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

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    Finding the right job for you can really help support your mental health (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

    Mental illness is often portrayed as an affliction, something that ruins lives and isolates people from the outside world.

    10 people share the moment that they knew they needed help with their mental illness

    There are many people who learn to manage the symptoms and find a work environment that perfectly suits their needs and skills.

    But for some people, a change of career is needed in order to find the right work environment.

    Finding a new career path can be daunting, so we… Read the full story


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    Virginia Woolf has got herself her very own Google Doodle to celebrate her 136th birthday.

    Born on January 25 1882 in Kensington, Virginia would have been 136 today. She died by suicide on 28 March 1941 in Lewes.

    Virginia – whose full name was Adeline Virginia Woolf – is considered to be one of the greatest authors of Great Britian.

    Who was Virgina Woolf?

    Virginia was a renowned author.

    Her father was historian and critic Sir Leslie Stephen and her mother was Julia Stephen.

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    Her love of writing can be attributed to her father. She grew up in a home which had its own library and was used to many visitors visiting her historian dad.

    Woolf suffered mental health problems during her career and following her mother’s death in 1895, when Virginia was just 13, she began writing.

    Her father’s… Read the full story


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    For many years now, balayage has reigned supreme over the world of hair.

    The more elegant update on the dip dye of our teens, it’s a subtle way to do hair colour that instantly makes you look more put together, rocked by everyone from Chrissy Teigen to Rihanna.

    Beyond its name, this new trend isn’t all that similar to the look of classic balayage.

    While traditional balayage makes your hair look sun-kissed by applying highights through the lengths and ends, reverse balayage put the lighter colour at the top of your hair, and leaves the ends darker.

    First spotted by PopSugar, the look is suited best for… Read the full story


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    A picture of Bath and Bristol
    But which is better? (Picture: Getty)

    Two very different cities, mere minutes apart by train.

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    Bristol is cool, edgy, sprawling, modern, creative.

    It’s a little London with a big character, and attracts nearly double Bath’s visitor numbers.

    Banksy grew up here, but of course.

    And you could go to a different bar, restaurant or club every night of the year – the variety is enormous.

    Then there is Bath – genteel, compact, steeped in history.

    It has a quieter, more reflective atmosphere, and yet… Read the full story


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    Trio of evocative scottish symbols, tartan plaid, the scottish flag, and the thistle.
    Who says Burns Night can’t be vegan? (Picture: Getty)

    Traditionally, Burns Night is celebrated with haggis, served with neeps and tatties (that’s turnips and potatoes, to any non-Scots out there).

    But Robert Burns had great compassion for animals, so isn’t it about time that Burns Night dropped the meat-eating aspect of the celebrations?

    Why not have a vegan Burns Night, with no meat, dairy, fur or wool anywhere to be seen?

    Scots can take a cup o’ kindness and honour the poet’s memory by following these tips for a bonnie cruelty-free evening.

    1. Address a vegan haggis

    Swap out traditional sheep’s… Read the full story


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    ‘Depression may seem to be an unpromising topic for an uplifting book,’ says Daniel Jackon, MIT professor and the author of new book Portraits of Resilience.

    ‘But when I set out on this journey, I had an inkling that members of my community – the students, faculty, and administrators of MIT – would have more to share than sad stories.

    ‘Perhaps, having entered that dark place, they would emerge with wisdom and clarity – not just about depression but about adversity itself.

    ‘As my university community struggled to come to terms with a string of suicides and a survey that found that less than half of our students met the criteria for “flourishing” mental health, it struck me that those who had experienced depression, anxiety, trauma, or similar challenges were not laggards.

    ‘They were on the front line of our struggle, and their insights and experiences might help us all.’

    With that in mind, Daniel decided to create a book, Portraits of Resilience, to capture… Read the full story


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    Dead vagina syndrome
    (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

    A few weeks back we discovered that men in Thailand were getting their penises blasted with lasers to make them whiter.

    Turns out that the trend isn’t just for people with penises.

    While the pressure to have lightened vulva – the external parts of female genitals, FYI – isn’t new (just look at all the reviews on anal bleaching creams which mention women using them on their labia), the use of lasers is a new approach.

    Belo Medical Group clinics in the Phillippines are offering a new service they call ‘angel whitening’.

