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    Wheat fields and woods in Inkpen, Berkshire (Picture: Getty)

    Far enough from London to get out of the smoke and into some fields, but close enough that a day or weekend trip isn’t a faff lies Berkshire, synonymous with horse-racing, the royals and beautiful scenery.

    It’s provided inspiration for beloved books such as The Wind In The Willows (Kenneth Grahame lived in Cookham Dean) and has many famous sons and daughters, from Stanley Spencer (Cookham again), to Reading’s Kate Winslet and Hungerford’s Will Young.

    Plus there’s a little heap of rocks in Windsor you may have heard about recently, where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to tie the knot… Read the full story


    Sunrise over wheat fieldsSunrise over wheat fieldsyvettemcasterThe Ridgeway at Streatley, Berkshire (Picture: Getty)(Picture: Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa)Sunrise over wheat fieldsSunrise over wheat fieldsyvettemcasterThe Ridgeway at Streatley, Berkshire (Picture: Getty)(Picture: Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa)

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    Stonehenge is a popular spot to celebrate the spring equinox (Picture: Chris Clor/Getty)

    On Tuesday 20 March days and nights will be of equal length across the globe.

    This balancing act of a 12 hour day and 12 hour night is called an equinox (equal night in Latin, fact fans) and the spring or vernal equinox happens at exactly 16.15 when the sun passes the celestial equator and the earth’s axis is perpendicular to its rays.

    But this special day isn’t just an astronomical event, it also marks the beginning of springtime in the Northern Hemisphere and we can look forward to the daylight hours getting longer and the nights getting shorter, and who doesn’t… Read the full story


    Silhouette of people during sunset at Stonehenge, England, United KingdomSilhouette of people during sunset at Stonehenge, England, United KingdommykitchenhellSilhouette of people during sunset at Stonehenge, England, United KingdomSilhouette of people during sunset at Stonehenge, England, United Kingdommykitchenhell

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    Before the beginning of this year, I had never skied.

    Even going to a snow-covered destination seemed like such a drag given how little sun we get in the UK. And I am forever praying at the sun altar.

    Plus, a conversation with a skier and snowboarder – where the experience was described as going ‘shoob, shoob, shoob down the mountain’ – left me thinking skiing sounded really boring and was probably not worth the money.

    courmayeurA gourmet weekend in Courmayeur is perfect for every foodie who has never skied

    Maybe… Read the full story


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    (Picture: Aldi)

    Summer is still months away, but we’re already dreaming of the warm evenings spent sipping on Aperol Spritz cocktails.

    And, thanks to Aldi, you’ll be able to do that on the cheap – as the supermarket has just launched its own version of the Italian Aperitif drink, called the Aperini.

    At £6.99, the Aperini is infused with orange, rhubarb, vanilla and herbs and spices.

    Aldi’s joint managing director of corporate buying Julie Ashfield said: ‘Not only is our Aperini Italian Aperitif perfectly on-trend, it’s also in keeping with our commitment to providing our customers with products of incredible quality and at the best possible price.

    Read the full story

    Aldi's launches 'Aperini' ? its own Italian Aperitif that's half the price of AperolAldi's launches 'Aperini' ? its own Italian Aperitif that's half the price of AperolhattiegladwellmetroAldi's launches 'Aperini' ? its own Italian Aperitif that's half the price of Aperol (Picture: Aldi)Aldi's launches 'Aperini' ? its own Italian Aperitif that's half the price of AperolAldi's launches 'Aperini' ? its own Italian Aperitif that's half the price of AperolhattiegladwellmetroAldi's launches 'Aperini' ? its own Italian Aperitif that's half the price of Aperol (Picture: Aldi)

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    A father-of-five has gone from navy veteran to professional Snoop Dogg lookalike, receiving 150 fan messages a day and bringing in up to $2,000 for a 15-minute booking

    Eric Finch, 50, from Fontana, California, USA, had no idea who the rapper, real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., was when he was first compared to the star 13 years ago.

    After being confused multiple times for Snoop and having retired from the US Navy after serving for 20-years as a load master, he pursued a career as a ‘D-O-GG’ doppelganger.

    Eric says he was first compared to Snoop Dogg during a toga party. He decided to embrace the look for the… Read the full story


