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

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    (Illustration: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

    Breakups are messy, more so if you live together.

    There are some things you’ve shared for so long, you forget who bought it in the first place. And while dividing the stuff by giving it to the person who bought it might sound like the reasonable thing to do, it doesn’t always feel like that.

    Engagement rings, for example, end up going with the woman after a breakup more often than not.

    The guys at Porch have surveyed over 1,000 people to learn what would happen if they broke up with their live-in partner and found some interesting results.

    They found that men want to keep the… Read the full story


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    This beer is specifically made for breast cancer patients
    Mamma Beer was developed in the Czech Republic (Picture: Zatec Brewery)

    Chemotherapy has some horrendous side effects.

    As well as hair loss, nausea and fatigue, you’re also faced with appetite loss and a complete change in your taste buds.

    This means that food you loved before may taste completely different – often bitter or tasteless – which is a complete blow for food lovers, when food was once a constant joy in your life.

    Alcohol is usually a no-go for cancer patients, but in the Czech Republic, where beer is the national drink, one woman had other ideas.

    Jana Drexlerova is the CEO of Prague-based Mamma… Read the full story


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    Thousands of women have had vaginal mesh implants (Picture: BBC)

    Hundreds, probably thousands of women across the UK, will be celebrating today’s important announcement that vaginal mesh is suspended with immediate effect.

    Today’s news from NHS England, who’ve accepted the advice of the review team led by Baroness Cumberlege, is a positive step in the right direction, but in my opinion, it still doesn’t go far enough.

    I will not shut up or put up until there is a complete ban on an implant that is designed to be permanent and has shown, in far too many cases, that it is unstable with severe flaws that can cause life-changing conditions to those… Read the full story


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    Britain's Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, right and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex attend the 'Your Commonwealth' Youth Challenge reception where they will meet youngsters from across the Commonwealth, at Marlborough House in London, Thursday July 5, 2018. (Yui Mok/Pool Photo via AP)
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    Harry and Meghan are well-known culture vultures.

    Prince Harry reportedly bought a set of two original paintings by British artist Van Donna for Meghan Markle back in 2016, just before announcing their relationship to the world.

    And now you can buy prints of the same canvases – for a snip of the original price.

    ‘Everyone Needs Somebody To Love (Celebration Edition’ is… Read the full story


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    In the words of Peep Show’s Johnson, ‘the scythe is remorseless.’

    We will all die at one point (unless you’ve somehow got the Philosopher’s Stone, in which case, good luck with that) and it’s a scary thought.

    In one of my regular existential crises, I came to the even scarier realisation – I can’t actually afford to die.

    Funerals cost money, with the average figure from SunLife coming up at over £8,000 for the whole shebang.

    This includes the funeral itself (coffin and burial or cremation, doctor, memorial, death and funeral notices, flowers, order sheets, transport, a venue, catering) as well as legal stuff that comes after.

    If you want a simple and… Read the full story


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    (Picture: Build-A-Bear)

    If you have little ones and want to treat them to a day of excitement and creativity then Build-A-Bear has got you covered.

    The folks at everyone’s favourite cuddly bear brand has arranged a Pay Your Age scheme which is what it sounds like; you pay for the stuffed animals with the amount that corresponds with your age.

    So if you have a two-year-old and fancy nailing a bargain and simultaneously becoming the favourite parent, then pop down on July 12 because it’s only available for one day.


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    We all know celebs have a field day when it comes to naming their children.

    But if we mere mortals wanted to name our kids Apple or Bear, we’d have to think about the kind of taunts they’d get in the playground.

    Posting on online forum Netmums, user Annalise revealed that one of her friends’ friend paid no mind to all that business as she named her child Abcde.

    ‘Strangest baby name ever?’ she asked. ‘I was talking to my friend whose friend just had a baby. The baby’s name is Abcde, and pronounced: Ab-si-dee.

    ‘I’ve never heard of this name before – has anyone else?’ she posed to the users… Read the full story


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    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has formally recognised sex addiction as a mental health condition.

