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HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY However you choose to celebrate, Australia Day this Thursday is a brilliant opportunity for locals to come together and honour our great country. Throughout the Blue Mountains, there’s a range of fun activities to get involved with. Erin Mamo reports on page 3

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Time to celebrate our great nation Events throughout the Blue Mountains will have us beaming with pride ERIN MAMO

et out your green and gold, it’s Australia Day on Thursday! This year, the Blue Mountains will yet again host a variety of fun activities for the whole family. Glenbrook will host their celebrations complete with the annual gnome convention. Starting at 9am, the festivities, held in Glenbrook Park, will have rides for the kids, a range of free activities, live entertainment and demonstrations, a market and food stalls. The gnome convention will offer fun for the young and old. Bring your gnome, dressed up or not, to win a prize and have some fun. A little further up the Mountains, Springwood will hold their Australia Day Festival from 10am. Based at Springwood Public School there will be pony rides, mini go-karts, stalls, food including local fruit and veggies, Belgian waffles, the RFS barbecue, handmade jams and live entertainment across two stages. Entry to the event is by donation and all proceeds from the Festival will go to local RFS Brigades and the SES. Springwood Sports Club will also offer

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Local kids Orlando, Sophia, Elena, Ruby and Olivia prepare for Australia Day face painting, an animal farm and jumping castle for the kids, as well as a huge Australia Day raffle for the grown-ups starting from 12pm. In Katoomba, the Oz Rock Revival is on at the RSL. From 4pm the revival tribute band will present the best of Australian classic rock songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Finally in Lithgow, Australia Day

celebrations will be held in various locations throughout the area. On Wolgan Street in Portland there will be music, rides and markets from 10.30am onwards. At the Wallerawang Bowling Club there will be sports and art activities, rides, displays, a barbecue and a waterslide. The Lithgow Highland Pipe Band will perform at 1.30pm.

Message from the Mayor Recent media reports and commentary relating to the cancellation of ANZAC Day marches in the Blue Mountains have got it wrong on a number of fronts. Blue Mountains City Council did not cancel ANZAC Day marches. It is not a decision for Council to make. It is not a decision Council would ever make. There was no backflip. The threat of cancelling local ANZAC Day marches was a direct result of new security requirements imposed by the NSW Government which are on top of additional costs for traffic management controls introduced by the NSW Government in 2015. It was never a question of Council being able to afford to help fund the ANZAC Day marches nor a question of Council priorities. The possibility of local ANZAC Day marches being cancelled is unacceptable to me, just as it is unacceptable to the community. That’s why Council stepped in to help make sure the marches go ahead. The good news is that local ANZAC Day marches will go ahead as planned in the Blue Mountains this year. Put simply, Council and our local RSL branches have worked together, with the NSW Government to overcome the challenges of conducting the ANZAC Day marches in a changing world.

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We’ll never forget: 40 years since tragedy struck at Granville ERIN MAMO

ast Wednesday marked 40 years since 84 people died in the Granville train disaster. Helen Melville’s brother, Neville McDonald from Faulconbridge, was one of the lucky ones who survived the accident. “My brother was not supposed to be on that train,” Ms Melville said. “He got to the station early that day just

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as the train was about to leave and jumped on to one of the last carriages.” Mr McDonald, who passed away last April from diabetes complications, was a journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald in his earlier years and was travelling to work on the day of the train accident. His sister said he didn’t talk about the disaster too much but knows how lucky he was. “Neville always sat in either the third or fourth carriage,” Ms Melville said.

“We are so thankful he didn’t move further up the train that day. Police Rescue officer, Gary Raymond, who was on the scene the day of the disaster admitted it wasn’t until the dust had settled on the Granville train disaster that it sunk in just what a huge event it was. “We didn’t have time to look at the enormity of it at that moment, you looked at it as a rescue rather than a sad, tragic event,” he said. At last Wednesday’s commemoration service Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull offered his condolences to those affected. “We put our arms around you in love and solidarity, but we know we will never truly understand the burden you bare and the pain you endure,” Mr Turnbull said.

