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You could become the owner of this Brixton flat for £5

Property in Ashmere Grove, Brixton, SW2 (Picture: Raffle House)
(Picture: Raffle House)

Put down that avocado, because you could just become a homeowner.

That’s because good guy Benno Spencer has launched a unique opportunity for millennials and beyond to own a fancy new home in Brixton.

The London entrepreneur’s new startup will regularly raffle London properties, with tickets costing just £5. So actually, you could still probably afford to buy that avocado.

We know the old saying goes ‘if it’s too good to be true, it probably is’ – but there genuinely is a chance of someone winning the one bedroom flat.

Benno, the man behind the Type dating app, is putting up the property… Read the full story

Tesco is giving wonky fruit and veg new life by turning them into juices

Tesco turns waste into drinks picture: TESCO/Metro.co.uk
(Picture: Tesco/Metro.co.uk

Tesco is riding the no waste wave by utilising unsalable fruits and vegetable.

The supermarket has launched a new range of cold-pressed juices using wonky fruit and vegetables that may otherwise have gone to waste.

Waste NOT will use surplus apples, beetroots, strawberries, and watermelons that fall outside produce specifications, and honestly, it sounds lush.

As well as being better for the environment, it’s easy on the pockets too, at £1.50 per 250ml bottle.

The range is cheaper than what’s available in the cold press drink market and Tesco is hoping that within the first 12 weeks of going on sale, they will save around 3.5… Read the full story

Why is it so difficult to diagnose postnatal depression in new mums? We ask the experts

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According to a report by Mum’s Enterprise Ltd, as many as one in four women remain undiagnosed with postnatal depression (PND).

Of course, it was no coincidence that the news appeared in the week running up to Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week.

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Some people might flinch at the idea of another mental health awareness campaign, but this report justifies its existence – more work has to be done.

It’s difficult enough understanding mental illness once you’ve been diagnosed. I have generalised anxiety disorder and I know plenty about it.

However,… Read the full story

Sun, sea and snorkelling: 13 reasons why you will fall in love with the remote Rodrigues Island


If you are looking for a destination with tropical weather, pristine white sand beaches, friendly people, fab food, no package holiday crowds and very affordable, Rodrigues Island is the place.

Africa’s most easterly point can be found surrounded by the Indian Ocean, 600 miles east of Mauritius. It’s part of the Mascarene archipelago, which includes Reunion Island and Mauritius.

They take the environment very seriously. At the airport, the first thing you see is a large poster that says, ‘Plastic bags are banned’.

You won’t find vast five-star resorts or extensive building works on the island… Read the full story

Can you spell these commonly misspelled words?

Can you spell these words picture: Getty images
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Everything has spellcheck these days – so it’s easy to get lazy.

When was the last time you tried to spell a tricky word without just searching for it online?

To check our spelling skills, we asked English language instructor Lucy Bella Earl to remind everyone how to spell some commonly misspelled words.

Lucy’s the woman behind English With Lucy, so she knows her stuff – but do you?

Can you select the correct spelling for words loads of us get wrong?

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Stunning pictures show seven adorably obedient dogs nailing their poses for the camera

Kaylee Robertson has six Shetland sheep-dogs, and one Alaskan Klee Kai that she photographs on the island of Shetland. See Centre Press story CPOBEDIENT; These are the stunning pictures of seven adorable dogs -- which could be the most obedient pooches in Scotland. Kaylee Robertson has six well-trained Shetland sheep-dogs, and one Alaskan Klee Kai which she says are like "fully trained models". The 28-year-old's clever pups have been taught to stand together while Kaylee takes pictures of them striking a pose. Some of the dogs, who are named after Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones characters, have been posing since they were four weeks old. The cute pups, whose… <a href=Read the full story

Two pigs who were once used for cruel experiments now live happily on a farm

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A pair of pigs which escaped from a lab where their skin was burned and cut in cruel experiments are finally leading a happy life on a farm.

Albert and Mendel, three, began their lives in a laboratory where they were used in experiments to test dermal products which left their skin irritated with burns and abrasions.

The brothers spent 10 months being poked and prodded in experiments and had never experienced the outside world.

Luckily, the animal testing facility where Albert and Mendel spent their early months released the pigs into the care of the Rescue and Freedom Project.

Cath Kidston continues 25th anniversary celebrations with the most British tea tour


Us Brits love a good brew and so to bring some happiness into people’s homes, the retail store is giving away free milk and tea packs.

The milk floats, adorned with traditional Cath Kidston prints, are part of the brand’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

The fleet of vintage milk floats have been touring the nation and sharing the joy that a simple cuppa can bring.

Oreos now come in piña colada, cherry cola, and kettlecorn flavours

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Behold, your favourite drinks and snacks will now be available in Oreo form.

The likes of cherry cola, piña colada and kettle corn will be gracing the worldwide famous biscuits, or cookies, as the Americans like to call them.

And they’re all limited edition.

The three new additions were voted by fans as part of the company’s #MyOreoCreation contest. Now, Oreo lovers can vote again to determine the overall winner out of the new selections.

Woman ‘trapped in her own body’ has written a book using only her eyes

BLINKING AMAZING - A young woman who was left paralysed from the neck down has written a book using just her EYES - yep
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A woman ‘trapped in her own body’ after suffering a stroke has written a book about her ordeal using only her eyes.

29-year-old Mia Austin was left unable to speak and can now only communicate through eye movement and a spelling chart after having a stroke when she was just 21 years old.

After the stroke, Mia was diagnosed with an extremely rare condition known as ‘locked in syndrome’, with doctors describing the condition as ‘the closest thing to being buried alive’.

Mia, from Wirral, North West., is… Read the full story

An 11-year-old has become one of the youngest people to suffer with ME

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An 11-year-old has become one of the youngest people in the country to be diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis – otherwise known as ME – a condition which most commonly affects women aged between 20 and 40.

