Chat Specials November 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

It’s the month of hot chocolates, fireworks and toasted marshmallows. As we prepare for the busy season ahead, November is a good opportunity to unwind and spend quality time with those you love. Whether it’s a cheese night at home (pg22) or an afternoon tea treat (pg40), we have you covered this month. As well as lots of exciting lifestyle, we have plenty of gripping and inspiring real life for you to get through. After years of weight gain, Stephanie knew it was time for change (pg36). Losing over 11st in 13 months, there was one thing she was desperate to do. Find out how she celebrated her wedding anniversary now she’s a slinky size 10. After a devastating diagnosis, Beverly was determined to make the most of the time she had left…

1 min
snap happy

Hanging around My family took me to Bristol zoo to celebrate my birthday. We had a great time saying hi to all the animals and taking goofy photos! Ava, Sutton Kitchen success I made my first lasagne and just had to take a photo. I must admit it was really tasty and I will definitely be making it again – it was so yummy! Gemma, Seaton. Firework frenzy! Bonfire night is my favourite day of the year! Fern, Leicester Fluttery friend I came across this moth which seemed to like my company! Yasmine, Crawley. Dig in! Nothing better than a takeaway with friends to finish off a hectic week. Keira, Essex Totally smitten My boyfriend and my cat are inseparable. Meghan, Brighton Cloud nine I captured this beautiful sunset pic whilst eating fish and chips on the beach at Burnham-on-Sea. It was freezing!…

1 min
pet crackers

Ewe are cute This little lamb was feeling super friendly. Jay, Hampshire Sweet dreams Don’t wake the cat! Socks is dreaming of yummy treats. May, Liverpool Selfie King Leo has got his Instagram face on. Kaitlyn, Wales What a view! Grace looking out at the sea! Lola, Cornwall THAT’S SO BRITISH BUYING CHRISTMAS PRESENTS FOR FAMILY BUT STEALING THEM FOR YOURSELF. ORDERING A PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE TO GET IN AN AUTUMNAL MOOD BUT NOT ACTUALLY LIKING THE TASTE. COUNTING DOWN THE DAYS UNTIL ITS ACCEPTABLE TO PLAY XMAS SONGS.…

8 min
mind the gap

Wiping down the bar area, it was another busy Sunday at the pub. ‘Pint of Tennent’s please,’ a familiar voice called over. ‘Right away, Steve,’ I smiled. I’d been working in the pub for about a year, and every Sunday, without fail, Steve would come in for a pint of Tennent’s lager. Him along with the usual bunch of locals. Huddled around a table, they’d come and go throughout the day. ‘Oh, you can do better than that!’ Steve chuckled, once again poking fun at my pint pouring skills. Over the past year, I’d grown rather fond of Steve and looked forward to his weekly visits. He’d always find a way to make me laugh. Like most of the men in the pub, Steve was much older than me – I guessed somewhere in his 40s. Just 22 at the…

7 min
in-tents challenge

Peering out of the window at the tent in our back garden, blowing around in a storm, I panicked. Because my 10-year-old son Max was sat inside it. It took all my mental strength to fight my instincts that were telling me to run outside, scoop Max up and bring him back inside for a nice, warm hot chocolate and a hug. But I knew he’d just tell me to go away. Max was on a mission, and I knew there was no hope of talking any sense into him. Is it safe to camp in a storm? I thought, fretting. My husband Mark, 53, stirred as I paced around anxiously. ‘He’ll be fine,’ he said, seeing how worried I was. ‘He’ll come in if he’s scared.’ Max first asked me if he could sleep outside back in…

2 min
lost treasure

Wedding bells rang as I gripped my new husband, Adrian, 20, tightly as we walked through a cloud of confetti at Louth’s Holy Trinity church. My mum and my little sister, Paula, stood in awe of my handmade white gown, all as the wedding photographer, John, captured their grins with the click of his shutter. It was 28 June 1975. At just 17 I was certain of the future I had ahead of me. But I had only known Adrian for a few months and after having our only daughter together, Toni, we divorced four years after our special day. I had been at a friend’s house and seeing her family pictures placed on the mantelpiece made me wonder where my wedding pictures had gone. I had a vague memory of seeing photos taken on my…