How the other half live: Roadtesting one of Brisbane’s most iconic riverfront mansions

first_imgA grand staircase leads to the upper level.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoBack in the main house, I climb the magnificent staircase to discover four bedrooms, including the master suite, which happens to be mine for the next 48 hours.It also happens to be almost as big as my entire house. Padding my way through the bedroom on plush carpet, I make way into the luxurious marble ensuite where a giant spa bath awaits.I should mention I had buyer’s remorse for about six months after we bought our humble worker’s cottage and compromised on the one thing I now miss daily — a bath tub. So, perhaps not surprisingly, I was in that tub in no time. I have to crane my neck to look at the soaring ceilings decorated with intricate roses and a huge French chandelier.To my right is the grandest ‘Gone with the Wind’-style staircase I’ve ever seen and there is nothing but marble beneath my feet. The formal sitting room. Picture: Realestate.com.au.I suddenly feel very underdressed. But the view is beckoning, so out to the timber decks I go to take in the cool breeze and stunning vista. The University of Queensland is directly in front of me and to my right and left, the winding river stretches as far as the eye can see.I sit here for a while, captivated by this scene and inspecting the ornate, powder-coated aluminium lattice that adorns the veranda balustrades.It strikes me that although I am only minutes from the city centre, there is nothing but peace and quiet.I could definitely get used to this. Is it too early to open the bottle of bubbles I’ve brought with me? This magnificent house at 50 Dauphin Tce, Highgate Hill, is on the market. Picture: Realestate.com.au. The property is just as impressive in the day time.It’s not yet midday, so I refrain and instead make my way to the other side of the house where there is a much more ‘lived in’ living, dining and kitchen area.It’s clear this is where the owners spend most of their time. The circular, granite kitchen is practical and neat, with a huge island bench and plenty of storage. MORE: Agent puts money where mouth is I warm myself by another fireplace in this large, open-plan area with its polished, hardwood floors (made of timber from the old Brett’s Wharf no less) — all while admiring a glass atrium framing the rainforest outside.It is through this wall that I spot what the owners call ‘the treehouse’ — a separate, self-contained guesthouse spanning two levels joined to the main house by a large deck.A quick look inside takes me back to childhood, playing in a cubby house in the trees; except my cubby house didn’t have its own kitchen, bathroom, balcony and bedroom. The house is imposing when viewed from below.Brisbane really is at its best when seen from the river. As we glide along, we pass the homes of many of the city’s highest profile residents.Among them, former Olympic swimmer Susie O’Neill’s riverfront home and developer Mark Stockwell’s palatial residence.So, this is how the other half live. The river views from the home’s wide verandas.But believe it or not, the house is only two decades old — despite its period features and the fact it looks like it’s straight out of the Great Gatsby era.“It’s the kind of house Walt Disney would have built if you asked him to build a Queenslander,” owner Dr Chris Bradshaw tells me.“It’s like living in a luxury resort every day.”The history of the site weighs on me as I contemplate what to do with my time.I don’t even know where to start, so I turn right and find myself in a ballroom-sized, formal lounge and dining room, complete with a grand piano, marble fireplace, antique furniture and drapes I’m told are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. The view from one of the verandas. Picture: Realestate.com.au.An hour or so later, it was time to pop that bubbly and watch the sky change colour as dusk turned to dark. What better way to do that than from my very own observatory tower?That’s right, a few steps outside the master suite lead me to an actual, five-storey tower, with a spiral staircase leading to the highest point of the house, from which the domed roof opens up to reveal the night sky and a view that would make even the most avid stargazer jealous.It’s impossible not to feel like a princess up here — or perhaps, Rapunzel. Let your imagination run wild … The view from the observatory tower.Before I know it, we’re back at ‘Nareke’, and alas, my time here is up. I write about a lot of dream homes, but to actually live the dream for a weekend is something else.With the banking royal commission and uncertainty around the federal election outcome behind us, Brisbane’s prestige property market is in a sweet spot.Agents say buyers have a renewed sense of urgency to act now, but top quality properties are few and far between.50 Dauphin Terrace is one of those properties. center_img The home comes with its observatory tower. Surrounded by its own private rainforest, with not a neighbour in sight, the house sits on nearly 4000 sqm of absolute riverfront land, only 2km from the CBD.This site was once the home of General Douglas McArthur, who was a highly decorate soldier of both world wars, during the Pacific Campaign in World War 2. 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The entrance to 50 Dauphin Tce, Highgate Hill. Picture: Realestate.com.au.As I walk away from the house, along the paved winding path flanked by manicured gardens, I realise this truly is one of Brisbane’s best kept secrets. Driving out of the regal gates in my humble Honda hatchback — in desperate need of a wash — reality hits and I realise the fairytale is abruptly over.‘Nareke’ at 50 Dauphin Tce, Highgate Hill, is for sale by negotiation through Christine Rudolph and Matt Lancashire of Ray White – New Farm. The property comes with a 23m gas heated pool.When I wake up the next morning, I’m in an unbelievably comfy bed; refreshed and ready to explore some more. Downstairs, I discover a completely separate apartment with a brand new kitchen, living room, two bedrooms, a bathroom, a laundry and a 2000-bottle, temperature-controlled wine cellar. Now I know the owners weren’t joking when they said they needed to call each other on their mobiles to find out where they were because the house was so big!The apartment opens out to a large timber deck and a 23m gas-heated swimming pool, overlooking the river. I’m tempted to take a dip, but it’s such a nice day, why not take the boat out? Courier-Mail journalist Elizabeth Tilley was given the keys to one of Brisbane’s most iconic mansions for a weekend. Picture: Peter Wallis.AS I walk through the front door, I can’t help but detect a certain swagger in my step.So, this is what it’s like to feel a million bucks.I’ve been given the keys to one of Brisbane’s most iconic, riverfront mansions for the weekend — and I plan to make the most of it.What first hits me as I enter the home is the sheer size of the place. RELATED: Inside look at Coast’s $7m homelast_img read more

