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    All the free food deals you can get for results day Getty
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    A-level results day is nerve-wracking to say the least.

    We know there’s a lot riding on whatever it says in that envelope or email. You know what might help with the feeling of dread or tangible excitement? Free food.

    Eat if you’re celebrating, eat if you’re not, the point is – you can get some extra perks on the day, 15 August, without having to pay the same as the rest of us.

    Nando’s

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    Everyone loves a cheeky Nando’s no matter what the occasion. Every year the Portuguese peri peri restaurant offers students a portion of their signature chicken dish but this year they’ve one upped it.

    Now you can opt for a firestarter instead. So head on down to your local Nando’s for free spicy chicken wings, humous with peri peri drizzle, nuts, olives, or halloumi sticks.

     

    KFC

    Fast Food restaurant, Anglia retail park, Ipswich, Suffolk, England (Photo by: Geography Photos/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
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    KFC are operating under the banner ‘open your results day, get a reward’ so no matter what you get, the old Colonel will sort you out.

    You can enjoy a free mini fillet snackbox when you buy any Krushem to share with the squad on the all-important day.

    All you have to do is fire up the app, scan your app in the restaurant, ask for your results day student offer, and order your Krushem.

     

    Pizza Express

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    If you’re headed to university after college/sixth form then you’re going to become fast friends with Unidays. They offer discounts on food, clothes, and outings and of course, they have special offers for results day students.

    They’ve teamed up with Pizza Express and are offering free dough balls as well as 30% of food and drink. All you have to do is sign up with a student email address and then show your results at the restaurant. Happy dining.

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    Head down to the home of beer pong in Shoreditch with your mates, where you can get their signature beer pong tables with two complimentary jugs of either house beer, cider or wine.

    You’ll also get 30% off on food.

    Crystal Maze Live Expierience

    We know this one technically isn’t food but it’s a pretty neat offer. Students in London and Manchester who visit the site between Friday 17 and Sunday 26 August will be given a free voucher to come back and play any time before 30 November.

    You just have to show your results. Those over 18 also get a cheeky cocktail on the house.

    MORE: Self-made millionaire says you don’t need good A-levels to get your dream job

    MORE: Our terrible sleeping habits are making us feel lonely


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    Asda is following through with its pledge to cut down on plastic, removing plastic wrapping from all of its whole swedes.

    This week, Asda will start selling all of its swedes unwrapped.

    Each year, the supermarket sells close to 6 million swedes. Removing the wrapping will save around 14 tonnes of plastic.

    The removal of the plastic won’t have any effect on the expiry date, either. The shelf life will remain the same as before, with the vegetable remaining good for up to seven days.

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    The Asda’s Grower’s Selection Naked British Swedes will be available both online and in store, unwrapped, for 50p each.

    The move is part of Asda’s ongoing commitment to use less and recycle more plastic, with a plan to reduce plastic packaging in own brand products by an initial 10% by February 2019.

    By 2025, Asda pledges to make all packaging 100% recyclable.

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    Nikki Dixon, Senior Manager for Plastic Reduction at Asda said: ‘We’re committed to reducing our plastic usage across own brand products, lowering our impact on the environment and helping families to avoid plastic waste in their homes.

    ‘Working closely with our British growers to ensure delicious veg is available throughout the year, our naked swedes will maintain their taste credentials, without the need for any plastic.’

    MORE: Morrisons is now selling naked cucumbers without the plastic wrapping

    MORE: You’ll soon be able to drink your G&T with strawberry and lime edible straws

    MORE: Raspberry Maltesers are out in the world just waiting for us to try them


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    Neville Southall – legendary former Everton goalkeeper – has been offering his Twitter platform to social justice groups over the last few months, in order to spread their messages about issues like LGBT rights and race.

    It seems that this well-meaning agenda has taken an unexpected turn today, however, as it was announced that an adult baby nursery would be taking over.

    Grace Rogers, who offers her services as a pretend mummy to those who want to explore their childlike side, revealed this morning that she’d have access to Neville’s account on 21 August.

    Many people were sceptical about the decision, with one user replying ‘nev this is a bad idea’ and another imploring the ex-football star, ‘please listen to everyone replying to this and protect yourself from people exploiting your good heart for their own weird gain’.

    Neville Southall began trending on the site, with commentators noting that the adult baby fetish scene bears very little resemblance to the activist communities he previously gave time to.

    It didn’t take too long for the memes and jokes to pour in.

    Neville responded to the furore with three tweets about Grace’s mummy therapy. He stated that the adult baby nursery work she does is ‘non sexual’, ‘non fetish’, and ‘is a therapy’.

    On Grace’s website, there is an FAQ section which states:

    Q: I would like Mummy to play with my winky. Is that something MG will do for me?

    ‘A: No. I provide a nurturing, therapeutic environment for littles to experience their little side and perhaps address formative trauma. This is a safe space where healthy boundaries are respected. MG’s is not a sexual service.’

    A quick scan of her account, however, shows a link to FetLife, which is a popular kink and fetish page.

    It was later announced that the adult baby takeover would not go ahead.

    This isn’t the first time controversy has dogged Neville’s Twitter takeovers.

    Last week, a regular host of the account – Asha Iqbal – faced criticism after using the platform to speak about autism despite not being autistic herself.

    She was also accused of blocking autistic people who questioned why she was doing the takeover on this topic.

    MORE: Facebook declares war on illegal streaming with blanket ban on sales of Kodi boxes

    MORE: All the free food deals students can get on results day


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    (Picture: Bottle Bling)

    You can now buy sparkly bubblegum gin in a range of colours.

    Bottle Bling is currently selling a gift set of 3 Pugs Bubblegum Glitter gin for just £28.00 – which is amazing considering just one bottle of standard 3Pugs gin usually costs £28.95.

    The gift set features a 500ml bottle of bubblegum flavoured gin, as well as a Fentimans rose lemonade and a hibiscus tonic water.

    Each bottle is adorned in rose gold glitter – but it’s not just the glitter that’ll leave your glass shimmering, it’s the drink itself.

    The gift set also comes with a pot of edible glitter of your choice, which you can add into your drink to make your G&T look super sparkly.

    Just imagine the Instagram photos.

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    Colours include holographic black, ombre sky blue and silver, fresh bronze, and lime green.

    The gin was created by husband and wife duo Christine and Stephen, owners of 3 Pugs Gin, a craft distiller in Warrington.

    The product description reads: ‘Exclusive to Bottle Bling, 3 Pugs Bubblegum gin is the latest must-have for any sweet-toothed ginthusiast.

    ‘By combining delicious bubblegum flavours with their signature 8 botanical London Dry gin, 3 Pugs have managed to create a truly nostalgic taste bud explosion, evoking warm childhood memories and bubbling with fun. Delicious.

    ‘Inspired by the spicy, cheeky personalities of Christine and Stephen’s very own 3 pugs – Pepsi, Tutu & Mojo – you might just find yourself pawing glass, after glass of this indulgent treat.’

    MORE: You can now buy salted caramel fudge KitKat Chunky bars from Sainsbury’s

    MORE: Raspberry Maltesers are out in the world just waiting for us to try them


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    Beauty posts on Instagram tend to veer more towards otherworldly than realistic.

    Apps like Photoshop, Facetune and BeautyPlus mean that social media users can almost completely change their appearance – airbrushing and tweaking their photos to perfection.

    Anyone with a few contour brushes and a palette can recreate the thick eyebrows, heavy contour, bright highlights and over-plumped lips that make up the homogenous ‘Instagram face’.

    It’s now so ubiquitous on social media that finding posts from beauty brands, bloggers and makeup artists that don’t eradicate the natural shades and textures of human skin is a rarity.

    Californian beauty brand Urban Decay is shaking things up by embracing the appearance of real skin.

    Their 9.8 million Instagram followers have been treated to looks from makeup artists where pores, freckles, variations in skin colour and peach fuzz have not been removed in the editing process.

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    Urban Decay featured makeup artist Glowaway Meg’s deep, firey pink eyeshadow look, created with the Born To Run palette (£39.50), and they left the natural appearance of her pores unretouched.

    The brand also shared a snap from beauty brand founder Linda Hallberg, showing her with irridescent red eyeshadow and glossy lips. Hallberg has long refused to cover or airbrush over her freckles.

    Beauty influencer Deya Olson’s sultry gold ‘halo eye’ look all the better for the fact that her skin hasn’t been Photoshopped.

    Urban Decay’s Instagram followers are certainly here for the unretouched skin, with users commenting: ‘I love seeing real skin texture!’ and ‘THANK GOD SOMEONE HAS REAL SKIN’.

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    One follower said: ‘Shout out to those freckles!

    ‘I love seeing real skin, don’t get me wrong full coverage is great, but I look at this and I’m like yass queen that skin is lit!’

    Brands like ASOS and Missguided have started to ditch airbrushing in favour of showing models with stretch marks and cellulite.

    It’s perhaps too early to tell whether this is indicative of a wider sea change within the fashion and cosmetics industries, but if Urban Decay’s posts encourage people to embrace their natural skin, that can only be a good thing.

    Freckles, pores, little hairs and wrinkles aren’t imperfections and they don’t need to be removed for someone to look good in a picture.

    Natural skin is beautiful.

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    The liberation of medical cannabis for Billy Caldwell and others suffering from intractable conditions, which cannabinoids can remedy, is a welcome relief from the UK’s antiquated drug laws.

    But it begs many questions, such as why the government denied the truth about medical cannabis for so long, and how many patients may have suffered unnecessarily as a result of this politically motivated denial of medical evidence.

    Up until recently, cannabis was considered a schedule one drug, meaning it was classified by the government as not acceptable for medical use, unless the Home Office issued a license for it.

    These new developments should make sensible people wonder if other schedule one drugs might also have therapeutic properties.

