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Readers Digest Australia December 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.
special moments

SO, ANOTHER DECADE, full of wonder, surprises and more than just a few miracles, has reached its end. ‘Real-Life Miracles’ (page 24) is a compilation of moments that will reignite your faith in the goodness of unexplained miracles that can’t be neatly analysed or replicated. We felt that this compilation best portrays the true meaning of Christmas. It’s a time to celebrate but also a time to consider the beautiful moments we’ve enjoyed over the past year. If we try, I’m certain we can all look back and find a special moment and genuinely say, “I can’t begin to explain how that happened!” That’s what miracles leave you thinking. This month’s issue is full of great reading: from a story about a businessman bookie who became a philanthropist and hero to…

3 min.

Coming Back I have just read the article ‘My Coma Miracle’ (September). It is hard to imagine how tough it was for Colleen Kelly Alexander to endure all that pain after her accident. Her courage and perseverance should give hope to others who find themselves in difficult circumstances. SITHU HTET In a Pickle Thank you for your article on eggs (‘Eggs: A Force in Nature and Kitchens’, September). We have three hens who serve us faithfully with three eggs every day. Since there are only two of us, my husband and I, we have eggs to spare even after giving some to neighbours and relatives. So, we decided to try pickling some of them. To do that we had to hard boil the eggs first. Then we had to peel off the shells and put them…

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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,…

1 min.
what’s new in rd talks

SEARCHING FOR RILEY Even though she’d never met him, when Sally Pratley saw that a little boy was missing, she knew she had to help. “WE’RE DEAD” Stay and fight, or abandon your home? As one family struggles to decide, the flames sweep in and it becomes a desperate battle for survival. THE PIG WHO LOVED PEOPLE He wasn’t what you’d expect in a pet – or even in a pig. The heartwarming story of a friendly pig with a huge heart. HANA’S SUITCASE Worn and musty, it travelled from the horrors of Auschwitz to Japan, bearing a message of hope. TO LISTEN GO TO: www.readersdigest.com.au/podcasts www.readersdigest.co.nz/podcasts www.rdasia.com/podcasts…

2 min.
news worth sharing

The thought of going to hospital can send blood pressure soaring, so when a Singapore-based design firm was given the brief to create a hospital that reduces stress and promotes healing, they naturally turned to greenery. Since nature is known to have physical and mental health benefits, the design of Khoo Teck Puat Hospital has incorporated more than 700 native species of fragrant plants and trees to successfully create an environment that is both soothing and uplifting. Fruit, vegetables and herbs from the roof-top garden are incorporated in patient meals. An added bonus is that the hospital’s natural ecosystem has seen the butterfly species on the grounds increase from three to 83. Lost Delacroix Painting Resurfaces in Paris The lost study of Eugène Delacroix’s Women of Algiers, a masterpiece that inspired Van Gogh,…

4 min.
all alone at christmas

As Christmas 2019 approaches and I look forward to a wonderful day with my wife and family, I am reminded of a sadder time. It was back in 1941, when as a five-year-old boy I spent the day far from my family in the care of a very mean-spirited woman. I was living a very comfortable life with my family in London when World War II started. The city was being heavily bombed and many families had dug air raid shelters in their back gardens. Hearing the hum of German Luftwaffe bombers cruising overhead, the whistling of the bombs as they headed towards the suburbs below and the explosions as they met their targets are frightening sounds that will forever be embedded in my memory. At school the following day, my friends…