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Police said Comer left the beige and tan dog dead on thesidewalk. He alsoleft his Florida identification card lying next to the dog body, so police had an idea of the identity of their suspect.

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Police found Comer sitting on the sidewalk with no shirt and no shoes. He he told them he wanted to be arrested, police said.

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plus the food there barely passes as edibleit is at the lowest requirements of nutritional value as they can go legally and not to mention you think it might be warm a warm place to sleep but it is blistering hot or freezing cold they really don care about inmates in prison they are treated worse than animals at the Humane Society

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“We are extremely proud to announce the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class,” said Archie Manning, NFF Chairman and a 1989 College Football Hall of Famer from Mississippi. “Each of these men has established himself among the absolute best to have ever played or coached the game, and we look forward to immortalizing their incredible accomplishments.”

The announcement of the 2017 Class was made today live on ESPN’s SportsCenter in Tampa, Fla., the site of the College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship, which will be played tonight at Raymond James Stadium between No. 1 Alabama (14 0) and No. 2 Clemson (13 1). Steve Spurrier joined the ESPN set inside the stadium for the announcement,representing the class and sharing his thoughts on induction. ET on ESPN.

The new tradition of announcing the College Football Hall of Fame class in conjunction with the CFP National Championship began in 2015 before the inaugural CFP title game in Dallas. The 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be inducted at the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, 2017, at the New York Hilton Midtown. The inductees will also be honored at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Chick fil A Peach Bowl on Jan. 1, 2018, and they will be recognized at their respective collegiate institutions with NFF Hall of Fame On Campus Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the fall. Their accomplishments will be forever immortalized at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

“We would like to thank CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock and his staff for the continued opportunity to announce the Hall of Fame Class in conjunction with the championship game,” said NFF President CEO Steve Hatchell. “We are also grateful for the guidance, knowledge and vision of honors court chairmen Archie Griffin (FBS) and Jack Lengyel (divisional) for the essential role that they each play in guiding the committees in the selection of the inductees.”

2017 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS NOTES

PLAYERS:ONE NFF William V. Campbell Trophy winner (Manning)THREE unanimous First Team All Americans (Faulk, Nguyen, Peterson)SEVEN consensus First Team All Americans (Crable, Leinart, Manning, McKay, Peterson, Ruth, Urlacher)FOUR multi year First Team All Americans (Crable 2, Faulk 3, Leinart 2, Peterson 4)FIVE winners of college football major awards (Leinart Heisman, Walter Camp; Manning Campbell, Davey O’Brien, Maxwell; Nguyen Bednarik, Lombardi; Peterson Walter Payton Award; Ruth Outland)ONE all time rushing leader in Division I history(Peterson)FIVE national championships (Leinart 2, McKay, Peterson 2)SIX conference players of the year (Faulk, Leinart 2, Manning, Nguyen, Peterson 2, Urlacher)SIX members of conference championship teams (Gibson, Leinart 3, Manning, McKay 2, Nguyen, Peterson 4)FOUR bowl MVPs (Leinart Rose Bowl, Manning Citrus Bowl, Nguyen Cotton Bowl, Urlacher Senior Bowl)FOUR played for College Football Hall of Fame coaches (Crable, Manning, McKay, Nguyen)SIX first round NFL draft picks (Crable, Faulk, Leinart, Manning, McKay, Urlacher)SIX offensive players (Faulk, Gibson, Leinart, Manning, McKay, Peterson)FOUR defensive players(Crable, Nguyen, Ruth, Urlacher)FIVE decades represented: 1960s (1) McKay; 1970s (2) Crable, Gibson; 1980s (2) Crable, Ruth; 1990s (5) Faulk, Manning, Nguyen, Peterson, Urlacher; 2000s (2) Leinart, PetersonONE school with its first ever College Football Hall of Fame inductee (New Mexico Urlacher)

COACHES:ONE coach with highest winning percentage in college football history (Kehres)ONE coach who becomes only the fourth person all time to enter the Hall of Fame as a player and a coach (Spurrier, joining Bobby Dodd, Amos Alonzo Stagg and Bowden Wyatt)13 national championships (Ford 1, Kehres 11, Spurrier 1)35 conference championships (Ford 5, Kehres 23, Spurrier 7)126 First Team All Americans coached (Ford 15, Kehres 77, Spurrier 34)14 conference coach of the year honors (Ford 2, Kehres 6, Spurrier 9)Youngest coach in college football history to win a national title (Ford)Winningest coaches in school history (Kehres Mount Union; Spurrier Florida and South Carolina)1. First and foremost, a player must have received First Team All America recognition by a selector organization that is recognized by the NCAA and utilized to comprise their consensus All America teams.

