Artist's brush with fate

A chance ride on a doomed plane gets a thriller off and running

The tough road of learning to drive

Greg Bray, columnist for the Gladstone Observer. Photo Brenda Strong/The Observer

Why do automatic cars cost more when manuals are harder to get?

Australia's best Bachelor yet

The Bachelor Richie Strahan with host Osher Gunsberg.

Do we currently have the best on our hands?

Gif shows how the camera really can make you put on "10 lbs"

The camera really can put weight onto you

Atheists: Don't call yourself a Jedi!

The Atheist Foundation of Australia wants people who were born into a religion but no longer practice it to think about their answer in the upcoming Census.

Campaigners urge Australians to answer “no religion”

Mercedes-Benz E-Class road test and review

BRAVE NEW WORLD: 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class a masterclass of tech, safety features and luxury

Benz's new E-Class arrives with semi-autonomous features

Doctors baffled by woman's mystery illness

Ashleigh Jensen today

"I went from being healthy to not knowing how I was still alive"

Doris proud owner of 7th Subaru and Gympie's first Levorg

TRUE BELIEVERS: Ali Zengin and Doris Chambers are unashamed Subaru fans.

Nanna becomes the proud owner of her seventh consecutive Subaru

Some of the best Coonawarra reds

Food & Entertainment

We review three of the best reds coming out of the Coonawarra

Central Queensland entrepreneur invents peck-proof helmet

MAGPIE PROOF: Mike from Swoopaway with kids from the Blackwater PCYC.

Local cyclist solving the swooping problem.

Confessions of a stay at home mum

The annual wine show is on this weekend at the Toowoomba Showgrounds. June 3, 2016

LET'S take a dive into the secret life of stay at home mums…

OPINION: Balancing your activities and kids an extreme sport

How do you juggle your activities and your kids?

Private versus Public Schooling

WHERE do you stand on choice of schooling?

Work/Life Balance

WORK and being a mum is a juggle - how do you find the balance?

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Lace up your sandshoes, we’re playing Pokemon Go

Passionate Pokémon Go player Rhys Mure met new trainer Denise Roberts for the first time on Wednesday night when he helped her evolve one of her Pokémon at the Bluewater Quay.

Want to get out of the house and get active? Why not try Pokemon Go?

A frozen start: Ice, frost and freezing conditions

Freezing morning for the Southern Downs

Cold, cold start to this Southern Downs Thursday.

Our island is best for camping

Fraser Island

Fraser Island awarded the nation's best camping destination

Winter returns: Cool change hits the coast

SUMMER WEATHER: Lilia Carvalhais and Sonia Henriques at Moffat Beach were in the mood for some warm weather.

After a brief return to summer last week it's a cool change

"Croc launched at me, but he couldn’t open his gob"

SCARY: Keen angler Jaimie Ord had a crocodile lunge at him after a fishing trip on Saturday.

Terrifying experience as crocodile lunges at angler

How to crochet a caravan

CROCHET HOME: Vicki Weeks and Lisa Burgess are the masterminds behind this patchwork caravan.

“We thought we would dress it up for winter,” Mrs Burgess laughed.

Feeling moody? A change of diet might work wonders

By shifting the balance of food that you eat daily, you can begin to bring about change in your hormones.

Comfort food: Spaghetti bolognaise

Bolognaise is without a doubt our favourite comfort meal. It tastes even better if you make and refrigerate it 24 hours before serving to allow the flavours to infuse.

There’s a huge debate in our household for who cooks spag the best

Microwaves make life easier

Fruit curds can be made with many fruits, including mango and berries.

Microwaves. I’m not a fan; I have never cooked a meal in one

Bundaberg cafe voted state's best ... again

Amanda Hinds of Indulge in Bundaberg, is passionate about supporting the local farmers.

Public vote Indulge their number one

Trent’s out but he’s tipping a Coast win on MasterChef

MasterChef Australia Top 6 contestants Matt Sinclair, Trent Harvey and Mimi Baines face off in a pressure test. Supplied by Channel 10.

Trent Harvey backs Noosa coffee roaster to top TV comp

Why MasterChef’s Matt Preston loves our Bundaberg Rum

PREMIUM RUM: Chef Matt Preston visited the Bundaberg Rum where he created Matt’s Blend.

Master Chef's Matt Preston in town to make his own rum

Off the beaten track there’s a shiraz trio worth sharing

Three Victorian reds to try this weekend

Making sense of home scents

Fragrance adds depth and character to any space, plus it allows you to give each space in your home a different feel.

Home need something more? Try mirrors

A mirror wall adds glamour to the space while cleverly giving the impression of a much bigger room. Try LOTS Mirror, $9.95/4-pack, from Ikea.

I’ve learnt a thing or two about mirrors and the effect they have

Want a rose garden in your living room? Simple

Add instant romance to your space with cost-effective, easy photomurals for your walls. Designs by Komar Products are available at specialist retail outlets or directly from www.komar.de.

Try this bloomin' home interiors trend.

Verandahs are out, 'eskie' homes are in

Air-conditioned homes are replacing the verandah.

GREEN THUMB: Peaceful floral display

The Peace Baby is just one of many successful plants that you can grow at home.

Fined for saving staghorn

Man takes staghorn from Booloumba Falls, ends up in court

Make room for delicious mandarins

Mandarins are prolific producers.

Mandarins are little packages of juicy and nutritious deliciousness

Good reasons to love lavender

Lavandula stoechas is often referred to as Spanish Lavender, but also as French and Italian Lavender, because it grows wild in all of these places.

Even non-gardeners love lavender

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

Airline will no longer fly between Mackay and Sydney

VIRGIN Airlines is terminating direct flights from Mackay to Sydney from January 1, 2017.

