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The Department of Education wants to know what we should be learning about in sex education

Why sex ed needs to focus on sexual pleasure
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For many of us, the sex education we received in school was sorely lacking from a lot of important information.

Our sex ed classes failed to cover consent, made no mention of LGBTQ+ sexual health and relationships, and there wasn’t a single reference to female pleasure.

Thankfully it looks like things are changing.

The Department of Education has issued a call out to parents and young people for their views on what should be covered in sex and relationships education.

The current guidelines for sex and relationships education haven’t been updated since… Read the full story

Nature, art and the best restaurant in South Africa: Why you should head to trendy Cape Town for your next break


If you have never visited Cape Town, now is the time to add it to the top of your bucket list.

As one of South Africa’s three capital cities, Cape Town offers that perfect blend of trendy neighbourhoods, jaw-dropping landscapes, and some of the best restaurants in the country.

Now is the perfect time to visit South Africa’s Stellenbosch for good food, great wines and a slice of culture

Table Mountain may be its most visited tourist site, but there are plenty of other attractions to keep you busy.

And if you have time to venture further afield, you can also see penguins at Boulders Beach and visit the Cape of Good Hope – the most south-western point on the African continent.

With the exchange rate so favourable right now, and the summer in full swing in the southern hemisphere, there’s never been a better time to visit the city.

Here are a few things you… Read the full story

The things men are likely to buy when they’re going through a midlife crisis

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Ah, the midlife crisis. Nothing like looming death to make you want to spice up your life, empty out your wardrobe, and finally buy a motorbike.

A midlife crisis isn’t all about buying sports cars and dumping your wife for a younger model. It’s a moment when people become keenly aware of their mortality, reflect on their lives, and question what they can accomplish in the rest of their lives. It can have serious ramifications on your relationships, your career, and your mental health.

But all those sports car, new suit cliches are cliches for a reason. Men very often do cope with a midlife crisis by buying wild… Read the full story

57-year-old fruit seller is the Hypewear Hero we’ve all been waiting for

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This is 57-year-old fruit seller, Lance Walsh.

You can catch him flogging his wares at his Berwick Street stall.

But Lance is no average barrow-boy.

The father-of-three is something of a Soho icon, thanks to his incredible streetwear style.

It looks like he’s mainly a Supreme devotee – occasionally heading out head-to-toe in the label.

And his style has garnered Lance a legion of fans.

‘Some of the Asian fans cry when they see me,’ he tells Dazed.

‘I mean, they travel thousands of miles so they are very thankful to get a picture.’

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Woman spends £1,000 on implants so she can have elf ears for her wedding day

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Like many brides, florist Suzi Botha was willing to spend some cash to make sure every bit of her wedding day was absolutely perfect.

Unlike most brides, a perfect wedding day for Suzi included pointed elf ears created with implants. So she spent more than £1,000 on two separate cosmetic procedures to make her ears as elf-like as she pleased.

‘I like to think of myself as a sort of mermaid elf fairy princess,’ said Suzi. ‘I love how elegant and ethereal elves are – there’s something very feminine about them.

‘I first heard about the elf ear implants via a YouTube video about 18 months ago… Read the full story

Shar-Pei looks like a mix of a bear and a dog

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This is Boe.

She’s a Shar-Pei who loves nothing more than playing with other pooches in parks.

There are three coat varieties of Shar-Peis and the bear-coat is the rarest – which is what Boe is.

It’s thought that bear-coats might be a throwback to the Chow-Chow…but in actual fact, any Shar-Pei coat that is longer than one inch is classed as a ‘bear coat’.

But anyway, that’s besides the point.

And the point is Boe.

Boe looks like an actual bear mixed with a dog.

She’s got the face of a brown bear and the body of a pooch

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And very occasionally, she also looks a… Read the full story

Stefano Gabbana doesn’t want to be known as a ‘gay’ man anymore

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Stefano Gabbana is probably one of the most famous LGBT figures in the world.

He’s one half of the Italian design duo Dolce & Gabbana, who although have been open about their sexuality, caused controversy in the gay community for dismissing IVF children as ‘synthetic’.

