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Chat Specials FEBRUARY SPECIAL 2019

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

With a brand new year in full flow, we’re all making plans for the future, but often our past plays a huge part. Sandra (pg40) wasn’t looking for love when she organised a school reunion. She then realised she’d already met her soulmate. Even so, she made him literally chase her! As Maureen (pg30) was rebuilding her life without her true love, she was gifted a special reminder from the past, showing that memories always shape our lives. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s time to let a loved one know you care. That’s exactly what Leanne did on her wedding day (pg24). She made her nan’s wish come true when she became a bridesmaid at 80! Asking for help can be hard, but we hope to show you how important it…

6 min
deadly count down

Bridie Chapman, 32, Penrith Climbing into bed, I saw I had a new message on Facebook. Hi Bridie, long time no speak, it read. It was from Perry Mason, 31, a childhood friend from school. Having lost touch, I was shocked when I saw his message, but I couldn’t hide my excitement. Perry and I ended up chatting to each other for hours. After a few weeks catching up through messages and phone calls, we finally met in October 2016, and from that night, our relationship blossomed. We would see each other every weekend, taking turns to travel between my home in Penrith, and his in Leeds. On week nights we’d chat on the phone and plan what we would do that weekend, counting down the days until we would see each other again. After nearly a year…

7 min
to the moon o and back

Michelle Plumley, 32, Bristol Reading the message on my phone, I burst out laughing. I’m a typical Bristol lad – but don’t worry, your handbag is safe around me! ‘That deserves a reply,’ I grinned, typing out a response. I’d skipped right past Scott’s Plenty Of Fish online dating profile – he hadn’t seemed my type – but I hadn’t laughed like that in years. Thank God I did. Sparks flew as we continued to chat on the dating app. Soon enough, Scott, an electrician, was begging to meet up for a proper date. ‘I’ve got two kids,’ I giggled one night on the phone. ‘I can’t just run off to the seaside for fish and chips!’ ‘Right then – I’m coming to yours, no need to get a childminder,’ Scott said firmly, and that was that. ‘OK, but you’ve got…

2 min

A3ft model of a snowman, made entirely from plastic cups, took up the whole corner of my living room. ‘Where are we going to put it?’ I laughed. ‘There’s no room left in the house!’ She had buckets of slime My granddaughter Jessica, 16, was always making things. She was always following the latest crazes and searching online for new ideas. She and her mum, my daughter Katie, 36, lived with me, so I got to watch her artistic talents in action. In June last year, Jessica found YouTube tutorials on making slime. It looked pretty easy – just three ingredients, according to the online recipes. Jessica ordered some glue, shaving foam and Borax – a solution that binds it all together – for less than £10 on Amazon. And days later, she was obsessed! She’d come home from school…

2 min
box ing clever

Sharon Garner, 64, Penzance Since being diagnosed with arthritis 10 years ago, my joints had been stiffer than my evening gin. ‘I feel ancient,’ I moaned to my husband Alwyn, 63, inching my way to the sun lounger. We were staying at our holiday home in Turkey, but not even sun and cocktails could cheer me up. The only thing that comforted me was food, and lots of it. Cornettos and Big Macs calmed me down if I got upset. I had a loving, supporting husband and eight grandchildren, but I was still depressed. I just couldn’t shake it. And at 11st 8lb at just 5ft 2in tall, I was embarrassed about how I looked, too. ‘Let’s go to Terkan’s gym,’ my son Carl, 39, suggested when visited us in 2013. ‘The kickbox club?’ I asked. ‘Not a chance! I…

1 min
paw patrol

Firefighters in London – and their dogs – have been issued with new uniforms in the biggest revamp the brigade has seen in eight years. Versions of the distinctive new golden fire tunics have also been designed for the London Fire Brigade’s (LFB) two fire investigation dogs, Sherlock and Simba. The pair will wear the same paw protection boots whilst on the scene, but will show off their new tunics while doing fire prevention work at schools and in the community. The final design was part of a collaborative process between fire and rescue services from across the UK. The Brigade say knowledge and technical expertise were pooled to improve the firefighting protective clothing. LFB Deputy Commissioner Tom George said: ‘Modern firefighting is so much more than rushing into burning buildings. ‘We needed a kit that…