Her mother has spoken out about how her daughter has become heartbreakingly lonely, after the chronic fatigue condition transformed her from a sport-loving livewire to a virtual recluse.

Libby Seath’s condition means she now finds simply tasks like teeth brushing exhausting.

She has been left almost housebound, after it was triggered by glandular fever, according to her sports and leisure coordinator mum, Emma, 43, from Chester.

Emma said: ‘This has completely turned our lives… Read the full story

If you’re paranoid about information you’ve shared online, you’re not alone

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Six out of ten British people have admitted to posting something online that they’ve later come to regret, shows research.

Surprisingly, it’s not drunken Snapchat posts or problematic tweets that people regret, it’s things from their past.

From embarrassing photos, evidence of former relationships, to even credit history, Brits would quite like these things to be removed from their online footprint amid concerns about their privacy, security, and how it might affect their future.

The study of 2,000 adults, commissioned by Accenture Security, found that almost one in 10 are plagued by their digital past every day while another one in five ponder the same thought weekly.

Understandably, more… Read the full story

Pinterest is now woke and lets you filter search results by skin colour

You can now filter pinterest by skin tone
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Pinterest is about all kinds of inspos.

Many use the social media platform to design boards with fashion and beauty aspirations. It’s a virtual guru that can help you decide what to wear on a night out or a special day.

And now it’s become a lot more user friendly, allowing people to find skin tones suitable for them rather than scrolling endlessly through thousands of pictures of models that may not necessarily look like them.

Thanks to a new option to filter skin tone from a choice of four palettes near the search bar, beauty lovers can find pictures of models who have… Read the full story

It turns out Swedish meatballs are from Turkey, not Sweden

An IKEA employee displays the new IKEA vegetarian meatballs, during a worldwide launch at IKEA Anderlecht, on April 8, 2015. IKEA, who withdrew its signature Swedish meatballs from its markets and cafeterias after one batch was found to contain traces of horse meat in 2013, launched worldwide it's vegetarian meatball in an effort to reduce carbon footprint from animals used to produce some one billion meatballs per year.AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel Dunand (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)
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In a time of fake news and declining trust in political powers, we don’t know who we can believe in anymore.

The world is a topsy-turvy place, bringing us daily confusion and… Read the full story

How to flirt – 9 men and women tell us what works and what doesn’t

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‘Men, don’t be afraid to flirt or approach us’ (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

‘Hey good lookin’, do you come here often?’

Sorry, I’m terrible at pick-up lines. My flirting game consists of batting my eyelashes, being overly sarcastic and charming men with my wit.

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Or, as of late, showing off my Metro.co.uk author page.

I’m not conceited, I promise — but telling a man that you write about sex and… Read the full story

How to prepare for a date night in with someone you just started dating

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Okay, say you’ve met a great girl, and you’re really vibing.

You’ve gone on a couple dates at nice bars or movie theatres or dog parks, and now she’s agreed to come over to your house. Fantastic. Wow. You’re about to have a real, human girl at your house. Congratulations. Go you.

There’s just one small problem: you have absolutely no idea how to prepare. Do you cook or order in? What sort of music should you play? Should you decorate?

Here, we give you a few handy tips on how to plan the perfect, knock-em-dead date:

Clean up

You’re not at uni anymore – You can’t throw a… Read the full story

UK’s first Muslim festival, Mfest, celebrates the culture, arts and diversity of Islam

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With over two million Muslims in the UK, it’s a wonder why there hasn’t been a festival to celebrate the second biggest religion in the country before.

Thankfully the Aziz Foundation and Deep Mind decided to change that with Mfest, the first festival of its kind celebrating the rich history and artistic achievements of Muslims.

They invited Metro.co.uk to be part of the three-day event and experience the richness and plurality of cultures, exploring contemporary Muslim thought through the breadth of Muslim heritage.

Held at the British library, the festival included all kinds of arts, from dance, music, art, food, and political discourse.

Some of the big names included dance extraordinare Akram Khan,… Read the full story

Woman ends her 23 year marriage to hang out with pets around the world

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A woman has revealed how, after her 23-year marriage ended, she quit her job and sold her £250,000 house to travel the world by staying in strangers’ homes.

Former graphic designer Angela Croft, 49, got rid of all of her possessions following her divorce in May 2016 to embark upon a global adventure, so far touring England, New Zealand and Australia.

Planning to keep travelling for as long as possible, Angela, from Birmingham, West Midlands, said: ‘The divorce was a difficult time, after 23 years together.

‘In the wake of all that, I wanted to do something meaningful with my life. I looked into travelling and volunteering.

‘As soon as… Read the full story

11 people share the weirdest places they met a fling

People share the weirdest places they met a fling Supermarket flirt relationships sex man woman boy girl shop love Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler
(Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

I’m reading a novel called Tubing, by KA McKeagney and it’s basically about people dogging on the Underground.

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My one disappointment is that the ‘out there’ public sex is not happening on buses. Oh for the chance to use the ‘Room for one more on top!’ line one final time.

Anyway, in the book, people actually pick others up (and fuck them) on… Read the full story

Men who masturbate often have better sex lives

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There’s no shame in masturbating.

It’s a stress reliever, it’s the only form of entirely safe sex, and, as new research notes, it might actually make you better at sex with another person.

Sex toy brand Tenga have revealed that men who masturbate weekly are 10% more confident in their own sexual performance than those who masturbate less often.

Men who masturbate weekly or more often are also 12% more satisfied with the quality of their orgasm, and 6% more confident in their own body.

Tenga surveyed 2,000 UK men for the results, asking them about their solo sex habits and their experiences with other people.

They found that 96%… Read the full story

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