Shiver me timbers! Raft Race Results Are In!

So as you may know if you read our blog post last week, this Sunday, the TruffleShuffle team took part in the Portishead Raft Race!

The aim was to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI Portishead Lifeboat and have a bit of fun at the same time.

Well you’ll be glad to hear we succeeded on both counts and we were thrilled to come away with two prizes, one for ‘Best Designed Raft’ and the second (and most important in our opinion) for most money raised by a team.

We raised a whopping £3,241 for the Portishead Lifeboat and we’d like to say a huge thank to you to everyone who sponsored us. We really can’t tell you how much we and the RNLI appreciate every penny.

Now for the bad news, despite the best efforts of our valiant crew, we came second to last in the actual raft race! Although our raft looked pretty damn awesome (even if we do say so ourselves,) it turned out our home made paddles were pretty useless and the whole raft was pretty wobbly once in the water; cue plenty of capsizes and lots of wet sailors. Shiver me timbers – quite literally!

Lots of fun was had by all though and we’ll definitely be back with a new and hopefully better design for 2017.

Check out some more pics below…..







A huge thanks again to all our fantastic and generous sponsors and to the TruffleShuffle team for giving up their time to build and sail our very own version of One Eyed Willies Pirate Ship – the Inferno.

#Gooniesneversaydie

PS there’s still time to sponsor us here!!

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Have you reviewed your TruffleShuffle purchase yet?

Here we are, another month done and dusted! Not only is it ‘Review of the Month’ time, but Christmas is fast approaching which means there’s loads of reviews to work our way through, how exciting! If you’ve taken advantage of our ‘20% off’ this week, then head over to the TruffleShuffle reviews page and tell us what you love about your recent purchase!

Last month, Joanna Uffendell told us why her Roald Dahl t-shirt was the best thing in her life – and in return, we gave her £50 to spend on the website…

Willy Wonka is a creative genius. Fact. Lickable wallpaper? Everlasting gobstoppers? He is the Steve Jobs of the confectionary world and should be celebrated and idolised at every opportunity. What better way to pay homage to this iconic, quirky character than with a gorgeous purple tee with his image emblazoned across it. There is no better way. So I bought it, I’m wearing it and I love it. Is there a downside to this product? If getting stopped in the street and being asked where such a stylish item can be purchased can be considered a downside then yes. Otherwise, it is as fabulous as a golden goose, chocolate river and three-course dinner chewing gum all rolled into one 🙂


Do you think you’ve got what it takes to make us smile? Give it your best shot….winner announced on Monday the 3rd of November!

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Make Your Re(view) Count! xoxo

We’re always looking after our customers, and the review of the month competitions – is just another jewel on our crown!

It really couldn’t be easier – all you have to do (to bag yourself a whopping £50 to spend on the site!) is tell us what you love about your new TruffleShuffle purchase! Were you singing 80s theme tunes to the postman as he handed over your new Round the Twist t-shirt? Do you always get loads of comments on your new Music t-shirt? Let us know how the whole shopping experience went, and we’ll reward you by popping some credit in your account! Last month.

Shivani told us about her Boxed My Little Pony mug, and she’s now the proud owner of £50, sent straight from the bank of TruffleShuffle:

‘’This mug is sunshine on a cloudy day, when it’s cold outside, this mug is the month of May! My mug, my mug, my mug, talking about my mug, THIS MUG! Ok now I’ve shared that, it really is a gorgeous specimen and happily sits at my desk ready for all my ‘need tea’ moments. Came the next day, safe and sound, ( even the box looked great) and I’m waiting for it to be back in stock to order one for my friend who fell in love with mine when she saw it.’’

Head over to TruffleShuffle to find the item you recently purchased – click ‘add a review ‘ and the rest is easy! Pop your funny cap on and make us chuckle, or pop your complimenting hat on and make us proud to be part of an amazing shopping experience and we’ll choose our favourite on the 1st of the next month!

Head over and see the other TruffleShuffle reviews! Sound good? We look forward to seeing what you come up with! Good luck! xoxo

Mamma Mia! 10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About… Mario!

In honour of the absolutely amazing eighth instalment of the Mario Kart series and our fab new Mario T-Shirts, we have decided to pay tribute to Nintendo’s finest icon.  As a long time gamer since the NES days myself, I am very proud to present to you ‘10 things you (probably) didn’t know about Mario!

