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Readers Digest Australia

Readers Digest Australia July 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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Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Direct Publishing Australia PTY LTD
Frequency:
Monthly
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1 min.
timeless music

I CAN CLEARLY REMEMBER the first time I watched The Sound of Music. I was nine, and it was being screened on TV as a Saturday night family film special. My dad was keen for me to watch it, and I was happy to oblige as it meant staying up beyond my usual 8.30pm bedtime. I loved it! My favourite scene was the grand ball and the von Trapp kids’ performance of ‘So Long, Farewell’. Needless to say, ‘Adieu, Adieu, to Yieu and Yieu and Yieu!’ soon became my signature nightly motto. It still is (when the mood is right!). I’m sure many of our readers can similarly recall their first encounter with this family and their fondness for singing through the extraordinary wartime challenges they faced. If you have…

3 min.
letters

Ever So Clever Who would have thought that little nylon ‘hooks’ clawing into fabric would be a useful or even possible way to close a jacket or secure a shoe (‘Accidents That Changed History’, May)? I suppose it makes sense then that the inspiration for Velcro’s creation was an accident. Either way, as someone who mastered tying shoe laces later than most, I’m very thankful for this particular invention. JAMES EDWARDS Credible Medical Advice Thank you for an excellent magazine. I have been a reader of Reader’s Digest for over 50 years. It has changed over time, as we all have, but recently it has evolved into a contemporary magazine that is attractive to all age groups and is excellent value. I am a GP in Sydney and the magazine is of value, personally –…

1 min.
rd shop

For quality products, book sales and more, visit Readersdigest.com.au/shop and Readersdigest.co.nz/shop CONTRIBUTE 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. www.readersdigest.com.au www.readersdigest.co.nz www.rdasia.com 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. 8…

2 min.
news worth sharing

Orchestra Brings Beethoven to the Deaf A Hungarian orchestra is helping deaf people to enjoy the music of Beethoven through touch. Budapest’s Danubia Orchestra Óbuda holds concerts for hearing-impaired people who quite literally feel Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Beethoven himself battled with hearing loss and wrote some of his greatest music while going deaf. Audience members sit next to the musicians and place their hands on the various instruments to feel the vibration. Others hold balloons that convey the vibration of the sounds or are given special hyper-sensitive hearing aids. “When I sat next to the musician who played the double bass, I started crying,” says Zsuzsanna Foldi, who has been deaf all her life. Conductor Máté Hámori says the aim is to bring music to people who otherwise have no chance to enjoy…

4 min.
my story

Farewell, My Responsibility IT’S 8.30 IN THE MORNING. I put on my fine high-heeled shoes and a ‘nice’ outfit and then think of somewhere to go. I head to the shops and buy another pair of casual three-quarter length trousers; sometimes I go to the coffee shop and order a large cappuccino, a triple-choc chip muffin and sit there and read the paper trying to appear important. So, what am I talking about? I hear you ask. Retirement. As of November 1, 2019. “Wonderful!” my work colleagues exclaimed. “What will you do now? Are you going to travel? Catch up on all those novels? Loaf around in your pyjamas?” “Oh yes!” I said enthusiastically. After all, isn’t that what retirement is all about? What I didn’t count on was the following facts (and I…

3 min.
smart animals

Hello There ALANA YEARBY Early one morning, my father woke up to the strangest sound – still half asleep, he wondered if someone was calling out ‘hello’ to him. As he attempted to go back to sleep, he heard the strange greeting echoing out into the still, dark morning once more. Who could it be? Then he realised the strange ‘h-e-l-l-o’ was coming from our cat, Slinky. She was pacing around the verandah and when she heard dad move she repositioned herself outside his window and repeated the strange sound: a meow mixed with a loud drawn-out ‘h-e-l-l-o’. When dad told us about the strange sound Slinky had made over and over, my brothers and I didn’t believe him. Our cat saying ‘hello’? We figured Dad was pulling our legs. Then, one evening when we…