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The eyes have it: Doyle’s moment of frustration Blue Mountains MP angry after unnecessary interruption during speech on women’s rights ERIN MAMO

f looks could kill, there could have been a massacre in State Parliament last week. Last Wednesday Blue Mountains Labor MP, Trish Doyle spoke in Parliament about her support of abortion and her views on the new Minister for Women, Tanya Davies but was interrupted half way through her speech by Nationals MP, Stephen Bromhed, prompting one of the all-time great eye-rolls. Ms Doyle spoke in favour of women’s reproductive rights stating that she is a feminist and is in Parliament to advance the causes of women. “I believe the woman herself is best placed to decide what is best for her,” Ms Doyle said. “She knows the circumstances of the pregnancy and understands what she needs.” Ms Doyle criticised Member for Mulgoa and now Minister for Women, Tanya Davies, who is pro-life. “While Ms Davies has a right to those


beliefs, I believe the women of New South Wales are poorly served by them,” Ms Doyle said. At that point, Mr Bromhed made a formal point of order and accused Ms Doyle of attacking Ms Davies. Ms Doyle continued to speak, after Mr Bromhed put forward his thoughts, pausing only to roll her eyes at the Nationals MP. “Right now somewhere near a clinic where women are seeking medical advice or a termination, a loud and invasive group of people will be waving placards and hurling abuse at those women, all the while describing themselves as ‘pro-life’,” Ms Doyle said. On reflection, Ms Doyle said while it’s not unusual for politicians to heckle each other in Parliament, standing to make a formal point of order is often used as a tactic to interrupt a speech and use up the available time on the clock. “When it comes to fighting for women’s reproductive rights, I was not going to let a bloke from the conservative parties sit me down and silence me,” Ms Doyle said. What’s your view? Email

Member for Blue Mountains, Trish Doyle, delivered an epic eye-roll after she was interrupted by Nationals MP Stephen Bromhed while speaking about women’s rights in Parliament last week. Photo: NSW Parliament


Artist rolls the dice with new show at Glenbrook ERIN MAMO

collection of work by Blaxland artist Ben Tankard had its opening night last Thursday at Anala Art Advisory in Glenbrook. On the back of his sell-out show in North Sydney last year, Mr Tankard has gone from strength to strength, with the demand for his work increasing and the quality of his vivid interpretations only getting better. Owner/Director of Anala Art Advisory, Michael Powe, who worked closely with Mr Tankard on this latest body of work, said there was a great turn out at the opening night of ‘StreetArt!’ last Thursday. “We’ve sold five of the 12 pieces in the


Some of Ben Tankard’s amazing work. Photo: Megan Dunn

collection, so that’s fantastic,” Mr Powe said. The subject matter of the striking body of work is Ben’s re-imaginings of the famous Monopoly board game. Each piece of art is colourful and dynamic, and encourages viewers to draw their own conclusions. Using multiple layers of acrylic paint, Mr Tankard said his aim was to take viewers back in time with his examples of the nostalgic board game. “In Monopoly and in real life, your fortune can hinge on random chance, the roll of the dice, and these paintings with their unexpected and often humorous additions reflect that,” Mr Tankard said. Mr Tankard’s work will now be on display in the Glenbrook gallery until February 28.

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Being gay doesn’t contribute to mental illness, study finds ERIN MAMO

new study about the main drivers of mental illness has found that sexual orientation is not a contributing cause to the illness. The study conducted by the Australian National University (ANU) contradicts past research that suggested that those of a sexual orientation other than heterosexual were more likely to develop mental health issues like depression. Lead Researcher from ANU, Dr Richard Burns, said homosexual or bisexual orientation was not a major risk for long-term mental health problems. “Childhood sexual trauma, risky health behaviours, smoking, a lack of positive support and negative social interactions pose more of a risk for people’s mental health than their sexual orientation,” Dr Burns said. “We concluded that all things being equal that there is no particular mental health risk for people with a homosexual or bisexual orientation.” Blue Mountains local Kylie Watson, who came out when she was 17-years-old, agrees with the recent research findings and said she believes anyone regardless of their sexual orientation is susceptible to mental health issues. “I think a number of issues like upbring-


Tiphanee Athans with partner, Kylie Watson ing or a traumatic life event can cause mental health issues,” Ms Watson said. “For people in the LGBTQI community, if a person isn’t getting the support they need from parents, family, and other networks then that can definitely cause self esteem issues.” As a former star on the TV drama ‘Home and Away’ in the early 2000’s Ms Watson said she has experienced a lot of discrimination over the years because of her sexual orientation. Nowadays Ms Watson, who is an interior designer and architect, said while she is proud to be in a same sex relationship she still finds herself closed and guarded about her sexual orientation.