Seacom: new era for SA internet

first_imgStarting from France and England, the Seacom cable runs across the Mediterranean and Red Sea, around the Horn of Africa, and then down the African east coast to make its final landfall at Mtunzini in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Along the way it connects to land stations in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar and Mozambique. (Image: Seacom)Wilma den Hartigh After years of anticipation, broadband internet connectivity in Africa is set to boom as the 15 000km Seacom undersea fibre-optic cable connecting the continent to Europe, the Middle East and Asia has finally come onstream.The cable, which went live on 23 July, is now the second of its kind linking South Africa to the world, and a boon for the country’s information technology infrastructure, benefiting consumers and business, and stimulating economic growth. Laid at a reported total cost of R5-billion (US$ 637-million), the Seacom cable is also the first of its kind to connect East Africa to the internet.Starting from France and England it runs across the Mediterranean and Red Sea, around the Horn of Africa, and then down the African east coast to make its final landfall at Mtunzini in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Along the way it connects to land stations in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar and Mozambique. At the Horn of Africa, on the coast of Somalia, the cable also branches off to head for Mumbai in India. In April and May this year Somali pirate activity disrupted Seacom operations, delaying the launch by about a month. The cable will not only speed up internet access for South African users, it will also cut costs. Stephen Davies, chief technology officer of telecommunications service provider Connection Telecom, said this cost-saving will apply to both fixed-line and mobile internet users.“As more broadband becomes available more applications will become accessible, making the digital highway a reality,” he said. Rob Gilmour, managing director of RSA Web, agreed that these benefits would change the way South Africans interact with the internet. “Seacom is incredibly exciting for the South African internet landscape. Bandwidth prices have been monopolised in South Africa and, with only one undersea cable at present, consumers are being held by a stranglehold.” Gilmour said South Africans won’t experience real savings immediately, but consumers won’t have to wait too long before they can cheaply access media-rich applications such as audio and video. “Consumers will change from limited web browsing and checking email to enjoying more internet content,” he said. “They will spend more time on the internet and not have to be so cautious about what they do.” Money on the net Matthew Tagg, managing director of internet service provider Web Africa, predicts that the higher bandwidth provided by Seacom will encourage the increased commercialisation of the South African internet. He said a report released at the recent Internet Governance Forum indicates that South Africa has fallen way behind its African counterparts in terms of “internet adoption rates”. In 2000, the country had 2.4-million subscribers, representing 53% of internet users across the continent. In 2009, South Africa made up only 9% of Africa’s total internet subscriber base, with 5.1-million users. Tagg said South Africa would be able to reverse this trend in a deregulated market with an excess of cheap international bandwidth. Provided that the licensing costs currently under discussion are not too high, this development could radically increase internet penetration rates. “The internet will start to become a utility just like any other,” he said. According to Tagg, the market’s current complexity of product and service offers will disappear. And consumers will be able to participate in online gaming, check email or download videos more easily. “They will not need to check if their connection supports this functionality, or go through the hassle of switching to another product,” he said. “They will be automatically connected to any and all services the Internet has to offer.” Business benefits According to Gilmour, South African business would also benefit. The