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‘I had everything a human being could ever ask for, but I felt utterly alone’: I was a physician dying of alcoholism and this is my story

I was a physician dying of alcoholism (Dr John Copenhaver) alcohol help booze drinking drink hospital sick unwell addiction help doctor Picture: Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk
‘A physician suddenly appeared and asked what I was doing: “I’m going to get a drink,” I replied’ (Picture: Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk)

I was finally dying of alcoholism.

The fight to continue to drink alcohol, and occasionally not to drink, over the prior 15 years had been a spectacular one.

Despite nine treatments for alcoholism, eight arrests for driving under the influence, over a year in jail, a divorce, loss of custody of my children, and loss of my entire medical career, I couldn’t (or wouldn’t)… Read the full story

These are the world’s best airports

Singapore Changi Airport, Air traffic control tower.
Air traffic control at Singapore Changi Airport (Picture: Getty)

Singapore Changi has been named the world’s best airport for the sixth year in a row.

The airport topped the list compiled by Skytrax, which judged airports for their performance in the past year, based on a customer survey that’s been conducted annually since 1999.

Now, I once spent a day in Changi and I can confirm there is a lot to do.

I spent my time travelling between the terminals ticking off all the things I’d planned to do on my list, like go to Nandos (forgive me, I’d been in Indonesia a long time and discovered that… Read the full story

No, don’t use Apple’s new disabled emojis to make sexual innuendos

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Apple just proposed a bunch of really cool disabled emojis.

These include people in a wheelchair, blind people, those with walking sticks, guide dogs, prosthetic limbs, and deaf people.

It’s pretty welcome news for disabled people living in an able-centric world who don’t often feel represented, even if on the keyboard of a phone.

But not everyone got the memo, as some are completely misusing the animations to make crude sexual innuendos.

Now, using the odd eggplant or water drops to make sexual references is pretty basic, but it’s not hurting anyone.

To make light of serious disabilities for likes and retweets however, is just tasteless.

People have tweeted about using… Read the full story

I will never ‘light it up blue’ for autism awareness because we do not need a cure for autism is not a disease

My autism is a part of who I am – and I don’t need to be ‘cured’ (Picture: Erin Aniker for Metro.co.uk)

I am diagnosed with autism spectrum condition (ASC), as is my youngest son.

I’m always grumbling about how so many people still don’t really understand it, so World Autism Awareness Week – March 26 to April 2 – can only be a good thing, right?

No, autistic people are not sexless – our sex lives are as varied as anyone’s

Well, sort of. Any raising of public awareness is a good thing when it comes… Read the full story

What’s happened to manners and politeness?

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Is it that difficult to say please and thank you? (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co,uk)

I realise I’ve reached an age where certain things niggle me probably more than they should do.

But recently, I have begun to believe that manners and politeness are a thing of the past.

There’s been a few incidents which have happened, a few things I have observed, which have led me to this conclusion.

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It came to a head… Read the full story

By your late 20s, you can’t expect your mates to always leave their partners at home

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Many of us have hit that point in life where our social media feeds are full of engagements and weddings.

Those of us who aren’t getting wed are getting fur babies together – or having actual babies.

It’s a scary thought; five years ago, we were out getting wrecked with our pals six nights in a row and working our way through a never-ending stream of bedfellows.


That change in pace can be a lonely development for both single and attached people.

When you’re in a couple, it’s tempting to become a social island – visiting the mainland only occasionally. You no longer need to look outside your flat for constant… Read the full story

Bradford bungalow has a six-bedroom mansion underneath it and it looks like it belongs in Beverly Hills

The £2.2m 'bungalow' which hides a six-bed mansion house below it
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Bradford and Beverly Hills are hardly ever uttered in the same sentence.

And while it looks like any other bungalow from the outside, this property has a pretty sweet set up in its basement.

Despite its American appearance, the sprawling property sits in Bradford, West Yorkshire, close to West Bradford Golf Club and neighbouring reservoir.

On the ground floor, it’s a bungalow – but underneath lies a £2.2m property boasting of six bedrooms, a gym, sauna, and a shed load of space (it probably has a shed bigger than our living rooms).

