Travel: Day of the Dead can actually be a lot of fun

MEXICO FESTIVALS: Help guide the dead to another world at this amazing festival.

Help guide the dead to another world at this amazing festival.

City slither: Tiger snake shocks shoppers in Melbourne

A highly venomous snake has brought the streets of Melbourne to a standstill after slivering up from a drain in the city.

Tiger snake pops up for a bite at lunchtime in heart of Melbourne.

Stripping down: Ageless Jane Seymour bares all for Playboy

British actress Jane Seymour was also spotted in the A-list crowd. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

Shoot proves she's "feeling better-than-ever at 67".

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Legendary preacher dies aged 99

Evangelist Billy Graham was known as the “pastor to presidents”. Picture: AP

He transformed American religious life forever

Paul Tully discusses Goodna explosion

Councillor Paul Tully recalls an explosion in 1943 that killed Goodna schoolboy...

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Dreaming in Kenworth SAR

Hailey couple's customised purple Kenworth is their perfect home away from home

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Doctor writing a medical prescription in hospital

Seniors and "grey nomads” are being urged to register

Book in for a unique grey nomad experience

UNIQUE ENCOUNTER: Grey nomads are invited to stop by RSPCA Brisbane's Wacol, to stay in its low-cost accommodation and lend a helping hand.

Combine volunteering and pets with this Brisbane visit experience.

Beaches for 'everyone' to enjoy not just free campers

FREE RIDERS: Local surfer Bryn Goode wants no camping at busy beach car parks on the Coffs Coast. Coffs Harbour City Council said there were signs at its beaches prohibiting free camping.

Local surfer sick of free campers leaving 's****y toilet paper'

Jillaroo Jess' tips for caravan drivers

Jillaroo Jess shares tips for caravaners to drive around trucks

How caravan drivers can drive around trucks

Grey nomads keep great aviation show flying high

A WW11 memorial flypast with a squadron of warbirds pays tribute to the history of Evans Head Aerodrome.

“Without the grey nomads, the fly-in certainly wouldn’t happen.”

RECIPE: Semi dried tomatoes

GROW your own tomatoes and bottle for later in the year.

RECIPE: Roasted pears with blue cheese

Roasted pears with blue cheese.

Get the dinner party started with this simple snack.

Cookbook flashback: Living in the 70's

Brie and Thyme fondue.

Take a step back in time and take in the tastes of the 70s.

Peace, love and the lava lamps

GROOVY: Use your creativity to make a macrame pot plant hanger.

Many '70s homes had a wall hanging of an owl or macrame pot hanger.

RECIPE: Sparkling lemon cocktail

The perfect compliment to a summer's afternoon.

Is this Queensland’s most expensive avocado?

Avocadoes selling for almost $8 each at Woolworths at Gasworks.

Avocados will be off the menu for many for some time

RECIPE: Champagne chicken

Champagne chicken.

Don't know what to make for dinner? Do we have the dish for you!

Elder abuse: Banks work to find support solutions

ONE of the most common forms of elder abuse is financial; it accounts for some 40 per cent of reported abuse cases. But what can be done to stop it?

Money: Should I own insurance inside my super?

SOUND ADVICE: There is plenty to consider before owning insurance inside super.

There is plenty to consider before owning insurance inside super.

Should I rely on home value when planning to retire?

DOWNSIZING STRATEGIES: Learn about the pros and cons of downsizing.

Learn about the pros and cons of downsizing.

Want a sea change? Think twice before making the switch

Swapping a high maintenance family home for a sea or tree change can give you more time for the things you enjoy. But it may not deliver the funds needed to enjoy a quality retirement.

Thinking of a sea change? Think twice before making the switch.

No delay, now it's real time pay

PAY NOW: Banking changes announced today makes it possible to now move money across accounts in real time.

Changes make it possible to move money across accounts in real time.

How should I navigate the current financial climate?

MARKET CONCERNS: What to do after last week's fall in the US and Australian markets.

What to do after last week's fall in the US and Australian markets.

More retirees likely to miss out on Aged Pension

MONEY: If you are expecting a part Age Pension, you should consult your financial advisor.

If you are expecting a part Age Pension, talk to an advisor.

Finding zen: Meditation offers relief for chronic pain

ZEN Buddhist Master Barry Farrin has found a way to help long-term sufferers of chronic pain: meditation.

What's On: Sunshine Coast

MUSIC AND MAYHEM: The Pirates hit the road again in 2018 for their 21st Anniversary (and final) tour.

What's on in your region throughout January and February.

Community Notices: Sunshine Coast

Desley Grainger and Elaine Hitchcock from Caloundra Evening VIEW club at a dinner meeting.

