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  This week was a busy one for the media! A whole lot of things going on meant a whole lot of news to cover. But sadly it wasn’t all exciting or rosy stuff and the good things were fairly overshadowed by some scary and saddening things… So let’s take … read more

A GoPro is a puppy’s best friend

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It’s time for some Friday puppy happiness! Dogs love toys and these playful puppies are no exception. A GoPro camera has been used as their toy and cuteness ensues! Watch this adorable video that we guarantee will make you smile – how cute are they?! Enjoy….     Do you … read more

BBC and Sky have called it: Scotland votes no for independence

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The votes have nearly all been counted and it appears that Scotland has made its choice: it will remain part of the Commonwealth. It was a seemingly simple question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”, but the answer has divided the small UK nation. Millions of supporters of independence are … read more

A massive discovery for depression diagnosis

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  According to science news website, IFLScience, a huge breakthrough in depression science has been found. Specific blood markers have been found with the potential to diagnose major depressive episodes, making it the first accurate blood test for this disease. IFLSCience quoted the lead author, Professor Eva Redei who said … read more

“There are times when I think, oh God, what have I done!”

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“There are times when I think, oh God, what have I done!” – Jenny At Starts at 60, we get a lot of stories from people telling us just how different retirement has turned out to be compared to their initial expectations. Some people have shared stories about how stopping … read more

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Time to go to Somerset: cider country

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Devon, done; Cornwall, done, now let’s head back in a northerly direction, into the County of Somerset, famous for cider, strawberries, Glastonbury and Cheddar Cheese! Keep to the western border of the county and... read more

Laughter: the medicine for every soul

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As I walked through the halls of the St John of God Hospital in Geelong, I was filled with all sorts of preconceived notions of what I was about... read more

I will never forget this day in Margate

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When I was a little girl sometimes I used to spend weekends with my Aunt and my grandfather. They were special times – times when I was happy –... read more

I am an avowed and unapologetically avid Doctor Who tragic!

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It was 1963; it was the first time I heard that unmistakeable sound of space adventure – a pulsating bass. It was a theme composed by Ron Grainger originally... read more

Ladies, girls, sheilas – the names females are given

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A chance remark the other day led me to wondering about the names that females are given. We can fairly accurately tell the dictionary meaning of the words we... read more

Life hack: how to fold a t-shirt in 2 seconds

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Folding shirts can be a tedious task but it doesn’t have to be… Did you know you can fold a shirt in 2 seconds? That’s sure to cut down precious time wasted! Watch this... read more

I refuse to let dementia take my mum away from me

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  My mum has always been a huge part of my life. I was her only child and rightly or wrongly, she spoiled me and treated me like I... read more

We smacked our kids but nowadays we’d be criminals

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Parts of this article were previously published on The Conversation, see the full article here   When I was a child, it was normal for our parents to give... read more

4 awesome DIY cleaning product recipes

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4 awesome DIY cleaning product recipes   Spring has sprung! It’s warming up and the sun is out, the birds are tweeting. But that’s not the most exciting part…it... read more

Two red camellias

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I am travelling, driving through a small Victorian town, when bladder and stomach both cry out for service. I stop, find the facility for the first and then, before... read more

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How to avoid ruining your chances of retiring when you want to…

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The volatility in the financial world over the last few years has impacted on retirement nest eggs and delayed the retirement plans of many... read more

The advantages of retirement living

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  When my friend’s parents moved into a retirement village family friends had incredibly mixed feelings about the situation. Some thought that her brothers... read more

Thinking about your options in retirement?

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Empower yourself by attending an informative downsizing workshop featuring Andrew Winter, host of The LifeStyle Channel’s Selling Houses Australia.   If you’re thinking about... read more

Featured Village

Aveo Cherry Tree Grove is located in the family friendly suburb of Croydon, just 30 minutes east of Melbourne’s CBD.  Aveo Cherry Tree Grove is one of Aveo’s most established villages with flourishing gardens, manicured pathways and a serene and private environment. At the... read more

Health and Well Being More Health and well being »

This one simple thing could improve your immunity…

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Do you feel optimistic or positive about the future? Do you always look on the bright side of life? If so, you’re not just improving your quality of life, you could be improving your... read more

Throw out the rule book: salt is not the enemy

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Throw the rule books out: scientists have found that what you have been told about high blood pressure is wrong. Sugar, not salt, is the cause for high blood... read more

Are you at risk of caffeine addiction?

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  Some of us openly admit to having a caffeine addiction, whereas some actually try to hide it as they would any other addiction. But a new study has... read more

7 small changes that will make you healthier

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  We all want to be healthy. It’s a fact of life and it stems from our evolutionary need to seek ways to live longer. But the truth is,... read more

I forgot the most important thing about memories…

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My memory isn’t what it used to be and it has gravely worried me every day until recently. When I was in my 20s and 30s, I could easily... read more

Travel More Travel »

Long haul flights with premium economy

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Is your dream holiday hindered by the fact that you can’t imagine enduring a long haul flight? Do you envisage the cramped seating and the stereotypical airline food and wince a little? Well the... read more

Pack some peace of mind: Know your rights when travelling

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With the warmer weather approaching, many of us are busy booking our next exciting trip. Whether booking through an agent or online, you have rights under the Australian Consumer Law. Here are some tips to... read more

Musings on Mudgee

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The first commandment in Mudgee is to sample the wine; perhaps that should read – ‘the thirst commandment’. In any event the wines, for the most part, are wonderful and such a superb variety... read more

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East Coast Adventure – New York City to New York City

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East Coast Adventure – New York City to New... read more

A taste of Scotland with Carolyn Robb!

