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Chat is a womens weekly magazine which is released every Thursday on a weekly basis apart from over the Christmas and New Year period when it released every two weeks but you get a bumper issue. It contains 72 pages approximatly and costs 80p.
The magazine has lot's to offer in terms of stories, puzzles, fashion, and the other stuff you would expect to find in a womens weekly. It's not a glossy magazine like Cosmo etc. Rather a cheaper quality than those but it does only cost 80p!!
The magazine is really well spread out with a few pages being stories and other puzzles, it's set out in a nice mix.
You can expect to find at least 10 real life stories if not more, but this varies through the weeks. It does however contain 18 prize puzzles.
On the first page you will find a contents guide so you can easily find what your looking for and also on this page you will find reader's pictures and a little note from the editor Gilly Sinclair.
They also have numerous way's in which the reader can get in touch with them and again this is found on the very first page. These include a phone number, email address, facebook, post and text.
Pretty much from the beginning you will find puzzles and the prizes range form £30 to £1000.01 so there's a nice little range, there's crosswords, arrow words, spot the difference, sudoko, etc.
The stories can range from the normal to the really quite bizarre and there's a good mix of sad, happy, tragic, strange and anything else!
There's nice readers sections where readers can send in their letters and tips or problems for the agony aunt, you can also find the horoscopes. There's even a little television section which gives you a hint of things to come in the week.
Readers can also write in abou their holidays and if lucky enough get a 2 page spread just for them to give details and a review really of which ever place they went to.
Now and again they include some special pages, the copy I have here is an 8-page extreme body section, and this is basically about people who have dramatically changed thier bodies via different methods.
I quite enjoy settling down with a copy of Chat, and I do enjoy the puzzles and stories. It makes for an interesting read. And for 80p if you decide it's not for you, you haven't lost much.
Chat is a weekly magazine for woman and just now it costs 78p. This price is a normal price for a weekly women's magazine.
The format is pretty much the same every week in the magazine. It usually has roughly 66 pages and is more about real life with a smattering of celebrity news.
So what's in the magazine? Well it's pretty much about real life stories and has 19 puzzles in it as well, which you can enter and win prizes, money and so on. At the beginning there is pictures and a few bits about readers stories.
On some of the stories they have a "Shock Factor", which is in a triangle at the heading of the page. The shock factor is usually 9.2 or upwards, and basically the higher to 10, the more shocking the story should be. Real life stories dominate most of the magazine.
In every magazine there is the sections
There isn't a lot of adverts cluttering up this magazine, so there is a lot of content in this magazine.
This is a good magazine and one that I can read from start to finish and want to read it all. I would recommend this, as I like this one a lot more than the others out there, which can be more expensive and have less to read in them
Chat magazine is one of my favoured. And I see how people pick CHAT at every stall I stop. I advised my friend writer GISELA to advertise for her book "Cometa-Last Queen of Sheba", a novel of the NEW ERA, with them. It shoud be a good ivestment.
-stands- My name is X, I am 26 years old and I am an addict. I got my first fix only five months or so ago now but I quickly became hooked and now I buy them from my regular supplier a few times a week. Luckily it's fairly cheep and the enjoyment long-lasting. Still...an addiction remains an addiction.
The quick-witted reader -ahem- will have gathered by now that I wasn't of course referring to drug abuse or alcoholism but that my weekly fix consist of purchasing the whole range of 'real life' magazines available on newsagents' shelves at the moment. It's a cheap thrill, I admit, but those are often the best, right?
Out of the whole range I'd have to say Chat ranks as my favourite. It's a weekly glossy with an average length of between sixty and seventy pages and though of course the mag mainly consists of real life stories and events, the contents are quite varied.
The first two pages are devoted to the section 'Chat To Us' which offers ordinary readers the opportunity to send in their pictures and share them with the world. Naturally any picture that will be considered should have a minimum appeal for a neutral reader, be it humourous, endearing or just plain silly.
It's not the most exciting part of the magazine. Let's face it, once you've seen a dozen pictures of complete strangers in various outfits and states of undress - yes, really, I'm looking at a picture of a naked 69-year-old right now with modesty barely covered - you've seen them all. But the good thing about these mags is that payments are offered for just about any contribution, ranging from telling your story or supplying a newsworthy article to sending in pictures, money-saving tips, readers' letters and so on.
