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Chat Specials OCTOBER 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

As the saying goes, patience is a virtue. Even when life throws us a curveball, it’s patience that sees us through to happier times. We particularly admire the patience of Lauren (pg4). After a freak accident caused devastating injuries, she remained resilient, and is now living a life she never imagined she could. For five long years, Kayleigh (pg16) longed to be a mum. Her heart broke a little more with each failed attempt, but her patience won in the end. She even took it a step further by sharing her struggle so that others wouldn’t feel alone. If there’s one thing that will get you through an 18,000-mile trek, it’s patience. Christian (pg32) has been walking along the coast of the UK for two years now, and he wants to share his…

6 min
crushed alive

Lauren Pine, 51, New York Pushing my bike along the darkened pavement, I glanced down at my watch. It was almost 10pm on a November night in 2017. I’d been with my friend at her apartment all evening. She was battling pancreatic cancer, and sadly, the prognosis was terminal. As a nurse, I’d comforted a lot of patients in similar situations, but being there for my friend was particularly poignant. Although I was exhausted, as I stepped up to the crossing, I looked both ways. The street was dark, but it seemed clear. Only, as I stepped out, I heard a thundering noise to my left. Turning to look, I saw the grill of a lorry coming towards me. I didn’t have time at all to react. What happened next was a confused blur. Panic-stricken, I froze in the middle of…

7 min
but it’s my birthday...

Mary*, 31 Padding silently down the stairs so as not to wake the kids, I paused on the bottom step to make sure I couldn’t hear any little voices. But all was silent. Bliss, I thought to myself. Being a single mum to three kids was tough, and although I loved it, I did revel in the few hours of peace I got each night when they were all tucked up peacefully in bed. Just as I’d settled on the sofa with a cuppa, a blanket and the remote, my phone pinged. Hey babe, you around tomorrow? I could come over with a takeaway... it read. I couldn’t believe how thoughtful he was I’d been seeing Claudiu Ivascu, 22, for a few months now. We’d met on Facebook after he added me as a friend. He was super charming, warm…

3 min
game bride

Sharon Stockdale, 48, King’s Lynn Looking after my two teenage nephews back in 2016, I was hoping for films and games. But they had other ideas… ‘Poka what?’ I frowned, when they suggested we go out searching for strange creatures. Back then, Pokemon Go was all the rage with the kids. Schlepping all over town, the boys pointed their phones at empty hedges and street corners, and suddenly, a creature would pop up on their phone screens. They’d swipe up and a Poke Ball would grab it, saving it into their game. As silly as it was, I soon found it so fun, and before I knew it, I’d downloaded the app! And as my nephews grew up and moved on, I stayed hooked. Everywhere I went, I’d hold my phone out, tracking down another creature, much to the…

2 min
it’s a little bit funny

John Sims, 65, Hull Making her final touches to my newly coloured hair, my hairdresser friend Natalie smiled at me. ‘You know, you look exactly like Elton John!’ Natalie said laughing. Looking in the mirror, I realised she really did have a point. When I retired from accountancy in 2016, I’d put on a fair bit of weight. I was also only 5ft 4in, gap-toothed and wore glasses. And now with my blonde tips, I really did look like the Rocketman himself! A few weeks later, when I was at a mate’s wedding, their Bon Jovi tribute act took to the stage. ‘I’m so honoured we have a rock legend in the audience,’ the lead singer announced on the mic. Suddenly, all eyes turned to look at me. ‘You really do look like Elton John!’ my daughter Nikki, 38, laughed,…

1 min
check out these sungl-asses !

Check out this mule dude – a donkey blinded in a freak accident being nursed back to health with special sunglasses. Jonty the donkey was rushed into a specialist donkey hospital after stepping on a sharp thorn. The thorn was removed, but the stress from the operation led to a chronic eye problem. Now in an effort to restore his sight, Jonty has to wear these specially-made sunglasses which protect his eyes from harmful UV rays. Jonty was treated by expert staff at the animal hospital in Sidmouth, Devon, ran by The Donkey Sanctuary. Veterinary Surgeon Vicky Grove said: ‘The stress of the injury triggered the recurrence of a chronic eye problem. ‘Jonty suffered an immune-mediated inflammation of his whole eye. He had ulcers on his cornea, his eyes were running, and it was really painful…