2. A player becomes eligible for consideration by the Foundation’s honors courts ten full seasons after his final year of intercollegiate football played.

3. While each nominee’s football achievements in college are of prime consideration, his post football record as a citizen is also weighed. He must have proven himself worthy as a citizen, carrying the ideals of football forward into his relations with his community and fellow man. Consideration may also be given for academic honors and whether or not the candidate earned a college degree.

4. Players must have played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years. For example, to be eligible for the 2017 ballot, the player must have played his last year in 1967 or thereafter. In addition, players who are playing professionally and coaches who are coaching on the professional level are not eligible until after they retire. Active coaches become eligible at 75 years of age. He must have been a head coach for a minimum of 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a .600 winning percentage.

Players that do not comply with the 50 year rule may still be eligible for consideration by the Football Bowl Subdivision and Divisional Honors Review Committees, which examine unique cases.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME QUICK FACTSIncluding the 2017 Hall of Fame class, only 987 players and 214 coaches, have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly 5.19 million who have played or coached the game during the past 148 years. In other words, less than two ten thousandths of one percent (.0002) of the individuals who have played the game have been deemed worthy of this distinction. Founded in 1947, The National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame inducted its first class of inductees in 1951. The first class included 32 players and 19 coaches, including Illinois’ Red Grange, Notre Dame’s Knute Rockne, Amos Alonzo Stagg and Carlisle’s Jim Thorpe.306 schools are represented with at least one College Football Hall of Famer. Induction for this class of Hall of Famers will take place Dec. 5, 2017, during the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown.

2017 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee BiosA two time First Team All American, Bob Crable owns nearly every tackling record at Notre Dame. He becomes the 46th Fighting Irish player to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

A consensus First Team All American as a senior, Crable holds Notre Dame’s career (521), single season (187) and single game (26) tackling records. A Third Team All American in 1979, his 26 tackles against Clemson that season are tied for the most ever in an FBS game. In the 1979 Cotton Bowl following his freshman season, he recovered a fumble that led to a touchdown and a comeback victory over Houston in the famous “Chicken Soup” game. The two time team captain and team MVP for Hall of Fame coach Dan Devine also led the Irish to a berth in the 1981 Sugar Bowl. A 1982 Hula Bowl participant, Crable led the team in tackles three seasons and posted four games with 20 or more tackles as a sophomore. In 2006, he received the Butkus Silver Anniversary Award.

The 23rd overall pick in the 1982 NFL Draft, Crable played seven seasons for the New York Jets. While with the Jets, he went into his first business venture, a high end sportswear company known as Crable Sportswear, which he later sold. After his professional football career, he returned to his high school alma mater, Moeller High School in Cincinnati, where he coached football and taught religion for 16 years. Crable would serve as the school’s head football coach from 2001 07.

In 2007, Crable started the Crable Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing scholarships to student athletes looking to attend Catholic high schools. He has founded several other companies, including Crable Investments and Hilltop Management Company, and he is currently a licensed real estate agent with Capital Real Estate Partners. He becomes the second San Diego State player to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

A two time unanimous First Team All American in 1992 and 1993, Faulk became the first freshman in history to lead the nation in both scoring (140 points) and rushing (158.8 yards per game) in 1991. A three time Heisman Trophy finalist, he finished second in 1992 after again leading the nation in rushing with 163 yards per game. The 1992 WAC Offensive Player of the Year owns the NCAA FBS record for points per game with 12.1, and he remains in the top 10 in college history in rushing yards per game (148) and all purpose yardage per game (180.5).

The 1991 WAC Freshman of the Year, Faulk rushed for 386 yards in his first start as an Aztec to set a then NCAA record. A three time First Team All WAC selection, he led the conference in scoring all three seasons and twice led the conference in rushing. The two time recipient of the Joe Kearney Award as the WAC Athlete of the Year across all sports set numerous conference records, including single game and career touchdowns and career rushing average. Faulk set nearly every San Diego State rushing record while leading the Aztecs in rushing, scoring and all purpose yards every year of his career.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft, Faulk split his 12 year career between the Indianapolis Colts (1994 98) and the St. Louis Rams (1999 2005). His many NFL accolades include the 2000 MVP award, seven Pro Bowl selections and the 1994 Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. Leading the Rams to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVI, Faulk ranks 11th in NFL history with 12,280 rushing yards. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Colts Ring of Honor.

