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Please stop moaning about how much you hate Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is almost here, and people are getting excited to be showered with gifts, to smell lovely flowers and eat delicious chocolates.

But as always, there are a few Valentine’s Scrooges.

Not everyone likes Valentine’s Day.

And I’ll admit, I don’t totally see the big deal. But you know what? I don’t make people who do see the big deal feel bad about it. Because like most things, what won’t be for some will be for others.

I was recently online when I saw an entire thread dedicated to the hatred of Valentine’s Day, and the bashing of anyone who went against that opinion.

People were told that their love… Read the full story

Dick pics are fine – just NOT unsolicited ones’: Chappy’s Ollie Locke on the new rules of gay dating

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From left: Chappy co-founders Max Cheremkhin, Ollie Locke and Jack Rogers

If sites like Grindr conjure up images of oiled up, headless torsos and unsolicited dick pics, then gay dating app Chappy is the antidote.

The Chappy man shows his face, he makes eye contact and he’s smiling.

A game-changing gay dating app that launched last year and is now available in London, New York City and Los Angeles, Chappy has a lot in common with Bumble (aka Feminist Tinder) – so much so that the Queen of online dating and Bumble’s founder Whitney Wolfe is one of its backers.

With gay dating apps frequently stigmatised as ground… Read the full story

18-year-old was kicked out of her own home for dating someone 31 years her senior

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An 18-year-old woman was kicked out of her home by her parents, after admitting to falling in love with somebody who’s thirty-one years older than her.

Tereza Hatlas, now 20, from Kromeriz, Czech Republic, was forced to move in with George Sekanina, five months after getting to know him through a dating website.

‘I was looking for an older man; fifty years or older and I caught him like a fish – a golden one of course. For five months we only chatted – two messages each, on a daily basis,’ said Tereza.

‘We shared our favourite songs, pictures, life experiences and so on. And in February we… Read the full story

The Lake District is the perfect UK minibreak destination for adventure AND luxury

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The Lake District is known for having, well… weather. Lots of it.

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I spent three and a half days there and experienced rain, wind, snow, freezing temperatures and glorious sunshine.

But none of that takes away from the breathtaking scenery – in fact, it all just adds to the beauty.

And, contrary to what you might expect, a bit of rain doesn’t make the Lakes a wash-out – there are plenty of all-weather activities to enjoy, and luxury experiences to indulge in.

Here’s why you owe it to yourself to visit the Lake District – at ANY time of year.

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What did Meghan Markle’s first wedding dress look like for Jamaican wedding to Trevor Engelson?

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Meghan Markle First Wedding (Picture: Getty/Star Magazine/MEGA)

Meghan Markle‘s wedding dress is the most anticipated unknown of 2018.

Who she will be wearing, what she will be wearing and how it measures up to Kate Middleton‘s Sarah Burton-designed Alexander McQueen number from her 2011 marriage to Prince William is what every fashionista across the globe is desperate to know.

Will it be long-sleeved? Will it be adorned in lace? Will she opt for a touch of Markle sparkle? Will there be a statement low back? Will it feature a cape?

Sadly, we all have to wait until Saturday 19 May to find out as it will be kept top secret… Read the full story

You’re ‘more likely to cheat if you have a good sex life’

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You might think that the key to having a faithful relationship is making sure both sides are content.

Being trapped in a sex-less situation is bound to create frustrations which lead to infidelity… right?

Well, not according to a new study by Florida State University.

Researchers claim that you’re more likely to play away if you’re already sexually satisfied, because better sex means you want more of it.

Yep, your epic sex skills are what’s driving your partner to seek it out elsewhere, apparently.

They’ve studied 233 newlyweds over three and a half years, and have come… Read the full story

Stop using pictures of men kissing as insults

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I don’t care if you hate the people in these images.

I don’t care if you think that because they might be bad people they’re fair game.

If you use images like the one above, you’re contributing to homophobia.

