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ENTERTAINMENT Foggy Mountain Jam p. 04

GIVEAWAY Campbell sings Bucchino p. 13

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FOOD & WINE The rise of the ‘froyo’ p. 10

New breed of gamblers Why h governments need d to look l k at mobile betting

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Mobile and online betting creates new gambling breed Though most of us can enjoy a punt and laugh about the loss, there is a growing number of people who are struggling with problem gambling. And their addiction is being fuelled by the rise of mobile betting.

Alan Henderson is one of the many gambling counsellors at Wesley Mission ready to help locals with their addiction. Photo: Melinda Jane

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he State of Origin series has been one of the most thrilling spectacles of the year, breaking all sorts of television viewing records.

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Punters will be breaking all sorts of records too, according to betting agency TattsBet, who say this year’s Origin series will attract over two million bets across the country. TattsBet’s resident betting expert, Gerard Daffy, says Origin is one of greatest drawcards for punters. “As one of the longest serving sports betting agencies in the country, we have a rich knowledge and understanding of Australians’ betting behaviours. TattsBet

will take more money on one Origin game than an entire NRL round, so it attracts huge interest and, across the series, ranks up there with the footy Grand Finals and major Spring Racing events,” he said. “It’s almost like the Melbourne Cup of sport – it appeals to a lot of once a year and occasional punters.” And the figures are staggering. On the 2012 series, TattsBet alone took $4 million of bets, with some 72,000 bets placed on game two. TattsBet also say that a third of bets on Origin are now taken online and that betting live throughout the game has increased by 50 per cent in the last two years. Relationships Australia gambling counsellor, Sue Yorston, says that online and live betting is certainly becoming more popular – and with problem gamblers also. “It is important to remember that

gambling is not illegal and that the majority of people can control themselves and enjoy the occasional punt,” Ms Yorston said. “But for a minority who have a problem with gambling, the effects are absolutely devastating.” Whilst problem gamblers have traditionally chosen poker machines as their game of choice, Ms Yorston says the rise of online gambling and mobile gambling has seen a new generation of problem gamblers emerge. “The reasons for problem gambling are quite complex. People with anxiety or post traumatic stress can turn to poker machines as a source of comfort and routine,” she said. “There are also people who ‘chase the win’ and who justify their gambling when they do have a large win. “These days however, we are seeing

more and more young people, particularly males between about 18 and 30 who are problem gamblers due to their constant exposure to screen time.” Screen time, Ms Yorston explains, is the exposure of people to mobile devices, computers and other digital technologies capable of facilitating online or live betting. “We frequently have people tell us that they will stay up late to 3am or 4am gambling online and they don’t even realise the time, because they are online,” she said. “With young males it often starts with horse racing and moves across into other sports.” William Hill Australia, which owns Tom Waterhouse and Sportingbet, reported in April that sports betting amounts wagered increased by 484 per cent comparing the first quarter of 2013 to the first quarter of


to reduce match fixing. Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing Troy Grant said that for the first time betting agencies will enter into integrity agreements with sports controlling bodies. “Our changes will ensure sporting bodies can determine what level and kind of bets they want to occur on their respective events and indeed whether betting should occur at all,” he said. “If a betting agency does not enter into an integrity agreement with the relevant sports controlling body they will be unable to offer betting products on those events.” It remains to be seen whether these integrity agreements will result in more or less sports gambling opportunities. Relationships Australia’s Ms Yorston says that governments should revisit the findings of the 2010 Productivity Commission findings on Gambling. “The Commission made a number of recommendations that have been watered down over the years,” she said. “Aspects of live betting and promotions during sports events have been reduced to a small degree, but the problem is that gambling online during sports events is becoming normalised. “Kids watch their parents put on a bet via their phone, they see gambling advertising during sporting matches and they develop a perception that gambling is a normal part of the sporting experience. “It is important that sporting codes work with gambling support networks – there’s great potential for sporting codes to raise awareness of problem gambling whist still provide entertainment for punters.” If you have a problem with gambling you can contact Wesley Mission or Relationships Australia for help.

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2014. The London listed company offers 1.3million sports betting opportunities and publishes over five million odds changes a day. Wesley Mission provides free and confidential gambling counselling across the Penrith and Blue Mountains Local Government Areas. Operations Manager for Wesley Counselling Services, Jeff Lucas, said sports gambling is on the rise locally. “Poker machine gambling is the most widespread form of gambling seen by our counsellors, however racing, sports betting and online gambling are on the increase,” he said. “We find most clients are keen to work with a counsellor but usually have a relapse at some stage.” Since 1 July last year, more than 140 people and families have sought support from Wesley Mission’s gambling counsellors in western Sydney. This amounted to almost 600 counselling sessions. “Australians spend around $18 billion a year on gambling, and while some people gamble within affordable limits – casually for entertainment and without harm – more than 500,000 Australians suffer significant problems from their gambling or are at risk of developing problems including financial distress, relationship issues, family breakdown, as well as physical and mental health problems such as sleeplessness, anxiety, depression and suicide,” Mr Lucas said. Governments across Australia have been struggling to find a solution to problem gambling for years. A step in the right direction, the NSW Government has this month touted changes to the sports gambling industry

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You’ll be feeling a tad foggy after a night of Jam Audiences better come prepared – Foggy Mountain Jam is rolling into town and claiming plenty of fans. A collaboration by Australia’s music icons including Kasey Chambers, this ‘jamming session’ is all about bashing out some tunes... nyone who has ever picked up or sat down at an instrument will know the unabashed joy of getting together with a few mates and bashing out a few tunes – or “jamming” as they call it in the biz.

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Now, you too can experience that joy when the Foggy Mountain Jam rolls into town next week. The Foggy Mountain Jam started life five years ago in an unassuming paddock in the Wollombi Valley. Nash Chambers, manager and producer for his sister, country star Kasey Chambers decided to put on a show where like-minded souls could get up and play, essentially whatever they liked. The first show featured the likes of Kasey Chambers, her father Bill and Midnight Oil’s Jim Moginie and since then has been an annual event on the property. The little festival has now grown into a full-scale extravaganza of wandering minstrels where artists play their own hits and also jam along with their friends to their favourite songs. It can only be described as a dream, for both musos and audiences alike. “It was just a little festival, started by my brother Nash on his property in Laguna that was capped at around 500 people,” Kasey Chambers said. “Nash’s wife is a great cook and she would put on the most amazing food for everyone – it was just a really great little community event, but there had been growing interest for us to expand it a little. “It was us wanting to jam with all of our mates. We thought we might as well get an audience along and pay for it at the same time. Now it has taken on a life of its own.” Now, after a tub-thumping turn at the Tamworth Country Music Festival earlier this year, the Jam has gone on the road and Chambers admits that she is currently having the time of her life. “It’s been bloody awesome,” the multiple ARIA and Golden Guitar winner said. “As far as going out on tour, the gigs are just so much fun, but just being out on the road with a bunch of great friends is just brilliant.” The friends that Chambers is referring to are certainly no slouches in the music game, either. Aside from the Foggy Mountain Jam band and Chambers herself, this unique “festival” will feature Busby Marou, who are currently killing it with their brilliant and critically lauded sophomore album ‘Farewell Fitzroy’. There will also be Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Harry Hookey who has worked with some of the industry’s

