Real People

Real People Issue 11 2021

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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

Mums, what a year it’s been and now it’s nearly your day. We’ve clapped for carers and it’s time to stop and cheer for you. Last Mother’s Day, the nightmare was only beginning to unfold. Since then, too many beloved mums – dads, children, friends and partners too — have been lost to a pandemic we are still struggling to control. You’ve been juggling three jobs — mum, teacher and whatever actually pays the bills. Life’s been Zoom parties, online lessons, Joe blummin Wicks… until your kids have got sick of their iPads. The world really has gone mad! There have been days when it seemed like everyone was cracking up. Everyone except you. Mums keep the show on the road. Instead you’ve eaten too much pizza, cried with your…

3 Min.
our mad world!

Cute TOT LETTING RIP Maybe the kiddies’ puzzles are a little too much for my six-month-old Teddy! Here he is tearing his way through the maze. Lucy Perkin, Stoke-on-Trent UK Welsh pub manager Derek Coulton lost his licence after serving drinkers dressed as builders in lockdown. Cops spied his son with a circular saw sprinkling sawdust on the bar and one regular on a ladder pretending to work. HAVING A BLAST Never mind that it’s chilly, Max (left) and Luca, both two, chose ice blasts. And I think it’s given Luca brain freeze! Jade Mather, Cookridge, Leeds JUST, NO Worst Mother’s Day gifts… ● ‘A toaster oven, so I can make the wonderful breakfasts my husband and kids deserve! Hallelujah!’ Reddit user: my_final_answer ● ‘My almost three-year-old twins made me a lovely picture, on my office wall, in Sharpie.’ PM_your_recipe ● ‘I gave my mom fake…

4 Min.

Plastic covered pages crinkled under my fingers as I peered at the photo album. There were my parents, young and carefree. Me as a newborn in my mum Lavona’s arms on the sofa… ‘That’s my family’s house in Sea Winds,’ she said, snuggled up next to me. ‘Tell me again how Daddy was so surprised,’ I prodded. I loved this story. ‘Well this was before mobiles,’ she began, a smile playing on her lips at the memory. ‘When your daddy arrived to visit after work I was already home with you! He’d said I’d been so brave.’ Imagine that – arriving home expecting dinner, and a baby waiting instead! A turn of the page and there they were again, being married in 1999 with me a chubby two-year-old at their side. In my mind, I was like…

8 Min.
torn in two

Me and Cassidy took to hanging out with each other. ‘I used to have a sister,’ she told me one day. ‘She was kidnapped.’ ‘Oh…’ I managed, not entirely believing her. ‘Poor girl,’ I told Mum. ‘She’s making up stories to impress me.’ I showed her a selfie I’d taken with Cassidy. ‘She really does look like you, Princess,’ Mum said, turning back to the bubbling casserole on the stove. One Friday Cassidy and me were at McDonald’s when her dad, Morné, turned up and we chatted. He and her mum were divorced. ‘When were you born?’ he asked pleasantly. I told him. His brow furrowed as he turned to whisper into his phone. ‘You know…’ he said, turning back to me, ‘you really look like Cassidy’s mum.’ That again. More looky-likeys... Days on, the headmaster called me into…

2 Min.
thai hi!

TURKEY PAD THAI Serves 2 • Takes 30 mins • 125g (4oz) flat, folded dried rice noodles • 4tbsp fish sauce• 2tbsp tamarind paste • 3tbsp demerara sugar• 1tbsp soy sauce • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped• 1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced• 2 medium eggs, beaten• 125g (4oz) cooked turkey, shredded • 100g (31/2 oz) beansprouts• 3 spring onions, finely sliced• 2tbsp unsalted roasted peanuts, chopped• Handful of coriander, chopped • Lime wedges 1 Soak noodles in cold water for 25 mins. Drain. Mix fish sauce, tamarind, sugar, soy sauce with 2tbsp water in a pan, and heat gently. Set aside. 2 Heat 3tbsp vegetable oil in a frying pan over high heat. Add garlic and chilli, stir-fry for 30 sec, then add noodles with a splash of water and stir-fry for 2…

8 Min.
all coming back to me

Raising a dramatic hand to the bar’s ceiling, I cradled the microphone. ‘And my heart will go on, and on…’ Breathe for the instrumental. The high note crescendo was approaching like an iceberg! Here it comes… ‘YOU’RE… HERE...!’ Nope, ballsed it! I was no Celine Dion, my voice wobbling like a few of the karaoke punters after one too many! It didn’t help that my friends in the crowd were all professional singers. On the West End, in bands or soloists, there wasn’t a bum note among ’em. Well, until you got to me. Thomas Dodd. Or dud, in this case. But what I lacked in singing skill I made up for in enthusiasm. And it had to be Celine. There wasn’t a track by the French-Canadian queen of power ballads I didn’t know. At 25, I hoped it hadn’t put off any…