Real People Issue 42 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

Hubbies have been getting up to all sorts this week, from hitting the deck at the news of triplets with an even bigger shock to come (p12), to making such a song and dance of a little thing called a vasectomy that his missus (who’s given birth for him three times) decided to make a proper spectacle of it (p38). Pass the sperm cupcakes! Is it any wonder it’s easier to lick your own elbow than find the right man for you? Ally was still searching, sat on the sofa with her dad, watching Gogglebox. What she wouldn’t do to find a good man to marry… Literally – what wouldn’t she do? Or rather, what was she prepared to overlook? You’ll discover the answer on p44. And if you’ve ever…

2 min
our mad world!

Cute TOT PIGGY IN THE MIDDLE Here’s my animal-mad little girl, Elsie, seven, with her neck warmer guinea pigs, Ginger and Pickles. Claire Conroy, Bournemouth UK A Glasgow landlord is accused of really taking the pee for trying to rent out a bathroom with a desk as £50-a-week office space. Toilet breaks are very convenient, as the worker will be next to the lav. LOVE BIRDS As staff at Cape Wildlife Centre, Massachusetts operated on a hurt Canada Goose, his mate tapped on the door to check on him. She waited for the entire op. Aww! Kevin Beresford, the UK’s ‘dullest man’, picks our best roundabouts… ROUND THE BEND • Daneshill (Basingstoke) • Brian the Snail (Lewes) • Magic Roundabout (Cardiff) • The Black Cat (St Neots) • Mitchell Way (Southampton) • Brownhills ‘Jigger’ (Birmingham) Source: Best of British Roundabouts Calendar 2022 USA Chance Mongeon from Tennessee could…

8 min
once bitten

Hearing a key turn in the front door, I leapt off the sofa. ‘My baby’s home!’ I trilled excitedly. There, on the doorstep, was my eldest son, Alan, 26, a holdall over his shoulder and a cheeky grin on his handsome face. My three Yorkies, Casper, Peppi and Benji, raced at his ankles, jumping up. A hero’s welcome. ‘Can I stay for a bit, Mam?’ Alan asked sheepishly, ‘I’ll help you walk the dogs?’ ‘You can stay forever,’ I tutted, pulling him into a hug. After settling Alan on the sofa with a cuppa, I finally asked the question. ‘So, what happened this time?’ ‘Let’s just say the relationship didn’t work out,’ Alan replied, sadly. I wasn’t surprised. Alan, a welder, fell in love as fast as he fell out of it. Over the years, he’d often come home to…

4 min
biting back

By the time we got to the police station, my legs were jelly. I felt like I was watching someone else playing me in a film as an officer confirmed Alan was dead. ‘He was stabbed in the stomach, then the neck, severing a major artery,’ he explained. My son had died of his injuries alone, in the street. A day shy of his 27th birthday. I cried like a wounded animal. ‘We’ve arrested Mohammed Rahman and Laura McGee,’ the officer confirmed. ‘I knew it!’ I shrieked. Had they been in cahoots to kill my boy? While I waited to find out, our whole family was torn apart. It was Alan’s birthday when I first saw him in the morgue. For weeks after that, I couldn’t get out of bed. I couldn’t accept Alan wasn’t coming home. Police tried to…

1 min

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 In which crime drama does Brenda Blethyn star? 2 Who wrote the James Bond novels? 3 In what year was the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina? 4 What sort of food is pancetta? 5 Who starred alongside Ronnie Barker in Open All Hours? 6 How many sides are there in the shape called a nonagon? 7 What spirit is…

8 min
count on me

Holding a little white stick, I slapped it round my partner’s face. Chris Marr, 34, opened one bleary eye. The pong of beer practically formed a fug round his head. ‘What?’ he mumbled. ‘We’re pregnant!’ I cried, waving the test I’d just hit him with. Talk about a slap in the face! It was a Sunday morning in September 2019. Both married before, we’d met in 2016 when we were both 31. Going up the aisle again wasn’t a huge priority. ‘But we aren’t getting younger, if we want to think about kids at some point,’ I’d realised. ‘Kids are definitely on the agenda,’ he’d smiled. But first, we’d wanted to have a blast getting to know each other. I ran a private dental surgery, Chris was in real estate. We worked hard, played even harder. Weekends were filled with boozy brunches,…