$5,125.50 per person

Embark on a truly once-in-a-lifetime journey with former executive... read more

Head South for Sophistication and Charm

from $4,625 per person, twin-share per person

  Enter an era of refinement, sophistication and good... read more

What are we spending our money on?

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We’ve got more money than ever in our households, but are we spending it wisely? The latest figures show that the average income is Australia’s 9.3 million households in $145,000, up 2.4 per cent... read more

Pension set to increase on September 20

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  Over the weekend it was unveiled that the Age pension will be getting a much overdue increase, giving Australian seniors a little more money in the pocket. The... read more

Sadly I now say “do not knock”

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    I don’t know about you, but I vehemently object to salespeople and charity people who knock on my front door looking for me to buy or give... read more

Your say: When the federal government makes the cuts should the states step in?

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  Today Tasmania will be unveiling their state budget plans for the next few years. And, a big component of these plans is to give back to seniors that... read more

Ever wondered what your credit score is?

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A new website has launched yesterday that lets you find out what your credit rating is through an online interface for free.  The site, called getcreditscore.com.au allows you to... read more

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I’m not filled up after reading ‘My Hunger’…

My Hunger by Lisa Renee Jones Available for $0.99 via Amazon Second in series (first being The Master Undone)... read more

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Reddit Reddit: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Reddit Reddit The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: Our family’s journey with Bipolar by Penelope Rowe & Jessica Rowe... read more

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What happens when your life is completely turned around in an instant?

Peeling The Onion by Wendy Orr Available for $17.95 via Booktopia.   What happens when our life is turned... read more

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Life Hack: Sort good batteries from bad in one second with this trick!

I don’t know about you but when I am trying to change the batteries in a remote or any... read more

Entertainment More Entertainment »

Tired of slow walkers: city creates lane for texters

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Give someone a mobile phone and they will take a mile…or walk a mile and bump into you several times! In technology news this week, one Chinese city has decided to combat this issue... read more

How old do you really look? You can find out here!

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  As we get older, our looks are something that we tend to shy away from. We become more conscious and more concerned about how we look and even... read more

In-flight entertainment gets futuristic

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We all like our peace and quiet when we fly but what if it could be more even comfortable…you’d be willing to try it, wouldn’t you? A patent for... read more

Barbra Streisand sings satirically on the Tonight show

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Barbra Streisand appeared on the Tonight Show for the first time in 50 years this week and sang a medley of her duets from her new album with host... read more

Check out Jane Fonda’s new girls!

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Jane Fonda has always been radiant but in her latest film, This Is Where I Leave You, she has had some, erm, enhancements! She wore prosthetic breasts for the... read more

News and Current Affairs More News »

The terror of terrorism on our home soil

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    “The whole country is at risk” Tony Abbott said on television this morning after fifteen people were arrested in the largest ever counter terrorism raid on Australian soil.  And it appears, from... read more

Government initiated clinical trials on medicinal marijuana to begin

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  Australia is one step closer to the legalisation of medicinal marijuana after the New South Wales government announced yesterday that they will begin clinical trials. According to the... read more

Terror prevention is new for us, but not for anyone else

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Bins in city streets and train stations have been welded shut yesterday across Australia as the terrorism threat became more extreme that it has ever been in our country.... read more

Scottish referendum: Will the English still drink scotch?

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So, the Scots (they’re Scots, not Scotchmen! Scotch is a drink, not a person). I’ll start again…So, the Scots want to leave the United Kingdom and ‘have a go’... read more

Your say: Rocket launchers lost 12 years ago suddenly become important

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The Daily Telegraph, The Today Show and many other media outlets are reporting this morning that the Government and Police have stepped up a search for five rocket launchers... read more

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A cookie in a mug is a real thing!

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There’s nothing better than a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie. And this recipe can give one to you (from scratch!) in just one minute!   Ingredients 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar 1 Tablespoon brown sugar, firmly packed 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/8 teaspoon (pinch) salt 1 egg … read more

Style More Style »

Bold and beautiful: First ever plus size show at London Fashion Week!

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This week was groundbreaking for fashion. Not only has it been the major fashion weeks around the world, but this was made fashion history thanks to one brand at London Fashion Week. UK retailer, Evans has collaborated with designers including Giles Deacon, Clements Ribeiro, Hema Kaul, Lulu Liu, Jamie Wei Huang, … read more

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Don’t eat beans before a date!

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  A man was going on a date to the movies with a beautiful girl. Before he went, he made the mistake of eating a jumbo can of beans. Right after he picked her up, he felt the need to fart, but he figured he could wait until they got … read more

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Kitchen gadgets every grandkid wishes their grandparents had…

  An adventure to my grandparents’ house when I was a lot younger always included a special “fizzy drink”... read more

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Meet your maker at this year’s Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show!

Come and enjoy a chilled out atmosphere where it’s all about discovering and celebrating food at this year’s Brisbane... read more

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Retirement Masterclasses in Victoria and South Australia

Thinking about your options in retirement? Empower yourself by attending an informative downsizing workshop featuring Andrew Winter, host of... read more

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Help the RSPCA by adopting a pet on September 20!

On Saturday the 20 September, the RSPCA and 32 other animal rescue groups will be coming together on a... read more

Flashback More »

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This lover’s ode was the first huge hit for this band!

Bob Gaudio from the Four Seasons wrote this song in 15 minutes but it was original called, “Jackie Baby”... read more

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The funkiest song of the 70s…

On this day this funky song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It was eventually certified platinum... read more