TEEN TELLS: 'Dad's cancer kept coming back'

14-year-old Joel Ashby pens an emotional letter about his dad's cancer journey, and his words speak volumes for why you should get behind the Relay For Life

Mum told: Your son deserves to die

Tori Brooks and her son Travis.

Horrifying remark brings Mackay mum to tears

Boy, 10, given 12 vials of antivenene after funnel-web bite

Matthew Mitchell was given 12 vials of antivenene. Photo: supplied

Matthew was “as lucky as they get”

What is in the February 25 Weekend?

Peter Helliar is releasing a children's book, Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase.

Check out the great reads in the magazine

Say aloha to adventure in Hawaii

The Diamond Head crater from the air.

Fly through the treetops or discover magic of an extinct volcano

Bishop's Best a drinkable dark lager

Dark brew gets thumbs up

Oh man, there are some things on show in this bar

Castelmola, close to Taormina, is worth the climb just to see the sights at Bar Turrisi.

Bar Turrisi is an unforgettable celebration of all things phallic

School serves mum warning note after confiscating cake

The note sent home in the lunchbox of a child at a Lonsdale school about a ‘sometimes food’. Source: Supplied.

"As a parent, I should be able to choose what my child should have"

How this teacher welcomed her students is melting hearts

A picture of the note has been shared 31,000 times

The incredible story of the girl who weighed just 630g

Jason Agnew holds the hand of Olivia Agnew, his 25-week-old premature baby. Photo / Greg Bowker

"To be told we may lose Olivia as well was pretty tough to hear."

OPINION: Am I being too hard on myself?

It was raw, it was ugly, it was undignified.

OUCH: Aussie mum gives birth to 6kg baby

Natashia Corrigan was shocked by the size of her new son Brian Junior.

THEY say the best things come in small packages.

Mum-of-four says vegan eating will cure her breast cancer

“I think by feeding my body good things, it will have an impact."

Everything you need to know before going fishing

Read the below before you hit the water.

Your fishing essentials kit and the wicked prizes you can win!

Meet the Feather Riot, the girls of Cluckingham Palace

Gidget, Layne and Phyllis oversee proceedings. PHOTO: ALISON PATERSON

Alison Paterson shares the wonders of the backyard chook

'Brake! Brake!' Beach driving goes wrong

Watch as beach drivers find getting a tow can make things worse

Gatherings great and small

Scottish cook reveals her tips and recipes for sharing tasty, pretty plates of food with your loved ones

Delicious, nutritious and no cooking needed

FRESH IS BEST: Make the summer heat easier to manage with this delicious, nutritious salad.

The best meal to eat in the heat

How to make the perfect clam pasta

Clams with zucchini, cherry tomatoes and white wine.

How to make the humble clam into something fantastic

Fabulous fruits make sweet treat

Coconut and mango panna cotta with mango and passionfruit salad.

Check out the Q and A with the chef

What do the labels on our food actually mean?

What exactly do the labels on our meat mean?

We decode the labels on our primary produce

Who is in this Weekend?

Jessica Sepel has released her latest book, Living the Healthy Life.

Check out what is in the February 18 edition of Weekend magazine

Woo your Valentine with this dish

Beef poke salad bowl

Woo your Valentine with this dish

What $11.9m can get you on Coast's most exclusive street

THIS mega waterfront property is what $11.9m will buy you in one of the Coast's most exclusive streets.

Setting the scene for romance

Interior by Miv Watts.

Watch your style when luring a lover

Go easy on your wallet with shopping tips

Cut a grocery bill in half by treating the food like money.

Bargain buys that help the hip pocket

How to tell friends 'no kids at the wedding'

It is hard to tell friends not to bring their children to your wedding but honesty might be the best policy.

Keep your big day a child-free zone

The best way to garden in the heat

I'VE been doing a lot of gardening these past few weeks. I know, it's been hideously hot, so I have had to choose my projects carefully.

