Real People Issue 34 2021

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

Where is the one place we mostly feel safe? Home, of course. Our own four walls, our nice thick doors, our familiar things all around us, not to mention the people and pets we love. It’s a comfort. But of course, not for everyone. Sometimes home hides an abuser, and that turns the familiar into a trap. What doesn’t usually happen is for a threat to barge its way in, breaching our defences. A home invasion – petrifying. But that’s exactly what happened to Nicola and her family (p6). A quiet morning of crafting in their jammies was jolted by a jarring knock at the door. On the other side of it stood a stranger, hell-bent on violence and mayhem. A frightened feeling stopped Nicola opening the door. So he kicked…

3 min
our mad world!

Cute TOT AT EASE, SOLDIER! My one-year-old, Armani, likes to pull a face at breakfast, making a tongue out of his toast soldier. Natalie Alishia Brown, Oldham UK Several London supermarkets have been terrorised by a group of not-so-super heroes. They climbed on freezers, held flour fights and brawled with shoppers, all while dressed as Spider-Man, Batman and, bizarrely, Ali G. BOTTOMS UP! An Indian off-licence owner watched a bold macaque steal a bottle. Cheeky monkeys in Madhya Pradesh are losing their fear of humans and finding a taste for booze. That’s a messy combination! NICE & FREEZY? Take your lick of the weirdest ice cream flavours out there… • Pizza (Philadelphia) • Seaweed (Japan) • Macaroni and cheese (New York) • Fish and chips (London) • Porridge (Newtonmore, Scotland) • Coronation Chicken (London) • Whisky prune (Australia) • Cereal milk (New York) • Avocado (France) • Spaghetti and…

8 min
death’ s door

Cutting the thread, I carefully placed my needle back in the sewing box. ‘Lovely,’ I pronounced. Me and my daughter, Rachel*, 13, were making decorated gift baskets for my colleague’s two little girls. Rachel was growing up fast and she was her mother’s daughter! Whenever I began crafting, she’d drop her phone and come join in. So now we were busy at the kitchen table – it was festooned with materials, ribbons, scissors and bobbins of cotton. ‘The girls are going to love them,’ I smiled. It was lunchtime but we were still both in our nighties. A lovely, lazy day. I’d done three long shifts at Morrisons that week, starting early so the NHS workers could get their food first before other shoppers. After that, I had spent hours on my feet checking the dates on…

4 min
knives out

‘He’s alive,’ the officer said. I sagged with relief. But Lee had been horrifically injured and taken to St James’s University Hospital in Leeds. I grabbed some clothes for me and Rachel before we were driven to my mum Linda’s house. I spoke to a doctor and learned that during the ferocious attack Lee had suffered 13 stab wounds to his back, stomach, legs and throat. The last had pierced his windpipe. The attacker’s blows had also punctured Lee’s lung and broken his left elbow. He could very well have died and needed to be stitched back together. I couldn’t visit him in hospital because of the Covid-19 regulations, but we spoke on the phone. Groggy, he said, ‘I had to protect you and Rachel.’ I understood. Protecting our daughter had been all that filled my mind…

2 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 Salmon is a shade of what colour? 2 Who is Tom Allen’s co-host on Cooking With The Stars? 3 Mahogany is a shade of what colour? 4 Who won the last series of The Great British Bake Off ? 5 Morrissey was the singer with which Eighties band? 6 What song includes the lyrics, ‘First when there’s nothing, But…

8 min
danger from above

The sun, sea, bright blue skies. OK, so it wasn’t the Bahamas but Anglesey had everything anyone could ever want in an island paradise. I’d moved to a three-bed semi on the island off Wales’ northwest coast in 2014 with my parents, Christine, 54, and Arwel, 49. But we soon realised we had some rather pesky neighbours upstairs. ‘They’re everywhere,’ I gasped to Mum, sitting out in the garden and seeing up to 30 seagulls ominously circling above. We quickly spotted they’d nested on the roof of a scaffolding company at the end of our garden. The company had put netting up to deter them, but the seagulls just pecked their way through. And they let us know this was their home, not ours! If we tried to eat outside, they’d dive-bomb us, trying to claw the food…