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Metro.co.uk: News, Sport, Showbiz, Celebrities from Metro

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    We are gendered from the day we’re born (Picture: Getty)

    Transport for London has taken steps towards gender neutral rail announcements – and it’s time for this to become the wider norm

    In case you didn’t know/hadn’t realised yet – recently Sadiq Khan spoke out on Question Time, committing to a ‘transition from gender-specific phrases like ‘ladies and gentlemen’, which are currently used in announcements, to a gender-neutral alternative such as good morning/good afternoon everyone’.

    Changes will be made to pre-recorded announcements as well as guidance given to staff.

    I sent a tweet out, celebrating this:


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    You can now get tipsy from just one drink, thanks to Slug and Lettuce.

    Meet the OAP Mr Universe contestants who will put you to shame

    Introducing: The giant pornstar martini. It’s meant for four people – but we think we’ll let that one slide.

    The bar and restaurant took to Instagram in April to share photos of the massive Martini, which has now been launched in all Slug and Lettuce bars across the country – and we couldn’t be more excited to try it out now it’s finally here.

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    Much like the… Read the full story


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    Ted can contort his body in to shapes with ease (PA Real Life/Rob Collins)

    This is Ted and John.

    They’re two former Mr Univrse competitors who have a combined age of 156…and they’re more flexible than most of us will ever be.

    This woman's boyfriend keeps getting mistaken for her dad

    Ted Pollard, 75, and John Bubb, 81, say that their amazing physiques are down to maintaining their gym routines into their dotage.

    The pair first met at the Mr Universe competition in London in 1967 and have been working out together for many years.


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    This is the face of someone who regrets rubbing green juice on their face. (Picture: Ellen Scott/Metro.co.uk)

    In this week’s Is It Worth the Faff, I wandered around a Whole Foods for a good 25 minutes, hurt my eye, and had to clean green sludge out of my sink. All for you, readers. All for you.

    Mum with Hyper Lactation Syndrome donates stacks of breast milk to babies in need

    Why, you may ask, would I do such a thing?

    Because this is Is It Worth the Faff, a weekly series in which we take try out the trendiest products, treatments,… Read the full story


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    ‘Just grabbing 40 winks’ (Picture: Getty)

    There are several different stages of sleeping, but the one which is most important to the body is deep sleep.

    In the modern age with our hectic lives and constant stimuli, people are getting less and less deep sleep, which can be having an affect on our health.

    What is deep sleep?

    Sleep researchers generally divide sleep up into five stages.

    Stages one and two are ‘light sleep’, stages three and four are ‘deep sleep’, while stage five is REM.

    Doctor tells parents: Don’t let your babies fall asleep on your chest

    Light sleep occurs when you first nod off. It usually… Read the full story


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    A man has taken to Instagram to express his love for his wife and her ‘curvy body’, in a post reminding us it’s not just women who want to fight for body diversity.

    Robbie Tripp, a public speaker, author and creative activist, posted a lovely message about his wife, Sarah, in which he discussed how much he loved her body.

    Robbie said that he’d been attracted to curvier girls since his teenage years, and was always teased for this by his friends.

    He had always liked women who were shorter and curvier – and girls that may be referred to as ‘chubby’, even if they were simply average-sized.

    Read the full story


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    I think it’s time we stopped apologising for our mental health. 

    Meet the OAP Mr Universe contestants who will put you to shame

    When I say that, please don’t get confused between apologising for your actions and apologising for your illness itself.

    I strongly believe that if you are rude to someone, show anger to someone or even insult someone due to emotions that may be brought on by your mental health, you should apologise.

    While the other person may be able to forgive and understand you, if you have hurt that person, you own up to it and accept… Read the full story


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    Want (Picture: Krispy Kreme)

    Let’s talk Kreme of the Krispy variety, and how we’ve fallen in love with them all over again.

    Just when you thought they had no more cards to play, KK throws down an absolute curve-ball: The Krispy Kreme Reese’s Peanut Butter doughnut.

    Giant pornstar martini is meant to serve four - but we'll take one each, thanks

    It’s a thing. It’s happening. And the only disappointing thing about it is that it’s taken years to get to our mouths.

    They’re hitting the stores on Friday.

    Jackie Woodward, chief marketing officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts (what an awesome job, can I just add), said:… Read the full story


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    (Picture: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

    Ever feel like your killer Instagram posts are not getting the likes and followers they deserve?

    Clean Eating Alice reveals she's got polycystic ovarian syndrome

    Are you constantly in a state of dismay because you don’t have the following you feel your awesome Instagram merits?

    Well, this is the definitive list for you on how to get more followers on Instagram.

    Be warned, it is not down to one quick fix and will require you to be Gramming as often as you can.

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    Unfortunately, we can’t all be Beyoncé, who recently racked up 11.1million likes… Read the full story


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    Look at those sexist jeans (Picture: Getty)

    ‘Feminists are offended by everything’ is a favoured expression for certain people on the internet. 

    They’re half right. Feminists are offended by everything that is sexist. Because by being offended we get s**t done.

    Which is exactly how some random dudebro’s snark comment turned into a fascinating exploration of how women’s clothes have historically been sexist.

    Ready to do some learning?

    Ryan decided that it was silly to think… Read the full story


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    Brands who try to preach to their audiences often fall short.

    Just look at Dove who recently tapped into the body positivity movement…by making a variety of different shaped bottles to ~relate~ to women.

