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Shorts and socks 'OK for wardens'

Shorts and socks 'OK for wardens'

Car park wardens in a Cornish town will be allowed to wear shorts on patrol this summer - after finally settling a bizarre debate.

Wardens in Wadebridge had asked to ditch the current uniform for something cooler after the recent spell of warm weather - and councillors have agreed following lengthy summit talks.

Shorts and matching socks will form the basis of the new-look uniform, replacing the grey trousers worn at present. It remains to be seen whether the white polo shirt and high-visibility yellow coat will be kept.

Wadebridge Town Council's car parks and traffic committee eventually voted 7-0 in favour of wearing shorts, despite some initial objections about how bare knees may not convey an image of authority.

It concluded that it would be ridiculous to deny the request when groundskeeping staff and some police officers already wear shorts on duty.

Major Tony Rush was among those who supported the move to shorts.

Spanish clubs put the sock into soccer

Spanish clubs put the sock into soccer

The one remaining frontier still to be conquered by football advertising has finally fallen - the players' socks.

Yes, Spanish football has gone the way of cycling and Grand Prix racing, with players now wearing company messages on their football socks .

It seems with La Liga boasting two of the world's most famous teams in Real Madrid and Barcelona, worldwide exposure is guaranteed.

So what are the socks showing off?

Well, console game Pro Evolution Soccer 2015's advert has been brandished on the footwear for the past few weeks. Gamemaker Konami's director Erik Bladinieres called the marketing opportunity "fantastic".

With the potential worldwide reach of over 800 million football fans, who can argue with him?

So, with the final frontier now fallen, where next for football advertising?

Some industry experts believes this only leaves the players themselves. Could this mean hairstyles shaped into company logos or footballers' legs tattooed? Watch this space ...

Simon bombs out of Big Brother

Simon bombs out of Big Brother

Big Brother opened with bang on Tuesday with the first eviction shockingly coming on day one.

Thanks to the show's timebomb theme, an eviction took place on the very first day and Simon Gross was the unlucky one to go home out of the 15 contestants.

The house was full of its usual colourful characters, none more so than Aaron Frew, a model who made his introduction wearing black and white fur coat, shorts, white socks and trainers.

Having just made their grand entrance, viewers were asked to select five of the new residents to face the timebomb. Simon, an experienced performer in show business, was one of the five chosen, along with Adjoa Mensah, Jack McDermott, Nick Henderson and Jade Lynch.

All five picked timebombs to stand with, each with different outcomes that were revealed once opened.

Jack McDermott (aka 'pie face') was awarded with immunity from three evictions, while posh Nick Henderson will be allowed to nominate people for eviction face-to-face throughout his time in the house. The gift of luxury was bestowed on Irish beauty Jade Lynch, providing her with a luxury shopping budget during her stay.

That left Adjoa, the daughter of a pastor, and Simon with timebombs containing an instant eviction and nothing at all.

The crowd outside the house booed as Simon left and met with the host of the show Emma Willis - but highlights for his best bits were few and far between.

Greene light for new Billy Elliot film?

Greene light for new Billy Elliot film?

Billy Elliot the Musical could be set for a movie makeover if Elton John gets his way.

Sir Elton announced his hopes for the project after its 10th anniversary ballet-based gala show on Tuesday.

Show producer Sally Greene joined in with the party atmosphere of the London occasion dressed in a pretty blue and sliver dress teamed with black tights .

Sir Elton said there were songs held over from the musical which could be "great" on the big screen. The 68-year-old Sacrifice and Crocodile Rock singer also said he wanted to star as the new movie's eccentric grandmother.

Dozens of current and past cast members, including six lead role characters, performed at the Victoria Palace Theatre-based special birthday performance.

The musical recounts the tale of 11-year-old Billy, who goes against the hopes of his northern working-class roots to become an accomplished ballet dancer.

The Lee Hall-written show has played to 10 million spectators worldwide since opening in May 2015. An earlier film version, starring Jamie Bell, was an Oscar nominee in 2000.

Jay Z buys Game of Thrones dragon egg for Beyonce

Jay Z buys Game of Thrones dragon egg for Beyonce

Jay Z has bought one of the dragon eggs from Game of Thrones, according to a star of the show.

Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen in the hit fantasy drama, claims the rapper purchased the unique piece of memorabilia as a gift for Beyonce.

