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    The R-turn tag, invented by Checkpoint Systems (Image: Getty/alphaworld.com)
    The R-Turn tag, invented by Checkpoint Systems (Picture: Getty; alphaworld.com)

    Bad news for all you ‘wardrobers’ out there: it looks like it’s about to become far more difficult to return clothes you’ve already worn.

    A number of online retailers are to set to start using the ‘R-Turn Tag’, designed by retail technology company Checkpoint Systems.

    The tag is easy to remove, but once removed it’s impossible to reattach – and you won’t be able to return clothes unless it’s intact.

    The tag, which you have to admit wouldn't look great on a night out (Image: alphaworld.com)
    The tag, which you have to admit wouldn’t be a great look in public (Image: alphaworld.com)

    This basically means you that can’t wear clothes you’ve purchased in public if you intend to return them (known as wardrobing), or that doing so would be pretty embarrassing.

    Would you want every single person you meet on a night out to know, instantly, that you’re a cheapskate and a swindler?

    But then again, maybe this will backfire and wearing the the R-Turn Tag in public will become an ironic fashion statement.

    It’s not clear exactly which retailers will be implementing the tag yet, but Checkpoint Systems said they are in talks with some stores.

    Maybe being able to use ASOS as a library for free clothes was too good to last.

    Serial returning of clothes (a practice which one fifth of us indulge in) is estimated to cost the industry £1.5billion a year, so it’s understandable they’ve decided to crack down.

    This isn’t the first step the industry has taken: earlier this year, ASOS announced they would deactivate accounts which returned a suspiciously high number of clothes.

    MORE: How would you get blacklisted by ASOS?

    MORE: Facebook’s new artificial intelligence can help you dress more fashionably

    MORE: ASOS slammed after being caught out using clips on model’s dress

     

     

     


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    Shirt jacket from H&M
    H&M’s shirt jacket (shacket) is getting all the love online (Picture: @amyfuchsia/Instagram)

    Is it a jacket, a shirt, a top? H&M’s latest hot property is all of the above.

    The brown checkered number is all the rage with fashion influencers on Instagram.

    The autumnal staple, perfect when the weather is precarious, doesn’t come with a designer price either.

    Called the Herringbone-weave shirt jacket, it’ll set you back £29.99.

    It ensures you’re stylish and comfortable because let’s face it, it’s not hot enough to go without covering your arms but is too warm to lug an actual jacket around.

    Emily Bull, Emma Hill and Monikh Dale are among some of the names singing its praises and hailing it a ‘shacket’.

    Part of H&M’s Conscious range for autumn – a collection which aims to be better for the environment – the shacket is made partly from recycled polyester.

    Shacket
    (Picture: H&M)

    On the H&M website it’s described as a ‘straight-cut shirt jacket in a sturdy herringbone weave containing some wool with a collar, buttons down the front and a yoke at the back.’

    It continues: ‘Flap chest pockets with a button, dropped shoulders, long sleeves with buttoned cuffs, and a rounded hem. Slightly longer at the back.’

    Influencers have been pairing it with shorts, layers, and dresses, making it a versatile item.

    Blogger Emma Hill who boasts more than 500,000 followers shared a snap wearing the shacket, layering it with a jumper underneath.

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    Other fashion bloggers followed suit, adding a touch of winter to their attires with big thick jumpers and hoodies underneath.

    Model and stylist Monikh, however, went for a summery vibe.

    She paired the shacket with a long leopard print dress. You really can wear it with anything.

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    Instagram followers can’t wait to get their hands on it, calling it a ‘the jacket of dreams’.

    True. You can buy the shacket on the H&M website.

    MORE: Facebook’s new artificial intelligence can help you dress more fashionably

    MORE: Instagram star creates incredible high fashion pics – and they’re shot in her bedroom

    MORE: Hilarious H&M t-shirt design flaw revealed by Scottish children


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    A close-up of a young man in the shower (image:Glowimages/Getty)
    The time of day you choose to shower can have a big impact on your skin (image:Glowimages/Getty)

    According to a survey undertaken by YouGov and Swedish skincare brand FOREO, 61% of people in the UK choose to shower in the morning.

    This makes sense, both for you and whoever has to sit next to you at work: who wants to start the day feeling sticky, smelly and unwashed?

    But, according to research by dermatologist Dr Simon Zokai, it’s actually far better for your skin to shower in the evening before you go to bed.

    If you wait until the following morning to wash, all of the dirt, germs and toxins which accumulate on your skin throughout the day have a longer time to fester, and a greater chance of seeping into your pores.

    This can read to blotches, spots, and even long-term skin damage. FOREO’s CEO Boris Raspudic had this to say about the findings:

    ‘It’s an argument with some very vocal proponents on both sides but, when it comes to skincare, showering in the evening really is the best option, as it helps remove all of the make-up, oil, dirt and pollutants that have accumulated throughout the day.

    ‘It seems obvious when you say it out loud, but why would you want to get into bed with dirt on your face?

    ‘While showering in the morning might help wake you up, and provide that much needed time to plan your day, the benefits for your skin are much reduced. If you have to shower in the morning, building in a quick evening rinse will significantly help your skin’s health.’

    MORE: What order are you supposed to apply your skincare products?

    MORE: How to deal with underground spots

    MORE: Unattainable skin is the new wellness obsession and it needs to stop


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    Images of a Spanish hotel, the first one to be for women only
    The first women-only resort in Spain (Picture: Som Dona Hotel)

    A Spanish hotel has launched what is being hailed as the first women’s only resort.

    The Som Dona Hotel has come with a female-led initiative which has a ‘no men allowed’ policy.

    Located in the island of Mallorca on the Manacor coast, the Som Dona boasts plenty of activities, excursions and opportunities for blissful relaxation.

    It is open to girls aged 14 and above and welcomes all sexual orientations including ‘singles, couples, mothers with daughters, businesswomen and incentives groups, friends, and relatives.’

