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December 2014
Dear Member

Welcome to the December edition of EXTRA!

The Seniors Card team canít believe itís that time of year again, where has the year gone? 

You will be spoilt for choice with competitions to enter this month. We have 7 in total ranging from tickets to see the Australian Philharmonic Orchestraís New Years Eve concert series to movie tickets for MR TURNER and Paddington, with Paddington Bear Prize Packs included! The grandkids will love the Paddington Bear packs.

You'll also find our usual articles with Gardening from Yates, Finance from NICRI, Readers Corner and Travel.

So sit back, relax, read, enjoy and have a Merry Christmas!

Till 2015,

The Seniors Card Team
Bill Granger's Stir- fried prawns with chilli & tomato

"When I first had kids I was one of those terrible, righteous try-hard parents who didnít allow their kids to have ketchup or sugar. Iíve come to realise that a bit of tomato sauce from a bottle wonít kill you Ė but I still prefer if itís organic! This was my fatherís favourite at our local Chinese restaurant so I always think of him when I make it." Bill Granger

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Bill Granger's Pavlova with brown sugar and strawberries

"I like my meringues to be old-fashioned and gooey in the middle, rather than bright white and explosive. The vinegar and arrowroot give this a chewy centre, and I add soft brown sugar for its caramel flavouring and gorgeous golden colour. Pavlova is traditionally a summery dessert, but this one, with its warmer colouring, also works beautifully in winter with torn figs instead of strawberries." Bill Granger

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Gardening - Weeks 1 and 2

Week 1:  December gardening  
Decemberís a busy month, with Christmas, holidays and major spurts of plant growth all occurring at the same time.  Fortunately, a summer evening is a particularly pleasant time of day to catch up with some garden tasks.

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Gardening - Weeks 3 and 4

Week 3: Summer rose care

Summer, when the warmth of the sun encourages waves of blooms, is the peak of rose season. But summer can also be a challenging time of year for roses.  Donít neglect them at this time, because a little extra care will pay handsome dividends.

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Good Cholesterol versus Bad Cholesterol

Leading Nutritionist Cyndi OíMeara

If you think a low-fat diet will put you on the path to good health Ė it may be time to think again.

Rather than cut fat from your diet, a leading Australian nutritionist says seniors should include more.

ďThe low-fat revolution was the worst thing we have done for our health,Ē says Cyndi OíMeara, author of the best selling book Changing Habits, Changing Lives.

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Fats: How to choose the best ones

It is absolutely important to eat essential fats.

An essential fat means the body canít make it, so you must consume it.

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Finance and Insurance
Distribution of Superannuation Death Benefits

The National Information Centre on Retirement Investments Inc (NICRI) is a government funded, independent consumer agency providing information to the general public on investment products

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Readers' Corner
Last Women Hang - by Caroline Overington
RRP: $39.99
BT Price: $27.95
Seniors Price: $25.15

For a limited time only, order Last Woman Hanged and you will receive a signed copy. Hurry, stocks won't last!
In January 1889, Louisa Collins, a 41-year-old mother of ten children, became the first woman hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol and the last woman hanged in New South Wales. Both of Louisa's husbands died suddenly. The Crown was convinced that Louisa poisoned them with arsenic and, to the horror of many in the legal community, put her on trial an extraordinary FOUR TIMES in order to get a conviction. Louisa protested her innocence until the end. Now, in Last Woman Hanged, writer and journalist Caroline Overington delves into the archives to re-examine the original, forensic reports, court documents, judges notebooks, witness statements and police and gaol records, in an effort to discover the truth.

Click here to buy the book. You will be redirected to the Booktopia website, where you will receive your Seniors Card discount upon checkout. 

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The Great Plains - by Nicola Alexander
RRP: $32.99
BT Price: $22.95
Seniors Card: $20.65

From the American Wild West to the wilds of outback Queensland, from the Civil War to the Depression of the 1930s, The Great Plains is an epic story about two conflicting cultures and one divided family.
It is Dallas 1886, and the Wade Family is going from strength to strength: from a thriving newspaper and retail business in Texas to a sprawling sheep station half a world away in Queensland.
Click here to buy the book. You will be redirected to the Booktopia website, where you will receive your Seniors Card discount upon checkout.

