Real Life

Material world


Hate High Street shopping? Kirsty Bosley meets the dressmaker crafting made-to-measure frocks.

Strokes of genius


Somewhere in the bustling metropolis of New York City hangs a beautiful painting, bought at an art fair for a few thousand dollars.

Happy families

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Black Country couple Pat and Gary Halligan have opened their home – and hearts – to homeless teenagers. Kirsty Bosley meets them.

Real Life: Celebs ask for me by name

Deborah Mitchell

Deborah Mitchell is the award-winning beautician of choice for an impressive list of happy customers, all from her Heaven Health & Beauty base in Shifnal.

Pick your own


Delicious Pied de Mouton and chanterelle mushrooms, wild chervil, juicy bilberries and fresh elderflowers.

Stressing the point


With ringing phones, bleeping app notifications, business, housework and children to deal with, life can be stressful at the best of times for most of us.

An angel among us

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At the crack of dawn when most of us are still tucked up in bed, Tracey Gibbs is up and making an unusually large breakfast.

Pudding club: Just desserts

Jill Bunn from Alverley feature.

Almost without taking a breath, Jill Bunn reels off the list of desserts she’ll be serving at her upcoming pudding club.

Swiss you were here


We’ve all been there: stuck in traffic after a horrid day at work, wondering where our lives are headed.

Bring me a hire love

Masquerade Fancy Dress shop

Fiends, Romans, Spider-Men, lend us your looks. . . We find out what life is like in one of the region’s busiest and best fancy dress shops.

Too posh to pawn? Think again...


There was one woman who thought her shiny hair straighteners were solid gold,” says Lin Head, a pawnbroker of more than 10 years. “That was a bit of a strange one.

Gardeners’ world


"There was a knock at the door,” recalls Tony Newton. “And there, standing at the doorstep, was a mother and daughter. They had travelled from Romania to see the garden and had walked for two-and-a-half hours to get to the house.