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Cheeky, fun and irreverent, Chat promises a weekly jamboree-bag of stories from the poignant to the potty.

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      03.06.2013 21:09
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      A easy-to-read magazine

      I love my magazines me. I spends loads of money on magazines each month from women's magazines to celebrity ones to real-life ones; I read them all. Lately I have started a fitness regime; on the exercise bike - I find it quite boring and so I decided to stock up on a load of cheap magazines to keep me entertained and to help pass the time whilst I am on the bike. One magazine which I recently bought was this one; Chat. Chat is a British women's weekly magazine. The magazine focuses on real lives; real life stories and real people. The magazine is currently available at a price of 86p which I think is great value for money. I am currently reviewing the 6th June issue. Real life stories include: 'My Grandma Shot Me', 'I Spent £39,000 on junk food' and 'Stabbed 20 Times'. So as you can see the stories are very dramatic. Whilst I read the stories, I don't find them particularly exciting. They are all quite depressing to be honest! All the stories are written in the same way too- the same style of writing, same use of language and they are all written in a 'poor me' kind of way. I find that this gets a little bit repetitive after a while. Although, having said that, I do find it quite refreshing to read about real-life people as opposed to celebrities all the time. These stories are much more easier to relate to and they certainly get you thinking. There are also health pages and fashion pages which I enjoy reading. I like the 'Chat To Us' page - it is the letter page where readers send in all their photos (from years ago, to present, of their pets, family etc) and also their funny stories. I like this page as it is light hearted and easy to relate to. There's also lots of tips sent in from readers called 'Blimey'. I probably wouldn't use these tips even though they are for every day things such as 'to remove a plaster, warm it with a hairdryer (use a low heat and be careful) for a few seconds and it will peel off'. So the tips are quite interesting and 'easy to do'. The magazine is written in a very friendly and easy to read way which I think is great as it means that the magazine is a nice and relaxing read as it doesn't require much thinking. I also find that it is a great 'fast' read - the kind of magazine you can pick up and read whenever you get the chance. All in all, an ok magazine to read now and again. I don't think it is the kind of magazine I'd want to read every week though, but it is ok as a one-off read. Thanks for reading! June 2013 Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x

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      24.04.2013 17:58
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      A great value weekly womens magazine that makes you think

      My first recollection of Chat magazine was as a child/young teenager, stealing my mums copy and laughing at the cute baby and animal pictures which always feature on the Reader Write In pages. As I grew up I continued to take an interest in Chat magazine, and now, aged 28 with 2 young children of my own it is a firm favourite in my weekly purchases. It allows me the chance to "escape" for 10 minutes here and there and is sometimes nice to know that your life isn't as bad as it could be. The stories are "real life" and are true stories submitted by readers. I can't get on with all of these celebrity gossip mags which seem to line almost all of the newsagents shelves, but as chat is real life it has proper peoples lives to read about. And it is much more interesting to gossip with your friends about "real life" than fantasy. Each story is in general 1-2 pages in length, making it ideal or a quick read with a cuppa, then pick up again next time to read the next story. This is ideal for me as I don't get much break time. The stories are often sad stories, but often feature some sort of happy or at least positive outcome. You will find stories about birth traumas, death traumas, murders, rapes, animals, crimes, theft, adultery and anything that can happen in real life. There is also weekly cookery, horoscope, health, diet and fitness, fashion, tv, agony aunt and reader handy tips sections. The crosswords and code breaker puzzles also feature heavily within the magazine, all with fantastic prices of between £25 and £3000 in value. I always complete them, but unfortunately never get around to sending them in so I can't comment on the likeliness of winning from them. I would highly recommend this magazine to any woman between the ages of 18 and 85 (although men do tend to steal it and sneakily read the stories as well.) It is fantastic value, released on a weekly basis at only 86p an issue and between 70-80 pages in length. Most of these pages are actual reading or crossword pages as well, so not to much as far as junk style adverts go so you really do get value of money.

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      17.07.2012 20:31

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      A guilty pleasure!