Abseiler falls into canyon About 3.30pm on Sunday, February 12, a group was abseiling the Grand Canyon off Neates Glen Walking Trail in Blackheath, when one of them, a 25-year-old female from Earlwood slipped and fell five to 10 metres to the floor of the canyon. Police Rescue and Ambulance Special Operations attended the scene and the victim was lifted out of the canyon back to the trail. The victim was then carried to a waiting Ambulance helicopter and airlifted to Westmead Hospital. The victim was left with no visible injuries and is walking unaided.

Drunk driver ignores road work speed At 9.30pm on February 10, a 32-year-old male from Mt Victoria was charged with ‘Negligent Driving’ after colliding with the rear of another vehicle on the Great Western Highway, Mt Victoria where the speed limit is currently 40km per hour due to roadworks. The accused had his driver’s licence suspended and will now appear at Katoomba Local Court on March 13, 2017.

Fire at restaurant in Blackheath Around 9.40pm on February 8, Police and the Fire Brigade were called to a fire at a restaurant in Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath. Police and the fire crew observed smoke coming from the second floor windows and fire crews climbed their ladder to the

top floor where they broke a window and sprayed water through the opening. The tenant; a 33-year-old male was treated for shock by Ambulance services and was not injured during the fire. Fire crews indicated that the cause of the fire was an iron that was left on. Extensive damage was caused to the upper floor of the restaurant.

Thieves at Jellybean Pool Between 4.30pm and 6pm on Saturday, February 11, a 20-year-old female was swimming at Jellybean Pool and left her handbag unattended. When she returned a number of items including her wallet and mobile phone had been stolen. Springwood Police remind people attending the Glenbrook National Park, in particular the Jellybean Pool to secure all valuables before attending the pool for a swim.

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Man’s body found A man’s body has been located in the Blue Mountains. Although not formally identified, the body is believed to be that of a 34-year-old man reported missing to police last Thursday after he failed to attend work in Lithgow. About 11.30am last Thursday, officers from Blue Mountains Local Area Command located a vehicle on Taylors Road, Woodford, with the man’s body inside. Police will investigate the man’s death and prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.

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Local musos vie for coveted film role Home-grown acts to compete in Battle of the Bands grand final in a bid to secure performance in movie ERIN MAMO

ocal Blue Mountains bands are set to take the competition by storm on Sunday as they gear up for the Book Week Battle of the Bands grand finale. In conjunction with the film ‘Book Week’, which is being shot in locations across the Blue Mountains later this year, bands will fight it out to secure a place in the movie where they will get to perform their own original track. Following a number of heats, the finale will now showcase 15 bands from western Sydney, with more than half of the bands hailing from our very own backyard. The Proxy, Demege, Dears for Embers, PETA and the Wolf, Brass Lantern, solo artist Peter Calvert and band the Bell Jar will all vie for top spot. The Bell Jar are no strangers to performing and can often be found at gigs in the Upper Mountains. Their latest album ‘Going to Prague’ is currently available on iTunes and for sale at Katoomba Music. Book Week Director and Blue Mountains local, Heath Davis, said being in the film is not only a great opportunity for local bands to play on a public platform, but it


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The Bell Jar will also give them a chance to collaborate on a project that will showcase western Sydney. “We have said from the beginning, ‘Book Week’ is about creating a film by locals which we hope will leave an enduring by-product of creativity within the community,” Mr Davis said. The Battle of the Bands finale is a free

event and Mr Davis is urging everyone to come along and support an afternoon which promises not to disappoint. “The amount of talent which has already been on show has been phenomenal,” Mr Davis said. “We are definitely keen to see the outcome of the final and ultimately work alongside some great local musicians.”

