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Chat Specials February 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

As the wise Hugh Grant once said; ‘love is all around us.’ With Valentine’s Day, February is often a time where we cherish our loved ones a little more than usual. Whether it’s a partner, a family member, a close friend or even our pets, love comes in many forms. Shannon (pg32) knows all too well the power of love. Growing up, her dad was her rock, but after he collapsed and developed locked-in syndrome, she needed to be his. With nothing but love in their hearts, Shannon and her family are raising crucial funds to bring their dad home once and for all. Through the art of poetry, James (pg37) is on a mission to make busy commuters and distracted shoppers stop and take a breather. With messages of encouragement and…

7 min
up in flames

Kate Collins, 39 Twirling and prancing around in front of the mirror, my five-year-old daughter Eva grinned happily. ‘You look ridiculous!’ I said, trying my best not to laugh. Dressed in black leggings and a purple top, she’d put on a black tutu to complete the look. We were due at my friend Mel’s* for dinner, and we were running slightly late. But Eva was too busy admiring her reflection. ‘Come on love, take that tutu off,’ I said. ‘Please can I wear it to dinner, Mummy?’ she pleaded, her eyes wide with excitement. . ‘Oh, go on then,’ I sighed. ‘Let’s get in the car, Auntie Mel is waiting for us.’ Clambering into the back seat, Eva was beaming with pride about her latest fashion choice, grinning away happily. It was 27 April 2019, and we’d been invited to…

3 min
healing together

It was torture being away from my little girl, knowing she was in just as much pain as I was. ‘At least I can understand what’s happened to me,’ I said to my mum. ‘Eva’s only five years old. She’s in so much pain and doesn’t know why.’ A few days later, though, I got to see her. Setting up my laptop, Mum and Darren arranged for us to Facetime together. As Eva’s face came into view, I gasped in horror. She was completely bandaged up, and all I could see of her were her eyes. ‘Hi baby,’ I smiled. ‘Hi, Mummy,’ she said. ‘I love you.’ I could tell that my little girl was in so much pain, and it broke my heart. ‘You’ll be better soon,’ I told her. The next day, though, things took a turn for…

3 min
lockdown love

Emily Sutherland, 29, Exeter Jumping into the car, the Christmas lights which were strung from all the houses made the evening feel quite romantic. It was Boxing Day 2019, and I was on my first date with Steve Lovell, 39 after matching on Tinder. He was tall, dark, and handsome with a unique gothic look about him – piercings and tats from head to toe. Immediately weak at the knees, he was just my type. But, neither of us were after anything serious. I had broken up with my boyfriend of seven years, just the month before, in November. Steve was newly out of a relationship, too. ‘How about that place?’ Steve asked, pointing towards a cosy looking pub. Running through the rain together, we finally got into the candle lit tavern. Taking a seat, we ordered drinks and got…

3 min
woof top

Catherine Wood, 36, from Cornwall Relaxing in the summer sun, I watched my three-year-old Cockapoo, Maple, sniff around the flower beds. ‘No…’ I said to her, as I caught her looking suspiciously excited. Suddenly, she darted across in front of me. In one swift movement she glided over the top of the hedge separating us, and the neighbours. She frequently bounced over there. Living up to the Spaniel half of her breed, she had endless amounts of puppy energy. After four months of lockdown, I think the whole family was getting pretty restless. But Maple kept me, my husband, Phil, 46, and our children Faith, 16, Ryan, 15, Esme, 13, and Gracie, five, entertained. As the lockdown restrictions eased, we were finally able to have Phil’s parents Diane, 65 and Steve, 60, to visit. The ringing of the doorbell set…

1 min
totally nuts!

Meet the two clever red squirrels going nuts over Covid-19. The pair have been posing with a series of lockdown themed props – including a small wooden cage, signs, and even a miniature microscope for Swedish photographer, Geert Weggen, 52. In a bid to bribe the squirrels, he hid nuts inside each of the props. Geert said; ‘I started it in the first lockdown and over the last few months I’ve been capturing these scenes in my garden. ‘When the second lockdown was announced I knew I had to carry it on. ‘Mostly, they eat out of small buckets filled with seeds which I hang above the props. ‘But for holding a prop I use some nut paste which I put on the prop in the hope that they’ll hold it while eating.’ Geert even gets…