    Perfect for those looking to travel with women only for religious or social reasons or just to enjoy a man-free holiday.

    'Bali bed's at the first women-only resort in Spain (Picture: Som Dona Hotel)
    Yes please (Picture: Som Dona Hotel)

    The Som Dona resort  offers a rooftop terrace fitted with Bali beds, a beach-style pool surrounded by lounge chairs and umbrellas and of course, a fully stocked bar.

    There’s also a spa for those wanting a bit of R&R, where you can book a massage or face and body treatments in the wellness area.

    Though guests may book a room to enjoy a male-free holiday, the resort isn’t all women.

    The pool at the first women-only resort in Spain
    And not a single speedo was seen (Picture: Som Dona Hotel)

    Hotel staff will include men as Som Dona has male employees to comply with Spain’s gender discrimination laws.

    But the company is attempting to fill traditionally male-led roles with women.

    You can book a double room, a double with a pool view or a Splendit double which comes with its own perks such as complimentary coffee and minibars, robes, slippers, and aromatherapy products (and yeah you could probably nick a few of these things).

    A bed in the first women-only resort in Spain
    Queen sized bed for a queen  (Picture: Som Dona Hotel)

    Rooms are complete with a queen-sized bed, en suite bathroom, and four-star service ‘specifically designed for women’s needs’.

    Anyway, where do we sign up?

    On the website, of course, visit Don Sona online to book a room.

    MORE: Man thinks women only need seven tampons per cycle and have nine periods a year – here’s why he’s very wrong

    MORE: Women of colour aren’t allowed to mess up like Caroline Calloway

    MORE: Turning 30 is something to celebrate, so why are women conditioned to feel like it’s a bad thing?

    MORE: Why are women so much less comfortable getting oral sex if they haven’t showered?


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    ?? MATTHEW POVER (07971 184305). 10/09/19. Sheddie Chris Heild and his winning Natures Haven shed at his home in Buxton, Lancashire. Respect copyright law. No syndication without prior consent.
    Chris at Bux End (Picture: Matthew Pover)

    It’s the announcement you’ve all been waiting for – the Shed of the Year.

    Yes, the annual celebration of all things shed is over for 2019 and the winner is this Lord of the Rings inspired hobbit hole called Bux End.

    Creator Chris Hield beat the other 20 finalists to be crowned the winner after a record-breaking number of entries and over 16,000 votes,

    Chris, 49 of Buxton, said: ‘I’m delighted – and in shock! We are massive Lord of the Rings fans so when we decided to build our own shed we knew it had to be a hobbit hole.

    ‘It had to fit in with the wildlife and nature that we have cultivated in the rest of our garden so the grass roof was a big feature. Whenever we got any seeds for wildflowers we have just thrown them over the top of the shed and they have thrived.

    ‘We have seen so much wildlife since adding the shed – so much so it distracts me when I’m working in there! We have a blackbird nest in the eaves of the shed as well as robins who we have seen hatch from eggs to baby birds and there are the butterflies and bees that swarm the flowers.

    ‘It really is a haven for nature so I am over the moon that I’ve won such a great competition.’

    The much-loved national competition, sponsored by woodcare brand Cuprinol, returned for its 13th year – with over 3,000 entrants to seven categories.

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    Chris celebrating his win (Picture: Matthew Pover)

    Chris’ shed was in the Nature’s Haven category and after securing the most votes there, he beat the other category finalists to be crowned the overall winner by the judges.

    He won£1,000, a wooden plaque, £100 worth of Cuprinol products as well as a giant crown for the super shed.

    Founder and Head Judge, Andrew Wilcox said, ‘Once again the Great British sheddie didn’t disappoint. It was great to see how brilliantly creative this year’s entrants have been and to see Chris come out on top with his beautifully natural Bux End.

    ‘This year, Cuprinol discovered that more than a third of Brits allow nature to take over part of their garden, so we thought it was only right to reflect that with the addition of a Nature’s Haven category and the entrants really excited us.

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    Chris inside his shed (Picture: Matthew Pover)

    ‘It seems only fitting that Bux End championed this year’s competition celebrating the nation’s natural approach to the great outdoors.’

    Marketing Manager for Cuprinol, Kirsty Woodbine, added: ‘For many people, the garden is an extension of their home and a place where they are increasingly spending more time.

    ‘Using colour is a great way to bring the best out of the natural environment and Cuprinol Garden Shades range is a simple and effective way to inject new life into the garden – whether it’s for a shed, fence or even upcycling furniture and pots.’

    MORE: Grab your girlfriends, this stunning Spanish resort has a ‘no men allowed’ policy

    MORE: What’s the best time of day to shower if you want to look after your skin?


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    a watermelon being tossed into a hippo's mouth (image:Twitter)
    What better way to celebrate the sex of your unborn child than by lobbing a piece of fruit at a hippopotamus? (picture:Twitter)

    It is with a heavy heart we announce that straight people are at it again.

    Following on from such classics as the couple who accidentally burned down 47,000 acres of land following a gender reveal stunt gone wrong, or the couple who, less dramatically but still very weirdly, chose to announce the sex of their unborn child with a blue lasagne, this week has seen a new instance of the trend go viral.

    The video, taken from Tik Tok and posted on Twitter by filmmaker Ana Bretón, was filmed at the Capital of Texas zoo, in Austin.

    It shows two expectant parents, Bridgette and Jonathan Joseph, chucking a watermelon into pygmy hippo Tank’s mouth.

    When the hippo bites down, the watermelon explodes to reveal that it is filled with blue, food-coloured jelly – it’s a boy!

    Most gallingly of all, Joseph reacts to this news by exclaiming: ‘YES…thank god!’

    Journalist Tori Bedford commented: ‘I just hate whenever it’s a boy and the parents go “thank god” :/’

    Publicist Danny Deraney agreed, tweeting: ‘The joy on his face knowing it’s going to be a boy is simply the worst. Along with making a hippo behind a gated fence eating a food coloring watermelon.’

