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      07.10.2010 02:40
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      Sit down with a cuppa and have a read.

      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.

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        28.10.2008 08:38
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        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

        Fashion
        Clever Tips
        Health
        Spooky Section
        Kids
        Bargain Finds
        Letters Page
        Holiday Picks
        Telly Picks
        Stars
        Competition Page

        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

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          18.08.2008 20:14

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          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.

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          10.04.2008 01:28
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          My personal favourite of the range of real life magazines out at the moment

          -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.

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            15.03.2008 15:07

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            EXCELLENT QUALITY MAGAZINE FOR EXCELLENT QUALITY PRICE

            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!

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            10.05.2007 12:58
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            This is my favorite magazine and i buy it every thursday when its out

            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 COVER

            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:
            England- £0.78p
            Spain/Grease- Eur 2.50
            Canada- $4.00
            Then if you turn to the back page you will usually find an advertisement, of some kind.

            THE MAGAZINE

            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.

            FEELING FANTASTIC

            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.

            PSYCHIC STUFF

            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.

            WEEKLY FAVES

            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

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              27.10.2006 22:57
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              Brilliant buy im sure youll get hooked!

              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
              E-mail:chat_magazine@ipcmedia.com

              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:
              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!

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                A reasonably priced magazine

                ~~ Background ~~

                There is nothing I like better than settling down with a nice hot cup of coffee and my Chat magazine.

                I have been reading Chat for a long time now and look forward to every Thursday when the new issue is out.

                It costs 76 pence and is published by IPC Connect, which is part of IPC media, a Time Warner company. It is the ‘older sister’ of ‘Pick me up’ magazine.

                As well as the normal issue’s which come out on a weekly basis, it also brings out specials, for example – Summer Specials, Christmas Specials, It’s Fate Specials, to name only a few. These normally cost around £1.50 and are also a very interesting read.

                The particular one that I will be concentrating on for this review is the weekly one, and in particular the issue dated 19 January 2006.


                ~~ The cover of the magazine ~~

                The cover of the magazine is brightly coloured and stands out on the shelf as it is red in colour. There is a picture of an attractive lady on the front, which is normally what the cover of each issue looks like.

                There are also pictures of some of the people whose stories are featured in the magazine. Also printed are some of the titles of the stories featured in the issue – for example – ‘I sold my body to buy Lemsip’, and ‘Toilet Terror! I was frozen to the Loo!’, to name only a few.

                The titles of the stories featured in the magazine are sometimes unusual and very intriguing – they make you want to buy the magazine in order to find out what is behind the title of the story.

                It lists some of the competitions featured in the issue – for example ‘Win £50 every day this week! Instant anagram’.

                The titles on the cover stand out as they are in a bold type and are normally yellow or white in colour, making them stand out well against the red background.


                ~~ The magazine itself ~~

                Upon opening the cover, you are greeted with a double page entitled ‘Your lives, Your loves, Your laughs’. In this section you have the same headings every week, but different people writing in with their experiences. The headlines are ‘The day that changed my life’, ‘My wedding dress’, ‘My hunk’, ‘Story behind the picture’, and ’60 word fiction’, to name only a few. My favourite section on this page is the ’60 word fiction’, as people write in with their own short stories and some of them are very imaginative. Also included on this page are the magazine contents and page numbers.

                If you send in a story of something that has happened in your life, you can get paid anything upto £500. In this issue there are a total of ten true life stories printed.

                Another section is called ‘Your 2-minute Chats’. In this section you can write in if you have just a short story to tell. There are normally four stories printed on a double page.

                There is always a double page on fashion and this issue concentrates on Pyjamas. This section is good because they cater for everyone’s budget – from the more expensive shops such as Debenhams and Knickerbox, down to the cheaper shops such as George (Asda’s own make clothes brand) and Primark. I think it is good that they decide to cater for everyone’s budget because then if you see something you like, then there is a version of it you can afford. There is nothing worse than looking in a magazine and finding something you really like, and then realising that it is more than you can afford to spend. It doesn’t just cover the clothes, it also covers the accessories. For example, this issue is highlighting pyjamas, so it also gives prices on slippers, hot water bottle and bed socks.

                Another double page section is called ‘Your good health’. In every issue there is always an illness they cover in the ‘In the spotlight’ area. This issue talks about Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). I think it is good having an area like this because I think you need to be aware of your body and what certain symptoms of different illnesses are. Another part of this feature is ‘Fat Box’, which has peoples before and after weight and a brief synopsis of why they had decided to lose weight. There is also a ‘Tried and tested’ section, in which each week different cures are rated. In this issue it was ‘Kiddy cure’s’. Another part of this section is ‘Ask the Doc’ where you can write in for advice on your medical problems, and there is also ‘Ooh Matron’ which you can write in to with any embarrassing medical questions you may have.

                ‘Crimes of passion’ is a double page spread that appears every week. This covers a story about people who have murdered for love or money, and how they were eventually tracked down and caught by the police. What makes this section so good is that it is a true story.

                Also appearing on a weekly basis is ‘our spooky stories’. In this double page spread, people write in with their supernatural experiences.

                As with all weekly magazines it has a section dedicated to soaps, in which it gives you some information on the current storylines of our favourite soaps. This is usual if you have missed an episode.

                Another section covered over a single page, is beauty. In this section you can write in with any beauty questions you may want help with. Every week a particular beauty product is examined in ‘3 of the best’. In this issue it was lash lengthening mascaras.