And just in case anyone's wondering if these payments do actually materialize...I once sent in a little crossword I'd compiled myself which was printed and I got the £20 cheque duly in the post within the agreed time frame of 4-6 weeks.
Anyway, onwards and upwards...after the introductory pages the majority of the magazine is devoted to - as mentioned before - real life articles...this could literally be anything, from heart-warming 'I met my childhood sweetheart again after 30 years and married him' to near-death experiences, child abuse, killings and cancer battles. Not everything is as suitable for the fainthearted but the most gruesome stories have a clear rating so you can skip the page of you want to.
Other separate sections which crop up in between these articles are the 'Quick Chats', interesting stories or fait-divers which aren't bulky enough to be moulded into full-length articles; a fashion page in 'This Week's Trend'; the money-saving tips mentioned before in 'Blimey! That's Clever' - I have to interject at this point that, yes, I agree, the titles are often corny at best, cringeworthy at worst -; lists of the best products at bargain prices in 'Cor! What a Bargain' - see what I mean? -; cutesy cutesy baby pictures in 'Ahhh! Don't you just love 'em..?'; a haunted review, spooky story and weekly spell in Oooooooooo...spooky! - tobe honest, I'd never noticed these before, but it is getting slightly ridiculous - and soap and travel news in 'On The Telly' and 'Your Holiday' respectively.
I personally quite like the haunted section as I'm a big fan of anything paranormal and this section also ties in perfectly with their sister magazine 'Chat It's Fate', of which - you guessed it - I am also a monthly peruser.
One big bonus with Chat, I find, is that it's so comprehensive. There really is something in it for everyone. Another plus is the space devoted to the actual readers, by which I mean not just the people elected to tell their story but the people writing in with their problems and opinions. None of the other real life mags offer as much opportunity for the weekly reader to interact.
There is a psychic agony aunt page with a woman called Ruth for those of us who are more paranormally inclined; a section with articles and readers' letters on health; Private Dick who offers advice against cheaters and love rats - another favoured word in this type of magazine - and also your more traditional agony aunt Denise who offers, according to the header at least, 'no-nonsense advice'. It has to be said this is perhaps an overstatement as she's certainly no more 'no-nonsense' than your average Dear Deirdre, but of course it ties in well with Chat's sensationalist slant.
Last but not least there is of course the horoscope page, although I'm personally not too sure about this Bernard Fitzwalter.
And I might as well admit to another addiction while I'm at it...I can't help but fill out all the puzzles and crosswords every week and send off the answers, in the hope I might win one of the more substantial prizes on offer one day. Which is not to say another twenty or so wouldn't also be nice. There are mostly cash prizes to be won, from smaller amounts to a few grand, and holidays, both British and foreign.
In conclusion I would say this magazine basically does what it says on the tin...reality TV in paper format. Intrusive? Yes. Not the highest level of literary entertainment? Certainly not. But like a car crash, you just can't help but look. You wonder who's involved, what happened and what the outcome will be and you just get swept away by it all.
I wouldn't personally want the entire British population to read private events from my life, but ultimately that's for everyone to decide for themselves, so if they choose to share, why would we not read it and enjoy reading it, perhaps even learn from it and sympathize. And it makes a nice difference from the umpteenth celebrity on a rehab stint and pictures of size zero models and actresses with each turn of a page.
So if you're quite nosy and like to read about what happens in other people's lives and don't mind a bit of cheese to boot, you might as well give it a try. At a cost lower than a lot of other magazines you might be saving a few pennies too.
Why not five stars? Well, not every article is as interesting - which is nigh on impossible when catering for such a large audience - and though what I said about the price is true, some magazines in the same range such as Real People and That's Life are slightly cheaper.
Other than that I wouldn't go without it!
IPC Media, 78p, available from most newsagents and relevant retailers.
New issue available every Thursday.
