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Chat Specials April 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.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min

Spring has sprung here in the UK and we couldn’t be more excited. Longer days and warmer weather, there’s no denying spring is truly a spectacular season. Here at Chat we’ve got everything you need to celebrate this beautiful time of year. Spruce up your garden with our easy green in 15 guide (pg22), discover the brightest trends from Oliver Bonas (pg34), and make the most of nature with our foraging feature (pg7). Spring is a season of love and happiness, and we have plenty of that to go around. After just one date, Helen and Mike knew they were destined to be together (pg18). Planning the trip of a lifetime, the pair set off on their bikes to travel the world. With their wheels of love, they even said ‘I do.’ Despite suffering…

7 min
picking up the pieces

Nathan Phillips, 22, Warwickshire Rushing down the stairs, the smell of my favourite cheese and potato pie had wafted its way through the entire house. ‘You’re not staying for dinner?’ my mum Anita, 53, frowned. ‘No, but can you save me some?’ I called out, as I headed for the front door. The smell of Mum’s delicious cooking was almost enough to keep me at home, but I soon dashed off to see my mates. As I made it out the front door, my dad David, 58, and brother Luke, then 11, were getting ready to go out on a ride. Dad worked in an automotive plant and had been riding motorbikes all his life. When I was a kid I’d often go out with him, but now, in June 2016, I’d just turned 17 and was…

2 min
wild picks

THE LAW The Theft Act of 1968 specifically covers what is and isn’t allowed to be picked and foraged. ‘A person who picks mushrooms growing wild on any land, or who picks flowers, fruit or foliage from a plant growing wild on any land, does not (although not in possession of the land) steal what he picks, unless he does it for reward or for sale or other commercial purpose.’ Stick to these rules, and pick to your heart’s content. BLACKBERRIES You can find these juicy berries, which are bursting with flavour, along hedgerows between the months of August to September. They grow in large patches so they’re easy enough to spot, just watch out for the prickly brambles which often surround them. Elderflower In May, elderflowers bloom. These delicate white blossoms make deliciously subtle, floral…

2 min
kneading a little help!

Julie Davies, 44, from Coventry Squeezing my suitcase closed, I realised there was still one thing missing. ‘We need the toaster,’ I said to my husband, Chris, 44. For most people packing for their summer holiday, a toaster was hardly an essential. But for our family it was a must have! You see, our little girl Martha, 10, barely ate anything other than toast. When she was a baby she weaned on pretty much anything. Like her big brother Archie, she wasn’t fussy. By the time Martha was around 18 months old, that all seemed to change. Dinner time became a nightmare and she was always kicking up a fuss. As time went on, I’d pretty much tried everything. Some days I was strict, trying to force the food down her and other days I’d give up and let…

2 min
walk this way

Leanne Proctor, Wakefield Walking through the front door, we welcomed the newest addition to our family home. It was February 2018 and Rio – a Dalmatian – was just eight-weeks-old. Immediately, he developed a special bond with our daughter Maisie, now 10. It was clear from the start that Rio was a typical Dalmatian. Full of life, he bounces everywhere and loves going for walks. That being said, he loves a lie in! Over the past three years, Rio and Maisie have grown so close. They do everything together and despite suffering from scoliosis, she never misses a walk with him. Only, in August last year, we started to notice that Rio was acting a bit strange. He wasn’t drinking much, was straining to wee and he seemed very quiet. We knew something wasn’t right, only due to Covid-19, both me…

1 min
wedding shells

Two sea snails were married in a bizarre wedding ceremony as superstitious locals believe it will help to bring good luck to people whose businesses are struggling during the pandemic. Local government officials supervised the marriage of the two creatures inside ‘his and hers’ fishbowls in Rayong province, Thailand on February 14. Provincial governor Anan Nakniyom said the unusual wedding event that they called ‘Sweet Sea on Valentine’s Day’ was done as an offering to the Buddhist deities. He said: ‘We wanted to ask for a prosperous ‘Covid-19 has affected tourism in our province especially the hotels where many workers were laid off.’ Anan added that by marrying the two sea snails, they believe that the creatures will flourish in the sea and appease the Gods, helping to bring about bountiful harvests to fisherman…