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Scotland: Holidaymakers can stay in spooky Law Castle that has a murder hole and pit prison

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If you’re looking to stay somewhere truly spook-tacular, then look no further.

This spine-chilling Scottish castle is available as a holiday rental – and it comes with a ‘murder hole’ and prison pit under a trapdoor.

Law Castle in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, is a 15th-century property that was originally constructed as a wedding present for Princess Mary, the eldest daughter of James II of Scotland.

The 15th-century holiday rental Law Castle in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire

The 15th-century holiday rental Law Castle in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire

The castle was originally constructed as a wedding present for Princess Mary, the eldest daughter of James II of Scotland

The castle was originally constructed as a wedding present for Princess Mary, the eldest daughter of James II of Scotland

Inside the Law Castle's Great Hall, which used to serve as a courtroom

Inside the Law Castle’s Great Hall, which used to serve as a courtroom  

The kitchen, which is just off The Great Hall. The hall comes complete with a pit prison behind a flagstone trap door

 The kitchen, which is just off The Great Hall. The hall comes complete with a pit prison behind a flagstone trap door

The Great Hall, pictured, has a log fire, two large candelabras and a 42-inch Plasma TV

The Great Hall, pictured, has a log fire, two large candelabras and a 42-inch Plasma TV

Now, 600 years later, it is reportedly a place of paranormal activity – one ghost hunter claimed she was attacked during a seance in one of the rooms.

According to its listing on booking platform Snaptrip, the five-floor castle can sleep up to 14 people across its six bedrooms and lies ‘in its own grounds at the foot of a hill, just inland from the Ayrshire coast’. 

The castle’s infamous murder hole can be found just above the main entrance to the property. It is here where hot oil would have been poured on to any unwelcome visitors.

On the ground floor there two vaulted rooms – one a bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and another a utility room.

One of the six bedrooms within Law Castle, which has reportedly seen paranormal activity

One of the six bedrooms within Law Castle, which has reportedly seen paranormal activity 

The castle can sleep a total of 14 guests across its bedrooms

The castle can sleep a total of 14 guests across its bedrooms 

Moving up to the first floor, guests will find The Great Hall, which once served as a courtroom. It comes complete with the pit prison behind a flagstone trap door.

The Great Hall also has a log fire, two large candelabras and a 42-inch Plasma TV ‘with full cinema sound and iPod dock, discreetly hidden behind an ornate tapestry’.

The floors above that, which are connected via a spiral stone staircase, are home to the castle’s five other bedrooms, which all have four-poster beds.

A two-night stay at the castle over the weekend of Halloween starts from £2,193. Pictured is the dungeon bedroom and its 'drawbridge bed'

A two-night stay at the castle over the weekend of Halloween starts from £2,193. Pictured is the dungeon bedroom and its ‘drawbridge bed’ 

The stone bathroom, which is next to the dungeon bedroom, has a bath made out of stone

The stone bathroom, which is next to the dungeon bedroom, has a bath made out of stone 

According to its listing on Snaptip, the castle lies 'in its own grounds at the foot of a hill, just inland from the Ayrshire coast'

According to its listing on Snaptip, the castle lies ‘in its own grounds at the foot of a hill, just inland from the Ayrshire coast’

The listing adds that the staircase continues to the roof to the ‘Caphouse’, which was formerly the guards’ lookout.

Here there are ‘views over the quiet village of West Kilbride towards the Firth of Clyde and the Isle of Arran’.

A two-night stay at the castle over the weekend of Halloween starts from £2,193. For more information visit www.lawcastle.com.

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Dye uses synthetic melanin to mimic natural hair pigmentation

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Scientists in the US have synthesised a range of hair dyes, from blonde to black, using enzymes to catalyse synthetic melanin. 

Melanin – a natural pigment that gives skin, hair and eyes a dark colour – is in every type of organism, making it a readily available and versatile material.

Researchers combined enzymes from mushrooms – which are rich with melanin – with an amino acid to mimic the melanin production in the body. 