CHAT MAGAZINE IS SUCH GOOD VALUE FOR MONEY. IT HAS BRILLIANT TRUE LIFE STORIES. SOME ARE FUNNY AND SOME ARE HEART RENDING TEAR JERKERS. ALONG WITH THAT COME THE TOP TIPS,PROBLEM PAGE,HOROSCOPES,TV PAGE AND THE KIDDIES PAGE WHICH CAN BE VERY AMUSING TO READ. THERE IS ALSO A PAGE DEDICATED TO SPOOKY GOINGS ON,WHICH MIGHT NOT BE WISE TO READ BEFORE GOING TO BED! BEST OF ALL THOUGH,THE PUZZLES WHICH CAN EARN YOU FANTASTIC PRIZES. PRIZES VARY FROM LARGE AMOUNTS OF CASH TO WEEKEND BREAKS AWAY. WHATEVER YOUR AGE,THIS MAGAZINE IS GUARANTEED A WINNER WITH ALL AGES. MY 12YR OLD SON LOVES TO CHILL OUT READING MY CHAT MAGAZINE! IM ALSO CERTAIN MY FIANCE LIKES A SNEAKY PEEK WHEN IM NOT LOOKING. TREAT YOURSELF AFTER A HARD DAY WITH A CUPPA,YOUR FEET UP AND DEFINATLY THE BEST THING YOU HAVE BOUGHT ALL WEEK FOR A BARGAIN PRICE OF 78 PENCE!
well, i buy this magazine every thursday, so i decided to write a review about it. So here goes.
A SHORT INTORDUCTION
IPC, are the company that own chat, although i do believe that they did buy it from another company. IPC run a number of magazines which include: . What's on TV, Now, Marie Claire, In Style, Woman & Home, Ideal Home, Loaded, Nuts, NME, Wallpaper*, Country Life, The Field, Rugby World, Practical Boat Owner, Pick Me Up, TV easy plus many more. Chat is the best selling Magazine that they do at the moment. Chat is released once a week on a thursday. They also do Summer specials and Christmas specials, etc.
The magazine is very colourful, with a few headlines of just a few of their stories, that you will find in the magazine. It also has the released date, and the price of the Magazine, and also shows the price of some other countries. The costs are as follows:
Spain/Grease- Eur 2.50
Then if you turn to the back page you will usually find an advertisement, of some kind.
On opening the Magazine, you will find the Lives, Loves And Laughs page. Also you will find the How To Contact us part, this is helpful for when you want to send them a story in, which stories can be paid anything upto £500 so well worth it.
You will also see a short introduction to the Magazine from the Editor Gilly Sinclair. Just below that you will find the list of contents, so this is what you will find in this magazine:
MORE TRUE STORIES.
This is the part with all the page numbers to each of the truse stories in them, there is the 2 minute chats, which consist of 6 stories. Plus 4 other true stories.
HEY GOOD LOOKING
This is showing the page numbers for:
Fashion - which consists of 2 full pages of fashionable clothes, which shops you can buy them from, and how much they cost. They have one model who wears all the different designs.
beauty - which shows you some different types of beaty products, price, where to buy them and they also give ratings out of 10 on some products.They also have Martyn Fletcher, who answers your beauty questions, usually one shown per week.
This includes the page numbers for:
Health - this runs over 2 pages, and is about different illnesses and tells you details about them. You can also send Health problems in to Dr Martin Edwards.
Share it will denise - This is the Magazines Agony Aunt, who will answer any personal problems that you may have.
This includes page numbers for:
Spooky stories - these are sppoky stories what have really happened to the readers.
Ruth The Truth - This is another form of agony aunt but in the psychic sense.
Your Stars - this includes all star signs and is wrote by Bernard Fitzwalters.
This includes page numbers for:
Your Letters - These are funny tales and occasionally sad tales sent in by the readers.
Home - This is only a small section, which shows you things to buy for the home, with a price and where to buy them.
Whats On The Box- This is a brief page about what will happen in the soaps for the week.
Travel - This gives you holidays descriptions, with a brief description of the place and how you can book your holiday.
Blimey, Thats Weird - This is only a small section about the weird stuff people or animals can do.
Just Kidding- Is where you will find the funny and sometimes sad stories about your children or grandchildren.
Tried And Tested and Food - this is the food page where it gives you the recipe on how to make things, this chages each week, and they also pick a product, buy it from different shops, then mark them out of 10.
Chat Love Lines - This is a page where people are looking for love and they have put a short piece in about themselves, with a box number that people can call, to leave a message for them.
We won with Chat - This is a list of all winners in a previous issue, usually a couple of months previously. It also has then entry form for this weeks answers.
Whats The Answer - This is a page showing the answers to the puzzles two weeks previously.
Blimey thats clever - this is full of tips on how to get rid of stuff like stains, and how to save money on things.
Be In It To Win It - This contains the page numbers to 16 puzzles, that are all worth either cash prizes or holidays.
OK enough about the Magazine Let me tell you what i thought of it.
