

or nephews and nieces. Being one of the 50% of people that does have a Will ensures your property passes the way YOU want it to, not how the government decides it should. For further information contact Sheelagh Gray, Gray Lawers, 07 4613 5794. www.gray

Shorter days, longer careers SHORTER days and longer careers may lead to more leisure time and a healthier old age, a Danish professor claims. Professor James Vaupel of the University of Southern Denmark believes no one should work more than 25 hours per week, but that we should keep working until the age of 80. “We’re getting older and older here in Denmark. Kids who are 10 years old today should be able to work until the age of 80,” Professor Vaupel told website Science Nordic. “In return, they won’t need to work more than 25 hours per week when they become adults.” Professor Vaupel, a leading scientist in ageing research at the University of Southern Denmark, suggested that what is important is that people put in a certain amount of work, not that they work at a specific point in life. Shorter working weeks, Professor Vaupel argues, would give young

people more time to care for their families, exercise and lead healthier lives. “The way it is today, young people are slaving their way through work, looking forward to a long retirement,” Professor Vaupel explains. “But why not move that retirement period around a bit so that young people get more valuable time off work?” He argues part-time work later in life would improve the general health of the elderly. “The benefits are not just psychological because being an active part of society makes people feel good about themselves, but also physically, since you use both your brain and your body when you’re working. “We know that elderly people are prepared to continue working if they’re capable of doing so,” he says. “And I’m guessing young people would prefer to work less while they’re young if they have the option of working more when they get older.”

La w, F inance & Y OU Law Finance YOU Investing for income WHILE low interest rates are great for those people with a mortgage, they can make things very hard if you’re retired and rely on income from term deposits. “Many retirees like the security and consistency of term deposits” says Andrew Hyde, “however the rates on offer are now so low that, after taking inflation into account, you may be going backwards.” “While retirees who invest in term deposits may be very conservative and wary of taking too much risk, there are several options that they could look at to generate higher levels of income, whilst remaining conservative with risk tolerance.” High interest savings accounts. These tend to offer much higher interest rates than your basic transaction account, with some even offering bonus interest if you make deposits and no withdrawals during the month. “You’re able to link these to your existing transaction account quite easily” says Andrew “and with many paying interest monthly, you can have this paid to you as a regular income.” “Many of these accounts may also offer great introductory interest rates” adds Andrew “which can give your savings a real boost in a relatively short time frame.” Government bonds These are considered probably the safest investments available in Australia, and involve you buying bonds issued by the Federal or State Governments for a range of investment terms. “You can’t get a much safer investment than buying Australian government bonds” says

Andrew “which actually involves you loaning your money to the Government in return for regular interest payments.” “Not only do you receive regular income that’s often indexed to inflation, but you also receive your full capital amount back at maturity.” “Plus if interest rates continue to go down, the value of these bonds actually goes up, meaning you’ll still receive the same level of income but may also receive some capital growth as well. On the flip side if interest rates rise, you may experience some capital loss, but a professional financial adviser can explain this to you in more detail.” Industrial shares Investing in shares issued by high quality companies, like the Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, Telstra, IAG and ANZ, can also be used to generate regular income via the dividends these companies pay to their shareholders. “Some retirees avoid investing in the share market because they think it’s too risky” says Andrew. “However, the reality is that investing in these types of quality companies over the long term is far less volatile

than you might think.” “The reason is that quality companies generally have proven business models, strong management, reliable earnings growth and a track record of regular dividends, which allows them to perform more consistently, and be in demand from investors, over the long term.” “Any form of investing does attract some level of risk. When considering government bonds, the key is to focus on the dividends that they pay, as this is what you’ll be receiving as income when you invest. By always taking a long-term view and reminding yourself why you’ve invested in these shares, usually income first and capital growth second, it won’t matter to you how their prices move each month. The good news is that many dividends paid by quality companies are fully-franked, which means the company has already paid tax on the dividend. This makes the income received far more tax-effective than the same amount generated by term deposits or government bonds.” Equity income funds If you’d prefer expert investment managers to choose the shares for you, then an actively-managed

equity income fund may be worth considering. These tend to invest in quality companies, many of which are household names, and aim to deliver consistent, tax-effective income over the long term. “While they do invest in shares, many equity income funds are very conservatively managed” says Andrew, “so they often don’t have the same level of risk as the more traditional equity funds.” “The income from some funds is made up solely from company dividends, while others seek to

increase the income generated through the use of call options.” “Not only do these funds offer attractive levels of income, they also offer some capital growth, which helps to protect retirees against inflation so that their capital may last much longer.” To find out more about investing for income in retirement, contact Andrew Hyde from RI Toowoomba & Ipswich on 07 4639 3733 or at e n q u i r i e s @ who will be able to discuss some options that may be appropriate for your individual situation. *Andrew Hyde is an Authorised Representative of RI Advice Group Pty Limited (ABN 23 001 774 125), Australian Financial Services Licence 238429. This editorial does not consider your personal circumstances and is general advice only. You should not act on the information provided without first obtaining professional financial advice specific to your circumstances. The taxation information contained in this editorial is provided as a guide only and should not be relied upon. You should seek independent tax advice from a qualified tax adviser.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs office in the Darling Downs region is located at 99 Russell Street Toowoomba and is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Our office can provide information on the complete range of DVA benefits, pensions and allowances and if necessary, personalised assistance with one on one interviews . We also provide a regular on base advisory service to the nearby Oakey and Cabarlah Defence bases.You are very welcome to visit our office but for more complex matters requiring an interview such as pension claims, aged care assets assessments and financial updates, please phone ahead to make an appointment, this will avoid delays with your enquiries. 07 4638 1555. Our friendly and experienced staff will be happy to assist you.

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After-hours Doctor visits in your own home DIAL a Local Doctor is an after-hours medical service being offered throughout major Metropolitan areas in Queensland and some selected rural Queensland and NSW locations. Operated by qualified and experienced doctors, Dial A Local Doctor provides after hours medical visits within the comfort of a patients residence, bringing quality care to the lives of people when and where they need it, and at a time when their regular GP is unavailable. Dial A Local Doctor is 100% bulk billed, making it a FREE service to anyone who hold a current and valid Medicare card. Operating Monday to Friday 6pm to 8am, Saturday from 12pm and 24 hours Sunday and Public Holidays, Dial A Local Doctor will attend to non-emergency medical cases in private residences, nursing homes, retirement villages, or anywhere

the service is needed within one of our geographical serviced areas. Visitors to our serviced areas are also catered for as Dial A Local Doctor will also provide medical assistance in motels, caravan parks and other tourist lodgings. This service offers incredible value to the communities in which they operate. Patients are able to access nonemergency professional care in their own homes, which not only has the benefit of providing immediate resolutions to health concerns, but this also means that there is minimal disruption to the rest of the patients household. The service in which Dial a Local Doctor provides, means that patients do not have to rely on Hospital Emergency departments, taking the ever increasing pressure of Hospital and Emergency staff. Now Medical attention is available “in home” in a prompt and professional manner.

