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100 Word Stories 2016

100 Word Stories 2016

At last, here’s the answer to the question everyone wants to know: who took out the prizes in our annual short story competition?

Boy in the Stream

Boy in the Stream

When a neighbour pulls an unconscious toddler from an icy steam, the little boy’s family fears the worst. But one doctor won’t give up hope.

Living Language: Sounds Like

Living Language: Sounds Like

They’re the words that put the whizz bang into our language, writes Donyale Harrison.

8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Barbie

8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Barbie

The Mattel corporation claims, somewhere in the world, there is one Barbie doll sold every three seconds. (Hey – there goes another one!) Here are some little-known facts about America’s plastic sweetheart.

Living Language: The Nay Sayers

Living Language: The Nay Sayers

Donyale Harrison makes a combobulated argument in favour of couth, crepant and ept.

Funny Teacher Stories

Funny Teacher Stories

Amusing anecdotes from the classroom.

The Making of a Monarch

The Making of a Monarch

In 1952, upon the death of her father, the young Elizabeth Alexandra May Windsor became Queen Elizabeth II. Sixteen months of intricate preparations led to her coronation – and event of supreme pomp and ceremony that heralded the beginning of a new Elizabethan Age, as citizens across the world emerged from the shadows of war into an era of confidence and prosperity. Travel with us back to the pages of Reader’s Digest 1952, when we gave readers a glimpse of the ultimate royal party planners in full flight.

How To Win Almost Anything

How To Win Almost Anything

From acing a competition or landing a job, to tricking a claw crane machine or getting your book published – here are strategies you need for victory.

Alone In The Silo

Alone In The Silo

For hours, no-one knew that Arick Baker had fallen into a 58°C grain bin and was slowly being squeezed to death.

My Story: Evenings With Dad

My Story: Evenings With Dad

Grace Lee, from Malaysia, developed an interest in writing a few years ago. This is her first published piece.

What Dumb Bosses Should Know

What Dumb Bosses Should Know

Ever worried you might have done something stupid? It’s probably nothing compared to the efforts of these bizarre bosses. Of course we’re laughing at these guys!

Is the mobile phone a blessing or a curse?

Is the mobile phone a blessing or a curse?

Neil Gordon ponders the usefulness of the ubiquitous mobile phone.

Living Language: U.S. and the Rest of Us

Living Language: U.S. and the Rest of Us

It’s the “other” English that both enriches and confuses the language. But Americans aren’t just out to be contrary, writes Donyale Harrison.

Cuss Words for the Classy

Cuss Words for the Classy

Columnist Nury Vittachi prefers his profanities to be articulated in Latin.

Never Too Late To Be Bold

It’s Never Too Late To Be Bold and Chase Excitement

A seemingly nonsensical suggestion led Gail MacCallum to uproot her life and follow her dream.

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