Readers Digest Australia January 2021

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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insights and charm

WITHOUT EXCEPTION, the editorial team looks forward to delving into the Reader’s Digest archives. When the very first edition (February, 1922) was put together manually, with a typewriter, glue and letterpress block letters, the intention of the pocket-sized magazine was to entertain and inform busy readers. With a story for each day of the month, the goal was to offer perspectives that were positive, inspiring and informative. And, above all, celebrating kindness and hope in the world. These core characteristics remain the pillars of our magazine today. This year’s Classics Edition has articles and items spanning over 90 years, each one offering insights and experiences that is a timeless reading treasure. ‘Passed With Flying Colours’ (page 94) was published in 1948 and offers a dignified approach to royal reporting – not…

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Nurturing Our Brain Health In an age where we’re expected to live longer, I found Sari Harrar’s article, ‘How to Build a Better Brain’ (November), compulsive reading. Living longer is one thing, living longer with a better, healthier brain is paramount if we want to enjoy quality of life. Meditation, engaging in pleasurable activities and fuelling our bodies with healthy ‘brain food’ are some of the simple changes that can have beneficial effects on brains of every age. Brain health is in our hands. JUDITH CAINE Keeping Languages Alive I am very encouraged by the article ‘Preserving Lost Languages’ by Raphael Garcia (October). Knowing one’s language is knowing one’s mind. Learning minority languages also means learning the traditions, culture and getting to know the people of specific groups, which can be a great help…

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reader’s digest shop

For quality products, book sales and more, call 1300 300 030 or head to Readersdigest.com.au/shop CONTRIBUTE READERSDIGESTAUSTRALIA Anecdotes and Jokes $50–$100 Send in your real-life laugh for Life’s Like That or All in a Day’s Work. Got a joke? Send it in for Laughter Is the Best Medicine! Smart Animals Up to $100 Share antics of unique pets or wildlife in up to 300 words. My Story $400 Got an inspiring or life-changing tale? Submissions must be true, original, unpublished and 800–1000 words. Letters to the Editor and Reader Submissions Online Follow the ‘Contribute’ link at readersdigest.com.au Email editor@readersdigest.com.au Mail Reader’s Digest Magazine, PO Box 6458, Frenchs Forest, NSW 2086 Please include your name, address, phone number and email. Letters: We may edit letters and use them in all print and electronic media. Submissions: All submissions become our property on payment and subsequent publication…

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saving nara’s sacred deer with edible alternative

After nine of Nara’s sacred Sika deer died from ingesting plastic bags, local entrepreneur Hidetoshi Matsukawa wanted to do something to protect them. The 1000 deer that roam the Japanese city’s park are considered messengers of the gods in the traditional Shinto religion and visitors to the town feed them treats. Although welfare groups ask visitors not to dispose of plastic bags or food packaging in the park, Matsukawa wanted to come up with a better solution to the problem. He teamed up with a local paper manufacturer and a design firm to develop ‘shikagami,’ or deer paper, which is made from rice bran and recyled milk cartons. “We learned rice bran is mostly wasted in the process of rice polishing,” said Matsukawa. “So this paper helps to reduce that waste…

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favourite food delivered to boy

One of the only foods three-year-old Tyler Page will eat is Keith’s Foods Mini Dagwood Dogs. Food selectivity is a common issue for children with autism. When supermarkets in Brisbane ran out of the sausages on a stick, Tyler’s mother, Leanne, called the company. She learned that the shortage was due to difficulties sourcing ingredients amid the pandemic. She did not expect what followed. A customer service agent not only found a box of 30 and drove for an hour-and-a-half- to deliver it, she advised that as long as Tyler eats the Dagwood Dogs, they would be supplied free to him.…

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top of his class

Giuseppe Paternò has become Italy’s oldest graduate at the age of 96 after being awarded first-class honours in philosophy from the University of Palermo in Sicily. “It’s one of the happiest days of my entire life,” said Paternò on graduating. Prevented from going to university when younger by poverty and war, he finally enrolled in 2017. “Neighbours used to ask, ‘Why all this trouble at your age?’. They couldn’t understand the importance of fulfilling a dream, regardless of my age,” says Paternò.…