Top 11 Inspirational Books of 2021

Courage shines in inspirational tales If you are looking for inspirational stories to read as we head into the new year, you might want to check out these 11 books that tell the stories of ordinary people who have succeeded in the face of adversity. Books from Billy Connolly, Dick Smith, Sonny Bill Williams and […]

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Queensland Macadamia Nut

Is it the Queensland, Macadamia or Bauple nut? When I was a boy, we'd occasionally get a treat which we knew as a Queensland nut. I was amazed to learn a few years later they came from Hawaii. That's only part of the story though and, as…
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Discovering chocolate

Let's discover chocolate. Is it really a fruit? Chocolate lovers rejoice – the love of your life is a fruit! Well, that is according to Chris and Lynn Jahnke’s light-hearted theory. “Chocolate is made from seeds of cocoa fruit, so in…
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Make aromatherapy part of your life

Aromatherapy enhances your wellbeing Aromatherapy is an ancient method of using the sense of smell to promote feelings of calmness, balance, peace, and harmony in peoples’ lives. However, it was not until the 1920s that it got this name…
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Recovering from traumatic experiences

7 Steps to recover after trauma A traumatic experience such as the death of a loved one, divorce or being made redundant from work can cause you unforgettable pain. Unfortunately, experiencing trauma can sometimes lead to severe depression…
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Do you work with a corporate psychopath?

Psychopath traits favoured in some environments While it’s common for workers to claim their bosses are psychopaths, research shows only one per cent of Australia’s population can be officially classed with the personality disorder. Stephen…
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Are crocodiles dinosaurs?

Crocodiles were prehistoric but they're not dinosaurs Crocodiles are in the news again, for all the wrong reasons. They are reptiles like lizards, turtles and snakes and they have a very ancient lineage. Crocodiles belong to the clade…

Tour the reef with Swainie

Top 5 ways to unwind with a reef tour If you’re looking for a top spot to relax, far away from city crowds and office desks, the Hinchinbrook Channel near Cardwell is one of the best in Queensland. Port of Call skipper Annette Swaine lives…
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Fraser Island Adventure

Attention travellers: Are you looking for a Fraser Island adventure? IT'S NO secret that Fraser Island is one of Australia's top tourist destinations, and as such the world's largest sand island is well-advertised across the world for adventure. But…
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Clochemerle, loos, and all that …

What's with the pissoir in Clochemerle? When I was a boy, I think my mother had a problem with toilets. Not the functions but the architecture. Mum was quite “distressed” by the outhouse, which was situated some 10 metres from the house,…
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Learn mortuary chapel history

Mortuary chapel, the nucleus of M'boro Cemetery Have you ever been to the Maryborough Cemetery; the Monumental Cemetery, south of Walker St? Of course, you have! However, if you have visitors and you’re looking for something interesting…
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Kudos for Francis Stanley

Who was Francis Stanley? Francis Drummond Greville Stanley. That’s a name to conjure. “Who was he?”, many of you may ask and yet you will all know his work. Francis Stanley was born in Edinburgh in 1839 and came to Queensland in…
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Globe Hotel Bundaberg

Young couple re-open historic pub Arguably the youngest couple ever to run a pub in Australia, Emma Hurley, 21, and Hayden Rimmington, 22, wanted to run the backpacker hostel at the Globe Hotel in Bundaberg, but they also needed to be licensed…
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Comfort Bears from old jeans

Anthropologist finds her groove making Comfort Bears Unemployed anthropologist Vickie Hartland has found her groove up-cycling old jeans to create Comfort Bears for people around the globe. “Making Comfort Bears is my accidental business,”…
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Love shines like a diamond

Diamond wedding anniversary worth celebrating If there is a short-cut to happiness, Len and Shirley Shaw of Maryborough found it when they met at a dance more than half a century ago. One dance – the Twilight Waltz – was all it took…
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