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Locals urged to get behind this year’s Clean Up Australia Day ERIN MAMO

lean Up Australia Day is being held nationally this year on Sunday, March 5, and organisers are urging all Blue Mountains residents to kit up and get involved. Chairman and Founder of Clean Up Australia, Ian Kiernan, wants everyone to don a pair of gloves and grab a bag. “When the rubbish is gone, nature can carry on,” he said. “The best way to start is to take a look around you and you’ll be amazed at how much rubbish is lurking in the bushes, along tide lines, running tracks and picnic spots in your area.” In the Blue Mountains, Councillor, Romola Hollywood has been the Site Coordinator for Wentworth Falls Villages Clean Up Australia Day site for the past five years. Cr Hollywood said she loves getting involved because she gets to team up with the community and make a difference. “It’s great because I get to find out first-hand what the challenges are with littering and dumping in our local neighbourhood and bushland,” Cr Hollywood said. “It’s both a surprise and shock what gets


State MP Trish Doyle and Cr Romola Hollywood with volunteers dumped. Last year one of our volunteers pulled out a children’s peddle car from Jamison Creek!” The Wentworth Falls site is one of half-a-dozen open clean up sites in the Blue Mountains region that anyone can join. Other sites holding a clean up in the region include Central Town car park in Hazelbrook, Lennox Bridge clean up in

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Parking problems in Penrith are nothing new. On the front page of the February 21, 1957 edition of the Nepean Times, a report suggested that Council was considering ways to relieve the very significant parking problems on High Street.

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pend a few hours lost in a world of captivating stories, fascinating characters and mindblowing special effects at Hoyts Penrith this month. Whether you love a heart-warming romcom, a thrilling drama, an epic blockbuster, or a scary horror flick, Hoyts Penrith has something for everyone with multiple screens showing all the best new release films daily. Settle in and enjoy the entertainment with a range of treats from the snack bar, a delicious hot pizza from Eagle Boys Pizza or an ice-cream from Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. This week Hoyts Penrith will be screening ‘Fifty Shades Darker’, ‘The Great Wall’, ‘Hidden Figures’, ‘Patriot’s Day’, ‘Lion’, ‘Ballerina’, ‘Split’, ‘Gold’ and much more. For a full list of movies and more information on session times, visit The Record has a Hoyts family pass (four tickets) to give away. For your chance to win, email the code word ‘HOYTS’ to with your name and contact details. Entries close Thursday, February 23. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPM/16/00054. Terms and conditions at Blue Mountains Record reception.

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eura locals have taken it upon themselves to raise money for Alzheimer’s Australia through a Do It Yourself (DIY) Memory Walk. Each year, Alzheimer’s Australia brings memory walks to large cities in an attempt to raise money for the disease. With no walk scheduled for the Blue Mountains, Leura resident Peter Swindell decided off his own bat that he would hold a DIY walk on Sunday, March 12. Mr Swindell, who has already raised $830 for Alzheimer’s Australia, said he is helping out because his wife, Joyce, suffers from the disease. “My wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011 and also has Vascular Dementia, so I wanted to do something to help,” Mr Swindell said. The DIY walk will start bright and early at Movern Gardens retirement home in Leura, with participants asked to be ready to start walking at 8:30am. During the walk, participants will travel along a three kilometre circuit from the retirement home, down to Leura village, along Megalong Street and back to the retirement home.


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Registration is $10, which includes a memory walk t-shirt. Simon Crowson, General Manager of fundraising at Alzheimer’s Australia, said the organisation is grateful for the support from people in rural communities who make the choice to organise a DIY walk. “With dementia now the second leading cause of death in Australia, our services are now more important than ever, and reaching communities in rural areas is invaluable,” Mr Crowson said. Fundraising efforts through Memory Walk will enable Alzheimer’s Australia to continue to provide much-needed support services, education as well as social research. Currently, there are estimated to be more than 353,800 Australians living with dementia, with Alzheimer’s being the most common form of dementia. That equates to 1,800 new cases of dementia in Australia each week, or an alarming and equally sobering, one person every six minutes. To find out how you can help, or for more information, visit www.memorywalk. To get involved with the Movern Gardens DIY walk, contact Nelly or Jess on 4784 4600.

