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It’s National Bridesmaid’s Day, and this woman has been voted the UK’s best

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Harrie and Rachel on the big day (Picture: Hen Heaven)

If you’re always the bridesmaid and never the bride, then rejoice, there’s a special day for you too.

No we’re not talking about your wedding, but a whole other occasion to celebrate the excitement, responsibilities, dedication, and fun that comes with being a bridesmaid.

So with it being National Bridesmaid Day, hen party organisers Hen Heaven, and Butlers in the Buff (that’s a male order website, ladies), have chosen one woman who’s been an exemplary bridesmaid.

And that woman is Rachel Barton, from Edinburgh, Scotland, who was awarded the UK’s best bridesmaid after going above and beyond for her best friend Harrie Carter-Pugh.

With… Read the full story

12 vegan Easter eggs that any bunny would be proud to deliver

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This time next week, we’ll be lying on the sofa like Bruce Bogtrotter in a post-egg binge.

And if you’re a plant-based chocolate fiend, this year you’re in particular luck.

As veganism grows and grows, so too do the numbers of genuinely delicious chocolate treats.

Gone are the dark old days of having to forgo chocolate eggs. Banished are the times when you’d have to settle for Carob bars in lieu of good, calorific, creamy, decadent choc.

So if you haven’t bought the vegan in your life a decent egg yet or you’re supplying your own (you can never have too many), here are some of the best animal product-free… Read the full story

New film shows what it can be like for an autistic person on public transport

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A powerful new film released this week by the National Autistic Society reveals the challenging reality for many autistic people travelling on public transport.

Noise, crowds, congestion and conflict go hand in hand with the daily commute, as do delays, diversions and cancellations.

But, as an autistic person, what is to many just a minor irritation can become almost impossible to cope with.

A recent survey… Read the full story

Are hen parties getting way too expensive?

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A hen do drinking champagne in a private limousine
A private limo – sure, that’s a reasonable expense (Picture: Getty)

While planning my wedding, I’ve found that I’ve been more concerned with what our friends and family will have to pay than with what we’re paying.

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My fiancé and I chose to get married, and we chose to shoulder the resulting financial burden.

My mates, however, didn’t choose to be landed with massive travel and accommodation costs for the wedding,… Read the full story

The world’s cheesiest pizza is named – and it contains 111 types of different cheese

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METRO GRAB - taken from the Guinness World Records news site A record-breaking pizza was topped with 111 types of cheese, because dreams come true http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/commercial/2018/3/pizza-with-111-different-types-of-cheese-on-sets-new-world-record-519087 Guinness World Records
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A good pizza is one that’s dripping with stringy cheese.

A great pizza is one that’s smothered with at least three different types of cheese.

And the best has to be the pizza which has just been crowned the world’s cheesiest pizza – topped with over 100 different types of gooey goodness.

Crafter by an American pizza chef at Berlin-based Vadoli Pizzaria, the pizza boasts 111 kinds of cheese, weighing in at 288.6g, and has taken home the record for the… Read the full story

10 things you should be baking this Easter

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Parents helping their children bake muffins.
Get children involved in the Easter baking (Picture: Getty)

It is Easter time and with that comes plenty of seasonal sweet treats.

This time of year you can indulge in many tasty delights: toasted hot cross buns generously spread with salted butter, deliciously light simnel cake, and not forgetting the many varieties of Easter eggs there are available.

Over the Easter break you are actively encouraged to consume as much chocolate as you can manage.

So, grab your apron, and get to baking these Easter recipes to make your holiday even sweeter.

1. Cranberry and walnut hot cross buns

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Recipe here.

2. Easter… Read the full story

Take some time to appreciate these colourful cakes which look like fuzzy shag rugs

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There’s nothing quite like a bit of colourful cake porn to start the working week.

And Alana Jones-Mann’s creations are positively X-rated.

Alana is a designer and baker from LA who has gained Insta-fame for her incredible, textured icing work – which gives her cakes the appearance of psychedelic shag rugs.

‘For me, it’s all about the details,’ she says.

‘I truly believe that personal touches can make any occasion unforgettable. After six years of planning large-scale events at a leading PR & marketing agency in NYC, I decided to focus my energy into my passions for creating and designing, full-time.’