      Chat is a weekly women's mag originally launched in 1985 now with the cover price of 84p. I have it delivered to my mum and you can get good subscription deals where you actually pay less than this. Now I definitely wouldn't describe chat as a high brow magazine and you're not really going to learn much from it but if you like real life stories and some light hearted fun reading then this could be for you. The stories are a bit 'Jeremy Kyle' esque really - wives running off with their husbands' sister and such like. Some of them are quite upsetting and shocking though and they don't shy away from sensitive subjects such as child abuse. There are plenty of opportunities to contribute with letters, photos and tips and they pay you if they publish what you send in- I've actually had a couple of things printed in the past but it is a popular magazine and so they can't publish everything - they do get back to you though and let you know whether or not they're going to use your contribution and thank you for it. There's also plenty of puzzles with decent (often cash) prizes. There's all the usual features you would expect from a women's magazine including a horoscope.

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      16.05.2011 20:16

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      An inexpensive, interesting read.

      I buy Chat magazine every Thursday. At 82p per issue I think this is great value for money. It contains interesting, real life stories. It's a well written mag which has an attractive, glossy format. Features that are present in each issue are things like, horoscopes, fashion, holidays, health matters, agony aunt, and best TV programmes for the week. Then there are all the puzzles to complete and enter for a chance to win various prizes like cash, beds, etc. Some of the stories can be quite horrifying and sometimes come with an Editors warning. However there are others that are sad stories but have a happy ending. I love reading the Editors small column at the front of the mag. This always follows the same format with the headings - What I Loved, What Hacked me off and What made me Laugh. This is about things that have happened in her life over the past week. I really like this magazine as it is not full of stories about celebrities. If you want to read about celebs then this magazine is definitely not for you.

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      16.02.2011 02:03

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      It's cheap, a fun way to whittle a few hours or hour away.

      Chat is very similar to Pickmeup. With different human interest stories, photos, recipies, letters, advice and psychic articles. I guess I prefer to read written work that is a little bit more college instead of written by a high-schooler. With numerous BAD PUNS which make me roll my eyes in annoyance, to a heavy use of "Let me explain ...." "You see.." or "It was in March 200_ and Jim Bob and I were going to...." Really these writers went to college? It seems they always have the same writing agenda and the stories although are interesting at times are almost the same genre. Sexual abuse is high on the agenda, to birthing stories that go haywire (and of course baby is fine and healthy at the end). Also people that post the same tips in both Pickmeup and Chat are always in there. Although I do love their crime stories. The puzzles are fun and they always start with a fun question and give a fun answer.

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      15.11.2009 19:39
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      A Fantastic Magazine!

      I purchased lots of magazines recently to take to Spain with me and 'Chat' was one of the magazines that caught my eye. The main reason I purchased it was because the front page was filled with lots of gory stories and the headlines really jumped out at me. This magazine is available to purchase each week for 75p which is the same price as 'Take A Break' who are probably their more similar rival. There are lots of photographs to back up the stories which is always good as I like the real life aspect to these magazines. The front of the magazine is very eye catching with lots of depressing headlines. Sometimes I find these headlines to be misleading but that is not the case with this magazine so thumbs up from me! There are lots of competitions dotted throughout the magazine such as word searches, crosswords and various other puzzles. There are several different ways to enter the competitions & tons of different prizes available each and every week. The chance to win something is always nice and I love the massive amount of prizes all included in the price of the magazine. Chat is known for having lots of real life stories and while some of these are tear jerking stories of rape, death & murder some of the stories are of amazing bravery or achieving something against all odds & bring a huge grin to my face as well as making me feel grateful for what I have. There are some adverts dotted throughout the magazine and these are usually relevant to the kind of products myself and other women buy such as make-up, hair products, cleaning products & other household things. There isn't an overwhelming amount of adverts and I have no problems with seeing them dotted throughout. The magazine has a well finished feel to it and there is something entertaining on each and every page. There are funny hints & tips scattered throughout the magazine and even my partner likes these tips as he told me one this week that I know he read in one of these magazines! While I do not buy magazines every week I would be happy to purchase this one again, especially when on 3 for 2 in Sainsbury's like they were recently. Most of these stories are the ideal size for enjoying over my morning cuppa but as I have been on holiday I just read the whole thing in one afternoon and then spent my last day doing all the competitions ready for entry when I got home! Someone has to win after all! I got a few hours entertainment from this magazine which made the price of 78p an absolute bargain. This magazine gets a 5/5 from me as it's a very entertaining read at a decent price and I have nothing bad to say about it at all. I will definitely purchase this again in the future and hopefully I will be a winner of one of the competitions.