Synthesised melanin is less toxic than chemicals currently used to strip hair of its pigments before recolouring, which can cause skin irritation. 

It could also provide an alternative for people with an allergy to hair dye who still want to be able to touch up their roots. 

Researchers said they can achieve an arrange of colours by changing the concentration of melanin

Researchers said they can achieve an arrange of colours by changing the concentration of melanin

‘From a biomedical perspective, there’s a huge market of people with a hair dye allergy,’ said Nathan Gianneschi at Northwestern University in Illinois. 

‘Our first thought was it would be great to have a solution to help those people.’ 

BENEFITS OF SYNTHETIC MELANIN  

– Synthetic melanin avoids the use of ammonia as a base layer.

– The precursors to treating hair with melanin are less toxic.

– The process uses safer, more scalable chemicals.

– There is vast potential in future cosmetic translations of synthetic melanin. 

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In the typical process of colouring hair at the salon, stylists use bleach to strip melanin from hair, then add ammonia and dye to open and penetrate the hair cuticles. 

Replacing melanin instead of removing it as a way of depositing colour on the surface of hair could create a more sustainable way to create lasting colour.  

In humans, melanin acts as a defence mechanism against UV-ray sun damage, which is why people from hotter climates tend to have darker skin.  

‘In humans, it’s in the back of our eye to help with vision, it’s in our skin to help with protecting skin cells from UV damage,’ said Gianneschi. 

‘But birds also use it as a spectacular colour display – peacock feathers are made of melanin entirely.’ 

As well as being a milder process than traditional dye, coating hair in synthetic melanin also has the potential to protect hair from sun damage, which can cause whitening. 

Researchers said they can achieve an array of colours, from light to dark by changing the concentration of their synthetic melanin. 

The product would be in the form of a dye and would be applied in a similar way to usual hair colour, as a paste from a bottle. 

Preliminary studies have also revealed potential for the coloured melanin layer to persist through several washes.  

In the typical process of colouring hair, stylists use bleach to strip melanin from hair, then add ammonia and dye to open and penetrate the hair cuticles for permanent colour

In the typical process of colouring hair, stylists use bleach to strip melanin from hair, then add ammonia and dye to open and penetrate the hair cuticles for permanent colour 

‘The dyeing process is similar from a stylist’s point of view, but these conditions are milder, so they take a little longer,’ said lead study author Claudia Battistella. 

‘Though it could be combined with a base, it’s not necessary to use one, and there is no need for chemical pigments.’ 

And because we already have melanin in our bodies, researchers think it is unlikely people would have an allergic reactions to it. 

Traditional hair dye, on the other hand, is estimated to cause allergies and skin irritation in an estimated 1 per cent of humans.  

Repeated use of some dyes has been linked to cancer – last year, researchers found women who regularly used permanent hair dye over eight years were 9 per cent more likely to develop breast cancer, compared to those who hadn’t.  

Studies have indicated that people who dye their hair regularly may have a higher risk of cancer

Studies have indicated that people who dye their hair regularly may have a higher risk of cancer 

And those who had a chemical hair straitening treatment every five to eight weeks had a 30 per cent higher risk.  

The researchers warn chemicals are able to get into the skin through the scalp and fumes may also be inhaled while applying the dye.   

Given the industry’s desire to move away from carcinogens and other toxic chemicals, synthetic melanin should be able to break through the regulatory industry, the experts believe. 

They now aim to find a commercial partner willing to develop the dye on a larger scale and bring it to shops worldwide. 

The research has been published in the journal Chemistry of Materials. 

WHAT EVIDENCE IS THERE THAT HAIR DYE CAUSES CANCER?

Researchers have been studying a possible link between hair dye use and cancer for many years with inconclusive results.

Some chemicals in hair dyes can be absorbed in small amounts through the skin or inhaled from fumes in the air. 

Some of the ingredients used in hair dyes have been shown to cause cancer in lab animals, but it’s not clear how these results might relate to people’s use of hair dyes. 

