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New generation of disco fans flock to Boney M gigs hen young, aspiring performer Maizie Williams was spotted in a restaurant and asked to join newly formed band Boney M, she had no idea that four decades later her hits would still be playing on the radio.

“We could not imagine what to expect and once we were over there, I mean, people love music wherever you go… they were singing along to them. “They were up out of their seats dancing and having a good time. We thought they were just going to be very stiff, very just sit there and stare at us or whatever, but no, they were partying with us and that was wonderful.” After starting as a close four-piece group, Boney M had numerous line-up changes throughout the recent decades, but were devastated when original member Bobby Farrell passed away in 2010. “Bobby is highly missed… he was like a

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dies, they all have different characters, different meanings and they’re all great songs to sing along with… they fit into every occasion,” she said. They are also well-loved across country borders and cultural divides, as the band discovered in the late 1970’s when they toured to the Soviet Union,

which Williams classifies as one of the highlights of her career. “It was the Russians who invited us over, and the amazing thing is we were the first western entertainers to enter the iron curtain so we actually opened the iron curtain for everyone else to go in and that was in 1977,” she said.

brother and he was my friend, and there will never be another one like him just like there will never be another Michael Jackson or another Whitney Houston or whatever,” Williams said of her band mate. With no end in sight to the nostalgia for Boney M’s bright, catchy tunes, Williams said that she believes the band will be remembered for generations to come. “Our music turned out to be something that I have to say I’m very proud of,” she said reflecting on their success. “To be quite honest, I think we have delivered and the fact that we are still here today and there’s still a demand for our music means that we’ve done something right… I’m quite overwhelmed really,” she said. Boney M will be performing at Rooty Hill RSL on Thursday, June 19 at 8pm. Tickets are $60. For bookings or more information, call 9625 5500 or visit www. rootyhillrsl.com.au.

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Williams, who comes from the West Indies and was raised in the UK, was working as a model and doing theatre work in 1975 when she was unexpectedly asked to join Boney M. “I was sent to Germany for a fashion show over there for a couple of weeks… the strangest thing, that’s where I was approached, I was sitting in a restaurant and I was approached by an agent to join this group that they were planning,” she said. “They wanted to put this group together and they heard about me from someone in the show... of course I gave it a try, and the rest is history.” Accepting the offer would turn out to be the best career move Williams ever made, with Boney M becoming one of the most iconic bands of the 1970’s and dominating the charts with their catchy disco songs. The group, originally made up of Williams and three other performers, were so popular that their songs still receive airplay, with tracks such as ‘Rasputin’, ‘Sunny’, ‘Daddy Cool’, ‘Rivers of Babylon’ and others defining an era. Still touring across the globe today, Boney M has found that their crowd numbers haven’t wavered despite the decades since their album releases, with original fans of the band passing on their music taste to younger generations. “We have all the fans from the 70’s still and then we have the children of the fans from the 70’s and then we have the children of the children of the fans from the 70’s so we have all the generations,” Williams said. “I think today we have a lot of young people who are fans of Boney M because they know the music from the parents… it’s amazing because we get very, very young children at our concerts, the age of five and eight and all that, and they’re singing along, and it’s like ‘how do they know this song?’,” she said. Boney M will be visiting Australia on tour next month, with a show at Rooty Hill RSL on Thursday, June 19 that Williams promises will be filled with “hits, hits and more hits and lots of energy”. Fans can expect all of the band’s classic songs and a fun, party-like atmosphere. “I do love all the Boney M songs because they’re all different, they’re all different in their own right, they have different melo-

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In the 1970’s there wasn’t a groovy disco fan that didn’t know and love hits like ‘Sunny’ and ‘Daddy Cool’. Decades later and a whole new fan base has emerged and embraced the funky, catchy songs of Boney M.

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Short plays offer plenty of variety THE 13-STOREY TREEHOUSE Q THEATRE MAY 23 & 24 missing their cast of characters such as flying cats, a mermaid, sea monster, invasion of monkeys and a giant gorilla. But while their stage show may have a chaotic start, Andy and Terry do have some devoted friends to help out, as well as a box filled with costumes and props, good technology and their imaginations. ‘The 13-Storey Treehouse’ will be shown at the Q Theatre at the Joan on May 23 and 24 at 10.30am and 12.30pm. Tickets are $18-$22. Call 4723 7600.

udiences will go on an entertaining emotional rollercoaster when Glenbrook Players Club brings ‘Laughter and Longing’ to the stage. The show, which is a collection of short plays, is the latest production from the theatre company, and will be performed at Glenbrook Community Theatre from Friday, May 9 to Saturday, May 17. Two of the works, ‘Small Steps’ and ‘The Colour Red’, written by local Australian writer Gavin Austin and directed by Costa Karagounis have a more serious and thoughtful tone that contrasts with the other, lighter plays. ‘Small Steps’ is a monologue starring Margaret Bell, who plays Rose, a middle

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aged widow who is musing about how much her life has changed on a late, sleepless night. Austin’s other work, ‘The Colour Red’, is a short vignette that presents a conversation in a coffee shop between two women who are strangers but have agreed to meet by arrangement. Other works to be performed include ‘Three Chairs’, written by Roger Gimblett and directed by Dot Ward, is a comedic play that focuses on the dramas newlyweds Tom and Patty. ‘Laughter and Longing’ will be held at Glenbrook Community Theatre for six shows. Tickets are $22-$25. Call 4739 1110 or visit www.glenbrookplayers.com.au.

