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9 things you never knew about gin botanicals and their health-boosting properties

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A modern gin and tonic is stuffed with flavour-filled botanicals, as brands continue to innovate with new ingredient combinations (Picture: Edinburgh Gin)

People may well tell you there’s no such thing as guilt-free drinking. But they clearly haven’t heard about this lovely thing we call gin.

Many gin fans will already know the spirit is fairly low on calories (around 97 per shot), which is considered a positive quality.

But did you know that the huge spectrum of nature’s botanicals used in gin also give it powerful health-boosting properties?

In fact, in 2018, companies are upping their game when it comes to putting gin’s botanicals in the spotlight – Edinburgh… Read the full story

Couple with a 31-year age gap are constantly being mistaken for father and daughter

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A couple have revealed how their 31-year age gap almost cost them their wedding day.

35-year-old Kerry Hunt fell for her now-husband, Tom, 66, after meeting in a pub, despite him being the same age as her dad.

The couple became engaged in 2016, but Tom’s daughters said they thought Kerri was far too young for their dad, and so he went on to cancel the wedding a month before they were set to marry, leaving Kerri heartbroken.

Kerri says: ‘I was absolutely devastated.

‘We split up and Tom moved out. I tried to keep myself occupied but couldn’t get him out of my mind.

‘I knew we were meant to be… Read the full story

Woman reveals how her fake boobs were slowly poisoning her

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A full-time-mum’s breast implants have been slowly poisoning her.

39-year-old Stashia Raymer realised something was wrong when she started suffering with heart palpitations and an ageing appearance.

At first, Stashia, from New Jersey, was delighted with the look of her new saline breasts.

At 5ft 10in tall, Stashia felt self-conscious about her C cup breasts, feeling they were too small for her height.

By working in a bar, she saved the £3,627 needed for saline implants, taking her to an American DDD (a British E cup).

‘I was so excited with my new body. I was telling absolutely everyone about the implants’,’ said Stashia, who recovered remarkably quickly from surgery, without… Read the full story

Girl has ‘butterfly skin’ that falls off if she walks longer than 10 minutes

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A student with ‘butterfly skin’ was left bedbound by being a tourist, because walking for more than 10 minutes makes her skin fall off.

Nurbanu Istar was born with Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a rare genetic disease which makes the skin peel at the slightest touch or friction.

The 21-year-old is frequently mistaken for a burns victim because simple things like itching, walking, becoming overheated or wearing anything but cotton can cause her fragile skin to erupt in agonising blisters which can take weeks to heal.

After a recent trip to Sydney, Australia, in April 2018, Nurbanu, from Melbourne, was unable to walk for a week because walking around the city… Read the full story

Why this body positive activist recreated Kim Kardashian’s naked perfume ad

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Carmen Rene Smith poses in a black top and skirt
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Carmen Reme Smith is a body positive blogger and activist determined to get us all embracing our bodies.

She often poses in her underwear with her legs, swollen by lympodema, on show, to give people a nudge to accept all the little things that we’re so often made to feel are weird or wrong.

So getting her kit off for the sake of body positivity isn’t too big of a deal for Carmen, but it could have a real impact on all her followers trying to find confidence.

This week she stripped off to recreate Kim Kardashian’s nude… Read the full story

Huda Kattan is under fire for sharing advice on lightening the vagina

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Huda Kattan is no stranger to sharing more unusual beauty tricks, whether it’s McDonald’s eyebrows or dyeing your hair with Nutella.

But some of her recent advice has attracted quite a bit of criticism.

At the beginning of April, Huda posted an article on her blog titled: ‘Why Your Vagina Gets Dark and How to Lighten It.’

The article chatted to dermatologist Dr Doris Day about how to lighten your labia (which, just as an FYI are not your vagina. Your labia make up part of your vulva, the external bit. The vagina is all the internal bit), sharing advice such as applying a coconut… Read the full story

10 things anyone obsessed with spicy food will know

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The chili pepper is the fruit of plants from the genus Capsicum, members of the nightshade family, Solanaceae. The substances that give chili peppers their intensity when ingested or applied topically are capsaicin (8 - methyl - N - vanillyl - 6 - nonenamide) and several related chemicals, collectively called capsaicinoids.
Ah, breakfast (Picture: Getty)

So, you like the hot stuff?