Dial A Local Doctor is the first After Hours medical service to provide starter medication to the patient when needed, making treatment available straight away, and not when the chemist opens the following morning. All this is offered at no cost to the patient, providing they hold a current and valid Medicare card. Dial A Local Doctor offers a unique service which provides high quality after-hours medical care and assistance in a patients “Own Home”. Our experienced doctors provide prompt access to medical assistance at times when medical clinics are closed and the only other option is an Emergency ward. Our service, we believe is taking the pressure off these Emergency wards which allows timely care to the patients that require emergency care. To ensure continuity of medical care, Dial A Local Doctor will insure a comprehensive report

to each patients regular doctor outlining the patient’s condition and medical care provided. Dial a Local Doctor is heavily involved in many local organisations including local college’s and P&C associations, the Fred Hollows Foundation and the Archerfield branch of The Rotary Club. Dial a Local Doctor does not believe in competition – we believe in being different. It is a unique service we provide- offering medical care and assistance, in home in an after-hours capacity. While medical clinics all over Brisbane are closed for the evening, weekend or public holiday, The Dial a Local Doctor practitioner are available to treat nonemergency medical

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cases in the comfort of a patients home, nursing facility, retirement village, motel, hotel or other accommodation. Having a doctor come to your home means that patient safety is assured. No late night dash to the emergency room, no waiting in waiting rooms with strangers. An important feature of

Dial A Local Doctor is the service does provide starter medication where required, so that treatment can start straight away, and the patient does not have to wait to the following morning to receive antibiotics or medication. The entire Dial a local doctor service is FREE of charge to the patient

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Dancing Bernice says Bamboo Charcoal socks are “comfort food” for her feet! VIBRANT 64 year old Bernice McCabe is preparing for a beach walk near her home on Bass Strait. Today is just a 3 km stroll, but Tuesdays she’ll cover 10 kms. Tonight is a small dinner party and then it’s dancing nearly every night of the week. Bernice was widowed 15 years ago. After the grandkids moved interstate, she moved, and joined local dance classes. She met a delightful gentleman. Now they dance four or five times a week- Ballroom/ New Vogue, and their favourite - the Waltz Marie. “I’ve only learnt a dozen dances, but I refuse to sit down”, laughs Bernice. “My feet used to just about kill me, I’d bathe, soak and rub them, and still they ached.” My nephew told me about Bamboo Charcoal socks. “They are like comfort food for my feet, now I put them on after dancing and they are bliss!” There are easy to wear bamboo charcoal supports for any part of the body that aches. So what is Bamboo Charcoal? Selected Asian bamboo

stalks are exposed to intense heat (760 – 980 degrees Celsius). This process creates a unique bamboo charcoal which carries high electrical conductivity properties. Bamboo Charcoal powder is infused into fabrics, which reacts with your body to draw blood into that area to provide warmth, healing and all day relief from aching joints, speedy recovery from sore muscles, and increased energy. Says Bernice. “There are some dancers that are in their 80s and 90s; and with bamboo charcoal supports, I hope to still be dancing 30 years from now!” Email for a brochure and a pricelist; order easily at, or call 0412 071 713 any time. Available at Flannery’s Natural Organic Supermarket at Paradise Point, Miami & Robina. Seniors Newspaper readers will receive a free gift with any order over $50.

Home and Community Care (HACC) home and for whom it’s hard to live independently. The HACC Home Maintenance Service that the Toowoomba Regional Council supplies are for Lawn Maintenance. The areas that the Toowoomba Regional Council service under our responsibility are: Clifton & Nobby, Millmerran, Brookstead & Cecil Plains, Oakey, Kingsthorpe & Biddeston. Fees and charges differ with each HACC service and clients are responsible for the supply and cost of materials if advised by the service provider. Contact your local Community Health Nurse or General Practitioner to see if you are eligible for Home & Community Care The HACC program provides funding for services services. Sally Bayfield is the Toowoomba Regional that support people who are frail aged, younger Council Home and Community Care Officer. Sally can people with a disability and their carers, who live at be contacted on 131 872.

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Gardentown Discount Drug Store is relocating! LEA and Ian Bentley and their friendly, professional team at Gardentown Discount Drug Store are moving to new premises in early December. “We’re not moving very far away, and as soon as our opening date is confirmed, we’ll be sure to let all our loyal customers know where we are moving to,” said Lea. “Next time you visit be sure to add your mobile, e-mail or phone and address to our database so that you can hear all the news! You won’t lose us. I promise you will all be second to none!” “In the meantime, you will find some great specials and Christmas gift ideas at Gardentown Discount Drug Store, including the new REVITIVE LV Therapy For Legs and Feet and the REVITIVE IX Circulation Booster, only while stocks last.” Offering more than just low prices, Lea and Ian and their friendly team at Gardentown Discount Drug Store strive to provide personal service to every customer, and offer a range of in-store health services, including free prescription reminders, medication

packs, in-store medication reviews and regular health clinics. Gardentown Discount Drug Store is also an accredited NDSS access point. The store’s Pharmacists are able to fulfill your diabetic needs as well as provide professional advice on glucose meters and diabetic medications. They also have a permanent ‘Know Your Numbers’ blood pressure monitoring station so you can keep track of your blood pressure numbers. You will be the first to be alerted to any possible problem and can take your numbers to your medical professional for further advice if ever necessary. Take charge of your health and stay on track to have as healthy a future as possible. No matter what your health concerns are, with a little help and friendly advice whenever you need it, we will be there to assist you. You’ll find Lea and her team for now in the Gardentown Shopping Centre where everything will continue with no break in any of their services, even during the move. Phone 4639 2441.

The best Christmas gift ever! USUALLY for Christmas, my children buy me stockings or pillows and once even a basket for the cat, but this year they surprised me totally! After a wonderful lunch in the park with my children and grandchildren, I came home and found that they had changed my toilet seat… I was absolutely shocked! My daughter told me that this new seat would wash and dry me with just the push of a button, she said that she had purchased one for her family just last week and they loved it so much that she

just had to get one for me too! Well, two weeks later I don’t know how I ever survived without it… All I have to do is sit down on my nice warm seat and go to the loo, once I am finished I simply press a button and I get a warm water wash and warm air dry! Now my toileting is a time of luxury, it is the best Christmas gift I have ever got! Sylvia Ross For more information or to purchase, call The BIDET SHOP®: Phone: (07) 5591 7744 (local) or 1800 243 387 (freecall)

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THE Toowoomba Prostate Cancer Support Group is the local support group for men dealing with prostate cancer, their partners and children. We offer support and information for you and your family to help cope with your diagnosis. The group meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6pm. Meetings are held in the Cancer QLD building on Herries Street, Toowoomba. Contact Mal Haddon 0411 645 191, Bonnie Teschner 0439 913 202 or Mark Forbes 0405 311 780. You do not have to deal with Prostate Cancer on your own. “The more information you have, the more empowered you’ll be”.

