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Real People Issue 30 2019

Real People is a real-life title which delivers real-life stories, puzzles (and prizes) and affordable practical advice (food, fashion & beauty).

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1 Min.
this week in your fab value

Have you watched the true-crime serial The Staircase? It’s got more twists and turns than a set of spiral steps. It tells the story of how American novelist Michael Peterson’s wife lay dying at the foot of the staircase of the title. Accident or murder? Did he do it or didn’t he? I won’t ruin it for you. But much closer to home, on this side of the pond, Nick has had a taste of what that kind of suspicion feels like. His Sue lay in a puddle of blood at bottom of their own set of stairs. Thankfully, she lived. But accusing eyes turned to Nick. Had he pushed her? Tried to kill her? Was it for the insurance money? Suddenly, he wasn’t even allowed to be alone with Sue. Read…

3 Min.
our mad world!

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE I just had to share this picture of my girl Jasmine lapping up the summer sun. Stacey Hill, Torquay, Devon UK ‘I started having a sneezing fit and it came out my left nostril,’ astonished Steven Easton, 51, said of an intact black rubber sucker. His mum, Pat, knew straight away it was off a toy dart he’d swallowed 43 years earlier. He’d thought he had hay fever. WOOD YOU? Sevnica, Slovenia, has honoured its most famous daughter with a bold monument. The big wooden statue of Melania Trump, US First Lady, was carved by a local artist, Ales Zupevc, using a chainsaw. Opinion is divided. One resident said, ‘It’s not OK. It’s a disgrace.’ CREATURE COMFORTS Emotional Support Animals might usually be cats and dogs – but the Americans can offer you an… • Alligator •…

3 Min.
soap on a rope

East Enders Ben finds out that Phil’s changed his will to favour Keanu. That goes down like a fillet steak in a vegan restaurant! Keanu, meanwhile, stupidly goes behind Phil’s back to cancel a dodgy meeting, so gets shown who’s boss in front of a pub full of punters. That goes down like a pork chop at the same place! Leaving the Vic, Phil picks up his beef with Kat and threatens Tommy… Wait! Those meaty metaphors really don’t convey the damage done, here. For someone, Phil’s gone too far; he’s made an enemy who wants to make mincemeat (arf) of him and later, at the Arches, they do just that. Phil is left for dead and there’s burger all he can do about it. Come on! Elsewhere… When Max tells Ruby…

8 Min.
it’s daddy time

Hiding behind a stone wall in the castle grounds, my heart thumped. Suddenly, Dad pounced, making me shriek. ‘Found you!’ he boomed. We were on a camping holiday on the continent. Eating ice cream and playing hide-and-seek was lots of fun. I was six and my brother, Isaac, was nine, but we were sad and pining, too. We were both homesick and missing our mum, Charlotte. She and Dad, Neil Hammerton, both 40, had divorced two years earlier. The court had granted shared custody but, because we spent more time with Mum in the week, Dad had insisted on taking us away for four whole weeks in the summer. So far, we’d travelled all through Germany, Poland and Austria, but they all looked the same to me and Isaac. Dad, a music teacher, was determined to…

4 Min.
i’ll give you custody!

It took over a year for the case to come to court. The tension had a terrible effect on me. I couldn’t face the trial and had suicidal thoughts, fantasies about disappearing. Diagnosed with depression, I was prescribed sleeping pills and antidepressants. I missed months of school. The month before the court date, my great-grandmother died, aged 100. Since my disclosure, I hadn’t been allowed to visit her and I felt doubly sad, thinking of her wondering where I was. I wasn’t even allowed to go to her funeral to say goodbye. It was as if I was the bad one. Then the morning of the trial was upon me. Isaac couldn’t bear to go, which I understood. ‘Hope it goes well,’ he said. I went to the Old Bailey court in London with Mum and my…

3 Min.
battle of wills

SWEEPSTAKES When she didn’t get her due, a family cleaner took her employer’s family to the, well, cleaners. Leonora Da Costa had been cooking Harold Tickner’s meals and tidying up his clutter for 11 years. She’d done such a gleaming job that Harold had promised her a slice of his £500k home in Harrow, north west London, when he popped off. And, as his health deteriorated, she cared for him like a daughter, even having him over to her place for Christmas in 2014. But just days before his death in June 2015, his will had been changed – cutting Leonora, 50, out and favouring his nephew, Dennis Germain, instead. Leonora took her claim to the High Court, which ruled that Harold couldn’t have fully understood what he was doing when he revised the will at…