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Chat Specials JUNE 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

The last few weeks have been strange and difficult for all of us, but here at Chat, we’re looking on the bright side. With the sun out and summer in full swing, why not get pretty in pink with a new seasonal wardrobe (pg12)? While you’re at it, check out some fantastic buys that will get your home shining bright (pg28). We’ve seen a lot of superheroes in our midst lately, and we’ve learnt that the smallest gesture can make a huge impact. For Rhiannon (pg22), her biggest hero is her dad. As thick as thieves since she was young, the pair of them did everything together. But when she asked her dad to go on a diet with her, it didn’t go to plan... This month, we really admire Mari (pg8). Despite her…

6 min
it will never be over

Kylie Ferguson, 39 As the groom kissed the bride, I was beaming. It was July 2003, and my brother James and his new wife Adelle had just married in a beautiful beachfront ceremony in our home in Queensland, Australia, and I’d never seen them happier. When James first introduced me to Adelle just a few months earlier, she’d been a breath of fresh air. Originally from Ireland, she was a surgeon’s secretary and had met James at Royal Brisbane Hospital, where he worked in the medical records department. She was fun, bubbly, and loving, and as she swung my son Jacob into their air, sending him into hysterics, I knew she’d fit in with our family right away. They were a perfect match. And it seemed Adelle was a perfect match for me, too – since…

6 min
keep holding on

Sammi Love, 31, from Newcastle Dear Eidy, Staring down at the pregnancy test, you were a total surprise. I know you won’t understand this yet, but you see, I’d had a contraceptive coil fitted a while back, which meant I shouldn’t have been growing you. But, you had other ideas for me and your dad. You’d slipped through the net so you could join our family and become a sister to your three brothers Ryan, 13, Zakk, eight and Abon, seven. Trust me when I say though Eidy, you may have been a surprise but me and your dad, Carl, were so excited to meet you. However, we had a long journey ahead of us before then, didn’t we? When we went for our first scan at 12-weeks, you were just a dot – above Mummy’s coil…

2 min

Mari Parker, 72, Barnsley, South Yorks Standing behind the counter, I watched the customers browse around the shop. At 72, I had a lot of time on my hands, so I regularly helped out at my son Daniel’s antique shop in Barnsley. That Sunday, I was doing the morning shift with Daniel, 42, and as usual, it was busy. Then, I heard the bell to the door go. A man in his early twenties came swaggering in with his hood up, pushing a bike alongside him. ‘How much for this?’ he asked me, coming up to the till. Only, before I could answer back, Daniel jumped in. ‘I recognise that bike,’ he said. ‘It was reported stolen on a Facebook group.’ Staring in horror, I could barely believe it. And the man’s reaction only confirmed it further. ‘I’ll have to confiscate…

3 min
what a menace

Yvonne Cooper, 59, Norwich Sitting at my work desk, I noticed a familiar face. It was my ex-husband… I hadn’t seen him for years, but here he was fixing the lights in our office building. There was no bad blood between the two of us. We’d married when I was just 17 in 1978, before shortly going our separate ways. I guess we were just a bit too young. Over the years we’d both met other people and got on with our own separate lives. But now, standing face-to-face again, we were both single. Agreeing to pop over to his house, we thought we’d see if the flame was still there. And sure enough, it most certainly was. But it wasn’t just that which hadn’t changed! Paul’s love for Beanos! Even after all those years, how could I have forgotten? ‘There are piles…

1 min
flower power

The rafflesia plant is often referred to as a ‘monster flower’ for its parasitic properties and repugnant stench. Now, Indonesian wildlife officials might have found the most monstrous flower of them all. A rafflesia that recently bloomed in a West Sumatran forest is nearly four feet in diameter – that would make it the largest flower ever recorded, according to the Natural Resources and Conservation Centre in West Sumatra. The plant has no roots or leaves, and instead feeds on a host plant to live, drinking its water and nutrients. It’s only visible when it bursts through the host plant to reveal its flowers. The flower’s menacing open mouth emits a foul odour similar to rotting meat, earning it the nickname ‘corpse flower’. But for all its glory, the rafflesia’s life…