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

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    There’s nothing better than tucking into a brand new biscuit assortment box.

    But one customer was more horrified than delighted when she opened a Cadbury Biscuit Assortment box to find just eight biscuits inside.

    The chocolate giant is now being accused of duping customers and wasting packaging after selling a variety box of treats with a mere eight biscuits inside.

    The teacher was given the box as a gift by one of her pupils before Christmas.

    Her husband from Birmingham, who does not want to be named for fear of embarrassing the pupil who gave the couple the… Read the full story


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    Get fit or die alone (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

    The world of dating apps is a confusing place to be.

    Should you talk about food? Swipe right to everyone? Or just go right ahead and ask all your matches if they’re DTF?

    And should you slither into girls’ Instagram DMs when you don’t even match? (Hint: no, no you should not.)

    It’s tough knowing whether you should be your bad self and get used to a world of rejection, or pretend to be someone else and drown in likes.

    According to a new survey, we should all be openly declaring/falsely… Read the full story


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    Vegan pumpkin salad
    Yes, we do eat salad – but not every day.

    Are you doing Veganuary this year? Me too. This is the third time I’ve opted to give up all animal products for the month of January and it’s getting easier every time.

    For the rest of the year I’m vegetarian anyway but since my first Veganuary in 2016 I’ve found myself naturally eating less dairy and eggs and enjoying vegan food more.

    So feeding myself during Veganuary isn’t too tricky now. If you’re still looking for recipe ideas check out these  31 vegan recipes to inspire you.

    Read the full story

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    How slimming clubs made me fatter than ever and painfully anxious around food
    Are slimming clubs doing more harm than good? (Picture: Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk)

    Before my foray into the world of slimming clubs, I was a UK size 16; and when I successfully achieved my goal weight, I was a size 10.

    I was finally the sexy, svelte version of myself that I’d always dreamed of and I was certain nothing would ever make me gain weight again – but no one tells you how hard it is to keep the weight off long term.

    My nervous breakdown ruined my career… Read the full story

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    Remember the ‘What’s Your Excuse?’ mum?

    The impossibly slim, hot mum with three kids under four who challenged other, fatter mums for not having any excuse to get in shape?

    Of course, you do. She went viral back in 2013 after pissing loads of people off who thought she was body shaming women with her ‘unattainable’ body type.

    She sort of issued an apology (‘What you interpret is not MY fault. It’s Yours. The first step in owning your life, your body and your destiny is to OWN the thoughts that come out of your own head. I didn’t create them. You created them. So, if you want to continue ‘hating’… Read the full story


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    Those eyes, those dog damn eyes (Picture: Battersea Dogs Home)

    Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has already had its first abandoned dog of 2018 – just two days into the new year.

    Eight-week-old mongrel pup Ronnie was brought into the centre on 2 January by his owner, who’d sadly become homeless.

    Ronnie had been bought online by his owner’s ex-partner, and while the ex-partner had met the dog purported to be Ronnie’s mum, very little was actually known about Ronnie himself.

    Which isn’t ideal, really, when you need to know family history of illness etc.

    And poor old Ronnie became the first unwanted pet of 2018.


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    All change for 2018 (Picture: Getty)

    This year I’ve decided to ignore the fat shaming that the food industry starts the second they’ve finished enticing me into buying all of their calorie laden mince pies.

    Instead I’ll focus on making 2018 a year for good, and thinking more on the wide world beyond my front door.

    5 of the best TV series to keep those winter blues at bay

    I want to implement some small changes to make the world a better place for my children to grow up in.

    Though I have this new, altruistic great intention I have very little inspiration.

    So I’ve… Read the full story


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    When you stroll into a Lush, you expect to be greeted with an overwhelming waft of essential oils and all-natural fragrances. What you probably don’t expect is to stumble upon something on the shelves that could put your life at risk.

    But that’s a reality Josh Abbott has had to face when he pops into the bath bomb shop.

    Josh, 25, has a severe allergy to nuts and can go into anaphylactic shock simply from coming into contact with nut particles in the air.

    He visited Lush on Saturday 16 December when he spotted tubs of face mask products containing almonds open for customers to sample.

    A number of Lush products contain… Read the full story


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    Oh, so you thought weird trends that prey on body insecurities were only for women?

    You were wrong.

    While us lady types have to deal with people convincing us to get liposuction on our arm vaginas, men are also feeling the pressure, being swayed to try everything from scrotox to anal injections.

    The next hot trend targeted squarely at men? Penis whitening. It’s exactly what it sounds like.

    More than 100 men each month have been heading to a clinic in Thailand that started offering a penis whitening procedure six months ago. The treatment involves blasting lasers at the… Read the full story


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    You may have heard of the recent ‘raw water’ trend.

    And you also may have believed that all water is raw unless it’s been boiled for tea. But no, raw water actually refers to water that hasn’t been treated or processed in any way.

    In what is possibly the most Goop thing to ever happen, water startups are cropping up around America offering people the chance to sup virgin water which has come straight from the source, and has forgone the traditional safety precautions.

    Sounds positively bucolic, amirite?

    It conjures up images of water nymphs floating over a lake, gently drinking that sweet H2O, just as God intended.

    Tap water isn’t perfect.

    They say London water has been recycled seven… Read the full story


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    Primark is a pro at recreating high end clobber at low down prices.

    Remember the £8 versions of Gucci’s £530 slip-on loafers? Or their take on the £470 Prada mules?

    They don’t call it Primarni for nothin’.

    And to kick 2018 off nicely, Primark have just brought out a pair of YSL-inspired bargain boots costing just £22.

