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Real People

Real People

Issue 31 2021

Real People is a real-life title which delivers real-life stories, puzzles (and prizes) and affordable practical advice (food, fashion & beauty).

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United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
52 Issues

in this issue

1 min
this week in your fab value

Oh, I do love an extra helping. The last slice of pizza or triangle of cheesecake… That single, lonely chip for the last smear of ketchup. Well here we are with an extra helping of fascinating real lives and puzzles. Best of all, you can binge these without gaining a pound. Mind you, bodies are doing all manner of strange things in this issue. There’s Laura’s boobs, which just grew and grew, down and down, and she isn’t even near 30 yet. It’s a scandal the docs wouldn’t help her (p12). Lizzy kept growing too… all the way to 7ft in her high heels! She’s absolutely stunning but found that being a long-legged amazon wasn’t the best way to find a fella to look up to. Turn to p68 to…

3 min
our mad world!

Comedy TOT PIDDLING POOL My two-year-old daughter, Emily, went suspiciously quiet. This is how we found her... Heather Stephenson, Stockton-on-Tees INDIA A bridegroom from Odisha walked out on his wedding after finding the bride’s family hadn’t included the customary mutton curry at the feast. He stormed off and married another woman later that day. Talk about heat of the moment! HELICOPTER MUM Flying my niece Myra’s favourite toy, the thing got caught in my locks... How’s that for a hairy landing?! Manisa Kuinkel, Harrow, Middx. SSSS-URPRISE! Snakes slither into the weirdest places… • Under a van bonnet (above) (python, Norfolk) • An allotment (boa constrictor, Wales) • In a cashpoint (left) (India) • Under a pillow (red-bellied black snake, Australia) • On a plane luggage rack (below) (green snake, Mexico) • In a handbag (eastern small-eyed snake, Australia) USA A furious Florida man who pulled a gun on…

8 min
get me out of here!

Under the fairy lights strung among the trees, a gentle chatter hummed around the forest floor. The air was hot and clingy, but this party in the Australian rainforest was magical. Just the type of evening I’d left Liverpool two years earlier for. Back in April 2015, a week after my 21st, I quit my hairdressing job and flew to Brisbane. Initially, I’d stayed with my godparents, but then I’d found work on a farm just outside Sydney. But I wanted to see as much of the country as possible, staying in cheap hotels, working for my board. After a stint on the Gold Coast, now I’d pitched up in Cairns, Queensland, in January 2017. At the forest party, I watched as friends twirled round poi balls – fluorescent lights which made a circle in the night. Dimly,…

4 min
he’s in the boot!

Automatically, I got into the car, put on the seatbelt, turned the key in the ignition. Then I pulled, slowly, ever so slowly, away. Is the woman looking? Please let her be watching. I stared straight ahead and manoeuvred on to the main road. I didn’t want Marcus to get an inkling of anything. Driving along the highway, my ears listened extra hard. Is anybody following me? Then I heard a noise. Is it? The noise came nearer and then blue lights reflected in my wing mirror. Sirens blasted in the air and a police car swerved in front of me, flagging me down. Marcus was still in the boot, shut away. I pulled over and wound down the window. An officer came up to me. ‘You were reported for driving away without paying,’ he began. Oh thank God. Bless that cashier! My heart thumped with joy. The…

2 min
real people roulette

Here’s one to get you in a spin! All of the answers to the questions can be found on Real People’s Roulette wheel. For your chance to bag £250, have a go at the quiz, eliminating the black or red section containing the answer, or answers, to each question as you go. When completed correctly, you’ll be left with just one section, which contains your prize answer. Write this on the entry coupon on page 67. 1 What is the first name of edgy British fashion designer Westwood? 2 ‘Plates of meat’ is Cockney rhyming slang for what? 3 What is international radio code for the letter ‘W’? 4 What is the first name of US fashion designer Hilfiger? 5 Find four colours of the rainbow. 6 What famous song includes the lyrics, ‘… No hell…

8 min
weight of the world

Leaning over the table to grab the ketchup, there was a clattering as I knocked my glass of orange squash over. ‘Here she goes,’ my mum Tracy grinned, as I dragged my boobs back. They’d sent the drink flying, and it was nothing new for me! I was 25, and my boobs were like my very own bowling balls. ‘You definitely got the family’s share in that department,’ Mum chuckled, nodding at my chest. Didn’t I know it?! While Mum was a teeny 32A, I was hoiking mine into a 36P hammock. Even that dug in. I’d been wearing double-D bras even when I was 10 years old! ‘Jugs, jugs,’ the boys teased. Mortifying. ‘Why have I got such big boobs?’ I’d sobbed to Mum. ‘I’m sure you’ll grow into them,’ she’d assured me. But they’d kept growing, at almost double the…