MY PERSONAL THOUGHTS ON CHAT
I really love this magazine and purchase it every week on a thursday. The layout is great and so is the price.
The stories that appear in Chat are just so interesting to read, and some can really bring a tear to my eye. Once i have picked up this magazine to read, i do find it really hard to put back down again.
Ilove doing the puzzles, they really get my mind stimulated, although i must admit i very rarely finish them, as some are pretty hard to complete.
The only down side to this magazine is, that i have usually finished reading it by the Friday, then i have to wait till the following Thursday for it to come out again.
I also feel there is too many advertisements, and phone line pages, which could be filled with even more stories.
Also i am not a big fan of fashion, beauty or health, so i very rarely read these pages, but they are useful pages that others would be interested in reading.
I would say that this magazine is mainly for women, but im sure the men will also have a read of it when you are not there, they just wont admit it lol.
WOULD I RECOMMEND BUYING THIS MAGAZINE.
Absolutely, no doubt about it, there is really nothing bad about this magazine, and there is something for everyone in it.
Just so no confusion i am also known as kineticspade on ciao
Chat Magazine is definatly one of my weekly buys I hardly ever miss it! Its my Treat of the week, with a nice cup of coffee I put my feet up and read, its so good I can rarely put it down.
For a small price of 76p it is a brilliant buy, I would recommened for most women who love to read and enter puzzles.
Every Thursday a new issue is printed and its well worth the paper it is printed on!
Gilly Sinclair is the editor of the magazine and inside every issue on the first page she gives you a warm welcome. She tells you what she has been up to each week for example this week shes getting reading for Halloween. It is always nice for the editor of your favourite magazine to put her mark on the page.
Every week you can write to chat with your jokes or letters or tell your own true life story.
Chat, Kings Reach Tower,
Stamford Street, London Se1 9ls
Or phone on: 08701234227
Chat will pay you if your story is printed or if you send in the star letter or star tip. Chat pays from £20 to £500!
The first few pages are full with true life stories, some are very interesting and some you feel are quite weird! I am mostly attracted by the big bold title of each story, that usually gives me the hint of weather or not I wish to read on. Also helping me decide if I want to read on is the bold side headlines, showing me brief statements of what the story entales. Writers almost usually send in pictures to go with their true life story, you get a picture in your head as you read on. If the story is about a murder Chat shows the picture of the murderer where possible, so you get such a clear image in you head of how each story happened.
Also with the true life storys you get a short statement of what the other person has said so you get to know both sides. For example you could read a whole story about a man having an affair written by his wife, then right at the end Chat tells you what the husband has said about either his affair or his own opinion.
If you are busy or just want a quick read in your lunch break or something you can read the true life storys that are very short they are called 'Your 2 minute chats'. You will find each page easily as there is a contents on the front page.
Chat puzzles are great either just for you to do as fun or for cash prizes! I must say I love the puzzles in chat and there are so many of them they keep me going until the following week.
A reader puzzle normally starts you off, a reader has sent in a puzzle for you to complete to win a small cash prize.
Each puzzle is set out well and is explained so you will know how to fill it in. Most puzzles in chat are quite easy to complete most of the answers are general knowledge. You can find the answers of the last weeks puzzles on the back pages along with recent winners.
There are wordsearches, spot the difference, crosswords and many more for you to have a try. You never know you might even win! You can enter via post by just filling in your answers on the back coupon or by txting your answer number is provided and also now you can enter online.
You will have to send information such as name, address and telephone number.
Your good health:
A two page spread on your health and problems you might have. You have the chance to ask the doctor who is Dr Martin Edwards he gives a short but very detailed diagnosis on your problem. You write to him and if he cannot diagnose you from lack of detail in you letter or without seeing you, he will give the best advise he can such as giving something a try or going to see your GP.
Tried and Tested each week a product is tested for example a certain cream or a couple of creams that do the same job are tested. Chat tells you wish one they found best to use and the cost. True stories of peoples illnesses are on these pages to, they explain the persons certain illness and what they have done to prevent it or how they are coping. Which is really nice as sometimes you can relate to these stories or you know someone going through the same problem and you could perhaps give them some advice.
Your embarrassing questions are also answered on this page, things you might feel embarrased about asking your doctor about sex or a problem with your personal parts for example.