    In my opinion, the answer to whether or not they do is a very simple yes.

    Like cannabis, a number of schedule one drugs were once medicines, and so should still be available for medical practitioners to research and maybe even prescribe.

    These include hallucinogenic drugs such as psilocybin, also known as magic mushrooms, LSD and MDMA (ecstasy).

    Studies conducted on psilocybin and LSD in the 50s and 60s showed significant benefits in a range of disorders, such as alcoholism and depression.

    Before 1967, the US government had funded 140 studies on the therapeutic value of psychedelics, as described by Dr Robert Masters and Dr Jean Houston

    This especially applied to LSD, where most of the studies had positive outcomes.

    But once these psychedelics became a part of music and youth culture, they were banned and research stopped, with little if any consideration for patients.

    Even if LSD had only helped 10% of those people, that would equate to 15 million prevented deaths.

    These past five decades of denied research have been the worst ever in terms of censorship of scientific inquiry.

    In my estimation, 150 million people worldwide have died of alcoholism in that time period.

    Even if LSD had only helped 10% of those people, that would equate to 15 million prevented deaths.

    And it’s not as if the ban had any obvious impact on the recreational use or harm of psychedelics; on the contrary, it was greatly exaggerated to justify the drugs being banned in the first place.

    As with the cannabis fiasco, it’s patients and their relatives who suffer at the hands of politically-motivated drug bans.

    Thankfully, in the case of cannabis, the situation is now going to be rectified.

    Groups like Compass Pathways, for which I am the scientific adviser, have begun to climb the regulatory hurdles that are put in the way of researchers.

    We conducted the first modern study of psilocybin as a treatment for depression and found that it had remarkable effects in people who had failed in other drug treatments and also not responded to psychotherapy.

    The only drawback was the cost, which came to £1,500 per dose due to the extreme nature of the regulations that we had to comply with.

    Because psilocybin is considered a class A, schedule one drug, the safety measures surrounding it are more stringent than those for heroin.

    As a doctor, I am trusted to be able to prescribe strong opioid painkillers, but to research magic mushrooms, I need an extra high level police clearance check, and a special license that costs thousands of pounds. Why?

    Similarly in the US, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) has conducted several studies of MDMA as a treatment for soldiers and others with PTSD, where conventional psychiatric medicines and psychotherapeutic approaches have failed, and these studies saw considerable success.

    Two other US groups at Johns Hopkins and New York University recently found that psilocybin could help people who are dealing with anxiety and depression, which have occurred as a result of being given a diagnosis of terminal illness.

    In all these cases, the impact of the currently illegal drug is profound and immediate.

    Treatment consists of one or two administrations with appropriate psychotherapy; quite different from the current psychiatric approach of taking medicine every day.

    Psilocybin seems to work by enabling patients to find an understanding or even solution to their illness, and so overcome them, rather than by doing what current treatments do, which is keeping symptoms at bay.

    At the moment, we and the other research groups have patients contacting us on a regular basis asking for these treatments for their intractable illnesses and we are powerless to help.

    Perhaps now the Chief Medical Officer Sally Davies can review this scientific literature and come to the same conclusion as she did with cannabis – that these drugs are medicines and should be taken out of schedule one, so that we as medical professionals can easily and properly research them and help people.

    MORE: MPs demand legalisation of medical cannabis after boy, 12, is hospitalised

    MORE: Severely epileptic boy, 12, allowed to bring his medical cannabis home

    MORE: Where is cannabis legal around the world and where can you only use it for medicinal purposes?


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    This year, a pilot and a lifestyle blogger are taking home the top prizes.

    The results of PETA’s UK and Ireland’s Hottest Vegan Competition 2018 are in.

    Pilot Ciarán O’Shea, 22, was named the winner of the male category and not just due to his good looks.

    Ciarán campaigns for animal rights and environmental protection even while he’s cruising above 30,000 feet.

    His job allows him to meet a lot of people, and he uses this opportunity to talk to ‘almost all’ of them about being vegan.

    Ciarán is also encouraging his employer to increase the number of food options for vegans on flights and to cut down on single-use plastics.

    And honestly, who doesn’t love a principled man in a pilot’s uniform?

    Those wholesome good looks, coupled with his passion for animal rights bagged Ciarán the top prize. (Picture: PETA)

    Winner of the women’s category, Cath Kendall, is a 29 year old support worker who spends her free time blogging about leading a vegan life and snuggling with her gorgeous pup, Walter.

    She gave up animal products when she found out what happens to cows in the process of intensive dairy production.

    Cath spreading the meat-free message. (Picture: PETA)

    All the nominees for the UK and Ireland’s Hottest Vegan Competition were wonderful, but Ciarán and Cath received the highest honours based on a number of factors, including the results of a public vote.

    The physical assets of the contestants were taken into consideration, but their commitment to activism and spreading the vegan message carried equal weight.

    PETA Director Elisa Allen said: ‘Our two winners are living proof that a clear conscience and a compassionate heart are the hidden ingredients of hotness.

    ‘PETA encourages everyone inspired by their integrity and vitality to follow their lead and give going vegan a try.’

    Both winners will receive a trip for two on the luxury five-night Christmas Markets cruise on Germany and Switzerland’s Rhine and Moselle rivers, courtesy of Vegan Travel.

    We assume they won’t be indulging in any bratwursts or currywursts while enjoying the markets – although you never know, there could be vegan versions on offer.

    MORE: Harry Potter fans, your dream home is on sale for £350,000

    MORE: A pilot and the daughter of a butcher are fighting to be crowned the UK and Ireland’s Hottest Vegan


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    Schoolboy Fabian Butler loves transforming himself into his drag alter ego, Francesca.

    The eight-year-old started wearing dresses and makeup after being inspired by Ru Paul’s Drag Race, telling his mum ‘I want to be like that’.

    Now, he gets dressed up whenever he can and tells anyone who doesn’t accept who he is to ‘go away’.

    Fabian has even won praise from one of his idols, drag queen Courtney Act.

    His mum, Rachel Butler, 44, said she couldn’t be prouder of her son and loves telling him ‘babe that looks great’ when he experiments with his outfits.

    Rachel, from Gwent, Wales, said: ‘Fabian knows he’s a boy but he just loves wearing dresses.

    ‘He loves the drag queen scene and he’s really determined that that’s what he wants to do.

    ‘It started when he was about four or five. He would put my shoes on and walk around and play in them.

    ‘I thought it was a phase he would grow out of.

    ‘When my mum came to visit us she would bring necklaces and bracelets and he would be fascinated by her jewellery. He loved jewels and sparkly things.

    MERCURY PRESS. 15/08/18. Pictured: Fabian Butler, 8. Meet the sassy schoolboy who loves transforming himself into his drag alter ego Francesca. Fabian Butler, eight, started wearing dresses and make-up after being inspired by hit TV show Ru Pauls Drag Race telling his mum I want to be like that. Now the natural performer gets dressed up whenever he can and happily tells those who dont accept who he is to go away. The youngster, who tells people hes a boy who likes girls clothes, has even won praise from one of his idols, drag queen Courtney Act. SEE MERCURY COPY
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    ‘He would notice if I’d had my nails done and at school would comment on his teacher’s nails.

    ‘For Halloween he would want to dress as a witch so we bought him a witch’s outfit and he’d ask for monster high dolls for Christmas.

    ‘He was also an angel in the school play so he’d keep wearing the outfit around the house.

    ‘He started watching Ru Paul’s Drag Race and was fascinated by it especially drag queen Courtney Act. He would say “I want to be like that”.

    ‘My husband and I went to see Courtney Act and got a message for Fabian from her. He broke down in tears when he saw it.

    ‘He was so overwhelmed. He couldn’t believe he had a message from her. That gave him confidence.’

    Rachel says Fabian loves transforming himself into his alter ego Francesca and spends hours dressing up and walking the catwalk at home.

    Rachel said: ‘If he’s not in school uniform he’ll be wearing a dress. He goes to the park in a dress and some people say “what have you got on?”. He doesn’t care. He tells them it’s what he wants.

    MERCURY PRESS. 15/08/18. Pictured: A screengrab from a video showing Fabian Butler, 8, in a dress and bow. Meet the sassy schoolboy who loves transforming himself into his drag alter ego Francesca. Fabian Butler, eight, started wearing dresses and make-up after being inspired by hit TV show Ru Pauls Drag Race telling his mum I want to be like that. Now the natural performer gets dressed up whenever he can and happily tells those who dont accept who he is to go away. The youngster, who tells people hes a boy who likes girls clothes, has even won praise from one of his idols, drag queen Courtney Act. SEE MERCURY COPY
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    ‘If people call him gay or a girl he just says “I’m not gay. I’m Fabian and I like dressing as a girl”. He handles it really well and is confident enough to hit back at them.

    ‘On one occasion he did get a bit upset but I told him just to ignore them.

    ‘He’s got that much confidence now. He always says “check me out”.

    ‘I just think: “why should he not be able to do it?”

    ‘I took him to see my transgender friend and he loved it. He tried on all her high heels.

    ‘He sat and talked to her and she asked him if he wanted to be a girl and he said he wants to be a boy and just likes dressing up as a girl and doing drag.

    ‘He’s so open minded. He thinks everybody should be able to wear what they want and be who they like.

    ‘I just want to do the best I can for him to help him on this journey.’

    Fabian, who loves shopping with his mum, said: ‘When I put a dress on and I’m in glamour mode I’m Francesca.

    ‘I always put a dress on when I come home from school and if I’m not at school I’ll wear one all day.