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fter a sell-out premiere season at the Sydney Opera House, the critically acclaimed show ‘The 13-Storey Treehouse’ is ready to charm kids at the Joan. The show, which is based on the bestselling book of the same name written by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton, will be coming to the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24. With a funny, whacky cast, ‘The 13-Storey Treehouse’ is a high-spirited, magical show that is ideal for kids aged between six and 12-years-old. Directed by Julian Louis, the show stars performers Andrew Johnston, Matthew Lilley and Eliza Logan. The show is set in a fantastical 13-storey treehouse, which has everything from a bowling alley and secret underground lab to self-making beds, a vegetable vaporiser and a marshmallow shooting machine. Its occupants are Andy and Terry who live together, making up imaginative stories and going on crazy adventures in their spare time. They have decided to bring their stories to the stage for the first time in their debut play, except they forgot to write it and are

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OUTSIDE

Winter in the Mountains any people flock to the Blue Mountains for its beautiful scenery, but a range of cultural events will also be drawing crowds to the area over the next few months.

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Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon Tourism has a busy autumn and winter season planned, with lots to see and do as the season changes, according to chairman Daniel Myles. “Cooler days make autumn and winter an ideal season to venture onto the more than 400 bush tracks in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, and crisp skies mean crystal clear vistas from the numerous lookouts throughout the region,” he said. “I encourage visitors to stay a night or three to fully immerse themselves in the wonderful outdoor activities, food and wine, heritage and culture and festivals and events.” While the Blue Mountains is famed for

its chilly temperatures in winter, visitors can enjoy themselves in any weather at one of the many art galleries in the region. Venues include the Everglades Gallery in Leura, the Falls Gallery at Wentworth Falls, the Lost Bear Gallery and the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery at Katoomba and the Talisman Gallery at Hartley, with each having different high quality exhibitions on display. Local and regional produce is celebrated at the Autumn Sustainable Food Festival, which will be launched by the TomahROMA event on Saturday, May 3. Other satellite events will occur throughout the region as part of the festival, followed by its finale Leura Harvest Festival on Saturday, May 10. The famed Winter Magic Festival will return to Katoomba on Saturday, June 21, with the free community event set to attract more than 40,000 people with a grand parade, stalls, food, live performances and family activities. Winter is also the focus of the Yulefest season, which occurs between June and August. And Sculpture at Scenic World, will be held until Sunday, May 18, featuring 36 works by sculptors on the valley floor along with indoor exhibitions.

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MasterChef takes on The Voice Well who would have thought that all-round nice guy and chippy Scott Cam would walk away from last Sunday’s Logies a Gold Logie winner. The announcement of Cam as the recipient of Australian television’s highest honour came as a huge surprise to many, including myself. Cam has been the host of the very successful ‘The Block’ for a number of years now.

Still on the Logies and it seems many people were happy with some things and not with others. The Logies did a great job of inducting late Nine News legend Peter Harvey into the Hall of Fame but the music performances and menial banter between awards were woeful. I was pleased the Gold Logie was announced at 11.08pm and not midnight like other years.

Congratulations to Extra Time columnist Erin Molan whose show ‘The Footy Show’ won a silver Logie for Best Sports Program. Also well done to Chris Lilley for finally being recognised for ‘Ja’mie’. Lilley picked up the Most Popular Actor Logie.

It’s finally happened, ‘The Voice’ has been given an airdate of this Sunday, May 4 at 6.30pm. The mega hit, now in its third season, will then continue every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 7.30pm. It all kicks off with the best part, the Blind Auditions.

Also returning for another year is ‘MasterChef Australia’. Season six of the cooking franchise will get underway on Monday, May 5 at 7.30pm and will continue Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night. It will be interesting to see how ‘MasterChef’, will go up against ‘The Voice’.

Lastly, I caught the ‘Modern Family Down Under’ episode on Sunday night and I must say what a terrible bit of television that was. The plot was terrible, there was no storyline, it was all over the shop and it wasn’t even funny. I’m talking about a show that’s won multiple Emmy Awards and Globes!


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Venue: Club Paceway Free entry, 6.30pm 4721 2375 Oz Rock Show Venue: St Marys Rugby League Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Manila By Night Venue: Blacktown Workers Club $8 members/$12 visitors, 8pm 9830 0600 Chris Drummond Duo Venue: Blacktown Workers Club Free entry, 9pm 9830 0600 The Lost Planet Hotrods Venue: Fitzroy Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 4577 3396 Jazz Express Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Funkstar Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 9pm 4728 5200 Calendar Girls Venue: Q Theatre $44-$49, 2pm and 8pm 4723 7600 Sea Legs Venue: Tattersalls Hotel Free entry, 8.30pm 4732 6373 Running Scared Venue: Sydney International Regatta Centre $85-$95 0402 519 521 Sunday, May 4 Midnight Drifters Venue: Penrith RSL Free entry, 2pm 4728 5200 Karaoke Venue: St Marys Band Club Free entry, 6pm 9623 1211 Friday, May 9 New Horizon Band Venue: St Marys Rugby League Club Free entry, 9pm 9677 7777 Live DJ Venue: Red Cow Free entry, 7pm 4721 5666 Daisy Cutters

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FROZEN RATED PG

Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff This blockbuster film became a huge hit with both critics and audiences when it was released last year, with the catchy song ‘Let It Go’ and the plot making it popular with young people. Funny yet sweet, ‘Frozen’ is set in the exotic region of Arendelle, where two royal sisters have a spat that will not only affect their relationship but the whole kingdom. Newly coronated Queen Elsa begins an argument with her younger sister Anna, when she refuses to give her blessing to a proposed marriage and hurts her feelings. Flustered and angry about their disagreement, Elsa unintentionally uses her cryokinetic powers, which freeze the kingdom over and trap its people in an eternal winter. After the disaster happens, the family tiff is quickly set aside and Anna rushes off to save her sister. Reunited, the pair have to finally get over their differences of opinion and work as a team to free Arendelle of its wintry fate. Typical of Disney movies this has been a hit with the kids!

