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    Could you dine with a snake
    (Picture: Trip Advisor)

    Japan might be known for its more out-there culture, quirks and futuristic technology (who doesn’t want heated toilet seats?) but this one might not be everyone’s favourite tourist spot.

    After cat, dog, and owl cafes, now comes a snake cafe. Fun.

    Serpent lovers or those trying to conquer their fear of snakes can spend 1,000 Japanese yen (£6.53) to hang out with the reptiles.

    Tokyo Snake Central allows you to sip on some juice and get some grub all the while holding a snake, if you want to.


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    The blue ticks on Whatsapp are a source of tension for a lot of people.

    Have they seen the message? Was it properly delivered?

    Alton Towers is opening a rollercoaster involving wood and fire

    Then there’s the worst feeling of all: The possibility that you might have been blocked.

    Hopefully you haven’t got yourself into a bad enough situation to be blocked, but break-ups and arguments between friends can get messy.

    Here’s how to work out if you’ve been blocked on the chat service Whatsapp.


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    Roller coaster enthusiasts, get excited, because Alton Towers have revealed that it costs the same amount to buy a year-long season ticket as it does to buy a one day pass. 

    If you were to buy a ticket to Alton Towers at the gate (rather than booking online before visiting) it would cost you £55. Now, for one day of fun £55 seems like quite a lot.

    But what about for an entire year of fun?

    You could (in theory) visit every day that the park is open, which would make the cost of each visit just 15p.

    That would be a bit unhinged and might impede things like… Read the full story


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    (Picture: Ella Byworth/ Getty)

    There was a time, let’s call it The Olden Days, when having a job meant having an office. 

    Sometimes I dream about having an office. An actual room where a person could work privately without listening to sneezing, chewing, secondhand music via cheap headphones and how Chris from Procurement’s stag weekend went.

    Sadly, offices went the way of the dodo sometime before I was even born. Their quiet civility was swapped for something much newer.

    Open plan, everyone said, was the way to go. So cool, so modern, so egalitarian. Why wouldn’t you want to be able to watch someone else’s food going round and round in the microwave?

    But… Read the full story


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    (Picture: H&M/Metro.co.uk(

    H&M has been accused of racism because of a children’s jumper which appeared on their website.

    The green hooded jumper had the slogan ‘coolest monkey in the jungle’ and was modeled by a black child.

    Multiple Twitter users addressed the brand, explaining that dressing a black child in a hoodie with this slogan was at best racially insensitive and at worst actively racist.

    Other Twitter users pointed out that the rest of the child models, who were white, had been styled in jumpers with… Read the full story


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    how should we talk about mental health in schools? Experts weigh in (Lucy Nichol)
    ‘We’ve worked out that I lose roughly a third of my life to it’ (Picture: Erin Aniker for Metro.co.uk)

    Imagine looking at your own hands and feeling like they don’t belong to you; not recognising your own voice when you speak; or even feeling like your observing your own body from another corner of the room.

    That’s what life can feel like for someone with a dissociative condition, a rare mental illness that affects about one per cent of the population.

    What is a ‘holistic vagina massage’ and what does it feel… <a href=Read the full story

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    ‘It did go on for a really long time before I really realised it wasn’t normal depression but that it was seasonal.

    ‘My husband told me it’s like living with two people – winter Sybil and summer Sybil.’

    Sybil Watson joined us on our weekly mental health podcast, Mentally Yours, to talk about having Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

    She said: ‘It’s exactly the same as normal depression, it’s just it has a time span.

    ‘It gets to spring when it starts to get lighter and your mood picks up.

    ‘So there’s all the same symptoms that you’d have with normal depression of having no energy, of unrealistic thought patterns that you have no friends and are a terrible person, and not wanting to go anywhere and not taking pleasure in the things you would normally take pleasure in.’

    She added that in winter ‘I start crying a lot, I start feeling very negative about myself, I start losing my… Read the full story


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    Turmeric is the new health trend, with everyone from Starbucks to Gary Barlow jumping on the bandwagon.

    H&M accused of racism over children's hoodie

    The yellow spice is in plenty of things already, and you might find it in curries or being used to give a brighter colour to condiments and sauces.

    Find out more about the things it’s credited to help with and shed some light on how exactly you take the mysterious root.


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    Metro Illustrations Ambitious Mother

    Forget all of these things (Picture: Phébe Lou Morson for Metro.co.uk)

    While pregnant with my first child, I eagerly anticipated all the wonderful things I planned to do while on maternity leave.

    Things like curing cancer, eradicating poverty and solving world peace.

    How I potty-trained my child at 18 months old

    I even thought I might bash out a novel or two, in between nappy changes.

    Boy was I in for a shock.

    Turns out it takes a lot of time and work to keep a pint-sized human being alive.

    Between the sleepless nights, cluster feeding and crying, just putting on… Read the full story


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    Marks and Spencer are selling sliced cauliflower as ‘cauliflower steak’ (Picture: Getty)

    Brands love duping us foolish consumers.

    Remember when Balenciaga sold a fake paper bag for £870? ASOS sold your Grandad’s trousers as a jumpsuit? Starbucks tried to pass off guacamole as ‘organic avocado spread‘?

    Ha, good times, big corporations, good times.

    The latest on the ‘we see what you’re doing and we’re not falling for it’ list is Marks and Spencer’s ‘cauliflower steak’.

