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Metro.co.uk: News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro

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    Sometimes, it has to be done (Picture: MMUFFIN for Metro.co.uk)

    So you want rid of your other half and you just can’t bear it any longer?

    The thought of hanging on until the new year leaves you feeling physically sick?

    metro illustrationsIf you want to break up with someone, do it before Christmas – here’s why

    You simply have to get it done and out of the way.

    Perhaps it will help to know that you’re not alone.

    More people break up at Christmas than at any other time of the year, except Valentine’s Day.

    Despite there being… Read the full story


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    The Doxy is unlike any experience I’d had before (Picture: Getty)

    As someone who reviews sex toys on a regular basis, I’m constantly being asked: ‘But which one is the best?’

    The answer to that depends on what you’re looking for.

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    If I was choosing the ‘greatest’ adult product ever then it would have to be the Sybian, because nothing is ever going to beat an industrial sex machine that is powerful enough to make the floorboards – and your teeth – rattle.

    But… Read the full story


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    If you suffer from bad back pain – the type painkillers won’t touch – then you’ll understand the drive to try any remedy to relieve it.

    It can be pretty relentless. I have been through a number of solutions and, depending on the pain that day, they have either taken the edge off or given me a day where I actually feel relatively good.

    Here are things I would spend my money on again (I haven’t included osteo or physio, as most people with back pain will already be involved in that route, or red wine, which frankly works a treat, because self-medication with alcohol is not ideal and leads… Read the full story


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    Strangest things to happen at our christmas sex parties (Miranda Kane)
    Watch out for the really drunk guy – he might not be drunk (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

    We all look forward to a Christmas bonus, isn’t that right?

    And frankly, we all deserve one. But if you’re a sex-worker, do we still get one?

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    Why yes, yes we do! Ours came in the shape of Christmas sex parties – joyful, happy events where about a dozen men would be filled with yuletide glee, and four or five willing ladies… Read the full story


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    If you’ve eaten your weight in Lindt Santas, you probably need a little break.

    You might think about having a salad for lunch or a green juice before you get back on the gins tonight.

    But the one thing you probably aren’t hankering after is a load of hot cross buns.

    And yet,  just a day after Christmas, Easter goodies have been spotted in various supermarkets around the country.

    But it’s not just the odd Lindt bunny cropping up in piles of Santas.

    We’re talking hundreds of boxes of eggs, hot cross buns and other Spring-time faves.

    Are folk happy about the early Easter intrusion? Are they heck.

     

    After all, we’re bang in the middle of… Read the full story


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    London may have things like Big Ben and parliament in its favour, but increasingly people are heading north for the best nightlife and cultural spots.

    These days, it seems like everyone’s heading up to places like Manchester for nights out or long weekends.

    And with good reason.

    So many of the UK’s cities are cheaper and easier to navigate than London.

    And they also offer great Instagram potential – which is important.

    If you don’t Instagram a city trip…did you even go on one?

    Holidu has researched the hashtags of UK cities to see which is the most popular and although London came out top with over 80 million hashtags, two of our biggest… Read the full story


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    If you’ve ever ordered something small from Amazon, you’ll know that they can be a little overzealous with their packaging.

    You buy an iPhone charger, you’ll receive a box that could fit several small children.

    Amazon packing is legendary in its absurd proportions.

    Don’t they know that everyone’s out here trying to reduce their consumption of plastic and cardboard?

    But there is a method behind the madness.

    Amazon ain’t no fool – it knows exactly what it’s doing when it sends you a box that can barely fit through your front door, containing a hand whisk.

    Alexander Savin claims to have the answer.

    He says that Amazon uses a ‘complicated software system to determine… Read the full story


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    Bringing in the New Year with a bang: Hogmanay fireworks in bonnie Edinburgh (Picture: Getty)

    Hogmanay – or New Year’s Eve to most of us – is the biggest night in the Scottish calendar. 

    Although the roots of its name are unclear – most likely Norse or Gaelic – there is absolutely no denying that it’s a time to celebrate.

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    People from all over the world descend on Scotland, especially the capital city of Edinburgh, at the end of December to take part in lively, raucous festivities that are… Read the full story


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    2017 may have been the year of feminism, but next year is shaping up to be a glorious year of female magnificence.

    Because the London Underground is going to be celebrating female artists all year, with a programme of works by women.

    The programme marks 100 years since women were granted suffrage.

    And it also forms part of Sadiq Khan’s gender equality campaign, #BehindEveryGreatCity, which hopes to celebrate the capital’s role in securing votes for women and looks to increasing gender equality in 2018.

    ‘Over the next year, and beyond, we will highlight how women of all ages, ethnicities, faiths and backgrounds make London the great city it is,’ he’s Read the full story


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    This is Riley Hemson.

    She’s a paramedic who’s lost over four stone in two years and has transformed her life through fitness and health.

    But she’s no standard fitness blogger.

    No, Riley is a body positivity advocate who is passionate about celebrating the journey to true mental and physical health.

    And she’s not here to portray any standard ideas of body perfection.

    She shared a photo recently of her wearing black underwear, glowing with happiness and self-acceptance – rolls and all.

    She says that 2017 was the year of self-love (which is was – we’ve seen so many amazing body positive campaigns, campaigners and bloggers shine over the past 12 months) and that it’s been a… Read the full story


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    Supermarkets are normally places of trolley rage and unexpected items in the bagging area.

