“What’s A Grown Man Doing Watching Pro Wrestling?”

A close friend once asked me this very question with an air of shame in his voice. I honestly can’t say that I answered him as I was too busy witnessing the Rock stare down Hulk Hogan at yet another sold out Wrestlemania. I guess my ability to zone out when the wrestling is on comes from just years and years of being a fan of the strange and yet somehow (not so) beautiful erm ugh sport??!

You see back in the early 80’s when I was a wee nipper, on Saturday afternoons just after Saturday superstore and before the A-Team, on I.T.V’s World of Sport was Professional Wrestling and not the over the top glamed up wrestling we know today. This was British Wrestling, this was two burly men in leotards, two big sometimes overweight often middle aged men in skin tight lycra, gut barging, eye gauging and head locking their way out of our TV set. The two biggest names of the time were Big Daddy (who my Nan loved and my Granddad knew he could beat) and Giant Haystacks, a scary hairy monster of a man at 6 foot 5 and over 20 stone. Each week these behemoths in spandex would fight in village halls in front of old biddies swinging handbags and chanting “easy easy easy”, etching their legendary rivalry into the history books. Eventually their epic rivalry came to an end when Big Daddy gut barged Giant Haystacks out of the ring and through a table for a ten count making Big Daddy the winner in front of a sold out Wembley arena.

Sadly the wrestling stopped on Saturday afternoons but my love for this uniquely brutal form of entertainment did not die. By the time I got to Primary School most of my friends had acquired cable TV and a new group of heroes. Gone was the argument of “who would win in a fight Big Daddy or Superman?”, no now it was “who would win in a fight, Hulk Hogan or Superman?”. I’d hear playtime stories of Andre the Giant an actual freaky giant at 7 foot 5, The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan a man with a handle bar moustache, a silky white mullet and skin orange and shiny.

They all seemed way too mythical to be real to me but the stories kept coming. The Biggest story at the time was when Hulk Hogan finally slammed Andre the Giant at Wrestlemania 3, Andre was huge well over 500 pounds (I never realised pounds was weight, I just thought it was a lot of money). Gone were the chants of “easy easy easy” now we chanted “USA USA USA”, We weren’t even American, it made little sense but nothing did and it was fun.

Every playtime we would group together and do “Ible oble black bobble ible oble out” to see who got be Hulk Hogan and one at a time would line up to get slammed on the grass when the teachers weren’t watching. Most the time, in fact every time it would end with someone shouting “Pile On!!” and us in massive heap on the grass laughing and screaming, a teacher would shout “break it up” and we would walk heads down with grass stained knees back to class.

I don’t know if can answer my friends question. I guess pro wrestling is like a man’s version of Coronation Street or Eastenders. You get a bit of a story, a lot of bad acting and some violence – what more do you want? Just take this advice from Hulk Hogan “Train hard, take your vitamins and say your prayers” oh and “What you gonna Doooo, Watcha gonna do Brother when Hulkamania Runs wild on you?”

We Need Your Help!

TruffleShuffle are hugely excited and extremely proud to have been nominated for the Best User Experience in the Handbag.com Online Fashion Awards!!

This is all down to you, our wonderful customers, so a huge thank you to all who voted for us. We are up against the likes of Net-A-Porter, Trilogy and John Lewis, which we think is pretty good company to be in so we are chuffed and feel very honoured.

So now comes the next step – the final vote. Our amazing customers helped us get through to the short list and we are hoping you can get voting again, this time for the win! All you need to do is follow this link http://handbag.displaydigital.co.uk/ and vote for your favourite online retailer in each category. We are in the Best User Experience, section 7 and you have till Friday 24th June to get your votes in.

But that’s not all – every vote gives you a chance of winning some fabulous prizes:

1st prize: A £500 shopping spree at Swarovski, Great Marlborough Street, London, including champagne in the Swarovski Crystallized Lounge. Plus a one-night stay for two, including breakfast, at the The Langham Hotel, London.

2nd prize: A Coquette vintage glamour pamper day, worth £180, for you and a guest at Kettner’s restaurant and champagne bar in Soho, including a meal at the restaurant and champagne. The lucky winner and their guest will also an extra-special Benefit goody bag.

3rd prize: Two runners-up will each receive a year’s supply of VO5 products, a VO5 hairdryer and a VO5 Ceramic Hair Straightener.

Win win!

We love making you happy with loads of fantastic new products every day, sweets and fun competitions on Fridays to win free stuff,  how about sharing the love and making us happy too!


Perhaps Being A Princess Isn’t All That!!!

As a huge Disney fan which has me longing to be a princess I watched the recent Royal wedding just a little bit enviously!

That was until I saw this unfortunate comparison of two real life princesses and their Disney alter egos……

While Prince William and Kate are the vision of the classic fairytale ending poor Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have been somewhat harshly likened to the Ugly Sisters thanks to their “alternative” head gear!

While my longing has reduced (slightly) I console myself with fabulous Disney accessories fit for a princess and dream that someday my prince will come………

Here’s looking forward to the next royal knees up, the wedding of Zara Phillips to her rugby prince(?!)

I can’t wait to see what those fashion adventurous Princesses come up with to adorn their heads – will it be happily ever after?!


Twitter comp – win an MP3 Boombox Speaker Cushion!

Here at Truffle Towers we are getting very excited about another upcoming Bank Holiday weekend – the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the eighties classics are blaring (Oh April, you’re spoiling us!)

So what better opportunity to give you lucky lot your very own blast from the past than with a chance to win an Mp3 Boombox Speaker Cushion in our exclusive Twitter competition.

Boom shake shake shake the room!

The Prize

This slice of 80’s nostalgia is spot on for this year’s festivals and garden gatherings. With a lead provided for you to attach your Mp3 or iPod, this USB-rechargeable comfy cushion even has a neon equalizer panel so you can watch your favourite tunes come to life! Perfect to take you all the way from lazy lounging days into old-school party nights of boom shake shake-shaking the room.

Don those high tops and bust a move!

How to Enter

Entry into the competition couldn’t be simpler! Simply tweet the text below, and you’ll be entered into a draw, with a winner picked at random from all the entries:

RETWEET the @truffleshuffle_ Twitter contest for a chance to win a Boombox Speaker Cushion worth £29.99. Details: http://bit.ly/h8DoEt #TSVB

The competition will close at 4pm on Wednesday 27th April, so be sure to get your entry in ASAP.

Do I need to follow @truffleshuffle_ on Twitter to be entered in the competition?

You do not need to follow us (@truffleshuffle_) to be eligible for the giveaway. However, we will be announcing our winners and fulfilling prizes via Twitter, and so following us will be very helpful should you be selected as the prize winner. See ‘How will you contact the winner?’ below.

How will you contact the winner?

We will announce the winner via our Twitter account (@truffleshuffle_). We will also attempt to contact each winner directly via Twitter. If the winner follows @truffleshuffle_ on Twitter, we will be able to send them a direct message. If the winner does not follow us, we will send them an @reply and ask them to follow us to that we can then directly message them. If we do not receive a response from a winner after a period of five business days or if for any reason we are unable to arrange the details of fulfilment with a winner, we will select a new winner and begin the process again.

And now what better opportunity to check out the awesome selection of retro goodies in our Gifts section here!