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Real People

Issue 29 2019

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

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hearst Magazines UK
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IN THIS ISSUE

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this week in your fab value

A bit of blubber has its advantages, don’t you think? Oh I know it isn’t healthy and most of us should be trimmer – there’s no doubt about it. But that doesn’t mean chubby doesn’t have its perks. Is it wrong to feel smug when sleek skinnies are writhing on a hard seat and my plump derriere is like a cushion? I’m toasty warm on the coldest day, too. And yet I never realised a few extra pounds could literally save your life – well, a few hundred extra pounds in Sarah’s case. You’ll read all about it on p12. Sarah had tipped over 32st when she found herself pregnant again. Excited and elated that her big body could still make a baby, she was so looking forward to the birth. But…

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our mad world!

LASSIES WHO LUNCH ‘Don’t worry, we’re getting through this pile of food no problem. Just get us the dessert menu next,’ say my girls Nellie, four, and Abbie, two. Cassie Hardy, Pwllglas, Denbighshire UK When a bright orange bird was seen flying along the A41 people thought it was an escaped tropical bird. It turned out to be a seagull covered in curry sauce. Staff at Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital, who cleaned him up, named him Vindaloo – or Vinny for short. PRIDE BEFORE A FALL An angry man was thrown out of a Plymouth Asda store by cops after he became abusive because their garden gnomes had gay-themed rainbow hats to mark Pride month. How Gnomophobic! DOLLED UP! Dutch surgery addict Konstantia Dimola, 40, has spent £116,000 to become a real-life Barbie… • Five boob jobs to reach 34J…

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soap on a rope

East Enders When Max injures himself, Stacey blows out a romantic dinner with Martin to help him. Max is in a bad way, though, so, you know, fair enough. Then, when she makes it up with Martin by cooking him a lovely meal and does extra for her old flame, it’s a bold move to pull on your hubby, but we know she’s got Max’s back; she’s a good friend to him. Now, throw Stacey’s dodgy reaction to Ruby being round at Max’s place into the mix and, while you could say it’s down to the history between these two, something just doesn’t feel right here at all! Elsewhere… Tiffany is going back to her mum in Milton Keynes – unless anyone can change her mind! Cue Keegan, a race to Walford…

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kray of reckoning

The whistle came nearer. A door opened and the whistler came into the room. Pursed lips continued to blow out a tune, but it wasn’t a familiar one to me. Curiously, I scrutinised the man tootling away in our neighbour’s flat. Blond hair, blue eyes… The whistling ceased and then he performed a perfect pirouette and came to a standstill. ‘Ta-da!’ he boomed. He was clearly chuffed with himself and I laughed. Off his rocker! I thought. I was 12 and this was my first introduction to my mum Margaret’s* new boyfriend, Peter Gillett. And he hadn’t finished his performance. Now he brought out a guitar. All eyes upon him, he began to strum the strings and started to warble. In his late twenties, at that first meeting I clocked he was a showman who revelled in being the centre…

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it won’t wash

‘Yet there was always a darkness lurking beneath. I began work in travel marketing for an airline company and was successful in my career. I loved the normality of life with my family. Mum was an incredible nan to the girls. But Peter’s shadow still loomed. If I read any stories in the news on the Krays, I’d remember what Peter said about ‘concrete boots’. I feared he’d always have this hold over me. Then in 2016, when I was 41, I was reading the paper online when I screamed. Peter’s photo was staring back at me. I felt sick as I read about how he’d abused another girl. ‘It wasn’t just me,’ I choked. And then I discovered he’d been having an online spat with somebody else who had accused him of abuse. Hands shaking, I logged into Facebook…

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cork it!

CREAMY MUSSELS 63P per portion Serves 4 • Takes 10 mins • 2kg mussels, scrubbed, beards removed • 25g butter • 2 shallots, chopped • 2 garlic cloves • 150ml white wine • 5tbsp double cream • 2tbsp freshly chopped parsley • 1 lemon, cut into wedges, to serve 1 Discard any open mussels, put remainder in a large pan with butter, shallots, garlic cloves and wine. Cover and cook for a few mins, until the mussels are open. Discard any that haven’t opened after cooking. 2 Add cream and warm through for a couple of mins. Serve in large bowls sprinkled with freshly chopped parsley and lemon wedges. CONNEMARA APPLE TART 46P per portion Serves 8• Takes 50 mins • 250g shortcrust pastry • 50g ground almonds • 4 large Bramley apples, peeled and diced • 75g golden…

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