"One Indian Summer" - Tamara Bhatnagar's Mumbai experience

THE colour and excitement of festivities prior to an Indian wedding in Mumbai.

ONE day in Tamara Bhatnagar's travels through Mad Mumbai.

Migaloo the white whale heads north with own 'bodyguard'

Migaloo is generating a little too much excitement, it seems.

White superstar of the water will be escorted to Great Barrier Reef

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

Could this be the best job in the world?

St Bees Island managing director Phil Webb.

THE only rule: don't stand too long under coconut trees.

Bumper whale season: How many humbacks can we expect?

OCEAN GIANT: Hervey Bay will be the temporary home for thousands of humpback whales this season.

Fraser Coast Opportunities hopes locals roll out the welcome mat.

Yeppoon sisters travel coastline in style

COLOURFUL TRAVELLERS: Ella Fleming and her sister Layne Fleming with their colourful van Yota. INSET: Ella driving Yota on the Great Ocean Rd.

Yeppoon hairdressers make colourful trip around the country.

#SaveMarinaJoyce: How ISIS theory took over youtube channel

IT doesn't take much for an innocent Youtube channel to give birth to an internet-wide conspiracy theory.

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

It all comes down to the distillery

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Matt Damon is taking a break from acting

Matt Damon is taking a break to spend time with his family

Police foiled terrifying 1m plot to kidnap Katie Price

Police foiled a £1 million plot to kidnap Katie Price and her family

Fashionistas show off at Splendour in the Grass

GLITTER, skin and mesh were all on show at the festival this weekend.

Never a bad time for boho chic

Just a taste of the boho fashions you might see at music festivals, such as Splendour in the Grass this weekend.

Haven’t we covered boho fashion before?

Beauty at home: Banish those blackheads

A cucumber mask is very refreshing and a great ‘pick me up’ for skin.

How to get rid of blackheads for good

‘Don’t dare say she looked better with meat on her bones’

Jim Brigginhaw reckons supermodels are too skinny these days.

Beauty: Is it really in the eye of the beholder?

Gladstone girl makes top 50 of most beautiful list

Gladstone's little golden girl Jordyn Lea has not only made her mark in the global magazine Fashion Kids, labelled in the top 50 of the world's most beautiful children, but is also on her way to the national finals of the Aboriginal Model Search in Sydney, in October

JORDYN is on the fast track to fame after this big win.

Isabella Rossellini says being called beautiful is insulting

Isabella Rossellini

'Still beautiful' label is condescending, star says

Aboriginal model search: Oasis sets sights on modelling

STRIKE A POSE: Oasis Armstrong is heading to Sydney in October after being one of eight finalists in the Aboriginal Model Search competition.

She's only eight but she already knows how to rule the catwalk.

Pensioners lose thousands as furniture store collapses

BREAKING: Pensioners and business owners have been left thousands of dollars out of pocket as a furniture retailer closes its Sunshine Coast store.

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 7: What to expect

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition

There's some big rumours about the new version

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

Health agency warns of possible carcinogens in tattoo ink

RESEARCH by the European Chemicals Agency has been looking into the dangers and toxicity of tattoo ink on the body and whether the inks should be regulated.

Disease outbreak at daycare puts mums on high alert

Mum pleads with parents to keep sick kids home to stop the spread

Brisbane doctors in first for pre-birth operations

Doctors performed Australia-first spinal operation on unborn baby

Son's cancer battle second fight for family

Kane with his mum Natalie and dad Rick met Taylor Swift at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital

Parents never expected their son's headaches were caused by cancer

Reno stars want tradies to focus a little more on one thing

The Demmrichs want Tradies to look after their most important tool

Ipswich girl, 4 with cancer says 'Barbie looks just like me'

LOOKING GOOD: Erin Masurier was given this special oncology Barbie at the Lady Cilento Childrens' Hospital.

Special doll given to Ipswich girl going through chemo therapy

This mother's journey: Raising a daughter alone

One day, doing the most mundane of activities (dragging a wheelie bin out to the kerb), I was hit with a bolt of unexpected confidence - I could do this!

Dad makes a sandwich, mum gives birth

Wade and Terri Thompson welcomed baby Naya in the kitchen of their Brassall home on Thursday morning.

VIDEO: How this mum delivered her own baby

You don't need a bloke to buy you flowers: Opinion

SELF LOVE: We don’t really need a bloke to buy us flowers.

I’m not saying go out and buy a fresh bunch of flowers every day.

Parents fight over 'magical sleep doll'

The dolls make breathing and heartbeat sounds, and are believed to have a range of benefits for babies.

Researchers said the doll helped babies to fall asleep sooner

Parents' worst nightmare: Daughter, 6, could be deported

The family of six-year-old Lennox Head girl Sienna Tippett have applied for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to intervene so she doesn't get deported for having an undiagnosed mystery illness.

A Northern Rivers family has started the fight of their life.

Dads read to children a different way

STORY TIME: Dads Read is a national campaign to get the male role model reading to children from birth.

Dads read to their children differently to mums

Top 5 'real play' tips to enhance kids' development

Superhero kid against dramatic blue sky background

“DIRT goes, but growth stays” is the message for parents.

Tinder users hit by fake 'safe dating' app

TINDER users are being scammed by as much as $A160 a month through fake profile verification sites.

Why millennials are having less sex

Young people appear to be having less sex, or just lying about it less than previous generations.

It is a cliche that each new generation shocks the last

Pucker up buttercup: It’s International Kissing Day

Janine Hall of Currimunid is a intuitive face and personality reader. She also has her own lip balm product called Plump and Smooth from The Organic Lip Balm Company.

Lip expert shares insight into the power of the smooch

Kissing the key to happy relationships

A third of people in relationships need a good smooch every day