    For PHP50,000 (£700) a session, customers can have lasers treatment on their… Read the full story


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    ALLOWAY, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 23: A group re-enact the first ever Burns Supper held in 1801 on the fifth anniversary of his death inside the cottage where he was born in 1759 on January 23, 2014 in Alloway,Scotland. People around the world will mark the 255th Birthday Celebration of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns, born on January 25, 1759. Burns suppers, when the poem 'Address to a Haggis' is recited, are held on or near his birthday to commemorate the life of the poet and celebrate his contribution to Scottish culture. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
    A group re-enact the first ever Burns Supper held in 1801… Read the full story

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    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner which means if you haven’t already found your perfect date night outfit, you’d better start looking.

    But just before you do, we’ve created a list of amazing nail designs so that you can take some inspiration for your look before you head out shopping.

    Because if you can’t be bothered with a whole new Valentine’s themed outfit, nail art is an easy option.

    Take a look at our style guide below – we’ve found something for everyone, from simple designs to some seriously Instagram-worthy looks.

    We love these red nails with white dotted hearts

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    These nails are… Read the full story


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    A job advert placed by recruitment firm RMS Recruitment has sparked controversy by asking for someone who can cope with ‘male banter’. 

    To clarify, the job ad was placed this week, not in 1955, but we would understand if you had been confused on that point.

    The full advert, which was placed on Guardian Jobs but has now (unsurprisingly) been removed read:

    (Picture:… Read the full story

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    Happy Burns Night (Picture: Getty)

    Burns Night 2018 is today and you are probably getting ready for the big evening of drinking, singing and feasting tonight.

    The night is a celebration of Robert Burns who is one of the most revered poets and writers in British history.

    Series of portraits shares people's stories of anxiety and depression

    Burns is best known as an icon of the Romantic movement who wrote many influential poems and folk songs like Auld Lang Syne, To A Mouse and The Battle of Sherramuir.


    517588842avinashbhunjunLONDON - JANUARY 24: Man with traditional Scottish tartan holds a book with Robert Burns face on it at Burns Night January 24, 2004 in London, England. Scots across the world annually celebrate the life of Robert Burns, the country's most famous bard, with recitations of his poetry, the eating of haggis and imbibing of whisky. (Photo by Graeme Robertson/Getty Images)A bagpiper plays at a celebration of poet Robert Burns (Picture: Getty)ALLOWAY, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 23: A group re-enact the first ever Burns Supper held in 1801 on the fifth anniversary of his death inside the cottage where he was born in 1759 on January 23, 2014 in Alloway,Scotland. People around the world will mark the 255th Birthday Celebration of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns, born on January 25, 1759. Burns suppers, when the poem 'Address to a Haggis' is recited, are held on or near his birthday to commemorate the life of the poet and celebrate his contribution to Scottish culture. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)517588842avinashbhunjunLONDON - JANUARY 24: Man with traditional Scottish tartan holds a book with Robert Burns face on it at Burns Night January 24, 2004 in London, England. Scots across the world annually celebrate the life of Robert Burns, the country's most famous bard, with recitations of his poetry, the eating of haggis and imbibing of whisky. (Photo by Graeme Robertson/Getty Images)A bagpiper plays at a celebration of poet Robert Burns (Picture: Getty)ALLOWAY, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 23: A group re-enact the first ever Burns Supper held in 1801 on the fifth anniversary of his death inside the cottage where he was born in 1759 on January 23, 2014 in Alloway,Scotland. People around the world will mark the 255th Birthday Celebration of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns, born on January 25, 1759. Burns suppers, when the poem 'Address to a Haggis' is recited, are held on or near his birthday to commemorate the life of the poet and celebrate his contribution to Scottish culture. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

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    One thing that nobody tells you about having a baby is that you suddenly become public property.

    Not willingly. But firstly you will find friends, family and perfect strangers feel they can just touch the bump without consent.

    Secondly, opinions, solicited and unsolicited, will come thick and fast and don’t be surprised if you find yourself in the middle of a supermarket shop unwillingly explaining to a stranger why you decided to bottle/breastfeed, use disposable nappies or defending whatever else they’ve decided to lecture you on.

    16 tips to help you plan your first family ski or snowboard holiday

    Never before… Read the full story


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    Annette Kravchenko’s adores her reborn Matilda (Collect/PA Real Life)

    Annette Kravchenko really, truly loves her reborn doll, called Matilda.

    She adores Matilda so much that she wants to treat her to the best things in life – including a £6,000 round-the-world trip.

    Annette plans to send Matilda to eight different countries over the course of two years, for a trip that started a few weeks ago and will involve travelling thousands of miles.

