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    Lulu DeVries and Oisín Ruskin, both six, met on the first day of school in Bedfordshire and instantly hit it off and quickly became best friends.

    But just a few months later Lulu was sadly diagnosed with neuroblastoma – a rare, aggressive type of cancer that forms in certain types of nerve tissue.

    The brave schoolgirl has endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, a stem cell harvest, stints in isolation, radiotherapy and is currently having immunotherapy.

    Her parents Rob and Claire have set up a fund for Lulu to be able to afford a trial treatment in America to increase her chances of getting better.

    When best pal Oisín found out about it, he asked what he could do to help – and offered to shave off his hair for her fund.

    And he let his best mate Lulu – who has lost her hair – take the clippers to his locks and snip it all off.

    When he was shown his new look in the mirror, the youngster said to Lulu: ‘I look like you now’.

    With Lulu’s treatment in America costing  £162,000, Oisin vowed to raise £100 with his new hairdo but ended up raising £2,800.

    Lulu shaving off Ois?n?s hair .Lulu DeVries, 6, is bravely battling cancer with the support of her best friend Ois?n Ruskin, also 6, - who let her shave off his hair so he would look like her. .See SWNS story SWTPshave.A six-year-old girl is fighting cancer with the help of her best friend who let the schoolgirl shave off all his hair so he ?could look just like her?. Lulu DeVries and Ois?n Ruskin met on the first day of school, just months before she was diagnosed with a rare aggressive cancer.The brave schoolgirl has endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, a stem cell harvest, stints in isolation, radiotherapy and is currently having immunotherapy.Her desperate parents have been told it's her "last chance", and even if it works, there is a 50 per cent chance she'll relapse.
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    ‘I’m so proud of him,’ said Oisín’s mum Jo.

    ‘He knows the name of the disease and the fact that there is medicine Lulu needs which isn’t available in this country.

    ‘I was speaking about fundraising ideas with my husband and Oisín overheard and asked how it all worked.

    ‘We were a bit dubious at first because he has lovely long locks so we said “wait until you get to £100 and we’ll see”.

    Lulu shaving off Ois?n?s hair .Lulu DeVries, 6, is bravely battling cancer with the support of her best friend Ois?n Ruskin, also 6, - who let her shave off his har so he would look like her. .See SWNS story SWTPshave.A six-year-old girl is fighting cancer with the help of her best friend who let the schoolgirl shave off all his hair so he ?could look just like her?. Lulu DeVries and Ois?n Ruskin met on the first day of school, just months before she was diagnosed with a rare aggressive cancer.The brave schoolgirl has endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, a stem cell harvest, stints in isolation, radiotherapy and is currently having immunotherapy.Her desperate parents have been told it's her "last chance", and even if it works, there is a 50 per cent chance she'll relapse.
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    ‘Oisín turned around and said he was going to make the target £2,000. We thought it was a bit ambitious so we just said “let’s keep it at £100”.

    When the parents noticed that the campaign had started to take off, they set a date for the big shave.

    ‘Initially we arranged to have Oisín’s usual hairdresser do the shave but she suggested it might be better for Lulu to do it,’ added Jo.

    ‘It wasn’t until the day when Lulu asked for the clipper and just rolled with it. Lulu was taking it in her stride.’

    .Lulu DeVries, 6, is bravely battling cancer with the support of her best friend Ois?n Ruskin, also 6, - who let her shave off his hair so he would look just like her. .See SWNS story SWTPshave.A six-year-old girl is fighting cancer with the help of her best friend who let the schoolgirl shave off all his hair so he ?could look just like her?. Lulu DeVries and Ois?n Ruskin met on the first day of school, just months before she was diagnosed with a rare aggressive cancer.The brave schoolgirl has endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, a stem cell harvest, stints in isolation, radiotherapy and is currently having immunotherapy.Her desperate parents have been told it's her "last chance", and even if it works, there is a 50 per cent chance she'll relapse.
    Lulu is bravely battling cancer with the support of her best friend (Picture: SWNS/Phoenix Photography)

    Lulu’s diagnosis came after her parents noticed she was getting fatigued very quickly, falling asleep at school, being too tired to walk home.

    So she was referred to a consultant at Bedford Hospital in January 2018 where doctors carried out an MRI scan on her legs and hips, noticing a shadowy area over her kidney.

    It was a tumour ‘the size of a grapefruit’ and she was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma which had spread to her bones, bone marrow, and lymphatic system.

    Lulu during her treatment at Bedford Hospital.Lulu DeVries, 6, is bravely battling cancer with the support of her best friend Ois?n Ruskin, also 6, - who let her shave off his har so he would look just like her. .See SWNS story SWTPshave.A six-year-old girl is fighting cancer with the help of her best friend who let the schoolgirl shave off all his hair so he ?could look just like her?. Lulu DeVries and Ois?n Ruskin met on the first day of school, just months before she was diagnosed with a rare aggressive cancer.The brave schoolgirl has endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, a stem cell harvest, stints in isolation, radiotherapy and is currently having immunotherapy.Her desperate parents have been told it's her "last chance", and even if it works, there is a 50 per cent chance she'll relapse.
    Lulu during her treatment at Bedford Hospital (Picture: SWNS/Phoenix Photography)

    In July, she had an eight-hour operation in July, removing 95% of the tumour. But doctors warned the family that there is a 50% chance the cancer will come back.

    So now Rob and Claire want to take Lulu to New York where a pioneering vaccine-based treatment is available and is said to train the white blood cells to constantly look for cancer cells.

    LuLu and Ois?n.Lulu DeVries, 6, is bravely battling cancer with the support of her best friend Ois?n Ruskin, also 6, - who let her shave off his har so he would look like like her. .See SWNS story SWTPshave.A six-year-old girl is fighting cancer with the help of her best friend who let the schoolgirl shave off all his hair so he ?could look just like her?. Lulu DeVries and Ois?n Ruskin met on the first day of school, just months before she was diagnosed with a rare aggressive cancer.The brave schoolgirl has endured multiple rounds of chemotherapy, surgery, a stem cell harvest, stints in isolation, radiotherapy and is currently having immunotherapy.Her desperate parents have been told it's her "last chance", and even if it works, there is a 50 per cent chance she'll relapse.
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    ‘Lulu has been so brave, she is our little hero,’ said dad Rob. ‘We’ll do anything to save our daughter’s life and prevent a relapse. So it’s a no brainer really.’

    You can learn more about Lulu’s condition and donate to her cause on her Just Giving page.

    MORE: I missed my wedding because of cancer, so I rescheduled it for the anniversary of my diagnosis

    MORE: Four little girls who beat cancer together reunite two years later

    MORE: My little girl’s cancer split our family in two, but we fought to keep it together


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    Berlin, Germany - February 26: In this photo illustration the app of dating app Tinder is displayed on a smartphone on February 26, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo Illustration by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)
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    If you’ve been single in the last five years, you’ve probably been on Tinder.

    And with that, you’ve probably come across the full range of profiles – the completely blank one, the over the top one, the genuinely nice ones and of course the people who try to be funny but just end up being awful.

    One woman came across this Tinder bio for a man who tells his potential dates to ‘do the math’.

    He then goes on to list what helps you to gain points in his eyes and how you can lose them.

    She posted it on her Twitter profile @TheDreamGhoul and called it the ‘world’s worst straight dude tinder bio.’

    If you work out you, are shorter than 5’3”, go to school (the post is from America, so think university rather than high school) ‘can hold a conversation’ and are ‘professional and ratchet’, you can pick up two points for each attribute.

    The highest scorer is ‘loving your family’ with three points.

    If you like to drink, understand budgeting, practice a religion, are open-minded, a freak in bed, bougie and you have a hobby, you can gain another point for each.

    But if you are thinking you’ve scored highly, there is the list of things that mean you lose points as well.

    If you smoke cigarettes or watch Netflix for more than three hours a day, you would lose two points for each. Similarly if you are needy or rude, it’s minus two points.

    If you ‘only do put a face on for an event’, be prepared to lose another point.

    Again if you ‘have way too many clothes’ or can’t cook, you lose another point.

    And if you are unemployed, you lose four whole points.

    Once you’ve calculated all that, you have your final score out of 20 that you can send to him through Tinder if you match.

    Of course, even if you are his perfect 20 out of 20, you have to get past the fact he is a man who awards and deducts points based on your lifestyle.

