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    2018. It’s been wild.

    In a year that somehow managed to fly by and drag on eternally (scientist, please prove that time did not move more slowly during all the Brexit chat), we had plenty of time for some strange and wonderful beauty trends.

    To be clear, when we say beauty trends we do not mean things that everyone started doing to look more beautiful.

    Instead we’re talking about the weird stuff beauty influencer types did to their faces or hair and then shared on Instagram for us all the marvel at.

    Some of these trends are actually quite nice, and we’d consider trying them ourselves.

    Others are nails that look like teeth.

    Here’s our recap of the most weird and wonderful beauty trends of the past year.

    1. Flower Vase Hair

    Instagram Photo

    Created by Taylor R, – the same YouTuber who brought us Christmas tree brows back in 2017 – flower vase hair is an alternative take on a flower crown.

    You position your hair around a bottle, then pop flowers in the top.

    Yes, it’s bizarre and a real hazard when walking through doorways, but it’s surprisingly pretty.

     

    2. Teeth nails

    Instagram Photo

    Nail Sunny has been responsible for a lot of deeply upsetting nail looks this year, from the ant manicure to nails that look like feet.

    But the title of the worst manicure of all has to go to teeth nails. They put us on edge. They gave us nightmares. They are pure evil.

     

    3. Rainbow teeth

    Instagram Photo

    Speaking of dental beauty, remember the rainbow teeth trend?

    Shockingly, sticking polish on our pearly whites didn’t quite take off. Some Instagram types tried out sparkling gold accent teeth, but painting their teeth green didn’t seem as appealing.

    Maybe 2019 will be the year colourful teeth go big.

     

    4. Halo brows

    Instagram Photo

    You’ll recall that 2017 was the year of every strange brow look under the sun, but the craze didn’t stop in 2018.

    Halo brows were the trend designed to make us look angelic. Instead they made this year feel even more hellish.

     

    5. Nose art

    Instagram Photo

    We didn’t start this year expecting to spot people turning their noses into fried eggs.

    But oddly enough, we quite like this trend.

    Go simple with a flush of pink on the tip of your nose, or paint on a design between your eyes.

     

    6. Crystal partings

    Instagram Photo

    If one thing is clear, it’s that we as a society love sparkly things.

    Just look at our obsession with glitter and gemstones.

    It’s no surprise that diamantes would make their way into our hair this year, but what’s lovely is the method in which they’ve been applied.

    The crystal parting trend encourages you to cover your parting with an accent of gems. It’s really pretty, and requires much less clean-up than trying to apply a line of glitter to your head.

    7. Heartbeat brows

    Instagram Photo

    Yep, there were more brow trends in 2018.

    This particular look got picked up by Huda, so it went pretty big.

    A word of warning: Most of the heartbeat brows you see online are the work of Photoshop.

     

    8. Dipped brows

    Instagram Photo

    An unexpectedly easy way to jazz up your brows, making bright colours a bit more wearable.

    Dipped brows are simple: You just apply colour (eyeshadow works perfectly) to the tail end of your brows.

    Try matching your hair or lip colour.

     

    9. Garden brows

    Instagram Photo

    Another entry from Taylor R that’s strangely pretty.

    We’d actually consider popping tiny flowers in our brows next year.

     

    10. Instaception

    Instagram Photo

    Not an everyday look, but Instaception is the art of painting the frame of an Instagram post on your face.

    It makes it look like a bit of your face is actually an Instagram photo. Get it?

     

    11. Rainbow roots

    Instagram Photo

    Rather than making your whole hair the colours of the rainbow, just paint the shades on your roots. Easy.

     

    12. Pencil brows

    Instagram Photo

    Brows that look like pencils.

    Why? We truly have no idea.

    Again, they’re a Photoshop job, because this year beauty was more about Instagram than our actual real-life faces.

     

    13. Fishtail brows

    Instagram Photo

    Will the digitally edited brow trends ever end?

    Dear lord, we hope so.

    Who’s excited for the year of beauty trends ahead?

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    Picture: Getty Sitting at a desk linked to prostate cancer
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    Here’s another reason to get up from that rubbish office chair and have a wander.

    According to new research, sitting for more than eight hours a day could increase your chances of developing prostate cancer by a fifth.

    Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology looked at cancer rates among 38,000 adults over a 16 year period, and found that those who reported sitting for long periods each day were 20% more likely to develop prostate cancer than those who spend more of the day on their feet.

    Dr Vegar Rangul also found a link between sitting down for hours and lung and colorectal cancer, but he saw the biggest increase in prostate cancer risk.

    He suggests that moderate physical activity every day could reduce men’s likelihood of developing prostate cancer.

    ‘The main findings were that prolonged sitting time is independently associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer while moderate to high leisure-time physical activity may reduce the risk of specific cancer types, particularly colorectal and lung cancer,’ says Dr Rangul.

    ‘In the present study, only prostate cancer risk was independently increased associated with sitting more than eight hours per day.

    ‘Further, we noted that moderate physical activity significantly decreased the risk – the findings emphasising the importance of reducing sitting time and increasing physical activity.’

    Of course, more research is needed to clarify a direct cause and effect link between sitting for longer periods of time and increased chances of prostate cancer.

    The increase could also be down to the type of work the men studied were doing – perhaps those who were sitting for longer periods of time were in more stressful careers – or other health factors, such as their diet and lifestyle choices.

    But what we can take from this study is yet another nudge to spend less time sitting at our desks and on our sofas, and more time getting out and about.

    Studies have linked lengthy time spent sitting with type two diabetes, cancer, and early death.

    Tips to reduce the damage of sitting at your desk:

    • Break up long periods of sitting with one or two minutes of physical activity every half an hour, such as walking, doing star jumps, or stretching
    • Exercise for between half an hour and an hour each day to offset the negative effects of sitting down at work
    • Stand on public transport rather than grabbing a seat
    • Get a standing desk or make do by popping your laptop on some boxes so you can stand and type
    • Take the stairs instead of the lift
    • Walk up escalators
    • Walk around when you’re on the phone
    • Every time you go for tea or coffee, do a lap around the office
    • Walk over to talk to a coworker instead of sending them a Slack message
    • Do gentle exercise while watching TV

    That’s scary stuff, considering a survey from AXA PPP last year found that the average UK worker spends nine hours a day sitting down.

    ‘The exact nature and mechanism of the association between prolonged sitting and prostate cancer warrants further investigation,’ explains Dr Rangul.

    ‘Our results reaffirm physical activity as a key component of population-wide cancer prevention, and we need to consider recommendations about decreasing time spent sitting.’

    European oncologist Dr Jiri Kubes, a specialist in treating prostate cancer at the Proton Therapy Center in Prague, Czech Republic, said: ‘Maintaining an active lifestyle and healthy diet are really important for overall health. Studies have shown how these can reduce the overall risk of cancer, too.

    ‘No-one really knows precisely what causes prostate cancer and what can make some men more susceptible than others.

    ‘But spending less time at your desk, and more time moving around, should clearly be encouraged. Employers should also start to think more about how to get their staff moving, or to invest in so-called ‘standing desks’.

    ‘Any man over the age of 45 who is concerned about prostate cancer, or anyone with a family history of the disease, should speak to their GP.

    ‘If caught early enough the survival rates for prostate cancer are good.’

    Signs of prostate cancer:

    • Needing to urinate more frequently, often during the night
    • Needing to rush to the toilet
    • Difficulty in starting to urinate
    • Straining or taking a long time while urinating
    • A weak flow of urine
    • Feeling that your bladder has not emptied fully
    • Dribbling urine after you’ve finished weeing

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    Tesco, Michael Aukett Architects, Orpington, Uk, 2009, Street Level Elevation At Dusk

    New Year’s Eve is coming up and that means there will be plenty of party food, drink and accessories to stock up on.

    Whether you are hosting, heading round to a party or going out on the town, you will probably have to nip down to the shops for supplies to see in 2019.

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    This year, New Year’s Eve falls on a Monday and 1 January 2019 comes round on a Tuesday, so most people will have New Year’s Day off work due to that being the bank holiday.

    However, some supermarkets will be open, so here are the opening times you need to know.

    Tesco

    (Picture: Getty)

    Tesco stores will generally be operating Sunday opening times on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (although most Metros will be closed on New Year’s Day).

    Many stores are also likely to open slightly later on New Year’s Day but it is worth checking with your local store as they do vary based on size and location.

    For the most accurate opening times for your local Tesco it is recommended that you use Tesco’s store locator and have a look at their Christmas page for all related information.

    Asda

    Logos of supermarket chain Asda are pictured on the handles of shopping trolleys outside a store in Stockport, northern England on April 30, 2018. - Britain's second and third biggest supermarket chains Sainsbury's and Walmart-owned Asda have agreed to merge, the pair said Monday, hoping to create a ??13-billion ($18-billion, 15-billion-euro) retail king and leapfrog UK number one Tesco. The blockbuster deal -- which is effectively a takeover bid with Sainsbury's acquiring a majority 58-percent stake -- comes as the British supermarket sector faces squeezed profit margins and fierce competition from German-owned discounters Aldi and Lidl and online US titan Amazon. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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    Many Asda stores will open at their normal time but then close early at 7pm ahead of the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

    Asda stores will be opening later on New Year’s Day at 10am and then many will close at 5pm.

    To get the most accurate opening hours for you local store you should use the Asda store locator which has the latest information on their Christmas opening times.

    Morrisons

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    On New Year’s Eve most stores will be opening at 6am but they will then close early ahead of the celebrations at 4pm, so make sure to shop early if you need some supplies for the evening.

    Most Morrisons stores will then open later on New Year’s Day at 9am and then close at 6pm.

    These times could vary depending on your local store, so you are advised to check when your shop will be open on the Morrisons store finder.

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    It’s possible that you’re only now getting out of your Bailey’s and chocolate fuelled Christmas coma.

    As much as it’s a thankless task, it’s now time to get rid of all the tat that’s been littering the house ever since you unwrapped your pressies on the big day.

