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    Subway Sandwich Artists Justin Pringle and Yasoda Jayaweera deliver a BMT Giant Sub to the wedding reception of James and Lucinda Coad at Abbotts Hill School in Hemel Hempstead. Three Giant Subs, each measuring six-foot in length and designed to feed up to 25 people, were created for the reception on Saturday 15 September. Featuring: Justin Pringle, Yasoda Jayaweera Where: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom When: 15 Sep 2018 Credit: Ben Queenborough/PinPep/WENN.com
    Two Subway workers from the Jarman Park store in Hemel Hempstead delivered the goods (Picture: Ben Queenborough/PinPep)

    Weddings are special, romantic things, as the bride and groom share happy memories with friends and family on what is probably the most loved-up day of their lives.

    The moment when the newlyweds exchange vows is the height of romance.

    James Coad decided to show his feelings for his now wife Lucinda, rather than tell her.

    The smitten groom was halfway through a heartfelt vow, when he was interrupted by the delivery of a 6ft sandwich from Subway.

    But it was all part of his cunning plan.

    James had organised the arrival of the giant sub as a funny and special reminder of the couple’s first date at the chain restaurant, after a night out.

    James and Lucinda Coad at their wedding reception at Abbotts Hill School in Hemel Hempstead where three Giant Subs, each measuring six-foot in length and designed to feed up to 25 people, were created by the local Subway store on Saturday 15 September. Featuring: James Coad, Lucinda Coad Where: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom When: 15 Sep 2018 Credit: Ben Queenborough/PinPep/WENN.com
    James was happy that bride Lucinda enjoyed the surprise (Picture: Ben Queenborough/PinPep)
    Subway Sandwich Artists Justin Pringle and Yasoda Jayaweera deliver a BMT Giant Sub to the wedding reception of James and Lucinda Coad at Abbotts Hill School in Hemel Hempstead. Three Giant Subs, each measuring six-foot in length and designed to feed up to 25 people, were created for the reception on Saturday 15 September. Featuring: Justin Pringle, Yasoda Jayaweera Where: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom When: 15 Sep 2018 Credit: Ben Queenborough/PinPep/WENN.com
    (Picture: Ben Queenborough/PinPep)

    ‘Lucinda and I have been together for five years now,’ said James, who is from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

    ‘We met at work as you do, but we didn’t really hit it off at first – in fact, she thought I was a bit of an idiot. Lucinda and I hit it off with a bit of flirting (on a work night out), then we went to our local nightclub and shared a passionate kiss.

    ‘Later in the night I took her to Subway and thought I’d be romantic by offering her a six inch Italian BMT.

    ‘But when I handed it to her she dropped the whole lot on the floor. I didn’t offer her mine though, that went home with me.

    ‘We always have a laugh about Subway now, and when we walk past we joke about the way we first met.’

    Subway Sandwich Artists Justin Pringle and Yasoda Jayaweera make a BMT Giant Sub for the wedding reception of James and Lucinda Coad at Abbotts Hill School in Hemel Hempstead. Three Giant Subs, each measuring six-foot in length and designed to feed up to 25 people, were created for the reception on Saturday 15 September. Featuring: Justin Pringle, Yasoda Jayaweera Where: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom When: 15 Sep 2018 Credit: Ben Queenborough/PinPep/WENN.com
    (Picture: Ben Queenborough/PinPep)

    However, it wasn’t until the wedding planning was well underway that James had the bright idea to involve the sandwich chain for his big day.

    He made sure nobody else knew about it – not even his best man.

    James said: ‘I was writing my speech and thinking of the first time we met and was stumped because ours wasn’t love at first sight, she didn’t really like me that much.’

    Subway sandwich artist Justin Pringle, who made and delivered the treat, said: ‘We were delighted to help James surprise Lucinda with some giant subs at their wedding – and luckily no one dropped these ones.’

    Justin and his team created three giant subs for the reception; an Italian BMT, ranch chicken, and veggie delight.

    You too can order a giant sub, which is designed to feed a group of up to 25 people, measures at 6ft, and costs from £116.  It takes two hours and 30 minutes to make it, from dough to plate.

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    Subway Wedding: Love at First Bite in Hemel HempsteadSubway Wedding: Love at First Bite in Hemel Hempsteadfaimabakar1Subway Sandwich Artists Justin Pringle and Yasoda Jayaweera deliver a BMT Giant Sub to the wedding reception of James and Lucinda Coad at Abbotts Hill School in Hemel Hempstead. Three Giant Subs, each measuring six-foot in length and designed to feed up to 25 people, were created for the reception on Saturday 15 September. Featuring: Justin Pringle, Yasoda Jayaweera Where: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom When: 15 Sep 2018 Credit: Ben Queenborough/PinPep/WENN.comJames and Lucinda Coad at their wedding reception at Abbotts Hill School in Hemel Hempstead where three Giant Subs, each measuring six-foot in length and designed to feed up to 25 people, were created by the local Subway store on Saturday 15 September. Featuring: James Coad, Lucinda Coad Where: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom When: 15 Sep 2018 Credit: Ben Queenborough/PinPep/WENN.comSubway Sandwich Artists Justin Pringle and Yasoda Jayaweera deliver a BMT Giant Sub to the wedding reception of James and Lucinda Coad at Abbotts Hill School in Hemel Hempstead. Three Giant Subs, each measuring six-foot in length and designed to feed up to 25 people, were created for the reception on Saturday 15 September. Featuring: Justin Pringle, Yasoda Jayaweera Where: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom When: 15 Sep 2018 Credit: Ben Queenborough/PinPep/WENN.comSubway Sandwich Artists Justin Pringle and Yasoda Jayaweera make a BMT Giant Sub for the wedding reception of James and Lucinda Coad at Abbotts Hill School in Hemel Hempstead. Three Giant Subs, each measuring six-foot in length and designed to feed up to 25 people, were created for the reception on Saturday 15 September. Featuring: Justin Pringle, Yasoda Jayaweera Where: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom When: 15 Sep 2018 Credit: Ben Queenborough/PinPep/WENN.comSubway Wedding: Love at First Bite in Hemel HempsteadSubway Wedding: Love at First Bite in Hemel Hempsteadfaimabakar1Subway Sandwich Artists Justin Pringle and Yasoda Jayaweera deliver a BMT Giant Sub to the wedding reception of James and Lucinda Coad at Abbotts Hill School in Hemel Hempstead. Three Giant Subs, each measuring six-foot in length and designed to feed up to 25 people, were created for the reception on Saturday 15 September. Featuring: Justin Pringle, Yasoda Jayaweera Where: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom When: 15 Sep 2018 Credit: Ben Queenborough/PinPep/WENN.comJames and Lucinda Coad at their wedding reception at Abbotts Hill School in Hemel Hempstead where three Giant Subs, each measuring six-foot in length and designed to feed up to 25 people, were created by the local Subway store on Saturday 15 September. Featuring: James Coad, Lucinda Coad Where: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom When: 15 Sep 2018 Credit: Ben Queenborough/PinPep/WENN.comSubway Sandwich Artists Justin Pringle and Yasoda Jayaweera deliver a BMT Giant Sub to the wedding reception of James and Lucinda Coad at Abbotts Hill School in Hemel Hempstead. Three Giant Subs, each measuring six-foot in length and designed to feed up to 25 people, were created for the reception on Saturday 15 September. Featuring: Justin Pringle, Yasoda Jayaweera Where: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom When: 15 Sep 2018 Credit: Ben Queenborough/PinPep/WENN.comSubway Sandwich Artists Justin Pringle and Yasoda Jayaweera make a BMT Giant Sub for the wedding reception of James and Lucinda Coad at Abbotts Hill School in Hemel Hempstead. Three Giant Subs, each measuring six-foot in length and designed to feed up to 25 people, were created for the reception on Saturday 15 September. Featuring: Justin Pringle, Yasoda Jayaweera Where: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom When: 15 Sep 2018 Credit: Ben Queenborough/PinPep/WENN.com

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    Author and mum-of-six, Gabrielle Blair, has shared some of her thoughts on the topic of abortion, saying that men actually have no interest in really preventing them.

    The Mormon blogger from Oakland, California, explained herself on her blog, called Design Mom, where she claimed men need to ‘ejaculate responsibly’ in order to avoid unwanted pregnancies.

    She wrote a thread on Twitter which has since gone viral, and many have praised her for candour, while others disagreed with her arguments.

    ‘Think of abortion as the “cure” for the “disease” of unwanted pregnancy. What causes unwanted pregnancy? Irresponsible ejaculations,’ she wrote.

    She acknowledged that planned pregnancies are different, as both the man and woman are responsible.

    Gabrielle said: ‘All unwanted pregnancies are caused by the irresponsible ejaculations of men. Women can only get pregnant about two days each month. And that’s for a limited number of years.

    ‘That makes 24 days a year where a woman might get pregnant. But men can cause pregnancy 365 days a year. In fact, if you’re a man who ejaculates multiple times a day, you could cause multiple pregnancies daily. In theory, a man could cause 1000+ unwanted pregnancies in just one year.

    ‘And though their sperm gets crappier as they age, men can cause unwanted pregnancies from puberty till death. So, it’s easy to see men are the issue here.

    ‘Modern birth control is possibly the greatest invention of the last century. It’s also brutal. The side effects for many women are ridiculously harmful. It’s so ridiculous that when an oral contraception for men was created, it wasn’t approved.’

    Gabrielle referred to a trial by the World Health Organization, which tested a two-hormone injection created to lower sperm count. But it was stopped after men reported too many side effects.

    She noted that although birth control, which she uses herself, has many consequences for some people, society doesn’t mind if women suffer – physically or mentally –as long as it makes things easier for men.

    Gabrielle added that these side effects and the efforts required to obtain them, including a doctor’s appointment, prescription and money (some people want insurance companies to stop covering the cost of birth control pills) they still remain popular.

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    ‘Women’s birth control isn’t simple or easy. In contrast, let’s look at birth control for men, meaning condoms. Condoms are readily available at all hours, inexpensive, convenient and don’t require a prescription. They’re effective and work on demand, instantly.

    ‘Men can keep them stocked up just in case, so they’re always prepared. Amazing. They are so much easier than birth control options for women.

    ‘Oh. I remember. Men don’t love condoms. In fact, men frequently pressure women to have sex without a condom. And it’s not unheard of for men to remove the condom during sex, without the woman’s permission or knowledge. (Pro-tip: That’s assault.)

    ‘So, there are men willing to risk getting a woman pregnant – which means literally risking her life, her health, her social status, her relationships, and her career, so that they can experience a few minutes of slightly more pleasure.’

    ‘Men regularly choose to put women at massive risk by having non-condom sex, in order to experience a few minutes of slightly more pleasure.’

