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First borns are perfectionist leaders while last borns are financially irresponsible according to an expert

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Order of birth can mean different personalities (Picture: Mmuffin for Metro.co.uk)

I’m the eldest of seven children. That’s right – seven children.

Which, of course, makes me Big Sister – the queen in our sub-Waltons family.

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My siblings totally worship me.

Absolutely adore the ground I float above. (Actually, the gits would be hard pushed to remember my surname.)

So being Number One is great for me – but what about numbers two to seven? How does where they were born affect them? (‘Where’ as… Read the full story

My nervous breakdown ruined my career – here’s why I’m OK with it

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Stress doesn’t equal success (Picture: Getty)

After years of playing down my depression and anxiety issues as a ‘blip’ on the radar, I can now say with certainty that I was not OK for a long time.

My failed career as a catering manager, due to my inability to work, was something I used to be bitter about, but I’ve made my peace with the whole thing.

Why I refuse to tell new employers about my mental illness

I can see now that my nervous breakdown was not merely a pain in the arse, but entirely pivotal in… Read the full story

Pretty Little Thing keeps sending people absurdly long trousers

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We’ve all ordered something that looks incredible online, only to be deeply disappointed when it shows up.

Maybe you were a victim of the excessively long ASOS jeans moment. Perhaps the lovely chair you ordered turned out to be doll size.

It makes sense that this happens fairly regularly. Pictures of things put online are deliberately flattering. Models are super slim and tall, clothes have been clipped and pinned, sizes vary between stores.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t kick off – or laugh – when the clothes we end up getting sent are absolutely ridiculous.

Take Dan, a makeup artist from Edinburgh.

Dan ordered a pair… Read the full story

Lingerie brand Playful Promises has glorious response to people who bashed them for using a gender fluid model

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Last week we reported the glorious news that London-based lingerie brand Playful Promises had chosen Violet Chachki, a gender fluid and burlesque performer, as the face of their new Bettie Page collection.

When the collaboration was announced, Violet noted that it’s still a risk for brands to commit to diversity and feature people from the LGBTQ+ community.

‘There are so many brands out there I know that would never touch drag,’ Violet said.

The model was correct. It is still a risk for brands to hire a gender fluid model. It’s bloody disappointing to say, but brands face backlash and boycotts… Read the full story

Ice skating is horrific so why do we insist on going every Christmas?

It’s a slippery business (Picture: Getty)

With Christmas just around the corner, thousands of people across the UK are channelling their inner Torvill and Dean at one of the many pop-up ice rinks across the country.

In reality, most of us hate ice skating but either go so infrequently we forget how awful it is between visits or go under some false idea that it’s Christmassy.

The 9 best UK outdoor ice skating rinks to visit this winter

Jesus wore sandals, not skates.

The vast majority of us look like Bambi after 10 Jagerbombs and spend most of the time falling over and mercilessly bringing our… Read the full story

Religious institutions promote sexism through marriage and abortion ideology – changing God’s gender won’t fix that

As long as organised religion continues to push reactionary institutions it doesn’t matter whether God is male or female (Picture: Getty)

The Church of Sweden is pushing back against one of the most universal assumptions among organised religion the world over: that the supreme deity is male.

While I salute the sentiment, let’s not pretend that this is what we need in order to make religious institutions less overtly mysoginist and reactionary.

Church of Sweden backs plan to make God gender neutral

The Church of Sweden is well known for its liberal attitudes – in 2009 it appointed the first openly lesbian Bishop in the… Read the full story

8 of the best gluten-free pies to try this winter

Just because you’re gluten-free doesn’t mean you have to avoid one of life’s great pleasures (Picture: Getty)

It may be freezing outside but winter does have one advantage: comfort food

But when you’re gluten-free, a lot of staple winter dishes can seem out of the question.

11 of the best gluten-free beers

There’s nothing more depressing than watching your dining partner tuck into a hearty pie and gravy while your only option is yet another salad.

