lifestyle november 2018 | lifestyleqld.com.au queensland published by:
contents cover story about us 4 riverlink features 1 star chat 2 community 11 xmas gift guide 12 operation: fix it mega competition 20 travel regular 6 fashion 12 home & garden 22 defence 28 movie reviews 29 entertainment the lifestyle team managing editor john armstrong finance advertising news editor suzette armstrong linda hann aislinn dwyer administration joanne pollard december 2018 booking deadline monday 19th november 2018 contact us p 07 3282 9019 e email@example.com w lifestyleqld.com.au m po box 124, ipswich 4305 connect with us lifestyleqld @lifestyleqld @lifestyleqld #lifestyleqld publisher disclaimer lifestyle is produced by strike publications pty ltd as a commercial venture. the publication of advertising material and editorial content does not constitute an endorsement of views or opinions expressed. all advertisements in this magazine are protected by copyright and may not be copied or reproduced without the express permission of the publisher. from the editor this is the penultimate edition of lifestyle @lifestyleqld @lifestyleqld queensland for 2018, and we wanted to make sure it was a banger! first and foremost, congratulations to the graduating class of 2018. you made it! if you or your child is off to schoolies, be sure to check out our safety tips before you descend upon the gold coast’s glitter strip. we also feature upbeat and uplifting stories, such as the revival of ipswich cbd, the pa hotel winning another incredible award, school kids learning from nasa legends and what it takes to be a military working dog handler. to kickstart all things christmas, santa will be arriving at riverlink on saturday, november 17th. kids and adults alike should start prepping their wish lists now to present to the jolly man in the red suit! there’s plenty more happening in the centre on the day, so be sure to read pages four and five for more information. in terms of entertainment, our movie reviewer shannon griffiths is talking about the “it” movies of the month, if not the year – a star is born and bad times at the el royale. in his own words, “go see both of these movies. you’ll love em.” we also have plenty of amazing competitions for you to enter as per usual, so if you haven’t already entered our operation: fix it! competition, you better be quick as it ends this month. have fun and stay cool in this warm weather – we’ll see you next month for the christmas edition of lq. aislinn dwyer st john ambulance courses refresh first aid skills as the weather heats up and people spend more time in the sun, st john ambulance is sending a timely reminder to keep first aid skills up-to-date. a number of common ailments affect people more regularly in the summer months including sunburn, bluebottle stings, bee stings, burns and heat exhaustion. “people spend more time outdoors in summer and even a few extra moments in the sun can lead to severe sunburn or heat exhaustion,” said alex hutton, chief executive officer of st john ambulance queensland. “we recommends wearing protective clothing, using at least 30+ sunscreen and wearing sunglasses outdoors. it’s also important to keep up your fluid intake and avoid extended periods in direct sunlight to avoid heat exhaustion,” he said. st john first aid courses equip people with the knowledge and confidence to deal with a first aid situation, and the service encourages all australians to get summer ready, learning first aid. here are some tips to avoid one of the common summer nasties: sun stroke: - drink cool fluids and avoid alcohol. - avoid heavy exertion midday. - protect against sunburn. - wear loose and light clothing - never leave anyone in a parked car. - stay in a cool environment. - take a cool shower or bath. visit stjohnqld.com.au to book a course or to order your first aid kit. st john ambulance course at school. get the best advice from your booval harvey norman team [!-i we stoclc tlie leading br.ands [!-i we liave a 1:iuge range [!-i we offer great p.r.ices 2 lifestyle | november 2018 harvey norman shop wl1h confidence booval superstore 214 brisbane rd. 3280 7400 harvey norman' stores are operated by independent franchisees.
star chat is your body shape paparazzi ready? luke zocchi can help you get there there aren’t many personal trainers in the world who can claim the shredded abdominals of chris hemsworth are a direct result of a trainer’s health and fitness program. in fact, luke zocchi is probably the only person with those bragging rights. counting calories and more about nourishing your body. “when i’m prepping clients for a film, i have a chef on standby, and the whole schedule is based around our training and the whole agenda is focused on getting them ready for a film,” zocchi said. “what i’ve tried to do is take what i do with famous people, but put it into a program that suits anyone with a busy lifestyle: quick 20-minute body weight workouts so you don’t even have to go to the gym to get your training session.” while the book focuses on a 12- week program, there’s a meal plan that is not so restrictive that you can’t enjoy a few indulgences from time to time. “i’ve tried to make this as manageable as possible to stay in good shape without sacrificing everything,” he admitted. “i still like to have a drink or eat out, i’m pretty realistic with my approach to health and fitness... it’s finding that right balance of moving regularly and eating well, to feel a difference. it’s about looking good, but also feeling good.” the a-list diet and fitness plan is available now at all good book stores. if you’ would like to win your own copy, go tolifestyleqld. com.au, ﬁnd the competition page and use the codeword: a-lister. entries close 22 november 2018. prize to be picked up from our oﬃce in ipswich cbd mon-thu 8.30am – 4.30pm. chris hemsworth describes zocchi as “the world’s best trainer – and a flat out legend” and says he is not the only a-list person who can thank zocchi for their paparazzi ready bodies. cate blanchett, liam and luke hemsworth, bobby holland hanton, elsa pataky and tiaka waititi are just some of the celebrities zocchi has worked with in the past. however, zocchi stresses that this book is not just for celebrities training for their next hollywood blockbuster; rather, a program for the average everyday australian who is time poor yet wants to live a healthier lifestyle. if the name luke zocchi sounds familiar, it’s because he is ‘that’ guy who, with chris hemsworth, picked up a hitchhiker heading from brisbane international airport to byron bay, allowing the young musician scott hildebrand to not only have a free ride – but to take a free ride in a helicopter. clearly, being someone who goes with the flow and loves to have a bit of fun, zocchi said both he and hemsworth were not expecting the news to go viral. “people have been saying ‘you guys have pre-planned that’ but i swear to god it was just a random event that happened,” zocchi said. “it’s the craziest story. when hildebrand got off the plane he saw a sign for the showers, so he decided to have a quick shower. when we got to the point where we saw him and picked him up, he said he literally had only been there for a minute... so if he never had that shower, we never would have met each other. “it was just a fun, cool time and he is a really nice guy. it turns out he’s into health and fitness as well, so i gifted him a copy of the book.” the a-list diet and fitness plan is reminiscent of zocchi’s laidback personality: wholesome, fun yet still hardworking and jampacked full of great information. with recipes like breakfast pizzas, burgers and ice cream, zocchi’s mantra is less about * t&cs apply eye testing bulk billed the optical superstore ipswich shop 49, riverlink shopping centre cnr the terrace & downs street ipswich phone: 07 3812 9511 lifestyle | november 2018 1
community green light for new work in cbd after what seems an eternity for ipswich business and residents, demolition work has ceased in the ipswich cbd and contracts have been awarded to rebuild murphy’s pub and build a road down the ipswich mall. “it will contain a brand new library and a fantastic new plaza or a piazza that i think the people of ipswich will be very proud of for decades to come. “it will also have a retail and entertainment precinct.. not a major shopping centre.” mr chemello said the project was not only crucial for ipswich’s ipswich city council administrator greg chemello reveals the urgent need to continue redevelopment work in the ipswich mall space and claims the area will re-open by late 2019. redevelopment of the heart of our city is set to continue, with a urgency, despite the closure of the council-run development body ipswich city properties. mr chemello announced that two tenders had been awarded: to rebuild murphy’s pub and to build a road to re-connect the mall section of nicholas street with bell streets via union place. work is expected to recommence early this month. mr chemello said the council was hopeful that this “significant project” would be complete by late 2020, with the mall and plaza expected to be opened to pedestrian and people by the end of 2019. the tender to restore murphy’s pub have a complex job ahead of them. with each piece of the original pub façade already numbered and awaiting careful return to their original position, mr chemello said their task will focus on the stabilisation, lifting and sub- structure of the pub, followed by the interior and exterior renovation and restoration works. civil engineering contractors will design and construct the section of road, including the demolition of the existing ipswich mall and pavements, excavation works and the installation and/or relocation of underground services such as stormwater, power, lighting and communications. ipswich chamber of commerce president said traders will be delighted at the news of the redevelopment continuing after months of frustration and disruption. “we’re excited that ipswich central is proposing space for commercial, retail, entertainment, food and beverage businesses,” mr bell said. “we’re supportive of any project which helps rejuvenate business in the ipswich heart, and considering this project is over 8 hectares, it’s the most significant improvement to the city in more than 30 years.” above: greg chemello with phillip bell outside murphy’s pub, to be rebuilt and renamed the commonwealth hotel 0. “this new open space area economy, but for the morale of the city and the businesses trading within the cbd area. “it’s demoralising for the residents to see the mall in this kind of condition,” he said. “it’s an important signal that ipswich is back and back to being the great city it should be. “i think the key thing i’ve been told by the traders [within the mall] indirectly is the need to get on with the project.” james trowse qld pty ltd, the construction company awarded “the grand vision of this is to create a new civic cultural community heart for the broader city of ipswich,” mr chemello said. will be framed by the library, the council administration offices, connections to riverlink and to future developments. injury claims injury claims ipswich office motor vehicle 88 limestone street workcover mcnamara & associates specialise superannuation claims in a wide range of legal services motor vehicle v family law v wills & estates v commercial law workcover superannuation claims income protection trauma insurance v compensation v conveyancing v disability income protection trauma insurance tpd tpd mcnamara & associates ipswich office 88 limestone street ipswich qld 4305 13 58 28 13 58 28 email: firstname.lastname@example.org website: www.mcna.com.au email: email@example.com website: www.mcna.com.au 2 lifestyle | november 2018 artist view of nicholas street mall, with the new roadway connecting brisbane street at d’arcy doyle place with bell street close to ipswich railway station. artist view of the open space piazza area on the site of the demolished woolworths building overlooking the bremer river and across to riverlink.
