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Chat Specials October2018

Published by TI Media Limited Chat Specials is the monthly series spin-off from one of Britain's best-loved magazines. With eight ‘Seasonals' and five ‘Best Ofs', the series captures the very best from Chat. with the most gripping and moving stories that will get everyone talking. There's much more than just explosive real-life, though, with fabulous fashion, bargain beauty, health advice you can trust, top travel tips, reliable recipes, and laughs and surprises galore. Plus there's 12 prize puzzles to pit your wits against. A fun package to keep you truly entertained.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min

Reliving the most terrifying day of her life is the last thing that Katy (pg14) wants to do, but she’s spoken out this month to warn other parents about the dangers of a seemingly innocent snack that almost took the life of her son. Brave David (pg40) feels the same about the trauma he went through after fighting for his country. But the dad is determined to show others that there’s always hope. Hiding away is something Rochelle (pg6) is determined not to do anymore. A freak accident destroyed her confidence, but she wanted to show her children the true meaning of beauty. We’re certain you’ll fall in love with the adorable Rupert this month (pg66). He’s finally found a lovely home with new owner Doreen after unforgivable neglect. And if you’re an…

7 min
out of the shadows

Being 24-years-old and living as a rape victim is hard, but holding it all in and not sharing everything I went through would be unbearable. That is why I waived my right to anonymity and chose to speak about how my father raped me. I hope that my story will help even just one more person seek help rather than living in the shadows of doubt and blame. Growing up at my house wasn’t exactly normal. My dad Robert had a horrible temper and he usually took it out on my mum Karen, 53. So when they divorced in 2001, it was a relief for me and my brother. We moved two hours away from my dad, who stayed in Findern, Derbyshire, but we still spent our weekends visiting him. Dad seemed to have calmed down after…

5 min
unique beauty

Getting changed for PE, the other kids jeered. ‘Don’t play with her, she’s like burnt toast!’ they laughed, pointing at me. I dreaded those lessons where I had to get undressed in front of my classmates and reveal my horribly scarred body. Running to the bathroom in tears and only half dressed, I looked at the reflection of my body which was distorted by burns. My childhood was hard, and after the bullying by my peers at primary school, I made a point of covering up all the time. Polo neck jumpers, tights, long-sleeved tops – anything that would hide the scarring which stretched from my neck, down my chest and arms, across my stomach and to my right leg. When I was just eight-months-old, my childminder tripped and spilt a full kettle of boiling…

2 min
by the nose

Bundling my dogs into the car, I was ready to take them out for a long walk in the countryside. I always made sure they got plenty of exercise, especially my Weimaraner, Raven. Full of energy, she was always getting her snout into things – from the smalls in my laundry basket to my precious artichokes in the veg patch. ‘Getting her out and about for a few hours should tire her out,’ I said to my partner, Liam, 37. So I put Raven and our other dogs, Pacha, six, Loki, four, and Nugget, 13, into the back of the car, ready for their daily exercise. After over an hour of running around, it was time to get the dogs home again. ‘Time to go!’ I whistled. As I opened the car door, the dogs bundled…

1 min
under construction

Applying my mascara and lippy, all I needed to finish off my uniform was – my hard hat! I’m one of the UK’s 30 female scaffolders – among over 40,000 men. Back in July 2015, I was pulling pints in the local pub, and in my first year of a Photography degree. Then I met Darren, 50, a regular customer who worked as a scaffolding boss for Interlink Scaffolding. Intrigued, I had so many questions for him. ‘Why don’t you do a trial shift?’ he suggested to me. A female scaffolder? Me? Still, ready for something new, I decided to quit my job and my degree, and worked hard to pass the scaffolding course. ‘You’re crazy!’ my friends said to me. My mum Tanya, 47 and dad Paul, 45, weren’t surprised. I was always changing jobs – they were used…

1 min
what a deer

This is the heartwarming moment a young wild deer in the Scottish Highlands ate a banana straight out of a woman’s hand. Wildlife photographer Scott Jackson captured his girlfriend, Rebecca Sinclair, 21, forming an unusual bond with the deer– despite the animal usually being too afraid to make human contact. ‘I've spent so much time with these animals that I’m learning their behaviours, I know when to approach the deer and when to keep my distance,’ Scott said. ‘But these animals are not tame, and presenting food can often attract aggression.’ Scott, from Motherwell, Scotland, frequently travels to the Glen Coe and Glen Etive regions of North West Scotland to capture the deer in their wild surroundings, stopping at local fruit stores along the way to collect natural snacks for the animals. ‘I like to…