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Readers Digest Australia

Readers Digest Australia October 2019

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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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
a heart-warming encounter

INTERNET SCAMS ARE RAMPANT. Every day, innocent people all over the world are approached via unwelcome emails, text messages and telephone calls. Over the years, Reader’s Digest has featured many articles about these costly scams, warning of the risks, the methods and spreading awareness on how we can protect ourselves, our money and our dignity. This month, the article, ‘The Chump Who Became a Champ’ (page 24) portrays a heart-warming encounter between a scammer and his would-be target. This is a story of a good person who reached out for help on Facebook. His approach fitted the profile of a scammer in every way. The only difference? He wasn’t out to steal from people, rather he was looking for a way to help others. The surprise friendship that developed between…

3 min.

Escaping War The saga of Nujeen Mustafa (‘Crossing to Europe’, July) who travelled 5600 kilometres across nine countries to find a safe home, touched my heart. In 1971, I was her age and had to cross the East Pakistan border, through thick jungle, in a quest to find safety. The memory of escaping war still haunts me. Things have not changed over the years. There is war in many parts of the world and people still have to flee. Not everyone is as lucky as Nujeen and I who are able to recount our experiences. Many perish while fleeing the chaos. NABA BIKRAM KISHORE TRIPURA Thank You, Patient 71 I read with interest the excerpt from ‘Patient 71’ by Julie Randall (June). In January, 2018, I had a small black spot cut out of…

1 min.

Anecdotes and jokes 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 Share antics of unique pets or wildlife in up to 300 words. Reminisce Share the tales of an event from your past that made a huge impact in 100–500 words. My Story Do you have an inspiring or life-changing tale to tell? Submissions must be true, unpublished, original and 800–1000 words – see website for more information. Letters to the editor, caption competitions and other reader submissions ONLINE Follow the ‘Contribute’ link at the RD website in your region EMAIL AU: editor@readersdigest.com.au NZ: nzeditor@readersdigest.com.au ASIA: asiaeditor@readersdigest.com.au WE MAY EDIT LETTERS AND USE THEM IN ALL MEDIA. SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS. PRINTED BY OVATO LIMITED, 8 PRIDDLE ST, WARWICK FARM, NSW 2170,…

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your local rd website

THOUGHT-PROVOKING 50 hidden meanings behind the most common dreams Find out what those weird and wonderful nightly visions reveal about you and your health. RELATIONSHIPS + COMMUNICATION 37 CONVERSATION STARTERS TO MAKE YOU INTERESTING You’ll never struggle to make small talk again with these great openers. HEALTHSMART Things your doctor wishes you knew about losing weight Master these oft misunderstood facts if you’re looking to shed a few kilograms the healthy way. JOIN THE CONVERSATION! PLUS SIGN UP TO OUR FREE NEWSLETTER FOR MORE HOT OFFERS, TOP STORIES AND PRIZES!…

2 min.
news worth sharing

Last year, social worker Kristy Kemp opened an animal farm in central Victoria to help children and adults with behavioural issues. Having witnessed first hand the positive effects animals have on people as a child, opening an animal-therapy farm was a dream come true for Kemp. Flash Farm, on the outskirts of Bendigo, provides an alternative for people of all ages seeking therapy. As a child, Kemp took her pony, Flash, to a local riding centre to offer rides to people with a disability. Even from an early age Kemp could see how interacting with her horse benefited other people. The animal-assisted therapy farm is home to dozens of animals – including horses, goats, cows, dogs, sheep, alpacas, pigs, chickens and a micro-donkey – which are used in counselling, humorous relief, comfort…

4 min.
bigger is not always better

FOR 12 YEARS my husband Carlos and I rented houses in the suburbs of Melbourne, raising our three young children while trying to scrape together a deposit for a place of our own. In order to save as much as possible, we lived in houses that were older and smaller than almost everyone we knew. The rent for these houses was cheaper but the likelihood of not having our lease renewed each year was greater, as the time would inevitably come when the landlord decided to tear the old place down and rebuild. It was not a perfect situation but we made the most of it. Our two sons, now aged ten and nine, and our daughter, seven, were always excited to start fresh in a different house and they would…