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Chat Specials SUMMER 2 SPECIAL 2020

Published by TI Media Limited Chat Specials is the monthly series spin-off from one of Britain's best-loved magazines. With eight ‘Seasonals' and five ‘Best Ofs', the series captures the very best from Chat. with the most gripping and moving stories that will get everyone talking. There's much more than just explosive real-life, though, with fabulous fashion, bargain beauty, health advice you can trust, top travel tips, reliable recipes, and laughs and surprises galore. Plus there's 12 prize puzzles to pit your wits against. A fun package to keep you truly entertained.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
welcome…

Here at Chat, we love nothing better than putting a smile on your face, and we hope this edition will make your day a bit brighter. With summer in full swing, who doesn’t love a picnic? We’ve got some great tips to get you started on page 18. Why not try a chocolate mousse with a twist on page 43? And if that doesn’t cheer you up, check out a clever way to instantly feel happy on page 66! This month, we’re all about families sticking together through good times and bad. After losing her dad to a cruel disease, Helen (pg16) wasn’t too surprised to learn she had the same thing. It definitely ran in the family, and when her mum was also diagnosed, the pair of them battled on together to face…

8 min.
staying alive

Jen Costa, 35 As I walked through the doors at the slimming group, I could feel my cheeks flush crimson with embarrassment. I was barely a teenager and already on a strict diet to try and control my spiralling weight. ‘Go on,’ my adoptive mum Cathy, 66, said, giving me a gentle nudge towards the scales. Pushing 16 stone, I was classed as morbidly obese. My parents had tried everything to help me beat the bulge for the sake of my health. They loved me no matter what, but they desperately wanted me to be fit and healthy. They restricted my diet and tried to get me to be more active, but I struggled with the limitations and it had the opposite effect. Instead, I snuck food in secret. Creeping up to my bedroom, I’d gorge on crisps and…

3 min.
choosing life

My family stayed by my side the whole time, praying I’d wake up. Amazingly, three days later, I opened my eyes. It was a miracle I survived it. I had a long road ahead, but by some miracle, I hadn’t suffered any brain damage. Doctors initially told me I would have to be hooked up to a ventilator to help monitor my breathing – but I defied the odds by teaching myself to breathe unaided. My recovery was slow, but I was lucky to be alive. Finally, after six long weeks in the hospital, I was out of danger and allowed to go home. Today, I still have no taste – my tongue is just a lump in my mouth. I miss pizza, I miss ordering Chinese, and I miss the taste of my grandma’s chicken. But despite…

2 min.
pulling his leg!

Jacqueline Shanks, 59, Brighton As my husband clutched hold of two ski poles, he was shaky on his feet. But, as he started walking down the road, I could tell he was really struggling. Chris, 63, had been walking with a limp for as long as I’d known him. His leg permanently twisted after a motorway crash in his twenties, before I’d met him. It meant his left leg was longer than the other. And while a walk around the block was like a marathon to Chris, it certainly didn’t dent his sense of humour. ‘Can you grab my stiletto,’ he’d chuckle, pointing to his shoes, one of which had a higher heel than the other. But as he got older and retired from his job as a telecoms engineer in September 2016, I could see just how…

2 min.
stuck fast

Salli White, 28, Saffron Walden, Essex As I made my way into the living room, I could hear my boys, Oscar, six, and Toby, four, were up to no good again. Scuffling and laughing together, the pair were play fighting. ‘You’ll end up hurting someone,’ I warned them, untangling the both of them from each other. With my husband Chris, 28, at work, I was certainly outnumbered by my boys. ‘Why don’t we go and play in the garden?’ I suggested to them both. With more space to run about, there was less chance of anything getting broken. My plan working, I cracked on with some cooking in the kitchen, keeping an eye on them through the window. ‘Go careful,’ I called out to Oscar as he bounced on the wooden garden chair. ‘I’m just opening the umbrella,’ he…

1 min.
try this on for size

In 2009, Sultan Kösen became the first man over 8ft to be measured by the Guinness World Records for more than 20 years. The part-time farmer from Turkey was found to be a towering 246.5cm (8ft 1in) in height, earning him the iconic title of Tallest Living Man. Two years later, Sultan was measured again in Ankara, Turkey, by which time he had grown to a staggering 251cm (8ft 2.8 in). Sultan didn’t start his incredible growth spurt until he was 10 years old. His unique growth and massive height is caused by a condition known as pituitary gigantism, the result of an over-production of a growth hormone. The rest of his family, including his parents and four siblings, are all average size. He previously described one of the advantages of being tall as being able…