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Love your heart by knowing the signs IT’S never too early – or too late – to start looking after your heart health. That’s the key message from health experts who are encouraging women of all ages to take care of their heart and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. World Heart Day has highlighted the fact that from childhood through adulthood women can help prevent heart disease with some simple lifestyle changes. Raising awareness that heart disease is the number one

killer of Australian women is also important, says Dr Sonia Davison, an endocrinologist at Jean Hailes for Women’s Health. “I think many women wrongly believe that heart disease is a male problem and that they’ll die of something else – like breast cancer,” says Dr Davison. “Because women are not aware of how many women have heart disease and because they severely underestimate their risk of this disease, they are not taking steps that could

reduce their risk.” According to the Heart Foundation, women are almost three times more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer, and almost 30 per cent of women have one or more risk factor for heart disease. These are: being overweight, being physically inactive, smoking, having a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Dr Davison says apart from a family history, all of these risk factors can be

managed. “Firstly, knowing that you are at risk is important,” says Dr Davison. “You may not know you are at risk, so it’s important to have regular check-ups with your GP, and look at your lifestyle and see what you can do to minimise the risks.” The Women’s Health Study in the US found that even a small amount of physical activity has a positive impact on heart health. The study involved 39,000 women aged 45 years and over.

“It found at least one hour of walking per week reduces the risk of heart disease,” explains Dr Davison. “If your physical activity is vigorous your risk of heart disease is reduced even further and I’d recommend people aim for more than an hour of exercise a week.” Eating a high-fibre, low-fat diet to help keep cholesterol and blood pressure at healthy levels is another lifestyle step for heart health. A balanced diet will also help with weight control.

“Eat reasonably sized portions as well as monitoring your weight, and know your waist circumference,” says Dr Davison. “We know increased waist circumference links with heart disease and as we age we tend to gain weight around the trunk. After menopause many women find any weight they gain is distributed around their middle. Try and counteract this with increased physical activity and modifying your diet.”

Know the signs of heart attack in women including discomfort, tightness or pain in the jaw, ear, neck, back or shoulders. Some women say the pain extends down the arm – particularly on the left side – or it may feel like a backache or pulled muscle, Extreme fatigue, Sleeplessness or insomnia, Indigestion or nausea including stomach pain, intestinal cramps, Shortness of breath, Flu-like symptoms.

Life lessons THESE 45 life lessons were written by 90-year old Regina Brett. Maybe we should read them at least once a week. 1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good. 2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. 3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Change the way you think. 4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. Stay in touch. 5. Pay off your credit cards every month. 6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree. 7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone. 8. Release your children when they become adults, it’s their life now 9. Save for retirement starting with your first pay cheque. 10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile. 11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present. 12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry. 13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. 14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it. 15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. 16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind. 17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful. 18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger. 19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else. 20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer. 21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special. 22. Just because you believe you are right, doesn’t mean you are. Keep an open mind. 23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple. 24. The most important sex organ is the brain. 25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you. 26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’ 27. Always choose life. 28. Forgive everyone everything. 29. What other people think of you is none of your business. 30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time. 31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does. 33. Believe in miracles. 34. Your job is to love your children, not choose who they should love. 35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now. 36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young. 37. Your children get only one childhood. 38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved. 39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere. 40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back. 41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. 42. The best is yet to come... (Can’t wait to find out what! ) 43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 44. Yield. 45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.

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community news

Adrien and Paul Markey from Wyreema travelled to Noosa Marina for a reunion

A Spanish teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine. ‘House’ for instance, is feminine: ‘la casa.’ ’Pencil,’ however, is masculine: ‘el lapiz.’ A student asked, ‘What gender is ‘computer’?’ Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether ‘computer’ should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation. The men’s group decided that ’computer’ should definitely be of the feminine gender (‘la computadora’), because: No one but their creator understands their internal logic. The native language they use o communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your income on accessories for it. The women’s group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine (el computador’), because: In order to do anything with them, you have turn them on. They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they are the problem. As soon as you commit to one, you realise that if you had waited a little longer, you could have got a better model. The women won.

Trivia with Allan Blackburn 1. Which Apollo mission was the first to orbit the moon? 2. Which Australian state has the heads of a cow and a sheep on its coat of arms? 3. In what year did Harold Holt disappear? 4. In tennis, if the server has won two points and the receiver has won one point, what is the score? 5. What animal can be “reticulated”? 6. In the southern hemisphere, do cyclone winds blow clockwise or anticlockwise? 7. What is a “winklepicker”? 8. Which world dignitary has a retreat at Castel Gandolfo? 9. What is a traditional Chinese sailing ship called? 10. Chieftan, Sherman and Leopard are all types of what weapon? 11. A balalaika is a traditional musical instrument from which country? 12. Where on the human body is the coccyx? 13. What was the main colour of a Kodak film box? 14. How many people normally ride on a tandem bicycle? 15. Two or more words that have the same meaning are called what? 16. Proverbially, what are we supposed to do before we leap? 17. What was the first children’s TV show to be inducted into the Logie Hall of Fame? 18. Who was the magician at the court of King Arthur? 19. For how long did a C60 cassette tape run? 20. Who was hung at 10am on 11th November 1880 in Melbourne? Answers on page 31

Bush Christmas Exhibition

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Never you mind about that! THOSE of us over 50 should be happy to know that research has dispelled some myths about how people’s brains perform as they age. Dr. Sandra Chapman, founder and Chief Director of the Centre for Brain Health says “we need to move beyond age. Policies and practices that focus exclusively on age-related declines in decision making unnecessarily inhibit the autonomy of older adults with preserved cognitive function”. Specifically, the researchers found the following: Healthy older adults show no decline in decision making; strategic learning capacity may actually increase with age; conscientious decision making intensifies with age and risk tolerance can be linked to cognitive ability, with similar outcomes for men and women. There are many ways that healthy adults can improve the ability to make decisions. The best approach is to take your time and do some planning. With important decisions, financial or not, focus on your most important needs. List and prioritize them. Then figure out which decision best meets your priorities. If necessary get some independent professional advice. Finally, don’t be afraid to sleep on it and see if it seems like the best decision the next day. Some types of learning do decline with age rote memorization, recalling figures, absorbing lots of data in a short time or remembering names. But these are not critical. So, tell that to your kids the next time they imply you’re not as capable of making decisions as they are! Courtesy SABOT October 2013 Page 24 - Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors - November 2013

Qld Seniors card holders visiting New Zealand

and gourmet delicacies from over 120 handpicked rural and remote artisans. From artworks and jewellery to ceramics and garden art, books and toys to home wares and textiles, leather and men’s ties to gourmet delights and skin care products, there truly is something perfect for everyone on your Christmas list. Friday 22 November to Sunday 1 December 2013, Open 9.00am to 6.00pm daily 58 Neil Street Toowoomba Masonic Centre (next to Empire Theatre) Free admission.

