Artist's brush with fate

A chance ride on a doomed plane gets a thriller off and running

The tough road of learning to drive

Greg Bray, columnist for the Gladstone Observer. Photo Brenda Strong/The Observer

Why do automatic cars cost more when manuals are harder to get?

Australia's best Bachelor yet

The Bachelor Richie Strahan with host Osher Gunsberg.

Do we currently have the best on our hands?

Gif shows how the camera really can make you put on "10 lbs"

The camera really can put weight onto you

Atheists: Don't call yourself a Jedi!

The Atheist Foundation of Australia wants people who were born into a religion but no longer practice it to think about their answer in the upcoming Census.

Campaigners urge Australians to answer “no religion”

Mercedes-Benz E-Class road test and review

BRAVE NEW WORLD: 2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class a masterclass of tech, safety features and luxury

Benz's new E-Class arrives with semi-autonomous features

Doctors baffled by woman's mystery illness

Ashleigh Jensen today

"I went from being healthy to not knowing how I was still alive"

Doris proud owner of 7th Subaru and Gympie's first Levorg

TRUE BELIEVERS: Ali Zengin and Doris Chambers are unashamed Subaru fans.

Nanna becomes the proud owner of her seventh consecutive Subaru

Some of the best Coonawarra reds

Food & Entertainment

We review three of the best reds coming out of the Coonawarra

Central Queensland entrepreneur invents peck-proof helmet

MAGPIE PROOF: Mike from Swoopaway with kids from the Blackwater PCYC.

Local cyclist solving the swooping problem.

Bundaberg cafe voted state's best ... again

RECREATING the Indulge Cafe experience anywhere else simply wouldn’t be possible according to owner Amanda Hinds.

Trent’s out but he’s tipping a Coast win on MasterChef

MasterChef Australia Top 6 contestants Matt Sinclair, Trent Harvey and Mimi Baines face off in a pressure test. Supplied by Channel 10.

Trent Harvey backs Noosa coffee roaster to top TV comp

Why MasterChef’s Matt Preston loves our Bundaberg Rum

PREMIUM RUM: Chef Matt Preston visited the Bundaberg Rum where he created Matt’s Blend.

Master Chef's Matt Preston in town to make his own rum

Off the beaten track there’s a shiraz trio worth sharing

Three Victorian reds to try this weekend

Back to school: Old-fashioned banana muffins

Muffin comes from the French word moufflet, used to describe soft bread.

Let the kids make these for their lunchboxes

Steak Tartare - how to get it just right

Dan and Steph steak tartare

Got beef? This has to be the best way to enjoy a quality cut.

'What I wish I knew before I went on MasterChef'

Billie McKay, winner of MasterChef 2015. Supplied by Channel 10.

Billie McKay has given some advice to current and future contestants

Making sense of home scents

Fragrance adds depth and character to any space, plus it allows you to give each space in your home a different feel.

Want a rose garden in your living room? Simple

Add instant romance to your space with cost-effective, easy photomurals for your walls. Designs by Komar Products are available at specialist retail outlets or directly from www.komar.de.

Try this bloomin' home interiors trend.

Verandahs are out, 'eskie' homes are in

Air-conditioned homes are replacing the verandah.

3 out of 5 Aussies judge friends on their toilets

Aussies have high standards when it comes to cleanliness

GREEN THUMB: Peaceful floral display

The Peace Baby is just one of many successful plants that you can grow at home.

Fined for saving staghorn

Man takes staghorn from Booloumba Falls, ends up in court

Is there a termite resistant mulch?

MIGHTY MULCH: Cypress Mulch is a natural termite resistant mulch obtained from the Western Queensland White Cypress.

It's a rookie mistake not to mulch your garden

Get a buzz out of bugs

A honey bee at work pollinating a lavender plant.

Get the bugs working for not against your garden

Gardening: Roses inspire love and now is the time to plant

The hybrid tea rose Garden Party produces double, scented white flowers margined with pale pink.

Get the garden ready now for your own rose paradise

Gardening: Greening up the home this winter

A zanzibar gem.

Bring the outdoors in this winter

Gardening: Bush delicacies to grow in your own backyard

Finger limes are otherwise know citrus caviar.

Most edible plants in Australia aren't Australian.

Airline will no longer fly between Mackay and Sydney

VIRGIN Airlines is terminating direct flights from Mackay to Sydney from January 1, 2017.

"One Indian Summer" - Tamara Bhatnagar's Mumbai experience

THE colour and excitement of festivities prior to an Indian wedding in Mumbai.

ONE day in Tamara Bhatnagar's travels through Mad Mumbai.

Migaloo the white whale heads north with own 'bodyguard'

Migaloo is generating a little too much excitement, it seems.

White superstar of the water will be escorted to Great Barrier Reef

Got a spare hundred bucks? Here's where you could fly to now

BIG BOOST: Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand all posted double-digit passenger growth into the Sunshine Coast Airport.

Wanna fly but ain't got the funds? Then make sure you check this out

Could this be the best job in the world?

St Bees Island managing director Phil Webb.

THE only rule: don't stand too long under coconut trees.

Bumper whale season: How many humbacks can we expect?

OCEAN GIANT: Hervey Bay will be the temporary home for thousands of humpback whales this season.

Fraser Coast Opportunities hopes locals roll out the welcome mat.

Yeppoon sisters travel coastline in style

COLOURFUL TRAVELLERS: Ella Fleming and her sister Layne Fleming with their colourful van Yota. INSET: Ella driving Yota on the Great Ocean Rd.