    Unsurprising, the post went viral.

    One person said: ‘Ridiculous that he’s giving out more points for loving your family than being a freak in bed. also, 3 hours of Netflix a night shows dedication and should be rewarded, not penalized.’

    Another added: ‘I’m a 8/20, but I’m a fucking catch. I’m sorry that working out while taking shots doesn’t equal the love I have for my family.’

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    For five years, Francesca Rhodes was plagued by severe contact dermatitis.

    She thought she would have to give up her career as a hairdresser because even water caused a reaction.

    The 30-year-old from Brigg, North Lincolnshire, had tried everything from steroid creams to UV therapy without success.

    But when a client suggested using a cheap moisturiser for children, Francesca says her skin cleared up within two weeks.

    She said: ‘My skin ended up so raw that even water would burn like hell. Washing up, having a shower or having my hands in water all day was agony.

    ‘I love my job, but I was in that much pain that every time I came home, I’d have to smother my hands in steroid cream and wrap them in a bandage, then wear cotton gloves to help it absorb quicker.

    ‘My confidence was at an all time low, too. I felt disgusting and diseased.’

    Francesca, who has a son, Charlie, six, with her steel worker husband Chris, 33, told how the first signs of dermatitis sprang up around five years ago, after she started itching between her fingers.

    Francesca's hands before (PA Real Life/Collect)
    Francesca’s hands before (Picture: PA Real Life/Collect)

    At first, she thought little of it, assuming it was simply a reaction to exposing her hands to water and chemicals, like those in hair dye, at work.

    But, over the ensuing three weeks, her symptoms worsened – with over-the-counter products making no difference.

    So, after consulting her GP, she was referred to a dermatologist at Lincolnshire’s Scunthorpe General Hospital.

    ‘I was prescribed a steroid cream, which worked for a while, but then my skin almost got used to it and the symptoms flared up again,’ she said.

    ‘So, I was given a different type of steroid cream, which I’d apply every night and bandage up my hands to keep the moisture in.

    Francesca showing where she'd have to bandage her hands before (PA Real Life/Collect)
    Francesca showing where she’d have to bandage her hands before (Picture:PA Real Life/Collect)

    ‘But it soon stopped working again and we were back at square one. That rigmarole of going back and forth carried on for years.’

    At her lowest ebb, Francesca even had daily sessions of phototherapy, which involves using UV light to treat a range of skin conditions.

    Yet again, though, it made no difference.

    Eventually, doctors warned her that, if they could not find something soon to alleviate her symptoms, she could have to consider quitting her hairdressing career.

    ‘I’d been a hairdresser for 14 years, so I couldn’t just walk away. There had to be something out there that could help,’ she said.

    Francesca and Chris (PA Real Life/Collect)
    Francesca and Chris (Picture: PA Real Life/Collect)

    With no sign of her symptoms improving, Francesca struggled with her self-esteem.

    She continued: ‘I was so self-conscious of my hands. Doing hair meant I couldn’t even cover them up.

    ‘If I ever went out, I’d wear a cardigan or jacket I could shove my hands in the pocket of.

    ‘I remember paying for something one day when the cashier demanded to know what was wrong with my hands. I left the shop in tears.

    Francesca's hands now (PA Real Life/Collect)
    Francesca’s hands now (Picture: PA Real Life/Collect)

    ‘I’m sure she didn’t mean for it to sound nasty, but when you already feel down, a comment like that makes you paranoid that everyone is staring at you.’

    She was worried she would never find a solution but last year, a client suggested she should try Childs Farm, a British skincare brand that uses naturally derived ingredients and essential oils.

    While the products are mainly aimed at newborns, babies and children, Francesca decided to give it a try.

    And, amazingly, within two weeks of using the cream, she saw a marked improvement. Now, she applies it every day.

    She said: ‘It wasn’t an immediate, overnight change, but I knew I had to stick with it if I wanted results, so I pushed on and within two weeks, my skin was softer and smoother.

    ‘Now I’ve only had one flare up in about a year, but it soon went away when I applied the cream. It’s really reassuring to know I have something there that can help.

    ‘Now I recommend it to everyone. It’s absolutely changed my life.’

    MORE: Woman labels man’s Tinder bio that awards or deducts points depending on your hobbies as the ‘worst ever’

    MORE: Six-year-old boy gets best friend with cancer to shave off his hair so he can ‘look just like her’


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    Let’s face it, fitness regimes can be hard to commit to.

    Despite our best intentions of hitting the gym three times every week, going to a yoga class every Sunday and jogging with girls at lunchtime – more often than not, life gets in the way to ruin our plans.

    So if you have a busy career, frantic home life and unpredictable schedule – the concept of incidental fitness probably sounds appealing, right?

    High Intensity Incidental Physical Activity – or HIIPA – is the workout for people who don’t have time to work out.

    It is based on the concept that regular, incidental activity that gets you out of breath will have significant health benefits – even if it’s only done for 30-seconds at a time.

    Incidental activity means things that you would be doing anyway – like hoovering vigourously, sprinting for a bus, carrying shopping up the stairs. If it gets your heart pumping – it counts.

    The latest research, published by the British Journal of Sports Medicine, states that huffing and puffing, even for just a minute or two, three to five times a day, every day of the week, will bring you significantly closer to hitting your recommended physical activity target.

    This is fantastic news for anyone who struggles to commit to a full hour in the gym.

    To make HIIPA part of your life, you wouldn’t even need to put a sports bra on – result.

    ‘On top of “move as often as possible and sit less”, public health and clinical practice could emphasise simple messages analogous to “huff and puff regularly”,’ wrote the researches.

    Woman walking with carrying groceries, flowers and shopping bags, side view
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    ‘There is a lot of research telling us that any type of HIIT, irrespective of the duration and number of repetitions, is one of the most effective ways to rapidly improve fitness and cardiovascular health,’ added report author Emmanuel Stamatakis in a statement.

    ‘HIIPA works on the same idea.

    ‘The beauty of HIIPA, and the idea of using activities we are already doing as part of everyday life, is that it is much more realistic and achievable for most people.’

    How to do HIIPA every day

    The opportunities to squeeze miniscule workouts into your daily life are everywhere – it’s just about making smart decisions.

    Once you start changing your mindset, HIIPA will become like second nature.

    Take the stairs: An obvious one. Rather than getting the lift to your office, or standing on the right of the escalator, get those legs moving. It will only take you a minute or so to reach the top, and you will certainly be puffing when you do.

    Get cleaning: Keeping the house clean is exhausting. Whether it’s hoovering, clambering on your knees to scrub the floor, feeling the bicep burn as you tackle the windows. Pick a different area of your home to clean every day and it could help you get fitter.

    Ditch the car: If you can walk to the supermarket and carry the shopping home, that’s a fantastic mini workout that covers both cardio and strength.

    Up your speed: If you’re a bit of a dawdler, try to increase your pace next time you’re walking. Walking briskly is a brilliant way to work up a bit of a sweat and get your heart pumping.

    Learn from your dog: If you have a pet pup, take them to a park and try jogging alongside them for 60-90 seconds. Don’t worry if you can’t keep up – dogd are built for speed – but it’s the effort that counts.

    Current health advice recommends that people achieve 30 minutes of physical activity every day – but this just isn’t feasible for everyone.

    HIIPA could help more people get closer to their fitness targets and make it much easier for people to stay healthy.

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    MORE: Could ‘Conscious Movement’ be better for you than HIIT?


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    This image is not from the Fyre Festival because the festival did not happen (Picture: Getty)

    We’ve all heard the tale of the festival that didn’t happen.

    Netflix and Hulu even documented the chaos of Fyre Festival – the biggest party that failed to deliver as promised by organisers Billy McFarland and Ja Rule.

    But for those who still want a piece of the action (which nobody had), you can now buy merchandise to commemorate the bit of millennial history.

    Whether you had those meaningless tickets to the festival or wish you did, you can now parade around in Fyre Festival-branded T-shirts, jumpers, hats and more, and pretend you enjoyed the fun and frolics promised.

    Two boxes of ‘authentic’ merchandise are being auctioned off by Billy McFarland who was arrested for fraud to try and make some bank after falling in a debt of $26 million (£19m).

    McFarland racked up the sums after scamming investors to the tune of a quarter of a million pounds and a further two million out of a ticket vendor. In another McFarland scheme, tickets sold to hopeful festival-goers amassed $150,000 (£113,168)

    He’s going to have sell a lot of merchandise then.

