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Crack open the bubbly – it’s National Prosecco Day 2017

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Happy National Prosecco Day!

Today is all about drinking the Italian sparkling wine in celebration of its wonderful existence.

A pizza and prosecco festival is coming to London and we are so ready for it

Afterall – how else would it be possible to get all the fun of champagne without the horrendous price tag?

But while the Italian bubbles might be a favourite in your wine cabinet – how much do you actually know about the drink?

Here is everything you need to know – plus a little more.

MORE: A ball pit for adults event is coming to… Read the full story

International Left Handers Day: 13 things you only know if you are left handed

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You have found a method to avoid smudging ink everywhere (Picture: Getty)

Being a leftie is like being in an exclusive club so naturally we’re used to people being intrigued by our special ways.

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There aren’t many of us lefties around, so of course when we are spotted in our natural habitat such as struggling with a pen at the bank, battling a tin can opener or smudging the ink on an important document we are treated like rare unicorns.

And although it isn’t always fun trying to operate scissors, or constantly moving cutlery from the right to… Read the full story

Having mates at work actually makes you more productive

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‘Make money not friends’ might be a phrase that rapper live by but in an office environment, it’s not the best motto for success.

The office can be a gloomy place.

Prosecco doughnuts are a thing - and they come with extra sprinkles

You’re stuck there for nine hours a day making money of The Man, with no good coffee and no natural day light.

If it wasn’t for your fellow inmates *ahem, I mean colleagues, ahem* you’d go round the bend.

They provide you with solace and laughter, and because you see them more than your family, you’re pretty tight.

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Women feel the most body confident when they reach 65

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If you’re struggling with body confidence, rest in the knowledge that it gets better.

You might think you’re in your prime now when your skin’s at its tightest and your bum’s at its perkiest but you’d be wrong.

Someone's created a gin mixed with vintage Harley Davidson motorbike parts

Because according to new research carried out by fashion company M&Co, most of us don’t feel out most body confident until we reach out mid-60s.

They surveyed 1,300 women about their attitudes towards swimwear.

One of the questions asked was how good women felt in swimwear at different ages.

The company reported… Read the full story

Here’s why Diet Coke and Coke Zero taste completely different

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Diet Coke and Coke Zero are very similar beverages.

They’re both cokes. They’re both sugar-free.

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The main difference is that one is marketed towards women in a nice silver tin, with the oh-so-feminine-word ‘Diet’ scrawled in front, and the other is for blokes who take no sugary crap.

But it turns out that there’s a slightly bigger difference than just the tin.

Because the two drinks apparently don’t taste the same, despite both being sugar-free Coca-Colas.

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Why?

Well, Coke Zero is supposed to taste like full-fat coke,… Read the full story

This 7-year-old just cycled 90 miles from Carlisle to Tynemouth in the Coast to Coast Challenge and we’ve done NOTHING this summer

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Noah Elgar is believed to be the youngest person to complete the coast-to-coast cycling challenge – 90 miles across the country from Cumbria to Newcastle. (Picture: SWNS)

What have you done lately?

A seven-year-old has put the whole adult population of the UK to shame by cycling 90 miles in the Coast to Coast challenge.

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Noah Elgar from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, cycled over 90 miles from Bowness-on-Solway on the west coast near Carlisle, to Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear

Not only did Noah cycle a whole 90 miles across the country, he completed the grueling challenge… Read the full story

Sex around the world: Inside Iceland’s penis museum

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ICELAND The Icelandic Phallological Museum.
So many examples… (Picture: Getty Images)

Iceland: the land of fire and ice, famous for its blue lagoons, its steaming geysers and its giant penises. Its small penises, too, as a matter of fact.

The country that brought us Bjork and iconic knitwear is also home to the Icelandic Phallological Museum, also known as the world’s only dedicated penis museum.

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It opened in 1997, and today showcases over 215 phalli and penile parts in a collection that spans decades, continents and species from the land and sea.