international community already viewed South Africa as the hub of Africa in many areas, he said, and improved internet infrastructure could only enhance the country’s status. “For a country at the bottom tip of Africa this is great news and will allow us to compete globally like never before. South Africa is more and more becoming the IT hub of Africa and cables and initiatives like this further enhance this reality.” Davies agreed that the country’s reputation for business would be enhanced. “There is now no reason why African and international businesses should not look to South Africa for business opportunities and investment ventures.” Trade Invest SA has reported that the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector – call centres and the like – had been calling for cheaper telecommunications costs for some time, as the high cost of telecoms is a deterrent to potential investors. Some operators claimed that telecommunications could be as much as 500% more expensive in South Africa than in other emerging countries in the BPO sector, making the country far less attractive. In a media report, Ajay Pandey, managing director of Neotel, the country’s second national operator, said the launch of Seacom – as well as other cables such as WACS and EASSy – could start a “new wave” of growth in the IT and BPO industries. EASSy is the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System, linking East and Southern Africa to the rest of the world. WACS, the West African Cable System, is reported to be the biggest of all the cable systems in development, and will link Southern and West African countries to Europe. Economic growth Cheaper telecoms costs will have a profound impact on the South African economy and infrastructure development. Davies pointed out that the major driving force behind global economic growth is new technologies, particularly those that provide innovation and stimulate development. A new World Bank report, Information and Communications for Development 2009: Extending Reach and Increasing Impact, confirms that broadband capacity boosts economic growth. It argues that every 10% increase in high-speed internet connections in developing countries leads to a 1.3% increase in economic growth. The report also claims that access to ICT services is vital for economic and social development of sub-Saharan Africa. The World Bank has already cited that capacity is one of the biggest constraints holding back the region’s development of broadband connectivity. Davies agreed that there is a correlation between broadband growth and economic development. With the new cables, South Africa will be in a position to take advantage of innovation and local production. This will in turn contribute to growth of the country’s GDP, help new businesses establish itself, and stimulate the infrastructure development needed for public and private initiatives. He pointed out that a lot of the continent’s current internet traffic is dependent on expensive satellite connections, due to the lack of fixed-line infrastructure. But with new undersea cables under construction or in the planning process, the continent’s predicament may well change. “Between African governments and private companies wanting to invest in the continent, billions of rands have been allocated to the various undersea cable projects to get the continent’s broadband up to par,” Davies said. There is even market speculation that once these projects are complete, Africa will have an excess of bandwidth capacity – a positive boost for business, infrastructure and ultimately the economy. But he warned that these benefits were also dependent on the regulatory environment. “The undersea cables will provide the necessary means for increased bandwidth. The deciding factor, however, will be the way in which these cables are managed and regulated.” Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected] articlesSouth Africa onlineBroadband boom brings freer speechSA web users to double by 2014Better broadband for AfricaBroadband centre launches in SAUseful linksSeacomEASSy – Eastern Africa Submarine Cable SystemConnection TelecomRSA WebWeb AfricaNeotelInternet Governance ForumWorld Bank: Information and Communications for Development 2009last_img read more