    Television programme, 'Fyre', TX Netflix Pictured: Ja Rule and Billy McFarland - Stills from the new Netflix documentary "FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened." Elvis and Maryann Rolle, unpaid Fyre Festival workers from Exuma Point in the Bahamas, set up a GoFundMe after event organizers Ja Rule and Billy McFarland failed to pay them for their work.
    Organisers Ja and Billy McFarland, the latter of whom is selling merchandise to raise funds to pay off his debts (Picture: Netflix)

    The news of the merchandise on sale was revealed in an email from a spokesman for the United States Marshals Service’s (USMS) Manhattan office.

    They wrote: ‘We have an assortment of the “real thing”: Fyre Festival-branded tee-shirts, sweatpants, sweatshirts, hats, wristbands and medallions. We know that there is tremendous interest in these items in the New York metro area in particular’ as reported by Vulture.

    McFarland’s lawyers turned over the boxes with the items intended to be sold at the festival.

    The clothes were then ‘inventoried and appraised to protect the government in case the items are fakes or counterfeit,’ the Marshals spokesman added.

    ‘The USMS will dispose (or sell) the Fyre merchandise in the most efficient, cost-effective way in the best interests of the U.S. Government.

    ‘Our objective always is to get the funds back to the victims as fast as we can in cases where there are victims.’

    So while you’ll bag a bit of millennial history, you’ll also be helping the people that were duped into travelling to the Bahamas for a party they wouldn’t forget.

    Well, they certainly won’t forget now.

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    Everyone notices the wedding dress – the cut, the style, the colour. But shoes are sometimes overlooked.

    If you’re wearing a floor-length gown, you probably want a pair of high heels to go with it to give you some height.

    If you think about it though, when no one can see your feet, you can wear pretty much wear whatever you want to be comfortable.

    Enter the Kate Spade bridal trainers.

    Your comfort can go incognito with this pair of flat designer trainers. They are sure to match your gown and won’t break the bank.

    If you really want, you can show them off as the embellished chic shoes, which come in bridal white, still scream style and functionality.

    The Kate Spade creations, complete with pearls, rhinestones and glitter, have been created in collaboration with American canvas shoe brand Keds.

    Though brides have made statements in the past, coupling their wedding dresses with Converses or Dr. Martens, the Keds X Kate Spade trainers are purposely designed to adhere to the style of a traditional wedding.

    No matter what your tastes, there are five different bridal styles to choose from whether you’re into beads, glitter or lace.

    Some of us are even tempted to get a pair despite having no plans to get married any time soon.

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    Kate Spade and Keds teamed up to create bridal shoes and more (Picture: Keds)

    The collaboration was announced at the beginning of the year but the shoes are now on sale, ahead of wedding season.

    For those who are intent on wearing tradish heels, you do you. But you can always opt for the Kate Spade pair for the reception. That first dance might be a bit easier to do, after all.

    And it comes with a bit of a platform to give you some height.

    They might be a bit more expensive than your average pair of trainers, ranging from £71-£108, but hey it’s your wedding, you probably want it to be special.

    ‘The collection is perfect for everything from bridal showers to bridesmaids’ gifts to walking down the aisle to happily ever after,’ Keds said in a press release.

    ‘Equal parts style and function, these styles are a must for brides-to-be. There’s no better way to walk down the aisle than in these elegant sneakers that allow height without the heel and dance-all-night comfort, plus versatile style so you can keep wearing them well after the big day.’

    And don’t worry, it’s not just bridal shoes that the brand duo have to offer, you can get Keds X Kate Spade shoes in other colours for everyday wear.

    If you’re not the bride but want a good gift for her and the groom, then the Kate Spade website also has a bunch of bridal gift ideas.

    Happy shopping.

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    Shot of a Centara Resort with pool and the sea in the background
    Picture: Sink into luxury during your stay in Phuket at one of Centara’s glamorous resorts

    Whether it’s the miserable weather or simply the banality of work, winter has very little going for it in the UK.

    Essentially, what we could all do with is some serious perking up, and one of the best cures for these seasonal blues is to book an incredible exotic holiday.

    With its lush green forests, rich culture and, of course, sensational weather, Phuket tops the list for must-see destinations this year – and Centara Hotels and Resorts offer the perfect locations to make the most of all it has to offer.

    Still need convincing? Here are five reasons Centara Hotels and Resorts will make you fall in love with Phuket, get you out of your winter slump and have you snapping up flights to this Thai paradise immediately.

    Insane beaches

    Landscape shot of a white beach surrounded by lush plants
    Picture: Experience white sand for miles and crystal clear waters in Phuket

    Situated in the clear, warm waters of the Andaman Sea, the Thai island of Phuket boasts a wealth of fine, white sandy beaches – and they’re all Instagram-worthy.

    From Bangtao Beach, with its swaying palm trees, restaurants serving authentic Thai cuisine and local villagers practicing traditional crafts, to the golden shores of Mai Khao Beach, Phuket’s longest beach, you won’t struggle to find a beautiful spot to soak up some sunshine.

    Many of Centara’s Phuket hotels sit directly on the beaches, so you can wake up to the sight of waves lapping the shore and the sun warming the sand every day.

    Centara Blue Marine Resort and Spa, for example, is nestled in a secluded spot among the cliffs at the northern end of Patong Beach. An ocean view room (complete with a swim-up pool) allows you to enjoy the breathtaking views in true luxury. Situated just across from pretty Kalim Beach with views of the Andaman Sea, this relaxing spot is surrounded by forest, giving the air a refreshing fragrance of tropical woodland and lovely sea breeze – perfect for relaxing.

    There’s also Centara Grand Beach Resort on Karon Beach, which boasts its very own water park, so you can have the benefits of swimming with amazing marine life, as well as enjoying some family fun right on your doorstep. After all that excitement, why not tuck into fresh seafood overlooking the sea as the sun sets?

    Luxury pampering

    A woman receiving a massage
    Picture: Soak your cares aware in the SPA Cenvaree treatment room at Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket

    Thailand is renowned for its opulent spas and expertise in massage, and Phuket is no exception.

    It’s an idyllic spot to visit if you’re looking to truly get away from it all and forget about the pressures of the daily grind back in the UK – and you can experience the finest Thai treatments, both traditional and new, at all of Centara’s Phuket hotels.

    Centara’s Grand Beach Resort boasts the award-winning SPA Cenvaree, where you can make the most of traditional remedies like natural healing through herbal baths and meditation, both of which claim to improve your inner and outer beauty. Or let the stress and strain of everyday life slip away during a full body massage outdoors, with the backdrop of tropical bird song and waves lapping the shore. Dreamy.

    Awesome culture

    Long exposure shot of Phuket's Old Town at night
    Picture: See the hustle, bustle and allure of Phuket’s Old Town

    If you look up Phuket online, you’ll find endless images of azure waters and white sands. And while their beauty is understandably what Phuket is famed for, you would be remiss to holiday there without visiting the wonderful towns and villages.

    Phuket Town, the capital of the island, is a great place to start, and is easily accessible from Centara Kata Resort and the Centara Karon Resort, both of which are just a 40-minute drive away by taxi, which the attentive staff at the hotels can organise for you and your family.

    Its old town is filled with Sino-Portuguese architecture, quaint cafés and arty boutiques selling ornaments, clothes and more. The town is also home to the spectacular Jui Tui Shrine, a vividly coloured Chinese temple adorned with elaborate statues of Chinese gods and dragons.

    Then, once the day you’re done exploring, you can come back to the comfort of the Centara Karon Resort for an authentic Thai meal of freshly caught seafood and spices at the hotel’s restaurant, or enjoy some refreshing cocktails at the swim-up bar at Centara Kata Resort.

    Excitement at every turn

    A family slide down a water flume in Phuket
    Picture: Brave the awesome flumes and slides at Centara Grand Beach Resort’s very own water park

    Whether you’re in the mood for the adventure or something more leisurely, Centara’s Phuket resorts can cater to your every need.

    At the family-centric Centara Karon Resort, you and the kids can get your kicks on the awesome waterslides – and, when you fancy a break, you can send the little ones to the on-site children’s club so you can relax. Centara’s Grand Beach Resort even has its own water park, so you’ll find there are days where you needn’t leave the resort at all.

