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Easter eggs should be banned for kids under 4, says psychologist

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Before you tuck into a second day’s worth of chocolate eggs, spare a thought for all the tiny kids who might soon have to go without a visit from the Easter bunny.

Because a psychologist is warning that giving children under four Easter eggs could cause them long-term problems.

Dr Becky Spelman, chief psychologist at Harley Street’s Private THerapy Clinic, wants Easter eggs to be banned for very small children, claiming that they give them the opportunity to binge on chocolate.

And doing so at such a young age can help to foster an unhealthy relationship with food later on.

She says that Easter is the worst time of year for health-conscious parents,… Read the full story

‘Anxiety, depression and finding my happy place on the back of a motorbike’– Henry Crew joins us on mental heath podcast Mentally Yours


‘Self-harm’s been a massive thing within my friendship group. I’ve had friends who’ve had real issues with that.

‘I think we’ve all found different ways to self-harm – whether it develops itself through cutting or abusing alcohol or substances or just generally treating your body like absolute rubbish.’

Henry Crew joined us on this week’s episode of Metro’s weekly mental health podcast, Mentally Yours.

He talked about his anxiety and depression, as well as how motorcycling is among the things that helps him feel better.

‘Any time I felt stressed I’d go for a ride,’ he said.

‘When I got into motorbikes and started riding motorbikes it was an escape for me, a distraction and, yeah, like my happy place.’

Now Henry’s attempting to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle – 35,000 miles over the next year through at least 35 countries – in aid of Movember.

The charity raises awareness of men’s mental and physical… Read the full story

Leon adds more vegan items to the menu

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This is pretty exciting (Picture: Leon)

Leon has been pretty good to our little vegan tummies in recent times.

Remember their hella good (if a little pricey) vegan Christmas wrap? Its creamy vegan tarragon mayo was somethin’ else.

While we love their vegan falafel wrap, we’ve been hankering for some new products for a while, and luckily, Leon heard our prayers and answered them by adding two new savoury vegan mains to the menu, as well as a plethora (and we do mean a plethora) of vegan sweet treats.

Now, non-vegans may roll their eyes when they see the new cakes in the… Read the full story

‘You smiled at me so you’re not depressed’: What’s the most patronising thing your doctor has ever said to you about your mental health?

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‘Just cope’ is not good advice (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

Attitudes towards people with mental illness are slowly changing, but talking out loud about what’s really going on in your mind can be a scary prospect for those in pain.

I know from personal experience that having the courage to open up was certainly the first step in my recovery process, but it wasn’t easy.

I was terrified that I’d be laughed out the doctor’s office and told to… Read the full story

Ferrero Rocher mini eggs exist and they’re absolutely delicious

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Everyone knows the best part of Easter being over is the post-Easter sale, where supermarkets sell off their eggs for super cheap prices in an attempt to get rid of their Easter stock.

It’s great for chocolate fanatics – but a nightmare for anyone who hates busy supermarkets.

However, if you are looking to brave the sales, you should most definitely look out for these Ferrero Eggs, which come in hazelnut and cocoa flavours.

Coffee lovers, there’s a whole festival full of caffeine stuff coming to London

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London has a pretty vibrant coffee scene and to celebrate all things caffeine, the annual festival is returning to the capital.

It’s not just about a cup of coffee – it’s about its creative subculture and supporting independent businesses. So none of your usual Starbucks and Pret malarkey.

You can rub shoulders with burgeoning start-ups, industry pioneers and a few companies you may be familiar with already. And you can bob along to the soundtrack of live DJs and musicians.

Now in its eighth year, The London Coffee Festival is apparently Europe’s largest gather of coffee aficionados, so it’s a big deal.

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Cadbury expert explains the correct way to eat a Creme Egg

Are you really that surprised by how much sugar a Creme Egg contains? Picture: Getty/metro.co.uk
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It’s Creme Egg season – and it shall continue to be so until supermarkets finally get rid of all their Easter stock.

We love Creme Eggs – despite people complaining about the sugar content (yes, seriously), and the fact they take 15 minutes of burpees to burn off (and probably even more, considering nobody can eat just the one Creme Egg, let’s be honest).

