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When is the Notting Hill Carnival 2017? Times, route and how to get there

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It’s carnival time! (Picture: Getty Images)

The Notting Hill Carnival is almost upon us once again.

That means plenty of vivid colours, feathered headdresses, steel drums and crowds of people dancing.

It’s a huge street party celebrating the best of Caribbean culture with parades, jerk chicken and people having fun.

Here is everything you need to know.

When is the Notting Hill Carnival 2017?

Performers in costume parade… Read the full story

This scarily relatable video game lets you pet dogs and ignore humans at house parties

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Yeah, I don’t want to talk to her either (Picture: Pet the Pup at the Party)

House parties can be the best of times and the worst of times.

When they’re full of people you know and feel comfortable around? Sweet.

Relationship deal breakers: 15 men reveal why they had to break up with their girlfriend

When you don’t know many people and suffer from social anxiety? It can feel like hell on earth.

Massive lines for the one loo, leaving you nowhere to hide? Brill. Huge groups of people huddled together who look like they’ve been friends since birth? Great. Throngs of… Read the full story

You’re probably pouring your prosecco wrong, you silly sausage

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Oh, you. You’re so blimmin’ silly, aren’t you?

When you’re not holding your wine glass wrong or mucking up mashed potato, you’re probably pouring your prosecco wrong.

Mum shares a brilliant post about a dress she has 'no business wearing'

Ugh, what are you like?

Don’t stress though, you sweet little fool. The experts are here to fix your bubbly mess.

As Ed Betts, Asda’s chief wine buyer, told prima.co.uk, it’s all down to the tilt.

If you’re holding your glass straight up when you pour your Prosecco, you’re doing it wrong. Instead, you need to tilt the glass to a 45 degree… Read the full story

Merriam-Webster has created a way to find out which words were created the year you were born

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Game changer. Booty call. Fashionista.

These words are such an essential part of our lexicon that we honestly kind of assumed they’d been around forever.

But actually, they’re only as old as I am (please, no age jokes. I’m sensitive).

This scarily relatable video game lets you pet dogs and ignore humans at house parties

Before 1993, none of these words were really a thing, along with ‘mouse potato’ (which I’ve never heard of, but am now going to use constantly), ‘e-commerce’, ‘microdermabrasion’, and ‘back button’.

Clearly, 1993 was a big year in both technology and the beauty industry.

I’ve found all of these out… Read the full story

13 ways you can spot a Scottish person

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There are always tell tale signs (Picture: Getty – Rex – Metro.co.uk)

Forget the stereotype of incredibly white people with ginger hair: true Scots come in all shapes, sizes, colours and creeds.

That doesn’t mean you can’t spot a true Scot a mile away, though.

21 things constantly said to Scottish people by those below the border that really p*** us off

Some things unite us all, including perpetuating the Glasgow and Edinburgh rivalry or the legends of the haggis and the Loch Ness monster.

When in doubt, here are 13 sure-fire ways you know you’re talking to… Read the full story

Don’t bother with this water bottle skin-firming trick

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Everyone loves a good beauty trick.

Mostly because we can’t quite be bothered to eat healthily, get enough rest, and look after ourselves, and desperately want to believe that exfoliating with oats or smothering ourselves in honey will magically erase all evidence of our terrible habits.

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But few beauty hacks actually do the trick.

The wasabi as a lip plumper technique could cause serious damage. Blackhead vaccuums won’t magically clear your skin. Even pore strips are pretty rubbish.

So when Read the full story

What your favourite colour says about you

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Feeling bright (Picture: Getty)

I’m not saying the late, great Cilla Black was p***** on Pinot when she decided to Sing A Rainbow – although with lyrics including ‘Listen with your eyes, listen with your eyes – and sing everything you see’, who can definitively say?

What your favourite coffee order says about you…

But Ms Black (nee White) certainly missed a psychological trick.

