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

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    Cake for two year old looks like it has a swear word on it. Taken without permission.
    You can’t see it here (Picture: Reddit)

    The second birthday might not be as special as the first but still, you want your child to have the best second shindig.

    Unfortunately, one mum will end up remembering her toddler’s special day for the wrong reasons.

    To mark the occasion, she ordered a pink cake for her little one with the word two spelled out in a sparkly blue colour.

    But once she turned the cake around, the mum realised it looks like a far less innocent word.

    Cake for two year old looks like it has a swear word on it. Taken without permission.
    You can see it now though (Picture: Reddit)

    Posting on Reddit, she shared the snap and laughed it off. ‘Make sure the back of this cake is facing the wall,’ she wrote. ‘I guess it depends on how your kid has been behaving that day as to which side you face it.’

    Other parents joined in laughing at the unfortunate blunder but said it couldn’t have been predicted (who would’ve thought a three-letter word could double as the c-word?). One asked whether the child’s terrible twos were getting too much for the mother.

    Facebook user Jessica said: ‘Oh my God, where can I get this topper? My son turns two next month and this is perfect’.

    Another joked: ‘Perfect… Two-year-olds can be c****,’ while mum Taylah quipped: ‘Nice to keep your options open. Haha.’

    At least the child is too young to figure out what it says, until she’s ready to go online at least.

    Reddit also recently sent another thread viral when user Ben Rosen filmed a man who was willing to eat whatever the internet asked him to.

    Naturally, they took the mick, asking him to eat cat food, dog food, paper towls, and garbage bags. The man eating it all, Eric, drew the line when one user suggested semen though.

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    MORE: This pug got arrested and please just look at his mug shot


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    meat on shelf
    Do you know the true cost of meat? (Picture: Getty)

    If you can’t go vegan for the animals, why not go vegan for yourself? By switching to a plant-based diet, you won’t just help save animals’ lives, you might just save the planet.

    The meat and dairy industries kill 70bn animals every year – and a new report has found that they are on track to become the world’s biggest contributors to climate change.

    After studying the 35 largest meat and dairy companies, the researchers found that together, the top five alone are already responsible for more emissions than ExxonMobil, Shell or BP.

    The authors concluded that if these secretive industries are allowed to continue on their current destructive path, the livestock sector could be responsible for 80% of the allowable greenhouse gas budget by 2050, accelerating environmental catastrophe.

    Eventually, a tipping point will come, and the planet will turn into a gigantic slaughterhouse. It won’t be just calves and piglets these industries are killing – it will be you, your children and the children they could have gone on to raise.

    Now the good news: we don’t need to wait for meat and dairy bosses to develop hitherto elusive consciences, nor for governments to develop the backbone to take us off this self-destructive path. There is a simple but significant contribution you can make right here, right now.

    Last month, a paper published in the journal Science found that adopting a vegan diet ‘has transformative potential’, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 6.6 billion metric tons (a 49% reduction).

    Its lead researcher Joseph Poore said: ‘A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use.’

    An abundance of evidence backs this up, as the brutal environmental impact of our addiction to meat and dairy has been clear for sometime.

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    (Picture: Getty)

    In 2006, the United Nations found that the animal agriculture industry is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the combined exhaust from transportation.

    Methane is 86 times more destructive than CO2 over a 10 to 20-year period, and a single cow produces between 250 and 500 liters of methane per day.

    Animal agriculture is also responsible for huge emissions (73% in the US) of nitrous oxide, a gas which is 310 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in trapping heat in the atmosphere.

    There are countless other environmental impacts of meat and dairy.

    With the future of fresh water under threat, the United Nations warns that cattle rearing in particular has an enormous impact on water use.

    Agricultural scientists estimate that eating meat requires four-and-a-half times more land than is necessary for a vegan diet, which means rainforests and other precious areas are bulldozed to make way for farms.

    As the Centre for International Forestry Research put it: ‘Cattle ranchers are making mincemeat out of Brazil’s rainforest.’

    So each time you eat bacon, or drink milk, you have not only invested in the slaughter of pigs or the abuse of cows, you’ve signed your own death warrant. For this is a problem that is predicted to escalate in the coming decades and emissions for agriculture are projected to increase 80% by 2050.

    In the 1980s, people started saying ‘meat is murder’, but it could become even worse than that – meat could mean Armageddon.

    Of course, no diet or lifestyle is harmless.

    For instance, as some defensive meat-eaters delight in reminding vegans, it takes 5 litres of water to grow one almond, so nut milk clearly takes its own toll on the environment.

    As does soy farming – but a WWF study found that 80% of soy that is grown is fed to livestock animals, so we have come back to the environmental impact of farming animals for food.

    The environmental impact of animal farming is clear, so be the change you want to see and stop eating meat and dairy.

    It’s never been easier: all high street chains, including Wagamama, Pizza Express, Carluccios and Nando’s have popular vegan menus. There are delicious plant-based versions of all your favourite foods, from shawarma to chicken nuggets, mozzarella to prawns.

    Given that you can get all of those foods without supporting the slaughter of animals or the destruction of the planet, why would you not?

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    Charlotte* has had obsessive-compulsive disorder all her life – though she was only diagnosed four years before she became a parent.

    She is a mother to a toddler and an 11-year-old.

    Charlotte has lived with obsessions about public humiliation, contamination and causing harm to herself or others if she is not ‘careful’ enough.

    She tells Metro.co.uk: ‘Being a lifelong sufferer these things have changed over the years.

    ‘Currently, I have difficulty leaving the house because I have concerns about not locking the front door properly. I spend a lot of time checking before actually leaving.’

    Though she doesn’t find parenting to be any more challenging because of her condition, she feels she is ‘more cautious than non-OCD parents’.

    She said: ‘When I’m unwell it’s extremely difficult.’

    Though her eldest child knows about Charlotte’s illness, her youngest is too little to understand.

    She’s currently on medication and has weekly therapy.

    She said: ‘I was so poorly before that I was in hospital.

    ‘My eldest visited me regularly but we (myself, family, healthcare professionals) explained the situation as best we could in an age-appropriate way… she knew mum was poorly and that it was in terms of a mental illness.’

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

    While she’s struggled at times, Charlotte wants to make it clear that OCD has no effect on your ability to parent.

    Charlotte tells us: ‘Some may think that people with OCD shouldn’t have children.

    ‘OCD makes me feel like I’m not good enough, like I’m flawed, like nothing I do is enough, depressed, hopeless.

    ‘When I’m well, there are no issues whatsoever.

    ‘When I’m unwell, there is support to get me through relapse.

    ‘My eldest is more caring and compassionate than most her age and I believe a lot of that is to do with having saw her mum so poorly.’

    When it comes to advice for fellow OCD parents, Charlotte adds: ‘There is so much help and support available out there to you. Your GP is a good starting point.

    ‘Speaking with other parents who have OCD is a good way of feeling less alone and swapping coping tips and strategies.’

    Need support? Contact the Samaritans

    For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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    MORE: Two women open up about what it’s like to be a mother when you have borderline personality disorder


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    Meghan Markle does her own hair
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    Meghan Markle’s signature makeup look seems to be a natural one and she even wore it on her wedding day.

    Clearly, the Duchess of Sussex knows what works for her and we can all agree that it suits her.

    But did you know that everyone’s fave royal does her own makeup?  She’s obviously a woman of many talents.

    The revelation came after Meghan and Prince Harry went on a quick tour of Ireland, travelling with an entourage of stylists and press people.

    But a makeup artist was not on board.

    Meghan wore her subtle look, with light smokey eyes and a nude lipstick during her trip to the Irish president’s house. (Picture: Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)

    Meghan’s celebrity hairdresser, George Northwood was there to make sure not a single stray was out of place but close friend and makeup artist Daniel Martin was nowhere to be seen.

    Daniel revealed that he created the look for the royal wedding but Meghan prefers to do her own face since becoming a member of the royal family.