    ‘It’s mind-boggling and disturbing when you realise that’s the choice men are making. We’ve trained men from birth that their pleasure is of utmost importance in the world. (And to dis-associate sex and pregnancy.)

    Gabrielle also drew links to pleasure and biology, noting that a man can’t impregnate someone without pleasure.

    ‘But did you further know that men can get a woman pregnant without her feeling any pleasure at all?’ she wrote.

    ‘In fact, it’s totally possible for a man to impregnate a woman even while causing her excruciating pain, trauma or horror.’

    The post, which has over 172,000 likes, argued that when looking at the whole issue of abortion, men should be held responsible for their actions, rather than women being blamed for being irresponsible with birth control or being sexually active.

    But instead of just listing the problems with the current framework with which we view the whole subject, she suggested some ways we could better the current system, for example, encouraging men to get vasectomies – ‘safe, totally reversible, and about as invasive as an doctor’s exam for a woman getting a birth control prescription.’

    She ended the thread with: ‘If you want to stop abortions, you need to prevent the “disease” – meaning, unwanted pregnancies. And the only way to do that is by focusing on men, because men cause 100% unwanted pregnancies. Or, irresponsible ejaculations by men cause 100% of unwanted pregnancies.

    ‘Stop trying to control women’s bodies and sexuality.’

    Need support?

    If you need support, want more information about abortions or have a question you want to discuss with a healthcare professional, you can contact the British Pregnancy Advisory Service by booking an appointment or calling 0333 252 6487.

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    When you’re pregnant there’s a very long list of things that you’re not supposed to do.

    From scuba diving to drinking a glass of Chardonnay, not forgetting brie or Parma ham, there’s a whole lot which is off the menu. And now, thanks to a new study from Queen Mary University London, it might be that ‘walking down a busy High Road’ is added to that list.

    QMU did a small study of five women, and inspected their post-natal placentas. They found that the five women who had lived in high pollution areas (and let’s face it, who doesn’t in London?) had ‘sooty particles’ in their placentas.

    This is a big deal because the placenta is supposed to filter out anything that is harmful to the baby and nourish it during gestation.

    Commenting on the study, the leader of the research  Dr Lisa Miyashita said: ‘We’ve known for a while that air pollution affects foetal development and can continue to affect babies after birth and throughout their lives. We were interested to see if these effects could be due to pollution particles moving from the mother’s lungs to the placenta.’

    However, some experts have suggested that it’s not worth panicking quite yet. Clare Murphy, speaking on behalf of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service told BBC London that the sample size was ‘extremely small’ and that it was important not to make expectant mothers ‘panic’. So if you’re trying for a baby you don’t need to be shipped off to the countryside for your confinement quite yet.

    That said, London does has a pretty unimpressive track record with air quality. More than 40 areas in the UK have reach or exceed the acceptable air pollution limits set by the World Health Organization, the body reported this year, the worst ones being Swansea, London and Manchester.

    There’s not a whole lot you can do if you’re trying to avoid pollution, unfortunately, other than spending time in less built up areas or getting an air filter for your home, which can be expensive and isn’t guaranteed to work.

    Professor Mina Gaga, who is the president of the European Respiratory Society commented on the study, saying: ‘We need stricter policies for cleaner air to reduce the impact of pollution on health worldwide because we are already seeing a new population of young adults with health issues.’

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    (L-R) George, Ashley, Libby, Holly, Sharon, Charlotte and Josie (PA Real Life/Collect)
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    They might look like any other group of friends but these seven women share a poignant bond.

    All born with cystic fibrosis, George Compton, 28, Ashley Harris Moore, 36, Libby Clare, 22, Holly van Geffen, 26, Sharon Brennan, 37, Charlotte Davies, 24, and Josie Stewart, 25, have had their lives saved by the kindness of anonymous donors.

    Although they all had their respective support networks, the group has bonded over their shared experiences.

    After being diagnosed with the genetic condition – which sees the lungs become clogged with sticky mucus, making it difficult to breathe – they are now moving on with their lives since receiving new lungs.

    Holly just before her transplant and on her first, second and third anniversary (PA Real Life/Collect)
    Holly just before her transplant and on her first, second and third anniversary (Picture: PA Real Life)

    They met online via a Facebook support page, which eventually became a WhatsApp group called ‘transplant girls,’ where they could talk openly and honestly about what they were facing.

    For a while, their friendship existed exclusively online as strict cross-infection rules prevent cystic fibrosis patients from being exposed to certain strains of bacteria.

    So, they spoke every week through their group chat and shared stories on Facebook about the challenges of a life with cystic fibrosis, which affects 10,400 people in the UK.

    ‘You try to battle on as best you can and not let your condition hold you back,’ said Holly whose right lung collapsed when she was 18. ‘But there does come a point where you see all your peers growing up, becoming more independent and doing all these adult things, while you feel as if you’re regressing.’

    Charlotte, a television production assistant, of Dover, Kent, was the first to receive a transplant after being placed on 24/7 oxygen for a month.

    ‘My old lungs had been blackened and full of holes from infections – but these were pink and healthy, it’s amazing,’ she said. ‘I still remember the first proper breath I took. I’d never known what it was to take a properly deep breath before.’

    Charlotte in hospital (PA Real Life/Collect)
    Charlotte’s lungs had been declining since she was just 13 years old (Picture: PA Real Life/Collect)

    Next to have a transplant was Sharon, a health journalist from south London, who had the operation in August 2013.

    For the next 18 months, the women who had received new lungs provided reassurance to those still waiting.

    In the months that followed, both hospital administrator George, and mum-of-one Ashley,  got their calls. ‘I’ve lived my whole life not being able to breathe properly,’ said George, adding that a year later, she even met her donor’s family in person after exchanging emotional letters, and remains close friends with them to this day.

    ‘After the transplant, I could blow out candles, whistle and blow up balloons – stupid little things that meant a lot to me.’

    Two months late, Ashley, who had been hooked up to an ECMO machine – a type of artificial lung – was saved at the eleventh hour.

    Ashley before her transplant (PA Real Life/Collect)
    Ashley before her transplant when her husband set up Ashley’s Next Breath, a campaign to encourage people to sign up as donors (Picture: PA Real Life/Collect)

    Psychology intern Libby had been raced home from a trip inter-railing around Europe – which she had doctors’ permission to take – after suddenly collapsing.

    After fighting to get her on a trial for Orkambi – a sought-after drug that many people are campaigning to be made available on the NHS, Libby was strong enough for the transplant operation.

    The last of to get her call was Josie, a fashion student whose oxygen machine was turned off after the operation to see how she would react. When she woke up, she thought she was still hooked up to the machine until they told her, ‘It’s you. You’re breathing.’

    Having all recovered from their transplants and settled into their new lives, the group were finally able to meet in person for the first time, toasting their health – and friendship – together in London.

    ‘A couple of us have met one on one over the years, but we’ve never all been together as a group before,’ said George. ‘It was so amazing to see them all there in person and to laugh, drink and celebrate life together.’

    Now, the group is calling for others to not only sign up as donors but to share those wishes with their loved ones.

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    Jonathan has written a book about his experience (Photo: Jonathan Bryan)

    Any author will tell you that getting a book published is challenging.

    Many will say parts of writing are testing. But few authors write with their eyes on a spelling board.

    Four years ago I couldn’t even tell you my name, let alone construct a sentence.

    Can you imagine not being able to speak or communicate? The silence, the loneliness, the pain.

    Inside you disappear to magical places, but most of the time remain imprisoned within the isolation. Waiting, longing, hoping, until someone realises your potential and discovers your key, so your unlocking can begin.

    Now you are free, flying like a wild bird in the open sky. A voice for the voiceless.

    This is me, and this is my story.

    Painstakingly slowly, with two eye movements for each letter on my spelling board, my memoir, Eye Can Write has recently been published.

    So, how does a non-verbal eight year old turn into a published 12 year old?

    Like all children, aged four I started school, although I attended a special school. At first I enjoyed my time, making new friends and having a varied and entertaining time.

    But, I was assigned the label of Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD). Before anyone had attempted to find out how I could learn, I was put in a sensory class.

    Can you imagine being stuck in a reception class without the teaching? It felt like my brain was slowly shutting down as the years went on.

    I was seven and the sensory curriculum I was subjected to became increasingly degrading. I was taught nursery rhymes, given children’s toys, and was being spoken to like a baby.

    Children should be taught to read and write regardless of their label or outwards appearance

    With mind numbing persistence this ‘education’ continued, shutting off my reasoning thought and forcing me to retreat in on myself.

    Outwardly I looked vacantly stupid (giving credence to the idea that academically there was very little going on for me); inwardly I was amusing myself, lost in my own thoughts.

    When my peers were starting year three (aged seven), I was taken out of my special school for an hour a day to be taught to read, write and do basic maths by my mother.

    During the previous summer I had done some work on basic phonics at home using an eye gaze computer.

    It was frustrating because the computer couldn’t read my eyes very well, but my mother and carers could – my access to learning was found!

    Of the many reasons why children with PMLD are not taught to read and write in school, the lack of aspiration and the belief that non-verbal children can be capable is the hardest to overcome.

    For this reason, I set up a petition calling for the education department to teach us too.

    Children should be taught to read and write regardless of their label or outwards appearance

    Since learning to spell my world has been totally transformed, giving new life to my relationships. I can tell people what I want to do, and can finally share my thoughts and feelings.

    Writing is my greatest passion so, motivated by a desire to challenge perceptions of non-verbal people, I have written my book to share my story and experiences with others.

    All profits from the book are going to my newly formed charity Teach Us Too, which promotes an education system where all children are taught to read and write regardless of their label.

    It’s time for the voices of non-verbal people to be heard so our society can be enriched.

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    Picture supplied by Kevin Low/Bav Media 07976 880732. EMBARGOED UNTIL 21.00HRS SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018 Picture shows the Rock n Roll Dancesport team from the 2019 Cambridge University Blues naked calendar. Sexy sportsmen and women at Cambridge University have bared their bums and breasts in a naked calendar to raise money for charity. Students in the university's sports teams, including swimming, skiing, rock n roll dancing and netball have posed naked for photos around the historical city of Cambridge. One of the pictures shows the daring students doing the SPLITS in the buff on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College. Another shows the girls~ football team using strategically placed balls and boots to preserve their modesty. In another shot a group of nude American football players are seen punting down the historic Backs. Student Emma Teal, who has organised the Cambridge Blues calendar with fellow undergraduates Ladislaya Ladanyi, Joanna Moest and Zoe Cohen, said: "We all really enjoyed making the calendar, although it did involve a lot of early mornings as we had to go to the locations when there weren't too many people about. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Naked Cam Uni students calendar
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    Fit, sporty students at Cambridge University have stripped down completely for a sexy calendar photoshoot.

