Issue 37

Active8 Social Networking: Take the Plunge into a World of Adventure.

A new social network agency has tapped into urban professionals' lust for adventure by organizing activities with a thrill for groups of adults in search of the zing of adrenaline.

Sydney Entrepreneur Grant Pollock has come up with an inspired formula that combines social networking with adventure activities. Pollock's brainchild, Active8 Your Life, a new web-based concept in organized social networking, was formally launched recently in Brisbane amid great interest from professional working people from every age and income bracket.

Active8 Your Life is a friendship agency - a new concept in putting people together in a leisure framework without the formidable pressures and expectations of dating. Engaging members in fun, activity-based get-togethers, Active8 puts people in touch with other kindred spirits with the aim of establishing friendships and new social groups.

"We had a lot of interest from our members in some of the more unusual activities, such as flying a jet, which would normally be a chance-in-a-lifetime thing. We also do all the normal white-knuckle things - white-water rafting, abseiling, scuba diving, gliding to name a few," smiles Pollock. "But our main aim is simply putting people together - and having fun of course!"

Adults of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. "Don't worry if you've never tried something before" adds Pollock, "most people are rank beginners just interested in trying something exciting and new!". Active8's membership figures show that women are three times more willing to get out there and try things than men.

Other activities which are more socially oriented include getting together over drinks, sampling new cuisine, theatre, wine and chocolate tastings and art exhibitions. "In March we will be starting to find these activities for our members in Brisbane. No longer is there a reason to miss out on these amazing adventures for lack of someone to try them with"

Those who have already signed up to Active8 their lives and meet like-minded new people include those who have had a change of circumstance (such as divorce, retirement or relocation), those who are too busy working to make friends easily, those who want more exciting new experiences in a safe environment and those who want to avoid the stress and artificiality of dating agencies. Their verdicts:- "a brilliant idea," "can't wait to start," "something new each week to look forward to!" "I really want to start living my life" and "a great way to have fun and meet people".

In Brisbane everyone who subscribes before 10th March will receive a period of 6 weeks free membership. After that date subscribers to My Health Specials will always be able to get a discount from the published prices. Brisbane membership has grown surprisingly quickly and if the growth rate continues Brisbane's membership will quickly pass that of Sydney or Melbourne.

To answer all questions and enquiries, visit and sign up to change your life!


Walk Against Want: Brisbane Steps out for Good Cause!

Oxfam Community Aid Abroad is asking residents of Queensland to take a step towards reducing poverty on Sunday 21 March, by taking part in the 38th annual Walk Against Want in numerous locations around the state.

People in Queensland will join at least 20,000 other Australians around the country, enjoying a day of fun while raising money for Oxfam Community Aid Abroad's work with poor communities in thirty countries including East Timor, Guatemala, Cambodia and Ethiopia. Funds go towards the agency's long-term development and emergency work in these communities.

"Every day, 800 million people around the world are going hungry and millions do not have access to clean water", said Scott Green Queensland Coordinator "The money that the people of Queensland raise goes a long way. Just $30 can buy enough maize to feed a drought-affected family in Ethiopia for one month. While $50 pays for one month's salary for a teacher in a remote village in Sri Lanka".

Scott Green added: "To register and enjoy a fun community day while supporting poor communities around the world, just call 1800 034 034. You will be sent a sponsor book, then all you have to do is encourage your family and friends to sponsor you or join in!"

The Walk Against Want was first held in 1967, to symbolise the long walk undertaken daily by women in developing countries to fetch water. For the 2004 event, walk routes are between 5 and 20 kilometres and participants can choose to walk, rollerblade, run, travel by pram or even follow their dogs along the path! Schools and workplaces are also encouraged to join the event.

For information about the Walk Against Want in Queensland, please call Scott Green on (07) 3637 4621 To register, call 1800 034 034, visit an Oxfam Community Aid Abroad Shop or register online at our website:



Outshine Fortitude Valley & West End: For serious care of you!

These salons are recognized as the most innovative in Brisbane and outshine and 2outshine are located on the edge of the CBD - so accessible from everywhere. The therapists are simply stars and will deliver the very best in facials, body treatments, nails and massage.

Our serious skincare includes glycolic, vitamin therapy, fruit acid peels and microdermabrasion. We also specialize in treatments for our overseas clientele and visitors in need of a refreshing and relaxing spa experience tailored to suit your needs and restore your spirits.

And just everybody longs for escape from the everyday - find yours at outshine, the ultimate urban retreat. Our goal is to ensure your complete satisfaction. Celebrate special occasions + events + say thank you or simply be spontaneous - gift vouchers and presents are available in our salons.

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Let us deliver can't make it to our salons or we don't have your favourite product in stock - oops - we will send it to you within the week - postage on us! We also deliver your home product support overseas.

For further information please contact outshine Fortitude Valley on 07 3252 2882 or 2outshine West End on 3846 0062 Special Offer: enjoy our Aromatics facial(essential oils blended for your skins demands) $75 with complimentary paraffin foot treat when you mention


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Superman's secret weapon

While there are a lot more things than kryptonite that can hinder the performance of most men, it's reassuring to know that there is a secret weapon out there that can turn any guy into a man of steel. It's a herb called tribulus. Ancient Indian and Chinese medicine have long revered the herb for the powerful libido-boosting properties it contains. However, science today reveals that tribulus can do a lot more than just improve libido. It has to do with the herbs influence on the body's production of luteinizing hormone (LH), a hormone that stimulates the testes to secrete the male hormone testosterone. By increasing LH production, tribulus helps to improve male fertility, improve stamina, assist muscle growth and, of course, increase libido.

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Short and Sweet: Avocado Mascarpone on Smoked Salmon with Crostini!


Serves : 6 Ingredients 250g Australian Mascarpone or Cream Cheese|2 teaspoons capers, chopped|1 tablespoon snipped chives|1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind|lemon juice, to taste|salt and white pepper, to taste|200g smoked salmon, chopped|1/2 avocado, diced|extra chives, for garnish|CROSTINI|4 long bread rolls|100g butter, melted

Method Mix the mascarpone until softened and gently fold in the capers, chives, lemon rind, juice and season to taste. Reserve half the smoked salmon slices and chop the rest. Gently fold the chopped salmon and avocado into the mascarpone mixture. The spread should be fairly chunky, rather than smooth. Refrigerate until required. Arrange 2-3 smoked salmon slices on each plate, place a spoonful of mascarpone in the centre. Sprinkle with black pepper, snipped chives and serve with Crostini.|CROSTINI|Cut the bread rolls into 5mm slices and arrange on a grill tray. Brush with melted butter and grill until golden. Turn over, brush with butter and grill until golden on the second side. Store in an airtight container until required.

Serves: 6


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Laughter is the best medicine!


My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished two bags of chips and a chocolate cake. I feel better already!


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There would be nothing to frighten you if you refused to be afraid. -Gandhi


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In the next issue of "Naturally Happy"

  • Great Aussie Back Rub
  • Day Spa Feature
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  • Brisbane Personal Trainers
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