Tell someone how you feel with the language of flowers

Pink roses have the same positive meaning as red roses on Valentine's Day.

The red rose is not the only symbol of love

Crepe myrtles a blossoming beauty

A crepe myrtle, native to eastern Asia, can be grown in almost any garden in Australia.

How to best care for these floral beauties

This guy's gardening's real McCoy

Michael McCoy hosts Dream Gardens.

One of the country's leading landscape designers set for TV

Gardening: Magnificent mussaendas the perfect January plant

The white mussaenda's tiny flower, a simple yellow star, surrounded by bracts.

Tropical plants to bring colour for summer

It's time to discover our 12,000 native species

The endangered Richmond birdwing butterfly.

Australia has 12 times more native plants than England

Beat the heat: top tips for a healthy summer garden

Possum Paradise owner Simone Youman with vegie seedlings. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Plants will survive the heat if you prepare and pick correctly.

What can you do in Christchurch?

As the rebuild continues in earnest, find out more about tourist attractions in the city's heart.

Flights from the Gold Coast to Vietnam for $129

Six Senses_Con Dao_Vietnam_Ocean front deluxe pool villa

Airlines jump on board as Vietnam touted as next big destination

Longreach is a welcome oasis

SETTING OUT: Passengers rode inside the coach while the well-heeled rode up top in the open air.

Longreach is a welcome surprise

Qantas to ditch aircraft window shutters

The shutterless windows in the Boeing 787.

Window shutters are the source of much annoyance on planes

Dunedin's the one for family fun

Fun on the slides at Moana Pool in Dunedin.

Dunedin's fun family attractions offer plenty

Exploring quake city

New Regent St, in the Christchurch central business district, shows no signs of damage from the 2011 earthquake and has become a vibrant meeting place for residents and the city's visitors.

How do residents feel, six years after Christchurch disaster?

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

DARIUS McCrary, who played Eddie Winslow on the ’90s sitcom Family Matters, has been accused of holding his infant daughter over a pot of boiling water.

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

Buderim dad rejects gay son's emotional plea for second time

LOVERS: Grant and Chris have been together for more than three years, and Chris' parents refuse to acknowledge their son's fiance.

Son’s emotional plea rejected again by unmoved father

What's on the big screen this week

Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller in a scene from the movie T2: Trainspotting.

This week's new releases offer plenty of variety for movie buffs.

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Hodges proud to be part of first channel dedicated to NRL

Justin Hodges is gearing up for his new gig on Fox League.

Footy star hopes to provide a voice for players on new NRL channel

Which ingredients should you look for in beauty products?

Check out these natural beauty products starting to hit shop shelves.

Ella's going from Rainbow Beach to the runway

THE NEXT BIG THING? Rainbow Beach's Ella Grace Bond, 16, is heading for the top.

Local model making a splash internationally

GRAMMY AWARDS: How to fashion for the 2017 Grammy Awards

CeeLo Green as his alter ego Gnarly Davidson arrives at the 59th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles.

This year's Grammys mean Victorian, cleavage, or bizarre

Cover girl has this NSW town covered

SPLASHING ABOUT: Playboy model Jasmine Ferguson splashes a new swimwear line at Sawtell.

Sawtell hosted another cover star at the weekend

"It looks like I've been in a freak accident"

Golnaz Bassam Tabar, who alleges she suffered burns to her face after receiving a beauty treatment. Photo / Chris Loufte

"I thought 'woah that's not what it's supposed to look like'"

Dress to impress the perfect other

Give a first date outfit some pizzazz with shoulder details, like this creation from Indonesian designer Defrico Audy.

Check out these first date dressing tips

Aussie model a huge hit in US thanks to Super Bowl ad

Gonsalves’ career defining moment coincides with her birthday.

Super Bowl made a big debut for this Aussie model

iPhone 8: Augmented 3D reality and avatars?

THE new iPhone could boast a game-changing 3D camera and allow for facial recognition and augmented reality applications, according to new leaks.