Yeppoon hairdressers make colourful trip around the country.

Talking whiskey with Jack Daniel’s master distiller

Lynchburg would be just another one-traffic light blip on the atlas but for one fact: it is home to the Jack Daniel whiskey distillery.

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Matt Damon is taking a break from acting

Matt Damon is taking a break to spend time with his family

Police foiled terrifying 1m plot to kidnap Katie Price

Police foiled a £1 million plot to kidnap Katie Price and her family

Kristen Bell's baby confession

Kristen Bell once pretended to be asleep when her baby woke up early

Fashionistas show off at Splendour in the Grass

GLITTER, skin and mesh were all on show at the festival this weekend.

Beauty at home: Banish those blackheads

A cucumber mask is very refreshing and a great ‘pick me up’ for skin.

How to get rid of blackheads for good

‘Don’t dare say she looked better with meat on her bones’

Jim Brigginhaw reckons supermodels are too skinny these days.

Beauty: Is it really in the eye of the beholder?

Gladstone girl makes top 50 of most beautiful list

Gladstone's little golden girl Jordyn Lea has not only made her mark in the global magazine Fashion Kids, labelled in the top 50 of the world's most beautiful children, but is also on her way to the national finals of the Aboriginal Model Search in Sydney, in October

JORDYN is on the fast track to fame after this big win.

Isabella Rossellini says being called beautiful is insulting

Isabella Rossellini

'Still beautiful' label is condescending, star says

Aboriginal model search: Oasis sets sights on modelling

STRIKE A POSE: Oasis Armstrong is heading to Sydney in October after being one of eight finalists in the Aboriginal Model Search competition.

She's only eight but she already knows how to rule the catwalk.

Pensioners lose thousands as furniture store collapses

BREAKING: Pensioners and business owners have been left thousands of dollars out of pocket as a furniture retailer closes its Sunshine Coast store.

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 7: What to expect

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition

There's some big rumours about the new version

Are these the best headphones ever?

We review the impressive Bose QuietComfort 35s

ATM operating systems need security updates

Cash money   Photo:Barry Leddicoat / Sunshine Coast Daily

EVER heard of Barnaby Jack? No?

Are your copies of Harry Potter worth thousands?

Harry Potter books

How to tell if your old copies of Harry Potter are worth $80,000

Thermomix explodes leaving mum with burns

Sonya Enkelmann suffered burns to her arms and face after her thermo mix exploded

Gracemere mum learns what not to cook in a thermomix.

Coles and Woolworths' dairy war hurts CQ farmers

Michael and Aaron Clews, from Slatewood dairy farm in Rossmoya, discuss the impact of supermarket milk wars on Central Queensland farmers and economy.

Dairy price war impacting $70 million injected into CQ economy

Health agency warns of possible carcinogens in tattoo ink

RESEARCH by the European Chemicals Agency has been looking into the dangers and toxicity of tattoo ink on the body and whether the inks should be regulated.

Disease outbreak at daycare puts mums on high alert

Mum pleads with parents to keep sick kids home to stop the spread

Brisbane doctors in first for pre-birth operations

Doctors performed Australia-first spinal operation on unborn baby

Son's cancer battle second fight for family

Kane with his mum Natalie and dad Rick met Taylor Swift at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital

Parents never expected their son's headaches were caused by cancer

Reno stars want tradies to focus a little more on one thing

The Demmrichs want Tradies to look after their most important tool

Ipswich girl, 4 with cancer says 'Barbie looks just like me'

LOOKING GOOD: Erin Masurier was given this special oncology Barbie at the Lady Cilento Childrens' Hospital.

Special doll given to Ipswich girl going through chemo therapy

This mother's journey: Raising a daughter alone

One day, doing the most mundane of activities (dragging a wheelie bin out to the kerb), I was hit with a bolt of unexpected confidence - I could do this!

Dad makes a sandwich, mum gives birth

Wade and Terri Thompson welcomed baby Naya in the kitchen of their Brassall home on Thursday morning.

VIDEO: How this mum delivered her own baby

You don't need a bloke to buy you flowers: Opinion

SELF LOVE: We don’t really need a bloke to buy us flowers.

I’m not saying go out and buy a fresh bunch of flowers every day.

Parents fight over 'magical sleep doll'

The dolls make breathing and heartbeat sounds, and are believed to have a range of benefits for babies.

Researchers said the doll helped babies to fall asleep sooner

Parents' worst nightmare: Daughter, 6, could be deported

The family of six-year-old Lennox Head girl Sienna Tippett have applied for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to intervene so she doesn't get deported for having an undiagnosed mystery illness.

A Northern Rivers family has started the fight of their life.

Dads read to children a different way

STORY TIME: Dads Read is a national campaign to get the male role model reading to children from birth.

Dads read to their children differently to mums

Mum's third set of twins in two years

Newborns Darla and Delanie are a US mum Danesha Couch's third set of twins.

"I said, 'This is not happening right now. Pinch me.'"

Tinder users hit by fake 'safe dating' app

TINDER users are being scammed by as much as $A160 a month through fake profile verification sites.

Why millennials are having less sex

Young people appear to be having less sex, or just lying about it less than previous generations.

It is a cliche that each new generation shocks the last

Pucker up buttercup: It’s International Kissing Day

Janine Hall of Currimunid is a intuitive face and personality reader. She also has her own lip balm product called Plump and Smooth from The Organic Lip Balm Company.

Lip expert shares insight into the power of the smooch

Kissing the key to happy relationships

A third of people in relationships need a good smooch every day