    The black diamante-encrusted slouch boots are very similar to the £6,850 Saint Laurant ones spotted on major celebs like Rihanna and Kendall Jenner.

    Except you could buy 311 pairs of these bad boys for the price of one YSL set.

    Rhi-Rhi was first spotted wearing the 3,000 Rhinestone-encrusted boots fresh off the runway at the YSL show in… Read the full story


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    You never have just one fringe (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

    Getting a fringe was a more fraught decision than almost any other beauty experiment you embarked upon last year – and this was the year of blinking eyeball nails.

    Pain, embarrassment and sloppy kisses – the dark side of adult braces

    You interrogated your friends and spent hours in front of the mirror flipping your ponytail over your forehead to get a pretend fringe.

    You googled ‘good’ and ‘bad’ celebrity fringes until your neck involuntarily twitched with secondary peek-a-boo fringe flicking.

    You even formed a contingency plan in case it all went… Read the full story


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    January is such a positive, pious month.

    A new start, a bare cupboard, a fresh dairy. What’s not to love?

    It’s also a time for undoing some of the damage inflicted over Christmas and New Year.

    Which is why everyone goes from 0 to 100 and quits the booze altogether.

    Suddenly, no one’s drinking.

    Trying to arrange a quiet little pub trip becomes impossible as even mentioning the possibility of booze brings your mates out in a teetotal rash.

    ‘ME? BOOZE?’ they cry, as if they were longtime members of the Band of Hope temperance gang.

    ‘I am doing Dry January, doncha know? I feel soooooo much better – I’m positively glowing! You should try it! Wow!’

    Except yes,… Read the full story


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    Two uni pals are raffling off their £230,000 home in Southampton for just £5 a ticket.

    Jess Sharp, 27, and Alice Schwausch, 26, met each other while studying at Worcester University and decided to pair up in order to both get on the housing ladder.

    They split the deposit and managed to secure a mortgage in order to buy the property – and now they’re ready to move on.

    But in order to go their separate ways, they need to get rid of their current home and they’ve decided to help someone else get onto the property market by raffling it off for an absolute bargain.

    All you’ve got to do… Read the full story


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    Irn Bru is a drink so synonymous with Scotland it’s often nicknamed Scotland’s other national drink.

    But that could all change once in a matter of months – as Irn Bru’s recipe is planned to go through a shake-up.

    So why have manufacturers given Irn Bru a (very unwelcome) reboot?

    It’s part of a sugar-reduction programme by soft drink brand AG Barr before the government levy on sugary drinks comes into effect in 2018.

    Makers of the fizzy favourite will be changing the formula of the product to cut sugar content by almost half.

    Unsurprisingly, fans have not taken to the news well – and they’ve started stockpiling cans… Read the full story


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    (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

    They say that millennials look for purpose over paycheck. In the last decade, there have been surges in startups as the generation abandon traditional jobs for more ‘meaningful’, purpose-bound work.

    And yet only 30 per cent of women report currently working in their dream jobs, according to a survey by Toluna, who interviewed 1,000 women aged 25 to 35.

    Although money and having a stable job is important, the survey showed that the perfect jobs are aligned with passions, in arts, healthcare, academia – but also practical needs.

    Nearly 80% of respondents expressed a desire to work from home, while 64% were keen to work for themselves. Interestingly, only… Read the full story


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    Congrats are in order to a teenager once dubbed ‘Chewbacca’ because of her excessive facial hair – she’s just got married.

    Supatra ‘Natty’ Susuphan, 17, from Thailand, was once officially rated the hairiest girl in the world.

    The Bangkok resident suffers from the extremely rare Ambras syndrome, otherwise known as werewolf syndrome.

    The genetic condition, suffered by only around 50 people worldwide since the Middle Ages, causes thick hair growth on the entire body except the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.

    Supatra was named the hairiest teenager in the world by Guinness World Records in 2010.

    Although she received laser treatment as a child, it failed to work and her… Read the full story


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    Sweet-toothed vegan Londoners will no doubt have heard of Dough Society, the vegan brioche doughnut purveyors who have been trading at various markets for the past year or so.

    Born of ‘a love of baking, a massive sweet tooth and a love of dirty American-style food’, Dough Society was started by husband and wife team Lauren and Ed, who started experimenting with doughnut recipes when they couldn’t find anyone selling what they were after.

    Fans of the pair will be super excited to hear that they’re opening a permanent location this month – and it’s going to be a vegan coffee and… Read the full story


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    We all know the feeling of taking the first bit of something you’ve craved. It’s pure euphoria and at times, overwhelming.

    Sometimes a little too overwhelming as this pregnant woman from Jupiter, Florida in the United States, can attest to.

    Lisa Piccitto, who is carrying twins, was seen bursting into tears of joy while eating some pancakes.

    Lisa’s sister, Renee Piccitto, filmed the moment her sister was sobbing after tucking into each bite of the sugary snack.

    Renee, 35, said: ‘While pregnant, Lisa has started crying over food and sobs over… Read the full story


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    Feel like you’re in paradise instead of Peckham with Costa’s tropical new vegan vibe (Picture: Getty, Costa Coffee

    A few years ago, you’d have been lucky to get dairy-free milk in most coffee shops, but now veganism has slithered into the mainstream like a slippery plant-based eel, milk alternatives are becoming the norm.

    And it’s not just your bogstandard soya. You’re often presented with all manner of delicious options, like oat (wassup, Oatly Barista?) and almond.

    Costa already offers soya milk as an option, but today they’ve welcomed coconut milk to the roster.

    The dairy-free alternative to milk contains coconut and soya, and has been specially created for baristas, to give… Read the full story


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