    The makeup artist who is responsible for Demi Lovato and Jessica Biel’s looks posted an image of the newlyweds on his Instagram commending Meghan on her look at the RAF Centenary service.

    Naturally, fans enquired whether he’d played a hand in creating the look.

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    Daniel then confirmed Meghan put it all together herself for the royal event before she jetted off to Ireland.

    Many Instagram users praised him for sharing his cosmetic wisdom with the new royal, saying he taught her well.

    ‘Her best look so far’ wrote one user, while another commended the nude makeup look saying: ‘Really hoping this makeup trend stays’.

    Is there anything our Meghan can’t do?

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    A ??75,000 Vispring bed on display at the Gillies home shop in Broughty Ferry, Dundee. See Centre Press story CPBED; The UK most expensive bed made from alpaca wool has been put on sale -- for ??75,000. The Diamond Majesty bed from luxury brand Vispring was put on display at the Gillies, home shop in Broughty Ferry near Dundee after it arrived last week. Part of the reason the bed, which is being monitored by CCTV, is so pricey is because of the mattress which costs ??40,000. Shoppers have been left shocked by the hefty price tag, but staff at the shop believe it is a great investment as the mattress is made from Vicuna wool. The wool comes from a type of alpaca that lives in the South American mountain - and is considered one of the rarest, finest fibres in the world.
    (Picture: Gillies of Broughty Ferry/SWNS.com)

    The UK’s most expensive bed, which is made from alpaca wool, has just gone on sale for £75,000.

    The Diamond Majesty bed from luxury brand Vispring was put on display at the Gillies, a home shop in Broughty Ferry near Dundee.

    Part of the reason the bed, which is currently being monitored by CCTV (yes, people are that worried about someone stealing a bed), is so pricey is because the mattress itself costs £40,000.

    The staff at the shop think the bed is a great investment as the mattress is made from Vicuna wool.

    A ??75,000 Vispring bed on display at the Gillies home shop in Broughty Ferry, Dundee. See Centre Press story CPBED; The UK most expensive bed made from alpaca wool has been put on sale -- for ??75,000. The Diamond Majesty bed from luxury brand Vispring was put on display at the Gillies, home shop in Broughty Ferry near Dundee after it arrived last week. Part of the reason the bed, which is being monitored by CCTV, is so pricey is because of the mattress which costs ??40,000. Shoppers have been left shocked by the hefty price tag, but staff at the shop believe it is a great investment as the mattress is made from Vicuna wool. The wool comes from a type of alpaca that lives in the South American mountain - and is considered one of the rarest, finest fibres in the world.
    (Picture: Gillies of Broughty Ferry/SWNS.com)

    The wool comes from a type of alpaca that lives in the South American mountain – and is considered one of the rarest, finest fibres in the world.

    Ewan Philp, marketing director for Gillies, said: ‘Customers have tested it out and they seem to like it.

    ‘You can order it in different tensions, it just depends on your weight.

    ‘We want people to test it, so that’s why it’s there to try out.

    A ?75,000 Vispring bed on display at the Gillies home shop in Broughty Ferry, Dundee. See Centre Press story CPBED; The UK most expensive bed made from alpaca wool has been put on sale -- for ?75,000. The Diamond Majesty bed from luxury brand Vispring was put on display at the Gillies, home shop in Broughty Ferry near Dundee after it arrived last week. Part of the reason the bed, which is being monitored by CCTV, is so pricey is because of the mattress which costs ?40,000. Shoppers have been left shocked by the hefty price tag, but staff at the shop believe it is a great investment as the mattress is made from Vicuna wool. The wool comes from a type of alpaca that lives in the South American mountain - and is considered one of the rarest, finest fibres in the world.
    (Picture: Gillies of Broughty Ferry/SWNS.com)

    ‘Customers are allowed a glass of champagne when they are trying out the bed.

    ‘It’s stunning, the temptation is there to just lie on it.

    ‘It probably is one of the most expensive beds in the UK but Vispring specialises in quality beds.

    ‘The bed is currently on tour just now and it will leave us this Sunday but it is still available to order.’

    Honestly, if we had £75,000 to spare we’d be spending it on holidays and fancy outings – we’ll stick to our DFS sale beds in the meantime.

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    A rescue cat who was found on the side of a road has became best friends with a pair of sheep.

    Little Ed was found by farm owner Ali Thom in 2016 when he was four weeks old.

    He moved over to Ali’s farm, Arnbeg Farmstay, Stirling, and quickly became a part of the family.

    Ed has since become best friends with Ali’s sheep, who were born at the farm and are a cross breed of a grey-faced dartmoor and a valais blacknose.

    Ali says her two-year-old cat seems to have even developed a ‘sheep fetish’.

    She said: ‘When I found him I was walking the dogs and I heard a noise so I went to investigate and I saw him at the edge of a road.

    Ali Thom???s cat Ed has become firm friends with two sheep on Arnbeg Farmstay, Stirling. See Centre Press story CPCAT; This rescue the cat found on the side of the road that has become best friends with a pair of sheep. Adorable Ed was found by farm owner Ali Thom in 2016 when he was just four weeks old. But it didn't take the chocolate brown cat long to make himself at home at the Arnbeg Farmstay, Stirling, after becoming best friends with two sheep -- Iona and Cloud. Ali, 52, says Ed, who is two-year-old, loves to play with the adorable sheep and even described him as having a "sheep fetish".
    (Picture: Ali Thom / SWNS.com)

    ‘It was a lucky find as I do not know what kind of breed he is or if he was abandoned but he looked like he needed help.

    ‘I’ve never met an affectionate cat like this in my life – he has no fear for any of the animals at the farm.

    ‘But he loves the sheep for some reason.

    ‘He loves spending time with the two sheep, even when I do my sheep checks he follows me about just to visit them.

    Ali Thom???s cat Ed has become firm friends with two sheep on Arnbeg Farmstay, Stirling. See Centre Press story CPCAT; This rescue the cat found on the side of the road that has become best friends with a pair of sheep. Adorable Ed was found by farm owner Ali Thom in 2016 when he was just four weeks old. But it didn't take the chocolate brown cat long to make himself at home at the Arnbeg Farmstay, Stirling, after becoming best friends with two sheep -- Iona and Cloud. Ali, 52, says Ed, who is two-year-old, loves to play with the adorable sheep and even described him as having a "sheep fetish".
    (Picture: Ali Thom / SWNS.com)

    ‘I don’t think he wants to be apart from them.’

    Ali adds that Ed will even sleep in with the sheep – cuddling up in the hay in the winter to be close to his best pals.

    She continued: ‘He plays with them and snuggles up with them – it’s very cute.

    Ali Thom?s cat Ed has become firm friends with two sheep on Arnbeg Farmstay, Stirling. See Centre Press story CPCAT; This rescue the cat found on the side of the road that has become best friends with a pair of sheep. Adorable Ed was found by farm owner Ali Thom in 2016 when he was just four weeks old. But it didn't take the chocolate brown cat long to make himself at home at the Arnbeg Farmstay, Stirling, after becoming best friends with two sheep -- Iona and Cloud. Ali, 52, says Ed, who is two-year-old, loves to play with the adorable sheep and even described him as having a "sheep fetish".
    (Picture: Ali Thom / SWNS.com)

    ‘I don’t know why he loves the sheep, maybe it’s the comfort they have.’

    ‘He’s a big ball of fluff and we love him here. He’s got such beautiful green eyes and everyone thinks it’s a black cat but it’s actually chocolate brown.

    ‘He never uses his claws, I’ve never been scratched and you can even play with his tummy and he won’t do anything to you.’

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    Young people seem to be having less booze, sex, drugs, and rock and roll.

    Contrary to popular belief, youngsters aged between 16 and 18 aren’t hedonistic, sex-mad, hormones on legs. They actually prefer to do other meaningful things like spending time with their families and chatting with friends.

