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Chat Specials Autumn 2018

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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Future Publishing Ltd
Frequency:
Monthly
$3.89
$29.31
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
welcome…

As the saying goes, good things come to those who wait, and we have proof this month. Tia (pg32) was on the operating table thinking that she would never have a baby, but doctors found something that made the heartache worthwhile. Paula (pg40) thought taking her dog on holiday was a great idea until Bizkit went missing. Six years later, she couldn’t believe it when she got an email with news. We are in awe of the bravery shown by Michelle (pg14) when she woke up in hospital with no memory of having her twin babies. There was a long road ahead, but she battled to get home and is making plenty of new memories. Emma (pg24) has never forgotten the kindness shown to her when she had her son Josh. He might…

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5 min
allbecause of a hand shake

Sylvia Baillie, 61, Renfrewshire For almost 16 years, I’d lived in my one-bed flat, and I’d always enjoyed a good old natter over the garden fence with my neighbours. When my elderly neighbour Derek died in July 2016, I wanted to pay my respects. ‘Such a sweet soul,’ I told my daughter, Leanne, then 36. But with a heart condition, osteoporosis, and no car, I didn’t think I’d make his funeral. ‘We’ll give you a lift,’ another neighbour, Patrick, offered one evening, as we sat in my garden having a drink. ‘Thanks,’ I smiled back. ‘That’s very kind.’ Patrick had moved in with his girlfriend Leeanne a few years before with their huge Japanese Akita dog, Kioshi. As we sat chatting, I stroked Kioshi’s head. We’d had Labradors growing up. I’d always loved dogs. A few days later, I got a lift…

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6 min
there all along

Cara Farrar-Peterson, 52, Scarborough Stepping on to the stage, I gazed at the clapping, cheering audience. Presenter Jeremy Kyle was smiling, a piece of paper in his hand, as the cameramen whizzed around me. As I sat down in an armchair, I looked across to see my half sister Melanie sitting beside me. She looked as nervous as I felt. Not because we were on telly – but because we were about to find out something we’d spent our whole lives wondering about. ‘Let’s do this,’ I mouthed at Melanie, moving my chair closer to hers and grasping her hand. Growing up in a care home, I’d always longed to have real parents of my own. Luckily, I had my half sister Melanie, who was in care with me. We were very close. We shared the same mother and…

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2 min
keeping faith

Stroking my baby bump, I climbed into the back of the ambulance. ‘Not you again!’ the driver teased. ‘I probably know the route better than you,’ I laughed. In the past three weeks, I’d been driven to three different hospitals across Scotland. My waters had broken 16 weeks into my pregnancy, so I was at high risk of going into early labour. My son Tyler had been born at 28 weeks in January 2016. He weighed just 2lb 11oz, but luckily, he was healthy. But now, ever since doctors feared I was in labour at 24 weeks, I’d need to stay in hospital. Shortages of neonatal cots meant that I had to be transferred to different hospitals around Scotland. From Elgin to Dundee, and then off to Aberdeen, I’d clocked up nearly 200 miles! It was hard being…

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2 min
a bomb buy

The kids had been playing with it! Tracie Wright, 50, Spalding Wandering around the local auction, I admired the artefacts people had brought in. I was a regular at these types of events, and, even though most of the items were pretty worthless, there were a few gems here and there. A few years ago, I’d bought an old tatty violin for £65. It turned out to be a prized collectors’ item worth £8,000! Just then, my eyes fell on an interesting-looking box. Peering closer, I thought it looked a bit like a military first aid kit. ‘This could be worth something,’ I said. So, following my instinct, I paid £15 for it. Once I’d got it home, I pulled out a brass cylinder from the box. There was a label attached which read German shell, Second World War. ‘This could sell…

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1 min
pumpkin patch

These colourful pumpkins proved a winner for British photographer Sally-Ann Stone, who was highly commended in the One Vision Cream of the Crop category of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year contest. Open to professional and non-professional photographers, the awards celebrate the very best in food photography and film. More than 8,000 pictures from 60 countries had to be whittled down within 23 different categories, covering a cultural range of food in society. From styled food for magazines to images of families eating together, there’s something for everyone. Finalists are rewarded with a five-day public exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. Entries for 2019 are already open. Search for Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year.…

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