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Yet again, New South Wales will have a Premier we didn’t vote for. And we’ll have that Premier for two years, given the next State Election is not until 2019. People are growing tired of Premiers and Prime Ministers disappearing before

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Global feast promotes diversity this Aus Day ERIN MAMO

n January 27, World Degustation Day will celebrate all things great about food at the Hydro Majestic with a seven-course dinner set to wow guests. The original Blue Mountains party palace will celebrate its history of cultural diversity during the Australia Day week with a degustation feast that will include traditional dishes from all over the world. Escarpment Group General Manager, Ralf Bruegger, said the Hydro Majestic has always embraced cultural diversity because its first owner, Mark Foy, genuinely loved people of all nationalities and their cultural traditions. What’s more Mr Bruegger, who is of German descent, said it’s important that people who are travelling from all around the world, or who have moved their lives to the Blue Mountains, are understood and accommodated for. “In an internationally renowned destination such as the Blue Mountains, it is expected of us, and certainly well received, that we accommodate to our guests and their cultural needs,” he said. Guests at the degustation can expect to be treated to global gastronomy through a

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Stolen medals returned to widow War medals taken from Glenbrook home last year mysteriously returned via post to police EMILY NEWTON

here were tears of joy at Penrith Police Station on January 13 as three stolen World War II medals were carefully restored and returned to their rightful owner. The medals, which were stolen from widow Sue Summers’ property at Glenbrook last year, were received at Penrith Police Station in an anonymous parcel on January 3. Chief Inspector Tracy Stone said the police were helped by the community and local businesses to repair the medals to reflect their former glory and honour. “We discovered that the war medals were actually in disrepair and were not fitting to be returned to this owner,” Chief Inspector Stone said. “We’re glad to be able to return these... it’s exactly why I do my job.” Mrs Summers was accompanied by her daughter Ann Smith to receive the medals that belonged to her late husband. “We are over the moon, I can’t even put into words how we are feeling,” Ms Smith said. “It’s an absolute miracle how this has all happened.

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“We had come to terms with the fact that we would never see them again.” Mrs Summers was almost speechless as she cried with joy when the medals were returned. She thanked the Blue Mountains and Penrith communities and police for their assistance in ensuring the medals found their way home. “Thank you very much for returning them.... we know that there is good in the community,” Mrs Summers said. Her daughter thanked the community for its support and the local businesses who restored the medals to their deserved glory. “I need to thank Penrith Police and Springwood Police who have been amazing through this whole ordeal,” she said. “We can’t be thankful enough. It kind of restores our faith in humanity a little bit.” In October, Mrs Summers’ home was forensically examined by police which was unable to return any clues. The parcel was sent to Penrith Police just two days after Springwood Police had called Mrs Summers to tell her investigations were still ongoing. The break and enter still remains unsolved and police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

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Plight to swing into the record books Blue Mountains aims to reclaim the world title for most costumed people dancing the Charleston The dance originated in South Carolina in the United States during the 1920s and became popular all over the world. The Charleston Challenge will be a free event but the Hydro is asking for a gold coin donation per person which will be given to the Blue Mountains Rural Fire Service. Prizes will be awarded on the day for best performance and best costume. Ms Corkeron said entrants and spectators can kick on at the Hydro after they dance their way into history. “The Majestic Long Lunch is a great option for an indulgent meal after the dance off,’’ Ms Corkeron said. The world record attempt will start at 11am sharp on Saturday, February 25, out the front of the pavilion at the Hydro. Other Roaring 20s events that will be held during the festival include Valentine’s High Tea with tenor Brad Cooper and pianist Grace Kim on Sunday, February 12, a prohibition casino fundraiser for Katoomba Hospital on Saturday, February 18, and a Majestic Journey vintage car cavalcade from Penrith to Medlow Bath on Friday, February 24. To find out more about one of the events or to see a Charleston dance tutorial, visit www.hydromajestic.com.au.