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here are many misconceptions that business owners hold. Successful ones challenge these myths and swallow their pride to admit they may have been doing it wrong. Here are some common misconceptions to consider: ‘Always maintain focus’ If you spend your whole day jumping from one task to another, finishing nothing, then you have a problem with focus. But we do also need distractions to boost creativity. If we force ourselves to keep focused on a task until it is finished, we may find that it takes longer to complete. Taking a break actually helps you to RE-focus and increase energy levels. As long as you don’t get too distracted, having ‘less’ focus may benefit you. ‘Don’t let the small stuff stress you’ If you have read my articles for any length of time, you would know I definitely disagree with this one! Although we shouldn’t get stuck on something genuinely unimportant, attention to detail, and being concerned with the seemingly insignificant things, can create great benefits.

Customers will notice the extra effort, and sometimes stress can increase your effort levels. ‘Always take on a new client’ I have learned the hard way that it is not wise to accept every project or customer that comes your way. If you take on work that is outside your scope, or that you loathe to do, you will soon create a business that you don’t want to be in. Or if you take on more than you can handle, you will gain a reputation for over-promising and under-delivering. Neither scenario is good. Be clear about your capacity to accept extra work and be prepared to decline work when necessary. ‘You need to know how to do it all’ No you don’t. I have yet to meet a business owner who hasn’t started out this way. The ones who stay in business longer than five years soon work out that delegation is the key to success. No-one is an expert on everything. Challenge the myths, and you’ll find even more success!


he final column in our networking series is about online networking. Many of the same reasons why and how you network in person apply to online, but there are some differences. What’s the same? • You need to know why you are networking with each group, and make sure they’re a good fit for you and your networking needs • Focus on getting known, liked and trusted before selling • Give before expecting to receive – freely share your knowledge to establish your expertise What’s the difference? • Messages can often be misconstrued, as people can read between the lines as you lose the main elements of faceto-face communication – expressions, body language and tone • It’s easy to get side tracked and spend far too long online. If this is an issue, try setting a timer, limiting the times a day you go online, or try productivity apps that block websites Where should you network? • Online groups like Facebook and

LinkedIn, plus forums on other social media and industry association websites • Groups that allow open advertising, often become post and run, so offer little engagement. Look for groups that restrict advertising but allow informational posts and are highly engaged • Look for forums where your target market or referral partners hang out, rather than just businesses like you Your approach • When joining groups make note of the rules and obey them • Set yourself up to receive notification of all posts in key groups • Observe initially and get to know the roles in the group – the admins, the instigators, and the tone and expectations of the group • When you have valid contributions to make, make them as comments or new posts • Always check your post before entering for typos Networking can be of great benefit to you and your business.

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lue Mountains Personal Training Studios has something for everyone. Whether you prefer to sweat it out in a group or have your workout a little more tailored to you in a one on one session, the Glenbrook-based business can accommodate anyone’s requirements. Now in its second year of business, Director Adam Grono and his team are expanding with a new studio now open in Springwood. Mr Grono, who has been in the industry for over nine years said his aim is to offer something different to the big gyms in the area. “We are a small and personal studio, that wants to give our customers the private space and one on one attention that they might not get at a big gym,” Mr Grono said. “We offer programs that are specifically tailored to the person and the goals that they want to achieve.” As a Qualified Personal Trainer,

Mr Grono holds a Certificate Three and Four in Fitness, is qualified in teaching spin classes, boxing and TRX and is a Level One Wellness Coach. Services the Mountains studio offers include small group training with a maximum of four people at a time, one on one personal training and a free Saturday morning boot camp. Mr Grono is one of the four trainers that you can expect to work with if you join Blue Mountains Personal Training Studios. Blue Mountains Personal Training Studios is open from Monday to Thursday, 5.30am to 9pm, Fridays from 5.30am to 7.30pm and on Saturdays from 7am to 12pm. Mr Grono and his team are now booking in consultations with new clients at both the Springwood and Glenbrook locations. To find out more call 4739 0800 or visit the Glenbrook studio at Shop 8, 2 Ross St, Glenbrook or Shop 3, 121 Macquarie Road, Springwood.