    A father-of-five has gone from serving in the Navy to a professional Snoop Dogg lookalikeA father-of-five has gone from serving in the Navy to a professional Snoop Dogg lookalikehattiegladwellmetroPICS BY ERIC FINCH / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: The dad says he is regularly confused for Snoop on the streets and anywhere he goes, from restaurants to supermarket, so much so that he lives out of LA so he can maintain his private life) - A father-of-five has gone from serving in the Navy to a professional Snoop Dogg lookalike, receiving 150 fan messages a day and bringing in up to two thousand dollars for a 15-minute booking. Eric Finch, 50, from Fontana, California, USA, had no idea who the rapper, real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., was when he was first compared to the star years ago. After being confused multiple times for Snoop and having retired from the US Navy serving for 20-years as a load master, he considered pursuing his likeness as a career. He claims that whenever he goes to restaurants he is mobbed by fans who think hes the real deal, with stunned and crying fans desperate for him to take pictures with them or even their babies. Eric started as a professional lookalike two years ago, booked for photoshoots, corporate events, parties where he raps and even TV shows, one where he was once paid USD2,000 for a 15 minute booking. He says he cannot change his appearance and that as soon as he leaves the house the cameras are rolling as people regularly come up to him believing its the Drop it like its hot star. - SEE CATERS COPYPICS BY ERIC FINCH / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Here is Eric during his days in the US Navy, where he was a load master and served for 20 years prior to retiring) - A father-of-five has gone from serving in the Navy to a professional Snoop Dogg lookalike, receiving 150 fan messages a day and bringing in up to two thousand dollars for a 15-minute booking. Eric Finch, 50, from Fontana, California, USA, had no idea who the rapper, real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., was when he was first compared to the star years ago. After being confused multiple times for Snoop and having retired from the US Navy serving for 20-years as a load master, he considered pursuing his likeness as a career. He claims that whenever he goes to restaurants he is mobbed by fans who think hes the real deal, with stunned and crying fans desperate for him to take pictures with them or even their babies. Eric started as a professional lookalike two years ago, booked for photoshoots, corporate events, parties where he raps and even TV shows, one where he was once paid USD2,000 for a 15 minute booking. He says he cannot change his appearance and that as soon as he leaves the house the cameras are rolling as people regularly come up to him believing its the Drop it like its hot star. - SEE CATERS COPYPICS BY ERIC FINCH / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Spot the Snoop - Eric is hidden in the crowd and taking photographs with passersby who swarm him and regularly want them to hold their babie in pictures) - A father-of-five has gone from serving in the Navy to a professional Snoop Dogg lookalike, receiving 150 fan messages a day and bringing in up to two thousand dollars for a 15-minute booking. Eric Finch, 50, from Fontana, California, USA, had no idea who the rapper, real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., was when he was first compared to the star years ago. After being confused multiple times for Snoop and having retired from the US Navy serving for 20-years as a load master, he considered pursuing his likeness as a career. He claims that whenever he goes to restaurants he is mobbed by fans who think hes the real deal, with stunned and crying fans desperate for him to take pictures with them or even their babies. Eric started as a professional lookalike two years ago, booked for photoshoots, corporate events, parties where he raps and even TV shows, one where he was once paid USD2,000 for a 15 minute booking. He says he cannot change his appearance and that as soon as he leaves the house the cameras are rolling as people regularly come up to him believing its the Drop it like its hot star. - SEE CATERS COPYPICS BY ERIC FINCH / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: The dad says he is regularly confused for Snoop on the streets and anywhere he goes, from restaurants to supermarket, so much so that he lives out of LA so he can maintain his private life) - A father-of-five has gone from serving in the Navy to a professional Snoop Dogg lookalike, receiving 150 fan messages a day and bringing in up to two thousand dollars for a 15-minute booking. Eric Finch, 50, from Fontana, California, USA, had no idea who the rapper, real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., was when he was first compared to the star years ago. After being confused multiple times for Snoop and having retired from the US Navy serving for 20-years as a load master, he considered pursuing his likeness as a career. He claims that whenever he goes to restaurants he is mobbed by fans who think hes the real deal, with stunned and crying fans desperate for him to take pictures with them or even their babies. Eric started as a professional lookalike two years ago, booked for photoshoots, corporate events, parties where he raps and even TV shows, one where he was once paid USD2,000 for a 15 minute booking. He says he cannot change his appearance and that as soon as he leaves the house the cameras are rolling as people regularly come up to him believing its the Drop it like its hot star. - SEE CATERS COPYA