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Dogs in shopping trolleys is our new favourite thing

A dog in a Bunnings shopping trolley
He doesn’t look too impressed, hey? (Picture: Cool Dog Group/Gemma Cugaly)

Taking a stroll around your local DIY store is a popular Sunday activity in many parts of the world.

You grab your nearest and dearest and roam the aisles, bickering over paint, door hinges or what other exciting stuff you’re in there for.

But what do you do if one of your nearest and dearest is a dog?

Bunnings is a DIY store in Australia (basically the Aussie version of Homebase and B&Q) and they let you bring your four-legged friends in, because they know you shouldn’t exclude your paw pals from any… Read the full story

Eastern Europe is covered in a dusting of Instagram-worthy orange snow right now

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It might be grey and miserable where you are right now, but over in Eastern Europe, a natural phenomenon is transforming landscapes into a real-life sepia filter.

Several countries are seeing an influx of orange snow.

No, that’s not some dodgy euphemism; the snow is actually the result of sand from the Sahara Desert mixing with the snow that already exists in Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania and Moldova.

And that’s been giving mountainous regions a hazy orange glow.

The phenomenon happens once every five years, the BBC reports, when desert storms cause sand clouds to travel.

This time around, however, the concentration of dust is much higher – making the snow… Read the full story

Why do we have easter eggs?

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The big holiday mascots are Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, and – for Friends fans – the holiday armadillo.

Easter is also synonymous with brightly wrapped chocolate eggs, despite being a time marking Jesus’ resurrection.

It seems like a very odd one, and as far as I can tell there are no mentions of fluffy rabbits giving kids chocolate in the Bible.

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In a bit… Read the full story

If you love avocado, how about bathing in them at a ‘Guacamania’ festival?

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If you spend every weekend ‘gramming your avo toast, you might want to start looking for cheap deals to Mexico.

For Mexico is the spiritual home of the avocado. And it’s also now home to ‘Guacamania’ – an avocado festival happening at luxury hotel, Casa Velas.

The adult-only hotel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is currently hosting a month-long series of activities celebrating the fruit.

Chefs have created a special avo-heavy menu, including avocado burritos, chocolate moose, waffles with avocado and walnut jam, avocado ceviche with mushrooms and jicama, avocado tiramisu and more.

The hotel also has a guacamologist (yep, that’s a real job apparently), to prepare fresh guac to guests at the pool and… Read the full story

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Dog owners warned to keep pets away from deadly hot cross buns this Easter

Keep your snout away, pal (Picture: Getty)

It’s nice to share celebration food with your pets sometimes, but however much your dog gives you the puppy eyes, sometimes you’ve got to be cruel to be kind.

We all know not to give our dogs human chocolate, but did you know you shouldn’t give them hot cross buns, either?

This may confuse dog owners because most types of bread are generally safe for dogs – but lurking within the bread in these Easter treats is something far more sinister.

‘There have been some good advice campaigns in recent years about the risks posed by chocolate to dogs,’ says Jennifer Dean, animal nutritionist with pet… Read the full story

Banning Cosmopolitan magazine from Walmart’s shelves while guns are still on show is a dangerously backwards move


Walmart has announced plans to stop stocking Cosmopolitan magazine on its shelves.

Sadly, it is not because they identify more as Glamour gals.

Instead the move has been prompted by work from the National Center of Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), who urged the supermarket to hide Cosmo from their shelves to ‘protect minors from the sexually explicit material that Cosmopolitan embodies and perpetuates.’

Walmart has not officially stated that this is the reason behind the decision, instead describing the move as ‘a business decision’, but mentioning that ‘the concerns raised were heard’.

From now on, Walmart will sell Cosmopolitan to customers, but only if they ask for it. The magazine will not be displayed on the shelves, in case sweet, innocent people see a cover shouting about blowjobs.

It’s a similar treatment to the one Walmart employs for guns. You can’t pick them up and play with them, but you can buy them if you ask.

