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An ode to eggs, the single greatest food in the world

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Why eggs are the greatest food – 500 words (Tom Evans)
Oh you glorious thing (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

Cooking up a pancake (the French kind) on the morning after Easter Sunday, it struck me that there is little better in food, perhaps in life, than the humble egg.

I’ve had eggs on the mind of late (mostly the chocolate kind), and I suddenly realised that there’s not really that many other ingredients that you could feasibly eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while also devouring for dessert.

Spread your options: 10 of the best Nutella alternatives

This sounds pretty obvious – and I admit… Read the full story

Dad calls out Target for only selling Spider-Man shoes for boys

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Superhero stories – and the merch that goes along with them – aren’t just for boys.

That should be obvious by now, surely. And yet, some of us still aren’t getting it.

One dad is calling out Target to failing to make Spider-Man themed shoes for girls, noting that they make multiple styles for boys.

Qasim Rashid, a dad, attorney, and human rights activist, says he took his three children to Target in Virginia, where he bought his son a pair of Spider-Man light-up shoes for his son, and plain light-up trainers for his daughter.

They left the store and the siblings started arguing – Qasim’s two-year-old daughter… Read the full story

When can you hear a baby’s heartbeat?

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If you’ve recently found out you’re pregnant, you’ll be ready to know absolutely everything about your new baby.

What will they look like? Will they sleep through the night? Will they have my freckles?

One way to feel closer to your baby, and something that brings comfort to plenty of expectant parents, is hearing their baby’s heartbeat for the first time.

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Your… Read the full story

Couple’s photoshoot with their new puppy will make you want to run to the nearest shelter

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MERCURY PRESS. 6/4/18. Pictured: Lindsey and Ethan kiss Everest. A couple have posed for a photoshoot with their new puppy - even making their families think they were expecting a real baby. Lindsey Hutslar, 25, and her boyfriend Ethan Kursim, 24, lost their previous dog at just five years old and vowed to treat every day like it was the last with Everest, their new nine-week-old Siberian Husky puppy. In a hilarious set of photos, owner Ethan can be seen with his hand on Lindseys stomach with the sign Boy or Girl? The cheeky pair posted the picture on Facebook, leaving Lindseys mum, Loretta Hutslar, thinking she was announcing her pregnancy with… <a href=Read the full story

Masterchef rendang row: What is the dish and how to make it

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Chicken rendang is the food of kings and queens, but how do you actually make it? Don’t ask Gregg (Picture: Getty)

Masterchef judge Gregg Wallace is not as clued-up on Asian food as his counterpart John Torode, and sometimes it shows.

Sometimes, in fact, it shows so badly that the whole world mocks him for it.

This is what happened when he slagged off a contestant’s chicken rendang recently, telling chef Zaleha Kadir Olpin that her chicken wasn’t ‘crispy’ enough.

He said: ‘I like the rendang flavour, there’s a coconut sweetness. However, the chicken skin isn’t crispy. It can’t be eaten and all the sauce is on the skin so I can’t eat it.’

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People are sharing the things they wish people knew about mental illness

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What’s the one thing you wish people realised about mental illness?

People are taking to Twitter to share their thoughts thanks to a hashtag created by our very own Hattie Gladwell, #ThingsYouShouldKnowAboutMentalIllness.

‘I started the hashtag because as someone who suffers with mental illness, I know how hard it can be to talk about it, despite it being something that has the ability to completely consume your everyday life,’ Hattie tells Metro.co.uk.

‘Mental illness can be absolutely debilitating. Life shattering. It’s something that can make you feel very isolated and alone.

‘We need to remember that we are not alone.

Is a crystal sound bath the fix for all your stress and sleep issues?

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Look, we’ll come clean: We’re stressed out messes.

It takes us ages to drift off, and when we do, we have anxiety-filled dreams. We’re always tired. We always feel more than a little tetchy on the Circle line.

So when a new stress-busting trend pops up, we’ll try it… even if it does sound as strange as a crystal sound bath.

Some clarifications: A crystal sound bath is not having a bath in a giant crystal tub, or lifting up a crystal to your ear and pretending you hear the ocean.

No, it’s a lot fancier than that.

We headed along to the Crystal Sound Lounge in West London… Read the full story

Lidl’s gin beats Sipsmith and Beefeater in blind taste test

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If you’ve been searching for the perfect gin but perhaps don’t have the cash to fork out on a really swanky bottle, look no further.

