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Chat Specials May 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

With the journey to freedom well under way, we can make the most of the great outdoors this spring. From wildlife, garden furniture to stunning landscapes, we have everything you need for a truly magnificent May. Whether you want to help our buzzing besties this World Bee Day (pg22), conquer a mountain (pg40) or find the perfect spring look (pg34), we have you covered. Laurie (pg52), loves spending time outside. So much so, he broke the national cycling record at the age of 88! Raising crucial funds for the homeless charity Llamau, he was determined to keep his wheels turning. Go Laurie! From 88 to just six-years-old, Laurie isn’t the only inspirational person this month. When little Annie (pg38) discovered her best friend had a brain tumour, she was determined to help in…

1 min
snap happy

Magical moments I hope the Stonehenge summer solstice is on again this year, it was such an incredible experience when I went a couple of years ago. Laura, Bournemouth Hola paella The kids loved this delish fish dish on our Thursday themed dinner night. Chloe, Aberdeen Pizza bliss Me and my boyfriend got a spontaneous pizza on our walk on the weekend, it was so yummy. Iona, Bristol A lock of fun I climbed the whole flight of the 29 locks of Caen Hill this weekend with the hubby. Sian, Devizes Fun fuelled Here’s a pic of me and my bestie at the Lake District on our first road trip together. Em, Bath Time for Stein As a special treat for my mum’s birthday we ordered a Rick Stein’s home cooking kit. Sharron, Marlborough. Walking holme I love that I pass this sign…

7 min
i thought there was no way out... 137 abuser

Paula*, 26 Making my way to school, a car pulled up alongside me. As the window rolled down, I saw a man I didn’t recognise sat inside. ‘Hi, your nan sent me to pick you up,’ he smiled. ‘Oh, OK,’ I replied, opening the car door and getting in. It was first thing in the morning, and I had been making my way into class. But a naive 13-year-old, I thought perhaps Nan needed me back at home. I had no idea who this man was, but I trusted that he knew my nan - who I was living with at the time. I need to stop by my house first,’ he explained, parking the car. I innocently followed him into the house, when he locked the front door behind me. I thought he was trying to help me ‘What are…

2 min
little lord sugar

Anthony Bradley, 45, Truro Heading off to work, my six-year-old son tagged along with me. As a scrap removal man, Alfie loved coming with me in the search of treasure. Fishing through the scrapheap, it wasn’t long before something caught his eye. ‘Can I have this?’ he asked, flashing me an adorable smile. Most kids Alfie’s age have their hearts set on the latest Hot Wheels or something like that, but not my boy. He was more than happy with whatever he found whilst out with me and this time, it was an old grass strimmer. Alfie loved taking things apart and fixing them. ‘Your mum will love that,’ I laughed, dropping him home to my ex-partner Amy, 34. Together, Amy and I have four kids, Caleb, 14, Charlotte, nine, Eden-Rose, five and Alfie. We were more than used…

2 min
computer says yes

Sherri Dawes, 38, Kempston Stopping in the street, I watched as the robot car sped past me. Living in Milton Keynes, I loved the Starship delivery robots whizzing around the place. ‘They are incredible,’ I’d say to my partner Ben, 39. I’d first met Ben in October 2019 whilst shopping in Tesco. The pair of us hit it off straight away and I loved how funny he was. Plus, he was a doting dad to his kids Charley, 17, and Sofia, nine. Lockdown did speed things up for us and we quickly went from dating to living together, along with my two kids – Lily, 12, and Ronnie, nine, last March. When we first got together, Ben had a romantic habit of whisking me away on surprise trips, but all of that came to a stop with the Coronavirus. However,…

1 min
under the sea

Are you a wine lover? If so, what do you think of this? A winery has recovered hundreds of bottles submerged deep in the ocean! Wine makers Wapisa, sank 1,500 magnums of their 2017 Malbec-blend in the Atlantic Ocean. They said the underwater-aged wine was rated ‘stunning’ in blind tests, but would you give it a taste? Wapisa winery founder Patricia Ortiz, was inspired by the recovery of 170-year-old bottles of Champagne from a shipwreck in the Baltic Sea in 2010. She said; ‘We were curious to explore if underwater ageing could actually allow us to have young wines with the benefit of maturity. ‘We tasted the underwater-aged wine and the cellar-aged counterparts blind, and the difference was stunning. The former was rounder, more elegant and with fresher fruit. ‘The wines were more aromatic in the…