    According to global health experts at the WHO, people who suffer from sex addiction for at least six months and find that it causes them distress should be able to access medical treatment for the problem.

    This means that sex addiction treatment could be available to sufferers on the NHS.

    There is disagreement among experts about whether sex addiction should be characterised as a mental illness, and this new decision from the WHO comes swiftly after the international body also… Read the full story


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    Alex (pink Alex not glasses Alex) from Love Island has got the whole country wincing.

    From his attempts to ‘floss’ to asking wary questions of Grace like a supply teacher trying to gain support from a hostile classroom, he’s the very antithesis of smooth.

    What got me cringing out the hardest, however, is his insistence that he prefers ‘the natural look’ in a woman.

    It’s something that you hear a lot from men who have not got the foggiest about what that means or why they seem to uphold this viewpoint.

    Every woman who wears makeup or has cosmetic… Read the full story


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    I never really took any notice of organic hair products until recently.

    After testing shampoo and conditioner for our vegan guide to cruelty-free haircare, I noticed a stark difference between organic and non-organic products, in both how they’re applied, and how they made my hair feel.

    Then, I visited Glasshouse Salon in Hackney, east London, and noticed they use Organic Colour Systems products. I normally hate how my hair looks after a salon visit (unusual, I know), as it’s often overloaded with synthetic products, and ends up looking gross and limp the next day.

    However, this time, I left actually liking my hair. Obviously, this is testament to my stylist, Mel, but it was clear to me that the products she used were in a different league, as my hair still looked and felt good the next day.

    During my visit, I had a chat with Mel about organic products, and she explained to me how they work. I wanted… Read the full story


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    Girls taking selfies in front of a balloon wall which they paif £12.50 for the privilege for
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    We are gathered here today to honour the memory of humanity, for the end is well and truly nigh.

    We’ve caught wind that a ‘selfie factory’ is coming to Brighton.

    Yes, a ‘selfie factory’.

    Instagrammers, hungry for likes and salivating for validation, will be able to pay to enter a ‘quirky interactive pop-up experience designed for selfie taking’ and snap away to their heart’s content.

    Well, so long as they finish snapping within an hour, anyway.

    The exhibit features over 10 ‘unique photo-friendly environments for visitors to enhance their social media profiles’, and features things like… Read the full story


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    (Picture: Starbucks/Instagram)

    The war on plastic may not be over but it’s certainly progressing in the right direction.

    First, plastic bags went from supermarkets. Then loads of bars and fast food outlets replaced plastic straws with paper. And now, finally, Starbucks has announced that it’ll be bringing in the long-awaited ‘latte levy’ on 26 July.

    That means you’ll be charged an extra 5p for taking a paper cup.

    That might not sound a lot but the move follows a three-month trial across London stores which showed a huge 126% increase in the numbers of customers using reusable cups.

    And bearing in mind that there are 27,339 Starbucks stores around the world, it could make… Read the full story


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    Oliver was only 18 when he died (Photo: Paula McGowan)

    Before I tell Oliver’s story, I want to make it clear that despite the horrific events of 2016, which saw me lose my boy aged just 18, I’m not writing this for sympathy or well-wishes.

    I don’t write this just as a grieving mother, but a woman who strongly believes that Oliver and many other patients with a learning disability have died unnecessarily and that this must stop.

    Oliver was a wonderful son. He was funny, vibrant and full of energy. His tragic death in 2016 has left the whole family utterly devastated and missing a vital piece of our lives. What’s… Read the full story


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    (Picture: Getty)

    We may love moaning about our jobs on a Sunday night but loads of us actually feel like we’re making a difference with what we do.

    Nearly 65% of 2,000 surveyed in a new poll say that they are proud of the work they do.

    Half said they’d prefer to have a job which didn’t pay very well but left them feeling fulfilled, with only 20% saying they’d actively take a well-paid but unfulfilling job.

    The research was commissioned by St Andrew’s Healthcare.

    Martin Kersey, HR Director at the charity says: ‘The right career choice can be more than financially rewarding; it can also contribute positively to your mental health.

