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WATCH: Why you should come and play at The Star this January

The Star Gold Coast is the perfect place to enjoy the start of 2018, with loads of summer fun on offer for all ages!

Watch the video below to find out why you should come and play at The Star this month:

French Riviera at Garden Kitchen & Bar Lawn
From January 5 until February 28, the French Riviera will come to life on the Garden Kitchen & Bar lawn with the help of Grey Goose’s latest summer drink Le Fizz. There will also be DJs and live acts every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Australia Day Celebrations
Spectacular summers, relaxed lifestyle, and long hot days spent with family and friends – there’s so much to love about Australia, and this January 26th you’ll be able to immerse yourself in all of this and more at The Star Gold Coast.

Garden Kitchen & Bar will have a special Garden Barbeque with a classic Sausage Sanga, Garlic Lamb Roll and a picnic table package that will even include a bucket of King Prawns. From 1pm, six of the best local Gold Coast acts will take the stage with a new artist on every hour until 7pm.

M&G Café and Bar will welcome a new special dish for day – the Meat Pie Jaffle – which features beef mince, bacon, mozzarella and tasty cheese.

Food Fantasy will boast a huge selection of Aussie favourites ready to spoil you with a smorgasbord of delicious dishes specially themed for the occasion.

Operation Ouch
Dr Chris and Dr Xand, the stars of hit ABC Me children’s show television series Operation Ouch!, will hit the stage at the Theatre on January 12. Starting at 1:30pm, it’s set to be a great afternoon of fun for the whole family, with TV’s favourite identical twins set to perform some incredible medical stunts and some even crazier experiments.

The Whitney Houston Show
The critically acclaimed live concert honouring the talent, music and memory of Whitney Houston will take to the stage at the Theatre on February 3. Featuring the breathtaking vocals of Belinda Davids accompanied by a fabulous 6-piece live band and dancers, this tribute will take you on a heartfelt musical journey through Houston’s greatest hits including I Will Always Love You, I Wanna Dance with Somebody, How Will I Know and more.

For more information on all of these events and more, visit: star.com.au/goldcoast/

This is a sponsored editorial brought to you by The Star Gold Coast

 

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Learning from the woman with 150,000 unread emails

The new year is upon us, which means it’s time to give at least a cursory glance towards our weaknesses in order to make bold changes for 2018.

Even if you’re not one for new year’s resolutions, I have a great idea for you.

I’d like to propose some inspiration, if you will – a message to be gleaned from someone in the depths of email hell, who has a message we can all learn from.

Now, I know I’ve already sounded off recently about email, and how we need to get better at it. So this time I want to offer a boost of motivation, together with an unbelievable new tip I just learnt that could change your life!

Personally, I’m a zero-inboxer – which is to say, I try to leave my office for the day with no unread, unactioned emails. Worst case scenario, there are less than 10 unread messages when I shut up shop for the day.

So it makes it hard for me to comprehend that this person has, and I’m not even joking, 150,000 unread emails. Obviously, it’s time to set fire to the whole inbox and move on. There is no coming back from this, no sorting, no deleting… Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Are you wondering how did the email hoarder in question, Akilah Hughes, even cultivate such a dire inbox situation?!

She says has a YouTube channel, and gets notified for every comment. “A lot of people turn off those notifications, but I like, I don’t know, thrive off it?” she laughs.

I’m not convinced “thrive” is the right word…!

There are also loads of enewsletters, games, updates from brand, and even the odd, shock horror, real email from friends and family in the mix. (You can listen here to an entertaining podcast to see how she came back from the brink of email suffocation.)

So here’s my suggestion for you: Why not try to start 2018 with a zero inbox?

Set aside a couple of hours to action EVERYTHING in your inbox. Delegate it, reply to it, label it, file it – do what you gotta do, to get it out of your unread pile. You’ll feel a million times freer for it, because it is Such A Great Feeling knowing that you don’t have dozens or hundreds (or, gulp, thousands) of emails to contend with.

And now, back to that tip: I just discovered that if you have a gmail inbox, you can unsend messages.

You have up to 30 seconds to claw back the email you didn’t mean to send.

Instructions below… You’re welcome.

Happy new year!

How to recall an email with Undo Send

If you turn “Undo Send” on, you can retract a message right after you sent it.

First, turn on Undo Send
1. On your computer, open Gmail.
2. In the top right, click Settings Settings.
3. In the “Undo Send” section, check the box next to “Enable Undo Send.”
4. In the “Send cancellation period” section, set the amount of time you want to decide if you want to unsend an email.
5. At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes.

Sophie Monk

How Sophie Monk made bogans cool

Why is bogan considered a bad term? I mean, is it even a derogatory phrase anymore?

A recent conversation with some mates got me thinking about this. I think bogans might be truly cool. And I think we might have Sophie Monk to thank for that.

“What is the most bogan thing you’ve done recently?” my friend asked.