    Mounds of wrapping paper and stacks of cards are part and parcel when it comes to the festive season, but waste needs not be.

    You can recycle or reuse instead.

    (Picture: Getty)

    Wrapping paper

    According to Recycle Now, the test of whether your wrapping paper can be recycled is all in the scrunch. If you can scrunch up the paper, you can pop it in with the recycling.

    Some additives to wrapping paper – such as glitter and foil – makes it un-recyclable, so if you’ve made that mistake this year, try something more eco-friendly next time around.

    Do check with your local council before sorting your recycling just in case, as although most will allow it in your paper recycling bin, some will ask that wrapping paper is taken to a centre. Also make sure to get rid of any ribbons or sellotape.

    Even if the paper you have this year can’t be recycled in the traditional way, you could re-use it if it’s in good condition. It could still wrap future gifts, or be used in any art and craft projects.

    Christmas cards

    Cards can – by and large – be recycled along with the rest of your cardboard.

    Like wrapping paper, however, you want to make sure there is no glitter or ribbon on them. Simply rip these accoutrements off and pop in your bin or drop off at the recycling centre.

    Ensure any batteries are removed from musical cards, too.

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  • 12/29/18--06:27: The 27 best cats of 2018
  • (Picture: MEGA/HumaneSocietyJacksonville, SWNS, DitzyFlama)

    Cats rule the internet, whatever year it is.

    Scratch that – they rule the world. We are just their faithful servants, providing them with toys to destroy and treats to devour.

    All cats are wonderful, but there are certain cats who completely captured our hearts in 2018, whether because of their love for humans, their work to help other living beings, or simply providing great entertainment.

    Let’s look back on the best part of 2018: the cats. Here are our favourites from the last twelve months, in no order (they’re all equally glorious).

    1. Doughnut

    This flabby feline, which weighs a whopping 28lbs, has finally found a forever home and a new diet plan. Big D, who is also known as Donut, became an internet sensation when the Humane Society of Jacksonville posted a picture of him on Friday October 26. The tubby tabby appeared to be in a bad way after he was left homeless and in dire need of a diet plan. A post from the Humane Society read: "He needs a home with an owner who is willing to keep him on his strict diet. We know the extra pounds make him cute but it s not healthy. His new family will need to work with a vet to get him to the right weight at the right pace. Think you re the one?" Luckily, after the internet fell in love with the fluffy porker a number of people came forward asking to adopt the animal. He has now found a new home and some diligent owners who hope to get him back into shape. According to the Humane Society, he is now called Ziggy and enjoying his new family. His owner, who has not been named, said: "I feel so lucky that we were able to bring him home, he's the sweetest boy.". 29 Oct 2018 Pictured: Big D at the Humane society of Jacksonville. Photo credit: MEGA / HumaneSocietyJacksonville / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342
    (Picture: MEGA / HumaneSocietyJacksonville / MEGA)

    Doughnut is a very large cat.

    In fact, at the time he came to our attention, he was three times the size of a healthy cat his age.

    He was taken to a shelter after his owner was forced to give the cat away by her landlord.

    He went viral thanks to his size, was adopted and renamed Ziggy, and is now on track to getting down to a healthy weight.

     

    2. The cat who strolled into Tesco to steal some treats

    This is the hilarious moment an oversized cat was spotted lying next to a box of treats in a supermarket. See NTI story NTICAT. The white feline strolled into a Tesco express in Bilton, Rugby, looking for food on Wednesday (12/9) at around 9am. The moggy then made a dash for the pet food aisle. It had browsed the selection of treats before knocking over a Go Cat box priced at ?2.49. After being caught paw-handed, the chubby cat decided to lie on the floor near the yellow box of food.
    (PIcture: Melanie Morris-Jones / SWNS.com)

    We have the highest respect for a cat who knows what they want and will do whatever it takes to get it.

    This particular cat wanted treats. So they walked right into Tesco, grabbed a box, and started eating.

    We stan.

     

    3. The cats who just want to visit a museum

    Ken-chan is a black cat who refuses to be deterred by security guards constantly escorting him out of an art museum in western Japan.

    He just wants to take in some culture.

     

    4. Bongo cat

    The most joyful meme of 2018, bongo cat started life as a gif of a happy kitty slapping a table, made by @StrayRogue.

    @DitzyFlama edited that gif to include bongos under the cats paws, and thus created something truly beautiful.

    Bongo cat has been edited to play all manner of instruments and songs. It brings happiness to all, even in the trashfire year that was 2018.

     

    5. Tigger the lap cat

    Tigger has a very important morning routine.

    Each day he must sit on his owner’s dad’s lap for at least 30 minutes before he (the dad, we mean) goes to work.

     

    6. The cat who brings her owner a leaf every morning 

    (Picture: Instagram/mostlyjustpicturesofmycats)

    An equally important morning routine belongs to Baloo, who makes sure to bring her owner, Ben, a leafy gift each morning.

    She used to bring Ben small rodents, but quickly learned that he’s a bigger fan of leaves than mice.

     

    7. Mitzi

    Mitzi, the eight-year-old cat, before her weight loss; weighing a hefty 1st 3lbs (7.7kgs) . See SWNS story SWCAT . One of Britain's fattest cats is looking for a new home after being forced onto a diet - and losing one and a half stone. Eight-year-old flabby feline Mitzi shocked vets when she tipped the scales at 1st 3lbs (7.7kgs) and was put on a calorie-controlled diet and a strict exercise regime. Two months on, former fat cat Mitzi now weighs in at a slimline 12.7lbs (5.79kg) having lost an incredible five-and-a-half pounds. Mitzi was re-homed earlier this year but was returned to Woodside Animal Welfare Trust in Plymouth, Devon, in August.
    Mitzi before her weight loss (Picture: Woodside Animal Sanctuary/ SWNS)

    Mitzi first came into our lives back in 2017, when she arrived at Woodside Animal Welfare Trust in Devon weighing 1st 3lbs, making her one of the fattest cats in Britain.

    She found a home last year, but was returned to the shelter in 2018 after her owner passed away.

    This year she embarked on a journey of wellbeing and managed to safely lose five and a half pounds. She’s still overweight for a cat, but is making brilliant progress.

    Mitzi, the eight-year-old cat, after drastic weightloss; at the more healthy weight of 12.7lbs (5.79kg) . See SWNS story SWCAT . One of Britain's fattest cats is looking for a new home after being forced onto a diet - and losing one and a half stone. Eight-year-old flabby feline Mitzi shocked vets when she tipped the scales at 1st 3lbs (7.7kgs) and was put on a calorie-controlled diet and a strict exercise regime. Two months on, former fat cat Mitzi now weighs in at a slimline 12.7lbs (5.79kg) having lost an incredible five-and-a-half pounds. Mitzi was re-homed earlier this year but was returned to Woodside Animal Welfare Trust in Plymouth, Devon, in August.
    Mitzi this year (Picture: Erin Black/SWNS.COM)

     

    8. The cat who was extremely displeased after being hit by a car

    ?Grumpy Cat 2.0? displeased with injuries that land him in RSPCA hospitalSaul - or Grumpy Cat 2.0 as he?s been nicknamed - was rushed to the RSPCA?s animal hospital with injuries having been hit by a carSaul the cat is very unhappy that he?s ended up in hospital after being hit by a car. Although staff at the RSPCA?s London hospital are ensuring the ginger puss is happy and comfortable, he?s very displeased at being there at all?
    (Picture: RSPCA)

    We understand why Saul was a bit pissed off after being hit by a car, but did he have to give staff at RSPCA’s London hospital evils when they tried to sort out his injuries?

    Grouchy goals.

     

    9. Theo, who saved his owner’s life

    Theo the cat. A hero cat saved the life of his owner when he kept her awake all night by pawing her face - after she developed a blood clot which would have killed her in her sleep. See NTI story NTICAT. Charlotte Dixon, 39, was left baffled when her pet puss Theo refused to let her drop off when she decided to get an early night following a day of feeling unwell. The eight-year-old moggy had jumped on her bed and constantly pawed at her face as well as sitting on her head so she could not fall asleep. The following day Charlotte's condition deteriorated and she was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with a life-threatening blood clot in her knee. Medics told her if she had nodded off the evening before she probably would not have survived the night. Theo has now been shortlisted in the ???Purina Better Together??? category at the Cats Protection???s National Cat Awards for his life-saving heroics.
    (Picture: Cats Protection / SWNS.com)

    Sadly, Theo passed away just one week before he was awarded the National Cat of the Year title.

    But his impact lives on.

    Theo saved his owner’s life by keeping her awake when she had a blood clot.

     

    10. Valkyrie

    Instagram Photo

    Valkyrie is a cat that has a human face. That is all.

     

    11. Bruno, the cat who’s extra and knows it 

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    (Picture: Facebook/Wright Way Rescue)

    Bruno’s picture was shared more than 28,000 times thanks to his excellent bio. You should read it.

    ‘I am a 7 year-old polydactyl cat who is 25 pounds,’ said Wright Way Rescue’s Facebook post.

    ‘There’s a lot of me to love! I am perfectly healthy other than being overweight. I am on a diet, though. I am walking, playing, and doing tricks like this to lose some weight.

    ‘When I am in a normal home, most of my day is spent laying around, but never far from my family. I usually prefer to lay on the floor or right next to you, but occasionally I like to be a lap-cat.

    ‘I also really like playing with my feather wand toy. Not so much my other toys or scratchers, though. I do like to sleep with my foster parents, but at the end of the bed so you still have room.

    ‘I like when you scratch the sides of my face and neck. I like to be pet on the top of my head and spine only. I know my tummy is so tempting to touch, but I would prefer if you didn’t. I may swat my hand and pretend to bite if you do.

    Facebook/Wright Way Rescue
    (Picture: Facebook/Wright Way Rescue)

    ‘I like to talk to you….a LOT. Be prepared for a chatty kitty!

