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Brave builders bare all in naked calendar to commemorate their friend who died

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When their pal and workmate died, these Welsh builders took it upon themselves to commemorate him and raise money for charity at the same time.

By making a naked calendar.

35-year-old Darren Evans tragically took his own life in July 2016 after struggling with depression, so his workmates at Bridgend building group Jehu decided to raise money for male suicide prevention charity, CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).

The men took their kit off and posed in a series of saucy photos for their builders in the buff calendar, with each month showing a different nude theme, including Valentine’s Day and Christmas.

They’ve… Read the full story

Some of the worst advice I’ve ever been given about my mental health

A boss told me to just try going back to work. It didn’t end well (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

I’m all for being more open and honest about mental health illness.

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

I really believe that the more we talk about it the better others will feel about asking for help.

But I also think it’s important to remember that some people just aren’t qualified to give us advice on the subject.

So the next time you want to open up about your mental illness struggles be warned that not… Read the full story

How to ease yourself back into a proper sleep pattern now you’re back at work

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I, like many others post-Christmas, have just come back to work after being off for a while.

Let me tell you, it was one of the biggest struggles I’ve experienced in a long time (kind of).

Many of us have got used to long slumbers, maybe getting up for This Morning or a bit of Christmas shopping. That makes the 7am alarm once you’re back in work mode ever more grim.

It’s time to get back into the swing of it or end up coming into work looking like Grumpy Cat for all of January.

We spoke to sleep expert Dr Neil Stanley about how to… Read the full story

IKEA opening hours for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

IKEA will be a popular destination for some over the new year (Picture: AP Photo)

If your new year’s resolutions include buying more flat-pack furniture then you will probably like to know when IKEA is open over the coming days.

Most will be creating and then nursing a hangover on Sunday and Monday, but some will see this as the ideal time to head down to IKEA to get a new bed, table, wardrobe or simply for their excellent meatballs.

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Well don’t worry because the Swedish superstore has your… Read the full story

Making at-home STI tests easily available online doubles the number of young people getting checked

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We’ve all been told that we should get regular STI checks – every few months if we’re in a longterm monogamous relationship, and after sex with any new partner or one night stand.

And yet, a load of us just don’t bother – a 2016 study found that most young people (that’s people between the ages of 15 to 25) have never been tested for STIs, despite being the age group most likely to develop infections.

Blame our awkwardness around chatting about sex, a lack of education about how to have sex safely, or embarrassment when it comes to admitting they’ve had unsafe sex, but checks… Read the full story

Try these Maacher Chop (fish croquettes) for post-Christmas feasting

Perfect for an unusual festive feast (Picture: Dina Begum)

Maacher chop, or fish croquettes, are a classic Bengali snack or starter and I think they’ll be a great addition to your festive feasting repertoire.

Almond and cardamom biscuitChristmas baking recipe: Bangladesh-inspired almond and cardamom biscuits

My aunt makes these tasty bites with a biscuit crumb coating, instead of breadcrumbs.

She ate maacher chop prepared that way while she was in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and it is a delicious alternative.

Rich Tea biscuits are a good option. This is because they are quite dry and not very sweet, so they work well when fried.

I’ve simplified… Read the full story

When to take down your Christmas tree and decorations

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Putting up the Christmas tree before the festivities begin is a joyous activity.

Taking it down once it’s all over, however, is decidedly less so.

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Did you know, though, that there’s actually a specific time you’re supposed to take down the tree and all of your decorations, and it’s called Twelfth Night.

Nope, it’s not the Shakespeare play, it’s the twelfth night after Christmas that marks Epiphany and the official end of Christmas celebrations.

That might also mean it’s time to pack away the Bailey’s and giant chocolate boxes, but don’t let us spoil your fun.

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It’s better to have a boss you always hate than a boss whose moods you can’t predict

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If you feel a little bit sick at the thought of going back to work, at least you can take solace in the knowledge that you’re not alone.

Loads of people around the world are stuck at jobs they hate for the sole reason of truly terrible bosses – bosses who pile on stress, play mind games, or don’t understand that you should have a life outside of work.

Terrible, stress-inducing bosses tend to fall into a few select types. And once you know what type they are, you can better understand how to deal with them.

And it turns out that there are some types of bosses that are… Read the full story

Cafe’s rose gold lattes might be the most Instagrammable drink ever

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Look, coffees topped with selfies are cool, but we’re not going to cover our Instagram with images of ourselves. There are enough selfies on there already.

We need a new Instagrammable beverage. You know, to replace 2017’s turmeric lattes, charcoal lattes, and glitter cappuccinos.

Enter the rose gold latte. It’s got the benefit of actually sounding quite tasty alongside its excellent aesthetics.

Served at S3 Coffee Bar in San Diego, the rose gold latte is made with herbal tee, almond milk, rose syrup, and honey. Then it’s topped with rose petals and edible gold glitter to make it look… Read the full story

When will Uber surge prices be highest on New Year’s Eve and how to avoid them

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Let’s face it, there’s no way you’ll be fit to use public transport on NYE and forget trying to hail a black cab on the side of the street.

Uber is going to be the taxi app of choice for many, both before and after the celebrations, however, that high level of demand means surge pricing.