Luckily for us, there are lots of brands now putting pies back on the menu.

Whether you’re picking one up at your supermarket shop to dining out, here’s our guide to the… Read the full story

I’m going to need men to stop commenting on what I’m eating

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‘If you eat all that, you won’t have room for dinner!’

That’s what a man in my office’s canteen says as I’m taking a plate of eggs on toast to the till.

I’m suddenly self-conscious and filled with rage, because, well, how much I’m eating is really not any of his business, but this experience isn’t all that surprising. Men are always commenting on my food.*

*No, not all men. If you’ve never done this, congratulations. I’m talking about the men who have done it. And it has always been men. No woman has ever felt the need to comment on how much I’m eating, likely because they understand the… Read the full story

5 men share some of the slightly surprising things they love about women

Who knew naps were so popular? (Picture: Getty)

It’s often said that men only want one thing.

And, hey, we do want that thing. No point fibbing.

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But this isn’t the full picture. We can be sentimental too.

Here, five guys talk about all the things they most love about women.

Some of them may surprise you.

Their capacity for napping


Best bit about having a girlfriend?

So. Much. Napping.

Man alive, women love to nap.

And I love napping with them.

Middle of the afternoon, on rainy Sunday in winter?

Let’s have a nap,… Read the full story

Why does everyone love Christmas markets when it’s just the same four things over and over again?

Once you have seen the first few stalls, you have seen them all. (Picture: Getty Images)

It is about time we admitted that Christmas markets are the worst.

They are repetitive, predictable, and boring, not to mention crowded and expensive.

Whether it’s over 300 acres at a London park or obstructing your local pedestrianised high street, Christmas markets have become a staple of the festive period.

Originating from Germany, the markets are known for their celebration of German sausages, Bavarian drinking and all things Christmas

But once you have walked past those first four or five stalls isn’t it just the same thing repeated over and over again?

Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas.

Give me cinnamon flavoured… Read the full story

The sweet shop hair colour trend is the sugar hit you need right now

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If PB & J hair wasn’t quite the dose of nostalgia you were after, this trend might hit the spot.

All over Instagram, stylists and colour technicians are creating incredible looks inspired by retro sweets – from Parma Violets to Fruit Salads.

This isn’t a trend for the faint-hearted. We’re talking bold, bright colour combinations that are sugary sweet.

Sweet shop hair is unapologetic without being too harsh or strong. It’s about embracing nostalgia and comfort, and bloody well having some fun.

Choose candy floss pinks, sherbert tones of orange, flying saucer green.

Take a look below for some inspiration, or just have a search through… Read the full story

Rejoice, for the vagina slippers you’ve been waiting for are finally here

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Since 2014, we have been waiting.

We saw the rising trend of slippers decorated with penises. We enjoyed said slippers. Then we sat back and waited for someone to hurry up and make some equally fetching slippers decked out with vulva. Equality, right?

It couldn’t take long, surely. Someone would realise that what the world so desperately needs is the existence of vagina slippers.

Three years later, here we are. Vagina slippers exist and they’re available for purchase. Finally we can start going to work again, instead of silently crossing off yet another day passing in vagina slippers’ absence.

The slippers in question are the creation of Read the full story

The key to avoiding rubbish partners is learning that you can be happy alone

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If you’re playing the dating game right now, you’re probably putting up with a whole load of bullsh*t.

There’s benching, breadcrumbing, stashing, or just general f***boi-ing free of any trendy label.

You’re a smart cookie and you know you deserve to have someone who actually understands and appreciate how great you are, but you put up with all the nonsense because, well, who else is out there?

There’s only one way to avoid this, and it’s not raising your standards or paying for Tinder Select.

The answer is learning to be happy alone.

It’s only once you know that you really,… Read the full story

National Cake Day 2017: 20 beautiful and mouth-watering cakes to enjoy today

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Dust off your mixing bowl and dig out your apron – it’s National Cake Day and it’s time to get baking (Picture: Getty)

Today, Sunday November 26, is National Cake Day. Now that really is a national day that everyone can get behind. I mean who doesn’t love a slice of cake?

