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How to commemorate ANZAC Day 2020 from home

Stream the live service from 6am.

David Clode, Unsplash
David Clode, Unsplash

It’s one of the most important days of the year in Australia but this year, ANZAC Day (Saturday April 25th) is going to look a little different.

While we are obviously limited to stay indoors this year, we can still show our gratitude to the men and women who fought and died for our country in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations around the world.

So, while we can’t get up at 3am to head down to our local service, what we can do is have our own private service at home.

From 6am, RSL Queensland will be streaming a short commemorative service, comprising The Ode, The Last Post, a minute’s silence, and Reveille.

If you head to the website here, you can listen to a short audio while standing in your driveway, on the balcony or even just in your lounge room to pay your respects.

James Wainscoat, Unsplash
James Wainscoat, Unsplash

They’ve deemed it Light Up The Dawn and suggest lighting a candle to hold while you listen to the service.

It will roll out as follows:

Acknowledgment of Country
The Ode – RSL Queensland President Tony Ferris
The Last Post – Australian Army Band Brisbane
A minute’s silence
Reveille – Australian Army Band Brisbane
The National Anthem – Australian Army Band Brisbane

Head to the website to pledge your place, so RSL Queensland (and our servicemen and women) know how many of us are participating.

Currumbin RSL will also be live streaming a pre-recorded service on their social media channels and they’re also in the process of creating a project by asking Gold Coasters to send in a short video (up to 30 seconds) of yourself, your friends or your family using your phone or camera showing your thanks to our veterans. Send it in to [email protected] and they’ll post in the lead up. 

Imagine how magical it will be standing solo in our homes, but still connected to millions of other Australians.

It will be one ANZAC Day to remember forever – and tell the grandkids about right?

Pledge your attendance here.

Words by Kirra Smith

A brew-tiful, new coffee house opens in Palm Beach

If there is one thing we know, it is that coffee is a magical, life-saving elixir and without it, who knows where we’d all be while navigating this new world we now live in. On that note, we are very happy to bring you the news that a brand new coffee house opened recently in Palm Beach and it’s one you’re going to want to pop into at the soonest available opportunity.

It’s called Watson Bloom and it can be found within the Sable Palm Beach building on the Gold Coast Highway. Owned by two locals who know a thing or two about specialty brews, the newbie is intimate and inviting and quite a delight honestly.

Inside you’ll find a bench that runs the length of the space upon which the magic happens, greenery drips from every corner and on one wall is an array of take home goodies like Raw treats, Prana Chai and Naked bars. It’s all whites and greys and the epitome of cool, but not too cool (their slogan, quite appropriately).

Coffee-wise Alex Begley and Stephen Harris use a variety of blends depending on your preference and whether you’re into milk coffee, cold brew or a filter brew, they’ve got you covered.

You can also opt for a sticky Prana Chai tea, Craave Chai latte, Hot Chocolate or a fresh, delicious smoothie and you won’t be paying extra for alternative milks. Of which there is any kind you need – Coco Quench, Almond, Oat, Soy, Nut Mylk and the dairy version is organic and really very delicious.

To eat, there’s an array of plant-based treats including raw goodies and banana bread made in-house plus pastries consisting of the yummiest fillings including broccoli and sweet potato and pear and custard. YUM. All of those can be taken away but when the time comes, there will be seating inside and in the little patio area at the front.

Almost forgot the most important thing, there are DOUGHNUTS too.

The idea behind Watson Bloom is to keep it simple and focus on the community and we are absolutely all about that.

Pop in to show them some love next time you’re in need of an exceptional brew and fill up your cup in more ways than one.

LOCATION: Sable Palm Beach, 2/1073 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach
HOURS: 5.30am until 1.30pm daily

Words and photos by Kirra Smith

Currumbin RSL

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