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Chat Specials FEBRUARY SPECIAL 2020

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

We’re all excited about Valentine’s Day, but it’s important to remember that love isn’t just for February 14th. To celebrate this, we’ve given you a handy guide on how to share the love with all the important people in your life – every day of the year (pg14). We could all use a little encouragement every now and then. Amanda (pg22) loved having a good dance, but was in denial about her own health. In the end, it would take a wedding to make her realise what needed to be done. Being stood up at the altar is our worst nightmare, and not many people would bounce back from such embarrassment. When this happened to Roseina (pg24), she never thought she would find love again. But fate had something in store for…

6 min
benefit of the doubt

Alice Hodgson, 26, Preston Waiting eagerly for my sister to arrive, I giggled to myself. ‘I wonder what crazy colour Rosie’s hair will be today,’ I laughed to our mum Andrea, 53. ‘Who knows love, it’s different every time we see her!’ Mum replied. Rosie, 27, had always been the quirky one in the family, her own person no matter what other people thought – and a huge way of her expressing her unique style was through her hair. As a kid, she was louder and funnier than everyone else, and her individuality followed her through her teens and into her 20s. A true breath of fresh air, there was never a dull moment when Rosie was around. She was also a brilliant mum to her nine-year-old son, Jake, who we all adored and helped to…

3 min
broken lives

When Jake got home from school that day, I sat him down for the hardest conversation of my life. ‘I’m sorry love, but your mum’s gone,’ I whispered. Jake looked at me and somehow he understood, a heartbroken scream bursting out of his tiny body. I couldn’t understand why Ben had done this. He and Rosie had only been together for a month. Every bone in her body had been broken Rosie had been so badly injured, that when I went to see her in the funeral parlour the next day, she was entirely covered with a sheet. Every bone in her beautiful body had been broken. We held her funeral on 8 March 2019 – the hardest day of my life. Wearing a bright crimson dress, I helped carry her coffin into the service to Whitney Houston’s…

2 min
28 years too late

James Green, 66, Braintree, Essex Lazing around in the sun, I sipped on my beer and joked around by the pool with my mates. It was 1991 and Benidorm has beckoned us boys once again. The lads were back on tour for a heady holiday. Only we weren’t teens gone wild – we were 39 years old! But whatever age we were, we loved a boy’s trip. I was living the single life, and having a break from being a painter and decorator. Despite my clubbing ways, I still took time to send a postcard back to my parents at home. It was a holiday tradition, and I could picture my mum Winifred, 68, and my dad Christopher, 70, grinning when they received it. To Mum and Dad, I wrote. Had a good flight over. Sending the postcard off, I forgot…

2 min
dino-paw !

Karen Gorne, 51, Salida, California Looking down at the two Siamese kittens curled up together in a box, my heart quickly melted. ‘They are quite cute,’ I agreed with my colleague Alisa, sighing. She’d rang me up the night before, asking if I’d mind fostering them for a short while. One little fluffy ball was disabled, with no elbow joints, and her fur sister had a crooked tail. ‘I’ll look after them,’ I sighed. ‘But just for now.’ It was March 2018, and my house was already full. There really was no room in the inn. No-one wanted them My husband Tim, 52, had let me adopt a three-legged cat that we’d called Fiona, and a French bulldog with a heart defect called Duncan. I can’t forget the two one-eyed pugs Chelsea and Charlie, and Davos the moggies, too. And now,…

1 min
true love

Nothing says romance like carrying someone over a wet, muddy obstacle course. Taisto Miettinen and Kristiina Haapanen from Finland have won six official wife-carrying competitions, taking gold in 2009, 2013, and 2017. The events usually include different categories – you can choose to carry your wife in the classic piggyback position, a fireman’s carry, where the wife hangs over the shoulder, or the Estonian style, where the wife hangs upside down with her legs around her husband’s shoulders and wraps her arms around his waist. Wife carrying competitions are held all over the world – why not sign up for one this Valentine’s Day?…