Famous birthdays: Leonard Cohen

Cohen pictured in 1988, the year his studio album 'I'm Your Man' was released.

Leonard Cohen was a singer, musician, poet, novelist and painter.

Revealed: The dark secrets behind The Sound of Music

This iconic scene was not easy to film.

"I lost all four of my teeth across the bottom."

Over-65s boldly embracing new banking technology

BANKING: More and more CBA older customers are embracing the bank's service technology.

Seniors are giving it go with the new banking technology.

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One Nation charging $995 for dinner with Pauline Hanson

One Nation's Pauline Hanson and Queensland leader Steve Dickson.

ONE Nation's Pauline Hanson has pleaded ignorance over the party fundraiser.

88-year-old driver pleads not guilty to fatal crash

Tributes for Dann Jenkins.

Man, 88, to be arraigned in the Lismore District Court

Pair in their 90s hospitalised after car roll-over

A car has rolled over on Hickory Ct, Buderim.

TWO patients in 90s hospitalised after their car rolled over

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Ferry your time between the 'Five Lands'

THE Cinque Terre is one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring treks in the world. But why punish the knees when you can travel to the 'Five Lands' by sea?

Selfie snappers can't distract from Leaning Tower of Pisa

Getting the nest shot of iconic monument can be a battle!

Psarou Bay: When your secret holiday spot is uncovered

What happens when word of your secret holiday spot gets out.

Summer sensation: 10 reasons to travel south of France

The red earth vibrancy of Roussillon

Ann Rickard gives us 10 good reasons to travel to the France

Coastal town a tapas heaven in Spain

A tapas bar in Spanish city of Sitges.

You'll need plenty of rest to soak up the atmosphere of Sitges.

History, food, shopping: A tourist's dream in Avignon

Avignon offers the best of everything in one beautiful location.

French cafe the perfect spot for food and a show

Ann Rickard and her tour group enjoy their lunch at Terroirs in Uzes, France.

Three words sum up French cafe: location, location, location.

Grey nomads deliver brutally frank message to CQ council

'We are not going to bother to come if two days after we arrive we have to pack up and move on': Southern visitor.

LETTERS: Free camping issue is a complicated one

Free camping by grey nomads has become a contentious issue.

Grey nomads say the free camping issue is complex.

OPINION: Why this nomad doesn't need caravan parks

A Rockhampton nomad weighs in on caravan park debate after Yeppoon's lack of free camping areas left one couple claiming they may never return.

David Rickertt says some are 'out of touch' with modern travellers

Van park review won't provide rate relief

TOWN CAMPING: Premier Caravan Park on Nebo Road is one of the closest caravan parks to Mackay city centre.

Council plan for caravan parks will not consider rate relief

Yeppoon park owner hits back at bypassing grey nomads

Owner of Big 4 Capricorn Palms Holiday Village Josh Dillon said people who bypass Yeppoon because of the lack of free camping were the ones who missed out.

Josh Dillon said those who drove past Yeppoon missed out

Why these grey-nomads might never visit Yeppoon again

GREY NOMADS: Ian and Gail Roche had to stay on their boat in Yeppoon because of the lack of free camping areas.

Retired travellers say they've never encountered a stricter town

No camping: Nomads to snub Callide Dam

SPENDING IN TOWN: Regulars campers from Callide Dam cannot believe SunWater won't allow free camps on the dam foreshore any more.

'We will just keep passing by and find another free camp to go'

Repel bugs with a natural alternative

THERE are a variety of essential oils that can repel bugs, so by using a combination of oils, you can produce a plant-based natural insect repellent.

Putting the Y into DIY

DIY projects give you the chance to recycle or upcycle products to create something of your own.

Should you book a professional or go it alone?

Gardening: How to grow your own potatoes

Potatoes are one of the easiest crops to grow and now is the time to begin planting.

This versatile veggie is easy to grow

RECIPE: warm your evening up with curry laksa

TIME TO WARM UP: Enjoy a Curry Laksa, full of flavour.

A FAVOURITE Asian spicy soup to enjoy any time of day.

RECIPE: Pasta with a delicious mix of beans, pancetta and pesto

Using salty water to cook pasta is important - one tablespoon of salt per litre of water should do it.