Although studies have shown that some of the dye applied to an animal’s skin is absorbed into the bloodstream, most have not found a link between skin application and cancer risk.

Some human studies show people who work around hair dyes regularly as part of their jobs, such as hairdressers, stylists, and barbers, are likely to be exposed more than people who just dye their hair on occasion.  

A small but fairly consistent increased risk of bladder cancer have been found in people in those jobs, and findings have been mixed for studies into leukemias and lymphomas, the American Cancer Society says. 

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has concluded that workplace exposure as a hairdresser or barber is ‘probably carcinogenic to humans,’ based on the data regarding bladder cancer.

The National Toxicology Program (NTP), formed from parts of several different US government agencies, has not classified exposure to hair dyes as to its potential to cause cancer. However, it has classified some chemicals that are or were used in hair dyes as ‘reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens’.

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The rise of witchcore! How it’s influencing fashion, film and social media

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Lockdown saw the emergence of the so-called ‘cottagecore’ trend, when Instagram feeds were flooded with pictures of women dressed in flowing dresses, frolicking in fields and planting their own vegetable patches. 

But as the months rumble on, and with the dark nights of winter fast approaching, there is a hankering for a far darker, supernatural aesthetic as people seek to escape the reality of what has been a difficult year. 

Cue the arrival of ‘witchcore’, a term coined by the TikTok generation to describe an aesthetic and way of life that draws on aspects of witchcraft, the occult and old-fashioned Gothic glamour.

'Witchcore' is a term coined by the TikTok generation to describe an aesthetic and way of life that draws on aspects of witchcraft, the occult and old-fashioned Gothic glamour. Pictured, a dress from the Vampire's Wife x H&M collaboration that perfectly captures the trend

‘Witchcore’ is a term coined by the TikTok generation to describe an aesthetic and way of life that draws on aspects of witchcraft, the occult and old-fashioned Gothic glamour. Pictured, a dress from the Vampire’s Wife x H&M collaboration that perfectly captures the trend

The trend was noted by Guardian writer Leah Harper, among others, who pointed to the big splash made by H&M’s recent sell-out collaboration with The Vampire’s Wife, a brand that specialises in bewitchingly beautiful frocks complete with capes, frilly bell-sleeved dresses, and lashings of black lace.  

Witchcore is also a breakout social media trend, with #witchcore used to share everything from their dark interior design mood boards to tarot card tips and spells for attracting good fortune. 

Jennifer Cownie, who co-founded literary tarot cabaret and consultancy, told the Guardian that she believes the the emergence of ‘witchcore’ is linked to the current social, political and economic climate.  

‘I think that Brexit, Trump and Covid have all had their part to play in creating a climate where people feel able to tap into their less rational, more intuitive sides,’ she said. ‘I now leave my flat about twice a week, so go big or go home, surely? Social and cultural expectations about how we dress are being relaxed so if you feel like a witch on the inside, I reckon there’s never been a better time to look like that on the outside.’ 

Gabriela Herstik, a witch and the author of Craft: How to Be a Modern Witch, added: ‘While we don’t have the opportunity to express ourselves outside of our homes, there’s a comfort in wearing something that makes you feel connected to your magic.’ Here’s what you need to know… 

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TikTok is the home of 'witchcore'. The #witchesoftiktok hashtag has 1.1billion views, while #witchcore has 5.5billion - showing just how much interest there is. Above, a TikTok user who claims to have summoned a storm while 'working on her energy skills'

TikTok is the home of ‘witchcore’. The #witchesoftiktok hashtag has 1.1billion views, while #witchcore has 5.5billion – showing just how much interest there is. Above, a TikTok user who claims to have summoned a storm while ‘working on her energy skills’ 

Instagram (pictured) and TikTok are full of posts from people showing off their paraphernalia

Instagram (pictured) and TikTok are full of posts from people showing off their paraphernalia

TikTok is the home of ‘witchcore’. The #witchesoftiktok hashtag has 1.1billion views, while #witchcore has 5.5billion – showing just how much interest there is.   

