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Forget flamingos, you can now buy sausage dog pool floats

Kool Pool Pool Pup - Giant Premium Inflatable Dachshund Wiener Dog Doxie Sausage Dog Lounger Pool Float Mattress
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Forget flamingos, because you can now lounge on a giant sausage dog pool float.

Amazon has just started selling an inflatable sausage dog. We’re not quite sure why, but we’re all for it.

The product description reads: ‘Meet the Pool Pup. His real name is Link. He’s a good boy. This ever smiling dachshund will bring you years of joy and companionship. Need someone to hold your drink a the pool? He’s got ya.

‘Need someone to keep you afloat? Got ya there too!

Little girls inspired by Disney’s The Little Mermaid learn to swim like real life mermaids

Planet Mermaid girls swimming with their mermaid tails at Polam Swim School in Bedford. Starting from left (red tail) - Amber Dilley, aged 7 (pink tail). Lily Brainbridge, aged 7(Purple tail). Anja Resanovic, aged 6 (Patterned tail). Bella Walstrom, aged 9 (pink tail). Evie- Rose Wootton, aged 8 (blue tail). Shannon Williams (blue tail). Trinity Williams, aged 11. Olivia Spice, aged 14 (Pink tail). See MASONS story MNSWIM; These little girls have been transformed into Disney princesses - thanks to swimming classes which allow them to swim like Aerial from The Little Mermaid film. Planet Mermaid are making everyone's dreams come true as they teach you how to become a real life… <a href=Read the full story

Teenager with ME’s life has been transformed by a robot that helps her learn

Makayla Nunn 14, who has ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) which mean she often too ill to attend school but with the help from robot to attends classes she is able to continue education. Priory Community School, Weston Super Mare. See SWNS story SWROBOT;A teenager with an illness which makes her so tired she often cannot go to school has had her life transformed by a robot which allows her to learn at home. Makayla Nunn, 14, has been given another chance at learning with the help of a specially designed robot, which she has named Robbie. The schoolgirl was diagnosed with ME aged eight, and had to give up ballet, tap dancing and… <a href=Read the full story

6 things to do in Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina


When it comes to planning a European city break, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Dubrovnik and Budapest are all typically top of the list.

However, lesser-known cities are now starting to draw in the crowds, especially with Eastern Europe being just a four to five hour flight from London.

Leading the way is the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Part of the Ottoman empire and with ample history to share, Mostar has survived mortar bombs, ethnic cleansing and structural devastation during the Bosnian War.

Today, despite this turbulent past, there is a deep sense of humble happiness here and a desire to move forward.

The city is welcoming to visitors and most locals are forthcoming when talking about their experiences during the war.

Plus, the city is beautiful, with the old town’s Stari Most bridge forming the perfect backdrop.

Now is one of the best times to visit Mostar… Read the full story

‘We cleaned ourselves up with baby wipes’: 6 people share festival sex stories

'We cleaned ourselves up with baby wipes': 6 women share their festival sex stories - ILLUSTRATION REQUEST
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Festival season has started and you know what that means: sex in tents, sex in muddy fields and sex in public, while your favourite artists provide the perfect backdrop.

Or at least, that’s what I imagine it to be like.

XX people tell us their mile high club storiesMembers of the mile high club reveal all about sex on airplanes

I’ve not had the pleasure of trying festival sex myself, since I’ve never actually been to an overnight festival.

The closest I’ve… Read the full story

‘It helps to be blindfolded, let’s put it that way’: We find out what really goes on at sex clubs

Why is a club sandwich called that? Where the giant sarnie came from

This picture will make you very hungry

Even the most ardent of carb avoiders would find it hard to swerve a delicious club sandwich if it was wafted under their nose.

But where did this genius cuisine get its name from?

The humble sandwich itself is attributed to the Earl of Sandwich, who was said to be an avid card player and wanted something to eat that wouldn’t require two hands.

