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

Video shows how little kids notice at dinner table

A hidden camera captures how much kids notice around them at the dinner table.

Funny video shows how little kids notice when they are on devices

You've probably never had coffee this way before

HOMEGROWN Health is presenting a new concept for coffee lovers.

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

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?

RECIPE: Dan and Steph's salmon dish made famous on MKR

Confit salmon with green pea and radish salad.

Spring has sprung early in the kitchen with this delicious salad

You'll remember this meal for the rest of your life

Rump cap on the skewer.

The secrets to an authentic Brazilian barbecue at home

REVIEW: The stout that packs a coffee and price punch

Simon IrwinPhoto: Tamara MacKenzie / The Morning Bulletin

This beer comes with a caffeine kick

OPINION: Make your own natural cleaners

DIY cleaning products are a great way to eliminate chemicals in your home while saving some pennies.

DIY: When renovation is purely for profit

Cherie Barber.

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

Make your own homemade laundry detergent

Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: www.stayathomemum.com.au

The laundry cheat that'll save you hundreds of dollars each year

Ten genius uses for epsom salts you've never heard of before

Add a lavender aroma to epsom salts for a bath treat.

The pantry staple that has many life-changing uses

The plants you can't kill

The plant kingdom is full of weird and wonderful things, and one of the weirdest of all survives on nothing but air.

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

GREEN THUMB: Peaceful floral display

Tibouchina Peace Baby.

Peace Baby may offer year-round blooms in warmer climes

Is there a termite resistant mulch?

MIGHTY MULCH: Cypress Mulch is a natural termite resistant mulch obtained from the Western Queensland White Cypress.

It's a rookie mistake not to mulch your garden

Get a buzz out of bugs

A honey bee at work pollinating a lavender plant.

Get the bugs working for not against your garden

Gardening: Roses inspire love and now is the time to plant

The hybrid tea rose Garden Party produces double, scented white flowers margined with pale pink.

Get the garden ready now for your own rose paradise

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'

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

Langkawi's natural beauty

Giant squirrels abound in the rainforest surrounding the Andaman.

Is this the world's most epic resort destination?

Travel: In pilgrims' footsteps through Italian countryside

Postcard pictures like this will greet you on Italy's pilgrimage walk the Via Francigena.

YOU don't have to be a walking enthusiast to enjoy a trek in Italy

Rachel Weisz understands celebrity gossip fascination

RACHEL Weisz prefers to be a "mystery" but can understand why celebrities' personal lives fascinate so many people

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

John Krasinski has better sex now he's in good shape

John Krasinski says there's at least one good reason to get jacked

Kanye West gets 'free reign' at VMAs

Kanye West has been let off the leash for the VMAs

Robbie Williams sings at manager's funeral

Robbie Williams and Lamar sang at the funeral of their manager

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

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".

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

New vintage fashion museum needs help

Edna-Mae Grimmett-Green has accumulated a large collection of vintage fashion and antiques with the intention of opening a museum at her Lower Mt Walker property. Models Beckie-Lee Harley and Kiralye Harley.

Former model's goal to preserve Australian history

Rachel Hunter puts $5m home up for sale

The five bedroom and five bathroom house is in Hollywood

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 7: What to expect

SAMSUNG’S Galaxy Note 7 phone is expected to be unveiled to much fanfare at an event in New York next month.

Are these the best headphones ever?

We review the impressive Bose QuietComfort 35s

ATM operating systems need security updates

Cash money   Photo:Barry Leddicoat / Sunshine Coast Daily

EVER heard of Barnaby Jack? No?

Are your copies of Harry Potter worth thousands?

Harry Potter books

How to tell if your old copies of Harry Potter are worth $80,000

Thermomix explodes leaving mum with burns

Sonya Enkelmann suffered burns to her arms and face after her thermo mix exploded

Gracemere mum learns what not to cook in a thermomix.

Coles and Woolworths' dairy war hurts CQ farmers

Michael and Aaron Clews, from Slatewood dairy farm in Rossmoya, discuss the impact of supermarket milk wars on Central Queensland farmers and economy.

Dairy price war impacting $70 million injected into CQ economy

Queensland dairy industry struggling as farmers hit wall

"...now they’re not producing enough milk to cover Queensland"

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

WHAT price would you put on your kids’ eyesight? If you could give someone their vision back for $32, would you do it?

'Panicky' hospital trip for birth of second child

SMOOTH DELIVERY: New born bub Dominic Jackson Clarke has been the perfect little boy for mum and dad Melissa and Steve Clark.

'It was the worst drive ever...''

The scariest thing about most skin cancers

SAVE YOUR SKIN: Dr Peter Amadi of Dermatech Skin Clinic in Maryborough has completed a Master of Medicine in the field of skin cancer.

Skin cancer specialist gives his top tips for preventing problems

What's next for Fraser Coast's brave fighter Coen Ashton

BRAVE: Coen Ashton is still smiling despite needing to undergo dialysis after his kidneys began to fail.

'He has taken it on board so well. I'm overwhelmed..'

Noosa woman's invention to rid kids of 'mouth monsters'

LAUNCHED: Noosa's Angela Wright with some of the Mintycoco products she manufactures for kids and grown-ups.

This Noosa business is already selling its goodies in 15 countries

Thor Brisbane: Chris Hemsworth jumper win for charity

Chris Hemsworth’s choice of jumper has seen sales for an Australian charity soar. Picture: Sunrise

Hollywood star's jumper creates new interest in suicide prevention

"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