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he Blue Mountains will try to reclaim a retro dance world record next month as part of the annual Roaring 20s Festival. The Hydro Majestic will bring back the yearly tradition, the Blue Mountains Charleston Challenge, which aims to set a new world record for the largest number of costumed people dancing the Charleston. The Blue Mountains held the Guinness World Record for three years in a row until it was snatched by the town of Bexhill in England in August 2015, and then by Swing Patrol dance troupe in London in October of the same year. Blue Mountains Charleston Challenge Artistic Adviser, Angela Corkeron, admits the region had become a little lackadaisical after holding the title for three years in a row. “We want the title back now, most elegantly of course!” Ms Corkeron said. “We need 978 dancers to do it – but we’re aiming for 1,000 just to make sure we smash the record.” The Charleston is a form of swing dancing that can be done alone or with a partner and is usually performed to jazz music.

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Turning back time

Bizarre scenes back in January 1954, when a woman climbed a tree at the Nepean River to escape her screaming husband. The story was reported on the front page of the Nepean Times on January 21. In the end, the husband was charged with offensive behaviour.

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Anthea Hammon Katoomba OCCUPATION: Managing Director of Scenic World in Katoomba. WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB: I love that I have a job where I get to make people happy and create memories with their families that last a lifetime. FAVOURITE RESTAURANT: Hana Japanese in Leura is family-friendly and always delicious and authentic. FAVOURITE CAFE: Cassiopeia in Katoomba is the perfect place for a Saturday coffee with friends. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN THE MOUNTAINS WHEN YOU HAVE SOME SPARE TIME: I love to get out and do some bushwalking on some of the mountains that are less popular. It is amazing to feel like you are the only person on a trail and you have it all to yourself in our special part of the world.

Mike Baird wasn’t loved by everybody, but he served New South Wales well and his list of achievements is strong. History may well show him to be one of our best ever Premiers.

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I wanted to work, I needed to work.” This was what brought Baby Animals frontwoman Suze Demarchi back to Australia after 16 years in the US. While the Perth-born rocker spent much of her time focused on family life, the call of the live stage was just too great to ignore. “In LA I was being a mum and writing here and there but I just needed to perform,” Suze said. “It was basically a trial to come back for

a year and put the kids in school and all that. But when I got back my marriage ended, so then it was like ‘OK, I’m here for good’. “It was a really strange time because I was home but I didn’t really feel like I was home.” It was the 2013 album ‘This Is Not The End’ – the band’s first release in 20 years – that helped Suze find her feet again. “It was really good to work, and throwing myself into making that record was really a bit of a lifesaver,” she said. While the album has been warmly embraced, there’s still a huge amount of interest from fans in the Baby Animals’ earlier work which included tracks like

‘Early Warning’ and ‘Rush You’. This year the band are heading out on their ‘One Word’ 2017 tour to celebrate 25 years since the release of the hit single. “While we’re still trying to push forward and make new music it’s really nice to honour the stuff that gave us a career basically,” Suze explained. With that impossibly perfect rock voice and her love for songwriting still very much in tact, Suze and the band have another release planned for sometime this year. “We really need to, it’s time,” she said. “We’ve been working on new music for a while now.” While the music scene in 2017 is a vastly

different beast to what it was in the early 90s, Suze said she has no interest in getting involved in the competitive side of the industry. “I’m not really into the whole music business’ games of who’s got this number one record out, it just doesn’t interest me at all,” she said. “I just like the process of it all. The process is what makes me happy and it’s important for me to just keep on being creative.” Baby Animals will be performing at the Rooty Hill RSL on Friday, February 3 at 8pm. Tickets are $40. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www. rootyhillrsl.com.au or call 9677 4916.

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Mark Wahlberg stars in this action packed drama that takes a look into the true story of one the world’s largest manmade disasters. In April of 2010 an explosion and subsequent oil spill occurred on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. 11 people lost their lives in the disaster, which led to the worst oil spill in US history. The film is based on the New York Times article ‘Deepwater Horizon’s

Final Hours’ which detailed exactly what occurred on the rig and the response from crew members. The cast includes Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriquez, John Malkovich and Kate Hudson. ‘Deepwater Horizon’ has received a generally positive critical reception and has been praised for being an engaging action thriller that does justice to a heartwrenching true life story.

