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How to find your dream job before Christmas

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This might sound like a tall order given that there are four weeks between now and Christmas but finding a new job, I can assure you, is a totally achievable objective with a bit of focus.

The end of the year is a reflective time for most people and moving jobs is on the top of a lot of lists of things to get sorted for a fresh start in the New Year.

This means there will be several positions opening up and a timely inquiry will mean that you beat the rush of applications from the competition for your dream job in January.

Here are four ways you can secure… Read the full story

A graduate student adapted a Rubik’s cube for blind people

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A student has created a Rubik’s Cube for blind people as part of her grad project.

Kristen Sharpless from University of Massachusetts was given a task to create an adapted recreational game for a blind person.

Inspired by her best friend’s obsession with Rubik’s Cube, she decided to create one that would work for the blind community.

‘I had my best friend in mind (she’s not blind, she just loves playing with these things), so I thought I would make it tactile and blindfold her to have her try it out!’ she told Mashable.

Her prototype included tactile inputs so people who were visually impaired could use it.

It currently has over 1,436,464 views so far… Read the full story

All single people will be able to relate to this family’s brilliant Christmas card

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Thanks to one brutal Christmas card, we’ll no longer be referring to ourselves as ‘single’. From now on, we’ll be telling people we’re ‘Emily’.

Emily Seawright recently posted her family’s hilarious Christmas card to Twitter.

Instead of the standard Rudolph-themed jumper and Santa hats, Emily’s family decided to hold up signs telling their loved ones where they’re currently at in life.

Emily’s parents held a sign that read: ‘Excited’, while Emily’s siblings both held signs reading: ‘Engaged’ and ‘Expecting’.

And Emily’s? Well, Emily’s read: ‘Emily’. Brilliant, we know.

Since the card was shared online, it has received more than 53,000 retweets and 318,000 likes

14 ways to spend less money on a date night

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(Picture: Getty / Metro.co.uk)

When it gets to this time of year, date nights can become a rarity.

Everyone’s working overtime to prepare for Christmas – and at the same time, all of that overtime goes on presents for your loved ones, leaving you with little money to spend on yourself.

But of course, keeping a relationship healthy is important, and date nights should definitely still come into play no matter how much is in your wallet.

Date nights don’t have to consist of lavish dinners, fancy flowers, and expensive outings. They can be sweet and simple – and don’t have to… Read the full story

Fitness brand has the best response to the trolls who body-shamed its plus-size model

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When Academy Sports and Outdoors chose plus-size model Anna O’Brien as the new face of their new larger line, they must have known what to expect.

The ‘BCG’ collection runs up to a size 3X for women and as such, requires a model potential clients can relate to.

New York-based Anna has struggled to maintain her own fitness regime in the past and blames it on the anxiety she’s felt about the lack of suitable fitness clobber available for women her size.

‘This single challenge is one of the greatest barriers to plus-size women becoming active,’ she says on Academy’s Instagram page.

And although she completely rocked it, there were obviously loads of trolls… Read the full story

Is office temping really better than a permanent job?

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Temp work can be refined and it’s not the dull monotony you might think it would be (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)

Starting out as a freelancer really isn’t just leisurely breakfasts while watching the Frasier double bill every morning. It’s a daily grind of rejection, isolation and total uncertainty.

Leaving a bad job earlier this year felt like the perfect time to go freelance. I’d been toying with the idea for months and taking on pieces of work during weekends and evenings.

The first few months went relatively well. But when my first big projects came to an end and the next one fell… Read the full story

5 things you should do in London this week, from brilliant plays to Christmas carols

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Mother Courage with Josie Lawrence at the Southwark Playhouse
Mother Courage with Josie Lawrence at the Southwark Playhouse

1 Go to see this play before it ends on 9 December

You might not have considered Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage And Her Children, currently at Southwark Playhouse. After all, it’s hardly festive. But, to miss it at the expense of doing something Christmassy or, god forbid, having a night in on the sofa, would be a crime.

The brilliant Josie Lawrence is an unforgettable Mother Courage, a tough travelling saleswoman who follows with her three children in the devastating wake of war to sell her wares.

Wartime yields profits but takes lives, freedom and… Read the full story

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Impulsive spending can be a big part of bipolar disorder – here’s how to control it

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There’s so much more to bipolar disorder than going from feeling on top of the world to wanting to hide away from it all.

A big part of both mania and hypomania is having great, big ideas. Feeling incredibly ambitious, like you could conquer the world. It’s not needing to sleep, your mind racing a mile a minute and being incredibly over-active.

Another part of mania is excessive spending.

For many people living with bipolar disorder, this is a massive issue. Myself included.

Whenever I enter a manic episode now, I know to lock my money away safely – otherwise I may just end up spending it all on ridiculous things.

I… Read the full story

These are the top 100 UK baby names of 2017

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Oh, hey soon-to-be parents desperately trying to decide on what to call their tiny humans. You’ve come to the right place.

BabyCentre has rounded up the top 100 UK baby names of 2017 for baby girls and baby boys, so you can have a browse through what parents are calling their kiddos and take as much inspiration as you fancy.

Some important baby name trends to note. The research suggests that gender neutral names are more popular than ever, with Riley, Frankie, and Harley all firm favourites.

There’s a move away from flower-inspired names to looking to more extreme types of nature. Forest, Hawk, Fox, and Storm have… Read the full story

People with vaginas explain what they actually want you to do to their clitoris

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Oh, the complex mystery of female sexuality.

