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What is a durian and why do people hate it so much?

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You may have seen it during your gap yah in Malaysia. Or you might have walked past it in various east end markets.

Wherever you’ve ever come across a durian – a tropical fruit which looks dangerous from the outside with its short, greenish husks – it doesn’t look appealing.

But its appearance is the least of its worries.

The yellow flesh fruit has certainly gained quite a reputation, mostly because of the way it smells.

In fact, it’s so pungent that hundreds evacuated a library at a Melbourne university this week because they thought it was a gas leak.

When emergency services arrived to detect the source, they found it was a… Read the full story

The Premier League is helping football fans reduce their plastic waste

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Lots of businesses have committed to helping fight the war on single-use plastic and from next season, the Premier League will be taking on the challenge too.

The league is teaming up… Read the full story

10 things all jacket potato lovers know to be true

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You sweet little bundle of carbs, oh how we all adore you.

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When it comes to the most delightful food choice out there, the humble jacket potato definitely ranks up there amongst the greatest. If not the greatest.

It is baked to crispy perfection, the filling possibilities are endless, and it is the ultimate comfort food.

Jacket potato lovers know all of this, and are fiercely protective over their favourite dish.… Read the full story

Hundreds of runners turn up to #FinishForMatt, the runner who died at the marathon

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Hundreds of runners turned up this morning at Tower Hill to finish the last 3.7 miles of the London Marathon in memory of Matt Campbell.

Matt died last Sunday on the very last leg of the 26.2-mile course.

And rather than leave his race uncompleted, the running community came together and ran the remainder for him – down the embankment and up Pall Mall.

People travelled as far away as Cumbria to come and take part – with hundreds more completing the 3.7miles where they lived and uploading Strava maps or pictures of their routes with the hashtags #FinishForMatt and #MilesForMatt.

On the London marathon route alone, three separate waves of runners took off.

Kanso is the new Japanese feng shui concept that’s all about simple things

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Kanso is the Japanese equivalent of feng shui which is all about harmonising yourself with your surrounding environment.

It’s every hoarder’s nightmare as it means to get rid of clutter and eliminate the non-essential.

So Kanso is basically mindfulness for your furniture.

The Japanese aesthetic is part of a seven-part principle to achieve total zen.

‘Zen is a renunciation of enlightenment found via the trappings of organised religion, such as mass prayer, ritualistic chants, and large structures’ says author Jeremiah Bourque.

‘Zen has no institutions, no bishops, no popes, and no dogma.’

So if you want to achieve zen in the home, you might want to start off with some kanso.

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It’s official: Chocolate might make you less stressed

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Any chocolate lover will tell you that eating a square or four of the brown stuff relieves stress.

And research has now confirmed the fact.

Two studies from the Loma Linda University in California have found that eating chocolate can have a positive effect on stress levels, as well as promoting beneficial changes to inflammation, mood, memory and immunity.

But when it comes to mood enhancement, not all chocolate is made equal.

You’ve got to be consuming dark chocolate with over 70% cocoa – so we’re talking about the good quality stuff here.

We already know that cacao is packed with flavonoids – antioxidants. But this is the first study to look at the impact of cacao flavonoids on the… Read the full story

Maybe we shouldn’t hold people accountable for problematic tweets from the past

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It seems like every week, a new celeb tweet or Facebook post is unearthed by someone who digs around people’s profiles for too long.

And they’re usually problematic ones; racist, antisemitic, sexist, homophobic. Some are worse than others.

But time is the crucial thing about historic tweets; some things were just more easily accepted back in the day than they are now.

That doesn’t necessarily make them okay, but looking at things through the lens of what’s acceptable now is a false equivalency.

So many of the things we object… Read the full story

Lidl now has flamingo, ice lolly, palm trees, and pineapple shaped fairy lights

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Lidl, in all its budget glory, is now selling novelty fairy lights – all inspired by summer.

The flamingo, ice lolly, palm tree, and pineapple shaped lights are a bargain at just £3.99 each.

So anyone thinking about having a barbecue and who might be in need of some outdoor lights may want to grab a pair before they’re all gone.

The battery-powered LED lights, which are in stores now, can also be used for garden parties or bedroom decoration.

The Real Greek’s new vegan menu is here and it’s everything we hoped

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We’ve seen an explosion in recent months in highstreet eateries proving vegan grub.

Time was that vegans had to settle for a plate of chips and a side salad if they ventured outside of Brighton.

Today, we have options.

But without doubt, the award for the ‘most effort made to accommodate vegan diners’ has to go The Real Greek.

The restaurant chain has teamed up with Greek Cypriot chef and presenter Tonia Buxton to put together an entirely vegan menu – and it’s genuinely fantastic.

One of the main reasons the food is so good is that a lot of Cypriot food is already vegan or incredibly easy to make vegan. Take away… Read the full story

Where are some hot places to go to in May 2018?

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We know May 2018 is not going to be all that hot in the UK – at least, not or the vast majority of the time.