    MERCURY PRESS. 15/08/18. Pictured: Fabian Butler, 8. Meet the sassy schoolboy who loves transforming himself into his drag alter ego Francesca. Fabian Butler, eight, started wearing dresses and make-up after being inspired by hit TV show Ru Pauls Drag Race telling his mum I want to be like that. Now the natural performer gets dressed up whenever he can and happily tells those who dont accept who he is to go away. The youngster, who tells people hes a boy who likes girls clothes, has even won praise from one of his idols, drag queen Courtney Act. SEE MERCURY COPY
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    ‘The way I got into it was watching Ru Paul’s Drag Race and Courtney Act. She inspires me.

    ‘What I like is that girls have long hair, how they look and all the high heels. I like the makeup.

    ‘My cousins would do my makeup for me but I’ve been doing it by myself for about two months now. I love contouring, eyeshadow and blusher.

    ‘I’m a boy and I like wearing girls’ clothes and dresses.

    ‘It’s my dream to be a drag queen. I would love to win Ru Paul’s Drag Race.

    ‘So far I’ve not got any wigs but I really want one. I’ve got my clip with the pink hair. Pink and purple are my favourite colours.

    ‘When I’m older I’d love to have my own walk-in wardrobe and a stand for my high heels.’

    Fabian says that some people at school call him ‘gay’, but he tells them the only boys he kisses are his grandpa and his dad.

    He said: ‘I explain to them I like being myself and if they don’t like it then they can go away from me. I feel like I’ve been myself for a couple of years and I would say to anyone just be yourself.’

    Rachel said her friends and the community really support Fabian and he even offers to do makeup for his neighbours.

    Rachel said: ‘He loves makeup. He lets me put it on him sometimes but he usually does it himself.

    ‘He’s got all the kit and is becoming an expert in contouring.

    ‘He tells all the neighbours that he’ll do their make up for them before they go out. He goes on about contouring and has been showing me how to do it.

    MERCURY PRESS. 15/08/18. Pictured: Fabian Butler, 8. Meet the sassy schoolboy who loves transforming himself into his drag alter ego Francesca. Fabian Butler, eight, started wearing dresses and make-up after being inspired by hit TV show Ru Pauls Drag Race telling his mum I want to be like that. Now the natural performer gets dressed up whenever he can and happily tells those who dont accept who he is to go away. The youngster, who tells people hes a boy who likes girls clothes, has even won praise from one of his idols, drag queen Courtney Act. SEE MERCURY COPY
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    ‘He loves sparkle and glitter and his favourite costume is the angel costume.

    ‘For the school play last year people were saying “Fabian why do you want to be an angel?” and he said “because I am an angel”.

    ‘At school they’re fab with him. Everyone loves him and accepts him for who he is.

    ‘Before he broke up for the summer holidays they had non-uniform day and we bought him a pink hair clip with a plait which he wore.

    ‘When he was walking to school he was flicking this plait around and the more people that looked at him the more he flicked it.

    ‘When his brother went to his prom this year Fabian said “when I’m 16 I’m going to the prom in a dress”.’

    Rachel said Fabian’s dad, 40-year-old machine operator Darren Butler, and siblings Olivia, 24, and Ellis, 16, are all proud of Fabian.

    They support him completely and have been fully behind his choices since the beginning.

    Rachel adds that she wouldn’t change her son ‘for the world’, saying: ‘It’s just him. Everyone thinks “ah it’s just Fab” that’s who he is.

    ‘His dad took a bit longer to come to terms with it but he’s fully behind him and supports him.

    ‘My daughter thinks he’s fantastic and he’s always doing her make up.

    ‘There’s no one telling him he can’t do it. I’m behind him 100%.’

    Rachel describes her son as a proper performer who loves singing, drama and gymnastics – and is convinced he’ll have a career on stage.

    Rachel said: ‘Last week we saw 11 year old Leo Noakes on television and Fabian said ‘that’s what I want to be. I want to be on television’.

    ‘He’s always in the house walking around like it’s a catwalk and he loves singing. He likes Dua Lipa, Sia and Lady Gaga.

    ‘If he could wear a dress everyday he would. He wants to be a drag queen – that’s his dream.’

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    (Picture: Rosie Summers / MDWfeatures)

    A teacher caught a potentially fatal superbug which sent her body into shutdown after being admitted to hospital for routine treatment for a kidney infection.

    32-year-old Rosie Summers, a primary school teacher from Surrey, thought she had a UTI in March earlier this year. Soon she was unable to stand and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

    After a four day stay in hospital to treat a kidney infection, Rosie was discharged without knowing she had contracted an incredibly contagious superbug, called C-Difficile, that was present in the hospital.

    Two weeks after having left the hospital, Rosie was re-admitted into the hospital with a case of severe sepsis and C-Diff which were sending her body into shutdown.

    Doctors treated both of the diseases with separate medications, without knowing she was allergic to the sepsis medication.

    ‘I have had a kidney infection once before, so I was familiar with the pain, so I knew my water infection had spread,’ said Rosie.

    Rosie now, after recovering from sepsis. THIS TEACHER caught a potentially fatal superbug which sent her body into shutdown after being admitted into hospital for routine treatment for a kidney infection. Primary school teacher Rosie Summers (32) from Surrey, UK thought she had just picked up a urinary infection in March earlier this year, but the next day after discovering her condition she found herself unable to stand and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. After a four day stay in hospital to treat what she discovered was a kidney infection, Rosie was soon discharged without knowing she had contracted an incredibly contagious superbug, called C-Difficile, that was present in the hospital. Just two weeks after having left the hospital, Rosie was re-admitted into the hospital with a case of severe sepsis and C-Diff which were sending her body into shut down. Doctors treated both of the diseases with separate medications, without knowing she was allergic to the sepsis medication and she was declining further. SURREY, UK: Rosie Summers / MDWfeatures
    (Picture: Rosie Summers / MDWfeatures)

    ‘I still went to work and was feeling really unwell, so I saw my GP who didn’t mention sepsis but just said to keep an eye on my symptoms and let him know if I felt worse.

    ‘The next day I took my son to school and I could barely walk home. I was shaking, I had a fever and was aching all over my body. Throughout the day my symptoms got worse, so I rang up 111 who sent an ambulance for me.

    ‘By this point I was vomiting and couldn’t stand and I had no way of getting to the hospital.

    ‘So, I was admitted, and I stayed for four days until I was discharged. I was treated with antibiotics through an IV, but I still felt very unwell and weak.’

    Rosie left the hospital in March after doctors believed she was healthy enough to return home.

    In the two weeks that followed, she returned to the hospital twice when she felt unwell but only stayed a couple of hours.

    During those two weeks, Rosie had severe vomiting and diarrhoea, causing her weight to drop from 8st 10lbs down to just 7st 10lbs in just a fortnight.

    Rosie was extremely unwell in hospital, initially having a kidney infection before contracting C-Diff and sepsis. THIS TEACHER caught a potentially fatal superbug which sent her body into shutdown after being admitted into hospital for routine treatment for a kidney infection. Primary school teacher Rosie Summers (32) from Surrey, UK thought she had just picked up a urinary infection in March earlier this year, but the next day after discovering her condition she found herself unable to stand and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. After a four day stay in hospital to treat what she discovered was a kidney infection, Rosie was soon discharged without knowing she had contracted an incredibly contagious superbug, called C-Difficile, that was present in the hospital. Just two weeks after having left the hospital, Rosie was re-admitted into the hospital with a case of severe sepsis and C-Diff which were sending her body into shut down. Doctors treated both of the diseases with separate medications, without knowing she was allergic to the sepsis medication and she was declining further. SURREY, UK: Rosie Summers / MDWfeatures
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    The kidney infection that Rosie had caught in March followed by the superbug infection caused Rosie to contract sepsis, a life-threatening condition which shuts the body down.

    ‘I researched the symptoms myself and then told my GP to test me for the superbug C-Diff, which came back positive,’ Rosie said.

    ‘I’d caught C-Diff whilst I was in hospital and so I was re-admitted just two weeks after with severe sepsis which was caused by C-Diff.

    ‘C-Diff is incredibly contagious and can be deadly to vulnerable patients.

    ‘This time in the hospital, I had allergic reactions to the antibiotics used to treat sepsis as my body was shutting down completely. They had to treat sepsis and the superbug with two different medications and I was put in hospital isolation for a week.

    ‘My friends and family were worried and scared that I wouldn’t recover.

    ‘Thankfully the alternative medication worked. When I was isolated I felt very vulnerable, but I knew I had to stay strong and focus on my recovery, so I spent the whole time planning how I was going to overhaul my health to make sure this didn’t happen again.’

    After a week of IV antibiotics and constant care, Rosie was discharged once again from the hospital, and finished taking medication two weeks after leaving.

    Rosie with her son, when she was released from hospital isolation. THIS TEACHER caught a potentially fatal superbug which sent her body into shutdown after being admitted into hospital for routine treatment for a kidney infection. Primary school teacher Rosie Summers (32) from Surrey, UK thought she had just picked up a urinary infection in March earlier this year, but the next day after discovering her condition she found herself unable to stand and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. After a four day stay in hospital to treat what she discovered was a kidney infection, Rosie was soon discharged without knowing she had contracted an incredibly contagious superbug, called C-Difficile, that was present in the hospital. Just two weeks after having left the hospital, Rosie was re-admitted into the hospital with a case of severe sepsis and C-Diff which were sending her body into shut down. Doctors treated both of the diseases with separate medications, without knowing she was allergic to the sepsis medication and she was declining further. SURREY, UK: Rosie Summers / MDWfeatures
    Rosie with her son, when she was released from hospital isolation (Picture: Rosie Summers / MDWfeatures)

    It took another six weeks for Rosie to build up enough strength to return to normal working hours after suffering with severe exhaustion.

    Rosie feels incredibly proud of herself for staying strong mentally throughout the ordeal – though she was terrified at the prospect of dying.

    She said: ‘At first I would get extremely exhausted after doing minor things such as food shopping or walking down the road. I had to work on gradually building up my strength and stamina.

