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Chat Specials January 2021

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

This past year has been tough, but if there’s one thing we’ve learnt, it’s that we’re a nation that pulls together. We’ve seen incredible acts of kindness from our neighbours, loved ones and even strangers. As we head into 2021, let’s all keep that spirit alive. Lucy (pg37) has dedicated her entire life to making people smile and last year, she stepped up to the plate. Bringing lockdown laughter to people’s doorsteps, she knew she couldn’t let the public down. Sometimes, the love of a family is the only thing that can pull you out of the darkness. Emily (pg56) knows all too well how true that is. After getting diagnosed with breast cancer, it was her husband and sons who helped her through it – along with the encouragement of a…

7 min
this time will be different...

Grace Ryan, 32, from Co Tipperary Opening the letter that had been posted through my front door, I smiled. You are beautiful, it said, handwritten. I continued to read all about the life of my mystery man. He was open and honest about his past, which impressed me. He had been troubled by drink, but he’d had treatment and was now sober. Been married but it didn’t work out, he said truthfully. The letter was signed from Christopher. Christopher Mulready, 27, was a friendly face who worked with my brother John. I tried to justify his horrible addictions John had given him my address, and soon Christopher came to visit me. We got on really well, and after four months, he moved in with me. Then another two months later, I fell pregnant. ‘Amazing!’ Christopher said, excited to be a dad. A few…

3 min
own in flames

Forcing my shorts down, he pushed himself into me. ‘Stop!’ I begged. He wouldn’t. He raped me. I wept tears as he clambered off me. He began chatting away: ‘Let’s move away and start a new life.’ ‘Yes,’ I agreed, hoping he would calm down. Then his phone went – it was his friends calling him to join them. Before answering, he leant into me and spoke. ‘You’re not going to ring the police, are you?’ he said. ‘No,’ I sobbed. Not believing me, he replied: ‘I’m going to lock you in here.’ ‘Please, I won’t talk to the police,’ I urged. He began pulling my tops and trousers out of the dresser in the bedroom. ‘I’m going to burn your clothes,’ he said. His way of stopping me from leaving. I couldn’t see the garden from my window, but he kept coming back…

2 min
v.i.p fan mail

Jo Madders, 37, Billericay, Essex Watching my son do his schoolwork, I was pleased with how well he seemed to be getting on. In the middle of lockdown, seven-year-old, Timothy, was busy learning from home. ‘What are you doing?’ I asked him, as he sketched out some squares on a page. ‘Making a wordsearch,’ he explained from the dining table. Thankfully, Timothy didn’t mind learning from home. In fact, he was a homebody, loved being with his family. For years, he loved going to see my grandma, his great-grandma, Vera. She’d often tell us about her royal connection. ‘I was born in the same year as the Queen,’ she’d say. ‘And I got married in the same year, too.’ But last December, Grandma passed away at the age of 93. ‘She lived to a ripe old age,’ I explained to Timothy. And when…

3 min
cat run!

Deborah Ashley, 57, from East Northumberland Back and forth to the doctor’s surgery, I was desperate for answers. For nearly 13 years, I’d been suffering with back pain and struggled to do daily tasks. As a result, I’d piled on the weight and doctor’s dismissed my concerns. However, in 2013, I was finally referred to a physiotherapist, who decided enough was enough and carried out a thyroid test. After years of being told my weight and age were the reason for my back pain, I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. It meant I had an underactive thyroid, which was causing my pain and weight gain. ‘I want you to come off the pain killers and try this chilli cream instead,’ the physiotherapist told me one day. I have to admit, the thought of a cream made with chilli extract…

1 min
tail of woe

This fluffy creature got tangled up in meshing and was trapped by his foot in a back garden recently! The ‘feisty’ animal was unhurt but took a liking to SSPCA officer Stuart Louch’s glove. A homeowner alerted the SSPCA to the stricken animal in Doune in Perthshire on November 5 last year. Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer, Stuart Louch, said: ‘We were alerted to the pine marten after a member of the public spotted the animal trapped in a bird feeder in their garden by his foot. ‘Pine martens can be quite feisty and it took some effort to get hold of the animal safely and remove him from the feeder without causing any injuries to the marten or myself. Understandably, he wasn’t too pleased at being stuck in a bird feeder and…