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Real People

Real People Issue 42 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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United Kingdom
言語:
English
出版社:
Hearst Magazines UK
刊行頻度:
Weekly

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this week in your fab value

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – that’s mostly true, I think. But it also works in reverse because when I behold my face in the mirror first thing in the morning, what my eyes register is a cobweb of lines and puffy creases! Being too hard on myself? Probably. We’re all very good at that. And if what you see in your mirror has you spending a fortune on potions on a promise, then this week we bring you the cure! I’m talking about Jolene, who was born craggy, and is telling us all about it on p12. A rare health condition has had her going all jowly, drooping and cracking from childhood. She looks like a life-weary granny when in reality she’s a lovely, super-excited new…

3
mad our world!

Comedy TOT HANDS OFF! Now come on, admit it, we have all done this. Our Ronnie, 18 months, has got it figured out, munching one finger at a time. Alexandra Low, Halesowen, West Mids UK You don’t often see a rare electric blue tropical bird hobbling in a Cumbria car park. And the residents who called out the RSPCA still haven’t. It turned out to be a seagull that had an accident with dye! FLEE REX! Using Google’s ‘3D animal’ app we had fun pretending three-year-old Asher (left) and Lucas, four, were at Jurassic Park! Good acting, guys! Natalie Ahmed, Nottingham SNAPPED UP Did you grab a bargain at Hull’s Fort Paull military museum sale? ● Blackburn Beverley Transporter Aircraft – £21,000 ● Unexploded German bomb dropped on Hull – £8,500 ● Replica Crown Jewels – £5,500 ● Life-size Henry VIII waxwork – £2,600 ●…

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shot to heart

Sitting in the waiting room, I turned worriedly to my little girl. We were about to see a doctor, but I didn’t want her to pick up on my anxiety. I composed myself and put on a reassuring smile. Audrey, the middle one of my five kids, was three with gorgeous, trusting brown eyes and a big smile. A happy girl. But she hadn’t uttered a word yet. She played alongside her brother and three sisters but she didn’t join in with their chatter. She’d been born with the cord around her neck. But despite all sorts of tests, doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with Audrey. No tongue-tie, nor any other apparent physical reason. And so I fretted about her. What future would she have? How would she cope? And once again, the doctor had no answer for…

4
go to mama

In a fog, I watched as an ambulance arrived 20 minutes later and Audrey was placed on a stretcher. I couldn’t sit with her in the ambulance because of the Covid restrictions. We followed behind in the car to Kern Medical Centre. I waited and waited, praying. Finally a surgeon appeared. He shook his head. ‘Her injuries were too extensive,’ he explained. Audrey was 34. ‘What about the baby?’ I asked, trying to catch my breath between sobs. I listened as doctors told me they’d performed an emergency C-section and, incredibly, they were able to save her little boy. ‘He’s currently on a life-support machine,’ said the doctor, taking me through to visit him. His tiny body was covered in wires – he looked so small. ‘He’s a little miracle,’ I cried, tenderly stroking his fingers. We named him Josiah Adrian Rivera –…

3
quirk it!

Making the most of the beautiful UK by planning a staycation? It’s time to step out of the ordinary. If you’re looking for something with a bit more pizazz, these unusual accommodations will inject some real wow into your British break… WHAT A WONDERLAND! Looking Glass Cottage, Brighton Step through the looking glass and never be late to make a date in this three-bedroomed cottage. The oldest house in Brighton, it dates back to 1565 and is themed around the magical story of Alice in Wonderland. There are quirky touches from lamps shaped like rabbits or teacups, to playing-card wallpaper, and bottles labelled Drink Me. Its location is perfect, nestled right in the middle of the Lanes, a series of narrow streets lined with boutiques, bars and cafes. It’s also just a short…

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they grow up quick!

Standing outside the off licence, my mates were in a huddle, wondering who should try to buy booze. We were 14 and wanted some cider to drink at the park. ‘I’ll go,’ I said. ‘They won’t ID me!’ Minutes later, I came out with a bag heavy with 2ltr bottles. I had the confidence – and the looks. You see, I’d been born with a condition called Cutis Laxa, a connective tissue disorder. It meant my skin was elastic, saggy, causing my face to droop, as if from decades of life and laughter. I’d been about four, when a little boy playing in the park had called me ‘Granny’. I’d known it wasn’t a kind thing, so my mum, Tracey, had sat me down to explain my condition. ‘I have it too,’ she said. ‘But you don’t look different?’…