Pick Me Up! Special November 2020

Published by TI Media Limited Pick Me Up! Special Series is your monthly feast of the best real-life stories from Pick Me Up! The series comprises of nine ‘Seasonals' and four ‘Best Ofs', featuring the best of Pick Me Up! Each bumper issue is crammed with a variety pack of true stories, your favourite features, money-saving tips, laughs, health ideas, great looks, budget beauty, food ideas to put a smile on your face and 12 puzzles. A fun package to keep you truly entertained!

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
USD 2.69
USD 20.26
13 Números

en este número

1 min.
november special

This year, many of us have learnt the power of our own strength. Whether it’s been mental or physical, we’ve given it our all through these challenging times. Tennis player and veteran Cornelia (pg62) knows all about inner strength. After being diagnosed with CRPS, she made the decision to have a leg amputation, and is now setting her sights on the Tokyo Paralympics next year. And she’s not our only inspiration. Suffering from depression since 2008, Karen (pg42) didn’t know where to turn. However, after being attacked at work, she decided to get help. Seeing a counsellor, Karen finally admitted that something wasn’t right and found crafting as her escape. Today, she overcomes her demons with paint brushes and stencils, and we couldn’t be happier for her. Talking of happy news. We all enjoy…

5 min.
one wedding... two grooms!

Flicking through wedding magazines, I turned to my my fiancé, Owen*. ‘What about Greece?’ I suggested to him. We were planning our big day and trying to decide on a location. I had been to Stalis, Crete, with my family every year from the age of 12 and loved everything about it. The crystal clear waters, white sandy beaches and charming little villages – it felt like a home away from home. Since Owen and I had been together we’d also been to the same spot on holiday. ‘Let’s go for it,’ he smiled. I contacted a wedding planner in Greece and set about finding the perfect venue on the island. We settled on a romantic beach ceremony followed by a reception for our 17 nearest and dearest at the taverna where we usually went for dinner…

7 min.
final answer

As the familiar theme tune played on the telly, I settled on the sofa with a cup of tea. ‘Shall we see how clever we are then?’ I said to my mum Sue, 54. ‘You know I’m smarter than you,’ she joked. It was May last year, and Mum and I were sat watching Who Wants to be a Millionaire? together. Playing along as Jeremy Clarkson read out the questions, we’d become quite competitive. ‘Which continent is Ghana located in?’ Jeremy asked, as the poor contestant sat sweating in his chair. ‘That’s easy, Africa!’ Mum cried smugly. But squinting at the telly, I struggled to see the answers. I had a 50% chance of survival ‘What does that say?’ I asked, straining my eyes. ‘Oh, don’t be so dramatic,’ Mum laughed. ‘You’re just making excuses because you don’t know…

1 min.
it was terrifying

Rosie says: ‘Harry’s always been healthy, and seeing him in the hospital bed with an oxygen mask on was terrifying. ‘Harry and I kept joking around about how dramatic he was being, how typical of him to want all this drama with having a brain tumour. ‘He’s always been such a joker, and we both knew that making fun of it all was the only way we’d all be able to make it through. ‘He did get very subdued in the hospital, and I worried about getting the old Harry back, but joking around with him helped to give me a glimmer of hope.’…

2 min.
feline peaky

A litter of abandoned kittens on death's door have been nursed back to health and named after Peaky Blinders characters because of their fighting spirit. The bedraggled animals were found dumped in a garden in July, before being rescued and taken to a shelter, where workers received them in a dreadful condition. Sadly, two kittens from the litter of seven died before any attempt to save them could be made. The surviving felines were taken to White Cross Vets in Wolverhampton, where medics diagnosed flu and found they were struggling to breathe. Distressing pictures from the time show the animals in a horrific state, with each of them suffering from ulcerated eyes, or open sores on the cornea. It was a tough night The White Cross team dubbed them the ‘Peaky Blinders' and named them Tommy,…

2 min.
roll with the punches

An entrepreneur who is constantly accosted by adoring fans for being the spitting image of boxer Anthony Joshua, now works as his professional lookalike and admits he even mistakes photos of the champion for himself, too. ‘The first time I realised I looked like Anthony Joshua was in 2016 when he won the British and Commonwealth titles,’ Iffy says. ‘I was at a party in Kingston when a random guy came up to me in the bathroom and asked if I was actually him. ‘At this point, I didn’t have a clue who Anthony Joshua was, so I asked to see a picture of him. ‘The stranger showed me a picture of Anthony holding the GB flag at the Olympics, and to be honest, I didn’t really see the resemblance.’ But over the next few years,…