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Mum is desperate to clear the ‘beard of scars’ around her neck


Iris Hudson has suffered with painful growths on her face for almost three decades – and 25 surgeries haven’t helped.

The beard-like keloid scars on her face first appeared when Iris caught chicken pox at eight, and later, in her teen years, when she developed acne.

As her acne and chicken pox healed, Iris was left with keloids – tough, heaped scars – along her jaw and down… Read the full story

Is vegetarian and vegan fast food really not better for you than a meat feast?


Ahhh, meat lovers.

The more veganism seems to rise, the more insistent meat eaters are that following an entirely plant-based diet is at best guff and at worst, downright unhealthy.

But how can this be?

Well, the food element of veganism – like thing – comes in many different forms. You’ve got your whole foods vegan (much kale, many pieces of tofu). You’ve got your foodie vegan (who’s been to every pop-up in Hackney). And then you’ve got your junk food vegan (lives off chips, veggie burgers and deep-fried seitan).

And you know what? Fast-food vegans, much like junk-loving omnivores, aren’t the healthiest folk out there.

But is plant-based junk food on a level with meaty options…or is it possibly more unhealthy?

Last week saw claims emerge that a lot of vegan junk food is packed with preservatives and additives to make up for the lack of flavour that meat tends to provide.

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This Liberace-style house is the stuff of both dreams and nightmares

Liberace dream/nightmare house.
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Forget the magnolia paint and neutral features if you’re trying to sell your house.

If this Detroit property is anything to go by, it’s originality that wins you buyers.

The house, located in Grixdale, is called Lion Gate Estate, and includes a heated pool, a billiards room with custom pool table, and what looks like a diner in the basement.

As well as that, you’ll be able to move straight into the most kitschy home ever, as all of the trinkets and ornaments are included in the price.

The all white room is a particular highlight, and you get to keep the grand piano.

Call centre worker poses on the beach as a merman for mystical photoshoot

MEET THE call centre operative and eco-warrior merman who poses on the beach with his tail on display in a bid to inspire people to protect the world???s oceans. Pictures show training supervisor, Rey Julien Teves (38), gracefully gliding through the crystal blue waters using his homemade and dark-coloured tail, while in another image, he poses on a rock, just like the main protagonist, Ariel, in The Little Mermaid. Other images reveal stunning landscapes of the golden beach, one of which shows Rey wearing his tail while sitting on a swing and lying on the sand exhibiting a tail-swish while looking wistfully at the ocean. The image of mermaids first fascinated Rey,… <a href=Read the full story

Bullied teens scrawl all the horrible things they’ve been called on their faces


Bullying is absolutely vile.

Two teenagers ‘sick and tired’ of the horrid words carelessly thrown at them day in and day out just want it to end.

So Halli-Marie and cousin Charli-Jai, both 13, created a video showing the horrible taunts they’ve encountered by scrawling on the words in black ink on their face.

The powerful video was shared by Halli-Marie’s mum Donna Wilson, from Cardiff, who said the two girls want to highlight that bullying still happens on school grounds and beyond… Read the full story

Couple get married after meeting through a text message sent to the wrong number

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A couple who met through a text message sent to the wrong number fell in love and married three months later.

44-year-old car salesman Michael Evangelou, from Colliers Wood, south London, mistakenly sent a two-word text to Lina Dahlbeck, 37, of Morden, South London, which read: ‘Girls trip’.

Michael had thought he was texting his own number and wanted to remind himself to see Girls Trip, a film starring Queen Latifah.

But Lina actually ended up receiving the message. The makeup artist replied: ‘Hi! Girls trip? Who’s this please? I’m guessing this was intended for another Lina’ and added a wink-face emoji.

Michael quickly explained his mistake and asked if they knew… Read the full story

A bottomless chicken nugget party is happening this month

Picture: Rub Smokehouse & Bar UK Restaurant To Host Bottomless Chicken Nugget Party
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BBQ sauce at the ready, people: A bottomless chicken party is happening in Nottingham this month.

This Sunday, 25 March 2018, Rub Smokehouse & Bar, an American restaurant in Nottingham, will be hosting a day of unlimited chicken tenders.