father-of-five has gone from serving in the Navy to a professional Snoop Dogg lookalikeA father-of-five has gone from serving in the Navy to a professional Snoop Dogg lookalikehattiegladwellmetroPICS BY ERIC FINCH / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: The dad says he is regularly confused for Snoop on the streets and anywhere he goes, from restaurants to supermarket, so much so that he lives out of LA so he can maintain his private life) - A father-of-five has gone from serving in the Navy to a professional Snoop Dogg lookalike, receiving 150 fan messages a day and bringing in up to two thousand dollars for a 15-minute booking. Eric Finch, 50, from Fontana, California, USA, had no idea who the rapper, real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., was when he was first compared to the star years ago. After being confused multiple times for Snoop and having retired from the US Navy serving for 20-years as a load master, he considered pursuing his likeness as a career. He claims that whenever he goes to restaurants he is mobbed by fans who think hes the real deal, with stunned and crying fans desperate for him to take pictures with them or even their babies. Eric started as a professional lookalike two years ago, booked for photoshoots, corporate events, parties where he raps and even TV shows, one where he was once paid USD2,000 for a 15 minute booking. He says he cannot change his appearance and that as soon as he leaves the house the cameras are rolling as people regularly come up to him believing its the Drop it like its hot star. - SEE CATERS COPYPICS BY ERIC FINCH / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Here is Eric during his days in the US Navy, where he was a load master and served for 20 years prior to retiring) - A father-of-five has gone from serving in the Navy to a professional Snoop Dogg lookalike, receiving 150 fan messages a day and bringing in up to two thousand dollars for a 15-minute booking. Eric Finch, 50, from Fontana, California, USA, had no idea who the rapper, real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., was when he was first compared to the star years ago. After being confused multiple times for Snoop and having retired from the US Navy serving for 20-years as a load master, he considered pursuing his likeness as a career. He claims that whenever he goes to restaurants he is mobbed by fans who think hes the real deal, with stunned and crying fans desperate for him to take pictures with them or even their babies. Eric started as a professional lookalike two years ago, booked for photoshoots, corporate events, parties where he raps and even TV shows, one where he was once paid USD2,000 for a 15 minute booking. He says he cannot change his appearance and that as soon as he leaves the house the cameras are rolling as people regularly come up to him believing its the Drop it like its hot star. - SEE CATERS COPYPICS BY ERIC FINCH / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: Spot the Snoop - Eric is hidden in the crowd and taking photographs with passersby who swarm him and regularly want them to hold their babie in pictures) - A father-of-five has gone from serving in the Navy to a professional Snoop Dogg lookalike, receiving 150 fan messages a day and bringing in up to two thousand dollars for a 15-minute booking. Eric Finch, 50, from Fontana, California, USA, had no idea who the rapper, real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., was when he was first compared to the star years ago. After being confused multiple times for Snoop and having retired from the US Navy serving for 20-years as a load master, he considered pursuing his likeness as a career. He claims that whenever he goes to restaurants he is mobbed by fans who think hes the real deal, with stunned and crying fans desperate for him to take pictures with them or even their babies. Eric started as a professional lookalike two years ago, booked for photoshoots, corporate events, parties where he raps and even TV shows, one where he was once paid USD2,000 for a 15 minute booking. He says he cannot change his appearance and that as soon as he leaves the house the cameras are rolling as people regularly come up to him believing its the Drop it like its hot star. - SEE CATERS COPYPICS BY ERIC FINCH / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: The dad says he is regularly confused for Snoop on the streets and anywhere he goes, from restaurants to supermarket, so much so that he lives out of LA so he can maintain his private life) - A father-of-five has gone from serving in the Navy to a professional Snoop Dogg lookalike, receiving 150 fan messages a day and bringing in up to two thousand dollars for a 15-minute booking. Eric Finch, 50, from Fontana, California, USA, had no idea who the rapper, real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., was when he was first compared to the star years ago. After being confused multiple times for Snoop and having retired from the US Navy serving for 20-years as a load master, he considered pursuing his likeness as a career. He claims that whenever he goes to restaurants he is mobbed by fans who think hes the real deal, with stunned and crying fans desperate for him to take pictures with them or even their babies. Eric started as a professional lookalike two years ago, booked for photoshoots, corporate events, parties where he raps and even TV shows, one where he was once paid USD2,000 for a 15 minute booking. He says he cannot change his appearance and that as soon as he leaves the house the cameras are rolling as people regularly come up to him believing its the Drop it like its hot star. - SEE CATERS COPY