    ‘Now I’m overly-cautious every time I feel unwell and I’m scared of being hospitalised again because being in isolation was quite traumatic.

    ‘I’m now extremely conscious of my health. I drink lots of water, take vitamins every day, I eat healthily and I’m vigilant about any symptoms of illness that ever occur.

    ‘I suffered emotionally for a long time and I still live in fear every time I feel unwell because it brings back the memories of it all.

    ‘I think the healing process will take a very long time.

    Rosie and her son, after she came out of quarantine isolation in hospitl. THIS TEACHER caught a potentially fatal superbug which sent her body into shutdown after being admitted into hospital for routine treatment for a kidney infection. Primary school teacher Rosie Summers (32) from Surrey, UK thought she had just picked up a urinary infection in March earlier this year, but the next day after discovering her condition she found herself unable to stand and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. After a four day stay in hospital to treat what she discovered was a kidney infection, Rosie was soon discharged without knowing she had contracted an incredibly contagious superbug, called C-Difficile, that was present in the hospital. Just two weeks after having left the hospital, Rosie was re-admitted into the hospital with a case of severe sepsis and C-Diff which were sending her body into shut down. Doctors treated both of the diseases with separate medications, without knowing she was allergic to the sepsis medication and she was declining further. SURREY, UK: Rosie Summers / MDWfeatures
    (Picture: Rosie Summers / MDWfeatures)

    ‘It’s important to learn the symptoms of sepsis and watch out for them if you get any type of illness or infection. Be so vigilant about ensuring that your voice gets heard.

    ‘If the doctors dismiss you and say that you just have a virus, demand a blood test. If I hadn’t been proactive in seeking medical help, I could have died.’

    What are the symptoms of sepsis?

    According to Sepsis Trust, these are the following symptoms of sepsis you should look out for:

    • Slurred speech or confusion
    • Extreme shivering or muscle pain
    • Passing no urine (in a day)
    • Severe breathlessness
    • It feels like you’re going to die
    • Skin mottled or discoloured

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After a four day stay in hospital to treat what she discovered was a kidney infection, Rosie was soon discharged without knowing she had contracted an incredibly contagious superbug, called C-Difficile, that was present in the hospital. Just two weeks after having left the hospital, Rosie was re-admitted into the hospital with a case of severe sepsis and C-Diff which were sending her body into shut down. Doctors treated both of the diseases with separate medications, without knowing she was allergic to the sepsis medication and she was declining further. SURREY, UK: Rosie Summers / MDWfeaturesRosie and her son, after she came out of quarantine isolation in hospitl. THIS TEACHER caught a potentially fatal superbug which sent her body into shutdown after being admitted into hospital for routine treatment for a kidney infection. 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THIS TEACHER caught a potentially fatal superbug which sent her body into shutdown after being admitted into hospital for routine treatment for a kidney infection. Primary school teacher Rosie Summers (32) from Surrey, UK thought she had just picked up a urinary infection in March earlier this year, but the next day after discovering her condition she found herself unable to stand and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. After a four day stay in hospital to treat what she discovered was a kidney infection, Rosie was soon discharged without knowing she had contracted an incredibly contagious superbug, called C-Difficile, that was present in the hospital. Just two weeks after having left the hospital, Rosie was re-admitted into the hospital with a case of severe sepsis and C-Diff which were sending her body into shut down. Doctors treated both of the diseases with separate medications, without knowing she was allergic to the sepsis medication and she was declining further. 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Doctors treated both of the diseases with separate medications, without knowing she was allergic to the sepsis medication and she was declining further. SURREY, UK: Rosie Summers / MDWfeaturesRosie with her son, when she was released from hospital isolation. THIS TEACHER caught a potentially fatal superbug which sent her body into shutdown after being admitted into hospital for routine treatment for a kidney infection. Primary school teacher Rosie Summers (32) from Surrey, UK thought she had just picked up a urinary infection in March earlier this year, but the next day after discovering her condition she found herself unable to stand and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. After a four day stay in hospital to treat what she discovered was a kidney infection, Rosie was soon discharged without knowing she had contracted an incredibly contagious superbug, called C-Difficile, that was present in the hospital. Just two weeks after having left the hospital, Rosie was re-admitted into the hospital with a case of severe sepsis and C-Diff which were sending her body into shut down. Doctors treated both of the diseases with separate medications, without knowing she was allergic to the sepsis medication and she was declining further. SURREY, UK: Rosie Summers / MDWfeaturesRosie and her son, after she came out of quarantine isolation in hospitl. THIS TEACHER caught a potentially fatal superbug which sent her body into shutdown after being admitted into hospital for routine treatment for a kidney infection. Primary school teacher Rosie Summers (32) from Surrey, UK thought she had just picked up a urinary infection in March earlier this year, but the next day after discovering her condition she found herself unable to stand and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. After a four day stay in hospital to treat what she discovered was a kidney infection, Rosie was soon discharged without knowing she had contracted an incredibly contagious superbug, called C-Difficile, that was present in the hospital. Just two weeks after having left the hospital, Rosie was re-admitted into the hospital with a case of severe sepsis and C-Diff which were sending her body into shut down. Doctors treated both of the diseases with separate medications, without knowing she was allergic to the sepsis medication and she was declining further. SURREY, UK: Rosie Summers / MDWfeatures

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    Love cheese? Well, you can make a career out of it, as a Manchester based company is on the lookout for an Assistant Director of Cheese.

    Sorted is looking to take on someone who lives and breathes cheese. Oh, and who loves to eat it, too.

    They’re looking for someone who has an in-depth knowledge of both domestic and foreign cheese, and who understands how to balance flavours for varying tastes and palettes.

    So yes, there will be a lot of cheese tasting involved.

    The job description adds: ‘Beyond cheeses, attention to detail surrounding the wider board is essential.

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    ‘Do you know whether a biscuit, bread or melba toast is the right accompaniment for your board? Is a chutney or a jelly most suitable? Are grapes or tomatoes going to provide the perfect sweet cut-through?

    ‘All of this knowledge is required to help the Director of Cheese deliver the best Cheesy Tuesday event month on month.’

    Alongside being a cheese expert, the company wants someone who spends their spare time ‘researching dairy innovations, tasting and enjoying cheeses and taking note of what pairings work to truly create delightful cheesy harmony’.

    So, if your perfect Saturday night entails sipping back wine with a cheeseboard, this job is perfect for you.

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    Sorted’s current Director of Cheese, Emma Smith, said: ‘This role isn’t about cheese. It’s about culture; a culture that’s fostered by the people at Sorted – making it a one-off place to be employed that puts its people first.

    ‘Our people are like family. Sorted staff are brave, bold, creative and take risks, so Sorted is a place that truly develops and encourages its talent. And of course, loves a slice of cheese… or three!’

    If you’d like to apply, you can do so here. But you’d better act fast – we can only imagine just how many cheese lovers will be wanting this role.

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    SO JUICY Too Faced is launching a tutti frutti themed make-up collection… and it’s obviously going to smell divine
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    Too Faced is releasing a new Tutti Frutti themed collection and it’s all going to smell absolutely amazing.

    The new collection was announced by the beauty brand’s founder, Jerrod Blandino, who shared images of the range, which includes highlighter sticks, eye shadow palettes and lip glosses.

    Each item in the collection smells like a different fruit.

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    It includes a banana scented powder, pineapple scented eyeshadow, and a watermelon scented foundation, which will be available in 20 shades and is infused with actual watermelon and cucumber.

    There are two eyeshadow palettes, four blush duos, 12 Juicy Fruit lip glosses and eight Twinkle Twinkle glosses.

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    They also have a Fresh Glow setting spray, a pineapple paradise bronzer and two Fresh Squeezed highlighting drops, as well as a Frosted Fruits highlighter stick.

    Since the post was shared to Instagram, it has received more than 8,000 likes and lots of comments from excited fans.

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    While we’re totally buzzing for the new range, it’s currently not available in UK stores, as it was only released over in the US today.

    But don’t worry – Too Faced does ship to the UK, so if you’re desperate to try the new collection, you can order it online.

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    Deliveroo is offering the chance for customers to dine 450ft in the air.

    The company is inviting Londoners to help recreate one of the most iconic images of the 20th Century – Lunch Atop a Skyscraper, taken at 30 Rockefeller Plaza during the construction of the Rockefeller Center in New York City, 1932.

    The brand is going to be transforming the photograph into the ultimate dining experience, where people will be able to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner on a specially built rig, on the roof of a secret central London skyscraper.

    The event at the Eat Up restaurant will be taking place next Tuesday and Wednesday, 21 and 22 August.

    While New York's thousands rush to crowded restaurants and congested lunch counters for their noon day lunch, these intrepid steel workers atop the 70 story RCA building in Rockefeller Center get all the air and freedom they want by lunching on a steel beam with a sheer drop of over 800 feet to the street level. The RCA building is the largest office building in terms of office space in the world. (original caption). Image taken 9/20/32; filed 9/29/32.
    While New York’s thousands rush to crowded restaurants and congested lunch counters for their noon day lunch, these intrepid steel workers atop the 70 story RCA building in Rockefeller Center get all the air and freedom they want by lunching on a steel beam with a sheer drop of over 800 feet to the street level. (Picture: Bettmann)

    Guests will dine 450ft in the air, suspended over London with an unparalleled panoramic view of iconic London landmarks including the London Eye, the BT Tower and St Paul’s Cathedral. Sounds amazing, right?

    But of course, like all things that sound amazing, there is a catch.

    Seat are strictly limited, and are being picked at random through an online ballot which kicked off on Deliveroo’s Twitter on 14 August.

    All you need to do to enter is simply select a time slot and apply for the slot to dine before 5pm on Friday 17 August.

    Spaces on the steel girder are capped at just over 200 diners, across breakfast, lunch and dinner across the two days.