    That’s the finding of one study by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) which said this could explain why teen pregnancy is at an all-time low since records began.

    The survey of 1,000 teens also found that teens were drinking much less, with 24% saying they never had alcohol, and two thirds saying they had never had sex.

    Social interactions, a focus on family time, and academic achievements are more important priorities for them, said authors of the BPAS research.

    Over 80% of those surveyed said doing well in exams and success in their careers was a top priority while 68% said spending time with friends was the top motive.

    Many reported that making time for studying, work, and family commitment kept them busy and left them with less time to socialise romantically.

    Being active online was another factor, with teens admitting they spent up to five hours a day surfing the web.

    (Picture: Getty)

    Katherine O’Brien, head of the research BPAS, said: ‘This is a generation who are focused on their education, aware of economic challenges, but determined to succeed regardless, and many of whom enjoy time with their families as much with partners and friends.

    ‘They seem to place significant value on responsibility and maturity, particularly when it comes to alcohol consumption and sex.

    ‘We believe that young people themselves are making different choices about the way they live their lives.

    ‘If we can maintain good access to contraceptive services for young people, there is every reason to hope this profound decline in teenage pregnancies is here to stay,’ she added.

    The Office for National Statistics also reported that there were 18,076 women under 18 who conceived in England and Wales in 2016, an 11% decrease from 2015.

    Although the study suggested that the low levels of teen pregnancy mean teens are having less sex, it could be that they’re having the same amount of sex but with more protection.

    ‘Whilst this is certainly in part due to improvements in sex and relationships education and better access to contraception services for younger women, it may also reflect broader shifts in teenage aspirations and behaviours,’ said a BPAS spokesperson to Metro.co.uk.

    ‘The plummeting levels of teenage drinking, for example, may be reducing the occurrence of unprotected sex.’

    Whether it’s drinking less or just having less sex, teen pregnancies are at their lowest, a good finding considering the fact that four out of five youngsters said there was a negative stigma with unwanted youth pregnancies.

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    A mum who was so desperate to clear up her acne she once used her own breast milk as a face mask has said a £3 miracle cream has saved her skin.

    29-year-old Louse Young says she first experienced severe skin problems while she was pregnant with her fourth child in 2015.

    She blamed the breakouts on hormones – but spots continued to appear after her daughter, Angel, now two, was born. She was later diagnosed with severe cystic acne.

    Over the past three years Louise has tried everything to help her skin, from antibiotics, to face washes, to even using her own breast milk as a face mask.

    Louise, from Scotland, said: ‘I had taken different courses of antibiotics, face washes and treatments, but my skin was still left blotchy and scarred.

    Pic from Caters News - (Pictured: Louise Young, 29 from Stirling, Scotland when her skin was at its worst.) - A mother who was so desperate to clear up her acne that she used her own BREASTMILK as a face mask is thanking a miracle 3 cream for saving her skin. Louise Young, 29, initially suffered with skin problems when she was pregnant with her fourth child in 2015. Blaming her breakouts on her increase in hormones, Louise was shocked when her skin continued to worsen after her daughter was born and she was diagnosed with severe cystic acne.Over the past three years Louise tried everything to help her skin from different antibiotics, face washes and even resorted in using her own breastmilk as a facemask. But now, Louise is sharing her message of how a 3 pound miracle acne cream, TCM Scar and Acne Mark Removal Gel Ointment, has transformed her skin in order to raise awareness to others in a similar situation. Louise, from Stirling, Scotland, said: My skin first broke out when I was pregnant with my fourth child, but just continued to get worse ever since. I thought that when my daughter was born it would go away, but it continued to get worse and ruined my self-confidence. SEE CATERS COPY
    Louise before using the cream (Picture: Caters News)

    ‘I took a course of Roaccutane for four months, which was prescribed by a dermatologist, and this helped to reduce the size of the cysts, but I was still left with scarring.’

    But now Louise claims her skin has been saved by a £3 cream she bought on eBay – the TCM Scar and Acne Mark Removal Gel Ointment.

    The cream is selling for just £2.82 on eBay. It’s cruelty free, and is made using a ‘complex mixture of botanical extracts’, with ingredients including ginseng, white tea and rhodiola, which work to renew the skin cells back to its natural condition and dissolve scar tissue.

    Alongside acne, it also claims to help dissolve stretch marks and skin redness.

    Pic from Caters News - (Pictured: TCM Scar and Acne Mark Removal Gel Ointment, a miracle cream that Lousie credits with clearing her skin.) - A mother who was so desperate to clear up her acne that she used her own BREASTMILK as a face mask is thanking a miracle 3 cream for saving her skin. Louise Young, 29, initially suffered with skin problems when she was pregnant with her fourth child in 2015. Blaming her breakouts on her increase in hormones, Louise was shocked when her skin continued to worsen after her daughter was born and she was diagnosed with severe cystic acne.Over the past three years Louise tried everything to help her skin from different antibiotics, face washes and even resorted in using her own breastmilk as a facemask. But now, Louise is sharing her message of how a 3 pound miracle acne cream, TCM Scar and Acne Mark Removal Gel Ointment, has transformed her skin in order to raise awareness to others in a similar situation. Louise, from Stirling, Scotland, said: My skin first broke out when I was pregnant with my fourth child, but just continued to get worse ever since. I thought that when my daughter was born it would go away, but it continued to get worse and ruined my self-confidence. SEE CATERS COPY
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    Louise says the ointment has transformed her skin, and she’s hoping by sharing this news it’ll help others lacking confidence because of their skin.

    Louise said: ‘My skin first broke out when I was pregnant with my fourth child but it just continued to get worse even after I’d given birth.

    ‘I thought that when my daughter was born it would go away, but it continued to get worse and ruined my self-confidence.

    ‘There was a point where I didn’t leave the house for eight weeks because I couldn’t bear to let anyone look at my skin, and nothing I did would help make it better.

    Pic from Caters News - (Pictured: Louise Young, 29 from Stirling, Scotland after using the TCM Scar and Acne Mark Removal Gel Ointment.) - A mother who was so desperate to clear up her acne that she used her own BREASTMILK as a face mask is thanking a miracle 3 cream for saving her skin. Louise Young, 29, initially suffered with skin problems when she was pregnant with her fourth child in 2015. Blaming her breakouts on her increase in hormones, Louise was shocked when her skin continued to worsen after her daughter was born and she was diagnosed with severe cystic acne.Over the past three years Louise tried everything to help her skin from different antibiotics, face washes and even resorted in using her own breastmilk as a facemask. But now, Louise is sharing her message of how a 3 pound miracle acne cream, TCM Scar and Acne Mark Removal Gel Ointment, has transformed her skin in order to raise awareness to others in a similar situation. Louise, from Stirling, Scotland, said: My skin first broke out when I was pregnant with my fourth child, but just continued to get worse ever since. I thought that when my daughter was born it would go away, but it continued to get worse and ruined my self-confidence. SEE CATERS COPY
    Louise says the cream has saved her life (Picture: Caters News)

    ‘I felt as though I had tried everything to sort my skin out – I even put my own breastmilk on my face as I was recommended to from my midwife, but that didn’t work.

    ‘So when I saw this cream advertised on Facebook, and found out that it was only £3, I knew that I had to try it because I truly had nothing to lose.

    ‘Within two weeks of using the cream three times a day I started to see results – my scarring started to clear up and I wasn’t having as many break outs.’

    Louise added: ‘I have been using it for a month now and it has truly changed my life. I know I’ll definitely be using this miracle cream for life.’

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    If you’ve ever worked a night shift then you know it messes with your body clock. And eating just feels weird when you’re doing it in the office at 1am.

    In the same way that doing all-nighters disrupts your sleeping pattern, late dining affects your internal systems, says a new study.

    Researchers from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health found that those who routinely eat dinner after 9pm or two hours before they sleep increased their risks of getting cancer by 25%.

