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Parts of a Christmas dinner ranked from worst to best

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I recently saw a Christmas dinner ranking that absolutely horrified me.

Christmas dinner had been ranked best to worst. In best section? Pigs in blankets, Yorkshire puddings and stuffing. This doesn’t sound so bad, right? I mean, everyone knows that pigs in blankets are the best bit of any festive dinner.

But things went horribly wrong beyond that.

As the list went on, broccoli had been ranked higher than turkey. Parsnips had been ranked the worst dish of all (why?) and the most horrifying part of all – roast potatoes were in the bottom section. It was an absolute disaster.

Everyone knows that roast potatoes are a… Read the full story

Watch these two koalas punch each other’s lights out in peak Australia moment


Ah, koalas.

They’ve got a really cute reputation thanks to celebs like Blinky Bill, but actually, they can be downright mean – as shown in a video which was uploaded to Facebook this week.

The video is filmed from the dashboard of a car which had to stop because two koalas were scrapping in the middle of the road, in Stirling, South Australia.

The car’s driver Marguerite Smith can be heard tooting her horn and saying, ‘Come on boys!’ as she wonders if she’ll ever get to work.

‘So whilst a lot of you… Read the full story

Sainsbury’s is selling pigs in blankets wrapped in Yorkshire puddings

Pigs In Blankets In Yorkshire Puddings Are Officially A Thing picture: Sainsbury's/metro.co.uk
(Picture: Sainsbury’s/metro.co.uk)

Attention, everyone: There’s a new Christmas dinner dish and you only have three days left to buy it.

Sainsbury’s has just started selling pigs in blankets wrapped in Yorkshire puddings.


Obviously, they sounds absolutely glorious. According to the product description, they’re ‘British pork sausages wrapped in smoked British bacon, baked in a free range egg batter, served with an ale and shallot gravy’.

Ever wondered why are planes white? Here are the reasons

Why are planes white? (Picture: Getty)

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), there were around 3.77 billion flights in 2016.

These numbers are staggering considering this is nearly double the number compared to just 12 years ago – this is also equivalent to half of the world’s population.

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To combat the growing demand, there have been new airlines introduced in recent years such as the double-decker Airbus A380 and Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.

23 of the weirdest brow trends of 2017

All the weird shit we did to our eyebrows in 2017
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2017 was a big year for eyebrows.

After we all lost it over Cara Delevingne’s eyebrows and stopped plucking our hairs into oblivion, the focus on brows didn’t die down. It just. kept. going.

We didn’t just want thick brows, we wanted perfectly arched brows, high definition brows, brows that took the bulk of people’s focus.

And once we’d accomplished that, we didn’t fancy stopping.

So we took things further with a bunch of truly baffling brow trends. If 2015 was the year of bold brows, 2017 was the year of brow trends, from the kind of cute to absolutely… Read the full story

Newsagents is giving out free mince pies and hugs on Christmas Day

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Christmas isn’t easy if you don’t have many people to spend the festive season with.

This newsagent has come up with a solution to help people in his community feel less alone.

Deepen Patel is encouraging anyone who’s spending the festive season alone to join him for a hug and a free mince pie.

Meet and Deep, in Twickenham, south west London, posted online: ‘We are open Christmas Day from 12-2pm… If you are alone pop in for a hug and a mince pie!

‘You don’t have to buy anything… WE ARE FAMILY.’

Costa’s selling glitter cappuccinos in case your coffee needed some sparkle

Shimmery coffee picture: Supplied/metro.co.uk
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If you’re looking to brighten up your Instagram and tinsel isn’t doing much, we have the solution – and it’s in the form of a drink.

Because why bother with a normal coffee when you can have a shimmery one?

In the final dash to Christmas, Costa has introduced a shimmery coffee, promising to inject a bit of a sparkly pick-me-up to the festive spirit.

So how is a ‘shimmery’ coffee so different from a normal one?

Well, we’d love to say it has something else but it’s literally just edible glitter and coffee.

OK, so it’s essentially pointless but we’re sure it’ll bring in the likes.

And… Read the full story

Which potatoes are the best to roast?