Introduce Friends to Geocaching with this 1 Free App

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching on the Go – Geocaching.com Weekly NewsletterAugust 15, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”So Long “Intro” — Meet the Geocaching® AppMarch 9, 2016In “News”DIY “Wow Power” for Your Next LogJune 8, 2014In “Geocaching Quizzes” Geocaching has never been easier to share or take along on a spontaneous adventure.The official Geocaching Intro apps for Android, iPhone and Windows Phone serve up beginner geocaches. The app is loaded with helpful advice, tips and videos to turn muggles into geocachers in just a few clicks. The apps offer your friends everything they need to launch on a geocaching adventure. Use the app to search for Traditional geocaches, navigate to their locations and log finds. Now when friends ask about geocaching, you can say, “download the official Geocaching intro app, and I’ll show you all about it.” Or say something even wittier, maybe even add a joke. Your friends like jokes.If you’re a Geocaching Premium Member the intro app offers even more features, like access to all Traditional geocaches regardless of terrain or difficulty, including Premium Member Only Traditional caches. Download the app for your phone now, and begin a geocaching adventure anywhere.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Space & Time Disruption: Understanding the PCS Experience

first_imgWritten By: Christopher Plein, Ph.D. West Virginia University and MFLN Military Caregiving Team Return to article. Long DescriptionFor most of us in civilian world, the promise of a new move brings both excitement and apprehension. The same can be said for military families.  However, what is distinct in the military context is that moving from place to place is not an option so much as it is a job requirement. The PCS process is necessary for force preparedness and flexibility.The report inventories the many different military-related and DoD sponsored programs and support systems that exist for families. Because of this robust system, the report does not call for new policies, programs and services, but instead concentrates on how these might be more closely coordinated and enhanced.  The military branches and the DoD have long embraced the concept of a “warm hand-off” for a family moving from one location to another, this report helps to highlight new opportunities for improving this process.The report not only sheds light on how space, that is moving across distance, affects military personnel and their families, it provides very helpful analysis on how families deal with the PCS process over time (pp. 20-25). The report uses survey data to show how service member and spouse attitudes towards PCS vary in the months prior and after a move.  The general finding is that stress intensifies in the weeks ahead of a move, but that families are resilient on the backend of the move.  This finding alone should remind us that families may have different needs and concerns throughout the PCS process.The work of the MFLN emphasizes providing support to those helping military families in transition.  Indeed, our colleagues in the MFLN Personal Finance and the MFLN Family Transition teams have hosted a three-part webinar series on the PCS process.  Their most recent webinar in this series focuses specifically on the Enhancing Family Stability during Permanent Change of Station report.The work of our MFLN Caregiving team also helps to complement our understanding of issues associated with moving to a new state and community.  For example, our various webinars and blogs on policies and systems across the U.S. contribute to our understanding how education, family, and healthcare services may be quite different from place to place.Across time and space, the journey can be exciting but also challenging.  A better understanding of the PCS process allows those who help military families to acquire new knowledge and resources. This image was purchased by MFLNMC from iStock.com under member ID 8085767. This image was purchased by MFLNMC from iStock.com under member ID 8085767. Return to article. Long DescriptionAs a professor, I am fortunate that I am able to rub elbows and interact with colleagues from many different academic disciplines. I am intrigued with the work of astrophysicists. Much of what they do involves exploring the mysteries of space and time and how it shapes our universe. Curiosity being what it is, I sometimes pick up a book or two on the subject.  Much attention is focused on the expansion of the universe. The big take away is that this movement, so to speak, is not always smooth and uniform.  Some explain that this helps to account for the formation of stars and galaxies. So clearly, some good comes out of this disruption.After a long cross-country flight spent reading about the cosmos, the echo of these thoughts remained as I read a recent report on the Permanent Change of Station (PCS) experience for military families. Produced by the Rand Corporation for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, the report, Enhancing Family Stability during a Permanent Change of Station, explores how PCS disrupts the lives of military personnel and their families.  This disruption need not necessarily be negative, but it does create challenges and stresses that are bound by both space and time.The report is provides insight on the tempo and dynamics of the PCS process. On average, in any year about one-third of active duty military personnel go through the PCS process and are relocated to a new assignment and community the report notes (page ix).  Another way to look at this is that the typical military family faces a move every three years or so.last_img read more