Because Lidl’s own Hortus London Dry Gin has been ranked well above other supermarket versions, as well as some more expensive options.

The Good Housekeeping Institute blind tested 21 different London dry gins and found that Lidl’s tasted better than Gordon’s, Sipsmith, Beefeater, as well as bottles from Tesco, Co-op and M&S.

Hortus Dry scored 77/100 thanks to its ‘herby aromas with tangy citrus notes, followed by lots of liquorice, citrus and a light smooth texture’.

It costs just £15.99 for 70cl and comes just behind Bombay Sapphire… Read the full story

Labrador insists on visiting his favourite neighbour every single day

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This is Cheddar.

Cheddar was put up for adoption after one of his owners was diagnosed with cancer and no longer could afford to look after him.

Fortunately, he found a new home very soon – and he made sure they knew how much he valued them by demanding constant attention.

‘I started volunteering for Rosie Animal Adoption after our previous rescue Labrador, Biscuit, died (from old age),’Cheddar’s owner, Shelley Vassall, tells Metro.co.uk.

‘On the day Cheddar was expected to be dropped off to the rescue, I happened to be on email when one came in saying a… Read the full story

A third of gym-goers wear their kit 2-3 times before washing it

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According to research from yoga label Sculptmode, 31% of us wear out gym kits up to three times before washing it.

Yep, loads of us simply dump our leggings and vests in our bags after working out and then throw on the same kit the next day.

Guilty as charged.

11% say it’s because of a lack of spare time – which is kind of fair.

But you know, regular machine washing of gym kits is a surefire way of making them go saggy in all the wrong places. Lycra doesn’t like frantic washing and definitely doesn’t respond well to constant tumble drying.

I tend to wash my kits out (if… Read the full story

7 things to know before you go to Slovenia

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Slovenia is becoming more popular year by year.

Whether it’s a city break in Ljubljana (try saying that three times fast), or a more in-depth exploration of the countryside, there’s lots to explore in this miniature nation.

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For sport lovers there’s skiing and white water rafting; for sun worshippers there’s a small stretch of coast and a glorious lake, and for culture vultures there are castles and, well, wine.

It’s amazing how much appeal is packed into a space of just over 20,000 square kilometres.

Here are seven things you should know before you go.

It shouldn’t be confused with Slovakia

Slovakia and Slovenia are – obviously – different countries.

Yes, they’re both small, eastern European, and begin with S – but they are not the same.

They have different leaders, different languages, and they aren’t even next to each other – Hungary and Austria sit in between.

Please,… Read the full story

What’s it like to sail on the world’s biggest cruise ship, Symphony of the Seas?

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Symphony of the Seas is the latest ship from the Royal Caribbean cruise line to claim the record as the largest in the world.

At 18 decks high and 1,188 ft long, it can carry up to 6,680 passengers and 2,200 crew.

It has its own park, shopping mall and boardwalk as well as a ten-storey slide, a trio of water chutes and an escape room based on a submarine that’s running out of oxygen.

But what is it actually like to be on board? I took an inaugural voyage from Malaga to Barcelona to find out.

Firstly, it is, of course, huge.

In port, Symphony towers over the dockside and even looks down on the roofs of high office buildings.

To be able to float, this 228,000-ton ship is basically hollow on the inside.

From deck 16, where you enter the Ultimate Abyss slide, you stare down to deck six, where it emerges.

Also on that level is a boardwalk with restaurants, a water theatre and… Read the full story

7 reasons why you should visit Adelaide in South Australia

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Endless wineries at Clare Valley (Picture: Karen Edwards, TravelButterfly.com)

Despite boasting pristine sandy beaches, beautiful wineries, local-produce markets, rugged coastlines and a bustling restaurant scene, Adelaide is often overlooked by holidaymakers in favour of Australia’s more popular cities of Melbourne and Sydney.

Yet this year has been the most eventful summer in Adelaide.

11 reasons why you should visit Australia’s Kangaroo Island

Robbie Williams, Ed Sheeran and even Take That have held headline shows here.

