'Strict' but 'gentlemanly' teacher's last test

FOR 32 years teacher Geoff Dieckmann has walked the halls of Ipswich Grammar, telling farm stories and tales of playing against a young Wayne Bennett.

Easy ways to get fit for free

HEAD TO THE PARK: Playing with kids and pets can burn serious calories.

Six easy ways to get fit for free

MY SAY: So you have a QTAC offer, eh?

UNIVERSITY: Plenty of people don't make it to graduation so it's a good idea to do your homework before starting a course.

Before you accept that QTAC university offer really look into things

What should we do with worn-out Aussie flags?

Do you know what to do when your Aussie flag is worn or damaged?

Subaru showrooms in your local shopping centre

BEATS SHOE SHOPPING: Popped in for new shoes and bought a new car instead? Subaru is trialling pop-up car showrooms at large shopping centres.

Pop-up stores the latest way to buy new cars

Funnel web horror: ‘I felt something crawl up my leg’

One variety of Funnel-web Spider, (Hadronyche versuta)

"I felt a very sharp pain and I knew I’d been bitten"

Ignore your health at your own peril, survivor warns

Michael O'Gorman has survived an advanced form of blood cancer and gone on to compete in triathlons.

'Five minutes could have saved me a lot of grief'

What happened to Mackay's most popular swimming hole?

Platypus are often spotted in the Eungella area.

REVEALED: What really happened to the swimming hole?

'Age is no barrier': 3 Gladstone women shed up to 100kg

"People think they're too old to do it, but I'm not.”

Luxury fabric makes comeback

Nothing looks lusher than velvet trimmed curtains spilling on to the floor.

Add a classic touch to your home

Expert tells how to be lean in a fat world

Get Lean, Stay Lean by Dr Joanna McMillan

Dr Joanna McMillan's new book on losing weight

Sustainable clothing a 2017 trend

Items from Yevu Clothing's November 2016 release.

Fashion production in spotlight

Shape up to your personal style

Dress for your shape in 2017.

Clever tips for your body type

What diets are set to star in 2017?

The coconut is considered a hero product in a paleo diet.

Eating like our prehistoric ancestors v eating for our brains

Parkrun launches in Tannum Sands

FREE EVENT: About 90 participants enjoyed the launch of Tannum Sands parkrun on Saturday which will happen weekly at 7am at Canoe Point.

It's the latest free event to hit Tannum Sands

Would you bribe your kids with money to eat their greens?

Little boy tantrum. Kid screaming. Thinkstock.

The idea was coined by Tam Fry, of the UK’s National Obesity Forum

Parents horrified by mould inside Sophie the Giraffe

Dana isn’t the only one who has found Sophie’s secret

'Please don't be mad, I've just had a baby'

Emma and daughter Hannah-Maria

She was 39 weeks pregnant and didn't know

Banana Boat slammed by beachgoers suffering severe sunburn

One mother said she had to have her five-year-old daughter treated for first-degree burns when her skin began peeling off her shoulder after using Banana Boat sunscreen.

Mothers said the sunscreen failed to protect their children

Premmy twins: one dies, one fighting for life

A Coast couple is mourning the death of their baby son while his twin sister fights for life.

Couple by daughter's side as she fights for life

Potato chip foretells end to nine-year, $25k IVF heartache

BLESSED: Paul and Tara Crook with daughter Kaycee who arrived with the help of IVF and some talented specialists.

ACCORDING to this Gympie couple, their daughter is a miracle.

Top 11 places to cool off in Gladstone when the heatwave hits

Aerial View of South End (bottom) and Facing Island. Gladstone. Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

Want to get out and cool down? Here's where to visit in summer

Meet the Feather Riot, the girls of Cluckingham Palace

Gidget, Layne and Phyllis oversee proceedings. PHOTO: ALISON PATERSON

Alison Paterson shares the wonders of the backyard chook

The first Snapchat filter planned to be made here

Social media app Snapchat. Contributed

EXCLUSIVE: This Snapchat filter may only be found in our region

'Brake! Brake!' Beach driving goes wrong

Watch as beach drivers find getting a tow can make things worse

WATCH: Why big wave days should be declared a holiday

DROUGHT BREAKS: Big waves return to Noosa Heads.

Schoolkids and tradies should really be given the day off

They're on the chew and anglers on the Coast are loving it

BIG HAUL: Kevin from Melbourne had a fight on his hands after hooking on to this solid golden trevally.

Let's have a look at this week's fishing report

Is Australia about to face a garlic bread shortage?

THE company that supplies Domino's, Pizza Hut and some supermarkets with garlic bread has recalled its products.

Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

Heaven on a stick - check out Queen of Pops.

FOR many of us, food is life.

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

Why Sizzler will give away its cheese toast next week

MEET SAM: Everybody... I'd like you to meet Sam. He is enjoying some famous cheese toast. He loves it so much he wanted a snap of himself eating it. Photo Matt Green

Sizzler handing out free cheese toast, unless you're in Bundaberg

New Gladstone restaurant's loaded shakes will blow your mind

LIKE A MEAL: Jeremy Hastings puts the finishing touches to the "Cookie Monster” shake.

