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The grief club – comedian Cariad Lloyd talks bereavement and Griefcast on mental health podcast Mentally Yours


Comedian and Griefcast host Cariad Lloyd joined us on the latest episode of Metro.co.uk’s weekly mental health podcast, Mentally Yours.

‘My Dad died when I was 15 and I have spent my life since then talking about grief and death,’ she said.

Having ‘joined the club’ early, she became used to talking to friends when they were bereaved for the first time, then decided to record four initial podcasts with other comedians talking about death.

Griefcast proved popular and she’s now on episode 33, having talked to writers, actors and comics including David Baddiel and Sara Pascoe.

Cariad said the best way to support someone who has been bereaved is to just be there and to say something. The worst thing you can do is to act like nothing’s happened.

She said: ‘Just talk about it. The thing that really hurts is when people ignore it…

‘With any death, whether it’s a baby, a child, a parent, a sibling you… Read the full story

Here’s why I’m glad I started going to the gym in my thirties

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There’s no pretence to fashion (Picture: Dave Anderson for Metro.co.uk)

Until recently I prided myself on having a normal, healthy contempt for people who go to the gym.

Something about their smugness, their vanity, their high tolerance for brainless repetition and useless physical labour never sat well with me.

I wore this male chastity device for a fortnight so you don’t have to

But all that changed a few months ago.

Previously I’d always stayed active and kept trim – as much as possible anyway – through my own… Read the full story

8 things to know before you go to Mexico


Long associated with spring breakers and holidaying Americans, Mexico actually has a whole lot going for it aside from resorts and partying.

Oaxaca and Puerto Vallarta are up-and-coming digital nomad spots, the beaches are some of the best in the world, and the capital has some serious gastronomic highlights.

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Plus, Mexico has Aztec and Mayan ruins to visit, gorgeous colonial architecture to admire, and some of the friendliest people on the planet.

And how could you not love the food?

Here are eight things to know before you go to Mexico.

It’s part of North America

A common misconception is that Mexico is part of South America.

However, it’s actually part of the North American continent.

Well, now you know.

It’s so large it has four time zones

Just to give you an idea of its scale, there are four time zones in Mexico. Four.

It can be morning on one side… Read the full story

What I Rent: Mel, £615 a month for a room in Newington Green

Mel lives with three other people in Newington Green. (Picture: Alexander Crawley/Metro.co.uk)

Welcome back to What I Rent, our new weekly series that’s getting rid of the confusion and mystery around renting in London.

We’re hoping that by taking everyone inside a different person’s home each week and showing you all the details, we’ll help to answer a bunch of questions everyone has about finding a place to live.

Questions like…

How much is a normal amount to pay? How much space should you expect to get in return? Is that level of mould acceptable?

This week we’re inside the rented home of Mel Evans, an ex-Aussie who moved… Read the full story

Julie Andrews’ old London townhouse has gone on the market for £24 million

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A gorgeous London Townhouse which was once home to Julie Andrews has gone on the market for £24 million.

The actress, who starred in films such as Mary Poppins and The Princess Diaries, lived at the grand property on Chester Square with director husband Blake Edwards back in the 1970s.

Chester Square, which is named after the Duke of Westminster’s ancestral home, is one of the finest addresses in Belgravia, central London.

We’re so ready to eat Calippo Shots all summer long

Calippo Shots are back with Strawberry and Lemon and that's summer sorted
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Attention, ice cream lovers: Calippo Shots are back and we officially cannot wait for Summer.

When we first heard that Wall’s had stopped selling Calippo shots, we were devastated.

They’re the perfect go-to summer treat for anyone who needs a quick cool down. Plus they’re a straight-up hit of nostalgia, bringing back all our memories of sticky summer days in the park chugging back more sugar than we could handle.

So, obviously, we’re absolutely overjoyed to find out Wall’s has started selling them again.

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Wall’s recently posted to its website a photo… Read the full story

Ikea is doing an afternoon tea for a fiver next month

You Can Now Get Afternoon Tea At IKEA And It's Only A Fiver Picture: myikeafamily https://events.myikeafamily.com/Event/Details/830 METROGRAB
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Besides shopping for super cheap furniture, the best part about a trip to Ikea is the food.

