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Chat Specials SUMMER 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

Adapting to change is a challenge for all of us, and sometimes we have no choice but to be strong and face the future head on. Emily-Rose (pg4) was planning a fun night out with her mates. Instead, her world was torn apart by a cruel stranger. But instead of letting it beat her, she refuses to be seen as a victim and has spoken out to help others. We admire the bravery of mum Rachel (pg24). After a devastating diagnosis, her son Frank’s health quickly deteriorated, and she knows she will have to let him go one day. But she and her family have committed to making his last days memorable. After more than 50 years living with a facial disfigurement, Shelley (pg10) had learnt to accept the way she looked. But…

6 min
it’s his shame not mine

Emily-Rose Hinnells, 19, Leeds Stroking my 10-month-old daughter’s soft brown hair, I carefully pulled the duvet up under her chin. ‘Night night,’ I smiled, as her eyes began to close. I was a young single mum, only 19 years old. It wasn’t easy, but I was lucky. Living with Mum and Dad meant I could still study Beauty Therapy at college and have the odd night out, too. Like tonight. And I couldn’t wait to see my friends. I was lost and he offered to help ‘Taxi’s here for you, love!’ I heard Dad call from downstairs. It was past 8pm on a cold and blustery night in January 2018, and I was already late for a night out in Leeds. A friend was celebrating her birthday with a plush apartment she’d rented out for a group of us. Just 15 minutes…

8 min
tissue of lies

Jodie Nicholson, 27, Ramsgate As I scrolled through dating app Badoo, I stopped as a profile caught my eye. Sam Poplar, 24. I like cuddles, cooking and being romantic, it read. The man in the picture was gorgeous with spiky dark hair, tanned skin and a cheeky smile. Looks like perfect boyfriend material, I thought to myself. I was thrilled when Sam messaged me. We got chatting and a few weeks later, we arranged to meet up. Sam said he was an electrician and told me that his boss had put him up in a hotel in the area while they completed some work nearby. I met him at his hotel. We got a drink and sat outside in the sunshine. Sam seemed confident. He asked me about my job as a carer and my family. ‘I lost my mum to…

2 min
do the unthinkable

Josie Gibson, 34, Bristol Reality star Josie Gibson has revealed how she dropped a whopping three dress sizes in just 12 weeks after the birth of her baby boy, Reggie-James. The Big Brother winner has lost 2st and went from a size 20 to a size 12 using Musclefood’s Do The Unthinkable diet and exercise programme. The new mum gained four and a half stone during her pregnancy, tipping the scales at 16st. But after suffering from achy joints and sore knees, Josie decided to get back into shape and is now a much slimmer 14st. Having tried a number of diets throughout her life, Josie turned to Do The Unthinkable because it was so convenient – especially with a young baby to look after. The plan allows you to order all the meals and snacks…

2 min
holiday blues

Wendy Moss, 60, Cotswolds Emerging from the bathroom, I settled on the sofa with a deep sigh. ‘You were in there a while,’ my husband Paul, 61, said. ‘Everything OK?’ ‘It’s just my stomach acting up again,’ I grumbled. ‘It never ends.’ With that, I was up and off to the loo again, frustrated and in pain. I’ve had IBS ever since I was a young child. Whenever we went anywhere, my stomach would always be a problem. So many of our family holidays had to be cut short because of my unpredictable stomach upsets. But at the time, I didn’t really notice it, thinking it was normal. But it became a real problem for me in my early 20s, when I started going on trips abroad. I could guarantee that on any holiday, my IBS would flare up –…

1 min
field of dreams

A farm in Devon has become the first place in Britain to offer yoga classes – in a field full of alpacas. Based in South Molton, Rosebud Alpacas, owned by Nick and Lucy Aylett, has been hailed as the perfect location for this calming exercise. Nick said: ‘We want our land to be an inviting place for others to come and enjoy. ‘It’s a place where people can come to escape, take time out from their busy lives, and it’s also a chance to spend time connecting with the land, the animals and each other.’ Each session is led by qualified instructor Sian Bartlett, and light refreshments are provided in the field after each class. In addition to alpaca yoga, Rosebud Alpacas also offers alpaca walking, alpaca picnics, alpaca art sessions, and a special…