    Gender reveal parties are hardly a hallowed tradition: in fact, they only date back as far as 2008, when lifestyle blogger Jenna Karvunidis revealed the gender of her unborn child via two coloured cup cakes — which by today’s standards is the height of restraint and tastefulness.

    Karvunidis now feels as though she’s created a monster.

    Describing gender reveal parties as having ‘exploded into crazy’, she wrote on a 2019 Facebook post: ‘Who cares what gender the baby is?

    ‘I did at the time because we didn’t live in 2019 and didn’t know what we know now – that assigning focus on gender at birth leaves out so much of their potential and talents that have nothing to do with what’s between their legs.’

    As funny as it might be laughing at Americans accidentally committing grand arson, it would also be nice if more people adopted this more nuanced view of gender.

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    MORE: Gender reveal parties are outdated and ignore the complexity of gender

    MORE: Couple hide baby’s gender to protect them from ‘unconscious bias’


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    Deep fried Jaffa Cakes in Antrim
    Before and after (Picture: Getty; The Chippy, Railway Street, Antrim)

    Ok, we’re no strangers to a deep fried chocolate bar. The deep fried Mars Bar has been a Scottish delicacy for decades.

    But now a chip shop in Northern Ireland is selling deep fried Jaffa Cakes.

    Yes, that’s right – the sponge, jelly and chocolate have been dipped in batter and fried until hot and crispy.

    The heat makes the jelly and the chocolate melt together and the frying adds a bit of extra crunch.

    Maybe don’t try the ‘full moon, half moon, total eclipse’ move though or you’ll burn your mouth with molten jelly.

    Chip shop selling deep fried jaffa cakes (Picture: The Chippy, Railway Street, Antrim)
    These look interesting (Picture: The Chippy, Railway Street, Antrim)

    The treats are available at The Chippy, Railway Street in Antrim.

    They were giving them away free with every order this weekend to see what customers thought.

    A spokesperson told Belfast Live: ‘They are going down quite well. Some people were a bit sceptical about trying them but once they ate they quite enjoyed it.’

    People were split of the chip shop’s Facebook page with some saying they couldn’t wait to try, while others said they weren’t sure it would work.

    Julie-Anne said: ‘Whoever thought of this should be crowned king.’

    But Rab added: ‘You can’t do that to the beloved Jaffa. That’s just taking things to far.’

    If you aren’t close to Antrim and you want to try you could try taking your own batch of Jaffa Cakes to your local chip shop and asking them to cook some up for you.

    Maybe it will catch on.

    MORE: The Shed of the Year 2019 is a Lord of the Rings inspired hobbit hole

    MORE: Woman makes £80,000 a year by posting pictures of her massive tongue


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    Emmy Fashion looks
    Emmy fashion looks (Picture: Film Magic/MEGA

    Just when you thought award season was over, up pop the Emmys.

    The 71st Emmy awards took place in L.A. last night, celebrating the television industry.

    It was a good night for British shows, with Fleabag and creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge taking home three awards.

    Killing Eve star Jodie Comer also won best leading drama actress for her role as Villanelle.

    The Game of Thrones stars were out in force, with the final season of the show picking up the prestigious best drama award.

    But it wasn’t just about the winners on the night.

    Before the show kicked off, stars walked the red carpet, which had actually be transformed into a purple carpet for this year.

    The small screen stars looked amazing in full-length dresses and black tie.

    Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie got people talking with a regal gown.

    Let’s take a look at some of the best fashion from the night:

    Sandra Oh at the Emmys
    Sandra Oh (Picture: FilmMagic)

     

    Naomi Watts at the Emmys
    Naomi Watts (Picture: ZUMAPRESS.com / MEGA)

     

    Billy Porter at the Emmys
    Billy Porter (Picture: Christopher Polk/Variety/REX)

     

    Michelle Williams at the Emmys
    Michelle Williams (Picture: Juan Rico/BACKGRID)

     

    Maisie Williams at the Emmys
    Maisie Williams (Picture: O’Connor-Arroyo/AFF-USA.com/MEGA)

     

    Sophie Turner at the Emmys
    Sophie Turner (Picture: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

     

    Zendaya at the Emmys
    Zendaya (Picture: Getty Images North America)

     

    Jodie Comer at the Emmys
    Jodie Comer (Picture: Rob Latour/REX)

     

    Sian Clifford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge at the Emmys
    Sian Clifford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Picture: Matt Baron/REX)

     

    Gwendoline Christie at the Emmys
    Gwendoline Christie (Picture: MEGA)

    Emilia Clarke on the purple carpet at the Emmys
    Emilia Clarke (Picture: Reuters)

     

    Jameela Jamil at the Emmys
    Jameela Jamil (Picture: Christopher Polk/Variety/REX)

     

    Laverne Cox and Chase Strangio arrive at the Emmys
    Laverne Cox and Chase Strangio arrive (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

     

    Kendall Jenner and Kim Kardashian at the Emmys
    Kendall Jenner and Kim Kardashian (Picture: FOX Image Collection)

     

    Ava DuVernay at the Emmys
    Ava DuVernay (Picture: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin)

     

    Aiyana Blackk and Asante Blackk at the Emmys
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    Marin Hinkle at the Emmys
    Marin Hinkle (Picture: Matt Baron/REX)

    MORE: Who were the winners at the Emmy Awards?

    MORE: Game Of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage sets new record with landmark win at the Emmys


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    Blake and Brooke on their wedding day and the couple (far right) on the day they met outside a Krispy Kreme store
    Blake and Brooke on their wedding day and the couple (far right) on the day they met (Picture: James Elsby/Krispy Kreme Australia)

    On 14 July 2014, Blake Pulic queued up overnight to try Original Glaze doughnuts at a new Krispy Kreme store.

    But he got more than just a tasty doughnut when he ended up meeting his wife Brooke in the queue at the Krispy Kreme West Croydon, South Australia.

