All posts by: jenibone

Keys to Happiness

So many pages and ponderings have been devoted to pinpointing the source and supply of happiness. According to the UN’s World Happiness Report 2018, human connections, a sense of purpose and belonging are the fundamentals. The report, which ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 countries by the happiness of their immigrants, was released 14 March at a launch event at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in the Vatican. So, what is the secret to developing and maintaining a happy spirit? Family ties and time with

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How ’bout Henna?

An eyebrow virgin succumbs to the dark side. Henna that is. Super. Natural. Defined by her reputation for flawless results, Amy Jean has become an internationally recognised brow and lash artist. Dubbed the ‘Brow Queen’ and ‘Arch Angel’, Amy Jean has attained cult following among celebrities, including Naomi Campbell, Delta Goodrem, Dannii Minogue and Chloe Morello. Pioneering various techniques over the past decade, Amy Jean scours the world for new options for clients. On a recent trip OS, she discovered a brilliant,

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The ‘Games Effect’

Hailed as Australia’s largest sporting event this decade, the Commonwealth Games were destined to shine the spotlight on the myriad attributes of the region and broader Queensland. A recent Griffith University study suggests the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, which cost more than $2 billion to stage, will deliver Queensland a $4 billion economic windfall. The 68-page report, co-authored by five academics specialising in tourism, accounting and finance, forecasts “the state and the country will benefit for years to

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Ready to Rally

Preparations are well underway for this year’s fleet of 36 cruising yachts ahead of the 2018 ‘Go East’ leg of the Down Under Rally, scheduled to depart Southport Yacht Club 14 May for the voyage from Australia to New Caledonia. Founders of the Rally, “nautical nomads” for the past nine years, John and Leanne Hembrow, say they anticipate more boats will sign up during April as people organize themselves around work and family commitments. “There are 36 yachts registered with over 120 people involved, and we anticipate more to

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Forecast is pure gold

Australia’s leading demographer and KPMG Partner Bernard Salt recently released the landmark Beyond the Horizon study into the 50-year future of the Gold Coast. The sixth largest city on the Australian continent was non-existent at the time of the 1954 Census and is today a metropolis of more than 600,000 residents. The Gold Coast was founded by a people of enterprise and of energy. That free-enterprise culture is still evident today: Gold Coasters are more likely than the residents of any of Australia’s largest cities to be

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Bonza beaches

It’s official, the Gold Coast's Burleigh Beach rates in the top handful of Australia’s 101 Top Beaches! Australia's best beach isn’t Bondi, Surfers Paradise or Whitehaven. No, it’s quirkily named Nudey Beach on Fitzroy Island in Tropical North Queensland. That's the verdict from beach expert, Brad Farmer, who has just released his annual 101 best Australian beaches list. But names can be deceiving! Nudey Beach is not a clothing optional stretch of sand! “The only thing stark-naked at Fitzroy Island's Nudey Beach is her

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Lots to love in LA

February 2018 The epicentre of entertainment, LA is a fabulous family-friendly city that piques the curiosity of kids and adults alike, as well as converting reluctant ride goers into hard-core thrillseekers. There is nothing like travelling with kids to make you see the world through fresh eyes. The million questions about cultural and landscape differences revive the wonder of travel for even the weariest wanderer. LA is a gold mine for sensory stimulation. The firm favourites and some of the more obscure attractions are

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Have a heart

Many of us live by the exercise motto: “Go hard or go home!” bragging about sweating it out in the gym, screaming muscles as we pound the pavement, the sand or the bench presses in the quest for a toned and healthy body. But Cardiologist Dr Ross Walker has warned that too much exercise is not healthy, especially after the age of 40, and it all comes back to stressing out the body. As a heart specialist, Dr Walker is a proponent of preventative cardiology — informing patients how to best reduce activities that put them at risk of

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Diversion for reef preservation

Visitors to the West Indies can explore a fascinating dive site that should be on everybody’s Bucket List – the wondrous and whimsical underwater sculpture garden and gallery that reflects the region’s culture and is a thriving habitat for marine life. Sculptor and scuba diving instructor, Jason deCaires Taylor marshalled the government, local dive centre and marine biologists to bring his concept of an underwater sculpture garden to life in the waters of Molinere Bay, in the Caribbean Sea off the west coast of Grenada, the West

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Reth-ink

“You don’t put a bumper sticker on a Bentley” – the immortal words of reality doyenne, Kim Kardashian to her younger sisters in their quest for tattoos. At age 47, I reluctantly admit the wisdom of her advice. It was just a little mistake, a late night/early morning whim of a friend while overseas, not yet in our 20s – a memento, keepsake, a bonding experience, and shortly thereafter, a major regret. In 1989, back in Australia, it was the first tattoo most people had seen on a teenager. At the time, we were more used to

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