Spooky Stories: Some of these I find quiet funny to be honest rather than spooky hehe! Peole write about spooky experiances they have had for example they was in an empty room and then suddenly saw someone appear hehe! Some people really do actually believe this and coming from me a non believer reading some of the more intense stories you do start to wonder!
Chats Psychic agony aunt Ruth is also featured amongst these pages, you can write into her to find out about a loved one or something similar. Most people ask Ruth about what a relative is doing now theve passed away or weather their dreams will come true.
Chat gives contact numbers of Psychics that you can talk to if you would like a lenthier explanation.
Getting Lippy: Beauty page full of tested products and prices. New products for your hair or face are tried and tested with explanations on how each work and how long they lasted.
Each week there is a new feature page based on one certain thing you might be having problems with for example lips and lipsticks. Problems can be thin lips or dry and flaking lips and a make up artist will help you by giving you a solution for your problem to try.
There is stil much more in Chat magazine such as Soap features or holidays. Each week there is a new holiday destination filled with detail attractions and prices, along with a puzzle to win yourself some spending money.
Also there is a feature on Chat food different recipes each week, easy to follow instructions and the perfect picture to make your mouth water! Tried and tested food also whats best and from which shop.
Your stars are published each week in nice short coloums. Share it with Denise is another agony aunt Denise is one of britains best known agony aunts, share your problem and she will give you the best advice you can.
Just Kidding is a page which I find hilarious, readers send in short stories about what their young relative has done or said.
One i remember clearly was:
A young boy and his nan were at the checkout in a supermarket, the cashier gave the young boy the change and said 'there you go give it to your nanny'.The young boy turned to his nan amazed and said 'nanny she knows your name'.
Some of these just kidding stories stick in my head because i laugh about them so much because kids do really say the funniest things!
Last of all Chat has a 'Blimey thats Clever' page, readers send in their tips to share with you and maybe make your life a little easier. Some of the tips are very useful and if you send in your own special tip you might even win £200 for your top tip. Tips for example are like prevent crackers from breaking when you butter them by placing them on a piece of bread first. Most tips are illustrated incase your not quite sure.
As most magazines are Chat does have quite a few pages of adverts some useful some not so much. Chat also has a classified and love or chat lines list.
Thats my review on Chat, I would definatly recommened to people mostly women. Its a good read every week and certainly value for money. Some people even keep a few pages like the tips or beauty problems because they are so useful.
Anyway enough of my waffle hope you enjoy the mag!
Am I sad or what......... What I hear you say. The other day after a hectic school run I decided to treat myself. I went into the corner shop and bought myself a cornish pasty, custard slice and the CHAT magazine. I decided to go home put my feet up scoff and read. (big mistake) The food price is irrelevent (have I spelt that right) I paid 68p for the magazine (The front page head lines looked readable or interesting) Got home settled down and was finished reading in 10 mins. Or less. The true life stories covered one leaf. The fiction was laughable. come to the quizzes/crosswords etc they took all of minus one minute, do not need a brain to figure that one out. The problem page was the same old thing, with the same old answers. My boyfriend of one week........Ha .......Ha ........... tell me more. The readers page was ...........look at my 2 year old nephew etc. (big news) I then realised why I never subscribed to this kind of crap. Recipes that have been going around for years, advice pages from people who are talking through there arses. Fictional crap. Real life stories as i said one leaf, and I feel like saying get a life. Sad magazine......What a waste of money. In my honest opinion you would have been better watching Kilroy whilst enjoying your pasty and cake......NOW THAT IS SAD.
