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Woman with Crohn’s disease designs stoma bags for other sufferers

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A Crohn’s disease suffer has started making creative stoma bag covers for others, after her late mum helped her love her own.

28-year-old Serin Lisching, from Mentor, Ohio, produced her first stoma bag cover after getting her stoma in 2012.

Crohn’s is an incurable inflammatory bowel disease with an unknown cause. Many people who live with inflammatory bowel disease can end up with either an ileostomy or colostomy bag due to things such as perforated bowels.

An ileostomy is where the small end of the large bowel is brought out to the abdominal surface, while a colostomy is where the large bowel is pulled to the outside of the surface,… Read the full story

Why do cats sleep so much?

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Cats are the best at ignoring us – and us cat lovers are very much okay with them having their alone time.

Most of the time they’re not begrudgingly letting us pet them or out stalking prey (leaves and small sticks) they’re asleep.

Give a cat somewhere soft to sit and they’ll be out like a light.

In fact, in true cat fashion, they’ll even fall asleep on your open laptop, newspaper, or your head.

The world’s first sausage dog cafe is coming to the UK

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Attention, dog lovers: The world’s first dachshund cafe is coming to the UK.

The dachshund cafe comes courtesy of the people behind Pug Cafe, where pug owners come together in Esquires Guildford to introduce their pugs to one another, and to make lots of pug-loving friends.

And now, Pug Cafe and Esquires have teamed up once again to invite the dachshunds of Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, London and beyond to their very special one-off event.

Loads of people are masturbating to their coworkers’ social media photos

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Today in vaguely unsettling news, it’s fairly likely that one of your colleagues has masturbated while looking at your social media photos.

Nope, not the one of your matcha latte next to your bullet journal. Your selfies. That group shot on your ‘Gram. Beach pics.

New research from SugarCookie has found that two out of five men have masturbated to their coworkers’ social media photos.

Look around at your office. 40% of them may have wanked to that one picture of you looking glorious.

Harriet Sugarcookie surveyed almost 2,000 participants to find out their social media lurking habits.

As you’d probably expect, the majority of those… Read the full story

Take a look at this stunning £2.95 million home built onto the side of a cliff

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A spectacular waterfront home that was built into a seaside cliff and has direct access to the beach has gone on the market for £2.95 million.

Dove Rock in Plaidy, Cornwall, has been designed so that all the main rooms look out to the stunning seascape.

The five-bed modern house features an open-plan kitchen and dining room, a library, a games room, a bar on the ground floor and a balcony which runs across the front of the house.

On the first floor is the entrance hall, a boot room and two bedrooms with en suite shower rooms, while the ground floor hosts three bedrooms with en suites and a… Read the full story

US McDonald’s chains are getting rid of the cheeseburger Happy Meal

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McDonald’s has announced that to reduce the calories in its Happy Meals, the fast food chain will be removing kids cheeseburgers from the menu.

Before you go off into a panic and run to your nearest McDonald’s to get your hands on a cheeseburger – you don’t need to worry. This change is only happening to US restaurants.

Cheeseburgers are set to be removed from US menus, with the sugar content of the chocolate milk also being reduced. McDonald’s will also be adding bottled water as a Happy Meal drinks option.

Marks and Spencer is selling some cheap dupes of Victoria Beckham’s glittery heels

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Marks and Spencer is selling some Victoria Beckham dupes for a fraction of the price.

The high-quality retailer is selling some sparkly stilettos, which look very much like Victoria Beckham’s heeled Dorothy Pumps.

The original heels come in aqua green and feature a glittery pointy slipper with a narrow heel.

Though the heels, which come as part of VB’s Spring Summer 18 Collection, are absolutely gorgeous, they’re also super expensive.

At £515, they’re not really affordable for the average shopper.

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And so, we’re pretty excited to see that M&S has created its own version of the heels, for… Read the full story

This vegan mayo is made with waste water from hummus factories

Rubies vegan mayo is made from waste water from houmous factories
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It’s so easy to be vegan these days.

We have it so much better than the plant-based troopers of yesteryear.

If I want to stock up on fake cheese, imitation meat or vegan mayo, all I have to do is pop to the high street and I’ll have a plethora of options.

My current favourite dinner item is Iceland’s hash brown fries (seriously, try them), dipped in mayo (I never said I was classy).

Now, I’ve got two ride or die vegan mayos – Plamil’s garlic mayo, and Vegenaise (only if it’s on offer, because… Read the full story

13 people share random acts of kindness which made their day

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It really is cool to be kind – and these stories prove how even the smallest of gestures can have the biggest impact.

What better way to mark Random Acts of Kindness Day 2018 than reading stories from people who have benefitted from the kindness of strangers.

Random Acts of Kindness Day aims to encourage people to do small (or big) altruistic acts.

From handwritten inspirational notes to once-in-a-lifetime trips, these 13 people share the random acts which put a smile on their faces.

Jessica Gardiner, Editor at The Assistant Room

Stop typing. Say hello to the old person who just sat at your table


‘From Boxing Day up until the new year I didn’t see anyone,’ says Yvonne Davies, 90, from Dorset.

‘I was on my own for about a week. It was not pleasant. When it was over, I felt completely different again. I think I was a bit anxious.

‘You can’t describe it easily. I was warm, I was comfortable, I had food. I had a phone, which I used – and friends called me. I just felt uncomfortable; I didn’t like it very much.’

Sadly, Mrs Davies is one of many elderly people who spent at least part of the Christmas period alone. Research released by older people’s charity Age UK reveals almost a million (873,000) pensioners wouldn’t have seen or heard from anyone over the festive period.

With no one to talk to, over half of these people (55%) rely on the TV for company.