Mario T-Shirt
Nintendo Super Mario Brothers Sublimation T-Shirt

1 – Mario’s first appearance was in the game Donkey Kong but he was originally named Jumpman.  Nintendo must have realised their hero was deserving of something better and his name was changed because of an uncanny resemblance to the landlord of Nintendo’s US office, Mario Segale, who had been busy chasing Nintendo for rent money!

2 – Donkey Kong was originally intended to be a Popeye game but Nintendo couldn’t secure the rights so had to create their own cast of characters.  Popeye was replaced with Mario (or Jumpman), Olive Oyl with Pauline (the damsel in distress) and Bluto with Donkey Kong, a legacy was born!

3 – Mario was originally a carpenter when he appeared in Donkey Kong.  Since then he became better known as a plumber but has also been a doctor, kart racer, archaeologist, referee, golfer, tennis star,  typing tutor and many others.  Has he no ends to his talents!

4 – Mario’s appearance was partly influenced by the limitations of the trusty NES and Arcade systems around the time he was created. His sprite wasn’t large enough to fit in a mouth so he got a moustache instead, his distinctive hat was added because it was too difficult to animate hair, and his overalls allowed for his arms to be animated clearer due to them being a different colour to the rest of his body.

5 – Mario was actually the villain of an early arcade title called Donkey Kong Jr.  In this game Kong’s son is the plucky hero who is trying to rescue his father who has been imprisoned by an uncharacteristically nasty Mario! He tries to stop Kong Jr on his mission by releasing animals and planting obstacles in his way, what a meanie!

6 – Mario’s main antagonist is the King of Koopas, Bowser, but he wasn’t always the giant fire-breathing turtle that he is today. Miyamoto had originally imagined him as an ox, but other staff members claimed he looked more like a turtle instead, so the design was changed.

7 – The mushrooms from the Mario Bros games are based on a real mushroom called the Fly Agaric with psychedelic effects that make it feel as though you are growing in size when consumed.

8 – Everyone has seen the cover of the original Super Mario Bros many a time, but if you actually look closely you’ll see Mario is actually about to meet an unfortunate end as he is mid fall into a lava pit.  That’s pretty sadistic Nintendo!

9 – The Super Mario Bros manual states that the people of the Mushroom Kingdom were all turned into blocks by the Koopa tribe, quite a sombre thought when you think of the number you need to smash and destroy to get to the end of the game! Perhaps you should bare these poor citizens in mind on your next play through!

10 – The original Super Mario Bros game on the NES was Nintendo’s bestselling game of all time until 2006 when Wii Sports was the game to finally outsell it.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these facts and have hopefully learned a thing or two (or 10!) about the Worlds most famous Italian Plumber.  If this has got you in the Mario mood we’ve got a great selection of gaming goodies that are bound to appeal to fans of everyone’s favourite Nintendo star.

Ladies Red Marl Nintendo It's A-Me Mario Slouch T-Shirt

Men's Blue Knitted Nintendo Mario Jumper

Men's Charcoal Super Mario Bros Nintendo T-Shirt

Super Mario Bros Canvas Print

Nintendo Super Mario Bros Wallet and Keyring

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SPOTTED Laura Whitmore Wears Our Ladies We’re All Mad Here Alice In Wonderland T-Shirt

This girl loves her t-shirts and she sure loves a TruffleShuffle special it seems! :-)The lovely Laura Whitmore has been spotted once again in a TruffleShuffle.com EXCLUSIVE! Proudly sporting our fab and super retro Ladies We’re All Mad Here Alice In Wonderland T-Shirt on her MTV News show and shared on her Instagram. Take a peep!
This vintage style and oh-so quirky Alice In Wonderland Classic tee simply flew off the shelves shortly after this but is now back in stock in all sizes! Hurrah! Be sure to snap yours up today for only £19.99 only at TruffleShuffle.co.uk

Alice In Wonderland T-Shirt
Ladies We're All Mad Here Alice In Wonderland T-Shirt £19.99
Don’t worry chaps, we wouldn’t want you to miss out on this childhood classic of a tee so we have something for you too, oh and girls, now the sunshine is finally here, perhaps the vest might be an option for your Summer Wardrobe!
Alice In Wonderland T-Shirt Alice In Wonderland Vest
Wear it proudly and let the whole world now, We’re All Made Here!