Except the guns are on display for everyone to see, albeit… Read the full story

Nestle launches a Milkybar with 30% less sugar but the same sweet taste

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Low-sugar products tend to be packed with all sorts of nasty chemicals which mimic that sweet taste.

And if they don’t, they often don’t taste remotely like the original.

But Nestle has launched a Milkybar with 30% less sugar – and which, crucially, claims to taste exactly the same.

Milkybar Wowsomes is available in the UK and Ireland from next week and is part of a scientific breakthrough made last year by Nestle’s researchers.

Inspired by candy floss, experts transformed the structure of sugar via a newly developed process which uses only natural ingredients. The new sugar particles dissolve more quickly in the mouth – allowing someone to perceive the same level of sweetness… Read the full story

Celebrate your love of doughnuts with these Dunkin’ Donuts Saucony trainers

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Doughnuts and fitness aren’t natural bedfellows but running shoe giant Saucony is trying to persuade us otherwise.

Because it’s just brought out a pair of Dunkin’ Donuts-inspired trainers.

In what sounds distinctly like an April Fool’s (which we believe it isn’t…), the two Boston-based brands have teamed up to celebrate the symbiotic relationships between runners and coffee, as well as doughnuts.

And the result is the Kinvara 9.

The design pays homage to the 2018 Boston Marathon which will take place next month.

‘As we celebrate Saucony’s 120th anniversary we’re proud to honour our hometown marathon and Boston’s rich running heritage in partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts, a brand known for “keeping America running”,’… Read the full story

5 of the best gluten-free hot cross buns you can buy this Easter

A picture of hot cross buns
Mmm, Easter (Picture: Getty)

Spread with butter, smothered in jam or served with a slice of strong cheese?

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There are many ways to enjoy a hot cross bun, an Easter favourite for us all, but can this bread-based treat ever be gluten-free?

It turns out it can be, with the supermarkets coming out in force with gluten-free, milk-free and even egg-free alternatives.

Whether you’re vegan, dairy free, veggie or gluten-free, there is a juicy bun for you to enjoy.

We’ve compiled this year’s top five, as recommended by the gluten-free bloggers who… Read the full story

A brand new weekly vegan market is coming to Soho

Eat Chay vegan banh mi
Yes, this would be accepted in my mouth (Picture: Eat Chay)

If there’s one thing that vegans love (aside from finding Vego on offer and being able to eat everything on a restaurant’s menu), it’s a market.

The OG vegan market in our nation’s smoggy capital is Hackney Downs Vegan Market, which was so busy when it first opened that some people couldn’t get food! It’s now a wonderous, weekly affair (where everyone gets to eat).

We’ve also got Broadway Vegan Market – another weekly market in Hackney – as well as the monthly Brixton Vegan… Read the full story

Don’t panic but Tabasco Sauce is under threat thanks to climate change

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If you didn’t already think the world was completely f*cked, you will when you realise that even our condiments are under threat.

And not just any mediocre condiment either.

Tabasco sauce is facing potential existential crisis thanks to the fact Avery Island, the Louisianan home of Tabasco, is falling victim to climate change-induced land loss.

Tony Simmons, part of the McIllhenny clan who run the company, says the ring of protective marshes around the island is receding at an alarming rate. That’s leaving the whole operation open to the extreme weather of the Gulf of Mexico.

‘We want to protect the marsh because the marsh protects us,’ Tony tells the Guardian.

‘We have… Read the full story

Travel company is recruiting for a dog to review its dog-friendly holidays


Are you itching to travel? To spend your weekends seeking out the best pubs? Eating the best bowls and bones that this country has to offer?

If so, prepare to see your dreams become a reality.

Dog-friendly travel company Canine Cottages are recruiting for a ‘Canine Critic’ to do property reviews.