FADING GIGOLO RATED M Starring: John Turturro, Woody Allen, Vanessa Paradis and Sofia Vergara

LILY ALLEN SHEEZUS Out Now

Despite its line-up of A-list movie stars, ‘Fading Gigolo’ received only a limited release in America but is now showing in Australian theatres too. Directed by and starring John Turturro, ‘Fading Gigolo’ is an adult-oriented comedy that is clever yet sometimes verges on being crude. Turturro plays Fioravante, whose close friend Murray (Woody Allen) is having financial difficulties with his book shop and wants to get a new source of income. Murray convinces Fioravante that they can make a quick buck together, offering to become his manager if gets into the male gigolo business. As might be expected, two middle-aged men diving into the sex industry isn’t as easy as the duo thinks and has hilarious results. Even though Fioravante might be inexperienced to begin with, he quickly racks up a clientele of beautiful women, played by Vanessa Paradis, Sofia Vergara and Sharon Stone. Released a few weeks earlier in America, ‘Fading Gigolo’ has received mixed reviews from critics, with Rotten Tomatoes giving the movie an average rating of 55 per cent. For the adults it is still worth a watch.

British pop star Lily Allen returns with her third studio album, which is her first release since she took a long break from music in 2009 to focus on her family. ‘Sheezus’ has all of the opinionated, sassy qualities of Allen’s previous releases but her musical style has evolved yet again, with a more synthpop sound combined with hip hop elements. The first single from the album, ‘Hard Out Here’, was released late last year and got audiences talking with its sarcastic, anti-materialistic lyrics that mock the pop industry and the pressures it places on women. It received positive reception for its unique lyrics, and reached the top 20 in the Australian charts. The song was followed up in January by ‘Air Balloon’, which has a more bubblegum pop style and a quirkier theme, but was criticised by some for being too similar to other artists’ works. ‘Sheezus’ also features a song of the same name, which was recently released as a single, and is a not too subtle homage to rap star Kanye West, with the video also making reference to pop singers Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Beyonce. Other tracks include the playful pop song ‘L8 CMMR’, ‘Our Time’ and ‘Silver Spoon’, and if the already released material is anything to go by, ‘Sheezus’ will be a hit with Allen’s fans.

Games CHILD OF LIGHT RATED PG

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An interesting mix of fairytale-style fantasy and action, ‘Child of Light’ is an enjoyable role playing game with cute, animated graphics. Players control Aurora, a young girl who is living in Austria in 1895 when she is struck down with a mysterious illness that makes her fall asleep for a lengthy period of time. She wakes up in an unfamiliar world, and upon some investigation, discovers that she has been transported to a mythical land called Lemuria,

where the evil Black Queen has stolen the sun, moon and stars. While Aurora longs to return to her real home, she has to first track down the Black Queen, fight her and restore the three sources of light to bring safety back to Lemuria. Animation in ‘Child of Light’ has been recognised as a high point in reviews of the game, with the hand drawn, artistic looking backgrounds effective in drawing in the player into the mystical atmosphere.

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ith the rise of American culture in Australia, people are also increasingly looking to indulge in some USA-style dining, and there’s no restaurant more genuine than Hooters. The restaurant is famed for its iconic Hooters girls, friendly hospitality, sports bar and delicious yet simple food that will make diners feel like they’re in America. Hooters is an ideal restaurant choice for anyone who can’t decide what type of meal they want, with the menu boasting a wide range of seafood, sandwiches, Mexican meals, burgers, steaks, salads and more. For some pre-meal snacks, Hooters has their very own ‘Hooterstisers’ such as cheese sticks, chicken strips, onion rings and ‘Lots-A-Tots’, which are tater tots covered in bacon, cheese sauce, sour cream and chives. Perhaps Hooters’ most popular menu item is their chicken wings, which are tossed in a choice of seven different signature sauces, can be ordered in a group of 10 wings to 50 wings, and are available breaded, naked and even boneless. Another favourite on the menu are the burgers, which make for a filling dinner with 250 gram premium pure grain fed beef patties. All Hooters beef patties are also 100 per cent Australian beef, are gluten-free and

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Welcome to Hooters! For an authentic, all-American experience, there’s no place better than Hooters. Try their burgers, nachos and everyone’s favourite chicken wings! free of preservatives, additives, binders and fillers. Diners can build their own burger up with their choice of ingredients, or pick from the menu with options including Nacho, Mushroom Swiss and Western BBQ. There are a variety of aged and grain

fed steaks on offer, including fillet steak, wagyu rump and rib eye steak, all served in generous portions. Beef or pork ribs can be ordered in half kilogram or full kilogram sizes, and are basted with special Hooters sauce. Mexican lovers will enjoy the nachos,

or the quesadillas and enchiladas, which both come served with Mexican rice and salad on the side. Hooters Penrith is located at 261 Mulgoa Road, Penrith. For bookings or more information, call 4733 5428 or visit www. hootersaustralia.com.

