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    Embargoed to 0001 Thursday April 04 Undated handout photo issued by Morrisons of their new 20p paper carrier bags to be sold in all stores as an alternative to plastic bags by next month following a successful trial. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday February 22, 2019. The supermarket hopes the move will save an estimated 1,300 tonnes of plastic a year based on customer uptake during an eight-week trial across eight stores since January. Welsh stores will be the first to offer paper carrier bags next week, followed by English and Scottish stores in May. See PA story CONSUMER Morrisons. Photo credit should read: Morrisons/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
    (Picture: Morrisons/PA)

    Having to pay 5p for a plastic bag does give us a nudge to remember our reusable tote for our weekly shopping.

    But we’re a forgetful bunch, so more often than not we end up getting to the till, realising we’ve left our bag at home again, and handing over those extra pennies for a guilty bit of plastic.

    Morrisons is trying another way to reduce our plastic use.

    From today onwards, all Morrisons stores will offer paper carrier bags to customers rather than plastic ones.

    The paper bags will be priced at 20p – the same price as a standard Morrisons plastic carrier bag. Over the last year Morrisons has removed 5p plastic bags, which led to a 25% reduction in overall bag sales.

    But unlike your regular plastic bag, the paper ones can be easily recycled as well as being reused.

    Embargoed to 0001 Thursday April 04 Undated handout photo issued by Morrisons of their new 20p paper carrier bags to be sold in all stores as an alternative to plastic bags by next month following a successful trial. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday February 22, 2019. The supermarket hopes the move will save an estimated 1,300 tonnes of plastic a year based on customer uptake during an eight-week trial across eight stores since January. Welsh stores will be the first to offer paper carrier bags next week, followed by English and Scottish stores in May. See PA story CONSUMER Morrisons. Photo credit should read: Morrisons/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
    (Picture: Morrisons/PA)

    They’re made in Wales using paper from sustainably managed forests, and are strong enough to carry weights up to 16kg.

    So next time you forget your fancy fabric tote, you won’t have to guiltily grab a plastic bag – you can get a paper bag and know you’re not committing a terrible crime against the environment.

    Andy Atkinson, group customer and marketing director at Morrisons, said:’We are taking another meaningful step that will remove an estimated 1,300 tonnes of plastic out of the environment each year.

    ‘Our customers have told us that reducing plastic is their number one environmental concern so introducing the paper bag across the nation will provide another way of reducing the plastic in their lives.’

    This isn’t the first move Morrisons has made to reduce plastic waste.

    They previously announced that customers can bring their own containers to butchers and fishmongers counters, removed plastic packaging from a bunch of products, and have moved all loose fruit and vegetables to be sold in paper rather than plastic bags.

    MORE: Photos of New York’s plastic bags will remind you to pick up your reusable tote

    MORE: South Korea bans all single-use plastic bags from supermarkets

    MORE: Supermarket in Thailand uses banana leaves as packaging instead of plastic


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    PIC FROM Kennedy News and Media (PICTURED: NEW SECOND-TIME MUM EMMALOUISE LEGGATE WITH HER DAUGHTER CIARA LAMONT AFTER GIVING BIRTH TO HER IN THE HOSPITAL CAR PARK) A teenager who went to bed with a 'flat stomach' was stunned when she woke up with a surprise baby bump - and gave birth just 45 MINUTES later. Emmalouise Leggate, 18, had been on the pill and claims she had no idea she was pregnant for the second time until she woke up with a baby bump. She and her grandma Louise Ford, 63, rushed to hospital but the labour happened so quickly that Emmalouise gave birth in the hospital car park just 45 minutes after discovering the bump. SEE KENNEDY NEWS COPY - 0161 697 4266
    (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

    Emmalouise Leggate, 19, had quite a shock when she woke up with a baby bump – and gave birth just 45 minutes later.

    Emmalouise had been on the pill, and says she had no idea she was pregnant.

    She experienced no morning sickness or food cravings, never felt her baby kick, and blamed her missing periods on being on the contraceptive pill.

    The teenager went to bed with a flat stomach then woke up the next morning, on 17 July, to find a full-on baby bump.

    Within 45 minutes, Emmalouise had given birth to her second child, a baby girl.

    When she woke up to find a bump where there hadn’t been one before, Emmalouise called for her mum, Jackie Ford, who called Emmalouise’s grandmother, Louise. Louise drove the teenager to the hospital and left her parked outside while she ran to get a midwife.

    PIC FROM Kennedy News and Media (PICTURED: EMMALOUISE LEGGATE'S BABY BUMP ON THE DAY IT APPEARED 45 MINUTES BEFORE SHE GAVE BIRTH TO DAUGHTER CIARA LAMONT) A teenager who went to bed with a 'flat stomach' was stunned when she woke up with a surprise baby bump - and gave birth just 45 MINUTES later. Emmalouise Leggate, 18, had been on the pill and claims she had no idea she was pregnant for the second time until she woke up with a baby bump. She and her grandma Louise Ford, 63, rushed to hospital but the labour happened so quickly that Emmalouise gave birth in the hospital car park just 45 minutes after discovering the bump. SEE KENNEDY NEWS COPY - 0161 697 4266
    Emmalouise’s baby bump, which appeared 45 minutes before she gave birth (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

    By the time she found someone, Emmalouise had already given birth to her baby girl, Ciara, in the backseat of the car/

    ‘The bump popped out literally out of the blue that one morning,’ said Emmalouise. ‘I had woken up and you could tell it was a bump. It was dead high up.

    ‘My Nanna kept saying “it’s definitely a baby but I don’t think you’re ready to give birth just now because of how high up you are”.

    ‘By the time I got in the car the contractions were coming every two minutes and then my water broke.

    ‘We had just parked up outside the hospital and my nanna was saying, “wait five minutes, can you not just wait five minutes?” and I just couldn’t.

    PIC FROM Kennedy News and Media (PICTURED: EMMALOUISE LEGGATE ON A NIGHT OUT IN APRIL WHEN SHE WAS UNKNOWINGLY SIX MONTHS PREGNANT) A teenager who went to bed with a 'flat stomach' was stunned when she woke up with a surprise baby bump - and gave birth just 45 MINUTES later. Emmalouise Leggate, 18, had been on the pill and claims she had no idea she was pregnant for the second time until she woke up with a baby bump. She and her grandma Louise Ford, 63, rushed to hospital but the labour happened so quickly that Emmalouise gave birth in the hospital car park just 45 minutes after discovering the bump. SEE KENNEDY NEWS COPY - 0161 697 4266
    Emmalouise on a night out in April, when she was unknowingly six months pregnant (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

    ‘As soon as she was born, my nanna was in so much shock, but luckily enough she had a big cover in the back and we managed to wrap her up in that.

    ‘She kept stopping people in the street saying, “that’s my great-granddaughter, look how gorgeous she is”. I was just panicking in case Ciara wasn’t alright, but she was perfect.

    ‘With Ciara I was really lucky that nothing was wrong. It was a crazy morning.

    ‘The midwife came out thinking I was about to give birth and it was an unknown pregnancy. She asked how long I thought I had and was I timing it.

    ‘But then opened the car door and she was already there. I had already given birth to her.

