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Real People Issue 50 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

Well, it must be so embarrassing to have a man spring up and offer you his seat on public transport when you are anything but with child. I’m trying to imagine it. Of course it has never happened to me! Except, I’m lying… it has happened more than once. I’ve done the beetroot, ‘Oh no, I’m not… I mean… no, no, I’ll stand,’ stutter which just leaves us both toe-curled with embarrassment. And the opposite, aggressive – ‘It’s FAT!’ I’ve even offered up a breezy ‘thank you’ before smugly taking the well-meaning fool’s seat. Mostly, these days, I think, ‘Ha! I still look fertile!’ Little wins, readers, little wins. And it all came back to me, reading Claire’s story this week. It wasn’t just a mum tum that had everyone…

4 Min.
dim the lights

Instead of opening adorable teddies with my baby, I was watching her life support being switched off. Andrew just stood motionless, silent. My brother, Paul, 20, had brought in his gift to Leah. I opened it and placed the stuffed reindeer at the end of her cot. Then I lifted her into my arms and cuddled her one last time as the tubes were removed. Andrew silently got up and was gone before she took her final breath. At 5.12pm that Christmas Day, her heart stopped. The room fell into an awful silence, broken a minute later by my howls. Then me and Mum quietly bathed Leah and dressed her one last time in a hospital Babygro. When I found Andrew afterwards, he was watching telly in the hospital lounge. I didn’t have the words to ask…

2 Min.
not-so secret santa

EXPRESS YOURSELF: DEVON & CO DURHAM Climb aboard the Train to Christmas Town, a festive looped train ride that starts and ends in beautifully decorated Stanhope station, County Durham. There’s also a sister ride in Devon, beginning and ending at Okehampton station. Climb on board into a magical atmosphere created by caroling elves, interactive entertainment, plenty of hot chocolate and cookies for the kids, plus mulled wine for grown-ups. The one-and-a-half hour journey will briefly stop at ‘Christmas Town’ to pick up Santa Claus, and each child has the chance to meet him and receive a present. Full of festive fun, it’s a great way to spend an afternoon with the little ones. HOW: Runs until 23 December, tickets start from £18. weardale-railway.com dartmoorrailway.com AS WOOD AS IT GETS: BERKSHIRE If you don’t fancy…

4 Min.

Cradling my baby son on my lap, I followed his eyes as they sought out his brother on Christmas morning. Nolan was just five months old, but he grinned happily as his big bro, James, five, excitedly played with his scooter. Nolan’s gift from Santa was a baby walker. ‘We’ll try him in it later,’ I said to my partner, Damion, 27. We were leaving early to spend the day at my mum, Sarah’s. December 2017 had been a tough month for Nolan. He’d been diagnosed with tongue-tie – the strip of skin connecting his tongue to the floor of his mouth was shorter than normal, making it tricky for him to latch on when breastfeeding. A fortnight ago he’d had an op to correct it. And just two days after that he’d gone down with bronchiolitis –…

8 Min.
onder gutless

Dusty old chairs, a wobbly desk, knackered bedside tables – I heaved the lot out of the garage like I was emptying the fridge. I turned the desk upside down on the lawn and clawed and stamped at the legs until they came off. As my biceps throbbed and sweat glistened my brow, my hubby Roman, 37, looked at me with a mixture of admiration and just a little terror. ‘What?’ I asked. He fiddled with his phone and played something. I straightened up and listened. Then I began to chuckle. The trailer for Wonder Woman! ‘That’s definitely you,’ he laughed. Ha. Well, I liked to get stuck in, and clearing out the garage of our new home in July 2016 wasn’t going to do itself ! We’d seen the film three times. OK, I did some weights down the gym,…

5 Min.
quick  reads

IN STITCHES GO FIGURE! Siobhan and her little girl were cut from the same barmy cloth… My little girl splodged red paint on the cardboard box I’d brought home from my job at McDonald’s. ‘Make sure it’s in the lines,’ I instructed Caoimhe, three. We were making a fancy dress costume, but this was no glittery blue Queen Elsa dress or a sequined Little Mermaid fish tail... Once it was dry, I glued down fairy lights and lifted the box over Caoimhe’s head, and voila! She was a Transformer. Who says girls can’t be big shape-shifting robots?! In the box, she flung herself to the ground, turning into a car. I waved her off in the school playground, beaming as all of the other mums told me how amazing my girl looked. The mums must be used to my costumes by…