    ‘For many people, the… Read the full story


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    (Picture: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Coachella )

    Beyoncé has done more to promote the needs of the Afro American community than anyone else in recent times.

    When she’s not dressing her backing dancers like Black Panthers, she’s openly supporting Black Lives Matter in her music videos, celebrating black beauty and being a global ambassador for black excellence.

    And now, she’s collaborating with fashion house Balmain for a three-piece collection that will see 100% of the proceeds going towards the United Negro College Fund.

    Founded by Frederick D Patterson and Mary McLeod Bethune, the fund has raised more than £3.6 billion since its inception in 1944, and has helped more than 450,000 students attend… Read the full story


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    Body dissatisfaction is becoming more and more prevalent among young people.

    A study by sleep tech company Simba has revealed that one in four young people aged nine to 16 consider their physical appearance to be one of their main worries in life.

    Four out of 10 young people surveyed reported receiving negative or abusive comments about the way they look.

    A third of young people experience regular anxiety about whether the people around them really like them or accept them for who they are. One in six also worry that they’re ‘different’ to everyone else and ‘won’t ever’ find a place where they fit in.

    Young people now have unprecedented… Read the full story


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    Picture: @oleg.kolisnichenko.5 Acrobatic couple dont care about dangerous plane stunt
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    A Ukranian couple who were chilling on a beach in the Caribbean island of St Maarten – known for its low-flying aircraft – saw an opportunity and took it.

    Acrobat Yulia Nos decided to do a handstand with one hand resting on her partner Oleg Kolisnichenko’s head, just as a plane was landing.

    It seemed Yulia’s feet were just inches away as the cargo plane passed overhead to make its landing at Princess Juliana International Airport.

    But no one was impressed by the stunt.

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    Unforgiving users wrote ‘stupidity at its finest,’ and that ‘this… Read the full story


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    Frontline medical staff often have stressful jobs that make huge demands on their health and wellbeing.

    The NHS is a proud British institution that must be protected, supported and championed. Whether you have terminal cancer or a fractured toe, NHS staff will treat you for free. If you have an accident, need to call an ambulance or require mental health support from a crisis team, you don’t get billed for it.

    Thanks to the NHS, we pay a flat prescription charge in Britain, meaning that more complex (and therefore more expensive) drugs cost the same as simpler or more common medicines, so people with serious illnesses or long-term conditions are not bankrupted by the cost of their care.

    It’s likely that every single one of us will need the NHS at some point in our lives.

    The National Health Service employs around 1.5 million people across the UK, from oncologists and cardiologists to porters and domestic assistants. They deliver babies, perform vital operations, give… Read the full story


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    There’s nothing more disappointing than opening a family bag of crisps, only to discover that half of the bag is just air.

    But just how much air do certain brands contain? Which are the best value snacks and which are just well-designed envelops of nitrogen?

    Kitchen Cabinet Kings (KcK) has been testing the crisp-to-air ratio of 14 well-known brands, using a water displacement method, to find out holds the highest percentage of air.

    The method involved emptying crisps into a plastic bag, vacuum sealing the contents, submerging the bag and then measuring the change in water.

    KcK explains: ‘The difference was measured and numbers crunched to provide,… Read the full story


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    Running, once you’ve gone over about three miles, is an exercise in mental fortitude.

    It’s about willing yourself forwards. At once ignoring and acknowledging the niggles. Keeping the mind and body calm.

    So how does an anxiety and depression sufferer go from the very depths of despair to running 50 miles – regularly?

    Kieron Fosher, AKA, Anxious To Ultra, is a six-time ultramarathon runner whose worst panic attack resulted in him being paralysed for two days.

    ‘For me, running has given me so much more than I can ever repay it,’ he tells Metro.co.uk.

    ‘Running has been a massive part of helping me to manage my anxiety and depression.’

    He says that he’s only recently learned how to manage his anxiety, although there are still days where it isn’t manageable.

    ‘Part of overcoming anxiety is understanding that it isn’t always manageable and knowing what to do when it isn’t. My worst panic attack resulted in me being paralysed in bed for two whole days, I… Read the full story


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