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Hope turns to reality

24 February 2017 | by Halcyon

Article appeared in the Gold Coast Bulletin, 24 Feb 2017.

The concept of a Hope Island town centre precinct, all but laid to rest by the global financial crisis appears set to become a reality.

The concept – retail and office facilities bordered by medium density housing – was proposed by John Fish who, ahead of the crisis, controlled a significant swath of Hope Island waterfront land that included the Hope Island tavern, since sold.

Mr Fish’s $1 billion town centre plan included upmarket retail outlets, restaurants, private school, medical precinct and commercial space.

However, the land parcels came into the hands of financiers ...

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Aussies love Facebook!

17 February 2017 | by Halcyon

A recent study discovered that Australian’s are leading the Facebook way…

And it’s adults, not kids, who are the ‘users’.

How often do you use Facebook? Apparently three out of four of us are using Facebook daily, that’s according to the latest ‘Digital in 2017’ report. It seems that we are logging on more frequently than any other country in the world, with the worldwide average being just 55%.

Australia now has 16 million active users, that is about two-thirds of the population. Usage has gone up by 14% in the last 12 months.

The report, which looked at data from 238 countries, found ...

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Valentine’s Day: 8 of the most romantic world records

10 February 2017 | by Halcyon

For some of us it’s hard not to get a little carried away with all the Valentine’s Day hype. For others they take their “love” to the next level, the record books in fact… Check out some of the most romantic world records:

Oldest love poem:
Archaeologists have dated a love poem written on a clay tablet to the time of the Sumerians, who invented writing ca. 3500 bc. The poem was unromantically named "Istanbul #2461" and is thought to have been recited by a bride of the Sumerian king Shu-Sin, who ruled between 2037 and 2029 BC. It begins: Bridegroom, ...

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Vision by Halcyon stars on TV

25 January 2017 | by Halcyon

Recently a production crew visited Hope Island to shoot a segment for channel 7’s ‘Best Houses Australia’ programme. The host of the show interviewed home owners and Halcyon Joint Managing Director Dr Bevan Geissmann to gain insight on Halcyon’s unique over 50’s living model, shooting scenes in the homes and inside the Lifestyle and Aquatic Precinct.

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4 tips to keeping your new year’s resolutions

09 January 2017 | by Halcyon

At the end of every year we instinctively reflect on the year just gone by and determine what we would have done differently and how we will do things differently the impending year… (Humans are funny creatures, why not do this in September?) So, on 31 December at midnight, we say this year will be different, this year I will do…. More often then not, by February if not sooner, we’ve already have blown it. Let this be the year your resolution sticks. On a positive note, research says that you are 10 times more likely to change your behavior ...

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Watch Halcyon's superstar home owners on TV!

01 January 2017 | by Halcyon

Fifty years ago a fresh-faced 18-year old released the single, ’Sadie the Cleaning Lady’ which became the highest selling single in Australia at that time. Hugely popular with teenage girls (who are now 65, or thereabouts), the talented Johnny Farnham followed up with the massive hits, ‘One’ and ‘Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head’.

Farnham’s 1990 album ‘Chain Reaction’ featured another big hit in the form of the anthem-like ’THAT’S FREEDOM’.

Inspired by the classic song, our new TV ad features music from this iconic Australian tune.

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Recipe: Gingerbread house

16 December 2016 | by Halcyon

What you will need to build your house…
Base - Plywood, heavy platter or chopping board
Cardboard cut-outs - Two 13cm x 19cm rectangles (roof), Two 11.5cm x 16cm rectangles (side walls), Two 16cm x 19cm rectangles (front and back), each trimmed at 1 short end to form two 10cm-high gables
Decorations - Raffaello balls, white choc melts, white choc bits, jubes, red M&M’s or Smarties, red and white licorice bullets, red jelly beans, strawberry creams.

3 1/2 cups (1200g) self-raising flour
1 cup (340g) plain flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup (340g) firmly packed ...

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Preparing for Christmas

12 December 2016 | by Halcyon

Two weeks before…
Try to have all of your out-of-town presents mailed by 10 December.
Buy all of alcohol and non-perishable items required for Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Start wrapping your other gifts.

One week before…
You’ll enjoy those decorations even more if the floors are clean and the kitchen is organised. One important task: Clear out your refrigerator. Toss old leftovers to make room for big dishes and ingredients that’ll be piling up closer to the holiday.
Go through the gifts you have purchased and double check if you need to buy batteries for the toys for the grandkids?
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Starting yoga after 50

02 December 2016 | by Halcyon

A growing number of over 50’s (well all ages) are looking for alternate ways to exercise, gone are the days of pounding the pavement being the go to exercise for a happy and healthy you.

Yoga has been a popular form of exercise in Australia for about 15 years and more and more people who are over 50 are starting to show some serious downward dog interest in this movement.

Starting a new activity can be daunting and starting on your own is intimidating, take it from me, the trial phase can sometimes be “fun” but it will get easier, look for ...

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Tips for becoming fearless when you’re over 50

29 November 2016 | by Halcyon

Fear can be used for two things, it can stop us from doing something or it can motivate us to move forward. The choice is yours…

I guess the question on many people’s lips is; how can I be fearless when I’m over 50? How does one move out of their comfort zone and test the waters unknown? How can we stop fearing (and fighting) aging and learn to actually embrace it? Well lets have a look at some things that could help you find your inner lion(ness).

Actually think about your age demographic
Over 50’s make up the largest demographic in ...

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