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Bow down to Parsley, the cat that’s making his fans travel to the seaside town of Oban just to see him

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It’s very likely Parsley will be Prime Minister one day. (Picture: SWNS)

Meet Parsley, the Maine Coon who’s probably going to rule over all of us one day.

Parsley is a pretty big deal. Over on Facebook he has more than 6,000 fans from all over the world, and he’s so loved that people make trips to his hometown of Oban, in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, just to see him.

His movements are even tracked by GPS so people can get the best chance of spotting him – because Parsley loves a proper wander by the seaside, so it’s not too easy to find him.

Parsley is so popular that he now has his… Read the full story

‘My flat got trashed’: 7 stories that prove New Year’s Eve is the worst

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7 stories that prove New Year's is the worst (Olivia Cassano)
Caught in the club (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

New year’s is fast approaching, taunting us with promises of a fresh start, great fun, confetti, but ultimately utter disappointment.

It’s a night full of memories that will leave you cringing for years to come.

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New Year’s Eve is the absolute worst.

I mean, what kind of holiday doesn’t have a food associated with it? A bulls*** one.

You need to balance the desire to… Read the full story

From ticket scams to man-babies: 9 things we hope will stop causing havoc in 2018

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We saw a lot of unpleasant stuff in 2017.

Bigotry and bizarre politics. Corporate crime and climate change. The Emoji Movie.

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Leaving aside the obvious — war, poverty, Bono’s hair — there are many things we hope don’t make it into another year.

Here are nine.

Some are serious, some less so. But 2018 would be a lot better without them.

1. Unsafe public spaces

From the Las Vegas Strip to the Manchester Arena we saw terrorism at its worst and most cowardly in… Read the full story

New Year is the worst time to make resolutions – here’s why you should make them in June

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New Year’s resolutions – what’s the point?

Like night follows day, those adverts telling us to eat, drink and be excessively merry have been replaced with ones telling us it is time to reign it in.

Gyms want new members, celebs have healthy eating cookbooks or fitness regimes they’re hawking and we need to put down the Baileys and take a good, hard look at our lives.

And make changes.

Pulling a sickie storiesSix people reveal their best excuses for calling in sick

Drastic life changes to make us Better People™.

There’s nothing wrong with making alterations to improve… Read the full story

Not mixing your drinks doesn’t actually prevent hangovers

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If you’re hoping to be bright eyed and bushy tailed this time tomorrow, you’re probably planning some kind of alcohol strategy for tonight.

And many of us will be planning on sticking to the old maxim: ‘Beer before wine, feel fine. Wine after beer, feel queer’.

Whether it be champers, vodka or wine, we’ve all been raised to believe that if you try to stick to one particular poison, you’ll feel fine the next day.

But it turns out that we’re all wasting our time.

New research suggests that there’s no conclusive link between mixing liquors and hangovers.

It’s previously been thought that the darker the alcohol, the higher the likelihood of feeling bad later on,… Read the full story

It’s not for the faint-hearted, but here’s why I’m jumping into a freezing swimming pool on New Year’s Day

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This New Year’s Day, while most people are sleeping off the excesses of the night before, I’ll be stripping down to my swimming costume and jumping into an unheated outdoor pool.

It’s not some elaborate hangover cure, although there’s nothing quite like it for blowing the prosecco-soaked cobwebs away.

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Nope, it’s the Polar Bear Plunge: an annual event where, all over the UK, people brave the New Year’s Day temperatures and throw themselves into the sea, a lake or an unheated pool to… Read the full story

If you’re serious about keeping your New Year resolutions, ban the word ‘should’

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How often have you gone into the new year armed with a host of resolutions, only to find them all broken by 7 January?

Usually that’s because they’re crap, unrealistic goals.

But sometimes, they can fail because of the way you talk about them.

According to one lifestyle coach, one small word often sabotages our good intentions.

Erin Falconer says in her new book, ‘How to Get Sh*t Done’, that using the word ‘should’ is holding us back from achieving our goals.

Why? Because ‘should’ implies an obligation, and is often associated with guilt, shame and an ‘absence of decision’.

And it also suggests that something is a ‘possibility rather… Read the full story

We all spent a whopping 40 hours on the sofa over Christmas and boy, did it feel good

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It's okay if your end of year achievement list doesn't look like everyone else's
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If you feel like a sack of potatoes after spending the last week KO-ed on the sofa, you’re not on the only one.

In fact, according to a survey, the average Brit spent a grand total of 40 hours sprawled on their couch this Christmas.

That’s five hours every day.

And while 40% of us say that we were less active than normal over the festive period, two thirds say that there were days when they didn’t leave the house at all over Christmas.

Researchers from walking charity, the Ramblers, asked 2,000 adults, about their recent… Read the full story

Meet the startup creating edible straws to help save our oceans

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We’re becoming ever more aware that straws are the environmental devil.

Yes, they can help protect your teeth against Coke and coffee, and they’re also a Godsend when it comes to keeping lipstick in tact.

But straws are littering our oceans like no one’s business.

They’re just hideously non-biodegradable.

One startup, however, has come up with the perfect solution to the moral conundrum: edible straws.

Loliware is currently in process of developing biodegradable straws which can be eaten after use or composted.

When is the next full moon? How to see the January supermoons

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2017 might have been a terrible year for some, but for astronomy lovers it was great, with a total solar eclipse and plenty of cosmic goings-on.

