The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Articles from February 25, 2017

Actor Crosses the Ditch Again
Byline: with Louise Richardson THE last time Ditch Davey was filming in New Zealand, he was wielding a sword on the set of the action-packed gladiator show Spartacus. This time his character's weapon is a bit more subtle. "Terry is a chef,...
A Festival to Suit Every Food and Wine Lover
IF FOOD is your thing, and you do not mind washing down a good meal with a glass or two (or few) of vino, a number of regional festivals should be on your to-do list this year. From the coast to the country, smaller towns to larger regional centres...
A Fun Drive from Any Angle; Audi's Q2 Compact SUV Is Flush with Style and Quality to Snare the Premium-Loving Young Buyers
Byline: Iain Curry AUDI'S Q Branch has had a busy past decade. From having no SUVs in 2006 before the introduction of its giant Q7 seven-seater, the Q range is now the golden child of the Audi brand. The sales champ mid-size Q5 landed in 2009,...
Answers
1. In which year will 29 February next occur? 2. Proverbially, people who live in glass houses should not throw what? 3. Does a record turntable rotate anti-clockwise or clockwise? 4. What is the minimum number of games needed to win a set...
A Traveller's Top 10 Cities to Visit
Byline: Cale Lawlor OBVIOUSLY you enjoy some places more than others when travelling. Some locations stick in your memory for their fun, beauty, people, mystery, adventure, history, culture, or just for the time in your life that this place occupied....
Challenges of Change; Driving Yourself to Keep Moving Forward Becomes Its Own Reward
Byline: Nick Bennett WHICH direction do you live your life? By that I mean are you focused on the past or focused on the future? It interests me when I work with individuals and hear comments like "I don't want that to happen again" or "I'm looking...
Code-Hopper Rona Has Waratahs on Their Toes
Byline: Iain Payten The Daily Telegraph RUGBY UNION: The Waratahs are coy about whether they'll target Western Force code-hopper Curtis Rona when the former NRL back lines up against Tahs rival Israel Folau in their season- opener tonight. Rona,...
Comfortable or Crazy? Investigative Journalist Explores Physical Abilities, but Doctor Shares What Leads to a Healthy Life
Byline: Annie Perets and Letea Cavander WHEN a heatwave rips through, do you head straight for the air-con button? And when the bone-chilling cold comes around, does the heater become your best friend? One man is on a mission to find out if our...
Contemporary Sacrifice; A Centuries-Old Superstition Is a Central Theme in an Outback Thriller
Byline: Michelle Gately SET a man to watch all night. It was this little-known verse in a popular nursery rhyme, London Bridge is Falling Down, which planted the seed of an idea in Cassandra Austin's mind. Years later, the Aussie expat is celebrating...
Don't Star in Own Psycho Flick; Take a Deep Breath and Think about Actions after Relationship Breaks Down
BETWEEN THE SHEETS with Helen Hawkes EVER broken up with a partner and discovered you have what my friend Linda calls a Psycho Sally, or maybe a Psycho Sam? This is the person who comes out when you discover that your ex is sleeping with someone...
Enjoy Milestones, Plan for Millstones
THIS is interesting. Research in Britain has found people can manage their money better if they plan ahead for both the good - and bad - events in life. It turns out the Brits often plan for the good things - such as buying a home or starting a...
Exciting Hockey Action Coming
Byline: Nick Kossatch nick.kossatch@gladstoneobserver.com.au <p> When: today from 9am-7pm Tomorrow: 9am. Grand final at 11.40am Where: Dawson Rd Cost: Free HOCKEY: Several hockey teams will be honing their skills from this morning...
Fishy Tale of Time Travel; Pete Helliar Was Inspired to Write a Book for His Kids before They Grew Up
Byline: Seanna Cronin PETE Helliar has created a new Marty McFly for the next generation. At least, that's what he hopes. Time travel is at the heart of the comedian and Project co-host's children's book, Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase....
Get Cracking for Brekky; Versatile Salmon and Quinoa a Wonderful Way to Start Day
PURE FOOD with Dominique Rizzo I LOVE this breakfast recipe I made one morning when I wanted something a little more substantial and, yes, although it does feed 4-5 people depending on the number of eggs you use, I actually ate the whole lot...
Harris Not the Only Believer When It Comes to Our First Dutch Visitors
TANNUM Sand's Jeff Harris isn't the only one who believes there may have been Europeans on Australian soil long before the official records suggest. Les Hiddins, famous for his The Bush Tucker Man TV series, also believes in the existence of 300-year-old...
