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Readers Digest Australia

March 2019

No wonder this is the world's most widely read magazine Hard-hitting, thought-provoking and entertaining, with unforgettable stories in each issue. This magazine is packed with features short enough to read in one sitting, but stimulating enough to keep you thinking for days.

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the case for buying less

WITH THE DUST of the gift-giving season now settled, and the clearance sales largely over, it’s a good time to rethink our spending habits.There’s no denying it – the desire to update and revamp everything from clothes, electricals and even furniture can be hard to ignore, particularly when every shop offers loyalty discounts and special offers. In ‘The Quest to Buy Less’ (page 38), Vanessa Farquharson and Zoë Meunier take a look at some new and simple waste reduction solutions that are taking hold in communities across the world. Apart from being able to save money, you’ll be surprised at how satisfying it is to know your small efforts to extend the life of your belongings will help to reduce landfill. We’ve long lauded the wonders and joy…

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LYN CAMPBELL Plane Disaster Averted What a terrifying experience it must have been for the crew and passengers of Flight 72, with a rogue computer on board (‘Flight 72 is in Trouble’, December). Today’s reliance on computers in the travel industry is indeed a concern. It is reassuring to know that there are people such as Captain Kevin Sullivan and his crew doing an exceptional job and being able to make lifesaving decisions in those crucial seconds when an emergency arises. A Wonderful Life The 105-year-old doctor and longevity expert Dr Shigeaki Hinohara had a brilliant attitude to life (Digest Health, November). To wake each morning with the goal to “do something wonderful for other people” is an attitude we can all espouse to one…

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win a pilot capless fountain pen

The best letter published each month will win a Pilot Capless Fountain Pen, valued at over $200. The Capless is the perfect combination of luxury and ingenious technology, featuring a one-of-a-kind retractable fountain pen nib, durable metal body, beautiful rhodium accents and a 14K gold nib. Congratulations to this month’s winner, Olivia Lee. ■…

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a piece of my heart

I didn’t have the heart to tell you that you weren’t well bread. JUDY EDDIEHAUSENWe were made for each other but if my dad finds out, we’re toast. MALVINA ALLISONYou are the love of my loaf. NICOLA GREENI knew I was cut out to be your perfect fit. ONG JIAYINYou’ve stolen my heart. PAMELA EDWARDSMy heart goes out to you. DI BUSSELL Congratulations to this month’s winner, Judy Eddiehausen. ■…

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the most disgusting taste for me is…

… pultost. [Sour milk cheese with caraway seeds] HANRIETTE SANDBERG, NORWAY … meat. I’m a vegetarian. MARIE PAUL, BELGIUM … milk, argg... disgusting. LOLA COLODRON, SPAIN … rotten eggs, which provoke an anarchic bodily and psychological reaction.  CHANTAL, COURCHAPOIX, SWITZERLAND … the bitterness of time that passes too quickly. JEAN-PIERRE DAUNIS, TOURNON, FRANCE … jokes about Belgians. MARGRIET LESTRADEN, BERGEN, THE NETHERLANDS … lamb. I was forced to try it as a kid and threw up. JOSEF, STUTTGART, GERMANY … the success of the people I compete with. ABHIJEET CHATTERJEE, KOLKATA, SINGAPORE … my taste in men. TEGAN PEREIRA, FLETCHER, AUSTRALIA … escamoles. [Ant larvae]…

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news worth sharing

Low-Cost Bamboo House Takes Just Hours to Build Cheap and easily erected bamboo houses are a potential solution to the current housing crisis in the Philippines. Designed by material science engineering graduate Earl Forlales, 23, the Manila-based inventor was inspired by his grandparents’ rural bamboo cabin to create the environmentally friendly ‘CUBO’ house. Materials for a small modular house are estimated to cost just over A$100 per square metre. Using bamboo compared to trees could mean 35 per cent more oxygen released and less degradation of soil. Forlales was awarded a prestigious Cities of Our Future prize from the international Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for his invention and is planning to begin construction this year in an attempt to help relieve housing pressures in Manila. The houses…