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Sweating out the classics


ny band that’s been around for decades is likely to have gone through a few line-up changes. At last count Blood, Sweat and Tears has featured more than 150 musicians. Rather than being a blight on the band’s legacy, it’s more-so a testament to the fact that it’s the music – not the individual personalities – that make Blood, Sweat

and Tears so popular with audiences, young and old. Heading up the current incarnation of the American jazz-rock band is ‘American Idol’ season 4 runner-up Bo Bice – who performed one of the band’s biggest hits ‘Spinning Wheel’ live on the show. Fast forward to 2013 and after a dinner meeting, Bo was asked to join one of his favourite bands as guest vocalist. “Initially I had just come in to do three or so shows,” he said. “Then three turned into five, and the five turned into eight, and now we’re on our second trip over to Australia.” For Bo, it’s been a fantastic experience performing on stage without having to

worry about the responsibilities of a solo artist, where you have employees relying on you to make a living. “It’s offered me a couple of years of just being able to be a normal guy, but for 90 minutes a day I get to go play rock star which is kinda cool,” he said. “I get to do what I love – playing with Blood, Sweat and Tears – but also it’s left me more opportunity to do some other things that I love – being a good dad and husband, but also pursuing opening my own music school and music store.” Blood, Sweat and Tears will be heading to the Evan Theatre at Penrith Panthers in March, and while Bo is now well and truly a member of the group, he is adamant

that the focus be on the music, not him personally. “If you’re expecting to come along and see Bo Bice be the star of the show you’re probably not going to be very happy, because the star of the show is the catalogue,” he said. “You have to be on top of your game to play this catalogue of music, and I believe any singer on the face of the planet would say that.” Blood, Sweat and Tears will be performing at the Evan Theatre at Penrith Panthers on Saturday, March 18 at 8pm. Tickets are $73.60. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.penrith. or call 4720 5555.

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Rated MA // KATE REID Oscar winner Ben Affleck takes aim at the ‘boring accountant’ stereotype in this action-packed crime thriller. Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is great with numbers, but not so great with people. The math savant works as a financial consultant in an unsuspecting small-town CPA office, where he does the books for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organisations. As the Treasury Department’s Crime

Enforcement Division, run by Ray King (J.K. Simmons) starts to hunt him down, Christian takes on a new legitimate client, an accounting clerk (Anna Kendrick) who has uncovered fraud at the robotics firm where she works. Though the case seems straight forward things take a dangerous turn as the truth comes to light and the body count starts to rise. ‘The Accountant’ is out now!


Prepare for life on the battlefield when you take on the role of Knight, Samurai or Viking in this fight for glory and survival. ‘For Honor’ is a fast-paced melee action game which offers players an immersive gaming experience, with the choice of solo or multiplayer gameplay. The game’s innovative control system, known as The Art Of Battle, puts you in control of your hero as you take down soldiers, archers and opposing heroes with your character’s skills and weapons.

Hidden Figures

Rated PG // KATE REID The story of three incredible AfricanAmerican women behind one of NASA’s most important operations takes to the big screen this week. ‘Hidden Figures’ takes a look at the fascinating untold story of Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer), Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae), the mathematical minds behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit – one of the greatest NASA operations in history. Working behind the scenes, while battling against gender and race lines, these three mathematicians managed to achieve incredible feats in support of the American space program.

‘Hidden Figures’ has been an overwhelming hit with critics and has earned a nomination for Best Picture at the 2017 Oscars. The film is also currently the highestgrossing nominee in the category, overtaking the hit musical ‘La La Land’. Movie review site Rotten Tomatoes has described this historical drama as heartwarming and crowd-pleasing. It’s really encouraging to see films like this being made, helping to give recognition to groups that are often underrepresented in historical storytelling. ‘Hidden Figures’ is screening at Hoyts Penrith. For more information on session times, visit

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Ê The latest season of ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ returns on Monday, March 6 at 1pm and 9.30pm. It’s still unclear whether the two biggest dramas for the Kardashians last year – Kim’s Paris robbery and Kanye West’s rehab stint – will be addressed. Ê

Channel Nine is now the new home of ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’. With Donald Trump busy doing his thing in the White House these days, Hollywood action star Arnold Schwarzenegger takes over the

reigns as boss of the reality series. Nine launched the show last Tuesday, February 14 at 10pm, but you can catch-up on the first episode via 9Now.