    PIC FROM Kennedy News and Media (PICTURED: EMMALOUISE LEGGATE WHO HAD A SURPRISE BABY JUST 45 MINUTES AFTER HER BABY BUMP APPEARED) A teenager who went to bed with a 'flat stomach' was stunned when she woke up with a surprise baby bump - and gave birth just 45 MINUTES later. Emmalouise Leggate, 18, had been on the pill and claims she had no idea she was pregnant for the second time until she woke up with a baby bump. She and her grandma Louise Ford, 63, rushed to hospital but the labour happened so quickly that Emmalouise gave birth in the hospital car park just 45 minutes after discovering the bump. SEE KENNEDY NEWS COPY - 0161 697 4266
    (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

    ‘I will definitely tell Ciara when she’s older. On her birth certificate it says she was born outside hospital premises. I never had any doctor’s notes or anything like that.

    ‘They had to get her bloods taken straight away because they never knew if there was anything [that could be wrong with her].

    ‘She had to have a hearing test and she wasn’t responding in one ear so we were worried she might be deaf in one ear, but she was completely fine. That was the only thing wrong.’

    Naturally, Emmalouise was in quite a bit of shock. Giving birth to a baby you had no idea you were having isn’t your average start to a day.

    Emmalouise said: ‘I was really shocked afterwards. It didn’t feel real.

    PIC FROM Kennedy News and Media (PICTURED: NEW SECOND-TIME MUM EMMALOUISE LEGGATE WITH HER DAUGHTER CIARA LAMONT AFTER GIVING BIRTH TO HER IN THE HOSPITAL CAR PARK) A teenager who went to bed with a 'flat stomach' was stunned when she woke up with a surprise baby bump - and gave birth just 45 MINUTES later. Emmalouise Leggate, 18, had been on the pill and claims she had no idea she was pregnant for the second time until she woke up with a baby bump. She and her grandma Louise Ford, 63, rushed to hospital but the labour happened so quickly that Emmalouise gave birth in the hospital car park just 45 minutes after discovering the bump. SEE KENNEDY NEWS COPY - 0161 697 4266
    Emmalouise with Ciara (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

    ‘My nanna was in that much shock that she didn’t want to believe it. We were really lucky she was okay.

    ‘I hadn’t taken a pregnancy test, I had no symptoms, nothing. Nothing at all.

    ‘The doctors couldn’t explain why I didn’t have a bump. They just told me that she must have been sitting in my lower back and that it is quite common.

    ‘People tend to find out around their 20-week scan once the baby starts to kick, but Ciara never kicked. I never felt her do it.

    ‘I never had any morning sickness or cravings either, nothing like that.

    ‘At the start [of using the pill] I was bleeding a little bit, but then my periods just stopped altogether so I just thought that it was the pill.

    PIC FROM Kennedy News and Media (PICTURED: EMMALOUISE LEGGATE HOLDING DAUGHTER CIARA LAMONT WHO SHE GAVE BIRTH TO 45 MINUTES AFTER A SURPRISE BUMP APPEARED, WITH PARTNER SEAN LAMONT HOLDING THEIR ELDEST DAUGHTER CAOIMHE LAMONT) A teenager who went to bed with a 'flat stomach' was stunned when she woke up with a surprise baby bump - and gave birth just 45 MINUTES later. Emmalouise Leggate, 18, had been on the pill and claims she had no idea she was pregnant for the second time until she woke up with a baby bump. She and her grandma Louise Ford, 63, rushed to hospital but the labour happened so quickly that Emmalouise gave birth in the hospital car park just 45 minutes after discovering the bump. SEE KENNEDY NEWS COPY - 0161 697 4266
    Emmalouise and Sean with their two children (Picture: Kennedy News and Media)

    ‘I had no bump. I had put on a bit of weight, so my mum was suggesting we go out walking and do different things to burn it off because I kept going on about my weight.

    ‘The weight was across my full body, more in my arms, legs and face than anywhere else. My stomach never grew.’

    Emmalouise and her partner, Sean, describe Ciara as a happy accident, calling her ‘the best thing that could have happened’, but they’d rather not have any more surprise children.

    Emmalouise has now swapped the contraceptive pill for the coil, and takes regular pregnancy tests just in case.

    In October, Emmalouise’s grandma passed away. She’s honoured the woman who played such a role in her daughter’s birth by giving Ciara the middle name Louise.

    ‘My nanna had a special bond with her,’ said Emmalouise.

    ‘I keep saying that that happened for a reason. I gave birth outside so I could be with my nanna.

    ‘My nanna’s name was Louise, so that’s where Ciara gets Louise from.’

    MORE: Woman who had flat stomach and regular periods gives birth to a surprise baby

    MORE: Contraceptive earrings could soon be the way to protect against pregnancy

    MORE: Can you drink too much water?


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    Cadbury White Mini Eggs
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    American candy is very hit and miss, with some inspiring a cult following across the pond, and other items tasting like sawdust mixed with a light dusting of cocoa.

    There’s a particular US item that’s got everybody a little bit crazy at the moment, particularly in the run-up to Easter; White chocolate Mini Eggs.

    They’re limited edition over there, and not on sale at all here, which is extremely annoying for those who don’t have the funds to hop on a Transatlantic flight for their fave snack.

    Thankfully, there are ways to get your hands on them that aren’t quite as pricey (but still might set you back more than your local corner shop charges).

    One eBay seller has begun offering the eggs for $6.99 (£5.31) to UK buyers. You’ll have to fork out whopping $22.80 (£17.33) for postage, but sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants.

    Or, you could get this special Easter pack that includes two packets of the treats along with white M&Ms for $31.99 (£24.32) not including shipping from Amazon. It won’t actually get to you by Easter, but we suppose it’s something to look forward to.

    Cadbury have no plans to bring the sweets to Britain, so unfortunately paying through the nose is the only way to get your hands on them.

    Although it might be a kick in the teeth, the reviews on them so far have been great. One on Amazon said: ‘These eggs have changed my mind about white chocolate.

    ‘They were the only thing I could find at the time, but now I look for them first. Excellent.’

    Another wrote: ‘My kids and I love these white chocolate eggs. They should be made all year round!’

    Perhaps they’ll pop up in your local American candy store soon, but I wouldn’t expect the price to drop.

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    MORE: Next is selling a cushion that looks like a giant Greggs pastry


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    (Picture: EllaOne)

    You can now get the morning after pill delivered straight to your door.

    Yes, the awkward exchange with a pharmacist when asking for emergency contraception could be a thing of the past.

    For the last six weeks, EllaOne, who make the morning after pill, has been trialing an express service in Greater London, where you can get the pill delivered within three hours.

    And for anyone outside London, delivery of the pill the next day is guaranteed.

    Women who want to take the morning after pill should take it as soon as possible after having unprotected sex but EllaOne can prevent pregnancy up to five days after.

    (Picture: Getty)

    A recent survey conducted by EllaOne, found that 46% of those surveyed had had unprotected sex in the past year, but only 27% took emergency hormonal contraception.

    With many people feeling embarrassed or judged to speak to their doctor or pharmacist, this new service might make them feel more comfortable.

    Users have to fill out a short survey online and as long as no concerns are raised, the pill will be sent out in discreet packaging that fits through your letter box, so you don’t need to worry about being at home.

    The survey is based on the same questions as those asked by a pharmacist to make sure you can take the pill. For example, checking that you aren’t taking any medications that impact how effective it is.

    If you are on medication or have a medical condition, the survey asks you to enter your email address so you can speak to their pharmacists.