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    200oz of steak that was used during an eating challenge at the Cattlemans Steakhouse in Paignton, Devon. The restaurant in Devon is serving up a 200oz steak challenge - and it costs ??179. See SWNS story SWSTEAK; A restaurant is serving up a massive steak which weighs more than a newborn baby lamb - and costs ??179. Cattlemans Steakhouse serves the 200oz monster along with garlic bread, chips, onion rings, mushrooms, tomatoes and coleslaw. It is designed to be shared by four people and any group which completes the meal within one hour gets it free of charge. So far 10 groups have attempted it - but only two have finished it.Read the full story

    SEI_3779957SEI_3779957hattiegladwellmetro200oz of steak that was used during an eating challenge at the Cattlemans Steakhouse in Paignton, Devon. The restaurant in Devon is serving up a 200oz steak challenge - and it costs ??179. See SWNS story SWSTEAK; A restaurant is serving up a massive steak which weighs more than a newborn baby lamb - and costs ??179. Cattlemans Steakhouse serves the 200oz monster along with garlic bread, chips, onion rings, mushrooms, tomatoes and coleslaw. It is designed to be shared by four people and any group which completes the meal within one hour gets it free of charge. So far 10 groups have attempted it - but only two have finished it.200oz of steak that was used during an eating challenge at the Cattlemans Steakhouse in Paignton, Devon. The restaurant in Devon is serving up a 200oz steak challenge - and it costs ??179. See SWNS story SWSTEAK; A restaurant is serving up a massive steak which weighs more than a newborn baby lamb - and costs ??179. Cattlemans Steakhouse serves the 200oz monster along with garlic bread, chips, onion rings, mushrooms, tomatoes and coleslaw. It is designed to be shared by four people and any group which completes the meal within one hour gets it free of charge. So far 10 groups have attempted it - but only two have finished it.200oz of steak that was used during an eating challenge at the Cattlemans Steakhouse in Paignton, Devon. The restaurant in Devon is serving up a 200oz steak challenge - and it costs ??179. See SWNS story SWSTEAK; A restaurant is serving up a massive steak which weighs more than a newborn baby lamb - and costs ??179. Cattlemans Steakhouse serves the 200oz monster along with garlic bread, chips, onion rings, mushrooms, tomatoes and coleslaw. It is designed to be shared by four people and any group which completes the meal within one hour gets it free of charge. So far 10 groups have attempted it - but only two have finished it.SEI_3779957SEI_3779957hattiegladwellmetro200oz of steak that was used during an eating challenge at the Cattlemans Steakhouse in Paignton, Devon. The restaurant in Devon is serving up a 200oz steak challenge - and it costs ??179. See SWNS story SWSTEAK; A restaurant is serving up a massive steak which weighs more than a newborn baby lamb - and costs ??179. Cattlemans Steakhouse serves the 200oz monster along with garlic bread, chips, onion rings, mushrooms, tomatoes and coleslaw. It is designed to be shared by four people and any group which completes the meal within one hour gets it free of charge. So far 10 groups have attempted it - but only two have finished it.200oz of steak that was used during an eating challenge at the Cattlemans Steakhouse in Paignton, Devon. The restaurant in Devon is serving up a 200oz steak challenge - and it costs ??179. See SWNS story SWSTEAK; A restaurant is serving up a massive steak which weighs more than a newborn baby lamb - and costs ??179. Cattlemans Steakhouse serves the 200oz monster along with garlic bread, chips, onion rings, mushrooms, tomatoes and coleslaw. It is designed to be shared by four people and any group which completes the meal within one hour gets it free of charge. So far 10 groups have attempted it - but only two have finished it.200oz of steak that was used during an eating challenge at the Cattlemans Steakhouse in Paignton, Devon. The restaurant in Devon is serving up a 200oz steak challenge - and it costs ??179. See SWNS story SWSTEAK; A restaurant is serving up a massive steak which weighs more than a newborn baby lamb - and costs ??179. Cattlemans Steakhouse serves the 200oz monster along with garlic bread, chips, onion rings, mushrooms, tomatoes and coleslaw. It is designed to be shared by four people and any group which completes the meal within one hour gets it free of charge. So far 10 groups have attempted it - but only two have finished it.

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    **MANDATORY BYLINE** PIC FROM Clara Lou Photography / Caters News - (PICTURED: Pictures from Kim Hutchinsons (38, from Hereford) and Iain Hutchisons (34) wedding day on March 10th 2018) - A bride was left hobbling down the aisle to meet her fiance after she broke herankleon her hen do just five weeks before her big day. Kim Hutchinson, 38, from Hereford, was dancing the night away on her hen do in Liverpool when an over-excited stranger jumped on her back and knocked her to the floor.The fall, recorded by Kims friend, caused herankleto snap and she was told she would need to wear a cast for six weeks at the Royal Liverpool… <a href=Read the full story

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    (Picture: Pure Tasty/Metro.co.uk)

    Biryani is a majestic, divine food, with flavours bursting in the mouth.

    It is no ordinary rice. It’s spicy rice made with traditional ingredients like ghee (clarified butter), cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves, coriander – things you can expect to find in most south Asian foods.

    Now, there are a few ways to make biryani. You can add vegetables or for meat eaters; chicken, beef, lamb, or even seafood. But no shortcuts, please.

    When BuzzFeed’s food channel Proper Tasty decided to dabble in a bit of fine Asian art, they got it oh so wrong.

    The one pot vegetable biryani, was made using Uncle Ben’s rice – that’s right – INSTANT rice to create… Read the full story


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    These mixed-race boys are actually twins – despite the fact one has dark skin and the other is white.

    While Holden Keller inherited blonde hair and blue eyes from his mum Amy Keller, 36, his brother Hayden got darker skin and brown locks from his African-American dad.

    Amy, who is raising the 15-month-old fraternal twins on her own, was told she was expecting identical twins during her pregnancy as the babies were sharing a placenta.

    However, when the babies were born just seven minutes apart in December 2018, they arrived with different skintones.