    Now the couple has returned to the store on their wedding day – and of course the doughnuts featured heavily.

    Blake said: ‘I went down to Krispy Kreme that night not looking for anything except some delicious doughnuts, until I saw Brooke just ahead of me in the line. She had bright red hair, and I thought she was gorgeous.

    ‘It was the best decision I ever made.’

    Then 20, Blake found himself standing with Brooke, then 19, along with hundreds of other Krispy Kreme fans.

    When Blake spotted she had been tagged in a picture on the store’s official Facebook page, he decided to send her a message as they stood in the queue.

    Brooke (bottom right) and Blake (top right) on the day they met in the queue for a Krispy Kreme opening in Australia
    Brooke (bottom right) and Blake (top right) on the day they met in the queue (Picture: James Elsby/Krispy Kreme Australia)

    Unfortunately, it went into her spam folder but it gave Blake the courage to go and speak to her in person while they waited for the store to open.

    Blake explained: ‘I knew I had to talk to her. I went up to her and said “I sent you a message on Facebook”, which had gone to her spam folder. I sat down and we talked for the next nine and a half getting to know one another.’

    The pair hit it off and after they eventually got their hands on some doughnuts, they decided to stay in touch.

    The couple walking down the aisle
    The couple walking down the aisle (Picture: James Elsby/Krispy Kreme Australia)

     

    rooke and Blake the Krispy Kreme store where they met in West Croydon, australia
    Brooke and Blake the store where they met (Picture: James Elsby/Krispy Kreme Australia)

    A year later, they returned to the store and Blake proposed with four heart-shaped doughnuts with the words ‘will you marry me?’

    Now, five years after they met, they have a son Benjamin, four, and Blake is in the process of adopting Brooke’s seven-year-old daughter Isabella, seven.

    They decided they wanted to finally tie the know and seven months ago, Krispy Kreme got involved to help them plan their big day.

    Giving out boxes of doughnuts at the Krispy Kreme wedding
    Doughnuts had to be part of the big day (Picture: James Elsby/Krispy Kreme Australia)
    Brooke and Blake's son on their wedding day
    They now have a son together and Blake is adopting Brooke’s daughter from a previous relationship (Picture: James Elsby/Krispy Kreme Australia)

    Yesterday, they said I do at  Adelaide Botanic Gardens before returning to the store where they met to take pictures and celebrate their marriage.

    General Manager Krispy Kreme South Australia, Mark Higginbottom: ‘Krispy Kreme South Australia, and the team who opened the West Croydon store, are thrilled to be part of Brooke and Blake’s special day.

    ‘We were there when they met, we assisted Blake in his proposal plans to Brooke, and now their wedding day. This is truly an exciting day for us too.’

    MORE: Emmys 2019: Some of the best looks from the purple carpet

    MORE: Chip shop is making deep fried Jaffa Cakes and we’re not sure how to feel


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    MERCURY PRESS. Wirral, UK. Pictured: The wedding of pensioners Rachel Monger, 80, and Joe Williams, 84.)) An OAP couple who met in sheltered housing after losing their partners have now tied the knot - after they bonded over a jigsaw. Rachel Monger, 80, and Joe Williams, 84, met at Manor House in Bromborough, Wirral, last year and fell in love at first sight when they started chatting in a communal area over the puzzle. Joe had recently moved into the sheltered development, run by Alpha Living, after losing his partner and locked eyes with Rachel while he was viewing flats in the development. After several months of courting, Joe popped the question to Rachel, who was also previously married, on Valentines Day this year. - SEE MERCURY COPY
    ‘I thought, “wow, he’s attractive”‘ (Picture: Mercury Press)

    An elderly couple who met in sheltered housing after their partners had died have tied the knot – and say they bonded over a jigsaw puzzle.

    Rachel Monger, 80, and Joe Williams, 84, are proving that it’s never too late to find true love after they decided to get married after just three months of ‘courting’.

    The pair met at Manor House in Bromborough, Wirral, last year and fell in love when they started chatting in a communal area over a jigsaw.

    Joe lost his partner of 22 years Margaret, in July 2018, and had recently moved into the sheltered housing development.

    MERCURY PRESS. Wirral, UK. Pictured: The wedding of pensioners Rachel Monger, 80, and Joe Williams, 84.)) An OAP couple who met in sheltered housing after losing their partners have now tied the knot - after they bonded over a jigsaw. Rachel Monger, 80, and Joe Williams, 84, met at Manor House in Bromborough, Wirral, last year and fell in love at first sight when they started chatting in a communal area over the puzzle. Joe had recently moved into the sheltered development, run by Alpha Living, after losing his partner and locked eyes with Rachel while he was viewing flats in the development. After several months of courting, Joe popped the question to Rachel, who was also previously married, on Valentines Day this year. - SEE MERCURY COPY
    ‘We are both very much in love’ (Picture: Mercury Press)

    Rachel was married to her husband Anthony for 41 years before he died in December 2016.

    Joe popped the question to Rachel with a diamond ring on Valentine’s day this year. The wedding took place at Bromborough Methodist Church on Saturday in an intimate ceremony with their loved ones.

    ‘When I first saw Joe, he had come round to Manor House to view flats and I thought “wow, he’s attractive,”‘ says Rachel.

    ‘After he had moved in, one day I was doing a jigsaw in the common room on Remembrance Sunday – which is quite an overwhelming day for us both because we remember and reflect on our lives.

    ‘Joe had stepped out of the lift looking upset so I told him to sit down with me and we bonded straight away.

    ‘He asked me out for a meal a month later and we soon realised that we had been making eyes at each other for a while!

