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6 people share stories of their worst New Year’s Eve

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Romantic it wasn’t (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

There’s so much pressure on us to ensure we see the New Year in with a bang – whether we like it or not.

While most of us will spend that memorable midnight moment happily, with a beloved partner, our family or our closest friends, for others, the sooner we can put the last night of the year behind us, the better.

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New Year’s Eve festivities tend to sit firmly at one extreme or the other – immense fun, or major letdown.

If… Read the full story

Top tips for starting and (hopefully sticking) with Veganuary


Tomorrow marks the start of Veganuary – a month-long pledge to avoid consuming animal products.

And if you’re one of the tens of thousands who has signed up or is thinking of doing so, then you’re probably feeling a little apprehensive about the next 30 days.

If you’re new to veganism, it can be daunting.

After all, the vast majority of us have been raised on diets chock with dairy, meat and fish. We’re kitted out in wool and leather. We use products that have probably been tested on animals without our knowledge.

But friends, you’re not alone and veganism doesn’t have to be difficult.

Have you ever met a vegan who regrets going vegan? No – everyone bloody loves it!

Our consumption habits are just that – habits. Give yourself enough time and they become easy to break or change.

Why try Veganuary?

There are a whole host of reasons to try… Read the full story

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

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True shoppers stop for no man (or bank holiday).

Tempted to brave the high street this New Year and grab all the best deals while everyone is still asleep? Why not.

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Before you set out you’ll need to make sure you know when the shops will be open, as many will have reduced hours during the New Year period.

Argos is usually a great one-stop-ship for everything from DIY to beauty goods, and it turns out they’re staying open on New Year’s… Read the full story

Jan 1 is just another Monday – if you hate the gym, don’t sign up to one

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Get ready pals because tomorrow is the day we’re all going to be schlepping our flabby arses to the local gym for the first time in, ooh, 11 months.

Yep, January 1 is the day we agree that we need a lifestyle overhaul.

The old us is dead and we’ve been reincarnated, after a week of existing on Bailey’s and Quality Street, into health-loving fitness freaks.

Come 10am 3pm, we’ll fight through our hangovers to search for our local health centre and off we’ll trot to hand over great wads of cash in return for the promise of washboard abs and Beyonce‘s bum.

And then we’ll turn… Read the full story

B&Q opening times on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day 2018

FILE PICTURE B&Q in Plymouth, Devon. See SWNS story; A PLYMOUTH man says he can longer use a city store because they donít allow motorised mobility scooters any more due to health and safety fears. Jason Uren, from Crownhill, visited the B&Q store in Crownhill but was forced to cut short his shopping trip after being told by staff the store didnít have scooters any more. Jason said: ìSurely they have lost business as a result of this? Not to mention their duty of care and basic morals, which it appears to me have been superseded by profits.î Jason, who suffers from spina bifida, was offered the use of a manual wheelchair… <a href=Read the full story

Uh oh, a new skin virus is on the rise at gyms

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Gyms should be pretty sterile environments.

After all, when you have that much sweat in the atmosphere, you’ve got to keep things clean.

It’s etiquette to wipe down mats and seats once you’re done and most gym floors have antiseptic wipes and fluid dispensers dotted around.

And yet, new research by Fit Rated has found that loads of gym equipment are totally riddled with bacteria.

In fact, your average free weights can harbour up to 362 times more germs than a toilet seat (although that’s sort of a redundant comparison because unless you’re literally taking a dump on the seat, why should it be that dirty?).

Of course, not all… Read the full story

Morrisons opening times on New Year’s Day 2018

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Happy New Year! 12 reasons to be cheerful it’s finally 2018

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Bring on the joy of 2018! (Picture: Getty)

That’s it: the festive season is well and truly over.

Our party frocks are heading to the dry cleaners, the decorations have been packed away once more and Santa’s doing whatever it is he gets up to when he’s not doing Santa stuff.

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And that leaves us with a feeling best described in a single word – hurray!

It’s 2018 and we couldn’t be more delighted. Here are 12 reasons to thank our lucky stars as we welcome a brand new year.

1. Snow

It’s coming quite soon, probably.… Read the full story

Veganuary: 10 vegan bloggers share their top tips to get you through the month

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Transitioning can be hard (Picture: Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk)

January is all about goal setting and resolutions.

And for some of us, that’s where Veganuary comes in.

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Whether you’re looking to improve your health or give up meat for ethical reasons, Veganuary challenges you to go vegan for all of January – and, hopefully, longer term.

If you’re new to the challenge, the first week of going vegan can be incredibly tough – from reading every single food label to despairing about what you can actually eat.

We asked 10 vegan bloggers… Read the full story

New Year’s Day hangover brunch dishes that you need to make

Beat the January blues with these delicious healthy treats

Dark rum, prune and orange cookies, Nut-free energy balls, Grain and oat bars, Raw brownies, Gooey chocolate flapjack bites, Gluten-free gingerbread cookies, Apricot and dark chocolate bumbles, Gluten-free pumpkin bread
Not naughty, but very nice indeed (Picture: Various)

Unless you celebrate your birthday in January, it’s likely this is your least favourite month of the year.