    But for one couple of newlyweds, their local store was the place they found true love.

    Jessica and Rodney Reinsma met while both working at Coles Supermarket in Australia.

    And they decided to head back there, dressed in all their finery, after getting married earlier that day.

    Broccoli Bouquet in hand, Jessica was wheeled like a discount queen through the aisle by her dashing groom.

    They met at a Syndey branch of Coles back in 2013 when she was a grocery manager and Rodney was a store manager.

    He proposed and in November, they married.

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    There’s good days and there’s bad days (Picture: Mmuffin for Metro.co.uk)

    Colds, flu, broken limbs: there are few ailments from which you bounce back overnight.

    After shaking off the influenza, you accept that you’re going to be rundown for a while.

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    If you’ve broken a bone, you face weeks of physiotherapy when the plaster cast comes off.

    Depression is just the same, and recovery can be a slow, painstaking business with many hurdles along the way.

    It’s a journey I’m on and, at times, it’s like wading through treacle. Wearing flip-flops.

    Different… Read the full story


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    Being couped up with your family for two days is enough to send even the most extroverted person running for seclusion.

    You just need a week on your goddamn own, without anyone arguing over the remote or nipping in the bath just as you’re about to head to the bathroom.

    And you know where would be the perfect escape? Just Room Enough Island.

    It’s a tiny speck of land in New York state that has just room enough for a house and a tree.

    It’s one of over 1,800 islands located on the St Lawrence River which separates New York from Ontario and was bought back in 1950 by the Sizeland family.

    They… Read the full story


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    Once you go vegan, you’re faced with all kinds of moral dilemmas that previously seemed unimportant.

    Are you the sort of plant-based eater who still wants to drizzle honey on their pancakes? Can you still get the sausage dog you’ve always dreamed of having? Should you replace meat and dairy with a stack load of soya and palm-oil laden substitutes?

    But one issue that will probably come up as we slowly move out of winter and into warmer climates is the issue around pest control.

    There are plenty of humane ways of getting rid of rodents but when it comes to flies, mosquitoes and fleas, what’s a vegan to do?

    They’re… Read the full story


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    Most teenagers are cripplingly embarrassed about any slight ‘imperfections’.

    But not Zainab Mohammed.

    Nope, she’s just out here embracing her birth defect in a self-love campaign like it’s nothing.

    She was born with proximal femoral focal deficiency (PFFD) – a rare condition affecting the bones in her leg, causing her femur not to grow properly.

    The exact causes of PFFD are unknown but according to UK charity, Steps, it’s not hereditary.

    Sufferers have difficulty walking without a prosthetic or shoe raise and sometimes have to undergo unpleasant surgerys.

    And as you might imagine, Zainasurgeriesoling wasn’t exactly easy.


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    When Heidi and Ed Savitt met at university, little did they know they’d met before.

    In fact, it was only dating for some time that they discovered that they’d been childhood sweethearts two decades before.

    They first met at Newcastle Uni in 2001, when Ed was studying Psychology and Business and Heidi was reading for a degree in Economics and Management.

    Ed messaged Heidi asking how to use the tumble drier at this student accommodation as she’d been the previous tenant.

    And that romantic exchange led to two years of dating.


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    Once Christmas is done and dusted and you’ve unwrapped all your presents, you need to hang onto to whatever bit of happiness is left.

    But when your nan’s stolen the last Quality Street, you can really struggle to see the light.

    The only thing that can get you through Twixtmas is the promise of new stationery.

    Because quite frankly, there’s nothing more satisfying than cracking open a brand new diary and writing down everything you need to do in one list.

    OK, so you’ll probably only stick at it for a few weeks before it ends up getting forgotten and tatty in your bag (until next year and the cycle starts again).

    But… Read the full story


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    Trying to be healthy around Christmas can be tough.

    Particularly when you think you’re following a healthy recipe book.

    A nutritionist coach from Bristol has recently revealed that Joe Wicks’ latest book, Cooking for Family and Friends, contains double the calories of fast food meals.

    Matt, from Apex Fitness Systems, calculated the calories and nutritional information in several recipes from the new cookbook and compared them to fast food favourites Big Mac, a Domino’s Dessert and Burger King bacon burger with fries.

    And the result?

    Well, one of his recipes, a beef stew dish, has more than double that of a Big Mac.


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    2017 is nearly over, which means it’s time for everyone’s ‘New Year, new me’ Facebook statuses.

    While some believe that a new year to be a whole new chapter of life, others stick to the same old habits that they do every year. And that’s totally fine.

    But if there’s one thing you can do to ensure the next year is better than the previous – it’s cutting out all of the toxic people from your life.

    Most of us have been unfortunate enough to meet a few toxic people during adulthood. You imagine nastiness and jealousy to only happen in school, but it turns out mean girls… Read the full story


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    From the joy of honey to living in the moment, there are so many life hacks Winnie the Pooh has taught us.

    And now, it turns out that the fictional bear isn’t quite so fictional after all.

    In fact, it’s based on an actual bear at London Zoo.

    Pictures from the Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring A Classic exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum have uncovered the inspiration behind the much-adored bear.

    Aiming to reveal the real people, relationships and inspirations behind everyone’s favourite loveable fictional character, you can find out exactly who Winnie-the-Pooh is based on.

    And you won’t need to guess for long either because pictures reveal the culprit behind our… Read the full story


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