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This week indie pop outfit The xx release ‘I See You’, the follow up to their sophomore album ‘Coexist’. ‘I See You’ is the group’s first release since band member Jamie xx’s solo album ‘In Colour’, a project which inspired a change of musical direction on this, the band’s third release. Clearly the gamble has paid off with ‘I See You’ receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews. The London based trio have managed to maintain a career long high note, a feat that few bands ever achieve. The band released its first album way back in 2009.

Collateral Beauty Rated M // KATE REID

A star studded cast, headed by Oscar nominee Will Smith, takes to the big screen this week to explore love, loss and the meaning of life in the drama ‘Collateral Beauty’. The story revolves around Howard Inlet (Will Smith), a successful advertising executive who falls into a deep depression after the tragic death of his young daughter. As he retreats from life he starts to seek answers from the universe by writing letters to Time, Love and Death. When he receives unexpected personal responses Howard begins to see that these three constants work together to contribute to a full life and that there’s

meaning to be found in even the deepest of losses. The cast also includes Edward Norton, Kate Winslet and Michael Pena as Howard’s concerned friends Whit, Claire and Simon. Joining them is Oscar winner Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley. ‘Collateral Beauty’ is directed by David Frankel who is best known for his work on ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, ‘Marley & Me’ and ‘Hope Springs’. You may need the tissues for this one. ‘Collateral Beauty’ is currently screening at Hoyts Penrith. For more information on session times visit www.hoyts. com.au.

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Ê From Fox News to Jimmy Kimmel, Amber Sherlock’s wardrobe meltdown made international news recently. Whatever you think of the scandal, there’s one clear winner out of it all – rising journo Julie Snook. She handled the situation exceptionally well, and her star is only going to continue rising on the back of the drama. The whole thing was a terrible look for Channel Nine. And what made the whole situation worse was Nine’s embarrassing statement released the day after the video clip leaked, with Sherlock almost fobbing off the situation as a nonevent. As a news organisation committed to getting the facts and truth behind a story, it was pretty poor form. Ê Popular US drama ‘The Affair’ has been renewed for a fourth season. The show is currently playing on Foxtel’s Showcase channel and while it has a boutique core audience, struggles to make it into the top 20 when it airs on Tuesday evenings. ‘The Affair’ hasn’t quite reached the heights of its first two seasons in season three, but remains a quality drama. Ê As mentioned by this column last year, there’s a host of changes to ‘Hot Seat’ on Channel Nine this year. The new format for the show, which returned yesterday with new episodes, will re-introduce some classic features like ‘50/50’ while there’s also options for contestants to ‘switch’ a question or ‘ask a friend’ in the audience. The whole start of the show will be different with a ‘Fastest Finger First’ round being introduced. Strategically, Nine is introducing the new show a week ahead of the official ratings season,

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Ê Foxtel will air season six of ‘Girls’ express from the US, launching on the Showcase channel on February 15. Ê Everybody needs good ‘Neighbours’, but it seems good ‘Neighbours’ need a spell-checker. The long-running soap returned last week but in an embarrassing stuff-up, a number of the cast members’ names were spelled incorrectly in the show’s opening titles. Channel Eleven quickly rectified the issue for the following night. Ê The new hit US show ‘This Is Us’, which has broken ratings records overseas, will premiere on Channel 10 at 8.30pm on Wednesday, February 8. Expect a lot of fuss surrounding this one. Nathan Taylor is on leave

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The New Moon urges you to find fresh ways to connect with those around you, as you contribute your considerable talents to a group, club or organisation. And don’t worry if your spontaneous approach results in mistakes along the way. Impulsive Mars (your power planet) charges through your sign from Saturday. Your motto for now is from French writer Colette: “You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”

LEO

JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

Mick Jagger, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Robert de Niro, Jennifer Lopez … why are so many major entertainers (past and present) also Leos? Because they relish being the centre of attention. But this week’s New Moon encourages you to share the spotlight with someone else, whether it’s a lover, child or friend. Some love-crazy Lions will launch a new romantic relationship or rejuvenate an old one.

TAURUS

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

When it comes to your career, don’t be complacent. Start asking some serious questions. Is it time to look for a better job or change vocation? Are you overdue for a pay rise or promotion? Maybe you need to work smarter, rather than harder? If you resist making changes then you’ll be left behind, as the New Moon encourages you to explore fresh professional pastures. Expect some relationship stress.