Faulk has continuously given back to the community, establishing the Marshall Faulk Foundation for underprivileged youth and providing funding for YMCA youth programs, the Boys to Men mentoring network and 9th Ward Field of Dreams. He also created the Marshall Faulk Scholarship Endowment at San Diego State. He becomes the ninth Spartan player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
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We also hold classes and workshops and story times for toddlers. We have a new moms’ group that meets here every week. We host a breast feeding support group. We have a safety course coming up led by a car seat tech.

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Entry: I just saw a need for this in the area. I have two daughters, 3 and 1, and that’s how I shop for our young girls.

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His goateed, 43 year old face bore a triumphant grin. His hand held a tiny box holding needles, a spool of thread, a measuring tape, a thimble and pair of miniature scissors.

It is stories like that upon which the legend of Jubilee Junction, or as locals like me know it, is built.

Want a loaf of good bread from Julien Bakery Cafe, a homemade ice cream sandwich, some chewing tobacco, caps for a child six shooter or a sleeve of tennis balls?

Desperately in need of a fishing rod, some poker chips, a giant chocolate bunny, a hookah, a bottle of Thai red chili sauce or a can of de alcoholized beer?

Does your life depend upon an ability to track down some condoms or a one step pregnancy kit, some flypaper, Ping Pong balls for beer pong, a bag of fresh thyme, a dog leash or a tea kettle?

Will the world, as you know it, come to a screeching halt unless, this very minute, you can locate a shower cap, a set of dice, some fireworks or box of candy cigarettes that look like they were young when Have Gun Will Travel was still on the airwaves?

Well, then Elias and his brother Michael would like to have a small word with you.

retailers try to sell you what they want. We try to sell you what you want, said Michael, 48, a married father of three.

Thus it has always been at this piece of Halifax real estate. Even some 45 years ago when this establishment was called Payne Grocery and, I seem to recall, it had a genuine butcher counter in the back.

I know because I was there, buying whatever an 11 year old bought in a 1960s Maritime city.

Then, as now, this corner at the nexus of Jubilee and Preston streets was a sort of petri dish of free market capitalism: across the street from Payne was Murray Grocery Store, where I remember being dispatched by my mom for cigarettes.

The Habib brothers, whose family decamped from Beirut after the Lebanese civil war broke out in 1975, ran their operation there for 18 years. Now it is a place called Triple A Convenience Store. moved across the street to its present location in 2006. So it just seems like it has been here forever.

The frozen in aspic quality may have something to do with the individual bags of candy or the way it exhorts customers to Try the Best Milkshake in Halifax.

It may be because of the dog eared newspaper articles and pictures over the cooler in the back showing some of the high school football and basketball players from Queen Elizabeth, St. Patrick and Citadel, the Dalhousie University water polo and soccer stars, the high school actors and debaters, and the adult big shots who have habituated the place over the years.

It must be said that there is something eternal about an establishment that employs what seems to be Halifax only full time convenience store ice cream specialist: Ian MacPhee, who has worked for them for more than 15 years, and who is beloved by neighbourhood kids for making the store fabled ice cream cookies, a big glob of ice cream mashed between two super sized cookies. seems to somehow operate outside the normal parameters of time because it is nearly impossible to drive by the store when it is not open.

to midnight, 16 hours a day, seven days a week, the older Habib said when I ask about the hours. just the three of us. used to have a bit more time off when just one of them manned the store at a time. But that all changed a few years back when a robber walked in and emptied a gun into the store while Michael was on duty alone.

that why we always cranky, Elias chimed in.

This, anyone will tell you, is not the case.

It is, furthermore, an egalitarian enterprise. Here, shaky looking guys who look like they survive on cigarettes and Old Sam are treated with precisely the same mixture of irreverence and familiarity as grade school kids and Lexus driving south end matrons.

takes time, Michael told me. get used to people, and people get used to you. that happens, it is a wonderful thing. Kids hang around outside a store on summer evenings, slurping Slurpees and licking ice cream cones.
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It’s time to embrace the winter and put on your snowshoes.