    ‘I have a couple quirky traits too….For one, I like to stand on my hind legs! This usually happens when I want food. No, my foster parents did not teach me this. They are not sure how I learned.

    ‘Second, I love to be pet while I eat. It took my foster mom a little time to realize what I was meowing about, since she had just put food in my bowl. Soon she found out it’s because I want pets while I eats!

    ‘I will still eat if you don’t pet me, but I will meow more and stare at you for a while…

    ‘I also drink a lot of water. I never drink the water in the kitchen where my food is. I only drink the water that was put in a completely different room. If you have a larger house, perhaps put multiple bowls of water around for me and be sure to give me fresh water at least once day? Yes, I know I am EXTRA.

    ‘Overall, I am a pretty laid back, lazy cat who just wants to be in the presence of my owners. I hear I make them laugh and smile every single day, so I hope I can do the same for you!’

     

    12. The rescued kitten who got a job as a police pawfficer

    Pawifficer donut on the job. See SWNS story NYKITTEN; A rescued kitten has risen through the ranks to become the first official ?pawifficer? within its local police force. Donut, a 14-week old kitten, was recruited by the Troy Police Department and now spends her days laying down the paw in the station?s feline unit. The energetic kitten was rescued from Michigan Humane Society and officially sworn into the force by judges Kirsten Nielsen Hartig and Maureen McGinnis on May 11. Since getting her badge, Pawifficer Donut has been helping her colleagues to bring attention to community issues like drink driving on the station?s social media channels. Sergeant Meghan Lehman, Public Information Officer of Troy Police Department in Michigan said it is hoped that Donut will one day be able to also offer emotional support to victims of crimes during police interviews.
    (Picture: SWNS)

    After being adopted from a shelter, little kitten Donut was recruited by the Troy Police Department, who hired her as the force’s first official pawfficer.

    She spends her days bringing attention to community issues such as drink driving, as well as visiting schools and supporting the town’s cheerleading squad.

    It’s hoped that next she’ll train as a therapy cat.

     

    13. The cat with two noses

    (Picture: dobythehousecat/Instagram)

    Doby was born with Cerebellar Hypoplasia (CH) which means he’s a little wobbly on his paws.

    He also has a cleft nose, which makes it look like he has two noses.

    He’s very cute.

     

    14. The cat who was very shocked to be pregnant

    (Picture: dyrenesvenner)

    Ulla’s pregnancy likely wasn’t planned, but she was still happy to welcome five kittens.

    Her reaction to her ultrasound is incredible.

     

    15. Rubble, the oldest cat in Britain

    Michele Heritage with her elderly cat Rubble. See SWNS story SWCAT; Devon's oldest cat has just celebrated his 30th birthday.An Exeter cat has incredibly celebrated its 30th birthday - making him one of the oldest felines in the world. Rubble, who lives with owner Michele Heritage, celebrated his birthday with a party at City Vets' Heavitree branch.
    (Picture: Heavitree City Vet / SWNS.com)

    Rubble celebrated his 30th birthday this year, making him around 137 in cat years.

    He’s the oldest cat living in Britain.

     

    16. Hoonie

    A 16-year-old cat named Hoonie has seen a lot of changes in his life lately, but one thing has remained the same ??? Hoonie???s favorite stuffed animal, a gray and white cat, is still at his side.
    (Picture: Alley Cat Rescue)

    Hoonie’s story isn’t a happy one. After his owner died, Hoonie was distraught and lonely, and had to be taken to a shelter.

    Thankfully he had his favourite stuffed animal, a grey and white cat. Following the loss of his owner, Hoonie became more attached to his toy, and now refuses to go anywhere without it by his side.

     

    17. Toby

    (Picture: SPCA of Wake County)

    Toby shattered our hearts into a million pieces this year when he walked twelve miles to return to the family who abandoned him, only for them to reject him again.

    The family asked for Toby to be put down, but thankfully the people at the SPCA of West County weren’t ready to give up on the cat just yet.

    They found him new owners who treat him with the love and affection he always deserved.

     

    18. Bronson

    Bronson weighs twice the size of a normal cat. See SWNS story NYCAT; A morbidly obese cat who loved chowing down on carb-heavy kibble is on the path to a slimmer life after starting a strict fat busting diet. Bronson, three, weighed a whopping 33lbs when he was dropped into West Michigan Humane Society in May, after his owner sadly passed away. The buss tabby cat was more than double the weight of an average cat and his mammoth belly measured a hefty 32 inches. Shelter volunteers suspected that Bronson had been overfed several times each day by his owner with high-carb kibble leading to his alarming size. Mike Wilson, 35, and Megan Hanneman, 29, were hoping to adopt a new kitten when they first encountered larger-than-life Bronson in May. The couple, who design cat furniture, knew Bronson needed help shifting the pounds and decided to adopt the chubby feline. Mike and Megan, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, have placed massive Bronson on a vet recommended diet, which has restricted his intake to 375 calories every day. Since May, Bronson has shed an incredible 1.5lbs and has almost completely conquered his kibble addiction, now opting for wet, grain-free, low-fat cat food. Mike, co-owner of Catastrophic Creations, said: ???When we first saw Bronson we were shocked because we had never seen a cat his size. He was huge.
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    Morbidly obese cat Bronson is doing brilliantly well to get into a healthy shape.

    After he was adopted by a couple who fell in love the moment they saw him, he was put on a strict diet of soupy wet food.

    He still has a few more pounds to lose before he can safely go under for surgery on his tooth.

     

    19. The cat who keeps stealing balls from children

    Katie Brown's cat Tigger who had been stealing ball pit balls. Tigger has collected an impressive 52 balls but Katie has no idea where they are coming from. See SWNS story SWCAT: A cat owner has been left baffled by the recent activity of her fiendish feline - after the cat has brought home 52 children's BALL PIT balls in the last three weeks. Katie Brown, 25, said that at first she thought nothing of her cat Tigger's odd behaviour, assuming that the ball collection was just toys bought by family members for her family's four cats. But over the last three weeks, Tigger has brought a whopping 52 ball pit balls and small bouncy balls into the family home - even bringing home seven or eight balls in just three hours one afternoon.
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    The Grinchiest cat around, Tigger likes to steal balls from ball pits for his own enjoyment.

    In the space of three weeks he brought home 52 balls.

    His owners still don’t know where the balls are coming from.

     

    20. The cat who truly does not care if his owner dies

    He put us humans in our place, and rightly so.

     

    21. The cats who take gifts to their automatic feeder instead of their human

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    So harsh. So rude.

    We love them.

     

    22. Vietnam’s coolest fish vendor

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    Dog is a three-year-old ginger tabby who has a part-time job selling fish at the market.

    He’s always impeccably dressed for the role.

     

    23. The cat who got stuck in a cat flap

    Don’t worry, he managed to wriggle his way inside after a few minutes.

     

    24. Moon, the cat providing support to a bullied child

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    Seven-year-old Madden had been bullied for his heterochromia iridum, which causes him to have differently coloured eyes.

    When his mum found Moon, a cat with the same condition, she knew they were meant to be best buds.

     

    25. The kitty who helped to soothe an anxious dog

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    Lady the dog became really anxious whenever she was left alone.

    After spotting Lady cosying up with a local cat, her owner decided to get the dog a kitten of her own, named Kitty.

    Kitty jumps up for a cuddle whenever Lady is feeling anxious.

    26. Busao, who’s in love with a heater

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    Busao is all of us when the temperature drops.

     

    27. The cat with the two-toned face

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    Isn’t she beautiful?