    Identical twins with different skin tonesIdentical twins with different skin toneshattiegladwellmetroHayden (RIGHT) and Holden (blond hair and blue eyes) Keller might be twin brothers ? but they couldn?t be further from identical, having inherited different skin tones from their mixed-race parents. See SWNS story NYTWINS; The 15-month-boys are fraternal twins and while Holden inherited his blond hair and blue eyes from his mum Amy Keller, 36, Hayden inherited his darker traits from his African-American dad. Single mum Amy, who is raising her sons on her own, was told by doctors that she was expecting identical twins throughout her pregnancy as the babies were sharing a placenta. But when the babies were born just seven minutes apart in December 2016, it became clear that they were far from identical, and in fact were one-in-500 chance biracial twins. The boys, born prematurely at 29 weeks in The Woodlands Medical Center, attract attention everywhere they go, and people find it hard to believe that they are in fact brothers, let alone twins. Amy, a veterinary technician, said: ?Holden has blonde hair and fair skin like me - I think my family is mostly of Scandinavian and German descent, and Hayden is darker skinned like my ex-partner, he?s African American. ?Unfortunately he?s not in the picture anymore and I?m raising the twins on my own.Hayden (LEFT) and Holden (blond hair and blue eyes) Keller might be twin brothers ? but they couldn?t be further from identical, having inherited different skin tones from their mixed-race parents. See SWNS story NYTWINS; The 15-month-boys are fraternal twins and while Holden inherited his blond hair and blue eyes from his mum Amy Keller, 36, Hayden inherited his darker traits from his African-American dad. Single mum Amy, who is raising her sons on her own, was told by doctors that she was expecting identical twins throughout her pregnancy as the babies were sharing a placenta. But when the babies were born just seven minutes apart in December 2016, it became clear that they were far from identical, and in fact were one-in-500 chance biracial twins. The boys, born prematurely at 29 weeks in The Woodlands Medical Center, attract attention everywhere they go, and people find it hard to believe that they are in fact brothers, let alone twins. Amy, a veterinary technician, said: ?Holden has blonde hair and fair skin like me - I think my family is mostly of Scandinavian and German descent, and Hayden is darker skinned like my ex-partner, he?s African American. ?Unfortunately he?s not in the picture anymore and I?m raising the twins on my own.Hayden (RIGHT) and Holden (blond hair and blue eyes) Keller might be twin brothers ? but they couldn?t be further from identical, having inherited different skin tones from their mixed-race parents. See SWNS story NYTWINS; The 15-month-boys are fraternal twins and while Holden inherited his blond hair and blue eyes from his mum Amy Keller, 36, Hayden inherited his darker traits from his African-American dad. Single mum Amy, who is raising her sons on her own, was told by doctors that she was expecting identical twins throughout her pregnancy as the babies were sharing a placenta. But when the babies were born just seven minutes apart in December 2016, it became clear that they were far from identical, and in fact were one-in-500 chance biracial twins. The boys, born prematurely at 29 weeks in The Woodlands Medical Center, attract attention everywhere they go, and people find it hard to believe that they are in fact brothers, let alone twins. Amy, a veterinary technician, said: ?Holden has blonde hair and fair skin like me - I think my family is mostly of Scandinavian and German descent, and Hayden is darker skinned like my ex-partner, he?s African American. ?Unfortunately he?s not in the picture anymore and I?m raising the twins on my own.Hayden (LEFT) and Holden (blond hair and blue eyes) Keller might be twin brothers ? but they couldn?t be further from identical, having inherited different skin tones from their mixed-race parents. See SWNS story NYTWINS; The 15-month-boys are fraternal twins and while Holden inherited his blond hair and blue eyes from his mum Amy Keller, 36, Hayden inherited his darker traits from his African-American dad. Single mum Amy, who is raising her sons on her own, was told by doctors that she was expecting identical twins throughout her pregnancy as the babies were sharing a placenta. But when the babies were born just seven minutes apart in December 2016, it became clear that they were far from identical, and in fact were one-in-500 chance biracial twins. The boys, born prematurely at 29 weeks in The Woodlands Medical Center, attract attention everywhere they go, and people find it hard to believe that they are in fact brothers, let alone twins. Amy, a veterinary technician, said: ?Holden has blonde hair and fair skin like me - I think my family is mostly of Scandinavian and German descent, and Hayden is darker skinned like my ex-partner, he?s African American. ?Unfortunately he?s not in the picture anymore and I?m raising the twins on my own.Hayden (LEFT) and Holden (blond hair and blue eyes) Keller might be twin brothers ? but they couldn?t be further from identical, having inherited different skin tones from their mixed-race parents. See SWNS story NYTWINS; The 15-month-boys are fraternal twins and while Holden inherited his blond hair and blue eyes from his mum Amy Keller, 36, Hayden inherited his darker traits from his African-American dad. Single mum Amy, who is raising her sons on her own, was told by doctors that she was expecting identical twins throughout her pregnancy as the babies were sharing a placenta. But when the babies were born just seven minutes apart in December 2016, it became clear that they were far from identical, and in fact were one-in-500 chance biracial twins. The boys, born prematurely at 29 weeks in The Woodlands Medical Center, attract attention everywhere they go, and people find it hard to believe that they are in fact brothers, let alone twins. Amy, a veterinary technician, said: ?Holden has blonde hair and fair skin like me - I think my family is mostly of Scandinavian and German descent, and Hayden is darker skinned like my ex-partner, he?s African American. ?Unfortunately he?s not in the picture anymore and I?m raising the twins on my