    Regular midnight snacking and making a habit out of late night feasting can lead to raised risks of breast and prostate cancer, the study found.

    This is because when you’re about to head to bed, your metabloism should be winding down to go to sleep and not speeding up as it does after eating.

    And it’s hormones that make us sleepy, hungry, or stressed so when they mess up, our body’s circadian rhythms (internal clock) are messed up.

    These habits raise the risk of breast and prostate cancer as they are both linked to hormonal cues, (such cancers are often treated by testosterone or estrogen-blocking therapies).

    Researchers assessed 621 cases of prostate and 1,205 of breast cancers, looking at 872 male and 1,321 female subjects who had never worked a night shift.

    They were interviewed on the timing of meals, sleep and chronotype (the times they normally slept) and completed a food frequency questionnaire.

    Those going to sleep more than two hours after supper had a 20% reduction in cancer risk for breast and prostate cancer combined and in each cancer individually.

    Lead author of the study Dr Manolis Kogevinas said: ‘Our study concludes that adherence to diurnal (daily) eating patterns is associated with a lower risk of cancer. These findings stress the importance of evaluating timing in studies on diet and cancer.’

    Although there is no official research comparing mealtimes to cancer risks, the World Health Organization has looked into night shift work as a potential contributor to cancers.

    Scientists who conducted the study said more research is needed in the area for more conclusive results.

    In the meantime, you might want to reassess how late you’re eating.

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    The housing market is a living nightmare.

    It seems like every day there’s a new cardboard box available to live in for just half your monthly salary, or a shared studio with quadruple bunk beds, ideal for the human hamster in your life.

    We’ve even managed to normalise guardian properties – that’s where you pay a few hundred quid a month in rent to live in what is essentially an abandoned building, with the understanding that you might get turfed out at any moment when the developers come a-knocking. Try explaining that one to your parents. They might cry, though – just to warn you.

    That’s just renting, though – when it comes to buying a place, a whole new Pandora’s box opens up. Not least the fact that it is, essentially, impossible.

    House prices are consistently on the up, making saving for a deposit even more daunting than it already was, and even if you’re looking to be sensible with your budget by pitching up next to a cheap supermarket, you’re sh*t out of luck there too. The odds are all against you, kid, sorry to break the news.

    But wait – maybe all hope is not lost? I mean, take a scroll through Twitter on any given weekday (other social media platforms are available), and you’ll encounter countless young millennials who are living (or well on their way to) the meat and two veg, two and a half kids and a house in the suburbs, nuclear family dream.

    That’s right – it turns out getting onto the property market isn’t all that difficult after all?

    All you’ve gotta do is kick that 400 quid a month (?!) takeaway habit that we all obviously have. Or that £150 a month (?!?!) gym membership.

    Bored of London and fancy a nice seaside gaff in Margate? Why, just borrow ten grand off your parents. Better yet, get them to pay your two grand a month (?!?!?!) rent.

    Wanna get on the ladder before you’re 25? Well, you’d better be blissfully shacked up before you’ve left uni and ready to purge your social life in the name of the greater good – or you’re screwed, you loveless, sociable fool!

    You may, dear reader, be noticing a trend.

    Countless ‘inspiring’ stories have dominated headlines over the past couple of years, proclaiming to debunk the mystery behind homeownership in the 21st century. The only problem is, none of them are particularly realistic or relatable.

    (Picture: Roxstone) Luxury estate agent Rokstone have launched Havona House at 57 Pembridge Villas in Notting Hill, a magnificent and beautiful neoclassical style 8,700 sqft seven bedroom mansion with an abundance of entertaining space, 1,409 sqft of garden and balconies and a private spa with 21 metre swimming pool. It is the largest newly built house to be constructed in Notting Hill in over a decade. Built on a site formerly occupied by a hotel, Havona House is a legacy project by boutique developer Albert Bridge Properties Ltd and is the result of a four year multi-million design and construction project.
    Keep dreaming, buddy (Picture: Roxstone).

    It goes without saying that the majority of people who are desperately saving for a house aren’t spending over the odds on takeaways or gym memberships – even if they are, they probably don’t need to be told that, actually, if you spend less money on those things, you will have more money.

    Worse still is the insinuation that all you’ve gotta do is ask your parents for help. Most people don’t have parents who are so flush that they can afford to chuck a few grand in their direction willy-nilly; some don’t have any parents whatsoever. The implication that such parental help is just a side-note (especially when it amounts to sums like ten grand) is baffling at best.

    And the idea that a social life is something frivolous and worth nixing in favour of a deposit? Christ – is modern life not work centric enough for you people already? Do we have to suck every single ounce of joy out of our lives, living purely off tin can phone communication (mobile contracts are too frivolous, sorry) purely to ferry all our hopes and dreams into brick and mortar?

    There’s a damaging edge to all these ‘inspiring stories’. Pinning these as attainable is only going to alienate those swarms of people for whom things like rich parents and a £150 gym membership (or any gym membership at all) are just pipedreams. And we all already feel alienated enough by the housing market already, thanks – trust me. That’s why Metro.co.uk’s ‘What I Rent’ column exists – it’s an attempt to demystify the big, scary world of real estate.

    All these stories do is exacerbate the issues of inequality and obscurity that already plague the housing market, and avoid the real issues that are keeping young people off the property ladder – low wages, inescapably high rent and cost of living, a wildly fluctuating housing market, and an ever-expanding gulf between the rise in house prices and the (much slower) rise in rent. Saving is a distant dream for many of us; saving for a deposit, even more so.

    So please, stop asking rich people how they’re affording to get on the property ladder. It’s really not rocket surgery, or brain science – it’s plain old, simple inequality.

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    how-to-talk-to-a-woman-you-dont-know-v2how-to-talk-to-a-woman-you-dont-know-v2tomconnick(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) metro illustrations dating, couple, boyfriend, girlfriend, How to talk to a woman you don't know(Picture: Roxstone) Luxury estate agent Rokstone have launched Havona House at 57 Pembridge Villas in Notting Hill, a magnificent and beautiful neoclassical style 8,700 sqft seven bedroom mansion with an abundance of entertaining space, 1,409 sqft of garden and balconies and a private spa with 21 metre swimming pool. It is the largest newly built house to be constructed in Notting Hill in over a decade. Built on a site formerly occupied by a hotel, Havona House is a legacy project by boutique developer Albert Bridge Properties Ltd and is the result of a four year multi-million design and construction project.how-to-talk-to-a-woman-you-dont-know-v2how-to-talk-to-a-woman-you-dont-know-v2tomconnick(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) metro illustrations dating, couple, boyfriend, girlfriend, How to talk to a woman you don't know(Picture: Roxstone) Luxury estate agent Rokstone have launched Havona House at 57 Pembridge Villas in Notting Hill, a magnificent and beautiful neoclassical style 8,700 sqft seven bedroom mansion with an abundance of entertaining space, 1,409 sqft of garden and balconies and a private spa with 21 metre swimming pool. It is the largest newly built house to be constructed in Notting Hill in over a decade. Built on a site formerly occupied by a hotel, Havona House is a legacy project by boutique developer Albert Bridge Properties Ltd and is the result of a four year multi-million design and construction project.

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    ‘A chair was placed in the middle of the room, with a dildo taped to the seat. One by one we men had to sit on it, using the women’s spit as lube, then we shifted up and down on the dildo, wanking while everyone watched.’

    Terry,* who’s 33, is describing the culmination of an event for those with a fetish for CFNM. The acronym stands for Clothed Female Naked Male, which pretty much sums up the nature of the fetish.

    Terry, who works in HR, first discovered CFNM when he stumbled across it while looking at porn as a 16 year old. He tells Metro.co.uk: ‘I was turned on by it, so I searched what it was, then went looking for more.’

    Five years later, Terry acted out his fantasies for the first time at a CFNM party held at a house in Kent.

    Arriving at the start of the night, Terry was told to remove his clothes. Then along with the 14 other men attending, he was given a glass of Champagne, a mask (the wearing of which was optional) and a g-string for the initial ice-breaker.