She does all kinds of incredible designs, including buttercream bloom… Read the full story

All the ringlets, dresses and hard shoes from the 2018 World Irish Dancing Championships

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 25: Competitors take part in the World Irish Dancing Championships on March 25, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. The World Irish Dancing Championships are taking place in Glasgow this week at the Royal Concert Hall, with more than 14,500 dancers and supporters expected to travel to the championships which has run for more than forty years. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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A plume of hairspray descended over Glasgow this weekend, as thousands of Irish dancers turned up for the 48th World Irish Dancing Championships.

Held at the city’s Royal Concert Hall, almost 15,000 dancers and supporters arrived, ready to take home the prize.

Up… Read the full story

There are 237 reasons that people have sex, but mostly it’s just for fun

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According to research from the Ghent University hospital, there are 237 possible reasons that people have sex. 

The researchers quizzed just over 4,500 people and compiled a definitive list of every single reason that people choose to do the nasty.

So, what are they?

Well, they included the obvious ones, such as being you’re turned on, to make a baby and because it feels good.

The most popular reason to have sex was just ‘for fun’. We’ve all been there – especially while in-between box sets.

Other more surprising answers included boredom, burning calories, feeling obliged (FYI – you shouldn’t ever feel obliged to have sex) and even revenge.

Attitudes towards… Read the full story

Are we all about to start drinking peanut milk?

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Plant-based milk has never been so popular.

Soy, rice, oats, cashew, coconut – you name it, there’s a dairy substitute to suit all tastes. It’s no longer just vegans and lactose-intolerant folk who are choosing to opt for non-dairy options. More and more of us are choosing nut and oat drinks simply because they taste delicious.

In fact, we’re so keen on nut milks that sales of almond milk increased by 250% between 2010 and 2015 – and in the states at least, it raked in nearly $600 million (£423 million) more than soy milk in 2015.

But one nut you don’t hear much when it comes to drinks, is the… Read the full story

Going on holiday this summer? You should think about buying your Euros now

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If you’re going away this summer and you’ve got some disposable cash, you might want to think about getting some Euros right now.

Why?

Because the pound is apparently as strong right now as it’s going to be for a while.

Nick Parsons, senior writer at foreign exchange firm Ofx, recently spoke at a conference on Brexit, where he warned: ‘The pound is about as good as it gets. Forward buy some of your currency needs.’

At time of writing, £1 bought you €1.14, which means that £200 will buy you €228.

If you’d given up on getting anything other than £1 for €1 (the usual airport rate) then that’s like getting €28 of free money.

£1,000 would buy you €1,140.

So,… Read the full story

Louis Vuitton announces Virgil Abloh as its new Men’s Artistic Director

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Virgil Abloh joins Louis Vuitton (Picture: Louis Vuitton, Getty)

Virgil Abloh has been hired as the new Men’s Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton.

The designer takes over from Kim Jones, who left the brand in January after seven years, and recently announced his move to Dior Homme.

Abloh is the founder of street wear label Off-White, which he started in 2013, as well as being Kanye West’s longterm creative director.

‘It is an honour for me to accept the position of Men’s Artistic Director for Louis Vuitton,’ says Abloh.

‘I find the heritage and creative integrity of the House are key inspirations and will look to reference them both while drawing parallels to modern… Read the full story

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Picasso Nails is the best Instagram beauty trend of all time, hands down

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Nail art has become increasingly technical and complicated in recent years.

Designs like Twerking Kim Kardashian nails took things way too far.

Fortunately, manicurists have now settled on turning nails into actual pieces of art – with Pablo Picasso-inspired manicures.

While other old masters have had their canvases transformed into manicures, these Picasso nails are really something else.

They look amazing regardless of colour and because of their abstract nature, are almost impossible to F-up.

No one’s saying that you have to try to recreate the Weeping Woman in nail varnish

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It’s more about capturing the essence of Picasso’s line work

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Thorpe Park have removed full fat drinks from their menus and people are not happy

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When you spend the day at a theme park, you’re probably not expecting to eat a salad. 