    Meanwhile, at Centara Kata Resort, you can book on to island-hopping tours or family-friendly treks of the surrounding mountains and rainforests, and discover the wilder side of this beautiful island.

    And for the party animals, you should stay at Centara Blue Marine Resort & Spa. It’s ideally situated near Patong, which boasts amazing shopping and amazing nightlife in the form of great bars and internationally renowned clubs, which regularly play host to some of the world’s hottest DJs.

    Insta-worthy natural beauty

    A shot of an adult-only pool in Phuket
    Picture: Experience peace, quiet and beauty at the adult-only pool

    As a mountainous island, Phuket is covered in dense and rich green rainforests and national parks, all filled with peaceful waterfalls, playful gibbons and lovely oriole birds.

    The wildlife can be shy, but if you book onto a trekking tour during your stay at Centara Kata Resort, your expert guide might be able to help you get a shot of some and the amazing natural flora.

    Alternatively, if you’re staying at the Centara Grand Beach Resort, you should also hitch a ride on one of the daily tours to the gorgeous Similan Islands. This tranquil spot is basically heaven on earth, offering peaceful and arresting natural beauty, with aquamarine waters lapping at pearl-white shores, and mountainous landscapes covered in lush greenery.

    The beauty doesn’t just lie above sea level, though. The Andaman Sea has a wealth of coral reefs and is teeming with exotic and colourful fish. Centara Kata Resort and Centara Karon Resort are notable for their amazing dive spots. Be sure to take your waterproof camera when you go out snorkelling here and catch some beautiful shots; with the backdrop of the clear, turquoise sea, it’s impossible not to take an amazing pic.

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    Picture: Sit back, relax and enjoy breathtaking views of Phuket’s natural scenery from your room

    No matter what you get up to on your Phuket adventure, ensure you make the most of every moment by booking a stay with Centara Hotel and Resorts.

    Choose from a number of options. Whether it’s Centara Kata Resort on the shores of Phuket’s Kata Beach, or a relaxing getaway at Centara Blue Marine Resort & Spa, there will be a destination perfect for you.

    Visit centarahotelresorts.com today to book your Phuket getaway.


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    Primark has introduced gender neutral changing rooms in two of their stores.

    It means everyone gets changed in the same area without it being separated by gender.

    The first unisex changing rooms are part of new stores at Bluewater in Kent and Hastings, Sussex, but separated changing rooms will remain at the rest of their stores.

    They made the decision after the brand was criticised by some transgender customers, who said that they have been challenged when using changing rooms in Primark.

    Although it will hopefully make trans customers more comfortable, there has been a backlash online from people who said that more needs to be done to improve privacy in the unisex cubicles.

    The new changing rooms have cubicles with curtains, and many have suggested that doors would be better.

    Others however, said that the changing rooms are a good idea and added that it would be helpful for people with a disability who need their partners to help them try on clothes.

    The move comes after Topshop announced all their changing rooms would be gender neutral in 2017.

    A Primark spokesperson said:It has been our policy for some time that all customers are welcome to use the fitting rooms of their choice in our stores.

    ‘As part of our latest in-store design, non-gendered fitting rooms, which are commonplace in retail and other markets in which we operate, have been introduced in our new Bluewater and Hastings stores.’

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    BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833)?Pic: Strutt&Parker/BNPS Never worry about last orders again... The heated swimming pool on the grounds of the property. A pretty country home that comes complete with its own private pub is on the market for ?2.2m. The elegant Arts & Crafts property in a picturesque hamlet near Chelmsford, Essex, is the perfect house for entertaining with a swimming pool, all weather tennis court, stables and almost six acres of land. And those who love a tipple would not have to worry about stumbling home from a night of sinking pints and playing pool as the detached games room, complete with an impressive bar, is just 100 yards from the main house.
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    A pretty country home that has its own private pub is selling for £2.2 million.

    The Arts & Crafts property is located near Chelmsford, Essex, and is the perfect house for entertaining guests as it has its own swimming pool, tennis court, stables, six acres of land and a pub.

    The bar is part of a detached games room 11 yards from the main house, where you can drink pints and play pool.

    The six-bedroom home is on the market with Strutt & Parker.

    BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833)?Pic: Strutt&Parker/BNPS Never worry about last orders again... A pretty country home that comes complete with its own private pub is on the market for ?2.2m. The elegant Arts & Crafts property in a picturesque hamlet near Chelmsford, Essex, is the perfect house for entertaining with a swimming pool, all weather tennis court, stables and almost six acres of land. And those who love a tipple would not have to worry about stumbling home from a night of sinking pints and playing pool as the detached games room, complete with an impressive bar, is just 100 yards from the main house.
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    The house has 3,580 sq ft of accommodation with a reception hall and living room, kitchen and breakfast room, dining room, drawing room, six bedrooms and three bathrooms.

    Across a courtyard there is a garage, a stable block and tack room, for storing saddles and harnesses.

    In total there is more than another 3,000 sq ft of outbuildings, including the detached ‘bungalow’, which currently houses the personal pub.

    In the 5.84 acres of grounds are the tennis court, heated swimming pool, an orchard, lawns, paddock and two large greenhouses.

    BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833)?Pic: Strutt&Parker/BNPS Never worry about last orders again... Cheers - the pub and games room, just 100 yards from the main house. A pretty country home that comes complete with its own private pub is on the market for ?2.2m. The elegant Arts & Crafts property in a picturesque hamlet near Chelmsford, Essex, is the perfect house for entertaining with a swimming pool, all weather tennis court, stables and almost six acres of land. And those who love a tipple would not have to worry about stumbling home from a night of sinking pints and playing pool as the detached games room, complete with an impressive bar, is just 100 yards from the main house.
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    Another 50 acres of land are available to buy separately.

    The property is in the hamlet of Nounsley, near the village of Hatfield Peverel, which is within easy commuting distance of London.

    Mark Davies from Strutt & Parker said: ‘The current owners bought the house in 1986 and they put in the garages and built the games room for their teenage children.

    BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833)?Pic: Strutt&Parker/BNPS Never worry about last orders again... Cheers - the pub and games room, just 100 yards from the main house. A pretty country home that comes complete with its own private pub is on the market for ?2.2m. The elegant Arts & Crafts property in a picturesque hamlet near Chelmsford, Essex, is the perfect house for entertaining with a swimming pool, all weather tennis court, stables and almost six acres of land. And those who love a tipple would not have to worry about stumbling home from a night of sinking pints and playing pool as the detached games room, complete with an impressive bar, is just 100 yards from the main house.
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    ‘But the kids are all grown up now and it’s a big house.

    ‘It was built in the 1920s, so it’s a proper arts and crafts home. I think there was a much older house there before, there’s a Judas tree in the gardens that is thought to be 300 years old so we think the previous house would have dated to the same time.

    BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833)?Pic: Strutt&Parker/BNPS Never worry about last orders again... Cheers - the pub and games room, just 100 yards from the main house. A pretty country home that comes complete with its own private pub is on the market for ?2.2m. The elegant Arts & Crafts property in a picturesque hamlet near Chelmsford, Essex, is the perfect house for entertaining with a swimming pool, all weather tennis court, stables and almost six acres of land. And those who love a tipple would not have to worry about stumbling home from a night of sinking pints and playing pool as the detached games room, complete with an impressive bar, is just 100 yards from the main house.
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    ‘It is an aspirational purchase, I would expect the buyers to be a family looking to move up to a home with more space.

    ‘The building with the games room and bar is about 100 yards from the main house by the eastern boundary. It’s got a little kitchen area and another room that could be anything really. It’s very versatile.

    ‘It would be great for entertaining or hosting parties and if you’ve got teenage children it’s ideal.

    BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833)?Pic: Strutt&Parker/BNPS Never worry about last orders again... The heated swimming pool on the grounds of the property. A pretty country home that comes complete with its own private pub is on the market for ?2.2m. The elegant Arts & Crafts property in a picturesque hamlet near Chelmsford, Essex, is the perfect house for entertaining with a swimming pool, all weather tennis court, stables and almost six acres of land. And those who love a tipple would not have to worry about stumbling home from a night of sinking pints and playing pool as the detached games room, complete with an impressive bar, is just 100 yards from the main house.
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    ‘The bar looks as good as any pub. It would be great as a typical sort of boy’s toy feature, you could get friends round to watch the rugby or football.