These loaded shakes will blow your mind

Ups and downs in NBN quest to leave no home behind

Toowoomba's David Shinners and his son Hugh and wife Julie find online life easier with the NBN.

Faster broadband means fewer people will leave the regions for work.

Our love affair with the internet is growing

Gympie West's Micah, Kathy, Rob and Mitchell Pitt, with their dog Winston, enjoying their devices through the National Broadband Network.

We do it in bed, at work, in the kitchen ... and on the loo.

Clean up your act and save hours

A few little tweaks to your routine can make a big difference

I object to too many objects

How do you feel about "stuff”?

Home style in 2017: embrace trends with authenticity

Vibrant greens and rich timbers will be on trend in 2017, like this wallpaper by Justina Blakeney for Hygge & West. Find it at thejungalow.com.

Blues and copper are out and greenery is in according to Pantone.

60 plants stolen during heartless midnight raid

ALSTONVILLE residents are now on the lookout to catch plant thieves green-handed after an elderly couple's newly-planted box hedge was stolen at weekend.

The perfect time of year to grow Radishes

Add crunch with radishes.

Radishes are quick and easy to grow and they're tasty

Teach your kids to garden, holiday fun

Summer is the perfect time to get the kids in the garden.

Teach your kids to garden, holiday fun

Be safe around snakes this summer

There are simple and easy ways to make you and your family safer from snakes as the weather warms up. Photo Luka Kauzlaric

Here's what you need to do if you see a snake

Invasive weed found around Bundaberg

Weed of the Week: Starburr (Acanthospermum hispidum).This species is native to Central America, parts of the Caribbean, and tropical South America.Photo: Ian Read

Starburr reduces native pastures

These snakes aren't on a plane, they're much closer

In the film Snakes On A Plane, Nelville Flynn, played by Samuel L. Jackson, must fight a plane load of loose deadly snakes.

Where these snakes are hanging out would terrify Samuel L Jackson

It's time to plan your summer garden

Sunpatiens are also fantastic in pots, flowering non-stop throughout the year.

Help your garden overcome the summer heat

7 epic Airbnb getaways on the Southern Downs

Hey, don't you deserve a getaway?

Is this the app to take the pain out of car rentals?

Avis is launching a new app to make it easier to rent a car.

Brisbane Airport to be among the first to get new service

Wander, meander and stroll

PURE BLISS: Looking out to Shipstern Bluff from an ideal spot to pause on the walk.

Travel at your own place on the Three Capes walk

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

Last minute twist delays sailor's record Antarctica bid

Former Sunshine Coast sailor Lisa Blair is preparing to become the first woman to circumnavigate Antarctica.

Preparations finalised for epic journey

Grab a bite to eat in the streets of the Big Apple

La Esquina, aka The Corner Deli.

Discover New York's hidden gems, with award-winning menus

Find out how to have a great holiday

For people who want to holiday where the happy people live, booking.com found Australia was the number one destination after conducting a survey of 17,000 people from 17 countries.

Ensure a top spot with this one clue

Ocean Sleeper discuss being 'Six Feet Down'.

Gippsland band makes waves as they burst onto the scene at Unify.

Crow Street Creative on right track

Crow St Creative host barbecue and bands.

"Blank canvas”: industrial Crow Street developments

Married At First Sight: Ipswich bachelor seeks love

READY FOR IT: Ipswich man Simon McQuillan will appear on the upcoming new season of Married At First Sight.

Romance would top off recovery for Booval man

Dinky-di Denyer: Family Feud favourite hosts Oz Day party

Grant Denyer will host Channel 10's Australia Day concert from the Sydney Opera House.

GRANT Denyer shares his Australia Day traditions ahead of concert.

Chelsea Handler blames the Kardashians for Donald Trump win

Chelsea Handler pictured in a scene from her talk show in Los Angeles.

TALK show host blames rise of reality TV family for election result.

Law & Order’s Trump inspired episode is still in limbo

The cast of Law & Order: SVU season 18, from left, Kelli Giddish, Raul Esparza, Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T and Peter Scanavino. Supplied by Channel 10.

SHOW'S mastermind unsure if or when twice-delayed episode will air.

50 Shades of Bli Bli: Adult theme park plans revealed

THE MIND BOGGLES: Potential buyers of Sunshine Castle at Bli Bli have considered a range of different themes, including an 'adult entertainment venue'.

Sunshine Castle looks to new, prosperous future.

Samantha has wrangled Buckingood clothing into a success

FOUNDING her fashion label when she was 20-years-old, Samantha Morgan has come a long way in five years.