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Surge pricing – or dynamic pricing as Uber’s PR team call it – is when there are so many people trying to get a taxi, the cost goes up. This is apparently to… Read the full story

Why 2017 was the best year in history for trans people

If nothing else, we found a lot of new allies (Picture: Getty)

On the face of it, being trans this year was a bit like being thrown into a bin which was then set on fire and thrown off a cliff.

It was hard to see the bright side.

Donald Trump‘s administration rolled back crucial trans rights and bigots want to do the same thing here, and we’ve been subject to the kind of media monstering LGBT people haven’t seen since the dark days of Section 28.

metro illustrationsOn Transgender Day of Remembrance, let’s think about the childrenSocial media’s become polluted with bigotry,… Read the full story

A guide to Swedish death cleaning, the trendiest way to declutter in the new year

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Oh hey, you. Have you thought about your impending death lately?

It is a not particularly pleasant fact of life that one day, we shall die (not all of us on the same day. That would be weird).

There’s no life without death, the certainty of death gives life meaning, and it’s important to remember that our time in this earthly realm is not eternal so that we make sure we stop bloody well putting off things we hope to achieve. Death is an important thing to ponder and discuss, we reckon, even if the knowledge that one day we may disappear from existence fills us with deep, unending… Read the full story

What is Hogmanay and what is the meaning behind it?

Participants follow the Up Helly Aa vikings from the Shetland Islands who led the annual torchlight procession to mark the start of Hogmanay (New Year) celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland December 30, 2016. The annual torchlight procession finishes with a fireworks display at Calton Hill in Edinburgh. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne
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We all celebrate New Year’s Eve differently, whether it’s a cuppa in front of Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, or a wild party and plenty of bubbly.

In Scotland, New Year’s Eve means Hogmanay. However, it’s not all kilts and bagpipes (although there may be a bit of that).

It's better to have a… Read the full story

Where is the first and last country to celebrate New Year?

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 01: Revellers look on during the midnight fireworks display as seen on New Year's Eve on Sydney Harbour on January 1, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree WilliamsCity of Sydney/Getty Images) (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
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If you have relatives abroad, you’ll know what it’s like trying to get in touch to say Happy New Year at completely different times.

Due to the different time zones around the world, people will see the clock strike twelve from early tomorrow morning our time onwards.

A guide to Swedish death cleaning, the… Read the full story

How to escape a job you hate

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If you find yourself in a job you hate, it can be difficult to leave. The challenge is always knowing how long you should stick at it and when it’s time to give in.

There is no rule book, sadly, and as a result, people find themselves staying longer than they should, fearing change or afraid to look like they are a job hopper or a quitter.

The trouble with that is if you hate your job, your colleagues and your boss know it and that won’t help your career in the long run.

So how do you leave a job… Read the full story

How to see your Snapchat memories: Get your 2017 year review

Snapchat rolls out redesign
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One of the great things about Snapchat is that you never have to see something for too long (eg. forgetting those drunken club selfies).

They’ve now decided to give us the option to remember those moments, however, with a new feature that lets you see your year in review.

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The tool makes a sweet little compilation of your saved memories throughout 2017. Don’t worry, your temporary snaps won’t be featured, so your nudes and unmentionables won’t pop up and surprise you.

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Why you should buy your kids sex toys


One day, probably sooner than you think, your little angels will become curious about sex.

When this day comes, they may explore their sexual urges by rubbing their genitals against teddy bears, bits of fruit, furniture, hairbrushes, or whatever other things they can find around the house.

Masturbating is great. Being curious about what feels good is brilliant, and normal, and natural.

But as a parent, it’s your responsibility to make sure your children’s entirely normal exploration of their sexuality is safe, healthy, and enjoyable. You can do that by buying your children their own sex toys.

Don’t panic. I’m not talking about getting your son a Fisher Price version of a sex doll or presenting your daughter with an eight inch strap-on on her eighth birthday. I’m talking about a starting point, a way to introduce your offspring the concept of self-pleasure.

That could be a masturbation sleeve or a little vibrating bullet – something that isn’t scary… Read the full story

Lidl opening hours for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

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What’s worse than realising you’re out of something crucial on New Year’s Day and all the shops are shut?

That’s why it’s as important as ever to stock up on everything ahead of time and avoid that dreaded moment.

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Lidl is the home of the bargain, so if you’re planning a fancy New Year’s dinner, you can still do it on the cheap as long as you head down before they close.

Waitrose opening hours for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

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Waitrose is arguably the most festive supermarket.

There’s just something about their canapés and fancy wines that scream Christmas and New Year.

Not so much, though, if you forget to buy them before your New Year’s party. Get your act together and find out their New Year’s opening times, so you’re prepared for every eventuality.

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Why plus-size model Diana Sirokai recreated Gigi Hadid’s nude photoshoot

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Diversity in magazines in 2017 may have been the best its ever been, but we still have a long way to go.

The wide majority of bodies we see in adverts, posing in fashion mags, and on our screens still fit a rigid ideal – white, slim women.

That’s why it still feels like a big deal when we see a body that doesn’t fit that norm in the same context – and why it’s worth applauding each instance of difference, so we can shift our culture and make it possible for people to see bodies that look like theirs portrayed as beautiful.

Pushing for change is plus-size model Diana Sirokai.

You… Read the full story

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