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biggest names like Leo Sayer; and there’s Tamworth country sensation Ashleigh Dallas, who aside from snagging a permanent spot in Chambers’ band as her fiddle and banjo player, is also wowing pretty much everyone with her debut album ‘Dancing With a Ghost’. Chambers said that each artist offers something unique and enjoyable and that’s why the Jam works so well. She added that the Foggy Mountain Jam was unique compared to other music acts in that it wasn’t as much about playing all the hits as it was about getting up there, trying new things and espousing the spirit of collaboration. “I mean, it’s kind of half and half. I’m still going to play songs like ‘The Captain’ or ‘Not Pretty Enough’ because I genuinely still love playing those songs live and you do want to play the songs that the people want to hear,” she said. “But the beauty of the Jam is that you’re not necessarily locked in to playing all your hits as you would be on a regular tour and that offers a huge point of difference

for the audience and for us up there on stage as well. “It’s not about egos, success or selling records – it’s just about having fun and a sense of freedom and collaboration on stage.” The Jam has certainly come a long way since that first one five years ago and Chambers said that there were plans to take it to the studio as well with all of the current line-up as well as the likes of Troy Cassar-Daley and Tim Rogers. “We really want to get the Foggy Mountain Jam name out there more so there are definite plans to get something down in the studio,” she said. “The writing has started, we’ve booked time – it’s just that everyone is quite scattered. It’s just a matter of getting everyone in the same room at the same time.” Foggy Mountain Jam will be on at Rooty Hill RSL on Saturday, June 28 at 8pm. Tickets are $30-$50. For bookings or more information on the show, call 9625 5500 or visit www. rootyhillrsl.com.au.


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efore Anthony Field (aka The Blue Wiggle) and Jeff Fatt (aka The Purple Wiggle who enjoys a good nap) started working on The Wiggles – the hugely successful musical group that has entertained children all around the world – they were in a band called The Cockroaches. Along with brothers John Field and Paul Field, who work behind the scenes with The Wiggles, they will be reuniting the band this June. Audiences will now be given the chance to see The Cockroaches performing live for the first time in over two decades. On Friday, June 27 they will hit the stage at the Rooty Hill RSL to celebrate their new

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production, Pride also takes on the role of director, with assistance from Mark Matthews, the Managing Director of the Sydney Theatre School. Pride’s company Actors Not Feelers will take on the task of co-production alongside the Sydney Theatre School. ‘Oleanna’ will be performed at the Sydney Theatre School in Chippendale from Wednesday, June 25 to Sunday, July 6. Tickets are $20-$25. Visit www. sydneytheatreschool.com.

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Cockroaches back after two decades release ‘Hey Lets Go! The Best of The Cockroaches’. Along with the album, The Cockroaches’ back catalogue will also be re-released on iTunes, giving fans the chance to enjoy all of the band’s hit songs. Their most successful singles include ‘She’s The One’, ‘Wait Up’ and ‘Some Kind of Girl’ which all made it into the Top 40. They also made it into the Top 10 on the national charts with their debut self titled album. The Cockroaches will be performing at Rooty Hill RSL on Friday, June 27. Tickets are $30. For more information call 9625 5500 or visit www.rootyhillrsl. com.au.

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ustralian actor and teacher Jerome Pride from St Marys will be taking on the David Mamet play ‘Oleanna’ at the Sydney Theatre School from June 25 but this version of the production is a little different. Pride will play the role of the university professor in this confronting drama based around the issue of sexual harassment. He will be joined on stage by his real life second year acting student Grace O’Connell in the role of the student who accuses the professor of sexual exploitation. Their off stage student/teacher relationship will be mirrored onstage in this play that addresses the ideas of sex, power, gender, perception and prejudice. Though ‘Oleanna’ premiered in the 1990’s this is the first time that the actors in this award winning play have had an offstage student/teacher relationship. This is sure to bring a new dynamic to the production, adding an element of realism to the onstage roles. Pride brings a wealth of knowledge to the play with over two decades of acting experience under his belt. He was appointed senior acting tutor at the Sydney Theatre School in 2009. As well as acting in the

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n Sunday, June 29 the Penrith Dolls, Bears, Craft and Collectables Show will be held at the Convention Centre at Panthers. This one day event will showcase the best dolls and teddy bears, as well as everything you’ll ever need to look after them, including doll houses, doll furniture and doll wigs. If you are feeling creative there will also be supplies to make your own doll or teddy bear. Along with perusing the stalls visitors will have the chance to be involved in the doll and bear competition. This is a chance to acknowledge the best doll and bear makers, rewarding them for all their hard work. Do you have a beloved doll or bear that you want valued? Well the show will have members of the NSW Doll Collectors Club on hand to tell you more about its worth and history. All for the cost of a gold coin donation. But it’s not just about the dolls and bears, there is much more on

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Comedy legends f you enjoy a few laughs, and let’s face it, who doesn’t, then you’ll want to read on. From June to August the Pioneer Tavern will be hosting ‘Comedy Festival Legends at the Pioneer’, a series of three comedy nights with some of Australia’s funniest people. The first event will be held on Saturday, June 28 and will feature headliner Heath Franklin as the infamous Chopper. His portrayal of the Aussie legend is absolutely spot on and pretty damn hilarious. Joining Franklin is Chris Wainhouse, who has been described as one of Australia’s best comedy writers. Rounding out the guest list is MC for the night, Brett Nichols who has appeared on ‘The NRL Footy Show’ and was a finalist on the American reality show ‘Last Comic Standing’. The first show will be held at the Pioneer Tavern on Saturday, June 28 at 9pm. This is a free event but bookings are essential. For more information call 4736 4466.

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Emu Plains team poised to win Channel Seven’s ‘House Rules’ is currently one of television’s biggest shows but Emu Plains couple Candy and Ryan, who represent Team NSW, have revealed just how gruelling the show is to undertake. The young pair are currently one of the top teams in the renovation competition, with the ultimate prize being that one couple’s mortgage will be fully paid off. With such a huge prize on the line, it’s little wonder the contestants from each state, including Candy and Ryan, have to work so tirelessly to hopefully become the eventual series winner. “There’s normally one to two days of down time between renovations,� Ryan revealed. “Everyone at this stage of the competition is really fatigued. You can deal with the physical side of things but your stress levels wear thin. You really test yourself emotionally and mentally, it’s very gruelling.� However, despite the obvious struggles, Candy and Ryan have performed immensely well over the past few weeks, topping the leaderboard for two renovations in a row. “I think our designs always hit the mark, we’ve just realised how to prioritise our time and, where we need to use it the most, better,� Candy said. “You learn very quickly what you have to do for the next week and what’s achievable in the time frame and what isn’t.� On Tuesday, the couple began tackling the gardens. “The gardens were really tough, the exteriors are a whole new ball game,� Ryan said. “You’re not dealing with walls and floors anymore, it’s earthmoving equipment, soil and plants – all foreign equipment to us.� Candy and Ryan also revealed their favourite renovations in the series so far were Maddi and Lloyd’s house in Townsville and Brooke and Grant’s zone in Tasmania. “I think we nailed the boys’ graffiti room in Tassie. It was just unfortunate Brooke and Grant’s strategic voting soured the Tassie experience, I guess,� Ryan admitted.