Are you finding that spicy food is one of your main food groups and you can’t imagine not reaching for the hot sauce or adding chillis when you’re cooking?

And for you, a life without spicy food is a very boring life indeed.

In fact, it’s almost unimaginable because no life is complete without spicy accompaniments… Read the full story

Who is designing Meghan Markle’s wedding dress – from Ralph & Russo to Alexander McQueen

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Meghan Markle’s wedding dress is one of the most anticipated elements of her wedding to Prince Harry (Picture: Getty/AP)

Meghan Markle’s wedding dress is one of the most anticipated elements of her wedding day to Prince Harry.

Since their engagement announcement on 27 November last year, royal fans have been feverishly pondering who and what Meghan will wear.

Will she be in white? Perhaps she’ll opt for blush? Will she have a long trail, a cape or a two-piece? And which fashion house has she given the daunting yet career-enhancing job of designing, creating and fulfilling her royal wedding frock?

All we know is that her dress is… Read the full story

Sex is still important when you’re over 65

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Sex isn’t just for young people, no matter what porn, films, and condom adverts tell you.

It doesn’t stop the second your skin wrinkles and bits of you sag.

A new study from the US has found that 40% of those aged between 65 and 80 are still sexually active, and that 84% of men and 69% of women of this age believe sex is important to a relationship.

Sexual satisfaction and interest varies between genders as age increases. Women were more likely to be extremely or very satisfied with their sex lives, while men were more likely to be extremely or very interested… Read the full story

Is maple syrup actually good for you?

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Should we be swapping refined sugar for maple syrup? (Picture: Maple from Canada)

Let’s face it; we are a nation with a sweet tooth.

Brownies, chocolates, cakes and pastries are there to tempt us in almost all cafes, restaurants, corner shops and supermarkets, and we love them.

So in a world where we are so hungry for sugar yet constantly in search of a ‘healthier’ option, should we be looking to replace our packet of faithful white refined sugar with something more natural?

Enter maple syrup.

We pour it on our pancakes, munch it on our waffles and even add it as a sweetener to our baking, but what do we really know about it?

It’s… Read the full story

Trichomoniasis – the STI you might never have heard of

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people tell us the things people said during sex that instantly killed the mood
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We all have the occasional blank spot in our knowledge. 

When it comes to sex, blank spots are extra common, mostly because sex education is a bit of a shambles.

Also, because sex is supposed to be ‘secret’ and ‘private’, we can feel awkward discussing it, so misinformation gets passed around as if it’s fact.

Which is how you end up with 40% of people believing that there’s an HIV transmission risk from kissing.

I was surprised to realise that, despite years of writing about sex, there was an STI that I knew absolutely nothing about.… Read the full story

Very patient dog waits 12 hours at train station every day for his owner to come home

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Waiting, waiting, waiting (Picture: Emily Yingjing/Weibo)

A dog in south west China is melting hearts all over the world by…doing nothing.

The very patient dog sits at a train station every day, waiting for his owner to return from work.

Xiongxiong – which translates as ‘bear’ – has been spotted by commuters quietly hanging out at the station, where his owner leaves him around 7am, returning 12 hours later.

The 15-year-old dog’s unnamed owner has had him for about eight years, and says that Xiongxiong has waited for him ‘every day’.

The dog waits quietly outside the station, without a collar or leash, and refuses food from strangers.

Read the full story

Mum’s mirror selfie goes hilariously wrong thanks to photobombing toddler

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If you say you’ve never had a selfie go wrong, you’re lying.

Unflattering angles. Bad lighting. Something popping up in the background that you didn’t want to be on show. Dropping your phone.

There are just so many risks you have to navigate when taking a picture of yourself.

Georgia Shortall, 28, knows this struggle.

While she tried to take a mirror selfie, her toddler decided to run past.

The kid has great timing, because he ran just as Georgia snapped the picture, so his arm was visible in the shot.