pa hotel wins best dining award not many hotels in australia have received as many accolades or achieved as many milestones as the prince alfred hotel, and now the pa has been recognised again as a great place to meet and dine. chantelle kelly was honoured to accept the award alongside pa hotel owner, clive johnson. described as “the driving force of plantations”, ms kelly believes the family friendly environment for regular diners at the pa’s plantations restaurant, it comes as no surprise that the popular dining venue has been recognised once again at last month’s queensland hotel awards. taking out the prestigious title of the best casual dining restaurant against a number of top queensland locations - like the sandstone point hotel and the osbourne hotel in fortitude valley - manager peter coultas said plantations has been a leader in the casual dining industry since they decided to accommodate a coffee shop in the hotel – the first hotel in australia to do so. “plantations restaurant has always been ahead of the game and it’s nice to be recognised for it,” mr coultas said. “the competition was so hard this year... however, our food is consistent, our service is consistent and we provide the ipswich community with what they’re after.” plantations restaurant manager coupled with the affordable price point is why plantations is so successful. family friendly,” she said. “they make it affordable yet still really nice for families to come to. “because it’s run by a family and “i had customers the other has been run by the same family for more than 30 years, it’s very day that had four children and themselves, they all had a drink, they all had a meal and they all shared entrees for a mere $107.. there’s no-one that isn’t feeling the pinch at the moment and it’s nice for our customers to bring their family out to dinner and share a beautiful meal in a beautiful venue with a great price point.” the prince alfred hotel comprises of the plantations restaurant, char’d dining and the tap’d bar, as well as function space a gaming room and harry browns bottle shop. this level of variety under the one roof is another reason that mr coultas and ms kelly believe that the pa hotel keep winning time and time again – there truly is something for every body. photo: plantations restaurant manager chantelle kelly with the award for qha’s best casual dining restaurant. use your health fund benefits wisely this year and look amazing hurry in before 31 december! karalee shopping village 3812 2250 online bookings: eyecareplus.com.au/karalee ipswich’s premier eyewear destination lifestyle | november 2018 3
cover story celebrate with santa at riverlink it just wouldn’t be christmas without all of the fun-filled activities ipswich has come to know and love at riverlink shopping centre, and this november, there’s plenty of festive fun to be had for both the children and adults alike. so mark these dates in your calendar, because it may just be your last chance to tell santa what you really want this year, and to find out if you’re on his naughty or nice list. santa arrival parade. saturday, november 17 you can greet santa and all your favourite christmas characters! commencing near the reject shop at 10:30am you will see characters like the sesame street zoe monster, sesame street the count, rudolph, frosty, a christmas ice fairy, gingerbread man, dancing soldiers, cheeky elf, christmas plum pudding on skates, stilt walkers and acrobatic elves. make sure you arrive promptly to get the best spot in the house! the santa arrival parade will finish at 11.00am in the gasometer area. nickleby the magician. stay after the parade and be wowed by ‘nickleby the magician’ performing his christmas magic spectacular. following sold out theatre shows, tv appearances and winning multiple first place awards, nickleby’s action-packed performance is highly entertaining, combining illusions, world record escapes and comedy. nickelby is known for his ability to make people and objects appear and disappear. while this show is aimed at children, adults will too be impressed by his amazing tricks, so be there to see santa arrive by magic. what’s more, kids will receive a a free magic wand just for watching! craft villages. if you thought the christmas magic ended there, think again. from 12-3pm on the same day, you can visit riverlink’s craft villages in the food court and east mall where kids can create and take home their very own christmas craft. this crafting session will include gingerbread man decorating and creating your own christmas basket. unable to attend these events? have no fear – the jolly man in the red suit will still be in the centre until 4pm. santa pet photos. bookings are now open for riverlink’s famous santa pet photos. sessions will be held 18th of november between 9am-4pm. also, book in for a sensory friendly session with santa on the 25th november between 9am and 4pm. call centre management on 3294 5500, as, spaces are filling fast! also, check out the new santa palace in the east mall with an animated window! riverlink is the home of christmas shopping and entertainment. with coles, kmart, target, woolworths, aldi, limelight cinemas and over 150 specialty stores, riverlink is your place to shop, dine, relax and be entertained. shopping for the person who has everything? why not gift them a riverlink centre gift card, available from centre management. the gift cards are redeemable at any of the riverlink stores with eftpos. be there for the entertainment, shopping and relaxing, and don’t miss the festivities this november at riverlink – corner of downs street & the terrace, north ipswich. santa photo sessions at riverlink don’t miss out on your special photo with santa at riverlink. these are the days and times santa will be in the centre. saturday 17th november: 12noon until 4pm sunday 18th november – thursday 13th december: 10am until 2pm daily plus 3pm until 7pm thursday nights friday 14th december – sunday 23rd december: 10am – 4pm daily plus 5pm until 8pm on thursday nights monday 24th december: 10am until 2pm 4 lifestyle | november 2018
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fashion festive fashion party on in new look style whether it’s an end of year catch up with the girls or your work christmas party, we’ve got your fashion sorted for the festive season. drinks with the girls catching up with friends for end of year festivities? you’ll want to wear something you can dance and have fun in, like a jumpsuit or mini dress. try non-traditional festive colours like bright pink and orange so you stand out in the countless group selfies you’re bound to be taking! work christmas party you’ve survived the working year, yay! it’s time to celebrate in something festive, like this deep red lace dress from mossman. remember to wear a comfortable heel so you’re not taking them off by the end of the night – barefoot and tipsy is not a good look in front of your boss or colleagues! christmas day santa’s been, yay! if he didn’t bring you a cute outfit to wear for the day, why not wear a coordinating two piece like this outfit from steele? a loose palazzo pant like this will be breezy and comfortable, especially after your third helping of christmas lunch. the candy cane stripe is an added bonus to this outfit, giving us all of the festive vibes. weekend away whisking away to the beach this november or december? a two piece set like this number from spell and the gypsy collective is perfect for a coastal escape. light and airy, it can be dressed down with a cane hat for the day time or dressed up with a pair of brown heels for cocktails and dinner by the beach. boxing day whether it’s drinks by the pool, a catch up with the in-laws or a day at the cricket, you want something light and breezy like this off the shoulder maxi dress. accessorise with a comfortable sandal and a pair of chic glasses for the ultimate relaxed festive vibe. try holistic physio treatment it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find practitioners who put the ‘care’ into healthcare. that’s why adam atherton, director of the kingdom health group makes it a core focus across orion family physio, the headache and migraine clinic, icare4u and the complete clinician institute. celebrating 10 years of service to the springfield region, adam and his team take pride in treating the whole person not just the basic symptoms, providing patients with innovative pain relief options. with over 10 physiotherapists, an exercise physiologist, two massage therapists, and a dietitian, patients are offered a wide variety of services: women’s health physiotherapy and pilates, cancer physiotherapy, dance physiotherapy, breakthrough and drug-free headache and migraine treatment as well as a specialist paediatric physiotherapist. if it is time you or a loved one want treatment for those niggling pains in the body, visit suite 3/level 1 orion springfield or call to make an appointment on 3470 1203. 6 lifestyle | november 2018
beauty want sexy summer skin? here’s how to achieve the look say goodbye to razor burn shaving, waxing or receiving laser hair removal can make your skin irritated and even cause bumps or ingrown hairs in areas that are often on display when you’re in togs. along with gently exfoliating the area regularly to keep it smooth, treat any red bumps with an ingrown hair cream like one from malin+goetz. it’s packed with chamomile to calm irritation along with glycolic and salicylic acid to exfoliate. fake it, don’t bake it! the harsh australian sun is not something to mess with. skip the skin cancer risk by faking a glow with the st tropez self tan luxe dry oil. this tinted oil tanner is easy to apply and dries down to a smooth, natural-looking tan. it’s infused with brazil nut oil to keep skin moisturised (win!) and fragranced with essential oils of neroli, lemongrass and grapefruit. v with aislinn dwyer here are five tips to help you achieve sexy summer skin and enjoy looking good enjoying the outdoors and indoors as well use lighter makeup summer is a sweaty time, so it doesn’t feel (or look) great when we clog our pores with heavy makeup, only for it to sweat off. a lighter foundation like colour correcting cream, coupled with light blush and highlighter will have you looking glowy and won’t feel so cakey in the heat. switch up your cleanser our skin has different needs at different times. investing in a summer skincare regime that is antioxidant rich, extra nourishing and targeted towards your individual skincare needs will go a long way towards protecting your skin against the heat and boosting your natural summer complexion. eg. if you run more oilier with the summer heat ultra balancing gel cleanser will balance your skin while washing away surface oil and daily residue. exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate summer activities like swimming in salty water or getting sunburnt lead to dry, flaky skin. investing in a good exfoliating routine will detoxify, brighten and soften your whole body. don’t forget to exfoliate your lips too, which can be prone to wind burn or sunburn whilst on the beach. an affordable range of exfoliant products to achieve your skin goals is frank body! mloat therapy (1 hour session) inmrared sauna (45 minute session) massage (relaxation & remedial) psychology, kinesiology, nutrition... and more relax and unwind at city cave it’s natural to become a bit sensitive with work-life conflict during the holidays. stress at the office, like year-end deadlines and office politics or financial constraints at home can burn you out and dampen your christmas spirit. if you’ve been putting yourself last in the lead up to the end of the year, now is the time to talk to the friendly team at city cave. offering relaxing floats and sauna sessions, they’re also proud to have a team of health and wellness experts in the fields of psychology, massage, naturopathy, nutrition, reiki and kinesiology. just by stepping through the front door at city cave ipswich, you will feel the worries of the world melt away. if it’s a loved one that deserves some much needed pampering, there are an array of gift vouchers available – just call the team on 3186 5921 to discuss what packages are available. to find out more about city cave’s services and philosophy, visit www. citycave.com.au today! lifestyle | november 2018 7
community grave diggers search for silent politician some people take their secrets to the grave, but few expect them to be ‘unearthed’ some 127 years later, but digging at ipswich general cemetery that began in october is part of remediation work on an underground crypt containing the coffin of a member of queensland’s first parliament in 1860. the crypt is the final resting place of former west moreton mp joseph fleming, famous for not uttering a word in parliament, alongside his wife phoebe. details of the significant find were first revealed by council in december 2017 and investigations began to determine if it was possible to carry out the archaeological dig safely and inexpensively, and to restore the site for heritage purposes. archaeology students from the university of southern queensland will assist the council in this complex six stage project, which by completion will be a preserved rare crypt with funerary art and stonemason work, and later will provide a virtual reality experience for current and future generations without disturbing the deceased. usq professor bryce barker said a ground-penetrating radar had pinpointed the site (further to the east and closer to cemetery rd than originally thought) before the digging began. “what we’ve found is a raised area which gives us an indication of where the crypt was. we will gently take off the top soil and come down on the core features, on the collapsed part of the top of the crypt,” professor barker said. “we have come across some big pieces of dressed stone which is indicative of some kind of crypt structure. ”what we are trying to find is the outline of the crypt. we want to come down on a wall that is still intact to some extent, follow that along with our excavation and find a right angle at the end and an outline of the crypt itself. “but at the moment, we are just getting this rubble and stone.” joseph fleming settled in queensland in 1848. in september 1850 at ipswich he bought town lots to establish a boiling-down works, sawmill and flour-mill. he was also a partner in the steamer bremer trading to brisbane. after his political career ended, mr fleming was a store- keeper in both ipswich and roma. he died in ipswich in 1891. he had nine children with his wife, who died in 1851. progress of the crypt remediation will be documented over time on ipswich city council’s website www.ipswich. qld.gov.au. photo: remediation work being carried out at ipswich’s general cemetery. 8 lifestyle | november 2018 november birthday bargains at furniture court & beds-r-us finding ‘country’ style service in an inner city environment is hard to find these days. however it’s something that owner david holdorf and his team at furniture court ipswich are proud to provide for the community – instilling those same country values the holdorf family established some 25 years ago at their boonah store. it’s also why they’re celebrating their 7th birthday with an almost ‘too good to be true’ offer. in the month of november, customers at furniture court ipswich, boonah and beaudesert can receive 20% off storewide*, which applies to all floor and warehouse stock. they’ll even throw in free delivery! mr holdorf said customers would be able to grab a steal on items like la-z-boy recliners and mattresses. “as the only exclusive la-z-boy gallery in ipswich, we’re offering a minimum 20% discount off all stock and order ins plus a free ultimate upholstery warranty, offering five years protection against accidental stains and damage,” he said. “another great deal is all our 10 year warranty aussie made mattresses from sleepyhead and sleepmaker our beds r us store are half price, which means people can walk away with mattresses for around the $500 mark instead of the usual $1000.” having three stores under the one roof allows the furniture court store to be your ‘one stop house and home’ shop, who can accommodate for all your needs when redecorating the home. “having a family focus ethic means we realise that each customers’ budget, taste and requirements are all different,” mr holdorf said. “when it comes to delivery, it’s our staff (not contractors) who are able to offer delivery and full home installation, as well as disposing of any old furniture you’re wanting to get rid of. “no task is too big or too small for the furniture court ipswich, boonah or beaudesert team.” if your household furniture is in desperate need of a refresh or you simply have been eyeing something off, now is the time to make the most of the furniture court 20% off birthday sale before it ends on november 30. “shopping at furniture court is worth the trip to the ipswich cbd,” mr holdorf added. “with plenty of free parking and open seven days a week, be sure we’re on the shopping list so you receive the best range, well priced quality furniture and bedding that ipswich has to offer.” *discounts off rrp – cash and card only – floor and warehouse current stock only. for full terms and conditions, visit either the boonah, beaudesert or ipswich furniture court stores.
