BOOKS: Food for thought in Caroline Beecham's latest novel

SET in 1941 amidst air raids, death and destruction it would be easy for this book and its narrative to depress readers

GARDENING: Common tea-tree a star of the late-winter garden

Pink New Zealand tea-tree.

Winter burst of colour brightens up the garden ahead of spring

TELEVISION: New show is a Survivor, for now

Jonathan LaPaglia hosts the TV series Australian Survivor.

WHAT happens when a new show with a big budget flops?

RELATIONSHIPS: It's not raining men, ladies

It's the case of the man drought for many Australian towns.

Women outnumber men in Australia

Mind You: Let's take different view on our feelings

Learning to see things differently gives us access to different choices.

Slow down and take a moment when you get annoyed

10 undemanding indoor plants to have in your house or office

A cactus is the perfect go-to plant for people with the blackest thumbs.

Give yourself a green boost with easy-to-care-for indoor plants

Lamborghini reveals its $3 million Centenario Roadster

Carbon fibre Centenario Roadster features a V12 good for 566kW and a 0-100kmh time of 2.9 seconds.

Twenty roadsters being produced, and they're all already sold

Wildlife have a feast on whale

Beached whale left to rot as food for other wildlife

Me and My Ride: Rob's timber boat works a treat

PRIDE AND JOY: Rob White with his treasured timber boat, something he had always wanted to own.

Mackay waterski enthusiast loves his wooden boat

Fraser Coast drivers urged to be aware of big rigs

Emergency services arrive at a rollover near Hervey Bay.

RESPECT the difference in size: RACQ

OPINION: How do you get your child to sleep?

No honestly, I am asking this question - how do you?

When the kids are too well versed in how to outsmart you

Bruce Devereaux is in trouble with his long suffering wife yet again

Mother aborts 'mermaid foetus'

The baby had developed a "tail"-like growth in place of its two legs

Why this baby was renamed after three months

After three months of hearing people mispronounce their daughter's name, one couple decided something had to change.

Would you change your baby's name after three months?

'It felt like she'd spent the previous 9 years lining me up for this sting'

DADDY BLOGGER: Bruce Devereaux is a father of seven.

Daddy blogger Bruce Deveraux and the latest escapades of his family

Mum fights for baby's life after rare diagnosis

FIGHTING HARD: Kristy Iles with her son Elliot Paul Silveri shortly after he was born.

What will one Rockhampton mother do to save her baby?

Now fishos could use some support from the wind

Tanyon and Tony with a couple of very respectable flathead caught last Sunday

Let's take a look at the report.

Driver heads to Red CentreNATS for horsepower party

Red CentreNATS will showcase the best streets machines, elite cars, hot rods and classics at the event in September in Alice Springs.

Tickets for the second annual festival of wheels are now on sale.

No shortage of top fishing spots

BEAUTY: Sam Silliars pictured with a healthy Bass.

Target fish in skinny water areas

OPINION: Listen to tourism operators on reef health

Everyone wants the reef to stay healthy.

Nobody wants to hear news of the demise of the Great Barrier Reef

Anglers getting good winter species and crabs

BIG CATCH: James with a solid trevally caught off Arch Cliffs.

The odd trout will also be about with lures and live baits working w

Video shows how little kids notice at dinner table

YOU know the scene. It’s dinnertime. Weary bodies gather around the table. Tablets in hand, mobile devices at the ready.

You've probably never had coffee this way before

COFFEE TASTER: Homegrown Health barista Rhiannon Wieck serves up the coffee tapas.

Coffee tapas is a new way to enjoy the hot beverage

The 'Mex' big thing for Maroochydore

An artist's impression of the new Bryant Property Group development approved for Beach Rd, Maroochydore.

NACHOS on the run is about to get a whole lot easier

Where's the best place to buy a pie?

Meat pies at Pie Face. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin

Where have you had an awesome meat pie around town?

Morgan Freeman asks: are we alone? Why do humans exist?

Morgan Freeman in Through the Wormhole. Photo: Discovery Science

Question all you thought you knew, on Foxtel.

Colonel's secret recipe leak put to the test

Is it finger licking good or is the secret recipe leak a bet up?

Could this be KFC's secret herbs and spices recipe?

NEWLY RENOVATED: KFC on the Dawson highway has undergone major redevelopments and is one day away from opening. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer

Is this the long sought after secret spice recipe?

Top five builders on the Fraser Coast as voted by you

A shout out on Facebook revealed the popular builders owned by Angela and Ross Scott to be the favourite.