It Looks like We Get the Future We Choose
Byline: with Michael Burlace I'M JUST back from the Wednesday after the next Federal Election. I used the new UberTime app that allows me to book a spot in the future and have a time machine whisk me there. Lots to report - you'll be pleased...
Light and Shade; Acting Heavyweights Collette, Weaving Join Cast of Young Stars
Byline: SCREEN LIFE with Louise Richardson Jasper Jones Stars: Toni Collette, Kevin Long, Aaron McGrath, Levi Miller, Matt Nable, Angourie Rice, Hugo Weaving. Director: Rachel Perkins Rating: M Star profile: Levi Miller Quirky fact:...
Love in a Cold Climate? Testing Hyundai's New I30 in the Korean Winter Ahead of the Hatchback's Australian Arrival in April
Byline: Paul Gover GANGNAM style is not good enough for Hyundai in 2017. These days, new-model development is all about the bright lights of Europe. For the all-new i30 hatchback that means competing with the Volkswagen Golf. Hyundai has spent...
Loyalty Missing at Foxes
I KNEW the modern football world was brutal, but never realised how brutal until I woke to the news Claudio Ranieri had been sacked by Leicester City. Like former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said, there should be a statue of the Italian...
Mazda Takes the Silverware Again
Byline: Grant Edwards Best Cars 2016 winners: Judges' Choice: Mazda 6 Touring Best Micro Car: Kia Picanto Si Best Light Car: Suzuki Baleno GL Best Small Car under $35,000: Kia Cerato S Best Small Car over $35,000: BMW 125i Best...
Mortgage Stress Can Be a Major Headache
Byline: Kellie Grother, Mortgage Choice Gladstone Top five tips for avoiding mortgage stress Paying off a mortgage can be quite challenging, especially if you experience an unexpected change in circumstances. Being mindful about your mortgage...
Nine-Minute Confusion; Why Did ATO Workers Reject a Tiny Change?
RECRUITMENT NATHAN WOULFE IF ANY group of workers in any business in Australia would be picky about minuscule numbers, it would be the number crunchers at the Australian Taxation Office. These are the guys and girls who pour over tax returns...
NuCoal Boss to Foxleigh Mine; Director Leaving Embattled Company
Byline: Emily Smith emily.smith@dailymercury.com.au A NEW boss set to start at a Bowen Basin mine will likely look forward to putting a horror few years behind him, that came after buying an exploration license "so tainted with corruption" it was...
Picturesque Basel Hosts Exhibitions by Three Famous Names
DETAILS: Fondation Beyeler, Baselstrasse 77, 4125 Riehen Visit fondationbeyeler.ch/en Visit myswitzerland.com IF EVER there was a time to visit Switzerland it is this year, although any time is a good time. Every town in every corner of...
Playfully Quirky and Great Value
Byline: Iain Curry iain.curry@scnews.com.au Vital statistics Model: Suzuki Ignis GL. Details: Five-door, front-wheel-drive compact SUV/hatchback. Engine: 1.2-litre four-cylinder Dualjet petrol with 66kW @ 6000rpm and 120Nm @ 4400rpm. ...
Power's New Signings Present Well for Year
Byline: Nick Kossatch nick.kossatch@gladstoneobserver.com.au BASKETBALL: Gladstone Port City Power women's team have received a huge boost ahead of the Queensland Basketball League season opener against Mackay on April 29. The club has signed...
Rebirth Keeps Rich Family Tradition Alive
WINE WORDS with Regan Drew SEPPELTSFIELD in the Barossa Valley is Australia's beating wine heart. Built by the Seppelt family on land purchased in 1850, it stayed in family hands until the mid 1980s. After Carlton and United Brewery's then wine...
Regional Power Prices Could Be Rising by 1.7%; Increase Recommended to Start in July
Byline: Geoff Egan Geoff.Egan@newsregionalmedia.com.au REGIONAL Queensland's power prices could be going up. A Queensland Competition Authority draft report into regional power prices has recommended a 1.7% increase come into effect from July....
Road-Test Your Tatt before Inking the Deal
WITH one in five Australians now rocking a tattoo and one in four saying they regret getting inked, Pascal Ward saw an opportunity to help prevent others from making more permanent mistakes. So he founded EasyTatt, an online temporary tattoo business...
SEAGULLS ON TRIAL; Confidence Is High as the League Season Draws Closer
Byline: Nick Kossatch nick.kossatch@gladstoneobserver.com.au RUGBY LEAGUE: First-year coach and Tannum Seagulls player Kevin Bartley is excited to see what his side can produce against a well-drilled CQ Capras under-20 team. The first trial match...
