Be the BBQ baron this bank holiday

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The BBQ Baron is not scared of an overcast sky, oh no, he laughs in it’s face.

With the Bank Holiday almost upon us and the summer sun about to break through, it can mean only one thing – it’s the barbecue season. Yes indeed!

That’s right, they’ll be smoky gardens everywhere as sozzled grown men wearing aprons and holding spatulas stare at slabs of meat sizzling away. Char-grilled, smoked or burnt to a crisp along with the garden fence are just some of the likely outcomes.

So, how about you have a butchers (ahem) at our ‘Bank Holiday BBQ Success Checklist’ for hosting that perfect barbeque.

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Solving the smart casual conundrum

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Let’s talk the world’s vaguest dress code…

The most popular go-to dress code these days is smart casual. You’ll find it applies in so many places from weddings and birthday parties to nightclubs and even funerals.

But is one person’s smart casual another person’s beach wear and when is smart casual too smart or too casual?

It can be exceedingly tricky to navigate the path of the smart casual dress code, so here’s some of our trusty tips, naturally.

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Wear white on white without looking like a cricketer

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The perfect summer style.

It might have strong cricket connotations, but we think an all white ensemble is the best way to stay looking cool during the heat of the Great British Summertime, regrettably no longer a concern for rejected cricketer Kevin Pietersen.

But for the rest of us who will be in the UK this summer, wearing white on white clothes is a good choice. They keep you cool, clean and fresh literally and aesthetically. Yes indeed, white’s a winner so long as you wear the right white clothes and avoid looking like a Colombian pimp or a cricketer.

Here are a few basics to help you feel all right whilst wearing all white to compliment those classy mens deck shoes.

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Summer shoe souls – which one are you?

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Which is your summer shoe soul?

With summer just over the horizon, now’s the time to be thinking about your footwear for those long summer days.

Is it sandals or slip on shoes this year? Well, don’t decide yet as your choice of footwear could be revealing.

Ever wondered what you shoe choices say about you? Ancient foot whisperers say the summer shoe and the person are but one and share the same characteristics.

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Most stylish potential PM?

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Whose the best dressed of them all?

There’s been quite a fuss in the UK after the debate between the main 7 political parties was televised live to an audience of over 9 million people. Not bad.

But more importantly, David Cameron was recently spotted wearing Chelsea boots. Now that’s what we call news! Is DC actually quite stylish underneath all the drab-no-longer-current-moans about the economy?

Well let’s take a closer look at him and the leaders of the other main parties and ask: who is the most stylish (potential) PM?

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Haunted slippers & other ghostly tales

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Aghhhhh!

A man haunted by his own slippers? The trade in spooky dolls? Has the world gone mad?

Here we’ve rounded up some strange and ghostly tales from across the British Isles and beyond.

We’ll let you decide whether they’re evidence of the supernatural or evidence of some very dotty imaginations.

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9 Dirt cheap gardening tips

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Get your garden into shape for summer!

“In like a lion, out like a lamb”, or so the saying goes. Yes, it’s March – time to prise the shed door open, sweep the cobwebs away and reach for your gardening tools.

But how can you make the most of your outdoor space, and save money at the same time? Here are our top ten tips to help you save money in the garden.

Think planters made from recycled sturdy mens boots; a novel fertiliser solution and a good old fashioned weed killer alternative…

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How to celebrate St Patrick’s Day without getting drunk

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It’s St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow – how will you celebrate?

Leprechauns, shamrocks and bustling bars around the world — it can only mean one thing: St Patrick’s Day is upon us!

Originally a religious feast, St. Patrick’s Day is now recognised as more of a global party dedicated to celebrating Ireland. Thus providing the perfect excuse for wearing a big green hat and drinking lots and lots of Guinness.

But you may want to celebrate Ireland without all the booze. And this year the big day falls on a Tuesday, so if going to work with a stinking hangover doesn’t appeal, then there are alternative ways to pay your respects to the Emerald Isle without bucket-loads of alcohol.

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Dog saves owner with slippers!

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A puppy golden retriever with slippers indoors.

Man’s best friend to the rescue!

When Mark Humphrey’s dog, Mazie woke him in the middle of the night by placing his slippers on the bed, he thought she must be going mad.

But she refused to go away, leaping up beside him and jumping on him until he put his slippers on and followed her downstairs.

Mazie was giving her master a message: Help!

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Ultimate elasticated trousers scenarios

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Pile away, my friend.

It’s a mystery why more people don’t wear elasticated trousers, especially when you consider they are practical, adaptable and pretty darn cool actually.

And unlike some trousers that can’t even leave home without the moral support of a belt, elasticated trousers, can handle all kinds of challenging situations.

Here are just a few scenarios where elasticised trousers come into their own…

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