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      18.10.2009 17:52
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      Puzzles, stories,fashion all in one mag!!!!

      Since I was 18 I've bought Chat magazine every Thursday when it appears on our shelves as its one of those mags which has stories you can relate to. Priced at 78 pence its cheap and from the inside to last pages I'm completely hooked!!!! I love the bits at the start added from Gilly the editor which always have me laughing and then its into the real life stories from the UK and abroad, puzzles/competitions, spooky pages/pyshic and lots more. My favourite section each week is usually the fashion pages as they have great ideas from shops most of us can afford to shop in like Primark, Dorothy Perkins etc and not always modelled by size zero models but more 'normal' shaped females!!! A real feel good magazine which will have you laughing, crying and just generally able to say 'that sounds just like me/my friends' a must have for any normal person!!!!

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      31.08.2009 14:56
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      great magazine - packed full of stuff to read and do, including household tips and recipes

      Chat magazine is another real life magazine, packed with real life stories, puzzles, problem and health pages, a psychic section, a beauty section and also holiday, soap, food and general tips sections. As if this wasn't enough there is also a section where people send in funny things that happen to them. All this is for 76p and it is a weekly magazine, I find by the time I have finished this magazine I have only a couple of days to wait for the next issue. The real life stories are on all different subjects, concerning people from many different backgrounds and walks of life. This makes each story totally unique but the stories are written in such a way that you can sympathise and relate with the people involved. They also have a section at the end of the story where the other person or people involved in the story can have their say, although it is usually only a couple of sentences and not very deep. Once I finish the real life stories I love to go on to the problem and health pages which are usually quite useful, but I just read them because they are interesting. I usually skip the beauty, holiday and soap sections because they are aimed at people older than myself (I am 19). I do actually love the food section as they are easy recipes using inexpensive ingredients and nine times out of ten they taste delicious. The general tips section are also interesting, but what I love is sitting down with a cup of tea and doing the puzzles (clichéd I know).

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      06.08.2009 15:11
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      talk about wagging tongues!

      Chat is a magazine that includes bizzare real life stories. I've been buying Chat for quite a while now and there's all sorts of stories in it from gruesome tales of murder to peoples' ironic lives. Chat is a magazine the size of an A4 piece of paper that draws your attention with its wacky, yet wonderful headlines. The magazine consists of around 60 pages filled with: gossip, stories, style advice, hints and tips, competitions and puzzles such as Sudoku. The magazine has been running for many years now and still releases weekly issues (out on Thursdays) costing only 78p. The magazine is widely available and is sold in places like Tesco and Newsagents, better yet the magazine' also available abroad. In my opinion this is a good magazine because the stories are so bizzarre, it's almost like watch an episode of Eastenders. I suppose it's better for people that like a bit of gossip, particularly good because it gives me the opportunity to forget my own problems, even if it's only for half an hour. Buy it once if you don't like you don't have to buy it again.

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        22.07.2009 19:27
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        Overall, pleasant light entertainment.