Videos range from mystics who claim to be able to tell the future in the space of a 90-second video, to witches who are able to cast spells on your behalf (for a fee). 

One recent video shows a woman playing a flute in the forest, in such a way that she believes she conjured up the wind spirits.

Another woman with apparent control over the elements brought forth an entire storm using just a few crystals. 

Responses to such clips are largely positive, with users congratulating them on their achievements. 

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The Vampire's Wife x H&M range captures the aesthetic perfectly and proved a hit with shoppers desperate to get their hands on the cult label at a far more reasonable price point

A maxi dress from the collection

The Vampire’s Wife x H&M range captures the aesthetic perfectly and proved a hit with shoppers desperate to get their hands on the cult label at a far more reasonable price point.

Think less green faces, pointy shoes and black hats and more sumptuous fabrics, lace and occult symbols. 

The Vampire’s Wife x H&M range captures the aesthetic perfectly and proved a hit with shoppers desperate to get their hands on the cult label at a far more reasonable price point.

The collaboration brought ‘witchcore’ style to the great British high street, while designers like Dior are catering to high-end customers. The French fashion house released a line inspired by a tarot deck, while cool-girl labels like Ganni and Rixo offer dresses with celestial prints. 

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There is no shortage of witches in Halloween films, but this year offers up a particularly stylish one in the form of Anne Hathaway in the latest film adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches

There is no shortage of witches in Halloween films, but this year offers up a particularly stylish one in the form of Anne Hathaway in the latest film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches

There is no shortage of witches in Halloween films, but this year offers up a particularly stylish one in the form of Anne Hathaway in the latest film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches. 

Costume designer Joanna Johnston was inspired by 60s style icons such as Jackie Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe, according to Vogue, and it shows in Anne’s Grand Witch’s power shoulders, bold houndstooth print and bouffant wigs. 

The slick of red lipstick and evening gloves adds an extra touch of glamour and proves adopting the ‘witchcore’ trend doesn’t need to look homespun. 

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A quick search of #witchcore on Instagram will bring up thousands of posts showing bedrooms, living rooms and bathrooms decked out in crystals, dried flowers and herbs - the modern-day witchcraft starter pack. Pictured, one such example found on Instagram

A quick search of #witchcore on Instagram will bring up thousands of posts showing bedrooms, living rooms and bathrooms decked out in crystals, dried flowers and herbs – the modern-day witchcraft starter pack. Pictured, one such example found on Instagram

Witchcore interiors inspiration includes photos like this dark boudoir shared on Instagram

Witchcore interiors inspiration includes photos like this dark boudoir shared on Instagram

A quick search of #witchcore on Instagram will bring up thousands of posts showing bedrooms, living rooms and bathrooms decked out in crystals, dried flowers and herbs – the modern-day witchcraft starter pack. 

The commitment to the look ranges from dark, cavernous rooms that look more crypt-like than homey, all the way to university dorm rooms that are sprinkled with just a touch of witchy-ness. 

The online community is quick to offer tips on where you might pick up your next essential purchase, making it easy to realise your own witchcore dreams. 

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RAF serviceman found hanged in his barracks after worrying about having first child, inquest hears

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An RAF serviceman was found hanged in his barracks after worrying about having his first child with his ex-girlfriend, a coroner has heard. 

Luke Neeson, 25, had been socialising with his colleagues at The Eagle Public House in Oxfordshire on Boxing Day when he started saying he was ‘anxious’ about becoming a first-time father.

He was found dead in his barracks the next day. 

A friend of Mr Neeson’s, Kieran Galt, told the inquest how his friend had been nervous about having a child with his ex-girlfriend, Angela Mullan. 

Mr Galt said: ‘Luke explained he was nervous about having a child with a previous partner who was due to give birth soon but he was looking forward to going back to Ireland because he had a friend’s wedding to attend on December 31.