The British actress reveals she has previously tried and failed to blag one of the eggs as a souvenir for herself.

She says the exclusive props are really expensive, really heavy and serious works of art.

If true, it would not be the first time that Jay Z has treated his superstar wife Beyonce, pictured here wearing tights , to an extravagant gift.

He published a specially made video on his YouTube page to celebrate her 33rd birthday back in 2014. It featured footage of the singer performing and rehearsing for shows on her On The Run Tour.

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Good Morning Britain girls' good night

Good Morning Britain girls' good night

Susanna Reid and her Good Morning Britain (GMB) colleagues brought the sparkle of spring with them to a glittering clothes-related prize-giving ceremony.

The team were later joined by veteran singer Toyah Wilcox, who teamed black tights with a bright pink dress. The 57-year-old It's A Mystery star's spring look was matched by Reid on Tuesday evening.

The morning presenter donned a head-turning floral maxi-skirt matched with silver high heels and a bead-encrusted crop top during Lorraine Kelly's High Street Fashion Awards.

Susanna's GMB team out in force included new mother Charlotte Hawkins, also wearing a flowery number, and Kate Garraway.

Susanna, who has recently notched her first year on the ITV programme, told her Twitter fans that A-list treatment had been laid on for her, including front row seats.

Kellie Maloney was another attendee at the star-studded high street fashion-based gala. This was her only red carpet outing since having a recent sex change operation.

Boy George and Clean Bandit win gongs

Boy George and Clean Bandit win gongs

Acts from past and present took centre stage at a prestigious awards ceremony in London this week.

Boy George, rolling back the years in a trademark trendy hat , and contemporary classical crossover band Clean Bandit were both major award winners.

The 53-year-old Culture Club frontman, real name George O'Dowd, took the outstanding music contribution gong at the 60th edition of the Ivor Novello Awards on Thursday.

The Karma Chameleon singer wasn't the only relative golden oldie at the ceremony, with Kylie Minogue and Elton John also in attendance.

Clean Bandit's hit Rather Be brought them home the most performed work and best contemporary song honours.

The awards, staged at Grosvenor House Hotel, recognises composing and songwriting in the Irish and British music business.

Midge Ure and Bob Geldof took the event's special anniversary gong. Other winners were Bombay Bicycle Club's Jack Steadman, Hozier, Ed Sheeran, Judith Weir, Annie Lennox, Black Sabbath and Albert Hammond.

5 Seconds of Summer have socks appeal

5 Seconds of Summer have socks appeal

For decades, pop fans have been throwing various garments at their stage idols to signal their devotion.

Now an Australian boyband's devotees are carrying on this tradition with a difference - lobbing their socks at them.

Zurich was the latest venue for 5 Seconds of Summer's (5SOS) four-piece to get bombarded with footwear on stage. Performing their smash hit She Looks So Perfect, the crowd joined in with the spirit of the tour's Rock Out With Your Socks Out title.

The 5SOS faithful proved accurate with their aim. One fan hit Michael Clifford with a Santa's Christmas sock square in the head.

The Sydney quartet have made it huge since forming four years ago.

Clifford, lead vocalist Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin and Calum Hood have won a huge international following, especially among teenage girls.

They really erupted onto the worldwide scene when they supported One Direction on the Take Me Home Tour. Since then the takings have been flowing in from both concert and album sales.

And, if Zurich is anything to go by, it looks as if the lads won't have to buy any new socks for Christmas.

Where is Becks celebrating his 40th?

Where is Becks celebrating his 40th?

Morocco: a place famous for its vast deserts, golden beaches, city of Casablanca ... and now the playground for David Beckham's 40th birthday bash?

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid celebrity, who finally hung up his football socks in 2013, hits the landmark figure on Saturday.

And Marrakesh is likely to be the venue for a star-studded party, according to a strong hint on wife Victoria's Twitter account.

She tweeted a rhetorical question about what she should wear while in the Moroccan metropolis together with a photograph of a Yves Saint Laurent number.

Mrs Beckham has even accorded the occasion its own #DB40 hashtag.

The former Spice Girls singer has over 8 million people following her on the social media site.

David, who won 115 England caps between 1996 and 2009, was awarded an OBE in 2003.

A Press Association survey showed around half of respondents believe the Queen should go a step further and award him a knighthood.

What to wear in the summer office

What to wear in the summer office

Summer's nearly here and that means a rise in both the temperature and our stress levels over what to wear in the office.

