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Reader’s Digest New Zealand 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.

New Zealand
Direct Publishing Australia PTY LTD
R 20,27
R 152,70
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
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 112) 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…

3 min

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 heartbreaking 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…

1 min
reader’s digest shop

For quality products, book sales and more, call 0800 400 060 or head to Readersdigest.co.nz/shop CONTRIBUTE READERSDIGESTNEWZEALAND 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 Do you have an inspiring or lifechanging tale to tell? Submissions must be true. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR AND READER SUBMISSIONS Online readersdigest.co.nz/contribute Email nzeditor@readersdigest.com.au Mail Editor, Reader’s Digest, PO Box 90489, Auckland 1030 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 subsequent publication in the magazine. We may edit and fact-check submissions.…

2 min
news worth sharing

Turning Carbon Emissions into Construction Tiles Architect Tejas Sidnal has devised a revolutionary way to serve India’s housing needs while also combating air pollution. He has founded a Mumbai-based start-up, Carbon Craft Design, which specialises in capturing carbon emissions from the air and turning it into stylish tiles. Using a device called the AIR-INK, the company draws carbon dioxide from polluted city air and combines it with a mix of marble chips and powder, which is then pressed into elegantly designed tiles. India has the world’s third largest housing industry. Sidnal says that his sustainable construction tile solution can help meet the industry demand for building materials in an eco-friendly way. Dementia-inclusive Design Encourages Independence The Korongee in Hobart is a purpose-built village for people living with dementia. The small house model, which houses eight residents…

4 min
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…

3 min
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…