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confess to being an unabashed Chardonnay lover, and put those who moan “Not Another Chardonnay” straight into the category of wine-snobs – seeing themselves above the thousands of us who make this varietal one of Australia’s best sellers. Match a seafood lunch or dinner and a good Charddy and we’re, well, we’re yours: just recently I shared with friends a lunch of seafood risotto with that great stand-by, Rosemount Estate’s Diamond Label Chardonnay. Not only was it a perfect pairing, this wine from the 2013 vintage was just $16 from our local bottle shop. Made from fruit drawn from Rosemount’s vineyards across that great sprawl dubbed “South Eastern Australia” and in this case much of it South Australia’s McLaren Vale, this is a wine that’s full of juicy, ripe peach, nectarine and melon flavours, a lemony zest and rich creamy almonds. Diamond Label Chardonnay is up there amongst Australia’s top-selling wines, and is a great match not just with seafood but with a whole host of other choices as well – from chicken or pork in creamy sauces to ham or cheese-based salads. One to note: Peter Logan is pretty blunt when it comes to self-analysis of his Logan Vintage ‘M’ Cuvee saying: “After 16 years, I think we’re getting there”. It certainly appears so, with his 2010 Logan Vintage ‘M’ Cuvee a blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier from NSW’s Central Ranges that’s got savoury complex characters, a creamier mousse than earlier vintages, and a long finish. Pay $35 to kick-start that next dinner party.

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Peachy’s party on the long weekend APRIL 26 AT PEACHTREE HOTEL he Peachtree Hotel, one of Penrith’s most popular venues among young people, had an entertaining line-up over the long weekend that drew big crowds. Entertainment on Saturday, April 26 was kicked off with a fresh, exciting tribute show that brought the music of the legendary Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and MC Hammer to life on stage. The audience also got up off their feet to dance to the catchy music of VIP The Band, and beats from international party DJ Dirty Mexican. The night began at 6pm and partygoers stayed at the Peachtree until late, enjoying the atmosphere, food and facilities. The venue has regular events and entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Photos: Alexander Wilde of WildeShots Photography

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Family Room celebrates one year and 300 families It took four years to plan and find funding for, however the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Nepean Hospital has become a vital space for families with sick children and babies KATHERINE TWEED @ktweed_

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s you walk through the halls of Nepean Hospital, it is exactly what you would expect; a combination of clean rubbery floors, white walls, the odd try-to-makeyou-forget-your-illness artwork and an almost hushed but not quite silent feel. Walk through glass doors into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and things are different. The unit has the same clean and sterile hospital feel, even more noticeable than in other wings of the hospital, but it is sadder and more revered in a way. You are struck by the silence at first, you even have to strain to hear the beep of a machine, because even though the ward is full of babies, there is not a cry to be heard. Just as a visitor – I can’t imagine how a parent would feel – you immediately feel stressed, upset and the overwhelming

urge to hold your breath to preserve the silence. That is, until you walk into the Ronald McDonald House Charity (RMHC) Family Room. It takes just two small steps for you to be transported from a hospital ward to a home – far away from nurses, doctors and the illnesses that keep the tiny babies in the NICU, straddling the fine line between life and death. The walls are a combination of lime green and cream, there is a kitchen well stocked with instant meals, coffee and tea, and there are the comfiest of lounges to sit down on with a good book or just look out the window and into the garden beyond. It has been one year since the Nepean Family Room was opened as a “home away from home” for families with a daughter, son or sibling fighting for life in the NICU; and what a year it has been. The room, which is really a combination of rooms including overnight bedrooms, a kitchen area and a mother’s room, has assisted over 300 families in its first year – providing comfort and a place to gather

thoughts in an extremely stressful time. It took four years of campaigning, planning, fundraising and eventually building for the room to be opened but for local McDonald’s licensee Kathryn Garton, who was instrumental in the campaigning process, it was more than worth it. “There’s now a place that’s clean, maintained and looked after. There’s a place to have privacy when you want to have a good cry, there’s a place to just sit down and absorb, process and peculate everything you’ve been told – before there wasn’t anything here to do that,” she said. Mrs Garton and her husband Ian’s first child together, Andrea who is now 11-years-old, was born at just 24-weeks and spent around four months in neonatal units, with one of those months spent at Nepean Hospital, long before the Family Room was even thought of. “The tension and the stress levels that you go through at the time is beyond measure to anything that I have ever experienced. When your child is on the verge of never coming home, you don’t

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want to have those emotions and feelings on display,” Mrs Garton said. “This room offers people the option to have private time and it’s also a place of solace because other people are here going through it at the same time. You can choose to talk to other people or you can spend the time on your own; it is just about options, what you need on one day and what you need on the next.” The Family Room can see up to 30 families come through it in a day, who each get something different out of it. Some use it for the mother’s rooms and some to spend the night, but there is also a kid’s nook, where siblings of the babies in treatment can have a play. “A lot of the time, parents have other children as well, the kids can come in and spend time here. It gives mum and dad a chance to have a cup of tea and the kids can have a bit of a play but the important part is that they are together,” said Simone Daher, Operations Manager of the Nepean Family Room, as well as the Ronald McDonald House at Westmead. Research has shown that keeping a family together while a baby is undergoing treatment during those critical months is very important for his or her recovery. According to RMHC representatives, the closer a family is during this time, the better chance a child will have of recovering. The Family Room at Nepean is able to keep families together because of donations through the RMHC. It took over $400,000 to plan and create the room, and takes an additional $100,000 a year in operational costs. Much of these funds have come directly from the local community, who have

