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Mum bosses gloriously recreate Vanity Fair’s Hollywood cover photo

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Holly Siddall, Ali Brinsford, Nicki Ryder, Kate Ransome, Kate Starkey, Sarah Davies, Frankie Chapman, Beth Campagna, Louise Pritchard, Victoria Seyforth, Cate Hamilton, Jane Gray and Charlotte Simmons at the photoshoot in Cheltenham where a group of successful business mums got together to celebrate their work in both roles - the shoot was designed to recreate the famous Vanity Fair photo of Hollywood's leading actors. See SWNS story SWMUMS: A group of working mums have recreated the iconic 'Hollywood' Vanity Fair cover photo ??? to showcase balancing motherhood with running their own businesses. The collective of entrepreneurial mothers, known as 'Mum Boss', was formed in January 2017. It was created to bring together… <a href=Read the full story

Japanese priests hold funeral for all those toy robot dogs you abandoned in your shed

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Kofukuji temple chief priest Bungen Oi offers a prayer for Sony's pet robot AIBOs displayed on an altar prior to hold the robots' funeral at the Kofukuji temple in Isumi, Chiba on April 26, 2018. More than a hundred robot dogs from different years were sitting next to each other in Japan -- it was not for a tech fair but for their "funeral". / AFP PHOTO / Nicolas DaticheNICOLAS DATICHE/AFP/Getty Images
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How did you used to say goodbye to your old toys?

Hand them down to a younger relative? Abandon them in your parents’ loft? Chuck them in the bin without a second thought?

Yeah, thought… Read the full story

Darts, dicks and dirty Scrabble: 6 quirky speed dating nights you need to know about

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OK, so this probably won’t happen… yet (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

They say the average person’s attention span is just eight seconds.

Though that figure is debatable, when it comes to dating apps, eight seconds is a long time to consider a swipe — few profiles capture my attention for that extent of time.

But what about speed dating, where you’re given three to four minutes to converse with your potential future husband or wife?

ILLUSTRATION REQUEST: XX women talk about what they like best about penises and why (Almara)'With a foreskin, I know what I'm doing':… Read the full story

Joe Wicks is bringing out a plant-based Lean in 15 book at last

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Calling all wannabe vegan and veggie bodybuilders: are you ready to finally get #Leanin15?

Well, hold onto your Buddha bowls because Joe Wicks is finally launching a plant-based cookbook – and it’s going to be jam-packed with high protein meals.

The PT and body transformation coach announced that his new Veggie Lean in 15 book will be out in December on his social media channels earlier this week.

And while it’s got a few cheesy recipes, it looks like it’s also going to have a decent number of vegan ideas, or veggie dishes that are easy to veganise.

Each 15-minute recipe is high in protein (proving that you can indeed get the required… Read the full story

If you want to fake the perfect life on Instagram, this website can help

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According to Sanctus.io, 62% of people feel inadequate comparing their lives to others online.

And that’s not too hard to believe when you’re scrolling through Instagram in your PJs while everyone else seems to be crowd surfing at a gig/dining at a super fancy supper club/on an exotic beach.

What’s a millennial to do?

Fake your way to the most enviable online life, of course. And that’s what LifeFaker.com is offering you the chance to do.

Dubbed ‘the world’s first online life faking service’, LifeFaker.com lets users buy ready-made photo packages that… Read the full story

DogFest is here to fill the Glastonbury-shaped hole in your summer

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Walkies! (Picture: DogFest)

A festival for dogs is taking place this summer – and humans are invited too.

Dog Fest is a dreamy doggy bonanza, and it’s taking place over three weekends in three locations – Cheshire, Bristol and Hertfordshire.

There’s loads of activities taking place and you can even camp there, with your fave humans and fur friends.

Imagine having tins and treats after sunset at the tent with the lads and the Labradors?

What a treat.

