Angela Bensted

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I hope you lichen my work

Discover Norway under the midnight sun

Your Time Magazine| September 2017 “I’m a cruise ship virgin,” I whisper to the tall man behind the bar, as I struggle to understand the card-swipe and signature process. “Well there’s no better way to pop your cherry,” he replies, passing me a glass of pink champagne as the ship sounds two blasts from its horn and slips away from the dock.

The way to go

Your Time Magazine| May 2017 When 81-year-old Cliff said a final goodbye to his wife Mary Patricia (Pat) he planned every aspect of the event himself with meticulous attention to detail. He sat opposite the funeral director in his front room, trying not to look at Pat’s dusty piano and photos of their eight children, leafing slowly through a coffin brochure.

The movie and the diary

WQ| April 2017 On New Year’s Eve a fellow reveller asked “why do you write?” and the answer eluded me. It’s been a few days since the party, but I’d like another shot at the title. On a recent international flight I watched a film about American novelist Thomas Wolfe and his editor Max Perkins.

Baby boozers

Your Time Magazine | December 2016 If you’re reading this with a chardonnay in your hand or a nip of scotch doing duty before dinner then you’re a typical Baby Boomer. You love a drink and you have one nearly every day, a legacy of how you grew up in the booze-soaked 1960s and ’70s.

No job for a woman

Your Time Magazine | November 2016 She juggles a croissant and a takeaway coffee as she ushers me into her South Brisbane apartment, waving at books and magazines piled neatly on a low table and apologising for a mess that doesn’t exist. It’s early, and the 74-year-old is fresh from the ABC studios, with more interviews scheduled before a VIP event that evening.

Reigning cats and dogs

Your Time Magazine | September 2016 There’s a clipped pooch standing guard on a Brisbane verandah in the fading winter light. Actually the dog is sitting down on the job, performing its security duties from a comfortable chair.

Power pats - pooches prove to be a patient's best friend

Your Time Magazine | September 2016 Pyrenean mountain dog Belle turns heads when she saunters through the Mater Hospital’s corridors, posing for selfies with nurses and stopping for hugs from children.

The art and science of healing

Your Time Magazine | July 2016 Visitors to Brisbane’s St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital might have noticed a quiet transformation over the past five years, as drab corridors have come alive with an evolving contemporary art display. The collection’s unlikely curator is gynecologist Dr Philip Hall who started practising there five years ago.

Family fortunes

Your Time Magazine | June 2016 In a cruel twist of fate, family fortunes, earned through graft and sacrifice, are being whittled away by warring children and scheming hangers-on.

David Hamill - life after politics

Your Time Magazine | April 2016 You were Queensland Parliament's member for Ipswich for 18 years from ages 26 to 43, nine of those as a minister with the Goss and Beattie Labor Governments. Why did you retire?

The art of tackling dementia

Your Time Magazine | June 2016 There’s a tight group huddled around an art work at the Queensland Art Gallery on a mid-week morning. Ten or so people sit on small camp chairs, listening intently as a guide tells them about a painting, using it to spark memories and start a conversation.

Veteran fencers leading the way

Your Time Magazine | May 2016 Jenny Bonney-Millett, a slight woman with long brown hair coiled into a bun, jogs around the Yeronga Sports Centre before stopping to stretch.

Second-wind workers

Your Time Magazine | April 2016 The TV commercial shows a man and a woman driving in a red convertible, smiling and windswept, then zooms wide to reveal they’re behind glass as part of a museum exhibit. A young boy looking on turns a puzzled face to his grandfather, who wears a crumpled suit and a hangdog look, seeking an explanation. “It’s called retirement son. They used to have it when I was a boy.”

Barry proves a little Bull goes a long way

Your Time Magazine | April 2016 Barry Bull is still wet from his morning swim at Mooloolaba beach, buoyant after running into reporters from the Channel Nine Today Show. They chatted, and he asked Richard Wilkins, who’d interviewed Barry 10 years ago, if he remembered him.

Bring out the old black billy and the lagerphone

Your Time Magazine | March 2016 Brisbane musician John Thompson actually had a copy of the folk musical play Reedy River sitting on his desk, pondering how he might do something with it, when friend Jan Nary tapped him on the shoulder to front a new production of the play by MATES Theatre Genesis.

Emeritus Professor Tess Cramond

Courier Mail | January 2016 EVERY backyard pool in Queensland bears the legacy of Professor Tess Cramond. That legacy is a sign, prominently displayed and measuring at least 300mm by 300mm, with simple instructions for performing cardio pulmonary resuscitation.

The not-so-secret men's business

Your Time Magazine | November 2015 Most houses have one; a shed down the back. It’s always been a haven for blokes, an oasis where the male of the species is free to do as much (or as little) as he likes.

Never too old to learn

Your Time Magazine | October 2015 It's pruning season for rose growers and with 330 bushes in her garden, Rhonda Weston is a busy woman.