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Free entry, 6.30pm 4721 2375 Evelyn Duprai Venue: Dom’s Cocktail Lounge at Penrith Panthers Free entry, 8.30pm 4720 5555 ROCK ‘n ROLL Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 8.30pm 9623 1211 Time Machine Venue: Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 7pm 4722 8180 Nova and the Experience Venue: Fitzroy Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 4577 3396 Urban Stone Venue: St Marys Rugby League Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Priscilla to Moulin Rouge Venue: Blacktown Workers Club $7.50-$10.50, 8pm 9830 0600 Sunday, June 22 Pops for Tots Venue: The Joan Under 2yrs - free, $17 - $22, 11am and 12.30pm 4723 7600 Karaoke Venue: Penrith Hotel Free entry, 5pm 4721 2060 Amanda Easton Duo Venue: Dom’s Cocktail Lounge at Penrith Panthers Free entry, 8.30pm 4720 5555 Karaoke Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 6pm 9623 1211 Trudy Lee Venue: Fitzroy Hotel Free entry, 1pm 4577 3396 Friday, June 27 The Cockroaches Venue: Rooty Hill RSL $30, 8pm 9625 5500 The Sinking Teeth Venue: Tattersalls Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 4732 6373

Venue: St Marys Rugby League Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Karaoke Venue: Penrith Hotel Free entry, 8pm 4721 2060 Saturday, June 28 Kasey Chambers & the Foggy Mountain Jam Venue: Rooty Hill RSL $30-$50, 8pm 9625 5500 Michael Jackson Dance Spectacular Venue: Evan Theatre $31.50, 8pm 4720 5555 Comedy Festival Legends Pioneer Tavern Free event (bookings essential), 9pm, 4736 4466 The Nuts Venue: Penrith Gaels Club Free entry, 7pm 4722 8180 Not Another Sequel, Just Another Prequel Venue: Tattersalls Hotel Free entry, 8pm 4732 6373 Suite Az Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Live Entertainment Venue: Club Paceway Free entry, 6.30pm 4721 2375 ROCK ‘n ROLL Venue: St Mary’s Band Club Free entry, 8.30pm 9623 1211

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Starring: Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin ‘Labor Day’ is another book to movie adaptation, based on the 2009 novel by Joyce Maynard. Set in 1987 Kate Winslet plays Adele Wheeler, mother to 13-yearold Henry played by Gattlin Griffith. Adele is a single mother who has become depressed and reclusive, while Henry is a teenager who has taken on the role of man of the house. The mother and son run into Frank Chambers – played by Josh Brolin – while out shopping. Chambers is a bloody mess and clearly in need of help so the two are talked into taking him into their home to care for him. It is then revealed that Chambers is an escaped convict on the run from the local police. The movie follows the lives of these three characters over the Labor Day weekend. ‘Labor Day’ was directed by Jason Reitman, who also directed ‘Thank You For Not Smoking’, ‘Up in the Air’ and ‘Juno’. The movie also stars Tobey Maguire, best known for his role as Spider-Man and James Van Der Beek from the hit TV show ‘Dawson’s Creek’.

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum might look like an unlikely duo but after 2012’s ‘21 Jump Street’ it’s clear that the pair have great onscreen chemistry, with Tatum proving he has the comedic skills to keep up with the hilarious Hill. After the success of the first movie the guys are back for another round in ‘22 Jump Street’. The story line of ‘22 Jump Street’ is pretty simple. Schmidt, played by Hill, and Jenko, played by Tatum, are two undercover cops sent back to college to hunt down and stop a synthetic drug ring. Of course in the process of tracking down the bad guys they get themselves into some hilarious scenarios. Ice Cube stars alongside the duo as Captain Dickson, who heads the undercover operation from the program’s secret headquarters, now located at 22 Jump Street. Sequels are a tricky thing to handle, there aren’t many that end up being better than, or as good as, the first. It’s clear Hill and Tatum are very aware of this fact, as throughout the movie they make a point of poking fun at the idea of a follow up movie.

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American metal band Mastodon is back with a new album ‘Once More Around the Sun’. This release sees the band exploring cycles, using the last year of their lives as inspiration for the track lyrics on this, their sixth studio album. It looks at the idea of loss and rebirth with the signature Mastodon sound at the heart of the album. It’s packed with heavy, chugging guitar and powerful vocals, taking listeners through an ever changing sonic landscape. ‘Once More Around The Sun’ is the follow up to the band’s 2011 release ‘The Hunter’ which was met with a highly positive critical reception. By the sound of the two singles that have been released so far, this album sees Mastodon in good form once again. The first single ‘High Road’ has everything that fans love about the band, while ‘Chimes at Midnight’ is expansive, epic and slightly haunting. Other tracks include ‘Diamond In the Witch House’, ‘Feast Your Eyes’ and ‘Tread Lightly’. The album was produced by Nick Raskulinecz, a Grammy award winner who has worked with Foo Fighters, Marilyn Manson, Stone Sour and Evanescence. Clearly Mastodon’s work is in good hands.

tion system that moves the fighters flesh each time contact is made. The life like experience doesn’t end there. Fighters will also appear as they would in a real bout, complete with skin discolouration, popping veins and all the signs of fatigue that you would expect from such a physically demanding sport. The team at EA Sports have also focused on fighter likeness, precision movements and dynamic striking.

UFC fans will love this new release from EA Sports. It’s been over a decade since EA Sports did a major sports league partnership and this one will see all the UFC emotion and intensity in the hands of gamers, bringing a life-like mixed martial arts gaming experience into the home. EA Sports UFC is chock full of features including the ability to truly have an impact on your opponent with a new full-body deforma-

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ately it appears that icecream has been overtaken by frozen yoghurt as the cold dessert of choice. Everywhere you look there is a new ‘froyo’ store opening. One of the latest ones to hit the scene in the Penrith area is Yogurberry, situated in the Westfield Penrith complex facing Riley Street. Yogurberry originated in South Korea in 2004, making its way to Sydney in 2012. The company boasts more than 270 stores across 25 different countries. It’s hard not to be drawn into the store, not only because of the tasty delights waiting inside, but also the swing style vine covered seating that hangs from the ceiling. It’s a fun design concept that will keep the little ones happy and have adults feeling like kids again. Don’t let yourself get too distracted though, because once you make it to the self serve frozen yoghurt machine you’ll be even happier, with a huge range of flavours to choose from. There’s everything from the traditional strawberry, chocolate and original flavours, to the more exotic tiramisu, pink guava and green tea. Next comes the fun part of dressing your dessert. It can get a little hard to choose with a variety of fruits, nuts, lollies, chocolates and biscuits on offer. Will you have some passionfruit? Or how about some crumbled Oreo? The best part is, if

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tion of smoothies with flavours such as original, kiwi, strawberry and mango. And for those times when you want something a bit warmer there’s the Yogurberry WOF, a moist mapley waffle. With so many tasty options in a playful setting this is the perfect stop for those

times when you want to treat yourself, your friends and your family. Oh, and of course, your inner child. Yogurberry is located on level one in the Westfield Penrith complex on Riley Street. For more information visit www. yogurberry.com.au.

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n interesting and rewarding sparkling out of Italy that’s quite fruity yet at the same time nicely soft and dry, is Carpene Malvolti’s Prosecco 1868 Extra Dry. It even sells here for a very agreeable $25 a bottle. Founded in 1868 in Italy’s Veneto region by Antonio Carpene, the company became the first in Italy to submit traditional still wines made from Prosecco grapes to the sparkling process. Over the ensuing 146 years the company’s been handed down from father to son and still remains firmly in Carpene family hands today. Fruit for this bubbly, that’s equally at home in the party-room and at the table, came from the picturesque Conegliano and Valdobbiadene hills of Veneto, and was produced under the Charmat method in which the wine is secondary fermented in bulk tanks and bottled under pressure. It is fruity, extra dry and aromatic, with strong hints of apple on the palate. Perfect as an aperitif, a party-room bubbly or at the table with light Mediterranean dishes, it is also equally at home mixed into cocktails with the likes of cranberry or orange juice, lemonlime-and-soda and a host of others. One to note: Peter Logan has come up with a great drop in his recently-released 2012 Logan Weemala Shiraz Viognier that’s got a lovely silky palate of red berries, plums, bay and tarragon and a nice long finish. At $19, this is a good-value lip-smacker to enjoy with cold-weather favourites such as Beef Wellington or a hearty steak pie.

