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Chat Specials BEST OF 4 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

Bravery comes in many different forms, and this month, we’re celebrating those who’ve showed courage at just the right time. Just remember, we’re often much braver than we think we are. After giving birth, Emma (pg24) was dealt a terrifying blow. A cruel disease was putting her life at risk and she worried for her newborn baby. But brave Emma faced her scary diagnosis head on, and now she’s planning on being around to see her little boy grow up. No matter how old we get, introducing our new partners to our parents is a pretty daunting prospect. But when Courtney (pg10), took her new boyfriend round to meet the family, it certainly raised a lot of questions. Still, we admire her bravery! Even animals can show courage. When Wilbur the cat bravely ventured out to explore,…

7 min
down by the river

Lisa Lane, 46, Walton-on-Thames Picking a knife from the drawer, I carefully spread mayonnaise right to the corners of the bread before picking up my mobile. Then I fired a text to my boyfriend Scott Wilkinson, 46. Just fi nishing your sandwiches, won’t be long, I wrote. Wrapping the sandwiches in some tinfoil, I set off. ‘Oh damn it,’ I said, realising I’d almost forgot to pack the Thermos of hot tea left on the side. It was a gorgeous day for a wander down to the fishing lake near our house, locally known as Donkey Island, near Walton-on-Thames. Scott would camp down at the fishing spot for weeks on end while I’d walk over each day to bring him provisions and make sure his phone was charged up. ‘The only thing I love as much as you…

6 min
twinning smile

Sara Martin, 27 Folding tiny vests and sleep suits, I divided them into neat little piles. ‘This pile is for Jack, this one is for Cam,’ I grinned to my husband Matt, 28. It was December 2017, and our twin boys were due in just four months’ time. We were so excited. I’d had a good pregnancy, and already grown a lovely, big bump. I was always stroking it and talking to my boys. ‘I can’t wait to meet you’ I’d say. We’d bought matching outfits, two of everything. They were far from identical Two cribs, two prams, two car seats… Matt and I were certainly prepared for their arrival. At first, I’d worried how we’d tell our babies apart. But, at our 16-week scan in our hometown of Dallas, Texas, we’d found out the twins wouldn’t be identical. ‘Maybe one will…

2 min
being bald

Nichola McAvoy, 26, Manchester. Washing my hair, I was horrified as clumps of my precious locks trickled down into the plughole. But it didn’t stop there. The following day, Mum did a double take when she came into my room to wake me up. ‘Time for school,’ she smiled. I decided to shave it all off But when she saw the clumps of hair on my pillow, her face soon dropped. As Mum drove me to school, she broached the subject again. ‘Maybe we should try a new shampoo?’ she said. ‘But I’ll also book an appointment with the doctor after school.’ After a visit to the GP, I was referred to a dermatologist. ‘I think we may be looking at alopecia,’ they explained. But as the months went by, more and more of my hair started to fall out and eventually…

2 min
meet our kanga-poodle

Zach Skow, 39. Scrolling through the photos, I gazed into the poodle’s sad brown eyes. ‘We have to help her,’ my wife Heather, 32, said to me. It was February 2018, and Heather had been looking at some pictures. They were from an animal shelter, to see if we could rescue a dog. You see, in 2009, I founded Marley’s Mutts, here in California. I rescued, rehabilitated, and trained hundreds of animals. Many were close to death and in need of a safe home when we took them in. I’d get messages from shelters all the time. And this poor pooch Cora Rose, then four, had been in a car accident. Vets at the shelter considered putting her down, her injuries were so severe. ‘We’ll save her,’ I promised. Cora Rose came to live with us on Valentine’s Day. At this stage, one…

1 min
how a-moo-sing!

These pictures show a British street which is located on a common, meaning more than 300 cows, horses and donkeys are free to roam the road - and peer in the windows. The 500-metre long ‘Butt Street’ forms part of the 451-acre Minchinhampton Common in the Cotswolds, which is run by the National Trust. The common is not fenced or bordered off - and residents are entitled to release their cattle there if they like. Photos show cows and horses happily wandering through Butt Street and at times, into the town’s market square. And Paul Blower, who lives on the street, said he loves the animals wandering past his house. The 47-year-old said; ‘I just love it, having cows, horses - there’s donkeys as well. ‘They are down the road weekly. They eat the grass on…