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Real People Issue 38 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

Why do we do it? We’re grown adults, but when someone shrieks ‘Hen do’ we dust down the old penis straws and behave like sex store sales reps on freshers’ week! And when Amie (p6) was shown her chicken outfit for the night she must have thought, ‘And it begins...’ An evening of clucking around bars in Bristol, fizz, cringe and plenty of laughs. But then she took a call, and suddenly the happiness turned like sour milk. The do became a coma vigil, the wedding was off and a court case loomed... Kelly too (p44) was brought back down to earth with a crushing thump. She’d taken out a bank loan to give her bangers a bit more bounce, but the transformation was as life-draining as it was eye-popping. Or…

3 Min.
our mad world!

Comedy TOT SO LONG SUMMER! My 16-month-old grandson Blake is a real water baby. He couldn’t wait to get outside in the rain – no time for trousers! Amanda Lumley, Dovercourt, Essex UK Miss Tooth took her dentist to the cleaners. No, really! After a four-year ordeal, Johanna Tooth, 37, from Redruth, Cornwall, received £5,000 for painful infections, losing a peg and difficulty eating – even after several dentist visits. BIT OF FLUFF Have you ever seen an Ewok wait for a bus? This dog in Japan might just be it! Kokoro the toy poodle is an internet hit after his owner posted pics on Twitter of the fluff ball, resembling a mix of the Star Wars character, a hairy old man and Ethel from EastEnders! TAMA-WHAT?!-CHI Antique experts reckon you can Polly Pocket a small fortune with your…

8 Min.
his wild night

The horizon bobbed up and down, as the waves slapped the side of the boat. ‘You’ve got something!’ I cried, excited. From being as still as a Buddha, hunched over his fishing rod, my dad, Gary Haysom, leapt to action as his line tugged. ‘Wow,’ I gasped as a flat, rust-coloured fish wriggled on the end of it. ‘Plaice,’ Dad announced, pulling out the hook, and putting the fish in a big, plastic box beside him. Being only 10, I’d never seen my dinner caught like this before. The cawing seagulls wheeling overhead were pretty fascinated too. The next fish he reeled in, just off Lyme Regis in Dorset, was tossed back into the water. Must have been a dogfish. Nope, only plaice or mackerel would do. Next day, Dad bustled around the kitchen back home in Taunton, Somerset. At teatime,…

3 Min.
aisle be there, bird

And there… there was Dad coming slowly towards me at the door. The guests at the back of the hall turned to look, sniffing and dabbing their eyes at the sight of him. Dad was the star of the show, not me, the bride! I laughed. I didn’t mind. Dad wore the purple tie and the rose we’d chosen all those months ago. I grasped my white and purple spray of flowers. He gave me a smile and then we both faced forwards. I could glimpse Munya waiting at the front for us both. Nervously, I took a deep breath. Let’s do this, Dad. I tucked my arm inside the crook of Dad’s arm. Then… he put one foot forward, leaning on his walking stick. Wobbly but determined. Another step… and another… I fell in line with him, matching my steps to…

2 Min.
cheese the day

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP WITH CHEESE TOASTS 38P per portion Serves 6 • Takes 1hr 10mins • 2tbsp extra virgin olive oil • 5 fresh sage leaves • 1 large onion • 2 celery sticks • 2 medium carrots• 1 butternut squash • 1.3 litre vegetable stock FOR CHEESE TOASTS: • 6 slices bread • 100g cheddar • Few pinches dried chilli flakes 1 Heat the oil in a large pan and add the sage leaves for 30 secs. Lift out leaves and set aside. To the pan, add sliced onion, celery, carrots and squash. Cook for 10 mins. 2 Pour in the stock and bring to boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 20 mins. Blend the soup and return to the pan. Set aside. 3 For the cheese toasts, preheat grill to medium.…

8 Min.
gas man the cometh...

Pulling into the train station, I looked through the window. Yup, there he was. I recognised him from his photos. Tall, short brown hair, clean shaven and muscly. Matthew Barnett, 31, had told me he liked to work out in the gym. And it showed! That November 2019, I’d splashed out on a new pair of boots and had carefully chosen my outfit of a black vest top, blouse and jeans. Me and Matthew had been messaging each other on Facebook for five months after he liked some of my photos. We’d had mutual friends in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, where he came from. Not that we lived anywhere near each other now – I was in Cardiff and he was an engineer in Scotland! ‘We’ll meet in the middle,’ he’d suggested. So Bristol it was. I was a single mum and…