        Chat magazine i's IPC media's women's weekly real life type magazine. It costs 78p per issue and is very widely available from newsagents, supermarkets, trainstations and any other retailers selling magazines. The price is marked on the cover so you will pay 78p wherever you buy the magazine from - even a motorway services! A new issue comes out every Thursday and the tag line promises us 'Real Stories! Real Value!' The fact that these two phrases aren't real sentences doesn't bother me at all, honestly! The cover of chat magazine is very busy and features headlines and pictures for 7 or 8 different real life stories. These often go for shock value, bad puns or the sympathy vote but they do usually draw you in and human interest makes you read on. To me, Chat magazine seems quite like a community. Readers are invited to send letters which are published in the first few pages. They can also sell their stories to the magazine, write in to the advice columns and enter the puzzles for prizes. The stories are definitely written on a personal and friendly level and, to me, seem very dumbed down in places. Cliches are heavily relied on and the reading age is set quite low. I come to this conclusion through the recipes published and the ages of the writers of reader's letters among a more general 'feeling'. Despite this, I would say that the magazine is aimed loosly at the average middle aged lady but can be read by women of most ages. This doesn't mean I'm slating the magazine; the fact that it is accessible and easy reading means you can dip in and out of the magazine whilst doing other things and it can be a bit of light relief. For me, the main pull of this magazine is the puzzles. There are 18 in this week's issue of Chat and this is about normal. There are a wide variety of different types of puzzle interspersed throughout the magazine which break up the doom and gloom of most of the stories nicely. There are crosswords, arrowwords, codebreakers, wordsearches, spot the difference and a miscellany of different puzzles. You can have a go at these just for fun or if you prefer, you can enter the competitions with the prize answers. Recently the option to enter these online for free has been added which is why I enter them. Alternatively you can send your answers by post or text. Prizes range from £25 to foreign holidays and cars. Of course you don't expect to win much but when you enter for free this hardly matters! Chat magazine is very average for this type of magazine but it's not always a bad thing to know what you're getting. 78p for an hour so of entertainment is good value in anyone's book so it's alright with me!

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          16.05.2009 21:23
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          I travel alot on the bus to university everyday, and as I have 4 hours to kill (2 each way) a day, I find myself buying loads of magazines, and although they all get a bit sameish, Chat Womans Magazine isnt as bad as the other celeb gossip filled magazines. This magazines is available in most newsagents for around 80p, which is around the price most similar magazines cost. It is marketed more for women, though some men may however enjoy reading it. There is a range of true life stories, sex stories, puzzles, quizes, competitions, health advice, an agony aunt section, the odd recipe section and a whole range of other articles that can keep you amused when you have a moment, or in my case 4 hours, to yourself. The articles are nicely laid out and the text is quite big cased compared to some other mags, which is good for me as I some times find it hard to read smaller case articles. I like this magazine as it doesnt have the usual celebrity gossip in it, though I do love reading about the latest scandal, I read so many magazines a week that they all start sounding the same, this magazine is a bit different from my usual mags. I recommend it to anyone who would like a bit of real life gossip and who loves a unbeleivably scandalous story that involves just ordinary people. Though if you want the celebrity gossip, I recommend Heat or a similar magazine.

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            29.04.2009 12:43
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            For 78p you get a lot of reading whether you like true life stories or peoples problems

            Every Thursday Chat magazine appears on the newsagents shelves. It costs 78p and has around 77 pages. The first thing you will notice is a bright front page telling you what is in this weeks issue mostly real life stories. Open up to the next page, dont worry I am not going to do this page by page, and it tells you exactly what is in the magazine under five headings. Cover Stories, more true stories, 18 prize puzzles, your favourites and Bit on the side. Also on this page is Chat to us where you get paid £25 for pictures used and a short message from Gilly Sinclair who is the Editor. The puzzles of which there are 18 usually are spred throughout the magazine not like some altogether in a couple pages. Each puzzle is different and it tells you what the prize is and how many. Your favourites is things like fashion, stars, whats on the telly, agony aunt, where to go for holidays, what kids say and health problems. To me some of the best favourites are ooo Spooky. As you may have guessed it is spooky photos and stories. Ruth the truth is a psychic agony aunt who apparently looks at her cards to find the answer to your problems although I must admit that this could just be added to the Agony Aunt page! If you are wanting some tips on anything go to Blimey thats clever as they have tips on just about any subject. A very small column which I think should be given a full page is called the Worlds weirdest laws. I really love reading these as some are great. This week there is a Look out! women cant drive a car in Memphis unless a man walks in front of it waving a red flag. This dates right back in time of course and the law has not been changed! At the back of the magazine you have an entry form to fill out to send off all the competitions in one envelope. You can also telephone them in, text them in or even go on the internet to enter them. You also have an answers page from previous magazines and the winners name and where they live. One thing you will see different here from other magazines is that they just give the initial and then the surname omitting out Mr, Mrs or Miss. I have noticed in recent months that there are fewer advertisements in the magazines at the moment and therefore I think more room for the stories and things to read. For 78p you cannot go wrong in buying this magazine and there really is a lot to read and not just about celebs and diets which I find a lot of the magazines seem to fill the pages with nowadays. I definately think that if you have not bought this magazine for a while go and buy a copy as you wont be disappointed and hey you never know you might even win one of their prizes. Thank you for reading this.