LOOK for the “SuperGold Cards Welcome” sticker in New Zealand businesses and ask if they also accept Queensland Seniors Card, Seniors +go and Seniors Business Discount Cards. Queensland and New Zealand governments signed a reciprocal agreement for seniors’ discounts in 2012. Seniors Card, Seniors Card +go and Seniors Business Discount Card holders can now receive discounts and special offers on goods and services from businesses participating in the card program. Access to government concessions is not included. Search the SuperGold online discount directory at look for the “SuperGold Cards Welcome” stickers when travelling in New Zealand, and ask the salesperson if they also accept the Queensland Seniors Card, Seniors +go or Seniors Business Discount Card. If a business does not offer discounts for Australian seniors, this will be noted on their website under ‘exclusions’. The SuperGold Card site has the most up-todate information about the New Zealand SuperGold Card discount scheme.

Brain Fodder Temperatures in degrees Celsius and Fahrenheit are usually quite different. However, there is one temperature that has the same reading on both scales. What is it? Answer: -400

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Who do you call ... Seniors Card 137 468 or 1800 175 500 (free call outside Brisbane)

Seniors Enquiry Line 1300 135 500

Centrelink: Retirement 132 300

Department of Veteran Affairs 133 254

Disability, Sickness & Carers 132 717

Veteran Affairs Network 1300 551 918

Employment Services 132 850 Retirement Village Association of Australia 1800 240 080

National Information Centre on Retirement Investments (NICRI) 1800 020 110

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Open for business in Tasmania

Tasmania’s finest dining rooms, The Terrace with its superb selection of fine Tasmanian wines. And, the hotel concierge who will offer helpful advice on just about anything….including the wineries, relatives or not! It’s business as usual in Northern Tasmania and the best time is coming up…. autumn with its “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” as Keats described it. www.cradlemountain w w w. c o u n t r y c l u b t

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AFTER the devastating bushfires in Southern Tasmania in January, tourism now is even more important to the Northern towns and communities which were largely unaffected. Given that late Summer and Spring are ideal for visiting the region, it makes perfect sense to pack up and “do” Northern Tassie for a refreshing break and to enjoy the area’s many attractions. The Federal Hotels Group has launched an innovative package combining stays at Cradle Mountain Chateau and Launceston’s Country Club Tasmania. There’s a minimum 2 night itinerary which can be extended to any number of extra days, and as we found on a recent trip, an ideal plan would be to spend 5 or 6 nights simply because there’s so much to see and do. At Cradle Mountain, the invigorating fresh air, the spectacular scenery, the healthy walks [for any level of fitness, including

Cradle Mountain looking across Dove Lake

designated wheelchair paths] and the abundant wildlife are complemented by comfortable accommodation at the Chateau. Here you’ll find log fires, excellent cuisine and even regular whisky tastings. There’s also the Tasmanian Tiger Exhibition and The Wilderness Gallery with its superb photog r a p h i c collection….Australia’s largest. Back in Launceston, you’re right

on the doorstep of the beautiful Tamar Valley. Perhaps not as widely known as Australia’s other wine regions like the Barossa or Margaret River, the Tamar excels in cool-climate whites and trendy pinot noir. There are so many wineries in picturesque locations, some serving food, that it’s hard to make a choice if you only have a couple of days, but your hotel concierge can be

Toowoomba Travel Consultant Shines: Travelscene American Express Awards 2013

IT didn’t take long for local travel consultant, Phillipa (Pip) Turner from Travelscene Jan McSweeney to make her mark in the travel industry, after she was recently named the Travelscene American Express Rising Star of the Year 2013. Since joining the team only 8 months ago, Pip has gone above and beyond the call of duty to take out the title. She’s built a solid, growing, loyal customer base, has dedicated herself to training, increasing her knowledge and learning the “ins and outs” of the travel industry. “Pip has an incredibly cheerful nature and has an exciting future ahead of her. She is a well-deserving recipient of this award, and we are so proud to have her as part of the team here at Travelscene Jan McSweeney,” said Craig Matheson, Owner/Manager of Travelscene Jan McSweeney. “Although Pip has only been with us for a short of time, her professionalism, maturity, and ability to go that extra mile for her clients is really what sets her apart. Pip was mystery shopped and scored an unbelievable 96%! The mystery shopper said it was the best consultation she’d ever had.” Craig

added. The travel bug set in early for Pip. When she was just 17, she embarked on her first overseas trip to Oxford, UK to work at a boarding school. Subsequently, she decided to go back for another two years on a working visa, and during this time, while travelling Europe, she decided that she wanted to make a career of making other people’s travel dreams come true. “I am absolutely humbled and honoured to have won this award. Travel consultants work very hard and put in many hours behind the scenes for clients so it’s nice to know that the effort does get recognised,” Pip said. “I would like to thank my Owner/ Manager Craig who nominated me, for all his support in my time at Travelscene Jan McSweeney. He was my first employer in the industry so I have him to thank for giving me these fantastic opportunities. During my time in the industry, I have been lucky enough to work with some great consultants who have taught me so much, so thank you all,” she added. The Travelscene American Express Awards are important recognition of the depth of talent and passion for the travel industry that exists across the network. Pip’s areas of expertise include travel to the UK and Western Europe, specialising in younger travel groups and touring. She also loves travelling this year alone she has ventured to New Zealand, Africa, Bali and Melbourne and is in the process of planning her next trip so she can keep her travel knowledge completely up to date. To experience the Travelscene Jan McSweeney difference call 07 4636 2622 or visit them at Southtown Shopping Centre, 144 South St, Toowoomba, QLD 4350 .

relied upon for “local knowledge”. He probably has a relative who owns a winery! Your choice of hotel is therefore most important. You can’t really go past the Country Club Tasmania, ten minutes from Launceston’s CBD. This place has everything….golf, tennis, health club with heated pool, horse riding, and a casino. Added to that is one of

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HOLIDAY & Leisure WHY not ‘mix and match’ your Asian holiday?

