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Chat Specials AUTUMN 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

Life can often be full of surprises, sometimes throwing us completely off track. But it’s those unexpected turns that keep our lives interesting – and sometimes even work out better than we ever expected. Being a parent comes with many unexpected turns, but when Emily (pg18) learned of her son’s devastating condition, she couldn’t see a way out. But over the years, little Oscar has defied the odds, and despite everything, he’s now a happy little boy. We also admire mum Kay (pg28). She always knew her little boy was special, but nothing could prepare her for what would come next. She was right about one thing, though – Hamish is exceptional. It’s always exciting when we move into a new home. But when Christy (pg58) and her husband settled into their house and met…

6 min
stuck in silence

Mary Davis-Doyle, 29, Newport He was tall with sharp features and dark hair. ‘This is Mark,’ my mum said, as a stranger made his way into our home, behind her. ‘Alright,’ he grunted, barely glancing over in my direction. I wasn’t interested in another of mum’s boyfriends and headed to my bedroom to keep out of their way. She’d had a string of men visit the house and I couldn’t keep up with who was coming and going. But unlike the others Mark hung around and it wasn’t long before he’d moved in with us in Blackwood, South Wales. While Mum was laid back, Mark was strict and snappy. I felt like I was treading on eggshells around him and tried my best to keep out of his way as much as I could. One day, a light…

6 min
mother of all surprises

Ebony Stevenson, 18, Oldham, Greater Manchester. Celebrating my 18th birthday, I was having the best time out clubbing with my friends. Raising our drinks together, we all clinked our glasses of prosecco. ‘Happy birthday, Ebony,’ they all screamed at me. We had a great night, dancing and drinking until the early hours. Usually a night out didn’t affect me the next day. I was one of the lucky ones that didn’t get a hangover. But in the days after my big celebrations, I started to feel extremely unwell. I prided myself on being fit and healthy and studied sports physiotherapy at college. But after the night out, I had a splitting headache. ‘I’m going to bed to sleep it off,’ I told my mum, Sheree. I felt awful and two hours later I couldn’t bear the pain in my skull…

2 min
perfect match

Joy Turnbull, 40, Barrow-in-Furness. Watching the football with a drink in hand, I looked up at the handsome man standing next to me. ‘I’m glad I swiped,’ Chris, 41, shouted over the crowds, in September 2017. It was our first date and after chatting on Plenty Of Fish we instantly bonded over our love of football. Our first date at my beloved Barrow AFC was a no brainer. I proposed with a Haribo ring And as we stood in the crowds, screaming and cheering, it seemed like it was meant to be. I fell in love with him and so did my children, Royanna, 13, Reece, 11, Brody, six and Evie, three. In March 2018, I decided to take things one step further. Handing a Haribo ring to Chris, I had a special question. ‘Will you marry me?’ I asked. We…

3 min
the final nail

Ceri Stalker, 60, Warndon, Worcester. Looking at my new tattoo on my arm, I knew it wouldn’t be my last. I was 40 and it was my first ever tattoo. But I didn’t stop there – instead I went on to get my whole body covered! Who says that middle age has to be dull?! Tattooed across my upper left arm are the words, ‘dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today’. It’s my mantra and I live by it. But I didn’t just focus on the living – I’d thought about the dying part, too. In 2012, when my Dad, Francis had died at the age of 88, he’d planned ahead and sorted all of his funeral arrangements. ‘It makes it all so much easier,’ I said…

1 min

A British farm has become the first in the world to offer pig pilates classes. Staff at Pennywell Farm in Devon offer classes where people can do Pilates – while holding or surrounded by a field full of pigs. They say touching animals releases hormones inducing phenyl ethylamine - which can have the same pleasurable effect on the brain as chocolate. Pilates teacher Harry Parkes will be leading the sessions - designed to help people relax and be at one with nature. He said: ‘While there is plenty of fun to be had, Pilates has many benefits including improving posture, movement quality, mobility, flexibility, mental cognition and core strength. ‘The advantages of interaction with animals of any kind are widely known and touching animals releases many hormones such as phenyl ethylamine, the magic hormone…