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Real People Issue 22 2021

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

United Kingdom
Hearst Magazines UK
52 Issues

in this issue

1 min
this week in your fab value

We’ve got an amazing competition for you this week – the chance to win a luxurious all-inclusive seacation with the wonderful Princess Cruises worth nearly £1,500 (p54)! If you’ve been longing for a change of scene and an escape from the kids for a few days, then the ocean is beckoning with this amazing prize. But what would you pack for the trip? You’ll need something brilliant to read, for sure, for those moments of quiet relaxation on deck. One of our Bumper Issues would be just what the captain ordered and you’ve got one of our funky, chunky issues in your hands this week. As well as a 24-page extra helping of crimes to read and puzzles to solve, and all the real life your emotions can handle, we’re…

3 min
our mad world!

Cute TOT LOVE BITE She’s the apple of my eye and this slice wonderfully mirrors two-year-old Kitti’s smile. Andrea Evans, Rhuthun, North Wales UK When Darren Coyne’s box of rubber gloves mysteriously disappeared from his car, he didn’t know why. His Rottweiler, Rambo, was sick and the finger of suspicion pointed at the PPE-loving pooch who’d been chomping them for days. Vets later removed 29. SNAKE CHARMER Weren’t pre-Covid days wonderful when you could just fly to Florida for a close encounter of the snake kind?! Well, not everybody’s cup of tea, I suppose! Val Johnson, Woking, Surrey FUR-GOTTEN FRIENDS Remember the Dulux dog? He and his pals are disappearing breeds now... ● Old English Sheepdog (left) ● Otterhound ● Skye Terrier ● Bloodhound (below) ● Glen of Imaal Terrier ● Spaniel (Sussex) ● Retriever (Curly Coated) ● King Charles Spaniel (right) ● Spaniel (Irish water) ● Spaniel (Field) ● Collie…

7 min
edge of darkness

Thwack, thwack, thwack went the ball between my boot and the rough bricks of a wall. I was having a kickabout in the street, a nine-year-old football-mad tomboy. There was so little traffic on my gran and grandad Eleanor and Stuart’s road, I barely even looked up. It was the school half-term in October 2000 and my mum Rhona was at work, so I was here. ‘Don’t go out of the street,’ Gran called from the doorway. A bright, chilly day, she’d insisted I wore a jumper. ‘Oh, and remember – fish and chips tonight,’ she said. Perfect! She’d always spoil us! There were four of us kids. I was the patient big sis to Craig, eight, Graeme, five, and Mark, four. Though in truth, I could have been a fourth son. You wouldn’t catch me drawing…

4 min
angels &  demons

After lots of legal to-ing and fro-ing, a judge had agreed with Darren’s lawyer that the 11-year-old had a mental age below eight, the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland. While he was charged with attempted murder, this 17 months was the only ‘justice’ I’d see. He was clearly wrong in the head, a freak of evil. I couldn’t accept it. ‘He tried to kill me,’ I sobbed. But there was nothing we could do. After being ‘inside’ for just half his term, Darren was let out – and back home. One day, I was at Gran’s, when something made me turn my head. ‘No,’ I cried, stumbling back. Darren was standing by his house, staring at me. I ran inside, heart pounding. ‘This isn’t fair,’ Gran raged. ‘He shouldn’t be back on this street!’ But Darren didn’t seem to…

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 TV show has been won by Peter Sawkins, Rahul Mandal and Candice Brown? 2 In the rhyme, on what day was Solomon Grundy born? 3 Find five underwear items. 4 The book of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new, soon-to-be-open musical, Cinderella, has been written by which 2021 British Oscar winner? 5 Brock is another name for what nocturnal…

8 min
dying to be with you

The packages of salad whizzed along the conveyor belt. As I checked the machines, I caught the eye of Charlotte Drake, one of the line supervisors. ‘Morning,’ she smiled over the din. ‘Morning,’ I grinned back. Even in a blue hairnet, Charlotte, 24, got me all flustered. When it was time to clock off as a 29-year-old salad factory production manager, I drove to a nearby pub. I checked into one of their rooms. A few minutes later, there was a gentle rapping on the door. ‘Finally,’ I gasped, kissing Charlotte. Only now, her blonde locks were free of her hairnet, no machines roaring either… ‘I know,’ she gasped, fumbling for the buttons on my shirt. We fell into bed, started making love as East 17’s Stay Another Day played softly on the radio. Afterwards, she curled into my arms. ‘I…