They look pretty good to me (Picture: Getty)

Christmas is a wonderful, wonderful time of year – it’s all about the Fs really.

Family, friends, fun and food.

While we’re all divided over which is the best part of a Christmas dinner, we’re all united on one thing – that roast potatoes are bae.

Show me a human who likes a soft roast potato and I’ll show you a liar or a damn fool, for we all know that fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside is the way to go.

Problem is, there’s always such conflict over how you make a good roast tatty, so we wanted to set the record straight… Read the full story

Cadbury selection box ditches traditional Fudge bar for Dairy Milk Oreo

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If you don’t receive at least one Cadbury’s Selection Box in your Christmas stocking, your parents (or whoever fills your stocking, if you still get one) are doing it wrong.

The larger selection boxes have always consisted of the same chocolate bars: a Wispa, a Crunchie, a Double Decker, a packet of Buttons, a small Dairy Milk bar and a Fudge bar.

But Cadbury has now ditched a firm favourite and replaced it with a new one.

Cadbury has bid farewell to the classic Fudge in replacement for a bar of Dairy Milk Oreo.

While we can’t argue that the Oreo bar is way tastier than the Fudge, we can’t help but… Read the full story

8 reasons Christmas is better in Scotland  

Edinburgh is even prettier than usual during Christmas (Picture: Getty)

Scotland is one of the best places to spend Christmas.

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It’s the home of reindeer that annually join Santa’s crew, the snowcapped mountains and misty lochs where many a Harry Potter scene can be recreated. The winter markets filled with hot wine and roasted chestnuts to keep warm against the biting wind.

And of course, it’s the country that likes to celebrate with a dram or two.

Here’s eight ways that Christmas in Scotland… Read the full story

People are decorating their lips with snowflakes and it looks magical

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We recently shared a number of Christmas-themed lip art looks we were totally in love with.

But it seems people on Instagram have fallen in love with just one look themselves – and that’s snowflake lips

Beauty bloggers are covering their lips in white snowflakes on a base of matte lipsticks, and it’s one festive look we can totally get behind.

The look was debuted last Christmas, but people have been recreating it this year in all different styles and colours – and it’s actually a pretty simple design if you only have five minutes to create one or a short supply of coloured lipsticks.

All it entails is putting on… Read the full story

Why moving in with your partner makes you put on weight

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It’s typical to put on weight in a relationship.

After all, snuggling up on the sofa ordering pizza and watching Netflix back to back becomes de rigeur.

But if you thought you were imagining that your clothes had got just a little snug, you’re not wrong.

Because a new survey has found that a quarter of women put on weight after moving in with their male partner.

The reason for this? They eat more unhealthy foods.

Top of the list are takeaway pizza, curries and fish and chips.

The poll surveyed 1,000 Brits – 500 men and 500 women – and found that 27% of women said that within… Read the full story

What to do if you are facing a mental health crisis at Christmas

Christmas can be triggering for people with mental health issues (Picture: Getty)

During Christmas and New Year, everything changes – from our schedules to our mindset.

Some people have time off work, or away from education, others need to work more.

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As technology advances our expectations of Christmas have intensified, and everyone wants to have the ‘perfect’ Christmas or to be at the best New Year’s Eve party in town.

For people with mental health issues though, the festive period brings uncertainty, unnerving moments and even crises.

From as early as September we face a barrage of… Read the full story

Photo series explores the boundaries of gender by capturing men wearing dresses


This was the year discussions of gender – of what it means to be a man, a woman, or neither, or to transition from one to another – went mainstream.

You can thank high-profile trans women like Munroe Bergdorf and Laverne Cox, news stories debating the importance of gender neutral toilets, and near-weekly battles from non-binary people to simply be recognised for the shift in conversation.

But 2017 was just a shaky starting point. We’ve got a long way to go when it comes to discussing gender.

To help the people lingering behind the movement forward, we need powerful ideas, important moments of representation, areas for questions to be asked and ideas to be discussed.

That’s why Matthew Dean Stewart’s photo series, Fragile Masculinity, is important.

The photo series focuses on a simple question: What does it mean to be a man?

