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Chat Specials January 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

Avery warm welcome to 2019! A new year is a great time to reflect on what we’ve all achieved but also to make plans for the future. We know there is plenty in our pages to inspire you this month. Turns out it’s not just mums who feel unhappy with the way they look after the birth of their baby. New dad Sion (pg32) hated how he looked in photos and found a clever way to use his new son to get his fitness levels back. When Zoe discovered someone had broken into her home, she was devastated – then she got angry! (pg40) She turned detective to get justice with fantastic results. It’s been one problem after another for brave Roxy (pg24). She’s suffered heart attacks, a burst kidney and a gushing…

7 min
breaking the silence

Bobby Singh, 39, Croydon Before the age of four, my childhood memories are very vague. The youngest of four girls, I remember being doted on by my family. But, after those first few years, my memories become more vivid and haunting. My parents had come to England from Uganda in 1972. And in 1978, we moved to Croydon, where they met Sayeed Shah, who lived three doors down from us. An accountant, he’d help my parents with their finances. I remember Mum and Dad sharing jokes with him, their beaming smiles, and offers for dinner at each other’s houses. At first, he barely noticed me. But as the months went on, he burrowed further into our home and family life, becoming my parents’ friend and confidant. Soon, he was perching me on his knee as he watched TV.…

5 min
as fate would have it

Ruth Holt, 79, Kirkham, Lancashire Hearing a knock at the door, I unhooked the latch and let in my sister Miriam, 80. ‘Hello, I was expecting you an hour ago,’ I said. ‘Where have you been?’ Most afternoons, Miriam stopped by to visit. One of the main reasons I’d moved into the same housing complex as her two years earlier was because it made it easier to see each other. ‘Sorry, Ruth,’ she said as she bustled in. ‘I was listening to a fantastic singer in the community room – a new resident, actually.’ Having new entertainment in our community room was always exciting. ‘Oh, yes? What’s their name?’ I asked, closing the door behind Miriam. ‘Ronnie Day,’ she replied. And, all of a sudden, I felt my breath rush out, my head swimming with memories… Ronnie Day. I knew that name. But…

2 min
road to recovery

Staring at the photo of a beautiful 15-month-old baby, my heart soared. ‘I can’t believe she’s going to be ours,’ I said to my husband Brian*. It was 2003, and after trying for four years to have a baby, including several attempts at IVF, we couldn’t conceive. ‘What about adoption?’ I’d said to Brian. ‘We may as well give it a go,’ he smiled. She was spiralling out of control So we started the process, undergoing home tests, background checks and interviews. ‘It’s like other people are deciding whether we can have a baby or not,’ I said to Brian sadly. But after a year, we had passed all the obstacles, and the adoption agency had found us a baby girl – Jessica*. The agency sent us a photo, and she was so beautiful. A few days later, we…

2 min
child’s play

Becky Acton, 19, Sheffield Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been a big fan of gory horror films. Even as a young child, I would watch, wide-eyed, as blood and gore splashed on the TV screen. And my obsession with one particular character started when I was just nine. After watching the film Child’s Play, I was obsessed with Chucky. I loved the idea of a doll coming alive. And Chucky was cool – he was smart and witty, and he wouldn’t take any nonsense from anyone. I watched the film over and over again, and on my 13th birthday, my parents had a surprise for me. ‘Happy birthday, Becky!’ they chimed, walking into my room carrying a multicoloured gift bag. Pulling out a yellow box, I saw a glimpse of red hair and a brightly striped sweater. ‘It’s…

1 min
feline felon

Meet Felony, the criminally cute abandoned kitty who posed for her own mugshot. The four-week-old tabby was handed in to cops at the Moody County Sheriff’s Office when she was found shivering alone in a garage. The South Dakota officers couldn’t resist treating the feline like a felon when she arrived after her mother left her to fend for herself. Weighing less than 10 ounces, she was soon the centre of attention. Sheriff Troy Wellman said: ‘A man brought her in because he’d found her in his garage. ‘We don’t know why her mother left her and took the rest of her litter, but she did. ‘She was only here for a couple of hours, but she made an impression. ‘I don’t know exactly who came up with the idea of taking her mugshot, but two…