The Swedish meatballs, hot dogs and Daim Bar cheesecake are just a selection of our favourite foods, and we’re unable to leave the store without stocking up on their pick ‘n’ mix.

But now, we’re so happy to announce that Ikea will be doing its very own afternoon tea – and it’s only a fiver.

The afternoon of Swedish FIKA will be taking place on Monday 28 May and Tuesday 29 May, at different times.

There’ll be lots on… Read the full story

Mum whose nose was eaten by a rare disease opens up about its magnetic replacement

A mother-of-two who had her nose eaten by a rare autoimmune disease has opened up about life since having her new magnetic nose fitted
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After being headbutted by her dog, Jayne Hardman unfortunately discovered she had a rare autoimmune disease which rotted the flesh of her nose.

The mum-of-two, 48, had her nose removed in November last year after developing a type of vasculitis, Wegener’s granulomatosis.

Jayne, from Redditch, Worcestershire, has now been fitted with a prosthetic magnetic nose which on most days goes undetected.

But it was no easy feat to get the magnet arranged.

The injury occurred after the family dog, Cece, a 14-stone Neapolitan mastiff, knocked into Jayne’s… Read the full story

Jack Daniels is £8 in Tesco – This is not a drill

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If your tipple of choice is whiskey, there’s a deal doing the rounds online that you really won’t want to miss.

Savvy shoppers at HotUKDeals have found 50cl bottles of Jack Daniels in their local Tesco stores for only £18.

It seems the supermarket are having a clearance of certain spirits, and the popular Tennessee bevvy is included in this, although not at all stores and all sizes.

The in-store deal was first bagged a the Drayton branch, but commenters have found them across the country, so if you enjoy a JD and Coke, it’s certainly worth a trip to your local store.

To put… Read the full story

Why protein supplementation isn’t just for the gym – especially if you’re a woman

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The protein world has exploded over the past few years, with the number of supplement companies rising dramatically.

Sales of sports nutrition products through mainstream retailers soared by 27% between 2013 and 2015, according to the research company Mintel. The total market size is estimated at £330m.

Protein supplements have traditionally been reserved for blokes wanting to beef up and for athletes looking to repair muscles fast. But more and more proteins are being marketed towards gym-goers who aren’t looking to bulk.

New kid on the protein block, MissFits Nutrition, as you might guess from the name, is are trying to capture the female market.

But why do women in particular… Read the full story

One in three people with an allergy have had a bad experience on a plane

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More than one third of people with an allergy have had a bad experience while travelling on a plane.

In a recent survey more than 36% of people with allergies said when they traveled by air their experience was poor or very poor.

Another 37% said they were not flying as often as they’d like as a result of their allergy.

The theme of this year’s Allergy Awareness Week is ‘Travelling with an Allergy’ which can often be difficult.

Travelling with allergies can be tricky, especially when flying abroad as the allergy sufferer is often dependent on the airline accommodating their wishes and their passengers to listening to in-flight… Read the full story

Congratulations Kate and Wills – but here’s why a third baby is out of reach for most of us

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave the Lindo Wing of St. Mary's Hospital with their new born son Featuring: Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine Middleton, Kate Middleton, Prince William, William Duke of Cambridge Where: London, United Kingdom When: 23 Apr 2018 Credit: John Rainford/WENN.com
New baby: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge leave hospital with their newborn son (Picture: John Rainford/WENN.com)

The birth of a baby is a beautiful and wonderful thing whether its parents are royalty or not.

So, like the rest of the world, I wish the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge congratulations on the birth of their third child: a brother to Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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Tesco is selling cans of WKD for £1.60

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If you’re a nostalgic person, you’ll be happy to know WKD is back, and it comes in cans.

Okay, so it never really left, but it’s definitely not as popular as it used to be, with people ditching the bottles of blue stuff for something fancier like a glass of wine or a G&T these days.

But now that it comes little cans, we’ll be happy to welcome it back, especially for long train commutes on a Friday afternoon after a stressful week in the office.

