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Real People Issue 21 2020

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

If we’re only bored during this pandemic, then we know we’re the lucky ones. The virus is causing hard times in a thousand ways. It’s difficult for all of us, kept apart from friends and family, but how much worse when we’re talking about an eight-month-old baby like Evangeline, our little cover star, who’s missing Daddy (p27)? And while intensive care wards ring with the desperate battles of those fighting for their lives, what about all the other people, waiting at home for medical care that has been put on hold? People like Steve, Atchari’s hubby. When he opted to have his leg amputated below the knee, he’d no idea Covid-19 was lurking just around the corner, ready to banjax all hope of a prosthetic limb. Lucky that the one in…

3 Min.
our mad world!

Cute TOT BUSMAN’S HOLIDAY Two-year-old Gwil loves anything on wheels as his dad drives vehicles for a living. So never mind all the scary rides at Alton Towers, Gwil went straight for the bus! Tessa Roberts, Llanferres, Denbighshire UK Wearing his newly stolen Adidas cap and Swatch watch, after a day’s burglaring, Ross Renforth went for a celebratory McDonald’s in Alnwick, Northumberland. Only, the person serving him recognised the hooky gear as his own! He reported Renforth, who got a year in jail. JUST IN CASE… Look, get used to it, Mary, you’re not going anywhere! My daughter Donna’s dog just can’t accept life in lockdown. Wendy Lawrenson, Alicante, Spain I am Great From monosyllabic trees to overgrown marshmallows, here are our most loveable movie monsters... 1. Groot, Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Yoda, Star Wars 3. Chewbacca, Star Wars 4. Gizmo, Gremlins 5. E.T.,…

8 Min.
those who wait

Spilling out of school on a Friday afternoon, me and my mates were a roar of excited chatter. ‘What are you doing for the weekend?’ I asked a pal. ‘Nothing much, just off out with my ma,’ she smiled. Ma. I felt my heart break a little as I peeled off in the direction of the school gates. The same kind face as always was waiting – granny Jean. ‘Mince and tatties for tea?’ she asked as we walked home. Gran, my dad’s mum, had looked after me as far back as I could remember. There was always food on the table, pressies for my birthdays and plenty of hugs. I was lucky. It was best not to focus too much on what I didn’t have, like a mummy and daddy at home. My dad, Scott Smith, had problems with…

4 Min.
secrets & pies

In April last year, I needed some support – I took some friends with me. It was the trial of Mum’s murder, at Glasgow High Court, jamming the missing pieces of the puzzle into place, and it was going to be painful. Sitting in the public gallery, I stared at the man in the dock. Zhi Min Chen, 44, was slight. He didn’t look like a monster. But when asked in court how he plead to the charge of murder, Chen rose to his feet. ‘Guilty,’ he said, tearfully. It felt so surreal. I didn’t know what to think. But I hated that he was crying. He had no right to. He’d spent the past 21 years a free man. He should have been laughing. He’d been a murderer walking free for as long as Mum had been alive. The court…

2 Min.
abbey days!

Chocolate-box pretty, rural North Hampshire is quintessentially English. Tiny villages built around ponds and ancient churches, acres of farm land, pubs with amazing food and it’s home to Highclere, the castle made famous by Downton Abbey. Approaching from a long driveway, sheep in the fields to the left, 100-year-old trees to the right, it’s like you have stepped back in time and on to a movie set, where Lady Mary could quite possibly come out the door to greet you. INSIDER’S GUIDE Steeped in history and heritage, Highclere is currently home to Lord and Lady Carnarvon, where real royalty, including Queen Liz, are frequent visitors. The grade I listed stately home is even grander in real life than it appears on set and you wouldn’t be stuck for spare rooms as it boasts 300 bedrooms. Tickets…

4 Min.
you’re not alone

Happy hour lasted all night when Dave Thomas walked into a bar. At least it did for besotted landlady Annie. Over her bar in Fort Myers, Florida, the pair chatted and flirted until they were married. But Dave’s eye for the ladies kept roving. In 1998 Annie discovered an affair with his secretary. It’d been easy for him as he was a lawyer in Montgomery, Alabama, 400 miles away. When Annie threatened to leave, Dave begged forgiveness. On 2 August 2002, Dave, 55, told her he was completing work on their home in Montgomery, where they planned to retire. Annie didn’t go much and trusted him to oversee the project. But when she didn’t hear from him in a week, she drove up. The house was a wreck and there was no sign of him. It was clear he’d been…