The sheer volume of… Read the full story

Craving chocolate on your period has nothing to do with your hormones, according to experts

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Premenstrual Syndrome is no picnic.

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Whether it’s the cramps, the bloating or the ~tenderness~ that gets you right before your period, most of us find ourselves reaching for a bar of chocolate to soothe the pain.

But those cravings might just be down to clever advertising and cultural exposure, according to the State University of New York, which recently published a study focusing on the PMS symptoms of women in different parts of the world.

Out of 275 women of diverse backgrounds, foreign-born women were half as likely to experience menstrual chocolate craving, compared… Read the full story

Prosecco doughnuts are a thing – and they come with extra sprinkles

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Someone has gone an invented a doughnut flavoured with the crisp taste of Prosecco.

A pizza and prosecco festival is coming to London and we are so ready for it

It’s the brainchild of Italian Prosecco maker Ruffino and small-batch doughnut company – The Doughnut Project.

The whole thing was thought up as a special treat for National Prosecco Day – which is today – with Ruffino said to have approached the doughnut company to see if it was possible.

The doughnut Project already have a selection of weird on wonderful flavoured doughnut from cocktail flavours, bone marrow, bacon and… Read the full story

Meet Wellness Ted – the ‘knowledge-free nutritionist’ taking Instagram by storm

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This is Wellness Ted.
He’s an ‘unqualified PT’ and ‘knowledge-free nutritionist’ public figure, taking the Instagram fitspo scene by storm, one bowl of sausages and beans at a time.

Prosecco doughnuts are a thing - and they come with extra sprinkles

When he’s not in his Primark sports bra, he’s better known as Ted Lane – a journalist for Men’s Health magazine.

‘I’ve seen firsthand the rise of the influencer and work with a lot of them at work to create some cool content,’ he tells Metro.co.uk.

‘Social media is, well, everything these days. However, for every great trainer who really knows their… Read the full story

Someone’s created a gin mixed with vintage Harley Davidson motorbike parts

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Do you love gin? Do you love motorcycles?

If the answer’s yes to both, you might want to check out The Archaeologist – the first gin to be mixed together with actual motorbike parts.

Someone's created a gin mixed with vintage Harley Davidson motorbike parts

It’s the brainchild of Uwe Ehinger, who says that he was ‘infected with the incurable fever of the Harley virus’ at 17.

Whenever he came across rare motorcycle, he preserved its spirit by…dipping its parts in actual spirit.

And low, The Archeologist was born.

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I know what you’re thinking – you don’t… Read the full story

Are ‘gym pods’ in the middle of the street the future of fitness?

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One of the greatest hurdles to conquer when planning to go to the gym is actually getting there.

You want to exercise, you want to get fit but actually schlepping 20 minutes to the centre kills your soul.

Meet Wellness Ted - the 'knowledge-free nutritionist' taking Instagram by storm

If you could be there already, you’d be fine.

But the prospect of having to catch a bus or drive is just too much effort.

And so, you go back to bed again.

However, you may soon be out of excuses if one Chinese company’s scheme kicks off.

Flying is officially the safest way to travel and here’s proof

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If you’re scared of flying, you shouldn’t be.

Because your chances of dying in a plane are pretty minimal – compared to other modes of transport.

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One in ten of us has a phobia of flying, and it’s not the flying that’s the problem but the prospect of plummeting to our deaths.

But actually, you’re probably safer in a plane than you are in a car (not to freak you out about driving…).

The United States Department of Transportation has shared a load of statistics of deaths via modes of transport – and although they’re obviously concerned… Read the full story

16 easy Prosecco cocktail recipes to make on National Prosecco Day

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Crack open the Prosecco because today is all about the bubbly.

A ball pit for adults event is coming to Birmingham – and it involves lots of prosecco

It’s National Prosecco Day and that means testing out a few new flavours – and trying some fancy cocktails – in honour of the Italian sparkling wine.

