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Vol 17 No. 3 April 2012

  In this Issue:  
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Swap It, Don't Stop It

Healthy eating and getting active can help you lose centimetres and prevent or delay the onset of chronic diseases such as some cancers, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. There are some simple everyday changes you can make to get you on your way to a healthier lifestyle without losing all the things you love.

The great thing is, you don't have to stop it, just swap it. Swap inside for outside. It's easy to make these basic changes as part of your everyday life.

Great Swap Tips.

Swap Sitting for Moving
  • Walk and deliver a message rather than email
  • Park the car further away and enjoy a short walk
  • Take the bike for short trips instead of the car
  • Get off the bus one stop earlier and walk the rest of the way

Swap Watching for Playing Sport

  • Don't just watch sport, get out and get active!
  • Get outdoors with the family
  • Meet friends for a walk instead of coffee and cake
  • Swap a family movie for bowling

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Queensland Fire Rescue Service
Smoke Alarms
Battery Change 1 April

Queensland's Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) nominates April 1 as the date for all home owners and rental tenants to change their smoke alarm batteries because it comes as the weather is starting to cool and people are making preparations for winter, which is when most house fires occur.

QFRS recommends that the batteries used in smoke alarms should be long-lasting alkaline type and smoke alarms be tested and vacuum cleaned once a month.


Flu Injections

Available at Doctors Surgery's "NOW"

The flu is more serious than a common cold. Many people with flu are forced to rest in bed for a week or more, which means they can't go to work or take care of their family or themself. Seniors are considered "at risk" of complications from the flu, the illness can be much more series and can lead to hospitalisation.

You cannot get the flu from the vaccine. There is no live virus in the vaccine. You can spread flu before you feel any symptoms or even know that you have got the flu (one sneeze can spread flu up to one metre.) See your doctor and ask about the best way for you to reduce the risk of the flu. For further information: www.flu.com.au


Sick Leave

I urgently needed a few days off work, but, I knew the Boss would not allow me to take leave. I thought that maybe if I acted 'Crazy' then he would tell me to take a few days off.

So I hung upside-down on the ceiling and made funny noises. My co-worker (who's blonde) asked me what I was doing. I told her that I was pretending to be a light bulb so that the Boss might think I was 'Crazy' and give me a few days off.

A few minutes later the Boss came into the office and asked, 'What in the name of goodness are you doing?'

I told him I was a light bulb.

He said, 'You are clearly stressed out.' Go home and recuperate for a couple of days.'

I jumped down and walked out of the office...

When my co-worker (the blonde) followed me, the Boss asked her, 'And where do you think you're going?!'

She said, "I'm going home, too. I can't work in the dark".

light bulb

April's Fool
a True Story of love, family, strength and the choices we make

In April 2009, two weeks short of his 19th birthday Toowoomba teenager Kristjan Terauds died due to complications from illicit drug use.

Inspired by ‘April's Fool', an account of his son's death by Kristjan's father, the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba commissioned award-winning playwright, David Burton to bring this story to the stage.

Using the words of Kristjan's friends and family interviewed over many months the result is a powerful mix of sadness, loss, and ultimately love, laced with humour.

Date: Tues April 17 @ 7.30pm
Venue: Brolga Theatre Phone: 41 22 6010
Concession Price: $20.00



It was mealtime during a flight on a British Airways plane. "Would you like dinner?" the flight attendant asked the man seated in the front row.

"What are my choices?" the man asked.

"Yes or No," she replied.

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ANZAC Biscuits

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup coconut
  • 125g (4oz) butter
  • 2 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water


  • Combine oats, sifted flour, sugar and coconut.
  • Combine butter and golden syrup, stir over gentle heat in a small saucepan until melted.
  • Mix bicarbonate of soda with boiling water in a teacup. Add to melted butter mixture. Pour into dry ingredients and stir.
  • Place tablespoonfuls of mixture on oven trays (for easy cleanup place a piece of baking paper on the tray)
  • Cook in a slow oven for 20 minutes. Makes about 35.
  • Try and stop your family eating them while they are still warm and soft.

ANZAC biscuits


It wasn't until 1927 that every state observed a public holiday for the first time for ANZAC Day. By mid 1930's all the rituals we now associate with the day, dawn vigil, marches, memorial services, reunions, and "two up" games were firmly entrenched.

ANZAC Day in Australia is the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

Australians come together on ANZAC Day and spend time remembering the sacrifices of those who died in war protection our country.

The words to the haunting melody, we know as the "The Last Post" used at military funerals words:

The Last Post

Day is Done, Gone the sun,
From the lakes, From the hills, From the sky.
All is well, Safely rest, God is nigh

Fading light, Dims the sight, And a star.
Gems the sky, Gleaming bright, From afar
Drawing nigh, Falls the night

Thanks and praise, For our days,
Neath the sun, Neath the stars, Neath the sky
As we go, This we know, God is nigh

Lest We Forget

Peter Wilkinson
QX9601 Peter Wilkinson
X.P.O.W. Burma Line
90 Yrs Young
still playing Indoor Bowls

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The policeman got out of his car and the teenager he stopped for speeding rolled down his window. "I've been waiting for you all day," the Cop said.

The kid replied, "Well I got here as fast as I could."

When the policeman finally stopped laughing, he sent the kid on his way without a ticket.


Deaf Services Queensland
Auslan Club (short for Australian Sign Language)

Maryborough Deaf Services Queensland is located at:

Address: 26 Wilson Street
Contact: Cherie Phone: 07 41 21 5222
email cherie.wilkie@deafservicesqld.org.au

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Coming Events And Date Claimers


Date Claimers

Wed 23 May Cancer Awareness Breakfast
Brogola Theatre
Tickets $25 Phone: Carol 0418 921 941


Maryborough & District Senior Citizens
"Monthly Concert"

Date: Tuesday 17 April
Venue: Senior Citizens' Centre,
333 Alice Street, Maryborough
Concert: 1.30 pm Afternoon tea supplied
Cost: $3.00

Lucky Door Prize!!


Granville Anglican Church
Fundraiser for St Paul's Bell Restoration Appeal

Date: Sunday 15 April 2012
Venue: Odessa Street, Granville
Time: 3.00 pm – 5.00pm
Cost: $6 High Tea

high tea

Thought of the Month

Do not dwell on what went wrong,
Remember what went right!

puzzled man
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