Easy baking: how to make the perfect chocolate birthday cake

The obvious way to celebrate today is by eating lots of delicious, sweet treats and the best way to get them is to make your own.

I’ve chosen some of my favourite… Read the full story

Stir-up Sunday: 5 gluten-free and dairy-free Christmas cake and pudding recipes

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Stir-up Sunday is a traditional day to create a Christmas pudding and always falls on the last Sunday in November.

Rather than make a Christmas pudding, I tend to use the day to make our Christmas cake, giving it plenty of time to seep up the alcohol that makes it deliciously moist.

We are a gluten-free (and mainly dairy-free) household owing to our daughter having coeliac disease and an intolerance to dairy.

Rather than cook lots of different meals, we all eat the same thing and I’ve devised recipes to make sure nobody misses out.

So, to inspire you to get ahead… Read the full story

Swedish power plant burns H&M clothes instead of coal

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It seems at times like we’re stuck in a fast fashion nightmare.

No sooner have you bought that new coat from Zara than they bring out one that’s even chic-er. You can’t keep up. Your bedroom is a graveyard of barely warn-yet-discarded outfits.

Not only is that damaging your wallet but it’s also pretty awful for the environment. Fast fashion is fast filling up landfills.

Which is why one Swedish power plant has decided to start making use of this seemingly never-ending commodity.

Northwest of Stockholm, a heat and power station is trying to stop using oil and coal so is burning recycled wood and rubbish.

And that includes 15… Read the full story

Cat and dog love travelling together and their photo are absolutely epic

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This is Henry and his pal Baloo.

They’re busy travelling around together, going on adventures and sleeping alfresco.

Henry was adopted back in 2014 by avid hikers Cynthia Bennet and her boyfriend. He wasn’t the dog they were intending to take home but as soon as she noticed him, she knew she had to have him.

‘He just curled up into my lap and went belly up and flipped his head over my arm,’ she tells The Dodo.

‘And from then, I decided that he was coming home with us.’

Henry was keen to join the pair on their weekly outdoor adventures – climbing to the highest rocks on their hikes.

A few… Read the full story

British women are having fewer children than ever before

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Getting married and having kids used to be the common lot for women.

As soon as you turned 21, relatives started dropping hints that it was time to ditch your career and crack out the maternity-wear.

Not so today. In fact, women in England and Wales are having fewer kids than ever before.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the average number of children born to a woman who turned 45 last year is 1.90.

That’s down from an average of 2.21 in the generation before.

The number of women over 45 with no children has grown to 18%, compared to 11% in their mother’s generation.

10 gluten-free products inspired by flavours from around the world you should try today

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You won’t need a passport to indulge in these gluten-free global flavours (Picture: Getty/various)

In 2017, you really don’t need to travel to all the corners of the world to find gluten-free flavours from far-flung destinations.

There are so many gluten-free brands available in the UK that are dedicated to bringing the world’s best dishes right to your kitchen.

11 products you didn’t know were gluten-free

So why not ditch the language barrier and translation cards and just enjoy them in the comfort of your own home?

Here are 10 gluten-free products inspired by flavours from around the world you should… Read the full story

Peen Cuisine’s penis-shaped foods are all breakfast inspo you need

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Are you sick of eating humdrum bowls of veg and houmous?

Do you wish you could inject some magic into your breakfast?

Do you often think there just aren’t enough penis-shaped foods around?

Well, friends, Peen Cuisine is here to satisfy all your wildest food porn needs.

Created by artist and food stylist Lauren Hom, Peen Cuisine is a blog dedicated to all foods d*ck-shaped.

‘We think good sex and good food aren’t just things that make life; they’re the things that make it worth living,’ she says.

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‘We know that sometimes you’re in the mood for fine cuisine and sometimes you’re in the… Read the full story

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