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    The best cats of 2018The best cats of 2018ellencscottThis flabby feline, which weighs a whopping 28lbs, has finally found a forever home and a new diet plan. Big D, who is also known as Donut, became an internet sensation when the Humane Society of Jacksonville posted a picture of him on Friday October 26. The tubby tabby appeared to be in a bad way after he was left homeless and in dire need of a diet plan. A post from the Humane Society read: The best cats of 2018The best cats of 2018ellencscottThis flabby feline, which weighs a whopping 28lbs, has finally found a forever home and a new diet plan. Big D, who is also known as Donut, became an internet sensation when the Humane Society of Jacksonville posted a picture of him on Friday October 26. The tubby tabby appeared to be in a bad way after he was left homeless and in dire need of a diet plan. A post from the Humane Society read: "He needs a home with an owner who is willing to keep him on his strict diet. We know the extra pounds make him cute but it s not healthy. His new family will need to work with a vet to get him to the right weight at the right pace. Think you re the one?" Luckily, after the internet fell in love with the fluffy porker a number of people came forward asking to adopt the animal. He has now found a new home and some diligent owners who hope to get him back into shape. According to the Humane Society, he is now called Ziggy and enjoying his new family. His owner, who has not been named, said: "I feel so lucky that we were able to bring him home, he's the sweetest boy.". 29 Oct 2018 Pictured: Big D at the Humane society of Jacksonville. Photo credit: MEGA / HumaneSocietyJacksonville / MEGA TheMegaAgency.com +1 888 505 6342This is the hilarious moment an oversized cat was spotted lying next to a box of treats in a supermarket. See NTI story NTICAT. The white feline strolled into a Tesco express in Bilton, Rugby, looking for food on Wednesday (12/9) at around 9am. The moggy then made a dash for the pet food aisle. It had browsed the selection of treats before knocking over a Go Cat box priced at ?2.49. After being caught paw-handed, the chubby cat decided to lie on the floor near the yellow box of food.Mitzi, the eight-year-old cat, before her weight loss; weighing a hefty 1st 3lbs (7.7kgs) . See SWNS story SWCAT . One of Britain's fattest cats is looking for a new home after being forced onto a diet - and losing one and a half stone. Eight-year-old flabby feline Mitzi shocked vets when she tipped the scales at 1st 3lbs (7.7kgs) and was put on a calorie-controlled diet and a strict exercise regime. Two months on, former fat cat Mitzi now weighs in at a slimline 12.7lbs (5.79kg) having lost an incredible five-and-a-half pounds. Mitzi was re-homed earlier this year but was returned to Woodside Animal Welfare Trust in Plymouth, Devon, in August.Mitzi, the eight-year-old cat, after drastic weightloss; at the more healthy weight of 12.7lbs (5.79kg) . See SWNS story SWCAT . One of Britain's fattest cats is looking for a new home after being forced onto a diet - and losing one and a half stone. Eight-year-old flabby feline Mitzi shocked vets when she tipped the scales at 1st 3lbs (7.7kgs) and was put on a calorie-controlled diet and a strict exercise regime. Two months on, former fat cat Mitzi now weighs in at a slimline 12.7lbs (5.79kg) having lost an incredible five-and-a-half pounds. Mitzi was re-homed earlier this year but was returned to Woodside Animal Welfare Trust in Plymouth, Devon, in August.?Grumpy Cat 2.0? displeased with injuries that land him in RSPCA hospitalSaul - or Grumpy Cat 2.0 as he?s been nicknamed - was rushed to the RSPCA?s animal hospital with injuries having been hit by a carSaul the cat is very unhappy that he?s ended up in hospital after being hit by a car. Although staff at the RSPCA?s London hospital are ensuring the ginger puss is happy and comfortable, he?s very displeased at being there at all?Theo the cat. A hero cat saved the life of his owner when he kept her awake all night by pawing her face - after she developed a blood clot which would have killed her in her sleep. See NTI story NTICAT. Charlotte Dixon, 39, was left baffled when her pet puss Theo refused to let her drop off when she decided to get an early night following a day of feeling unwell. The eight-year-old moggy had jumped on her bed and constantly pawed at her face as well as sitting on her head so she could not fall asleep. The following day Charlotte's condition deteriorated and she was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with a life-threatening blood clot in her knee. Medics told her if she had nodded off the evening before she probably would not have survived the night. Theo has now been shortlisted in the ???Purina Better Together??? category at the Cats Protection???s National Cat Awards for his life-saving heroics.Facebook/Wright Way RescueFacebook/Wright Way RescuePawifficer donut on the job. See SWNS story NYKITTEN; A rescued kitten has risen through the ranks to become the first official ?pawifficer? within its local police force. Donut, a 14-week old kitten, was recruited by the Troy Police Department and now spends her days laying down the paw in the station?s feline unit. The energetic kitten was rescued from Michigan Humane Society and officially sworn into the force by judges Kirsten Nielsen Hartig and Maureen McGinnis on May 11. Since getting her badge, Pawifficer Donut has been helping her colleagues to bring attention to community issues like drink driving on the station?s social media channels. Sergeant Meghan Lehman, Public Information Officer of Troy Police Department in Michigan said it is hoped that Donut will one day be able to also offer emotional support to victims of crimes during police interviews.Michele Heritage with her elderly cat Rubble. See SWNS story SWCAT; Devon's oldest cat has just celebrated his 30th birthday.An Exeter cat has incredibly celebrated its 30th birthday - making him one of the oldest felines in the world. Rubble, who lives with owner Michele Heritage, celebrated his birthday with a party at City Vets' Heavitree branch.A 16-year-old cat named Hoonie has seen a lot of changes in his life lately, but one thing has remained the same ??? Hoonie???s favorite stuffed animal, a gray and white cat, is still at his side.Bronson weighs twice the size of a normal cat. See SWNS story NYCAT; A morbidly obese cat who loved chowing down on carb-heavy kibble is on the path to a slimmer life after starting a strict fat busting diet. Bronson, three, weighed a whopping 33lbs when he was dropped into West Michigan Humane Society in May, after his owner sadly passed away. The buss tabby cat was more than double the weight of an average cat and his mammoth belly measured a hefty 32 inches. Shelter volunteers suspected that Bronson had been overfed several times each day by his owner with high-carb kibble leading to his alarming size. Mike Wilson, 35, and Megan Hanneman, 29, were hoping to adopt a new kitten when they first encountered larger-than-life Bronson in May. The couple, who design cat furniture, knew Bronson needed help shifting the pounds and decided to adopt the chubby feline. Mike and Megan, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, have placed massive Bronson on a vet recommended diet, which has restricted his intake to 375 calories every day. Since May, Bronson has shed an incredible 1.5lbs and has almost completely conquered his kibble addiction, now opting for wet, grain-free, low-fat cat food. Mike, co-owner of Catastrophic Creations, said: ???When we first saw Bronson we were shocked because we had never seen a cat his size. He was huge.Katie Brown's cat Tigger who had been stealing ball pit balls. Tigger has collected an impressive 52 balls but Katie has no idea where they are coming from. See SWNS story SWCAT: A cat owner has been left baffled by the recent activity of her fiendish feline - after the cat has brought home 52 children's BALL PIT balls in the last three weeks. Katie Brown, 25, said that at first she thought nothing of her cat Tigger's odd behaviour, assuming that the ball collection was just toys bought by family members for her family's four cats. But over the last three weeks, Tigger has brought a whopping 52 ball pit balls and small bouncy balls into the family home - even bringing home seven or eight balls in just three hours one afternoon.METRO GRAB - taken from the social media of Christina Humphreys with permission Madden and cat Bullied child finds cat with the same condition as him Christina Humphreys

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    The weather is going to be pleasant for New Year’s Eve fireworks (Picture: Getty Images)

    New Year is upon us, and it’s worth getting planning now to stave off the blues after Christmas.

    If you want to do something wholesome, fireworks are your best bet, and the capital always has a great display.

    The official display begins at 8pm on New Year’s Eve, and finishes at 12.45am on New Year’s Day.

    Although there are ways to watch it for free (which we’ll tell you in a minute) to get the best view, you will need a ticket.

    Unfortunately, these have now sold out, so unless you and your mates have them already, you won’t be able to get in to the viewing areas.

    This encompasses Embankment, Waterloo, Westminster, and that general region.

    Given the size and scale of the fireworks, however, you could still catch a glimpse from further out.

    Generally speaking, any big park will give you a great view but here are some prime locations if you missed out on a ticket:

    • Greenwich Park
    • Hampstead Heath
    • Primrose Hill
    • Vauxhall Bridge, Cannon Street, or Lambeth Bridge (all of which, sit outside of the ticketed boundaries)

    To get to and from these locations, TFL is offering free public transport throughout much of London between 11.45pm and 4.30am on January 1st.

    You can also watch live on BBC One.

    Another alternative is to book a ticket for a nearby party, which will get you close to the fireworks without being in one of the designated zones.

    Thames boat parties are a popular choice for this time of year but a little pricey, also on the more expensive end of the scale are locations like the shard which will offer a great view… at a cost.

    If it comes down to it, there’s nothing wrong with a rowdy bar or pub to bring in the New Year. If you can handle being out in the smoking area, you might catch a glimpse of the famous fireworks display after all.

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    If you’re like us, and like to use the new year as a reason to give your home a proper clean, you might want to move cleaning your oven to the top of your to-do list.

    Turns out cleaning your oven isn’t just for overzealous mums and Kim and Aggie – left dirty, your oven could pose some serious health risks.

    If your oven is coated with grease and grime, it can interfere with the natural travel of hot air around the interior, meaning that food may not be cooked as it should be.

    Think about it: A filthy oven is not a healthy oven, and it’s tough for your oven to do its job as normal if it’s coated in grease and dirt.

    If your oven isn’t working properly, you may not be properly cooking your food, even if you’re sticking to temperature guidelines and cooking times.

    And, as you well know, eating undercooked food can put you at risk of food poisoning and infections such as e. coli.

    Ralitsa Prodanova, of UK household sanitation firm Fantastic Services, says: ‘Grease and grime will alter the efficiency of an oven.

    ‘And when there’s too much grime, your food will not cook properly in the allotted time.

    ‘That puts you and your loved ones at risk of potentially-deadly bacteria, like salmonella and E.coli, particularly if you’re reheating festive leftovers.

    ‘It can turn a family dinner into a nightmare.’

    Ralitsa adds that small amounts of grease can lead to smoke in your oven, which can affect the taste of your food.

    ‘If your oven’s slightly smokey when you turn it on, that’s a sign it’s dirty,’ she notes.

    ‘The smoke itself can be bad for you if breathed in – and clearly extremely dirty ovens are also a fire hazard because old food spillages can set it alight.

    ‘Continuous burning of oven dirt and grime also creates carbon-based fumes which alter the flavour of baked food.

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    ‘Any food or grease that has been burnt on the inside of the oven continuers to burn whenever it’s switched on.’

    Dirty cookers could also release pollutants into the home, throwing carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, and sulphur dioxide into the air you breathe. That’s not good.

    The British Lung Foundation warns that dirty cookers can release two kinds of pollutants in the home; microscopic particles of dust and dirt, and gases like carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and sulphur dioxide.

    That all sounds pretty scary. So what can you do, beyond adopting a raw diet?

    It’s simple: Give your oven a proper clean. You don’t need to pay for a cleaner or buy anything fancy, just standard kitchen cleaning products will do the trick.

    ‘All you need is some baking soda, vinegar, water, rubber gloves, spray bottle and cloths,’ advises Ralitsa.

    ‘To get started remove oven racks. These racks can be washed in the sink using regular soap and water. They come up cleaner if left to soak for some time.

    ‘Make a paste with soda and water, mix it together until it becomes spreadable. You’re going to coat the whole oven with this so ensure you make plenty.

    ‘Spread the paste all throughout the interior of the oven but steer clear of the heating elements. Give the greasy spots a good going over.

    ‘You will see it start to turn brown as it comes into contact with the grease, this means the paste is lifting the dirt.

    ‘The next step is a waiting game. Let the paste stay on overnight, giving it 12 hours at least to work its magic.

    ‘The following day wipe off the paste using a damp cloth. For any stubborn areas you can use a spatula to loosen the grime. Don’t use a solid utensil like a knife, this will scratch your oven.

    ‘Next put some white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the oven interior. The vinegar will cause any lingering baking soda to loosen and foam up. Use a clean wipe to give the oven a once over. Put the racks back in and let the oven dry.