    Sports teams, including swimming, skiing, rock ‘n’ roll dancing and netball players got together to raise funds for several charities.

    They were pictured in the buff in historical building around the prestigious uni as well as the university town.

    One of the pictures shows the Rock n Roll society getting acrobatic on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens’ College.

    Naked American football players were also seen punting down the Backs, off the picturesque River Cam.

    Picture supplied by Kevin Low/Bav Media 07976 880732. EMBARGOED UNTIL 21.00HRS SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018 Picture shows the Netball team from the 2019 Cambridge University Blues naked calendar. Sexy sportsmen and women at Cambridge University have bared their bums and breasts in a naked calendar to raise money for charity. Students in the university's sports teams, including swimming, skiing, rock n roll dancing and netball have posed naked for photos around the historical city of Cambridge. One of the pictures shows the daring students doing the SPLITS in the buff on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College. Another shows the girls~ football team using strategically placed balls and boots to preserve their modesty. In another shot a group of nude American football players are seen punting down the historic Backs. Student Emma Teal, who has organised the Cambridge Blues calendar with fellow undergraduates Ladislaya Ladanyi, Joanna Moest and Zoe Cohen, said: "We all really enjoyed making the calendar, although it did involve a lot of early mornings as we had to go to the locations when there weren't too many people about. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Naked Cam Uni students calendar
    (Picture: Kevin Low/Bav Media)

    The Cambridge Blues calendar was organised by undergraduates Emma Teal, Ladislaya Ladanyi, Joanna Moest, and Zoe Cohen who had to coordinate how to perfectly place each person.

    ‘We all really enjoyed making the calendar, although it did involve a lot of early mornings as we had to go to the locations when there weren’t too many people about,’ said Emma.

    ‘I’ve been involved in quite a lot of charity projects over the years, from volunteering my time, to completing physical challenges to fundraise.

    ‘So when I came to university I knew I wanted to join a charitable society, and creating a naked calendar with Cambridge Raising and Giving (RAG) society seemed like the most fun way to raise lots of money for great causes.’

    It’s not the first time students went nude for charity as they launched the naked calendar last year after posh uni rivals Oxford got in on the act.

    The Cambridge Raising And Giving (RAG), which is an organsation that exists in lots of UK universities, is the group who chooses which charities to support and selects 10 every year.

    And though the pictures may look effortless, a lot of time and dedication goes into creating the shoots.

    Picture supplied by Kevin Low/Bav Media 07976 880732. EMBARGOED UNTIL 21.00HRS SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018 Picture shows American Football team from the 2019 Cambridge University Blues naked calendar. Sexy sportsmen and women at Cambridge University have bared their bums and breasts in a naked calendar to raise money for charity. Students in the university's sports teams, including swimming, skiing, rock n roll dancing and netball have posed naked for photos around the historical city of Cambridge. One of the pictures shows the daring students doing the SPLITS in the buff on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College. Another shows the girls~ football team using strategically placed balls and boots to preserve their modesty. In another shot a group of nude American football players are seen punting down the historic Backs. Student Emma Teal, who has organised the Cambridge Blues calendar with fellow undergraduates Ladislaya Ladanyi, Joanna Moest and Zoe Cohen, said: "We all really enjoyed making the calendar, although it did involve a lot of early mornings as we had to go to the locations when there weren't too many people about. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Naked Cam Uni students calendar
    (Picture: Kevin Low/Bav Media)

    For their first naked calendar in 2017, it took them two years to plan. Getting willing students to pose without clothes on, finding a location, photographer, and the publicity side of things takes a lot of effort, which can be a lot as all students have their respective degrees to work on.

    But thinking ahead, the RAG team said they’re already planning their 2019 shoot.

    The 2018 Cambridge Blues calendar costs £10 and the money raised will go to charities Beat Eating Disorders, Mary’s Meals, Papyrus, and the Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre. It will be available from 10 October and you can buy it here.

    Here are some of the images you could be the owner of:

    Picture supplied by Kevin Low/Bav Media 07976 880732. EMBARGOED UNTIL 21.00HRS SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018 Picture shows the mens Lacrosse team from the 2019 Cambridge Blues University naked calendar. Sexy sportsmen and women at Cambridge University have bared their bums and breasts in a naked calendar to raise money for charity. Students in the university's sports teams, including swimming, skiing, rock n roll dancing and netball have posed naked for photos around the historical city of Cambridge. One of the pictures shows the daring students doing the SPLITS in the buff on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College. Another shows the girls~ football team using strategically placed balls and boots to preserve their modesty. In another shot a group of nude American football players are seen punting down the historic Backs. Student Emma Teal, who has organised the Cambridge Blues calendar with fellow undergraduates Ladislaya Ladanyi, Joanna Moest and Zoe Cohen, said: "We all really enjoyed making the calendar, although it did involve a lot of early mornings as we had to go to the locations when there weren't too many people about. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Naked Cam Uni students calendar
    (Picture: Kevin Low/Bav Media)
    Picture supplied by Kevin Low/Bav Media 07976 880732. EMBARGOED UNTIL 21.00HRS SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018 Picture shows Girls Football team from the 2019 Cambridge University Blues naked calendar. Sexy sportsmen and women at Cambridge University have bared their bums and breasts in a naked calendar to raise money for charity. Students in the university's sports teams, including swimming, skiing, rock n roll dancing and netball have posed naked for photos around the historical city of Cambridge. One of the pictures shows the daring students doing the SPLITS in the buff on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College. Another shows the girls~ football team using strategically placed balls and boots to preserve their modesty. In another shot a group of nude American football players are seen punting down the historic Backs. Student Emma Teal, who has organised the Cambridge Blues calendar with fellow undergraduates Ladislaya Ladanyi, Joanna Moest and Zoe Cohen, said: "We all really enjoyed making the calendar, although it did involve a lot of early mornings as we had to go to the locations when there weren't too many people about. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Naked Cam Uni students calendar
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    Picture supplied by Kevin Low/Bav Media 07976 880732. EMBARGOED UNTIL 21.00HRS SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018 Picture shows the swimming team from the 2019 Cambridge University Blues naked calendar. Sexy sportsmen and women at Cambridge University have bared their bums and breasts in a naked calendar to raise money for charity. Students in the university's sports teams, including swimming, skiing, rock n roll dancing and netball have posed naked for photos around the historical city of Cambridge. One of the pictures shows the daring students doing the SPLITS in the buff on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College. Another shows the girls~ football team using strategically placed balls and boots to preserve their modesty. In another shot a group of nude American football players are seen punting down the historic Backs. Student Emma Teal, who has organised the Cambridge Blues calendar with fellow undergraduates Ladislaya Ladanyi, Joanna Moest and Zoe Cohen, said: "We all really enjoyed making the calendar, although it did involve a lot of early mornings as we had to go to the locations when there weren't too many people about. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Naked Cam Uni students calendar
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    Picture supplied by Kevin Low/Bav Media 07976 880732. EMBARGOED UNTIL 21.00HRS SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018 Picture shows Volleyball team from the 2019 Cambridge Blues naked calendar. Sexy sportsmen and women at Cambridge University have bared their bums and breasts in a naked calendar to raise money for charity. Students in the university's sports teams, including swimming, skiing, rock n roll dancing and netball have posed naked for photos around the historical city of Cambridge. One of the pictures shows the daring students doing the SPLITS in the buff on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College. Another shows the girls~ football team using strategically placed balls and boots to preserve their modesty. In another shot a group of nude American football players are seen punting down the historic Backs. Student Emma Teal, who has organised the Cambridge Blues calendar with fellow undergraduates Ladislaya Ladanyi, Joanna Moest and Zoe Cohen, said: "We all really enjoyed making the calendar, although it did involve a lot of early mornings as we had to go to the locations when there weren't too many people about. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Naked Cam Uni students calendar
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    Picture supplied by Kevin Low/Bav Media 07976 880732. EMBARGOED UNTIL 21.00HRS SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018 Picture shows the skiing team from the 2019 Cambridge University Blues naked calendar. Sexy sportsmen and women at Cambridge University have bared their bums and breasts in a naked calendar to raise money for charity. Students in the university's sports teams, including swimming, skiing, rock n roll dancing and netball have posed naked for photos around the historical city of Cambridge. One of the pictures shows the daring students doing the SPLITS in the buff on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College. Another shows the girls~ football team using strategically placed balls and boots to preserve their modesty. In another shot a group of nude American football players are seen punting down the historic Backs. Student Emma Teal, who has organised the Cambridge Blues calendar with fellow undergraduates Ladislaya Ladanyi, Joanna Moest and Zoe Cohen, said: "We all really enjoyed making the calendar, although it did involve a lot of early mornings as we had to go to the locations when there weren't too many people about. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Naked Cam Uni students calendar
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In another shot a group of nude American football players are seen punting down the historic Backs. Student Emma Teal, who has organised the Cambridge Blues calendar with fellow undergraduates Ladislaya Ladanyi, Joanna Moest and Zoe Cohen, said: EMBARGOED UNTIL 21.00HRS SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018 Naked Cam Uni students calendarEMBARGOED UNTIL 21.00HRS SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018 Naked Cam Uni students calendarfaimabakar1Picture supplied by Kevin Low/Bav Media 07976 880732. EMBARGOED UNTIL 21.00HRS SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018 Picture shows the Rock n Roll Dancesport team from the 2019 Cambridge University Blues naked calendar. Sexy sportsmen and women at Cambridge University have bared their bums and breasts in a naked calendar to raise money for charity. Students in the university's sports teams, including swimming, skiing, rock n roll dancing and netball have posed naked for photos around the historical city of Cambridge. One of the pictures shows the daring students doing the SPLITS in the buff on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College. Another shows the girls~ football team using strategically placed balls and boots to preserve their modesty. In another shot a group of nude American football players are seen punting down the historic Backs. Student Emma Teal, who has organised the Cambridge Blues calendar with fellow undergraduates Ladislaya Ladanyi, Joanna Moest and Zoe Cohen, said: "We all really enjoyed making the calendar, although it did involve a lot of early mornings as we had to go to the locations when there weren't too many people about. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Naked Cam Uni students calendarPicture supplied by Kevin Low/Bav Media 07976 880732. EMBARGOED UNTIL 21.00HRS SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018 Picture shows the Netball team from the 2019 Cambridge University Blues naked calendar. Sexy sportsmen and women at Cambridge University have bared their bums and breasts in a naked calendar to raise money for charity. Students in the university's sports teams, including swimming, skiing, rock n roll dancing and netball have posed naked for photos around the historical city of Cambridge. One of the pictures shows the daring students doing the SPLITS in the buff on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College. Another shows the girls~ football team using strategically placed balls and boots to preserve their modesty. In another shot a group of nude American football players are seen punting down the historic Backs. Student Emma Teal, who has organised the Cambridge Blues calendar with fellow undergraduates Ladislaya Ladanyi, Joanna Moest and Zoe Cohen, said: "We all really enjoyed making the calendar, although it did involve a lot of early mornings as we had to go to the locations when there weren't too many people about. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Naked Cam Uni students calendarPicture supplied by Kevin Low/Bav Media 07976 880732. EMBARGOED UNTIL 21.00HRS SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018 Picture shows American Football team from the 2019 Cambridge University Blues naked calendar. Sexy sportsmen and women at Cambridge University have bared their bums and breasts in a naked calendar to raise money for charity. Students in the university's sports teams, including swimming, skiing, rock n roll dancing and netball have posed naked for photos around the historical city of Cambridge. One of the pictures shows the daring students doing the SPLITS in the buff on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College. Another shows the girls~ football team using strategically placed balls and boots to preserve their modesty. In another shot a group of nude American football players are seen punting down the historic Backs. Student Emma Teal, who has organised the Cambridge Blues calendar with fellow undergraduates Ladislaya Ladanyi, Joanna Moest and Zoe Cohen, said: "We all really enjoyed making the calendar, although it did involve a lot of early mornings as we had to go to the locations when there weren't too many people about. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Naked Cam Uni students calendarPicture supplied by Kevin Low/Bav Media 07976 880732. EMBARGOED UNTIL 21.00HRS SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018 Picture shows the mens Lacrosse team from the 2019 Cambridge Blues University naked calendar. Sexy sportsmen and women at Cambridge University have bared their bums and breasts in a naked calendar to raise money for charity. Students in the university's sports teams, including swimming, skiing, rock n roll dancing and netball have posed naked for photos around the historical city of Cambridge. One of the pictures shows the daring students doing the SPLITS in the buff on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College. Another shows the girls~ football team using strategically placed balls and boots to preserve their modesty. In another shot a group of nude American football players are seen punting down the historic Backs. Student Emma Teal, who has organised the Cambridge Blues calendar with fellow undergraduates Ladislaya Ladanyi, Joanna Moest and Zoe Cohen, said: "We all really enjoyed making the calendar, although it did involve a lot of early mornings as we had to go to the locations when there weren't too many people about. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Naked Cam Uni students calendarPicture supplied by Kevin Low/Bav Media 07976 880732. EMBARGOED UNTIL 21.00HRS SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018 Picture shows Girls Football team from the 2019 Cambridge University Blues naked calendar. Sexy sportsmen and women at Cambridge University have bared their bums and breasts in a naked calendar to raise money for charity. Students in the university's sports teams, including swimming, skiing, rock n roll dancing and netball have posed naked for photos around the historical city of Cambridge. One of the pictures shows the daring students doing the SPLITS in the buff on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College. Another shows the girls~ football team using strategically placed balls and boots to preserve their modesty. In another shot a group of nude American football players are seen punting down the historic Backs. Student Emma Teal, who has organised the Cambridge Blues calendar with fellow undergraduates Ladislaya Ladanyi, Joanna Moest and Zoe Cohen, said: "We all really enjoyed making the calendar, although it did involve a lot of early mornings as we had to go to the locations when there weren't too many people about. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Naked Cam Uni students calendarPicture supplied by Kevin Low/Bav Media 07976 880732. EMBARGOED UNTIL 21.00HRS SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018 Picture shows the swimming team from the 2019 Cambridge University Blues naked calendar. Sexy sportsmen and women at Cambridge University have bared their bums and breasts in a naked calendar to raise money for charity. Students in the university's sports teams, including swimming, skiing, rock n roll dancing and netball have posed naked for photos around the historical city of Cambridge. One of the pictures shows the daring students doing the SPLITS in the buff on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College. Another shows the girls~ football team using strategically placed balls and boots to preserve their modesty. In another shot a group of nude American football players are seen punting down the historic Backs. Student Emma Teal, who has organised the Cambridge Blues calendar with fellow undergraduates Ladislaya Ladanyi, Joanna Moest and Zoe Cohen, said: "We all really enjoyed making the calendar, although it did involve a lot of early mornings as we had to go to the locations when there weren't too many people about. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Naked Cam Uni students calendarPicture supplied by Kevin Low/Bav Media 07976 880732. EMBARGOED UNTIL 21.00HRS SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018 Picture shows Volleyball team from the 2019 Cambridge Blues naked calendar. Sexy sportsmen and women at Cambridge University have bared their bums and breasts in a naked calendar to raise money for charity. Students in the university's sports teams, including swimming, skiing, rock n roll dancing and netball have posed naked for photos around the historical city of Cambridge. One of the pictures shows the daring students doing the SPLITS in the buff on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College. Another shows the girls~ football team using strategically placed balls and boots to preserve their modesty. In another shot a group of nude American football players are seen punting down the historic Backs. Student Emma Teal, who has organised the Cambridge Blues calendar with fellow undergraduates Ladislaya Ladanyi, Joanna Moest and Zoe Cohen, said: "We all really enjoyed making the calendar, although it did involve a lot of early mornings as we had to go to the locations when there weren't too many people about. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Naked Cam Uni students calendarPicture supplied by Kevin Low/Bav Media 07976 880732. EMBARGOED UNTIL 21.00HRS SEPTEMBER 13TH 2018 Picture shows the skiing team from the 2019 Cambridge University Blues naked calendar. Sexy sportsmen and women at Cambridge University have bared their bums and breasts in a naked calendar to raise money for charity. Students in the university's sports teams, including swimming, skiing, rock n roll dancing and netball have posed naked for photos around the historical city of Cambridge. One of the pictures shows the daring students doing the SPLITS in the buff on the famous Mathematical Bridge at Queens' College. Another shows the girls~ football team using strategically placed balls and boots to preserve their modesty. In another shot a group of nude American football players are seen punting down the historic Backs. Student Emma Teal, who has organised the Cambridge Blues calendar with fellow undergraduates Ladislaya Ladanyi, Joanna Moest and Zoe Cohen, said: "We all really enjoyed making the calendar, although it did involve a lot of early mornings as we had to go to the locations when there weren't too many people about. SEE COPY CATCHLINE Naked Cam Uni students calendar