We all shared our recent moments of bogan glory. Doing a maccas run at night wearing your PJs; going to the servo in your uggies or slippers; swearing in general conversation; drinking beer before midday; noticing that your kids call other drivers morons, because you have bouts of calm-ish road rage on a daily basis.

These situations all rated highly on our Boganometer.

But the more we shared our bogan stories, the more we realised they were, by and large, indicators of awesome. And maybe, just maybe, tossing around the term “bogan” as an insult has lost some of its power, because it’s no longer considered a derogatory term?

Our conversation naturally rolled around to Sophie Monk, who is just about the highest profile bogan I can think of right now.

Australia loves her, and for good reason – she’s gorgeous, genuine, good-natured, caring… she’s the full package. She looks a million bucks, but isn’t afraid to say what she really means (with colourful swearing for punctuation, when needed). What’s not to love about that?

Yes, look, there is the issue of names. Their parents may have taken a few liberties when choosing their monikers. Perhaps they spell their name with an extra e or a double i. Maybe their folks went the full phonetical route, and switched up the spelling to Jazzmyn, Tiffini or Macsyne (Maxine – true story).

But that’s hardly a criminal offence, is it?

I don’t know about you, but when I think of a bogan, I think of someone who is very genuine, with a salt of the earth personality and a good, upstanding character. They might be a little rough around the edges, but they have a heart of gold.

When you consider it that way, bogan could just as easily be a synonym for the word ‘Australian’!

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Gold Coast Shopping Centre Trading Hours Christmas and New Year 2017

Shopping centres across the Gold Coast are gearing up for their busiest time of year.

From today, shopping centres across the city are extending their trading hours to give last-minute shoppers time to pick up those final gifts.

To help you out, we have compiled a list of the Christmas and New Year trading hours of major shopping centres on the Gold Coast:

Robina Town Centre
Monday 18 December – 9am to 9pm
Tuesday 19 December – 9am to 9pm
Wednesday 20 December– 9am to 9pm
Thursday 21 December – 9am to Midnight
Friday 22 December – 9am to Midnight
Saturday 23 December – 9am to 9pm
Sunday 24 December – 9am to 6pm
Monday 25 December – CLOSED
Tuesday 26 December – 9am to 6pm
Wednesday 27 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Thursday 28 December – 9am to 9pm
Friday 29 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Saturday 30 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Sunday 31 December – 10am to 4pm
Monday 1 December – 10am to 4pm

Pacific Fair
Monday 18 December – 10am to 9pm
Tuesday 19 December – 10am to 9pm
Wednesday 20 December– 10am to 9pm
Thursday 21 December – 10am to Midnight
Friday 22 December – 10am to Midnight
Saturday 23 December – 10am to 10pm
Sunday 24 December – 10am to 6pm
Monday 25 December – CLOSED
Tuesday 26 December – 9am to 6pm
Wednesday 27 December – 10am to 7pm
Thursday 28 December – 10am to 9pm
Friday 29 December – 10am to 7pm
Saturday 30 December – 10am to 7pm
Sunday 31 December – 10am to 6pm
Monday 1 December – 10am to 6pm

Harbour Town
Monday 18 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Tuesday 19 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Wednesday 20 December– 9am to 5:30pm
Thursday 21 December – 9am to 7pm
Friday 22 December – 9am to 7pm
Saturday 23 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Sunday 24 December – 9am to 5pm
Monday 25 December – CLOSED
Tuesday 26 December – 9am to 6pm
Wednesday 27 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Thursday 28 December – 9am to 7pm
Friday 29 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Saturday 30 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Sunday 31 December – 10am to 5pm
Monday 1 December – 10am to 5pm

Westfield Helensvale
Monday 18 December – 9am to 9pm
Tuesday 19 December – 9am to 9pm
Wednesday 20 December– 9am to 9pm
Thursday 21 December – 8am to Midnight
Friday 22 December – 8am to Midnight
Saturday 23 December – 8am to 9pm
Sunday 24 December – 9am to 5pm
Monday 25 December – CLOSED
Tuesday 26 December – 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 27 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Thursday 28 December – 9am to 9pm
Friday 29 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Saturday 30 December – 9am to 5pm
Sunday 31 December – 10am to 4pm
Monday 1 December – 10am to 4pm

Australia Fair
Monday 18 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Tuesday 19 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Wednesday 20 December– 9am to 5:30pm
Thursday 21 December – 9am to 9pm
Friday 22 December – 9am to Midnight
Saturday 23 December – 9am to Midnight
Sunday 24 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Monday 25 December – CLOSED
Tuesday 26 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Wednesday 27 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Thursday 28 December – 9am to 9pm
Friday 29 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Saturday 30 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Sunday 31 December – 10:30am to 4pm
Monday 1 December – 10:30am to 4pm