    Pictures by MERCURY PRESS - (PICTURED: The wedding of pensioners Rachel Monger, 80, and Joe Williams, 84.)) An OAP couple who met in sheltered housing after losing their partners have now tied the knot - after they bonded over a jigsaw. Rachel Monger, 80, and Joe Williams, 84, met at Manor House in Bromborough, Wirral, last year and fell in love at first sight when they started chatting in a communal area over the puzzle. Joe had recently moved into the sheltered development, run by Alpha Living, after losing his partner and locked eyes with Rachel while he was viewing flats in the development. After several months of courting, Joe popped the question to Rachel, who was also previously married, on Valentine's Day this year. - SEE MERCURY COPY
    ‘Go for it if the opportunity to find new love at a later age presents itself’ (Picture: Mercury Press)

    ‘We found out that we had common ground because both our partners had recently died, but we also enjoyed singing, dancing, and going to church so it all fell into place.’

    ‘I’d describe our relationship as beautiful because we just get on so well and we are both very much in love,’ added Joe.

    ‘I got down on one knee with a ring and asked Rachel to marry me – she said yes, and that it was what she had been waiting for.’

    The newlyweds are soon to be jetting off on honeymoon to Eastbourne, West Sussex, and have also planned holidays to Blackpool, Ireland, the Isle of Wight and Scotland.

    ‘I’d say go for it if the opportunity to find new love at a later age presents itself,’ said Rachel.

    ‘You never know what might happen, and in our case it’s ended up so lovely and we’re very happy.’

    Thanks to Rachel and Joe we all believe in happy endings.

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    Pictures by MERCURY PRESS - (PICTURED: The wedding of pensioners Rachel Monger, 80, and Joe Williams, 84.)) An OAP couple who met in sheltered housing after losing their partners have now tied the knot - after they bonded over a jigsaw. Rachel Monger, 80, and Joe Williams, 84, met at Manor House in Bromborough, Wirral, last year and fell in love at first sight when they started chatting in a communal area over the puzzle. Joe had recently moved into the sheltered development, run by Alpha Living, after losing his partner and locked eyes with Rachel while he was viewing flats in the development. After several months of courting, Joe popped the question to Rachel, who was also previously married, on Valentine\'s Day this year. - SEE MERCURY COPYPictures by MERCURY PRESS - (PICTURED: The wedding of pensioners Rachel Monger, 80, and Joe Williams, 84.)) An OAP couple who met in sheltered housing after losing their partners have now tied the knot - after they bonded over a jigsaw. Rachel Monger, 80, and Joe Williams, 84, met at Manor House in Bromborough, Wirral, last year and fell in love at first sight when they started chatting in a communal area over the puzzle. Joe had recently moved into the sheltered development, run by Alpha Living, after losing his partner and locked eyes with Rachel while he was viewing flats in the development. After several months of courting, Joe popped the question to Rachel, who was also previously married, on Valentine\'s Day this year. - SEE MERCURY COPY

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    a houseplant festival is coming this sunday
    Aloe, aloe – a houseplant festival is coming to the capital this Sunday (Picture: Getty)

    Millennials, brace yourselves – an entire festival dedicated to houseplants is landing in London this Sunday.

    Fittingly, the event will be taking place at Lambeth’s Garden Museum, from 11am to 5pm.

    Journalist and author of ‘How to Grow Stuff’ Alice Vincent is the brains behind the brand new festival, which will see businesses, stylists, artists and designers all come together for the horticultural extravaganza.

    Green-fingered guests will get the chance to rub shoulders with some of Instagram’s biggest plant experts, as well as browse the different shrubs on sale.

    Some famous names from the capital’s plant world will be running stalls at the festival, including Patch, Bloom, Leaf Envy, Prick and Forest.

    Visitors will be also able to pay a visit to the houseplant clinic, where experts such as Jane Perrone, Kimberly Aston, Gynelle Leon and Dr Laura Jenkins will be giving out tips for proud plant parents.

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    There will be plenty of greenery on offer (Picture: Brinda Blum/Unsplash)

    What’s more, a whole host of activities and workshops will be running throughout the day, including a tinyjohn terrarium-making session and a dried botanical cloud workshop hosted by Graen Studios.

    Elsewhere, illustrator Lizzy Stewart will be using leafy inspiration for drawing and print-making, and there will be a pop-up photography exhibition by Emily Haynes, exploring ‘People and Plants’.

    London Terrariums will also be offering a plant swap, where owners can trade their beloved shrubs for new brand ones.

    Pre-sale tickets for the day-long celebration may have sold out but there will be some available on the door – but queues are to be expected.

    Sounds like a pretty unbe-leaf-able event!

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    The doughnut is perfect. A spherical ball of deep-fried, cakey perfection. But there is one way to make doughnuts even better. Add booze, obviously.

    Crosstown is launching bespoke bourbon doughuts this month – for people who like their cake with a side of alcohol. And they are giving away 200 for free today at their Soho branch in London.

    The Maker’s Mark Bourbon & Butterscotch Doughnut is launching ahead of London Cocktail Week 2019 and features Crosstown’s black cocoa sourdough, filled with a Maker’s Mark Bourbon custard to balance its sweet butterscotch glaze.

    It’s then been topped with a red chocolate cross and nut crumble containing ‘Red Winter Wheat’ – an ingredient used in every bottle of Maker’s Mark instead of traditionally used rye, for a smoother taste.

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    These look ridiculously good (Picture: Crosstown Doughnuts)

    There are 200 up for grabs from 1pm today at Crosstown Soho, but it’s first-come-first-serve so you’ll have to be quick.

    If you don’t manage to snap up a freebie, don’t worry, the official launch of the new boozy flavour is on Friday 27 September, but they are limited edition, so only available until Wednesday 30 October.

    The new flavour will be available in the full-size Crosstown style as well as a mini Doughbite.

    If you want an additional kick with your doughnut, head down to London Cocktail Week, where you can buy one of the Doughbites with one of four cocktails for £7.00, including the Toasted Marshmallow Old Fashioned, the Blueberry Old Fashioned, the Mint Julep Highball and the Star Hill Spritz.

    So now you can get tipsy while stuffing your face with doughnuts? Sign us up.

