Haunted slippers & other ghostly tales

Frightened man


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!

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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5 steps to a Valentine’s Day picnic

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Plan a perfect picnic!

If you’re still feeling the pinch of austerity, or having a personal post Christmas credit crunch, you may be wondering how to make Valentine’s day special without breaking the bank.

But enjoying the romance of February 14th is perfectly possible without prejudicing your finances.

Make this year’s Valentine’s celebrations memorable by heading outdoors for a Valentine’s Day picnic.

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Cold snap snappy dressing

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Stay snug…

Feeling a tad nippy? We’re not surprised! The snow has set in and temperatures nosedived to -11C in parts of the country last night.

Forecasters have released a cold weather warning, with no respite in sight from the snow, ice and bitter winds. But as renowned fell walker, Alfred Wainwright once put it: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”

We thought we’d pay heed to those wise words and share our top tips for staying warm during this bitter cold snap.

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These shoes were made for dancing

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It’s time to boogie!

Every generation has its beat – the rhythm of the time – and with it an era defining dance craze.

From the days of dancehall to the newly emerging rock ‘n’ roll of the 1950s, and from 1960s Beatles Britpop to1970s Northern Soul and beyond.

Here we take a look at the music that ruled the airwaves, the dance styles of the times and the mens shoes that completed the look.

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Trews and Kilts: Very Scottish trousers

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Get the Scottish look!

Scottish patriotism doesn’t get more passionate than Burns Supper, a national day which is held on the 25th of January each year out of respect tae Scotland’s greatest son, the late, great, Robert Burns.

With the smell of roasting Haggis in the air and tartan everywhere, we’re nodding our cap north by writing a special laddie’s clothing piece inspired by bonnie Scotland.

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Beat the Blue Monday Blues

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Sad and broke, it’s Blue Monday…

Christmas is over, debts are piling up, and there’s nothing to look forward to but three more months of going to work and coming home again in the dark.

Welcome to ‘Blue Monday’, supposedly the most miserable day of the year, due to hit us all on the 26th January. It must be true, it’s mathematical.

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