    The eight-meter steel girder will be suspended 32 flights up at over one of London’s tallest buildings. Sittings last exactly thirty minutes, so you’ll have plenty of time to eat.

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    Oh, and you’ll actually be ordering from Deliveroo. Yep, you can have a takeaway in the sky.

    Emily Kraftman at Deliveroo said: ‘Deliveroo has been committed to delivering the most amazing food experiences all summer, whatever the weather, be it to the beach, a park, at home or 450ft in the air.

    ‘When thinking about infamous lunches, the photograph from Rockefeller Center is hard to beat, but we thought we might as well give it a go!’

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    Muslim women are breaking boundaries and shattering glass ceilings all over the world. But they don’t always get the limelight for the plethora of positive contributions they make.

    We know women who follow the Islamic faith are not a monolith and no one person can truly represent them.

    So we decided to speak to a few representing their community in a bunch of different industries and let them do the talking.

    We spoke to women doing stand up comedy, dancing in hijab, playing basketball, and entering the modelling world.

    Asma Elbadawi, basketballer, Sudan/UK

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    How did you get into basketball?

    I started playing at uni, I got my coaching qualification and went to Sudan, where I’m from, to coach.

    Tell us about your team

    I play with a group called the Women in Sports Foundation. The reason we have the team is because we campaigned to allow Muslim women to be able to wear the hijab while playing basketball.

    The International Basketball Federation weren’t allowing headscarves as an old rule but in 2017 the ban was lifted. Now Muslim women can compete at all levels.

    (Picture: Asma Elbadawi)

    What’s been a highlight of your athletic career?

    Making history as a collective to lift the ban was a highlight. I never thought I’d be playing in a hijab at that point, I didn’t think it would come into effect in my time. I was doing it for future generations.

    What struggles did you face as a Muslim woman playing basketball?

    One of the issues that Muslims face is when teams want to socialise around alcohol which is important to bond, and when it comes to sports you need to bond.

    But Muslims don’t drink, so a lot of girls don’t feel like they belong and end up leaving.

    Tight or revealing clothing can also stop Muslim women from taking part, [such as] in gymnastics, there’s not usually uniform that’s suitable.

    Asma is also a keen photographer and visual artist (Picture: Asma Elbadawi)

    Why is representation in sports important?

    It’s important because when younger girls see other women who look like them, facing the same battles as them and thriving, it makes them feel like they’re able to as well.

     

    Sadia Azmat, comedian, UK

    Sadia plays London gigs with material on race and religion (Picture: Shehla Bling/Sadia Azmat)

    How did you get into stand-up?

    I love to laugh, and I find comedy is so freeing as it relies on being honest – the cold, harsh truth. I always cracked jokes and found myself writing them.

    A chance meeting with a comedian made me put my money where my mouth is and I ended up doing my first gig. It went really well and here I am now!

    Who are your influences?

    American comedians are my ultimate favourites: Chris Rock, Richard Pryor, Dave Chappelle, Bill Hicks, and Sam Kinison.

    (Picture: Shehla Bling/Sadia Azmat)

    What struggles do you face as a Muslim woman in the industry?

    My material isn’t what one would expect from my appearance and so sometimes audiences are a little cautious about laughing as they don’t want to seem as though they’re being racist… but I remind them it’s okay to laugh at jokes.

    Why is representation important in the comedy industry?

    Comedy is a wonderful mechanism of creating joy, understanding and healing. It affords us the power of informing without any obligation on the the audience’s part to have to agree – it’s just about letting go.

    Representation is crucial so it fosters normalisation of less represented voices and helps break down barriers.

     

    Engy El Shazly, ballerina, Egypt

    Engy is thought to be Egypt’s first veiled ballerina (Picture: Jimmy Photography/Facebook)

    When did you get interested in ballet?

    It was my dream since I was 11 years old to be a ballerina. At the age of 27, I found a school that was teaching adults who are beginners in ballet.

    So I asked them to join wearing hijab and they agreed. Now, I’m an assistant ballet teacher, I’ve worked with professional teachers in Egypt and UAE.

    She got into ballet at a later age, at 27 years old(Picture: Jimmy Photography/Facebook)

    Are there any difficulties dancing while Muslim?

    It’s not difficult being Muslim and dancing ballet, actually here in my country there is no problem doing so.

    I received a lot of positive comments saying I’m an inspiration and asking how it’s possible to dance in hijab.

    What do you hope for the future?

    My goal is to open my own school.

     

    Hamdia Ahmed, model, USA

    Hamdia lived in a refugee camp like fellow Somali model Halima Aden (Picture: Hamdia Ahmed)

    Tell us about yourself

    I was born during the Somali civil war. I lived in a refugee camp located in Kenya since I was seven years old. It was really hard living in a refugee camp, but we were thankful for everything we had. We made the best of the situation we were in.

    What struggles did you face when you first wanted to become a model?

    My family supported my dreams. They knew that I wanted to become a model since I was young.

    They are supportive of me as long as I am respecting myself, and not changing who I am in order to fit in with everyone else in the modelling industry. Wearing a hijab and covering myself, and education is something I truly value.

    She now wants to be signed up by an agency and eventually work in the UN (Picture: Hamdia Ahmed)

    What struggles did you face within the modelling world?

    I have been denied by agencies mostly because I wear a hijab. Now that the modelling industry is becoming more diverse, I hope to get signed by an agency soon.

    Why is representation so important in the modelling industry?

    Because we shouldn’t change who we are to fit in.  Everyone deserves to have someone who they can look up to that looks like them. Without representation people will feel like they are not being heard or seen.

    Do you get compared to Somali model Halima Aden?

    Halima is such a beautiful, kind girl. We both grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya. We both have similar stories, and are models. We both know the struggles of living in a refugee camp, and coming to a new country.

     

    Stephanie Kurlow, ballet dancer, Australia

    Stephanie converted to Islam with her family in 2010 (Picture: Stephanie Kurlow)

    How did you get into dance?

    My mum put me into a ballet class when I was two years old.

    What’s difficult about being a Muslim dancer?

    Being accepted by others. It’s hard for people to accept someone that doesn’t conform to the norm but I try to change people’s perceptions about Muslims and to make them see the amazing things we can contribute to this world.

    The dancer from Australia is often credited as being the first hijabi ballerina(Picture: Stephanie Kurlow)

    How does everyone receive you wearing the hijab when you dance?

    Everyone has their own opinion. I have people who support me and people who have very negative things to say but I overwhelmingly receive a lot of positivity and support.

    What are some of your career highlights?

    As I am still a student, I still have a lot to learn and experience but some highlights were going to Indonesia to speak at the Resonation Women’s Empowerment Conference, and receiving a scholarship to the Royal Danish Ballet Summer School.

    What goals do you have for your future?

    My dream is to become a professional ballerina in a ballet company and later open a performing arts school that caters to people of all religions, races and backgrounds so that everyone has the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

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    Apologies in advance for making your desk job feel a bit rubbish.

    If you are looking for a new gig, you like gin, and you don’t mind travelling, Mr Fogg’s has the perfect job for you.

    The gin brand, Bombay Sapphire, and Inception Group have teamed up to search for a global ambassador; a person who will get paid to travel the world and drink gin while they’re at it.

    The job role is in celebration of the launch of a new bar, Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration, and inspired by Phileas Fogg’s 80 day route around the world.

    The chosen candidates (there’ll be two people heading on the trip, the global ambassador and a gin-loving pal) will travel to Mumbai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, San Francisco, New York, and Lisbon between August 2018 and November 2018.

    Along the way they’ll need to document the journey by writing in a fancy journal, posting on social media, and writing a blog about their travels. They’ll also be tasked with collecting botanicals and inspiration along the way so that when they come back to London they can create their own Around the World cocktail made with ingredients from around the globe.

    Once the journey’s done, the global ambassadors will get to enjoy their cocktail on the house whenever they visit the Society of Exploration bar. Snazzy.

    Oh, and it’s a paid job, although the listing doesn’t specify a salary.

    All of that sounds pretty dreamy, so naturally, the application process is rigorous.

    You’ll need to be skilled in photography, writing, and social media, as well as having a valid passport, a love of gin, and a strong brand awareness of Mr Fogg’s and Bombay Sapphire – which makes sense, as you’ll be representing them on your travels.

    To apply for the role you’ll have to fill out a form and submit a video of yourself proving you’re up to the task. A shortlist of finalists will be selected before the successful candidate is chosen by explorer Levison Wood.

    If you don’t get the job, feel free to sit at home, pour yourself a nice G&T, and look at other people’s adventures on Instagram. That’s pretty much the same thing, right?

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    Liberty Jaine Wexler dressed up as Coco Chanel. See Masons copy MNBABY: These adorable pictures of a youngster dressed up in different outfits pay tribute to the inspirational females who have helped to protect women's rights. Mum Jenelle Wexler, 36, inspired by the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Audrey Hepburn, and Cleopatra, designs the outfits for her little girl Liberty Jaine, who is four months old. She has a small sewing studio in her spare bedroom which allows her to quickly design outfits from recycled items of dresses, jackets, and scarves.
    Liberty Jaine Wexler dressed up as Coco Chanel. (Picture: @photographyofliberty / SWNS.com)

    One mum has found an adorable way to celebrate powerful women through history: by dressing her baby daughter up as them.

    Jenelle Wexler spends her time sewing teeny outfits for four-month-old Liberty Jaine Wexler, all so she can dress up as inspiring women from Cleopatra to Audrey Hepburn.

    ‘I first came up with the idea to shoot Liberty as Frida Kahlo as I thought the two had similar physical features,’ says Jenelle.

    ‘The shots came out wonderfully, and it was soon after that I thought about other women in history that have contributed to the betterment of women and people as a whole.

    ‘I feel it is important to try and keep the types of traits these women portrayed.