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n Sunday truck enthusiasts gathered at the Museum of Fire for the fourth Annual Sydney Classic and Antique Truck Show. On display was an amazing collection of vintage and classic trucks, along with buses, vans, utes and military and fire vehicles. It was a great family day, with young and old enjoying the many and varied vehicles on display. Visitors were given the chance to appreciate trucks that date back to the start of the 20th century all the way through to the 60s and 70s. There was also live entertainment, vintage double decker bus rides, fire displays by vintage dressed firefighters and vintage police cars and bikes. It was clearly another successful year for the show that celebrates the collection and conservation of heavy vehicles.

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ustralia’s much loved performer David Campbell and Broadway composer John Bucchino have been friends for decades and now they are teaming up for a new album ‘David Campbell sings John Bucchino’. Campbell is a seasoned entertainer with a background in singing, stage performance and presenting. He currently hosts the channel nine show ‘Mornings’ with Sonia Kruger. While Campbell is the son of famed rocker Jimmy Barnes he has found his own right to the spotlight with numerous successful albums including ‘The Swing Sessions’ and ‘The Swing Sessions 2’ along with ‘Good Lovin’’ and ‘On Broadway’. He has performed on stage in musicals including ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Shout! The Legend of the Wild One,’ which launched him into stardom amongst Australian audiences through his role as rocker Johnny O’Keefe. After garnering rave reviews from his cabaret performances in New York in the mid nineties Campbell discovered John Bucchino’s work and was hooked. No wonder, as Bucchino is regarded as one of the most beloved New York composers with many accolades under his belt. Which isn’t surprising when you look at his resume. Bucchino’s work has been recorded by Liza Minelli, Art Garfunkel and Kristin

Chenoweth, and that’s just to name a few. He has written scores for the Dreamworks animated film ‘Joseph King of Dreams’ and Broadway’s ‘A Catered Affair’. He can also boast that his songs have entertained audiences in some of the most prestigious venues in the world – including the White House and the Sydney Opera House. Bucchino’s most recent project is composing music and lyrics for the musical ‘Esaura’ after being approached by the show’s producer, Soren Moller. Together these two bring a wealth of musical talent and experience that multiplies when these two work together. ‘David Campbell sings John Bucchino’ brings together an accomplished singer and a talented composer, surely a match made in musical heaven. A match also worth seeing live. The Broadway loving pair have toured across the world and will be performing at the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta on Sunday, June 29. It’s a show that is not to be missed with its intimate cabaret feel. ‘David Campbell sings John Bucchino’ is sure to be an album that will go down as one of the best of the year. It’s available in stores now. West Life has five signed copies of David Campbell’s new album ‘David Campbell sings John Bucchino’ to give away. For your chance to win, email the code word ‘CAMPBELL’ to competitions@westernweekender.com.au with your name and contact details including phone number. Entries close Wednesday, June 25. Authorised under NSW Permit Number LTPM/14/00047. Terms and conditions at www.westernweekender.com.au or Weekender reception.


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Country charm aplenty at Gloucester

Kiel Canal remains a great achievement Eight years in the making this German canal can still service large cruise ships

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There are many great townships in the Hunter Region, but one that is really worth the visit is Gloucester. Located three and a half to fours hours from Sydney, Gloucester is a picturesque country town that has much to offer any traveller who is keen to see the natural beauty of NSW. As you drive along Bucketts Way, named after the prominent ‘Bucketts’ mountains that protrude from the hilly countryside, you will be amazed by the peace and serenity of this region. If travelling from Sydney, on the left is a turn off to Gloucester Tops walking tracks, which is highly recommended. The road quickly turns to a dusty track that meanders through the mountains towards the Barrington Tops National Park. You’ll drive past fields with golden yellow flowers, the occasional cyclist, and then small farmsteads that have made their homes along a beautiful gurgling river. Be prepared to get your car wet as there are countless river crossings and the kids will love spotting kangaroos, wallabies and the rare platypus. There are lots of great camping spots along the way, but the real highlight is the climb up into the Tops. There are numerous walking tracks and it is advised that you grab a map from an information centre before you go. There’s walks for all fitness levels, including an easy 1.5km walk to the Gloucester waterfalls and longer loop tracks taking you through the alpine woodlands. In summer it’s delightful weather, but if you visit in winter be sure to bring a raincoat and prepare for a real chill – the tops do receive snow. Gloucester itself is full of charm and there are often markets and exhibitions on at the local gallery. There are plenty of country style cafes that are really worth your time – home made quiches, pies and cakes are enough to satisfy the hungry belly of any traveller. Whilst you could do Gloucester in a day trip, there are plenty of accommodation options. If you are looking for something off the beaten track, Altamira resort is clean and tidy, with a very homely feel. It’s nestled in the hills and a young family would enjoy their animal petting yard, pool and tennis court facilities. There are numerous cottages too such as Gloucester Cottage B&B if you are looking to stay in the centre of town. For more information, visit www.visitgloucester.com.au.

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ermany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II reckoned his official opening in 1895 of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal across the Jutland Peninsula and connecting the North Sea with the Baltic Sea, would be pretty good reason to celebrate. After all, the dream of just such a canal that would save a journey of over 450km in often storm-tossed seas around Denmark, had been pondered over since as early as the 16th century. With it now becoming a reality, here was every reason for celebrations that would long remember his involvement in such a grand scheme. A canal of sorts had actually been created in 1784 when the area now known as Germany’s Schleswig-Holstein was ruled jointly by Denmark and Norway, but it simply joined up sections of the Eider River via a series of cuttings over a rambling 175km between the two seas. And with limited depth and width, this canal was of use only to small vessels under 300 tonnes. So when in 1864 Prussia (later the German Empire) won Schleswig-Holstein as a spoil of the Second Schleswig War, thought was finally directed towards a real canal linking the two seas. Hamburg shipowner and businessman, Hermann Dahlstrom put forth the first concrete plans and possible route, designing it not only for commercial shipping traffic, but for the German Navy

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that had made it known it wanted quick access between its bases in the Baltic and North Seas (and without that lengthy and potentially dangerous 450km traipse around Denmark). Finally in 1887 work began in the south on a route from Brunsbuttel on the North Sea, to Holtenau at Kiel on the Baltic in the north – an extraordinary task that would take 8,900 workers eight years to remove 100 million cubic metres of earth, and to then line the whole 98km canal with concrete. Finally on the morning of June 20 1895, 119 years ago this month, the German Imperial Yacht Hohenzollern with the Kaiser and an official party aboard entered the lock at Brunsbuttel. The Kaiser cut a ribbon to declare that end of the canal officially opened, then led a 24-ship convoy of mostly naval vessels from Germany and 14 other nations the 98km to Holtenau, with Champers and Schnapps a-plenty for their eight-hour journey. And in the lock at Holtenau the next day, the Kaiser laid the final stone commemorating the official opening of the canal, which he named the KaiserWilhelm-Kanal, not after himself, but after Germany’s Kaiser I. Grandstands of-near football stadium proportions were built for the thousands of official guests from Germany and neighbouring countries invited to the ceremony. Between 1907 and 1914 Wilhelm had the canal widened to 102.5m to allow Germany’s massive Dreadnought class battleships to pass quickly through from