Luke Neeson (pictured with his ex-girlfriend Angela Mullan), 25, had been socialising with his colleagues at The Eagle Public House in Oxfordshire on Boxing Day when he started saying he was 'anxious' about becoming a first-time father

Luke Neeson (pictured with his ex-girlfriend Angela Mullan), 25, had been socialising with his colleagues at The Eagle Public House in Oxfordshire on Boxing Day when he started saying he was ‘anxious’ about becoming a first-time father

‘Luke spoke about another female he was going away with called Naomi. Throughout the night, he spoke about his future with Naomi and his up and coming weekend with her. He explained they were going to stay in a hotel.’

Mr Neeson was last seen heading back to his barracks at RAF Brize Norton, Carterton, Oxfordshire, that evening before he failed to appear for work the next morning – December 27.

Worried friends flagged up a welfare concern after Luke would not open his door or answer his phone and at 10am, RAF duty officer William Henry used a master key to get in, discovering the grim scene. 

Mr Neeson was found dead in his barracks on December 27

Mr Neeson was found dead in his barracks on December 27

Paramedics rushed to the young man at 10.19am but on arrival it was quite clear that he was dead as blood had pooled in his hands. After searching his ‘incredibly tidy room’, officers found a raw pizza tucked away in his miniature oven.

The Senior Aviation Technician had joined the RAF in 2015, leaving his home in Arran Gardens, Larne, Northern Ireland, to live in the Oxfordshire barracks working for five days in and five days off.

Having travelled from Northern Ireland, his mother Bernadette Mason, alongside her new husband and brother Ben, heard yesterday how Luke was anxious about the birth of his unborn baby, who was later named Kayden.

Having bought a home with his partner Angela in 2018, she became pregnant before they split up. Despite their on-off relationship, the pair had spoken on the night before his death, where she noted Luke had sounded ‘stressed.’

His mother Bernadette told the assistant coroner for Oxfordshire: ‘They were very on and off, it just depended on the day of the week.’

The inquest heard how the engineer had a history of anxiety following childhood family trauma.

In a statement, Bernadette said: ‘Luke had developed some anxiety due to difficulties in family dynamics when he was young, none of that was his fault.

A friend of Mr Neeson's, Kieran Galt, told the inquest how his friend had been nervous about having a child with his ex-girlfriend, Angela Mullan (pictured together)

A friend of Mr Neeson’s, Kieran Galt, told the inquest how his friend had been nervous about having a child with his ex-girlfriend, Angela Mullan (pictured together)

‘He grew up as a bit of a worrier, he would get anxious about major and minor issues over the years and he took failure very badly.

‘He had bought a house together with his ex-partner in March 2018 and they were expecting their first child together in March 2020. They had ups and downs in their relationship, it was struggling and they were no longer together at the time.

‘It was getting harder to pull him back. He sought advice from different people which became confusing for him, so much so that I pulled back. He started to go through a phase which I can only describe as ”gallivanting” but it seemed to make him more worried and anxious.’

The heartbroken mother explained that Mr Neeson was working over the Christmas period so she and her partner were jetting off abroad for Christmas on December 21.

‘Before we went away, Luke spent the whole day in bed, he would not talk, eat or drink but the day after he was up before me and seemed much brighter. He took us to the airport and we said our goodbyes.

‘I was surprised he had taken his own life, it had been my greatest fear and it was always niggling at me. When he last came home he was finding it hard to cope with his demons. I think he saw himself as the problem but unfortunately I will never have the chance to prove him otherwise.’

Sitting at Oxford Coroner’s Court, assistant coroner Ms Hayes concluded a verdict of suicide.

Appearing over video link, his father Ivan Neeson said: ‘I was with my son on December 23, he was showing me photographs of the hotel he was going to be staying in, he was looking forward to it.’

The assistant coroner concluded: ‘It is very hard to lose people in these circumstances, unfortunately in my job I see this all too often, particularly with young men with so much to look forward too.’

For support call Samaritans on 116 123 or visit their website samaritans.org  

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