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Yoga speed dating is coming to the UK

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They’re married now, probably (Picture: Getty – GoSweat)

Are you single? Looking for love? Have no issue with personal space? Then yoga speed dating might be right up your street.

It’s described as ‘up to 40 love-seeking yogis coming together to get hot, sweaty and intimate’ which sounds more like an orgy, but namaste right here and let me tell you that it’s not.

The downward dog dating sessions have already taken off in New York (why, of course) and now classes have arrived in the UK.

It’s basically a yoga class where you do positions in pairs and move around mats, switching partners.

They’re described as ‘fun and flirty movements’ that… Read the full story

Fighting Fantasy: counting down the 10 best gamebooks in the series

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Delve into the world of Fighting Fantasy (Picture: Penguin)

Before consoles took complete control, gamebooks (where you choose your path through the story) were the main way for a kid to escape a boring, surburban life in Basingstoke and spend a bit of quiet time in a troll-filled fantasy world.

Chief among the genre was the Fighting Fantasy series.

Six reasons why you should rewatch Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey on its 50th anniversary

Phrases such as ‘test you luck’, ‘turn to 400’ and ‘please can you put that down and read something a bit more grown-up instead’… Read the full story

Sesame Place is the first theme park in the world to be certified as autism friendly

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The world can be an overwhelming place when you have autism.

The lights and noise can trigger a sensory overload, making even simple things such as going to the supermarket feel deeply uncomfortable.

When a place steps up to make things a little easier, that’s worth applauding – whether it’s introducing quiet shopping hours or simply considering the intensity of lights in schools.

Today we can celebrate Sesame Place (that’s a Sesame Street themed amusement park) becoming the first theme park in the world to… Read the full story

Man takes a cat-covered lunchbox to work to teach his cousin’s son an important lesson about gender

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A man has shared why he showed up to his office carrying a magical cat-covered lunchbox – and it’s for a pretty brilliant reason.

David Pendragon has a cousin, Emily, who has a 10-year-old son called Ryker.

Like many of us, Ryker loves cats. He loves cats so much that he was pretty excited to get a new lunchbox covered with cats floating in Space. We get that – it’s a really cool lunchbox.

Unfortunately, when Ryker arrived at school the other boys in his class weren’t as jazzed about the lunchbox.

Because of the cats and the colours, the boys teased 10-year-old Ryker. He eventually wanted to stop taking… Read the full story

Three BPD sufferers break the myths around borderline personality disorder

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BPD is even more of a struggle when you’re also fighting against stigma (Picture: Erin Aniker for Metro.co.uk)

Borderline Personality Disorder is a highly stigmatised diagnosis.

A day in the life of my BPD brain (Beth Allan)On a bad day, someone with Borderline Personality Disorder could experience symptoms similar to schizophrenia

Not only does it provoke stigma among the general public and in the movies, but some people have also experienced it to some degree from the professionals supporting them.

The stigma more than likely comes from the latter two words – ‘personality disorder’. And let’s be honest, it’s… Read the full story

Taking inspiration from Ikea products is the next big baby-naming trend

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Struggling with inspiration for your baby’s name? Don’t fancy a 90s name or hopping on the ancient names trend?

It might be worth popping to Ikea – and not just to buy a bunch of furniture for baby’s room

The next big thing in coming up with baby names is flicking through Ikea’s product range.

According to BabyCentre, there are bunch of products that make great names for kids, including Tarva, Ivar, and Stefan.

‘Naming your baby after IKEA furniture might seem ridiculous at first glance, but don’t dismiss the idea,’ wrote LucyBC. ‘IKEA is known for the charming Scandinavian names it gives its products and many work surprisingly… Read the full story

How to not lose your sh*t if you go off track for a day, according to a fitness model PT

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There comes a point in every fitness journey where you go off track.

You might be training for an event or you might simply be working towards a certain aesthetic goal. You’re training regularly, eating healthily and then, suddenly, you just go on a mad one. You might find yourself nailing the contents of your fridge or going on a big night out after months of sobriety.

It’s easy to freak out once that’s happened and think that you’ve completely ruined your progress.

But you definitely haven’t. Dropping one stitch doesn’t mean the whole jumper’s going to unravel – as bikini model champ and trainer Anna Rhodes explains.

She says that… Read the full story

10 women tell us about the first time they got their period

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First periods can stay in you mind for a long time (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

Most women can vividly remember when they first started their period.

10 women share their worst period stories

Biologically, it’s the moment when we supposedly stop being a girl and start becoming a woman.

But in reality, a lot of us are oceans away from feeling like a grown-up, and it can feel like adulthood has rudely cut short our childhood, territorially planted its flag upon us, and announced it’s here to stay.

For others it is a huge relief, a moment they have been waiting and pining for.

Whatever the… Read the full story

In response to Amber Davies, here are eight rules for sex you actually need to follow

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(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Amber Davies (the winner of Love Island, if you’re not up to speed on your reality TV) is getting some bashing on social media for sharing her five ‘rules’ for casual sex.

‘I think we need a new set of rules before saying yes,’ she said.

‘Rule number one is no sex on the first date. If you don’t know the person don’t have sex with the person, it’s all about self-respect.

‘Rule number two is if there is alcohol involved, ask yourself are you going to regret it in the morning. Because when you’re under the influence of alcohol, you become a… Read the full story

Guy uses toilet paper and napkins to create incredible wedding dresses for his Barbies

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According to his Instagram, Jian Yang is the largest male collector of Barbie dolls in the world.

His account isn’t a doll account per se but you know, they play a pretty major role in his life.

So much so that Jian travels with a doll and spends his time designing new couture outfits for her out of toilet paper, tissues and napkins.