20% off storewide must end 30 november *discounts off rrp - floor & warehouse stock only - cash & card only p l u s free local delivery * *applies to purchases over $500. min 20% off all la-z-boy p l u s free ultimate upholstery warranty (fabric & leather) five year protection against accidental stains and damage all sizes every 10yr warranty mattress 1/2 price* all sizes *base sold separately *offer applies to sleepyhead and sleepmaker mattresses only. *base sold separately lifestyle | november 2018 9
community choose a summer workout that’s right for your body many places are happy to negotiate a price for you – don’t be afraid to ask for a discount! enjoy some variety! programs like the ipswich hospital’s fit4life offer a variety of different sports and activities to try weekly, for the low price of $5 per class or $15 per fortnight if you take up a membership. mixing up your workouts not only stops you from getting bored, but allows you to work different parts of the body for optimal results. take your current health into consideration. if you’re currently overweight, recovering from an injury or surgery or perhaps just haven’t worked out in awhile, it’s best to begin slowly before going all out. going for gentle walks and bike rides are always a good option until you gradually improve your health and can move on to more challenging exercises. with summer just around the corner, many people are looking for a new form of exercise that is suitable for the summer months. however, there’s no ‘one perfect workout formula’ when it comes to your personal health and fitness goals, so we’ve come up with a solution to help you find exercise that you love and will stick to. think about physical activity you enjoyed as a kid. sounds kind of silly, right? but if you think back to the exercises you loved as a kid, you’ll find they were actually a really good source of aerobic fitness – swimming, rock climbing, tennis, bike riding and more. the more you enjoy something, the more likely you are to stick to it and actually look forward to working out. is it appropriate for a hot south east queensland summer? you may absolutely love hot yoga, but do you really need to be sweating in a sauna like environment during the steamy months? it’s always a good time of year to mix it up and engage in more summer friendly sports, like swimming so you’re less likely to cancel when the weather is scorching. consider your budget. there’s no use committing to more expensive clubs and gyms if you cannot afford it. set a weekly or fortnightly spend for fitness, and stick to it. is your car air conditioning system ready for summer? call 5464 3413 37 southern amberley road, amberley 4306 www.eadiesmechanical.com.au 10 lifestyle | november 2018 students learn about space and how to reach for the stars listening to mike talk about what happens in space,” sam said. “i have always wanted to be an astronaut because i reckon it would be cool to go to space.” the space and sustainability day was aimed at raising aspirations and inspiring the next generation, to work towards careers in science, engineering and technology. the students had the opportunity to play with plasma balls, learn about atoms and elements and operate usq’s 737 flight simulator. they also heard from csiro’s bill flynn and retired high school teacher ian stuart who teaches atomic theory at primary school. event organiser usq professor marie kavanagh said the university was thrilled to have an excellent line-up of speakers for the day. “the main purpose of the event was to encourage the students to reach for the stars and expand their horizons,” professor kavanagh said. “by listening to these inspirational speakers talk about the magic of science and where that can lead, we hope students walked away feeling inspired and empowered to play their part in creating a sustainable future.” we often encourage our kids to reach for the stars, but after a speech from former nasa engineer mike lutomski many ipswich school students may be aiming for the moon instead. mr lutomski impressed more than 400 ipswich primary school students with his out-of-this- world stories of space exploration and the science and technology behind space flight. he spoke to the years 3 to 6 students at the space and sustainability day, held at the university of southern queensland’s springfield and ipswich campuses. having worked nearly 30 years at nasa and in private industry, he shared his experiences about building space craft and working for the international space station program. he said he enjoyed educating young people about space flight, sustainability and climate change. “stem is very important for society because we need to have scientists and people inventing things so the world can continue to evolve,” the ex-nasa engineer said. “space is a good vehicle for inspiring young people to study and research things like medicine, climate change and energy efficiency because we need to find ways to produce sustainable energy. “i encourage kids to respect the planet and to care for what i call this ‘spaceship earth’ that we live on because it’s not like we can go to another place to live. not for a long time anyway.” mr lutomski impressed the enthusiastic youngsters, but none more so than sam o’neill. the ipswich junior grammar school student was so inspired by mr lutomski he built a rocket for him during one of the program’s activities afterwards. “i had a blast and really enjoyed
christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re anything like us – we like to avoid the shops during the silly season. that’s why we’ll be heading straight to harvey norman booval this november – your one stop shop for the whole family’s christmas presents! built for audiophiles, the lg wk7 thinq speaker with google assistant features the meridian technology to give you high- fidelity sound when listening to your favourite music content. thanks to its built-in google assistant*, you can ask the speaker questions about sports, translations, weather, and other searchable topics. for the foodie: philips viva collection turbostar rapid air technology airfryer black, $259. make frying healthier with this phillips airfryer. it’s rapid air technology lets you prepare dishes with less fat compared to conventional fryers, and also lets you bake, grill and roast. for the noise lover: lg wk7 thinq speaker with google assistant, $199. according to aislinn v with aislinn dwyer can we take a moment to talk about this ‘busy culture’ we currently live in? whether it’s work, running after your kids, your social life, exercise or hustling on your “side business”, busyness is apparently akin to success.. in fact, not only to success, but to a coveted social status. whenever i tell someone my weekend plans, upcoming holidays or heck, even talking about a book i’m reading, i’m often met with: “wow, i wish i had time to do that.” newsflash, you probably do. taking small steps like eating your lunch away from a computer (or phone), scheduling an hour of yoga before or after work and stopping yourself from bringing extra work home are easy ways to free time. i think there’s a myth amongst employees that employers want someone who is a “doer”, busy all the time and has an automatic “go, go, go” switch. it may be partly true, but i hardly think employers want someone so burnt out that they’re hardly sleeping or eating properly. which is exactly what busy culture perpetuates, and the side effects are damaging in the long run. dr. a.j. marsden, an assistant professor of psychology and human services at beacon college in florida said that being too busy can cause you to make mistakes at both work and home, exhaust the brain, damage your mental health and even cause social isolation - if you’re telling everyone you’re busy all the time, they’ll eventually stop asking to hang out. “take your time with each task and be mindful of what you are doing. you will actually save time, make less mistakes, and feel happier about your work,” she says. as society seems to value ‘self- care’ or relaxation less and being productive more, it’s time to quash the notion that being busy equals being cool and switch off. if you truly struggle with making “me time”, for yourself, schedule it into your diary the way you would with an ‘important meeting’. there’s plenty more great gift ideas available at harvey norman booval. for gift advice, talk to the friendly team at 214 brisbane rd, booval. *prices correct at time of publication. may vary depending on time of purchase. for the coﬀee addict: the nespresso inissia coffee machine, $161. settle down to a hot and velvety brew with the nespresso inissia coffee machine with milk frother. with options for making an espresso or lungo, this coffee machine has a beverage treat for the varying tastes of your family and guests. for the pet owner: bissell crosswave pet professional vaccum, $449. featuring a versatile and practical 2-in-1 setup, this vaccuum offers simultaneous vacuuming and washing actions to keep hard floors and other surfaces inside your home clean and spotless. it also includes a specially-designed multi-surface pet brush roll to clean up fur, hair, and similar debris with minimal tangling. lifestyle | november 2018 11
home & garden gardening tips for new green thumbs have a desire to dive head first into the world of gardening, but unsure where to start? it is important that when you start gardening that you know your limits and know what tasks are too much for you. v with matt leacy at landart if you have a major task that needs to be done like a tree removal then it is important you get in professionals to make sure you don’t injure yourself. preparation is key first and foremost, you’ll need to plan what type of garden you want. are you wanting a herb, vegetable, flower or mixed garden? from here, you’ll then need to consider the amount of space you have, as well as the amount of sunlight and shade available. almost all vegetables and most flowers need up to about 6 hours of daylight each day, whilst some plants love shade. be smart about your plant choices and ensure you do your research before planting. check your soil type speaking of research, another area to consider is the type of soil you have at home. there are three basic types of soil: clay, loam and sand. loam is the ideal type of soil, as it’s porous and retains moisture easily. with soil, some plants thrive better in one type than the other, so it’s important to choose plants that are well suited to what you have. if you’re not sure what type of soil you have, check what type of plants are growing in your neighbour’s garden. 12 lifestyle | november 2018 go for low maintenance plants if you’re just starting out, we’d recommend to begin with a few low maintenance plants and work your way up from there. we’re very lucky here in australia to have a wide range of beautiful native plants that don’t require too much attention. choose anything from the likes of westringia, callistemon, coast banksia and ornamental grasses. other low maintenance plants you could also look at are succulents, perennial plants kalanchoes, crassula, agave, carrisa and raphiolpepis weeds are your enemy it’s important to learn early on that weeds are not your friend. not only do weeds compete with your plants for nutrients within your soil, but they also compete for sunlight and water as well. they often grow a lot faster as well, so it’s easier for them to outgrow your plants and take what they need, leaving your plants to rot. one of the easiest ways to get rid of weeds is to prevent them from occurring in the first place, with the application of mulch. mulch prevents weeds from sunlight and the nutrients they need to grow in the first place. otherwise, you can pull existing weeds by hand or use weed-specific herbicides to get rid of them (it is good to avoid herbicides if possible). maintain what you’ve got now that you’ve got your garden up and running, make sure you look after it! set some time aside each week in the summer to take care of your new garden and keep track of when it’s time to water, fertilise and prune your plants. have some fun gardening for beginners should be fun! allow yourself to experiment with different types of plants and challenge yourself to growing a variety of new things. if you’ve realised you’ve planted something in the wrong place, don’t stress! most plants and shrubs, even baby trees, can be uprooted and replanted. get it for free of course, you can always leave it to the professionals and enter our operation: fix it! competition. entries close november 28th. for more terms and conditions visit our website at lifestyleqld.com.au.