own.Identical twins with different skin tonesIdentical twins with different skin toneshattiegladwellmetroHayden (RIGHT) and Holden (blond hair and blue eyes) Keller might be twin brothers ? but they couldn?t be further from identical, having inherited different skin tones from their mixed-race parents. See SWNS story NYTWINS; The 15-month-boys are fraternal twins and while Holden inherited his blond hair and blue eyes from his mum Amy Keller, 36, Hayden inherited his darker traits from his African-American dad. Single mum Amy, who is raising her sons on her own, was told by doctors that she was expecting identical twins throughout her pregnancy as the babies were sharing a placenta. But when the babies were born just seven minutes apart in December 2016, it became clear that they were far from identical, and in fact were one-in-500 chance biracial twins. The boys, born prematurely at 29 weeks in The Woodlands Medical Center, attract attention everywhere they go, and people find it hard to believe that they are in fact brothers, let alone twins. Amy, a veterinary technician, said: ?Holden has blonde hair and fair skin like me - I think my family is mostly of Scandinavian and German descent, and Hayden is darker skinned like my ex-partner, he?s African American. ?Unfortunately he?s not in the picture anymore and I?m raising the twins on my own.Hayden (LEFT) and Holden (blond hair and blue eyes) Keller might be twin brothers ? but they couldn?t be further from identical, having inherited different skin tones from their mixed-race parents. See SWNS story NYTWINS; The 15-month-boys are fraternal twins and while Holden inherited his blond hair and blue eyes from his mum Amy Keller, 36, Hayden inherited his darker traits from his African-American dad. Single mum Amy, who is raising her sons on her own, was told by doctors that she was expecting identical twins throughout her pregnancy as the babies were sharing a placenta. But when the babies were born just seven minutes apart in December 2016, it became clear that they were far from identical, and in fact were one-in-500 chance biracial twins. The boys, born prematurely at 29 weeks in The Woodlands Medical Center, attract attention everywhere they go, and people find it hard to believe that they are in fact brothers, let alone twins. Amy, a veterinary technician, said: ?Holden has blonde hair and fair skin like me - I think my family is mostly of Scandinavian and German descent, and Hayden is darker skinned like my ex-partner, he?s African American. ?Unfortunately he?s not in the picture anymore and I?m raising the twins on my own.Hayden (RIGHT) and Holden (blond hair and blue eyes) Keller might be twin brothers ? but they couldn?t be further from identical, having inherited different skin tones from their mixed-race parents. See SWNS story NYTWINS; The 15-month-boys are fraternal twins and while Holden inherited his blond hair and blue eyes from his mum Amy Keller, 36, Hayden inherited his darker traits from his African-American dad. Single mum Amy, who is raising her sons on her own, was told by doctors that she was expecting identical twins throughout her pregnancy as the babies were sharing a placenta. But when the babies were born just seven minutes apart in December 2016, it became clear that they were far from identical, and in fact were one-in-500 chance biracial twins. The boys, born prematurely at 29 weeks in The Woodlands Medical Center, attract attention everywhere they go, and people find it hard to believe that they are in fact brothers, let alone twins. Amy, a veterinary technician, said: ?Holden has blonde hair and fair skin like me - I think my family is mostly of Scandinavian and German descent, and Hayden is darker skinned like my ex-partner, he?s African American. ?Unfortunately he?s not in the picture anymore and I?m raising the twins on my own.Hayden (LEFT) and Holden (blond hair and blue eyes) Keller might be twin brothers ? but they couldn?t be further from identical, having inherited different skin tones from their mixed-race parents. See SWNS story NYTWINS; The 15-month-boys are fraternal twins and while Holden inherited his blond hair and blue eyes from his mum Amy Keller, 36, Hayden inherited his darker traits from his African-American dad. Single mum Amy, who is raising her sons on her own, was told by doctors that she was expecting identical twins throughout her pregnancy as the babies were sharing a placenta. But when the babies were born just seven minutes apart in December 2016, it became clear that they were far from identical, and in fact were one-in-500 chance biracial twins. The boys, born prematurely at 29 weeks in The Woodlands Medical Center, attract attention everywhere they go, and people find it hard to believe that they are in fact brothers, let alone twins. Amy, a veterinary technician, said: ?Holden has blonde hair and fair skin like me - I think my family is mostly of Scandinavian and German descent, and Hayden is darker skinned like my ex-partner, he?s African American. ?Unfortunately he?s not in the picture anymore and I?m raising the twins on my own.Hayden (LEFT) and Holden (blond hair and blue eyes) Keller might be twin brothers ? but they couldn?t be further from identical, having inherited different skin tones from their mixed-race parents. See SWNS story NYTWINS; The 15-month-boys are fraternal twins and while Holden inherited his blond hair and blue eyes from his mum Amy Keller, 36, Hayden inherited his darker traits from his African-American dad. Single mum Amy, who is raising her sons on her own, was told by doctors that she was expecting identical twins throughout her pregnancy as the babies were sharing a placenta. But when the babies were born just seven minutes apart in December 2016, it became clear that they were far from identical, and in fact were one-in-500 chance biracial twins. The boys, born prematurely at 29 weeks in The Woodlands Medical Center, attract attention everywhere they go, and people find it hard to believe that they are in fact brothers, let alone twins. Amy, a veterinary technician, said: ?Holden has blonde hair and fair skin like me - I think my family is mostly of Scandinavian and German descent, and Hayden is darker skinned like my ex-partner, he?s African American. ?Unfortunately he?s not in the picture anymore and I?m raising the twins on my own.