The event will start at 12pm and end at 8pm, and will consist of servings of unlimited chicken tenders coated in various sauces, including honey bbq, Szechaun pepper, sweet & sour, peanut butter, ginger & chilli and garlic buffalo sauce.

All tenders are soaked in buttermilk, dipped in panko crumb and come served with fries.

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Finally, someone’s brought out a book celebrating amazing plus-size style

Emilie Darel
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Body positivity might be alive and well online but often, it doesn’t seem to translate into real life.

Plus size collections in many high street stores are often sparse and boring and it’s not too often that you come across larger women dressed in fabulously bombastic outfits.

Why? Well, partly because most jobs require you to schlep about in mundane colours and cuts, but also because society tries to shame those of us who are above a size 10 into ‘dressing for our size’. And that often translates as ‘make yourself appear as slim as possible by fading into the background’.

But you know what? There are maverick dressers out… Read the full story

How a sweary stitching group is helping women through loss, loneliness, and rage

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If you’ve ever been angry, mad, or sad, you’ll know the freeing feeling of yelling some variation of ‘F***’.

It’s a release of emotion. A glorious ‘p*ss off’ to whatever’s causing you stress.

But if it’s a great feeling to scream it out loud, it might be even better to take your sweary release and turn it into something beautiful.

That’s the idea behind the Profanity Embroidery Group, also known as PEG.

Started by Annie Taylor and Wendy Robinson back in 2014, the inspiration for the group was a cartoon by Rina Piccolo of an old lady embroidering ‘f*** the world’ on a flowery cushion.

The worst rooms and flats to rent in London right now

The worst London flats and rooms for rent right now
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London is a very strange place to live.

You earn a bit more money that those elsewhere, and there are way more job opportunities if you’re in certain industries. But, if you’re an average joe and not some high-flying banker or lawyer, you never really seem to have anything to show for it.

It’s not just because pints are extortionate, either. It’s because we’re all spending a whole lot more on rent.

That would make some sense if we got nicer living quarters, but for the most part our budget only stretched to a mould-infested room with an hour-long commute to work… Read the full story

Cadbury Creme Egg biscuits are a thing and we need to try them immediately

Calling All Chocoholics: You Can Now Get Creme Egg Cookies
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Creme Egg biscuits exist and they look amazing.

The biscuits come in packs of 8, and look remarkably like miniature Wagon Wheels.

The chocolate snacks feature chocolate biscuits coated in Cadbury milk chocolate, with an actual Creme Egg filling.


For anyone who hasn’t seen these before, these biscuits aren’t exactly new.

They used to be sold in standard supermarkets, but mysteriously disappeared off the shelves.

Yankee Candle is selling a passion fruit martini scented candle

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Is there anything better than relaxing back into a bubble bath surrounded by scented candles?

The answer is yes: relaxing back into a bubble bath, surrounded by scented candles, with a cocktail in hand.

One company that knows this is Yankee Candle, as it’s just brought out a Passion Fruit Martini scented candle.

The £23.99 large jar candle features the traditional Yankee design, and offers a ‘tropical mix’ of passion fruit and other exotic fruits.

How to support a friend or family member through psychosis

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When your loved one is in a state of psychosis, it can be very frightening (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

Four years ago, I experienced a severe psychosis as part of a manic episode of my bipolar disorder.

I was agitated, talking very fast, unable to sit still and had racing thoughts and delusions.

6 people share their experiences of friendship during mental illness

I believed I was in danger from other people.

I was then… Read the full story

Should we be weighing our kids?


Few things are quite as emotive as discussions around weight.

Many of us – women in particular – grow up with an anxiety around weight and size that never really leaves them. Scales and measurements, for most of us, hold nothing but dread and shame.

If, like me, you were brought up by someone who’s spent the vast majority of their adult life on a diet, then the chances are that you too have a messed up relationship with food, body size and beauty.

In an ideal world, we’d all be fit and healthy and no one would own a pair of scales unless they were pro-athletes (who need to know their weights in order to be as aerodynamic/powerful/fast as possible).

But the fact is that we’re fatter than ever and childhood obesity is on the rise.

According to Public Health England, a quarter of children between two and 10-years-old are overweight or obese. And obese kids tend to become overweight adults; by 2034, it’s… Read the full story

Why can’t we be rude to people who are homophobic and transphobic?


