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Readers Digest Australia Sep-18

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exploring and preserving

WE ALL HAVE HANG-UPS, perhaps we’re cautious about making decisions, or bite our nails or daydream when we should be listening – we all do it, right? According to the psychiatrists, psychologists and other experts we interviewed for this month’s cover feature, ‘Normal or Nuts?’ (page 38), these quirky behaviours and idiosyncrasies make us alarmingly average. It’s understandable, though, to wonder what is normal and what is a sign of serious mental decline. The advice in this article will set your worries at ease. The way we study grand cities and monuments of ancient history is being transformed by photogrammetry – a technique that codes photographs into ultra-precise 3D digital models. In ‘Back to the Future’ (page 88), we meet French architect Yves Ubelmann who, for the past decade, has travelled…

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Cats Can Improve Health What a great article in the June edition about cats (Digest Pets). Growing up in the 1950s, almost every family had a cat, mainly tabbies. I always thought I would have a cat of my own but reached my 70s catless – until six months ago when my daughter-in-law found me a soulmate. Storm, a two-year-old rescue cat, and I have a special bond – although he breaks all the rules I set. However, my health has improved: my blood pressure is down, aches and pains eased, less tension – and my doctor says I am in better shape. If you live alone, why not open your home and heart to one of these special little creatures? PATRICIA PHELPS Hope and Determination I was riveted by the Bonus Read…

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submit your jokes and stories

RD SHOP For quality products, book sales and more, visit Readersdigest.com.au/shop and Readersdigest.co.nz/shop CONTRIBUTE FOR DIGITAL EXTRAS AND SOCIAL MEDIA INFO, SEE PAGE 13 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. Kindness of Strangers/ Reminisce Share tales of generosity or 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 Submissions must be true, unpublished, original and 800–1000 words – see website for more information.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: editor@readersdigest.co.nz ASIA: rdaeditor@readersdigest.com WE MAY EDIT…

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a right royal request

“One morning, I was given the opportunity to help the chefs in the kitchen at Buckingham Palace” William Hiscock lives in Brisbane and works in the aged-care and disability sector. He recently joined a local art class, enjoys bushwalking and is busy planning a trip to San Francisco. IN MARCH 1992, my best friend Lisa and I were all packed and ready to leave Australia for an overseas adventure; a two-year working holiday in London. We had both worked at Conrad Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast for a few years, so we were pretty confident of finding work in restaurants and hotels in London. We saved hard for over 12 months and could barely contain our excitement. We were first-time travellers; we had never been anywhere outside of Australia. Our friends and…

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priceless treasure

Marie Fletcher lives in Kansas, US, and is a longtime reader of Reader’s Digest . MY HUSBAND AND I ARE TAKING a trip back to my childhood home, deep in the Kansas countryside. Clouds of dust whirl behind our green Ford Explorer as we travel too fast on the country road. “How much further?” he grumbles. Just around the bend, dear,” I reply, stretching the truth a bit. I stare ahead for a glimpse of the house where Dr Harris brought me into the world in 1928. Even then, the old house had seen better days. As far as we knew, no one lived in it after our hasty move to the city so my father could take a job. We round a curve and there it is! The drab grey of the…

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smart animals

PEACE IN THE NEST NARELLE GAULT In late January, returning home from a day in town, my husband and I were greeted by a couple of Willie Wagtails sitting on a hanging basket on our verandah, presumably planning to build a nest. Another day away and we came home to find a fragile construction had started on the hanging basket, right in front of our toilet door. We didn’t have the heart to move it, so the ‘building’ went ahead, with the pair of Willie Wagtails flying in with building materials. There was much scolding towards us for getting in their way, and there also seemed to be an urgency to complete this nest. Finally, after a week, a beautiful nest woven together with various materials, and lined meticulously with hair and wool, was…