Try this easy pasta recipe for crowd-pleasing dinner

WINTER WARMERS: Recipes perfect for your slow cooker

Baked lemon ricotta and ginger cheesecakes, by Sally Wise.

Sally Wise shares three of her slow cooker favourites.

DINNER FOR ONE: Easy peasy single-serve recipes

Try the delicious Chrisanella Salad  you will make it again and again.

FOUR easy recipes for the next time you find yourself cooking for 1.

What's On: Sunshine Coast

AUSTRALIA'S most acclaimed playwright and Patron to Noosa Arts Theatre, David Williamson presents 'Jack of Hearts'.

Infinite intricacies woven into new art show

Meaghan Shelton has woven themes of handicraft, femininity and tradition into her new show 'Intricate Infinite' at the Gympie Regional Gallery.

Artist weaves different themes in new show at Gympie Gallery.

Feeling isolated? Cooroy Care there to help

Members of the Cooroy Care and Share group welcome you to join them.

This seniors social group has been running for more than 30 years.

Croquet club a hidden gem on the Coast.

GAME ON: Ann Rickard enjoys a game of croquet..

The genteel game is full of surprises.

New exercise a gravitational pull for a better back

ACTIVE AGING: Bob O'Brien demonstrates his AntiGravity zero-compression inversion exercise with Suncoast City Performing Arts Centre's Alicia Bryant.

Anti-gravity exercises are for every age and gender.

Have your say on aged care on the Coast

POLITICAL SUPPORT: Ted O'Brien MP with Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt.

Calling all over 50s on the Sunshine Coast.

Change bad habits and enjoy a balanced lifestyle

HEALTH & VITALITY: Author of Changing Habits Changing Lives, Cyndi O'Meara.

At 57, Cyndi O'Meara glows with health and vitality.

A sweet wild Wednesday recipe

Put your hand to something a little bit cheeky with his delightful dessert

How to travel safely on public transport

PERSONAL SAFETY: Follow these great tips for staying safer when using public transport services.

Stay safer on public transport by following these great tips.

The app that will get seniors up and about!

Group of seniors doing the conga along the water's edge.

Use your smart phone to help reduce your sitting time.

Don't be surprised: New $10 note to make debut

MONEY: Australia's new $10 banknote.

Subtle differences are on $10 released tomorrow.

Adding up the costs of aged care for elderly parents

AGED CARE: Andrew Heaven, an AMP financial planner at WealthPartners Financial Solutions, talks about making the right aged care facility support decision for older parents.

Learn how to make the right decision for your parents wellbeing.

Wheelwright workshops help keep family tradition alive

KERRY Riehl still remembers vividly the flames as his grandfather heated a steel-rimmed tyre ready to work it around the wooden wheel of the spring cart.

'Humbled' leader takes out business award

HONOURED: Mary Wagner is humbled to have an award made in her name at the Downs Women in Business Awards pictured with her husband Henry.

The Women in Business Awards are celebrating their third year

Carnival of Flowers has its crafty side

Toowoomba Carnival of flowers never disappoints.

IT'S no secret that it's Carnival of flowers time again

Play School favourite falls to the dark side

AGELESS: Andrew McFarlane has been part of our TV lives since the 1970s, but his love of life and career show no signs of slowing.

Actor swaps loveable toys for grittier, darker roles.

Take a walk on Toowoomba's darker side

NOT ALL IT SEEMS: Darker Side Tour organiser Paul Herbert looks out from his office on a Toowoomba that hides many historical secrets.

DISCOVER the other side of Toowoomba's fascinating past.

Climb aboard a Harley and Cruise for Cancer

ON THE WILD SIDE: Malcolm Keys with his happy pillion from a past Cruise for Cancer.

Ride a motorbike in support of a great Toowoomba fundraiser.

Road runners motivated by group success

RUNNING HOT: Toowoomba Road Runners at July’s Jetty 2 Jetty – one of the events club members travel together to enjoy.

Fun and fitness in equal measure is the philosophy.

Couple bash out ‘fun and silliness’ for good cause

GOLD Coast couple Richard and Sue Nevins have happily driven their way to the highest fundraiser title in the Variety Bash on several occasions.