    ‘It exemplifies accomplishment through intellect, courage, athletic ability, and a multitude of traits I hope I can teach my children.

    Liberty Jaine Wexler dressed up as Malala Yousafzai. See Masons copy MNBABY: These adorable pictures of a youngster dressed up in different outfits pay tribute to the inspirational females who have helped to protect women's rights. Mum Jenelle Wexler, 36, inspired by the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Audrey Hepburn, and Cleopatra, designs the outfits for her little girl Liberty Jaine, who is four months old. She has a small sewing studio in her spare bedroom which allows her to quickly design outfits from recycled items of dresses, jackets, and scarves.
    Liberty Jaine Wexler as Malala Yousafzai (Picture:@photographyofliberty / SWNS)

    ‘Once I decide which woman I would like Liberty to portray, I then research the person, create a blurb that describes some of the historic accomplishments this female has attained.

    ‘I go through photos of the individual and brainstorm to create costume and background design that best reflects this female.’

    When Liberty is older, she’ll be able to look back at the photos, read the blurbs her mum has created, and learn about brilliant women.

    So far she’s dressed as 34 different women, including Malala, Hillary Clinton, and Marie Curie.

    As she’s a baby, Liberty does take some time to photograph (shockingly, babies don’t know how to smize directly into the camera). Jenelle starts her day at five in the morning and spends around 20 minutes photographing Liberty’s outfits, taking around 50 shots.

    Liberty Jaine Wexler dressed up as Jackie Kennedy. See Masons copy MNBABY: These adorable pictures of a youngster dressed up in different outfits pay tribute to the inspirational females who have helped to protect women's rights. Mum Jenelle Wexler, 36, inspired by the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Audrey Hepburn, and Cleopatra, designs the outfits for her little girl Liberty Jaine, who is four months old. She has a small sewing studio in her spare bedroom which allows her to quickly design outfits from recycled items of dresses, jackets, and scarves.
    Liberty as Jackie Kennedy (Picture: @photographyofliberty / SWNS)

    ‘I usually dress her first thing in the morning as she is in good spirits and happy to participate,’ explains Jenelle.

    ‘I try to catch natural light coming from our south facing windows.

    ‘You can catch me laying props at five am as my husband is grabbing his coffee and running out the door to fight the rush hour traffic.

    ‘I take all the photographs myself on my iPhone.’

    Jenelle hopes that the project will ensure her daughter and her two-year-old son, River, grow up appreciating the impact women have had in the world.

    She says: ‘I have Liberty debuting as some wonderful women of history, they were brave, strong, entertaining, sincere, and loving and have made such poise impacts on the lives of women of today.

    Liberty Jaine Wexler dressed up as Frida Kahlo de Rivera who was a Mexican artist who painted many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. See Masons copy MNBABY: These adorable pictures of a youngster dressed up in different outfits pay tribute to the inspirational females who have helped to protect women's rights. Mum Jenelle Wexler, 36, inspired by the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Audrey Hepburn, and Cleopatra, designs the outfits for her little girl Liberty Jaine, who is four months old. She has a small sewing studio in her spare bedroom which allows her to quickly design outfits from recycled items of dresses, jackets, and scarves.
    Liberty as Frida Kahlo (Picture: @photographyofliberty / SWNS.com)

    ‘This project is a great family experience.

    ‘Not only does it get my husband involved by getting Liberty to smile, it also is peaking River’s interest. He is always asking me who is Liberty going to be next? Or Who is Anne Frank?

    ‘I am happy to see him taking interest in such important historical figures.

    ‘I am proud to say Liberty is surrounded by strong independent hardworking women, I can only hope she aspires to be one herself.

    ‘It’s times like these we need more of the types of women in the world. I just want to shine a light with Liberty’s help on people we should truly respect in our society.

    ‘There are so many empowering women who need to be celebrated and have their stories told.’

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    Liberty Jaine Wexler dressed up as Joan of Arc. See Masons copy MNBABY: These adorable pictures of a youngster dressed up in different outfits pay tribute to the inspirational females who have helped to protect women's rights. Mum Jenelle Wexler, 36, inspired by the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Audrey Hepburn, and Cleopatra, designs the outfits for her little girl Liberty Jaine, who is four months old. She has a small sewing studio in her spare bedroom which allows her to quickly design outfits from recycled items of dresses, jackets, and scarves.Liberty Jaine Wexler dressed up as Joan of Arc. See Masons copy MNBABY: These adorable pictures of a youngster dressed up in different outfits pay tribute to the inspirational females who have helped to protect women's rights. Mum Jenelle Wexler, 36, inspired by the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Audrey Hepburn, and Cleopatra, designs the outfits for her little girl Liberty Jaine, who is four months old. She has a small sewing studio in her spare bedroom which allows her to quickly design outfits from recycled items of dresses, jackets, and scarves.ellencscottLiberty Jaine Wexler dressed up as Coco Chanel. See Masons copy MNBABY: These adorable pictures of a youngster dressed up in different outfits pay tribute to the inspirational females who have helped to protect women's rights. Mum Jenelle Wexler, 36, inspired by the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Audrey Hepburn, and Cleopatra, designs the outfits for her little girl Liberty Jaine, who is four months old. She has a small sewing studio in her spare bedroom which allows her to quickly design outfits from recycled items of dresses, jackets, and scarves.Liberty Jaine Wexler dressed up as Malala Yousafzai. See Masons copy MNBABY: These adorable pictures of a youngster dressed up in different outfits pay tribute to the inspirational females who have helped to protect women's rights. Mum Jenelle Wexler, 36, inspired by the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Audrey Hepburn, and Cleopatra, designs the outfits for her little girl Liberty Jaine, who is four months old. She has a small sewing studio in her spare bedroom which allows her to quickly design outfits from recycled items of dresses, jackets, and scarves.Liberty Jaine Wexler dressed up as Jackie Kennedy. See Masons copy MNBABY: These adorable pictures of a youngster dressed up in different outfits pay tribute to the inspirational females who have helped to protect women's rights. Mum Jenelle Wexler, 36, inspired by the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Audrey Hepburn, and Cleopatra, designs the outfits for her little girl Liberty Jaine, who is four months old. She has a small sewing studio in her spare bedroom which allows her to quickly design outfits from recycled items of dresses, jackets, and scarves.Liberty Jaine Wexler dressed up as Frida Kahlo de Rivera who was a Mexican artist who painted many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. See Masons copy MNBABY: These adorable pictures of a youngster dressed up in different outfits pay tribute to the inspirational females who have helped to protect women's rights. Mum Jenelle Wexler, 36, inspired by the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Audrey Hepburn, and Cleopatra, designs the outfits for her little girl Liberty Jaine, who is four months old. She has a small sewing studio in her spare bedroom which allows her to quickly design outfits from recycled items of dresses, jackets, and scarves.Liberty Jaine Wexler dressed up as Joan of Arc. See Masons copy MNBABY: These adorable pictures of a youngster dressed up in different outfits pay tribute to the inspirational females who have helped to protect women's rights. Mum Jenelle Wexler, 36, inspired by the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Audrey Hepburn, and Cleopatra, designs the outfits for her little girl Liberty Jaine, who is four months old. She has a small sewing studio in her spare bedroom which allows her to quickly design outfits from recycled items of dresses, jackets, and scarves.Liberty Jaine Wexler dressed up as Joan of Arc. See Masons copy MNBABY: These adorable pictures of a youngster dressed up in different outfits pay tribute to the inspirational females who have helped to protect women's rights. Mum Jenelle Wexler, 36, inspired by the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Audrey Hepburn, and Cleopatra, designs the outfits for her little girl Liberty Jaine, who is four months old. She has a small sewing studio in her spare bedroom which allows her to quickly design outfits from recycled items of dresses, jackets, and scarves.ellencscottLiberty Jaine Wexler dressed up as Coco Chanel. See Masons copy MNBABY: These adorable pictures of a youngster dressed up in different outfits pay tribute to the inspirational females who have helped to protect women's rights. Mum Jenelle Wexler, 36, inspired by the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Audrey Hepburn, and Cleopatra, designs the outfits for her little girl Liberty Jaine, who is four months old. She has a small sewing studio in her spare bedroom which allows her to quickly design outfits from recycled items of dresses, jackets, and scarves.Liberty Jaine Wexler dressed up as Malala Yousafzai. See Masons copy MNBABY: These adorable pictures of a youngster dressed up in different outfits pay tribute to the inspirational females who have helped to protect women's rights. Mum Jenelle Wexler, 36, inspired by the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Audrey Hepburn, and Cleopatra, designs the outfits for her little girl Liberty Jaine, who is four months old. She has a small sewing studio in her spare bedroom which allows her to quickly design outfits from recycled items of dresses, jackets, and scarves.Liberty Jaine Wexler dressed up as Jackie Kennedy. See Masons copy MNBABY: These adorable pictures of a youngster dressed up in different outfits pay tribute to the inspirational females who have helped to protect women's rights. Mum Jenelle Wexler, 36, inspired by the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Audrey Hepburn, and Cleopatra, designs the outfits for her little girl Liberty Jaine, who is four months old. She has a small sewing studio in her spare bedroom which allows her to quickly design outfits from recycled items of dresses, jackets, and scarves.Liberty Jaine Wexler dressed up as Frida Kahlo de Rivera who was a Mexican artist who painted many portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artifacts of Mexico. See Masons copy MNBABY: These adorable pictures of a youngster dressed up in different outfits pay tribute to the inspirational females who have helped to protect women's rights. Mum Jenelle Wexler, 36, inspired by the likes of Queen Elizabeth, Audrey Hepburn, and Cleopatra, designs the outfits for her little girl Liberty Jaine, who is four months old. She has a small sewing studio in her spare bedroom which allows her to quickly design outfits from recycled items of dresses, jackets, and scarves.