Next Christmas is a long way away, the weather is rubbish, your wallet is empty and your waistband is popping open.

Mindfulness is making us all more selfish

But January doesn’t have to be depressing.

New Year means new beginnings, a fresh start and making resolutions for the coming… Read the full story

Veganuary 2018: 8 vegan high protein smoothies

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Smoothies are a great way to get extra protein into your diet (Picture: Getty)

But how do you get enough protein?

The inevitable question that every vegan is asked. Whether you’re a full time vegan or doing Veganuary for the first time this year I can guarantee that you’ll be asked this question on more than one occasion.

31 delicious vegan recipes to inspire you

There are plenty of plant-based sources of protein – lentils, beans, quinoa and soy to name but a few.

However, smoothies are an easy and delicious way to get some extra protein in your diet. You can opt to use… Read the full story

Let’s stop it with the ‘new year, new me’ thing: Bettering yourself should have no time limit

The pressure of a new you every January can be very unhelpful (Picture: Getty, Metro.co.uk)

Each and every year, the phrase ‘New year, new me’ sweeps social media.

And every January, I see an influx of people admitting they’ve failed their resolutions just a few days in.

People vow to hit the gym as soon as the festive season is over. They promise to eat healthily, to quit smoking, and to read more.

Weeks in and they’ve made excuses not to go to the gym, eaten a McDonald’s after a heavy night out, and watched far too much Netflix to have time to open a book.

I think it’s about time we put… Read the full story

Veganuary 2018: 31 delicious vegan recipes to inspire you

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Vegan food is not boring – try one of these delicious recipes this Veganuary (Picture: Getty)

31 days with no meat, fish, eggs, dairy, honey or any other animal products. Are you up for the challenge?

I’ve done Veganuary for the last two years and am really looking forward to doing it again for a third time.

15 easy vegan recipes that anyone can make

However, if you’re not used to cooking plant-based food it can be a bit of a shock to the system. New Years Day 2016 – my first… Read the full story

13 sobering facts about alcohol to help you through dry January

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Sometimes doing the whole dry January thing needs a little incentive.

Especially if you’ve had a heavy December and a load of New Year get togethers still to go.

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But cutting back on the alcohol – not just in January – can be important to do in the long run with so many health consequences for those who drink too much.

That’s because long term over-indulgence can lead to an intolerance, which means drinking more and more to be able to feel the affects.

And drinking too much over a long… Read the full story

My dad never had to ‘come out’ to me as gay – as a kid I just accepted it

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I grew up knowing my dad was gay (Picture: Sophie Mei Lan)

People are constantly asking how my dad came out to me as gay

I want to answer: Well he held a huge party for the whole neighbourhood and he had this cake made which he sliced open to reveal rainbow layers whilst Diana Ross belted out ‘I’m coming out, I want the world to know, got to let it show…’

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He then turned to me and my sister and declared: ‘Girls, I’m… Read the full story

Have I become the vegan monster I despised?

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If you’d told me 10 weeks ago that in two months’ time I would be a vegan, I would have laughed you out of the room.

I’d eaten meat my entire life and I loved it.

Ribs, wings, steaks – the meatiest of meats – were (and, if truth be told, probably still are) my favourite foods. I had no intention nor, as far as I was concerned then, reason to change my ways.

But I’m always open to trying new things and having watched and read plenty on the adverse effects of eating meat too regularly, I readily accepted when I was asked to join in a Read the full story

My end of year list might not be as impressive as everyone else’s, but that’s because I made my mental health a priority in 2017


I don’t have a massive list of career achievements from 2017, because this year was the year I decided to try to sort out my mental health once and for all.

That involved making my career less of a priority.

I’ve been freelance for years as doing the same job five days a week doesn’t work for me, but this year, I decided to cut back my hours (I live in a really cheap and er…lower quality flatshare which takes the financial pressure off) and finally focus on getting better.

I’ve had anxiety and depression for half my life, which was a massive wake-up call. I came to the conclusion that my mental health is more important than the amount of money in the bank, or having loads of epic, career-defining features to add to my portfolio.

I have regular income from a couple of places, and usually spend the rest of the week working on pitches to get commissions from elsewhere.

But… Read the full story

What to do if you embarrassed yourself when you were drunk

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So you made a tit of yourself after downing a bunch of booze.

Don’t panic – it’s happened to all of us.

But while some of your mates just had a snooze on the sofa or vommed then headed home, you did something embarrassing. Something bad.

You’ve woken up with a sore head, a stirring stomach, and a deep sense of shame – and you’re not even sure what for.

It’s tempting to just bury your head under a pillow and refuse to exit your bed for the rest of the day, but that’ll only make things more embarrassing when you finally peek out from your duvet.

Here’s your plan of action.

1. Check your… Read the full story

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