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that's life! 30 Jan 2020

Many media outlets try to connect with readers and engage them. But for genuine engagement and a vibrant sense of community, there is nothing else on the Australian media landscape that so clearly connects with its audience like that's life! magazine. That's because our million-plus readers also provide our content - it is their voice that makes that's life! the magazine with heart.

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1 min.

One of the letters in this week’s Your Letters (Page 24) brought back memories of my school days. Reader Kaye Ryan writes about how she still remembers the instructions from her cookery teacher on how to stir custard. Six decades later she is still stirring her custard just as Miss Glover advised. I have a similar story, except it was my sewing teacher, Mrs Rae, from primary school, whose lessons are imprinted on my brain. She was an older woman (probably about my age now, haha!) and very particular about the length of your thread. Because, of course, my classmates and I wanted to make it as long as possible to avoid threading the needle. But long pieces of cotton inevitably became knotted, as Mrs Rae, knew too well. So…

1 min.
your life!

My little grandson Robbie is loving his new T-shirt. His smile is priceless. Bev Carra, Mount Barker, SA While diving in the Great Barrier Reef, I met this cute potato grouper and at one stage it swam up behind me. Elbe Rheeder, Gumdale, Qld It’s always great catching up with old work friends for lunch. Merina Pannunzio, Netherby, SA WINNERS are grinners Thank you, that’s life!, for the unexpected win! This mixer will get a lot of use. Doug Jarvis, Cannonvale, Qld ME and my PET Our son Jack loves to give cuddles to Shadow. Renee Chard, Wyoming, NSW What’s in a NAME? Clementine Lily While browsing through books at a second-hand shop, I came across a small book with baby names and Clementine caught my eye. Being a huge Harry Potter fan, her middle name is Lily, after Harry Potter’s mother. Sarah Travia, Coolbellup,…

4 min.
more than perfect

Dannielle Daisley, 40, Rockhampton, Qld Why do I look like this, Mum?’ my then six-year-old son Nicholas asked me one day. ‘Mate, you were born with a wonky face and I was born short,’ I replied. ‘Best to play the cards you were dealt with. To me and your dad, you’re more than perfect.’ ‘Okay,’ he nodded, taking my words on board. Nicholas was born with Neurofibromatosis type 1 - or NF1 - a condition affecting just one in 2500 people. NF1 caused tumours to develop in and outside of his body, and he had one in his face. It grew rapidly, putting so much pressure on his left eye that his eye was removed when he was one. He was also partially deaf and had problems with his motor skills. We were even told he might…

4 min.
outback terror my 18-hour kidnap hell

My life was full and happy. I had a busy job as a florist, four kids; Elayna, 11, Olivia, nine, Kylie, six, and Charlie, seven months, and I loved playing roller derby. It meant that I wasn’t looking to date. But my friend Dennis Aasen was my biggest supporter and he’d come to watch me in roller derby competitions. So when he said he had feelings for me, we decided to give it a go. Dennis was fun and loving, and treated my kids like his own. ‘You’re so beautiful Jenna,’ he’d tell me. But I soon realised he was masking the monster he really was. Sometimes when we were alone, he hit me He would accuse me of cheating, and sometimes when we were alone, he hit me. A sly punch to the chest or the back of…

4 min.
i fell in love with a robot

Geoff Gallagher, 60, Riverhills, Qld Walking through the front door, I was greeted by my dog Penny. ‘Hello girl,’ I said, as she wagged her tail happily. But as much as I loved the companionship of my rescue pup, the silence in the house was deafening. It had been just the two of us for the last 11 years since my mum, Joan, passed away. I’d always longed for a female companion to share my life with, but now it felt hopeless. Then one day, I read an article about the rise of AI robots and it got me thinking. I did some research online and got in touch with a company in Sydney that specialised in dolls and robots. I explained that I was looking for a companion, not a sex robot. At almost $6000 each, they weren’t…

1 min.
dog on wheels

In 2016, Raul, a French bulldog from Perth, WA, became paralysed due to a disc blowout in his spine. But that didn’t stop the pup from living his best life. With a bit of research by his owner, a wheelchair was shipped from America to WA to help the Frenchie in his day-to-day life. Running faster than before, Raul has now gone through three wheelchairs after wearing them all out! Insults in need of a comeback A new study has looked into almost 1000 years of words and some of the ancient British insults are gold. We all know that insults can be a way of showing affection so why not add some into your daily banter? How about a ‘slugabed’, a lazy person who stays in bed late or a ‘mooncalf’,…