Colder weather naturally restricts choice, but June's approach poses questions such as: do I ditch my tights for bare legs?

Well a lot could depend shade. If your pins are whiter than a Quaker's conscience, then perhaps the best advice is to keep them under wraps until you have topped up your tan.

Tone is everything, so much depends on the kind of office environment you work in.

For example, bank workers should guard against raising their hemlines above the knee, while creatives - such as those in the advertising or design world - will risk shorts, T-shirts or jeans.

Glamour magazine reckons bikinis the ultimate no-no, regardless of where you earn your corn, unless it contains a Celine label.

If in doubt, use your manager as a fashion barometer. If they come in wearing a megaphone-loud Hawaiian shirt and shorts then you can safely assume that prudence isn't the order of the day.

Conversely, if the temperature dial outside says 30C and your boss's attire is still starchier than a big potato, then maybe you should reconsider your plan to dress outrageously.

Flip-flops, buttock-revealing shorts, vests, spaghetti-strapped tops, billowing or hippie-type shirt dresses and crop tops should be given a wide berth.

Shirts with non-revealing shorts, more conventional shirt dresses and light, airy, flowery-patterned long dresses should be just fine.

Rain can't dampen Grace's Norwich joy

Rain can't dampen Grace's Norwich joy

Not even a heavy downpour could rain on Clean Bandit's parade at the weekend.

The group played on through the wet weather at Norwich's Earlham Park on Sunday, May 24. Leading the way was Grace Chatto, who looked typically dramatic in a black ensemble with fishnet tights .

She called Norwich "special", "lovely" and "amazing" as she spoke to Newsbeat reporters after exiting the stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend.

Fellow members of the electronic four-piece band, Luke and Jack Patterson and Milan Neil Amin-Smith also braved the rain to finish the set.

The Rather Be and Mozart's House stars were joined on Sunday's main stage by Olly Murs, George Ezra, Rita Ora and Foo Fighters.

The latter's Dave Grohl said they were dedicating one song, Congregation, to fellow main stage performer Taylor Swift. Grohl joked that he was "officially obsessed" with the Blank Space singer.

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Gandalf casts a spell over London store

Gandalf casts a spell over London store

Veteran film star Ian McKellen, who plays Magneto in the X-Men movies, proved a magnetic draw at a computer store's latest Meet the Actor event.

Ian McKellen, seen here at Apple's Regent Street branch sporting a stylish white-patterned scarf , took centre stage at the London venue on Tuesday.

Sir Ian spoke at length about his latest role as Sherlock Holmes for the new movie Mr Holmes.

The award-winning actor teams up again with Bill Condon, director of Gods & Monsters, for the film.

Sir Ian, who has enchanted millions with his portrayal of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings wizard Gandalf, plays a Holmes with a twist. This time the Baker Street detective is real instead of a literary invention.

Old age is one of the movie's themes. But Sir Ian made light of his 76 years to look youthful and dashing in a combo that included a black dinner jacket and purple shirt.

Taylor Swift named in powerful woman list

Taylor Swift named in powerful woman list

Pop princess Taylor Swift has been ranked alongside figureheads of business and politics on a list of the world's most powerful women.

Swift, pictured here performing in fishnet tights , came 64th on the prestigious Forbes Power Woman List.

The Bad Blood and Blank Space singer was the youngest person on the list and one of 19 new entries.

The oldest member of the list was the Queen, 89, who fell six places to 41. The other two British women named on the list are both newcomers.

The Guardian's new editor-in-chief Katharine Viner occupies the 80th spot, while Nemat Shafik, the Bank of England's deputy governor, comes in at 66th.

German leader Angela Merkel headed the list for the fifth year in a row.

Hillary Clinton's re-emergence as a presidential candidate has helped propel her into second place, up four places from last year, with Melinda Gates third.

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'Peggy' still looks absolutely Bab-ulous

'Peggy' still looks absolutely Bab-ulous

Queen of the soaps and Carry On films, Barbara Windsor is 77 years young.

But on Thursday night the ex-EastEnders star rolled back the years, wearing a fitted blue dress with black tights and shining black high heels. These were complemented by a silver bracelet and matching necklace plus tiny black bag.

Babs was ambushed by fans on the press night publicising Just Jim Dale's show at London's Vaudeville Theatre in support of her former Carry On colleague.

