Real People Issue 33 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

Pretty much every week in this job I am amazed by the courage of people in some really hard circumstances… The dignity with which they pick up the tatters of a wrecked life after a terrible crime or tragedy and somehow find a way to go on. It’s amazing and it happens every day. But there are some folks who just seem to be born rock hard. Alisha is one of them (p44). She has seven lovely children – a different one for every day of the week! She gets up at 2.15am to hit the gym for three hours before starting the breakfast and school runs. As a result she has a body so chiselled it belongs in a museum… I’m exhausted just writing all that! But before you…

3 min
our mad world!

Comedy TOT FLOUR POWER My 16-month-old boy Vince tried to recreate his fab day at Weston beach while in the kitchen, with my plain flour as sand! Gemma Louise Davies, Tuffley, Gloucester UK Scotland’s first ‘drag school’ for kids aged 11-18 runs this summer in Dumfries. Pupils learn make-up skills, how to create a persona and the history of drag. Frock horror, some people are complaining about it, but classes sold out quickly. ONE IN A MELON Nevada bodybuilder Kortney Olson has smashed the world record for crushing three watermelons between her thighs in under eight seconds. What a leg-end. STOP, THIEF! Hold on to your valuables, it’s the country’s most burgled cities… THAILAND If you’re going to clamp a padlock round the base of your penis in a bizarre sex game, don’t lose the key. One 38-year-old did and Bangkok…

8 min
see, know evil

Closing the front door behind him, my dad, Darren Fitzsimons, put his arm around my shoulder. I was 16 but, in that moment, I felt like I was five years old again, and just needed my daddy. ‘So Demon,’ he began softly – he always called me Demon, because of my name, Demornay. ‘What are you going to do now? I know you have it in you to do well, you just have to knuckle down.’ ‘I know,’ I whispered. It was the summer holidays, July 2015, and I’d just done my GCSEs, but I knew I hadn’t tried hard enough so had failed them all. We were at my older sister Chloe’s for a barbecue but Dad had asked me to come to the local shop with him to get some supplies – and…

3 min
final blow

At Christmas we put up a tree and decorations, got Dad a Manchester United football shirt to wear. ‘I bet you’re missing watching the games,’ I said, stroking his arm. He could barely communicate. But we learnt that a tilt of his head or a small finger movement meant he wanted shifting in his bed. I tried to keep my tears for when I was alone. Dad was scared enough without seeing my fear. Then, early 2017, there was some light in the darkness. Patting my tum next to Dad, I said, ‘Look, you’re going to be a grandad again.’ I showed him a scan photo of the baby I was expecting. He blinked in approval, offering the faintest of smiles. He was already a grandad to Chloe’s little boy, doted on him. ‘And this little one will know what…

2 min
walks of art

CLIVEDEN MAIDENHEAD, BERKS The hotel was made famous because it’s where model and showgirl Christine Keeler carried out her illicit affair with politician John Profumo in 1961. But there’s nothing illicit about the sculpture-strewn grounds (above), which include Roman tomb stones – they’re as worthy of a wander as the summer sun. Booking is essential. £10 per adult or £25 for a family of four. HATFIELD HOUSE HATFIELD, HERTS Almost all of the BAFTA-winning film, The Favourite, starring Olivia Colman, was filmed at Hatfield House. And this stunning homage to Jacobean England is a favourite of ours too, particularly because of the grand park and woodland walks. Built in 1611, it was once the childhood home of Elizabeth I. Now, Renaissance – a large stainless steel water sculpture – sits outside. Dogs are also…

7 min
scared stiff

The living room was piled high with nappies, brand-new babygros were washed, and the cot was waiting to be assembled. ‘Where to start?’ my fiancé, Rob Tyack, groaned. I was eight months pregnant with our first baby, and in mayhem! And I was about to add something else into the melee. Something small, wriggly and yappy... ‘A woman’s bringing a puppy round tomorrow,’ I grinned sheepishly. ‘What?!’ Rob spluttered. ‘I know,’ I sighed. ‘But he’s going to go to the dogs’ home otherwise. And we have always wanted a puppy.’ Rob rolled his eyes. ‘It might be good practice for the baby. But it’s still bonkers!’ ‘Thank you!’ I smiled, hugging him. I’d spotted the advert for Copper, a three-month-old Saluki Greyhound cross on the website Preloved. ‘Look at those ears,’ I’d cried. Maybe it was my maternal instinct kicking…