                The magazine also has ‘The great chat giveaway’. This section is basically freebies which are being given away. For example this issue has 31 sets of beauty goodies worth almost £50. There are normally six different giveaways. You have the option of sending a postcard in for each one you wish to enter, or ringing a telephone number and entering upto all six in one telephone call, if you wish. At first glance, you would assume that the one telephone call would be the cheaper option than six postcards and stamps. Upon closer inspection you find out that the telephone line costs 65 pence per minutes and the call last between 1½ and 5 minutes. I worked it out that the cheapest the call will cost is about a £1 and the most expensive is about £3.25. I assume that the cheaper call is if you enter one giveaway and the most expensive is if you enter all six. I have personally never used the phone way of entry as I consider it to be too expensive, I always enter by post.

                Another featured cover is ‘Where’s that then’. This basically gives information on certain destinations around the world. This issue covers the destinations of; Brno, which is South of the Czech Republic, Girona, which is in Northeast Spain, and Knock which is in County Mayo in the west of Ireland. The feature covers information on ‘Why I should go there’, ‘What is there to do’, ‘Places to stay’, and ‘Cost of having a holiday there’. There are also telephone numbers and websites addresses you can contact for further information. This can be really interesting as it covers places that I have not always heard of and I can find out more information if I want. It is also nice that they cover places in the UK as well as abroad, because not everyone likes going abroad.

                There is a section called ‘Ruth the truth’, which you can write into to have some advice from the psychic agony aunt.

                Another section is called ‘Chat to us’. This is basically your page where you can write in with your letters, stories, views and opinions. Every letter printed wins £20, a letter printed with a photo gets £25 and the star letter £50.

                There is a section called ‘In your kitchen’, which has recipes, new products available and comparing products which are current available.

                As with all magazines you have your weekly horoscope section.

                A section called ‘Just kidding’ is where you can write in with your stories about your little ones.

                ‘Share with Denise’ is another problem page, where you write in and she gives you advice.

                ‘Blimey that’s clever’ is a section where people write in with hints and tips on how everyday items can be used in other ways. You get paid £15 for any tip that is printed, £25 for a tip with a photo and £35 for the star tip. I have found that some of the tips published are really useful.

                There are a total of 19 puzzles printed throughout the magazine, which you can enter for prizes, for example - £500, £250, a holiday to Turkey and Jewellery to name a few. The good thing with this is that there is an entry coupon printed in the magazine that you fill in your answers on. You can put all your answers on the entry form. It doesn’t matter now many or few you enter – you will still just pay the price of a postage stamp and envelope.


                ~~ Advertising in the magazine ~~

                The magazine has a total of 67 pages and in this issue approximately 14 pages are made up of advertisements. I think that for this particular type of magazine it is an average amount.


                ~~ Age range for this magazine ~~

                I don’t really think that this magazine would cater for someone in their teens and early twenties, as they may find it slightly boring. I have been reading this since I was about 25 and now aged 30 I still love it. Once I have finished with it, I pass it onto my mum who is 60 and she likes it. She then passes it onto my gran who is in her eighties and she likes it as well. We certainly get our money’s worth out of this magazine in my family !! I would say it caters for all ages from 25 and above.


                ~~ Is it for men or women ~~

                I know this sounds like a silly heading as it’s obviously a women’s magazine. You would be surprised to know though, that some of the true life stories, letters and tips are written and sent in by men. My husband even picks up my issue and has a read of some of it before it goes off to my mum. So yes it is aimed at the female sector of the market, but if yours mysteriously disappears, then go and find any male member of your family and they will probably have it.

                I think it’s good that men read it, as they can sometimes get to see things from a woman’s point of view and can appreciate what and how we feel sometimes.


                ~~ My opinion ~~

                This is a brilliant magazine. It caters for all ages – young and old. There is something that will appeal to everyone.

                At 76 pence it is excellent value for money. If it was slightly more expensive, then I would probably still buy it, as it is such an interesting magazine.

                My favourite sections in the magazine are ‘Spooky stories’. I find it very interesting reading about anything supernatural. It really does make you think ‘what if ……’

                I also like the ‘Crimes of Passion’. It is scary how calculating some people can be. The way they plan a murder, conceal evidence, and create an alibi is truly amazing.

                As it highlights so many true life stories, it really can make you appreciate how normal your own life is. When you read what some women and their families have to go through, you can really sympathise with them. It just brings it so close to home. We tend to moan and complain about the slightest thing sometimes. We just don’t always realise how lucky we are.


                ~~ Would I recommend ~~

                Most definitely yes. It is a magazine, which is reasonably priced and well worth any penny.

                I look forward to Thursday when its in my local newsagents and like to settle down straight away and read it. The only downside is finishing it !!!

                Would recommend to anyone aged over the age of 25. If you are younger than that, then I would recommend you borrow one from someone if you can before you buy.


                ~~ Thanks for taking the time to read my review, Cath. ~~


                Please note that this review has been previously published on Ciao under my username of Welshfruitbat

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                  16.06.2003 08:21
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                  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.

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                    09.05.2003 22:01
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                    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

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                      25.01.2003 21:08
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                      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!!

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                        31.05.2002 21:58

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                        Over the years it's become quite sleazy with tacky articles about what could be interesting topics - Advantages: Great Prizes, Good fashion and make-up section - Disadvantages: Sleazy articles, Dreadful readers tips

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                        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.

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                          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.

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                            30.03.2001 18:10
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                            '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.

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