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    I have known that I can connect with spirits ever since I was little – it has always been a part of who I am.

    The decision to become a professional spiritual medium and a ghost hunter felt less like a choice and more like the fulfilment of destiny. It’s a gift I have always possessed, and helping others to connect with their past and futures through the supernatural world feels natural to me.

    I started my working life as a ghost hunter, and for the last 20 years, I have been taking groups around some of the most interesting places in the UK and Europe – old houses, abandoned buildings and sites occupied by the paranormal.

    Though most people cannot see them, these spirits are ever-present – they never leave us. Most are benign but others can be malignant and some of my most haunting memories come from experiences on the job.

    ©Andrew McCaren. 12/09/2018 Doncaster UK. Fortune Teller/ Tarot Reader Evie Lochrie Photographed at home in Doncaster. Photo Credit: Andrew McCaren For The Metro.
    Evie uses tarot cards as part of her fortune telling sessions (Picture: Andrew McCaren for Metro.co.uk)

    I remember one particular time in Scotland, when I took a group up to the very top of an ancient castle.

    I felt a presence leading me onwards, and found a hidden room out the back in the attic.

    Suddenly, I started shaking uncontrollably. I was shaking so badly I had to be carried down the stairs by the rest of the group. As they hurried down the staircase, my right knee turned violently to the left in an unnatural movement.

    We later learnt that there had been a young boy living up there, who had died tragically falling down the stairs. His troubled spirit still manifests itself in those cold, dark rooms.

    My talent for seeking out ghosts from the past made me want to open out my career and I decided to help people make connections with lost loved ones and look towards the future.

    So, I started my own business, Soul Carvern, to create a personal experience for people; to channel spirits and energy to help people to see their futures.

    For fortune telling, I primarily use tarot cards and wax crayons to connect to the spirits – I don’t need any special items from my clients.

    If I’m using the cards, I would get the client to shuffle the cards and split them into three piles. They would then pick out the cards from the pile and I will interpret what they have picked.

    ©Andrew McCaren. 12/09/2018 Doncaster UK. Fortune Teller Evie Lochrie who melts crayons with a hot iron on to paper in a process called Encaustic Art or Soul Scrying, she then reads your fortune from the image created. Photographed at home in Doncaster. Photo Credit: Andrew McCaren For The Metro.
    She has also recently started interpreting wax crayon paintings (Picture: Andrew McCaren for Metro.co.uk)

    The wax crayons thing is a bit more unusual, and I don’t know anyone else who does it this way.

    I get my client to pick the colours of the crayons and they put it on the iron. They then use that to paint a picture onto a piece of photo paper – and you can only do it on photo paper.

    Once they’ve finished the picture, I then interpret what I see.

    Believe me, I’ve had some really dark ones.

    If I’m connecting with a spirit, I would meditate before I start. There isn’t any special equipment or technique for this.

    I always say that it is for me to look at your soul and give you information to help you move forward.

    You might be surprised to learn that a lot of what I do matches up with what people consider key elements of ‘more normal’ careers.

    I have customers that put their trust in me – I provide a service for people who need it and people who are looking for answers in life.

    I have to be business-savvy like any other small business owner, and am proud to be earning on average £125 a week.

    I even have insurance in case a spiritual circle takes control and something in a customer’s house is broken – Simply Business provide a separate ‘Holistic package’ specifically designed for my occupation.

    ©Andrew McCaren. 12/09/2018 Doncaster UK. Fortune Teller/ Tarot Reader Evie Lochrie Photographed at home in Doncaster. Photo Credit: Andrew McCaren For The Metro.
    To connext with spirits, Evie just meditates (Picture: Andrew McCaren for Metro.co.uk)

    When I look back at my career path, I realise how, in this industry, the journey is completely unique for everyone.

    Being a spiritual advisor is something that has always been innate within me.

    It isn’t something that you can get qualifications for or something you can learn if you don’t have a natural gift, but it is something that you have to work on in order to fine tune your skills and I have been teaching myself for the last eight years.

    There is scepticism in my career.

    My aim is to give evidence that I am connecting with their loved ones. I give something personal to them, and if a person doesn’t feel the connection, I don’t charge them.

    It’s either me having an off day or I’m just not meant to connect to that person’s energy.

    More recently, I’ve also looked at how I can harness my experience to share with others like me and am pleased to have helped other fortune tellers hone their skills.

    There are more out there than you think.

    How to get involved with My odd job:

    My odd job is a new weekly series from Metro.co.uk, published every Monday.

