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Jet Ski Safari. Those three words can make all the difference! When kids are in their tweens and teens, all they want to do is be with other kids. But I refuse to be rejected by my kids just yet. Dammit, I was in labour with them for a long time. They will have family fun with me, whether they like it or not. I just need to find family activities that won’t kill or maim their image or their soul.    My kids are now 10 and 12, and parks and

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More than 1600 angels descended on Kurrawa Beach this morning as the Gold Coast attempted the world record for Most People Making Sand Angels Simultaneously.  [video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="https://gclyfe.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Drone-for-Media-.mp4"][/video] While official numbers are yet to be confirmed, officials have confirmed an event turnout of 1635. Official world record verification can take up to 12 weeks after evidence has been submitted. The current record holder is the city of Ludington, Michigan who set the record in 2017 with 1387 people making sand angels simultaneously. Mayor Tom Tate said people from across the Gold Coast community

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Halloween is a celebration for kids who dress up in wild costumes and go lolly-hunting around the neighbourhood. It’s a great event that helps both adults and kids meet other people in their neighbourhood. But do you know where the tradition came from and why we celebrate it here in Australia? Nicole Buckler fills us in. The original Halloween has fascinating origins. Most people in Australia think that Halloween is an American tradition. But they are wrong! It is actually a Celtic, Irish tradition. [caption id="attachment_6264" align="aligncenter" width="4770"] The Fascinating Origins of

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Skellig Islands. This nothing less than one of the most special places on the entire earth, says Nicole Buckler. The Star Wars Connection With the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, every man and his parrot heard about the island called Skellig Michael. It lies off the coast of Kerry, in Ireland. The haunting and beautiful rock was in the final dramatic scene of the movie, where Rey hands Luke Skywalker his lightsabre after his long rejection of Jedi life. While this is one of the most emotional scenes in

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Small business start ups are exciting! But before you start your own business, you need to get expert direction from the very beginning. Kristie Wells of Pitt & Wells Accountants in Southport gives us some good advice. Are you thinking about striking out on your own and setting up your own business? Well, you aren’t alone. The Gold Coast is a city of entrepreneurs – the region is home to around 60,000 small businesses, with 64.5% being sole operators. Small businesses are the backbone of this region’s economy, and keep the

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Separation. Is this you? Clare Quinn is a family lawyer based in Bundall. She explains the right way to proceed if you and your partner separate. First, take a deep breath. Then another. Because the plan here is to stay calm and collected. And, act with dignity throughout this process without exception. You need to do separation the right way, from the very beginning of the process, through to divorce and beyond. The reason this is imperative is that if you get it right, the rest of your life is happier

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Surfers Paradise Beer Garden. If you are a Goldie GenXer, this place is where you met up with your people to get messy in the 80s and 90s. It was epic fun. These days, we have eased into sophistication, and so has the Beer Garden. Nicole Buckler went to check it out. The Surfers Paradise Beer Garden has always been the best bar in Surfers Paradise, even when the city was called Elston and hardly anyone lived here. The venue was established in 1925 and it still stands today, although in

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Saltwater at Currumbin is an amazing place to dine when the sky bursts into the reds and yellows of sunset. And, during the day, the views of Currumbin Creek will hook you for life. The view from the deck at Saltwater Currumbin is incredible. Through an old dignified fig tree, you can see the Currumbin Creek and all of its activity. Stand-up paddle boarders arrive at the small beach in front of the restaurant, looking for a breakfast taco or a smoothie. Yachts in the distance sail across the bejewelled waters to

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JELLYFISH BLOOMS are on the rise. Overfishing decreases the numbers of jellyfish competitors. But also, jellyfish adore the rising water temperatures and increasing ocean acidification. Jellyfish in Australia can sting us. Painfully. When they bloom out of control, we can get more serious problems than getting stung while swimming. Jellyfish blooms can disrupt fishing boats, break nets, they can clog engines, and affect other species. And, it isn't just Australia that has a problem with these floating blobs. Jellyfish blooms have already destroyed entire fish farms in Europe. They have even

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Sunglasses. We all have them, but what if yours were saving the oceans too? A new joint social venture is underway to turn a commercial gill nets into something useful – upcycled sunglasses. [caption id="attachment_5482" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Sunglasses that have been made from retired gill nets[/caption] Gill nets are a danger to threatened marine creatures. In 2018, donations from the public helped WWF buy the licence for the last commercial gill net operating full-time in the northern Great Barrier Reef. WWF then retired the licence. They took this action to protect dugongs

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