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Chat Specials AUTUMN 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.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min

With autumn in fall swing and winter just around the corner, cosy evenings at home make for perfect plans. This month, we’re sharing with you our favourite films for a night in front of the television, along with a warming hot chocolate recipe to cuddle up with (pg14). However, just because it’s colder, doesn’t mean we have to stay indoors. Ellie (pg56) has recently left home for university and she’s planning on taking the world in her stride. Making the most of the time we have is important. After both Atima and her mother were diagnosed with breast cancer (pg16), she was determined to live a healthy life. In order to raise money for Breast Cancer Now, this season she’ll be stepping outside to take on many fun challenges. And she’s not the…

6 min
violent movie night

As I pulled on my coat and headed out into the rain, I cursed my friends. They’d braved the storm to meet up at the local pub for a drink and had been begging me to come along. Eventually, I’d given in and decided to join in the fun. ‘This better be fun,’ I grumbled to myself, soaked through within minutes of leaving my house. As I plodded into the pub, I did a quick scan of the room and spotted my pals around a table. My heart sank. They looked absolutely wasted. All I’d wanted was a catch up. ‘Hiya,’ I said, slapping on a smile as I pulled up a chair. ‘Here at last,’ my friend Scott Furlong, 34, bellowed, wrapping an arm around my shoulder and pushing a pint sloppily towards me. ‘Come on then,…

6 min
don’t be cruel

Watching a woman lift her giggling daughter into the air and swing her around, I felt a dagger in my heart. That unbreakable mother-daughter bond was something I desperately longed for. Back home, I broke down in tears to my husband Naffi, 42. ‘It’ll happen for us one day,’ he lovingly soothed. But when? It was 2016, and we’d already been trying for a baby for well over a year. Ever since we got married in August 2015, starting a family had been all we’d wanted. That’s what you do, isn’t it? Fall in love, get married, have babies. But for us, it hadn’t worked out that way. Back and forth to the doctors, they said we could eventually try ovulation drugs. However, we put it off, hoping to conceive naturally. And now we were just waiting, stuck in limbo, wondering…

2 min
dancing queens

Doing yet another fling along to the piper, Lois and Lily were cheering everyone up with their highland dancing. They’d been doing it ever since they were four and absolutely loved it. As best friends, they were always dancing together around town. Then, when the Coronavirus hit, our local community hall and kitchen asked them to give a helping hand. The crowds loved it ‘Would you like to do it?’ we asked them, and sure enough, they said yes. Arriving at the sheltered accommodation, volunteers at Burgh Hall Dunoon Community Kitchen handed the residents some food, whilst the girls got ready to perform. Standing two metres apart, they performed their spectacle with a live piper helping them. The residents loved it so much, that the hall asked them to keep coming back every week to dance. So, every Friday,…

2 min
rock ‘n’ roll

Laying back in bed, all I could hear was Barry chirping from his cage. My daughter, Georgie, 14, had been begging for a bird for months before her dad, Nick, 45, finally caved in. Since his arrival, he’d definitely been making himself known. ‘How do you sleep at night?’ I asked Georgie after one particularly loud sleep. ‘Just do,’ she shrugged, completely oblivious to the racket he’d been making during the night. I guess she wouldn’t care either way though, she was totally obsessed with birds. Most girls her age are all over the latest phone or whatever it is kids are into, but not Georgie. With stacks of books all about birds, it was her one true passion. So, despite the sleepless nights, I was going to have to get used to Barry. Nick and Georgie first brought…

1 min
looking fly

This amazing close-up photo shows the moment a damselfly appears to look happy as it stares straight into the camera – almost seeming to smile just for the shot. The striking photo shows the tiny insect’s vivid blue eyes popping out of its head, and its fine hairs standing on end, as it rests on a blade of grass in the early morning. The macro picture was captured in July on the riverbanks of the Po River in Pomponesco, Northern Italy, by Italian photographer Alberto Ghizzi Panizza, 45. Alberto said; ‘I’ve been taking pictures of these insects for about 20 years, and this is one of the best ones. ‘The damselfly looked right at me as I was taking the picture. ‘I love how he looks so friendly and happy, almost as if he is…