Real People

Real People Issue 24 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


salt in the wounds

They called themselves a family. In reality though, they were just people who’d fallen to their lowest and taken to knocking about together. The group, hanging around on the Tudor lanes of historic Ipswich were all street drinkers. The Suffolk town is famed for being one of Britain’s oldest. An issue with alcoholics is nothing new either. At any time, around a dozen can be found huddled in parks or alleys. Violence, arguments, heavy drinking and drugs are all part of the daily grind. Not a family most would want to be part of. And certainly no place for a child. But these are exactly the people teenage Lorraine Thorpe ended up with. She’d called Ipswich home all her life, having been raised by her parents there, alongside three siblings. As a child, Lorraine was diagnosed with ADHD and put…

bob’s big treasure hunt!

Royal approval? My fine bone china mug celebrated the Queen Mother’s 80th birthday in 1980. I have the original box and there are no chips to the china. Will I be raising a cuppa in celebration of its value, Bob? Rose Janes, Monmouth Your souvenir mug plus original box looks to be in pristine nick, despite being over 20 years old. As with all royal occasion souvenirs, many were made and equally, many were treasured, hence they are not yet rarities. Currently, similar change hands for around £5. Clockwise! This Kundo Anniversary clock belonged to my nan and grandad. It was a gift for their 50th wedding anniversary in 1985. They were married in 1935, both age 23. It was passed down to me after they died. Worth much, Bob? Denise Richards, via email German-made, these…

bang on!

SAUSAGE AND POTATO PIE Serves 4 Takes 1hr • 1 onion, chopped • 8 sausages, cut into 2½ cm pieces • 2 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1½ cm pieces • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 1½ cm pieces • 1tbsp plain flour • 500ml chicken stock • 4tbsp chopped parsley • 1 x 500g pack puff pastry 1 Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F, gas 6). Heat 2tbsp oil in a pan and fry onion, sausages, potatoes and carrots. Add flour, stock and parsley. Bring to the boil, stirring continually. Reduce and cook for a further 5 mins. Season and cool. Place filling in 4 individual pie dishes. Divide pastry into 4 and roll out each to top one pie dish. Brush rims with beaten egg, lay pastry over dishes, trim…

grab the gear ...

Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon? Would you like to glide in my beautiful balloon? We could flow among the stars, together you and I, For we can fly, Up, up and away (For we can fly) In my beautiful, my beautiful balloon… Ever get fed up with the ordinary things in life? Do you sometimes find yourself secretly longing for an experience that will take your breath away? Then, let us help you live the dream. We’re giving one lucky reader the chance to win a Champagne trip for two in a hot air balloon. Just imagine the magnificent views of the British countryside you’d be privy to, as you drift gently along with the clouds. With such wonderful memories to treasure forever and a new spring in your step, you…

your stars

ARIES 21 March-20 April With Mars spinning into your fun and games sector, parties, sporting events and live shows should keep you on the go! TIME TO TRY: Revisiting a hobby or card game you used to enjoy. TAURUS 21 April-21 May Life looks busy! Reunions, catch-ups, weekends away; just double-check details, for Mercury is still retrograde. TIME TO TRY: Looking out for family-friendly sports or pastimes. GEMINI 22 May-21 June This week’s eclipse could catapult you into a more confident, social phase. For singles, early summer might get busy! TIME TO TRY: Joining a local committee or sporting club. CANCER 22 June-23 July If recent stresses have affected your health, Zen pursuits like yoga or hypnosis could resonate. Why not look into classes? TIME TO TRY: Researching a money-making idea with a friend. LEO 24 July-23 August Overenthusiasm might be your greatest danger this week! Picnics should…

get me one!

Last autumn, Phil Heckels from Worthing doodled his dog, Narla, to encourage his son to make a thank-you card – then uploaded his sketch to Facebook for the LOLs. Its artistic merit may have been dubious, but suddenly he was taking commissions from around the world and raising tens of thousands for charity. As for his subjects – well we can only imagine being immortalised by Phil would wipe the smile off even a Cheshire Cat’s face. Now, under his pseudonym Hercule Van Wolfwinkle, Phil’s art graces a book – Rubbish Pet Portraits, RRP £8.99, published by Harper Collins and on the shelves now.…