Readers Digest Australia Feburary 2021

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.

Direct Publishing Australia PTY LTD
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
why we value animals

IT OCCURRED TO ME, as I sat to write this letter, that the one issue that ignites the loudest cries of protest in so many of our readers, and indeed myself, is senseless cruelty to animals. This month’s Bonus Read, ‘Tracking the Tiger Butcher’, (page 126) details the efforts of one man to stop the farming of tigers in Laos. That’s right, farming of tigers. Today, Laos-based criminal syndicates have turned one of its natural and unique wonders into a commodity, with the animals’ prized features trafficked to consumers that value magical potions and trinkets over nature’s beautiful wildlife. The flip side of this cruelty is the love and affection expressed in stories like ‘He Trots the Air’ (page 64), which is a heart-warming portrayal of the depth of friendship horses…

3 min

Defending the Zoo Animals can say more without words than humans can with them (‘No Ordinary Day at the Zoo’, December). That was all that was needed to be said for keepers at Mogo Wildlife Park to risk their own lives to save these magnificent creatures during bushfires. The dedication of the rangers is a measure of their devotion which needs no explanation at all. MICHAEL WOUTERS Grizzly Drama Rarely does a Drama in Real Life (‘A Scream in the Wild’, December) have me on the edge of my seat, heart racing. Omar Mouallem describes the grizzly attack, Colin Dowler’s injuries and his amazing will to survive so vividly that I could almost feel the weight of the bear on my own chest. Thankfully all ended well for Colin but I don’t know that I’d…

1 min
reader’s digest shop

For quality products, book sales and more, call 1300 300 030 or head to CONTRIBUTE READERSDIGESTAUSTRALIA Anecdotes and Jokes $50–$100 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 Up to $100 Share antics of unique pets or wildlife in up to 300 words. My Story $400 Got an inspiring or life-changing tale? Submissions must be true, original, unpublished and 800–1000 words. Letters to the Editor and Reader Submissions Online Follow the ‘Contribute’ link at Email Mail Reader’s Digest Magazine, PO Box 6458, Frenchs Forest, NSW 2086 Please include your name, address, phone number and email. Letters: We may edit letters and use them in all print and electronic media. Submissions: All submissions become our property on payment and…

2 min
news worth sharing

Bacteria That Feast on Plastic Raise Hopes for Recycling Since the 1950s, more than eight billion tonnes of plastic has been produced, with much of it polluting the world’s land and oceans. Now scientists are looking to nature to help with innovative recycling solutions to reuse hard-to-recycle plastics. A team at the University of Portsmouth, UK is working with a ‘super-enzyme’ derived from bacteria that can digest polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the material used in plastic bottles, opening up the possibility of fully recycling the plastic. Natural degradation of plastic can take hundreds of years, but the super-enzyme can convert PET back to its original building blocks in just a few days. The process would reduce our reliance on fossil resources, said Professor John McGeehan, director of the Centre for Enzyme Innovation. Meanwhile, a team…

4 min
a consuming passion

MY FATHER ALWAYS LOVED GARDENING. After 25 years of working as a cashier in the East End Markets in Adelaide, then running his own fruit and vegetable shop seven days a week at Port Noarlunga for another 20 years, his life-long passion finally became a full-time reality in 1974, when he retired. Finally, he could concentrate on growing his own vegies. Now Dad never did anything by halves. Growing vegies was a very serious business. Dates when everything was planted were carefully recorded. The type of seed used, the fertiliser and the prevailing weather were all documented. Mum longed for a holiday or, for that matter, a trip out for the day, but those were a thing of the past. “It’s too warm today,” Dad would say. “My seedlings will need a…

2 min
smart animals

Battle in the Skies LISA COOPER One spring day in 2013 my husband, Brett, witnessed an amazing battle in the skies above our farm, that lasted for most of the day. Our farm is home to a family of kookaburras that live in a hollow tree near the dam – and they are very territorial. On this particular day, a pair of dreaded Australian cuckoos thought our farm looked like a nice place to live. Cuckoos are a very large bird, with an eagle-like beak and are well known for their nasty habit of laying eggs in other birds’ nests so the clueless nest-owner will unsuspectingly raise the baby cuckoo as its own. The cuckoo baby then kicks the other chicks out of the nest and the foster parents struggle to feed the…