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    Ah, the miserable cross-section of ageism and sexism strikes again.

    You know, the general consensus that while men get better with age, women are pointless after the age of 30.

    A big part of this comes from our evolved drive to reproduce. A woman’s fertility is at its peak in her 20s, so that’s the best age for her to get pregnant and spawn some kids. Men’s fertility declines with age too, but this doesn’t have as strong an impact on reproduction.

    And so men can still be attractive for reproductive purposes in later age, while women are biologically less attractive once they’re out of their fertile prime.

    That’s the evolutionary basis. There’s also the super fun cultural reasoning behind straight men fancying young women – the way we prize youthful bodies and demonise signs of ageing, the infantalising of women so men can feel more powerful, and so on.

    In the world of online dating, both those factors come to the fore, creating an environment where older men are flooded with matches while an older women’s prospects feel barren.

    To put it in blunt, haunting terms: Women on dating apps are most desired at 18, while men hit their peak at 50.

    That’s according to a new study published in the journal of Science Advances, which looked at data from heterosexual online daters living in Boston, New York, Seattle, and Chicago.

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    The researchers found that a woman’s desirability on dating sites and apps declines with age, dropping from the time she’s 18 until she’s 60. That means that when online dating, women are at their peak desirability when they’re still teenagers.

    For men, however, desirability peaks at 50, then declines with age.

    ‘The age gradient for women definitely surprised us,’ Elizabeth Bruch, the author of the study, told the New York Times, ‘both in terms of the fact that it steadily declined from the time women were 18 to the time they were 65, and also how steep it was.’

    Other than youth, factors that affected desirability were physical attractiveness and education – although the impact of education was stronger for men.

    While men’s desirability increased with the level of education they’d received, women were considered most desirable when they had an undergraduate degree. When women had a postgraduate degree, they became less attractive.

    Before you get too miserable about the state of dating (30-year-olds with multiple degrees, you’re clearly doomed), it’s worth noting that these are the traits that people found most attractive – it doesn’t mean they’d turn down anyone who doesn’t fit those rigid standards.

    People don’t tend to only go for people who meet their dream requirements, although the research did find that daters typically message potential partners around 25% more desirable than themselves.


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    MERCURY PRESS. 16/08/18. Pictured: Shirley Moodie, 83, was her granddaughter Leanne McQuillains bridesmaid. A bride has chosen her overjoyed nan to be her bridesmaid - to make as many happy memories as possible before the 83 year olds Alzheimers worsens. When Leanne McQuillan, 35, got engaged to her partner of 10 years Wayne McQuillain, 39, she instantly approached her nan Shirley Moodie - as the pensioner had always joked about being a bridesmaid. Parents-of-three Leanne and Wayne tied the knot in a gorgeous ceremony at Vaulty Manor in the rural village of Goldhanger, Essex, on August 9. Grandmother-of-16 Shirley was so excited on the day that she walked down the aisle in her beautiful white and black gown, laughing and bopping family members on their heads with her bouquet. SEE MERCURY COPY
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    Well, this is lovely.

    When Leanne McQuillan got engaged to her partner of 10 years, Wayne, she knew immediately who she wanted as bridesmaid: her grandma, Shirley Moodie.

    Shirley had always joked about wanting to be a bridesmaid, and Leanne wanted to make it happen to give her nan, who has Alzheimer’s, as many amazing memories as she could before her memory worsens.

    ‘I knew instantly that I wanted to ask my nan to be my bridesmaid,’ said Leanne.

    ‘She had been joking about it for years and we used to laugh it off but when I got engaged I thought “you know what she actually could be”. I thought it would be lovely.

    ‘When I asked her she said “yes” straight away. She was overjoyed. She kept going onto everyone about how she’d be walking down the aisle, she was so excited.

    MERCURY PRESS. 16/08/18. Pictured: Great grandmother-of-nine Shirley Moodie, 83, getting ready with two of the other bridesmaids. A bride has chosen her overjoyed nan to be her bridesmaid - to make as many happy memories as possible before the 83 year olds Alzheimers worsens. When Leanne McQuillan, 35, got engaged to her partner of 10 years Wayne McQuillain, 39, she instantly approached her nan Shirley Moodie - as the pensioner had always joked about being a bridesmaid. Parents-of-three Leanne and Wayne tied the knot in a gorgeous ceremony at Vaulty Manor in the rural village of Goldhanger, Essex, on August 9. Grandmother-of-16 Shirley was so excited on the day that she walked down the aisle in her beautiful white and black gown, laughing and bopping family members on their heads with her bouquet. SEE MERCURY COPY
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    ‘Since she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s she has deteriorated quite quickly. It’s awful. It was the same with my granddad.

    ‘This time next year she might not even remember who I am so and that made it even more important to me to have her as my bridesmaid. It was really special.

    ‘We asked the photographers to make sure they got loads of photos of her and they got some really beautiful ones.

    ‘I want her to have as many happy memories and photos to look back on as possible.’

    MERCURY PRESS. 16/08/18. Pictured: Leanne McQuillain, 35, and Wayne McQuillain, 39, were married at Vaulty Manor in Goldhanger, Essex, on August 9. A bride has chosen her overjoyed nan to be her bridesmaid - to make as many happy memories as possible before the 83 year olds Alzheimers worsens. When Leanne McQuillan, 35, got engaged to her partner of 10 years Wayne McQuillain, 39, she instantly approached her nan Shirley Moodie - as the pensioner had always joked about being a bridesmaid. Parents-of-three Leanne and Wayne tied the knot in a gorgeous ceremony at Vaulty Manor in the rural village of Goldhanger, Essex, on August 9. Grandmother-of-16 Shirley was so excited on the day that she walked down the aisle in her beautiful white and black gown, laughing and bopping family members on their heads with her bouquet. SEE MERCURY COPY
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    Shirley loved taking on the role of bridesmaid. She picked out a dress she liked for the occasion, and on the big day she bopped family members on the head with her flowers.

    Having lost her husband, Maurice, to Alzheimer’s in 2015, it was especially moving for Shirley to be able to make such a special memory.

    The couple had a memory table dedicated to family members they have lost, Alzheimer’s pins as their wedding favours, and send all donations to charity.

    ‘It was absolutely lovely having my nan play such a big part in my day,’ said Leanne.

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    BRIDE PICKS OVERJOYED NAN TO BE BRIDESMAID - TO MAKE HAPPY MEMORIES BEFORE 83 YEAR OLDS ALZHEIMERS WORSENS.BRIDE PICKS OVERJOYED NAN TO BE BRIDESMAID - TO MAKE HAPPY MEMORIES BEFORE 83 YEAR OLDS ALZHEIMERS WORSENS.ellencscottMERCURY PRESS. 16/08/18. Pictured: Shirley Moodie, 83, was her granddaughter Leanne McQuillains bridesmaid. A bride has chosen her overjoyed nan to be her bridesmaid - to make as many happy memories as possible before the 83 year olds Alzheimers worsens. When Leanne McQuillan, 35, got engaged to her partner of 10 years Wayne McQuillain, 39, she instantly approached her nan Shirley Moodie - as the pensioner had always joked about being a bridesmaid. Parents-of-three Leanne and Wayne tied the knot in a gorgeous ceremony at Vaulty Manor in the rural village of Goldhanger, Essex, on August 9. Grandmother-of-16 Shirley was so excited on the day that she walked down the aisle in her beautiful white and black gown, laughing and bopping family members on their heads with her bouquet. SEE MERCURY COPYMERCURY PRESS. 16/08/18. Pictured: Great grandmother-of-nine Shirley Moodie, 83, getting ready with two of the other bridesmaids. A bride has chosen her overjoyed nan to be her bridesmaid - to make as many happy memories as possible before the 83 year olds Alzheimers worsens. When Leanne McQuillan, 35, got engaged to her partner of 10 years Wayne McQuillain, 39, she instantly approached her nan Shirley Moodie - as the pensioner had always joked about being a bridesmaid. Parents-of-three Leanne and Wayne tied the knot in a gorgeous ceremony at Vaulty Manor in the rural village of Goldhanger, Essex, on August 9. Grandmother-of-16 Shirley was so excited on the day that she walked down the aisle in her beautiful white and black gown, laughing and bopping family members on their heads with her bouquet. SEE MERCURY COPYMERCURY PRESS. 16/08/18. Pictured: Leanne McQuillain, 35, and Wayne McQuillain, 39, were married at Vaulty Manor in Goldhanger, Essex, on August 9. A bride has chosen her overjoyed nan to be her bridesmaid - to make as many happy memories as possible before the 83 year olds Alzheimers worsens. When Leanne McQuillan, 35, got engaged to her partner of 10 years Wayne McQuillain, 39, she instantly approached her nan Shirley Moodie - as the pensioner had always joked about being a bridesmaid. Parents-of-three Leanne and Wayne tied the knot in a gorgeous ceremony at Vaulty Manor in the rural village of Goldhanger, Essex, on August 9. Grandmother-of-16 Shirley was so excited on the day that she walked down the aisle in her beautiful white and black gown, laughing and bopping family members on their heads with her bouquet. SEE MERCURY COPYBRIDE PICKS OVERJOYED NAN TO BE BRIDESMAID - TO MAKE HAPPY MEMORIES BEFORE 83 YEAR OLDS ALZHEIMERS WORSENS.BRIDE PICKS OVERJOYED NAN TO BE BRIDESMAID - TO MAKE HAPPY MEMORIES BEFORE 83 YEAR OLDS ALZHEIMERS WORSENS.ellencscottMERCURY PRESS. 16/08/18. Pictured: Shirley Moodie, 83, was her granddaughter Leanne McQuillains bridesmaid. A bride has chosen her overjoyed nan to be her bridesmaid - to make as many happy memories as possible before the 83 year olds Alzheimers worsens. When Leanne McQuillan, 35, got engaged to her partner of 10 years Wayne McQuillain, 39, she instantly approached her nan Shirley Moodie - as the pensioner had always joked about being a bridesmaid. Parents-of-three Leanne and Wayne tied the knot in a gorgeous ceremony at Vaulty Manor in the rural village of Goldhanger, Essex, on August 9. Grandmother-of-16 Shirley was so excited on the day that she walked down the aisle in her beautiful white and black gown, laughing and bopping family members on their heads with her bouquet. SEE MERCURY COPYMERCURY PRESS. 16/08/18. Pictured: Great grandmother-of-nine Shirley Moodie, 83, getting ready with two of the other bridesmaids. A bride has chosen her overjoyed nan to be her bridesmaid - to make as many happy memories as possible before the 83 year olds Alzheimers worsens. When Leanne McQuillan, 35, got engaged to her partner of 10 years Wayne McQuillain, 39, she instantly approached her nan Shirley Moodie - as the pensioner had always joked about being a bridesmaid. Parents-of-three Leanne and Wayne tied the knot in a gorgeous ceremony at Vaulty Manor in the rural village of Goldhanger, Essex, on August 9. Grandmother-of-16 Shirley was so excited on the day that she walked down the aisle in her beautiful white and black gown, laughing and bopping family members on their heads with her bouquet. SEE MERCURY COPYMERCURY PRESS. 16/08/18. Pictured: Leanne McQuillain, 35, and Wayne McQuillain, 39, were married at Vaulty Manor in Goldhanger, Essex, on August 9. A bride has chosen her overjoyed nan to be her bridesmaid - to make as many happy memories as possible before the 83 year olds Alzheimers worsens. When Leanne McQuillan, 35, got engaged to her partner of 10 years Wayne McQuillain, 39, she instantly approached her nan Shirley Moodie - as the pensioner had always joked about being a bridesmaid. Parents-of-three Leanne and Wayne tied the knot in a gorgeous ceremony at Vaulty Manor in the rural village of Goldhanger, Essex, on August 9. Grandmother-of-16 Shirley was so excited on the day that she walked down the aisle in her beautiful white and black gown, laughing and bopping family members on their heads with her bouquet. SEE MERCURY COPY