What’s also pretty controversial is the way people eat their Creme Eggs.

Some absolute monsters decide to eat their eggs whole, while others bite off the top of the shell, spoon… Read the full story

No, being transgender is absolutely nothing like claiming to be transracial


Have a conversation about transgender issues with a traditionalist and you might hear them claim that ‘choosing’ your sex is akin to ‘choosing’ your race.

‘It’s exactly like being transracial!’ they cry.

‘Why is it ok to troll Rachel Dozelal when we can’t saying anything negative about transgender people?’

Apart from the blatant transphobia that often flows during the course of these, at times, tedious discussions, the terminological element of the argument is flawed.

Very few people seem to understand exactly what it means to be ‘transracial’.

The term has been around since the 1970s, to describe a people of one race brought up by a family or environment belonging to another race. It could be a black kid adopted by a white family or a Chinese child born in Asia and brought up by British parents.

To be transracial is to have adopted a new culture, a new beauty standard, a new in-between grey space of identity over which you’ve had no say or control.

For those of us who… Read the full story

Should white parents only adopt kids of the same ethnicity and background?

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Last year, 72% of children referred to the Adoption Register for England were white children, while 28% were black, minority ethnicity (BME) children.

Even though there are larger groups of white kids needing permanent families, those that are hardest to place are of BME backgrounds, children over three years old, part of a sibling group or with other additional needs.

Research published by the government in 2013 suggested that up to 650,000 people consider adoption, but are put off for one reason or the other.

So does race matter when it comes to adopting a child and bringing them into your family?

After all, the most important part… Read the full story

Punish a Muslim day is tomorrow but let’s not all stay home and catch up on Amazon Prime


The sickening hate crime known as Punish a Muslim day falls on April 3 which, naturally, has given cause for panic.

The letter highlights some horrendously violent offences against followers of an Islamic faith, or at least those who abusers think are Muslims (its unlikely racists can tell the difference).

A disturbing ‘points’ system for completing brutal acts like throwing acid at followers of Islam is detailed in the document. It’s completely understandable that British Muslims want to stay home and avoid any potential dangers.

American comedian Hassan Minhaj even joked we should all just stay home and catch up on some Peaky Blinders on Amazon Prime.

But why should we stay home? Why should we miss work, or school, or uni? Why should we let an act of clear Islamophobia dictate how we live our lives, even for a day?

Yes, I’m aware that any lunatic fuelled by Islamaphobia might actually be stupid enough to think… Read the full story

‘I’ll never forget the smile on my mother’s face slowly but surely turn into a confused, horrified frown’: 3 gay people share their awkward coming-out stories

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Happy birthday indeed (Picture: Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk)

For a gay person, coming out to friends and family can be a major milestone in our lives.

Opening up to those closest to us about our sexuality can signify a moment in which we begin to live freely as a proud gay person.

Gay people can be met with an array of responses after deciding to come out, and many of us have our own stories to tell.

Some of these can highlight the uncomfortable scenarios that often… Read the full story

Couple adopt pet puma and move it into their family home


A couple fell so in love with a puma that they decided to adopt him, and move him into their family home.

Mariya and Alexander Demitrieve fell in love with kitten Messi, so much so they they bought him from their local zoo in Penza, Russia.

They have since adapted their hallway into a puma play pen, and have invested in a special coat and harness so that they can take the now two-and-a-half-year-old Messi for walks.

Mariya, 28, said: ‘We live together with a puma, and his name… Read the full story

LUSH launches new shampoo bar which lasts up to 100 washes

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LUSH has just launched a new shampoo bar which is said to last up to 100 washes.

The shampoo is a solid bar with cinnamon, clove and peppermint – a combination which is said to stimulate the scalp.

The product description reads: ‘Cinnamon leaf and clove bud essential oils combine with peppermint to boost blood flow, stimulating the hair follicles.

‘An infusion of nettle and peppermint helps to stimulate the scalp and promote healthy hair.