As the saying goes, if you can hike, you can snowshoe and enjoy all your favorite trails throughout the winter. There is nothing more magical than striding out after a fresh snowfall. You’ll relish the peace while burning calories at a rapid rate. It’s a really great cardio workout, and good for body and soul.

If you’re a novice, you can rent snowshoes from a local outfitters or borrow a friend’s pair to give it a try. Chances are, you’ll be hooked and can buy your very own quite reasonably from around $100 to $300.

Wear your normal hiking boots, dress in layers and pack a thermos of hot tea if you’re going out for a while. Poles are optional in snowshoeing, just as they are in hiking. Snowshoes grip the snow with crampons at the toes and heel, so you can feel secure on slippery slopes. You can cover the same distances as you would with a hike, but when you’re breaking trail on fresh snow, allow for extra time and effort.

As for where to go, you can simply head for your normal hiking haunts. In Santa Fe, the Norski Track just below the ski basin is designed for cross country skiers, but people do snowshoe beside the ski trail (snowshoers are not always appreciated by skiers as they tend to obliterate nicely groomed ski tracks).

The most popular trail is Aspen Vista, and if you’re ambitious, it’s a 6 mile trek up to Tesuque Peak. Other hiking trails which are frankly much more suitable for snowshoes rather than skis are the Chamisa Trail or the Winsor Trail to La Vega, Namb Lake or Ravens Ridge.

If you prefer “groomed trails,” there are plenty of these in our fair state, many near Santa Fe. These areas sometimes allow snowshoers alongside the ski tracks and sometimes have separate trails specifically for snowshoes. Just as hikers and mountain bikers are expected to share the trails, so it is for cross country skiers and snowshoers.

Anna Hargreaves is a member of the Trails Alliance of Santa Fe.

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It feels like only yesterday we were pulling on our 60s A line mini skirts and faux fur coats. Oh yeah, that because it was.

But now we reached 2015, we casting our minds forward, wondering what we be wearing as soon as the weather gets a little milder, what we do with ALL that faux fur.

Of course, we know by now that there are no new trends anymore. Just repackaged, glossier versions of ones we seen many, many times before.

And this spring is really no exception. Welcome to the 52nd summer of love.

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Faux fur gives way to suede for spring. Swathes of suede were spotted across catwalks at Derek Lam, Burberry and Gucci, in both traditional tan and pastels. For the brave, there are suede trenches, flares and shift dresses. For those looking for more breathable attire, there the suede maxi skirt, knee high boots, or duffle bag.

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Principally, we talking flares. The bell bottom is back. Do not be afraid the high waist and flared hems are flattering on the figure. There even a cropped version this time round. The flare was seen strutting its funky stuff at Louis Vuitton, Celine andSonia Rykiel. Expect these and the wide leg trouser generally to flood the high street come February/March.

Marc Bolan was the sultry SS15 inspiration at Tom Ford (Picture: Getty)

Usually the spring/summer catwalks are a dream of frothy florals and pastels, and while this season has its fair share of both, it also has a darker side. Mostly thanks to Tom Ford whose models slinked down the catwalk in evening dresses incorporating nipple pasties, sheer panels and leather bandeau tops.

Hedi Slimane also channelled the hot rock groupie at Saint Laurent, with key pieces including low cut lurex tops and jumpsuits, leather crop tops and sheer blouses. It going to be a long, hot summer.

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I always feel launching a new project is a little like being at an airport, you wait around for ages for your flight, constantly checking your passport and tickets, finally board the plane and slowly start taxiing on the runway, the plane then stops, with the engines gearing up for full throttle before you start a very bumpy acceleration down the runway we are certainly at this stage now, accelerating down the runway and believe me it is bumpy and uncomfortable, yet filled with the hope that we will get up into the air and the project will take off.As soon as I feel that we have left ground, continuing the metaphor(!), I am incredibly keen to develop a teacher community area on the website similar to the one that have developed and cultivated on the MGR Music Tuition platform with 150 teachers I work with directly. 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As a 24 year old newlywed in 1983, Lori Andre rented a vacant storefront on Armitage Avenue just west of Halsted Street, unsure how she would fill it.