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    Last Friday, I received the news that the government had finally agreed to reduce the screening age for bowel cancer.

    After three years of knock-backs and countless people telling us it would never happen, we have finally won our fight.

    I started the campaign to reduce the screening age back in 2016, after my lovely mum Fiona Backler passed away from bowel cancer.

    She died less than four months after her shock diagnosis, a week after her 56th birthday.

    Following her death, I did some research into bowel cancer screening and discovered that in England, Wales and Northern Ireland screening started at age 60, whereas in Scotland it’s at 50.

    I was completely infuriated; if my mum had been given the opportunity to take part in the screening, chances are that she would still be alive. Screening takes place every two years, so there would have been three opportunities to discover her cancer.

    We are a very close family, and losing my mum ripped our family apart.

    Watching her suffer the way she did was heartbreaking, especially when all she had ever done was spend her time helping others; she was the type of person who would do anything for anyone, utterly selfless and loving.

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    Within a month of setting up my petition, it had attracted 100,000 signatures.

    Thanks to the support of Change.org, and with the help of my local MP at the time, Caroline Ansell, we held a debate in Westminster hall on the issue.

    In the end, we were issued a very generic response from parliament, which stated that bowel cancer screening was pitched at the age it affected the most.

    What that response didn’t say is that over 4000 people in their 50s are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year; people who were denied screening.

    So, the fight continued.

    The number of petition signatures continued to rise, and I felt even more determined to make this change.

    I received hundreds of messages from people who had been in very similar situations to my family, having lost a family member to bowel cancer, or having been diagnosed with it in their 50s themselves.

    Bowel Cancer UK then got on board and championed my campaign – the support they gave was simply incredible.

    After the general election, my newly elected MP Stephen Lloyd joined the fight.

    He headed an early day motion (EDM) that was heavily supported by many MPs, and he was as determined as I was in making this change.

    We handed the petition in to the Department of Health earlier this year, and it was an incredibly emotional day.

    Mum was in my mind constantly; she never knew about the discrepancy in screening age, and I often wonder what she’d think about all of this.

    This change means that thousands upon thousands of people will be spared the suffering that my beautiful mum had to go through.

    The announcement is bittersweet for me and many like me; it has come three years too late for those we love.

    My mum will never see me get married or meet my children.

    But this is her legacy.

    To all those who have supported this campaign and helped us win this fight – thank you.

    To all those who will benefit from the new screening age, please take advantage of it.

    It could mean the difference between life and death, and you owe it to all those before you who didn’t have this opportunity.

    This is for you, mum.

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    Hoarding is now officially classified as a medical disorder.

    That’s a hugely important step in increasing understanding of the condition and battling the stigma around it.

    Five years after the NHS recognised hoarding disorder, World Health Organisation declared that hoarding will be classified as a medical disorder, describing the condition as an ‘accumulation of posessions due to excessive acquisition of or difficulty discarding possessions, regardless of their actual value’.

    It joins gaming disorder and olfactory reference disorder (a condition that makes you believe you smell bad) as conditions newly recognised as medical disorders this year.

    In light of the news, charities are now calling for a change in how people treat and respond to hoarding.

    Those who hoard often face evictions from their home as the properties become filled with unneeded items, and go untreated as GPs aren’t trained in dealing with the condition.

    Hoarding can also put sufferers’ safety at risk, as living spaces become so cluttered that they can cause injury or make it impossible to leave the house. Hoarded items can also create a fire risk.

    It’s often connected to other mental illnesses including depression, schizophrenia, and OCD (because no, having OCD doesn’t mean you just ‘like things neat and tidy’).

    Those with a hoarding disorder are typically recommended cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and may be prescribed antidepressants.

    When does collecting become hoarding?

    When you collect items such as stamps, mugs, or postcards, you’ll usually keep them well-ordered and easily accessible, whether that’s in a display case, a scrapbook, or a box.

    People who hoard, however, tend to keep items in an extremely disorganised state, letting them take up a lot of room in the house.

    Hoarding is considered a serious problem when the clutter interferes with everyday living (such as blocking off access to a room) or is causing significant distress to the person or their family.

    Items that are hoarded have little or no monetary value, but if someone tries to clear the clutter, someone who hoards will become very upset.

    Symptoms of hoarding are:

    • Keeping or collecting items that have little or no monetary value
    • Finding it hard to organise items
    • Difficulty managing everyday tasks
    • Being extremely attached to items and becoming upset if people try to touch, borrow, or tidy them
    • A poor relationship with family or friends
    • Difficulty making decisions
    • An extremely cluttered home

    Someone with a hoarding disorder can hoard anything, but items that are often hoarded include newspapers, junk mail, receipts, and household supplies.

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    If it’s results day for you today, you’re probably sh*tting yourself for a number of reasons.

    Will you be able to pursue the career you want? Will you make friends at your university or college? How can you keep your relationship going when you’re both going to different unis?

    If you’ve spent time building a successful relationship at school, the distance thing certainly throws a spanner in the works. But, it doesn’t need to be the end.

    Choosing to stay together and do a long distance relationship can definitely work, but you need to put in work to make that happen. Here’s how.

    Dedicate time to each other

    A FaceTime date night isn’t as great as the real thing, but it bridges a gap when necessary.

    We can all be guilty of a ‘call you later’ text that never materialises in an actual call, so set out a time you’re free and stick to it.

    It can be as small as starting a movie at the same time and sending each other texts throughout. It’s the fact you’re both present (despite not being physically present) that matters most.

    … And time to yourself

    A big killer of relationships is resentment, and these are supposed to be fun and exciting years for both of you.

    Understand that neither of you needs to be at each other’s beck and call, and building friendships is just as important as building your romantic relationship.

    There’d be nothing worse than feeling like you missed out because of your partner, so set boundaries from the start that allow time for both.

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    Don’t put pressure on yourself

    When you do see each other, the awareness that you’ve spent money to be there and you only have a finite time IRL is heightened.

    Forget feeling like you have to pack mind-blowing sex, fancy dates, and important chats into your weekends or holidays and try to focus on just being together.

    Holding hands and going for a walking in the park is just as meaningful as an expensive dressy dinner, and you don’t need to be wearing Agent Provocateur and learn a new trick every time to make the sex fun.

    Use tech to keep it fun

    There are plenty of apps these days that can make life a lot easier, and that’s just as true in long distance relationships.

    This guide has some of the best on the market at the moment.

    Send each other silly quizzes online, or their horoscope every day. This means you won’t get stuck in a ‘how’s your day?’ rut, and you can keep learning more about them.

    Get involved with new friends

    Invite your partner to parties and social events so your friends can get to know them and you feel like your lives are intertwined.

    If you go along to their university, make a point of being friendly with people they get on with – you’ll have new mutual pals and double up the friends you can make in first year.

    Practice radical honesty

    You’re going to be going out more, meeting new people that aren’t mutual friends, and growing as a person.

    These are all great things, but can foster jealousy or nervousness about what the future holds. Combat those negative feelings by making a point to be honest with each other about your new life – warts and all.

    Tell them if you feel you want space, as well as that you love that they make effort to speak to you even when they’re busy. Tell them if you were out until 4am dancing with your mates or if you’re feeling lonely and missing them on a Friday night.

    One big thing you’ll see at university is people who are a different person with their boyfriend or girlfriend from home compared to how they are with new friends. That’s not healthy, and tends to end in disaster.

    Bear in mind, this doesn’t mean your partner can push boundaries and eat into your personal privacy (for example, by hacking into your social media or monitoring everything you do). It simply means being open about how you feel, and trusting that your partner is doing the same.

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