    Unfortunately it is pricey – the pill costs £34.95, with an additional charge for delivery. It’s £9.95 for three-hour delivery and then £1.95, £3.95 or £6.95 for the 24 hour delivery, depending on what time you order.

    MORE: How to get Cadbury White Mini Eggs here in the UK

    MORE: Next is selling a cushion that looks like a giant Greggs pastry


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    Sally Owen loves pink so much, she painted her terraced house in it, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, April 3, 2019. See SWNS story SWMDpink. She's known as "Pinky" to locals and children often stop to have their picture taken outside of the house in Linton, Derbyshire. "You've got to put a bit of colour in your life and mine is just pink," she said. It's not just the house that is pink. Mrs Owen has a pink car, caravan and plenty of the colour in her garden.
    (Picture: Adam Hughes / SWNS)

    A woman has turned her entire life pink – including her house, car, hair and even her pots and pans.

    48-year-old Sally Owen, as you can tell, is a huge fan of the colour pink.

    She loves the colour so much that every single one of her belongings is pink.

    Her obsession even extends to her meals, with her favourite food being prawn cocktail washed down with rosé wine.

    The mum-of-one, nicknamed Pinky, is a well known figure in her home village of Linton, Derbys.

    Sally Owen loves pink so much, she painted her terraced house in it, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, April 3, 2019. See SWNS story SWMDpink. She's known as "Pinky" to locals and children often stop to have their picture taken outside of the house in Linton, Derbyshire. "You've got to put a bit of colour in your life and mine is just pink," she said. It's not just the house that is pink. Mrs Owen has a pink car, caravan and plenty of the colour in her garden.
    (Picture: Adam Hughes / SWNS)

    Her partner, bus driver Jason Dodds, 51, has embraced her love of everything pink and gave her a brightly coloured Mazda MX5 at Christmas.

    Sally, who runs a pet auction, said: ‘You’ve got to put a bit of colour in your life and mine is just pink.

    ‘I always wear pink. Everything’s pink.

    ‘It’s just my favourite colour.

    ‘I’ve got a vintage caravan that’s pink, it’s all pink inside.

    ‘There’s nothing wrong with it.

    Sally Owen loves pink so much, she painted her terraced house in it, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, April 3, 2019. See SWNS story SWMDpink. She's known as "Pinky" to locals and children often stop to have their picture taken outside of the house in Linton, Derbyshire. "You've got to put a bit of colour in your life and mine is just pink," she said. It's not just the house that is pink. Mrs Owen has a pink car, caravan and plenty of the colour in her garden.
    (Picture: Adam Hughes / SWNS)

    ‘We had been living in our house for five years when one day I thought it needed a change to brighten it up.

    ‘All the houses around here are a bit samey and I was determined that ours would stand out.

    ‘I bought a dark shade of pink masonry paint from B&Q and slapped it on the walls.

    ‘It came out much brighter and colourful than I’d even hoped for. It’s a good job the neighbours are good friends.

    ‘I just love the colour, I have always liked it. I thought why not? My partner doesn’t mind.

    Sally Owen loves pink so much, she painted her terraced house in it, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, April 3, 2019. See SWNS story SWMDpink. She's known as "Pinky" to locals and children often stop to have their picture taken outside of the house in Linton, Derbyshire. "You've got to put a bit of colour in your life and mine is just pink," she said. It's not just the house that is pink. Mrs Owen has a pink car, caravan and plenty of the colour in her garden.
    (Picture: Adam Hughes / SWNS)

    ‘Jason did get a bit of stick at work at first but they are used to it now. He wears pink as well sometimes.

    ‘I am having some hanging baskets made and I have specified that they need to be big and pink.

    ‘It does get a lot of smiles.

    ‘The house brightens the area up a bit and I don’t think there is a problem.

    ‘It does get a lot of reaction, especially from children, and people park across the road so they can have their photo take with it – I never expected my obsession to turn my house into a tourist spot.

    Sally Owen loves pink so much, she painted her terraced house in it, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, April 3, 2019. See SWNS story SWMDpink. She's known as "Pinky" to locals and children often stop to have their picture taken outside of the house in Linton, Derbyshire. "You've got to put a bit of colour in your life and mine is just pink," she said. It's not just the house that is pink. Mrs Owen has a pink car, caravan and plenty of the colour in her garden.
    (Picture: Adam Hughes / SWNS)

    ‘They used to knock to ask first but I don’t mind.

    ‘If it makes them happy then I am happy with that.

    ‘The front room is pink. I have unicorn pink kitchen and a pink garden, bedroom and caravan.’

    Jason said: ‘I think it’s great. I don’t mind living in a pink Barbie universe. If it makes Sally happy then I’m happy.

    ‘I sometimes get odd looks when I drive her car into town but I think it’s funny.’

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    Asda has created the perfect sweets for millennials – avocado on toast jellies.

    The sweets feature cola flavour toasts, lime flavoured avocado slices and jelly eggs, so you can recreate brunch any time.

    The 150g bags cost 90p each and are available now.

    Although they aren’t quite as healthy as actual avo on toast, they don’t contain any artificial colours or flavours at least.

    They are part of a new range of sweets for the store, including magical unicorns, mystical mermaids, giant pineapples and party llamas.

    They were spotted in store by Instagram account @Newfoodsuk.

    Fans were excited to try them.

    One said: ‘ I know where I’m going tomorrow.’

    Another added: ‘All over them girl.’

    It’s not the only avo themed confectionery currently on sale.

    Waitrose launched the avocado Easter egg last year and it is back for 2019.

    The egg, which is shaped like an avocado and costs £8, features a Belgian chocolate shell, white chocolate ‘flesh’ made with green natural colouring, and a chunky cocoa-dusted chocolate ‘stone’.

    They also sell sugar-coated lime jelly avocado sweets that cost £2.50 for a pack of six.

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    (Picture: Faima Bakar)

    Pret is giving vegan, vegetarian and meat-eating millennials all the things they want. The retailer is adding 21 delicious new treats to its menu and they all involve a lot of avocados.

    As well as smashed avocado on toast, there’s also new gluten-free bread options and chilli salt sprinkled all over the breakfast wraps, puddings, salads, and sandwiches.

    In the biggest shake-up to its menu in 33 years, the high street favourite has gone all out and wants to target all sorts of eaters.

    With a rise in the popularity of vegan and flexitarian diets, Pret has been working to create plant-based and vegetarian alternatives to its current favourites.

    From next week, customers will find eight new vegan and five new vegetarian options out of the total of 21 new products, which is pretty impressive for a sandwich chain.

    And they’re focusing on the theme of colour, adding exotic and summer fruits to the meals to change things up.

    So next time you’re on your lunch break, pop into your local Pret and see for yourself.

    All the new meat-free options

    Vegan:

    Avocado on toast on gluten-free bread – £3.25

    Coconut and berries on gluten-free bread – £3.25

    Asian-style veggie box – £4.50

    Roast mushroom and smashed avocado pot – £2.99

    Almond butter and berry bircher – £2.35

    Tropical bircher – £2.35

    Coco berry bircher smoothie – £2.75

    Humous and Chipotle wrap – £2.99

    Vegetarian:

    Chef’s special Bang Bang veggie wrap – £3.50

    Nut bar – 1.60

    Mocha pot – £2.35

    Lemon and blueberry cheesecake – £2.35

    Greek salad – £4.99

    The sandwich chain told Metro.co.uk that they spent nine months perfecting the gluten-free bread before offering it to the public.