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we’ve got everything your pool needs at ipswich pool supplies helpful, professional services... best value for money in town locally owned family business for 23 years! ph. 3282 8233 34 downs st, north ipswich firstname.lastname@example.org extended warranty dealer professional landscape construction specialising in: u landscape repairs & rejuvenation u low voltage garden lighting u retaining walls u automatic irrigation u installation & repairs u paving, turﬁng u pool fencing & surrounds u ponds & water features u pergolas po box 7032 mt crosby qld 4306 14 lifestyle | november 2018 ph: 0419 787 860 email@example.com qbsa lic. 1031252 spring & summer ﬂooring from choices of ipswich family values and community spirit are two things choices flooring ipswich owners, steve and jaye mallet have based their business upon. being family owned and run allows the ipswich team to not only give support within the local community, but to give passion and years of expertise when helping you with your flooring selection process. priding themselves on offering better quality and affordable options than their competitors, the choices team stocks residential and commercial flooring options whilst also managing the installation of carpet, laminate, timber, luxury vinyl and bamboo flooring and window furnishings as far as rosewood, willowbank, fernvale, peak crossing and surrounding suburbs. the choices flooring spring/ summer catalogue has a great range of sales on on-trend flooring solutions. unsure of what look you’re after? here is what home interiors are calling the ‘in’ solutions for 2018 and 2019. rustic luxe both feminine and masculine, with a palette of browns, taupes, white washes and layered textures, rustic luxe combines reclaimed wood furniture, metallics and your favourite accent pieces to create a warm, timeless style. going global global style is an artful blend of worldly finds, earthy materials, and character pieces. dark browns, tans, and black, lay a neutral foundation while spice-inspired hues-vivid mustard, cayenne red, or sage green-add warmth and interest. scandi-lous a muted palette with lots of texture creates a light, soft and comfortable home. scandi styling is all about functionality and minimalism - in terms of flooring think warm greys and white- washed oaks. play station whether they are playing with toys or colouring in, a child’s space should be practical and easy to maintain. you could choose laminate for durability, luxury vinyl for noise reduction or carpet for the ultimate in softness. steve and jaye invite you to come into their store to experience the award-winning difference that their choices flooring store offers. it’s never been easier to organise a complimentary measure or quote, simply visit www.choicesflooring. com.au/store/queensland/ ipswich-mallets/156-brisbane- street-ipswich-qld-4305/ or call (07) 3282 9555. alternatively, browse their range in store at 156 brisbane street, ipswich. go to www.lifestyleqld.com.au to enter to win -
ultimate backyard makeover competition plants make a great gift for all occasions • australian natives and plants • giftwares & greeting cards • pots & planters • earthlife soil improvers • potting mixes, bird baths and garden ornaments ph: 07 3812 7319 222-224 mt crosby road, tivoli open: mon - sat 8.30am - 5.00pm sunday 8.30am - 3.00pm go where those in the know go for window coverings & security screening licensed manufa c t u r e r enjoy the best of outdoor living with furniture from harvey norman booval living in ipswich we are lucky to have one of the best climates for outdoor living in the world, outdoor entertaining is a part of our way of life. being a local business proudly in the ipswich community harvey norman booval understand how you want to live outdoors and have everything you need to enjoy your outdoor space. whether it be lounging by the pool in a contemporary new build or lazing on the veranda of a classic ipswich queenslander harvey norman has something to suit all spaces, and covers all budgets. outdoor lounges, dining settings of all sizes, sun lounges, umbrellas, as well as those special pieces to give your outdoor space the wow factor. all under one roof at their massive showroom in booval, with an onsite warehouse for easy pickup or delivery. hardwearing timber outdoor furniture is still at the core of their range with lounges and dining settings of all shapes and sizes on display. classic outdoor furniture that will last under the australian sun for many years. the newest trend in outdoor living is all weather aluminium settings, perfect for all spaces with next to no maintenance. the lucky winner of operation fix it will be coming home to one of these low maintenance aluminium table with eight amazingly comfortable uv resistant polypropylene moulded chairs, designed completely to suit the ipswich lifestyle, entertaining friends and family comfortably for lazy afternoons. what do you need when the crowds descend on your backyard to keep them happy and smiling? food! feed them from your outdoor living room with harvey norman’s range of bbqs, right from little portable models fully up to full outdoor kitchens. the massive range can suit every space budget, maybe add some value to your home with a new built in outdoor kitchen for seamless outdoor living. feeling a little more adventurous? check out the range of smokers and charcoal bbq options including the entire range of everdure by heston blumenthal, his new 4k charcoal bbq smoker has to be seen to be believed! drop in store to experience how you could be living in our outdoor space at harvey norman booval, corner brisbane road and hamilton street booval. there’s heaps of parking and heaps of stock ready to go for your weekend in their onsite warehouse. .lifestyleqld.com.au to enter to win - in our ultimate garden makeover competition freecall 1800 243 699 showroom 1 boyce street bundamba lifestyle | november 2018 15
art stools finn stools offered in-store scorpio stools now available product images for illustrative purposes only. shop 1/30 downs street north ipswich ph: (07) 32811528 www.buttsonseats.com.au mon - friday 9am - 5pm saturday 9am - 1pm sun & public holidays closed get your butt on the best seat at butts on seats where else can you find a furniture shop that allows you to try before you buy, with no pressure or lock- in contracts? at butts on seats, they understand that finding the perfect seat can be difficult without seeing how it works in your home, so they have come up with a solution - offering an in store 24 hour loan service where you can take up to 2 items home and try them before you commit to buying. the ipswich store, conveniently located in north ipswich, may look small from the outside but don’t let that fool you. with over 30 years in retail experience, the team are best at putting butts on seats. with a great range on offer in their showroom, you can try out their products for yourself. on the vary rare occasion that something goes wrong with your product, they will be with you all through out the whole process to come to a resolution that you are happy with. from bar stools, to commercial furniture, dining chairs and office chairs, all of your seating needs will be catered for. if you don’t live locally or cannot get into the shop, their online website offers their full range of products with information on shipping, warranty, care and maintenance. they’re not just committed to getting butts on the best seats available, either. with access to a large variety of home décor like throw blankets, wall decal, candle holders and other gorgeous decorations, they can even get adorable kids furniture that is bound to impress even the fussiest of children. whether you’re shopping online or in store with butts on seats, their friendly and expertised team will give you the best advice on their products and how they will suit you and your family. visit them at shop 1/ 30 downs street, north ipswich between 9am to 5pm monday to friday or saturday’s 9am to 1pm. for any other time, visit www.buttsonseats.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org. moonah 122cm 4 blade fan in white. suitable for coastal areas. $179 go to www.lifestyleqld.com.au to enter to win - weber store at outdoor living carry the complete range of weber barbecues and accessories including the premium q range featuring electronic ignition and high roasting hood with built-in thermometer. need advice? talk to the experts in home lighting design service ipswich riverlink shopping centre cnr the terrace & downs sts ph 3812 2714 16 lifestyle | november 2018
now offering pay no interest ever! payment plans! blinds and shutters free in -home measure & quote call or book online now www.shutterup.com.au 20% off* *selected shutters in bayview series proud qld family owned business for 10 years limited time only. terms & conditions apply. we sell install tiles let us help you with.... shedshed • ceramic tiles • porcelain tiles • slate tiles • water proofing • tile trims • waterstop shower angles • tools • and more! talk to us about your project today! phone 3281 3022 the ipswich tile shed at sapar landscaping centre 222-224 mt crosby road, north tivoli q 4305 open m-f 6am – 5pm sat 6am – 1pm you could win one of these fantastic prizes: a $3,000 backyard makeover from peter weier landscaping. an outdoor setting from harvey norman. a weber bbq from outdoor living jindalee. go to www.lifestyleqld.com.au to enter. shutters to match any decor stylish room design feature for your home plantation shutters are customisable to match any look from contemporary to traditional, are easy to clean, come in many colours and add value to your home. here are five things to consider when you’re considering purchasing shutters for your home. 1. types of plantation shutters there are a few types of shutters available to choose from when redesigning your room. synthetic and timber shutters are options for installation inside the home, while aluminium shutters are available for outside. both synthetic shutters and timber shutters each have a few options to choose from. the main differences between the two are price and the fact that synthetic material will hold up better in moist environments like bathrooms. aluminium shutters are made for the outdoors, and are able to stand up to our harsh australian weather. 2. louvre size matters louvres are the slats that open or close. typically, there are three sizes—63mm, 89mm, and 114mm. it can be difficult to choose between these, however, a good rule of thumb is that the larger the window, the larger the louvres. you don’t have to abide by this, but many customers find that sticking to it works for them. 3. not a diy project many people enjoy taking on home improvement projects over a long weekend or several months. the installation of plantation shutters is not one that should be done without a professional. a professional installation means that the warranty will still be intact, and also means that your window treatments are properly installed. shutterup’s installation staff pride themselves on being incredibly meticulous during measure and installation, and it takes decades to obtain these sort of skills. 4. increase the value of your home upgrades and renovations can give a return on investment is important. plantation shutters are considered by appraisers as a ‘hard fixture upgrade.’ 5. easy breezy cleaning choosing plantation shutters as a window treatment is a fantastic way to keep your home dust and allergen free. because it is so easy to clean, it is great for people in the home who suffer from asthma or other respiratory illnesses. no matter the size, a quick wipe down is perfect for spot cleaning and a soft brush vacuum attachment is better to reach all the nooks and crannies. if you’d like to get a general idea of pricing, the team at shutterup blinds and shutters offer free estimates with honest consultations to find the best product and best look for your home, all within your budget! give dan at shutterup blinds and shutters a call today on 1300 88 36 37 or visit www. shutterup.com.au for more information. .lifestyleqld.com.au to enter to win - in our ultimate garden makeover competition lifestyle | november 2018 17