VIRGO

AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

Virgos love to be in tip-top condition. And, with the New Moon in your wellbeing zone, it’s the perfect time to start a more nutritious diet and a more challenging exercise program. If you’ve been neglecting your health, then it’s definitely the best week of the year to swap fast food for home-cooked meals; cream buns for carrot juice; and long TV sessions for power walks or gym sessions.

GEMINI

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

You’re super busy but are you actually achieving anything of substance? If you tackle tasks in regular short bursts, then you’ll gradually get things done. Courtesy of Saturn, cracks may appear in a romantic or business relationship on Friday or Saturday. Instead of pressing the panic button, look for sensible long-term solutions to current problems. Single Twins – give superficial suitors the flick.

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LIBRA

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Have fun connecting with your inner child, as you tap into the stores of creativity within. But there could be some conflict between your professional and personal relationships, as Venus and Saturn highlight your struggle to achieve ongoing balance at work and home. With Jupiter journeying through your sign, have the confidence to follow your own instincts. Trust yourself more and you will come out on top.

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JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

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Crabs are sentimental creatures and can spend too much time in the past. Resist the temptation to brood over love gone wrong. This week’s stars help heal your hurt feelings so you can finally let go and move on. The New Moon signals a major shift in the areas of sex or money. Perhaps a passionate new relationship or the start of an exciting financial partnership? But plenty of patience is needed.

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OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

It’s a wonderful week for a domestic clean-up and de-clutter, as the New Moon highlights your home zone. Do your best to make Casa Scorpio a cocoon of calm, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy outside world. Mars charges through your work zone from this coming Saturday until March 10, which increases your ambitious streak, and your domineering side.

SAGITTARIUS

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Sagittarius is a sign of exciting extremes, big bold moves and extravagant gestures. But this week serious Saturn clips your wings, and compels you to be more balanced, careful and circumspect. Which will be difficult … but not impossible! Then impulsive Mars charges into fellow fire sign Aries (from Saturday until March 10). Which makes you more inclined to jump to hasty conclusions about family and friends.

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CAPRICORN

DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Show me the money! With this week’s New Moon stimulating your cash zone, it’s time to take stock of your financial situation and initiate some smart new strategies. And don’t forget to do an inventory of your inner wealth as well, which includes your self-esteem and core values. Remember – you are more than your job, what you earn and what you own.

AQUARIUS

JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

There’s a New Moon in your sign this week, so you’re searching for innovative answers to persistent problems. You’ll be twice as much fun – and twice as much trouble. You’re feeling avant-garde and adventurous, and are keen to revamp an important area of your life. But you’ll also feel restless, reckless and rebellious. Be inspired by Aquarian actress Vanessa Redgrave: “Ask the right questions if you’re to find the right answers.”

PISCES

FEBRUARY 20 TO MARCH 20

Pisceans can procrastinate. Never more so than this week, when the New Moon energises your ‘escaping’ zone. Plus Venus, Mars and Neptune are also transiting through your sign. If you have a problem that needs to be faced (or a decision that needs to be made) then resist being distracted by other people’s agendas. And make sure contemplation is closely followed by decisive action.

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How to really achieve your health goals this year Now that we’re further into January, it’s time to forget about fad diets and focus on how to really achieve your goals in the 12 months ahead...

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What New Year’s resolutions did you make this year? I’m going to guess that for many of you it was around diet/weight loss. I’ve done the same myself in the past, and every single time it only lasted a month, tops. Failure is often a sign that we’re not setting the right goals, so this week I wanted to give you some suggestions for how to make sustainable changes to your diet in 2017. Stop demonising food Don’t think about chocolate. You’re thinking about chocolate aren’t you. This is the issue with pointing out a certain food as being off limits or ‘bad’ – suddenly it becomes all you can think about. Instead of restricting foods, aim for moderation instead. If you find your will power is lacking then only purchase the amount you wish to eat i.e. buy one small bar of chocolate at a time. Swap fad diets for small, sustainable changes Diets don’t work. Studies have shown