    It combines oat, teff, buckwheat and quinoa flavours with millet, red quinoa, sourdough and a ‘dash of treacle’.

    Meat and fish options include a chicken and smashed beets pot; ham, egg and beats salad; and Cali-style salmon salad.

    ‘We’re so excited to launch our colourful spring menu, our biggest change in our history, which is a result of listening to what our customers want,’ said Hannah Dolan, head of food development.

    ‘Our team of chefs have taken inspiration from all over the world for this menu and have worked incredibly hard to perfect each and every ingredient, from flavoursome roasted mushrooms to our own gluten-free bread, which we honestly believe is one of the best out there right now.’

    Finally, a few more options for lunch times.

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    PIC FROM Caters News - (PICTURED: Sinead Fidgeon, 47, from Cavan, Ireland, with her daughter Grace, 5) -An Irish mum has made over 500 gift baskets for new mums to Downs Syndrome children after feeling their births arent celebrated enough. Sinead Fidgeon, 47, from Cavan, Ireland, decided to make the baskets of love for other mums following the birth of her own Downs Syndrome daughter, Grace, now five.SEE CATERS COPY
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    An Irish mother has made more than 400 gift baskets worth over £80,000 for new mums of children with Down’s Syndrome.

    Sinead Fidgeon, 47, decided to make the baskets after feeling the births of babies with Down’s Syndrome aren’t celebrated enough.

    Sinead, from Cavan, Ireland, started to make the ‘baskets of love’ for other mums following the birth of her own daughter Grace, now four, who has the genetic condition.

    The mum-of-four felt there were too many negative connotations around telling parents their child has Down’s Syndrome, with doctors often breaking the news apologetically.

    The mum has since gifted hundreds of parents the hampers – containing new baby balloons, toys and a book about the condition.

    PIC FROM Caters News - (PICTURED: Sinead Fidgeon, 47, from Cavan, Ireland, makes gift baskets for new parents tocelebrate their Down Syndrome baby) - An Irish mum has made over 500 gift baskets for new mums to Downs Syndrome children after feeling their births arent celebrated enough. Sinead Fidgeon, 47, from Cavan, Ireland, decided to make the baskets of love for other mums following the birth of her own Downs Syndrome daughter, Grace, now five.SEE CATERS COPY
    (Picture: Caters News)

    Sinead creates the gift baskets – which are worth around £170 each – together with Grace, something the pair thoroughly enjoy. Since starting their venture, they have given away more than 500.

    Sinead, who is a trained nurse, said: ‘New mums are often showered with gifts, balloons and congratulations – but this doesn’t seem to be the case when it’s a baby with Down’s Syndrome.

    ‘When I was told about Grace’s Down’s Syndrome the doctors called me and said, ‘we’re really sorry to tell you, but your baby has Down’s Syndrome’ and from that moment they’re already being negative and immediately insinuating it’s a bad thing.

    ‘I didn’t feel as though there was any support for new mums with children who have Down’s Syndrome which is why I started creating the baskets when Grace was a baby.

    PIC FROM Caters News - (PICTURED: Grace, 5) - An Irish mum has made over 500 gift baskets for new mums to Downs Syndrome children after feeling their births arent celebrated enough. Sinead Fidgeon, 47, from Cavan, Ireland, decided to make the baskets of love for other mums following the birth of her own Downs Syndrome daughter, Grace, now five.SEE CATERS COPY
    (Picture: Caters News)

    ‘The baskets allow us to connect with one another and actually celebrate the birth of our kids.

    ‘Our babies should be celebrated when they’re born the same way everyone celebrates every other baby and the fear needs to be taken out of us as there’s nothing to be afraid of.

    ‘Some of my closest friends don’t even get what it’s like to have a baby with Down’s Syndrome but thanks to Grace she has totally opened their eyes.’

    Sinead has now been making ‘baskets of love’ for four years.

    PIC FROM Caters News - (PICTURED: Sinead Fidgeon, 47, from Cavan, Ireland, makes gift baskets for new parents tocelebrate their Down Syndrome baby) - An Irish mum has made over 500 gift baskets for new mums to Downs Syndrome children after feeling their births arent celebrated enough. Sinead Fidgeon, 47, from Cavan, Ireland, decided to make the baskets of love for other mums following the birth of her own Downs Syndrome daughter, Grace, now five.SEE CATERS COPY
    (Picture: Caters News)

    Alongside the gifts, there’s also a note inside each basket inviting other mums to an online support group.

    Sinead added: ‘Grace was my fifth child and I could see the huge difference compared to my other children – I felt like she was treated as less of a person from the moment we found out.

    ‘The joy that Grace has brought to our family is indescribable and she’s changed us for the better – which is something they don’t tell you in the hospital.

    ‘I’m not trying to sugar coat it, because it can be hard, but we need to get out of the habit of treating the mums and babies differently.

    ‘These mums need to be congratulated they same way they would any other baby.’

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    It might be 2019, but it seems that some people simply can’t (or won’t) grasp the meaning of consent.

    There have been charts, videos about tea, and even dancing genitals to try and run the point home.

    However, we’re still in a position where over half of people believe you can’t withdraw consent once you’re naked, and a judge believes marital sex is a human right.

    For those not in the know, you should expect active consent every time; meaning it’s a yes rather than just the absence of a no.

    Some have responded to the conversation about consent with a resounding ‘what, so I’m supposed to verbally ask every time?’ And the answer is, not necessarily, but yes if you’re not entirely sure.

    A sex toy company called Tulipán is trying to highlight the idea of active consent with a new campaign featuring a condom that needs four hands on it to be opened.

    To open the condoms, there must be two people holding both their hands on different buttons placed around the packet.

    It’s a world first, with the Argentine company creating the product alongside AHF Argentina, an organization campaigning for the rights of those living with HIV. AHF recently revealed that only 14.5% of Argentinian men regularly used a condom, and over 20% stated they’d never used one.

    Currently the consent condom is being handed out for free around the country’s capital, with plans to begin selling it later.

    ‘Tulipán has always spoken of safe pleasure but for this campaign we understood that we had to talk about the most important thing in every sexual relationship – pleasure is possible only if you both give your consent,’ said Joaquin Campins of BBDO, the ad agency responsible for marketing of condom.

    He added: ‘If it’s not a yes, it’s a no’,

    Although the condom won’t remove issues around consent (for example, stealthing, coercion to open the packet, or withdrawal of consent during sex) it does highlight the importance of having two active and willing particpants.

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    If our series What I Rent is anything to go by, renting in London isn’t all rainbows and sunshine.

    Nobody dreams of paying hundreds of pounds for a flat share, after all.

    But frugal Matt Weatherall has a system to bypass all the drudgery and expense of renting in the city. He cat sits for people who’ve gone away, living in their homes for free.

    In this way, Matt, from Manchester, has managed to live rent-free in London for two years.

    The events organiser has lived in over 25 houses, looked after 30 cats (his high score is five cats in one house), and has managed to avoid spending thousands on paying a landlord.

    Alongside looking after feline residents, Matt can act as a ‘human burglar deterrent’ and can carry out other tasks around the home, such as watering plants.