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A burlesque dancer is still performing on stage despite being 37 weeks pregnant

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A burlesque dancer is still performing her act and wearing massive heels despite being 37 weeks pregnant.

Tuesday Laveau, 37, is expecting her first child with husband Graeme, 36, and decided to carry on entertaining well into her term.

Tuesday did the last show before her due date at the Smoke and Mirrors in Bristol, where she hosts a regular night, Coochie Crunch.

She stripped off to The Ronettes’ hit Be My Baby, and revealed a giant painted flower painted on her bump and matching nipple tassels.

A bar is serving boozy Tango Ice Blasts

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Caption: This UK Bar Is Selling Alcoholic Tango Ice Blast Cocktails Slush Puppie
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We were gutted when we learned that Tango Ice Blasts are now going to be sugar free.

I mean, it’s a great step in terms of making things healthier, but come on, who really buys a cup full of what is essentially iced sugar liquid if they’re worried about their sugar intake?

One bar is attempting to make up for the lack of E-Numbers.

Jam Jar, a bar in Paisley, Renfrewshire, has created an alcoholic Tango Ice Blast, and it sounds incredible.

Not taking on everyone else’s problems all the time doesn’t make you a bad friend

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Not taking on everyone else?s problems all the time doesn?t make you a bad friend (Beth Smith) Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk
Take time for yourself as well (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

If my friends ever really need me, I’m there to support them.

However, until recently, I fell into a dangerous trap of thinking that being a good friend meant taking on everyone else’s problems all the time.

Contrary to what society might lead us to believe, this just isn’t true.

woman on bedThe growing threat of loneliness to young adults

Empathy and kindness are some of the most admirable traits that anyone… Read the full story

You can now get adult Heelys to roll around town like the legend you are

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Alyx Studio x Heelys adult wheeled sneakers
Oh good Lord (Picture: Alyx Studio)

Walking everywhere can be tiring, amirite?

Some people combat this by using adult scooters but what they gain in speed they lose in street cred. Yes, we are all judging you. Especially when you use cycle lanes and get in everyone’s way.

A better option for tired humans is a Heely.

A what now?

C’mon, remember? Those trainers with wheels in the heels that were popular with kids in the 90s? Around the same time we were all coveting sneakers with lights in the sole?

The only problem is that Heelys only came in kids sizes – seriously, why do people under 10… Read the full story

Why I don’t masturbate

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In case you don’t have this monumental occasion written in capitals on your calendar, a reminder: May is Masturbation Month, a 31 day celebration of solo sex sessions.

Considering I’ve been quizzing everyone I know about masturbation and waxing lyrical about the benefits, I feel like it might be time to get personal.

I’m extremely pro-masturbation. I shout it from rooftops. I did it for a week at work for content reasons.

But the truth is that in the personal bit of my life, I don’t actually masturbate.

Ever.

I’ve masturbated before, obviously. That in-office session I mentioned, of course. I got quite into it when… Read the full story

Woburn Safari Park wants people to name this baby lemur

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Baby lemur and mum at Woburn Safari Park
‘Hello, it’s a name I’m looking for.’ (Picture: Woburn Safari Park)

A newborn baby lemur has been born at Woburn Safari Park and he is currently without a name.

Keepers have decided they want the public to name him, because it always goes well when companies do this sort of thing.

The baby boy was born to 10-year-old ring-tailed lemur mum Kirindy and 7-year-old dad Berenti back in March.

The new addition to the Land of the Lemurs enclosure weighed about 30g when he was born – imagine if human children weighed this much.

It would make childbirth a lot more appealing, know what… Read the full story

‘Listen to your body’: 5 things you shouldn’t feel guilty about if you have depression

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Don’t be afraid to get some rest (Picture: Ella Byworth for metro.co.uk)

Depression and guilt go hand in hand.

You have a bad mental health day and you start you feel sad.

Then you don’t perform as well at work, cancel plans with your friends and end up laying on the sofa thinking that you’re a complete failure and it’s all your own fault.