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in Taiwan, housing more than 650,000 pieces of Chinese bronze, jade, calligraphy, painting and porcelain, one of the greatest collections of Chinese art and objects in the world. Veteran Asian travel con-

sultant Navy Wang of Mandarin World Tours says you have it all – art, music, cuisine and natural wonders – by taking one of his ‘mix and mach’ tours. He can combine visits to Japan, Korea and Taiwan

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rience in Asian travel, the last seven years based at Springwood designing special packages for Australians. “I have always been passionate about travelling to Asia – it holds a special place in my heart,” says Mr Wang. “I have travelled extensively over the past year to major destinations including China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia inspecting hotels, meeting local travel experts, attending travel marts and negotiating better deals. “I am so excited to keep exploring new destinations for our future products and find something new on our existing tours. After negotiations with major airline partners and other suppliers, Mandarin World Tours can offer unbeatable prices on every package in its Asian travel destinations brochure. As a reward to past clients, they can enjoy 5% discount off the land-only portion of their next tour. “If you are travelling with family and friends, you will be entitled to a 5% discount if the group size is more than six people; a further discount will apply for nine or more people travelling,” Mr Wang said. An early booking and payment discount scheme applies if clients book and pay brochure products six months before departure. Contact Mandarin World Tours, Suite 4, 3368 Pacific Highway, Springwood 4127. Tel: (07) 3808 9918. Fax: (07) 3123 2110. Email:

Over 50s personal travel planner

MY Personal Travel Planner is an independent boutique travel agency situated at 23 Bridge Street in Toowoomba. The locally owned and operated agency was established in 2009 by owner Ainsley Hardie with a strong desire to provide her clients with personalised and individualised attention when planning their holidays. Starting as a home based and mobile business, a growth in demand for services saw the permanent office in Toowoomba open in August 2012. Joined by staff member Penny Webster, the pair enjoys spending their days planning dream holidays for clients both internationally and domestically. “We take planning holidays seriously”, says owner Ainsley Hardie, “we put the same level of care and detail into our clients holidays as we would our own”. Both have travelled to a wide variety of destinations throughout Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia, New Zealand and the Pacific on an international level but have also enjoyed holidays here in Australia through every state. They pride themselves on their personal knowledge of destinations and the varying experiences of travelling at different stages of life. Many of the agencies clients are in the over 50s bracket and as travel planners, Ainsley and Penny love working closely to understand what type of holiday their clients would like to ensure that a holiday is Your Holiday, Your Way. So whether it’s a European River Cruise, a week in a Tuscan villa with language, art or cooking classes, an adventure on the high seas cruising the South Pacific, Alaska, the Caribbean or Mediterranean, a week in historic and natural Tasmania or a wilderness trip to Canada and the majestic Rockies, My Personal Travel Planner can bring your dreams to reality. The agency is also able to help with booking rail tickets, Sky Trans flights to and from Sydney and other domestic travel arrangements. No appointment necessary, just call in or phone 4637 8235.

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Beautiful St Petersburg by Allan Blackburn FORMERLY called Leningrad and Petrograd, St Petersburg is often referred to as the “most beautiful city in Europe”, at least by Russians! The inner city does have many beautiful and historic stone structures but they are sadly in need of cleaning. Most have five or six storeys with virtually no high-rises and few modern buildings. St Petersburg is the northernmost city in the world to have a population over one million. Located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland in the Baltic Sea, this city was once the capital of Russia. It is

the second largest after Moscow, with around five million inhabitants. The most iconic centrepiece of St Petersburg is the Hermitage, former winter palace of Peter the Great together with several ancillary buildings, now a huge museum and art gallery. This complex houses one of the most extensive collections of art anywhere in the world. Room after room after room contains priceless art works by greats such as Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Monet, Picasso, Cezanne, Rubens, Matisse, Daubigny, Van Gogh, Pissarro and countless others. Not just one

painting by each artist, but whole galleries full of their works. Gold adornment and decorations almost overwhelm the senses to the extent that they fade into the background. It is a total enigma that such wealth should be concentrated in one place in a country that has had a long history of impoverished people – one of the reasons for the October Revolution of 1917. Chandeliers weighing up to eight tonnes hang from the ornate ceilings. One room has a stupendous malachite vase weighing 18 tonnes! Bordering the Hermitage is the large Dvortsovaya Square, dominated by a 47-metre

Building Buses and Tours for everyone

HOW do you take people to the best places in Australia when some of the best places can’t be reached by conventional tour coach? The answer Stonestreets Coaches came up with was to get a luxury 4x4 tour coach built. After many months of careful planning, Stonestreets ideas of the perfect 4x4 off road tour coach were submitted to Coach Design, a Brisbane based coach builder who transformed those ideas into reality, supplying Stonestreets a few months later with a brand new luxury off road tour coach. That new coach has now done its inaugural journey travelling throughout the country over a 3 month period and is back in Toowoomba getting ready for its next stint “out the bush”. The next set of tours will be start off in July 2014 with the 11 day DIAMANTINA DRIFTER tour travelling into the Diamantina Lakes National Park, crossing the border into the Northern Territory and following the Sandover Highway south westerly to Alice Springs. Tour 2, 11 day DESERT SANDS tour will then begin in Alice Springs following one of outback pioneer, Len Beadell’s tracks, the Gary Highway, right across the Great Sandy Desert to the West Coast of WA to Marble Bar and Port Hedland then travelling north alongside the Eighty Mile Beach to Broome. Tour 3. The KIMBERLEY & TANAMI tour 3 of this series of 5 tours begins in Broome before setting off to Kooljaman on picturesque Cape Leveque, then into the fascinating Kimberley region exploring gorges and waterfalls along the Gibb River Road.

Catherine’s Palace

tall column that commemorates Russia’s victory over Napoleon in 1812. The square has been the scene of numerous demonstrations and revolts over many years. St Isaac’s Cathedral, third biggest in the world after St Peter’s in Rome and St Paul’s in London, is remarkable in that it was built on marshy ground but has not moved in centuries. Its hugely thick walls protected it from too much damage from the Germans during World War II. Its interior is richly adorned with gold.The Church of the Resurrection, otherwise known as the Church of the Spilled

Blood, boasts multiple colourful onionskin domes that are synonymous with Russia. Its towering walls and ceiling are covered in mosaics depicting dozens of religious scenes. It is now a museum. Nevsky Prospekt is the main avenue in the city. With trams lumbering along, it is lined with low-rise, understated concrete buildings. The largest department store occupies an entire city block. It consists of a large number of small boutiques connected together, all charging rather exorbitant prices for their wares. About 30 minutes out of

St Petersburg is the village of Pushkin, named after Russia’s most famous poet who went to school there. It is the site of Catherine’s Palace. Built during the 18th Century, the palace is 325 metres long and boasts more than 100 kilograms of gold on its sophisticated stucco façade and numerous statues. The interior is similarly lavish, with each room seemingly outdoing the previous with gold gilding, ornate inlaid flooring, large mirrors and works of art. Huge gardens surround the palace on all sides and feature a formal pavilion

on a lake. When German forces retreated after the Siege of Leningrad in 1944 they intentionally destroyed much of the palace. Restoration work is on-going but the exterior and gardens are back to their former glory. St Petersburg is home to more than 200 museums, many housed in historic buildings, 2000 libraries, more than 80 theatres, 100 concert venues and 62 cinemas. Ballet occupies a special place in the cultural life of the city. It was home to Rudolf Nureyev and the Petersburg School of Ballet is renowned as one of the best in the world. A popular tourist jaunt is the cruise from St Petersburg to Moscow via a system of rivers, canals and lakes. Taking around six days, this pleasant journey is a relaxing way to see more of Russia and sample some of its culture and customs. The climate of St Petersburg ranges from quite warm in summer (June to August) and very cold in winter (December to February). The Neva River freezes during winter.