    Terry explains: ‘we put the g-strings on, then we were taken through to the ladies so they could guess the size of our cocks.’

    The 30 women waiting for them were fully dressed and according to Terry, ‘they were in normal clothes, like jeans and T-shirts.’ Like the men, each woman had paid £45 to attend the event, with the entry fee covering food and drinks. Once the women had guessed the men’s size, the g-strings were removed for the big reveal.

    ‘We were measured soft and erect, and made to line up smallest to largest, then told to look at the ones bigger than us,’ says Terry, explaining, ‘it’s mainly to embarrass the little ones.’

    For Terry, feeling embarrassed is part of the fun – despite being at the larger end of the line-up. He explains, ‘it’s still embarrassing getting measured, and being naked with other people – especially when it’s only the men who are naked. I like the embarrassment of being exposed, and the comments I get from being viewed. I enjoy it and get turned on.’

    Activities at the event included being judged on the ‘best balls’ (criteria were size, firmness, bounce and overall look and feel) and ‘ring toss’ which involved the guys lying on the floor with their legs open while the women stood by their feet or a little further back, throwing plastic rings onto the men’s erect penises. The rings were, ‘like kids’ toys – probably about 6 inches in diameter,’ says Terry.

    Other games included ‘best helicopter.’ This involved ‘whizzing our cocks around like helicopters. The bad ones were knocked out of the competition and had to worship the women’s feet,’ says Terry, who actually rather likes women’s feet.

    Then it was ‘decorate a cock.’ According to Terry, the penis painting – carried out by the women – produced an Elvis, a few lions, a strawberry, and a squirrel. He adds: ‘one was a banana – it was bent like a banana so that was an obvious one. Mine was an elephant.’

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    The men were required to stay erect at all times without touching their genitals. Punishment for losing their erections included ice-cubes being melted on their bodies and being spanked. Recalling his punishments, Terry says, ‘I was face-sat for ten minutes.’

    The penis painting was followed by an ‘edging competition’, when the men were brought to the point of orgasm without cumming – if you cum, you fail.  Describing the scene, Terry says: ‘It was two women per man, and they’d each take it in turn masturbate him. When he gets close to cumming they stop – that’s one edge. After 30 seconds or so – or when the twitching’s stopped – they start wanking him again. We had to do it eight times.’

    The men then masturbated in a competition to see who could ejaculate the furthest. The distances were measured, and marked by a little box. ‘That became the distance to beat for the next ones up,’ says Terry.

    The final activities before The Dildo Chair consisted of, ‘a sexy dance-off for the men, and seeing who can get the hardest erection – with the girls only whispering in your ear to get you erect. A judge was appointed to feel all erections.’

    The party was the first time Terry had used a dildo. He says, ‘it was cleaned each time, and a new condom was put on it, but I was very nervous. When it was my turn, I really didn’t want it and I wasn’t sure what to do, but I walked over and one of the ladies helped me get on the chair. My arse was lubed up, then I slowly lowered my bum over the dildo.’ He adds: ‘It was hard to relax, and it hurt, but there was no damage, so I didn’t regret it.’

    Terry has since been to about 15 CFNM events, some of which were a lot more low-key. ‘Sometimes they’re just cocktail parties – the men are naked, but nothing sexual happens,’ he says.

    He adds that, like the first event he went to, it’s the norm for the women to be dressed in everyday clothes, and he’s only been to one event where the women were dressed as dominatrixes.

    Annabelle, who organises CFNM events, echoes Terry when she says, ‘only once did we do some dominatrix style attire. Usually we don’t wear anything in particular – just normal clothes – nothing that excites the men too much.’

    Now 34, the seed for Annabelle’s interest in CFNM was sewn at a hen party 15 years ago. ‘We had a stripper, and I liked admiring him without having to do anything,’ she tells us. ‘Seeing attractive guys naked is always a winner, but with CFNM it’s about power too.

    ‘You’re controlling the naked man, telling him where to stand where, and what to do – it’s exciting. I like dominating men, and I can’t resist an opportunity to humiliate them.’

    Coming home from the hen do, Annabelle ordered her boyfriend of 18 months to strip off and serve her drinks naked. ‘I demanded it. I said “no sex unless you do as I say!” He went into a blind panic – he couldn’t keep his clothes on. I think he was more worried than anything.’

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    As the relationship progressed, Annabelle ordered him to masturbate on demand, and to suck and worship her feet. ‘It’s thrilling to have a naked man at your feet,’ she says. ‘You should try it – I’m sure you’d enjoy starting sex with you clothed and your boyfriend naked.’

    Initially, Annabelle was unaware that there was a name for her new interest. ‘I just wanted more naked men in my life! Then a friend said, “this is CFNM!” I looked into it, and started watching porn on it and getting into groups and meet-ups around it.’

    Annabelle found her first CFNM group on Meetup and from there she discovered Walnut Walk, a site ‘where ladies can be a little bit naughty’ with a chat forum, events and porn clips all geared to CFNM.

    The first CFNM event Annabelle went to was at a nightclub in Holborn that had been hired out for the evening. She paid a £15 entry fee which included drinks, and arrived to find naked men holding trays of Champagne and canapes. The 40 clothed women and 20 naked men were left to mingle, but Annabelle was less than impressed.

    ‘The guys were handsy and possibly not genuine CFNM fans, as they were all about touching, and “let’s see your tits, let’s have sex”,’ she tells us. ‘They’d come over while we were chatting and put their dicks in our faces asking for blow-jobs, despite this being against the rules.’

    However, the end of the night made up for it: ‘After a couple of hours, the guys with erections stood at the front and masturbated for us, then left – this happened until all guys were gone.’

    At Annabelle’s second event, there were ‘hotter men, less of them asking to f*** me, and the ability to tease them without touching – that’s when I knew I love this.’

    Annabelle, who’s a lawyer, now runs her own bijou private parties once a month. She says: ‘I’ve got one coming up at an Air B&B in Lewisham. We’re hiring it for the day so the men can serve us afternoon tea naked.’

    According to Annabelle, her events tend to start with a striptease from the men. ‘A performance is a must – if they just take their clothes off, what’s the point?’ She says. ‘Forfeits for the worst will be determined by us ladies. It could be a spanking or we might make them melt an ice cube in their bum – it’s entertaining to see them squirm.’

    Other forfeits include making the naked man stand by a window with the curtains open. ‘I once saw a guy get caught by five passersby – he was somewhat embarrassed,’ says Annabelle.

    Activities include massages and ‘competitions such as a wank-off’. ‘The guys wank themselves and the last one to cum wins,’ says Annabelle. ‘Sometimes we give them a cookie – it’s kind of a joke prize – but really it’s for the honour of knowing he lasted longer.’

    As a single woman, Annabelle has ‘played’ with the men at these events, ‘as in I’ve got them erect and kept them erect, but not given a hand-job to completion. I like watching them complete.’ When Annabelle is in a relationship, she’ll take her partner to the event, and the only ‘playing’ will be with her partner – who will be off-limits to other women at the event.

    For Annabelle, it’s a must that all her boyfriends are into CFNM. ‘It’s one of the top requirements,’ she says. Annabelle raises the topic fairly early on: ‘I wouldn’t blurt it out right at the outset, but I’d cover it at the sex chat stage, if I thought the relationship was going somewhere. I’d ask if they had any fetishes or interests – most respond with something – then I’d mention CFNM.”

    Reactions have varied. ‘Some guys were perplexed and couldn’t understand it, but gave it a go and didn’t like it. Others have been intrigued and embraced it.’

    On one occasion, Annabelle explained CFNM to a guy who’d never heard of it, then came back from the toilet to find him sitting there starkers. ‘He certainly took the initiative,’ says Annabelle, ‘that was the best one – it made the date!’