    Meet the OAP Mr Universe contestants who will put you to shame

    No one liked that campaign because no one needs a squat little bottle to remind them that they too are small and rotund.

    Procter & Gamble are the latest company to come under fire for their worthy advertising.

    #TalkAboutBias is their attempt to ‘build a better world for all of us’ by readdressing how black identity has… Read the full story


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    (Picture: Taylor Myers/Facebook)

    Having ADHD can be difficult at times.

    You can’t settle down. You can’t concentrate. You can’t let go of certain thoughts.

    Why women's clothes are actually pretty sexist

    But parenting a child with ADHD is a whole other battle, as one mum is trying to show.

    Taylor Myers recently penned a post describing an incident with her four-year-old daughter who has the condition.

    She was waiting in the queue for the check-out when Sophie started to ‘whine over a bag of chips’ that Taylor had taken away.

    ‘She’s relentless. I know this. I live with it. Her ADHD and obsessive little heart gets on these… Read the full story


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

    In a ideal world, we’d all be using condoms and dental dams for every single sexual experience, regardless of whether they’re with our longterm partners or someone casual.

    But alas, we are lazy humans, we like being intimate, and, frankly, dental dams are really bloody annoying.

    If they refuse to go for an STI check, don't f*** them

    So we rely on contraceptive pills and implants to get rid of the risk we take seriously – pregnancy.

    The STI worry, meanwhile, falls by the wayside. We assume that people are infection and disease free because their bits look clean and… Read the full story


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    Love Island season three is well and truly over and we are still mourning the loss of of our 9pm daily fix.

    Man writes post about his 'curvy wife' to highlight the definition of beauty

    While many of us are re-watching the first two seasons (which I’m totally not doing), others are frequently checking the Instagrams of rapping-trio Chris, Kem and Marcel just to fill the void even a little bit.

    Oh, and of course we’re all checking up on baby Cash Hughes just to check Olivia’s treating him well.

    But now we have some great news for Love Island fans. We can… Read the full story


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    Are you sick of Oreos yet?

    No, of course not. Everyone is obsessed with them and all the millions of flavours they come in.

    Why women's clothes are actually pretty sexist

    Which is why new limited editions are being churned out almost every week.

    They’ve even started making individual special requests like avocado, carrot and unicorn flavours…because they can.

    So it shouldn’t come as any surprise to discover that they may have just brought out a peanut butter and jelly Oreo.

    COULD OREOS GET ANY MORE AMERICAN?

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    The news was spotted yesterday by rare snackette connoisseur @junkbanter,… Read the full story


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    Cooking with herbs makes legitimately makes a massive difference to the flavour of your food. 

    A dish which would be okay without them becomes something special when you’ve added them.

    The Love Island boys are collaborating with BoohooMAN to model their latest collection

    The downside to that being a variety of plastic packets languishing at the back of your fridge, turning into a sort of wet brown mulch.

    Not flavorful, gross and not useful.

    Given that a packet of basil or tarragon or sage (or whatever else it is you’re buying) costs about a quid, and lots of recipes call for more than one, it can up the cost of cooking by quite some margin.

    If you’re only getting one use out of each bag of herbs, it’s hardly worth doing. Combine the waste of food, plastic and money and blandness starts to become more appealing.


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  • 08/03/17--10:04: 6 great gifts for gin lovers
  • 5 great gifts for Gin lovers from Firebox
    Gin lovers, are better lovers (Picture: METRO.co.uk/ Steven Legere)

    Gin is kinda a big deal.

    It’s arguably the most loved spirit of the moment and one we’ve grown rather fond of over the last couple of years. Heck, we nearly had a breakdown when there were rumours of a gin shortage in 2015.

    Meet the OAP Mr Universe contestants who will put you to shame

    It’s safe to say our love affair with gin is not wavering – if anything, it is growing stronger. The fastest growing sector is luxury, small-batch gins – which can cost upwards of £40… Read the full story


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    Beyonce’s Lemonade may have exposed the inner lives of black women, but in 2017 black women are still the least valued in society, and no one really seems to care.

    10 reasons why Mary J Blige is one of life’s warrior women

    After the huge public furore over the BBC gender pay gap, with much made of only one woman being in the top ten, it made me laugh out loud that you had to scroll way down the salary list to come across its first black women – actresses Tameka Epsom and Diane Parish.

    Being a woman… Read the full story


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    Stop what you’re doing right now and engage wanderlust mode — you’ve earned it.

    Here’s one for all you sun bums out there who just can’t get enough of all things summer.

    If they refuse to go for an STI check, don't f*** them

    There’s a cheeky year-long trip you can plan that stretches July-like heat from one month to 12.

    Hold my hand and let me guide you around the world romantically.

    March, April and May

    Um, YAS (Picture: Getty)

    We’re starting in these months because, let’s face it, they’re the most lame. Nothing happens. You’re normally broke and then someone goes and has a birthday or… Read the full story


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    Xx things that always happen when you go to a wedding on your own
    Every time (Picture: Deirdre Spain for Metro.co.uk)

    Well before we get into this, can I please suggest you never go to a wedding on your own?

    Hideous. Just hideous. As hideous as the chief bridesmaid’s badly cut salmon frock. (Jeez, what did she do to the bride…?)

    metro illustrationsConversations with Bibi & Alice: Should weddings be banned?

    I do hate a wedding. And I suggest we ban them altogether.

    But if you insist on going to one – and alone – let us prepare you for what’s in store.

    Here comes the eugh.

    You… Read the full story


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