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Ê Streaming service Stan has renewed hit Aussie series ‘Wolf Creek’ for a second season. From March 24, Stan will also launch weekly comedy specials ‘One Night Stan’, with stand-up shows from Wil Anderson, Tom Ballard, Tom Gleeson, Judith Lucy, Celia Pacquola and Sam Simmons. Ê New US sitcom ‘The Mick’ begins on FOX8 on Sunday, February 26. The series stars Kaitlin Olson as a brash, two-bit hustler who assumes guardianship of three high-maintenance nephews and nieces when their parents flee the country.

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Rams love to rush full speed ahead but this week’s frustrating stars don’t encourage haste. Your patron planet Mars squares powerful Pluto on Wednesday. So, if your actions are blocked or a relationship hits a brick wall, then use it as an opportunity to re-group, re-plan and re-energise. You thrive on debate and confrontation but pick your battles carefully because in the short term you’re unlikely to win.



Do you secretly long to change something in your life, but it never seems to be the ‘right’ time? Stop being a stubborn Bull; digging your hooves in; and making ridiculous excuses! The message of this week’s Solar Eclipse is to be fluid and flexible, as you adapt to evolving circumstances with the greatest of ease. Your intuition will also speak to you in a special way.



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Uranus, Jupiter and Saturn all give you a welcome boost this week. Your quicksilver mind is firing on all cylinders; concentration is unusually good; and you’re keen to communicate, study and learn. But your tendency to over-talk and over-share could get you into trouble if you spread gossip. Draw inspiration from Steve Irwin: “Be passionate and enthusiastic in the direction that you choose in life, and you’ll win”.



There’ll be opportunities to release old emotional baggage from the past. If you hold onto grudges, it will adversely affect your current relationships. So work on building bridges and nurturing loved ones. Be inspired by writer Anais Nin (born on Feb 21): “Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back. A new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country”.

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Avoid the temptation to be a drama queen and fly off the handle this week. If you try to control or manipulate others, then you’re in for a tumultuous time (especially at work). For some attached Lions – your lacklustre love life gets a welcome boost, as Sunday night’s Solar Eclipse stimulates your sensuality zone. Single Cats – a physical attraction promises passion but are you seeing the person clearly?



The stars rev up your motor, speed up your mind and stimulate your study gene. So, with hard work and positive thinking on your side, you can climb any mountain and sail any stormy sea. But has your relationship been stuck in a time-warp where it’s been difficult to move forward? The Solar Eclipse brings a shift in perspective, as you view your lover in a promising new light.



Mars and Pluto pair up and disrupt domestic harmony. Don’t let it disturb your equilibrium though Libra! The secret to success at the moment is learning to let go, as you keep what’s working in your life and discard what isn’t. Opportunities for growth come from loved ones, as you realise who has your best interests at heart. It’s also a good time to express your creative side or appreciate the artistic talents of others.



Mars and Pluto compel you to remove the dead wood from your life. Then the Solar Eclipse repeats this theme of breaking down old patterns of behaviour and forging a fabulous new course. Transformation is the name of the game as you leave the familiar behind, and venture into uncharted territory. Your motto is from fellow Scorpio, Will Rogers: “Chaotic action is preferable to orderly inaction”.



Tuesday is a terrific day to communicate creative concepts and innovative ideas via talking, writing and artistic pursuits. Avoid getting drawn into an argument on Wednesday (where you’ll be expected to defend your ideas). Have faith in your unique talents. Your motto for the moment is from birthday great Anais Nin: “You should not give anybody the power to decide what is right and wrong in your creativity”.

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Wednesday is the worst day of the week, when Mars and Pluto amp up your assertive and controlling side. Which is likely to attract opposition from others. Instead of wasting precious time on pointless power games, why not grab the Goat by the horns and initiate some long overdue changes? Especially involving family, travel or education. Be inspired by fellow Capricorn, writer Simone de Beauvoir.