Images of powerful men kissing have been doing the rounds recently. There’s Trump and Putin, and more recently Trump and Piers Morgan in a compromising position (he’s not kissing the president’s face, that’s for sure).

For some people, these murals and sketches are hilarious. To me, they’re just offensive.

I’m far from a Trump supporter, and have been outspoken about some of the things Morgan has said. But is the best we can do ‘lol,… Read the full story

Mind your language when it comes to mental health issues

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Mental health series: Is a diagnosis that important?
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Thankfully we live in a time where mental health discussions are quite commonplace.

There’s a significant amount of work still to be done, but we’ve made huge leaps and strides in making mental health a key topic of conversation.

But how do we talk about such issues? Are we always mindful of some of the terminology we use? Some words, after all, are more loaded than others.

A lot of the things which were seen to be acceptable some time ago have now been obliterated, and rightly so.

So should we stop casually saying words like ‘bipolar’, ‘schizophrenic’ and even ‘autistic’ unless… Read the full story

My Vitiligo is disappearing – But I dont want it to

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A lack of the melanin pigment can cause white patches to develop on the skin, causing a condition called vitiligo.

It affects people differently.

Some people have it on different parts of their body, others like Winnie Harlow have symmetrical patches, while some are completely covered in it.

Bashir Aziz was born with the autoimmune disorder, being covered with white patches all over his body, face and hair.

The aspiring model from Tooting in London is proud of his marks and enjoys the uniqueness of it.

Although he saw doctors and dermatologists to find a treatment in his youth, he now embraces being different to most people.

But when the 23-year-old noticed that… Read the full story

If you like yoga, doing it naked might boost your sex life

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Yoga might not be for everyone at the best of times. When you’re expected to do it naked, it might be even harder to downward dog in front of a bunch of strangers.

One instructor, not afraid to get her kit off, encourages the rest of her class to also strip down.

Rosie Rees,from Australia, says the meditative exercise can also help with body confidence and sex lives.

The 30-year-old claims her intimate brand of yoga helps attendees relieve stress, develop positive body images and improve their sex and relationships by helping them embrace their imperfections.

The idea sounded weird to her at first too, but she… Read the full story

Blind Golden Retriever is happier than ever thanks to his best pup friend

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A blind Golden Retriever has never been happier thanks to his inseparable best friend who doesnt stop kissing him.
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A blind Golden Retriever is happier than ever thanks to his inseparable best friend, who doesn’t stop kissing him.

4-year-old Jake had both of his eyes removed 15-months-ago after battling severe infections as a puppy.

After being diagnosed with epilepsy at four-months-old, Jake then started suffering from severe dry eyes.

Jake was rubbing his irritated eyes so much that he was damaging his sight which caused him to need regular operations on his corneas.

His owners, Kim, 49 and husband, Joe, 51, made the incredibly hard decision to have Jake’s eyes removed –… Read the full story

Britain’s oldest skier vows to hit the slopes again at the age of 98

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George Stewart might just be Britain’s oldest skier at the age of 98 – and he’s vowed to return to the slopes yet again.

George, a pensioner from Scone, Perthshire, first picked up a set of skis while serving as a Captain for the Royal Artillery in Italy during World War Two.

His enthusiasm for the slopes led him to introducing the sport to his son Alan – who went on to represent Team GB as an alpine skier in two Winter Olympics.

George says that he’s as excited about the current winter Olympics, which kicked off last week.

The nonagenarian is backing his fellow skiers to perform well in South… Read the full story

Adorable dachshund couple love to spoon and can’t bear to be apart

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This adorable dachshund couple who love to spoon and can’t bear to be apart have restored their owner’s faith in romance.

Hounds in love Henry and Kiki, both six, spend almost every moment by each other’s sides, kissing, cuddling and going on adventures with their owner Jennifer Mooney, 45.

It was love at first sniff for the sausage dog sweethearts and since then, garden designer Jennifer has shared every touching moment of their puppy love on social media.