The online travel site has more than 1,500 dog-friendly cottages around the UK and it’s now looking to hire a pooch to take advantage of free holidays and trips in return for reporting back on everything the locations have to offer fellow canines… Read the full story

All dating apps should make promoting sexual health checkups a priority

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Noisy phone users are the worst (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

If you’re not in a monogamous relationship and have had sex in the past few years, you’ve probably been on a dating app.

It’s estimated that Tinder generates 10 million matches per day, and that millennials spend an average of ten hours a week swiping away.

That means that dating apps have access to a massive group of young people who are flirting, talking, and having casual sex (not all users, obviously, but it’s fair to say that quite a large chunk of dating apps’ users are sexually active).

Should those apps be taking more of a responsibility to promote safe… Read the full story

Norway opens the world’s most beautiful public loo

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There are some public loos that are so grim, you daren’t let your butt cheeks touch the pan. And then there are others that are so beautiful, you don’t want to do anything to ruin the aesthetic.

One such bog has just opened in Norway.

What is quite possibly the most idyllic public lav in the world, Ureddplassen is a ‘wave-shaped toilet’ perched on the tip of a fjord.

It’s got its own viewing terrace overlooking the Norwegian Sea and the snow-capped mountains of the Lofoten Wall.

Nasjonale turistveger, the tourist board for Norwegian Scenic Route Helgelandskysten (on which the loo is built), calls Ureddplassen ‘a place for a short… Read the full story

How to talk to your children about drugs and alcohol

How long does it take to get Class A drugs out of your system
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Every year the Amy Winehouse Foundation’s resilience programme reaches thousands of young people in schools around the UK.

We listen to young people and we help them build healthy coping mechanisms to face life’s challenges. These are crucial conversations: we know that up to one in four children and young people experience some kind of mental health problem.

One of the most common things we hear from young people is that they feel under pressure. This isn’t surprising: it’s not easy to manage the demands of exams, relationships, expectations and social pressure.

Young people cope… Read the full story

The world’s largest inflatable obstacle course is coming to the UK

The Monster obstacle course
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Being an adult sucks sometimes.

Having to go to work in order to earn money so you can then hand a good chunk of that over to the person who owns the scuzzy house you live in just seems a bit unfair. Especially when they refuse to keep that house in good working idea and constantly threaten to turn the lounge into a seventh bedroom.

(If my landlady reads this and thinks I’m passive aggressively talking about her, then she’d be right.)

Remember the days when you could just hang out and play ball around your estate’s block of garages, without a care in the world… Read the full story

Cancer survivor poses for photoshoot after having her breasts removed to celebrate her scars


Shay Sharpe know you don’t need breasts to be a woman, or to be beautiful.

She’s posed for a photoshoot following the removal of her breasts, to show the world that she’s ready to celebrate her scars.

Back in 2004, when Shay was just 26 years old, she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer.

‘Nothing can prepare you for cancer, even if you had a family history,’ she said. ‘Breast cancer wasn’t on the radar because for all I know you can’t get… Read the full story

Adidas launches yoga collection with Wanderlust made from recycled ocean plastic

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When it comes to plastic pollution, Adidas is really leading the way for creative solutions.

Last year, the sportswear giant launched a range of trainers made from ocean plastic – and they were such a hit that they’ve already sold a million pairs.

There’s clearly increasing demand for sustainable fitness clobber which makes use of a material that’s choking our oceans.

Which is why Adidas has now launched an ocean-inspired yoga collection in collaboration with Wunderlust – each piece of which is made out of recycled ocean plastic.

In a similar way to the UltraBoosts, the Adidas has teamed up with environmental initiative Parley for… Read the full story

Girl with rare condition that makes her constantly hungry wins beauty pageant


15-year-old Anna Hankins has Prader-Willi Syndrome, a rare, incurable genetic disorder that makes her constantly starving hungry.

Her condition means she has low muscle tone, short stature, and can’t stop eating.

When she was a toddler she would pinch food from her parents’ plates, eat entire cookies in one go, and would even dig through the bins in search of more food.

She was diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome when she was… Read the full story

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