Pleasure of stitching goes on show

Ages-old crafts like creative needlework will be on show in the Pleasure of Stitching exhibition.

Ages-old crafts like needlework will be on show at the exhibition.

Hard-working Ilona takes home award

TOP SENIOR: Twin Towns U3A president Frances Garland with the group's Senior of the Year 2017, Ilona Tanner.

Positive go-getter wins annual Twin Towns Senior award.

What's On: Gold Coast

SHINNING STAR: A photograph of Lee Lin Chin, titled Flower Girl, in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award on show at the Gold Coast City Gallery.

What's happening in your region for September

Pet therapy triggers memories, helps healing process

A duckling brings a moment of happiness to Flo Schimmel.

Animals seem to know when somebody needs cheering up.

Get ready to be crushed at festival!

CRUSH Festival returns in October for 10 days of arts and culture in the beautiful Bundaberg region 

Art exhibition a Springboard for Woodgate

Join us for the Woodgate Arts in Spring Weekend, when the quiet town of Woodgate Beach comes alive!

Woodgate Comes alive on the long weekend in October

What's on in Wide Bay

Jimmy Barnes will be performing at the G150.

Get out and about in your town.

Quota helps local kids

FINANCIAL SUPPORT: Act for Kids practice supervisor Angelita Healy, with Act for Kids Fraser Coast & North Burnett intensive family support officer Caterina Schulz, and Quota International of Maryborough president Val Harvey, thanking Quota for the donation.

Local club helping out kids.

Local seniors have VIEW to saviour

LETS GET ACTIVE: Hervey Bay VIEW Club June social Walk for View at Scarness.

Local groups and interest groups let you know what's on

Artisans given festive challenge to help troops

HELPING OUR TROOPS: Maryborough Heritage CraftFest 2017 will be presented by Maryborough Aritsans Inc members.

Challenge to support Care Packages for Australian troops overseas.

Mem's Magic comes to the Fraser Coast

MAGIC STORYTELLER: Australian author Mem Fox will be coming to the Mary Poppins festival on the Fraser Coast.

Beloved author will attend the Mary Poppins Festival.

Encyclopedia to preserve local history

AUTHOR David Rae is so devoted to preserving the social history of the Tweed Coast, he's spent countless hours of his time and money on books that do just that.

Singing praises of local ladies in barbershop battle

Headliners Chorus challenges the men in the Battle of the Barbershop.

Headliners Chorus challenge the men in the Battle of the Barbershop.

Police keep in contact with Next of Kin

EMERGENCY SUPPORT: The NSW Police's free Next of Kin Program provides support for older Australians living alone at home.

EMERGENCY support police program helps home-alone residents.

RSL club a 'home away from home' for Betty

HOME FROM HOME: Longtime Ballina RSL Club member Betty Sanders relaxes in the comfortable surrounds of Level One.

The RSL club is a home from home, a meeting place.

School's milestone brings back generations of memories

TIME TO REFLECT: Deslie Daniels recalls fond memories of her time at Byron Bay Public School.

The walk will start at Apex Park and end at the school grounds.

Gardeners prepare for judgment day

BLOOMING IN COLOUR: Ted Chilcott tends to his bed of mixed flowers.

Look out for the 40th Murwillumbah and District Garden Club comp.

Young visitor eases the symptoms of dementia

BABY LOVE: Little Lola brings a new level of enjoyment to dementia sufferer Morleen at Feros Care Bangalow Residential Village.

There's a very special bond between Morleen and Lola.

Look out for the yellow masthead

WHEN it comes to sharing relevant news for over 55s in northern New South Wales, the Seniors News Network is quickly building a reputation as the place to be.

Aussie artist makes major debut in Grafton

CERAMIC STORY: Sandra Taylor's Long Distance Swimmer 1996 was acquired by Grafton Regional Gallery.

Grafton gallery hosts first major retrospective by leading artist.

Mary tracks father's footsteps in Hollywood blockbuster

PROUD MARY: Mary Wilson with mementos of her father Henry Costin.

Mary Wilson follows father and famed explorer in new movie.