    ‘It also has a lot of stables and outbuildings and there’s additional land to purchase at the back which could be used for a glamping site, it means it appeals to a wide group of people.’

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    BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833)?Pic: Strutt&Parker/BNPS Never worry about last orders again... Cheers - the pub and games room, just 100 yards from the main house. A pretty country home that comes complete with its own private pub is on the market for ?2.2m. The elegant Arts & Crafts property in a picturesque hamlet near Chelmsford, Essex, is the perfect house for entertaining with a swimming pool, all weather tennis court, stables and almost six acres of land. And those who love a tipple would not have to worry about stumbling home from a night of sinking pints and playing pool as the detached games room, complete with an impressive bar, is just 100 yards from the main house.BNPS.co.uk (01202 558833)?Pic: Strutt&Parker/BNPS Never worry about last orders again... Cheers - the pub and games room, just 100 yards from the main house. A pretty country home that comes complete with its own private pub is on the market for ?2.2m. The elegant Arts & Crafts property in a picturesque hamlet near Chelmsford, Essex, is the perfect house for entertaining with a swimming pool, all weather tennis court, stables and almost six acres of land. And those who love a tipple would not have to worry about stumbling home from a night of sinking pints and playing pool as the detached games room, complete with an impressive bar, is just 100 yards from the main house.

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    Goop, the lifestyle site spearheaded by Gwyneth Paltrow, is currently selling a rugby ball priced at £113.

    For context, a bog standard rugby ball on Amazon starts at about £10.

    At £113 you might think that said ball must have been thrown around by Disraeli or lost in a bush by Churchill. But no, it’s a reproduction rugby ball not created in 1924, as the writing on its side would suggest.

    Describing the item the Goop website says: ‘This vintage varsity rugby ball was sourced from the coolest corner on the planet—Henry Gregory Antiques in London—where (fun fact) Ralph Lauren is rumored to find their vintage goodies.

    ‘The slightly tattered, beautifully weathered leather is full of character (and makes for a cool objet d’ art in an office or on a bookshelf).’

    It then goes on to state that the ball is ‘reproduction in c.1950s vintage style’ and that it is delivered ‘deflated’, so upon delivery it can be ‘inflated using a standard bike pump.’

    £113 and you’ve got to pump it up yourself. For that kind of money you’d be forgiven for wanting it to come ready filled with unicorn breath.

    The site has previously suggested vagina steaming, sold jade eggs for your vagina and cure your depression by walking around outside without any shoes on.

    All of which makes a hundred quid rugby ball sound positively sensible by comparison.

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    Richard Pollins completing 40km challenge
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    A man who was born without legs has completed an incredible 40km walk using crutches and prosthetics – all to raise money for a motor neurone disease charity.

    Richard Pollins, a broadcast journalist from north London, decided to take on the incredible feat of walking 40km over four days, pushing his body to the limit, following his mum’s devastating diagnosis of MND in 2016.

    And turning 40 felt like the perfect catalyst for Richard.

    The route included famous landmarks around the capital, such as Buckingham Palace and London Zoo, but also places that are close to Richard’s heart.

    The final day started at Belsize Square Synagogue where his family have long been members, and finished at his parents’ house in Woodside Park.

    The achievement is particularly special for Richard because as a child it was feared that he might never walk. But his mother never gave up and pushed him to learn how to live differently.

    ‘There are many reasons why over the last 40 years I have been able to go from proving those fears to be unfounded to now taking on this challenge,’ explains Richard on his Just Giving page.

    ‘Most of those reasons are down to my mum. She made everything happen and the impossible possible.

    ‘In 2016 she was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. It is a hideous condition. It has hurt our family. I wish the medical world was ready to cure her but it isn’t.

    ‘There is long term progress being made though so I am ring-fencing all my donations to research projects.

    ‘Sadly this won’t help her but will help others. That sums my mum up.’

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    Battling pain, exhaustion, rain, hail and gale-force winds – Richard managed to finish the challenge in the scheduled timeframe, and has so far raised more than £55,000 – absolutely smashing his original target of £40,000.

    It wasn’t easy – but giving up was never on the table.

    ‘Towards the beginning of the last 5k, I didn’t feel quite right,’ Richard tells Metro.co.uk.

    ‘Also I thought that my prosthetic legs had way too much give in them, so I was worried might fall over… and then it started hailing. That woke me up.

    ‘I kept going. I had told too many people I was doing this – not finishing it was never an option.’

    What is motor neurone disease?

    Motor neurone disease is a uncommon condition that affects the brain and nerves.

    It’s always fatal and can significantly shorten life expectancy, but some people live with it for many years. Currently, there’s no known cure.

    According to the NHS, these are some of the early symptoms:

    • weakness in your ankle or leg – you might trip, or find it harder to climb stairs
    • slurred speech, which may develop into difficulty swallowing some foods
    • A weak grip – you might drop things, or find it hard to open jars or do up buttons
    • Muscle cramps and twitches
    • Weight loss – your arms or leg muscles may have become thinner over time
    • Difficulty stopping yourself crying or laughing in inappropriate situations

    Richard was cheered along his route by an enthusiastic support team – including his wife and children. He said they provided a welcome distraction from the sheer endurance needed to get through each day.

    He even received a message of encouragement from Sir Mo Farah.

    Richard underwent rigorous training in order to prepare for the walk, but there was no blueprint for doing this kind of challenge, no one who had done anything remotely similar, so Richard had to go it alone and depend on his gut instincts.

    The final day of the walk took Richard through hilly Hampstead, which was extremely difficult – but it also made walking down that final road feel even sweeter.

    ‘Completing it is brilliant and I am pleased with myself because I have not attempted anything like this before,’ Richard tells us.

    ‘I’m even more pleased to be highlighting how tough a condition motor neurone disease is and why a cure must be found.

    ‘Most of all, I’m pleased to find something for those who love my Mum, something to rally around and to show her how much she means to so many.’

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    Apples whole, apples diced, apple sauce, the inside of an apple pie, baked apples, candy apples with the chocolate shaved off, etc. Finally after about a week they bought that I had become an Appletarian. They started giving me information about how unhealthy it was to only eat apples, and growing increasingly exasperated by it. Some of them even got angry. But I wanted to stick with the joke. Finally, after the end of 3 weeks, I walked into what I was told was a movie night but was actually an intervention for me.
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    You might’ve heard of a fruitarian – someone who follows a diet consisting primarily of fruits and possibly nuts and seeds.

    But fruitarians usually eat a variety of the stuff, to keep it interesting and make sure they’re getting a mix of nutrients.

    One man, however, came up with his own concept – an ‘appletarian’ who, you guessed it, only eats apples or apple-based food and drink.

    Except, it was all a prank for his friends and girlfriend, and he kept up the act for an impressive three weeks.

    Don’t worry though, he made sure to eat other things when they weren’t looking, he revealed on Reddit.

    But his worried friends thought he might genuinely be depriving himself of nutrition and decided to stage an intervention.

    When he told them it was a prank, none of them believed him, even when he took out a beef jerky from his pocket to prove it.

    Sadly for the lad though, his girlfriend even broke up with him because he took the joke too far and ’embarrassed her for a dumb joke’ during a date night where he insisted to the waiter he could only eat apples.

    When two appletarians find each other (Picture: Getty)

    ‘I told my friends that I had read on the internet that eating only apples was the healthiest thing for you,’ he wrote.

    ‘When I first told them they thought I was joking, but they underestimated how committed I would be to a joke.

    ‘So, whenever in the presence of one of my friends (or friend-of-friends/coworkers/etc who knew them) I was very careful to only be seen eating apples or drinking apple juice/cider. Apples whole, apples diced, apple sauce, the inside of an apple pie, baked apples, candy apples with the chocolate shaved off, etc.

    ‘Finally, after about a week they bought that I had become an appletarian. They started giving me information about how unhealthy it was to only eat apples and growing increasingly exasperated by it. Some of them even got angry.

    ‘But I wanted to stick with the joke. Finally, after the end of three weeks, I walked into what I was told was a movie night but was actually an intervention for me.’

    He revealed that he broke out in laughter and told them it was all a joke and ate the beef jerky to convince them.

    They didn’t find it funny though. But humour is subjective and plenty of Redditors appluaded the prank, saying include the girlfriend if there is a next time. Others said it was a bit too far.