While men’s bits are all out on display, and are such visual beasts that they’ll happily jizz at the sight of some breasts poking out of a nice beer girl costume, women’s sexual pleasure is hidden away in a dark, narrow cave.

We’re not sure if the G spot even exists. Apparently we’re supposed to stimulate the clitoris, but how are guys supposed to do that when they’re thrusting their penises back and forth?

It’s all so complicated.

…except not really. A lot of people like to say that women’s sexual needs are impossible to work out because they can’t be bothered to try – or they’re frozen by fear of getting it wrong that they throw their arms up in the air in exasperation and declare that women simple don’t like sex or are incapable of orgasm.

It’s not that tricky, really. Yes, women don’t tend to orgasm as easily as men, but figuring out what works… Read the full story

The craft soda revolution is giving Coca-Cola and PepsiCo a run for their money

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Forget craft beer, craft soda is the brave new world
Forget craft beer, craft soda is the brave new world

Organic foods and craft breweries have been tantalising more discerning pallets for quite a while.

Now a number of drinks companies are using the foundations of the craft beer revolution for soft drink additions to the marketplace, offering a real choice of flavour and options away from Coca-Cola and PepsiCo products.

And it makes sense, isn’t it boring being offered the same old fizzy drinks in shops and restaurants?

Although craft sodas have been available online via specialist retailers for some time, it’s only in the past 18 months or so that big supermarkets… Read the full story

Former Miss Russia contestant is being body-shamed on Instagram for her massive feet

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Take it from someone with a pair of 8.5s, having large feet can be a massive drag.

You trip over them when you’re a kid and by the time you’re in high school, you’re having to swerve wearing white trainers in case someone mistakes them for actual speedboats.

And it’s not just us mere mortals who struggle with the curse of big feet.

A former Miss Russia has become the target of body-shaming trolls on Instagram who have taken to mocking the size of her feet.

The beauty queen has been subjected to people debating the size of her feet and asking her if she has difficulty finding shoes that’ll fit them.

 

Ever… Read the full story

Nando’s launches a snazzy Christmas burger topped with chestnut pate

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It’s nearly Christmas, which means it’s festive food season.

Would a proper Christmas dinner feel a lot more Christmassy than a bit of cold turkey between two slices of bread? Absolutely. Does a burger become a Christmas burger just because there’s cranberry sauce on it? No.

But onwards we plod, consuming anything with the Christmas label, because this is a British tradition.

And so, rather than getting an early start on the roast potatoes, we shall rejoice over the launch of Nando’s new Christmas burger.

The Mzansi Christmas Burger is inspired by traditional Christmas flavours – with the addition of some spice. There’s a peri-peri chicken breast fillet and flame grilled… Read the full story

Meghan Markle’s nose is now the most popular cosmetic surgery request

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While most of us are fixated on Meghan Markle‘s hair, her makeup, her coat, and her ring, some people are taking their newfound obsession with Prince Harry’s bride-to-be a little further.

A load of people are asking for Meghan’s nose.

Not chopped off and offered up as a trophy, to be clear. These people just want their own nose to look a little more Markle-esque.

According to board certified plastic surgeon Dr Stephen Greenberg, there’s been a dramatic increase in the number of people asking to for nose jobs to make them look more like Meghan Markle.

The trend started around… Read the full story

Watch this soothing video of a liquid sand bed and let all your worries drift away

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Ever fancied swimming in sand?

Well, now you can.

No your eyes aren’t deceiving you.

This guy really *is* sitting on a liquid sand hot tub.

If you’re just as interested as we are, YouTuber Mark Rober has done the dirty work for you by showing us how to add air to sand in a way that looks like well, sandy water.

‘It just stops and you’re locked in place. It’s like a weighted blanket on every surface of your body.’

Known as a fluidised bed, he adds a Nemo fish and basketballs to float on top.

Although this isn’t exactly new science, he couldn’t… Read the full story

Makeup artist gets slammed for doing a blackface tutorial on Instagram

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There must be some inherent, biological reason why so many people love doing blackface.

Don’t ask me why, but it seems like every other week makeup artists are being called out for blacking up.

We’ve had ‘slave’ tutorials; ‘chocolate challenges‘; white models being turned into black ones.

And Russian makeup artist @notcatart is just the latest to come under fire for his odd blackface tutorial.

He posted a video of him slowly painting himself into a much darker shade, with the caption:  ‘I love skin of all colours and this look is inspired from it.. That we all are beautiful…and I… Read the full story

How many calories are in a Christmas dinner?

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Christmas dinner is the best meal of the year. Fact.

That’s why we eat Christmas dinner sandwiches for five weeks ahead of the big day, just so we can remember how good all those trimmings taste.

But that deliciousness comes a cost.

And quite a hefty one at that.

Because according to new research, you’d have to run two marathons to work off the traditional Christmas dinner.

Looking at the habits of 1,000 people, the study by Forza Supplements found that the average person eats up to 5,241 calories on 25 December, when snacks and alcohol are added in.

And to burn all that, you’d have to run 52 miles – burning 2,600 calories over a 26.2-mile course.

But if double marathons… Read the full story

‘It’s so important to have parents in your corner’: How my dad helped me through my anxiety and depression

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Listen without judgement (Picture: Dean Noroozi for Metro.co.uk)

I started to experience symptoms of anxiety and depression from around the age of 12 but it wasn’t until I reached the age of 17 that my mental health took a steep decline.

I had set my sights on a career in politics and was putting a huge amount of pressure on myself to get the grades I needed to get into university.

Stop stressing out our kids – why children’s mental health is as important as academic achievement

I was anxious about the future and the possibility of failing, but my… Read the full story

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