A GOOD READ I like nothing better than to relax after a hard days work with my Chat magazine, its packed full of stories, competitions, tips, health checks, problems answered and zillions of ideas, now why didn't I think of that like THE PRICE At 68p for each issue, it is very reasonable for what you get, it usually takes me the week to get through it, what can you get for 70p nowadays? Considering a paper back book would set you back £5.99, you read it once and it gets shoved at the back of the bookshelf, Im sure you know what I mean. ENTERTAINING When the old man is out, I like nothing better than to put my stereo on, put me feet up and have a cup of tea and read the latest Chat and maybe do a few competitions, although I leave them for my son to do, I prefer the wordsearches. RECYCLABLE Once I've finished with it, I pass it onto my neighbour then onto my friends, all this for 70p!!!!! COMPETITIONS GALORE Unfortunately I haven't won anything, there's probably the same chance of winning the lottery, but if you don't go in for it, you'll never get a penny! My son sends the entry coupon off every week without fail. And for the price of a stamp too! No costly telephone numbers to ring, and all the answers can be filled out on the coupon! HE'S BEEN FOUND OUT I'm sure the old man has had a sneaky look at it, but as yet haven't caught him out! I told him it's far more interesting than the papers he reads! IDEAL FOR HOLIDAYS I'll shall be taking Chat on holiday with me to Turkey in June, my ideal companion, oh and the old man is staying at home! I'm going with the girls! ONE HUNK OR TWO Theres nearly always a hunk somewhere in the magazine. But one old man's enough, he he FOOD FOR THOUGHT Delicious recipes absolutely mouth-watering and ideal for the old man! Although
he'd be content with steak and chips every night, men they have no adventure when it comes to food MISSED YOUR SOAPS You can even catch up on your soaps, but I don't have time for tv, as I'm always working or looking after the old man. SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Get your purses out and go and buy it! Youll be glad you did, after all what have you got to lose? Sixty eight pennies, not even the price of a lottery ticket and how many times have you wasted a pound on that?? Thank you for reading, please be gentle on me as its my first review
Yet another of those magazines that panders to the whims of women. Gossip,gossip, a few celebs, some clothes, a bit of cookery and yet more gossip? Are we really that insipd? Well seeing as how popular these massive range of mags are I have to concur that they majority of us are! I think the very name 'Chat' implies what kind of mag this is, solets take a look inside its cover. As useful we're confronted by beautiful people and their going' ons and a couple of film review, really inane stuff, we get treated to knowing that Michael Douglas fancied the missus cos of her tap-dancing skills, and for some reason it usually has some celebrity moaning about their ugly bits, personally I feel a sense of satisfaction when I SEE Cameron Diaz's really bad acne, even my skin isnt as bad as that. I tell you they want that bloke who sorted out Kate Winslet! And flicking through it gets more gruesome, a woman explanings how she fell in love with and had a child by her biological child after meeting him after 26 years! And we find out how to save money by using bubble wrap instead of frosted glass for a cheap and goodlooking way to make the most of ordinary glass, and how to make the most of mashed potato, I kid you not! I suppose the health pages are useful, tips about keeping yourself well and always a major story, course this usually involved another story of tragedy and triumph, I', not sure selective mutism is that common. Hmm another story of death and tragedy...then of course the obligatory soap pages. If I want to know what happens I'll watch the blooming programme! And lets see...another story of death and tradegy...oh no, I'm wrong, its how to decorate your bathroom according to your startsign, surely they would suggest cowpats for my Taurean nature? Blue apparently..... Another obligatory page, the beauty page, how to make oursels more beautiful, dont need it meself. Oh
God another one.....as if I'm not depressed enough. BLEEUURGGHH... ( wonder if they have a tip on how to get vomit out from between keyboard buttons?) sorry, its their competition to find Britains Randiest Granny, way to much info and pictures for me. Ooh and how to makes lots of different trifles, as if Birds Eye didnt do it perfectly enough! Ok, I'm starting to look for the Prozac, the magazine is so bloody miserable, and no, I wasnt cheered up by the stories of people who's Nan had popped over from the 'other side' to tell them the toast was burning! Thankfully only another 2 stories of misery including a true crime story and the misery advice pages. And if you're someone who can identify with the miserable lot in this magazine, then you can call one of the masses of premium rate psychic lines for a bit of advice. Of course if you ask anyone why they buy this mag, of course they wont admit its so they can wallow in another persons misery but for the competitions which is anothr big selling point, lots of cash and holidays to be won. Its all kinds of puzzles, crosswords, wordsearch, spot the difference, etc. A fairly amusing way to spend the afternoon (they are hard) And obviously I dont buy it for the above 2 reasons, but so I can see just how normal my life is in comparison. Why you would want to spend your hard earned 70p on this veritable trailer trash of a magazine is entirely up to you!!