Boy asks girl to prom by faking his own death and absolutely terrifying her


Prom is a pretty big deal over in America, and promposals – where someone asks their crush to be their date in a super romantic way – are hugely popular.

But one guy’s promposal was more terrifying than romantic, after he left his girlfriend temporarily traumatised by faking his own death.

Richard Fisher decided not go down the romantic route for his promposal, instead leaving his girlfriend feeling heartbroken.

Apparently, the idea came after Richard’s girlfriend, Kiah Keys, 15, had asked him to plan something romantic.

But after going on about it a bit… Read the full story

Couple practice yoga in a stunning igloo home under the Northern Lights

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There’s a stunning igloo home where you can go to practice yoga under the Northern Lights.

The 240-square-metre igloo home has a 175-square-metre geodesic glass dome for its exterior, creating an igloo shape, and a greenhouse effect which provides warmth to the extensive garden where a family grows herbs, vegetables and have several fruit trees.

The garden gets its water and nutrients from a waste water treatment system.

If you’d be up for moving to Iceland and traveling the world, this might be your dream job

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Having a job that allows you to travel is basically a dream.

The folks at WOW Airlines clearly know this and have now created the ultimate role for those sick of the nine to five grind.

To be fair, even if you didn’t totally hate your job, we’re sure you’d still scream at the chance to be a summer travel guide which has more perks than most work places.

The low-cost airline will pay you a salary of €9,500 (around £8,300) for three months work which is pretty nifty for a summer job, and of course you get to live like the local, enjoying all that Iceland has to offer.

You’ll be living in a trendy downtown… Read the full story

Man sells all of his belongings and invests in Bitcoin to travel the world

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A man is travelling around the world with his girlfriend with a monthly budget of £2,000, after he sold everything he owned to invest in crypto-currency.

24-year-old Jonas Hornehaj has been pictured in a variety of exotic locations, as he documents his amazing lifestyle on social media.

Jonas, from Copenhagon, left Europe with around £1,400 in his bank account, but invested £700 in Bitcoin, which has funded both his and his girlfriend’s, Alicia Cechvalova, 25, travels with a monthly budget of between £1,400 – £2,000 per month.

Clear space on your dressing table – RuPaul is releasing a makeup collection

Picture: Metro, Getty RuPaulxMally makeup collection
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We’re all born naked and the rest is drag. That’s what drag legend RuPaul says anyway, and who are we to argue with the fiercest in the game?

If you want to follow that advice and not be caught out naked and afraid, it’s now going to be more possible than ever, after Mama Ru announced a new collection with Mally Beauty this week.

While all the details aren’t yet clear, what we do know is that a collaboration between RuPaul and Mally Beauty owner Mally Roncal will likely set the beauty world alight.

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Roncal has… Read the full story

This was the last runner to finish the London Marathon this year

Picture Shows: Simon Kindleysides April 23, 2018 Simon Kindleysides The last runner to finish the London Marathon in London, England. He is the first paralysed man to walk the London Marathon and uses a special exoskeleton. He completed the race at 10:46 pm. Due to finishing the day after the marathon he was refused a medal so was donated some medals from wellwishers. Non-Exclusive WORLDWIDE RIGHTS Pictures by : Flynet Pictures ? 2018 Tel : +44 (0)20 3551 5049 Email : info@flynetpictures.co.uk
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The record time for this year’s London Marathon was two hours, six minutes, and 21 seconds (by Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge).

Despite the fact that this… Read the full story

World Malaria Day 2018: What is it, when, and why do we need it?

A mosquito.
World Malaria Day falls on April 25 (Picture: Getty)

In 2018, malaria remains a life-threatening disease that affects nearly half the globe.

Woman administers medicine to a childWhat is World Health Day and why is it important?

On April 25, World Malaria Day aims to highlight the risk malaria still poses, and to celebrate the work that’s already been achieved.

It is the initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) which is also behind World Health Day and World Immunisation Week at the end of April.

The theme for World Malaria Day 2018 is ‘Ready to beat malaria’.

It is intended as an energising call to… Read the full story

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