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Reader’s Digest New Zealand September 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.

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

in this issue

1 min
restoring an enduring icon

ON 15 APRIL 2019, the world learnt the terrible news that Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris’s famous landmark building and popular tourist attraction, was ablaze. The unimaginable had happened, but with its magnificent 800-year-old roof still smouldering in ruins, the enormous effort to restore the medieval beauty began. In ‘Saving Notre Dame’ (page 62), we take a look at the restoration effort involving expert scientists and historians from across France to identify the most suitable natural materials to rebuild the cathedral’s roof and preserve its other unique structural features. We also delve into the intriguing life of Coco Chanel, creator of another French icon, Chanel No. 5 (‘Smell Like A Woman’, page 36). This year, the perfume celebrates its 100th anniversary, and though one of the most-recognised global brands, the lesser-known story…

3 min

Working With Robots I found ‘Welcome, Robots’ (June) an insightful read. While I marvelled at the technology, I worried where it might end. Robots may be more efficient but not at the expense of humans – or so I thought. When Mark Borman said, “We’re going through a generational change … in agriculture” and that younger people aren’t choosing these jobs, previously I would have thought it best to encourage humans to fill these positions, not a robotic workforce. But it doesn’t have to be one or the other, it can be a collaborative effort. RAY POULSON The Lasting Effect Of A Golf Game ‘Golf, A Game of Life’ (My Story, June) resonated with me. At the high school where I taught, the staff always had a golf day on the first day of…

1 min
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1 min
bringing smiles to children in conflict zones

In her London home, 44-year-old professional clown Samantha Holdsworth is singing and dancing for social workers 8000 kilometres away in Bangladesh, who erupt in laughter. The Zoom call is a training session to equip them to entertain Rohingya refugee children. Holdsworth is founder of Clowns Without Borders UK, a charity that brings comic relief to children in conflict zones and disaster areas. She launched the chapter of the Spanish-based non-profit in 2014. “There is glorious defiance in their work,” she says. “They don’t accept that crisis, conflict or the threat of violence are more powerful than children having the chance to laugh.” Before the pandemic, NGOs would invite Holdsworth and her 17-clown team of volunteers to perform for at-risk communities around the world. A standard performance consists of slapstick comedy, juggling, song and…

1 min
exploring creative talents

Two years ago, Diane Lloyd started at Artsenta – an art studio for people who use mental health and addiction services – and found acceptance and joy in creating pottery. Artsenta is a shared art studio in Dunedin. It’s free and provides space and equipment to create jewellery, music, paintings, drawings, ceramics and prints. Specialist artists teach skills and, as creative coaches, develop art plans to guide the creative work. Artsenta was founded on the belief that the arts, creativity and self-expression are essential to every person’s emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing, and that those in the mental health community should be given the opportunity to realise their creative potential. Diane credits the studio for helping her achieve the right balance she has now found.…

4 min
the pandemic lit up our village

In late March last year, just a month after Pakistan’s first reported case of COVID-19, I returned to my village, Shujghal. The village sits at the highest peak of the Hindu Kush mountain range in the eastern valley of Tirich Mir. It is comprised of just 16 houses, and each one belongs to members of my family. As is the case during the winter months, when resources are more scarce in the villages, most of us head to cities such as Islamabad, Peshawar and Lahore. I teach English at a private school in Peshawar but the COVID-19 lockdown meant I had to return to Shujghal. On the upside, the lockdown reunited my cousins and I for the first time in years. To pass the time, most nights after dinner we would play…