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Real People

Issue 43 2020

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

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hearst Magazines UK
Frequency:
Weekly
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in this issue

2 min.
our mad world!

Comedy TOT OH, CHARMING! Well, I don’t see what’s so funny, Lio. My one-week-old son seems to have learnt sign language a little too quickly... Lauren Clifton, Felixstowe, Suffolk UK Five foul-mouthed zoo parrots have had to be split up. ‘When a parrot tells you to f*** off it amuses people,’ said Steve Nicols, of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Centre. But five effing at kids might ruffle feathers! LAPPING IT UP Meet my holiday romance! On a trip to Rhodes last month, I fell in love with the friendliest cat ever. Hannah Pockett, Felbridge, Surrey JUST THE JOB! Well, kids, what do you want to be when you grow up? ● Premier league footballer (14%) ● Doctor (13%) ● Teacher (12%) ● Social media influencer (12%) ● Police officer (9%) ● Firefighter (6%) ● Nurse (6%) ● City banker (5%) ● Paramedic (5%) ● Prime Minster (3%) SOURCE: Halifax survey of kids…

8 min.
crack a smile

Slumping in my desk, I willed the science teacher to put us out of our misery, but he droned on regardless. Still, there was a chemistry I was interested in. Me and Ricky Wilding were paired to work on an experiment. Me and one of the coolest boys in school?! He was cute with cropped brown hair, hazel eyes and skin untouched by spots. But it was his smiley, class clown confidence that made him popular. ‘Boring, isn’t it?’ he winked, fiddling with some test tubes. ‘Yes,’ I grinned back. But we were soon giggling and messing about. After that, we started meeting in the park, where he confided he lived with his gran after falling out with his mum. The vulnerability made him even cuter. And in March 2012 he asked, ‘Will you be my girlfriend?’ I nodded happily. But in…

3 min.
you deserved it

My eyes blinked open. I tried to speak, but my mouth couldn’t move. What’s he done to me? I was in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. My older sister, Kirsty, 28, told me what had happened. Ricky had knocked me unconscious against the wall, then he’d dragged me into the living room. Repeatedly he smashed my head against the wooden TV unit. ‘There’s a dent in it,’ she said. Dillon, two-and-a-half, had cowered in the kitchen while my sisters had frantically tried to get Ricky off me. He’d stamped his foot again and again on my face. Jade had begun to dial 999, but Ricky pushed her. Frightened, she ran outside the front door and dialled the police again. A neighbour heard her shouting down the phone and came over to see what the commotion was. ‘What’s going on?’ he asked and stepped…

2 min.
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 67. 1 SW1A 1AA is the London postcode of what royal residence? 2 Crème pâtissière is better known as what in the UK? 3 Find five cheese brands. 4 Complete the joke: Why was the broom late? 5 What is the capital of Sweden? 6 If you bought jambon in a French delicatessen, what would you be handed over the counter? 7…

3 min.
appy days

SNACK ATTACK It’s easy for your wandering fingers to crawl to the biscuit tin at home. The Oral Health Foundation found that one in three of us are packing away more treats in lockdown. App-y days: Try the University of Exeter’s FoodT app – a game which trains the brain to avoid cravings. Or try the Change4life food scanner, which can help you make better choices. nhs.uk/ change4life STRESS BUSTER The number of Brits suffering with stress brought on by the pandemic has doubled, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics. Even in normal times half of workers have suffered with a mental health problem. App-y days: A University of Surrey study found that just listening to birdsong could boost relaxation. Try the Birdsong Radio app from the RSPB. There’s also an eight-week,…

3 min.
never release her

Holloway Prison closed in 2016, but back in 1997, the stark building was still an all-female prison. As the gates closed behind her, Sharon, 17, had the disturbing accolade of being Britain’s youngest female murderer. In 1968, 10-year-old Mary Bell had killed two boys, aged four and three in Newcastle, but she was convicted of manslaughter. Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, both 10 years old when they killed toddler Jamie Bulger, were the youngest convicted killers of the 20th century. They’d murdered Jamie, two, just four years before. But Sharon was different. She had killed an adult. Now, banged up indefinitely, she was dubbed ‘The Devil’s Daughter’. Stories swirled about her mother’s voodoo ways, animal sacrifices and how a neighbour’s pet cat had been beheaded with a spade. Someone said she’d fried hamsters while they were alive. Was Sharon…