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The perfect salmon recipe for your family this summer When it comes to eating healthy you don’t have to sacrifice taste for nutrition. To prove it we’ve teamed up with Dr Joanna McMillan to bring you this delicious and nutritious summertime recipe... Nori-crusted salmon Serves 4 • Time: 25 minutes

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• 4 nori sheets, torn into pieces • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes • 2 teaspoon sweet paprika • 1 red onion, finely diced • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or finely chopped • 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger • 200g (7oz) broccolini, cut into bite-sized pieces • 2 carrots, grated or finely julienned • 2 spring onions (scallions), thinly sliced • 200g (7oz) snow peas (mangetout), trimmed and thinly sliced • 4 x 100g (31/2oz) skinless salmon fillets • 180g (61/2oz) soba (buckwheat) noodles • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil +

• Pinch of salt flakes • Ginger and sesame dressing • 2 teaspoons finely grated ginger • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil (preferably light flavour) • 2 teaspoons sesame oil + • 2 tablespoons brown rice vinegar • 1 tablespoon tamari 1. Put the nori sheets, salt, black pepper, chilli flakes, paprika and half of both the sesame seeds in a food processor or Vitamix and pulse until grainy (be careful not to over-process). 2. Heat two teaspoons of the extra virgin olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and gently sauté for a few minutes until the onion is soft but not browned. Add the nori sesame mix and stir to combine over the heat for one minute to marry the flavours. Transfer to a bowl and set aside. 3. Heat the remaining oil in the pan, add the salmon and gently fry for 2-3 minutes on each side. Place the fillets in a baking dish and top with the nori mixture. At this stage you can place them in the fridge until you are ready to cook if you want to prepare them ahead of time. 4. Preheat the oven to fan-forced 200°C (400°F/Gas 6). Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Place the broc-

colini in a steamer and place over the boiling water to cook for 1-2 minutes or until tender. Remove and run under cold water to stop the cooking process and maintain the gorgeous bright green colour. 5. Add the soba noodles to the boiling water. Boil rapidly for four minutes or until al dente, drain into a colander and run the noodles under cold water twice. Place into a mixing bowl and combine with the carrot, spring onion, snow peas, broccolini and the remaining sesame seeds. 6. Put all the dressing ingredients in a jar and shake to combine. Pour over the soba noodle salad and toss to combine. 7. Put the salmon in the oven and bake for 5 minutes to cook through and crisp the top. Divide the soba noodle salad among four plates and top with the baked salmon. Enjoy this dish hot or cold.

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Why your feet feel so uncomfortable when walking Pain and discomfort when you’re walking is never ideal, but seeking help can resolve the issue...

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Do you ever feel like you’re walking on a rock in your shoes? Or do you have that constant feeling of your socks being scrunched up when they aren’t? In between the spaces of the metatarsals in the foot, there are a series of digital nerves that innervate the toes. Each nerve is surrounded by a sheath which provides protection to the nerve. When the area is overloaded due to an increase of pressure, this sheath becomes irritated and thickened in an attempt to protect the nerve. It occurs most commonly in middleaged females, particularly in those who wear a lot of high heels and constrictive footwear. The most common space it affects is in between metatarsals three and four. The likelihood of developing a neuroma depends on a range of factors. These include: • Foot mechanics – can lead to a pressure overload • High heels – increase the amount of pressure on the forefoot • Tight footwear – compress the area

There are a few indicators that you may be suffering from a morton’s neuroma. These include: • Pain under the ball of the foot • Feelings of a pebble in your shoe or sock scrunched up • Pain and/or numbness into the lesser toes • Pain on direct palpation of the area • Pain on side-to-side compression of the forefoot Usually a diagnosis can be made on assessment, however sometimes ultrasound imaging can be used to confirm the diagnosis. Following an assessment by a Podiatrist, a suitable treatment plan will be made. This aims to address the cause of the issue and therefore reduce the pain symptoms that you have been experiencing. It may be necessary to use custom orthotic therapy in the treatment of a neuroma to improve foot mechanics and distribute the pressure more evenly throughout the foot. Footwear is an important aspect in the treatment process of a neuroma. This is because forefoot compression due to tight footwear aggravates a morton’s neuroma and increases the symptoms. In all cases, it is necessary to ensure that there is adequate width across the forefoot area to minimise the risk of this

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Gender neutral clothing is in, stereotypical choices are out! When it comes to our kids, the old days of blue for boys and pink for girls are long gone...