    ‘You can speed up oven drying time by turning it on to a low setting for a few minutes.’

    If you can’t be bothered with mixing your own products and giving your oven a proper scrub, you’ll find plenty of cleaning products specifically designed for cleaning caked on grime in your local supermarket. Easy.

    Once you’ve done one big clean, you can keep your oven in good condition by giving it a wipe down after each use, thus swiping away any grime and preventing it from building up.

    It’s an extra step in the existing faff of cooking and cleaning, but if you’re bothered about your health or the time you need to keep cookies in the oven, it’s worth doing.

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    Christmas may already be a dim memory, with the January blues looming over our sense of wellbeing like an unsteady wardrobe, but that doesn’t mean all hope is lost.

    It’s just that time of year when thoughts turn to the next briefly snatched respite from the drudge of work and winter.

    Thankfully then, easyJet have launched their mammoth winter sale, with 20% off over 20,000 flights and 400,000 holidays from now until July 2019.

    You’ll have to mobilise that credit card fairly soon, as the offers expire on 10 January, though you can get browsing here and now.

    You’d also do well to remember that it’s limited availability, so it’s best to get on it now, before all that’s left is a smattering of flights to Inverness.

    The generous window of travel is a blessing for those relying on the school holidays, or limited annual leave – with packages and flights suited to every budget.

    It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a quick weekend citybreak, or something more bespoke and ‘luxury’ focused: there’s plenty for everyone, no matter how laid back or demanding.

    Handily, holiday prices include flights and accommodation and are based on two sharing unless otherwise stated but exclude transfers and baggage.

    Garry Wilson CEO of easyJet holidays said: ‘easyJet Holidays prides itself on offering value for money holidays all year round, but during our annual Christmas sale we are offering some additional discounts to customers booking over the next few weeks.

    ‘We know our customers want both the frequency and flexibility offered by easyJet’s extensive network alongside good quality accommodation, which is why we have included a number of our four and five star hotels in our sale’.

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    New Year’s Eve can be a stressful old experience.

    Too many plans, too much pressure and the nagging feeling that whatever you do choose could have been easily improved by simply staying in.

    But still, there are still plenty of exciting events for any reveler willing to scratch under the surface and see in 2019 with something a bit more adventurous than the local boozer.

    If you’re based south of the water, try the New Year’s Eve Gala Ball at the Rivoli Ballroom in Brockley.

    It’s one for 1950s enthusiasts, families and twenty-somethings alike – with the grand old ballroom opened out to contain two bars and the strain of party classics, as well as an emphasis on sparkled outfits. Tickets will set you back £25, though it’s half that for children. It’s doubtful there’s a better choice, when it comes to pure aesthetics.

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    And as dancing until the small hours isn’t everyone’s idea of unbridled joy,  there’s also a few exciting foody options that won’t necessitate a super surge fare Uber home.

    Dishoom’s Bombay Vintage Glam is one of the best of a vibrant bunch, which is set to run across their restaurants throughout the city.

    They’re offering a range of unique dishes (think jackfruit biryani and paneer bemisal), as well as the chance to win free booze, with proceedings set to kick off around 6:30. You can scope out more details here.

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    Sure, the very mention of a ‘pop-up’ might trigger a Pavlovian flash-back to literally every weekend event you attended in 2018 – but give us a chance.

    After all, it’s not every day that London’s ‘wildest ceilidh band’ unleash their full repertoire in south west London. Fiddle Paradiddle will be hitting Balham with a mixture of incredibly sweaty dancing, locally sourced booze and a sonic backdrop they’re terming ‘nu-folk’.

    Tickets can be snaffled up here, for between £45-50 per head.

    There’s even a circus in Shepherd’s Bush- though not your bog standard Zippo variety. Twisted Circus offers a fairly exhausting sounding array of DJs, daredevils and pulse raising hi-jinks, as well as the possibility of booze and garish confectionery. You can snaffle tickets this way if you’re so inclined.

    Now, that’s by no means an exhaustive list, but it’s enough to get you started. And maybe even enough to get you out of the house, come the 31st.

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    It’s a classic situation – you run out of bread/milk/wine/stock cubes on New Year’s Day, and have a big tantrum because nothing is open.

    When it comes to supermarket shopping, though, failure to prepare is preparing to fail.

    Sainsbury’s, Aldi, and Lidl, are some of the supermarkets growing in popularity at the moment, either because of low prices or different offerings to others.

    If they’re your faves, check out when they’ll be open over the party season.

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    Most Sainsbury’s stores will then open at 7am on New Year’s Eve but then close at 9pm or 10pm.

    On New Year’s Day many of the shops will open slightly later at 9am until 9pm and then normal opening hours will resume the following day on Wednesday 2 January.

    These are only guidelines, so it is advised to check using the Sainsburys Store Locator to find out the exact opening for your local shop.

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    On New Year’s Eve Lidl stores will open at 8am and close at 6pm and the shops will then close for New Year’s Day, except for stores within the M25 as they will be open from 10am to 6pm.

    They will then return to their normal opening hours from Wednesday 2 January.

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    On New Year’s Eve Aldi stores will open at 8am but then close early at 6pm and then all stores will be closed on New Year’s Day.

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    **ILLUSTRATION REQUEST** Shadowing is the awful new dating trend you should know about – XX women share their stories (Almara)
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    Dating is generally awful.

    Sure, you might get some glimmers of joy and lust. Perhaps you met someone who strikes the perfect balance between actually responding to your messages and not seeming too keen. Maybe you had some excellent sex with someone who was perfectly fine with never talking again.

    But the bad bits of dating are just so, so bad.

    They’re upsetting, heartbreaking, and all too often very boring.

    What’s handy is that the past few years have seen people coming up with catchy terms for the sh*t bits of dating, so we at least have a shorthand to describe people’s terrible romantic behaviour.

    Like 2017, 2018 has been packed to the brim with terrible dating trends. Here’s a recap so you can read up and go into the New Year with all the depressing dating lingo you need.

    1. Mosting

    Mosting is the act of coming on really strong before ghosting (disappearing without a trace).

    A moster will talk about the future, call you the person of their dreams, and make a load of romantic gestures, only to ditch the relationship entirely.

    It’s annoying because you weren’t even that into them to begin with, but their disappearing act still stings. Also, it’s such a waste of time and effort. Agh.

    2. Shadowing

    Oh, those little sneaks.

    Shadowing is when someone poses with a hot friend who takes up the majority of their profile photos on a dating app. So essentially, these people are their hot friend’s shadow, and know full well that you’ll be lured into conversation because you falsely believe they’re the hot one in the picture.

    It’s not full-on catfishing, but it’s still manipulative and a massive waste of time.

    Check someone has at least one solo pic before you swipe right.

    3. Obligaswiping

    This dating trend is bad because it’s a miserable truth for many of us.

    Obligaswiping describes the act of endlessly swiping on dating apps with no real intention of meeting it up. It’s not for fun, but because you want to feel like you’re doing something.

    It only ends up making you miserable.

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    4. Orbiting

    Orbiting is a weird inbetween stop on the path to ghosting.

    You’re no longer chatting or dating, but they look at your Instagram stories and like your tweets, as if they want to remind you that they still exist.

    Annoyingly, it’s not enough interaction for you to call them out, but it’s visible enough to keep them in your general radar… or orbit.

    5. R-bombing

    R-bombing is when someone reads messages you’ve sent, but deliberately ignores them, so all you see is ‘read’ or those evil blue ticks on Whatsapp.

    Taking time to respond is fine (aren’t we all trying to be less dependent on our phones?), but consistently failing to reply to messages, while letting the person know full well you’ve read them, is just rude.

    6. Gatsbying

    Gatsbying isn’t a terrible thing to happen to dating by any means, but the term does make us cringe inwardly.

    Gatsbying is ‘to post a video, picture or selfie to public social media purely for a love interest to see it.’

    The existence of this word shows that people know exactly what we’re up to, which makes us shudder.

    7. Fishing

    No, not catfishing.

    Fishing refers to sending out a generic message to a bunch of people to see who’d be interested in hooking up, waiting to see who bites, and then taking their pick.

    You may never be aware that you’re being fished, unless you regularly get invited to hang out, only to respond and get nothing back.

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    8. Preating

    Pre-cheating. Making steps to cheat but not doing enough to land yourself in trouble.

    So a flirty message that you can explain away as being friendly. Feeling out a relationship with someone else when you’re supposed to be committed.

    Preating is sh*t.

    9. Mountaineering

    Mountaineering describes the act of reaching for people way out of your league.

    This isn’t particularly awful, but if you’re mountaineering it’s worth considering whether you really like your potential date, or if you’re just interested in the confidence boost that comes with dating someone defined as hot.

    10. Cloutlighting

    Cloutlighting is the combo of gaslighting and chasing social media clout.

    Someone will bait the person they’re dating on camera with the intention of getting them upset or angry, or making them look stupid, then share the video for everyone to laugh at.

    11. Scroogeing

    Thankfully if you’re reading this and you’re still coupled up, you’re safe from scroogeing for another year.

    It’s when someone dumps their partner before Christmas so they don’t have to bother getting them a present.

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    12. Instagrandstanding 

    You’re probably guilty of this. We all are.

    Instagrandstanding is when you edit the way you’re presented on social media to seem more desirable to people you fancy.

    It’s pretty standard, but it’s a bleak reminder of the separation of our real and internet selves.

    Plus, you should never have to fake who you are or what you like to win over a date. They should like you for you.

    13. Sneating

    Oh, cool, now we have a term to describe agreeing to go on dates purely so you can have a free meal.

    You know what? No judgement. You enjoy that free spaghetti.

    14. Microcheating

    Just like preating, microcheating is testing the waters of cheating without going all out and having sex with someone else.

    Think flirty chats, emotional intimacy, or secretly contacting an ex.

    It’s microcheating if you know your partner wouldn’t be happy about it if they found out.