    If you have an unusual job and want to get involved, email qin.xie@metro.co.uk.

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    We might be living in an era of gender fluidity, but there’s still one question that you get asked constantly when you’re pregnant. ‘Do you know what you’re having?’

    But it’s a question that women might find themselves unable to answer, at least until later into their pregnancies, because there are calls from Labour MP Naz Shah to for the government to ban early gender scans.

    Early gender scans, known as NIPT (non invasive prenatal testing) is an increasingly popular test that takes place between 8 and 10 weeks into pregnancy and can determine various chromosomal abnormalities as well as the gender of the foetus. They cost between £60 and £200 and can be done at a clinic or even by post.

    Finding out early what gender your baby is, and getting some reassurance about any potential health issues sounds like a good thing. But Labour MP Naz Shah stated on the Victoria Derbyshire programme that she believed that early gender scans were leading to a morally wrong practice of sex selective abortions, and should be banned. She said: ‘NIPT (early detection) screenings should be used for their intended purpose, to screen for serious conditions such as Down’s syndrome. The government needs to look into this exploitative practice and enforce appropriate restrictions.’

    Sex selective abortions are a tricky, emotionally loaded area. I’ve written before about my belief that all women should be entitled to abortions, whatever their reason. But even if you do believe that sex selective abortions are wrong, getting rid of early scans is no way to prevent them.

    On the NHS you can find out what gender your baby is at your 16 week scan, assuming that the sonographer is able to make out the genitals of the foetus. Abortion is still an option until 24 weeks. So either we remove the option entirely, force all women to wait until the 24 week mark. Neither of which seems fair.

    There is also the distinct possibility that a couple who are desperate to avoid having a baby of a specific gender would go to extreme lengths to prevent it. A sex selective abortion at six weeks is arguably better than at sixteen weeks, or even later in the pregnancy. If a couple are determined not to give birth to a daughter, is not finding out earlier in the pregnancy really going to deter them?

    In countries where gender scans are banned there is a real problem with baby girls being abandoned. So preventing women from finding out whether their baby is a boy or a girl arguably creates more suffering. A six week old foetus does not have a central nervous system and does not feel pain. An abandoned baby however, does.

    Early scanning works differently from a 16 week scan. The process involves scanning the pregnant woman’s blood for tiny bits of the baby’s DNA. It costs around £150 and is only available privately. From scanning the blood the test is able to tell whether the foetus has any genetic issues such as Downs syndrome, and to tell the gender.

    Pushing a woman to have an abortion against her will because of the gender of the foetus is, without question, wrong. But banning the option to find out what gender the foetus is will not prevent domestic abuse, stigma around giving birth to girls or pressure for women from some ethnic groups to provide sons.

    Banning early gender scans to prevent a small minority of people from having sex selective abortions would be about as sensible as banning candles because they occasionally cause house fires.

    There are genetic illnesses such as hemophilia which only occur in one gender. Knowing that your child is a gender which makes it possible for them to carry an illness means that the parents have time to emotionally and logistically prepare themselves.

    Women have a right to know what is going on inside their own body. The idea that the government wants to control what a woman is permitted to know about her own pregnancy is, frankly, terrifying.

    For many women, finding out the gender of the baby early (typically around the eight week mark) helps them to bond with the pregnancy. Early pregnancy is often filled with morning sickness, tends to deplete a woman’s energy and the change of lifestyle required can come as something of a shock. So finding out the gender can help balance that feeling.

    ‘I felt like I knew my baby so much better once I found out the gender’ said Alex*, 32. ‘I loved not having to call her an ‘it’ once I knew that she was going to be a girl, and it helped me to think of her as a person. The gender scan made me feel more prepared for motherhood.

    ‘I was disappointed to find out that I was having a boy’ said Kate*, 30. ‘I had always pictured myself having a girl. It took a month or two to get used to it, finding new things to get excited about and shopping for little boys clothes. By the time my son was born I was delighted, and he is the center of my world. But I am so glad I found out early so that I could get used to the idea. It was how I needed my pregnancy to go.’

    Denying all women the option to find out what gender their baby is is akin to keeping the whole class in at break time because someone wouldn’t stop talking.It’s a collective punishment, and it’s not fair. Pregnancy is already a stressful, physically arduous experience.

    Taking away an exciting, important moment from expectant mothers to prevent others from making a reproductive choice that we find unpalatable is sexist, patronising and yet again illustrates that we do not want to trust adult women with their own bodies.

    Clare Murphy from the BPAS told Metro.co.uk:

    ‘We believe in the right of women to access information about their bodies, including their own pregnancies, and do not support a ban on the use of NIPT to establish fetal sex. There are many reasons why women may want that information where it is available, and for many women learning the sex of their baby is an important and valued part of their momentous and life changing pregnancy journey.

    ‘Sex selective abortion does not occur routinely in the UK, and statistics from the Department of Health do not show an unusual gender imbalance in any ethnic community in this country. We are concerned about the assumptions that are sometimes made about how women living in particular communities might use this information if access to it were made more easily available.  The Nuffield Council on Bioethics report published last year, which first called for a ban on the use of NIPT for fetal sex, did not engage with any women to explore this issue with them, and women’s voices were almost entirely absent from a report which was permeated by a mistrust of women and their behaviour.

    ‘In the circumstances where a woman is under pressure to produce a child of a particular sex the ethical answer is not to deny every pregnant woman the right to find out information about her own pregnancy, but to do our utmost to challenge misogynistic attitudes, ensure gender equality and access to comprehensive women’s support services so that women can make their own choice about their pregnancy free from coercion.’

    *Names have been changed.

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    Brenda
    (Picture: Rankin)

    When I was 14-years-old, I went to bed as normal. But when I got up the next morning, I saw that most of my hair stayed on the pillow.

    In fact, I had lines of hair left on my head like a London underground map.

    Within a couple of weeks, all of my hair had fallen out completely – and it has never shown any signs of coming back.

    I was diagnosed with alopecia universalis.

    For many years afterwards, I was very isolated and lonely. I was bullied at school and called ‘cancer girl’. Sometimes they would tear off my wig and flush it down the toilet.

    I felt very out of place and as if I had no control over anything anymore. I noticed older people avoided the subject of my hair loss, probably through fear of upsetting me. People my own age were much more brutal.

    Eventually, I asked if I could be home schooled, as the bullying was relentless. I didn’t deal with things very well and I just shut down mentally and became agoraphobic.

    Over time, things did get better, and I found that working with children – who were so accepting of how I looked – made me feel so much more positive.

    I became a performer and entertainer, and soon I will be a new business owner, creating gothic inspired sculpture candles.

    I got into candle making randomly at the height of my agoraphobia and the activity became a comfort during my early times of anxiety, a kind of coping mechanism, which over time also helped me to focus my mind forward again.

    Over the years, I have learnt that being unique is something that should be embraced, not challenged.

    Brenda
    (Picture: Steven Tai)

    Being a part of the Portrait Positive campaign with the charity Changing Faces and Rankin has been an incredible experience.

    I felt so amazing when Rankin photographed me. I never thought that I would go from being a complete recluse to being so open about my hair loss – working with it, rather than against it.

    I live by the affirmation, ‘we were born to be real, not to be perfect’.

    Society constructs concepts and rules about what makes a person ‘beautiful’, but that’s all it is – a construction, not a reality.

    Portrait Positive is about breaking down those concepts, encouraging and showing others that being your own kind of beautiful is the best beauty of all.

    I truly believe that by challenging the outdated ‘social norms’, fashion and beauty can be a stepping stone towards a more open and self-loving society.

    Looking back on everything, I would not change my experiences. I am now truly confident in myself because of them.

    I no longer feel this need to ‘compete’ in a realm where there is an expectation of how we should look, from weight to hair type.

    I am hoping the pictures will inspire others to wear what they want to wear, whatever their appearance, and own it.

    Want to know more about Changing Faces?

    Changing Faces is a UK charity for anyone who has a mark, scar or condition that makes them look different.

    For more information, including online resources and information on skin camouflage services, you can visit their website or call 0345 450 0275.

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    (Picture: Rankin/Changing Faces)

    I was born with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome, a rare vascular condition which affects roughly one in every 30,000 people in the UK.

    The most visible feature of this is a large port wine stain or birthmark, which covers about half of my body and two thirds of my face. I also have lip and limb hypertrophy (meaning that my lip, left arm and left leg are all slightly larger than ‘normal’), and glaucoma in my left eye.

    I feel very lucky to have grown up surrounded by people who love and support me, and I have found it relatively easy to accept myself and my medical situation.

    Being a teenager wasn’t always straightforward though – it never is – but despite some challenges, I am generally a happy, confident and outgoing person.

    Having said that, I believe that living in a society that places so much pressure on looking a certain way does, at times, make things very difficult.

    For instance, I have always loved fashion and style and never felt that my enjoyment of them should be limited by my condition. But it’s frustrating that both the catwalk and the media offer a rather restricted concept of beauty.

    As I have grown older, I have really started to appreciate the confidence that clothes and makeup bring me.

    As an industry with a global platform, I would like to see the fashion world showcase diversity in all its forms.

    It is so important to challenge the idea that only a certain type of person can look good – because that simply isn’t the case.

    As I have grown older, I have really started to appreciate the confidence that clothes and makeup bring me.

    Makeup in particular can be a tricky subject, because sometimes it’s used very negatively to disguise perceived imperfections or to suppress difference in appearances.

    But makeup can also do a huge amount of good; it allows me to take charge of how I look and I choose when I want to put it on.

    In the same way, fashion enables me to define myself and to influence the way others see me, and this is something which I find extremely empowering.

    I see my birthmark as a motivation to get the most out of life and to take every opportunity I am given.

    London Fashion Week starts on Thursday, and this year I’m involved in a project with Changing Faces, a charity that supports people with visible differences.

    Their ‘Portrait Positive’ initiative has inspired me because it champions the unconventional.

    I was asked to take part in a photo shoot with 15 other women, who each have a visible difference of their own. It was a privilege to be photographed by Rankin, and it is an experience that I will value for the rest of my life.

    The fact that such a highly respected photographer has given his time to this project shows that there is real support for greater diversity in the fashion industry.

    I am proud to have been a part of this campaign which celebrates difference, and I am excited to see what kind of changes it might bring about.

    I hope that one day soon, we will live in a society where everyone feels represented.

    Want to know more about Changing Faces?

    Changing Faces is a UK charity for anyone who has a mark, scar or condition that makes them look different.

    For more information, including online resources and information on skin camouflage services, you can visit their website or call 0345 450 0275.

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    As a campaigner for charities like Changing Faces, I travel the world talking about visible differences and tackling appearance-related bullying.