    Of course, there aren’t always empty homes with cats to look after, so sometimes Matt has to stay with his mum or book hostels while waiting for his next request.

    Matt Weatherall 'Matt the cat sitter' https://www.mattthecatsitter.com/
    Please cat, help us save on renting too (Picture: Matt Weatherall/Edith Whitehead )

    ‘I’d been living in backpackers hostels because I thought that might be the answer to the housing puzzle (spoiler: it wasn’t),’ Matt tells Metro.co.uk.

    ‘After a sleepless week in my favourite hostel, I met a friend. He took one look at my tired face and invited me to look after his flat while he went on holiday.

    ‘One week I was sharing a bunk bed with boozy backpackers, the next I had the keys to a one-bed flat in Putney. I had the space to breathe, to dream, to create…and that gave me an idea.’

    From then on Matt looked for other cat sitting opportunities online, paying £2 for his website to be the first to show up when people search for a cat sitter in London.

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    Matt doesn’t charge for the service. Making most of his income from managing an events studio and doing some consulting on the side, Matt manages to get by, using the money saved on rent to help his business get off the ground.

    ‘The simple answer is that I provide a service: I’m a burglar deterrent, I water plants, and I feed cats,’ explains Matt. ‘And I do it for free. But there’s more to it. They’re interested in the idea of helping me launch my creative project from the place that fuels theirs.

    ‘And yes, I’m a cat person!’

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    Matt said he has cats or houses to look after 90% of the time.

    If there are no opportunities, he goes travelling, lives in hostels or with family and friends.

    The first thing everyone asks Matt is where he keeps all his stuff. He said he manages to fit all his belongings in one bag.

    He does make the nomadic life look appealing, if only because we can save on rent.

    MORE: No, renting doesn’t mean that you’re ‘throwing your money down the drain’

    MORE: Ikea will let people rent out furniture instead of buying it

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    Dating apps can be awful for, er, dating.

    We’ve seen some strange Tinder bios in our time – take that one guy who wrote an entire list of ridiculous demands for any potential matches.

    One girl recently came across a 28-year-old man named Mikey.

    His bio was interesting to say the least.

    Mikey explained that he wasn’t looking for anything serious. That he just wanted sex. Pretty straight forward, right?

    Mikey let the ladies know that the reason for his eagerness wasn’t just a standard desire for no strings attached sex, but because he simply can’t commit right now… because he’s going to prison.

    Yep, Mikey wanted to get in one more raunchy ‘day and night’ of sex before he’s put behind bars.

    He wrote: ‘I’m not going to beat it around the bush, I’m off to prison for I do not know how long, and I am looking for one last proppa [sic] good f*** before I go on my travels.

    ‘I’m not a c*** and I will respect ya but I’m looking for a real nawty woman who will f*** all day and all night.

    ‘Obviously stopping for food and drink breaks.

    ‘I do apologise in advance for being so straight to the point but I can’t exactly commit to a relationship for reason above.

    ‘I will consider a pen pal while I’m away.’

    Isn’t that lovely? You might not come away with a boyfriend, but you’ll get a shot at writing old-fashioned love letters. How sweet.

    The Tinder bio was shared to Twitter by @MsDeadInside, who captioned it: ‘The search is over. I’ve finally found “The One”‘.

    And Twitter was left in hysterics:

    We’ve got to give it to Mikey, at least he was honest with his matches – which we can’t say for every person on Tinder.

    And hey, at least he’ll stay faithful, right?

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    The word on the street is that People Make Glasgow. Glasgow, as it happens, makes some people really, really happy – particularly Millennials.

    A new survey looked at 63 cities across the UK, assessing them for affordability, things to do, average pay, and employment rates (particularly in new businesses).

    Totally Money, who did the research, even looked at the number of Remain voters in each city to come to their conclusion.

    Top spot was given to Glasgow; home of HWFG chants at gigs, the chippy munchy box, and the Scottish Ballet among myriad other things to do, eat, and see.

    London came second since, although the average wage was higher and there were way more start-ups per 10k of population, a one-bedroom flat in London costs around £1,633, while Glasgow’s figure was £544 per month.

    Glasgow also gives young people more chance of getting on the property latter, and the asking price for a one-bed flat is over £300k less than in the English capital.

    Scotland fares well in the list overall, with Aberdeen coming in third, and Edinburgh in 14th spot.

    The worst places for Millennials to live – according to the list – are Wakefield, Worthing, Doncaster, and Basildon.

    Apparently, only 2% of graduates find work in Basildon (which came last), and just 31% voted Remain, which would never do for us free-movement loving Millennials.

    Totally Money say: ‘The internet, global financial crises, rising house prices and the dreaded ‘B’ word. Millennials have had a lot to adjust to in their young adult lives. Our recent study suggests that dealing with those hurdles could be easier, or harder, based on where they live.’

    Check out the full list here.

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    Porn can be amazing.

    But do we really want to experience porn in a group setting, with vibrating seats and wind machines?

    Well that’s exactly what’s on offer at one cinema in Amsterdam.

    The 5D Porn cinema, located in the Red Light District, allows visitors to watch X-rated movies shown in 3D and with a variety of sensory effects – wind, water, bubbles, lights and snow – that sync with the action.

    With the promise of 5D, you might expect a journey in time (the fourth dimension) or mathematical theory (the abstraction of a fifth dimension) but the creators of the cinema have cleverly substituted these complex ideas with bubbles.

    Bubbles. Exactly what you want when you’re watching porn. A face full of bubbles.

    It beats a chat about ‘N-dimensional space’ we suppose.

    On top of all that, the seats vibrate and move to really bring the experience to life.

    The movies that are shown at the cinema have been made exclusively for the experience, in collaboration with porn star Kim Holland.

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    Now a full three-hour blockbuster of porn might be a bit much for our brains and our loins to handle. Luckily, the movies are much shorter than normal cinema films – with the experience lasting just six minutes.

    Which is probably for the best.

    As far as the porn goes, the movies shown here are definitely on the lighter side. The owners say that the movies contain a lot of humour, as well as all the sex, and they insist the showings are really popular with women, not just men.

    Tickets cost €12.50 (£10.70) an they can be bought on the door or in advance on the website.

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    Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ken McKay/ITV/REX (10185569cs) Sophie Hinchliffe 'This Morning' TV show, London, UK - 03 Apr 2019 SCOUR POWER: HOW TO HINCH YOURSELF HAPPY How did housework become the biggest social media trend of 2019? Just ask Mrs Hinch - the ultimate queen of clean - whose passion for polishing began as a way to beat her crippling anxiety. And, as her followers propel to more than two million - Sophie Hinchliffe joins us ahead of the release of her (already) best-selling book ?Hinch Yourself Happy?.
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    If you don’t know Mrs Hinch then you’re probably not on Instagram.

    Sophie Hinchliffe is the woman behind the ‘cleanfluencing’ Instagram account Mrs Hinch. The 29-year-old has made a name for herself and shared many a tip to get our homes looking spic and span.

    Now, the blogger has said she would ‘never say never’ to having her own cleaner one day.

    Chatting to radio host Chris Evans on Virgin Radio, Sophie said she wouldn’t want anyone cleaning her toilet but when pressed, said she could one day have someone do it all for her.

    The mum-to-be, who has two million followers, says she still enjoys doing ‘Hinch half hours’ and ‘freshen up Fridays’ and doesn’t want to stop having fun with it.