His Barbies are always ready for potential red carpet glamour, thanks to Jian’s incredible origami skills.

Jian’s Barbies’ motto? #havetissuewilltravel.

He’s a pro at making paper eveningwear

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And daywear

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In every possible style

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How long does it take alcohol to leave the system?

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Margaritas are great when you knock ’em back but how long do they stick around? (Picture: Getty)

There’s nothing like having a few drinks with your crew to cap off a tough Friday, Thursday, Monday – or any other day, for that matter.

Drinking alcohol is still a mighty popular way to unwind, and the effects of drunkenness can be pleasant – sometimes long-lasting, too.

But just how long-lasting? How many hours does it take for alcohol to leave your body (for indeed, it takes hours)?

At what point will booze leave your blood, breath and urine? Let’s find out.

Luxembourg and France are the cheapest places in the world for drugs and booze

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Indulging in your vices can be expensive if you’re travelling around.

But some places are obviously cheaper than others.

Drugs, booze and cigs got a whole lot more expensive in the US last year, for example. In fact, according to the annual Bloomberg Global Vice Index, Americans had to fork out over $200 (£142) more for their chosen stimulant last year, compared to 2016.

But what about the rest of the world?

Bloomberg looked at what percentage of weekly income was needed to maintain a weekly habit of cigarettes, alcohol, weed, amphetamines, coke and opioids across more than 100 counties.

In more than… Read the full story

Are you compromising or settling? When to give up your relationship and when to give in

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Should I stay or should I go? (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

I’ve stopped asking happily married couples what makes their relationship work – not because I am any less nosy but because they all give the same answer: compromise.

To dump or not to dump: Should you end a relationship or wait for your SO to finish it with you?

Let the little things go, occasionally say yes when you want to say no and don’t go crazy if they forget to take the bins out; these little acts of compromise are what underpin long-term commitment, says Sarah Abell, relationships… Read the full story

McDonald’s Japan sends an unexpectedly body-positive message with some fries

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We’ll be honest: We never expected McDonald’s to be a source of empowering body positivity.

But here we are, in 2018, feeling genuinely inspired by a tweet about some fries.

McDonald’s Japan tweeted out a picture of their French fries, along with a message about valuing fries regardless of their shape and size.

‘The longest French fry isn’t necessarily the best French fry,’ they wrote.

‘Short French fries, curved French fries, crispy French fries, and soft French fries. All of them have good points. All of them have people who love them.

‘As long as you value your own unique flavor, we… Read the full story

Very good dog gets dream job at airport

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Congrats on the new job, hun (Picture: Yeager Airport)

An airport has paid $7,500 (£5,326) for its latest employee. Who just so happens to be a dog.

Yeager Airport in the USA’s Charleston, West Virginia hired 18-month-old border collie, Hercules, who will be trained to chase birds off the runway.

Running around chasing birds? For a dog, this is an absolute dream job, no?

But why do our feathered friends need chasing? Because birds flying into plane engines can cause serious issues – both for the birds (R.I.P.) and for the airplane.

Last year a Japan Airlines plane bound for New York had to make an emergency landing in… Read the full story

Soma releases the world’s first reusable water bottle made from recycled ocean plastic

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Parley & Soma Team up to Reduce Plastic Water Bottle Usage
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A company has come up with a way of taking plastic dumped into the ocean and turning it into reusable water bottles.

Taking inspiration from similar campaigns with Adidas, Parley is working with Soma to produce sleeves from up-cycled ocean plastic.

With the rise in awareness of the devastation plastic is causing to our planet’s seas, it is an important step in the battle against plastic.

‘We’re collaborating with Soma to transform marine debris into a neoprene sleeve, bringing Ocean Plastic to a reusable Soma water bottle and directly into the hands of consumers,’ says Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parley for… Read the full story

Washing the dishes is the chore most likely to harm your relationship

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Not doing your share of the chores can be a bone of contention in any relationship.

But dishwashing is the domestic task most likely to harm your relationship, according to a new report from the Council of Contemporary Families.

According to its findings, women in heterosexual relationships who find themselves consistently lumbered with cleaning dirty dishes reported ‘significantly more relationship discord, lower relationship satisfaction and less sexual satisfaction than women who split the dishes with their partner’.

Proving just how important sharing the dishwashing can be, the study also reports that sharing responsibility for dishwashing is the single ‘biggest source of satisfaction for women among… Read the full story

Should you try a sleep divorce?

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(Picture: Erin Aniker for Metro.co.uk)

You’re happy, in love, and absolutely bloody exhausted.

That’s entirely normal – we’re a world of terrible sleepers; struggling to fall asleep, failing to get enough snoozy hours, feeling tired throughout the day, or obsessively tracking our sleeping patterns.

But once you’ve gone through all the standard tips to fix your sleep routine – setting a bedtime, avoiding gadgets in the bedroom, ditching caffeine – the blame might land on the person you’re sharing a bed with.

They snore, they steal the duvets, and you’ve spotted on your sleep app that every time they toss and turn, your sleep is disrupted too.

Could the answer to sorting out our… Read the full story

Fancy a career change? Get paid £18,000 to eat Doritos all day long

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You can now spend your days eating Doritos and getting paid £18,000 for it – and we are so ready to quit our jobs and apply immediately.

Doritos has today launched a nationwide search to recruit the ‘UK’s boldest Doritos Superfan’.

So, here’s what the job entails.

Doritos will be offering the chance for the ultimate nacho fanatic to get behind the scenes of the brand to try the newest flavours before anyone else.

Perks include being one of the first to taste the new flavours, visits to the Doritos factory to experience how ‘chip magic’ happens, the chance to attend quarterly research and development meetings for new products, and being a… Read the full story

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