What's happening at your local club and community groups.

What's On: Sunshine Coast

NIGHT LIGHTS: The 14th annual Mooloolaba Christmas Boat Parade is on December 16 along the Mooloolah River.

What's happening in your region with a variety of events to enjoy.

Seniors, children enjoy a day out on the farm

Research shows time spent together benefits both generations.

Federal grant a step in right direction for orthotics

Member for Fairfax Ted O'Brien MP, Employment Minister Senator Michaelia Cash and Sunshine Coast podiatrist Dan Everson at the Marcoola factory Kinetics Orthotics.

Research shows that losing mobility leads to a decrease in health.

Grandparents Day an event for the whole family

Lisa Wilson and Ashlea Heisner - Teddy Bears' Picnic.

BRING the whole family to celebrate national Grandparents Day

Famous Birthdays this week: Elizabeth Taylor

TAYLOR was married eight times to seven men, endured serious illness, led a jet set lifestyle & had one of the most expensive private collections of...

Elder's Abuse: Helping men have the conversation

ELDER ABUSE: Australia's Men's Sheds are providing a great platform for listening and sharing of views and information on elder abuse.

The sheds are providing a great platform for listening and sharing.

Everyone to work together for an elder abuse national plan

GOVERNMENT ACTION: The Attorney-General, Christian Porter.

More government action on elder abuse is being promised.

Protecting the vulnerable: Seniors to get free flu shot

NEW VACCINES: Everyone encouraged to get new flu vaccine, available from April.

Everyone encouraged to get new flu vaccine, available from April.

Whats On Wide Bay

Turtle Hatchlings at Mon Repos.

GET out and about in the Wide Bay area

Riding up the Range to support local chartities

ROD Mills has been cycling for 45 years and admits you've got to be "a bit of a sadist at heart" to take on the challenge of riding up the Toowoomba Range.

What's On: Toowoomba and Darling Downs

WWII TRAGEDY RETOLD: Dr Noel Kentish presents the heartbreaking story of his father, the only Australian captured by Japanese forces in Australia, in his book Eagle and Lamb at Cobb+Co Museum's Curator Conversation on Wednesday, March 7.

See what interesting events are happening throughout your region.

Classic records up for grabs at Toowoomba

TABLES TURN: Vinyl is back in style and there will be boxes of treasures to flip through at the Toowoomba Record Fair on February 17.

Country and Australian records are most in demand in Toowoomba.

Community Notices: Toowoomba

YOUR local community news

Toowoomba's parks sing in summer

DANCING DAYS: Summer Tunes at Picnic Point has in the past had the energetic on their feet, while others relax in the shade and just enjoy the music.

TOOWOOMBA'S parks and gardens make the rest of Australia swoon.

Big-hearted, thirsty Quinalow is hard to leave

CHEERS: Greg and Cheryl Daley reckon the Quinalow Hotel is something special - so special, they bought it twice.

Greg and Cheryl Daley are calling last drinks at the Quinalow Hotel.

Australia Day's for everyone at Toowoomba

Toowoomba celebrates Australia Day .

FORGET the politics, Australia Day in Toowoomba is all about fun .

Koala population being ravaged by disease

DR MICHAEL Pyne warned of a crisis in the dwindling koala population five years ago - now he says koalas are in a worse situation.

Champion swimmer heading for deeper waters

Gold Coast Open Water Swimming Club president Steve Cornelius is on the hunt for sponsors to support a 10km ocean race.

"It’s like doing a different sport (to pool swimming) really.”

What's On: Gold Coast

This photo of John Lennon, taken by Brian McInerney during a recording session in 1969, is one of the images on display from March 2-11 at the Kirra Hill Community Art Centre.

Get out-and-about throughout the Gold Coast and see what's on.

Bird is the word for popular aviary magazine on the Coast

Australian BirdKeeper magazine editor Sheryll Steele-Boyce sources knowledge from experts around the world for the publication, which is celebrating its 30th birthday.

The Australian BirdKeeper magazine is celebrating its 30th year.

Hockey legend chosen to carry Queen's Baton

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: After a glittering hockey career, Joy Payne will again be in the spotlight as a Queen’s Baton bearer in April.

A brilliant athlete will help run the games baton on penultimate day

What's On: Coffs and Clarence

Your local area has lots to see and do.

Maclean author inspires TV mini-series

The book cover for From the Stars Above.

Peter Watt can be writing in the am & fighting bushfires in the pm.

POW's biography reveals emotional pain of WWII

CELEBRATING A SURVIVOR: Terry Tweedie has put on record the testimony of WWII POW Don Tweedie.