their base in the Baltic to the North Sea. It was an ominous sign, and as we now know, the Kaiser went on to become possibly the most instrumental individual leading to the outbreak of WWI. The Canal – today known simply as the Kiel Canal – is the busiest man-made waterway in the world, with an average 35,000 cargo, passenger, naval and pleasure vessels passing along it annually. And every year the 13km-long Canal Cup rowing race, considered the world’s toughest rowing event, is held on the canal at Rendsburg, the only town of any size along its route. The Canal Cup is tough not just because of its 13km length, but because race competitors have to avoid shipping traffic and cross-canal ferries, neither of which give ground for the event, and to plough through their dangerous wash. Over 100,000 spectators line the canal for the race, which has included teams from Australia at least twice; this year’s 14th annual race will be held as part of a three-day regatta at Rendsburg from September 12 to 14. Although 11 bridges that span the canal limit the height of vessels, a number of cruise lines still have medium-size ships use the waterway regularly – and this year, SeaDream Yacht Club will join them as part of the company’s first-ever sailing from the UK, when its boutique 112-passenger SeaDream I journeys from Dover to Denmark, Sweden, Estonia and two nights in St Petersburg, and will transit the Kiel Canal twice. For details see www.seadream.com.


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VOLUNTEERS To lie or not to lie? - is it wrong to break a promise? Is it only wrong if you get caught? While the conscience may be torn on some of life’s big ethical questions; and community attitudes and public prejudices can make these decisions even more daunting at times, it is important to know that there is support out there. Primary Ethics held its first ethics class in February 2011 and has now grown to become an organisation that has 1,500 active volunteers including mums and dads, grandparents and other members of the wider community teaching or organising ethics classes for 20,000 children in 300 schools. Penrith RSL has partnered with Primary Ethics to bring ethics classes to children in the Penrith local government area. This Primary Ethics solution is offered

to public school children who don't go to Scripture classes.

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Trained volunteers teach the Primary Ethics curriculum. Children are taught the basic principles of decision making that helps them determine what is right or wrong, or good or bad in most given situations. Children sit in a circle and through the use of 'give-and-take' discuss modern ethical topics. Children are provided with material such as stories and pictures, then the trained Ethics Teachers promote conversations between the children and their peers. Individual topics are taught over a period of two or more lessons. Primary Ethics is a charity that creates curriculum and attracts, recruits, vets and

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While growing up we are faced with numerous choices on the direction of our lives such as career options, education, marriage, religion and more. The moral and ethical landscape encompassing the decisions we make can seem like a minefield of good and bad choices.

Penrith RSL has partnered with Primary Ethics to help spread the word in the area – and also to encourage its staff to volunteer. Karen Harrison, HR manager at Penrith RSL, has volunteered to teach at Kingswood Public School on one of her non-work days. “I think these ethics classes are a wonderful initiative,” says Ms Harrison. “I have three adult daughters and a grandchild on the way. I want my family to live in a community with values and ethics. This is a great way for the kids who don’t go to religion classes to learn how to think about ethical issues.” To find out how to volunteer to be an Ethics Teacher or an Ethics Coordinator, head over to The Primary Ethics website

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I took them out of the box, cringing at the thought that perhaps I had ordered a men’s size AU 8. I held one of the shoes up to my foot and it definitely looked like they would fit – not men’s sizes after all – so with my hope restored, I slipped them on. They suspiciously were much too big. I scoured the box for confirmation of the size and I looked for the sticker normally on the sole but it wasn’t until I looked under the tongue that my fears were realised. They had done the sneaky and sent me an AU 8.5. I was a little more than disappointed, especially when I read the paperwork to discover that returning my shoes, which were not the size I ordered, would cost me at least $8. What was even more upsetting was the silent confirmation that the brand obviously doesn’t make my size. For days I debated trying insoles, sticking cardboard under the sole and I even tried shoving socks down the end but they still looked and felt wrong. This was when I decided to contact the company, ask for a refund and free return – weeks later I am yet to hear back from them.

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This week I am going to share with you a not-so-positive online shopping experience that has been playing on my mind for some time. For months now I have had my heart set on a particular pair of shoes. They are nothing fancy, just practical really, but I have been so keen to buy a pair. I first tried on a pair in a Sydney shop about a month ago, only to discover that they didn’t have my size, a women’s AU 8, in stock. The shoes come in men’s sizes, but are unisex so they have the women’s sizes referenced as well, which means that I needed a men’s AU 6.5 or women’s AU 8. From then on, I went into shop after shop to discover that no-one had my size available and I began to wonder if they actually made my size at all. The more I thought about it, the more I realised that this might actually be the case – given that they are made in men’s sizes, it is common for some brands to not deal in half sizes. I conceded defeat, deciding that maybe it just wasn’t meant to be. Then, one day I was browsing one of my favourite online shops and to my surprise, I came across the exact pair of shoes that I had given up on only days earlier. AND they had a size AU 8. Being a website holding both men’s and women’s clothing, it took some time for me to confirm that the sizing for this particular item was in fact, women’s Australian sizes. Once confirmed and I had gleefully noted that I was saving a few dollars on the price, I put the shoes on hold for a day, just to make sure they were really what I wanted. The next day I decided to make the payment and nervously signed up for the free shipping, wondering if, after all the hassle I had already been through, it was all too good to be true. A week – consisting of excitedly waiting and making phone calls to the post office – later, my package had arrived. Yep, feels like shoes, sounds like shoes... it must be them! I opened up the box and my first thought was, ‘these are way too big’.

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Come and visit us at the Eternity Bridal Expo This weekend we will once again be taking part in the ‘For Eternity Bridal Expo’, which is being held at the Panthers Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday. York Jewellers are proud sponsors of this local event! It’s the one day each year where brides and grooms have the opportunity to visit over 130 exhibitors at the one location. If you have yet to make up your mind about the colour theme of your big day or the style of gown or bridesmaids dresses that you want then it’s a great idea to bring your friends along and make a day of it. You’ll see everything from wedding dresses, photographers, florists, cake displays and of course jewellery. Our stand at the event is always one of the busiest and this year is expected to be no exception. It’s a fantastic opportunity to book yourself in with our design team and discuss what options you have in mind for your wedding bands. We also have special ‘expo only’ offers that you can take advantage of. To make your appointment with one of our experts call us on 02 4721 0780. Spots are filling up fast! One another note, while we are on the subject of what the team at York Jewellers are up to – I’m very excited to let you know that I will be opening a new boutique near the city in the next week or two. It’s in the final stages of fit out at the moment and is looking great! Don’t worry; I will still be available for appointments at York Jewellers too. More on the new store soon. I hope to see you all at the For Eternity Bridal Expo this weekend. For more information about the event you can visit this website: www.foreternity. net.au.


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Boredom is a big no-no this week as you search out unusual people, places and activities. Think outside the square. Perhaps an adventurous new hobby or an unusual creative project will satisfy your curiosity? But Wednesday’s Mars/Uranus opposition increases your impulsive side, and makes you more accident-prone than usual.

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Friendly Fish are in the mood to mix and mingle to the max, as the New Moon jump-starts your social side this week. Plus make sure you spend some quality time with a special child. Sunday’s Sun/ Neptune trine favours being extra creative and compassionate, as you express your artistic side and help someone in need.