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              15.11.2008 23:25
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              Overall a good magazine.

              Chat magazine comes out every Thursday and it costs 78p (what a bargain). The magazine is full of real life stories and there are lots of competitions for you to enter. Being honest I don't always buy this magazine I normally buy it about once a month as I buy Take a break which is a similar magazine most weeks instead. On the first couple pages of the magazine it has photo that people have sent in whether it's there claim to fame by having a picture taken with a celebrity or a photo that they love. For every photo that gets printed the person gets £25. Throughout the magazine there is lots of real life stories some I find really interesting others I don't read all the way through I just browse. The stories vary a lot some could be about someone being killed the next could be about how someone done a marathon. A lot of the stories are quite sad and after you have read them you find yourself thinking to yourself how lucky you are to have a life like you have got. The length in stories varies to some are two pages others are a lot smaller. That's why this magazine makes a great magazine as you can choose which stories to read depending on how long you have. Your stars- Bernard Fitzwalter tells you all about your star sign each week I used to read this a lot but I don't now as a lot of the stuff that was said in my horoscope never happens but some people are really interested in this Your letters- People write in with any comments that they have about the stories that they have read or any small stories that they want to tell you about. Spooky- I don't read this part of the magazine as I normally end up scaring myself reading the stories but to a lot of people like this page acts as a closure as people write in if they have questions about whether someone they know who has passed away is looking down on them etc.. Health- There are various questions that people have wrote in with and want answers to. The questions are all different some can be about health others about things that they want to know but are too embarrassed to ask people. The puzzles- I love doing the puzzles there are lots of different types of puzzles such as word searches, crosswords, spot the difference and lots more. Once you have worked out the answers then there is a bit at the back of the magazine which you write your answers on and send off. It tells you what prize you'll win the prizes are mostly cash prices which go from winning £25 to a £1001 and sometimes they have little holiday breaks that you can win. There are lots more bits in the magazine that I haven't mentioned but this is some of the main bits. I mainly buy the magazine to do the puzzles; I do struggle with some of them though. I used to find these really easy when I lived with my parents as I used to answer the questions I knew then my dad would answer the rest but now it's just me I'm not getting very far. I haven't won any competitions yet but I'll keep trying even if it is only one answer on the sheet that I send off. But overall a good magazine with lots of stories and has some great puzzles for you to do. The only negative thing I can say is that there are other puzzle magazines out there that offer higher prizes but any prize is better then none.

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                16.10.2008 21:35
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                chat mag, read it, love it!

                This magazine comes out every thursday and i have it delievered along with my paper every week. it has so many true stories to read and i usually read them in bed just to relax and unwind from the day. It has many sad stories and crimes stories, storys about love rats and also happy storys. they are all true life stories from the heart. i have cried at some of the storys before as they really touch your heart. it also has an agony aunt section and i love ruth the truth part! where people send in letters to the magazines psychic ruth and she reveals all! i also love the spooky storys about peoples haunting experience although they seem to have made that shorter as of late which is dissapointing. i enjoy all the jokes and i read this magazine from front to back which i never normally do with magazines as they are usually filled with adverts or small sections that are just not interesting. but this is truely an interesting read!

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                  26.07.2008 16:04
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                  Perfect magazine to relax with in the bath or with a cuppa!

                  One of the weekly magazines I buy weekly and if I don't buy them it's my husband that sulks, although he probably wouldn't admit to such a thing. Reknown for being a womans magazine this has real life stories which sometimes are of an upsetting nature and I'll be the first to admit shedding a tear or two to a few of them. It also has problem pages, happy - fun stories and plenty of puzzles, crosswords etc. Whats more it's cheap, it's less than a pound and you can physically read it from cover to cover, not like some of the other magazines where every other page is an advert, the few adverts that are in this magazine are worth a look, sometimes they have special offers etc. A few people I know have won the puzzles in this magazine so unless you have a husband like mine who reads it first, its worth doing the puzzles over a cup of tea to see if you can win!

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