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Reader’s Digest New Zealand October 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
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12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
action leads to achievement

STARTING A NEW JOB CAN BE DIFFICULT. Yet when you’re a famous athlete working in an elite sport, the public tends to assume the transition is seamless. The reality isn’t always the case. Today, Daniel Ricciardo is one of the world’s top Formula One drivers. In our exclusive interview with the 32-year-old Australian (‘Deep Focus’, page 36), Daniel discusses how personally challenging his new job with the famed McLaren team has been, how COVID-19 has impacted him the past two years, and even how tricky braking in the McLaren has proved. And then there’s the ever-present reminders of legends who drove before him. Each year, many thousands of people place their hope in receiving a life-saving organ transplant. For those needing multiple organ transplants, that hope involves cruel odds. This month’s…

3 min

Creating Circumstances Thanks for the most informative quiz on Napoleon Bonaparte in the May issue. However, I was disappointed there was no reference to a famous remark attributed to Napoleon when an aide is said to have commented, “Circumstances alter cases, your lordship.” Napoleon’s reply was “Circumstances – what are circumstances? I make circumstances.” ARNOLD BENTLEY On Your Bike Then And Now: ‘The Bicycle’ (July) took me down memory lane. The BMX bike was a coveted and prized possession for children in the 1980s. I was envious of my friend who received a BMX bike for his birthday. I longed for a BMX back then but it never came. Now I own a giant mountain bike but I still relish the nostalgic thought of the BMX era. DAVID TOH The Bright Side Olivia Newton-John struck a chord…

1 min
rolling along

We asked you to think up a funny caption for this photo. Family roll models. MERRAN TOONE Next in line to the throne. CELESTE MCDERMOTT Smile Rolly, before we’re all wiped out! KERRI WILKINSON Why is everyone panicking, we’ll always be ‘round’! MICHAEL KOJIC Meet the family: Lou, Lavvy, and wee Daly! JANINE BEACHAM Congratulations to this month’s winner, Celeste McDermott. CAPTION CONTEST Come up with the funniest caption for the above photo and you could win $100. To enter, email editor@readersdigest.co.nz or see details on page 8.…

2 min
news worth sharing

Endangered Cheetahs Make Historic Comeback Almost 70 years after India’s cheetahs were hunted to extinction, the big cats are set to return. In a project led by India’s Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, up to 40 African cheetahs will be relocated to India. The first ones are to arrive at Kuno National Park – a 74,800-hectare area with a healthy population of wild pigs and cattle – by the end of this year. At the turn of the 19th century, there were 100,000 cheetahs worldwide; today, just 7100 survive in the wild. Ecologists hope the cheetahs will play a role in preserving India’s dwindling grasslands – regions that, if preserved, may help the country reach the carbon-sinking goals it set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement. An Eco-Friendly Solution To Gum Litter The…

4 min
a child reader

I was introduced to the world of stories in books, comics and on the wireless long before starting school. At the time we lived in a sleepy little village in Yorkshire, England. The year was 1956. When my baby brother, Stephen, was put down for his afternoon nap, Mum and I shared a special time. We sat by the fire and read our magazines. Mum read Woman, a weekly that thoughtfully included a children’s story which she read to me. Then at two o’clock was Woman’s Hour on the wireless, which also including a children’s story. Best of all, I received a comic called Sunny Stories. Mum read me the stories until I was old enough to read them myself. In January 1957, aged four and ten months, I started school. My parents…

3 min
smart animals

Homer’s Odyssey JOAN CAMPBELL Our family lived in a old house on land near the Waikato River. We had a very large orchard and grassy paddocks that led down to the river. It was a great opportunity for me to own many pets – a horse, a goat, a sheep, rabbits and, of course, cats. I was about five when our resident cat gave birth to a litter of kittens. One in particular was my favourite, a spunky and playful ginger tom that we named Jack. My mother kept hens in a well-fenced hen run and as time went by she purchased some sittings for eggs and I waited eagerly to see them hatch out – and so it seemed did Jack. At first, we didn’t suspect Jack of treachery, but every day, one or…