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Readers Digest Australia November 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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in this issue

1 min.
sharp storytelling

OVER THE YEARS, we’ve encountered some unforgettable people who have found themselves in very dangerous circumstances. These typically happen in remote locations, battling the elements, inhospitable terrain and often wild animals. But the drama that features this month unfolded in a suburban backyard. ‘The Boy with the Spike in His Head’ (page 116) is a brutal, even confronting read, but thanks to the sharp storytelling of Bonnie Munday, a veteran Reader’s Digest editor, this experience is both unforgettable and inspiring. Her capacity to craft such an in-depth portrayal of the operation that followed a ten-year-old boy’s dramatic injury was also due to the willingness of the doctors involved to openly share with Bonnie their respective accounts of the day. What we have to offer you is one story made up…

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A Child Who Cares Along our journey to adulthood we sometimes lose track of what is important and become completely focused on the daily grind of work and looking after our families. Now and then, inspiration can come from our youngest citizens who will always tell us what we need to hear. Adrian Young (‘Never Too Young to Care’, August) didn’t ask why a man was sleeping in a carpark, only what he could do to help. A child’s greatest gift is their ability to see things in black and white, which grown-ups tend to forget. MICHAEL WOUTERS Education Changes Lives Judith Bond’s experience as a volunteer teacher in Cambodia (My Story, August) was particularly touching. She sounds like a remarkable woman to help these communities build a better life through education. Koy Chhim…

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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

HEALTHSMART + TIPS What happens to your body when you drink tea every day From heart-healthy benefits to cancer-fighting properties, here’s to a healthy daily habit we can all enjoy. HOME & GARDEN + WELLBEING I’M A BURGLAR – HERE’S HOW TO OUTSMART ME From burglars’ mouths to your ears, here’s how they choose their targets. SMART ANIMALS + PETS Secrets your veterinarian won’t tell you We asked vets to reveal pet tips and cautionary tales that can save time, trouble and trauma. JOIN THE CONVERSATION! PLUS SIGN UP TO OUR FREE NEWSLETTER FOR MORE HOT OFFERS, TOP STORIES AND PRIZES!…

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news worth sharing

Thanks to conservation efforts, India’s tiger population has increased by over 30 per cent in the past four years from – 2226 to 2967. Described by Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, as a “historic achievement”, these figures suggest that India is on track to meet its 2010 St Petersburg Declaration target, in which his country pledged to double its wild tiger population by 2022. At the time, India had an estimated 1700 wild tigers. The figures are based on a survey conducted every four years by wildlife officials who trek across 380,000 square kilometres of land looking for evidence of the tiger population. According to Modi, forest cover in India has grown in the last five years, along with increased numbers of protected areas. He adds that India is now one…

5 min.
rocky rescue

IT WAS THE EASTER long weekend in 1998. I was 28 years old and my partner, Ros, and I drove down the coast from Melbourne to visit friends at Cape Otway along Victoria’s beautiful Great Ocean Road. Arriving at Cape Otway lighthouse at about 10am, we joined our friends Ozzie, Tony, Sue and Al, who were going snorkelling for crayfish along the beachfront. We made our way slowly down the rocky cliff face, with rough rocks beneath our feet, waves crashing over the larger rocks and a beautiful blue sky overhead. Ozzie got all the gear ready and was quickly in the water while the rest of us watched from the shore. After a quick assessment revealed there were no crayfish, he signalled us to move along the coastline. So we…