that the majority of people who lose weight on a diet put it back on, and then some. We need to shift the focus to health rather than weight. Focus on one small change at a time, like adding an extra serve of vegetables to your daily routine. These little steps may seem insignificant, but keep building on it over a period of months and it will result in big changes. Incorporate mindfulness Learning to be mindful of what you’re eating is a great first step to managing your health. When you’re eating chips, portion out the amount you want to consume and

then actually focus on the taste of the chips. Often when we eat we get distracted making it easier to over-consume. Focus on the ‘why’ When I was working as a nutritionist, I noticed that the people who were most successful in maintaining long-term change were the ones who had a highly motivating reason to do so. For example, those who wanted to improve their health to increase their chances of being around for their family, were more likely to be successful than those who were focused solely on losing weight for an upcoming event. Focus on your ‘why’ and make sure it’s something that is truly important to you.

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Painful lesions on your feet are terrible to have to deal with, but it’s crucial to get the right treatment to make sure you’re on the path to recovery...

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On a daily basis our clinic treats many patients with painful lesions on their feet. Two of the most common are warts and corns. Although similar in appearance to the untrained eye, their treatments differ significantly and a correct diagnosis is essential to achieve optimum resolution. Warts (Verruca Pedis/Plantar Warts) Warts on the feet are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus and can occur in singular or multiple lesions. Signs and symptoms: • Painful to squeeze from the sides. • Present in both weight bearing and non-weight bearing areas on the foot. • Cauliflower-like appearance that grows between the skin striations. • Petechiae – small black dots indicating small blood supply to the viral tissue. • Overlying callous may be present contributing to pain on weight bearing. Corns (Heloma Durum) Corns are caused by direct pressure.

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Summer’s most important high functioning accessory has to be a pair of signature shades. Not only do they protect your eyes from harmful UV rays but they can also complete your outfit. Whether it’s a beach holiday or Friday drinks on steamy afternoons, the right pair of sunglasses will always play a vital role in your style wardrobe. This summer ‘17 is all about the comeback of the retro shades! Vintage-inspired sunglasses are becoming more popular than ever. Look out for some grunge-style Kurt Cobain shades made with bold plastic frames in white or red. For a sun drenched hippy vibe to wear on the beach, look to classic 70s aviators with a yellow tint lens. Supermodel Bella Hadid has been seen rocking a red pair with smaller rounder frames taking 90s coolness to another level. At Westfield Penrith, Jay Jays have the Valentina love heart sunglasses in gold, perfect for your unique style. Wear out in

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exact same pair looking extremely exaggerated and way too big on you! Round For a face with rounder features, go for geometric shaped shades. To elongate your face, rectangular frames will help and cat eyes will sharpen your features. Try a square pair of aviators! Heart If you have a pointy chin with a broad brow, your face tends to be more heart shaped. Bottom heavy frames help bring balance and streamline your look. Shapes that are parallel and extend past the width of your face complement a stronger jawline. Square Opposite to the round faced girls, offset sharper faces with rounder frames. Look to bigger round sunglasses with a curvier frame, very classy! Oval: The most lucky of all face shapes is the oval, as you can get away with almost any look! Rihanna is a perfect face shape example and definitely a fashion-forward girl who wears whatever she wants. Try on some edgy shades like smaller circular frames or why not go oversized? Check out OPSM in store for the Tiffany & Co Tiffany Infinity sunglasses, timeless with the right amount of elegance and refinement.

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n January 2016, Trent Merrin was in unfamiliar territory. Taking part in his first gruelling preseason in Penrith’s punishing heat, Merrin must have wondered what he’d got himself into after seven years at St George-Illawarra and those beautiful Wollongong breezes. Fast forward a year and the weather conditions haven’t changed, but Merrin has. “I feel a lot more comfortable out here now,” he said. “It was a bit uncomfortable last year to get set out west in new surroundings and getting used to everything but I’ve now really made myself comfortable in the area and in the team so it feels like home.” While the Panthers have a relatively young squad – particularly when it comes to playmakers – Merrin said his job as a leader is relatively simple. “It makes my job a lot easier having these young mature-headed players around me,” Merrin said. “My approach is to lead on the field and on the training paddock and do what I can there.”

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