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Real People

Issue 43 2021

Real People is a real-life title which delivers real-life stories, puzzles (and prizes) and affordable practical advice (food, fashion & beauty).

United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
52 Issues

in this issue

1 min
this week in your fab value

I’m so loving all the pandemic tales still emerging from up and down the country. All those heart-warming moments and things people did to make a terrible situation a bit more bearable. They’re a reminder that goodness was everywhere, even as the disease raged. Good people like Katie, who’s telling us about her wedding on p14 – she’s one of the carers who’ve been battling to keep our elderly rellies safe though it all. She loves the seniors at her care home and they her. So when it came to saying, ‘I do,’ she was devastated Covid meant they couldn’t be there. Then she got to thinking… Adorable! For mum Michelle, it was the NHS that rode to her rescue. After whittling herself down several stones, she was in desperate need…

2 min
our mad world!

Comedy TOT USE IT OR LOOSE IT This is my boy Ethan when he was three. He loved our new loo seat so much he’d hug it! Tanita Dighton, Suffolk UK A Worthing foot fetishist who made 1,263 calls to the NHS 111 service has been fined £2,000. Richard Cove pretended to be an old lady with bad feet so call handlers would discuss theirs with him. What a strange sole! DOG-EARED READ As you can see, my Westie Mishka has great taste in mags. Rachel Mann-Bradbury, Chesterfield NIL BY MOUTH Foods that are banned in the US… • Haggis• Horsemeat• Black pudding• Kinder Eggs• Unpasteurised milk• Ackee fruit• Beluga caviar• Japanese pufferfish• Italian casu marzu cheese USA Remember getting money back on glass bottles? One Pennsylvania penny-pincher tried his luck and took a dusty crate of 108-year-old bottles back to a brewery.…

8 min
child (rapist) catcher

Hammering on the bathroom door, I could hear the shower still running. ‘Come on, Zian!’ I yelled. ‘You’re going to be late!’ ‘Coming!’ my 11-year-old daughter called back. I went downstairs to the kitchen and minutes later, I smelt Zian before I saw her, catching a waft of her favourite Ariana Grande perfume. Seconds later, she appeared, dressed in her navy school blazer and black skirt. ‘Just a second,’ I said, straightening her black and red tie. Grabbing some leftover chow mein from the fridge, she started eating it cold. What a brekkie! ‘Gotta go, I’ll miss the bus,’ she said, kissing me goodbye and running out the door. It was 3 November 2020. As well as Zian, I also had two other daughters, Norrisa, 24, and Ashanti, 20, as well as sons Tobias, 30, and Nathan, 34. Ashanti was…

3 min
first class

OTTERLY FAB! Your break otter be cute? Then the VIP otter experience at Longleat will be top of your wish list. During the half-hour experience you’ll get up close and personal with resident giant otters, Inny and Gordito. Your keeper will introduce you to them in their aquatic habitat where you’ll have an opportunity to watch them play, before moving around to their feeding area and getting hands-on. Although the otters at Longleat are fed fish, in the wild giant otters are fearsome beasts. They’ve been known to tackle anacondas and even piranhas! The half-hour giant otter VIP Experience, which must be pre-booked, costs £75 per person. It’s worth every penny to see these amazing creatures close up, especially as the price includes day entrance to the whole of Longleat’s world-famous safari park and…

1 min
real people roulette

Here’s one to get you in a spin! All of the answers to the questions can be found on Real People’s Roulette wheel. For your chance to bag £250, have a go at the quiz, eliminating the black or red section containing the answer, or answers, to each question as you go. When completed correctly, you’ll be left with just one section, which contains your prize answer. Write this on the entry coupon on page 43. 1 What is the only city in the county of Norfolk? 2 How many strings does a violin have? 3 How many sides are there in the shape called a decagon? 4 Where in the body is the patella? 5 Find and cross out three biscuits. 6 Which planet in the solar system is closest to the sun? 7 Find and…

12 min
sink or slim

The doors of Ulster Hospital slid open and a runway supermodel came sashaying out. In her arms was the latest hot accessory. A beautiful, newborn boy… Well, that’s how I felt, this new slim version of me. I was so tired, I had more bags than the crowds at a Primark sale… but my new, enviable, post-birth figure would give any WAG a run for their money! And it was all thanks to morning sickness… I’d battled with my weight since childhood – 8st at eight years old, 9st at nine… By 17, I was a hefty 19st, the fat, bubbly one in my group of pals. And with my short spiky hair and trendy fur coat, I was a real life Pat Butcher! But in truth, I hated it. ‘You’ve such a pretty…