    Anyway, in unrelated news, we looked at why lads do unquestionably stupid things.

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    Apples whole, apples diced, apple sauce, the inside of an apple pie, baked apples, candy apples with the chocolate shaved off, etc.  Finally after about a week they bought that I had become an Appletarian. They started giving me information about how unhealthy it was to only eat apples, and growing increasingly exasperated by it. Some of them even got angry.  But I wanted to stick with the joke. Finally, after the end of 3 weeks, I walked into what I was told was a movie night but was actually an intervention for me.Apples whole, apples diced, apple sauce, the inside of an apple pie, baked apples, candy apples with the chocolate shaved off, etc. Finally after about a week they bought that I had become an Appletarian. They started giving me information about how unhealthy it was to only eat apples, and growing increasingly exasperated by it. Some of them even got angry. But I wanted to stick with the joke. Finally, after the end of 3 weeks, I walked into what I was told was a movie night but was actually an intervention for me.

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    With World Down’s Syndrome Day coming up on 21 March, one diverse model management company has decided to do their first ever group photo shoot.

    Zebedee Management has given opportunities to many people with differences and now they’re celebrating the day with a group photoshoot where every single model has Down’s Syndrome.

    The company employs models with disabilities like the seven-year-old double amputee, to the woman who lost a leg due to a rare cancer, and the autistic boy who became a model for H&M.

    They’ve consistently represented models with Down’s Syndrome, including Benefit ambassador Kate Grant, and have now joined forces with photography project the Radical Beauty Project to challenge conventional beauty.

    Models represented by the brand have gone on to advertise for major labels like Mercedes Benz, River Island, graced the cover of Grazia magazine, worked with photographer Rankin, and several other clothing stores and supermarkets.

    And now the collection of powerful images from the shoot will be turned into a collectible high-end, avant-garde and fashion photography art book by the founder of the project Daniel Vas.

    Zoe Proctor, the director of Zebedee Management says that both brands ‘share the same vision and strive for designers and luxury brands to include diverse models, from the designing process all the way to representation in the media and on the runway.’

    World Down Syndrome Day Zebedee Management collaborate with the #RadicalBeautyProject on their first ever group shoot for #WDSD. All the models featured have #DownSyndrome, and look every inch the #Supermodels they are. When it comes to Down syndrome, most people are so prejudiced (for many a reason, and we aim at challenging these reasons in the process) that they can???t see the forest for the trees and keep these very capable individuals back, in the shadows preferably. Actually, they are pretty sure there???s no forest, they strongly believe there???s just one tree called Down syndrome, end of. We are desperate to change that and reveal to everyone the huge forest beyond the trees, the endless abilities people with Down syndrome have, when given the chance! WDSD Ellie is a model and dancer who has Down SyndromeWDSD Ellie is a model and dancer who has Down Syndrome Ellie "These projects are so important to be part of because we still need to raise as much awareness as possible. Show the world our children are the same as everyone else. They ARE able to and do achieve their goals in life. There are still too many ignorant people!!! Ellie wants and needs to fulfil her hopes, dreams and aspirations in her life!!!! And that means being accepted and SEEN!! " Yvonne Goldstien- Ellie's mum. That is why we are beyond thrilled and excited to announce our unique collaboration with the pioneering and daring Radical Beauty Project. Its creator, choreographer Daniel Vais, believes like we do, in the incredible beauty, uniqueness and abilities of people with Down syndrome, and he worries about their doom. He is working on a high-end, avant-garde and fashion photography book featuring only models with Down syndrome from all over the world,, shot by the best photographers in the industry. Fashion photography using models who have Down Syndrome- Trisomy 21- Downs syndromeFashion photography using models who have Down Syndrome- Trisomy 21-
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    ‘In spite of our models’ challenges, our talent is regular people like you and me, but they are a shining example of inspiration,’ Zoe wrote on Bored Panda.

    ‘With Zebedee’s help, they are determined to bring the fashion world up-to-date and be represented as equals, and rightly so. That’s why we are absolutely delighted that our diverse models have been asked to take part in so many wonderful campaigns worldwide.

    ‘At Zebedee Management we strive for designers and luxury brands to include diverse models, from the designing process all the way to representation in the media and on the runway.’

    Some of the models include Kate who represents Benefit Cosmetics, Jack who has worked with Rankin for Hunger Magazine Jacks, Kathleen who has been booked regularly for River Island and has recently shot a campaign for Marvel films called #iammarvel, and Cora who is the face of the new range of children’s glasses at Specsavers.

    Cora has been a very busy little girl and had lots of great paid opportunities. She is also the face of the new range of children???s glasses at #Specsavers. ???This project shows the beautiful diversity of people with Downs Syndrome. We are thrilled that Cora has been involved. We want the world to see her for who she is, and projects like this help us do that.??? ??? says Sheryl ??? Cora???s mum. World Down Syndrome Day Zebedee Management collaborate with the #RadicalBeautyProject on their first ever group shoot for #WDSD. All the models featured have #DownSyndrome, and look every inch the #Supermodels they are. When it comes to Down syndrome, most people are so prejudiced (for many a reason, and we aim at challenging these reasons in the process) that they can???t see the forest for the trees and keep these very capable individuals back, in the shadows preferably. Actually, they are pretty sure there???s no forest, they strongly believe there???s just one tree called Down syndrome, end of. We are desperate to change that and reveal to everyone the huge forest beyond the trees, the endless abilities people with Down syndrome have, when given the chance! WDSD Ellie is a model and dancer who has Down SyndromeWDSD Ellie is a model and dancer who has Down Syndrome Ellie "These projects are so important to be part of because we still need to raise as much awareness as possible. Show the world our children are the same as everyone else. They ARE able to and do achieve their goals in life. There are still too many ignorant people!!! Ellie wants and needs to fulfil her hopes, dreams and aspirations in her life!!!! And that means being accepted and SEEN!! " Yvonne Goldstien- Ellie's mum. That is why we are beyond thrilled and excited to announce our unique collaboration with the pioneering and daring Radical Beauty Project. Its creator, choreographer Daniel Vais, believes like we do, in the incredible beauty, uniqueness and abilit
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    All the the talented models are hoping to raise more awareness and representation of the condition where there is an extra chromosome.

    Model Harry said: ‘Any excuse to strike a pose or dance, dance, dance. I’m a bit of a prankster too – I just love to make people laugh. That’s what I want you to see. This is me.’

    World Down Syndrome Day Zebedee Management collaborate with the #RadicalBeautyProject on their first ever group shoot for #WDSD. All the models featured have #DownSyndrome, and look every inch the #Supermodels they are. When it comes to Down syndrome, most people are so prejudiced (for many a reason, and we aim at challenging these reasons in the process) that they can???t see the forest for the trees and keep these very capable individuals back, in the shadows preferably. Actually, they are pretty sure there???s no forest, they strongly believe there???s just one tree called Down syndrome, end of. We are desperate to change that and reveal to everyone the huge forest beyond the trees, the endless abilities people with Down syndrome have, when given the chance! WDSD Ellie is a model and dancer who has Down SyndromeWDSD Ellie is a model and dancer who has Down Syndrome Ellie "These projects are so important to be part of because we still need to raise as much awareness as possible. Show the world our children are the same as everyone else. They ARE able to and do achieve their goals in life. There are still too many ignorant people!!! Ellie wants and needs to fulfil her hopes, dreams and aspirations in her life!!!! And that means being accepted and SEEN!! " Yvonne Goldstien- Ellie's mum. That is why we are beyond thrilled and excited to announce our unique collaboration with the pioneering and daring Radical Beauty Project. Its creator, choreographer Daniel Vais, believes like we do, in the incredible beauty, uniqueness and abilities of people with Down syndrome, and he worries about their doom. He is working on a high-end, avant-garde and fashion photography book featuring only models with Down syndrome from all over the world,, shot by the best photographers in the industry. Fashion photography using models who have Down Syndrome- Trisomy 21- Downs syndromeFashion photography using models who have Down Syndrome- Trisomy 21-
    (Picture: Scallywagfox)

    Fellow model Callum added: ‘Projects like this show how having Down’s syndrome is no barrier to achieving your dreams.’

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    This week Prince Harry announced that he’d only be taking two weeks of paternity leave (Picture: Splash News)

    Back in 2015, when The Duchess of Sussex was still Rachel from Suits, the government rolled out a system called shared parental leave.