    Despite Annette consider the doll one of her daughters, Matilda will be posted to each destination as a signed-for parcel.

    ‘She started in Brisbane, then went on a cruise near me,’ Annete explains. ‘Next she is flying to Japan and, from… Read the full story


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    You might think that it’s too late for you to fulfil your ambitions of being a supermodel.

    After all, don’t most models stop working in their late 20s (if that)?

    That might be the case for many – but not for one octogenarian who’s just been made the face of a new beauty campaign.

    Daphne Self has just landed a major beauty campaign with makeup brand Eyeko, and at 89, she might just be the world’s oldest supermodel.

    She says that she started modelling in her 20s, during in the 50s, and got rediscovered at 70 when she was asked to do a shoot for Vogue who were doing a feature on ageing.

    In… Read the full story


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    Success in fitness often comes down to routine.

    You learn when’s best to eat, schedule when you can workout, choose certain days to exercise certain muscle groups – it’s all mapped out.

    But what happens when your regular regime is flipped on its head?

    For those of you who follow our tennis coverage, you’ll probably be aware that I am working incredibly unsociable shift patterns in order to cover the Australian Open.

    While the initial plan was to be in Melbourne, circumstances dictated that I have instead been locked up in my London flat, working from midnight to midday, watching men and women run around in… Read the full story


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    A study from Colorado University, Boulder has found that holding your partner’s hand during labour isn’t just a nice gesture – it might actually mean that they experience less pain.

    The research was lead by Pavel Goldstein, a neuroscience researcher at CU Boulder. After Pavel’s wife gave birth to their first daughter, he found himself wondering whether his hand-holding had actually been any use, and where there were any real ways to support a woman during labour.

    ‘I was in the delivery room, and I felt like I didn’t know how I could help my wife,’ Goldstein recalls.

    ‘She asked me to hold her hand, not to speak… Read the full story


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    A Russian designer has come under fire after using a racial slur in a note during Paris Couture Week.

    Ulyana Sergeenko sent a bouquet of flowers to her fashion entrepreneur pal Miroslava (Mira) Duma, with a handwritten note reading: ‘To my n*****s in Paris’.

    Miroslava later shared a picture of the note on her Instagram Stories, alongside a heart emoji.

    And while the phrase might be a lyric from the Kayne West and Jay Z hit, people kicked off – including Naomi Campbell.

    ‘This better not be real,’ the supermodel wrote, sharing the photo.

    And fashion photographer Ed Kavishe was similarly riled, adding: ‘What planet would you think this was acceptable language… Read the full story


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    Bored of playing the same old rounds of Pie Face and Ring of Fire in an excuse to get everyone hammered?

    Well fear not, pals. There’s a joyful new drinking game on the market and it’s all about the penis.

    Jizz (fantastic name) is a pink plastic penis which you fill up with a liquid of your choosing. You could choose water for easier cleanup, an alcoholic beverage, or even milk to bring some realism.

    Each participant in the fun has to spin each of the pink plastic testicles. One will reveal the number of pumps they must do, the other will tell them where to point the… Read the full story


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    Finally, a new lunch spot in central.

    Gentrification seems to be plaguing every high street, so it’s refreshing news that a bit of culture over retail will be injected into Oxford Street.

    The empty space that used to be BHS is set to be transformed into a massive food hall, boasting 25 (hopefully independent) restaurants, food stalls, and a demo kitchen, opening to the public in autumn.

    The former department store space will be the new flagship branch of a new venture bringing three permanent food markets to London.

    In true hipster fashion, a disused tube station ticket hall will also undergo a makeover to make way for a food market in Fulham,… Read the full story


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    When we think of shrooms, most of us probably associate them with 60s’ hippies and everyone who goes to Shambala.

    But more and more evidence is emerging to suggest that magic mushrooms might serve a pretty practical purpose.

    Previous research has concluded that psychedelics may be useful in improving mental health conditions like depression (Ashawanga, in particular, is often touted as a depression-aid).

    Now researchers from Imperial College London are going one further.

    According to a new study, the active compound in magic mushrooms may help to suppress authoritarian views and make us more environmentally friendly.

    Which, if you think about it, isn’t that surprising; the hippies were all about peace and love, and whatever hallucinogenics they used probably compounded that feeling.

    But anyway, this research – published in the journal Psychopharmacology – is the first of its kind to provide experimental evidence that psilocybin – the active compound – may lead to lasting changes in attitudes and beliefs.


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