Information Minister pays tribute to life and work of Winnie Mandela

first_imgInformation Minister, Senator Ruel Reid  has expressed sadness at the death today at the age of 81 of Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the South African anti-apartheid campaigner and former wife of the late President Nelson Mandela.In a statement, Senator Reid said Mrs. Madikizela-Mandela was a courageous and valiantly fighter against the apartheid state and whose struggle for justice in South Africa served as an inspiration to hundreds of millions around the world.The people of Jamaica will long remember her for her grace in the face of great adversity especially when she became the public face of the anti-apartheid struggle during the 27 years when her then husband Nelson, was imprisoned by the South African regime. Her tenacity and great courage will not be forgotten, Senator Reid said.last_img

Duke Of Cambridge Meets Mens Mental Health Campaigners

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge recently visited ‘Campaign Against Living Miserably’ (CALM), a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, to lend his support to their ‘Best Man Project’.The Duke of Cambridge meets men’s mental health campaignersCredit/Copyright: Royal.ukOn arrival His Royal Highness met staff, volunteers and supporters from CALM, before joining a group of men who are taking part in filming ‘Best Man Project’ videos, where they chat about the importance of friendship and issues around mental wellbeing.CALM delivers services for men in crisis or distress, supporting people around them and those bereaved by suicide. You access their support HERE.The Best Man Project was launched by CALM to promote the idea that you don’t have to wait for a wedding to be a great friend, and because male friendships can be instrumental in men looking after their mental health.With male suicide the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK and social isolation becoming an issue, having good friends that recognise the signs of mental illness is increasingly important.The Duke is a keen mental health campaigner, and in 2016, together with The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, he created Heads Together Campaign, which created a national conversation about mental health.Retired footballer Rio Ferdinand and friend Jamie have been making a video for the Project – they previously took part in a Heads Together #oktosay video.His Royal Highness then joined a roundtable discussion, chaired by Ronan Kemp, where participants had the chance to share what they’ve been through and why male friendship is important to mental wellbeing.Participants included Carl Anka, who is a writer, podcaster and journalist who writes about mental health – the CALM helpline helped Carl in his darkest hour on more than one occasion.CALM also campaign for long-term culture change to redefine and open up masculinity, so that over time fewer men will need support at crisis point.Source:Royal.uklast_img read more

After Irma and Harvey wreak havoc here come Katia and Jose

first_imgWith file from The Associated Press. Tags: Travel Alert Travelweek Group Posted by SAN JUAN — As Hurricane Irma continues to roar across the Caribbean on a path toward Florida, a new tropical storm has formed in the Gulf of Mexico.Tropical Storm Katia formed early Wednesday off the coast of Mexico.The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Katia’s maximum sustained winds are near 65 kph with some strengthening forecast over the next two days. But the hurricane centre says Katia is expected to stay offshore through Friday morning.Credit: nhc.noaa.govThe storm is centred about 165 kilometres east of Tampico, Mexico, and is moving east-southeast near 4 kph.Tropical Storm Jose has formed in the open Atlantic far from land.Jose is located to the east of Hurricane Irma, which is a powerful and dangerous storm heading toward Antigua and perhaps the U.S.Jose is the 10th tropical storm of the season. It has maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and is about 2,420 kilometres east of the Lesser Antilles.More news:  Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksIn August, Travelweek reported that 2017 was primed to be the worst hurricane season in years. The U.S.-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) re-issued its scheduled update for its 2017 hurricane season outlook with a jump in the predicted number of named storms and major hurricanes. After Irma and Harvey wreak havoc, here come Katia and Jose Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more