you could win one of these fantastic prizes: a $3,000 backyard makeover from peter weier landscaping. an outdoor setting from harvey norman. a weber bbq from outdoor living jindalee. go to www.lifestyleqld.com.au to enter. guard against pests infiltrating your home who doesn’t love the summer time – warm weather, lying by the pool, watching the cockroaches multiply... wait, what? everybody loves the summer time, but nobody loves the summer bug breeding season, as much as the bugs and insects themselves. if you want to stay on top of pesky unwanted guests like termites, ants, flies, rats, mice cockroaches and more, it might be time to consider professional pest control. bugs love to breed in wet and warm weather, which is why pest infestations are expected during summers in australia. what’s worse is that the longer it’s hot, the graver the infestations become. aaa pest control hotline know the warning signs of these pests and are busy in the summer ridding commercial and residential properties of pesky pests. aside from these critters being bothersome and totally creeping you out, they can be detrimental to both your health and home. here’s some of the more common creepy crawlers in queensland, and how they can affect you. redback spiders the native redback spider is one of the few spider species that pose a serious threat to humans. commonly found beneath rubbish or lurking behind things stored in the backyard, these arachnids are easy to identify - females have a black spherical body with a red stripe on the upper side of their abdomen, whilst males are light brown with white markings and a paler hourglass mark on their belly. only the females have venomous bites, and require urgent medical attention if you’re bitten by one. cockroaches aside from being disgusting to look at, these critters bring with them an array of diseases, including heightening the risk of childhood asthma. they love dark places that are warm and moist, making it easy for them to multiply. termites while they may not damage your health, termites can cause untold damage to the home. subterranean termites are small, soft bodied insects that build large nests in soil or trees and have underground tunnels that can reach up to 100 metres away from the nest. termites can cause extensive damage to the structure of homes and commercial buildings, as well as timber fixtures, fittings and floor coverings. don’t leave it too late, as the repair costs are not covered by home insurance. a reputable pest control specialist like henry mason from aaa pest control hotline can help you address your pest problem. call henry for a pesticide free solution on 07 3202 4716 or email him at email@example.com. au for more information. don evans plumbers call don evans, the plumber if it looks like plumbing... we do it don evans plumbers provides a wide range of plumbing services including: u blocked drains & drainage issues u gas fitting, backﬂow prevention & thermostatic mixing valves u drain camera inspections u septic to sewage u hot water systems – all types u bathrooms, laundries and kitchens u water wise inspections & leak detection 07 3294 0105 ‘servicing ipswich and greater suburbs’ | www.donevansplumbers.com.au unfortunately, things don’t always break around the home during business hours. so when a water pipe bursts or you’re left with no water at 9pm on a sunday, who are you going to call? don evans plumbers. why? not only are they available to be called out 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, they can also be phoned at anytime for an expert plumber to give you calm, sound advice over the phone to save you the cost of an after hours call out fee. they’ve been servicing the ipswich area for more than forty years – and are tried and tested by many ipswich families. don evans plumbers are happy to assist with everything from gas fittings, to hot water systems, drainage issues and leaks and everything in between. they even handle commercial maintenance throughout ipswich and brisbane suburbs, so you know they’re a reliable point of call. so jot down 3294 0105 and keep it handy for all of your plumbing emergencies and not-so-urgent problems. building & timber pest inspection hotline buying a home or commercial building? we offer independent and honest building and pest inspections. more than 80 years of combined experience. w all areas w fast response w low prices pest control hotline domestic | commercial | rental specialising in... w all aspects of pest control w termite/white ant inspections & treatments w termite baiting systems w thermal imaging w termite moisture detection henry mason jp (qual) | p: 0417 377 887 | e: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.cp-hotline.com.au 18 lifestyle | november 2018
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win a $10,000 engagement ring for 10 days in november you have the chance to win a $10,000 engagement ring plus one of 20 $1500 runner up prizess. level 2, 141 queen st mall facebook.com/xennoxdiamonds 20 lifestyle | november 2018 sri lanka: latest travel hotspot looking for a tropical destination without the heavy pollution, westernisation or hustle and bustle of bali or phuket? you might want to consider a great alternative destinaion in sri lanka! the food the cultivation of many types of rice, spices, vegetables and fruit, coupled with past foreign influences, ensures that sri lanka enjoys a varied and select cuisine. as a staple, rice is consumed with an assortment of colourful curries (eggplant, potato, green banana, chicken, fish) that range in potency from delicately-spiced to near-dynamite. other sri lankan staples include hoppers (a pancake-like snack), string hoppers (steamed rice noodles) and pittu (a mixture of flour and coconut). seafood lovers will rejoice at the fresh fish, prawns, crab, squid and crayfish available. desserts include buffalo curd eaten with palm-honey, and the malay-derived caramel-like wattalapam. it also goes without saying that the fresh fruit of this tropical destination like mangosteen and rambutan is totally out of this world! the surﬁng beginners will find plenty of surf schools in sri lanka to learn the basics, while more experienced surfers are bound to have fun exploring the uncrowded line- ups and off-the-radar breaks to the south of the island. with two distinct surf seasons for each side of the island, sri lanka is a year-round surfing destination that deserves a place of honour on your bucket list. whether it’s the south west coast beaches like weligama, midigama or mirissa, or east coast destinations like arugam bay or elephant rock, there are plenty of options to either paddle or shred on the surf board. the serenity while the capital city of colombo may not be a travellers first choice, the southern provinces and beachside cities are basically a tropical paradise that looks like something from a postcard. unlike the beaches of bali and thailand that can be quite dirty and littered with pollution and heavy westernisation, you’ll find clean and quiet beaches that are practically untouched. sri lanka is quite ‘backwards’ in terms of developing or westernisation, so don’t expect a mcdonalds or major shopping outlets – which is another reason why travellers are jumping on the sri lankan band wagon. the wildlife sri lanka possesses a high degree of biodiversity, therefore attracting keen wildlife lovers from across the globe. what’s truly remarkable however, is the high proportion of native species – giving you the chance to see animals you won’t get to see anywhere else! a safari in one of the 14 national parks offers the chance to see some of sri lanka’s 91 mammals (16 native) - elephant, leopard, sloth bear, sambhur, spotted deer, hog, mouse- and barking-deer, wild boar, porcupine, ant-eater, civet cat, loris, giant squirrel, and monkeys such as the macaque, purple-faced leaf monkey and grey langur.
art & exhibitions filmed interviews look beyond the physical structures to tell the story of how good design can enrich lifestyle. discover epic art at ipswich art gallery exhibitions the ipswich art gallery currently has five epic exhibitions to enjoy, and the best part is there’s something there for people of any age. if it’s been a while since you’ve ventured into the world of culture, art and discovery, why not plan a trip to ipswich’s home of arts and history? and all the art materials are provided. it’s the perfect way to encourage children to explore an artist’s ideas and to stimulate their own imaginations. entanglement by kate douglas: until 11 nov 2018 originally from sydney, kate douglas fell in love with ipswich and now resides on the banks of the bremer river. her artworks, including ‘living together’ above, capture the view at the river’s edge: ever changing networks of trees, roots, ragged grasses, leaves and other flora, ebbing and flowing with the tides and seasons leaving kate with endless inspiration. imagine this: until 11 nov 2018 imagine a flower.. imagine a car.. imagine a bird! use colourful and creative craft materials to imagine and make something….then take your creation home or display it in the gallery for others to see. imagine this.. is a hands-on studio space where children and families can imagine and make art together. four inventive art works by australian artists provide the inspiration iconic australian houses: until 18 nov 2018 iconic australian houses, curated by karen mccartney and presented in partnership with architecture foundation australia is a behind-the-scenes exploration of 30 of the most important australian homes of the past 60 years. the exhibition explores the design and building of these houses, as well as the experiences of those who live in them, and illustrates the emergence of a distinctively australian approach to home design. vivid photography, rich illustrations, 3d models and ipswich house portraits: until 2 dec 2018 this selection of ‘house portraits’ examines the city’s significant domestic architectural heritage as seen through the eyes of contemporary queensland artists. these house portraits are more than mere pictorial representations of the city’s heritage- listed buildings, instead offering explorations into the architectural design, construction and fabrication methods while also exposing more than a hint of the personal histories and memories of their former residents. playing with light: 1st december 2018 to 28 april 2019 let there be light! step out of the darkness and into this hands-on, interactive exhibition where visitors can play with light. can you sneak past a laser light security block? why not step inside a giant kaleidoscope! you can even “draw” with infrared “paint”, or make your own powerful telescope! playing with light explores our big bright world and the many ways in which science and physics create light! lifestyle | november 2018 21
rsl plans freedom concert for armistice day on november 11 as australians, we are blessed to live in a country full of freedom and blessings. it’s why we promise to pause for one minute every year on the 11th of november at 11am, to give thanks to all those who sacrificed their lives in world war one for the future of our country. it ‘cruisy’ so people want to get up and dance,” he said. “brisbane has been home for me for a long time, my family and friends still live there.. every time i go back to play in brisbane it’s always good to be back and play for my home crowd.” 2018 is a particularly remarkable rsl queensland president year, as it marks the 100 year anniversary since the world war one ended. to commemorate this milestone, home grown favourites like pete murray, kate ceberano and ash grunwald will headline a free family concert at brisbane’s riverstage on 11 november, as the culmination of events to mark the centenary of armistice day. rsl queensland’s freedom sounds concert will echo the singing, dancing and celebration of a century ago, when the end of world war one was declared. speaking exclusively to singer and musician pete murray, the 49-year-old said his fond memories of spending time at rsl’s with his parents inspired him to perform at this year’s freedom sounds. “i remember learning the meaning of anzac day and remembrance day and even thinking as a small kid, wow that’s amazing that someone has given their life for our country,” he said. “we take our freedom for granted.. we’ve got that and a lot of people don’t. “there are times when i’m out, even if it’s just drinks with my mates and i think how lucky have we been to not have to go through a massive world war.” for murray, who grew up partially in brisbane the excitement to perform old and new songs in front of a ‘home’ crowd in an iconic location is also an exciting element. “i’ve really simplified a lot of the songs that i play and will just keep tony ferris said the concert was the perfect way to celebrate the centenary of armistice. “it was a momentous occasion across the world and what better way to remember than getting the community together for an afternoon of entertainment and a bite to eat at brisbane’s riverstage,” mr ferris said. “everyone is invited to bring a blanket and relive the euphoria of 11 november, 100 years ago, as we honour our servicemen and women, and their families, for the sacrifice they make to protect the peace and freedoms we enjoy.” tickets are free but limited – so don’t miss out! register today at freedomsounds.com.au. remember the armistice centenary artwork project discussed in the september edition of lifestyle queensland? this impressive art installation is expected to stand over 3m high and 16m long. it will be a strong reminder of the importance to remember the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women. the project has collected at least 57,705 poppies, reflecting the same number of queenslanders who enlisted in the first world war. the poppies have been created by thousands of queenslanders between june and september. you can visit the final artwork at river quay, south bank parklands from sunday, the 3rd of november to sunday, the 11th of november. photo: pete murray to perform in the freedom concert on november 11. defence breeding dogs in the raaf cpl natasha falconer never imagined her passion for caring about animals would lead her to a fulfilling career with