    When she gives birth to her first child though, she expects life will become much more hectic and that she might not have time for such frivolities.

    What will Hinchers do then?

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    She said on the radio chat: ‘People have said, “oh one day you’ll have a cleaner”, but no I don’t have one.

    ‘Well, never say never. But I’d be really upset if someone cleaned my toilet.

    ‘I’m so laid back. So for me, it’s a case of going with the flow. I’m a first-time mum and my Hinchers say “I’m a mum with three kids and I still have time to clean”. I just want to have fun with it.’

    Though she has no plans to hire someone else to tidy up around the house, she doesn’t see herself stopping it any time soon.

    Recently she spoke out about how cleaning helps her deal with anxiety.

    Speaking on This Morning, she said: ‘There’s no worse feeling than when you feel that heat in your chest and you start panicking for no reason. And for some reason you can’t get rid of it.

    ‘For me, I’ll get up and maybe I’ll grab my mop and I’ll get going. So even when you’re feeling your weakest, you’re still achieving something.’

    So she’s unlikely to be on Gumtree looking for hired help any time soon then.

    Hinchers relax, there’ll be plenty of hacks coming soon for you on her Insta stories.

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    Pat McGrath Labs has finallyarrived in-store and online at Selfridges UK
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    Makeup artist Pat McGrath has landed ‘The Mothership’ at Selfridges London.

    And we couldn’t be happier to welcome the makeup mogul home.

    The unique in-store collaboration is something to get excited about, as not only has Mother McGrath opened her first-ever retail space in the UK, she’s also launched a series of exclusive products AND designed 24 of Selfridges’ shop windows.

    ‘Being here in Selfridges is very exciting. And the windows are all based on the inspirations that help me to make the products, from out-there Instagram pictures to technology,’ she said.

    So who is Pat McGrath? She’s a British makeup artist who’s been in the beauty biz for 25 years.

    She’s worked with top models from Cara Delevingne to Naomi Campbell and has worked for almost every major fashion house, with an impressive 3,300 runway shows under her belt.

    Even the Queen of Fashion, Anna Wintour, named her ‘The most influential make-up artist in the world’.

    Her makeup line Pat McGrath Labs launched back in 2015 with the now-iconic GOLD 001 pigment, that sold out in six minutes.

    ‘Everything, for me, begins and ends with gold. Gold is the alpha and the omega of my beauty fantasy, the key to my addiction,’ explained Pat.

    So it’s not surprising ‘The Mothership’ located on the ground floor of Selfridges’ Corner Shop, is of course, gold.

    We’ve already got our eyes set on her Mothership Eye Palettes (£115) and her bespoke Lipstick Bullets (£35), that are sure to inspire makeup creativity in any beauty lover.

    And her new singular EYEdols Eye Shadows (£23), mean you don’t necessarily have to break the bank to try her beautifully formulated eyeshadows.

    Not only can you now swatch and play with the cosmetics first-hand, you can also snap up one of many exclusive items, from a Pat McGrath Labs x Byredo Loose Lips scented candle (£60) that yes, you guessed it smells like vintage lipsticks of the 80s – think rose and violet petals.

    To an utterly fabulous Pat McGrath Labs x Judith Leiber Lipstick Seductress crystal clutch, but it will set you back a whopping £5,420.00.

    So maybe just stick to a lipstick… or two, instead.

    Aside from the launch itself, you can book exclusive beauty experiences where you can try Pat’s legendary glitter lip for yourself.

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    A pub in Kent has decided to continue an offer they had on for £1 roast dinners after an amazing response from customers.

    The Britannia in Margate, Kent, launched the deal a month ago, and have seen sales of their roasts go from 120 normally to a massive 432.

    They previously cost £7.50 each (which is still a pretty massive bargain), but landlord Paul Rollins decided to cut the price.

    Paul said they sold 100 roasts on the first Sunday. They then did 140 in the second week and 192 in the third week.

    Chuffed Paul – who runs The Britannia in Margate, Kent, said: ‘It went really well. It has really put The Britannia and Margate on the map.’

    - Picture of the ?1 deal on The Britannia in Margate Facebook page
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    There is a small catch in that, to get the roast for a quid, customers must spend £3 at the bar – although given that that’s about the price of a pint or glass of wine, it should go nicely.

    The pub normally does roast beef and roast turkey as the meats, and along with that comes roast potatoes, carrots, green beans, parsnips, cauliflower cheese and stuffing balls.

    That’s a pretty hearty dinner for less than the price of a cup of coffee in most places. A study two years ago revealed pub roast dinners in Britain ranged between £10 and £20.

    After the success of the roast dinners, The Britannia has decided to branch out with their bargains, and is now launching pie, mash and three games of bingo for £5.

    If reviews are anything to go by, you might want to head down to Margate. One user on Google gave the pub five stars, saying: ‘Fantastic Sunday roast. Large portions. Absolutely delicious meal. Will be going again. I had the beef and my partner had the turkey, both blooming gorgeous.’

    Another said: ‘Bloody marvellous great people, food, drinks & music’. All you need, really.


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    Londoner Jassem Ahmed spotted the skin behind his ears peeling away when he was 19.

    After it spread to his arms and legs, the condition became so painful, Jassem, now 28, had to go to hospital where he was diagnosed with psoriasis.

    As a result of the condition, his nails have fallen out, he can only wear boxer shorts and can barely move due to the pain in his feet – and he hasn’t left the house for two months.

    Jassem has tried steroid treatment that has damaged his body, chemo agents which scarred his liver, and UV light treatment that left him temporarily blind.

    He said he also develops six months worth of skin a week and it all falls off.

    So when he sees other people with a clear complexion, Jassem says he feels ‘skin envy’.

    But he wants to raise more awareness of it and has made a short film – Trapped In My skin – A Battle With Psoriasis – detailing his experiences with it.

    Jassem Ahmed. See SWNS story SWSYskin; A man with a debilitating condition can barely walk or wear clothes and has even gone temporarily blind because he sheds six months of skin - a WEEK. Jassem Ahmed, 28, discovered flaky patches of skin behind his ears ten years ago, and within months his entire body was covered in itchy red raw patches. He has psoriasis - a disease which attacks the immune system, and causes his skin cells to be replaced at super-speed, leaving him with red, flaky, crusty patches. It has got so bad his nails have fallen out, he can only wear boxer shorts and can barely move - and hasn?t left the house for two months. He can't have sex because sweat opens up the painful wounds covering his body, and admits he gets "skin envy" when he sees people with a clear complexion. Desperate for a cure, he's tried steroid treatment that have damaged his body, chemo agents which scarred his liver, and UV light treatment that left him temporarily blind. He bravely spoke out about his condition in a short online in a bid to teach others about the "misunderstood" condition. Jassem, from London, said: "I develop six months worth of skin a week, and it all falls off.
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    Jassem Ahmed debilitating condition. See SWNS story SWSYskin; A man with a debilitating condition can barely walk or wear clothes and has even gone temporarily blind because he sheds six months of skin - a WEEK. Jassem Ahmed, 28, discovered flaky patches of skin behind his ears ten years ago, and within months his entire body was covered in itchy red raw patches. He has psoriasis - a disease which attacks the immune system, and causes his skin cells to be replaced at super-speed, leaving him with red, flaky, crusty patches. It has got so bad his nails have fallen out, he can only wear boxer shorts and can barely move - and hasn?t left the house for two months. He can't have sex because sweat opens up the painful wounds covering his body, and admits he gets "skin envy" when he sees people with a clear complexion. Desperate for a cure, he's tried steroid treatment that have damaged his body, chemo agents which scarred his liver, and UV light treatment that left him temporarily blind. He bravely spoke out about his condition in a short online in a bid to teach others about the "misunderstood" condition. Jassem, from London, said: "I develop six months worth of skin a week, and it all falls off.
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    ‘For a long time, my friends didn’t know that I had psoriasis because I would hide it, with long sleeves and turtle necks and trousers,’ said Jassem.