The impassioned pooches, who will be spending Valentine’s Day loving and respecting each other, have now racked up more than 31,000 followers who can’t get enough of Henry and Kiki’s unbreakable bond.

Jennifer… Read the full story

Valentine’s Day quotes, messages and poems to write in a card

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you are yet to write that card, fill in the tag on the flowers or compose a romantic text, don’t worry, there is still time.

Plenty of cards or florists will do the job for you and stick a nice little message in for your loved one, but you might want to do something a bit more personal.

This can be harder than you would think, so if you are looking for a bit of inspiration, here are some of the best romantic poems, quotes and message this Valentine’s Day.

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Why don’t teenagers have an ’embarrassing phase’ anymore?

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Look at the above photo – I’m on the left.

I had just turned 18, and was out in a bar where drinks were a pound and the floors were sticky enough to be fly paper.

That’s not what you’re wondering though, is it? You’re wondering what the hell I have on my face.

The answer is some very bad and cheap foundation, the chalky-white paleness of which I’ve misguidedly offset with red satin lipstick.

Makeup and fashion mistakes that I’ve made like this are so extensive I’d need a new series of Fashion Police all to myself.

But, this is part of growing up.

At a family gathering recently, I was chatting… Read the full story

11 awesome reasons to take a trip to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam

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Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam’s largest city.

A hot, bustling, chaotic arrangement of districts, each with their own character, and all filled with an unbelievable amount of motorcycles.

Previously known and often still referred to, as Saigon, the city has a complex history, ridiculously good food and an array of attractions.

Here are 11 awesome things to do in Ho Chi Minh City.

Six heartbreaking Valentine’s Day tales which will make you believe love is dead

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The path of true love never did run smooth (Picture: Mmuffin for Metro.co.uk)

Heart breaks and promises, I’ve had more than my share, sang Robin S in that classics 90s tune Show Me Love.

And so have all you lot judging by the stories I’ve heard over the years – from being cheated on to having your heart stamped on by ‘The One‘.

But there is definitely something extra cruel about doing any of these things on the one day where you are supposed to show the one you’re with just how much you care.

It seems, however, that even Valentine’s Day isn’t off limits to the liars and the dirty, dirty… Read the full story

6 sex tips to try on Valentine’s Day

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An an excellent Valentine’s Day to you too (Picture: Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk)

Congratulations!

You have made it through Christmas and Skint January and now we’re here with one small hurdle – Valentine’s Day.

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As a couple, the pressure can mount up. What present should I get? Where do we go for a meal? Is there any chance I could ask if we can forget it altogether without insulting my partner?

Valentine’s Day started in the 3rd century when St Valentine was executed for marrying people in… Read the full story

77-year-old man has been sending his wife the same Valentine’s card for 39 years

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Husband gives his wife the same valentines card for 39 years
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A devoted husband is celebrating Valentine’s Day by sending his beloved wife the same card he’s posted to her for the last 39 years.

Ken Myers, a self-confessed romantic, first sent the card which he’s been sending for the past 39 years, back in 1979, six years after he married his sweetheart, Valeria.

Though the card remains the same, the 77-year-old novelist writes a new message inside the card every year – which is now full of little love notes from the past three decades.

To make this even more romantic, Ken, from Leeds, created the card himself – as he… Read the full story

A Harry Potter themed brunch is coming to London

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A Harry Potter themed brunch is happening next month, and we’re so ready to stick on our invisibility cloaks and binge on chocolate frogs.

The brunch, which is being hosted at Cargo, London, is one of a bunch of themed brunches to be held bi-monthly. They’re being held at various locations across the city by Joshua Walker PR, who also created the Clueless brunch event.

The Wizard’s brunch will ensure a day of ‘spells, potions and wand-envy’ as you eat a delicious brunch, which will be washed down by an hour of unlimited prosecco or ‘potions’.

People are encouraged to dress accordingly – by dressing up in… Read the full story

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