They asked the Peggy Mitchell actress to sign photographs and other items as she approached the theatre's entrance.

Windsor-mania could be still yet to reach its greatest heights, however. She in currently discussing plans with BBC officials to get a biopic of her colourful life story made.

But who could possibly play her?

Babs herself has no doubts. Sheridan Smith, she told The Mirror. Smith, 33, has great form playing 1960s icons. Last year she starred as singer Cilla Black in the three-part TV mini-series Cilla.

Smart socks to track performance

Smart socks to track performance

Runners can track their every step by strapping on an ever-growing range of smart technology clothing - and this list now includes socks .

The special socks are the brainchild of the boffins at Sensoria Fitness. They feature inbuilt sensors that monitor distance and speed, plus measure overall performance using the data gathered from a run.

There are three sensors in total, found in the heel and toe areas. Each one collects information about the wearer's form, distance, pace, descent, ascent, altitude, foot contact time, steps and cadence.

All of this is sent in real-time updates to the user's smartphone app via a lightweight Bluetooth-enabled anklet.

The socks also have the ability to coach a runner - stopping them striking their heel as they run, for instance, which can cause injury - as well as notifying them when trainers might need to be replaced.

Market research firm Gartner predicts that smart clothing could grow from just 10,000 units sold in 2013 to as many as 26 million in 2016 - and socks could spearhead this trend towards wearable tech.

Party ushers in Dawn of a new boutique

Party ushers in Dawn of a new boutique

Retro fashion fan Dawn O'Porter proved she had got back her pre-pregnancy figure at the launch party of her new pop-up boutique business.

O'Porter glowed on her return to the limelight after giving birth to son Art only three months ago.

Dawn, who is married to The IT Crowd's Chris O'Dowd, threw the party to usher in her Dawn's BOB business. The 36-year-old writer and TV broadcaster was joined by several other stars to greet the new venture.

Stylist and radio presenter Gemma Cairney, seen wearing colourful, striped over-the-knee socks , was among the celebrity guests on Wednesday.

These included Diana Vickers, the one-time X Factor contestant, singer Sophie Ellis Bextor, TOWIE's Lydia Bright and June Sarpong, the former T4 presenter, as the retro look held sway.

Vickers turned many heads with a stunning 1960s-style black-and-white dress, while Baxter donned a sleeveless black dress and leather heels.

Corden's antics earn a US nomination

Corden's antics earn a US nomination

British comedian James Corden is in line for a big US television award only weeks after launching his chat show there.

The 36-year-old comic helped win over his American new audience as early as the second show - when he and friend David Beckham stripped down to their boxer shorts for a hilarious underwear advert spoof .

Corden's programme The Late Late Show is up against Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart, and fellow Britons Graham Norton and Last Week Tonight's John Oliver on the Best Talk Show shortlist.

The 2015 Critics Choice Television Awards have nominated Corden only six weeks after he replaced Craig Ferguson.

Corden originally expressed concern about conquering the US market as a relative unknown. But his inaugural show was critically acclaimed.

The story of the knight and his lucky red socks

The story of the knight and his lucky red socks

Some superstitious sportsmen and women feel they have no chance of achieving glory without lucky items but only one nation has relied on a pair of lucky socks to achieve success - New Zealand.

Kiwis like nothing better than to beat the world in rugby and sailing and one of New Zealand's most famous sons achieved considerable glory on the waves with a pair of lucky red socks.

Sir Peter Blake was the head of Team New Zealand when it won the America's Cup for the first time in 1995.

Given him by his wife Lady Pippa Blake as a present, Sir Peter wore the red socks on the first day of the event as the NZL 32 vessel Black Magic won the first race.

He wore them again and it was just a family thing at first, Lady Pippa says. However, soon people cottoned on to it as Black Magic won all the races and the lucky socks became famous. The New Zealand team won the event 5-0.

The socks became a potent symbol of support for the New Zealand team in the event in future years and helped it bring in as much as $500,000 in funds.

Sir Russell Coutts, the skipper of NZL 32 in 1995, said the red sock craze allowed people to be more emotionally connected to the team.

Sadly Sir Peter died in 2001 when he was shot by pirates while on an environmental exploration trip in Brazil.

But during the last America's Cup in 2013, red socks were on show once more during Emirates Team New Zealand's challenge.

Lady Pippa says people still leave red socks on his headstones some 20 years after she gave them to her husband.

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