Readers Digest Australia December 2020

No wonder Reader's Digest is the world's most widely read magazine. Hard-hitting, thought-provoking and entertaining, with unforgettable stories in each issue, RD is packed with features short enough to read in one sitting, but stimulating enough to keep you thinking for days. Every month millions of people get inspired, informed and entertained by its wide variety of stories about people, health, humour, adventures and world events, written by the best local and international journalists. All the stories are fact checked to the smallest details to ensure that readers get the most accurate and truthful stories, making Reader’s Digest the world’s most trusted magazine.

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power of positive actions

FOR EVERYONE, 2020 has witnessed too many changes to list. Like so many workplaces, we changed to a remote-based office within just a few short weeks. Face-to-face meetings became Zoom productions (see picture, right). I’m proud to say the initial disruption was not reflected in the magazine. In so many positive ways, the magazine remained the constant focus that kept us all sane. Despite the uncertainty and loss that we’ve witnessed across the world, the importance of local concerns has never been more pronounced. Individual to individual we are stronger and even though some leaders may have faltered in their indecision, our families, neighbours, colleagues, healthcare workers, shopkeepers and teachers have never been more valued. This issue we meet Alexander Albon, a young Formula One driver (page 36), encounter a family living…

5 Min

Possum Commotion Reading ‘Possum Magic’ (Smart Animals, October) reminded me of when I was living in the middle of an apple orchard in the Huon Valley in southern Tasmania. On moonlit nights, a group of possums would climb a tree at the end of the house, race along the ridge of the iron roof, skid with a loud screeching of nails on metal, then jump to the ground. Round they’d go again, over and over for hours. It made for little sleep. LORNE HENRY Ramsay Turns Up the Heat in the Kitchen Since I bear the needs of chefs in mind when I sell oysters in Brisbane, I loved Paul Dargan’s profile on Gordon Ramsay (October). With this magazine’s typically high standard of reporting, it shows Gordon as a chef whose convictions are buffered…

2 Min
news worth sharing

Whales Find Sanctuary After Life in Captivity Two 12-year-old beluga whales that spent years in captivity entertaining humans at an aquarium in Shanghai, China, have found freedom at an open-water sanctuary in Iceland. The four-metre-long whales, which each weigh about 900 kilograms, were flown almost 10,000 kilometres in a 747 aircraft fitted with purpose-built containers from Changfeng Ocean World to a sanctuary in a bay at Iceland’s Heimaey Island. The whales, both females and previously known as Little Grey and Little White, will enjoy open water for the first time since they left a Russian whale research centre in 2011. Andy Bool, head of the charity Sea Life Trust, said, “We’re delighted that they are safely in their sea sanctuary care pools.” The conservationists hope the sanctuary will be a model for rehoming the…

4 Min
needle phobia

Syringes for blood tests or inoculations used to be a one-second wonder for me and I never turned a hair. But after five months of intravenous (IV) therapy every four weeks plus weekly blood tests, I began to brace myself and tense up as I waited for the jab – sometimes two in a row if the vein didn’t flow. I started to wonder what sort of a wimp I had become. I was diagnosed with mantle lymphoma – a rare and aggressive blood cancer – in October last year. It had made itself known when lymph glands in my neck enlarged and persisted. The other symptoms – night sweats, fatigue, shortness of breath and itchy skin – I had put down to post-menopause and my increasing age. So I was…

2 Min
smart animals

Clever as a Fox BRONWYN HUDSON I awoke one day last December to find the drystone wall in my front yard toppled; small holes were all over the garden and mulch was scattered over the neatly manicured lawn. I replaced the stones and mulch and refilled the holes. The next morning, the same thing happened. This occurred night after night. It wasn’t long before I saw the culprit. The fox, who we nicknamed Dastardly, sat brazenly staring at me – sporting his red bushy tail, pointy nose and long whiskers. He was timid at the start although each day he became more emboldened. Sometimes he would ignore me. At other times, he would slink close by me, stop as if he was saying ‘hello’, and then continue on his merry way. He always knew when…

2 Min
moving house with pets

Moving house can be stressful for the whole family, including our pets. Owners are often concerned about how their pet will cope with the move and whether they will remain safe and secure when they arrive in their new environment. Veterinarian Dr Katrina Warren shares her expert knowledge and advice on how to make the transition easier for everyone. PREPARE ROUTINES IN ADVANCE Animals, like people, enjoy a routine so change can upset them. Set up a routine before the move and follow it in the new place. Feed your pet at the same time each day or play a special game with them at a set time to establish a routine your pet will look forward to. Start the routines in your old home and continue after the move, so…