    15. Clearing

    Be warned, clearing season happens in January. It’s when we’re so miserable thanks to Christmas being over, the cold weather, and general seasonal dreariness, that we will hook up with anyone just so we don’t feel completely unattractive.

    You might bang an ex, or give that creepy guy who you don’t really fancy a chance, or put up with truly awful sex just so you can feel human touch.

    It’s a tough time. Stay strong.

    16. Hatfishing

    When a guy wears a hat in all of his pics to trick you into believing he’s hotter than he is.

    His hat may hide a receding hairline or a weirdly shaped skull.

    There’s nothing wrong with losing hair, but making concerted attempts to hide what you actually look like isn’t okay. Be upfront so people can know they’re actually attracted to you before committing to a date.

    17. Shaveducking

    Shaveducking is a nasty consequence of the rise of facial hair.

    Is that guy actually hot, or is his beard covering up a weak chin?

    Shaveducking describes the lingering unease that emerges when you realise that you’re not quite sure if you’re attracted to a man, or just his facial hair. Shaveducking, because you’d do anything to dodge that guy getting a shave and trimming off your affections in the process.

    The horrible bit comes when the man actually does shave and you realise you are completely repulsed by his bare face.

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    Whether you’re near or far from your loved ones this New Year, it’s always nice to let people know you’re thinking of them.

    Some people might go the Scottish way and offer a ‘first foot’, while others might just try an old-fashioned New Year’s Eve kiss.

    If you’re not going to have the option of either of these as 2018 comes to as close, why not send them a sweet message?

    Check these ones out – they’ve got to be better than a sloppy peck on the cheek.

    Quotes

    Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one. – Brad Paisley

    There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind – CS Lewis

    Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. – Albert Einstein

    He who breaks a resolution is a weakling; He who makes one is a fool. – F.M. Knowles

    All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney

    Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. – Oprah Winfrey

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    ‘No one can go back and back a brand new start. But anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.’ – Carl Bard

    You’ll never get bored when you try something new. There’s really no limit to what you can do. – Dr Seuss

    New Year’s most glorious light is sweet hope! – Mehmet Murat ildan

    We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day – Edith Lovejoy Pierce

    ‘In the New Year, never forget to thank to your past years because they enabled you to reach today! Without the stairs of the past, you cannot arrive at the future!’ – Mehmet Murat ildan

    ‘I resolve to write a new chapter of my life every new day in the New Year.’ – Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

    Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day. – Michael Josephson

    Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. – Helen Keller

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    Messages and wishes

    New year, new feels, new chances. Same dreams, fresh starts.

    We are all stories in the end – let’s make ours a good one

    365 new days. 365 new chances

    You are never too old to set another goal or dream another dream

    This is your year to sparkle

    Believe you can and you’re halfway there

    This is the beginning of anything you want.

    It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings

    This is your year to sparkle. Happy new year!

    Page 1 of 365. Happy new year!

    The best is yet to come. Happy new year!

    This is the beginning of anything you want. Happy new year!

    Live long and prosper!

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    Bex, left, with her mum (Photo: Bex Lindsay)

    At the beginning of 2013, I had a massive lump on my neck.

    Well, if I’m honest, I’d actually had a massive lump on my neck for most of 2012 too, I’d just pretended that I didn’t.

    ‘This is fine! My neck is meant to look like this!’, I would cheerfully exclaim to my friends.

    Eventually I accepted that I wasn’t a doctor, and should probably double-check that my neck wasn’t going to explode. After multiple biopsies and scans, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

    I furiously googled ‘what is a thyroid?’ and found many things – including the fact that thyroid cancer is ‘one of the best cancers to have’, as if someone had compiled Top Trumps: Cancer Edition.

    To be honest, they weren’t wrong. My treatment was swift and, thanks to the incredible team at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital, stress-free.

    It felt almost like I was cheating at cancer; I was never in any pain, and my somewhat naïve optimism protected me from worrying about what would happen if the treatment didn’t work.

    My parents must have been petrified but I never saw their fear, I only felt their love and support. And so many friends got in touch – sending texts, emails or chocolates – that I never felt alone. I was in safe hands.

    As I started to get better, something happened to my mum. She was more tired than usual. She was having trouble breathing. Her joints hurt.

    Even now I’m baffled by our totally different experiences of the same disease.

    She was, I have since realised, in extraordinary pain for days, weeks or months, but had never complained because she was looking after me.

    We soon found out that she had lung and bone cancer, and that it was terminal.

    The doctors suggested she may have a year left. She died just two weeks later, on the same day I had a scan that tentatively showed I was about to get the all-clear.

    Even now I’m baffled by our totally different experiences of the same disease. Sometimes I forget I actually had cancer, because it was just a footnote in a bigger chapter of my life – the death of my mum.

    As anyone who’s lost a loved one will know, grief is a painful process.

    It’s punctuated by tears (when we had to sort through mum’s clothes) and laughter (remembering when she made me an advent calendar with hazelnut sweets, inexplicably forgetting my severe nut allergy).

    Dad and I are terrible at keeping in touch with family and it would have been easy to retreat into our sadness, but my aunts developed tracking skills to rival Bear Grylls that brought us closer together than ever before.

    And while at first I found it difficult to talk about mum, they shared stories that reminded me to celebrate how wonderful, loving, and silly she was.

    Slowly we adapted to this new normal, a life without mum. Then my dad got ill too.

    Positive: it wasn’t cancer this time. Negative: genuinely saying ‘at least it’s not cancer!’ is a positive.

    ‘I worried about looking after dad, I worried about how dialysis would impact his life.’ (Photo: Bex Lindsay)

    His kidneys stopped working, and he was placed on dialysis.

    I worried about looking after dad, I worried about how this would impact his life, I worried about whether our family had some kind of ancient curse I didn’t know about.

    Then I figured – the last few years had been tough, but we’d made it. And I knew we could do it again.

    I needn’t have worried, really. Because if I ever panic, I just look around.

    And I see all of those amazing people who’ve been with us every step of the way – the friends who sent gifts when I was in hospital, the neighbours who invited us for Christmas after mum died, and the aunts who relentlessly stalked me via social media (you know who you are).

    They’ve all stepped up again. My dad will soon be on the transplant waiting list, and when it happens I know we have dozens of people to help us cope.

    The last bit of advice Mum gave me was to keep smiling, and at the time – sat in a cancer ward – it felt pretty impossible.

    But now, knowing that I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by such a kind and supportive community, it’s actually pretty easy advice to follow.

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    Snuggling on bae’s butt might be one of life’s simple pleasures but you can’t exactly do it every night.

    If you’re someone who enjoys resting your head on your partner’s bum then you might want to invest in a pillow that’s shaped like an arse.

    That’s right, one company is selling what they’re calling the Buttress Pillow so you can simulate the experience of getting comfortable on someone’s booty.

    The U.S start-up began a Kickstarter campaign to build the cushion last year and is now selling it online for those who would rather be sleeping on a butt.

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    ‘Since the beginning of time man has desired the butt. So round, so soft, so bootylicious,’ it says on the website.

    ‘The ancient human mission has always been to claim that booty. However, this mission takes time, well-tailoured texts, and Netflix, and so the eternal struggle goes on…until today.

    ‘Introducing the Buttress Pillow. Scientists have created a butt without the extra expensive maintenance, the incomprehensible mood changes, or the gas.

    ‘Soft, comfortable, all natural, it has surpassed 90% of all human butts in both shape and function. On this historical day, we mark the dawn of a new age, a time when everyone can feel the peace and happiness of butts – butts for all. Claim your booty.’

    And you can claim that booty for a hefty sum of $69.00 (£54) (down from $89).

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    But you get what you pay for as the product claims to be 100% biodegradable, environmentally friendly and ethically made. Plus it comes in three different colours.

    If that’s not enough to make you add to cart, the product description also states it is ‘the “sweet spot” between the thighs and cheeks (which) will gently cradle your head and support the neck. Great for side sleepers, back sleepers and stomach sleepers.’

    What more could you want?

    Just please don’t use it as a sex pillow (it’d be a nightmare to wash). There’s plenty of other places you can get some sweet sex toys.

    Now go forth and bury your head in a butt.

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    Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row
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    Two years ago, Katie Musgrave made a pledge to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children.

    And she has succeeded – for the second year in a row.

    Katie, 34, made the pledge on December 1, 2016, after becoming sick of the amount of barely-used equipment, clothing and toys that were being stored in her home.

    She banned herself from purchasing anything new for herself or her three kids Eliza, five, and Ariadne, three, and Daniel, 11 months – apart from food, nappies and essentials.

    In 2017, Katie managed to survive the whole year by buying every item ‘preloved’ except for buying her daughters a pair of shoes in summer.

    Large dolls house - ?10 from eBay. Katie Musgrave Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row. Loddiswell, Devon. See SWNS story SWPLfrugal; Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row. Thrifty Katie Musgrave, 34, made the pledge on December 1, 2016, after becoming sick of the amount of barely-used equipment, clothing and toys that were being stored in her home. She banned herself from purchasing anything new for herself or her three kids Eliza, five, and Ariadne, three, and Daniel, 11 months - apart from food, nappies and essentials.
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    This year, she has managed to go the whole year without buying anything – except for a school uniform for her daughter, Ariadne when she started school.

    The mum has even had a frugal festive period, and has gifted family and friends with home made food hampers.

    Although she admits she did splurge on one item – a pair of socks for her mother-in-law, Elizabeth Musgrave, 56, which cost £6.

    Katie, a GP registrar from Loddiswell, Devon, said: ‘We’ve had another year of not buying anything new for the children.

    ‘This Christmas we’ve been making presents which we will give to family members and friends.

    Interactive walker - ?5 from eBay. Katie Musgrave Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row. Loddiswell, Devon. See SWNS story SWPLfrugal; Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row. Thrifty Katie Musgrave, 34, made the pledge on December 1, 2016, after becoming sick of the amount of barely-used equipment, clothing and toys that were being stored in her home. She banned herself from purchasing anything new for herself or her three kids Eliza, five, and Ariadne, three, and Daniel, 11 months - apart from food, nappies and essentials.
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    ‘The children have been making gifts and things for their bedrooms, things don’t have to cost a lot to have meaning.