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Many Rams will feel irritable and impatient on Wednesday, as Mars and Uranus stir up your restless side. Take particular care when driving and avoid blurting out things that upset others. Friday’s New Moon is a magical time of beginnings and the promise of things to come. When dealing with a family issue, resist the urge to jump to hasty conclusions. Check the facts first.

Lions are restless! Slow your motor and cool your heels, before you do something that you regret. Dynamic communication will get you a lot further than disruptive behaviour. Aim to get the balance right between socialising with friends and acquaintances, and spending quality time on your own.

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VIRGO AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 23

Venus shifts into your career zone, which brings some benefits, but Mercury is still in retrograde motion, so you’ll have to soldier through computer and communication glitches at work (up until July 1). In the meantime, shine a bright spotlight on your hopes and dreams for the future as you read, research, ponder and dream.

LIBRA SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

If you are having problems, don’t assume others will automatically come running to the rescue. It’s time to be independent and inventive, as the planets encourage you to stand on your own two feet. With mighty Mars moving through Libra (until July 26) your message for the moment is from blind and deaf birthday great Helen Keller: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”

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Communication is the buzz word this week Bulls, as Venus (your ruling planet) visits chatty Gemini, and the New Moon lights up your conversation zone. So take the time to talk with people in your local community and connect with like-minded souls via social media. Sunday is super for social events and group activities.

Watch out for stubbornly holding a fixed position in your dealings with others. You’re not seeing the full picture, so be more flexible. The New Moon activates your adventurous side, as you long for international interludes and exotic escapades. Connecting with overseas friends brings foreign shores closer.

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SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Vivacious Venus gives you a much-needed confidence boost, as she vamps through your sign (from June 23 to July 19) and you’re at your funny and flirtatious best. You’re keen to socialise on Thursday, as the Gemini Moon hooks up with media planet Mercury. Do you have to make an important decision? Combine your logic and intuition.

Have you been having relationship hassles? Archers can be an argumentative lot, as you have a talent for turning casual conversations into fiery debates. With Venus visiting your partnership zone until July 19 perhaps it’s time to bite your tongue, swallow your pride and hold out the olive branch of peace?

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CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Don’t fall into the trap of undervaluing or neglecting your numerous talents. This week the New Moon and Neptune stimulate your Crab creativity, so it’s time to express yourself in a way that makes your heart sing. Be inspired by Carly Simon: “There’s always a creative side to me, even when it’s quiet musically.”

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Expect volatility at work as deadlines shorten, pressure builds, and your patience wears thin. Attached Capricorns – find fresh ways to add passion and pizazz to your partnership. Singles – with Jupiter and the New Moon in your relationship zone, love may strike while you’re travelling or closer to home, with someone from overseas.

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Prepared for the new financial year? With under a month to go before the end of the financial year, now is the time to start crossing off those items on your personal banking to-do list. The current financial year is due to end on June 30, leaving many individuals and businesses scrambling to get their affairs in order. To help you cross the tax-time finish line on the best foot, here are five things you should do to prepare for the financial new year. 1. Donate to charity What better way to celebrate the end of the financial year than to invest in a little real world karma. Donating to charity will not only help you feel good about yourself, but can result in a sizeable tax deduction. If you want to lower your tax bill this year, check your desired charity’s deductibility status before making a donation. 2. Gather up those receipts The end of the financial year is also the time to file your tax return and to do this, you will need to ensure your receipts and investments are all in order. Once the financial year ends on June 30, you have until October 31 this year to lodge your return. Any later than this and you may find yourself faced with a penalty. 3. Review your personal finances The best way to move forward into the new financial year is to look back on your year of saving to identify where improvements could be made. Have you saved as much as you hoped? Could you be doing any better? Could you potentially put away less and enjoy life more? If you’re currently saving for a home, car or other important investment, these are all questions you should be asking. 4. Make plans After reviewing the past year’s finances, you should be in a good position to set out your next 12 months of goals and plans. Even if you’re in a good position, it may be worth making contingency plans, just in case. 5. Go shopping If you discover you need to buy anything for work purposes, now is the time to go shopping. Many businessrelated purchases are tax deductible.


FITEC FITNESS CHAMPION

Fitec is the Fitness Industry Training & Education Centre. It’s where the trainers get their training! As part of raising awareness and promoting it in our community, we present the Fitec Fitness Champion! Each week we will interview someone who has successfully made health and fitness an integral part of their life...

How does fitness feature in your life? I am the owner and Head Instructor at Sydney West Martial Arts. We are a martial arts, fitness and wellbeing centre located in Penrith. I have dedicated the last 10 years of my life to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts. I am currently a Brown Belt in BJJ under Anthony Perosh and Elvis Sinosic. I have cornered/coached Australian champions in Mixed Martial Arts. I am also a personal trainer and love helping others achieve their goals whether it’s martial arts, fitness based or both.

How do you stay motivated when it’s so easy to just ‘take it easy’? If you find that sport or workout style you love, it is easy to get motivated because you always want to achieve that higher skill set or next goal. Remember if you don’t feel like training today then don’t, but if you’re finding excuses more often than training, re-establish your goals or find a new sport/ style. Lastly find like-minded, motivated people to train with and when you are down their motivation can pull you along just as you can for them.

Top three tips for good health? 1. Be consistent. By that I mean don’t have a week where you eat and train like a pro and then the next week you are like a biggest loser pre-show video. 2. Find exercise that you enjoy doing! Sports can be a great way to get the heart rate up without hating every moment of the exercise. 3. Take a big glass of water to bed with you, then when you wake up, sit on the side of the bed and drink it all. It’s a great start to the day especially for all the coffee drinkers who would normally just fill their empty stomachs with that delicious brown beverage.

Freestyle – anything else you want to say? Health and fitness does not have to be your life, but without it your life might not be as great as it could be with it… If you want to change up your workout, try something new or learn to defend yourself, come down to Sydney West Martial Arts and check out our state of the art academy. We teach Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for adults and kids. Boxing, Muay Thai, Freestyle Wrestling, fitness classes and Yoga. We cater for the whole family and our experienced instructors are approachable and can cater for complete beginners to pro athletes. We are a brand new academy and are providing some amazing deals in our opening weeks. Come in any time from 4.30pm, Monday to Friday and talk to me about kids classes, adult classes and family specials. We open Monday, June 23, 2014.

Biggest health/fitness misconception? More is better. Once you find exercise you enjoy some of us can fall into the trap of thinking if four times a week is good then

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What type of activity/exercise do you enjoy the most? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It is an awesome, all body workout that builds strength and burns calories galore. It’s also nice to be able to defend yourself if need be, which BJJ is fantastic for.

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I sometimes get questions from people when they find out I’m a trainer basically saying, ‘why have a trainer at all’. Why not do it yourself and save money? I think that’s actually a great idea. But, I remember saying a very similar thing when my mechanic was going to charge me $600 to replace some gasket in my car many years ago. I spent a lot more money buying parts trying to fix it myself, getting a tow in traffic, then paying to have it done properly plus undo whatever I had done wrong. And your body is a whole lot more complex than any engine. Your health should be your highest priority. I think some of us have our priorities a little mixed up. People don’t think twice about spending thousands of dollars on a huge TV everyone can laze around watching, getting fatter, but spending $100 on training. Are you crazy? Do it yourself! If you really decide that health is the priority you should do what it takes to get it. If that’s just by buying a $50 dollar pair of shoes, great. If you use your gym membership, fantastic. But if health was really a priority, using a trainer may be what works best for you. I see it this way: imagine you needed to catch a train to a dream job interview in Sydney... does it really work out cheaper to buy a ticket to Blacktown? You’re spending money and still not getting to the interview! It’s false economy to spend less money but not end up with what you want. Just think of all those ab-blaster 2000 machines rusting in people’s garages. Everyone only has so much money to spend, and it’s important to spend it on the important things. If you invest in something that gets you healthy and in good shape, you won’t be wondering if your husband will like how you look in some expensive new dress. I’m willing to bet he would prefer to see how you look out of it! So working with a trainer may not be needed by everybody, but it’s a nice option to have for anybody who wants to feel healthier, fitter, look better and would like to know the best way to go about it. Trainers are experts in health and fitness, and just like you go to a car expert (mechanic), there’s nothing wrong with going to a health expert.

training every day, twice a day, is better. This is not to say that you can’t train every day but vary what the workout is. Maybe instead of another gruelling weights session you give your body a rest or what we refer to as active rest. Try a nice, dry sauna. I find this a great rest day workout. It gets my heart rate up, gives me time to contemplate the universe and stretch.

