First drive: Volkswagen Polo

The smallest car in the VW range is surprisingly roomy and well equipped.

Self-service checkout theft made impossible

Self service check-outs will become a lot harder to scam. Picture: Joel Carrett

NEW technology developed in Australia is set to wipe out cheating at...

'One Good Street': Innovator's triumph connects seniors

SMART IDEA: Matiu Bush devised the social networking website One Good Street.

'One Good Street' needed to make difference for winner.

REVEALED: All the cars being recalled for faulty airbags

The 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero is one car on the list.

If your car on the list? All the makes and models.

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'Vibrant' retirement sector celebrated at national awards

THE retirement sector’s commitment to create “vibrant and active communities” has been celebrated at the National Retirement Living Awards.

Scotty Cam searches for the great Aussie shed

BOOKS: Join Scott Cam as he takes you on a journey through his top 20 Aussie sheds.

Check out Scotty's top choices of Australia's backyard icon.

Unretirement: Prolong work life with switch to the country

UNRETIREES: Revived and relaxed and with a whole exciting new world in front of them, unretirees Stuart and Robin Cumming.

It's a new life for the Cummings who have gone from city to country.

The houseplants even a serial plant killer can't destroy

BROWN THUMB PROOF: Most of the time these six plants will survive just about anything a person can throw at them.

Pick up some tips for selecting hardy indoor houseplants.

Great perks come with retiring in Malaysia

The Petronas Twin Towers  in Kuala Lumpur.

Retiring in an overseas location can provide a great lifestyle.

Seniors benefit as Commonwealth Bank removes mortgage fee

FEE SAVING: This week's Commonwealth Bank announcement will be a welcome saving for Seniors with one less bank fee to worry about.

A welcome saving for Seniors with one less bank fee to worry about.

Locals share the fruits of their labours

THE overpowering, earthy scent of fresh produce fills the air metres before the gathering place in Federal Park is reached.

Local volunteers doing their bit to restore Australian bush

Volunteers (from left) Dale Oliver, Wal Mayr and Jenny Rosewell support The Gold Coast Biggest Tree Planting Day at Mudgeeraba Creek, Robina, in October.

It's social and inclusive and any age or fitness level is fine.

Tip-toe through the tulips at colourful festival

Festival an explosion of colour in the Dandenong Ranges.

Rainbow of colour at Orchid Show

BURSTING WITH COLOUR: Bailey and Lucas Ehsman admiring some locally grown Orchids.

Come and see a variety of orchids on display from 9.30am, October 7.

Chocolate dreams still just as sweet

KAYE Edwards is a believer. She believes in having a vision and working hard to make it come true.

RECIPE: Ginger ripple cakes with choc-coated strawberries

Ginger ripple cakes with choc-coated strawberries

New twist on classic dessert is the perfect end to dinner.

Sugar, spice and everything nice

Sugar, spice and everything nice-ly organised.

IS YOUR pantry nicely organised or a little on the messy side?

RECIPE: Sweet and sour chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken

A tasty dish straight from a mother's cookbook.

RECIPE: Semi dried tomatoes

Semi-sundried 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.

Can you remember the swinging 1970s?

RETRO FUN: Take a hilarious journey down memory lane with the movie Swinging Safari. Ln cinemas now.

Cul-de-sac madness entertains and revives the memories of the 1970s.

Samsung's 'most beautiful TV' just got...smaller?

AUSTRALIANS are the first to admit they love a good ‘big thing’ especially when it comes to monumental fruit or televisions.

Keep bag snatchers away with simple trick over Christmas

Trick can give you peace of mind as you shop for Christmas.

Here's some festive ideas to spoil the grandchildren

The age of a child you're buying a Christmas gift for will have a bearing on what you go shopping for.

Gift vouchers are the current favourite request from the older ones.

RECIPE: Gluten Free Plum Pudding

Gluten Free Plumb Pudding.

Gluten Free Christmas pudding combines classic Christmas flavours'.

RECIPE: White bean dip

Healthy , delicious white bean dip.

This white bean dip is a play on a dish called musabaha.