The Family Room can provide a quiet space for reflection supported local McDonald’s licensees’ fundraising efforts. “I love the Penrith community. This is a community project – it has been from the start. There have been so many local businesses who have been offering their services and so many local people who have donated through McDonald’s,” Mrs Garton said. “I am overjoyed that we have the room

here. I am really proud of the achievement, proud that it has been helping people for a year, and many more to come. “I very strongly believe in what they do here, and not only because of our own child, because we were supporting the house long before that.” Those directly involved in the creation of the room will be celebrating its first anniversary together at Nepean Hospital

on Tuesday, May 6. The Nepean Family room is now one of seven family rooms in hospitals across Australia. On behalf of the 300 families that have benefitted from the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Nepean, McDonald’s licensees, Kathryn and Ian Garton and RMHC would like to thank all those who were involved in the creation of the room and those who keep it going.

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Choosing the wrong dress or ensemble for an occasion can be distressing but choosing the wrong shoes is even worse. For most of us, the right shoe choice depends on the person and we often figure it out through trial and error but really, there are some situations where the choice should be obvious. When you are going out for a night, to a place where you know there will be a lot of walking, never wear heels. Wedges are passable but stilettos are a definite no-no, not only for your own benefit but its break my heart to see a beautiful shoe ruined from too much walking. I pretty much live in thongs during summer but I have learnt to exclude them from any outings that require walking... there’s nothing worse than a blister between your toes. Joggers are never, ever to be worn out to dinner or the beach. A pair of sneakers, like Vans or Converse, are passable for a lunch date at a cafe but keep them well away from restaurants. This goes for thongs as well, especially for men – a pair of thongs can never look dinner-date worthy on a man.

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The majority of Australians followed Princess Kate, Prince William and baby George’s tour of the country during the last two weeks of April and if you weren’t following the tour, it was shoved in your face by the media anyway. We watched as they planted trees, met famous Australians and shook hands with the public but more importantly, we watched the Duchess’ wardrobe changes with envious eyes as she pulled off the most beautiful, elegant and oh-so-appropriate outfits. Some of us were watching with scrutiny, waiting for her to have a wardrobe malfunction or show a little too much skin but most of us watched with admiration because honestly, she can’t do wrong. I loved following her – well really, her stylist’s – outfits of choice each day, often feeling a little stab of jealousy with each wardrobe change. I was in love with the yellow number, by Roksanda Ilincic, but it was both the baby pink Alexander McQueen ensemble that she wore in Adelaide and the Zimmerman number she wore to Manly that really had my attention. I also found it hard to miss her obvious love for wedges, which she wore in different styles on a number of occasions. Wedges are a sensible shoe choice that I would totally stand by in most situations, except for at the beach. Come on Kate, I know that you don’t have amazing beaches back home but surely you know that it’s thongs or nothing on the sand! I cringed during her Manly visit, watching her toddle through the sand in a pair of – lovely but not quite appropriate – tan wedges and couldn’t stop thinking about how much time it would take her to remove all the sand from her shoes. Watching her struggle in shoes that she should have immediately removed once stepping on the sand took me back to that horrible day I wore stilettos to a garden party. It had been raining the day before so the ground was a little soggy and as a result, I spent the entire day walking around on my toes so my heels didn’t sink down through the grass – it was a big mistake.

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How to care for those precious gemstones Gemstones are generally categorised into two different groups – semi precious and precious. Gemstones such as amethyst, aquamarine, quartz, onyx and topaz are referred to as semi precious and the more valuable ones like ruby, sapphire and emerald are considered precious. It’s important to know that all gemstones are graded in terms of their hardness using a scale called the Mohs Scale of Hardness. The stone is given a number from one to 10 depending on it’s ‘hardness’ and ability to be scratched by another matter; one being the softest and 10 being the hardest. As you can imagine, diamond is leading the pack sitting at a 10 out of 10, closely followed by sapphire at 9 and ruby at an 8. This scale will have an impact on how your gemstone jewellery wears, depending of course on how you as the wearer treat it! Avoid wearing any jewellery when performing tasks that may damage it, such as sports or house cleaning and you will keep abrasions and chips at bay. The trick with cleaning your gemstone is to know what the gem is and the best way to clean it without damaging it. Semi precious opaque stones like turquoise, jade and onyx can absorb chemicals and porous gems like pearls and opals shouldn’t be soaked in liquid as they can absorb it too. Simply wipe these with a moist cloth. Precious stones like Emeralds shouldn’t be put into an ultrasonic cleaner as heat and ammonia will leach the oils from the stone. To be on the safe side if you are unsure, for most ‘transparent’ gems stick to warm soapy water and a soft brush. Don’t leave the item sitting in the water for hours, just immerse it for a few minutes, give it a light scrub and rinse the piece after cleaning and wipe it with a soft cloth. As always, store your jewellery separately to avoid scratching and be sure to keep an eye on the metal surrounding your stone too as this can also become worn down. Take it to your jeweller at York Jewellers if it becomes loose or shows signs of wear. If you are wearing it regularly a yearly check is advisable and we offer that as a lifelong service.