    When I was 10 years old, I sustained 45% burn scars to my face and body in a plane crash in India. I also lost both my parents and my brother, and was flown back to the UK for treatment and to be with my remaining family.

    At first, I couldn’t comprehend the extent of the accident and just how much my life had changed.

    My time in the hospital had been safe and nurturing, and it made me believe that other people would be just as nice as the nurses and professionals.

    I accepted the fact that I looked different, and because I couldn’t see my face, I forgot I had burns.

    But during the journey to and from the hospital and in school, I endured bullying and staring.

    I couldn’t understand what they were staring at.

    A group of boys called me ‘ugly’ and I felt sad because at the time I didn’t understand the word, and when I looked it up in the dictionary it devastated me.

    Suddenly, I associated my scars with being ugly.

    I adopted the word into my life, and had no self-esteem or confidence.

    I struggled to feel good about myself, never felt pretty and couldn’t accept compliments about my appearance. And when I read magazines – and saw pictures of celebrities – it only made me want to look and be like them instead.

    They were beautiful, and I wanted to know what that felt like.

    It wasn’t until I got older and started meeting other people with visible differences, people who were confident and positive, that my own confidence grew.

    Having a disfigurement means never having a day off. I don’t get to remove my scars and forget about them.

    I have now accepted my scars and wouldn’t want to change my appearance. I want to portray them in a positive light.

    Yet, people keep staring at me.

    Having a disfigurement means never having a day off. I don’t get to remove my scars and forget about them.

    Every day when I leave my house, I need to check in with myself to see how I am going to handle the looks or comments that people make.

    We need to increase awareness of how this makes people with disfigurements feel and to encourage equality.

    And, we need to challenge the fashion and beauty industry to be more inclusive of people who visibly look different.

    As part of London Fashion Week, Changing Faces has decided to run a campaign called Portrait Positive, which I’m involved in.

    The initiative aims to challenge perceptions of beauty.

    I was invited to a photoshoot along with 15 other women, who all have visible facial and / or bodily differences such as scars, burns and hair loss. Once there, we were dressed by fashion designer Steven Tai, and had our photos taken by the well-known fashion photographer, Rankin.

    Everyone looked great and there was such a positive buzz in the studio.

    Projects like this will allow people who are suffering in silence, or those who haven’t quite found their confidence to open up yet, to know they’re not alone.

    Especially when you consider that approximately one in 111 people in the UK has a significant visible difference, despite being largely absent from representations in the media.

    We all have the right to look and feel beautiful – not society’s version of it, but our own.

    Confidence is when you accept who you are.

    Today I wear my scars with pride, as each has its own story to tell.

    They decorate my body like precious gems.

    Want to know more about Changing Faces?

    Changing Faces is a UK charity for anyone who has a mark, scar or condition that makes them look different.

    For more information, including online resources and information on skin camouflage services, you can visit their website or call 0345 450 0275.

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    Slimming World is a massively popular diet, all over the world.

    Lots of people love the fact that you can still eat bread and pasta and it seems that you’re able to lose weight. But every now and again the people up at Slimming World towers (which, sadly, is not a fortress made of donuts) occasionally update the list of foods that are or are not ‘syn free’.

    Today, it’s Muller Corners. You know – the nice yogurts where you fold the small section of fun toppings into the bigger section of quite meh yogurt to make something very exciting.

    Muller Corners have long been a popular pudding (or pudding dupe) for those on Slimming World. If you search the Slimming World hashtag on Instagram you’ll see just how popular they are. You’ll also see that not everyone is a talented food photographer.

    The yogurts used to be ‘syn free’, but will now count for one syn. Slimming World devotees are supposed to have 15 (or fewer) ‘syns’ per day.

    Muller light isn’t the only thing that is suddenly a syn though. Instant mashed potato and tinned pasta shapes all got the same treatment.

    The news hasn’t gone down well with slimmers, with one woman writing ‘If SW think I’m going to start synning Muller Light they can jog on.’

    All the SW changes

    Muller Light – all varieties now have a Syn value (1 Syn per 175g pot)

    Tinned pasta shapes in tomato sauce – all varieties now have a Syn value (0.5 Syns per 100g)

    Instant mashed potato – all varieties now have a Syn value (3.5 Syns per 100g)

    Vegan products – new Free and Healthy Extra options added

    Fat-free natural yogurt – Syn free

    Fat-free natural Greek-style yogurt – Syn free

    Fat-free natural Greek yogurt and skyr – Syn free

    Dairy-free soya yogurt, plain and unsweetened, with added calcium – Syn free

    Flavoured Danone Activia 0 per cent fat – a 125g pot will be 1 Syn

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    SeaWorld TurtleTrek (Picture: SeaWorld Parks Entertainment)
    Discover the ocean’s wonders in TurtleTrek at SeaWorld (Picture: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment)

    Picking a holiday destination that suits every member of your family doesn’t have to be daunting. In Florida, you really can have it all. With a sunshine backdrop as well as record-breaking thrills, water fun and once-in-a-lifetime animal encounters, the Sunshine State is the only option you need.

    Once you get to Florida, you won’t have to pry away any consoles or close down any apps as the phones will already be in picture mode ready to snap all of the fun at the SeaWorld Parks.

    You don’t have to give up your dream of topping up your tan with the sand between your toes and cocktail in hand to make sure that your little one gets a chance to swim with dolphins, or so that your eldest can ride the fastest ride and tell all of their friends – because at the SeaWorld Parks you really can do it all.

    Throughout your days you can dip and dive between the four sprawling parks that are ready for your whole family to explore. You can even get a good deal with the 3 for 2 SeaWorld, Aquatica & Busch Gardens Ticket including free parking, allowing you to come and go as you please, as well as a free shuttle to get you to Busch Gardens so you can get in a snooze before your action-packed day. The 3 for 2 Ticket is available from just £112pp. Or why not upgrade to also include an all-inclusive day at Discovery Cove from just £82 extra per person?

    Kiss goodbye to the stress of pleasing everyone, and be safe in the knowledge that you can really have it all if you’re organised, and save yourself more dollars to spend at the mall by by booking these great value Florida tickets. But, you must book before you fly.

    Thrills of a lifetime

    Test your nerves on Mako at SeaWorld – Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster (Picture: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment)

    With record-breaking rides in Florida, the SeaWorld Parks are bursting with adrenaline pumping adventure. SeaWorld’s Mako takes inspiration from the fastest shark in the ocean and is Orlando’s tallest, fastest, longest and only hypercoaster. Expect to feel your heart thumping as you reach speeds of up to 73 mph and heights of up to 200ft. Let your tummy backflip and earn yourself some bragging rights as you wait to see whose door will open first in the intense Ihu’s Breakaway Falls at Aquatica. It’s the steepest multi-drop tower in Orlando, with three clear ‘breakaway boxes’, where you can see each other and no one knows who will drop first. In a flash, you’ll find yourself plummeting 20-24ft per second before whizzing through a 360-degree spiral water slide for good measure.

    You can also test your nerves when you hop over to Busch Gardens, which is home to more rollercoasters than any other park in Florida. You can get yourself into a spin with Cheetah Hunt, designed to mimic the agility and speed of the magnificent large cat, this rollercoaster is a record breaker, taking riders through an African-inspired landscape. If that’s not enough for you, you can also feel the speed of Falcon’s Fury. It’s the tallest free-standing drop tower in North America, and it’s only fitting that it has taken inspiration from the fastest land animal in the world. From 335ft high, riders are plunged at speeds of 60 mph straight down after pivoting 90 degrees in the air like the blazing bird of prey. Is your heart racing yet?

    Make a splash

    Glide on the wings of a giant ray on brand new Ray Rush at Aquatica (Picture: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment)

    Whether you’re in the splash zone at one of SeaWorld’s shows or snorkelling alongside fish in The Grand Reef at Discovery Cove, you’re never that far from water across the four parks.

    The whole family will be able to enjoy Infinity Falls (opening soon) an 8-man raft ride down roaring rapids and boasting the world’s tallest river rapid drop which will see the whole family soaked through.

    But if you fancy making a full day of it, head on over to Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark. The clue is in the name. Get those costumes packed to make the most of the super-sized slides that’ll have you racing back to the top. Your first stop should be brand new Ray Rush. This unique three-part water ride will see you splashing at high speeds across the wings of a giant manta ray. But, if you fancy putting your feet up and soak in the views on Loggerhead Lane, Aquatica’s lazy river, we don’t blame you either. Let the others, who can’t sit still, go make some waves in Cutback Cove or Big Surf Shores.

    Give your family the holiday they’ll remember forever by swimming with dolphins at Discovery Cove. Meet your new best friend in the serene Dolphin Lagoon where you’ll be able to learn more about your buddy before swimming across the water together.

    Relaxation

    Relax at Serenity Bay (Picture: SeaWorld Parks)
    Kick back at Serenity Bay – last one to the waterfall has to take the pictures! (Picture: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment)

    Family holidays are also a time for relaxation and you can find the perfect hideaways to recharge your batteries across the four parks. Not everything has to be 100mph – unless you want it to be – you can opt out and choose a slower pace, after all, it’s your holiday too. Get the sand between your toes at Discovery Cove’s Serenity Bay where you can shower under a waterfall and explore the hidden grotto. Nearby at North Beach, you can pitch up and catch some shuteye on your own hammock as you watch the dolphins swim but we think they’ll have you captivated.

    Don’t forget your day is all-inclusive at Discovery Cove, taking away the stress of budgeting for any meals or any cheeky cocktails. You also won’t have to worry about packing any sun cream or towels. It’s all taken care of.

    Little ones

    The Walkabout Waters is a magical labyrinth waiting to be explored (Picture: SeaWorld Parks Entertainment)
    The Walkabout Waters is a magical labyrinth waiting to be explored (Picture: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment)

    Riding a rollercoaster can mean that some of the smaller members of the family aren’t able to join in, but that doesn’t have to stop the fun. The SeaWorld Parks are equipped to add fun and adventure for all of the family and for those that can’t even walk, there’s plenty to do.

    Prepare yourself for lots of giggles with the little ones at Aquatica’s Walkabout Waters, designed for kids, the colourful labyrinth is kitted out with slides, waterfalls and pools with lots to explore and get the imagination going across the 15,000 sq ft of fun. While Kata’s Kookaburra Cove is there for the little ones to make a splash and have a paddle.

    Animal lovers

    Get to know marine life by taking a swim in The Grand Reed (Picture: SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment)
    Get to know marine life by taking a swim in The Grand Reef (Picture: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment)

    The SeaWorld Parks share a passion for conservation, education, rescue and rehabilitation with all of its guests. Combining wildlife-inspired thrill rides and unforgettable family time with once-in-a-lifetime animal encounters.