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Survival. Resilience. Redemption. - By Laura Hillenbrand

BT Price:$15.95
Seniors Card:$14.35

The incredible true story of Louis Zamperini - Now a major motion picture
On a May afternoon in 1943, a US bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean. After an agonising delay, a young lieutenant finally bobbed to the surface and struggled aboard a life raft.
So begins one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War. The lieutenant's name was Louis Zamperini. As a boy, he turned to petty crime until he discovered a remarkable talent for running, which took him to the Berlin Olympics. But as war loomed, he joined up and was soon embroiled in the ferocious battle for the Pacific.

Click here to buy the book. You will be redirected to the Booktopia website, where you will receive your Seniors Card discount upon checkout.

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Win a Wollongong Getaway for 2

Chifley Wollongong is situated on Wollongongís foreshore, adjacent to WIN Entertainment Centre, WIN Stadium and Wollongong Golf Club, and across from Wollongong City Beach. The hotel is also a short walk to vibrant restaurants and cafes, and fabulous shopping at Wollongong Central and Crown St Mall.  Chifley Wollongong is also close to many other Wollongong attractions such as Illawarra Fly Tree Top Walk, Nan Tien Temple, Symbio Wildlife Park and the Grand Pacific Drive just to name a few.

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Member Stories
Life is what we make it - by Madhukar Joshi

I am born in Hindu BAJKHEDAWAL caste. The word BAJ denotes EAGLE and like eagles we are daredevils. The period was September 1939 and World War I was on and people expected air bombing in Mumbai (BOMBAY)

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Advertising error in 2015 Seniors Directory 

 The Flight Centre $100 Seniors Discount as advertised in the 2015 NSW Seniors Directory was published in error. This offer expired 30 Nov 2014 and is no longer available. Seniors Card apologises for this error. 

Seniors Card and Flight Centre will be working closely together in 2015 to bring Seniors Card members some great travel content and special offers.

Senior adults aged 80+ wanted!

Do you consider yourself healthy for your age?

Become part of our project investigating health ageing!

Competition - Australian Philharmonic Orchestra tickets

Welcoming in the New Year this December will be some of Australiaís favourite contemporary and classical artists as The Australian Philharmonic and Pops Orchestra return to the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne with their much-loved New Year's Eve Concert Series, taking place from December 27th Ė 31st.

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Competition - 'Paddington' Movie Tickets and Prize Packs

In Cinemas December 11

Adapted from Michael Bond's universally beloved books, PADDINGTON follows the journey of an optimistic and polite young bear from Peru who travels to London in search of a home and a family.

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Competition - 'MR TURNER' Movie Tickets

In Cinemas BOXING DAY, 26th December 2014

Acclaimed writer-director Mike Leigh brings us MR. TURNER - a film focusing on the life of famed British painter J.M.W Turner. Although considered and eccentric during his lifetime, Turner is now regarded as one of the Britain's greatest painters.

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Competition - 'The Water Diviner' Movie Tickets

In cinemas December 26

Starring Russell Crowe and Olga Kurylenko, The Water Diviner is an epic adventure set four years after the devastating battle of Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I.

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Competition - 'John Clarke & Bryan Dawe: Operational Matters' DVD

John Clarke & Bryan Dawe: Operational Matters is available now on ABC DVD. Mr Clarke and Mr Dawe have been providing balance at the national broadcaster for many years and in this fine collection they seek to understand events in the troubled period between 2011 and 2015.

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Competition - 'The Connection' DVD

The Connection is a feature documentary revealing the ground breaking research by world leading experts in mind body medicine and true stories of recovery from heart disease, cancer, auto-immune disease and multiple sclerosis.

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Government Information
Carers NSW Biennale Conference

Save the date! 21-22 May 2015

 The Carers NSW 2015 Biennial Conference is a must-do event for professionals, disability and other service providers, government representatives and employers working with carers to share strategies, research and innovative approaches in carer support.

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Women of the Year Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2015 NSW Women of the Year Awards.

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Care for a Carer

I donít need help but I know someone who does. Find out how to help the 1 in 10 people in NSW who are carers at