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You have an eclectic array of talents but they won’t truly blossom until you nurture them with the help of a teacher or mentor. And when will they appear? When the student is ready! Expect some communication problems on Sunday but don’t worry about living up to the expectations of others. You’ll never fit the mold of what they think.

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ARIES MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

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Mercury moves into your career zone so strengthen the lines of communication with colleagues, clients or customers. You’re at your versatile best on Saturday when you’re in the mood to work, analyse, study, clean, tidy, solve tricky problems and multi-task. On Sunday, things become confusing as Neptune scrambles signals.

LIBRA SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Avoid the strong temptation to blow the budget with some spontaneous binge shopping. Saturn cautions you to be unusually sensible, and save rather than spend. Librans are master diplomats, with the ability to calm and console those around them. You’ll certainly be working overtime this weekend, as you soothe a worried family member or a stressed work mate.

SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Venus and Mars face off on the weekend, which sends ripples of discontent through a major relationship. Attached Taureans – your love life looks problematic, as you and your partner seem to be heading in opposite directions. Take the time to re-connect and find some middle ground. Single Bulls are you sending the wrong message?

This week is fabulous for taking a complicated situation and examining it under your forensic microscope. You’ll impress others with what you discover! But on Sunday the Sun opposes Saturn, which increases your tendency to be critical of yourself (and others). Strive to keep your Scorpio sting under control.

GEMINI MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Mercury moves into your sign mid-week so you’re in the mood to mix and mingle; socialise and circulate. But let others know that you also need the time to tackle individual projects. On Sunday, don’t jump to conclusions about a child, teenager or friend. If you look into the situation more deeply, you’ll see the broader picture.

On Tuesday the Sun and Jupiter activate your adventurous gene so it’s time to experiment and explore, as you seize the day. Mercury then marches through your relationship zone, from May 8 to 29. Attached Archers – get talking with your spouse. Singles – look beyond the exterior package that a potential partner presents.

CANCER JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Wednesday’s stern aspects are likely to put cranky Crabs into hyper-sensitive mode. So be super selective about who you mix with, as you’re liable to misread signals and misunderstand motives. There’s some respite on Saturday (which is super for working and socialising) but process information carefully on Sunday.

We can guide you in the property market It is the goal of most Australians to own their property, or even invest in a few! Before you venture down to your local BOQ to ask for some money, you really need to consider if it is the right time to buy. In fact anyone in the market to buy or sell should really monitor consumer confidence in the housing market and economy in general. One thing’s for sure that although there is a lot of information on the property market in general out there, it can be hard to find a good, up to date, breakdown of the market at present. That’s why BOQ got together with RP Data to produce the BOQ Autumn Buyer’s Guide. It’s a great tool for anyone interested in the housing market at a granular level. Here’s what you will find inside: • a range of market indicators including median property values and rent rates. • gross indicative rental yields. • the number of sales, selling times and levels of discounting rates across every suburb and council region nationally. Now you are well equipped with all the information on the best places to buy. Jump in the car and head out to your suburb of choice, but make sure you have the BOQ Property App in hand so you can download a free RP Data report for any residential property in Australia.

Your ambitious goals may seem unreachable but don’t be discouraged. With plenty of planning and persistence, you can make your dreams come true. You’re keen to work hard this weekend but don’t let your perfectionist streak get out of control. Consider the words of Salvador Dali, “Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature.”

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Personal relations and money matters are in the firing line this week Rams, as you have a disagreement with a loved one; or experience some difficulty with a joint financial arrangement. With Mars (your ruling planet) still reversing through your relationship zone, it will take a touch of tact and oodles of diplomacy ( though that’s not your strong suit) to get things back on track again.

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When it comes to money, avoid making impulsive decisions that land you deeper in debt. What looks like a divine deal now could end up being a financial fiasco. Sunday is super for artists, actors, writers and musicians, as your creativity takes flight. Be inspired by Albert Einstein: “Imagination is more important than knowledge”.

You’re very focused on professional projects at the moment but don’t put all your eggs in the one basket. Diversify your interests; expand your contacts; experiment with creative ideas and keep your options open. Avoid making important decisions on Sunday, when your Cat confidence takes a dive and you’re being negative.


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NATALIE GRIMA “Livestrong”: My incredible story of survival How does fitness feature in your life? At 38-years of age being a mother of four young children, hearing the words ‘you have cancer’ was a huge shock to the system. After already being on medication for Hypothyroidism for 19 years and trying to lose weight with any new diet and any new exercise fad, my attempts were always going to fail. After enduring various surgeries over the years I thought that after a thyroidectomy and cancer treatment this was going to be my chance to finally win my battle with weight loss. With the doctor’s hesitation and my ill mental health I joined a gym. I was sick of being sick. I gave myself two weeks to hang in there otherwise I decided that I would give up on the whole world. I was only living for my family and not for myself. Thanks to the immense support from my loving husband and my four beautiful children I hung in there and I won. After losing 45 kilos and winning challenges along the way I discovered I loved to run. In 2010 with my husband and my two mentors Sonja and Leanne by my side I ran the Sydney City to Surf. A couple of months after that day I suffered a mini stroke and was back to square one with my training. After months of rehabilitation I realised that I had limitations, one of which was that I wouldn’t be able to run safely again. I have learnt to focus on the things I can do and not to stress on the things I can’t do. In the past two years I have undergone

I am now awaiting surgery number 11 but you know what? I just remember that I get knocked down but I get up again. The advice I pass onto other people I meet is one word ‘Livestrong’. A Strong Body, Strong Mind and a Strong Will. These three things will help you get through any obstacles in life. Never say never and just go in “like a Wrecking Ball”. Top three tips for good health? Eat well, exercise wisely, think positive and think happy. A good mental health leads to good overall health. A daily must do? Be grateful for what you have and for what you can do. Try not to focus on what you don’t have and what you can’t do. The don’t and can’t can always be changed.

surgery number 10, but with the great support of the wonderful people I work with, my friends and family I have still achieved so much. I now am a registered Personal Trainer. I have been working in the industry for four years and at the same gym I walked into seven years ago that changed and saved my life. I also have my own Personal Training studio at home and run boot camps. Check out Hardcore Strength and Fitness, and ‘like’ us on Facebook!

