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Grealish admits socks superstition

Grealish admits socks superstition

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has spoken about his superstition during matches.

The 19-year-old, who made his first Premier League start against Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday, reveals he always has his football socks rolled down, something he has always done since he was a kid.

He claims a few referees have told him to roll them up on the pitch. But he has no intention of breaking the habit of a lifetime, citing the fact he has not had a kick on his shins to date as vindication.

Grealish spent most of last season on loan at League One outfit Notts County, before finally making his Villa debut off the bench in the penultimate game of the Premier League campaign at Manchester City.

His full debut came in the League Cup defeat by Leyton Orient last August. Having racked up 10 league appearances as a substitute, he found himself in the starting lineup in the 3-3 draw against QPR.

Well-kempt Kemps at movie premiere

Well-kempt Kemps at movie premiere

Martin and Roman Kemp wore identical outfits to the Age of Kill premiere in London this week.

The father-and-son combo joined a star-studded gathering to get a first glimpse of the action-thriller.

Brit Pack actor Bruce Payne, seen here wearing a cool blue men's scarf, was among the other celebs in attendance. The Passenger 57 star joined stars like Russell Kane to see the British movie described by Kemp senior as 'Die Hard meets 24'.

But it was the immaculately turned-out Kemps with not a hair out of place, who got most of the media attention.

They arrived at the Piccadilly Circus-based Ham Yard Hotel's event on Wednesday in biker jackets, T-shirt, trainers and jeans.

Spandau Ballet singer and EastEnders actor Martin, 53, stars as a sniper blackmailed into killing half-a-dozen people in six hours in order to live.

Capital Radio presenter Roman, 21, arrived with a trendy blonde cut.

The movie, which also stars Anouska Mond, Nick Moran and Tony Denham is due to hit UK cinemas on June 15.

Stars dazzle at BAFTAs warm-up

Stars dazzle at BAFTAs warm-up

Britain's best loved TV personalities took to the red carpet for the BAFTA Nominees Party in London.

Hollyoaks actress Nikki Sanderson, EastEnders actor Adam Woodyatt and Strictly Come Dancing co-host Claudia Winkleman were spotted at the nominations bash on Wednesday, which is a taster for the BAFTA Television Awards on May 10.

Broadcaster Jon Snow, who will receive a BAFTA Fellowship at the main event, was once again pictured drawing attention to a striking pair of novelty socks . He is to be honoured for his services to broadcasting and journalism.

A BAFTA Fellowship is the highest honour BAFTA can give. It is a lifetime achievement award that only a select group have won, including the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, David Attenborough and Helen Mirren.

Snow started out working for LBC in 1973, before becoming ITN's Washington correspondent in 1976. He has been presenting Channel 4 News for 25 years, where he can be seen sporting his extensive collection of novelty socks.

This year's British Academy Television Awards ceremony is taking place at the Theatre Royal in London.

Wrap up warm for winter's revenge

Wrap up warm for winter's revenge

Just when you thought spring had properly sprung, long-suffering Brits are set to be plunged back into winter-type conditions this weekend.

People venturing out may have to temporarily abandon their warmer weather wardrobe and root out their hats and scarves if the forecasters are right.

They are predicting rain, hall, thunder and even snow.

And the weather looks set to get worse as the weekend goes on.

Friday's clouds and patchy rain across Northern Ireland, Wales, southern Scotland and southern England look likely to develop into something heavier and more persistent. Some higher areas of eastern Scotland might see snow.

Saturday should bring more prolonged bouts of rain. Risks of thunder and hail are predicted for southern Britain during the afternoon with wintry showers expected to follow.

Sunday could bring wintry, heavy showers amid the sunshine over some parts of Britain. Next week should begin with bright weather, but also the prospect of showers, thunder and hail across the west and north.

Stones announce North American stadium tour

Stones announce North American stadium tour

The Rolling Stones will embark on a stadium tour of North America for the first time in nine years, it has been announced.

The legendary band, made up of frontman Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie Watts, will play their first date in San Diego on 24 May.

Richards is pictured here wearing a black and white scarf at a signing for his autobiography Life.

The Zip Code tour will also take in major cities including Atlanta, Dallas, Pittsburgh and Detroit with the final date being in Quebec on 15 July.

The last time the veteran rockers played North American stadium gigs was during the A Bigger Bang Tour in 2006. Their North American tours in 2012 and 2013 saw them playing in arena venues.

Tickets for the Zip Code Tour go on sale on 20 April, with demand expected to be fierce. Despite criticism about the cost of tickets to their concerts, the band's popularity remains strong and last year they made £96 million from live shows.

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Stars make big deal of Little Chaos

Stars make big deal of Little Chaos

Stars of TV and film turned out to see the London premiere of Kate Winslet's latest movie.