As well as running around jumping on rides, theme parks are typically completed by eating burgers, ice creams or candyfloss. They’re not exactly health farms. Which is probably why the reaction to Thorpe Park’s removal of full fat Coke (and possibly other full fat drinks – we’re waiting for Thorpe Park to get back to us on that one) from their menu has gone down badly with some theme park fans.

A Twitter user contacted Thorpe Park to confirm whether they had scrapped Coke from their menus, and they confirmed that indeed they… Read the full story

Reducing your calorie intake might keep you alive longer but it seems unlikely

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Many of us constantly over-eat.

Even children, we’re told, consume up to 500 additional calories a day in Britain – and that’s leading to a childhood obesity epidemic.

We know that being very overweight comes with various health risks.

But it turns out that reducing our calorie consumption might actually have a more dramatic effect on our health than previously thought.

Researchers from the Pennington Biomedical Research Centre in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, have been investigating how calorie restriction could keep us free from age-related diseases for over a decade.

The Comprehensive Assessment of Long-Term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy has been looking at data from volunteers who offered… Read the full story

Loads of dogs went to the cinema to watch Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs

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Anna Springett (left) and sister in law Amy Springett with Burnese Mountain Dog Little My, before a dog-friendly screening of Wes Anderson's new film 'Isle of Dogs' at the Harbour Lights Picturehouse in Southampton
Anna Springett, Burnese Mountain Dog Little My and sister-in-law Amy Springett with Burnese Mountain Dog Little My (Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire)

A cinema in Southampton let furry four-legged friends in for one screening only yesterday (25 March) for a special showing of Wes Anderson’s latest film, Isle of Dogs.

The Harbour Lights Picturehouse in Southampton opened its doors to dogs and their humands, and they trotted into the cinema to watch the canine-themed film together.

Dog-friendly screenings also took… Read the full story

‘Gay people are told from a very young age that every aspect of our being is in some way wrong’– we talk homophobia and coming out on mental health podcast Mentally Yours

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‘I had a very difficult time coming to terms with my sexuality,’ says Alexander Leon.

‘It’s something I’d know for a very long time – I had known from the age of probably five or six there was at least something different about me.

‘I have very vivid and quite sad memories of walking round the playground realising that I didn’t want to play with the girls because that didn’t seem right, that didn’t seem like what society was telling me I should be doing, but I didn’t want to run around with the boys as well.

‘So I think those issues stemmed into a lot of internalised shame about my place within the playground which turned into my place within high school which turned into my place within the world.

‘And a lot of those internalised feelings manifested themselves as depression.

‘The culmination of my personal experience with mental illness was a suicide attempt at 19. That was… Read the full story

Woman continues to pole dance through her pregnancy

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**VIDEOS AVAILABLE. CONTACT INFO@COVER-IMAGES.COM TO RECEIVE.** A soon-to-be mum from Orlando is proving that there isn???t anything you can???t do whilst pregnant. Allison Sipes, a professional pole dancer, has wowed her Facebook followers by posting regular footage of her continuing to exercise with a pole throughout her pregnancy. Originally from Gainesville, Florida, Sipes, 35, has been pole dancing since 2005; in addition to teaching at Lotus Fitness Studio she now manages the US Pole Sports Federation. This is Sipes??? first pregnancy and her baby, a girl, is due around April 7th. ???Pole dancing was business as usual until about 6 months,??? Sipes tells Cover Images. ???Then the extra weight gain/weight displacement began… <a href=Read the full story

Cadbury’s just launched coconut flavoured Dairy Milk

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coconut dairy milk is a thing and we can't even picture: Amazon/getty
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Whatever the food, if it’s coconut flavoured, we’re here for it.

Cadbury’s just launched a coconut version of its classic Dairy Milk and we’re wondering why it took so long.

If you love Bounty, then you’ll love the new milk chocolate offering, which boasts coconut flakes underneath its velvety surface.

And because you really shouldn’t be munching on a tiny single bar, it comes in a 200g family block size. More for everyone, or for you if you’re not in the mood to share.

‘At 3 o’clock every day our chocolatiers ready their coconut canons and wait for the Milk Chocolate… Read the full story

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