State MP Pays Tribute to Gladstone Woman
"I RISE in parliament tonight to pay tribute to an amazing lady, Fay Owens OAM, who passed away in Gladstone on 9 November last year at the age of 87. Fay was born in Emerald in 1929, the first year of the Great Depression. When she was just four...
Staying Abreast; Feeding Baby Has Its Problems, but They Can Be Overcome
STAY AT HOME MUM with Jody Allen EVERY mother wants to give her baby a good start in life. By most accounts breastfeeding is the best way to do that. It helps build your child's immune system in a convenient way, which ensures their healthy...
Storm Clouds with Slater and Harris Hurt
RUGBY LEAGUE: With star fullback Billy Slater ruled out and representative back-rower Tohu Harris struck down by a stress fracture in his foot, the Melbourne Storm has been dealt a double blow the week before round one. Storm coach Craig Bellamy...
Support for Retirement Plan; Residents Discuss Proposed Tannum Retirement Village
Byline: Matt Harris matthew.harris@gladstoneobserver.com.au TANNUM Sands residents were handed an opportunity to voice their opinion on a proposed retirement village in the area at a community meeting on Thursday night. Gladstone retirees have...
Tannum Explorer's Quest to Find Long-Lost Secrets; Search for Gold Reef Led Harris to What May Be Even More Precious
Byline: Declan Cooley declan.cooley@gladstoneobserver.com.au THE faintest whiff of gold sends most people into a spin but for Tannum Sands explorer Jeff Harris, his search for the fabled gold deposits of Lasseter's lost reef may have led to an even...
Time for a Change of Store Name, Says Len Smith
Byline: Luke J. Mortimer luke.mortimer@gladstoneobserver.com.au A LIFE-LONG Gladstone business man with an impeccable record of public service made Len Smith Carpet Court a heavyweight with his name, but now he wants it removed. Mr Smith, is...
Tracking Down a Scouting Past; How Life Might Have Been as a Cub
ON A LIGHTER NOTE with Greg Bray FOLKS, this week, to celebrate the birthdays of Lord and Lady Baden-Powell (the founders of the Scouting and Girl Guide movements), I decided to re-read my childhood copy of Fun In Cubbing! after spending two...
Training and the One-Track Mind; Keeping Up an Exercise Regimen Takes a Lot of Motivation
Byline: Letea Cavander SALLY Fitzgibbons is a woman on a mission, and she wants to encourage many other people to join her push for a healthy life. The professional surfer, 26, will release her Train Like Sally fitness app on Monday. She said...
Tropical Touch; It's Worth Hunting around for the Jade Vine and Cardinal Creeper
GREEN THUMB with Maree Curran LATE summer is generally the best time to get hold of the really exciting tropical plants in a garden centre, and this year we have two wonderful, rare, climbing plants to enjoy. Jade vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys)...
Trump Going All Right, Top Adviser Says; 'Maniacally Focused' on Agenda Delivery
Byline: Feliks Garcia The Independent IN A rare public appearance, Donald Trump's most senior adviser has said the US President is "maniacally focused" on implementing all of his campaign promises. White House chief strategist Steve Bannon chided...
Urban Beauty around Every Corner; Explore the Many Nooks and Crannies of New Zealand Destination
Byline: Adam Hourigan MORE INFORMATION: Distinction Dunedin Hotel: distinctionhotelsdunedin.co.nz/ Dunedin I-Site: dunedin.govt.nz/isite Toitu Otago Settlers Museum: toituosm.com/ Otago Farmers Markets: otagofarmersmarket.org.nz/ ...
We'llgetcrocswherewe Leastexpectthem; Overcrowding in Rivers and Warming of Waters Believed to Be Driving Salties to Migrate South
Byline: Jessica Grewal Jessica.Grewal@newsregionalmedia.com.au Quick stats Crocodiles removed from the wild so far this year: 8 Crocodiles removed from the wild in 2016: 78 Current crocodiles of concern targeted for removal: 6 (4 in North...
What a Sh*tty Act; Business Owner Crapped off after Low Life Dumps on His Doorstep
Byline: Sarah Barnham sarah.barnham@gladstoneobserver.com.au HOW DO you tell if it was a human or an animal that left a nasty surprise at the door of your business? The answer is simple, whether they've left it in a pile of used toilet paper....
Wright Knuckles Down; Youngster to Fill Attacking Role for Suns
Byline: Tom Boswell Gold Coast Bulletin AFL: One of the smallest bones in his body kept him out of Gold Coast's pre-season opener, but towering forward Peter Wright aims to fill some big shoes in the AFL tomorrow. In the absence of co-captain...
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