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Real People Issue 39 2020

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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this week in your fab value

The things kids come out with! They’re natural comedians. My brother-in-law still cringes telling the story of how his little son told an estate agent there to survey their house, ‘My dad’s got a big willy!’ In other days, that could get you arrested! But what about the things parents say? I’m not talking about all the little white lies, but the under-pressure whoppers that sometimes slip out. Just ask Janine, who’s been giving us all a good giggle this week. With the kids tucked up and out for the count upstairs, she and hubby Kevyn were getting busy, starkers on the living-room sofa (p9). They didn’t hear the room door open. Suddenly a little voice piped up. They had an audience! And the dreaded words were spoken, ‘What are…

our mad world!

Cute TOT SPECIAL DELIVERY The best packages come in the smallest boxes, and our Kitti, two, is so cute she can file herself in her tiniest toy box. Andrea and Dan Evans, Rhuthun, North Wales USA ‘I’m sorry officer, but as you can see, my chair was clearly driving!’ Or so would say Jade Dodd, 25, whose driver’s licence photo is of an empty chair! It was the one she sat in to have her photo taken, and due to a mix up she now really is a back seat driver. YOU’VE BEEN FRAMED Our grandad Terry got into the spirit at my pirate-themed birthday bash, proving he’s still young at me-hearties! Jacob Edwards, Cadishead, Manchester Ee bah gum! There’s nowt sexier than a fella with a Yorkshire accent apparently... ● YORKSHIRE ACCENT: 20% of women find it sexy in a…

little pig, little pig…

Blinded by the bright, whirring lights in the nightclub I turned to find a figure in front of me. And I was as dazzled by Tony Gath as I was by the lights! He had an easy smile and confident chat. I was 16, he 22. He’d singled me out – so had made me feel grown-up. I was living in supported accommodation in Blackburn so I could stay at college to study art and design, after my mum and dad separated and moved away. Tony and me soon started dating, and by 17 I was pregnant. Maybe I wouldn’t get to uni after all... But the idea of being a cosy family with Tony and our 5lb 2oz son, Taylor, when he was born in April 2006, made up for any disappointment. ‘I’ll feed him tonight,’ Tony said,…

hand-to-gland combat

My hubby and me had bedtime running like clockwork. While Kevyn, 31, supervised teeth brushing, I did the stories. He took over cuddles and I dished out kisses. ‘Goodnight,’ we both chimed three times over. By 9pm, our trio – Ethan, 13, Noah, six, and Nellie, 11 months – were all finally asleep. Padding downstairs, we slumped on the sofa. It was July this year and lockdown had been rumbling on for months. We’d finger-painted, bug-hunted and home-schooled our way to exhaustion. With three of them around, moments like this – just the two of us – were rare. After nearly 15 years together, since meeting at a Newport pub at Christmas in 2005, I still fancied the pants off my steel worker hubby. Not that we’d had much time to scratch that itch. Now though, with all quiet…


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 show, still airing today, was the first ever programme shown on Channel 4? 2 Complete the joke: How does a flea get from place to place? 3 Since 2000, Kirstie and Phil have helped home buyers for 34 series of what hit Channel 4 series? 4 Find five Strictly 2020 contestants. 5 What successful Channel 4 reality…

a rum do!

Nestled just 7km from the Danish border, Flensburg is a pretty German harbour town, but with an air of Scandi cool. The medieval centre is mainly pedestrianised, so it’s easy to get around on foot or by bike, making it a magnet for shoppers. You’ll find all of the high street faves, as well as local chocolate and souvenir shops. And it’s a hub of busy, welcoming bars, so make sure to sample Flensburg’s own rum to really get a taste for sailor living – Prussian style. INSIDER’S GUIDE If you love all things maritime, visit here in the spring for the Rum Regatta, featuring the largest gathering of sailing boats in northern Europe. The town’s fjord is the most western inlet of the Baltic Sea and made Flensburg a prosperous trading centre. Sugar imported from the…