Considering the fact that you’re getting a whole new house… Read the full story

Pesach 2018: When does Passover start, what is it and when does it finish?

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Millions of members of the Jewish community will celebrate the start of Passover this coming Friday.

The festival, also known as Pesach, is one of the most important dates in the Jewish calendar, marking the date Moses freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt – essentially the story of the Exodus.

The festival is one of the most important in the Jewish calendar and means plenty of feasts, traditions as well as eating lots of unleavened bread.

Here’s everything you need to know.

When does Passover 2018 start and end?

Passover – or Pesach – begins this year on the evening of Friday March 30 and lasts for eight days until the evening… Read the full story

‘Dear husband, I. need. more. help’: Mum’s open letter to her partner goes viral

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It’s a truth universally acknowledged that most dads – in comparison to mums – spend less time with their kids and when doing chores.

And you can drop enough hints and remarks but sometimes there’s just no getting the message through.

Celeste Erlach, who wants to ‘find the secret sauce of being a great mom, a successful businesswoman, a loving wife, a good friend, and a quality citizen’ just had enough of trying to do it all.

So the mum-of-two from Utah, U.S, wrote an open letter to her husband, hoping, finally, he would realise that parenthood is a two-people job.

Writing on Facebook group Breastfeeding Mama Talk, Celeste… Read the full story

In a post #MeToo world, there’s no room for sexual NDA’s

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Like most women, I’ve had some bad sex. 

I’ve have lots of good sex too, it’s important to say that. I like sex. I think sex is important. I’ve made a career out of writing about it. So the last thing I want to do is be mean about sex.

But still, the point stands that in my near-decade of sexual activity, I’ve had some bad experiences.

I’ve been sexually assaulted. I’ve suffered through consensual but unpleasant sex because I was too polite to say no. I’ve had sex with men because I felt bad for them, and I’ve had… Read the full story

Sylvanian Families put on a fashion show at Hamleys and they look pretty vogue

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Sylvanian Families, your favourite toy animals from the 80s and 90s, just got a pretty vogue makeover.

The adorable woodland creatures walked in what might be the smallest runway at the Hamleys toy store in London last week.

40 of the stuffed bunnies, squirrels, and hedgehogs modelled ‘petite haute couture’ outfits (it’s nice knowing that stuffed animals have better clothes than us).

Global fashion search platform Lyst decided the nostalgic micro influencers were due a wardrobe refresh and so placed them in some pretty sweet new looks.

Now dressed in a selection of the most-wanted luxury pieces from the… Read the full story

Eating these gummy sweets will protect your skin from the sun

Sundots skin protection gummy sweets
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We all know the importance of wearing sunscreen, but a lot of us don’t seem to know how to use it properly.

Chances are, we either don’t apply enough or don’t reapply often enough (or both), which means we’re walking around/roasting ourselves in the sun with a false sense of safety, while still damaging our skin.

Plus, while most of us probably wear sunscreen on sunny holidays or during long summer days in the park, many of us probably don’t give a thought to that everyday sun damage we’re experiencing.

The sun’s damaging UV rays pierce through clouds, so just because you can’t see the… Read the full story

Running an electric current through men’s feet could be a fix for premature ejaculation

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The key to better sex could lie in giving your partner’s feet a little scratch.

No, this is not why sexy stuff is called ‘slap and tickle’.

A new study has found that tickling men’s feet by running a mild electric current through the foot could be a fix for premature ejaculation.

Now, we understand that the words ‘electric current’ sound a bit scary, but the scientists do specify that it’s so mild that men feel ticklish, rather than experiencing any pain. Good to know.

A trial of ‘tibial nerve stimulation’ (the fancy term for an electric current stimulating the ankle) on 30 men struggling… Read the full story

Hundreds of sausage dogs met up on a beach to break a world record

Dog owners have achieved a world record for biggest Daschund gathering at the Perranporth Beach in Cornwall. 25/03/2018 See story SWSAUSAGE
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Wish you were there? Same.

A world record was broken this weekend when 601 Daschunds gathered on Peeranporth Beach in Cornwall.

The previous record of the most sausage dogs gathered together was 500, so little Tilly, who was the 501st to be welcomed at the event, was the official record-smasher. Well done, Tilly.