This is what depression does best.

It makes you feel like you’re to blame for your own foul mood, when actually you need to challenge those negative thoughts and give yourself a break.

Here are five things that you shouldn’t feel guilty about when you have depression.

Taking time off… Read the full story

Lucy the nappy-wearing lamb cuddles up in bed with her family every night

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A Welsh family have adopted a nappy-wearing lamb who thinks she’s a dog – and they even share a bedroom.

The lamb lives inside the family house, after being brought indoors when she was poorly.

Jessica Hayes took pity on Lucy the lamb when she was four days old and sick with colic so brought her into the house to care for her overnight.

But when Lucy would only settle while lying on top of her, the 40-year-old realised she would have to bring the bundle of fluff to bed with her if she wanted to get any sleep.

BBQs at the ready: Aldi has re-launched its sell out giant Tomahawk steak

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BBQ weather is coming, and so we’re super excited to hear that Aldi has re-launched its Tomahawk steak, which was a sell out last year.

We first wrote about the steak back in 2017, when Aldi first launched it.

Weighing in at an average of 1.3kg, the 14-day matured British ribeye steak costs just £12.99, making it up to 52% cheaper than the Waitrose equivalent.

The steak is made with 100% British beef and according to Aldi, is best served pan seared and rested for 15 minutes, served with a potato and avocado salad.

We need to talk about postnatal depression, but let’s not forget the other mental illnesses that affect mothers too

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Maternal mental health extends to beyond just postnatal depression (Picture: Mmuffin for Metro.co.uk)

This week is Maternal Mental Health Week and mums have been sharing their experiences all over social media.

We’ve seen Made In Chelsea stars Binky Felstead and Josh Patterson sharing their #ShoutieSelfie to raise awareness of postnatal depression, and celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Hollyoaks’ Davinia Taylor opening up about their own battles with PND.

Painting-&-Patience_Illustration_LibertyAntoniaSadler_MetroDitch the guilt: How to cope with depression as a stay-at-home mum

Postnatal depression is the most common mental illness affecting new mothers, with over 10% developing the… Read the full story

Is glycolic acid bad for your skin long-term?

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Is leaving a face mask on too long bad for your skin? Picture MMUFFIN/metro.co.uk
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Confession – I’m addicted to acid… Glycolic acid, that is.

With naturally dry skin, I thought it would peel my face off and leave me red and blotchy and horrible.

However, after getting a sample of Alpha H Liquid Gold in my M&S beauty advent calendar a couple of years back I’ve never looked back.

This miracle substance is a chemical exfoliant derived from sugar cane, which is used in chemical peels as well as in a more diluted format for at-home products.

You’re not supposed to use glycolic acid all the time, but with many people’s new-found interest… Read the full story

Why my bipolar disorder makes me dread the spring time

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As someone who lives with bipolar disorder, I absolutely dread May.

I have bipolar disorder type 1, which means I have more frequent, long periods of mania. I also have intense depression which can last for months.

But there seems to be a common theme with my manic and depressive episodes – depression normally hits in the winter, and mania in the spring and summer.

People tend to think mania sounds amazing. That it’s all big ideas, feeling on top of the world and totally unstoppable. Which, for many people, is the case.

But there are lots of negatives that come with mania: Taking risks, acting impulsively, making snap decisions, being… Read the full story

This company displays lost gloves on a wall and it’s the cutest

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Oxo's lost glove wall
Super cute (Picture: OXO)

Have you ever lost a glove and wondered what the other one’s doing?

Where it is? Who it’s living with now? If it even thinks of you?

Chances are, if you lose a glove in New York City, it may well be pinned to the wall of the Oxo head office.

Oxo – makers of the Good Grips range, which features such useful utensils as this 3-in-1 avocado slicer – has a huge wall featuring neat rows of gloves that employees have found in NYC and around the world.

But why? The original idea for the glove wall came from the former company president, Alex… Read the full story

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