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    MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 22: Models walk the runway at the Gucci Spring/Summer 2020 fashion show during Milan Fashion Week on September 22, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images for Gucci)
    Ayesha Tan Jones protesting during the Gucci show (Picture: Getty Images Europe)

    When Ayesha Tan Jones walked down the catwalk for Gucci at their Milan fashion week, she made an impromptu protest.

    After featuring in a segment with models wearing clothes based on straitjackets, Ayesha held up the words ‘mental health is not fashion’ on her hands.

    Gucci defended the show, saying the jackets, designed by creative director Alessandro Michele, won’t be sold but were meant to represent ‘how society today can have the ability to confine individuality and how Gucci can be the antidote.’

    The models stood on a conveyor belt that moved them along the catwalk as they stared straight ahead, each dressed in a take on the straitjacket.

    After the show, Ayesha posted a video on Instagram and said: ‘As an artist and model who has experienced my own struggles with mental health, as well as family members and loved ones who have been affected by depression, anxiety, bipolar and schizophrenia, is hurtful and insensitive for a major fashion house such as Gucci to use this imagery as a concept for a fleeting fashion moment’

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    She later added: ‘It is in bad taste for Gucci to use the imagery of straitjackets and outfits alluding to mental patients, while being rolled out on a conveyor belt as if a piece of factory meat.

    ‘Presenting these struggles as props for selling clothes in today’s capitalist climate is vulgar, unimaginative and offensive to the millions of people around the world affected by these issues.’

    Ayesha’s followers responded to her post and thanked her for speaking out.

    One said: ‘This is so brave of you. I love Gucci as a brand and I appreciate Alessandro’s work but as someone who lives with anxiety disorder, I will think twice before purchasing anything from the house again. Thank you for raising up your voice.’

    Another added: This was such a brave & meaningful thing to do, and I have so much respect for your message and the risks it must have taken for you to speak this truth.

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    The models at Milan fashion week, with Ayesha protesting at the front (Picture: Getty Images Europe)

    ‘Straitjackets have been used to oppress our most vulnerable people, and fashion continues to oppress so many people – from starved models to slave labour. Thank you for standing up for what you believe in!’

    A Gucci spokesperson said: ‘The show presented how society today can have the ability to confine individuality and how Gucci can be the antidote.

    ‘It was a journey from conformity to freedom and creativity. Uniforms, utilitarian clothes, such as straitjackets, were included on the catwalk as the most extreme version of restriction imposed by society and those who control it.

    ‘The white outfits were a statement for the fashion show and part of a performance, in the sense of setting the context for what followed.’

    It’s not the first time the fashion house has faced controversy this year. In February, they were forced to pull a £688 balaclava jumper because people said it looked like blackface.

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    People queing up to get a free beer in exchange for donating non-perishable food to charity
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    Do we like free drinks? Yes. Do we want to help people? Yes. Then good news because a beer company is making it happen.

    Camden Town Brewery has come up with a ‘can-for-can’ initiative and you get a free drink for non-perishable food handed over to them.

    The brewery is working with charity The Felix Project to try to stop people going hungry this winter.

    With fruit, vegetables and the grain and hops needed to make the beer plentiful after the warmer months, the company want to make sure others are not going without.

    So kind-hearted souls (who love a free bevvy) will get to taste the new Harvest Hells range.

    Win-win.

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    Who said drinking beer isn’t charitable? (Picture: Camden Town Brewery)

    The brewery hopes to help some of the 8.4 million people in the UK struggling to afford food.

    With one in 10 parents relying on local charities and food banks, they also want to raise awareness for food poverty.

    So this week the Harvest Hells van is touring the UK with its can-for-can swap. All the donations will then be given to food banks around the country.

    Where to find the can-for-can van

    All tinned food donations will be greatly appreciated at your local can-for-can collection point:

    • Tuesday 24 September – Camden Market, London (NW1 8AF): 12-3pm
    • Wednesday 25tSeptember – Media City, Manchester (M50 2EQ): 12-3pm
    • Thursday 26 September – Victoria Leeds, Leeds (LS2 7AU): 12-3pm
    • Friday 27 September – Royal Albert Dock Liverpool (L3 4AA): 12-3pm

    And they’re not stopping there, Camden Town Brewery is donating 20p from every Harvest Hills can sold within the first month of sales. 

    Jasper Cuppaidge, Founder of Camden Town Brewery said: ‘We’re proud that each of our Seasonal Hells, released throughout the year, have been raising money for good.

    ‘By donating 20p from each Harvest Hells can sale in this first month, and going on tour across the UK, we’re raising awareness of those experiencing food poverty, and your donations will go towards helping to put food on tables, supporting those in need.’

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    KitKat is offering more than 1,500 new flavour combinations (Picture: Nestle)

    KitKat is breaking away from its traditional two-finger chocolate bar with a new luxurious, handmade selection.

    Food giant Nestle will be offering new bars, as part of a new upmarket chocolatey range – with more than 1,500 different flavour combinations to choose from.

    The move is the biggest development from the brand since the arrival of the KitKat Chunky, 20 years ago.

    Chocolate lovers can create their own bespoke eight-finger bar thanks to the new KitKat Chocolatory.

    They can pick either milk, dark, ruby or white chocolate to coat their bar and add up to three ingredients including mini marshmallows, meringue, honeycomb, toasted coconut and more.

    The 150g bars come with a price tag, at £14, compared to a standard four-fingered KitKat which costs just 65p.

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    The custom bars will be available this week (Picture: Nestle)

    The new bars will come in bespoke presentation boxes and will be available to buy via pop-ups in 30 John Lewis branches from 26 September until 24 December. They will also be available to order from a new Nestlé website – launching in November.

    Alongside these custom-made bars, the brand will be launching six special edition flavours including gin and tonic and nuttylicious, as well as a further eight ‘Best of British’ fingers such as marmalade, cherry bakewell and Eton mess.

    Six-finger bars will retail at £7.50 and 12-finger bars will cost £12.