    Visit the only place in Orlando where you can swim with a dolphin and make memories at Discovery Cove. Enjoy a family ride and learn all about penguins on the immersive Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin at SeaWorld as you explore the South Pole through the eyes of a little penguin called Puck. Or head over to the Manatee Rehabilitation Area and meet the rescued manatees. If you can’t get enough of dolphins, you’ll be able to also watch mother dolphins feed and play with their babies in the Dolphin Nursery.

    Busch Gardens also offers up a world of exotic animals from gorillas to hippos, and we can’t forget about the big cats including lions, tigers and cheetahs. You can learn how they care for the animals in the Animal Care Center as well as trekking across the 65-acre Serengeti Plain in an open-air vehicle where you and your family can soak up the sun and watch everything from rhinos, zebras and ostriches and you may even get to feed a giraffe!* Now that doesn’t happen every day.

    Aquatica is home to one of the most awe-inspiring lazy rivers, where you can not only kick back in your inflatable ring and let the water do the work, but you will also catch a glimpse of the Commerson’s dolphins at home in their pod or even swing by thousands of tropical fish. What more could you want?

    To enjoy all of these experiences, book the Discovery Cove Ultimate Package which includes an all-inclusive day at Discovery Cove, including all meals, snacks, drinks (including alcoholic beverages), snorkelling equipment, wetsuits, towels, animal-friendly sun cream, shower facilities, lockers AND 14 days access to SeaWorld, Aquatica & Busch Gardens PLUS free parking at all parks.

    Visit seaworldparks.co.uk to book.

    *Additional fees apply.

     


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    Abbie Sellers (26), of Ramsbottom in Greater Manchester, has opened a plastic free shop. Abbie opened her shop on the 1st September 2018. See Ross Parry story RPYPLASTIC. September 17, 2018.
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    Abbie Sellers had been trying to reduce her own plastic use for a while.

    After a degree in conservation biology, the subject of waste reduction was naturally enough on her mind.

    But with supermarkets still insisting on packaging nearly every individual grape, it’s hard for consumers to take the initiative to cut it out.

    Abbie decided to open her very own produce shop without any plastic waste where you could buy food in the amount you actually need.

    Abbie Sellers (26), of Ramsbottom in Greater Manchester, has opened a plastic free shop. Abbie opened her shop on the 1st September 2018. See Ross Parry story RPYPLASTIC. September 17, 2018.
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    Abbie’s shop Fulfilled opened its doors in Ramsbottom and offers sundries like nuts, fresh fruit and veg, specialty treats like wasabi peas, and household cleaning products.

    Customers can bring containers from home to fill up, or purchase containers in-store to re-use.

    At the opening, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham was there to cut the ribbon and lend his support to Ellie’s mission:

    ‘I want Greater Manchester to be at the forefront of the green revolution and to become the greenest city region in the UK; and it will be shops like Fulfilled that will lead that revolution,’ he said.

    Residents have been delighted with the new alternative, and about 200 called in on the first day of business.

    ‘It is great when I see the same faces because I know I am doing something right. Customers are curious and many are new to the idea of reducing their waste but many more are starting to think about it,’ Ellie said.

    Fulfilled also has the advantage of letting customers buy the exact amount they need, a big win for single people and small families who don’t need the sizes imposed on them by supermarket packaging.

    Abbie Sellers (26), of Ramsbottom in Greater Manchester, has opened a plastic free shop. Abbie opened her shop on the 1st September 2018. See Ross Parry story RPYPLASTIC. September 17, 2018.
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    Campaigns targeting single use plastic like drinking straws are on the rise and those with grave fears for marine life are becoming more vocal.

    Single-use plastic bags have been banned in France, a state in India banned plastic entirely and many other places are looking to follow suit.

    Blue Planet has had a big impact on public consciousness, showing us the direct consequences of our over-reliance on plastic.

    With over 330 million metric tons of plastic still produced each year, there’s still a long way to go.

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    Mandatory Credit: Photo by WWD/REX (9883236f) Kendall Jenner on the catwalk Burberry show, Runway, London Fashion Week, UK - 17 Sep 2018
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    Burberry’s London Fashion Week show was the first under new chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci.

    It’s also the first without CEO Christopher Bailey, who leaves the company officially at the end of the year but is all-but out of the door.

    Bailey’s last collection was terrible.

    As much as it was meant as a farewell and important as an LGBT message, the clothes were either unwearable or harked back to the Burberry hat days Bailey was brought in to fix.

    Some thought it might be a sign of where Burberry went next.   

    Happily, it isn’t and Tisci’s spring/summer ‘19 collection has combined the check and military-inspired styles Burberry lives and dies by with a touch of streetwear and ‘the new’.

    There was so much khaki walking down the runway. Beyond that, It didn’t veer too far away from the grey, the black, the navy and occasional points of vibrant red and cream.

    Save for a huge oversized black coat and couple more daring pieces, it’s the Burberry that Christopher Bailey had created away from his last collection with enough intrigue as to what Tisci might do next.

    Happily, it seems like the last collection, Bailey’s last, has been forgotten.

    Alongside the trenches, there were mesh bomber jackets, jumpers and tshirts with the new Thomas Burberry monogram.

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    It felt refined yet modern and that luxury had returned to Burberry Towers.

    There wasn’t too much of the mix and match between streetwear and high fashion that the previous collection had.

    You can buy selected pieces of the collection for 24 hours on Instagram before it vanishes for a while until official release.

    There’s a clear direction with Tisci’s first collection but one that is wholeheartedly the Burberry that is Bailey’s creation.

    It’s an excellent and coherent collection but, with sales falling, it’ll be at the tills over the coming months where the combination of new chief executive Maco Gobbetti and chief creative officer Riccardo Tisci will be judged.

    Some key looks can be scrolled through above.


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    There’s something to be said about the journey.

    With each passing year international travel seems to lose that sparkle that made it so exciting.

    Somewhere between airlines trying to save money and airport security becoming more and more strict, the magic and mystique – that excited feeling you’d get the night before a trip – has slipped away.

    But there are some parts of the world where that still exists. Where getting there is part of the experience, and not just an endless stream of in-flight films and baggage checks.

    One of those places is Anguilla, a British overseas territory sitting just across the pond from Saint-Martin.

    Anguilla, as you may have gathered, is not a simple plane ride away like some Caribbean destinations.

    The island’s modest airport makes direct flights from the UK impossible, which is where the options start to get interesting.

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    The vibe across the Caribbean is desert island luxury, and nothing says that more than hoping on a plane smaller than a single-decker bus.

    Get lucky (like I did) and you may just find you have the plane to yourself.

    You won’t find any trolley service on these flights, but it’s hard to imagine a better way to arrive at your own personal slice of paradise.

    If small planes aren’t for you, there’s always the sea. St Martin sits just 25 minutes from Anguilla by boat, and the dock is next to the airport.

    Now you’ve made your Jame Bond-esque entrance, here’s how to make sure the adventure continues.

    Sailing the Caribbean on Tradition (Picture: Anguilla Tourist Board/Tradition Sailing)
    Sailing the Caribbean on Tradition (Picture: Anguilla Tourist Board/Tradition Sailing)

    Few things are more annoying than travelling to the other side of the world, only to find a packed beach.

    While that’s unlikely to happen in Anguilla, should you want to make sure there’s no one around to steal your sand, you can hop aboard Tradition and sail to Little Bay.

    This beautiful West Indian Sloop, captained by Laurie Gumbs along with first mate Deborah Vos and deckhand Brennon Gumbs, ferries you from Sandy Ground to what might be the most peaceful part of the island.

    As Tradition is anchored offshore, you can jump into the crystal clear water and spend hours stalking the aquatic wildlife (snorkelling equipment is provided) before emerging from the water on the beach like Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.

    Lobster rolls and rum punch aboard Tradition (Photo: Brett Leppard)

    Boasting lobster rolls, homemade cookies and a bar with enough Mount Gay rum to rival my duty free shopping, paradise finds its way on board – even if it does take you a few minutes to find your sea legs.

    If you travel to an island as beautiful as Anguilla and don’t visit the beach, you’re wasting your time and money.

    Its beaches frequently host the likes of Robert De Niro and Justin Bieber, offering beauty and peace in equal measure.

    If forced to choose, Meads Bay and Rendezvous Bay are two that stand out as diamonds in a pile of especially nice looking diamonds.

    (Photo: Brett Leppard)

    Were you to put a blindfold on and walk until you met the sea, you would still find an outstanding beach, that’s the beauty of Anguilla.

    Get yourself over to Cove Bay and you can even do a spot of horse riding – just resist the temptation to head off into the sunset.

    After riding a horse on the beach – which is totally not terrifying – balancing on a big float and sailing yourself about a bit is actually not the walk in the park I thought it would be.

    Like a cross between Tom Hanks in Castaway and Poseidon with his trident replaced with a much less impressive paddle, you find yourself taking great pride in not immediately falling into the drink as soon as you stand up.

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    Paddle boarding, for those not blessed with balance or the ability to keep their head up, can quickly become a game of ‘how long can I stay on this thing’ and ‘how much sea water do I need to consume before I need to visit the hospital’.

    For the more adventurous, or those with a lower premium on their medical insurance, kite boarding and many other ‘oh my god is this really safe’ activities are available too.

    And then? Well, it’s time to reward yourself with a cocktail of course.

    Best spots to eat and drink in Anguilla:

    Much like its beaches, Anguilla has plenty to offer when it comes to grabbing a bite to eat.

    Should you find yourself on Rendezvous Bay, make sure to head over to the SunShine Shack.

    Heavenly ribs from sunshine Shack (Photo: Brett Leppard)

    Between the lobster, BBQ ribs and red snapper on offer, you can’t find fault with this small menu, which delivers big flavours. Chuck in a rum punch or two and there’s really no reason to leave, ever.

    If the grub and view don’t quite do it for you, there’s always the possibility that ‘Anguillian Bob Dylan’ Banxie Banx might turn up for a gig.

    Intimate gigs with international reggae stars aside, if you’re after a less sandy dining affair, The Yacht Club offers a seafood extravaganza that’s tough to beat.

    While the usual grilled lobster and red snapper feature on the menu (and for good reason), the real stars here are the seafood paella and mahi-mahi. If you’re spoiled for choice, just visit again – the food is worth it.

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    Eating is all well and good, but no trip is complete until you have thoroughly sampled the cocktails on offer at one of the Caribbean’s best beach bars.

    Breezes may not have the not have the rustic appeal of the SunShine Shack, but its modern offering – complete with comfy straw sofas and a good DJ (such a rare find) – is a superb alternative to the traditional sand-based boozer.

    The frozen daiquiris taste as good as they look (and boy, do they look good!) but make sure they don’t distract you from trying the Ocean Breeze, with Patrón Reposado and Cointreau.