    ‘What is this cauliflower steak?’ we hear you cry. ‘Is it a juicy piece of meat betwixt some delicious cauliflower?’

    No, fools. It’s just…pre-sliced regular cauliflower. With a little sachet of… Read the full story


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

    I was recently late for work because, in the words of a fellow commuter ranting into his phone ‘some tw*t jumped in front of the train’.

    As train after train was cancelled, and more and more people had to move from one to the next, find other means of transport, and mill about, the general tide of resentment increased.

    ‘They just don’t think, do they?’

    ‘It disrupts so many things.’

    ‘This always happens when we visit London.’

    ‘I’m going to have to check for ‘jumpers’ later.’

    ‘At least we’re in the train and not under it.’

    As I noted down these various comments I was hardly any more sympathetic.

    I sat, stress-eating my… Read the full story


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    An office worker fell in love with a fitness instructor after meeting online, and now like any couple, they spend their time enjoying all their shared interests together… except they do it completely naked.

    49-year-old Richard Opperman has been a naturist since his twenties. He decided to swiftly add this into conversation when first talking to his now wife, Grace, 51. Soon after finding out about Richard’s preferences for being naked, she got in on the act, too.

    Grace, from Hampshire, who met Richard in 2008 recalled: ‘His way of telling me was by talking about a naked bike ride he’d done.

    ‘I thought, ‘You’ve done what?’ We’d been… Read the full story


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    A massive Harry Potter convention is going to be happening in Manchester this year, and it sounds magical.

    The Potter Fan Convention is happening at The Printworks this July, and it’ll offer everything a true wizard could possibly desire.

    The convention will be so much more than learning how to master the Dark Arts or play Quidditch.

    According to the website, fans will actually get to meet actors from the Harry Potter films, while getting autographs and posing for photo sessions with the big names.

    There’s going to be a Diagon-themed Market Street with traders, and Q&A panels from cast and crew of the films.


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    **ILLUSTRATION REQUEST** Why having a birthday in January is horrible (Georgina Fuller)
    (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

    I used to get horrible January blues. 

    My January would consist of crying for the first few days, being overwhelmingly homesick for being back with my family and whining about how all my clothes were too tight. It was not a pretty picture. And, even worse, I started worrying about January and the misery that it brought from December onward.

    It got to the point where my fear of January was ruining Christmas. I’d let January become this grey, cold, looming spectre which hung above me all winter, threatening to make me miserable.

    And that’s when I… Read the full story


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    It may just be a cold, or it might something more complex and worrisome. Either way, if you’re ill and need time off from work, it can be a minefield.

    A massive Harry Potter convention is coming this year and it sounds magical

    Knowing who to call and how to approach it varies from organisation to organisation.

    However, there are some hard and fast rules you can stick to if this happens – and your employer has to stick to their end of the bargain too.


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    This looks like a nice situation (Picture: Domino’s)

    It’s a good time to be vegan in the UK.

    We’ve got vegan kebabs, vegan fried chicken, and a plethora of dairy-free milk being offered in coffee shop chains.

    Hell, just today, supermarket giant Tesco launched a brand new plant-based range featuring loads of sarnies, wraps and ready meals.

    When it comes to pizza, lots of independent pizza places have been offering vegan cheese for years (*nods to Basilico and Firezza in London*) with the mainstream mavens coming in slowly but surely.

    Zizzi were the first major restaurant chain to offer cheesy vegan… Read the full story


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  • 01/08/18--08:48: Why is wine not vegan?
  • Many of us love a glass of wine at the end of a hard day.

    Let's face it, hot desking is the absolute worst

    While we all think we know what goes into our wine (surely just grapes, right?) there are actually plenty of other things being added.

    Some of those things are animal products, which is bad news for vegatarians, vegans or anyone doing veganuary.

    (Picture: Richard Clark/Getty)

    What animal products are used in wine?

    There are a number of stages to the winemaking process.

    When a wine is young, it will normally be cloudy and contain… Read the full story


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    (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler)

    If you’re currently struggling with your mental health, the first thing you need to know is that you’re not alone.

    According to Mind, 1 in 4 people will experience mental illness every year.

    The second thing you need to know is that everyone deals with mental illness differently – and there’s no shame in how you cope. Some choose to do so naturally or through forms of therapy, while others take medication.

    There’s no shame in how you cope. The crucial thing is that you’re choosing to do so.

    But it’s also important to know that it’s totally okay if you’re not coping.

    Living with a mental illness is bloody hard. It… Read the full story


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    Princess Charlotte
    (Picture: The Duchess of Cambridge)

    Even if you’re not sure about kids or constitutional monarchy, we challenge you to question the sartorial choices of one Princess Charlotte today. 

    The world might say that red and pink don’t go, but PC says hell yes to the power clash.

    She (or, more likely the adult who dressed her) combined a pink scarf with a red double breasted coat – a traditional style long favoured by the royal family, brown ribbed tights and a pair of red round toed shoes which have a gold buckle.

    The t-bar shoe is also a popular royal choice, Charlotte wore a similar pair over the summer which were thought… Read the full story


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    woman exercising
    What if you just want to get a bit of exercise? (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

    Unless you’re one of ‘those’ people, exercise is hell itself.

    I’m talking to all of you out there who made a resolution to do a bit more of it because you think you ate the Michelin Man over Christmas, but maybe you’re still a bit tentative about taking those first steps into a gym.

    Does the equipment seem daunting? Yes, of course it does.

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    I’ve joined… Read the full story


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