Readers Digest Australia October 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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it’s a surprising world

IT’S NO SECRET THAT CRIME SELLS. We love to watch it on stage, on small and big screens, as well as read crime novels and listen to true crime podcasts. Murders, robberies and intriguing million-dollar diamond and art heists are always popular. Less common are crimes against science. This month’s Bonus Read is about a very unusual crime involving a young talented music student, not a typical criminal profile. ‘The Case of the Broken Window’ (page 124) tells the story of how this untypical thief committed a grave crime against the calm, studious and inoffensive world of zoology. Not straying too far from the amazing and often-unbelievable zoological world is this month’s Drama in Real Life, ‘Marlin Attack!’ (page 40). When three men headed out on a spearfishing trip, nothing, not…


A New Kind of Carer I loved ‘Say Hello to Your New Carer’ by Susannah Hickling (July). I learned a lot about how seniors interacted with Zora the robot – exercising, singing, dancing, reading books and being entertained. Children with autism worked with a robot named Pepper that helped them with school work. Articles such as this show people how important robots can be. JACOB VERMETTE Friendship, Faith and Tragedy ‘Faithful Friends’ (June) was a heart-breaking story. I couldn’t control my tears as I read it. I had heard about the incident but didn’t know the details. Finding out about people who have seen the worst of life but are trying to respond by spreading happiness is very encouraging. FAIZA JAFFAR Quality Content Forty years ago, aged nine and an avid reader, I devoured my grandparents’ Reader’s…

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ode to my fountain pen

OH, FOUNTAIN PEN, my old fountain pen. She is such a good friend. I recently discussed her in much detail with the owner of one of Sydney’s elegant pen shops in the stunning Queen Victoria Building. I have written with a fountain pen since 1971, when I was 14. When others had seriously adopted ballpoints I had the joy of my first cartridge fountain pen. The rest is history. I used my fountain pen in the School Certificate and Higher School Certificate in the 1970s, then all through university where I completed degrees in Arts and Law. For my 21st birthday, my mother bought me a lovely brushed stainless steel Sheaffer fountain pen with solid gold nib. She and I were inseparable until I left her on a table during a…

smart animals

True Love CYNTHIA BURNETT My beautiful golden retriever, Gypsy, was a highly sociable girl with many doggie friends. Most afternoons, a handsome grey Weimaraner, named Kaiser, walked past our place with his owner on their way to the dog park. There, he would chase a ball in preference to socialising with other dogs. Indeed, his owner said he had no interest in other dogs. However, Kaiser would always pause at our fence to greet Gypsy, an action that left his owner shaking his head in disbelief. One afternoon, I invited them in for a visit. After that, at least twice a week his owner would leave him with us for an hour. I played with them by throwing a ball for each of them but in opposite directions. Kaiser waited for Gypsy to choose…

the adoption option

THERE ARE MANY WONDERFUL PETS looking for new homes, and adoption provides a pet that second chance. Veterinarian Dr Katrina Warren shares her advice about introducing a rescue dog into your life. CHOOSE WISELY It’s important for prospective owners to remember they are looking for a dog that will suit their lifestyle and not cause issues or heartache. No matter how cute a dog is, when choosing a rescue dog it’s important not to let the heart rule the head. People naturally love puppies, but mature dogs are a great choice for many people. Not starting from scratch helps avoid much of the craziness and mess associated with puppies. And what you see is what you get – the dog’s personality and size are usually apparent, so there should be no…