‘If you’re on your own, you sit and glue your eyes to the television in hopes it will entertain… Read the full story

Woman explains what it’s like to live with a compulsive hair pulling disorder

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A woman has revealed her lifelong battle with an anxiety disorder that causes her to pull out her hair, including her eyebrows and eyelashes.

Claire Ory lives with trichotillomania, an impulse control disorder which is characterised by a long term urge that results in pulling out one’s hair.

Claire, 22, has had bald patches since the age of nine, from regularly ripping out chunks of hair from her head.

The condition worsened four years later following the death of her mum, which lead to Claire starting to pull out her eyebrows and eyelashes.

Things got so bad that circus performer Claire became too ashamed to attend school and was diagnosed with trichotillomania.

The… Read the full story

11 things to do if you’re feeling suicidal

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Deciding to end your own life goes against every human instinct, and is the result of unbearable, immeasurable distress.

Illustration of two friends with red flags in the background8 mental health red flags we should all be aware of

It’s also a very complex matter. According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention, it’s rarely an impulsive act; rather, it creeps up on you gradually, progressing from suicidal thoughts, to planning, to attempting and finally dying by suicide.

When you’re at that point where living seems intolerable,… Read the full story

Lush launches new campaign in support of trans rights

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Lush is bloody lovely.

Not only do they make all-natural products that aren’t tested on animals, are veggie and vegan friendly (80% of Lush products are vegan), and that turn our baths into magical pools of sparkling black jelly, but they also regularly champion important causes.

Their loveliness is really not helping us budgeting-wise, because it just gives us another excuse to spend our entire salary on bath bombs. But we forgive them.

This time around in Lush doing great things, the brand has launched a new campaign in support of transgender rights, called #TransRightsAreHumanRights.

Naturally, part of that new campaign is a bath product – an Inner Truth Bath Melt… Read the full story

Using cleaning sprays may be as bad for your lungs as smoking 20 cigarettes a day

Cleaning sprays are as harmful to your lungs as smoking
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Put down your sponge and accept the growing layer of filth in your kitchen. Or just pass on the chore to any nearby males.

New research has found that the use of cleaning sprays can cause significant damage to women’s lungs – but the same effect doesn’t appear to apply to men.

A study publishing in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (catchy name, lads) looked at data from more than 6,200 participants, tracking their health over the course of 20 years.

Researchers found that the decline in lung function of women working as cleaners or… Read the full story

10 alternative baby gifts for the goth baby in your life

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Baby clothes and toys all seem to be in pastel colours and super cutesy.

MORE: 11 gifts all new parents really need but never think to ask for

But what if you know a baby who’s just a bit more rock n roll, and who wouldn’t be caught dead in powder blue?

Okay, the baby probably has no opinions on fashion at this stage, so you’re probably buying the gift for the parents. But it’s never too early to start teaching someone to be a bad-ass.

Unfortunately, it’s not always very easy to… Read the full story

Could your dry skin be slowing down your laptop?

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Excuse me for one second, I just need to slather every inch of my body in moisturiser.

Okay. That feels better. Now I’m emotionally and physically ready to type out this truly harrowing news.

If you’ve noticed your laptop is infuriatingly slow, it might be because loads of your dead skin cells have flaked off your face and bod and made their way into your computer.

Yep. Your laggy computer might be filled with your own dry, flaky, skin. Lovely.

In honour of National Clean Out Your Computer Day on Monday 12 February (yep, that’s a thing), a Tampa-based news station, WFTS, spoke to Adam… Read the full story

Hero proposes to his girlfriend in Greggs on Valentine’s Day


When we found out that Greggs would be offering couples romantic candlelit dinners, we could think of few things more romantic than making eyes over a pasty on 14 February.

But one man, one hero, has topped that level of romance.

That man is Joe Callingham, a graphic designer, who proposed to his girlfriend Pineapple Featonby in a Greggs in Stockwell, London, on Valentine’s day.

That Stockwell Greggs held a greater significance than just offering some excellent iced buns: It was the same spot Joe and Pineapple had met and fallen in love last November.

The couple are from… Read the full story

5 things you probably didn’t know you can recycle

XX things you thought you couldn't recycle but actually can (Yasmin)
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We have heard lots about recycling so far this year, and I am sure there is more to come.

The government has launched a 25-year plan to reduce ‘avoidable’ plastic waste and protect the planet.

But protecting the planet is not all about plastic.

There any many other unexpected items or objects that can have a second life and be used as something else.

Here are five other things that can be recycled, at home or on an industrial scale.

1. Yoga mats made from wine corks

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Stop telling me to go on a digital detox; social media is actually helping my mental health

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‘By talking online everyday, I’ve gone from hiding in my bedroom to attending networking events’ (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Having depression and anxiety has completely changed me.

Although I’d say I’m a lot more self-assured, carefree and confident than I was before my diagnosis, it’s been a lengthy battle.

And, at times, a very lonely one.

At my worst I was a social recluse, only leaving the house to go to the gym or see my counsellor, and using every excuse in the book to avoid seeing my friends.

I rarely texted people back, refused to make phone calls and certainly… Read the full story

Plus-size women turn up to London Fashion Week in lingerie to protest the lack of curves

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The fashion world still has a long way to go when it comes to representation.

The industry is failing to achieve genuine diversity, in terms of race, age, and disabilities.

One small part of making things change is getting the industry to move away from the ultra thin ideal.

To encourage designers to use models of all sizes in their shows, a group of plus-size women turned up at London Fashion Week venues in their underwear, holding signs in celebration of curves.

The group, which included body positivity advocates Hayley Hasselhoff, Callie Thorpe, Megan Crabbe, Sonny Turner, CoCo Brown, and Poppy Towers, collaborated with Simply Be to arrange the protest –… Read the full story

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