Record-breaking numbers at Fraser Coast Home Show

OUTDOOR LIVNG ON SHOW: Maryborough's Veronika and Craig Rice, with children Charlee, 10, and Sophie, 5, check out the range of canvas tents at the 2016 Wide Bay and Fraser Coast Home Show and Caravan Camping 4x4 and Fishing Expo in Maryborough at the weekend.

The Home Show drew in more than 16,000 people

OPINION: Make your own natural cleaners

Eco-friendly natural cleaners include vinegar, baking soda, salt, lemon and essential oils.

The weekly column from Stay At Home Mum founder Jody Allen

DIY: When renovation is purely for profit

Cherie Barber.

Renovating property is now seen as a legitimate way to earn money

Dumb act forces council to chop down 100-year-old trees

SIX historic trees are dead and Ipswich City Council suspects foul play.

The plants you can't kill

Air plants do not require any soil or potting mix to survive - in fact, it would kill them.

No green thumb? No worries!

Gardening: Not many flowers say Aussie like the kangaroo paw

The drought tolerant kangaroo paw.

The curiously shaped kangaroo paw is a world favourite

Gardening: Get creative with succulents' huge range

Succulents are one of the easiest plants to grow and offer a huge range of shapes and colours.

Succulents are the darling of the gardening world just now

Thank Costa! Now we can plant on your nature strip

GARDEN CHAMPS: Reserve champions (2015) Hans and Debbie Kruger in their Walligan garden.

It will allow people to liven up patches of grass outside homes.

GREEN THUMB: Peaceful floral display

Tibouchina Peace Baby.

Peace Baby may offer year-round blooms in warmer climes

Fined for saving staghorn

Man takes staghorn from Booloumba Falls, ends up in court

Jaw-dropping beauty in Alaska

A stunning wonderland awaits to be seen from a luxurious ship.

The great migration is an unforgettable spectacle

Charging zebras, as featured in the National Geographic television program Great Migrations. TOP RIGHT: One of Kenya's most experienced guides, Abdul Karim, from Sanctuary Retreat's Olonana Camp.

This epic spectacle has been called 'the greatest show on earth'

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Is this the ultimate way to learn about the Reef?

Quicksilver Cruises' activity platform on Agincourt Reef. INSET: See maori wrasse and spectacular corals while snorkelling.

There's a lot more to the Barrier Reef than you know

TRAVEL: Jordan's ancient towns a must-see in the Middle East

Ancient Petra, in Jordan's south, is one of the seven new wonders of the world. This narrow siq has been cut through deep rock as the entrance to the former trading city. Photo: Rae Wilson

The charming ancient cities of Petra and Jerash

Journey uncovers the truth about Syrian refugees

Miriam (Musaa's daughter) in the family tent. Camp Mercy, Bekaa Valley Lebanon

Caloundra photographer visits Lebanon refugee camp

Tom Hiddleston's Instagram account hacked

TOM Hiddleston's Instagram account has been hacked, just a few weeks after he joined the site

Charlize Theron's son dresses up as Frozen character

Actor Charlize Theron

Star's son spotted dressed a beloved Frozen character

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

Actor Rachel Weisz

Weisz says mystery is good for an actor

Gina Rodriguez relished dramatic change for new film

Jane the Virgin lead Gina Rodriguez

TV star shaved her hair for movie role

Kooza takes circus-goers back to Cirque Du Soleil's roots

The high wire act as featured in Cirque Du Soleil's Kooza.

NEW show puts the skills of the performers front and centre.

Branson "amazed" he's still alive after cycling crash

Branson saw "his life flash before my eyes" during a bike crash

Reality TV show "turned our special day into a joke"

UNHAPPY: Maryborough couple Emma and Steven Dilliway who star on Australia's Cheapest Wedding and are not happy with the outcome.

Reality television helped turn this wedding into an internet joke

Model brings 'rockabilly look' to pin-up competition

LIZ Piraner has been interested in the world of pin-up girls for some time.

How to accessorise on your wedding day

Latest trends for wedding accessories? All right here!

Sparks fly in teen's beauty mistake

Debra Wren offers sugaring, a new way to wax, at Country Day Spa on Smelter Rd.

A beauty mistake that she will never make again

Tamara in pole position for Queensland titles

FEATS OF STRENGTH: Tamara MacKenzie will compete in Brisbane this weekend in Miss Pole Dance Queensland Heats.

"One minute I am buzzing with excitement.. then I could vomit.'

When size 12 models are 'plus' sizes

Model ambassador Tayla Spier and Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival director Jacinta Richmond.