It was an unlikely address for either of her ideas gourmet takeout or women’s footwear with its view to a tire shop, on a sketchy stretch that didn’t yet buzz with young professionals and new moms pushing strollers in Lululemon yoga pants. But Lori’s Discount Designer Shoes grew into a destination for them. Dozens of other boutiques and restaurants followed.

Lori’s has outlasted many, weathering three recessions and the ascent of ultraluxury brands such as Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin.

Fundamentally, though, Lori’s has stuck to the original vision: fashionable, high quality shoes that you don’t find everywhere, at these prices, with this retail model. Rather than having sales associates ferry sizes back and forth, Lori’s always has stacked boxes right on the sales floor, for customers to help themselves. The self service aspect reduced overhead, and no one seemed to mind standing on their own two feet to try on styles.

She honed her eye for aesthetic value in college, studying abroad in Italy while earning an art history degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She returns to Milan twice a year to uphold her store’s subtitle as “The Sole of Chicago.”

After raising their three boys in Northfield, she and her husband recently moved back to Chicago and live in Lakeview. Here, in an edited transcript of our conversation, she walks us through her journey.

Q: How did you decide to start the business?

A: When I graduated college, I was working for a noncommercial print gallery, helping to curate collections for art collectors and doing corporate sales. I loved my job, but I always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I wanted to do something on my own. My husband was in law school, and we had just gotten married and were living in the neighborhood, off Armitage and Orchard Street. We saw there was a space for rent.

Initially I wanted to do gourmet takeout. But I was talked out of it by a lot of people who said it’s really a tough business. I thought, I love food, but I also love shoes. I’ll open a shoe store.

The concept was a discount store. So I went to St. Louis, where there were a lot of jobbers (who sell overruns and canceled orders at wholesale). I started buying all these job shoes. It started on a shoestring budget. My parents gave me a $20,000 loan.

Q: Now you go to Europe for your shoes. I don’t see a lot of the brands you carry elsewhere. How do you choose?

A: We don’t want to be like everyone else because then I don’t think it’s an added value to shop here. So we select shoes from small factories in Italy. We look for styles that are on the forefront of fashion, but not so aggressive that people can’t understand them. We’re also very conscientious about the price point. It’s just having an eye, homing in on certain items that are new or fresh or that might not be as commercial.

Q: From its boutique height, Armitage has lost a lot of stores. How have you survived?

A: When I first started, we were just coming out of a recession. In ’90 ’91 we had the savings and loan crisis, then 9/11 in 2001, then the 2008 recession. We were very resilient because we’ve been in business so very long and we actually have capital in the bank. A loyal customer base and being not just proactive but also reactive, and able to make changes quickly, have also helped us persevere.

Q: What accomplishments make you proud?

A: The first is that I have three amazing kids. The second is that I’ve stayed in business 31 years and still love what I do.

Q: Do you consider having all boys to be .

A: A blessing? Yes, it’s a great thing. They treat me like a queen. My middle one is 25 and has been working in the business for two years and really loves it. My youngest is 22. He just graduated from the University of Dayton he played football and is living in Florence, Italy, working for a shoe manufacturer. He’s living the dream.

Q: What is your greatest attribute?

A: My determination. There are so many challenges every day in business, and if you don’t approach every day in a positive, determined manner, you can’t continue to be successful.

Q: What is your greatest fault?

A: I probably obsess too much about certain things. If we’re out of a $2 hair accessory, that drives me crazy.

Q: What is the best lesson learned from your parents?

A: My dad taught me you have to have just an amazing respect for people, no matter where they came from. From my mom I learned to ask a lot of questions. Information is just so valuable.

Q: They were both entrepreneurs?

A: My dad owned an advertising agency, and mom was a franchisee for The Athlete’s Foot back in the ’70s when the whole running craze was just coming around. She owned a couple of franchises for maybe 10 years and then sold them back to the corporate headquarters.

Q: What’s your rule of thumb?

A: Trust your gut. It’s usually the right way. If you ponder too long or debate it, you’re not trusting it.
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One of the ways modern day royals elevate themselves above the common celebrity is with a dose of pomp and pageantry. Castles and horse drawn carriages work a treat but nothing says imperial mystique quite like ceremonial garb. For Britain’s Prince Harry, a closet full of these costumes has a valuable added benefit: it gives him the veneer of someone far more stylish than he really is.