Instead of the shocking, ‘The sun is yellow, the grass is green, look how the sky is blue’ revelations, she should have told us instead about the power of colours – and how your favourite colour tells us all about you.

It’s true. In a… Read the full story

New book celebrates the weird and wonderful meals created by pregnancy cravings

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Hot dogs with peanut butter dip – 2 stars. (Picture: Vicky Jacob-Ebbinghaus and Juarez Rodrigues/Robinson)

Pregnancy cravings are strange and wonderful things.

Having a baby in your womb can make you eat jars of pickles in one sitting, or, as it did to one of my mum’s friends, leave you digging around in the sandbox to get those scratchy grains on your tongue.

It’s not worth questioning the cravings too much.

If someone’s making a baby, they should be given whatever damn food they want.

Your pregnant partner wants pizza drizzled with chocolate? Get it.

New book celebrates the weird and wonderful meals created by pregnancy cravings

Cookies… Read the full story

Fitness blogger Anna Victoria urges people to stop feeling guilty for cheat days

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If you’re into the health and fitness scene, you’ll probably recognise Anna Victoria – either for her fitness wisdom or her Instagram posts reminding us not to be so bloody hard on ourselves.

She’s the one who showed us the power of lighting in body pics, displayed her tummy rolls, and proved that angles really are everything.

Those cool LED eyelashes could cause major damage to your eyes

Now, Anna Victoria has taken to Instagram to urge us not to beat ourselves up for having the occasional cheat day.

You… Read the full story

5 times Croydon really surprised you (in a good way)

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Croydon: it’s becoming a capital of culture (Picture: Getty)

Let’s be honest, Croydon comes with a reputation.

8 reasons Croydon is more hipster than Shoreditch and Dalston combined

The London borough has never been high on the list of cultural hot spots, must visit places, or places to be seen.

With a tarnished names at time, as the famous Sue Perkins once said, it’s often regarded more as ‘a punchline than a postcode’.

However, for those that want to venture through, and for those of us living in the area and seeing the daily changes, there are quite a few surprises lurking round these streets.

And surprises that are coming… Read the full story

It’s time to get your kids ready for school again – here are some things to consider

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How to get the kids prepped for back to school now
It’s time to get them ready (Picture: Getty Images – Myles Goode)

The summer holidays may have dragged on for parents (especially with this unpredictable weather) but blink a few times and suddenly it will be the first day of term.

Leave the back to school shopping until the last-minute and the shelves will be empty, sizes sold out and you could be faced with tired, disappointed kids – trust me, I know.

25 free activities to do outdoors with kids

I have made the mistake several times and this year I plan on being… Read the full story

Attention, please: You can get six bottles of prosecco for £20 from Lidl next weekend

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Get our your planners and a pen, sharpish.

New book celebrates the weird and wonderful meals created by pregnancy cravings

We interrupt whatever you’re doing right now (scrolling through Twitter in bed, with your chin pressed against your neck, right?) to bring you some very important booze-related news.

Next weekend, Lidl is bringing us all the gift of cheap plonk.

For 26 August and 27 August only, Lidl will be selling six packs of Allini Prosecco for £20.

To explain why that’s so exciting, that means that you’re getting each bottle for £3.33. That’s an entire bottle of bubbly for around the price of a… Read the full story

Those cool LED eyelashes could cause major damage to your eyes

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(Picture: Myles Goode for Metro.co.uk)

We’ll admit, when we first came across LED eyelashes (little strips of LED lights you stick just above your lashline), we thought they were pretty cool.

Those cool LED eyelashes could cause major damage to your eyes

Eyeliner that flashes in a bunch of different colours? Want.

But it turns out those trendy LED strips could come with a serious risk of damage.

The close and constant exposure to UV rays from the lights pressed right up next to your eye could lead to the development of cataracts and macular denegeration down the road.

