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that's life! 16 Jul 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.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bauer Media Pty Ltd
Frequency:
Weekly
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52 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
welcome!

As soon as I saw the sign pictured in this week’s Your Letters (page 24) I thought to myself whatever happened to whistling? A reader saw the sign in someone’s window: CHEERFUL WHISTLING PERMITTED, no doubt a reaction to the pandemic lockdown and its restrictions. I feel very fortunate to have grown up to the sound of my dad whistling. It was only recently that Mum told me how, before they were married, she would hear Dad whistling a tune as he walked towards her house. I’ve written before about how Dad taught their cockatiel, Billy, how to whistle ‘Pop Goes the Weasel’ and I just love hearing them perform a duet. Dad begins, and Billy’s head starts bobbing up and down, as if he’s absorbing the rhythm and warming…

1 min.
your life!

It was raining outside, but I enjoyed staying in and doing the puzzles in my that’s life! mag. Barb Whitmee, Goondiwindi, Qld What’s in a NAME? Alena While flying to the town where my mother grew up in Macedonia, my dad saw a good-looking flight attendant with a similar name. Now 31, my whole life I have been called everything but. I have also chosen unusual names for my kids. Alena Jane, Figtree, NSW DON’T I KNOW YOU? I met singer Russell Morris after one of his concerts in Adelaide. He was a lovely man and very generous with his time. Eileen Brooks, Hampstead Gardens, SA Stopping on the way to Palmerston North, we were mesmerised by the Huka Falls near Taupo. Jennifer Thompson, Chartwell, NZ WINNERS are grinners It was a wonderful surprise to receive a $150 cheque in the mail.…

5 min.
the game show that gave us back our dad!

Liv Gard, 29, Howrah, Tas Waiting in line for our turn on the roller-coaster, my dad, Craig, and I were buzzing with excitement. It was my 15th birthday and my parents had brought me and my siblings, Matthew, then 23, Lauren, 20, and Marcus, seven, to the Gold Coast. Total adrenaline junkies, Dad and I loved the thrill of being catapulted through the air! After, we met back up with Mum and Marcus, who’d been waiting at the bottom. ‘Want to go again?’ Dad egged me on. Growing up, I’d always been incredibly close with both of my parents. Even as a teenager, I loved spending time with them. Generous and kind, Dad was the type of person to give the shirt off his back if someone needed help. ‘You deserve to be happy,’ he’d often remind me. No…

4 min.
miracle bubs my one in a million twins

As the two blue lines appeared across the pregnancy test, a huge smile swept across my face. ‘I’m pregnant,’ I squealed to my hubby, Cody, 33. We already had two sons together, Easton, three, and Hudson, one, and longed to give our little boys a sister. But this pregnancy was different. I felt so sick, and just four weeks in, I was exhausted. I assumed I was just tired as I was expecting and having to chase after two young sons, but at eight weeks, I decided to book an early scan. As we waited for our baby to appear on the screen, the sonographer’s face dropped. ‘You’re having twins,’ she cried. And they were identical. I couldn’t believe the news, and grasped Cody’s hand a little tighter. The extra morning sickness and tiredness now made sense – as…

4 min.
jailed for a murder i didn’t commit

Kirk Bloodsworth was asleep at his cousin’s house when the police arrived. A torch was shone in his face and then the questions began. Nobody believed his answers, though. There was a little girl dead and he was the main suspect. Two weeks before, in July 1984, nine-year-old Dawn Hamilton was found covered in blood, lying face down in the woods. She was wearing a yellow pullover shirt and white cotton socks with pink cuff trim. Her underwear was found hanging on a tree branch. Dawn had been raped, strangled and her skull had been crushed with a rock. It was a shocking and vile crime and the hunt was on for the murderer. Meanwhile, Kirk, a 24-year old former marine security guard, was living a quiet life. He didn’t know Dawn, but what he thought was a throwaway comment,…

3 min.
sticky situation

Opening my front door to see my dog, Max, waiting for me, I was so glad to be home from work. ‘Did you miss me?’ I asked, bending down to scratch him on his belly. I’d rescued him as a puppy from the pound eight years earlier, and he’d looked so frightened and hungry when I first brought him home. Though he was timid in the beginning, Max soon warmed up, and before long, he’d made himself at home. I was never fussed about certain breeds, but being a bulldog meant Max didn’t shed fur and I’d only ever heard him bark once or twice in all the years we’d spent together. So when I came home the next day to a note on my door, I couldn’t believe what I was reading. It was a…