The city’s Fringe and WOMAD (World Of Music, Arts And Dance) festivals provide the biggest draws – with comedians, musicians, artists, filmmakers and everyone in between, flying… Read the full story

Italian fashion label is accused of racism over ‘colonialism’ collection

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METROGRAB - TAKEN WITHOUT PERMISSION Big Uncle SS18 Collection Colonialism sweater Credit: Big Uncle
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An Italian fashion label is under fire for it’s new Spring Summer collection inspired by…colonialism.

Big Uncle, a Milan-based menswear brand, has denied endorsing a ‘historically bloody period full of atrocities’.

It describes its new ‘Colonial Deal’ range as a ‘short and intense journey in the West [sic] former colonies in order to understand the Colonialism style’. It even goes so far as saying that ‘[some of] the linen is rough like the faces consumed by the sun’.

So, you can imagine that not everyone’s happy about the range.

After all, it’s pretty odd to want to pay… Read the full story

Mum’s been secretly snaps her husband and daughter since 2014 and it’s pretty blessed

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Mom Secretly Shoots Her Husband And Daughter Holding Hands
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These super cute pictures are of Redditor @MrsIronbad’s husband and daughter.

She’s been secretly snapping the two out and about since her daughter was a baby. And, four years later, she’s still doing it.

The Filipino mum has accummulated a massive collection but her husband still has no idea that any of the pics exist.

‘Nope, just me…aaaaand Reddit,’ she says.

‘My husband’s not a redditor and he doesn’t have any social media accounts anymore, so I think my secret is still safe.’

But if you’re worried that all these backshots are going to go to waste, fear not, because MrsIronbad has plans. Big plans.

‘I’m… Read the full story

5 reasons why Liverpool should be your next city break

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The Three Graces in Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool is a city recognised for its rich heritage in music, history and pop culture, all of which have had a profound impact around the world.

Because of this, and many other endearing qualities, Liverpool makes for the perfect city break.

The city offers visitors everything they could possibly want including top-notch places to wine and dine, stunning architecture, as well as a rich history and culture.

You’ll never run out of things to do in this great northern city, so if you’re looking for a quick getaway, here are just some of the reasons why Liverpool should be your destination of choice.

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Women of colour get asked to do more ‘office housework’ at work

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It might come as a massive surprise to learn that women are more likely to be asked to perform ‘office housework’ as part of their jobs than their male counterparts.

That just kind of seems in line with the general dumping of additional labour on women. They’re usually the ones burdened with household work at home (only 29% of couples share the washing up, with over 70% relying on the woman to do so), let alone childcare.

But it also turns out that there’s a hierarchy within the female workforce for accepting additional, unpaid work.

According to the Harvard Business Review, women of colour… Read the full story

9 reasons you should visit Alberta, Canada, in winter

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You might assume one of the big reasons to visit the Canadian Rockies in winter is to ski or snowboard.

After all, it’s a region which is famous for having some of the best slopes in the world.

Yet it turns out there’s plenty to do for non-skiers like me.

From gondola rides and snowshoe trips, to helicopter flights and ice climbing, it’s a stunning place for a winter holiday.

Plus, with snow around until May, you’ve still got plenty of time to plan your adventure.

1. Drive through the Rocky Mountains

Meet Dizziak, the London beauty brand making products for multicultural hair

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Anyone with Afro or mixed hair will know the struggle to find good product.

Sure, you might find something cheap and cheerful down Paks but go into any high-end store and you’ll struggle to see anything that could accommodate your specific needs.

It’s almost as if most luxury beauty is aimed at caucasian skin and hair…

Anyway, that’s no longer the case because former beauty writer Loretta De Feo has finally got us covered.

She’s launched vegan-friendly product, Dizziak .

Loretta noticed a gap in the Afro hair market for deep conditioners so created her own long-lasted moisture for thicker hair types.

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‘Dizziak – is here to represent,’… Read the full story

There may be a link between where and when you were born

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**ILLUSTRATION REQUEST** The first month of being a Dad – The partying has stopped, but the late nights haven’t (Jamie Roberts)
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We’re all familiar with the concept of ‘mating seasons’ in the animal world.

Here, at least, new life tends to pop up around April-May time, when lambs and chicks, kittens and puppies are born in droves.

And according to research published by Data Driven Journalism, the same is true of humans.

The findings have been based on the most recent UN data on live births, cross-referencing the most common birth months with the geographical location to determine the peak months for conception around the world.

And it turns out… Read the full story

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