Behold, the royal wedding is underway, in Lego form at least

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Planning a wedding can be tough, especially when you’ve got thousands of intricate things to think about.

No, we don’t mean wedding favours and bridesmaids dresses, but rather tiny Lego pieces – 39,960 of them, to be exact.

That’s because folks at Legoland have just put the finishing touches together of their version of the royal wedding and it includes a brick version of Windsor Castle.

You can watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot and greet the crowd of revellers assembled outside the gates.

And of course, Prince William, Kate Middleton, and the queen are all in attendance.

Some other special guests include the Spice Girls.

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Your holidays are contributing to nearly a tenth of the world’s carbon emissions

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Who doesn’t want to be a globetrotter and see all the breathtaking sights the world has to offer?

For the energy conscious among us, however, there’s bad news.

Tourism now counts for 8% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study which quantified the industry’s total carbon footprint.

And it’s not just the plane’s energy consumption that the team of scientists looked at; they also considered things like foods consumed abroad and purchasing cheap souvenirs.

Girl shares moving apology note from man with autism who lashed out at her

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17-year-old Ruby King lives in a supported living building.

She chose to live there after being admitted to a psychiatric hospital for the second time.

Below her flat is a man named Christopher, who is 42, autistic and also has bipolar disorder.

Occasionally, Ruby, who vlogs on YouTube, will have a takeaway with Christopher and go away on Saturday trips in a group.

Usually, they get on very well, however Christopher has moments where he can be very irritable and unkind due to his diagnoses.

Just recently, he was very rude to Rosie, which upset her and left her in tears.

However, he later attempted to make it up to her with… Read the full story

Fitness blogger shows the difference cutting the alcohol can make to your body

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Life might be about balance but talk to any serious gym-goer and they’ll tell you that they’re not about that boozy life.

And if you ever doubted just what a difference drinking can make to your body, just check out fitness blogger, Jelly Devote.

She’s been showing how her body has changed since ditching the alcohol.

Jelly is noticeably slimmer and more tones these days and she says that she’s never felt better because she has balance.

‘I eat a doughnut followed by a salad. I don’t drink alcohol and most importantly, I’ve got from hating myself to loving myself,’ she says.

She first decided to give up the booze when she started… Read the full story

Woman’s agonising condition leaves her needing the toilet 60 times a day

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31-year-old Jenna Thompson lives with an agonising condition which leaves her needing the toilet 60 times a day and in burning pain.

Jenna has interstitial cystitis. She was diagnosed after hundreds of trips to her GP around 13 years ago.

The condition, which causes her bladder to swell, often leaves her totally unable to walk or even stand up.

In her own words, Jenna, a journalist, spoke about her life living with the debilitating condition.

She said: ‘I was 18 and at a music festival when I first noticed something was wrong.

‘For those of you who have ever had cystitis, you will know the symptoms are unmistakable:… Read the full story

Woman’s Lyme disease was dismissed for depression by doctors

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A woman who was treated for depression for five years by medics who believed she felt ‘attention-starved’ was shocked to discover she was actually suffering from Lyme disease.

23-year-old Mikayla Vacher, from Rhode Island, was officially diagnosed with Lyme disease when she was just eighteen years old, however, by then the disease had already been in her body for six years after doctors repeatedly turned her away.

As a result, she can no longer play hockey or keep up with her friends due to the treatments she has to endure.

If left untreated the disease, caused by a tick bite, can lead to total loss… Read the full story

McDonald’s isn’t using frozen beef anymore in its burgers

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McDonald’s is undergoing something of a revolution.

In an attempt to improve its image in an increasingly health-focused world, it’s removed artificial preservatives from chicken McNuggets, as well as high fructose corn syrup from its buns (why was that even in there in the first place?).

But perhaps the biggest change the fast food giant has made is changing from using frozen patties to fresh beef in its Quarter Pounder burgers.