    ‘For Christmas I bought both daughters a puzzle, and one of them got a microscope and the other has a spirograph.

    ‘They’ve also got clothes and shoes, all preloved. My newborn has got a push walker – a little dog with a jumper on.’

    Katie, who has this year had her third child with GP husband Chris, 37, managed the whole year with only one blip.

    She bought a new school uniform for her youngest daughter, who started education this year.

    Wooden kitchen sink - ?25 from eBay. Katie Musgrave Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row. Loddiswell, Devon. See SWNS story SWPLfrugal; Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row. Thrifty Katie Musgrave, 34, made the pledge on December 1, 2016, after becoming sick of the amount of barely-used equipment, clothing and toys that were being stored in her home. She banned herself from purchasing anything new for herself or her three kids Eliza, five, and Ariadne, three, and Daniel, 11 months - apart from food, nappies and essentials.
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    She continued: ‘We’ve mostly stuck to nothing new, my daughter started school so we had to buy a uniform.

    ‘I’d say we’ve spent maybe £50 in the whole year, I’m sure I have saved at least £1000 over the course of the year.

    ‘We’ve still bought food and everyday essentials, but we use charity shops mostly.

    ‘It’s a habit that we’ve gotten into, you can find pretty much anything in charity shops or on eBay, you don’t need to buy things new.

    This year Katie has bought

    – a little dolls house for her daughter’s birthday
    – Victorian sleigh twin beds for my daughters
    – vintage chairs for the lounge
    – a set of plates and bowls for the kitchen
    – coats for all three children
    – kitchen chairs
    – paint
    – fabric for curtains
    – clothes including a skirt, two pairs of jeans, four jumpers, and a leather jacket
    – a Christmas jumper
    – some pottery pieces by local artist Tony Bristow
    – a rug
    – bedding
    – tea towels
    -cushions
    – a second-hand oven from eBay (nearly new and saved £400 from new cost)
    – bedroom storage boxes for the girls’ room
    – a wardrobe

    ‘The children are always excited when I come home, I bought my daughter a jumper with alpacas on it and she loves it.

    ‘It doesn’t have to cost much for it to matter to them.’

    Katie said that with just a little effort they were able to live a life better than when they were more frivolously spending money.

    Rocking horse - ?7.50 from a charity shop. Katie Musgrave Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row. Loddiswell, Devon. See SWNS story SWPLfrugal; Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row. Thrifty Katie Musgrave, 34, made the pledge on December 1, 2016, after becoming sick of the amount of barely-used equipment, clothing and toys that were being stored in her home. She banned herself from purchasing anything new for herself or her three kids Eliza, five, and Ariadne, three, and Daniel, 11 months - apart from food, nappies and essentials.
    Rocking horse – £7.50 from a charity shop (Picture:Tom Wren/SWNS)

    Katie changed her lifestyle and became compelled to act after she was shocked at how expensive it was raising small children.

    She realised that her children were getting through clothes at a lightning pace, and that her garage and attic were quickly filling with discarded items that had barely being worn.

    But then it dawned on Katie that other mothers were likely experiencing the same thing, and that there must be a treasure-trove of barely-worn children’s clothes out there.

    Katie Musgrave with her children Daniel, 1, Eliza (left), 5 and Ariadne, 3 and a selection of second hand toys. Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row. Loddiswell, Devon. See SWNS story SWPLfrugal; Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row. Thrifty Katie Musgrave, 34, made the pledge on December 1, 2016, after becoming sick of the amount of barely-used equipment, clothing and toys that were being stored in her home. She banned herself from purchasing anything new for herself or her three kids Eliza, five, and Ariadne, three, and Daniel, 11 months - apart from food, nappies and essentials.
    Katie Musgrave with her children Daniel, one, Eliza (left), five and Ariadne, three and a selection of second hand toys (Picture:Tom Wren/SWNS)

    Katie launched her web project called One Baby Owner as a place for parents to sell nearly-new items that their young ones have outgrown.

    But now Katie has had to put the website on hold as she focuses on raising her own three children.

    She said: ‘I’ve had to put that aside for now, I’m too busy raising my children. I hope to pick it up again sometime soon.’

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See SWNS story SWPLfrugal; Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row. Thrifty Katie Musgrave, 34, made the pledge on December 1, 2016, after becoming sick of the amount of barely-used equipment, clothing and toys that were being stored in her home. She banned herself from purchasing anything new for herself or her three kids Eliza, five, and Ariadne, three, and Daniel, 11 months - apart from food, nappies and essentials.Interactive walker - ?5 from eBay. Katie Musgrave Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row. Loddiswell, Devon. See SWNS story SWPLfrugal; Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row. Thrifty Katie Musgrave, 34, made the pledge on December 1, 2016, after becoming sick of the amount of barely-used equipment, clothing and toys that were being stored in her home. She banned herself from purchasing anything new for herself or her three kids Eliza, five, and Ariadne, three, and Daniel, 11 months - apart from food, nappies and essentials.Wooden kitchen sink - ?25 from eBay. Katie Musgrave Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row. Loddiswell, Devon. See SWNS story SWPLfrugal; Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row. Thrifty Katie Musgrave, 34, made the pledge on December 1, 2016, after becoming sick of the amount of barely-used equipment, clothing and toys that were being stored in her home. She banned herself from purchasing anything new for herself or her three kids Eliza, five, and Ariadne, three, and Daniel, 11 months - apart from food, nappies and essentials.Rocking horse - ?7.50 from a charity shop. Katie Musgrave Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row. Loddiswell, Devon. See SWNS story SWPLfrugal; Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row. Thrifty Katie Musgrave, 34, made the pledge on December 1, 2016, after becoming sick of the amount of barely-used equipment, clothing and toys that were being stored in her home. She banned herself from purchasing anything new for herself or her three kids Eliza, five, and Ariadne, three, and Daniel, 11 months - apart from food, nappies and essentials.Katie Musgrave with her children Daniel, 1, Eliza (left), 5 and Ariadne, 3 and a selection of second hand toys. Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row. Loddiswell, Devon. See SWNS story SWPLfrugal; Britain's most frugal mum who vowed to go a whole year without buying anything new for her and her children has succeeded - for the second year in a row. Thrifty Katie Musgrave, 34, made the pledge on December 1, 2016, after becoming sick of the amount of barely-used equipment, clothing and toys that were being stored in her home. She banned herself from purchasing anything new for herself or her three kids Eliza, five, and Ariadne, three, and Daniel, 11 months - apart from food, nappies and essentials.

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    Giraffes are now added to endangered list :(((((
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    Do you love giraffes? Or perhaps you love all animals? If so then you’ll want to put your neck out to save some of the majestic creatures becoming endangered.

    You’ll be sad to know that giraffes have now been added to the endangered species list after declining at an alarming rate.

    Two specifies of the tall mammals are now said to be critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

    That means we have to do something to save them now.

    MASHATU, BOTSWANA - JULY 26: A giraffe walks across a savanna at the Mashatu game reserve on July 26, 2010 in Mapungubwe, Botswana. Mashatu is a 46,000 hectare reserve located in Eastern Botswana where the Shashe river and Limpopo river meet. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
    (Picture: 2010 Getty Images)

    The numbers of giraffes have gone down by 40% in the past 31 years as a result of their habitats being taken up by humans.

    Giraffe habitats have been taken up by human development which uses large spaces for agriculture, mining, and construction.

    Poaching has also had an effect on the number of mammals as they are used for meat and a report in 2010 from the Rothschild’s Giraffe Project said that ‘freshly severed heads and giraffe bones’ can bring in up to $140 (£110) each.

    Two out of the nine giraffe species are dwindling while some are growing at a stable rate.

    Giraffe family running in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger Region in South Africa
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    They are disappearing specifically from the wild in Eritrea, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Malawi, Mauritania, and Senegal.

    ‘Some giraffe populations are stable or increasing, while others are declining, and each population is subject to pressure by threats specific to their local country or region,’ said the ICUN’s Red List report.

    ‘The populations of giraffes are scattered and fragmented with different growth trajectories and threats, but the species trend reveals an overall large decline in numbers across their range in Africa.’

    The ICUN’s Red List states the population of animals of a scale from ‘vulnerable’ to ‘endangered’ and then ‘critically endangered’.

    Once it goes past critically endangered, it will pass to ‘extinct in the wild’ before becoming totally ‘extinct’.

    Closeup of African Giraffe face against blue sky background at Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, East Africa
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    If you want to help save the numbers of giraffes, there are things you can do.

    You can adopt a giraffe to save them, paying as little as £3 a month. A symbolic adoption can mean monthly donations go to protecting their habitat and ensuring they are free to roam and procreate.

    Supporting giraffe conservation groups is another way to make sure their needs are being met.

    The Giraffe Conservation Foundation, for example, is an NGO that re-introduces the species to reserves that giraffes have not been able to roam in for 50 years due to illegal hunting, habitat loss, and climate change.

    You can stay informed on other animals too that are in danger of extinction and speak up for wildlife, sending a message to government leaders.

    You can also become a defender of wildlife by making monthly donations.

    There are little things we can all do to ensure the safety of some of the most beautiful and valuable creatures on earth.

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    Man who thought he had a hangover after last NYE but discovered it was heart failure will celebrate December 31 with a brand new heart
    (Picture: Ian Wilson /SWNS.COM)

    A man who thought he had a hangover after last New Year’s Eve but discovered it was heart failure will celebrate December 31 with a brand new one – after a transplant.

    Ian Wilson, 21, spent the festive season at home in Glasgow after nearly a year of medical treatment down south.

    Fiancee Lyn McQuade, 21, had to make a 300-mile round trip every weekend so they could see each other.

    The couple went to primary school together and started dating aged 17 – but at the start of this year Ian struggled to recover from their NYE celebrations and dismissed it as being under the weather.

