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Blair yesterday wore the same shoes to Prime Minister's Question Time So Claire Hill asked six prominent Welsh people, 'What do you.

Byline: By Claire Hill Western Mail

Blair yesterday wore the same shoes to Prime Minister's Question Time that he has worn to every PMQT since he took office. So Claire Hill asked six prominent Welsh people, 'What do you wear for luck when the heat is on?' The Businessman Robert Cozens, managing director of Black Sheep, Cardiff, said, "If things were only that easy as to say, 'I have got a big pitch so I'll put on my lucky pants'. I'm not aware of anyone who has a lucky charm. They probably wouldn't say if they had a rabbit's foot in their pocket or have to get out the right side of the bed - businessmen like to be portrayed of relying on more sound thinking than talismans."

The Opera Singer

Anne-Williams King, who will be seen next in La Scala's production of 1984, said, "I have got a prayer stone which I got when I was poorly [with cancer]. I got it in about 2000 and I keep it by my bedside table. When I go away I take it with me and keep it in my dressing room. It gives me some sort of feeling of comfort. I think performers generally have all sorts of ritual. And even in opera you aren't allowed to say Macbeth. I played Lady Macbeth last year and had to call her Lady M."

The Sportsman

Former rugby international Gareth Edwards said, "I used to have my favourite pair of boots but it wasn't because I thought they were lucky, it was because they were comfortable. I would wear my boots out and play with holes in because I didn't want to wear new ones. It's more about being comfortable. And I would always hang my clothes on the same peg in the Cardiff stadium, so that was mine for all internationals and no-one else used it. You become creatures of habit I suppose, but it is not necessarily being superstitious."

The Politician

David Davies, Tory MP, and former AM, for Monmouth, said he does not know of any other politician resorting to a lucky garment.

He said, "When I was first standing for election to the Welsh Assembly it got to a point in the middle of the campaign when I was working 14 to 15 hours a day. I was getting a bit tired and one night had an event to meet the other candidates and the Lib-Dem candidate noticed I was wearing odd socks. He picked up on this and wouldn't let it go until I said they were my lucky socks and he thought that was fine. In fact, I was just too tired and had put the wrong socks on."

The Chef

Angela Gray, currently setting up Wales' first cookery school, said, "If I can't take my mum with me then I will wear a piece of jewellery on television that belonged to my mum or gran.

"They are both really vibrant people and it feels like they are with me in spirit.

"I also always have my favourite knife, but that is the same for most chefs.

"Chefs always bring their knife kits with them, so they are always dangerous. I don't know about other chefs' lucky charms but before they go on television all the men seem to need to bare their chests in the back kitchen before putting on their jackets."

The Performer

Singer and comedian Max Boyce said, "I have got a pair of black trousers that I used to wear all the time I went on television. I used to call them my 'Television Trousers'. I have got to make sure I can get into them and then I know I am at my fighting weight.: FROM PAGE 7: Each pair take 12 weeks to make by hand:Tony Blair's lucky shoes were a pair of Church's handmade leather brogues he bought 18 years ago. Mr Blair said, "I know it's ridiculous, but I've worn them for every PMQs." The Chetwynd brogues would have cost Mr Blair about pounds 150. They now retail at approximately pounds 290. According to Church's, which opened in 1873, each handmade pair take 12 weeks to make and customers can order a bespoke pair if they need to. Supplying rugby players with up to size 15 feet, the company offers a lifetime guarantee and the opportunity for the shoes to be resoled. The shoes retail from pounds 250 upwards and if you fancy a pair head down to Wales' sole suppliers Jon Ian or Austin Reed in Cardiff.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jun 28, 2007
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