Tour 4. INTO THE RED ZONE will begin in The Alice and explore the MacDonnell Ranges. Tour 5. The final tour in the series, PIONEER SPIRIT travels north to Marree the along the infamous Birdsville Track to the frontier town of Birdsville. The tour will finish back in South East Queensland on the 15th September. Not everyone can afford the time or the money to travel for 50+ days on a tour and that’s why Stonestreets have designed these tours so you can travel on just one or many sections. And this doesn’t just apply to the 4x4 tours, Stonestreets have another tour travelling by luxury tour coach in 5 sections throughout The South East Circle 1. The East Coast, Brisbane to Sydney 2. The Sapphire Coast, Sydney to Melbourne 3. The Shipwreck Coast, Melbourne to Adelaide and Great Ocean Road 4. The Island Coast, Kangaroo Island and Barossa Valley 5. The Peninsula Coast, Eyre and York Peninsulas Yet another travels right around Australia which can also be split into 5 sections, 1. Cruises Along The Pristine Coast, Brisbane to Airlie Beach 2. The Whitsunday Coast & Tablelands, Airlie Beach to Cairns 3. Across the Top, Cairns to Broome 4. The West Coast, Broome to Perth 5. Best of the West in Springtime, WA wildflower time Perth to Brisbane Call Stonestreets Coaches on 4687 5555 today if you would like a brochure on any or all of these fantastic luxury coach or 4x4 coach tours. November 2013 - Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors - Page 27

HOLIDAY & Leisure The Taj Mahal - the most beautiful structure in the world elephants brought the marble to the site, where 20,000 workman took 20 years to complete the building. On the sides are 2 identical structures of red sandstone, one a Mosque facing Mecca, the other to balance ‘the picture’. Before we left we had time to walk

Antoinette O’Connor

ONE simply can’t exaggerate the beauty of the Taj Mahal. One needs to know the incredibly romantic story of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jahan. Shah Jahan was simply Prince Khurram when they were betrothed in 1607 and she was Arjumand Banu Begum. They were married in 1612, the date selected by court astrologers. After the wedding celebration Khurram gave her the title ‘Mumtaz Mahal’ Begum which means Chosen one of the Palace. She became the love of his life. He had previously taken two other wives, but by all accounts, other than siring a child with each, it is said he showed little interest in exercising his polygamous rights over them. According to what I have read, Mumtaz travelled all over the Mughal Empire with her husband Shah Jahan, as he became known. Court historians go to great

around the whole building, and as we walked through the gardens to the gate, we looked behind for one more glance at the Dome above the four marble cupolas. One more perfect photo for a memory that will be there forever.

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lengths to document the relationship the couple enjoyed. She is portrayed as the perfect wife, with no political aspirations. Indeed how could she. They had fourteen children . And alas it was in 1631 that Mumtaz died after giving birth to the fourteenth child. The Shah was inconsolable and remained in secluded mourning for a year. The construction of The Taj Mahal, the final resting place of Mumtaz

Mahal commenced in 1632 and was completed in 1653. On the morning of our tour, the bus parked well away from the Taj. Then a battery bus took us closer to the entrance, thus reducing the danger of pollution. We walked through the great gateway, with the vision of the wondrous building in front of us. We were never rushed and so there was plenty of time for photos until we slowly walked towards the building itself. None of us

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spoke. We were in such awe of the beauty of the Taj. We put on cloth shoes to enter the Building and at the same time, marvelling at the intricate work of the marble. Alas inside was crowded and no photos could be taken. The perfect symmetry of the whole complex was relaxed as we peered through the perforated marble screen towards the two caskets, studded with precious stones. The tombstone of Mumtaz

Mahal is in the centre and the Shah Jahan on the right, although, of course, the actual cenotaphs lie in a crypt directly below. The symmetry of the building is perfect. The architect, Isa, also designed the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. It is built of the finest Indian marble onto a bed of 22 deep wells, protecting the building forever. The four minarets lean out at angle of 92 degrees so that they can never fall onto the dome. A thousand

TOURS in 2014. The new Queensland Rail Train the Spirit of Queensland has arrived and we are very excited to announce that Great Value Holidays have many different departures for our 2014 touring program to the destinations of Cairns, Townsville, and Whitsundays. We have allocation on the train held in advance utilising the new luxurious Rail beds for our guests and also the Premium Economy Seats as well (please see photos below). Come travel on the new train, and have something special to tell your family and friends about. We want to ensure that everyone has a chance to experience this exciting new train and to travel up the Queensland coast, these tours will fill quickly so book early to save disappointment. We also do other rail tours to the Queensland Outback such as Longreach, Winton, Charleville, these we utilise the Spirit of the Outback Train and the Westlander Train. Also our coach air tours to Tasmania, Melbourne, Great Ocean Road and many more. Great Value Holidays can be contacted on 1300 722 661 for more information and you can also read our advertisement below with information on our great tours available to you. We look forward to your call for a full itinerary.

HOLIDAY & Leisure Spend some time with your head in the Clouds this Christmas WHY not enjoy a wonderful break and a great Christmas lunch or dinner in the cool of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Clouds of Montville have combined with the famous Montville Bar and Grill to bring a very special Christmas lunch or dinner offer exclusive to all those Seniors staying at Clouds. From the 1st to the 24thof December Seniors staying at Clouds can enjoy a Christmas lunch or dinner with traditional roast turkey and ham with all the trimmings plus a truly wicked Christmas pudding with brandy sauce for just $49 per couple! The ever popular Clouds of Montville Seniors accommodation package remains unchanged at

$295 for a three night midweek stay and $465 for a five night visit including a tasty homecooked breakfast delivered to your room each morning. “This gives all Seniors the opportunity for a top value three or five night pre- Christmas holiday at iconic Clouds of Montville plus an invitation to enjoy a traditional Christmas lunch or dinner for only $49 per couple! “ said Philip Merifield owner of Clouds with wife Stephanie and son Andrew. For those who might enjoy a glass of wine with their special Christmas lunch or

dinner Clouds and the Montville Bar and Grill will arrange complimentary transport if required. “The very popular Seniors Package continues at Clouds into the New Year. We did however want to put together something special for our preChristmas guests.” said Philip. Why not spoil yourself and someone you love with a relaxing preChristmas getaway at Clouds plus a traditional Christmas dinner for two that all can afford? Call Clouds of Montville on (07) 54429174 to book your very special preChristmas getaway.

Left: Philip and Stephanie (new owners of Clouds of Montville) and two of Santa’s helpers from the Montville Bar and Grill.