    ‘But it’s so bad now that I can’t really wear clothes. All I can really wear are boxers so that also means I stay around the house.

    ‘Alcohol and dairy make it worse as well, so I’ve totally cut them out.’

    Jassem was prescribed powerful steroid ointment which helped at first but whenever he tried to wean himself off it, the condition would return ‘ten times worse’.

    Jassem Ahmed debilitating condition. See SWNS story SWSYskin; A man with a debilitating condition can barely walk or wear clothes and has even gone temporarily blind because he sheds six months of skin - a WEEK. Jassem Ahmed, 28, discovered flaky patches of skin behind his ears ten years ago, and within months his entire body was covered in itchy red raw patches. He has psoriasis - a disease which attacks the immune system, and causes his skin cells to be replaced at super-speed, leaving him with red, flaky, crusty patches. It has got so bad his nails have fallen out, he can only wear boxer shorts and can barely move - and hasn?t left the house for two months. He can't have sex because sweat opens up the painful wounds covering his body, and admits he gets "skin envy" when he sees people with a clear complexion. Desperate for a cure, he's tried steroid treatment that have damaged his body, chemo agents which scarred his liver, and UV light treatment that left him temporarily blind. He bravely spoke out about his condition in a short online in a bid to teach others about the "misunderstood" condition. Jassem, from London, said: "I develop six months worth of skin a week, and it all falls off.
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    Hoping to clear his skin with ultraviolet light therapy which is similar to a sunbed and delivers UVB light, Jassem ended up temporarily blind.

    He claims he was advised to remove his goggles during the treatment to help psoriasis on his eyelids but it affected his sight for several hours.

    Jassem also developed a condition called Cushing’s syndrome – a collection of symptoms due to exposure to hormones – as a result of using steroid cream on his skin.

    Jassem Ahmed debilitating condition. See SWNS story SWSYskin; A man with a debilitating condition can barely walk or wear clothes and has even gone temporarily blind because he sheds six months of skin - a WEEK. Jassem Ahmed, 28, discovered flaky patches of skin behind his ears ten years ago, and within months his entire body was covered in itchy red raw patches. He has psoriasis - a disease which attacks the immune system, and causes his skin cells to be replaced at super-speed, leaving him with red, flaky, crusty patches. It has got so bad his nails have fallen out, he can only wear boxer shorts and can barely move - and hasn?t left the house for two months. He can't have sex because sweat opens up the painful wounds covering his body, and admits he gets "skin envy" when he sees people with a clear complexion. Desperate for a cure, he's tried steroid treatment that have damaged his body, chemo agents which scarred his liver, and UV light treatment that left him temporarily blind. He bravely spoke out about his condition in a short online in a bid to teach others about the "misunderstood" condition. Jassem, from London, said: "I develop six months worth of skin a week, and it all falls off.
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    ‘One of the things that I have had to really come to terms with losing is hope. Hope is the most dangerous thing to have when battling psoriasis,’ added Jassem.

    ‘When all my friends and family come and see me and are supportive — and they tell me there might be a miracle — I tell them not to be like that.

    Jassem Ahmed debilitating condition. See SWNS story SWSYskin; A man with a debilitating condition can barely walk or wear clothes and has even gone temporarily blind because he sheds six months of skin - a WEEK. Jassem Ahmed, 28, discovered flaky patches of skin behind his ears ten years ago, and within months his entire body was covered in itchy red raw patches. He has psoriasis - a disease which attacks the immune system, and causes his skin cells to be replaced at super-speed, leaving him with red, flaky, crusty patches. It has got so bad his nails have fallen out, he can only wear boxer shorts and can barely move - and hasn?t left the house for two months. He can't have sex because sweat opens up the painful wounds covering his body, and admits he gets "skin envy" when he sees people with a clear complexion. Desperate for a cure, he's tried steroid treatment that have damaged his body, chemo agents which scarred his liver, and UV light treatment that left him temporarily blind. He bravely spoke out about his condition in a short online in a bid to teach others about the "misunderstood" condition. Jassem, from London, said: "I develop six months worth of skin a week, and it all falls off.
    (Picture: Jassem Ahmed / SWNS)

    ‘You have to accept it. It takes over your whole life. You have to accept it’s a part of your life. Or you become depressed.’

    Talking about it online has helped Jassem and he is now trying to help others going through a similar journey.

    MORE: Experts recommend ignoring advice for psoriasis on YouTube

    MORE: Mum suffers from chronic skin condition that makes her look like she’s had ‘dodgy lip fillers’

    MORE: Woman felt ‘like a zombie’ when her skin peeled off because of ‘addiction’ to eczema cream


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    Digestive biscuits are the ultimate biscuits to dip into tea – don’t fight us on this.

    And so we’re delighted to hear that McVitie’s has launched a new range of Digestive biscuits in a couple of new flavours.

    Introducing: The Digestive Twists.

    The Digestive Twists feature a number of flavour concoctions, including Chocolate Chip & Caramel Bits, and Chocolate Chip & Coconut.

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    Both packets cost just £1.25 and you will be able to find them in Asda from this month, and then in Tesco in May and Morrisons in June.

    Lovely.

    In other foodie news, you can also now buy white chocolate Mini Eggs in the UK.

    The Cadbury White Mini Eggs are currently a limited edition over in America, and aren’t available in UK stores (because we can never have good things, can we?)

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    But you can actually buy them over here, as people are selling them on eBay for £5.31.

    Yes, that’s a lot of money for a bag of chocolate but it is a limited edition American item.

    Oh, and that’s not all you’ll be paying.

    You’ll have to fork out a further £17.33 for postage. So yes, you will be paying just under £25 for a packet of chocolate, which is outrageous.

    But hey, it depends how much you want it, right?

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    people tell us the things people said during sex that instantly killed the mood
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    We all have little things that bug us during sex. Whether that’s the awkward struggle to get into the right position, getting a cramp or finishing too early, we’ve all been there.

    But there are other, more specific things that can be annoying during sex – and we asked a bunch of people to tell us the things that put them off most.

    From bad dirty talk, to the wrong music to minimal foreplay – here’s what they said.

    Bad dirty talk

    ‘Attempts at dirty talk. It’s shockingly off putting and sometimes awkward. Like I don’t want silence sex but I don’t want to have to tell you to shut the hell up mid stroke as it’s a tad off putting.’

    When they tell you they’re going to make you come

    ‘When someone tells me they’re going to make me come. It dumps a huge pile of pressure into me and stops me being able to enjoy it properly.’

    When there’s no action before sex

    ‘When there’s no foreplay at all, and they just jump straight into penetration. It makes the sex less intimate and takes me longer to get off – if at all.’