Biggest health/fitness misconception? Big people must be lazy and skinny people must not eat. Just think of all the medical issues these people could have... never judge. Also people seem to think that when you have reached your weight loss goals you can relax. No, you can cut back on your exercise routine but you can never stop. Maintaining is where the hard work starts. What would you consider the biggest benefit of being fit and healthy? Definitely feeling great and having more energy. Looking good is just a bonus.

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Aging is a normal process for every human being but it’s not necessarily a wanted one. There are plenty of products claiming to help reverse aging but none do much, if anything at all to really slow the process, so this study might be interesting to a lot of people... A University of California study says it has found the first evidence exercise, diet and meditation has an incredible effect on aging. The researchers say going on a health kick reverses aging, even at the cellular level. The study looked at 35 men with prostate cancer. Those who changed their lifestyle had demonstrably younger cells in genetic terms. The researchers saw visible cellular changes in the group of 10 men who switched to a healthy diet and stuck to a recommended timetable of exercise and stress-busting meditation and yoga. The changes related to protective caps at the end of our chromosomes, called telomeres. Their role is to safeguard the end of the chromosome and to prevent the loss of genetic information during cell division. As we age and our cells divide, our telomeres get shorter – their structural integrity weakens, which can tell cells to stop dividing and die. Researchers have been questioning whether this process might be inevitable or something that could be halted or even reversed. Prof Dean Ornish and colleagues measured telomere length at the beginning of their study and again after five years. Among the 10 men with low-risk prostate cancer who made comprehensive lifestyle changes, telomere length increased significantly by an average of 10 per cent. In comparison, telomere length decreased by an average of three per cent in the remaining 25 men who did not make any lifestyle changes. “But past work has shown that people who lead a sedentary lifestyle can experience accelerated cellular aging in the form of more rapid shortening of their telomeres,” he said. “Comprehensive lifestyle changes may significantly reduce the risk of a wide variety of diseases including heart disease, and a variety of cancers and premature mortality”. Good news for those who know ‘anti-aging’ isn’t found in a cosmetic bottle.


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Arthritis is one of the most common ailments in middle aged and older pets. Some young animals can also develop arthritic changes in their joints. Arthritis causes chronic pain and can severely affect your pet’s quality of life. It is important that you are able to recognise the signs of arthritic pain as the signs can often be subtle. The most obvious signs of arthritis are limping and stiffness. You may find that the limping and stiffness are worse as soon as your pet wakes up and slowly improves as they warm up. Your pet may also become reluctant to do things that were previously easy to do. For example, you may find your dog can’t get in or out of the car or your arthritic cat is unable to jump onto counter tops or higher areas due to pain. Arthritic animals may also become tired very easily and become irritable. When they become irritable this may cause them to snap or bite when touched; animals in pain will often react this way if the way they are touched or patted increases their pain. Arthritic animals will also develop muscle atrophy; this means that muscle tissue will decrease in size due to lack of use and affected animals will often have legs that look much thinner than a normal leg. Arthritis is generally diagnosed based on history and symptoms and sometimes with x-rays. There are several treatment options for arthritis. Overweight animals should be encouraged to lose weight as being overweight complicates the treatment of arthritis. You may think that arthritic animals shouldn’t go for walks as this may be painful for them, however, gentle and moderate exercise is beneficial as it maintains muscle mass and preserves the flexibility of joints. Heavy exercise such as sprinting and jumping is counterproductive. There are joint supplements available and these products contain ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin and fish oils. These supplements protect the joints and help repair cartilage while aiming to prevent further damage. These products work in some but not all pets.

We are seeing more and more people with dry, itchy and generally irritated skin. The first thing I ask is: “Do you like long, hot showers?” The most common response is a resounding, “Yes!” This will cause a further drying of the skin! Other factors which lead to the skin being dryer as it gets colder are: cold mornings and night times, cold winds and our heating systems. Using a moisturising soap or shower gel is less drying than traditional soaps. If you have a bath tub, you should consider soaking in an “oil bath”. Products such as QV Bath Oil and Chem Derm Bath Oil help moisturise and soothe dry and irritated skin. As someone who experiences dry skin from swimming in heated pools, my oil bath every couple of weeks works wonders. Cortisone and prescription creams and ointments are very effective in reducing the irritation and flare up. However, their long term continual use is not recommended. As well as lifestyle factors already mentioned, moisturising creams and lotions can be used long term to help maintain supple skin. Two natural ingredients that help soothe, moisturise and heal the skin are Aloe Vera and Calendula, which have been used for centuries for skin conditions. Another thing I do to reduce the effect of chlorinated pool water on my skin is “moisturising from the inside”. Omega 3 found in Fish Oil has been hailed as a wonder product for arthritis and a host of other problems. It is also very good for keeping your skin healthy! Fish Oil combined with Evening Primrose Oil gives great results, but requires high doses. An alternative to Evening Primrose Oil is Flaxseed Oil, which can be purchased as a liquid. Combined with liquid Fish Oil, one teaspoon of each every day gives very good results. If you are suffering any form of skin irritation or you have any questions, visit my team at Martin’s Chemist, St Marys or phone 9673 1010.