    Doctors quickly assessed that the symptoms were more than January blues, and that he was suffering heart failure.

    Ian was rushed into Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, that day, where he was treated for a month before being transferred to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and faced an agonising wait on the ‘urgent’ heart transplant list.

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    Lyn McQuade,21, graduating from her nursing degree, with fiance Ian Wilson,21, who had a life-saving heart transplant (Picture: Ian Wilson /SWNS.COM)

    By the summer, he was so ill that the couple began to fear the longed-for transplant would never happen – and two false starts raised and dashed their hopes.

    After seeing other transplant patients lose their lives while on the waiting list, Ian began to wonder if he would ever see outside of the hospital again.

    He even considered whether he would discharge himself so he could spend Christmas at home – as he knew other people had done.

    And in June he popped the question to Lyn, who immediately said yes.

    Now back at home in Glasgow since being discharged on 8 November, Ian is looking forward to celebrating a day he feared he might never see.

    Ian said: ‘I thought I was going to be in hospital for Christmas.

    ‘My medication stopped working for a while and my heart started to fail.

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    Ian Wilson,21, who had a life-saving heart transplant, in hospital in Newcastle (Picture: Ian Wilson /SWNS.COM)

    ‘We were told that there might not be anything they could do.

    ‘They were looking at bringing a heart from Europe but it’s a big risk.’

    Born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, Ian underwent three major operations as a child – and recalls being one of ten children on a ward in 1998 who survived, following surgery.

    Only one person older than Ian has the rare condition in the UK.

    In the summer, Ian was told that two hearts had been found – but began to lose hope when he later learnt that they would not be a good enough match.

    Ian said: ‘Sometimes you think “why am I spending the time here when it could all be for nothing?”

    ‘It just got to that point where I was thinking “why am I spending my time away from the people I love, when it could be my last hours?”

    ‘If I hadn’t had the transplant I might have made that decision, especially coming up to Christmas.’

    Trainee nurse Lyn added: ‘We’ve spent every Christmas together in previous years.

    ‘This would have been the first Christmas Ian would have missed, and there was a point where they didn’t have much that they could do.’

    The couple got engaged in June, and plan to marry next year – when Ian will also return to his studies.

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    Lyn McQuade, 21, and fiance Ian Wilson,21, who had a life-saving heart transplant (Picture: Ian Wilson/SWNS.COM)

    He said: ‘I’ve got a lot more energy than I used to.

    ‘I’ve not had this much energy since I was about six or eight.’

    Lyn, who graduated from her nursing degree in December, said: ‘Ever since Ian has come home it has been celebration after celebration.

    ‘It’s good to be able to salvage this year – we’re looking forward to a new start in 2019.’

    Ian plans to write to the family of the heart donor, who was a man aged between 20 and 30, to say thank you for the priceless gift.

    Both he and Lyn believe the UK should adopt the French system of all citizens being automatic organ donors, unless they join a ‘refusal register’.

    Ian said: ‘They want the best possible match.

    ‘Before that, they had only done the operation on two people in hospital with that condition.

    ‘One had survived, and one had passed away.

    ‘The surgeons said it was a coin flip whether I got through this or not.

    ‘It is very rare that anyone with this condition makes it through to the transplant stage.’

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    Man says women are too open about periods so women open up even more about periods
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    There’s no shortage of bad takes on social media. If you peruse on Twitter for a mere few minutes, you’re bound to find something to get under your skin.

    Though it’s basically impossible to convince a stranger on the internet with a bad opinion why they’re wrong, sometimes it’s just easier to mock them.

    That’s what happened to one Twitter user who said women should keep periods – a natural monthly occurrence that occupies large parts of their lived experience – to themselves.

    And naturally, women responded by being beautifully honest about their periods.

    The man wrote: ‘It’s so disgusting the way some girls complain about period pain on social media. Yes, we know that you guys go through a lot during period but is it that too difficult to keep it yourselves or what?’

    And he still stands by his words. He told Metro.co.uk: ‘I’ll still stick to my words that it’s totally not right for a lady to complain about her period experience on social media.’

    One woman replied to him with pure sass and humour, saying: ‘My last period I had the biggest blood clot ever. It was thick enough to spread around a slice of bread. Remind me next time to send you a period sandwich.’

    While another wrote: ‘My last period was a bit hectic, I sneezed and gave birth to a jellyfish.’

    ‘Don’t get me started on the horniness that one has during the period,  you just want to smash constantly!’ informed another woman.’Then diarrhoea, then constant nausea and you’re happy and sad you can’t even drink alcohol because you just don’t want to be in public just in case the flow decides to overflow.’

    ‘Yesterday my flow was so heavy I got blood on my damn foot. Very pleased you’ve pinned this tweet so I can easily update you on future horrors,’ mocked another.

    But while some people explained in great detail what they go through during their periods, others highlighted just how serious and debilitating menstruation can be.

    ‘I once had a period that lasted six months of heavy flow non-stop, made me so sick that I couldn’t walk, and required surgery to stop. So, talking about menstruation is really important.’ advised one woman.

    While another woman explained what happens: ‘Yes, our inner organs linings are literally falling out because contractions that have been proven to be as painful as heart attacks, every 28 days or more and yet you are the one annoyed about it.’

    The original poster has yet to reply to any of the near 2,000 comments about periods but doesn’t seem to be too phased by the comments, having pinned it to his Twitter profile.

    He might want to, if he can stomach it, read why men should go down on women during their periods.

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    Please don't call your Dry January mates 'boring'
    (Getty/ Dean Noroozi)

    All that eating and drinking throughout the Christmas period is enough to make anyone go sober for a long, long time.

    Okay, maybe not a long time but a month at least. Good thing then that Dry January is only around the corner.

    Those giving up the booze will be happy to know then that the effects on your body during the period of sobriety last for months afterward, according to a study.

    That means you have official bragging rights over your mates who can’t go without drinking.

    Dry January benefits
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    Research by the University of Sussex showed that taking part in Dry January sees people regaining control of their drinking, have more energy, better skin and lose weight.

    Doing it for a month might also curb your drinking habits for the rest of the year as the study showed Dry Jan participants also reported drinking less months later.

    Previous research (and probably from anecdotal evidence) has shown that abstaining from alcohol has health benefits such as sleeping better, losing weight, having more energy but they’re usually thought to be short-term effects.

    Dr. Richard de Visser who carried out the research on 800 people who did Dry January in 2018 found that their drinking days went down from 4.3 to 3.3 per week, the units they consumed a day dropped from 8.6 to 7.1 and the frequency of being drunk went from 3.4 times per month to 2.1.

    ‘The simple act of taking a month off alcohol helps people drink less in the long term: by August people are reporting one extra dry day per week,’ said Dr de Visser.

    But even if you don’t manage to do the whole month, you can still see its benefits for a while after.

    ‘Interestingly, these changes in alcohol consumption have also been seen in the participants who didn’t manage to stay alcohol-free for the whole month – although they are a bit smaller,’ added Dr de Visser.

    ‘This shows that there are real benefits to just trying to complete Dry January.’

    Other effects of Dry January

    The University of Sussex research showed that:

    • 93% of participants had a sense of achievement;
    • 88% saved money;
    • 82% think more deeply about their relationship with drink;
    • 80% feel more in control of their drinking;
    • 76% learned more about when and why they drink;
    • 71% realised they don’t need a drink to enjoy themselves;
    • 70% had generally improved health;
    • 71% slept better;
    • 67% had more energy;
    • 58% lost weight;
    • 57% had better concentration;
    • 54% had better skin.

    Has that convinced you to just give it a go?

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    How is the cleaning craze wrecking the environment?
    (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

    You probably have loads of cleaning products under your kitchen sink.

    Whether it’s bleach or anti-bacterial spray, you probably think you are aware of the dangers.

    But it turns out that some of these products are incredibly dangerous when mixed together, as mum Dominque Heath found out when she mixed toilet unblocker and bleach together.

    Her house was filled with a chlorine gas cloud that led to her whole street being evacuated.

    Although each drain cleaner can be made up slightly differently, when Sodium Hypochlorite, the main component in most household bleach, is mixed with acid, which is common in many toilet bowl cleaners, it creates the gas.

    In another case last year, a woman in Sheffield was taken to hospital after mixing bleach, Dettol and Zoflora.

    And it’s not the only dangerous combination hiding under your sink.

    (Picture: Getty)

    Mixing bleach with anything other than water, really is a bad idea.

    Warnings on the back of the bottle state ‘Do not mix with other products’.

    When it is mixed with products containing ammonia, including window cleaners, floor polishing waxes, furniture polish,  multi-surface cleaners, glass cleaners and oven cleansers, it can produce Chloramine Vapour, which can cause coughing, nausea, shortness of breath, chest pain, pneumonia and irritation to the throat, nose and eyes.

    Mixing bleach with rubbing alcohol could also cause a few problems as the two chemicals react together to produce toxic chloroform gas as well as hydrochloric acid.

    Too much chloroform can cause you to pass out or even kill you while the acid can give you a chemical burn.

    And even things like vinegar and bleach can be dangerous.

    (Picture: Getty)

    You might be tempted to try the old vinegar and bicarbonate of soda trick to clean a sink but don’t add bleach if that doesn’t work.

    The acidic vinegar can react to produce chlorine gas, like in Dominque’s case.

    It can attack the skin and respiratory systems and irritate your eyes. It can even be deadly if it is in a high concentration and you don’t get enough fresh air.

    If you want to use another cleaning product, make sure it had drained away and flush it thoroughly with water.

    Vinegar is also dangerous if it’s mixed with peroxide as it produces peracetic acid, which is corrosive.

    And be careful, even mixing drain cleaner with another drain cleaner can be harmful. As mentioned before, these products can be made up differently and can react together.

    So whatever you are cleaning, make sure you read and follow the instructions carefully.

    And if you do think you have created a dangerous chemical reaction, get medical attention immediately.

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