Winslet, along with Alan Rickman, who directed A Little Chaos, attended the premiere - along with guests Anna Williamson, Suzanne Shaw and Richard Wilson, pictured here in a dashing scarf .

Winslet's co-star Helen McCrory also turned out to the show, along with her husband and Homeland actor Damian Lewis.

A Little Chaos, which is Rickman's second directorial role and his first in 18 years, tells the story of a landscape gardener competing to build a fountain at the Palace of Versailles in the 17th Century.

Rickman also appears in the movie as French king Louis XIV.

Winslet, 39, wore a striking midnight blue gown for the premiere at Leicester Square. She chatted with Rickman and McCrory before posing for the cameras and making her way into the cinema.

Wine bar turns away no socks vicar

Wine bar turns away no socks vicar

A wine bar has turned away a vicar for wearing sandals.

Rev Andrew Dotchin's hopes of ending his Easter Sunday celebrations at Ipswich-based The Wine Bar were dashed by a doorman.

Rev Dotchin only ever wears sandals with no socks - even in winter. But the doorman told him "no flip-flops", explaining that the bar's safety-first policy forbids such footwear on busy evenings after one customer suffered glass cuts to his foot.

The 59-year-old vicar said he had been celebrating Christ's rising with three-to-four pints after conducting six Easter Sunday church services.

He had limited himself to a pint each day over Lent and attended an Ipswich beer festival together with friends and his brother. Then he attempted to have one final drink in the wine bar.

The clergyman told the doorman to trust him because he was a vicar, to no avail.

Real ale connoisseur Rev Dotchin, who joked that no pictures of heaven ever contain socks, vowed to return, however.

He said the bar does "great mojitos" - a cocktail comprising white rum, lime juice, sparkling water, mint and sugar.

Andy Murray and Kim Sears tie the knot

Andy Murray and Kim Sears tie the knot

Dunblane was gripped by wedding fever as tennis star Andy Murray married his long-time girlfriend Kim Sears.

The couple, both 27, tied the knot in the town's 12th century cathedral on Saturday.

Andy, who wore long socks to go with his traditional Scottish wedding attire, was greeted by a huge cheer as he arrived with his brother Jamie. Kim soon followed in her embroidered white dress with three-quarter-length sleeves and a lace veil.

The pair emerged 45 minutes later as newlyweds. They were showered with confetti by family and friends, before making the short trip to Cromlix House, the £1.8 million luxury country house hotel which Andy owns, for the reception.

It has been dubbed the Scottish wedding of the year - and those in attendance would certainly agree.

Hundreds of well-wishers braved the forecast rain to catch a glimpse of the duo on their arrival. The clouds had parted and the sun was shining by the time the new Mr and Mrs Murray reappeared, much to the delight of everyone.

Former British tennis number one Tim Henman and his wife Lucy were among the guests at the ceremony.

Dr Who, Sherlock win TV craft gongs

Dr Who, Sherlock win TV craft gongs

The unsung heroes of two of the small screen's most popular British shows have been recognised at a TV awards ceremony honouring behind-the-scenes stars.

Comedienne Victoria Wood, see here teaming an electric blue jacket with tights , was one of the many celebrities at Sunday's BAFTA Television Craft Awards.

The 61-year-old Dinnerladies star was at London's The Brewery venue to see Doctor Who and Sherlock among the prizewinners.

The Stephen Mangan (Episodes, Green Wing) hosted awards acknowledged people who work in special effects, production design, sound editing and other behind-the-camera activities.

Doctor Who won praise for its graphic, special and visual effects with the help of a trio of Cardiff firms, BBC Wales VFX, Milk-VFX and Real SFX.

BBC stablemate Sherlock scooped the sound and editing award in the awards' fiction section.

Ghostly Penny Dreadful took home awards for hair design, original music, make-up and production design.

There were also gongs for Sally Wainwright, the creator of Happy Valley, The X Factor and Hilary Briegel, the vision mixer behind shows such as Newsnight and Absolutely Fabulous.

Kate Hudson throws 'messy' birthday bash

Kate Hudson throws 'messy' birthday bash

Kate Hudson teamed up with some celebrity friends to throw a joint "hot mess" themed birthday party earlier this week.

Hudson, who recently turned 36, was pictured wearing funky pink fishnet tights along with a trucker hat, biker boots, a fur coat, bikini top and a skimpy dress with a flannel shirt around her waist.

Joining her at the celebrations were fashion writer Derek Blasberg and jewellery designer Jennifer Meyer, who were also celebrating birthdays. The exclusive bash took place at a private residence in Los Angeles and Hudson took to Instagram to express her happiness at the success of the party.

She said there were "some very committed hot messes" at the party.

Blasberg also posted a shot of his fellow birthday friends, saying that all three didn't even need to go shopping for their racy costumes. Meanwhile, Meyer opted for clashing leopard prints at the party.

Also at the party was actress Jessica Alba.