But although Dominico Dolce remains openly gay, Gabbana has said that he wants people to stop using the word in relation to him.

‘The word “gay” was invented by those who need to label people, and I don’t want to be identified by my sexual choices,’ he tells Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

‘I don’t want to be called gay, because I am simply a man…full stop.’

He’s had… Read the full story

Why Yorkshire is the best place to spend Christmas in the UK

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Yorkshire is known for its charming traditions and picturesque landscape, but one aspect of Yorkshire life many might be surprised to discover is its festive spirit.

During the Christmas period, Yorkshire hosts a variety of festivities which aim to celebrate the magic of Christmas.

Winter traditions from all around the world are embraced by the population, and whether you’re looking for a cosy family day out or prefer to chug down a few mugs of mulled wine, Yorkshire is the place to be over Christmas.

Here are just some of the festive treats we have to offer.

Stockheld Park

Every year in the north Yorkshire woods you can expect to find an array of festivities located… Read the full story

5 ways to help a child with autism over Christmas

You can still embrace Christmas while being mindful of children’s different needs (Picture: Getty)

Day to day, a sensory processing disorder is a big enough battle for most families to deal with – throw Christmas festivities into the mix and it takes things to a whole new level.

Christmas changes everything for our senses.

Meet the first black woman to make the US Olympic Speedskating team

Christmas decorations and those garish jumpers which seem to get more popular every year and with lights sparkling everywhere our visual system can get pushed to the maximum.

Our auditory system is exposed to the… Read the full story

Meet the first black woman to make the US Olympic Speedskating team

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This is 17-year-old Maame Biney.

She’s just become the first black woman to qualify for a US Winter Olympic speedskating team after completely smashing her 500m track trials.

The Ghanaian native first came to the US aged five to visit her dad, fell in love with the States and never left.

A year later, he enrolled her in figure skating and it soon became apparent that she was too fast for the sport. her coach suggested she switch to speedskating and the rest is history!

On Saturday, she cruised to victory ahead of two former 2010 bronze and silver Olympians.

Yep – the 17-year-old is faster than actual Olympic medalists.

And Maame was so psyched crossing… Read the full story

Here’s what the full collection of Fenty matte lipsticks looks like

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Rihanna’s new Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick collection is dropping on Boxing Day.

Annoying because we all want a couple of sticks in our Christmas stockings.

But at least there’s something to look forward to once the festivities start to die down.

And to get you really excited, Fenty’s just released details of what the 14-shade-strong collection entails.

The line includes classic reds and nudes as well as bolder shades like navy and wasabi green.

Naturally, all the shades have been designed to work on all and every skin tone.

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‘I wanted a lipstick collection where every shade works on… Read the full story

Do I really need a diagnosis for my mental illness?


I still don’t know what’s wrong with me.

I have a collection of terms I can use to describe my mental state and the issues that pop up as part of it – low moods, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive thoughts, all that fun stuff – but I haven’t officially been given a catch-all term for the illness I’m dealing with.

I can safely assume I have depression because I’ve been prescribed antidepressants.

It feels like I have an anxiety disorder, but no doctor has labeled me with one.

Do I have OCD? I have no idea. When I haven’t had enough sleep or I’m feeling stressed I’ll tick off every symptom on the list, but I can go stretches of days without being plagued to keep checking the door is really locked.

A professional hasn’t labeled me with any of those terms, so I feel like I’m not allowed to use them. And so I feel like I’m being silly for complaining, for asking for… Read the full story

Elf the cat swims 40 lengths a week to cure his injured leg


If you think all cats are scared of water, you should meet Elf.

He’s trying to hone his swimming skills and strengthen his injured leg at the same time.

Twice a week, he heads to a local 25ft pool to swim and splash around while wearing a tiny yellow life jacket.

Poor Elf had to have part of his thigh-bone removed due to a condition in his hip joint, so his humans decided to take… Read the full story

Meet Rasta-Claus, Santa’s much cooler cousin

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This is Rasta Claus, AKA Cleve Freckleton.