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There’s a new wave in fashion for kids and babies, understated and simple, proving that we don’t have to define our girls by the colour pink and adorn our boys with the colour blue. Gender neutral clothing, focusing on a neutral colour scheme of soft creams, delicate greys, black and white can help inspire our children to be who they were created to be, free! With cuts a little baggier than normal with good function that they can play in, we are seeing a lot of plain and soft materials, comfort proving to be more important than the pink frills made from a scratchy fabric on a tutu dress. Gone are the days of outdated and restrictive gender stereotype clothing for our children. Maybe we can blame it on Kim Kardashian, who claims her daughter North has a strict no pink rule and doesn’t like purple either. North is always spotted out and about with her fashionable mum, wearing black leather biker jackets or oatmeal coloured sweatsuits with brown lace up boots. Fussy prints for boys with stereotypical

cars or trucks featured on them are out and boho hippie geometric prints are in. Unisex clothing is all about self expression! There’s no reason why your little man can’t wear those muted red corduroy jeans from the girls section and your daughter, that badass Spider-Man t-shirt! If early on in life we show our kids that we haven’t put them in a box, our children might extend this perspective from toys and clothes to later future roles,

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bench with a hidden technology hub in the kitchen cupboard. The master bedroom is a private ‘parents retreat’ with deck access and views, brand new opulent double ensuite and large WIR. The stylish main 3-way bathroom is complete with Italian tiles and designer fittings. The 2nd living space downstairs comprises of a games and movie room and offers wonderful space. The 5th downstairs bedroom has direct

access to the third bathroom and laundry making it a private oasis for teenagers, guests, or extended families. The property also features a steel frame construction, Spotted Gum timber flooring and ducted air conditioning throughout, high set ceilings, a vast double garage with workshop area and internal access, an abundance of storage, two covered entertaining spaces and a lush level yard.

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• Brand new gourmet kitchen with European appliances and Caesarstone benchtops • Brand new designer bathrooms with Italian tiles and quality fittings • Five large bedrooms with built-in robes • Two separate living areas offer space for the family • Ducted air conditioning and gorgeous Spotted Gum flooring

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29 Brookdale Terrace, Glenbrook

• Sophisticated design and floor plan • Sought after location on the village side of Glenbrook

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Buyers Guide $1,290,000 - $1,350,000 By Appointment Chris Rayner 0432 721 335 2/30 Woodriff Street, Penrith

14 Emu Plains Road, Mount Riverview 4



• For bedrooms, main with ensuite • Two separate living areas offer wonderful space and good separation for the family to enjoy. • Central kitchen works well within the friendly layout • Backs to bush with a gorgeous view and visiting wildlife • Fenced yard with mature trees and places to explore • High ceilings, air conditioning and plenty of natural light • Large under cover patio area, ideal for entertaining

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Buyers Guide $580,000 - $620,000 By Appointment Chris Rayner 0432 721 335 2/30 Woodriff Street, Penrith



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enrith Panthers prop Sam McKendry has torn an ACL in his comeback game from the same injury. The 27-year-old former New Zealand international limped from the field just before half-time in Penrith’s 18-6 trial win over Parramatta at Pepper Stadium on Saturday night. McKendry was due to have scans yesterday to confirm the doctors’ suspicions that he’s torn his ACL again. It’s a huge blow for McKendry who Tweeted on the morning of the game that he was gearing up for a huge season. “Can’t wait to get out on the field tonight with the boys. Pumped for a big season,” McKendry Tweeted. McKendry tore his ACL mid-way through the 2016 NRL season in a game against Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium. Saturday’s game was his first match back on the field for Penrith since suffering the injury. On a humid night at Pepper Stadium, the Panthers managed to wrestle the match away from the Eels in the second half after the game was tied nil-all at half-time. Tyrone Peachey and Te Maire Martin produced stand-out performances for Penrith. Sam McKendry playing his return game for Penrith last weekend. Photo: Megan Dunn



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