the air force. now working in the breeding cell of the raaf amberley security and fire school, cpl falconer’s journey began when her husband, an airfield defence guard at the time introduced her to some mwd handlers while in darwin. “i get paid to move around the country and see different states and go different places overseas and i get to do it all with a dog.” however, being a mwd handler is not all about playing with cute puppies and dogs. it takes skill, determination and mental strength to work alongside these canines trained for controlled aggression. you also have to prepare for things not going according to plan, or worse, losing your best four legged mate. “the dogs we deal with are not pets so you need to be quite confident and determined when dealing with them, learning how to bond with them and train them,” cpl falconer said. “physical strength is important too; not in the sense that you need to be a gym junkie, but more that it takes a lot of core strength and balance.. you’ll never experience anything like having a dog run at you full pelt and with everything they have, and it can be quite a challenge to balance yourself, stay on your feet and be safe while doing it.” during her eight-year career, cpl falconer has gone from being a mwd handler and instructing mwd initial employment training courses to her current position within the breeding cell. her day to day duties in this role includes anything from choosing brood bitches, artificial insemination or even assisting veterinarians with the birthing process, to raising and training potential mwd’s and finding foster homes for them during the training process. with eight litters being born this year and one more on it’s way, cpl falconer has her hands full – literally. speaking to her in late october, she was hand feeding 11 belgian malanois pups as their mother had gone through a c-section and was not cooperating or bonding with the newborns. even though her job can require long and stressful days, it’s made that extra bit special considering she works in the only breeding and development facility for the air force. it also allows her to build a special bond with the dogs, just like she did with her foster pup cyra. “i was in here on the floor when her mum gave birth to her,” cpl falconer said. “i got very attached to her so i’ve taken her on as another foster pup where i will raise her and do all of her development work until she’s ready to go and be a military working dog.” the air force facebook page has recently run a competition during #dogtober to name the current litter of puppies that cpl falconer is looking after. the winning names will be revealed this month, so be sure to visit facebook.com/ausairforce/. 22 lifestyle | november 2018
tae aerospace now a world class defence company taking on the world in fast jet engine maintenance and repair over the past 18 years tae aerospace, an ipswich- based defence company, has grown steadily to becoming australia’s leading turbine engine maintenance, repair and operating business. tae took out the president’s award at the recent ipswich chamber of commerce and industry awards, and managing director andrew sanderson says the importance of long term vision, expertise and reputation continue to be factors that have contributed to their success today. it was tae aersopace’s long term vision, plus identifying gaps in the defence aerospace market, that led to tae’s overall success today. at raaf amberley, they turned an initial three-year contract carrying out servicing and repair on f-111 engines to establishing the company as an australian defence industry contractor. tae took over the defence-owned engine repair centre on-base, and this landed them the title of australia’s number one engine repair facility. identifying opportunities within the australian defence force and the aerospace industry has enabled tae to progress from f-111 engine work to become the preferred contractor for the f/a- 18 super hornets and servicing the wheels and brakes for all qantas aircraft. “by having the infrastructure and capability we were able to convince people along the journey that we were a trusted provider to defence so that if they wanted something done they knew we could get it done, and done well by our business,” mr sanderson said. while long term goals and vision have been integral to tae’s success to this day, mr sanderson said the strength and reputation of tae is built upon the performance and execution of their team. “as we grew the business, we brought on very, very experienced people who always delivered a fantastic job,” he said. greatest success comes from an agreement entered with the joint strike fighter division within the department of defence to develop a facility to meet stringent facility capability requirements for the fifth- generation f-35a joint strike fighter (jsf) aircraft. the turbine engine maintenance facility (temf) will be housed in the old masters’ building in bundamba, which “whenever our team got an engine into the facility, it was looked after very, very well and returned to the customer in great shape, so whether we were overhauling a part or repairing something, the product that went back out of the business was always a very good product. “right now we’re the best in the world in delivering engines for the hornet fleet, so engines stay on operations twice as long as those maintained by any other company or military in the world.” tae’s latest and potentially will cater for significant new maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade work on the f135 engine of all f-35 joint strike fighter aircraft operating in the asia-pacific region. despite being foremost in the ipswich business community since 2000, mr sanderson said tae aerospace remained largely unknown by the public. it’s why they developed a focus on engaging closer with the ipswich business community, and strategically why they chose to establish their temf in bundamba. “engaging with ipswich is a positive strategy and part of our reputation building process,” he said. “it’s important for influencing our supply chain in the region too, whether it’s someone that makes a component for us or repairs something. “we’ve graduated from being a small company into being a medium sized enterprise so we have a strategy that we don’t have to do everything, we actually want to use the supply chain in and around the region to help us become a better enterprise.” ipswich chamber of commerce president phillip bell said tae aerospace was chosen for his president’s award for 2018 not only their skill and expertise, but also for inspiring other businesses on a local, national and international scale. “tae’s history and experience gives them a unique perspective on the aviation industry, enabling them to understand the challenges the industry faces and to find ways to address them,” mr bell said. “rather than just ‘do the job’ they strive to use their mix of skills, knowledge and experience to bring about continual improvement for their clients. “tae have become a critical and valuable part of the local business and cultural fabric of the community. top: inside tae aerospace’s engine servicing and repair centre on raaf base amberley. (tae) centre: andrew sanderson received tae’s president’s award from phillip bell with tae’s greg mason and david stinchcombe. (talitha rice) lifestyle | november 2018 23
defence council partners with defence for summit the queensland defence summit is a key initiative of the city of ipswich defence industry strategy and an exemplar of strategic partnerships between industry, research and all levels of government to guide acceleration of the regional defence industry in queensland. the premier defence industry event will focus on sustainment, integrated logistics, exports, innovative technologies, research and partnerships and bring together all levels of government and industry to engage on defence industry strategies, projects and opportunities. the summit, to be held at the usqs springfield campus on november 20th will give queensland-based businesses interested in being part of the nation’s burgeoning defence industry the chance to better understand the sector. queensland minister for state development, manufacturing, infrastructure and planning cameron dick said the state government’s involvement was a big vote of confidence in the upcoming summit and the state’s expanding defence industry. “queensland’s defence industry is growing rapidly, including in ipswich, and this summit will be invaluable to equipping local businesses with the knowledge and connections they need to succeed in this sector,” he said. “essential to building that is getting the right people together in a room. by bringing all the pieces together, we can unlock a network of capability that is greater than the sum of its parts. “that’s why the queensland government is proud to be a partner in this event and to work with ipswich city council to attract the highest calibre of speakers and attendees.” some of the confirmed speakers include the defence sector’s biggest names, including newly appointed assistant minister for defence david fawcett and australian defence export advocate david johnston. the lineup also includes local movers and shakers in the defence industry, including tae aerospace’s ceo and managing director, andrew sanderson. defence industries in ipswich are worth about $800 million in sales, $600 million in exports and accounts for 20 per cent of queensland’s total defence employment. the summit – also supported by the australian industry and defence network (aidn) – is expected to attract about 200 delegates and features key defence industry speakers and decision-makers. president of aidn queensland carl quarterman said attendees will get key insights from decision-makers and experts about how they can tap into the defence industry supply chain; the australian and queensland governments’ industry support mechanisms; and how local businesses contribute to the current defence industry jobs and investment boom. “for me, this event is about bringing the movers and shakers of the defence sector to south east queensland and allowing local businesses – the kind who may not be able to travel to the large interstate defence events – to hear directly from them how they can make the most of working with the industry,” he said. a conference of this calibre being held in the city proves that ipswich’s garrison status is only getting stronger and more reputable. for tickets, search queensland defence summit: ipswich 2018 on www.eventbrite.com. au. attendees need to secure their seat/s by monday, 12th of november. 24 lifestyle | november 2018 youth experience a career in the defence force keen youngsters wanting a taste of life in the defence force participated in the latest defence work experience program, held at raaf amberley during the 22nd to the 24th of october. this program is specifically designed to contribute to the development of the skills of young people, ease the transition of students into the workplace and demonstrate the wide variety of interesting careers available within not only the air force, but the army and navy as well. this exposure often sees participants go on to a full-time or reservist career in the defence force, or a career with the australian public service. there are around 350 jobs to choose from in the adf, in just about every field you can think of. the navy, army and air force have one of the most diverse range of careers in the country. what’s more, the adf pays their staff to study for necessary qualifications. jobs include everything from pilot, medical officer, clerk and cook through to combat systems operator, vehicle mechanic and air traffic controller. sgt gerard harkins from no 22 squadron, who often helps host the program said the exposure can assist young adults in deciding which career path they want to take within the adf. “the defence working programme is essential in giving young australians the opportunity of exposure to the many options within the adf – not just the air force, but the army and the navy as well,” he said. the department of defence also employs more than 20,000 aps employees. defence aps employees are employed in an array of critical positions australia-wide enabling our three services navy, army and air force to do their job. work experience opportunities are available for both secondary and tertiary students. students participating in defence work experience placements must be at least 15 years of age at the time of the placement. even if participants decide that a career in the adf or aps is not for them, they are still exposed to important workplace skills and attitudes that are necessary in any chosen field. work experience opportunities are listed on the defence website at http://www.defence. gov.au/workexperience/, or you can email defence. workexperienceprogram@ defence.gov.au for more information. above: defence work experience participants onboard the c-17a globemaster with sergeant tim cahill, a loadmaster with no 36 squadron. below: matthew barker, logan clark and rajat chatterjee, learn what it is like to be a pilot of the c-17a globemaster aircraft with royal australian air force no. 36 squadron pilot, flying officer stephen vanderdoes.