    The introduction of SPL – where mothers, fathers, partners and adopters can split their time off work after the arrival of their child – was supposed to be A Big Moment. A step towards gender equality, aimed at making the process of having a baby a more egalitarian one.

    Unfortunately the uptake is incredibly low – only around two per cent of fathers were taking shared parental leave in 2018.

    This week Prince Harry announced that he’d only be taking two weeks of paternity leave, so will be joining the 98 per cent of men who do not take shared parental leave.

    This is a missed opportunity for the royal to raise awareness and set an example to new dads everywhere.

    A combination of factors are behind why men are not taking SPL.

    No doubt there is a financial element – if the male partner is the higher earner then SPL would leave your family financially weaker, as the stay at home partner gets a statutory £145 per week and only more should their employer chose to give it.

    But in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s case it’s fair to assume that cost isn’t a concern.

    There’s also the admin of it. Not everyone will be aware of the system, let alone how to navigate it. But again, in Harry and Meghan’s case it’s fair to assume that someone could do the forms for them, if necessary.

    So for a couple who can take shared parental leave to choose not to there must be a different reason. Could it be that these dads don’t want to? Or that they feel there is a stigma attached to being a stay at home dad?

    Last year a study found that 38 per cent of men didn’t take any time off around the birth of their child due to the stigma of taking paternity leave.

    Which is exactly why I’m annoyed with Prince Harry, who had a golden opportunity to strip away the stigma of shared parental leave and raise awareness of the system.

    A golden opportunity he will unfortunately be skipping out on.

    When Prince Harry announced he would be taking a whopping two weeks off, he said it’s the ‘modern dad’ thing to do.

    Quite a lot to unpack there.

    Firstly, taking two weeks off is not a ‘modern dad’ thing to do. Taking two weeks off is the bare bloody minimum.

    Childbirth is a major procedure and can include emergency surgery. If you’re having a baby with someone you should at the absolute least clear your schedule so that you’ll be around to help take care of them if they end up needing to have an emergency C-section.

    The first two weeks of motherhood are, like the first two weeks of doing anything for the first time, daunting.

    Some women take to being a mum immediately and other struggle. More than one in 10 mums will experience post natal depression. 

    Even if you haven’t got PND, coping with a lack of sleep and change of routine is hard. The idea that it’s generous for a man to take a whole two weeks to aid in this process is baffling.

    Admittedly Harry and Meghan will have resources which most couples can only dream of, and will be able to summon sleep experts, lactation consultants and a brace of nannies if needs be, but the point still stands.

    In his work through the Heads Up campaign Prince Harry has helped to destigmatise male mental health issues. Becoming a dad gives him the perfect chance to further that work into an area where many men suffer in silence.

    Around one in 10 men also suffer with post natal depression, and feelings of exclusion or jealousy are incredibly common in new dads. Many men feel shut out and excluded, especially when they go back to work.

    Shared parental leave casts both parents as full time carers with equal responsibility for their baby, rather than making the dad into a spare part while the mum bonds with the baby.

    There’s no doubt that women need time away from work after they give birth – if nothing else to recover from the ravages of birth and to be able to breastfeed if they choose to.

    Cis men can’t carry babies and they don’t breastfeed, but that doesn’t mean they should be superfluous to requirement. Why wouldn’t a man want to spend the first weeks of his child’s life bonding and supporting his partner?

    Not all couples can afford to take SPL – something I’m keenly aware of as I start to try for a family. But in couples where money isn’t a pressing concern – like the Windsors – I can see no reason not to at least try SPL.

    Being the de facto childcare provider just because you’re a woman hinges on the sexist assumption that women are always better childcare providers than men. That is an assumption which oppresses everyone, preventing men from being full time fathers and keeping women in the home.

    Some women are more inclined to childcare and some men are better breadwinners, but the inverse can also be true.

    Fathers are no less important or valid childcare providers than mothers, though of course our roles are different.

    For many couples the traditional division of labour will work, and that’s great – but it should be based on who you are as people, not what gender you are.

    Our fixed perception about which gender of parent is supposed to do what is deeply toxic, which is why I’m so frustrated to see a couple as forward thinking as Harry and Meghan perpetuating it.

    MORE: Prince Harry to take two weeks paternity leave ‘because it’s a modern dad thing’

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    In need of a new handbag? Well, Marks & Spencer’s sell-out faux leather bag is finally back in stock.

    M&S has announced the relaunch of its Faux Leather Bamboo Saddle Cross Body Bag, which was so popular it sold out super quickly when it was first released.

    The bag is made of faux leather and comes in caramel and black. It also features a gold textured bamboo ring design on the front.

    Inside, there’s a magnet fastening and interior zip-secured pockets, and it is fully lined in faux leather material. It’s no wonder influencers love it.

    M&S handbag back in stock
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    The relaunch of the bag was announced on M&S’ Instagram, and the post has received 3,000 likes already.

    They said: ‘It’s the bag influencers have been going wild for and it’s back in stock and available to buy now!

    ‘This chic faux leather bag will securely fit all your essentials safely with its magnet fastening and zipped internal pockets, while its sporty, cross-body strap will ensure you can go about your day in style (and hands free).’

    Since being posted, shoppers have been commenting to show their excitement.

    One person said: ‘I have this bag and it’s a beauty I get lots of compliments and the strap is perfect for cross body no digging in like thin straps do and looks great resting just above the hip.’

    Another said: ‘I [love] this bag!! I got it first time round and it is brilliant. Great to get a make up bag in as well as a book and little bottle of water. I think it is brilliant and AMAZING for the price.’

    Someone else wrote: ‘Bag was out of stock but delighted to see that now re-available so have just ordered it.’

    The bag, which also comes in Navy, is currently selling online for £29.50 – but as you can tell from the response on Instagram, you’ll need to be quick if you want to get your hands on it.

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    To tiny Flower Girls from a Wedding
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    A woman has taken to Mumsnet to ask whether it’s unreasonable for her to feel upset that her children have been uninvited from her brother’s wedding.

    She explained that her brother is getting married and that he has no kids.

    Her children, aged 10, were invited and were very excited to be at their uncle’s wedding. But later, the brother explained that the guest list had gotten too big and so the children were uninvited.

    She wrote: ‘I’m not sure if I’m being unreasonable to be upset about this or wether [sic] just to suck it up.

    ‘My brother is getting married, he has no kids. My kids were told they were invited so were very excited (they are 10 and very sensible so would not be kicking off in the ceremony).

    ‘They have never been to a wedding before, there are not other kids in our family so this was a big deal to them.

    Cute little bride and groom running together
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    They are now uninvited because the guest list is too big so there is a no kid policy to exclude the kids of the brides cousins and other guests kids.

    ‘I know IABU and it’s their wedding, they can invite who they like but I feel really sad that my kids will miss the wedding of the uncle they idolise and they will be so disappointed that they now can’t come.

    ‘I really don’t know wether [sic] to tell my brother and his fiancé that it’s quite upsetting or just to pretend we are all fine with it.

    ‘I also am thinking I should pass the uninviting job to my brother and let him deal with explaining the reversal of invite.’

    Since posting, the woman has received lots of support from other mums, who feel she definitely has a right to be upset. Most added that it should be her brother’s responsibility to tell the children they are no longer invited, not hers.

    One said: ‘It’s s*** of them to invite them then uninvite them. Tell your brother he has to explain it to them himself.’

    Bride holding bouquet.
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    Another wrote: ‘Talk to your brother, be understanding of his choice, but add that the kids were so excited and he needs to talk to them and have that conversation himself.

    ‘He’s chosen to uninvite, he needs to tell those he’s uninviting.’

    However, someone else told the mum she should just ‘suck it up’, saying: ‘I find sometimes close family assume that their kids will be invited and then are a bit upset when it comes to the invites, to find the kids aren’t actually invited.

    ‘I think suck it up in this situation as you’d be unreasonable to demand a say in who they invite.’

    Of course this is a tricky one – it is her brother’s wedding after all. But do you think it was wrong of him to uninvite the children and leave it up to his sister to tell them? Let us know in the comments below.

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    Vivid portrait of woman taking a selfie

    You’re all dressed up, you’re feeling good and according to the mirror you’re looking pretty great.

    But then you try and snap a selfie and everything goes horribly wrong.

