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Take A Break
Member Name: butterly
Take A Break
Date: 04/10/11, updated on 15/11/11 (52 review reads)
Advantages: Lots of misery stories and competitions
Disadvantages: Lots of misery stories
My lovely old mum buys four magazines a week (and a daily paper), one of the magazines is "Take a Break" and she always saves the magazines for me, and of the four the Take a Break is my favourite. I don't do the puzzles and competitions, as my mum has already done them but I don't mind, I like to read their stories more than do puzzles.
Take a Break make their money by getting people to tell their real life stories (and pay them for it), and putting them all together in the weekly magazine; there is usually a story about a child with cancer (who unfortunately dies), a woman who has been raped, another would be a lady who goes out with the wrong man and he kills her, and also a person who was massively fat who has had a gastric band, who either dies or is like a deflated Michelin man. You may think I am being facetious and mocking misery, but that is just what Take a Break is all about - it's the magazine equivalent of slowing down and looking at crashes on the motorway as you go past.
Just to cheer you up amongst all the mayhem and misery Take a Break also has lots of puzzles to do and generous prizes to win, if you are lucky you could win anything from £25, in November 3rd's issue there is also the chance to win a Chevrolet Spark worth £11,135 for doing a crossword, there are fifteeen competitions to enter (but you can only win if you send off the answers!) On the penultimate page is a coupon to send your answers in. I don't do the puzzles but I know that online there are places where you can find the answers, and then fax or email the answers in. So potentially thousands of entries for prize draws, which may make it harder to win anything.
My mother religiously does the competitions and sends them off, but has never won a prize. As she is nearly 80 maybe she's not as sharp as she was and is doing the puzzles wrongly, or more than likely she is forgetting to send them off! But undettered Mum fills them in, and the stories I read have got lots of pen marks on them as she is trying to solve the puzzles!
I'm as bad as anyone, if I buy a magazine it would be either knitting or crochet but when my mum gives me the pile of Take a Breaks to read I go to the first sad/mad/bad story and wallow in other peoples misery................. I suppose one way to look at these magazines is the people are so unlucky that you can feel greatful that your own life is not so bad after all!
Summary: Great mag for real life stories and competitions.