Duvet Days: 6 employers weigh in on the millennial work perk

ILLUSTRATION REQUEST: Why I'm prioritising self-love for a mentally well Valentine’s Day (Fiona Thomas)
‘It has led to a massive spike in productivity and a reduction in sick days’ (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

There have been a lot of developments in the workplace over the past few years, with the millennial generation paving the way for change.

Want to go freelance? No problem.

Prefer working from home? Go for it.

Need a flexible schedule? Sure thing.

The latest trend taken up by employers is duvet days, which essentially allows employees to take a day off, no questions asked.

Wednesday wine nights are officially back on the calendar.

But duvet days are more than just an excuse… Read the full story

Book lovers, rejoice: You can now spend the night in an actual library

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You can now vacation in an actual library, thanks to Gladstone’s Library, the UK’s only residential library.

Yep, you can now actually enjoy a weekend getaway in a library. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to dedicate a weekend to reading.

The library is located in Flintshire, Wales and pays tribute to William Gladstone.

It is Britain’s ‘finest residential library’, and is perfect for anyone who loves a bit of history.

According to the website, Gladstone’s Library is the perfect location for anyone who enjoys peaceful settings and large grounds.

Friends themed Monopoly is a thing and you can play as Ross’ dinosaur

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Attention, Friends fanatics: Friends Monopoly exists and we know what we’ll be doing this weekend.

Friends Monopoly comes courtesy of The Works, and is every bit as amazing as it sounds.

You can play the game as either Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, Joey or Chandler by choosing any one of the exclusive tokens which are iconic to the group – Rachel’s handbag, Ross’ dinosaur, Chandler’s sweater vest or Phoebe’s acoustic guitar.

Kiev’s first ‘love hotel’, which has BDSM contraptions, sex toys, and a torture room, is now open

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Hotels can be a lot of fun.

But the average Travelodge probably isn’t as fun as this kinky Kiev hotel, inspired by every middle aged mum’s favourite book, 50 Shades of Grey.

Cherry Twins is the first love hotel in the Ukrainian capital, boasting a bondage room, toys to get you going, and even a…classroom.

The adult adventure hotel is said to offer a ‘love space’ for couples, with seven rooms for role-play enthusiasts.

Among these are the Queen’s Boudoir, Arabesque Harem, Medical Room, Classroom, Domination Room, Gothic Room and the good old-fashioned Torture Room for over 21s looking for a racy weekend.

5 tropical paradise islands you’ve never thought of visiting

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Fancy going the extra mile for secluded beauty?

Think of a tropical paradise and well-known islands such as Bali, Mauritius, Barbados and Sri Lanka come to mind.

But away from the crowds and organised tours, another type of tropical paradise exists – the kind you only find on remote desert islands, miles from anywhere.

6 things you should know before you go to Croatia

These are places where you can spend your days on secluded beaches, swimming with incredible marine life in crystal clear blue holes – and you’re the only one around to enjoy them.

We are… Read the full story

How battery chickens saved the life of a gay, suicidal man

Birds saved me from suicide: How seeing battery chickens in cages made a gay man come out, go vegan and open an animal sanctuary Picture: Deni Kirkova supplied
Bede Carmody says seeing battery chickens in cages made him realise he too was living a limited existence. It inspired him to come out and tell the world he was gay (Picture: Deni Kirkova)

A gay man once on the brink of suicide is now celebrating 17 years of happiness and liberation – and he credits it all to his chickens.

Bede Carmody was living a double life – ostensibly in a relationship with a female partner while hiding the fact he was gay… Read the full story

Parents aren’t so keen on giving their babies these names anymore

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Expect to see fewer kids called Katie, Alexa, Harvey, or Stan on the school register in the next years – they’re among the baby names that have fallen out of favour with parents.

Also on the list of ditched names: Felicia, Christian, and Lauren.

But why?

Basically, it’s all down to famous people and things giving these names, well, a bad name.

Alexa, which was the UK’s 21st most popular girl’s name in 2016, is declining in popularity because parents don’t want their daughters sharing a name with Amazon’s digital assistant. Makes sense – it’d be a little confusing asking for assistance in the kitchen if your sprog and your device… Read the full story

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