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that's life!

that's life! 07 May 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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in this issue

2 min.

Just one of the many lovely things about having small children in your life is rediscovering the joy of kids’ books. Like his mum and her mum (aka Yia Yia), I have been reading to my eldest grandson, Harley, 3, since he was a baby. And although, after you’ve read a book 87 times, that first flush of enjoyment may fade a little, it’s one of my favourite things to do with him. There’s always some small detail in a drawing that was missed, and a new question to be asked. And answered. And asked, and answered and, well, you know how it goes. I recently found a new favourite book that I’m sure some of you already know, as it’s been out for a while. It’s The Wonky Donkey,…

1 min.
your life!

DON’T I KNOW YOU? Lily, 11, was lucky enough to meet NSW Swifts netball captain Maddy Proud at a fan day. Jessica Morris, Penrith, NSW WINNERS are grinners Thank you, that’s life!, for my cash prize. It certainly came at a time of need. Margaret Smith, West Wyalong, NSW ME and my PET There’s nothing better than starting your day with a copy of that’s life!. Mary Campbell, Cranbourne East, Vic Thankfully our paddocks have been green since January for my gorgeous horse, Babe. Bernardette Hall, Placid Hills, Qld FAMILY FRIENDS LAUGHS I don’t know who looks fiercer, my grandson, Eddie, or the Hulk. Ida Schroder, Victoria Point, Qld Kameron loved visiting San Francisco earlier this year. Kasey Douglass, Horsley, NSW The fives have it! My father, Ben, 85, husband, Colin, 65, and sister, Geraldine, 55, celebrated their milestone birthdays that fall just over five weeks…

4 min.
put your bins out in your ball gown!

Victoria Rogers, 46, Melbourne, Vic Scrolling through my Facebook feed, I stopped at a photo my friend Angie had shared of herself. Dressed in a ruby red, full-length dress, she looked incredible. But I felt a twinge of sadness when I read the caption. Angie lived in the UK and had been planning to go to a charity awards night with work, but it had been cancelled because of COVID-19. The whole country had gone into isolation, and Australia was heading the same way. My hubby, David, and I were trying to stay positive for our four kids, Max, 15, Zoe, 13, and twins Zaac and Mia, 11. So had Angie by the looks of it – she’d decided to put her dress on anyway. You look lovely! I commented on the photo. It’s such a shame…

1 min.
bin isolation outing

Following the trend, Bin Isolation Outing is another group encouraging Aussies to get on their glad rags when taking out the rubbish. They point out how ‘the bin goes out more than us SO let’s dress up for the occasion.’ Whether it’s fancy dress, make-up or a tutu, they’re urging everyone to get creative with their ensembles, adding, ‘after all, laughter is the best medicine!’ So far, fairies, tradies, dress-ups and fancy frocks have all graced the Facebook page. WE PAY CA$H for your stories tl.features@pacificmags.com.au…

5 min.
the killer who terrorised a town

Christina Powell was always smiling and when something was funny, she would roar with laughter. Good at maths, Christina wanted to be an architect so she could design affordable homes for low income families. The big-hearted 17-year-old was due to start her first year at university, to make her dream come true. She moved into a student apartment with Sonja Larson, a popular but quiet 18-year-old. But after Christina’s parents, Frank and Patricia, couldn’t reach their youngest daughter for a couple of days, they grew worried. And when they arrived at the girls’ apartment for a scheduled visit, Christina didn’t open the door. That Sunday, August 26, 1990, the police were called. Inside, they were met with the most horrifying sight. The girls had been mutilated. Christina was found in the living room. There were remnants of glue on her…

2 min.
the little aussie bird that stole the world’s heart

In April 1840, a pair of tiny native Australian birds boarded a ship in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, bound for England. The budgies were part of a huge cargo of dead, or soon-to-be-dead birds and other animals transported in either cages, as skins, or as bottled specimens from the fledgling colony. When they arrived at their destination, those two chirpy birds – the only survivors of the long journey – ignited what would become a worldwide budgie boom. Within decades of their introduction to the highest levels of English society, the little Aussie natives would become the most popular pet birds on the planet. Since then, the budgie has been painted by masters, reared by royals, rendered in the finest porcelain, modelled in plastic, dipped in batter, baked in pies, bred artificially in test…