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    Bad hygiene

    ‘Dirty nails and long toenails, silence, bad breath, bad hygiene, selfishness, no foreplay.’

    Stop with the pressure

    ‘When he keeps saying “come, baby”. Once or twice is enough, not every thrust.’

    Sometimes it’s your own insecurities

    ‘Often my own body insecurities. Other times the expectations I imagine/perceive to be had by the person I’m with.’

    The fear of finishing too early

    ‘Fear of going off before the timer. Ladies first and all that, but the sense of panic and anxiety can turn a potential 9.9/10 experience into a 3/10. Turn-back-ons should be a thing.’

    When you can see they’re not all that into it…

    ‘Distraction, or when you can tell they’re not focused or into it.’

    So true

    ‘The cat jumping on the bed for a nap.’

    Who wants quiet sex?

    ‘Being told to be quiet, I am a moaner and a screamer.’

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    When it’s not give and take

    ‘When they go down on you for like two minutes only because they want a blowjob in return… but they expect you to do it for ages.

    ‘Sometimes I’d just like them to do it because they want to – not because they want something in return. I’m sorry, but you’ll get back what you gave me.’

    Please, no family talk

    ‘When anyone uses the term “daddy” or similar. Really not my thing. My parents are the last people I want to be reminded of when I’m in the middle of sex.’

    The louder the better – according to this person

    ‘For me silence! If a man is really quiet it really puts me off.. .sex is meant to be fun and raunchy and dirty and romantic if needed…the more noise the better!’

    Yes, this probably is the worst.

    ‘Smelly feet. Nothing worse than getting into the throes of passion then getting the smell of rotten feet.’

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    Kinky Characters: Giantess fetish
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    This is Kinky Characters – a series that explores unusual fetishes and the people who like them.

    In the last month, we’ve learned about taboo kinks such as watersports (aka golden showers), sounding (inserting metal rods into the urethra), as well as watch and nosebleed obsessions.

    Sammy Rei Schwarz, 27, understands quirky fetishes better than anyone.

    She is an adult model, phone sex operator and erotica author, and regularly fulfills men’s deepest sexual desires.

    It’s how she came about a new experience – macrophilia, or as it’s more commonly known, giant or giantess fetish.

    Macrophilia isn’t as stigmatised as other kinks, but mainly because there’s less information readily available.

    There is little to no official research on the topic, but that’s not to say there isn’t material to learn from.

    Jump onto popular porn sites and you’ll find cleverly constructed videos of real or computer-animated women towering over men, lifting them up and squashing them with their bums.

    In some of these videos, the ‘tiny’ – the smaller person – climbs into or out of the giantess’ anus (the footage is not for the faint-hearted).

    You can also visit Giantess City, a forum for people who are lovers of all things large, or contact professional giantesses.

    Macrophilia can involve a variety of scenarios; from fantasies of women destroying entire cities, crushing people with their feet or simply holding the tiny in their hand.

    The kink is closely linked to vorarephilia – which involves being eaten or eating someone – but as is often the case with fetishes, this is very individual and not everyone enjoys combining the two.

    With the evolution of technology, especially advances in virtual reality, we expect that macrophilia might soon sneak its way into the mainstream.

    Until then, Sammy tells us everything we want to know about being a giantess – and a sex worker – including the weirdest thing a client has ever asked her for (hint: it includes balloons).

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

    Tell us about your fetish

    My most unusual fetish is ‘giantess’ – a fantasy about being a giant woman who towers over other people like a skyscraper and can easily overpower them.

    Although I’ve had fantasies of female domination, also known as ‘femdom’, for many years, I was first introduced to the world of macrophilia in my work as a phone sex operator.

    At first, I was surprised by the many requests I got to role play as a woman as large as Godzilla, but then I saw how it could really heighten the femdom experience (pun intended).

    The giantess fantasy really scratches a dominant itch in me and allows me to feel powerful and god(ess)like.

    How does it work?

    Since there’s no magic spell to make me as big as King Kong or shrink someone else to the size of Thumbelina, we get our rocks off through verbal role playing and cleverly shot photos.

    The role play either involves me as a giant woman with a normal-sized man, or me as a normal-sized woman with a tiny man.

    Sometimes, I use magic or a drug to grow me or shrink him, and I’ll tease and scare the tiny with my almighty size, making him run as I try to step on him.

    I might pick him up by the threads of his hairs and watch him tremble as I threaten to swallow him and can suck on his entire body like a lollipop, or use him as a dildo, which also allows me to play with sensory deprivation and breath control.

    In this kind of fantasy, my pleasure, sexual and otherwise, is absolutely paramount.

    After I’ve had my way with him, I might lock him in a cage, stick him in my pocket to forget about him, or even swallow him whole (many macrophiliacs are also vorarephiles – people who fantasize about being eaten).

    Tell us about your best-ever giantess scenario

    I can’t choose a favourite, but I really adored a phone session in which a client wanted to worship my ass and get squeezed between my butt cheeks before getting used as a human dildo.

    I have a big butt and used to get made fun of for it, so I really get off on people who adore my backside.

    In that session, I had so much fun making custom photos where my ass looked like it could crush a man.

    The most gratifying thing was hearing how much he enjoyed it.

    How does your husband feel about your fetish?

    Giantess isn’t my husband‘s thing, but he‘s not judgmental – we share other kinks.

    Honestly, now that I’ve realised how many open-minded sex positive folks there are out there, I would never want to date someone who would react negatively to my sexuality.

    I‘ve had enough of shame.

    How often do you get clients who want you to reenact this fetish?

    It’s not the most common type of call I get, but it’s much more common than I would have expected – probably about 10% of calls I get deal with macrophilia.

    I would guess that it’s overrepresented among phone sex clients, due to its unusual and fantastical nature making it hard to satisfy with their partners.

    What other fetishes do you have?

    I love BDSM and identify as a switch, which means I get off on taking both dominant and submissive roles.

    Within S&M, my favorite kinks include body worship, humiliation, bondage, discipline, and impact play.

    I also really enjoy playing role reversal scenes, which allow me to switch from dominant to submissive or vice versa during one encounter.

    What’s the most unusual kink a client has asked you to act out?

    For me, the oddest was balloon fetish.

    Though it’s pretty hard for me to relate to, I still find it incredibly adorable and cute. Of all weird fetishes, this one just makes me grin thinking of sunshine and rainbows and birthday parties.

    Although balloons personally don’t do much for me, I will gladly blow up, rub, cuddle, and pop balloons for my friendly ‘looner’ clients.

    When did you start doing this type of work?

    I started doing sex work a year ago, and primarily do phone sex, erotic audio, photos, and written erotica.

    Although my work is sexy, it’s definitely not all about sex. A lot of the time, guys just want someone non-judgmental to talk to.

    Knowing that I don’t think they are bad for their sexual fantasies makes them feel comfortable to open up about all kinds of other things that have nothing to do with sex.

    How do you think society’s view on sex has changed?

    That‘s a difficult question to answer.

    Societal attitudes vary so much from city to city, and country to country.

    While attitudes towards kink in the US have become more open in recent years (as evidenced by more mainstream representations in the media), it‘s still quite taboo compared to European countries like Germany and France.

    Do you have an unusual fetish?

    Want to tell us about your sexual preferences or odd kinks?

    Drop an email to almara.abgarian@metro.co.uk to be considered for upcoming episodes of Kinky Characters.

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