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Real People Issue 26 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

Ah, the good old days! When music was a new 45, I’d invite friends round to hear it as it spun on my portable record player (it had a handle) and we ate Jammie Dodgers and drank Sunny Delight. Telly was a national event. The whole family – heck, the whole country – would gulp their tea ready for Gladiators on a Saturday night. And games? Well that was Operation and Twister and Buckaroo!… Now of course we stream music, TV and films from thin air, and video games are a blood sport. But is it all better? Rachel’s pricey AirPod ear buds were brilliant for listening to music. Just not so great as a Scooby snack! When her pup, Jimmy, gulped them down, it was a race against time…

3 min
our mad world!

Cute TOT THE LIE-IN KING Simba stands guard over my sleeping Constance, three. I don’t think even the Tooth Fairy would get past him! Holly Jesson, Romford, Essex NEW ZEALAND A fugitive facing assault charges finally surrendered to cops after five weeks on the run. Wanting to go out in style, he had oysters and Champagne before hiring a helicopter to the police station. A touch of the high life for a lowlife! STACKED IT This is my mum, Carol, and sister, Faye, at my wedding. I asked them what had happened and they said one of the guests had fallen over! Poor love had gone down face-first. Stacy Chapman, Kingswinford, West Mids OLD SCHOOL DINNERS Internet searches for ’70s dinner party grub are soaring… • Stroganoff (+300%)• Baked Alaska (+200%)• Strawberry Arctic roll (+137%)• Poached salmon (+100%)• Devilled eggs (+80%)•…

8 min
the wolf at the window

Peering at the screen, I saw it was exactly the same message I’d received hours earlier. I smiled. He was certainly persistent. Me and Shaka Williams, 29, had exchanged Snapchat details when we’d met in a pub in February 2017. I’d been out with my friend, Hannah, and knew Shaka’s face as he was mates with my cousin, so we’d got chatting. I’d just split from my boyfriend of one year and wasn’t looking to date anyone soon, though I liked Shaka’s tall slim frame, short brown hair and friendly eyes. Come out for a drink with me. He’d been sending me messages for a month. And, well, his perseverance paid off ! Meeting in another pub, he was funny and kind. Soon we were dating. ‘I want my friends to become your friends,’ he said. So two months on, we went…

4 min
cruel to be kind

For a month I’d been in a coma at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, my family told me. A month?! I had so many questions but every time I tried to manoeuvre my mouth, pain crackled through my jaw. It was broken. Like the rest of me. The list was long: Shaka had burst my bowel, ruptured my spleen and liver, fractured my spine, broken 10 ribs. I had a collapsed lung and severe genital bruising. Stamped on. Punched. Slowly, as I lay in hospital for two months more, my family filled me in. It was a mercy that all I could remember of the attack was his eyes. Apparently, I’d been found unconscious, clinging to life, at 3pm – half a day after Shaka had attacked me. He had stayed with me for all that time but hadn’t called…

2 min
peak practise

SKINNY ETON MESS Serves 4 Takes 10 mins • 3 meringue nests, crushed • 225g strawberries, hulled and sliced • 400g fat-free vanilla yogurt • 1tsp Demerara sugar 1 Layer the meringue, strawberries and yogurt in glasses. Sprinkle with sugar and serve. RHUBARB MERINGUE PIE Makes 8 Takes 1 hr 55 mins • 400g rhubarb, cut into short lengths • 175g caster sugar • Juice of ½ orange • 2½tbsp cornflour • 3 medium egg yolks • 25g unsalted butter, chilled and diced FOR THE BASE: • 4 ginger nut biscuits • 225g plain flour • 125g unsalted butter, chilled and diced •1 medium egg yolk FOR THE MERINGUE:• 4 medium egg whites • 225g caster sugar • 2tsp cornflour 1 Preheat oven to 190°C (170°C fan)/mark 5. Mix rhubarb, 50g of sugar and 3tbsp orange juice…

8 min
he’s got a gun!

Sitting at my sales job office desk, my mind wandered to dinner that night. What have I got in? Fish for my partner, John Seward, 49, who worked at Gatwick Airport, and our 16-year-old daughter, Ruby? Pizza or pasta, maybe. Suddenly, that Monday afternoon this April, a text knocked me out of my reverie. Ruby. She was studying art and design at Crawley College. Probably letting me know what time she’d be home. She’d been art-mad since she was little, made a two-metre-high tin foil spaceship once that sat right in the middle of the living room. Now she wanted to make her own pottery or work in illustration. But… I love you, Mum, her WhatsApp message read. Bit strange. Ruby didn’t usually make random emotional comments. ‘Ah, I know what it is,’ I smiled to myself. She was trying to butter me up,…