Matthew approaches this question in a more accessible, visual way: What does it mean for a man to wear a dress?

Sorry everyone: Opening your Christmas presents in the morning is ‘vulgar’

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Oh, you silly sausage.

Are you the type of person who wakes up as early as possible on Christmas Day, shakes everyone in the house awake, then runs downstairs so you can open all your presents?

Well, we’re sorry, but if you are this type of person you’re incredibly vulgar.

That’s according to the etiquette experts at Tatler, anyway, tastemakers of all things posh, although they do say they don’t make the rules.

According to Tatler opening your presents any time before breakfast on Christmas Day is ‘vulgar and unbridled’ – we think because it shows a lack… Read the full story

Everything you need to know about shopping the Christmas sales

There are ways to make Christmas shopping less of a chore (Picture: Getty)

Everyone loves receiving a present on Christmas Day but the glee can be marred with frustration when you see the same item on sale on Boxing Day.

But worry not. We want to make sure this never happens again.

We spoke to experts to put together the best ways of saving money between now and Christmas.

Jane Wallace is the joint editor at money blog Skinted Minted Mum:

It’s very tempting to hold out for a bargain but in reality, it’s a cat and mouse game between shoppers and retailers.

Can you really wait until the last minute and risk not getting exactly what… Read the full story

I can’t imagine Christmas Day without my wonderful grandparents

METRO ILLUSTRATIONS: Why I love spending Christmas with my grandparents
It wouldn’t be Christmas without granddad’s Scrabble game and gran’s spectacular trifle (Picture: Mmuffin for Metro.co.uk)

I’m lucky enough to still have four healthy grandparents and, as my mum is an only child, every year we have her parents over for Christmas Day.

I couldn’t imagine it without the legendary Norman and Josephine.

15 beautiful life lessons we all learn from our amazing grandparents

It must be a trait of all grandparents to absolutely love Christmas, and they’re guaranteed to get you in the festive mood.

They are always the first up on the day… Read the full story

How to make a Christmas dinner vegan friendly with minimal effort

It’s not as hard as you may think to incorporate vegan elements into your meal (Picture: Getty)

The festive season is upon us and it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll be serving on the big day.

The dining table will be piled high with food, of course, and you probably already know exactly what you’ll be eating – most of us don’t tend to be at our most inventive on Christmas Day.

Which potatoes are the best to roast?

If you’re having a vegan over for Christmas dinner this year, you might need to add a few new dishes to the… Read the full story

Banning usernames on OkCupid is a judgemental and backwards move that’ll put daters in danger


OkCupid just announced that they’re getting rid of usernames and asking people to use their real names instead.

They did this in a blog post, in which they shared usernames that they believe are the ‘worst’.

Usernames like StayingPawwsitive, Britney__Tears, and unicorn_jizz were all called out, with the dating site explaining that they’d like everyone to ditch the numbers, symbols, emoji, sexual words, and, essentially, anything that doesn’t register as a proper name.

‘We all have names,’ OkCupid wrote. ‘Good, noble names that took weeks, perhaps months to choose — from Hannah to Jordan to Lady Bird.

‘We want you, BigDaddyFlash916, to go by who you are, and not be hidden beneath another layer of mystique. Even if that mystique is crucial to you and your dating life, unicorn__jizz.’

You can kind of see where they’re coming from. Certain names are offputting, overtly sexual, and make people seem like they’re fake accounts or trolls.

But the thing is, it’s not up to OkCupid to decide… Read the full story

‘I never want to hear that Mariah Carey song again’: 6 stories from retail workers at Christmas that will make you question humanity

Stories from retail workers at Xmas
Oh dear god (Picture: Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk)

We all know that Christmas shopping is the pits.

It’s busy, it’s sweaty and you finally get to the front of the queue only to realise you’ve forgotten to get f***ing batteries.

18 nativity play stories that will make you snort with laughter

But spare a thought for the people on the other side of the tills.

The ones who are there long after the rest of us have our feet up at home.

They keep smiling, even as they’re being yelled at because Tax Auditor Barbie has sold out –… Read the full story

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