Wintering in Europe MY Europe Base share some more ideas to make the most of the Continental winter. Up-Helly-aa – Shetland Islanders take their Viking heritage seriously. Flaming torches, a cast of hundreds and a burning Viking ship fire up the sleepy Shetlands every January (28 Jan 2014) in what is billed as ‘Europe’s Biggest Fire Festival’. Not as frozen as feared - due to the warm Gulf Stream - the Shetlands can be reached on flights from Edinburg or overnight ferry from Aberdeen. Fly from Rhineland’s Hahn Airport to Edinburgh on Ryanair. Spas and Saunas – A sweat, shower and a soak in the altogether in mixed company has long been an innocent pleasure of German folk. There are many resort-like water theme parks in cities, towns and spa destinations, often sourced by warm thermal springs. Sauna areas are typically a level up from the main

pool and have their own outdoor pools, deck chairs, lawns and shrubby borders. One of the grandest is the Claudius Therme in Cologne. The Mosel has many: Cochem, TrabenTrabach, Bad Bertrich, Trier, Koblenz and in Zell, a one km walk from My Europe Base apartments. Skiing – Although a good way from the Alps, downhill skiing can be found closer to Rhineland in France’s Alsace and the Black Forest to the south, and Winterburg to the north-east. Stay a night or two and allow 3 or 4 hours to drive or most of a day on regional trains. North of the Mosel in the Eifel Region’s higher hills, cross country skiing is possible. River cruising – The boats don’t stop entirely in winter. While the Mosel boats tie up, K-D Cruises sail twice daily the Rhine Gorges between Boppard and St Goar, just over an hour each way. Through the 4

weeks of Advent leading up to Xmas, there are also short cruises offered from key Rhine cities. Trains from Koblenz run along both banks of the Rhine Gorges and give great views too. Castles, Cathedrals – Many Burgs lock their heavy doors for winter but some stay open for visitors, such as Burg Cochem overlooking the Mosel. The walk up from town will warm you up. Nearly always open, a dozen or so great cathedrals lie within day trip reach of Zell-Mosel. Roman Ruins – Trier was a major city in Roman times with a population near the present. Inspect the Porta Niagra, Basilika, Baths, Amphitheatre and museums. Theatre – Luxembourg, Trier, Koblenz, Mainz, Frankfurt, Bonn and Cologne are all cities with busy cultural programmes. Taking in a show you may prefer to also stay away a night and make a 2 day excursion. Museums –

They’re everywhere and most remain open. Of special interest for the whole family are the giant Technik museums at Speyer and Sinsheim. They collect all sorts of things in massive halls and outdoors, aircraft are one of the more noticeable themes. Inspect old prop airliners, a Boeing 747, a Concorde – and even the Tupolev ‘Konskordski’! Bus and rail – Sit back in the warmth and watch Europe out the window. Day passes are excellent value for 2, 3, 4 or 5 people to travel together and can be bought for regions, states and across Germany and Austria. Five people can travel the VRM region for 3 days for less than 3 Euro per day each – riding the rails along the Mosel, Rhine and Lahn Rivers and exploring a lot of countryside by bus. Touring by car – Keeping to the regular roads, most visitors will not have any trouble with the cold con-

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ditions. Watch out though if there is ice about. In Winter, parking is easy and rental rates are lower. Hiking and Cycling – You’ll burn a lot more calories walking in cold weather. Nicer days in the midst of winter can reach 10C and if sunny, it’s very pleasant for hiking. Cycling too is OK if you can choose your days for it. Morocco, Canary Islands, Italy, Scandinavia – Whether you want to find more sun – or nearly lose it, browse Ryanair’s cheap flights from their Frankfurt-Hahn hub for some exotic destinations to suddenly jet off to for a few days. The Canary Islands reaches an average 21C in January while going north, the sunshine gets thin in Finland. Rhineland Food and Wine – Although Zell’s cellars and some restaurants are shut, there remains a good choice. If you’re coming back in the evening by rail via Trier or Koblenz, you may enjoy dinner before the one hour rail ride along the Mosel home to Zell. Getting There – Book return flights from Brisbane to Frankfurt International, Paris or Amsterdam. Alternatively, check Scoot and Air Asia deals to Singapore and KL that you can match with flights onward to Europe (many airlines). In this case, plan for SE Asia stopovers in case any flights are delayed or cancelled. What to take – You don’t need to load up too much for the journey. Warm winter gear can be found economically in the Globus centre near ZellMosel. My Europe Base,

Waterfront comfort: couple returns to host their Maroochy River resort WHEN Mona and Phil Humzy leased their Maroochy River Coach House 12 years ago they knew in their hearts they would return. In November last year they moved back and very soon the husband and wife team recaptured the vibrant atmosphere they first created, investing a lot of time and money in renovation and converting the business to the high standard it once enjoyed. A new logo and a new name followed – the Maroochy Waterfront Resort, which sits right on the Maroochy River and is attracting new and regular guests, including coach-travelling retirees who have welcomed the fresh, modern and comfortable facilities. “We’re proud that we can again offer clean, comfortable accommodation, good food and entertainment,” Mona said. The resort provides accommodation for 125 people in 64 motel-style rooms with all the amenities along with ‘dinner, bed and breakfast’ packages. The resort with its picturesque waterfront location set in delightful gardens is located within easy reach of all of the Sunshine Coast’s attractions. Facilities include guest television lounge, outdoor barbecue and eating area and saltwater pool. There’s a licensed restaurant and bar, games and recreation room and a car park. Guest laundry and wireless internet are available. “We run a family and child friendly resort, so cots and highchairs are also available,” Mona said. “Rooms are serviced daily, so you don’t have to worry about a thing – budget-priced facilities with first class service.” Maroochy Waterfront Resort is also popular for functions and can easily handle 200 for special events. “We’re back,” says Mona. “The resort looks great and the fish are jumping.” Catering for short or extended holidays for retirees and providing assistance and information on all the tourist spots in the region, Phil and Mona can be contacted on (07) 5448 4344.

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ACROSS 2 A student holding a scholarship becomes the treasurer 7 More than a set of six 8 The force that brings about sin, is morally wrong 9 Eager to know more about a danger who ran out of oxygen 10 To cement the spoils, one might say 11 To distribute cards is about standards of perfection 13 Those who don’t exist are nobodies 16 Part of a splinter group tips over 18 The customary function of a character played 19 The first person to trick an admired stereotype

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Longyard Country Music Club welcomes you! IF you play an instrument, then why not join the club’s members for meetings and practice from 10am to 5pm on the second Sunday of each month, except May. BYO lunch on these days. Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy the club’s social music days from 12 noon to 5pm on first Sunday of each month, except January and September. It’s only $5 admission with free coffee and tea all day and raffles. Call Nola on 4635 2754 for more information or just come along and enjoy great country music at the Longyard Country Music Club Inc., Wyreema Hall, Umbiram Road, Wyreema.