And, urm, the positioning of that arm made Georgia’s selfie look a bit funny, because his arm made Georgia look like she… Read the full story

What is Laotian food? Here’s what you need to know about the main ingredients and typical dishes from Lao cuisine

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A Lao Feast
A Lao feast (Picture: Lao Cafe)

Lao cuisine is not widely known in the west, unlike the food from its neighbour Thailand.

But if you’ve ever had green papaya salad, laab or sticky rice, you would have had Lao dishes.

There are many similarities to northern Thai food.

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The key difference is that Lao cuisine uses a lot of herbs and vegetables and all the dishes are cooked and served immediately. There are no slow cooked dishes or… Read the full story

Here’s a miserable reminder of the gender imbalance in the world of business

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More men named john than women running large companies METRO GRAB taken from: https://twitter.com/janicemin/status/989248501359038464 Credit: Janie Min/Twitter, New York Times
Credit: Janie Min/Twitter, New York Times

I promise, we take no joy in depressing you. 

But take a look at this image and enjoy the comparison between how many CEO’s of F500 companies are called John, and how many are women.

Not women named John. Women full stop.

The image was shared by executive Janice Min, who called it the ‘greatest/most depressing graphic’.

The image also illustrates how white these roles… Read the full story

McDonald’s Germany sells Camembert doughnuts so we guess we have to move to Berlin

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Groovy donuts, baby (Picture: McDonald’s, Getty)

If you’re in any way hungover, close this tab now, because you are about to feel a longing that can’t be satisfied.

McDonald’s has started selling Camembert doughnuts in Germany and holy cow, hold us back from booking a one way flight.

The new side features rings of Camembert cheese, coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried.

Never had Camembert? It’s a soft, creamy, cheese made from cow’s milk, that has an edible rind. Kind of like brie but with a stronger taste.

You get seven doughnuts and two packs of cranberry sauce dip for €3.99 (£3.52). Or, if you’re not so hungry, there’s… Read the full story

The upcoming royal wedding has had a hand in the most popular baby names for spring

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Hey, not sure if you’ve noticed this (it’s been kept pretty quiet, right?), but there’s a Royal Wedding coming up.

Yep, sweet Prince Harry is marrying lovely Meghan Markle on 19 May. We’re all very excited.

All the hype for the big day has had an impact on what parents want to name their kids, according to the latest baby names survey from Emma’s Diary.

While Daisy remains the most popular name for spring 2018 (it was in second place last spring 2017), Meghan has made its way into the top 20, while for boys, Harry is now the most popular name of the season.

Louis’s… Read the full story

How teachers are fighting to teach young students about mental health in primary schools

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Young children need to learn about mental health (Picture: Getty)

Experts have suggested that to effectively support children’s mental health, there is an urgent and significant need for additional resources and provision in schools.

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Research carried about by the University of Manchester unveiled a ‘mental health crisis’ and found that schools were facing increased demand, with a decrease in resources and provision.

Prime minister Theresa May last year echoed these findings, admitting that it’s a huge problem and promising to do more to enable schools to appropriately… Read the full story

There’s a magical McDonald’s in America where you can order all the best bits from global menus

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Pull up a pew and chow on down (Picture: McDonald’s)

Every time we hear that a weird and wonderful food item has been added to McDonald’s menu, it’s always in another part of the world.

Guacamole loaded fries in Australia? Halloumi McMuffins in Arabia? Camembert doughnuts in Germany?

Most of us don’t have the time or money to fly around the world sampling Ronald’s global goodies, so if only there was somewhere you could order all the best worldwide wonders in one location.

Well, guess what, chums? You’ve probably already guessed from the headline – there… Read the full story

School weigh-ins will make children fatter and sadder, not healthier

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(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

There is talk of introducing a new anti-obesity measure into schools. 

That sounds like a good thing, right? While there’s nothing wrong with being plus size if you’re comfortable with that, young kids aren’t making their own nutritional choices. They should have the right to being slim, if they want it. Right?

So, these measures. What are they? Access to healthier school meals? A free breakfast club full of fruit and fibre? Maybe more than one measly hour of PE a week?

Nope.

Instead of a measure like that which might have tangible, positive effects, there’s serious talk of weighing kids in the classroom and using their weights… Read the full story

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