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Real People Issue 25 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

Where would we be without our dads? If any of your wonderful pics are to go by on p4-5, they are the piggy-backing workhorses of family life, hosting unicorn tea parties, trying on lippy with little ’uns and shamelessly playing with their food! So happy Father’s Day to them all. For Rob (p6) it’s a day with a heart-cleaving poignancy. There is one baby girl who’ll never get to call him Daddy, who he never even saw open her eyes. Why? Because of the cold wickedness of her imposter dad, the man Rob didn’t want anywhere near his kid. But he could never have imagined what this monster was capable of... But there is an imposter dad of another, more gentler kind on p28. Meet Francisco the 20st pig who’s got a…

2 min
our mad father’s day world!

Comedy DAD GIVING ME LIP When Mummy put on her lippy, Matthew, three, seemed to need some... and then so did Daddy! You look pout of this world, Paul! Louise Hindle, Accrington, Lancs UK A Liverpool drug dealer’s love of cheese has landed him in jail for 13 years. Sounds crackers but cops identified Carl Stewart’s fingerprints from a photo of him holding a block of Stilton he’d shared on a criminal messaging site. Life stinks, Carl! LORD OF THE ONION RINGS Charlie, eight, cannot believe what Dad is getting away with at the table. Craig is 46 going on six! Michelle Tustin, Northampton OLD FATHER TIME You’re never too old to be a dad… • Bernie Ecclestone, last baby born when he was 89 • Rod Stewart, 66 • Elton John, 66 • Mick Jagger, 56 • Simon Cowell, 54 • Hugh Grant, 51 INDIA Young men caught…

8 min
the girl is mine

Craning my neck, I spotted a car. And there was a woman waving at me. I waved back and started walking quickly towards the vehicle. I’d connected with a woman on Plenty of Fish and, after two weeks of chatting, we were having our first date. But this woman picking me up wasn’t my date – it was my date’s mother! Julie Burdett took me back to her daughter Kirsty’s house in October 2016. Kirsty, 20, looked different from her profile picture when I was shepherded through the door by Julie. She’d been blonde in the photo but now she had dyed red hair – it looked lovely. ‘Fancy a pizza?’ asked Kirsty, beaming at me. The three of us gobbled down the takeaway and chatted. Aged 24, I told them about my two daughters from a previous relationship and…

4 min
parental frights

After an hour sat by her side, I repeated my promise and left the undertaker’s. At Watford crematorium, I carried Millie-Rose’s pink casket. At the sight of Kirsty’s anguished face, a burst of sympathy overwhelmed me. She’d been released on bail. She told me Millie-Rose had been dressed in her favourite pink dress. But at the wake I couldn’t hold in the questions I had any longer. ‘Did you know he was harming her?’ I hissed. No answer from Kirsty. I persisted. ‘Why didn’t you tell your mum? Why didn’t you contact me?’ But I saw fear in her eyes. She’d clearly been trapped in an abusive relationship. I wouldn’t know the full story until the trial. At St Albans Crown Court this January, Kirsty Burdett, 25, pleaded not guilty to causing or allowing the death of Millie-Rose. Davey Everson, 23, pleaded not…

2 min
real people roulette

1 What famous passenger ship sank after hitting an iceberg on 15 April 1912? 2 If 1990-1999 was the nineties, how is 2000-2009 commonly known? 3 Find three famous Jamaicans. 4 What European city held the Olympic Games in 2012? 5 Which English rapper was born Michael Ebenezer Kwadjo Omari Owuo Jr in Croydon, London? 6 What eighties song includes the lyrics, ‘Father wears his Sunday best, Mother’s tired she needs a rest, The kids are playing up downstairs… ’? 7 Find five big cats. 8 What was the name of Nelson’s flagship, famously involved in the Battle of Trafalgar? 9 Pancetta is a meat product from what animal? 10 They’ve been postponed by a year, but what city in East Asia will finally host the 2020 Olympics this summer? 11 Phasmophobia is a fear of what? 12 Which member of…

8 min
hole lotta love

On all fours, I took deep breaths and gritted my teeth as another contraction pulsed through me. ‘You’re doing brilliantly,’ my sister, Sheryl, smiled, rubbing my back. A single mum, I was at Northampton General Hospital in labour with my first child, and my God, it hurt! Just then, a midwife came to check on me. ‘You’re 4cm dilated,’ she smiled. ‘Almost halfway,’ I panted. Suddenly, a piercing shrill echoed through the labour ward. ‘What’s that?’ I worried to Sheryl. She shrugged her shoulders as the midwives and nurses looked at each other in mild panic. Phones started ringing on the ward. ‘Right, no need for alarm,’ a midwife said. ‘But there’s some sort of fire in the boiler room underneath us. We need you all out!’ ‘What?’ I cried. ‘But I’m having a baby!’ Sheryl helped me up, and…