Sausage dogs came together from all over the country, from Birmingham and Essex, just to beat the record and hang out.

They met up at Perranporth Green from midday, with the count beginning at 2pm, using a clicker as… Read the full story

Woman’s tattoo nightmare will make you think twice about messing with your brows

Kanyarat Chaichan, 26, after the bodged tattoo eyerbrows which she had in November last year. (re-filed with caption)?????????NEWS COPY - WITH VIDEO AND PICTURES Shocking before and after pictures show a woman's horrendous eyebrow tattoos. Kanyarat Chaichan, 26, was left with the horrific dark black eyebrows in November last year after a shoddy job by an inexperienced tattoo artist. She was resigned to being left with the unsightly 1cm wide inkings and unable to afford treatment to fix them. But a kind-hearted beauty therapist hear about her plight and gave her a free 50,000 baht (around 1,100gbp) course of corrective treatment in Surat Thani, Thailand, on March 21. Kanyarat now has to… <a href=Read the full story

When does morning sickness start and how long does it last?

Morning sickness effects the large majority of pregnant women (Picture: Getty Images – Myles Goode

Of all the symptoms of pregnancy, morning sickness is the most obvious and probably the most disgusting, too.

But how can you tell whether your desire to vomit in the early hours is a sign of pregnancy and not just a bug?

And does morning sickness always happen in the morning? If you are pregnant, when is it supposed to start?

Why we need to have a traffic light system of sustainability in every supermarket

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Plastic, plastic, plastic.

You’re probably sick to death of hearing about sodding plastic by now. Almost every day there’s a new dire warning about how our plastic consumption is chocking fish and polluting huge swathes of ocean (the 2017 United Nations Clean Seas Campaign estimates that there were 51 trillion microplastic particles in the ocean today – 500 times more than the number of stars in our galaxy).

And yet it’s still nigh-on impossible to shop completely plastic-free unless you’ve got a shed load of money and time to trawl various Planet… Read the full story

Here’s why my wife and I invited my ex, a woman we had a threesome with, and someone I’m still sleeping with to our wedding

Why my wife and I invited my ex, a woman we had a threesome with, and someone I'm still sleeping with to our wedding
Happy days (Picture: Dave Anderson)

My wife and I got married last September and it was the happiest day of my life.

I got to stand up in church next to my soulmate and tell the world how much I love her, with all our nearest and dearest in attendance.

Parents. Siblings. Cousins. Ancient grandparents. Old friends. Best friends.

My first serious girlfriend. my wife’s uni crush. My secondary partner. The woman we had a threesome with.

Whether or not to invite an old flame to your wedding is a… Read the full story

What it’s like to come out as a sex and porn addict


When I was at university, I made a list of all the bad deeds I could remember committing. Then I showed that list to my new boyfriend.

There were at least five or six pages – both minor offences and substantial wrongdoings alike, including promises I’d broken in past relationships and meticulous methods I’d taken to harm my body.

I remember my new boyfriend’s expression morphing from one of curiosity to repulsion as he looked over the list.

‘Are you trying to make me fall out of love with you?’ he asked, handing my secrets back before he’d moved on to the second page.

Embarrassed, I tore up the pages and threw them into the bin, hoping he’d forget my gesture and history would forget that I was a bad person. I made a mental note that I shouldn’t be so forthcoming about my past, especially at the start of a new relationship. We didn’t work out.

For years, I wondered what I had been… Read the full story

You could lower your risk of Type 2 diabetes by brushing your teeth

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There are loads of reasons you should brush your teeth on the regular.

Avoiding tooth decay, for example. Avoiding upsetting people with terrible breath, for another.

Here’s another one: Harley Street Dental Studio’s founder, Dr Mark Hughes, reckons that brushing your teeth more often could reduce your likelihood of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Dr Hughes suggests that a build up of bacteria in the mouth could enter the bloodstream through the gum’s capillaries, leading to blockages in the blood vessels and arteries.

Clogged up arteries are linked with a bunch of health issues, including diabetes.

Brushing your teeth often helps to get rid of bacteria buildup, thus reducing your likelihood of developing… Read the full story

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