It was revealed recently that Hudson's ex, Matt Bellamy had moved in with model Elle Evans but the birthday girl didn't seem affected by the news.

Dad ran marathon in his socks

Dad ran marathon in his socks

For most mere mortals, running a marathon can be painful enough in sports footwear.

But brave Ian Bates ran most of it in just his socks .

Crawley-based Bates was left facing this challenge only nine miles into Sunday's 26.2-mile London Marathon course. That's because he had to take off his 38kg T-rex dinosaur fancy dress outfit after tearing a right shoulder muscle - his trainers were affixed to his costume.

Father-of-three Bates, 44, had hoped to beat the 3D dinosaur costume marathon-running world record before injury took its toll.

The costume seemed ill-fated before the race began. It initially comprised a special roaring voice box, but had to be taken out late on due to its excess weight.

On Tuesday he described the agony as "unbearable" and his feet as "tender".

Bates had the last laugh, however. His run has raised a total of £3,145 for the Southgate-based hospice St Catherine's.

How to beat the blister

How to beat the blister

Could socks be the answer to beating blisters? New research seems to suggest so.

Blisters are traditionally linked to ill-fitting shoes or marathon running, but the type of socks you wear could also have an impact, according to a leading podiatrist.

Ryan Rushton said nylon or PTFE-made socks are the best to avoid blisters. Sock wearers prone to blisters should avoid wearing cotton or thin ones, he added.

That's because these sweat-absorbing socks increase friction, allowing the feet no lubrication to operate with touching your shoes. And friction is your worst enemy if you wish to avoid blisters.

It causes your skin's outer layer to become detached from other interior layers. This results in a sack which our bodies then pack with fluid. Nylon or PTFE-made socks reduce friction.

Rushton also recommends:

- putting talc down your socks to reduce moisture

- rubbing petroleum jelly or antiperspirant on parts of your tootsies which rub against footwear

- making time for your shoes and feet to cool off in order to reduce heat

Izzard hits the campaign trail

Izzard hits the campaign trail

Eddie Izzard brought a bit of glamour to Labour's election campaign in Runcorn.

The award-winning comic, a lifelong supporter of the party, wore a black skirt and jacket, high heels and tights , topped off with red lipstick, as he joined parliamentary candidate Julia Tickridge in greeting local residents.

He signed autographs, posed for pictures and gave a podium speech at Runcorn Shopping Centre before heading off to knock on doors in Brookvale, urging people to vote Labour in the general election on May 7.

Izzard, who ran 43 marathons in 51 days in aid of Sport Relief back in 2009, showed no signs of fatigue on the campaign trail.

He said that Labour would abolish the bedroom tax while keeping the NHS, plus added the government should do all of the heavy lifting in terms of the deficit instead of households on low incomes.

The 53-year-old also reiterated his desire to stand either as an MP or in the race to become London mayor in 2020.

Hot tips to prevent smelly feet

Hot tips to prevent smelly feet

There are few things more off-putting than catching a whiff of someone's smelly feet. But wearing socks is one way you can avoid being the culprit after you've been out and about in the sunshine.

Many people will be doing just that this week by taking long country walks in the warm weather, but all those steps in the heat can lead to sweaty and smelly feet.

You could buy foot spray but there are several other ways to avoid the problem, including washing your feet well, drying your feet, giving your feet room to breathe and of course, simply wearing socks.

Socks do the trick by absorbing sweat but of course it's important to change them every day or your socks and your feet will smell.

Bacteria can build up on your feet and cause a stink so make sure you wash between your toes when having a shower and dry your feet all over with a towel rather than letting the air dry them. Talcum powder can add extra freshness and also help to avoid Athlete's Foot and other complaints caused by a build-up of fungus.

Wearing flip-flops and sandals during the summer will give your feet breathing room but shoes, boots and trainers can be aired outside after they have been worn before being put away.

Rocket has to sock it to find the pocket

Rocket has to sock it to find the pocket

Ronnie O'Sullivan played part of his opening World Championship snooker match with just black socks on his feet, after having problems with his shoes.

The five-time champion complained about a painful big toe during his match against debutant Craig Steadman and decided to remove his shoes in the sixth frame. He played briefly in his black socks before handing his footwear to a fan, asking the rest of the crowd if anyone had any size eight or nine shoes he could borrow.

Eventually he left the arena and came back wearing a new pair of shoes, which had been lent to him by tournament director Mike Ganley.

O'Sullivan, nicknamed The Rocket, finished the first session with a 7-2 lead over Steadman.

But he now may face a fine for breaking the strict dress code rules which govern professional snooker. The WPBSA code says that players should ensure their clothing is "smart and appropriate for a professional player".

It is not the first time O'Sullivan has taken to the table with unusual footwear. Last year at the UK Championships he was given special permission to break the dress code and wear casual shoes as he recovered from a broken ankle.

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