From the royal wedding to the Diamond Jubilee, the past few years have provided plenty of opportunities for regal finery, and as an elite member of the British Armed Forces, Prince Harry was often resplendent in lavish military uniforms festooned with medals, brocade and epaulettes. Arguably, he cut a dashing figure.

But the praise heaped upon him then and since has been disproportionate and sometimes histrionic. Style arbiters at Britain’s GQ catapulted him to number five on the magazine’s 2011 Best Dressed Men in Britain list meaning his debut on the list ranked him above the likes of Jude Law and Mark Ronson.

America’s Vanity Fair magazine has even included him on its International Best Dressed List in a photo feature of the prince wearing a host of uniforms under the tagline, “wolf whistle”. As well as showing Harry in his ceremonial military gear and army combat fatigues, the photo series presented the prince at a derby in a top hat and tails, wearing black tie at a charity gala, in athletic kit for polo and other sports events, and dressed in two relaxed day looks for official appearances. Besides being counselled by advisors on what is and is not appropriate, there is inherently less room for error in the prince’s sartorial affairs since, unlike women’s fashion, menswear leaves little room for personal flair when it comes to formal engagements often the colour and even the cut of the suit you are obliged to wear is prescribed. So how anyone whether royal, famous, wealthy or all of the above can be exalted as super stylish when he has negligible free will in choosing the clothes he wears is a bit baffling.

It is only through Harry sporadic private outings that we get a glimpse of his real personal style. At its best, this consists of a rather nondescript jacket and jeans combination with open shirt and laid back shoes such as moccasins, similar to the outfit he wore at last month’s London marathon. At his worst, Prince Harry morphs into a sloppy version of a preppy American college frat boy in scruffy baseball caps, threadbare T shirt, cargo shorts and Birkenstock like sandals. Alternatively, there the baggy, boot cut denim look with hooded fleece as worn to several exclusive London night spots in recent months.

But stylish or not, these looks make a statement. They reinforce the prince reputation as the mischievous member of the royal family a fun loving, well meaning delinquent with the common touch, a potential loose cannon. And it is this impression of rakish charm and devil may care attitude that makes him one of the most popular international royals today. The message seems to be that,
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although he is gradually coming to terms with his responsibilities, and will eventually fulfil his duties with less scandal, he refuses to be seen as an uptight, upstanding member of the establishment on all but those occasions where it is unavoidable.

Interestingly, Prince Harry seems to revel in those moments when clothes help him look the part of the charming buffoon or the loveable rogue. Cue the pink pinafore apron with cuddly Paddington Bear motif that he was given while cooking with children in Lesotho, or the oversized traditional shirt that he had been given as a gift and so wore at a Caribbean street party in Belize. On both occasions, the prince was positively beaming a thoroughly good sport and appeared endearingly at ease, unlike many other royals or celebrities who would find the obvious fashion faux pas an awkward or downright embarrassing photo op to endure.

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Much like the popular illusion that he is a remarkably stylish young man, another media myth is that Prince Harry somehow embodies the spirit of a new breed of Ranger or Henry (a particular type of upper class, Chelsea dwelling Brit). True, there are occasions when he (or his advisors) get it right for example, the beige linen suit and the much hyped suede desert boots he wore on last year’s Commonwealth tour. But generally speaking, Harry is too sloppy to be a Sloane role model. Britain’s young upper crust today are well groomed, and although they might occasionally cultivate a deliberately dishevelled look, they would avoid looking thoroughly unkempt.

And unlike the prince, when an archetypal Sloane puts on one of his best suits, it often looks like it has been painstakingly made by hand at one of London’s most luxurious tailors on Savile Row, even if it has not. Prince Harry’s suits most of which are in fact bespoke and made on the Row sometimes flatter him but rarely look exquisite or all that expensive, even though they really are. For despite his royal pedigree and life of privilege, the prince lacks the gentlemanly elegance of his brother or the quaint propriety of his father needed to carry off such sartorial trappings in the same stately way. No, the suit doesn’t always make the man.

Left to his own devices, the prince would probably live happily for months from a single rucksack filled with nothing more than a ski anorak, boots, shabby jeans and whatever shirt his girlfriend packed for him. But it is his distaste for dressing up and his aversion to royal regalia that make Prince Harry all the more likeable and refreshing to so many of his onlookers. Somehow, he gets away with it. He seems more genuine because of it, and by consistently dressing down he earns an exemption from even the most avid style watcher scrutiny.

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