After all, without it we’d be short on a cost-effective yet tasty alternative to champers.

Here are 16 easy to make cocktails that are well worth a go.

1) The French 75

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Ingredients: 

45ml gin
15ml lemon juice
7.5ml sugar syrup
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Husband’s photo capturing his wife’s battle with ovarian cysts is everything

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When Samantha Caracci started getting intense pains in her back, stomach and legs, she thought she’d just been working out a bit too hard.

But it turned out, after a trip to A&E, that she had cysts on uterus and ovaries.

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‘Since having my youngest and last child my body has been a mess,’ she says.

‘I’ve been getting ovarian cysts every 2-3 weeks and doctors can’t tell me why. I’ve tried so many different birth controls and nothing is slowing them down.

‘I’ve had my left ovary, and both fallopian tubes removed. As… Read the full story

The problem with weight training

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Once upon a time, cardio was king. 

Running was what got us fit, slim, healthy. 

This 7-year-old cycled 90 miles from Carlisle to Tynemouth in the Coast to Coast Challenge

And then people started getting knee problems. People who’d run for years found that their cartilage had been ground into fine flour. Women who’d spent years in stepper classes started complaining of Baker’s Cysts. Achilles’ tendons snapped, shin splints dogged aching legs and gradually the fitness industry started to look for an alternative.

HIIT took over as a more effective form of fat burning, low impact exercise – lasting only 30 minutes and putting way less stress on the joints.

And then PTs and influencers found that it was really the weight-lifting element of these sessions that gave us that all-too-enviable shape. 

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It was… Read the full story

Deliciously Stella says that she was posting ‘to paper over the cracks’ of depression

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When Bella Younger, AKA Deliciously Stella, started parodying the whole wellness scene, it was like a breath of fresh air.

Finally, someone saw how ridiculous the clean eating scene was becoming and wasn’t afraid to rip it to shreds.

Husband's photo capturing his wife's battle with ovarian cysts is everything

Deliciously Stella was every woman.

But it turns out that her real life situation was far removed from her online persona.

Writing in Vogue, she says that last October, she ‘should have been on cloud nine’ having finished a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival, completed a book deal and acquired… Read the full story

Mum got kicked out of church for breastfeeding so she’s now staging a ‘nurse-in’

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A mum who claims to have been kicked out of a church for breastfeeding is staging a ‘nurse-in’ in protest.

Amanda Ziliken was nursing her 4-month-old daughter at the back of Elevation Church when a volunteer asked her to relocate to the loo.

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The church is in North Carolina, where women are permitted by law to breastfeed in public – covered or uncovered.

‘It embarrassed me and drew people’s attention,’ Amanda told the Charlotte Observer.

‘To take me to the mother’s restroom was totally unacceptable, humiliating – and illegal.’

Even Pope France has said that women should be able to nurse in… Read the full story

Is electroconvulsive therapy barbaric or life saving? Here’s my experience with ECT

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It has a bad rap but it can help in severe cases (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

When electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) was featured on Call The Midwife, I was involved in a thread on Facebook initiated by a friend who stated they were ‘glad ECT is no longer used’.

I had no idea this was a commonly held belief.

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It seems unrealistic portrayals, such as One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, have led to people thinking it’s barbaric and dangerous.

However, this is not the case.

As someone who had ECT… Read the full story

What people with depression want their doctors to know about sex

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Depression affects you in all sorts of ways (Picture: Erin Aniker for Metro.co.uk)

Talking to your doctor about mental health can be daunting. Talking to your doctor about sex can be daunting. Talking to your doctor about sex and mental health – oh dear.

I have spent the last three years researching the experiences of people with depression, particularly the impact depression has had on their sex lives and relationships.

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I have surveyed and interviewed over 1,300 people and talked to them about the misconceptions,… Read the full story

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