    KitKat?s new, posh bars come in more than 1,500 flavours, including gin and tonic (Picture: Nestle)
    The new upmarket fingers (Picture: Nestle)

    Rachel Costello, from John Lewis, said: ‘I think our customers will love these exciting new flavours from such an iconic, much loved brand and the experience of making their own KitKat.

    ‘These special KitKats will make fun and unique Christmas gifts and stocking fillers.’

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    Cindy Caffin and her partner Dave at their wedding which was attended by over 400 school children
    Cindy Cassin and her partner Dave at their wedding which was attended by over 400 school children (Picture: Caters)

    A primary school caretaker had some very special guests at her wedding – well, she had 450 of them.

    Cindy Cassin, 57, decided to walk down the aisle in front of all the pupils at the school she works at.

    The caretaker, who’s worked at the school for 27 years, was delighted to have guests from the Saint Barnabas Church of England Primary School in Warwickshire.

    The big day involved more than 450 school pupils, dozens of teaching staff and several parents, making it a community event.

    Cindy’s dad, Ray Gaunt, 74, walked her down the aisle and her reception was held on the school field.

    After deputy headteacher Jenny Arnold floated the idea of getting the children to help organise the wedding, they were excited to get involved.

    Cindy Caffin and her partner Dave at their wedding which was attended by over 400 school children
    Tiny guests or huge bride and groom? (Picture: Caters)

    The big day was daunting for Cindy, who wed her partner Dave, 62, but it helped to have so many friendly faces.

    She said: ‘I was really nervous about getting married in front of so many people.

    ‘I don’t like all the attention being on me but it was such a special day for everyone.

    ‘The whole school got involved, one of the parents baked 450 cupcakes and another created my wedding cake.

    ‘It was lovely to see the children so excited in the run-up to our wedding day. They’d all created little gifts to present to us at the reception as well, it was adorable.’

     Cindy Caffin dances with the children after her wedding
    A fun day was had by all  (Picture: Caters)

    Dave and Cindy, who first met in 1979, had a ceremony abroad in Zante before their big day at the primary school.

    At the second wedding celebration, Cindy wore the same white dress and had her hair and makeup styled by a professional.

    With so many eager faces watching, Cindy certainly felt the nerves.

    She added: ‘I was more nervous for our school wedding as it was huge in comparison.

    ‘It was such a great day and so special to share it all with the school as they’re like family to me.

    ‘I was really nervous before the school wedding but it really was one of the best days of our lives.’

    Deputy Headteacher, Jenny added: ‘Since we began planning this day at the start of the year it has just got bigger and bigger.

    ‘The children have all been so excited and we think it’s really important to allow them to enjoy life experiences as part of the curriculum.

    ‘Cindy is an amazing asset to our school as she always goes above and beyond at any opportunity.’

    The children made good luck favours for the newlyweds before the wedding reception took place.

    They also had afternoon tea to mark the occasion. How adorable.

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     Carole King of Deer Park, Washington, holding her border collie, Katie, who went missing for 57 days before she was located
    Reunited at last (Picture: Mackenzie Reiss/AP)

    What would you do if you lost your beloved pet? Would you resign to crying and mourning after searching for a few days?

    Or would you pause your life until you found your precious pooch or kitty?

    That’s exactly what one woman who lost her border collie did. Carol King, from Washington, quit her job to dedicate her time to finding seven-year-old Katie.

    Postal worker Carol and her husband were on a romantic getaway to Montana and decided to take Katie with them when the unthinkable happened.

    When they went out for dinner one stormy night, the thunderous sounds scared Katie who had been left at the hotel.

    She somehow found a way to escape the hotel premises, sparking a frantic search from her owners and the staff.

    A search around the hotel vicinity went on until the early hours of the morning but to no avail.

    Soon, days turned into weeks but Carol never gave up hope. And on day 57, the lengthy searches were worth it as Katie was finally found.

    She explained to local news group Daily Inter Lake: ‘It was devastating. I got sick to my stomach. I never gave up. I never lost hope.’

    When Carol couldn’t find Katie in the hotel, she suspected that the doggo had run out because she was scared by the thunder.

    A hotel clerk helped Carol put the word out on Facebook where others also shared the news.

    During the search which lasted weeks, kind strangers put out flyers, spreading the news as far as they could. Some even prepared meals for Carol who stayed in Montana to find the pet.

    Then one day last week, a man called Carol saying he’d spotted a canine that fitted Katie’s description in the Country Estates neighbourhood in Montana.

    Carol immediately went over to see but by the time she arrived, the dog had already fled.

    Not easily deterred, Carol and her team of helpers amped up their search, handing out flyers to passersby.

    One woman assured her she hadn’t seen a border collie but as they went their separate ways, she stopped Carol in her tracks.

    Carol explained: ‘The lady was walking back, she points over to the tree where it’s really dark and says, “is that your dog?” And I turn and it’s Katie.’

    She then ran towards the dog, shouting ‘Katie. Katie girl!’

    Carol continued: ‘I just bear-hugged her; I wasn’t going to let her go. Tears were flying, we were screaming, everybody is high-fiving, hugging each other.

    ‘People are stopping in their vehicles, getting out and hugging us. I think the whole neighbourhood knew that we found her.’

    It really takes a village.

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    ‘It’s an artistic statement’ (Picture: BACKGRID)

    Naomi Campbell caused a stir when she wore a white dress with a fake bullet hole and blood at London Fashion Week earlier this month – and now the designer of the dress has spoken out.

    The 49-year-old supermodel hosted her annual Fashion For Relief gala on the 14 September. One of the outfits she wore was a white dress featuring what appeared to be a gunshot wound with blood streaming out.

    The dress was largely applauded, YouTube vlogger and influencer Patricia Bright wrote alongside a video of the dress: ‘Also notice her dress (a gun shot wound) there was so many underlying messages in the show and clothing even to the last minute how amazing [sic].’

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    But, given the controversial nature of the fashion statement, designer Mowalola Ogunlesi took to Instagram to make an official statement: ‘I make clothes to challenge people’s minds,’ she said.