He jumped at the chance to step into Santa’s boots when his colleagues asked him to dress up at the school where he works at.

Music teacher Cleve, 54, works at Delia’s Special School in  Bradford and first made his Rasta Claus appearance back in 2012.

He was keen not to confuse kids who traditionally think of Father Christmas as being a big, white guy with a massive white beard.

And so Cleve developed Rasta Claus, who rocks long dreads and loves reggae music.

‘The kids I worked with had special needs, with autism and such, so I didn’t want to go in there and confuse… Read the full story

Can dogs get colds and how to keep them healthy in the winter?

Have you got a poorly puppy? (Picture: Getty)

It’s the time of the year when you are desperately trying to avoid anyone you see sneezing and coughing, but what if it’s your dog that is showing signs of a cold?

You will most likely stock up on Lemsip and paracetamol at this time of year, but your dog is not going to want to tuck into a boiling lemony drink or some tablets.

Metro IllustrationHere’s how you can help people without basic appliances this Christmas

The actual virus that your dog gets will be different from the one a human can catch, but the symptoms… Read the full story

Athletes from around the world are stripping off for charity and the photos are really something

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Ever wondered what the body of a professional athlete really looks like?

Well, here’s your chance.

Because a collection of cross-fit champions, ballerinas, horse riders and other sportspeople have been stripping off for charity.

Not only that, but their beautiful, nude bodies could also help to get you in shape.

The project has been photographed in locations around Warsaw, Poland, and the photos have been collated in a diary and personal planner which includes daily training schedules and tables to record goals, achievements and results.

Sales of the calendar will go towards the One Year Fund, which supports underfunded young athletes with footwear, clothing and equipment.

‘We reach out to… Read the full story

Marshmallow hair is the new hair trend to try this winter

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We’ve had some rather questionable beauty trends recently.

Grinch makeup, Christmas tree eyebrows, Christmas lips – themed make-up shows no sign of slowing down.

But if you want to get into the Christmassy spirit without having bauble brows and glittery tinsel lashes (and who can blame you?), there’s a better way to rock winter whites this Chrimbo.

We’ve loved mulled wine hair and cider and spice hair but now, marshmallow hair could be the one to sway us to the lighter side.

That’s right, marshmallow hair. We’re big fans of anything that reminds us of our favourite childhood sweet treat.

But although we think of marshmallows… Read the full story

How to have sex really quietly this Christmas

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Everyone knows that having sex at home is a nightmare. 

Christmas sex is a confusing one to me. The combination of being extremely full and very stressed doesn’t turn me on. And I’d suggest that if you find spending time around your family any kind of aphrodisiac, I won’t lie. That’s a bit weird.

That said, there’s no reason that your entire festive period should be a sexless one. If you want to get it on under your parents roof, no judgement. You’re certainly not the only one.

A survey by ONE Condoms, which spoke to 2,000 people, found that 62% of us will be having sex this… Read the full story

White Christmas and New Year – why Finnish Lapland should be your next break

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A winter wonderland for months (Picture: Getty)

If the recently UK flurries have given you a taste for snow you can guarantee yourself a white Christmas in Finnish Lapland.

In Kittila from November to March you can expect at least 20cm but when I went, in December, it was higher than our knees in the countryside.

Another big draw for people is the chance of seeing the Northern Lights – you’ll probably have the most luck in September, October, February and March, although it’s still worth looking out between 9pm and 1am on clear winter nights (snowfall and clouds block them).

Here’s why Finnish Lapland should be your next break.

The reindeer

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Here’s how you can help people without basic appliances this Christmas

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When you think of Christmas, chances are you think of steaming plates of turkey and all the trimmings, smoke billowing into the air.

Not to mention stuffing, brandy butter mince pies, mulled wine and cranberry sauce.

Even (dare I say it) Brussels sprouts and so much chocolate, you’re wondering how you’re going to polish it all off.

But although this picturesque scene may seem like the norm for families across the UK, it’s rarer than you may think.

According to charity Turn2us, 15% of people seeking help don’t have a cooker at home.

That means that they can’t cook for themselves and their families and instead have to… Read the full story

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