    Annabelle doubts that she could sustain a relationship with a guy who wasn’t into CFNM, explaining: ‘There’s nothing better than being clothed in front of a hot naked man, commanding and dictating his every action.’

    *Names have been changed.

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    Take a moment before you flush to check your urine.

    Not just to see how hydrated you are (dark yellow? Drink some water, pal), but to keep an eye out for signs of cancer.

    The new Be Clear on Cancer campaign from Public Health England urges us all to check our wee for signs of bladder and kidney cancer, including visible blood and urine that’s red or dark brown.

    Public Health England has released a handy video to show what blood in urine can look like, from cloudy urine to a slight tinge of pink.

    They found that just 16% of those over 50 – the age group most at risk of bladder and kidney cancer – check the colour of their urine every time they use the toilet, and 47% wouldn’t seek medical advice if they only saw blood in their pee once.

    It’s important to note that blood might not appear every time you urinate, and even one splash of blood is worth a visit to your doctor. Every year around 19,100 new cases of bladder and kidney cancer are diagnosed in England; causing around 8,000 deaths, so it’s hugely important that those at risk are keeping an eye in their toilet bowl.

    Factors that increase the risk of kidney and bladder cancer:

    • Smoking
    • Being overweight or obese
    • Some jobs, because of exposure to certain chemicals
    • Other medical conditions, such as kidney failure
    • A family history of cancer

    Early diagnosis is critical; 84% of those diagnosed with kidney cancer and 77% of those diagnosed with bladder cancer at the earliest stage (stage 1) will live for at least five years. At a late stage (stage 4), this drops to 10% and 9% respectively.

    Professor Julia Verne, from Public Health England said: ‘It is vital that people know that blood in pee could be a sign of cancer.

    ‘Our research shows only a small number of people check the colour of their pee every time they go to the toilet.

    ‘People need to get into the habit of looking before they flush to spot any signs of blood in their pee. And if there is blood, they shouldn’t hesitate about going to their GP.

    Symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer:

    • Blood in the urine
    • Cystitis (a urinary tract infection) that is difficult to treat or comes back quickly after treatment
    • Pain when peeing
    • A pain that doesn’t go away, either in the tummy or in the side, below the ribs
    • Weight loss

    ‘This will help diagnose more people at the early stages, when cancer is more treatable – improving their chances of living longer.’

    Dr Dawn Harper, TV Doctor and GP, said: ‘I’m urging people to be vigilant to changes in their body and to check their pee. I hear all too often about people who have delayed seeking medical advice if they have worrying symptoms – like blood in pee – because they are afraid of what the doctor might find or what the treatment might be.

    ‘If you do notice blood in your pee, it’s probably nothing serious, but it’s always worth checking with a health professional – you won’t be wasting their time. It’s vital that people don’t put off getting help; if it is cancer, early diagnosis saves lives.’

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    People use their placenta for a number of things after giving birth.

    From using it to make smoothies to fashioning snazzy Christmas decorations, it’s clearly a case of waste not want not for many new mothers.

    One way people are making use of the afterbirth is by using it to create another new life in the form of a tree.

    Using an invention called the Bios Urn – which is typically used for planting trees with cremation ashes – parents are able to have a lasting memento of their labour and baby in their garden.

    The Bios Urn is a biodegradable cone-shaped device that houses soil and space for a seed to grow in the top part. In the bottom part you can add ashes which help the tree to grow over time.

    A company called Happy Birth Tree is marketing this for new parents rather than those who have lost a loved one, adapting the process to accommodate placenta in the bottom of the Bios Urn.

    In the bottom of the urn you put the placenta, as well as some regular soil. Then, you follow the instructions to plant the urn in the ground or a pot and water it as you would any plant.

    One special benefit of this method is that – being enclosed – it’s safer from being dug up by pets, and a lot easier to move from place to place if you rent.

    You do need to choose the seed yourself, as the urn is produced in Australia which has some pretty strict quarantine laws. However, this gives you the opportunity to pick whatever you want from an oak to a rose bush.

    The inspiration came from creator Bryce Roberts, whose rottweiler Sabre died of cancer two years ago. After coming across the Bios Urn, he started his own business selling them, eventually happening on the idea that placentas could be used as the tree nutrients.

    He and his wife even planted one themselves when their new baby was born recently.

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    The point of a project like this is to create new life with new life.

    You’re able to teach your baby about the tree as both grow at the time time and have the same birthday.

    Just as many people keep baby books or locks from their little one’s first haircut, this could be a cute way to commemorate your birth.

    They cost £163.79 from this UK dealer or $189 AUD (£106) from Happy Birth Tree.

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    Let’s be real: For most of us, knowing the hottest luxury fashion brands doesn’t make much difference to our wardrobes.

    We can barely afford to buy staple pieces from Topshop, let alone be able to clear out our wardrobe just to fit the latest trends.

    But hey, having a sense of what’s popular right now can help us scout out the best things to find dupes for – and figure out why we keep seeing people wearing platform Crocs.

    So let us turn to global fashion search platform Lyst, who analyse shopping behaviour to put together quarterly rankings of fashion’s most popular brands and products.

    As it’s July, they’ve just released their latest report, using Google and Lyst search data, sales, and conversion rates over a three month period.

    Turns out Gucci is on top right now, while Off-White remains the cool kids’ choice and Balenciaga comes in third.

    Sadly, the most affordable brand in the top 10 is Nike.

    The top ten hottest fashion brands right now:

    • Gucci
    • Off-White
    • Balenciaga
    • Givenchy
    • Dolce & Gabbana
    • Vetements
    • Versace
    • Fendi
    • Nike
    • Prada

    Lyst also puts together the trendiest items on offer, so you can either add ’em to your shopping list or work out how to make a DIY version.

    Turns out massive designer logos are back in – the Gucci GG logo belt is number one, a Gucci logo print swimsuit is at number three, and the Off-White industrial belt is at slot four – as well as chunky shoes – number two are the FILA disruptor sneakers, and at 10 are those Balenciaga Crocs we love to hate.

    For men, it’s all about the slides – Gucci web stripe slides, Prada rubber slides, and Versace black medusa slides, to be exact.

    Bear in mind that these lists are likely to change next quarter, so it might not be wise to invest in every item in the top ten.

    We reckon we’ll save our money and buy a safe pair of black boots. They may not be as ‘cool’ as massive platform Crocs, but they’ll never go out of style.

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    A mum has defended her decision to give her dog purple and blue highlights – insisting that her pup absolutely loves her look.

    Though some people have accused 61-year-old Renae Crevalle of cruelty, she says her Chinese-crested dog Sheeba loves her style.

    According to Renae, Sheeba has even become internet famous.

    Renae, who manages dog grooming parlour Suds ‘N Scissors Inc near her home in Carmel, California, USA, said: ‘She’s an internet sensation and when I have Sheeba with me, what should be a two minute stroll down to the beach takes an hour, as so many people stop to stroke her or say hello.’

    Renae first started trying elaborate tints on Sheeba’s fur five years ago, for the American Independence Day celebrations on 4 July.

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    ‘It went down a storm and Sheeba loved it – she was wagging her tail like crazy – so it grew from there,’ she said.

    ‘I’d seen some pets being dyed at dog shows and thought I’d have a go on my own.’

    Now she highlights her pup’s luscious locks, using foils to get just the right tint, every two months, during hour long sessions.

    An international jet-setter who travels on superyachts and private jets, Sheeba has been turning heads with her bright fur everywhere from Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast to the Bahamas, Mexico, Germany and all over the States.

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    Renae and her Norwegian partner of two years, Geir Fjugstad, 57, a private banker, take Sheeba everywhere with them.

    Renae said: ‘She’s an amazing and fun dog, with a wonderful personality.

    ‘As well as being an internet sensation, we always take her with us whenever we travel – from Europe to the Bahamas – and she makes friends wherever she goes. Every time I take her out in public, she makes people smile.

    ‘I can’t walk down the street without people stopping me to stroke her or take a picture.’