giveaways finish grade 12 safely, and enjoy ‘schoolies’ in november, thousands of school leavers from across the country will descend upon the famous, but sometimes infamous, cavill ave glitter strip to celebrate schoolies - and while many teenagers party responsibly, it’s easy to forget common sense when you’re swept up in the week’s festivities. whether it’s yourself or your child who has finished grade 12, it’s important to take a look at these safety tips to ensure the week runs smoothly and without friendship breakups, injuries or arrests. avoid a hangover a hangover is your body’s way of telling you that you’ve had too much to drink. if you have a headache, nausea or vomiting after drinking, it’s likely you pushed yourself too far the night before. don’t feel the need to ‘keep up’ with friends – drink at your own pace and what is reasonable for your body. a good way to slow down your drinking is to have a glass of water in between each alcoholic beverage. stick with your friends whether you’re going to the beach party or just hanging out in the hotel, it’s important to stay close with your buddies. if you are going somewhere without them, make sure you let someone know where you’ll be – and take a fully charged phone out with you. be visitor wise it might seem like a great idea to host a party in your room, but inviting strangers into your space could result in noise complaints, room damage, injury or sexual assault. why not meet up with new friends at the beach party instead, or during the day at cavill ave? watch your drinks never leave drinks alone or accept a drink from a stranger. unfortunately, not everybody has good intentions during schoolies. keep an eye on your drinks at all times, and never accept a drink from a stranger – regardless of whether it’s sealed or not. you need to eat! eating is not cheating. a week of staying up late and partying will wreak havoc on your body if you’re not refuelling it with food. be sure to bring plenty of snacks, and do some meal prep to stick in the fridge or freezer when you’re feeling lazy. be safe in the sun and water if you’re spending your days by the pool or the beach, you still need to keep up your fluids, wear plenty of sun protective clothing and sunscreen and stay between the yellow and red flags. never swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol. give your friends some space don’t spend so much time with your friends that you come back hating each other. a week can feel like a very long time if you’re in each other’s pockets 24/7 – make sure you spend your time with a variety of different people and to keep your cool if conflict arises. don’t give in to peer pressure if your friends are pressuring you to experiment in things you’re not comfortable with, walk away. don’t ruin your festivities by making a dangerous decision. don’t be afraid to ask for help if you or your friends need help, don’t be afraid to reach out to the police, ambulance or red frogs service. remember, if you are in an emergency situation, you and your friends will not get into trouble for being under the influence of drugs or alcohol – your safety comes first. november mega entertainment giveaway entries close november 22. prizes to be picked up from our office in the friendly care pharmacy arcade, 13 bell street, ipswich (monday to thursday). the grinch in cinemas november 29 nbc universal, with lifestyle queensland are giving away 10 double passes to see the grinch! benedict cumberbatch lends his voice to the infamous grinch, who lives a solitary life inside a cave on mt. crumpet with only his loyal dog, max, for company. with a cave rigged with inventions and contraptions for his day-to-day needs, the grinch only sees his neighbours in who-ville when he runs out of food. each year at christmas they disrupt his tranquil solitude with their increasingly bigger celebrations. when the whos declare they are going to make christmas three times bigger this year, the grinch realizes there is only one way for him to gain some peace and quiet: he must steal christmas. but with the good natured scheming of a young who just trying to meet santa claus, the grinch’s plans to silencing their holiday cheer may be stalled.. to win tickets, go to www. lifestyleqld.com.au and click on the enter competition button and fill in the form. alternatively, you can mail your competition entries to strike publications, po box 124, ipswich 4305. codeword: grinch. a piece of cake performed by ipswich little theatre lifestyleq, with ilt, are giving away a double pass for the friday 7th of december performance of ‘a piece of cake’, valued at $44! when penelope is suddenly made redundant, she seizes the chance to follow her life-long dream of opening a cake shop. she sets about renovating a ramshackle commercial property and making her dream come true, helped by bumbling estate agent david, not-so-bright assistant lizzie and a handsome carpenter named peter. but penelope soon discovers that running a business is anything but a piece of cake! a feast of entertainment, you’ll be left feeling warm inside - like you just ate some cake. this is rated pg and held at the incinerator theatre. performances are held on the 24th and 30th november and 1st, 7th and 8th december nightly at 8pm and a special sunday matinee at 2pm on 2nd december. to win tickets go to www.lifestyleqld.com.au and click on the enter competition button and fill in the form. alternatively, you can mail your competition entries to strike publications, po box 124, ipswich 4305. be sure to include the codeword: cake. lifestyle | november 2018 25
entertainment ‘dressed by vinnies day’ hits the mark while the nation celebrated “dressed by vinnies” day last month, west ipswich st vincent de paul society op-shop volunteer sarah folley is taking it a step further by encouraging ipswich residents to support the society, by incorporating more second hand clothing into their daily wardrobe. ms folley has noticed that many ipswich residents are becoming increasingly savvy about how and where they spend their money, but still believes more people could benefit from op-shopping. “you can definitely find big brands and labels here,” ms folley said. “for example, this dress i’m wearing today is by laura ashley, there’s other big brands like seed and then anything right down to kmart. “some people only buy things for a special occasion and only wear it once and then donate it, so you’re getting something almost new for a lot cheaper.” “dressed by vinnies” is just one of the many initiatives the organisation hosts to remind people not only that vinnies is a fashion destination, but of the good work they do for the community. “it brings light to vinnies and people come in and try things and then obviously all of the money goes back to helping people in the ipswich community,” ms folley said. “every article you buy, that money goes back to assisting people in some way.” with fast fashion and landfill becoming a contentious topic, ms folley would also like to remind ipswich residents that by either donating or buying second hand clothing, you will positively contribute to the environment. “we recycle everything. people often wear things a couple of times and donate it, so i feel like we’re not throwing it in landfill, we’re doing something with it,” she said. “why throw it in the bin when you can donate it to vinnies?” in 2017, vinnies queensland assisted 306,831 queenslanders and provided $191 million in services and support to people in need. vinnies have locations at redbank plains, springfield, west ipswich and fernvale. for more information, including individual addresses, please visit www.vinnies.org.au. photo: west ipswich st vincent de paul society op-shop volunteer sarah folley with some of the fashion items and accessories available at vinnies. enter to win! to enter to win one of our giveaways go to our website at www.lifestyleqld.com.au , click on the enter competition button on the front page and fill in the form with the codeword or mail to strike publications, po box 124, ipswich 4305. entries close 22 november unless otherwise stated. only one entry per household per contest. prizes to be picked up from our office in the friendly care pharmacy arcade, 13 bell street, ipswich (monday to thursday). sad animal facts- baby talk code word: animal the art of living alone & loving it code word: alone absolute proof code word: proof the dream daughter code word: daughter baby animals don’t play with toys. they don’t have favourite colours. and they don’t learn songs unless for self-defence. in this beautifully illustrated compendium of sweet and sad facts, brooke barker takes us into the world of baby animals and shows us just how complicated and adorable their creation and fight for survival can be, from the moose who try to mate with cars, to the the newborn elephants who can’t control their trunks. if you already think you’d like to hug a baby animal sad animal facts: baby talk will make you realize just how much they need it. (pan macmilan) 26 lifestyle | november 2018 whether you view living alone as the ultimate compromise or the ultimate luxury, it presents daily challenges, such as cooking for one, organising holidays, juggling finances, and avoiding the siren call of wine, ugg boots and netflix. and there are the less tangible tests, like nailing the octopus of loneliness to the wall, and holding your head high in a society where solo living is viewed as the runner-up prize. author jane mathews believes that to be truly content living alone, it pays to examine every aspect of your life-relationships, health, home, finances, interests and spirituality- and then take action. (murdoch books) “my name is dr harry f. cook. i know this is going to sound strange, but i’ve recently been given absolute proof of god’s existence – and i’ve been advised there is a writer, a respected journalist called ross hunter, who could help me to get taken seriously..” what would it take to prove the existence of god? and what would be the consequences? the false faith of a billionaire evangelist, the life’s work of a famous atheist, and the credibility of each of the world’s major religions are all under threat. if ross hunter can survive long enough to present the evidence.. (macmillan) when carly sears, a young woman widowed by the vietnam war, receives the news that her unborn baby girl has a heart defect, she is devastated. it is 1970, and she is told nothing can be done to help her child. but her brother-in-law, a physicist with a mysterious past, tells her that perhaps there is a way to save her baby. his suggestion is something that will shatter every preconceived notion that carly has. something that will require a kind of strength she never knew existed. an unimaginable leap of faith on carly’s part. and all for the love of her unborn child. (macmillan)
tap’d tim rule | pa hotel easy drinking summer beers at the pa hotel coming into summer, the styles and flavours of beer that consumers drink shifts. this shift sees more easier drinking styles of beer come to the forefront. tap’d bar at the prince alfred hotel are changing up their beer line-up this summer to bring some of the best beers to their taps for you to enjoy. i’m here today to talk about some of the newest additions to the tap line- up coming to tap’d. the first addition is a crisp easy drinking lager from the gold coast. burleigh brewing bighead no carb lager is a full-flavoured, full-strength beer that is 100% natural and boasts a clean, crisp taste. with zero carbs and only 100 calories per schooner, bighead is brewed traditionally, with an innovative twist. the depth of flavour will surprise you. next addition is a full-flavoured pale ale again hailing from the gold coast. balter xpa might be pale but there’s nothing weak about this bad boy. this xpa’s tropical and floral aromatics set off a fruity palette that will punch your taste buds in the pleasure zone. tailored for those who enjoy a fully-hopped beer that’s still easy to drink. and finally for today, a very fruity yet super easy drinking beer from broome in western australia. matso’s mango beer is based on a classic belgium blonde recipe with a fruit variation. using a 100% natural mango essence, the brewers have developed an easy drinking beer style with amazing fruit aromas balanced with sweet dryness. matso’s mango beer was also recently awarded the gold medal at the 2017 international brewing awards in the fruit beer category. these are just a few of the many new beers hitting the taps at tap’d bar at the prince alfred hotel. keep an eye out for the countless new additions to their range throughout the summer. cheers! tim what we are reading: salvation army armistice concert november 10, the salvation army, bundamba an “armistice concert” will be held on saturday 10 november at 6:30 pm at the salvation army, bundamba corps. the concert will be presented by both the bundamba salvation army band and blackstone ipswich cambrian youth choir featuring melodies and songs from the war years. the handmade expo market november 17, ipswich turf club held from 8am-1pm, the handmade expo market is an exclusively handmade market, along with food and art and craft supplies to assist you on your own handmade adventure. this family owned and operated market has grown on the strength of the community and like-minded stallholders. these markets are in ipswich on the third saturday of every month. arj barker - we need to talk november 22, ipswich civic centre “hey, you got an hour? look, i’ve been doing a ton of thinking about…us, and where we’re headed. this isn’t easy, but i need to be 100% honest with you, even if what i say makes you laugh, very, very hard.” australia’s adopted son of comedy heads to ipswich with his brand new show we need to talk. for tickets, visit www.ipswichciviccentre. com.au. a piece of cake november 