    A cocktail with a view from Breezes Beach Bar (Photo: Brett Leppard)

    For an evening tipple, the Sunset Lounge at Four Seasons is the place to be if you want to mix luxury and stunning views.

    The enormous open-air lobby and bar looks stunning at night, making it a great spot for rum-fuelled cocktails and bar-served sushi, which is a great post-dinner snack.

    Where to stay in Anguilla and how to get there:

    Anguilla might be small compared to other Caribbean islands, but it has plenty of options when it comes to picking the perfect place stay.

    Franginpani Resort Villa (Photo: Thierry Dehove Photography)
    Franginpani Resort Villa (Picture: Thierry Dehove Photography)

    Rooms at Frangipani Resort are available from £307 per night, and the private, five bedroom villa starts from £1536.

    The villa is prefect for families or big groups, complete with en suite bathrooms and a kitchen, not to mention a private swimming pool just metres from the beach.

    CusinArt offers two resorts: CusinArt Golf Resort & Spa and The Reef.

    The former brings a taste of Mediterranean architecture and cuisine to the island, so expect lots of Italian and Greek influences and (unexpectedly) some Japanese from the resort’s Tokyo Bay restaurant.

    An on-site hydroponic farm ensures the freshest ingredients are on offer.

    The Reef's pool is quite something (Photo: CuisinArt, Anguilla)
    The Reef’s pool is quite something (Photo: CuisinArt, Anguilla)

    Over at The Reef, you will find a more luxurious serene experience, with a magnificent pool taking centre stage as it leads you down to the beach.

    The resort is generously spaced out, so at no point do you feel surrounded by other guests trying to enjoy their holiday.

    Rooms at the CuisinArt Resort start from £316 per night and £365 at The Reef.

    Return flights from London to San Juan with Norwegian start from £270, with San Juan to Anguilla with Seaborne at £332.

    There is also the alternative route of London to Paris, Paris to St Martin with KLM or Air France, and then a quick ferry to Anguilla with Calypso Ferries.

    (Top picture: Picture: CuisinArt, Anguilla)

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    Do you ever pop into a coffee shop for the morning fix of caffeine and end up walking away with a croissant or pain au chocolat?

    The effects of that are not only hurting your wallet but could be fuelling obesity, according to a nutritionist, as a simple muffin could add 400 calories to your day.

    Dr. Alison Tedstone spoke at the Public Health England’s annual conference at Warwick University to warn against major coffee shops like Pret, Costa, and Caffé Nero who give ‘little nudges’ to get you to buy sweet treats.

    ‘If the muffin has got a lovely name that implies it’s healthy, you don’t think about it in the same way you necessarily think about a burger,’ she said.

    ‘It’s part of the problem. All those little nudges are encouraging you to buy a little bit more every time.

    ‘Major coffee chains have committed publicly to reducing sugar and now is the time for all to raise their game. More action is needed to help tackle obesity.’

    If you are popping into a coffee shop and buying a sweet treat, chances are you’re buying a drink to wash it down.

    The sugar content of the two combined will most likely go against the 30g of sugar recommended by the NHS.

    A single serving of a carrot cake at Costa contains 45.2g of sugar per portion while Pret’s pecan slice has 29.8g of sugar.

    Couple that with any drink that has syrup or indulgent toppings, plus any other sweet treats throughout the day, and you’ll be adding hundreds of calories to your diet.

    ‘Having a pastry or a muffin with a coffee is adding hidden extra calories to our diet as many coffee shops do not have good nutrition labelling,’ added Dr. Tedstone.

    ‘When they ask “would you like a muffin with that?”, you’re actually purchasing 400 additional calories.’

    In May this year, Public Health England published guidelines on how to tackle obesity, calling on restaurants and coffee shops to cut down sugars by 20% by 2020.

    The popularity of coffee shops

    According to research by the BBC, there are 1,972 Costa Coffee shops in the UK, followed by 807 Starbucks Coffee stores, and 548 Caffe Neros.

    10 years ago, the number for overall coffee shops was much lower, with fewer than 10,000 places to buy the caffeinated stuff in the UK.

    Now there are 22,000 coffee shops dispersed around the country, but analysts at Citigroup say we’re reaching a saturation point for them.

    Although more and more cafes have been opening at breakneck speed, in the next five years, new store openings will come to a halt as there’ll be enough, they said.

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    A fashion blogger who’s been blessed with the looks of Ryan Gosling has been using his star appeal to make a name for himself on Instagram.

    Johannes Laschet, a self-described ‘enthusiast of classic menswear’ has acquired over 60,000 followers thanks to his savvy style and his Gosling-like looks.

    Johannes, a law student at the University of Bonn, Germany, whose father is German politician Armin Laschet, was likened to the La La Land star when he went to America to study.

    He spoke to Metro.co.uk about what it’s like to be a dead ringer for a heartthrob.

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    ‘I always have been a big fan of the classical menswear, because of its timeless and elegant flair,’ he told Metro.co.uk.

    ‘After I joined Instagram this platform was the perfect way for me to share my passion. I love to inspire people.

    ‘The first time somebody told me that I have a resemblance to Mr. Gosling was in 2005 when I was an exchange student in the USA.

    ‘A girl on the high school bus came to me and told me, that I looked like the Notebook Actor. Back then I didn’t know who Ryan Gosling was.’

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    ‘People say that I have a resemblance to him, but don’t really mistake me for him.

    ‘But one time, when I was at a fashion fair in Florence, Italy, two girls came up to me and wanted to take a picture with me.

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    ‘I told them politely, that I am not Ryan Gosling.

    ‘They started looking at me again and said: “Okay, then we don’t need a photo”.

    ‘That was pretty funny and my friends and I had a good laugh.’

    The actor’s sartorial choices also serve as an inspiration for Johannes.

    He added: ‘Mr. Gosling knows how to dress well and you can learn something from him. Especially when he wears a smoking suit.’

    How many followers do you need to make money on Instagram?

    According to Forbes magazine, Instagram users with 100,000 followers could earn $5,000 (£3,801) for a post made in partnership with a brand, though it is difficult to achieve this level of notoriety.

    YouTubers with 7 million or more subscribers can earn up to $300,000 (£228,000) to partner with brands.

    On Twitter, you have to have active and loyal followers to start making money. Most twitter advertising networks let you publish tweets and get paid on a cost per click basis. It means that you will be paid whenever someone clicks on your shared links.

    Building a strong, niche audience who are loyal also helps.

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    Hey, remember when Heinz unveiled Mayochup and divided condiment lovers into bitter debate?

    While some rejoiced at a readily available mix of mayonnaise and ketchup, others questioned why they’d buy the product pre-mixed when they’ve been swirling condiments together for years, and others were revolted at the very concept.

    Thankfully, at the time of this discovery Mayochup was isolated only to the Gulf States, the rest of us free to enjoy Marie Rose sauce and fry sauce in peace.

    Now, change has come.

    When Mayochup was discovered, Heinz took it upon themselves to question whether they should allow Mayochup to spread globally.

    The brand posted a poll asking if Mayochup should head to the U.S., to which thousands of people voted ‘yes’.

    That means that Mayochup is going to be sold in U.S. stores… and we all know that once something is available stateside, it’s only a matter of time before it comes to the UK.

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    Today sauce fans will be encouraged to vote for which city – Culver City, Chicago, or Brooklyn – gets to try Mayochup first. The city with the most votes on Twitter will be treated to a food truck takeover serving up fries and Mayochup.

    But those across the pond who don’t fancy waiting for the arrival of a truck can simply buy a squeezy bottle from major retailers including Walmart and Amazon.

    Nicole Kulwicki, the director of marketing for Heinz, said: ‘After seeing the unprecedented passion surrounding this product, including the nearly one million votes on social media and 500,000 votes in favor of bringing it stateside, launching Mayochup in the U.S. was a no-brainer.

    ‘We’re excited to officially welcome Heinz Mayochup sauce to the Heinz family of products, including ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce and our most recent addition, Heinz mayonnaise.’

    We’ll have to wait and see if Mayochup comes to the U.K. next, but considering the strangely enthusiastic reaction it’s receiving in the U.S., we reckon it’ll happen sooner rather than later.

    There’s nothing we can do to stop this madness. Mayochup is spreading, and Heinz do not care for our protests of ‘but that’s just seafood sauce’.

    The resistance continues on Twitter, but it shall be futile.

    While we wait for its imminent takeover of kebab shops and your parents’ cupboards, do feel free to continue mixing your own mayo and ketchup like a fool.

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    Last night saw the 70th Emmy Awards, featuring awards recognising the best in acting, directing, and writing, fancy dresses, and extremely cute relatives (Mrs Oh, we’re looking at you).

    Now that we’ve gone over the winners and charted all the drama of the night, it’s time to look at the finer details – by which we mean the best hair and makeup looks from the red carpet.

    This year’s beauty vibe was a mixed bag. There were brights, subdued nudes, wild curls and slicked down updos.

    Take a look at our favourite beauty looks from the night for all the hair and makeup inspiration you could need.

    Tracee Ellis Ross

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    Pure joy in the form of makeup.

    The pink lip is cheering enough on its own, but a wash of neon orange on Tracee’s lids takes this look to new heights. It makes us want to raid our makeup bags and have fun again.

     

    Constance Wu

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    If you’re ever heading to a formal event and need your makeup done, use this picture of Constance Wu as a reference point.

    The glowing skin, the smokey eye, the lashes, the perfectly sleek low bun – it’s all flawless.

     

    Gwendoline Christie

    (Picture: Steve Granitz/WireImage,)

    Bleached blondes, grab a deep red lipstick. This combo is glorious.

     

    Millie Bobby Brown

    (Picture: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

    Millie’s makeup look is fresh and minimal – perfect for an actress her age.

    We’re big fans of the flipped ends on her bob.

     

    Tatiana Maslany

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    Tatia Maslany makes a case for an orange lip. We’re convinced.

     

    Scarlett Johansson

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    Scarlett isn’t exactly reinventing the wheel here, but it’s a failsafe look that works thanks to those teeny-tiny details.

    Note the fresh highlights around the face, the dot of shimmer on the inner corners of the eyes, and the pretty pink lipstick.

    Issa Rae

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    Normally silver eyeshadow gives us flashbacks to our year six disco, but on Issa Rae it just works.

     

    Letitia Wright

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    Another year six disco throwback that we’re tempted to try again: hair gems. Scattering them through a bun feels like a modern twist on the tiara.

     

    Sandra Oh

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    We like her full curls and winged liner, but it’s Sandra’s glowing skin that’s the star here.

    Sandra, just drop your skincare routine, please.

     

    Marsai Martin

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    The perfect high ponytail. Take notes.

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