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NICOLE MCMILLAN Practice owner of Coreen Avenue Veterinary Clinic and the Western Sydney Cat Hospital

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Ferrets are a fabulously fun pet to own. They may not be the right pet for everyone, however in the right family they are as loyal as dogs, as inquisitive as cats and as playful as both. What environment is needed to have a happy, content ferret? Ferrets thrive in an environment where owners show love and gentle, consistent handling. Ferrets do not respond well to discipline or punishment. The ferrets that visit our practice that never bite people are those ferrets handled with gentle methods. Young ferrets like to investigate their world by placing everything in their mouths (similar to human toddlers), and this can include fingers. If they then get a reaction of being yelled at or flicked on the nose, they will become more reactive around people and more likely to nip. Young ferrets that are getting overly nippy are best handled by placing them into a boring, quiet area (like a small cage without anything to do) and then when they are calm, rewarding that calmness with a treat and freedom again to play. If praise, pats and treats are always given together, verbal praise and pats become very rewarding for ferrets. Gentle strokes over the length of ferret instead of fast patting helps ferrets calm down. Playtime is vitally important for a happy ferret. Ferrets are the species where play continues at the highest level throughout life. This is what makes them such fun pets. A ferret that is really having a good time will do a “ferret dance” where he/she bounces along on their back legs in a sideways prance. They will also make a happy little noise called a “dook”. Ferrets are good predators in the wild and toys like fluffy tails on fishing rod sticks, and balls (that are too large to swallow) are great toys. Ferrets have poor vision for stationary toys, but anything that moves is fair game. Do not give rubber toys as ferrets will chew these. Ferrets are very inquisitive and love to investigate tunnels, boxes and hidden areas. Care needs to be taken to remove all electrical cords as they love to chew on rubbery textures. Providing a large cage (aviary size is good) with a network of corrugated PVC pipes to explore is very stimulating for ferrets.

Last week I mentioned a person who thought he had indigestion or heartburn. He was actually experiencing the early signs of a heart attack. Many deaths and much of the disability and illness that results from heart attack could be avoided if the person experiencing symptoms received early medical treatment. While the symptoms people experience will all be different, the sooner you receive treatment the less damage is done and the higher the risk of survival. The warning signs of heart attack can be varied and may not always be sudden or severe. You may have just one of these symptoms, or a combination of them. They can come on suddenly or develop over minutes and get progressively worse. Symptoms usually last for at least 10 minutes. A common symptom is discomfort or pain in your chest, which may feel like a tightening sensation or bad indigestion. You may also experience discomfort in your upper body, including a choking feeling around your throat or heavy or tingling arms. Shortness of breath and light headedness is also a common symptom while an aching in your jaw that spreads from your chest is a lesser known warning sign. Many heart attacks start slowly with only mild pain or discomfort. But it’s extremely important to be aware of your body and act quickly if the warning signs do start. If you do feel any of these symptoms, the first thing to do is stop what you are doing and rest. Tell someone you are feeling unwell and monitor your symptoms. If they are severe, get worse quickly or last longer than 10 minutes then call Triple Zero (000) and ask for an ambulance. The operator will be able to guide you on what to do next. Heart attacks do damage to your heart, so every minute counts when it comes to starting treatment and increasing your chances of survival. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or go to www.heartfoundation.org.au for more information.

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prepare for accidents, but are you prepared to face Jesus?

Life is no accident according to God Accidents are horrible things. Take for example a car accident. The sound of screeching tyres. The impact of tearing metal. The crash of breaking glass. Then there is the pain of broken lives and often irreparable damage. Nobody likes a car accident. We don’t plan accidents. We don’t design them for a purpose. They are accidents. They are tragic and everyone wants to avoid them. It is interesting to consider how today, more and more people make the claim that life is an accident. They make the claim that this life is the result of some giant cosmic accident. They want to argue that this life is the result of billions of years of chance accidents. The Bible has completely the opposite message. The Bible tells us that God planned and made the universe and everything in it. This life, rather than being an accident, has planning, purpose and a future. This future is very important. The purpose and future of this world is clearly set out by God. The Bible tells us in the book of Ephesians that God: “planned that all things in heaven and on earth would be joined together in Christ as the head”. Despite the fact that we don’t plan accidents, people still try to be prepared for them, and that is a wise thing to do: sturdier cars and taking precautions on the road, will all help us avoid accidents. Yet, the really wise people will take account of the fact that one day everyone, whether they are prepared or not, will have to face Jesus Christ as the head of all things. Are you prepared?


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everal members of Emu Plains Lions Club have been recognised recently for their many years of service, with one member even acknowledged for having spent 40 years with the charitable organisation.

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Phil Clarke, a member of five years; Liam Nangle, who has been with Lions for 10 years; Andy Heaton, a member of 15 years; and John Choma, who has had a massive 40-year stint with Lions, were recognised at a club dinner meeting recently.

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Mr Choma joined Lions as a young man with a growing family, back in the 70’s. In 1988, he became a founding member of Emu Plains Lions Club and has been with the group ever since, loving every moment of it. “There is always someone in the community who is in need that the Government can’t assist, that’s where all service clubs come in,” he said. “You put back a little bit into the community. You always say ‘what’s in it for me?’ but it’s not a matter of that, it is about helping others without thinking of yourself.” All four of the long serving members were praised for their dedication to the club and were thanked for the years they have put in to fundraising to support their local community. “I get a big satisfaction every year when we meet to allocate the funds we raised during that year. We look at how much we have raised and who we can support with it – it’s where I always get the biggest buzz,” Mr Choma said. The Emu Plains Lions Club’s current members have together contributed a combined 148 years of service to the community through Lions and are always looking for new members of all ages to join. If you want to be part of this amazing organisation, visit www.emuplains.nsw. lions.org.au for information.

With winter finally settling in, local residents are turning on their electric blankets, heaters and air conditioning, which are all contributors to hefty electricity bills. The average Australian increases their energy usage by about 14 per cent in the winter months, using more energy to warm up than they do to cool down in summer. And according to AGL Energy, their NSW customers consumed the most energy of any state, with an average quarterly bill adding up to $525. “As the cold weather sets in, it’s only natural to want to turn up your heater to warm your home quickly. However, setting your heater’s thermostat to between 18°C and 20°C, rather than higher, will have a significant impact on your winter energy bill. Every 1°C higher can increase your heating costs by up to 10 per cent,” said Mark Brownfield, AGL’s General Manager of Marketing and Retail Sales. “Another easy and affordable way to reduce your energy usage is to draught proof your home by sealing any cracks or gaps around doorways and windows. This stops the warm air from escaping. It also makes sense to only heat the rooms that you are using.”