Tweed City
Monday 18 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Tuesday 19 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Wednesday 20 December– 9am to 9pm
Thursday 21 December – 9am to 10pm
Friday 22 December – 9am to 9pm
Saturday 23 December – 8am to 6pm
Sunday 24 December – 8am to 5pm
Monday 25 December – CLOSED
Tuesday 26 December – 8am to 4pm
Wednesday 27 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Thursday 28 December – 9am to 9pm
Friday 29 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Saturday 30 December – 9am to 4pm
Sunday 31 December – 10am to 3pm
Monday 1 December – 10am to 3pm

Stockland West Burleigh
Monday 18 December – 9am to 6pm
Tuesday 19 December – 9am to 6pm
Wednesday 20 December– 9am to 6pm
Thursday 21 December – 9am to 9pm
Friday 22 December – 9am to 9pm
Saturday 23 December – 9am to 6pm
Sunday 24 December – 9am to 4pm
Monday 25 December – CLOSED
Tuesday 26 December – 10am to 4pm
Wednesday 27 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Thursday 28 December – 9am to 9pm
Friday 29 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Saturday 30 December – 9am to 5pm
Sunday 31 December – 10am to 4pm
Monday 1 December – 10am to 4pm

The Pines Elanora
Monday 18 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Tuesday 19 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Wednesday 20 December– 9am to 5:30pm
Thursday 21 December – 9am to Midnight
Friday 22 December – 9am to (check with individual retailers)
Saturday 23 December – 9am to (check with individual retailers)
Sunday 24 December – 10am to 4pm
Monday 25 December – CLOSED
Tuesday 26 December – 10am to 4pm
Wednesday 27 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Thursday 28 December – 9am to 9pm
Friday 29 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Saturday 30 December – 8:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday 31 December – 10am to 4pm
Monday 1 December – 10am to 4pm

Runaway Bay Centre
Monday 18 December – 8:30am to 7pm
Tuesday 19 December – 8:30am to 7pm
Wednesday 20 December– 8:30am to 7pm
Thursday 21 December – 8:30am to 9pm
Friday 22 December – 8:30am to 9pm
Saturday 23 December – 8:30am to 6pm
Sunday 24 December – 9am to 6pm
Monday 25 December – CLOSED
Tuesday 26 December – 10am to 4pm
Wednesday 27 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Thursday 28 December – 9am to 9pm
Friday 29 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Saturday 30 December – 9am to 5pm
Sunday 31 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Monday 1 December – 10am to 4pm

Southport Park
Monday 18 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Tuesday 19 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Wednesday 20 December– 9am to 5:30pm
Thursday 21 December – 9am to 9pm
Friday 22 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Saturday 23 December – 9am to 5pm
Sunday 24 December – 10:30am to 4pm
Monday 25 December – CLOSED
Tuesday 26 December – 10:30am to 4pm
Wednesday 27 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Thursday 28 December – 9am to 9pm
Friday 29 December – 9am to 5:30pm
Saturday 30 December – 9am to 5pm
Sunday 31 December – 10:30am to 4pm
Monday 1 December – 10:30am to 4pm

*Please note: Some retailers may trade outside of these hours*

UBER

How much does it really cost you to drive an Uber?

I’m a little late to the party when it comes to Uber, as I caught my first fare only a few months ago.

I was prompted to finally give it a go when I was in Sydney on business, and a friend convinced me it would be a safe and affordable way to get to the airport.

And he should know: he’s become an Uber driver himself!

“I make about $200 a night, driving for about 4 or 5 hours,” he told me proudly.

This is work he does in addition to the full-time hours he works in a digital marketing business during the day. He’s got three small kids, and living costs in Sydney are sky high, so he sees Uber as an easy way to top up his income.

But is it really all that worthwhile?

I read, with interest, a recent piece about the cost of driving an Uber; it was written from the perspective of a money blogger who calls himself Mr Money Mustache, who has retired from the rat race. He went “undercover” to see what driving for Uber was really like, as he was dubious about how financially lucrative it could be.

“Imagine developing a company specifically to take advantage of people’s ignorance of how expensive it really is to drive their own car,” he writes.

“What would this company look like? The answer is of course that it would look like very much like Uber or any other ridesharing company.”

On his first drive, he made about $32 in two hours. But after calculating the costs of petrol and wear and tear on his vehicle, his pay packet equated to around $7/hour – before paying income tax.

Driving for Uber was “a lot of fun”, he concluded, “but [I] made very little money”.

“My favourite times to be a driver were Friday nights. It was fun to feel the energy of people going out on the town, and find out what was going on. I could see Uber driving to be a good escape for single people looking to meet new friends (or romances), because I almost always got along well with the customers,” he says.

“But in the end, it was hard to stay motivated… with the financial gain of rideshare driving being negligible, I am surprised that there are so many people who do it.”

Anyone considering picking up some holiday cash by ferrying holiday shoppers home from Pacific Fair can read his full overview about being an Uber driver here.

As a sociable job that almost anyone can do, it ticks plenty of boxes. But as a career that actually puts any decent cash back in your pocket, it might need more than a second glance.