    Your skin is wrinklier than you thought, your pores are massive and who knew it was possible to have such a saggy neck? All of a sudden your happy mood evaporates and instead of a pre-party buzz you feel rubbish about yourself.

    Why is it that some times it’s just impossible to get a decent selfie?

    You’ve changed phones 

    The best way to really throw your selfie game is to get a new phone with a higher spec camera.

    Your old camera would have been less able to pick up tiny details in your face (like a stray monobrow hair) and might well have had a bit of grease on the lens from your fingers/handbag etc.

    A new phone is always going to be less generous, so try not to sweat the small stuff. It’s picking up things that even the naked eye wouldn’t. No-one is looking at you in a bar and judging the chickenpox scar under your left eyebrow.

    As photographer Debbie Walpole explains: ‘Better cameras will show your pores and wrinkles in extreme detail – not something most people want to show off!’

    If you’ve got a swanky new phone and the camera is making you look like Benjamin Button don’t reach for the Vaseline yet though.

    Debbie says it’s about technique. ‘Selfies on a camera phone for example are often taken an arm length away, but if you used a selfie stick or self timer and placed phone a little further you will see less face distortion and more realistic image of what your face would look like.’

    You don’t know what your face looks like 

    We’re all used to looking at our faces in the mirror, so seeing them ‘backwards’ (in the correct orientation) is a weird one.

    Some editing apps will flip your face, so if it’s really bothering you then you can swap it back into mirror image so that the photograph more closely matches your perception of your own face.

    You’re over tired or dehydrated

    The two things which will make your skin look bad in a photo (and in real life) are being overtired or dehydrated. There’s not much you can do about that instantly, but making sure you’re getting at least 8 hours sleep and drinking 8 glasses of water a day will go a long way to upping your selfie game.

    The lighting is off 

    The most important part of a good photo is lighting. Debbie says: ‘Natural light is probably the most natural and flattering.

    ‘When taking a selfie try to stand next to a large soft light source like by a window in your home. And depending where you are in relation to the window your selfie will look different.

    Rembrandt Lighting is probably the most popular portrait technique… it’s when the light source is 45 degrees from the side of a face and causes a small triangle of light under the eye on the side of the face furthest from the window.

    ‘Another favourite for me is butterfly lighting… this is how the old Hollywood stars were photographed! It is called butterfly because the light would create a butterfly shape shadow underneath the nose and helps shape the cheeks too… this could be achieved by taking a selfie in front and below the window.

    When it comes to lighting, it’s all about learning what works for you. Debbie says, ‘Just practice in front of a window and use a white piece of paper to reflect light around your face – it’s probably the best tool to shape your face in a selfie.’

    You’re not used to be unfiltered

    If you’re editing all of your pictures and constantly using a filter it might be that you’re unused to seeing what your face looks like without a filter.

    It’s entirely your prerogative if you want to alter, edit, filter or airbrush your selfies, but if you becomes used to seeing yourself with cutglass cheek bones, flawless skin and no eye bags then your totally unfiltered face might start to feel like a disappointment – which of course it isn’t.

    If trying to take a good selfie is ruining your mood, making you feel bad about your face and threatening to spoil your night then put your phone down.

    Yes, it’s nice to have pictures to remember an evening by, but ultimately it doesn’t matter what you look like, and if you were feeling good when you looked in the mirror then chances are you’re looking great and the bad selfie is being caused by a combination of bad lighting and a harsh camera.

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    Good news for Lush lovers – the beauty brand has opened a huge store with a florist, spa and perfume lab.

    The Liverpool store opened last week at 34-35 Church Street and it really has everything under one roof.

    The 1,380 sqm store contains a hair lab, offering cutting services, a permanent florist selling locally sourced and seasonal bouquets and a perfume library with exclusive scents.

    Handmade fresh products are made onsite and there’s a spa with six treatment rooms.

    Treatments include the percussion massage, where you are massaged to the beats of music and a fresh facial, using Lush skincare products.

    If you are celebrating a special occasion, there is a party area or if you just need a break from shopping, you can stop by the in store coffee and tea kiosk.

    METRO GRAB - World's biggest Lush opens in Liverpool from @lushliverpoolspa Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/BvBoPNaA_4k/
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    The new store, which is spread over three floors, is five times bigger than the previous Liverpool branch and apparently, it’s big enough to hold 9,000,000 bath bombs.

    Not sure we quite need that many but we certainly could do with one or two.

    There are over 300 new products in the store so plenty to choose from.

    Mark Constantine, Lush co-founder and managing director said: ‘Liverpool is full of opportunities. We have had a lot of experience in this city for a long time and the new shop is geared up to what I hope our customers here need.

    ‘We look forward to encouraging people to use the products in the shop before they go to work or out that night.’

    Let’s take a look around the new Lush Liverpool store:

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    The store is so big, it can hold nine million bath bombs (Picture: Lush)
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    They have a huge range of plastic packaging free products (Picture: Lush)
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    There are over 300 new products in store (Picture: Lush)
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    There’s an instore perfume library (Picture: Lush)
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    The new Liverpool store is the biggest Lush store in the world (Picture: Lush)
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    (Picture: Lush)
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    There’s even a florist (Picture: Lush)

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    Pull-ups are really hard.

    Particularly if upper body strength isn’t your strong point – hoisting your entire body weight up past your shoulders can feel like an impossible feat.

    But nailing a pull-up isn’t actually impossible.

    And if you use a resistance band for a little extra boost, you will find yourself flying up towards that bar with ease – it can be the perfect stepping stone towards full pull-ups.

    Assisted pull-ups aren’t easy to get right first time. And if you’re not familiar with the technique it can be tricky to know where to start.

    Luckily – our fitness expert Melissa Weldon, master trainer at Sweat It London, is on hand to show us exactly how to do it.

    Start off with a thick resistance band and a high bar – that’s taller than you are.

    Loop the resistance band over the top of the bar and pull one side through the other – so the you can tighten the band around the bar at the top.

    There should be one, long loop hanging down that you can gab on to, and the other half should feel really secure.

    Pull the band down towards you and put your foot in the loop, reach up for the bar and hold on to it with a wide grip – wider than your shoulders.

    With one foot still securely in the resistance band, pull yourself up towards the bar.

    You should find that the band acts as a boost, pulling your leg up towards the bar, making the pull-up much easier to complete.

    Try for ten reps, increasing when you’re confident with your form and technique.

    The benefits of assisted pull-ups

    Bridge the gap: Assisted pull-ups can help you overcome the strength gap that’s preventing you from achieving full, hanging pull-ups.

    Improve understanding: If you just can’t get your chin over the bar, assisted pull-ups give your muscles a taste of what a full pull-up will feel like, which will help you learn the technique even before you have the required strength.

    Upper body burn: Despite the slight helping hand, assisted pull-ups are a fantastic workout for your biceps, shoulders and back. Too many women neglect their upper bodies when it comes to fitness, so this is a good move to add to your gym repertoire.

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    People are mocking a new playsuit that has been released by Fashion Nova.

    Two days ago, the fashion retailer shared a photo of the Faux The Money PU Biker Romper to its Instagram, and although it has received 33,000 likes, it has also received lots of ridicule.

    The faux leather tube romper, which is available in both black and rose gold, is of biker short length and is very stretchy.

    Fashion Nova is selling a bizarre metallic bronze skin-tight playsuit which ???looks like a toe???
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    It costs $17.99 (£13.60) which is pretty cheap – but given there’s really not that much material to it, we wouldn’t really expect to pay more than that.

    Especially as – as one Instagram user commented – it has the potential to make you look ‘like a toe’.

    Yes, someone likened the all-in-one outfit to a toe and now we literally cannot un-see it.

    Another person said: ‘Nice Goldfinger look.’

    Someone else wrote: ‘It’s all fun and games until it’s time to pee.’

    And they’ve got a point – we’re not ready to strip down in the club toilets, hoping nobody walks in on you with your boobs out.

    This isn’t the first time Fashion Nova has been mocked for there, er, ‘out there’ outfits.

    Back in January they launched some cage trousers, which looked as though the model was wearing literal bird cages on her legs.

    The high-rise trousers feature a caged bottom with an adjustable waistband.

    They also come with a ‘cropped fit’ and ‘layering pieces’, and are selling for $49.99 – which is a lot of money for trousers that look as though they’ve been folded up and had random squares cut into them.

    They don’t look very comfortable at all.

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