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    According to Renae, Sheeba loves being the centre of attention, and often poses and prances down the street knowing she’s ‘getting lots of admiring looks’.

    But while most people thing she looks great, she has also received negative reactions.

    ‘Some people don’t understand it and think it’s harmful. But I would never hurt my dog, I love her too much and it makes her happy,’ Renae said.

    Despite the negative comments, Renae focuses on the positive – and says her dog’s style is a great ice breaker and has led her to making lots of friends.

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    She said: ‘When we were on the plane coming back to San Francisco we met the New Zealand rugby team, the formidable All Blacks.

    ‘All these giant men just melted when they met her.

    ‘They’d be very welcome to borrow her as a lucky mascot if they want her to join them doing their famous Maori war dance, the haka, which they do before games. I’m sure she’d be a star turn!’

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    It’s a cliché as old as time itself. Or at least as old as wives’ tales.

    ‘Everything happens for a reason’, they cry, usually in the wake of a breakup, job rejection or other fairly regularly occurring life event.

    All difficult things worthy of a pat on the back and a reassuring message, undoubtedly. For more important issues, though, it’s perhaps best for the fridge magnet sentiments to take a back seat.

    Take this tweet, which has been drawing bafflement and disgust on Twitter this week – so much so that the tweeter has since hidden themselves behind a private account. ‘Y’all are going to hate me for this,’ it begins, presciently, ‘but if you have been abused, raped, or had any sort of torture in your life it was meant to happen for a reason. Everything that happens to you in your life was not a mistake. It was all something to lead you into who you will become later.’

    The thread continued by stating that ‘Sometimes you have to go through certain things that aren’t acceptable in society in order to get to where the universe is leading you’, before veering dangerously close to victim blaming by continuing: ‘If you keep holding on to those harsh moments in your life, then your life will continue to be stuck in the same patterns. You will not have any sort of growth if you keep wanting ppl to feel sorry for you’.

    It’s indicative of a weird, potentially dangerous shift in ‘self-help’ online narrative, exacerbated by the limited character counts of social media, that’s seen complex traumas and condensed into bite size, easily-sharable fragments of nothingness.

    Amid the reams of people rightly shutting down that original tweet, there were others supporting that ‘everything happens for a reason’ narrative.

    ‘You’re NOT a shitty person. You’re NOT a fucked up person. You’re NOT a victim,’ wrote one. ‘You ARE however, identifying with your shitty energy & thus becoming trapped in the the energy of what once was, which is preventing you from embodying your TRUE nature which is WHAT IS HERE & NOW!’

    This spiritual meme-ification of trauma can be seen other ways, too – it’s in your friend who’s spent their whole breakup repurposing their subtweets to fit into pre-established meme formats; it’s also there in the hashtags and ‘quote this Tweet with a story about blah’; now, it’s gone full circle, looping back on that pre-meme-era vessel of oversimplification; the greetings card sentiment.

    ‘Everything happens for a reason’ is a positive enough statement. It’s worthy of a ‘get well soon’ card, or one of those inspiring pieces of non-art that holiday cottages always, always inexplicably have on the walls. Maybe a tattoo, if you’re so inclined.

    Pinning abuse and assault as some kind of spiritual awakening, though, is beyond damaging. A narrative which shifts the focus away from the abuser and back towards the victim, it’s indicative of wider rape culture, and leaves the onus on rehabilitation in the hands of those who are likely at their lowest.

    To group every assault and every form of abuse under the same umbrella is to wildly and wilfully miss the point. Everyone’s process of dealing with such things is different, and valid.

    Abuse happens because shitty people like to wield their power. That’s it. It’s not a pathway to enlightenment for the victim. To imply that other people’s successes might not have happened if they hadn’t lived through past trauma is disgraceful.

    So please, let’s leave ‘everything happens for a reason’ where it belongs – in the bin, on an old get well soon card – and move the conversation on abuse away from wishy-washy statements, and back towards real action.

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    Most of us are aware of the harmful effects of smoking. Pregnant women especially are expected to be mindful of their health and give up smoking and drinking and even sushi for the baby’s wellbeing.

    Researchers are now saying that expectant mums who use smoking preventative methods during the pregnancy may increase the risk of cot death, medically referred to as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

    Smoking and cot deaths have been linked for over ten years, but the new research showed that women using e-cigarettes, nicotine patches, and vapes could still be putting the child at risk.

    Scientists writing in the Journal of Physiology said nicotine found in the womb can affect the unborn baby’s central nervous system and cardiorespiratory responses to stressful environments.

    This can lead to asphyxia – when the body is deprived of oxygen. Infants are especially susceptible to the condition if they lack serotonin – the neurotransmitter that regulates our mood, social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, and memory.

    If babies find themselves in environmental stresses like getting caught under bedding, they may lack autoresuscitation – the safety mechanism that protects against oxygen deprivation.

    Nicotine may trigger a failure of this mechanism and therefore lead to tragedy.

    The study used rat babies who were exposed to different amounts of nicotine via maternal blood or milk and tested to see how they react to low levels of oxygen.

    Senior author Dr Aihua Li said: ‘Our data suggest that the interaction of developmental nicotine exposure can significantly compromise autoresuscitation in response to environmental stressors, e.g. severe hypoxia, anoxia, or asphyxia, at a specific developmental age.’

    ‘We will continue to identify the possible predictors of risk and consider how we can treat infants who have a compromised autoresuscitation mechanism.’

    According to the NHS, just under 300 cot deaths happen in the UK every year, usually occurring in the first six months, with premature babies more at risk.

    How to protect against SIDS

    • Always place your baby on their back to sleep.
    • Place your baby in the ‘feet to foot’ position (with their feet touching the end of the cot, Moses basket, or pram).
    • Keep your baby’s head uncovered. Their blanket should be tucked in no higher than their shoulders.
    • Let your baby sleep in a cot or Moses basket in the same room as you for the first six months.
    • Use a mattress that’s firm, flat, waterproof and in good condition.
    • Breastfeed your baby (if you can).

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    Any discussion about genetic testing is bound to make waves and cause differences of opinion.

    So I wasn’t surprised that debate has been sparked by a recent statement from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, a foremost UK body, that editing the heritable genome (the genetic building blocks that pass down through generations) is ‘morally permissible’.

    My husband has two siblings who suffer from a genetic disorder that affects their mobility, coordination and dexterity so that they are both now entirely wheelchair dependent, and require a lot of help to complete everyday tasks such as washing, dressing or feeding themselves.

    Their condition is degenerative, and so my husband has gone from playing football and running around with his brother as little boys to physically having to lift him in and out of cars, steering his wheelchair for him and helping him go to the toilet as an adult.

    My husband is very heavily involved in his siblings’ lives, particularly his brother’s, and is really a brother, best mate, carer, adviser and a father figure for him all rolled into one.

    Most of our friends and family have no idea quite the extent of what my husband helps his brother with, and whilst I am incredibly proud of this side of the man I married, it takes a significant toll on him.

    He spends a huge amount of his time doing things to try and make his brother happy even for a short while, giving up time with his friends and me, and when we do go somewhere or do something, he spends most of his time thinking about if one of his siblings would enjoy it and whether it would be possible to do it with them.

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    He feels incredibly jealous of people who do not have such responsibilities and who simply get to go and do what they want on a weekend, and who don’t get pulled in different directions like he does. You won’t hear him complain about it though because, as he quite rightly points out, he doesn’t have to deal with even a fraction of what his siblings do – at least he can go to the toilet by himself.

    He feels so lucky every day that he managed to avoid being affected by the condition his siblings have, but the guilt of that is sometimes crippling.

    We always knew that we would have genetic testing before we began trying to conceive. We know, perhaps more than others might, that we would love a disabled child just as much as an able bodied child – my husband’s bond with his siblings has taught us that.