20 Smile broadly from an early grave when batting 21 Notices some of those escalators 22 Brushed and wiped grime, and eased out DOWN 1 Non-slipping loops genuflect with the words of a particular role 2 Well-trodden postman’s route to the bottom of the garden 3 Appeal to heart surgery

4 A sign of the zodiac from the winner of the first two Melbourne cups? 5 Turn something back out of unsure vertigo 6 Shall be seen in few illustrations 12 Anticipation of mental uncertainty 14 Lengthen some reflex tendencies 15 Flattened metal outside England 17 Clearly displaying a member of the peerage 18 Our Lionel got up

Facts and oddities of the English language Deeded, hummum, muhuhu, and muumuu, each 6 letters long, are the longest words that are normally typed with just one finger.

Madden Family Reunion THE Madden family who arrived in Moreton Bay in January 1863 will commemorate the ocassion with a Family Reunion and celebration on 30 March 2014 at 10am at the Rosewood Showgrounds. Patrick and Margaret, their only daughter Elizabeth, four surviving sons, and nephew James arrived on the Flying Cloud from Doon, Ireland and settled around Ipswich / Rosewood. Another two sons were born whilst at Rosewood. From there, they married into various families including Ryan, Smart, Callaghan, Doyle, King and O’Brien. They have spread out far and wide, settling in various areas. James later brought out his young brother John, and sisters Elizabeth and Jane, and they married into the Bourke/Burke, Ryan, Doyle, Martin, Scanlan and Campbell families. For further details, please contact Lorrae Johnson on 0409 638 865 or email

Brain Fodder What two numbers have a product of 48 and, when the larger number is divided by the smaller, a quotient of 3?

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . What’s on at the Toowoomba Empire Theatre

TOOWOOMBA School of Dance presents The Raja & The River and Celebrations for their annual fundraising production of A Christmas Wish. Bring your family and friends as all proceeds are donated to the Toowoomba Hospital Children’s Appeal. Come for a journey through the wilds of India as the Raja uncovers the mysterious power of the Gyani River. Don’t miss out on the celebration!! On Saturday 23rd November 2013 at 1.30pm & 6.30pm. tickets $20, Concession $16 & Child U12 $12. Luke Kennedy, runnerup of this year’s series of The Voice AustraliaPerforming his itunes chart-topper Time To Say Goodbye and other songs from the series that drew such an incredible response Please Don’t Ask Me, Un Giorno Per Noi, Freedom 90 and Caruso - this dynamic tenor is electric in concert, showing off years of touring experience and a vocal ability beyond par. Widely regarded as

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Australia’s most versatile singer, Luke is the consummate live performer. On Sunday, 24 November 2013 at 7.30pm. Tickets $47.60. Cool Nights Big Band – Countdown to Christmas Christmas is fast approaching and the countdown is on! Cool Nights Big Band are celebrating the end of another fantastic year with their final concert at the Empire Church Theatre for 2013. On Saturday 30th November 2013 at 7.30pm. Tickets Adults $20.00, Child U13 $5. The Seekers – The Golden Jubilee Tour Judith Durham, Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley have

reunited for ‘The Golden Jubilee Tour’. Together, they will take their fans down memory lane with stories, memorabilia, messages of congratulations from music industry contemporaries, and video clips on the big screen. On Monday 2nd December 2013 at 7.00pm. Tickets from $89.90. Palm Lake Resort and the Empire Theatres present Spirit of Christmas Celebrate the Christmas Season and final Morning Melodies performance for 2013 with Spirit of Christmas. Starring tenor Roy Best, soprano Cheryl Darvidis, compere Chris McKenna

and acclaimed pianist Robyn Wommersley. Packed with loads of laughter, this Christmas spectacular will showcase traditional carols alongside contemporary Christmas songs. Don’t miss this highly entertaining show! You are invited to enjoy the hospitality of the Friends of the Empire Theatre as they serve a complimentary morning tea at 10am before every performance of Morning Melodies.On Thursday 12th December 2013 at 11.00am. Tickets $18.00. For more information or to purchase tickets phone the Box Office on 1300 655 299.

1. Apollo 8 2. Queensland 3. 1967 4. Thirty fifteen 5. Python 6. Clockwise 7. Shoe or boot with long pointed toe 8. The Pope 9. Junk 10. Tank 11. Russia 12. Base of spine 13. Yellow 14. Two 15. Synonyms 16. Look 17. Play School 18. Merlin 19. 60 minutes 20. Ned Kelly

Disclaimer for Trivia quiz Answers are correct to the best knowledge of our quizmaster Allan Blackburn. Sometimes people may have different views and some answers considered correct by Allan may be considered incorrect by others. While all care and attention is taken with these answers, mistakes can happen. If you find one, please live with it! No correspondence will be entered into regarding Trivia Quiz answers.

Brain Training answers From page 30 Mini Fit: PUP Add Up: 65 Logical: Jake, Askey, 2nd Kate, Labatt, 1st Sarah, Downing, 3rd EDITORIAL Copy is always welcome. Deadline for the December edition of Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper is November 27th, 2013

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Cobb+Co Museum Workshops

HAVE you ever wanted to create your silver jewellery, forge handcrafted tools or make your own leather belt? Explore the artisan in you at one of Cobb+Co Museum’s renowned weekend Hands On Workshops. You will create your own quality, contemporary pieces under the expert guidance of our highly skilled resident artisans. The workshops are held in our custom built facilities. The cost includes all materials (except silversmithing), morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea. Plus you get to take home your completed creation! Sat 16 November, Calligraphy Create handmade cards you will be proud to send around the world and are sure to be treasured for years. Cobb+Co Museum’s calligraphy tutor is Mark Beaumont, who has been specialising in calligraphy for over 30 years. Cost: $170 . Sat 16 – Sun 17 November Blacksmithing (Advanced) Workshop.

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The fire, sparks, heat and noise of blacksmithing has attracted and entranced people for centuries. Cobb+Co Museum have an advanced Blacksmithing Workshop where you will make your

own fire side tools. Cost: $380. Sat 16 – Sun 17 November Sandstone Sculpture (Beginners). Welcome people to your home or garden with a sandstone carving you have made yourself.

Cobb+Co Museum’s sandstone sculpture workshops are run by Daniel Gill who specialises in restoring historic buildings and monuments. Cost: $305. Sat 23 – Sun 24 November. Leatherplaiting. Make a plaited belt that is custommade to fit you perfectly or your own whip. All leatherplaiting workshops at Cobb+Co Museum are conducted by four-time Dame Mary Durack Award Winner, Bill Webb. Cost: $335 (belt) or $450 (whip). Sat 23 – Sun 24 November Blacksmithing (Beginners) Workshop.Come and feel the satisfaction of making your own unique hand crafted blacksmithing tools. Cobb+Co Museum’s blacksmithing workshops are conducted by former Australian Champion blacksmith and farrier Terry Drennan. Cost: $380 . For further information visit the website: cobbandco. Bookings: Call Cobb+Co Museum on 07 4659 4900. November 2013 - Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors - Page 31

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