City pin-up Miss Diamond Divine will sparkle in Las Vegas

PIN-UP: Photographer Shelley Lester has taken these pin-up shots for her business Scarlett Noir in Toowoomba. Pictured is alternative model Miss Diamond Divine from Toowoomba.   /Scarlett Noir Photography

Pin-ups around the world flock to Vegas to be centre stage

High tech fashion to dazzle and correct posture

The FashionWare show featured Nick Verreos of Project Runway fame and designers Sylvia Heisel, Chelsea Klukas, Jazsalyn McNeil, Maria Orduz Pinto, and Pauline Van Dongen

One tech jacket has 29 pockets - including for two laptops

After learning to walk again, Jesse's a pageant finalist

17-year-old Hervey Bay girl Jesse Heldens is a national finalist of the Miss Galaxy 2017 competition.

She's a Miss Galaxy Australia national finalist.

Chance to own funky clothing store as owner sells up

END OF ERA: Repeat Offenderz owner Rachel Bailey is selling the store to launch a wardrobe styling consultancy called Savvy Measures.

Due to a new business opportunity, the owner is selling shop

NRL stars spotted wearing Gatton designer's creations

NRL stars have been spotteqd wearing Jayden's clothing label. Photo: Channel 7.

How this uni student is smashing the business world at 18.

Napoleon spills his top makeup secrets

Makeup powerhouse Napoleon Perdis caught up with ARM to share his expert secrets to applying the perfect face of makeup.

MAKEUP powerhouse shares tips for applying perfect makeup.

We've seen the future and it's scary for retailers

The biggest tech show in the world shows the future for Australian retailers. And it's isn't pretty.

Coast-made app gives on-the-spot coffee, hotel discounts

Buddy founder, Noosa resident Danny Simmonds.

Before you pay your cafe bill, check this app out

'G'day mate, would you chill the beer for me...''

A Samsung representative demonstrates Family Hub 2.0 - the new fridge with voice control - at CES 2017 in Las Vegas.

You could find yourself talking to the fridge more than you think

Are our fisheries infected? Good news for prawn lovers

Tony Pizone of Mooloolaba River Fisheries eats one of his delicious prawns.

Find out whether Mooloolaba prawns have white spot disease

Letter scares off opponents of proposed Buderim Woolies

FINGERS CROSSED: North Buderim IGA store manager Scott Duncan with Buderim residents Roy and Kerrie Gibson don't want another Woolworths built in Buderim.

Legal letter scares off supermarket opponents

Earmade: the little Qld idea on world stage

Maria Ranchod, of Dog and Bone, models Earmade at CES 2017 in Las Vegas

Aussie tech firm on the brink of making it big in Vegas

Cheaper Samsung smartphone to hit the market

Samsung has confirmed the Galaxy A Series will be coming down under

Samsung unveils more affordable smartphone called Galaxy A

We should be happy with new hospital as it is: Coast MP

STOP talking new hospital down, be thankful and give ourselves a pat on the back is Caloundra MP Mark McArdle's views as the medical school debate rages.

'Nardya will not be going home'

On Wednesday the 25-year-old was given a week to live

"I use the kids as weights": ridiculously fit Simone Gately

Simone Gately may be the fittest mum on the internet

What is the point of sex? It's good for you

Sex is central to who you are as a person.

Warwick in a stink over murky yellow water

WATER ISSUE: Bec De Leiuen posted this photo of online on Saturday night. Many Warwick residents have complained to council about the colour of the region's water.

People complained about colour, smell and taste of the murky water

Ruby McKinnon's shock overnight ovarian cancer discovery

She thought the bump meant she was pregnant

What's the point of sex?

Is there more going on than we think when we have sex?

Facebook bans ads for pregnancy services

ADVERTISEMENTS with baby-bump photos are being deemed too offensive for Facebook, sparking an outcry from health advocates.

'Miracle baby': Why Molly's mum is already in tears

Molly Bryson is getting ready for her first day of prep at West Moreton Anglican College with her mum Krystal.

In the first two years Molly was taken to hospital 27 times.

Routine key to successful transition back to school

STABILITY: Routines provide a predictable, secure and safe foundation for young people.

What's the key to school success?

OPINION: I love you all, but get out of here

I love my grandchildren - if only kids weren't so messy!

I look forward to the end of January as much as the end of December

Oh baby, it's time to sleep

A wind-down routine may help restless babies go to sleep faster.

Mums, we have some tips for sending baby to dream land

Know the signs of bullying

VIGILANCE: By remaining watchful, parents can learn to identify the signs their child is being bullied at school.

Could you tell if your child is being made a victim?

A good man is hard to find girls ... but not in Coffs!

THE question has been asked far and wide across the land, where can one find a loyal and trustworthy bloke?

New dating show strips down contestants

Ryan and Seraphine get to know each other by stripping down 60 seconds after meeting.

It's said to be one of the most “diverse” dating shows yet.

Hilary Duff finds dating tough

Hilary Duff is only attracted to "one guy a year".

PHOTOS: Hilarious reason he married her on New Year's Day

Chelsea and Shane Mackenzie are the first couple to marry in 2017.

THE New Year's Day wedding was one not to forget.