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The Intellectual Disability Rights Service (IDRS) and the St Mary’s Carer Support Group invite you to join us for a follow-up free 2 hour workshop designed to assist parents and carers in making financial decisions with and where necessary for their children with Intellectual Disability

• Making wills that will support your children with intellectual disability

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ith the younger generation growing up using computers, they know a whole lot more about technology than most seniors, so it only makes sense that they share this knowledge around. Year 11 and 12 students from Penrith Anglican College are running classes, through a program called the University of the New Age, for local seniors to help them become more familiar with computers and their many uses. 10 local residents participated in the sessions this term and were guided by 14 students. “It is rewarding to see the participants develop new skills and to see them happy with being able to use their new skills. It is also great to be able to hone my skills while sharing them with the participants,” said Kirsten Keightley, a Year 12 student mentor. The school students taught local seniors how to set up email and Facebook accounts, how to share files and photos and how to use other applications on their computers. “Knowing basic computer skills, the

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group has allowed me to pick up finer points of computing as well as learn how to load videos to YouTube, sending pictures via email and inserting photos into word documents. It has been great to have many of my little questions answered,” said one local senior, Gill Beatty, who took part in the program this term. The program will run again later in the year. For information or to find out how you can join, contact Mora Soliman on 4736 8100 or email m.soliman@pac.nsw. edu.au.

ick Rutherford’s Country has over the years become renown for its Christmas celebrations – Christmas in July that is. The entire gallery, located on Badgery Crescent at Lawson, is decked out in winter Christmas finery throughout July, as part of its annual Yulefest celebrations. “Every year the theme of the Rick Rutherford’s Country Yulefest changes, this year the July-long celebrations are being called ‘A Very Merry Retro Christmas’,” owner Rick Rutherford said. “Treasures have been sourced and

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imported from around the world especially for the gathering, meaning that lots on festive wares on show are highly collectable, not to be found anywhere else, and once gone, they’ll be gone for good!” This year’s display includes a range of old-fashioned tinsel trees, which are among 40 uniquely decorated trees on exhibition. There will be decorations synonymous with a ‘white Christmas’, like snowmen, as well as Christmas textiles, nativities and other festive ornaments.

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TO THE local seniors who are Lions members and have worked the chocolate wheel at Westfield Penrith: no matter how many times you have come down or how many years you have been a member, this Senior of the Week segment is dedicated to you. Having run for over 30 years, the Lions Chocolate Wheel is considered to be the area’s longest-running Lions initiative and depending on who you speak to, is one of the longest running Lions projects to date. Every Saturday morning members from Cambridge Park, Penrith and Emu Plains Lions Clubs are on-hand bright and early to spin the wheel and raise funds for those in the community who are in need of support. It is estimated the initiative has raised more than a million dollars for the local community, which simply would not have been possible without the dedicated Lions members who lend a hand.

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Winter Service from $90

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ABN 32 410 605 746; Licence No 230510c; AU26947

Call Nigel 8916 7402 or 0413 314 029

FREE MEASURE & QUOTE - ALL AREAS Fully installed at factory prices:

gas, parts and additional labour if required are not included in initial service quote

• 2.4m width up to 2.7 metres high between walls • Smooth sliding safety mirrors • 4 drawers on metal runners with safety stop • Coloured or timber doors available (upgrade valued at $100)

ASPHALT AUSTRALIAN ASPHALT

CONTRACTING PTY LTD • Machine/hand laid asphalt • Roads & Driveways • Carparks, sports courts, speed humps, dish drains • Coloured Asphalt • Bitumen stone & decorative sealing

ING AMAZ $

640

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PH: 0487 388 667

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CARPET LAYING

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BATHROOMS

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BRICKLAYING

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AWNINGS & CARPORTS

WW329 Est. 1974

Precision Ceramics Design, Supply & Install Advise, Experience & Quality Licenced Tradesmen 7 Year Written Warranty FREE written QUOTES

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0403 888 028

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Call Joel

0419 730 795

Are you looking for a reliable builder?

CLEANING

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\ RENOVATIONS \ DECKS \ BATHROOMS \ EXTENSIONS \ PERGOLAS \ CARPORTS

ABN 41586176397 LIC. 238922C

Lic No. 829 19C

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BUILDERS

Builder - Lic No. 75305c

TONY THE TILER

0405 107 506

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Cracked Brickwork Jamming Doors

22 Years Experience

Est 1989

Drainage Specialist Pier Replacement

Mark Phone: (02) 4730 6645

E: a1underpinning@gmail.com www.a1underpinningnsw.com.au

CARPET CLEANING & REPAIRS • Glass enclosures • Kits also available • Gable roof specialist

est 1999

• New design (Fly over) • New Flat Deck Roof • Carports & Awnings • Screened enclosures

 0408 623 063 WW9167

MetWest Carpet Cleaning

LIC No. 269376c

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Andrew Eekman

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PATIOMAN

• • • • •

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Ph

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“Where quality, service & great prices come together”

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• Reliable Service

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LOCAL PLUMBER Ph: 0406 715 116 Free Drain Camera Free Plumbing Inspection Leak Detection, Hot Water, Gas Seniors/Pensioners Discounts

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Conditions apply.

NEPEAN MAINTENANCE PLUMBING

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mccoy’s property maintenance

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Budget Painting

$ from

Water & Gas Service Repair Blocked Drains Hotwater Heaters Backflow & TMV Testing Full Plumbing Maintenance

CALL GREG NOW ON: WW320 0400 873 805

250

PER ROOM

includes Paint & Preparation ALL WORK guaranteed Licenced and insured. Tradesman Lic 196221C

details www.mccoys.com.au or Call 0431 824 003 WW8528

PEST CONTROL

CRYSTAL CLEAR PEST CONTROL Family Owned Local Business for 18 Years Enjoy reliable professional service with a smile!

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$

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1800 245 955

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PAINTERS & DECORATORS

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Call Barry on

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• Complete balanced liquid lawn fertiliser • Weed control eg. bindi, clover etc • Beetle, grub and army worm control Call us on how we can help keep your grass green and healthy all year round. Love that Green!

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ALL REPAIR GUARANTEED

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Licence No. 173676c

Ezy Glide

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Call Steve on 4735 3142 or 0416 116 602

• Paving • Tiling • Cleaning • Painting • Carpentry • Lawn & Garden Services

Licenced: 30817C

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Lic No. 221280C

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Phone: 0419 018 866

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0438 834 139

Frank & Olly’s

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• Truck, Bobcat & Excavator Hire • Auger, Forks & Hammer • Rubbish Removal & Site Cleaning • Landscaping, Turf & Plants • Retaining Walls

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A.B.N. 38087588136 Lic No: 219463C

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Contact Rob:

Everlast Plumbing

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0406 715 116

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Lic No 264213c

0413 032 000

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Licence No. 95571C

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• 100% Labour Guarantee • Up Front Pricing

Lic No. 44995C

Phone/Fax 9833 3563

ABN 70 510 279 284

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Lic No 264213c

John Newham

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• • • • • • •

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lic. 251075c

POOLS

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1800 830 506

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phone (02) 9808 6955 - 10am-6pm. Gents phone or SMS “meet up” to 0422 304 847.

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Being Offered at: Namatjira Neighbourhood Centre Annex Henry Lawson Avenue, Werrington County Bookings essential. Enquiries to: Val Champ on 9673-6133 COMPUTER SKILLS FOR BEGINNERS

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