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HomeCare Western Sydney Region, the Home and Community Care Grant compliments a range of targeted services they provide across the region. “Since 1959 Anglican Retirement Villages (ARV) has provided accommodation, vital health, pastoral and lifestyle support to elderly Australians,” she said. The Home and Community Care Grant supports our existing services and communities, but also allows us to extend this to elderly persons who choose to stay at home for longer. “This funding will enable us to provide a range of important services to our clients for everyday tasks such as cleaning and laundry, shopping, transport, personal care, social support and respite care.” The funding is a part of a $240 million investment under the Commonwealth Home and Community Care (HACC) program. On 1 July 2012 the Commonwealth HACC Program assumed full funding, policy and operational responsibility for HACC services for older people. These services include delivery of meals, assistance with food preparation in the home, transport, counselling and advocacy support, centrebased day care, respite services for carers, nursing care and domestic assistance. HACC is available to people over 65-years-old, who are at risk of premature or inappropriate admission to long term residential care.

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M&J Painting & Decorating

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Your Lawn Care Specialists for all types of lawns

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GUTTERING

250

ALL WORK guaranteed Licenced and insured. Tradesman Lic 196221C

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

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

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includes Paint & Preparation

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PLUMBING

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Lic No. 221280C

ABC SEAMLESS GUTTER DISCOUNTERS All Types of Gutters Installed

 Continuous Aluminium  Colorbond Zincalume  Leaf Guard Specials

• GUTTERING • FASCIA COVER • DOWN PIPES • LEAF SCREENER WARRANTIES ON WORKMANSHIP

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0406 715 116

mccoy’s property maintenance

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* Hedge trimming * Gutter cleaning * Bushfire hazard reduction * Removal of all clippings

GUTTERING

$

AUSTRALIAN CONTINUOUS GUTTERS

Lic No: 52238C

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PAINTERS & DECORATORS

BRICKLAYING, HANDYMAN & GARDEN SERVICES

All garden and lawn services provided including:

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Lic No. 44995C

Fax: 9670 2656

Penrith Valley Garden Care

Call Steve on 4735 3142 or 0416 116 602

• Reliable Service

0408 022 374

www.coochie.com.au

* Mowing and edging * Bindi and weed eradication * Lawn fertilisation * Watering system installation * General cleanup * Tree pruning

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• Fully Insured • All Work Done

Lic 416722C

1800 245 955

• Decorative Finishes

• Interior And Exterior

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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Personally

• • • • • • •

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Ezy Glide

• Fast Clean Service

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Phone: 0419 018 866

GARAGE DOORS

DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL

24HRS 7 DAYS PER WEEK

Lic No 264213c

• • • •

LIC 233 826C

DO YOU WANT TO REACH OVER 229,000 HOMES EVERY WEEK? ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS IN OUR GROUP OF NEWSPAPERS

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Will Pick Up

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LIC 29201C

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9602 8999 or 0408 441 075

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Builders/Reno End of Lease/Moving Deceased Estates Concrete/Bricks/Dirt Heavy Load? No Problem

1300 785 845

POSITION VACANT

YARD HAND

AUTOMOTIVE

FOR RECYCLING PLANT IN PENRITH

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or

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Phone:

POSITIONS VACANT

GUTTER INSTALLER REQUIRED

MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE, INSURANCES & GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE. OWN VEHICLE. PAID WEEKLY. GOOD RATES. WORK IN ALL SYDNEY METROPOLITAN AREAS.

9835 0595 or email resume to info@acgutters.com.au

d lerate Acce ing train

Cutter Required Layup & Cutting All types of fabric Plenty of work 0439

268 342 WW8495

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FABRIC

SALE

Hundreds of rolls, upholstery, furnishing and curtain fabrics 60% to 80% off normal retail. Large variety priced at $5/m to $18/m. Many other fabrics heavily reduced. Readymade curtains at bargain prices.

SKEEOS BARGAIN FABRICS

Rear 505 George St, South Windsor Open 10-5pm Wednesday to Saturday Ample Parking. Phone enquiries welcome

Ph 4577 9458 or 0455 042 769 VISA ETC

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OZWAC

Annual Fundraising Ball Shake out your bell bottoms, shine those platform shoes, get your Groove on at the

OZWAC Disco Fever Charity Ball Saturday 17th May 2014 Evan Theatre, Penrith Panthers 7:00pm Pre-Dinner Drinks for 7:30pm Start • Great local entertainment to keep you grooving throughout the night. • Fantastic prizes up for grabs. Individual Tickets: $120 each, includes 3 course meal and pre-dinner drinks. Why not get a group of friends or colleagues together. Book a table of 8 - $900 or a Corporate table of 8 - $1,000 (advertising & promotion included) and enjoy a fabulous night out! MC’s: Tara Dennis and Troy Dodds BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL 70’s & 80’s Fancy dress encouraged but not essential Bookings/information: www.ozwac.com.au or email Maree at: maree@ozwac.com.au.

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