In the US, every Quarter Pounder is made from fresh beef. The chain announced they’d be trailing the idea last year but now it’s in full force across America.

‘We will watch what happens in the US and see if this innovation… Read the full story

What happened when I tried to meet guys using vegan dating apps

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Like us or loathe us, the number of vegans is on the rise.

According to a recent study, there are now 3.5 million in the UK, and I’m one of them.

I went vegan last September after four years as a vegetarian.

As a veggie, I couldn’t have cared less whether guys I dated ate meat or not.

I had a few wishy-washy notions about animal rights, but I wasn’t that into it.

However, as a vegan, I feel very differently

I haven’t just quietly opted for a plant-based diet. Hell no.

I’m the most annoying type of vegan: the militant type.

The one who’ll make you watch Cowspiracy on a… Read the full story

London is the best city in the world for students, new rankings confirm

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London might be prohibitively expensive for anyone looking to buy a house, but if it’s university experience you’re after, then there’s nowhere to beat.

The capital has just been named the best city in the world for students by new international rankings.

It overtook last year’s winning city, Montreal, to rank as number one in the QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2018.

Conducted by analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the rankings are based on the responses of 50,000 students on their experience of their city and their willingness to stick around post-graduation.

London ranked highly when it came to getting jobs at the end of degrees, as well as being an international city with high levels… Read the full story

Loads of popular cereals aren’t vegan because they contain sheep’s wool grease

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Vegans often struggle to get enough vitamin D in their diet, which is why many of us turn to fortified cereals and supplements.

But if you have things like Rice Krispies, Kellogg’s cornflakes or Cheerios for breakfast, you might want to look for alternative options.

Because it’s emerged that the added vitamin D in these cereals actually comes from sheep’s wool grease – rendering it unsuitable for vegans.

The boxes are marked with the ‘suitable for vegetarians’ logo but don’t explain why they’re not vegan-friendly.

However, other cereals such as Shredded Wheat do carry the vegan logo.

To find out which cereals are vegan-friendly, you usually have to go online to find… Read the full story

Good Sex Bad Sex podcast – Can we handle casual sex?


Previously on Good Sex Bad Sex we chatted polyamory with married businesswoman Julia White.

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Seven lovers, people. Seven. Actually, eight when we include her husband.

EIGHT partners. And she still finds time to work. Listen and learn, kids.

In this week’s podcast, our guest is dating and relationship psychologist Madeleine Mason Roantree.

We ask Madeleine, founder of dating expert company Passion Smiths, if we – people – can handle casual sex, and how our happy hormones can ruin it for us.

Good Sex Bad Sex: Who is great at casual sex? I don’t mean names and postcodes. But who? Is there a certain personality? Star sign?

Madeleine Mason Roantree: It’s about the personality, for sure.

Within psychology we talk about the Big Five personality traits – and… Read the full story

Wagamama finally launches vegan katsu curry nationwide

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Last year, ya boi Wagamama launched a new vegan and vegetarian menu which got us all drooling.

They trialled a vegan katsu curry in their Soho Noodle Lab location while the rest of the country drummed its fingers on the table impatiently.

Seven months later, Wagamama has finally blessed us with the dish nationwide.

The original version of the dish has a chicken and a vegetarian version (made with aubergine and sweet potato), and is one of the chain’s most popular items.

In their press release the noodle dons say that: ‘The nourishing vegan dish is being dubbed… Read the full story

How to tell someone you don’t want to date them

I said 'no' to everything for a week and here's what happened? (Rosie)
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We’ve all been there. One minute you’re texting your friends about this amazing girl you met… and the next, you’re getting the ick.

The ick is undefinable.

The ick is the slow, doomed realization that actually, you don’t like this person. You’re not in love with them. You don’t want to move in with them and argue about which public school to send your kids to. The ick comes in many forms, but it always sounds the death knell of the relationship. So now what?

You might be thinking: ‘Easy. I’ll just never return that last… Read the full story

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