    To ask my husband to cope emotionally with even more guilt if he passed this condition to our children, or frankly to have to cope with more than just ‘regular’ parenthood, was just too much

    We also know the absolute joy we get from seeing his siblings laughing, happy and living their lives. Helping them makes us feel so grateful for the little things in life. But our responsibilities towards his siblings will only increase as his parents get older and are able to do less, and as their conditions continue to deteriorate.

    To ask my husband to cope emotionally with even more guilt if he passed this condition to our children, or frankly to have to cope with more than just ‘regular’ parenthood, was just too much.

    Our children will grow up in a world with wheelchairs and hoists and will hopefully learn from their aunt and uncle how to deal with tough times, and how to appreciate what they have been blessed with, but we didn’t want them to have to be the ones in the wheelchairs and hoists.

    We asked our GP for a referral to the genetic specialists who had diagnosed his siblings and went up to London for a meeting – and a short genetics lesson – and they took some blood from us both.

    Getting tested was a decision we are quite open about, but it does get strong reactions from others.

    Everyone is different however, and we both have huge admiration and respect for people who conceive knowing their children may suffer from a genetic condition, but for people who do not have a background like my husband’s, I wonder what their choice would be if they spent a week with his family.

    The whole process took about a year due to the complexity of the condition and because the tests are expensive (although fortunately we were offered this on the NHS). Our results arrived in the post the week that we got married: they found out that my husband was a carrier of the gene but that I am not.

    The relief to get the letter with all the technical jargon, in black and white, that our children definitely will not be affected by this condition was amazing – and it felt like the first step in us creating our own little family.

    I am over the moon that genetic testing exists – my husband may not have felt able to ‘risk’ having children without the certainty it gave us.

    I do think it could go too far and it shouldn’t be used for cosmetic things like gender or hair colour, but for people whose families have already been affected by a condition it is a way to give them some control back. Plus, it is still optional – nobody forces you to have it done.

    We were blessed with a beautiful healthy baby boy at the end of last year, who has brought us all so much joy – but as he stands on wobbly legs trying to walk, my husband just remembers his siblings wobbling as their bodies forgot how to walk, and I thank god we have the piece of paper upstairs that he can look at and remind himself that our little boy is not going to suffer due to a genetic condition, and will be able to kick a football with his Daddy, and run alongside his uncle and aunt in their wheelchairs.

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    Find yourself endlessly searching for cool places to eat, drink and be merry? Relax – we’ve got your back.

    Every week we’ll bring you our tried-and-tested, hottest selection of bars, restaurants, cafes, street food hot spots and generally fun places to hangout across the weekend (and who are we kidding, way beyond – Mondays are always way better with a Margarita).

    We’ll bring you a big fat, fresh Bar Fox every Thursday – but if we discover anything we need to tell you about at any other time, you’ll get the emergency update.

    Where to eat and drink in London this week…

    Bastille Day Brunch loaded with oysters, pimped up French dishes and gin cocktails

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    Storming into Bastille Day this Saturday, new seafood mecca Neptune have linked up with French gin, Citadelle (only the most awarded gin in the world!) for a truly gourmand feast. Neptune’s Brett Redman has created a seriously mouth-watering French-inspired brunch that includes a triple decker black pudding Croque Madam, bacon cheeseburger ‘au poivre’ and asparagus and barrel-aged feta omelette.

    Everyone gets a complimentary G&T and oyster on arrival followed by the choice of 3 ‘revolutionary’ gin cocktails: the Brotherhood, Equality or Liberty. At only £25 a head (less for group bookings) for 2 cocktails and a brunch dish, it’s a pretty bonne idée we reckon. Neptune restaurant, the corner of Guilford Street and Russell Square, London WC1B 5BE Brunch tickets (11am to 3pm)

    Tickets for Bastille Brunch are here.

    Where to watch the World Cup Final?

    The Hipster One:

    Last Days of Shoreditch

    Join the crowds at the Last Days of Shoreditch, to watch the game on one of the biggest screens in London. Complete with sand pit and slide, the quirky, enchanted garden is the perfect place to enjoy the sunshine and the football. Booking tickets in advance is recommended, as they sell out quickly!

    288 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LA ,lastdaysofshoreditch.co.uk

    The Riverside One:

    The Waterway

    Surely the most picturesque way to watch the World Cup… canal-side in Little Venice, this tranquil pub has a large outdoor terrace complete with big screens and a great selection of burgers, steaks from the grill, 10 beers on tap, cocktails…Waterwaymelon martini you say?

    54 Formosa St, London W9 2JU, thewaterway.co.uk

    The Outdoors One:

    Flat Iron Square

    Watch the final in the sunshine at this grass-clad outdoor spot, on a huge outdoor screen! Crowds plus al fresco viewing make for an amazing atmosphere, bring a blanket and set up camp to watch the game (Be warned, goal celebrations are epic – watch out for flying beer)

    Flat Iron Square, London Bridge, SE1 1TD flatironsquare.co.uk

    The Tropical One:

    Tropicana Beach Club

    This beach themed sports bar screams summer! Watch the action on giant screens with surround sound, palm trees and party vibes. Speciality frozen tropical cocktails are on tap and their World Cup food menu includes a load of nachos, jerk chicken and buffalo wings.

    Parker Street, London, WC2B 5PW, tropicanabeachclub.co.uk/worldcup2018/

     

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    Forget Babe: Pig in the City. Meet Porkchop, the Chigaco, Illinois, based pet who’s seriously pampered by his owner.

    When you initially picture the life of a pig, you might think of mud rolling and snuffling around for fallen apples.

    Porkchop, however, is fed Cheerios and ferried around in a pram by his owner Caitlyn Isham, 36.

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    Caitlyn says that her obsession with pigs started because of her name: ‘My surname is ‘Isham’, which I would hear as ‘is’ ‘ham’ and it made me obsessed with pigs. I knew I wanted one as a pet, but didn’t think it was possible.

    ‘When I visited my mum’s friend with an indoor pig, I realised that certain breeds could be litter trained and would happily live indoors. so I decided I had to get one.’

    After hearing about scams from breeders (particularly where piglets are missold as ‘mini pigs’, without customers understanding they grow as big as 500lbs) she committed to researching fully, eventually settling on Porkchop – a micro-juliana-mix – and paying $1000 (£766) for him.

    He was 9 months old when Caitlyn took him in, and he now weighs 75lbs.

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    Porkchop adapted to life in Illinois quickly, starting to sleep with Caitlyn in her bed after a few days. She did have to build a ramp for him to get there, though, as well as making him a special room of his own out of her walk-in wardrobe.

    Although she loves her porcine pal, Caitlyn does say he can be mischievous, which is partly how she found out about his love for Cheerios:

    ‘I’d moved the ramp, so he couldn’t get up on my bed.

    “When I came home, he’d managed to move it from one side of the room to the other and angle it in a way that it was pointing to the dresser. I came back just in time to rescue the Cheerios.’

    After a while, she started to think he needed a companion, but he wasn’t too fond of cats or dogs. Caitlyn’s mum’s friend Stacy happened to have just adopted a female pig called Tulip, and it seemed like the perfect time for them to get together.

    Porkchop and his bride Tulip (Collect/PA Real Life)
    (Picture: PA Real Life)

    Caitlyn would pig-sit Tulip while Stacy was away, and her and Porkchorp slowly bonded (perhaps over their love of o-shaped cereals).

    When they were all at a pet fashion show in 2017, they decided to marry the two, with Porkchop wearing a mini tuxedo and Tulip sporting a veil.

    Caitlyn says, ‘It was just a bit of fun, but Porkchop looked so handsome, I didn’t know how any self-respecting piglet could resist him.

    ‘He’s excellent husband material, as he’s very loving, he loves cuddles and is always giving me kisses.’

    The pigs have now gained a level of notoriety, with Porkchop often getting stopped when he’s out in his buggy. He even has an Instagram with nearly 2,000 followers.

    It’s a pig’s life, eh.

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