Frazzled entertainers go it alone with script

BEST PAWS FORWARD: Playwright Dorothy Plummer (left) with Frazzled cast members getting into character.

The plot deals with family values and the need to work together.

Seniors recruited for the digital revolution

TECH TALK: Why not give it a go?...Classes run through September for iPads, iPhones, Android tablets and phones, apps and more.

Classes run through September for iPads, iPhones, Androids and more.

What's On: Coffs Coast and Clarence Valley

REV HEADS: Hot rod heaven comes to Nambucca Heads from 9am-12pm on September 30 in Bowra St.

What's happening in your region throughout August and September.

Dentists on a mission to brighten paradise

Tony Kershaw and wife Wendy are planning more dental volunteering.

Bushfire warning issued with blaze out of control in NSW

A BUSHFIRE is burning out of control and threatening properties after jumping containment lines near Cessnock, NSW.

Good times roll back with rock talk

STARTING OUT:  Johnny Farnham having fun with the crowd at the club in 1968.

Step back in time with through the lens of Les Allen.

The warning signs your parents need a helping hand

It's not easy for us to know or admit when an ageing parent might need a bit of a helping hand.

Local service can help improve parents' lives and ease stress.

Passionate Ruby unites cultures at Festival

COLOURFUL CULTURE: The Chinese lion dance is always guaranteed to draw a crowd.WORDS 339

Learn the best of both cultures through the CCCC Festival.

Festivals the jewels of Pearl Beach

JAZZING IT UP: Simon Tedeschi, recognised as one of the world's piano greats, heads the line-up for this year's Jazz in the Arboretum with multi-instrumentalist George Washingmachine.

Pearl Beach, as it's name suggests is something special.

Ukulele brings smiles to seniors around the world

MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD: Central Coast Ukulele Club founder Liz Kitney, front centre, with a number of the group and locals in Hawaii, just one of the places loving ukes has taken them.

A little string instrument that's bought happiness around the world.

Stars sign up to save Radio Five-O-Plus

BENEFITING MUSIC-LOVERS:  Radio 93.3FM vice-president Michael Eckford with one of the morning presenters, Gary Gilday, in the studio.

The stars are coming out to play

Aldi worker's act of kindness rescues grandfather

THIS small gesture by an Aldi staff member towards a 75-year-old customer goes to show a little kindness goes a long way.

SPIDER INVASION: 'This is the thing nightmares are made of.'

The spider web covering a huge patch of Pialba backyard.

Hate spiders? This story definitely won't change that.

Priest: Why Christians ought to support same-sex marriage

Father Dave Smith is an Anglican Priest and professional boxer.Source:News Limited

Why did opposition to same-sex marriage have to bring us together?

Aussie woman, 65, dies on holiday in Thailand

Lifeguards at Kamala Beach were unable to revive the Australian woman after she was pulled from the surf on September 17.

Woman died after swimming in dangerous surf conditions.

Donna Gates' donor row: 'I wouldn't sell my soul for $1m'

Gold Coast Deputy Mayor Donna Gates is defending her and the council’s integrity as the national spotlight is shone on developer donations. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

Gold Coast deputy breaks down over integrity attack

Representatives need to know what we want

However, how many people take the time to let their elected representatives know what they think or need?

Bad call set to leave elderly high and dry

A reader is concerned that under a new system during a power blackout the phone will not work.

Whenever there is a power blackout the new phone will not work.

LETTER: What can you do to stop the flu?

VACCINATE: Flu season is coming.

Things you should know about vaccine

Damned if they do and damned if they don't

A reader says to stop whinging about council officers who are just trying to enforce very clear laws regarding dogs and protect the rights of all.

How would you feel if your animal was torn apart by an off-lead dog?

‘Get over it’: Bitter Sunrise blow-up

One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson on Sunrise today.

Pauline Hanson has been told off during a fiery debate on Sunrise

'Kids don't get taught politeness'

The Lunch Ladies - sharing their opinions on everything and nothing!

Don't vote for Karl, vote for me.....or Warney

TV personality Karl Stefanovic poses at the Moet & Chandon Derby Eve party held at, Crown Towers in Melbourne, Friday November 1, 2013.

OPINION: I promise not to spend much of your money as PM