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    How problematic is our coffee culture?
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    Skip the morning queues and soul-destroying expense and make your own barista level brew at home in 2018.

    It’s never been easier to make good coffee in the comfort of your kitchen and this year brings with it some incredible new offerings – from smart coffee makers, to self-cleaning, remote control access and the super-pods. So whether you like cappuccinos or macchiatos, espressos or flat whites, here are some of the best machines we’ve tested.

    First the basics – Which kind of machine do you want?

    Bean-to-cup:  Fill the machine with coffee beans (less pricey than pods) and empty the grind after you’ve made a dozen… Read the full story


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    Either you’re always running late, or you hate lateness with every fibre of your being. There’s no in between.

    But whichever view on lateness you take, it’s worth knowing why some people are destined to be late every time you meet up – either to have more empathy with late people or to develop a greater understanding of yourself.

    According to Australian scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, who recently appeared on Today Extra, there are four different personality types that are prone to lateness.

    Knowing which one a late person falls into is key to sorting out their issues and making them get to places on time.

    Which is crucial, really,… Read the full story


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    Spoiler: A lot of what you see on Instagram isn’t exactly real.

    That candid shot of someone drinking coffee has been redone so many times her drink’s gone cold.

    That person who headed to Iceland didn’t actually get to see the Northern Lights, so just ripped one off Google Images and hoped no one would notice

    Oh, and that no-makeup selfie you just scrolled past? There was so much makeup involved.

    We know this, but it’s easily forgotten when we’re going through our feeds. We forget how much fakery can be involved and go ahead and compare our real lives to other people’s Instagrammed perfection.

    To bring that knowledge back to the front of our… Read the full story


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    During my first year of primary school, I refused to answer the register.

    I knew that all I had to say was a quick ‘yes’ but the idea of saying it in front of 15 classmates and my teacher was a physical pain that my body couldn’t endure.

    I had a severe social anxiety disorder called selective mutism, which affects around one in 140 children in the UK. It leaves kids feeling unable to talk in certain social situations.

    In my case, it was the horror of having people looking at me while I spoke. The idea of people staring at me while I muttered a three-letter word was unbearable. Instead, I would fold my arms, cross my legs tightly, press my lips shut and hope to just disappear.

    I’d always been a shy child, hiding behind my mum if one of her friends tried to say hello to me, or reluctantly looking up through a frown and a fringe at the playschool photographer… Read the full story


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    ‘That one’s the best kisser,’ someone said, pointing at a smaller giraffe to my right-hand side.

    Yes, this was the surreal scene at the exclusive Giraffe Manor in Kenya before dinner time, a very hands-on petting session with a pack of long-necked beauties in the lodge’s serene front garden.

    In a bid to see a unique side of safari, I’d booked a trip via The Luxury Safari Company and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

    From getting unique encounters with giraffes to staying at a tucked-away lodge with an abundance of wildlife to myself, and camel riding through the sun-drenched savannah, here’s a low-down of… Read the full story


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    jenna responds to body shaming
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    Why are we so puzzled by mixed-weight relationships?

    It’s entirely normal for a couple to not be identical. In fact, it’d be a little weird if they were.

    But for some reason, when it’s the size that differs between two people who love each other, there’s uproar.

    Take Jenna Kutcher, a body positive Instagrammer and podcast host.

    She’s married to Drew, a health coach.

    Some people find this a struggle to understand, and choose to express their confusion by messaging Jenna directly to ask how she, a woman who’s not super thin, has managed to ‘land’ a guy with sculpted abs.

    Read the full story


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    (Picture: AsiaWire/Doreen Ching)

    It’s 2018 – how are we not a progressive, body positive society yet?

    Let’s not forget that body positivity means appreciating all kinds of bodies and all kinds of marks, bumps, and scars.

    When you bear the miracle of life upon your body, it leaves some evidence; we all know stretchmarks are a fruit of hard work, growth, and life.

    After having four kids, Doreen Ching’s stomach bore the evidence and may never go back to its original state. But Doreen, 23, is okay with that.

    A mother of three boys and one girl Doreen noticed that the marks across her stomach were very prominent and showed no signs… Read the full story