Flick through the pages and I would not blame you if you thought you had bought a Diet Magazine or a keep fit one not the Chat Spring Special. The weekly Chat is full of good stories and competitions and pages of interest for everyone so I thought that the Spring Special would be a bigger version of this. On the inside page it says "its fun, its fresh its chats fit and fab Spring Special but gives you absolutely no idea it is this on the front page. If I had wanted this I would have gone to the magazines that specialize in this kind of thing. I didnt look through it first as I buy chat weekly and presumed it would be up to its usual standard. The 5 Real life stories have titles such as "Elephant woman fights back, Tummy Trouble, I am half the woman I used to be,Mrs thin and the rollercoaster and She aint heavy shes my Mother. I think these titles say it all. With all the press calming down on dieting and you must be slim this magazine has undone all the good they have done. Literally every page mentions weight. The only page that isnt is a very good article on Think you know yourself where they tell you little things like you have 100,000 hairs on your head, and woman blink nearly twice as much as men but then they add you can die laughin and the two most common surgeries are biopsies and Caesareans. I had a Spring in my step before I read this! I would thoroughly recommend not buying this and definately not if you have young impressionable children and young adults.
This is how 'new look' Chat magazine bills itself. To be honest, I don't know when this new look appeared, as it seems like the same Chat as it always was ... but that's not to say anything against the publication. Chat, priced at 66 pence, is a 60 page weekly tabloid style women's magazine which comes out every Thursday. Apart from the regular magazine, Chat also published a number of associated off shoots like,Summer Special, or Prize Puzzles and so forth. The main part of Chat weekly, is made up of prize competitions, the prizes of which range from about £250 to a whopping £400. Out of around 12 - 14 competitions featured each week though, around 10+ of these have cash prizes (majority around £250) which is OK .... but a bit more variety in prizes would be nice. Where are the holidays, household goods and cars? Also, the majority of their puzzles are word search grids ... which arereally tedious to do! This is the only down side about Chat. Because the prizes and the puzzles themselves are so boring, if you like, you don't have that much of an incentive to fill them in. Those in Take a Break and That's Life are far better and have better prizes. Chat is not all made up of puzzles however. Thererae lots of readers true life stories, interiors, show biz, travel, health, beauty etc. There are also quite a few columns for readers to contribute to; Blimey THat's Clever, Naughty Jokes, Your Letters to name but three.
'Chat' is a weekly lifestyle magazine, which comes out every Thursday. Available in all newsagents and high street stores such as WH Smiths and Woolworths, it costs 66p, with pages of useful information, fun and true-life stories Puzzles ~~~~~~~ Each week there are puzzles to enter to win prizes galore, such as money, holidays, cars and much, much more! Just put your answers in the page given at the back of the magazine, fill in your name and address, and post it off to the address given. Simple!! Recipes ~~~~~~~ There are also recipes each week which you can cut out and keep. Each recipe gives in depth instructions on how to make it, and how much it costs per person. Not only are there the recipes, there are also other food related topics, such as what's new in the shops, and other advertising items. Other Stuff! ~~~~~~~~~~~~ There's loads of other stuff to browse over from health issues, celebrity gossip, city breaks, home and fashion articles, and amazing true-life stories that will intrigue and fascinate you. There is also a page where letters are published by the public on tips on saving money, ie, freezing milk in ice cubes, so you never run out of milk! There are also jokes, and short letters which are funny. It's an interesting magazine to read, full of useful and money saving information.
...of paper that is. See you all thought I meant the other, didn't you? Well, there's plenty of the steamy stuff in a lot of the issues. Chat is one of those magazines you either love or hate, but if nothing else, it is jam-packed each week and at a cost of only 65p, you get a lot for your money. I like Chat for the puzzles. When I worked at Manhattan's Nightclub in Kings Lynn, as the cloakroom lady, I always took my Chat in with me, and in the slack period, I'd get it out and start doing the puzzles. Invariably, some of the patrons would come down and start wanting to do my puzzles, or help me. When I was getting coats for them, they be filling in crossword or wordsearch answers. Definitely a wonderful customer service tool here - kept them happy and isn't that what it's all about? Chat also has lots of true life stories, and some of these are really sad, others are Jerry Springer topics in print instead of on the screen. They have a few other features, cookery blurbs, medical, problem page, but for the most part, it's human interest stories and puzzles. Chat is a magazine which utilizes it's readership for it's content, and pays well for the provolege. If something off the wall has happened to you, or you've fought off a serious illness, been dumped at the altar, or anything along those lines, you can make a couple of hundred quid for your story - can't make it right but it sure is a good ointment to soothe those wounds! This mag is read by women from teens to OAPs, provides a lot of entertainment value, and if it's not for you - then save your 65p and spend it on something else. Personally, I like it , but I must admit, my enthusiasm wanes sometimes, and then I just eave it for a month or so, and find my interest revives.