It looks like in 2018 the skies will be just as busy, kicking off with a supermoon on the first day of the year.

These massive-looking full moons are truly beautiful, and capturing one on camera is the end goal for many a sky-watcher.

We’ve been treated to three supermoons in a row, with the first one being at the start of December. However, you can still catch the next two.

How about spending 2018 working as a full-time mermaid?

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If you’re sick of your job and want something more challenging, more magical, more in-line with your aesthetic, you might want to think about heading over to Florida.

Because over there, you could spend your time being paid to swim around a lagoon.

Yep, a Florida resort is hiring full-time mermaids.

The Weeki Wachee Springs State Park has a 400-seat underwater theatre where mermaids perform for visitors, and now the park is recruiting for a fresh batch of Ariels.

They’re holding auditions on 13 January and they’re apparently anticipating around 50 women to come for the first round of auditions.

But if you think it’s going to be a swim in the park, think… Read the full story

How 13 people got on with 2017’s New Year’s resolutions

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Will it be thumbs up for keeping your resolutions in 2018? (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

It’s that time of year where you critique your life and try to think of something you want to achieve during the next 12 months.

Easter might seem like it was only a couple of months ago.

But that was way back in April, and 2017 is somehow nearly over.

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Resolutions can be tricky to pick and even harder to stick to.

To give you some ideas, we spoke to 13… Read the full story

McDonald’s opening times on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day 2018

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New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest celebrations of the year with plenty of booze and food.

If you’re looking to have a McDonald’s breakfast to cure your hangover on New Year’s Day, then you’ll need to make sure you know when your local restaurant is open.

Some of their restaurants will be having reduced hours during the new Year period, including closing early on new Year’s Eve and opening later on New Year’s Day.

How to say Happy New Year in 18 different languages

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The festive season is a time of giving and goodwill.

Sometimes that becomes quite commercialised, but there are still plenty of ways you can show you care without splashing the cash.

Not mixing your drinks doesn't actually prevent hangovers

A simple way to do this is with a kind word, and said in someone’s native language makes it even sweeter.

Wish them a Happy New Year a little differently this time around, and brush up on your language skills in the process.

Mindfulness is making us all more selfish

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You can’t budge these days without hearing about someone doing something mindfully.

From drinking to mediation, nothing, it seems, can just happen. We’ve got ruminate on it, assess why we’re doing it, go ever deeper into ourselves.

And that might be the problem.

Although it’s undoubtedly a good thing to carve out time for yourself and your thoughts, mindfulness is now thought to have a negative impact on our lives because we’re so inward-focused.

Dr Alison Gray, chair of a special interest group at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, warns that mindfulness can lead to us becoming ‘self-involved and self-centred’.

And although it doesn’t happen to everyone (‘in many cases it increases their… Read the full story

Pizza Hut opening times on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day 2018

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The perfect way to see in the new year (Picture: Pizza Hut)

Many of us will be celebrating the New Year at home, whether it’s a quiet night with family or a house party with friends.

One of the key ingredients of a great night is getting some tasty food delivered straight to your home and Pizza Hut ticks all of the right boxes.

Most Pizza Hut restaurants are set to have longer opening hours during the New Year period, but many will also be closed for parts of the evening.

If you’re hoping to get a pizza delivered to your home during New Year’s Eve, then you’ll need to make sure your… Read the full story

Hold on to your elasticated waistbands: Krispy Kreme is bringing back birthday cake doughnuts

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Birthday cake is possibly one of the most delicious foods on this earth.

That soft, sweet sponge. That creamy, light filling. That gloriously thick frosting.

It’s just a travesty that you only really get it to eat it once or twice a year.

That is…until now.

Because doughnut giants Krispy Kreme are bringing back their birthday cake-flavoured ‘nuts to celebrate their 80th anniversary.

Yep, Krispy Kreme is actually as old as the hills and they’re treating us all to a slice of bday pie.

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They originally brought them out back in May but people just couldn’t get enough of that glazed goodness.

The limited edition doughnuts… Read the full story

What are the Auld Lang Syne lyrics and what do they mean?

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We sing it every year, and still end up doing that classic mumbly thing during the verses as we forget the words once again.

The song, of course, is Auld Lang Syne.

This Startup Is Creating Edible Straws To Save Our Oceans Picture: LOLIWARE/metro.co.ukMeet the startup creating edible straws to help save our oceans

Despite our forgetfulness, though, it remains a strong part of New Year’s Eve tradition, and often you won’t see a dry eye in the house come the end.

So, learn how to sing it properly and never mumble again during the verses.

Read the full story

Where to watch New Year’s Eve fireworks in London this year

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Still stuck for plans for New Year’s Eve?

You can’t go wrong with fireworks, and London have some of the best around.

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Unfortunately tickets to the official event are now sold out, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still see that display or others.

Here are some of the ways you can still enjoy the fireworks in London during the celebrations tonight.

The Hangover Workout

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‘Tis the season to be…hungover (and jolly of course, but often the former follows the latter).

Working out when you’re hungover isn’t the easiest thing to do. Nor is it always advisable. As with most things, the elusive balance is key.

The chances are you’re starting from a place of being a bit tired and already depleted, and probably dehydrated, so you’re unlikely to be feeling the love for a full-on sweat fest. A few moves that gently raise the heart rate and awaken muscles for day should be enough to generate a small surge of those feel-good hormones, to help… Read the full story

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