I can’t imagine the pain of being trans, being gay in a household that doesn’t accept it, or struggling with your sexuality and gender without being able to understand or accept your true self.

My own experience is being a femme cisgender bisexual woman. There’s really nothing that outwardly sets me apart from straight cis people, and apart from the odd biphobic comment or joke, I’ve never experienced oppression due to my sexuality.

I can move through a predominantly straight world with ease.

However I’m of course upset by what people say on social media and in real life about LGBT+ people, even if I can’t say I’m shocked anymore.

Because I don’t ‘seem’ like a member of the LGBT+ community, people sometimes feel safe enough in my company to say what they really feel, thinking they’re in a secure space to be homophobic or transphobic.

Surprise b*tch, you’re not.

Conversely, when I do speak out on issues first – for example, the horrific treatment of… Read the full story

How superhero stories helped me survive my PTSD after living through the Chernobyl disaster


I didn’t see the explosion.

My memory of my childhood in Ukraine is foggy. I was a few months shy of three when it happened.

I remember waking up in a hospital bed. I remember white walls, sterile while sheets, white doors, white pyjamas, and the overpowering smells of ammonia and rubbing alcohol.

Like everyone else affected by the Chernobyl radiation, I had to drink iodine solutions. Like everyone else with severe radiation poisoning, I had no appetite. Nausea became status quo, as did the severe nosebleeds, which would not clot unless cauterized.

The worst of it was the migraines. It felt as if a mad scientist was repeatedly stabbing me with a freshly sharpened ice pick directly into by brain. And my eye.

The migraines would come whenever the weather would change. Sometimes they were so severe that the blood vessels in my eyes would pop. Sometimes the pain would lead to seizures.

Waking up from yet another nightmare in the hospital I remember wondering… Read the full story

Bad news if you were about to start the 5:2 diet, it’s not as great as everyone says

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The 5:2 diet is pretty popular.

It’s when you basically eat whatever you want for five days a week and fast for the remaining two.

Benedict Cumberbatch and even Queen Bey herself were reported to have lost weight on the diet; it’s clearly a very popular health fad.

On the days you’re fasting, you used to be expected to eat 500 calories for women and 600 for women, but last year it was raised to 800 on recommendation of the diet’s creator Dr Michael Mosley.

But just how effective is it?

It’s complete rubbish, according to a new study from the University of Melbourne. Although the diet is good… Read the full story

Reese’s chocolate peanut spread is a thing and it sounds amazing

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Pass us a spoon: Reese’s peanut butter chocolate spread exists and we’re so ready to buy a tub and dig in.

Tubs of the spread are currently being sold at Sainsbury’s.

According to the product description, the 368g tubs are filled with a smooth blend of chocolate and peanut butter.

It reads: ‘Dip in a pretzel, cookie, apple, or celery stick for a sweet addition, or spread it onto bagels, croissants or waffles as a tasty way to start your day.

6 things to do when you visit Glasgow

Buchanan Street, Glasgow (Picture: Getty)
Buchanan Street, Glasgow (Picture: Getty)

The best advice I was given on arriving in Glasgow was ‘look up’.

If you’re wandering round the Scottish city you’ll spot some fascinating architectural frills as long as you keep your head held high.

As well as its many parks and gardens (Glasgow means ‘dear green place’ in Gaelic), there’s so many beautiful Victorian buildings to see, and the Glasgow Style, developed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is ever-present.

The city makes a great weekend getaway – whether you’re enjoying fancy pub grub in Finnieston or going to a gig, there’s also no shortage of art, music or comedy.

Here’s 6 things to do when you visit Glasgow.

Shop… Read the full story

McDonald’s Monopoly is back – along with two new McFlurrys

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Attention, McDonald’s fans: McDonald’s Monopoly is back tomorrow, for its 13th yearly return.

The game, licensed by Habro, includes four easy ways to play: Instant Win, a peel and reveal of one of millions of prizes, Collect to Win, where players must collect and complete property sets to win, Online Win, which offers stickers with unique 9 digit codes to enter online, and finally, Spares – where you can turn any 10 property combinations into a Now TV pass with winners choosing between a one month’s Sky Cinema pass or a one day Sky Sport’s pass.

You can collect game pieces on a range of delicious… Read the full story

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