Mobile World Congress: What can we expect this year?

Rising smartphone maker Oppo has teased announcement of new camera

World's 'most reliable' phone: Nokia 3310 resurrected

Nokia 3310... one of the most reliable phones of all time.

The phone was first released in 2000 and some are still going strong

iPhone 8 leaks reveals new feature

Smartphone expected to also include edge to edge display

Youngest winner says lottery windfall 'ruined' her life

Jane Park, who won £1m aged 17, said someone of her age should not have been allowed to win such a large amount of money YouTube/BBC Scotland

Jane Park won Euromillions lottery at age of 17

Samsung's $649 phone with water resistance

Samsung has unveiled a new budget offering for the Australian market.

Galaxy A5 and A7 to go on sale in Australia next Thursday

Hands up for $9000 in nine hours?

Huawei Mate 9 smartphone challenge.

Nine Aussies join challenge to outlast Chinese smartphone

How one photo changed this woman's life forever

The photo came from a friend, at the iconic Cedar Creek Falls, and it should have been a treasured experience, but she was horrified by what she saw.

No debate, go and vaccinate

PRIMARY CONCERN: Vaccination is crucial to a child's health care.

Health column: vaccines and preventative care

Messing with your head

MIND BLOWN: What could be weirder than the realisation that we have another completely separate brain and nervous system than the one originating in our heads?

Fascinating connection between your gut and your brain

What is our work costing us?

Is your work environment making you sick?

We go to work and get paid, but are we paying a price in return?

Changes to in home aged care, and what you need to know

Australian aged care advocacy services will change to placing the consumer at the centre of decision making.

More control is coming to seniors in the region.

'We'll always be there': School's vow as cancer hits class

Oscar Lukritz, left, with his family.

Three students from Christian college class diagnosed with cancer

Utimate bullying revenge: Andy loses half his weight

Andy Albertson was always self conscious about his weight. Picture: Facebook

He shed a massive 77kg and is now down to about 66kg.

Bed-sharing has merits

Dare I admit that, with the weather as hot as it's been, my children have been sleeping in my bed

Some great hacks to make parenting easier

These parenting tips will help with the little problems around the house.

PARENTING is hard, here are some hacks to make the process easier

Ballina mum finds blade in nappy bag

Shocked shopper finds 3 inch blade rusty blade hidden in baby bag compartment.

Shocked shopper finds 3 inch blade rusty blade hidden in compartment

NRL star's wife booted from cafe by 'mum-ophobic' waitress

What Phoebe Burgess posted on Instagram about the cafe.

Phoebe Burgess booted from cafe by 'mum-ophobic' waitress

Kids' game "full of f**king paedophiles" according to dad

A mortified dad has expressed serious concerns over an online game

Desperate times for Dan's young family

STRUGGLE: Dan Bowman wonders how he will support his family Trish, Zoe, 13, Joseph, 12, Isaiah, 5, Malachi, 3 and Hugo, 1 after he was sacked from when SmartCity's administrative company went into liquidation.

Sippy Downs man one of those counting the cost after company folds

SOAPBOX: How not to nail a heatwave hangover

NOT FUN: Cot building while hungover is not recommended. NB- This is not the cot I was building.

SOAPBOX: Add this to the list of things never to do hungover

Mum, Granny shocked at Mackay couple's wedding

'My mum thought we were pulling some sort of New Year's Eve joke'

Your love fits one of these six styles, say psychologists

The ancient Greeks described several different types of love.

Valentine's Day scam that's worse than having to buy flowers

VALENTINE'S SCAM: The ACCC is warning people chasing romance online to be wary of scams.

Be wary of online dating and romance scams

Maid of honour is 103, groomsman is a chihuahua

STILL IN LOVE: Elaine and Laurie Stephenson, who are residents at Whiddon Aged Care Home, Grafton, will renew their vows on Valentines Day more than 58 years after their wedding.

Aged care home buzzing as two residents renew vows on Valentines Day