24-onwards, incinerator theatre. when penelope is suddenly made redundant, she seizes the chance to follow her life-long dream of opening a cake shop. however, penelope soon discovers that running a business is anything but a piece of cake. a piece of cake is performed by the ipswich little theatre group and will be held on various dates and times. for bookings, visit www.ilt.org.au or call 07 3281 0555. nine perfect strangers by liane moriarty column sponsored by: the twist at the end! the best part of this book (and all of moriarty’s books) is that her characters feel like real people you know - average, everyday australians carrying around burdens, but still managing to laugh and get on with life anyway. i have reviewed liane moriarty a couple of times and have stated before that i am a bit of a ‘fan girl’ when it comes to her books. so naturally, when i heard she had a new book out, i ran out and bought a copy immediately. nine perfect strangers is told from the point of view of nine guests attending a ten day health retreat in rural australia, the owner of said retreat and some of the employees. all of the guests have different reasons for being there - some complex like grief and heartbreak, others just wanting to lose weight. tranquillum house however, is not what many of the guests anticipated - days without speaking, blood tests, strict diets and even a “lights out” time - for some, it was beginning to feel like a strange school camp. owner masha was once in their shoes - overweight and overworked. it wasn’t until she literally died and was revived by now employee, yao that she realised something drastic had to change. but are the changes she implements on her guests too drastic? what begins as a bizarre pseudo-medical stay at a retreat morphs into a truly bizarre scenario. i’ll leave it at that or else it’ll spoil the rest! other people i know who have read this book have commented that the first half of the book is slow. i personally didn’t as i loved moriarty’s in depth character exploration, but please push through for we look after all your picture framing needs • picture framing • mirrors • laminating • shrink wrapping • prints & local artwork for sale articulateframing.com.au nolan’s plaza, downtown ipswich call steve today on: 07 3496 1110 proudly supporting the ipswich community lifestyle | november 2018 27
with shannon griffiths 5/5 stars el royale mystery meets neo-noir thriller set against the colourful backdrop of 1970’s america bad times at the el royale finds jeff bridges, cynthia erivo, dakota johnson, jon hamm, cailee spaeny, lewis pullman and chris hemsworth as seven very different strangers all hiding their own secret who unwittingly come to meet one rainy night in a shady hotel with a dark past on the california-nevada border. intensely interesting, as it blends suspense, intrigue and excellently written characters into an absorbing premise, writer/director drew goddard’s brilliant creation is brought to life by an outstanding a-list cast in a quality film that delivers good times throughout. when catholic priest daniel flynn (bridges), singer darlene sweet (erivo), vacuum salesman laramie sullivan (hamm) and hippie emily summerspring (johnson) by chance all arrive at lake tahoe’s famous “el royale” on the same day, they find the once extravagant roadside hotel to be a now run-down shadow of its former self due to losing several permits the year before. run by the young and seemingly troubled miles miller (pullman) as the hotel’s single employee, it soon becomes increasingly clear almost everyone now checked in is not who they seem. when night falls and heavy rain hits, things go from bad to worse when another arrives to find “a friend” and bring hell to anyone unlucky enough to be inside the el royale at the time. with goddard directing his own script transforming the words on the page into many memorable scenes told from different point of views of several characters and the slow reveal of what’s really going on with each making for a great puzzle- piece mystery both suspenseful and hugely entertaining, it doesn’t hurt the cast here is perhaps the best ensemble we’ve seen all year. the always great bridges channelling his inner ‘dude’ with a subtle performance that only gets better as the film progresses and our own hemsworth a stand-out in one of his best non-thor roles, this is a film you really don’t want to miss. only one question remains, will it be nevada or california? 28 lifestyle | november 2018 a star is born - 5/5 stars the fourth re-telling and third remake of a classic story following the original 1937 film and respective 1954 and 1976 versions, the latest and greatest a star is born is the best film 2018 has seen thus far, and quite honestly could go on to be best of the whole year. directed by and starring bradley cooper in his directorial debut with lady gaga solidifying her acting career as more than just a pop star, this new take on a tragic love story, what it takes to become a musician in a modern world and fighting your inner demons will leave you speechless. sharing incredible chemistry with one another as they both deliver remarkable performances, place your bets now for gaga to win an oscar next february. a major contender come awards season, this film, its soundtrack and everything about it is nothing short of extraordinary. established musician jackson maine (cooper) is a famous country singer known all over the world. privately struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction, he gets by with support from his manager and much older half-brother bobby (sam elliott). whilst in a drunken haze one night happening upon a drag bar and bearing witness to a performance by a waitress named ally (gaga), a talented singer- songwriter in her own right, he becomes instantly amazed by her talent and the two spend the night speaking to each other. shortly after beginning a romance together, jackson falls in love with his discovery and helps to make a name of the struggling artist. thrust into the spotlight just as she was about to give up on her dream, jackson fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons as ally’s career begins to take off. featuring an exceptional soundtrack plenty of people you know are already playing on repeat and an emotionally captivating narrative that will floor you, a star is born is a product of outstanding filmmaking. with cooper crushing it as first-time director and gaga proving her acting range, this is a film you need to see right now if you haven’t already. bring tissues. 5/5 stars a star is born star priyanka chopra whilst chopra may be bff’s with meghan markle and engaged to heartthrob nick jonas, chopra has paved a successful acting career in both the indian and american film industries. however, what she’s recently fallen into the spotlight for is her sense of style. whilst the former miss world 2000 typically favours an old- school chic style of dressing, she’s not afraid to experiment with sophisticated power suits to bold coloured crop tops and flared jeans. through her dressing, chopra accentuates some of her best attributes - bold lipstick to highlight her plump lips, crop tops or two pieces to define her hour glass figure and incorporating traditional indian garments into her wardrobe to honour her indian culture and heritage. with rumours she will wed jonas in jodhpur this month, expect to see more paparazzi pictures of the gorgeous priyanka chopra soon. top-right: chopra dresses up her two- toned highwaisted jeans with a crisp white crop top and pumps - perfect for sunday afternoon drinks with the girls. above: chopra’s version of a power suit includes mini slits on the bust, a skirt and white pumps with intricate strap details. above: chopra struts through jfk airport with fiancé nick jonas in the most ‘it’ colour of the season - lilac. she breaks up the mismatching two-piece with a white blazer and a yellow snake skin bag.
before giving birth, bartel shared with her followers that she had a difficult pregnancy. “[i’m] pretty much house bound because every time i stand or take a step i have sharp nerve pain shooting up my front and back, my hips click when i take a step and feel wobbly and ache,” she said. “this is all because of my pelvic girdle pain (also known as pubic symphysis issues psd) i didn’t listen to my body this pregnancy and kept pushing through.” we’re glad she’s out of pain and united with her new gorgeous bub! puppeteering legend caroll spinney has farewelled the likes of elmo, miss piggy and grover after retiring from sesame street. mr. spinney has played the characters of big bird and oscar the grouch since the show premiered in 1969. in a statement, the 84 year old said big bird and sesame street helped him find his purpose. “big bird brought me so many places, opened my mind and nurtured my soul,” the veteran puppeteer said. “i plan to be an ambassador for sesame workshop for many years to come. after all, we’re a family!” kids – don’t panic! big bird and oscar the grouch will live on, with matt vogel taking over the role of big bird, who also plays count von count and kermit the frog, and eric jacobson playing oscar the grouch. jacobson also performs grover, bert, guy smiley, fozzie bear and miss piggy. spinney has worked alongside and mentored vogel and jacobson for more than 20 years. “it’s time for two performers that i have worked with and respected – and actually hand-picked for the guardianship of big bird and oscar the grouch – to take my alter-egos into their hands and continue to give them life,” mr. spinney said. lifestyle | november 2018 29 here’s the latest celebrity gossip and entertainment news from the world of stage, screen and television. v with aislinn dwyer we’re going gaga for diamonds! after lady gaga confirmed her engagement to boyfriend christian carino, we look at the second most important thing (after their love, of course) – the ring! the ring is a gorgeous round pink diamond surrounded by smaller jewels. according to president of wp diamonds, andrew brown, the ring cost a hefty sum. “lady gaga’s spectacular ring appears to be a 6-7 carat pink sapphire with a diamond halo totaling 3-4 carats. this is likely a high quality, no heat (treatment), pink sapphire,” brown told e! news. “it looks like it may be a padparadscha sapphire, in which case this ring would easily retail between $300,000 and $400,000.” gaga was formerly engaged to chicago fire star, taylor kinney and were together for five years. her ring from kinney was vastly different to this one, which was a love-heart shaped diamond with t&s (s for her real name, stefani) embedded in diamonds on the back of the band. gaga and kinney split in july of 2016, with the popstar only returning the ring last february after falling for carino. fashionista nadia bartel and footballer jimmy bartel have welcomed their second baby boy into the world. henley roy bartel was born mid last month, weighing 3.98kg and resembling older brother aston. “our hearts exploded when henley roy bartel came into the world today,” nadia wrote on her instagram. whilst keeping up appearances at several events over the duration of her pregnancy, including the brownlow medal just three weeks delicious apple pie popsicles apple pies are always a popular family dessert, particularly during christmas and the holidays served with a generous helping of custard or vanilla ice-cream. however, making an apple pie can be a lot of effort - particularly in summer when it’s far too hot to be slaving over a hot oven! enter the apple pie popsicle - all the flavour, minus the heat. the best part about this recipe? it’s easy enough for the kids to help you out with on those hot summer days. prep time: 10 minutes freezing time: 6-8 hours serves: 10 you will need.. - 2 cups whole milk (or a dairy-free milk, if desired) - 1 can apple pie pieces (do not drain) - 1/4 cup apple sauce - 1/2 to 3/4 cup apple cider (add more or less to taste) - 1 cup biscoff cookies crushed explore ipswich up (sometimes called ‘coffee’ biscuits in supermarkets) instructions: 1. mix all of the ingredients except for the biscoff cookies in a medium bowl and stir to combine. 2. spoon mixture into each popsicle mold until it’s almost to the top. 3. top each mold with 1/4-1/2 inch of the biscoff cookies, and press them down slightly to make sure it is bonded to the filling. 4. freeze for at least 3 hours, preferably 6-8 hours. 5. (optional) after the popsicles are frozen, why not have some fun with some added toppings? you could roll them in more biscoff cookie crumbs, drizzle salted caramel sauce over the top or dust over some cinnamon sugar. the options are endless! if that’s not your style, just enjoy them as is. this month in australian history the month of november is pretty significant in australian history. here are just a few of the major things that happened. do you think november 2018 will ever make one of these lists? 4 november, 1931: the first australian ballet company staged their first performance - coppelia - a complete russian ballet. 4 november, 1942: the japanese bombed darwin but are halted on kokoda trail. a desperate and vicious seven-month campaign followed, which left 600 australian soldiers killed and 1600 wounded, compared with more than 10,000 japanese fatalities. in january 1943, japanese resistance on papua ceased. 7 november, 1861: the first melbourne cup was run at flemington, won by ‘archer’ who also won the melbourne cup the following year. 16 november 1920: australia’s own airline, qantas, was established. w hudson fysh, paul mcginness and fergus mcmaster established the queensland and northern territory aerial services ltd with their two open-cabin biplanes. 22nd november, 1956: television introduced in time for australia’s first olympic games in melbourne. 29 november 1948: australia’s first locally made car, the holden 48-215, launched.