Whereas you could be spending your month in a gloriously warm country where hot weather is basically guaranteed for between 7 and 12 hours a day.

Sounds good, doesn’t it? Just a bit.

But the question is, which countries are going to be hot next month? Are they all far afield? Not all of them, no…

Get your bake on for Marie Curie’s Blooming Great Tea Party

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Tea time is definitely the best meal of the day. A meal of cake, scones, cookies and sandwiches all accompanied by tea.

What if I told you that you could have your friends around for tea and raise money for charity?

How to make the ultimate chocolate brownies

This June, Marie Curie needs you to get your bake on by throwing a Blooming Great Tea Party.

When you do, you’ll be helping provide vital care for people living with a terminal illness and their families.

As Marie Curie’s chief… Read the full story

10 things anyone obsessed with sauces will know

Dude celebrates one year since he messaged a woman on Craigslist

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Craigslist might be full of questionable people advertising questionable services and products but occasionally, it does offer up something pure.

And Twitter user Caleb is proof.

He’s just been celebrating one year since he messaged a lady on the free advertising platform.

Why? Because she posted an advert for a little lab puppy. And boy, has that little pup grown over the past 12 months.

To mark the blessed day that his sweet Eve came into his life, Caleb has been uploading a stream of canine selfies and videos (as only a good owner would), showing how this blessed pooch has grown from a tiny thing into an adventurous dog.

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Men are at their most stylish when they’re 30

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Men hit their style ‘prime’ when they get to 30, a new study claims.

That’s the age when men finally feel confident in their grooming and fashion choices, after years of experimenting with both.

By the time most men reach their peak, they’ve tried out three different facial hair styles, four hairdos, and five fashion staples and five overall looks.

But it’s style alone isn’t enough. Honesty, intelligence and success have been rated as the top three values for men and it takes slightly longer for them to get the perfect combination of style and substance; it’s only when the average man reaches 35 that he manages to juggle both.

Men… Read the full story

So, Whole Foods has opened an Asian restaurant called Yellow Fever and people aren’t happy

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Whole Foods has come under fire for naming a new eatery ‘Yellow Fever’.

The market’s new Asian restaurant is located at one of its stores in Long Beach, California, and bears the motto ‘Asian bowls for your soul’.

Whole Foods announced Yellow Fever’s opening on Twitter last week, saying that #YellowFeverEats has you covered with fresh, customised bowls at our brand new Long Beach 365 location – now open!’.

And you can imagine how that announcement went down.

The term ‘yellow’ has been used a racial slur against Asian people for some time, with ‘yellow fever’ referring to white men who date or fetishize Asian women. Yellow fever is actually a disease that is… Read the full story

Is this girl’s prom dress offensive, or ‘just a pretty dress’?

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We all know that cultural appropriation is a problem when it mocks or derides another culture. 

Pulling your eyes to the side as a gross patiche of being Asian, wearing ‘blackface’ – these are the kind of things which will quite rightly get you called out.

But what about wearing a dress from another culture?

18 year old Keziah wore a traditional cheongsam to her prom – a Chinese traditional dress, usually silk with a high collar which in Asian countries. It was chosen in the 1920’s to be one of the national dresses of the Republic of China.

Unsurprisingly, given how gorgeous they are, cheongsams are extremely popular to this day.

But was… Read the full story

Singapore to New York is the world’s longest non stop flight and it takes 20 hours

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Singapore Airlines has a new airbus and it’s going to break a world record; it is the longest non-stop flight, at 20 hours.

If you thought a 14-hour leg to Japan was tough then get ready to add on a couple of hours if you’re travelling from Singapore to New York or vice versa.

By the end of the year, the Airbus A350 will connect the two metropolises which are a whopping 9,500 miles away from each other.

There are 21 planes in its fleet and it had its first test flight earlier this month, a five-hour round trip that launched in Toulouse, France.

It is equipped to fly a remarkable 11,160… Read the full story

How to get married at Kensington Palace without being a royal

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Kate and Wills’ home is the perfect setting for a wedding.

The beautiful gardens. The wonderful maze. The pretty orangery. It’s the ideal location.

There’s only one snag, you think – you’re not royalty.

But did you know that you don’t have to be a member of the royal family to have your big day at the Kensington Palace?

The palace may have been a royal residence since the 17th century but common couples can get wed in the grounds.

You have a choice of three gardens and lawns – the East Front Gardens (which can fit 400 guests), the Sunken Garden (which can hold 80) or the Orangery lawn (which can host 1,000 of your nearest and dearest).

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Why is it important for women to be able to take the abortion pill at home?

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The Welsh government is calling for women to be able to take abortion pills at home. 

At the moment that’s not possible – women have to take the pills at the clinic and then head home. If a woman is more than nine weeks pregnant, the pills are given three days apart which means that women have to travel back to the clinic or surgery twice.

Which raises the question: why is that important?

Firstly, it’s a question of logistics. Many women don’t want to broadcast their abortion, so getting time off work means coming up with an excuse. Booking holiday at the last minute can be difficult, and clinics generally… Read the full story

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