The author reveals his father's memories as a prisoner of war.

Author hits perfect note to finish trilogy

Song for Emilia.

Music is the thread that weaves through the delightful trilogy.

Pete's Place ready for Christmas

STEADY HANDS: Dave Tilson, the manager of Coffs Harbour's almost-completed homeless drop-in centre, has worked in homeless services and housing in the UK and Australia for more than 20 years.

The drop-in centre will offer homeless important support.

A second career sees Myra out of the bank and into fitness

IN HER ELEMENT: Aquafitness teacher Myra King said water is her natural element.

Retraining has led Myra to a fit new future.

A 'Mrs Santy' enchanted Christmas display

MRS SANTY: Nola York in one of the three rooms she spends months decorating with thousands of Christmas toys, decorations, Santas and trees.

Once dark Nora York turns the lights on and sets the toys in motion.

Police 'appalled' by callous attack on 77-year-old

A 77-YEAR-OLD woman has been left battered, broken and bruised after being allegedly knocked off her mobility scooter in an attack that has "appalled" police.

Meet a poisonous mind for high tea at Ettalong Diggers

Author Gail Bell will be appearing at the Meet The Author High Tea at Ettalong Diggers.

Meet acclaimed author Gail Bell at Ettalong Diggers.

Central Coast's 'Mogul Matt' wins silver at Winter Olympics

Matty Graham celebrates winning silver.

Australian skier wins country's first medal at Winter Olympics 2018.

Tree-mendous fundraiser to help grandparents

ACROSS THE GENERATIONS: Four Central Coast Rotary clubs sold over 1500 Christmas trees last year to help Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, and often it's the kids that get the final say on the perfect tree.

Idea began 10 years ago with the sale of Christmas trees.

Meet the granny fighting for the rights of animals

PASSING IT ON: Longtime animal rights activist June Killington with her daughter Hazel's rescue cat Toby. She's delighted to have passed on her love of animals and their need to be protected.

"I have always had a real love ... for animals since I was little."

The perfect guide on how to cook, eat and enjoy for over-55s

HANDS-ON: Dietitian Kerryn Boogaard and business partner home economist Mary Wills showing a class that good food can be easy and tasty.

Put on a little weight over the festive period?

Coast passed the baton for the joy of the Games

NO HOLDING BACK: Lester Pearson says back problems won't stop him taking part with 16 others in the Coast leg of the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay on Saturday, February 3.

It may be more of a hobble than a run.

'Supernan' jumps from plane for landmark birthday

Una jumped from 9000 feet and had about 30 seconds of free fall before the parachute opened

Weather man Hally's rain gadget is an onion

WEATHER MAN: 78-year-old Halwyn Herrmann of Lowood predicts rainfall using onions.

How this 78-year-old can predict rain fall using an onion and salt

Pollie nicknames: the good, the bad and the hilarious

RED FACED: Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, in full flight during Question Time in December, demonstrates how the wags came up with the first part of his nickname Beetrooter.

Barnaby Joyce's new nickname inherits a proud Aussie tradition.

WILD WEATHER: Massive dust storm blankets town

Localised flooding has closed some roads in parts of the region after heavy rains overnight and this morning.

Police urge caution amid localised flash flooding risk

Hard to swallow? The German Commodore is better than ours

The 2018 Holden Commodore wears an Opel or Vauxhall badge in Europe.

We sample the new petrol Holden Commodores.

Salt is a serious danger to our health

More men die of cardiovascular disease that is related to high salt intake than women, although women are not out of the danger zone.

NBN will present the elderly with headache

WHERE'S THE NET: A worker laying down fibre optic cable as part of the NBN rollout.

Basic service will cost NBN less than the cost of cup of coffee

Essential to monitor our aged care providers

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I think it is essential we monitor our aged care providers.

Grey nomads sick of being called camping 'free loaders'

Grey nomads are sick of being called free loaders.

"We don't want to stay in caravan parks that charge over $25"

Attitude is key to life, not age

MIDDLE AGE: Three-quarters of Australians aged over 50 feel at least 10 years younger, new research says.

Feeling younger positively impacts on health and wellbeing

Changing a date is the least we can do

SHOW SOME RESPECT: Aboriginal dancers embrace after performing at Barangaroo Reserve as part of Australia Day celebrations in Sydney last year. Columnist Lesley Apps believes a date change is the least we can do for indigenous Australians.

Why we party on despite the protest

Paying it forward makes road smoother for travellers

Would you pay it forward if you saw a tourist in a muddle?

Kindness of strangers makes big impact