Why the industry says size 12 is a "plus size".

Nothing over $5 as fashion store closes in Bay

Station Square Manager Doug Sanderson and Councillor Barb Hovard look around the shopping centre that is set to expand. Photo: Karleila Thomsen / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Stores of its kind are closing around the nation.

Noni accused of child exploitation to promote bikini line

Noni Janur features on this year's season of The Bachelor.

Toowoomba Bachelor contestant is in hot water this week

Six reader tips for surviving shopping with the kids

READERS share their top tips for shopping with (or without) the kids.

Agent takes a look at Fraser Coast's real estate market

Sid and Kerri Boshammer from Sprake Real Estate.

A new trend has risen the Fraser Coast house market.

OPINION: 5 ways I cut my grocery bill by $150

TRICKS OF THE TRADE: Save money on grocery shopping with handy, simple tricks.

TWO weeks ago, it was borderline intervention time.

149 sleeps: Six tips to get on track for Christmas

Boxing day salesat Gympie Central. Photo Renee Albrecht/Gympie Times

Here are six money saving tips to get you on track

Got a spare hundred bucks? Here's where you could fly to now

BIG BOOST: Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand all posted double-digit passenger growth into the Sunshine Coast Airport.

Wanna fly but ain't got the funds? Then make sure you check this out

Pensioners lose thousands as furniture store collapses

Nambour-raised CEO of Far Pavilions, Michael Edwards, opened the furniture store in 1995.

Coast store closes as furniture retailer collapses

Fraser Coast you've spoken, the shops you really want are...

SUMO SALAD: Franchisee Alison English of Sumo Salad, at Caneland Central in Mackay.

It is good news for anyone wanting to start a Sumo Salad franchise

Asbestos warning: Do the training before doing the reno

Master Builders training and licensing manager Adam Profke said asbestos was an industry-wide problem.

What price would you put on a kid's 'miracle'?

At nine years of age, Quiń had an accident that caused a cataract to one of his eyes. In an instant; this little boy with his whole life ahead of him faced a future of blindness.

Thousands of Aussies joining campaign to restore sight to kids

70,000 daffodils arrive ahead of 30-year celebrations

Esther Attewell surrounded by the delivery of fresh daffodils.

MORE than 70,000 daffodils have arrived ahead of Daffodil Day

UPDATE: More doctors called in to deal with gastro outbreak

There are many tried and tested ways to prevent this scene the morning after.

"Severity of symptoms and duration go hand in hand."

'She was dead on the floor with the phone in her hand'

Mike and Rita James have been fundraising for the Ambulance Service since they saved Rita's life in 1993.

Rita would not be alive today without the ambulance

'Fighting for life': Treatment attacks young girl's body

Frankie Beresford, 3 is currently fighting for her light on a respirator machine in ICU in Brisbane, her aunty and Gladstone resident Jess Beresford is holding a fundraiser for her this weekend.

A three-year-old former Gladstone girl is now fighting for her life

"Record”: Baby christened with eight great-grandparents

KOVI Geiger was treated to a christening few others are lucky enough to experience when all eight of her great-grandparents gathered.

Motherhood was a confidence booster for Mila Kunis

Actor Mila Kunis

Bad Moms actor expecting her second child

Are our views on fatherhood outdated?

Blogger Charlie Capen with his sons Finnegan and Arden.

Stranger to woman about husband: "Did you know you have three kids?"

OPINION: How do you get your child to sleep?

No honestly, I am asking this question - how do you?

Mother aborts 'mermaid foetus'

The baby had developed a "tail"-like growth in place of its two legs

Sister wants to put end to deathly food allergy

CLOSE BOND: Bella Gray (left) suffers from eosinophilic oesophagitis and her sister Olivia Gary is raising awareness about the disorder.

Bella suffers from a rare disorder called eosinophilic oesophagitis

Too far too fast - how NAPLAN is failing our kids

RETHINK: NAPLAN tests are seen as not being helpful by one lobby group.

Parents group says Qld's school system is setting kids up to fail

Cheater site criticised for safety standards

A GOVERNMENT investigation into an infidelity website that once labelled Toowoomba the "cheating hot spot in Australia” has criticised its privacy standards.

Is this the world's most controlling boyfriend?

"When I text you, you are to answer."

Seven Apps that could fix your sex life

Your First Date app guides you to the best questions to ask.

To hell with learning when you're ovulating

Five ways to have the ultimate first date

When it comes to a first date, choose something fun.

Getting to know your date should be fun