Real People

Real People Issue 16 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 号


grab the gear... ...or go for the cash!

‘I’ve rustled up a great competition here, where one of you lucky lot will get to choose whether to bag the best prize I could get my hooves on – or accept my cash offer. So, have a good look at what’s up for grabs and see if it's something you absolutely must have – or if my Big Deal Money Pot is more like something you’re after! And don’t worry – you’ve plenty of time to think about it. If you’re a winner, I’ll give you a call and you can make your mind up then…’ Ahhh... nothing beats a nice sit down in a beautiful park on a lovely, sunny day. Just kicking back, taking in the wondrous sounds: the breeze running through leaves on the trees, birdsong, children’s laughter…

our mad world !

Comedy TOT DADDY IN DISGUISE Nancy, three, had us in fits when I put a balloon in the hood of my fleece. She sat on my knee chatting to it and when I popped it she shrieked, ‘Daddy, it’s you!’ Elliot Richardson, Great Leighs, Essex UK A cat owner was puzzled when his pet’s GPS collar showed it had gone racing the neighbourhood at breakneck speed. But Andy Kindell’s cat Alex came home without the collar and a rat bite mark, so Andy reckons his device has become a rat nav! PARKY OUT? My kids, Alice, eight, and Benjamin, five, could have used these coats in Feb! Still, the polar bear at Weston Park Museum, Sheffield, looks happy! Mel Jayne Edwards, Portland, Dorset THE WORD’S OUT ! Scrabble comps will ban 400 ‘offensive’ words. Facing the chop are… USA A woman who bought…

food of the gods

GREEK LAMB WITH ORZO Serves 4• Takes 25 mins • 400g (14oz) lamb steaks, roughly chopped • 1tbsp cumin • 1tbsp oregano • 1 garlic clove, crushed • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes • 300ml (10fl oz) hot vegetable stock • 1tbsp caster sugar • 150g (5oz) orzo (rice-shaped pasta) • 400g tin chickpeas, drained • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon • 100g (3½ oz) spinach • 75g (3oz) feta, crumbled 1 Fry the lamb in a hot pan with 1tbsp oil and spices until golden brown. Add garlic and cook for a further 1 min. 2 Add the tomatoes, vegetable stock and sugar and bring to the boil. Stir through the orzo and bubble for 10 mins. 3 Stir in chickpeas, lemon zest and spinach, until spinach is just wilted. Season. Crumble…

daddy ’s disappeared!

Shoving the bags into the caravan, I double-checked we had everything. Enough clothes for a month’s holiday – yup, a whole month – in Cornwall. And the all-important bodyboards – they’re smaller boards for people who can’t surf ! You lie on them belly-down, riding waves to the shore – great fun! We had two adult ones for me and hubby, Ben, 35, and one kids’-size for our eldest, Megan, six. But the twins, four-year-old Niamh and Sammy, were too young. ‘Marvin’s ready, all aboard,’ I called like a bus conductor. Marvin was our touring caravan – we liked to give things in our family a name beginning with ‘M’! Matilda, our eight-month King Charles spaniel, jumped into the car with the kids – Marvin towing behind. And we were off to the Haven holiday park in Perran…

the power of pong

NO B.O.? Did you know that scientists have found that if we’re busy, our sense of smell is dulled? Or that smelling chocolate could help reduce cravings for cigarettes by distracting you with nice memories? Amazingly a million Brits don’t have body odour because they have a gene defect that means their sweat doesn’t smell. Harvard University researchers found that whether you can smell asparagus in your urine is also down to your genetic make-up. The notorious pong is caused by your digestive system breaking down a certain acid in the food. SNIFF YOURSELF SLIM The waft of certain smells could help whittle your waist. When you’re making a choice between healthy foods and junk, sniff a piece of fruit. It encourages your brain to pick the more nutritional option, according to French…

animalcrackers! ducking and thriving

Rub-a-dub-dub, a boy and his duck in a tub! That’s my grandson, Noah, two, and his pet duck, Spencer… ‘My duck-duck,’ Noah laughed, splashing water around as Spencer paddled laps of the bath. It was February this year and Noah and Spencer were best mates. Every weekend Noah wheeled Spencer up and down our street in his toy yellow plastic shopping trolley. Off our trolleys? Quackers? Yep, that’s us. And Spencer’s not your average duck either – he arrived in the right place when he appeared on our allotment a few weeks before... My daughter, Faith, 25 – Noah’s mum – had strolled down to the allotment, five minutes from our house, to feed our ducks and her pony, Tinkerbell. But, when she arrived, she found a Primark bag on the wall with a piece of…