That’s worrying. Cataracts seriously damage… Read the full story

Stashing is the hot new dating trend that’ll make you feel like sh*t

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

Everything’s going brilliantly.

You’ve been seeing each other for months. The dates are fun, the sex is fine. You tell each other everything and spend every other night together.

You're probably pouring your prosecco wrong, you silly sausage

But slowly, it sneaks up on you.

First you notice that while they’ve met your mum, brother, and been on a night out with your best mates from uni, you’ve yet to meet a single person in their life.

You’ve never been introduced to their parents. You’ve never been to any kind of gathering with anyone from their social circle.

Come to think of… Read the full story

How much sex are people in your age group having?

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

Look, there’s no ‘right’ answer to how often you should be having sex.

Sex is about desire and pleasure, not meeting quotas or making sure to tick it off your to-do list every other evening.

But sometimes it’s nice to get an idea of what’s ‘normal’.

anna victoria fitness blogger cheat daysFitness blogger urges people to stop feeling guilty for cheat days

There is no ‘normal’ really, but it can be helpful to get a sense of the average – if only so you can explain to your partner that there’s really nothing out of the ordinary of not… Read the full story

There’s been a significant rise in the number of under-13s being prescribed antidepressants

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

Need further proof that we really, truly need to take mental health seriously in the UK?

Don't bother with this water bottle skin-firming trick

Well, here you go.

BBC Scotland reports that last year four times as many children under the age of 13 were prescribed antidepressants as seven years ago.

Last year 252 children in Scotland below the age of 13 were given antidepressants, versus just 57 in 2009/10.

Now, this could indicate not that more children are struggling, but that more are actually seeking professional help. But it’s still alarming to think that a significant portion… Read the full story

Forever 21 has been accused of ripping off a T-shirt design

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Oh, Forever 21. Home of too-short bodycon, oddly placed cut-outs, and nonsensical slogans ruining perfectly good T-shirts.

metro illustrationsStashing is the hot new dating trend that'll make you feel like sh*t

And, according to one business, ripped off T-shirt designs.

After being accused of stealing an independent designer’s work last year, Forever 21 is facing criticism again, this time from Wildfang.

You might not have heard of Wildfang, but you’ll probably have seen one of their designs popping up on your Instagram or on the bod of a celeb.

The brand’s Wild Feminist T-shirt has been worn by Ellen Page,… Read the full story

You can now buy marshmallows injected with gin and Prosecco

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Forget liqueur chocolates – if you have a sweet yet alcoholic tooth THIS is what you need to try.

Yes, hand-made marshmallows injected with gin have just gone on sale as part of The Naked Marshmallow Co new range of alcoholic mallows.

Those who prefer Prosecco or espresso martinis are also in luck too with these included as the other two alcoholic marshmallow flavours.

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The London Dry Gin is mixed with elderflower while the Prosecco marshmallow has an added touch of raspberry.

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5 simple ways to support a friend with cancer

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A friend in need is a friend indeed (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

The statistics speak for themselves – and it’s only becoming harder to ignore the headlines’ shouty predictions that almost half of us will develop cancer during our lifetimes.

But despite this and the range of coverage and discussion dedicated to this umbrella of diseases, it’s not something you ever imagine happening to you – or a friend. So how are you meant to react when it does?

Woman is urging people to always fight for a second opinion after what she thought was a shaving rash turned out to be… Read the full story

Sex around the world: What you need to know about Brazil’s love motels

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Brazil Pay by the hour, ‘love motels
You only pay for what you need (Picture: Getty Images)

It’s an unwritten rule that Brits may only have sex in a hotel if they are a) enjoying an eye-wateringly expensive mini-break or b) having an illicit affair.

Things are a little different for our friends in Brazil.

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Not only is a hotel romp a common (and popular) pastime, sneaking off for a few hours of adult cuddles is a mainstay of daily life.

Here’s everything you need to know about Brazil’s love motels.

The rise of the love motel

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