    Viral stretchmarks photoViral stretchmarks photofaimabakar1Pics shows: The stretch marks on Doreen Ching's stomach; A proud mum-of-four has shared a viral snap of her stretch marks which she has learned to accept and wear like a badge of honour. Doreen Ching, 23, mother to three boys and a girl, gave birth to her fourth child more than two years ago but has only now come to terms with the fact that she may never get her old stomach back. The picture showing the deep stretch marks on her stomach has gone viral with more than 12,000 shares and 23,000 likes, with the stunning mother from Batu Pahat District in Malaysia???s southern state of Johor now something of an internet icon for her bravery. In the social media post, she recalls her fourth pregnancy, and how friends around her said her perfect physique would be Viral stretchmarks photoViral stretchmarks photofaimabakar1Pics shows: The stretch marks on Doreen Ching's stomach; A proud mum-of-four has shared a viral snap of her stretch marks which she has learned to accept and wear like a badge of honour. Doreen Ching, 23, mother to three boys and a girl, gave birth to her fourth child more than two years ago but has only now come to terms with the fact that she may never get her old stomach back. The picture showing the deep stretch marks on her stomach has gone viral with more than 12,000 shares and 23,000 likes, with the stunning mother from Batu Pahat District in Malaysia???s southern state of Johor now something of an internet icon for her bravery. In the social media post, she recalls her fourth pregnancy, and how friends around her said her perfect physique would be "ruined" as a result. "Only 21 at the time, I wondered how I would be able to accept my stomach looking like this for the rest of my life," Doreen said. She added: "The first thing I did after leaving the delivery room was to look at my stomach and cry." Doreen, who claimed "no amount of surgery or money" would be able to fix her stomach, also tagged her husband, Toh Yang Ming, saying: "Give me back my stomach!" Her photo, captioned in Mandarin, generated an incredible outpour of support from Chinese speakers in Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. Both women and men called her "brave" and "beautiful" for sharing the snap - but she had her fair share of criticism as well. "Many told me I looked ugly and disgusting, and that they wanted to vomit," Doreen wrote in a follow-up post, adding: "Some men said it was all the women???s fault for wanting to have so many kids.""Please respect the women of this world, such as your mother and your wife, who manage childbirth and still work," she said. "Can you do that?" she asked in the post. The confident Doreen even shared an old snap of her in her bikini, which she took after her fourth child was born. "My stomach doesn???t matter. I can still wear a bikini at homePics shows: Doreen Ching; A proud mum-of-four has shared a viral snap of her stretch marks which she has learned to accept and wear like a badge of honour. Doreen Ching, 23, mother to three boys and a girl, gave birth to her fourth child more than two years ago but has only now come to terms with the fact that she may never get her old stomach back. The picture showing the deep stretch marks on her stomach has gone viral with more than 12,000 shares and 23,000 likes, with the stunning mother from Batu Pahat District in Malaysia???s southern state of Johor now something of an internet icon for her bravery. In the social media post, she recalls her fourth pregnancy, and how friends around her said her perfect physique would be "ruined" as a result. "Only 21 at the time, I wondered how I would be able to accept my stomach looking like this for the rest of my life," Doreen said. She added: "The first thing I did after leaving the delivery room was to look at my stomach and cry." Doreen, who claimed "no amount of surgery or money" would be able to fix her stomach, also tagged her husband, Toh Yang Ming, saying: "Give me back my stomach!" Her photo, captioned in Mandarin, generated an incredible outpour of support from Chinese speakers in Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. Both women and men called her "brave" and "beautiful" for sharing the snap - but she had her fair share of criticism as well. "Many told me I looked ugly and disgusting, and that they wanted to vomit," Doreen wrote in a follow-up post, adding: "Some men said it was all the women???s fault for wanting to have so many kids.""Please respect the women of this world, such as your mother and your wife, who manage childbirth and still work," she said. "Can you do that?" she asked in the post. The confident Doreen even shared an old snap of her in her bikini, which she took after her fourth child was born. "My stomach doesn???t matter. I can still wear a bikini at home. I can only be as perfect as I

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    Hotel Chocolat is the Easter Bunny of chocolate shops.

    It might offer a wide array of chocolatey goods all year round but its in the Spring that it really excels itself.

    Huge solid chocolate eggs? Check. Chocolate egg sandwiches? Check. Gigantic boxes of fruity chocolate truffles? Check.

    And now, finally, the chocolate emporium has brought out a range of vegan Easter treats.

    Hotel Chocolat already had a number of incredible dairy-free options over Christmas, including a fruit and nut wreath, a dark chocolate Santa and a milkless praline log, but it’s the first time that its egg range has expanded to include vegan options.

    The brand, which has 93 chocolate… Read the full story


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    With so many incredible places to explore across the globe, I don’t often return to the same place more than once.

    But as I boarded my flight to Queenstown for the third time, I was more excited than ever.

    12 reasons to add Noosa to your Australian bucket list

    I just can’t get enough of this town.

    Not only is it stunningly beautiful, situated on a gorgeous lake and surrounded by mountains, it also has a seemingly endless number of activities to try.

    And I’m not just talking about bungy jumping (although it really is worth a go).

    Here’s why Queenstown is the coolest town in New Zealand:

    1. Wine

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    We’re always excited to hear about new gins hitting the market.

    Whether it’s salted caramel gin, or Parma Violets flavoured tipples, we’re all over it.

    But nothing can quite compete with the prospect of Ryan Reynolds’ new gin venture.

    The actor, writer and producer has become the part owner of Aviation Gin.

    And, hilariously, he announced his new side-hustle via an out-of-office email sent from the new company.

    ‘Thank you for your email and interest in Aviation American Gin,’ the statement begins.

    ‘I’m away from my desk at the moment but will respond the moment they give me a desk.

    ‘About a year ago, I tried Aviation for the… Read the full story


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    plus size male models recreate calvin klein advert
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    Body positivity isn’t only for women.

    While we’re pushing for the inclusion of all kinds of women in fashion ads and on runways, it’s important that we don’t forget men.

    After all – how many men do you see in ad campaigns that fall outside of the norm of tall and perfectly sculpted?

    To get us talking about the lack of plus-size men in the public eye, model Darnel Ghramm roped in a bunch of models to recreate Calvin Klein’s denim advert.

    The original featured A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, A$AP Twelvyy, A$AP Ant, A$AP Lou and A$AP J. Scott – all slim, toned,… Read the full story


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