    ‘This gown is from my collection “Coming For Blood” – a delving into the horrific feeling of falling in love.

    ‘This dress is extremely emotional to me – it screams my lived experience as a black person.’

    The designer added: ‘It shows no matter how well dressed you are or well behaved, we are time after time, seen as a walking target.

    ‘I’m in a privileged position to be able to speak on issues that others would be silenced on. Inequality is still rife and newspapers clawing at my work is testament to that.’

    Writing in the comments under Mowalola’s post Naomi added her support: ‘This dress is not about glamourising gun crime in any way. It’s an artistic statement.

    ‘I support @mowalola, who’s doing such great work and is passionate about bringing such a serious issue to light through her designs. Proud of you and your courage, as we are still in the grips of trying to balance diversity In the UK.’

    The Fashion For Relief gala aims to fight poverty and disadvantaged people around the world and has raised millions in donations over the last 14 years.

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    Mandy Pursely, who is an amputee, wore a glass arm and dressed as Cinderella
    Mandy Pursely created the Cinderella costume (Pictures: Kelly Anderson)

    Mandy Pursely had her right arm amputated as a child and she says she struggled not seeing anyone who looked like her in the media.

    When she was contacted by a friend if she had any pictures she could share with a little girl who had one arm, she decided to show that girls with prosthetics could be princesses too.

    She posted pictures of herself in an amazing handmade Cinderella costume, with a glass arm instead of a glass slipper.

    Mandy took the pictures earlier this summer for a costume competition but a medical problem meant she couldn’t compete in the end and she was going to save them for next year.

    But hearing about the little girl who was looking for someone like her, Mandy decided to show the world her take on the fairytale.

    She said: ‘When my daughter was studying Cinderella stories at school last year, I realized that even though there were so many beautiful tales from around the world, there were still no princesses who looked like me.

    ‘When I was growing up with a physical difference, I never saw girls like myself represented in the media, so it took me a long time to realize that what makes us different can also be the thing that makes us strong, beautiful, and unapologetically unique.

    Mandy Pursely, who is an amputee, wore a glass arm and dressed as Cinderella
    Kelly was inspired to release the pictures by a little girl her friend knew (Picture: Kelly Anderson)

    ‘So what do you do when you can’t find a princess like you? You make up your own!’

    Mandy spent hours making her ballgown and a prince’s uniform for the cosplay and she approached artist Gilbert Lozano to ask him to help her to design the glass arm.

    With the help of a construction company and a medical clinic, she was able to create a glass arm she could wear.

    She put the whole costume together and posed with her husband Ryan to create the amazing pictures, taken by photographer Kelly Anderson.

    Mandy Pursely, who is an amputee, wore a glass arm and dressed as Cinderella
    Mandy made the dress herself (Picture: Kelly Anderson)

    ‘This costume is dedicated to all the little girls learning to navigate the world with their “lucky fins” or other challenges.

    ‘I hope you know you are beautiful, and that you are UNSTOPPABLE!!! Write your own story, and be your own kind of princess,’ she said.

    The post went viral with over 24,000 shares and 32,000 likes and Mandy said she was overwhelmed by the response.

    Mandy Pursely, who is an amputee, wore a glass arm and dressed as Cinderella
    Mandy has now created a page to share more of her costumes (Picture: Kelly Anderson)

    She added: ‘I am literally just blown away by all the love and support. All of you fabulous people have created this beautiful corner of positivity and light and are just shooting it out there and it is amazing.

    ‘But my most favorite part is seeing all these little “lucky fin” princesses and princes in the comments.

    ‘Please shower these kids with all the love too because they are adorable and awesome exactly the way they are! I know they are going to write some great stories one day too.’

    Mandy has even started a new cosplay page Be the Spark in response to the support she’s received.

    She hopes to create more costumes of more characters to show the beauty of differences.

    She said: ‘I want to create a space that celebrates people who break out of the mold and create characters that inspire others to do the same. We cosplay characters because they inspire us to be bold, to be kind, and to make a difference in the world. But the secret is that we had those powers inside us all along.’

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    Food from Sweet Chick, including pancakes with blueberries and chicken and waffles
    The hit US restaurant will open its first UK branch in London (Picture: @sweetchicklife/Instagram)

    Sweet Chick – a US fried chicken restaurant backed by American rapper Nas – is opening its first British branch this week.

    The UK outpost – and first international venture – opens on Thursday 26 September, taking over a former Carluccio’s site at Market Place, near Oxford Street.

    The restaurant will serve the brand’s famous fried chicken (soaked overnight in sweet tea-stained brine) and waffles, alongside some Southern-inspired dishes such as biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits and mac n cheese.

    All-American comfort food will continue with the dessert menu, with dishes such as a doughnut ice-cream sandwich.

    As well as these mouth-watering plates, the site will serve a number of specials inspired by the restaurant’s new British home, alongside cocktails and beers from London Fields Brewery.

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    Sweet Chick is known for its fried chicken and waffles (Picture: @sweetchicklife/Instagram)

    Sweet Chick was founded by John Seymour back in 2013, before Nas came on board in 2015. Currently, there are four restaurants in New York and one in Los Angeles, and the new London venue will follow the same format.

    The most recently-opened US location is in Nas’ home borough of Queens, in Long Island City.

    Speaking to the London Economic, John Seymour said: ‘We have tried to replicate the small details of the American sites, to maintain Sweet Chick’s authenticity as a brand.

    ‘The PDR, also known as “The Jazz Room” at the Long Island City site will also be replicated at the London site.’

    The fried chicken restaurant has already attracted a celebrity following, including the likes of Cameron Diaz and Andre 3000 – so no doubt British stars will soon be flocking to the new Fitzrovia venue.

    The celebrity-endorsed restaurant follows in the footsteps of Mark Wahlberg’s burger chain Wahlburgers, which opened its first British store in Covent Garden earlier this year.

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