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Blogger spills the beans on having sex in an attempt to induce labour

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Sometimes, towards the end of her pregnancy, a woman is done. 

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She’s cooked an entire human. She needs that human to exit her body, ASAP.

Lots of mums find themselves performing all sorts of tricks in an attempt to get their little bundle of joy to shift.

Raspberry leaf tea, spicy food and walking are all suggested, but not full proof.

One of the most popular ways of getting the baby to come is by having sex. The presence of semen in a woman’s vagina can help to soften the cervix and bring on… Read the full story

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How to make the best iced coffee – cold brew, Vietnamese style or quick and easy Nespresso

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There are few drinks more delicious on a balmy day than a good iced coffee.

But, if you’re DIY’ing it, making iced coffee is about more than just pouring coffee over ice. In fact, making it so simply can result in a diluted and bitter brew.

From Vietnamese style, dairy-free, cold brew and the machine that makes 8 cups at once, here’s what you need to know about making iced coffee at home.

First off, the technique. It’s not brain surgery we’re talking about here. There are two ways to go about it. You can brew a stronger cup of hot coffee than usual and pour it over ice cubes or you can brew… Read the full story

You can now buy truffle gin – made with Italian white fungi

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If you like the fragrant aroma of truffles – you’ll love this.

Someone’s gone and made a gin infused with Italian white truffles (the mushroom type not the chocolate one) picked in the small town of Alba, Piedmont.

You can now buy marshmallows injected with gin and Prosecco

The truffle is one of the finest in the world with intricate white veining that makes for an intoxicating taste.

The gin is the creation of a husband and wife team in Cambridge – William and Lucy Lowe – who have already made a number of small batch gins.

These include Anty Gin (a gin made of… Read the full story

Here’s why you should f*** someone you hate

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Sometimes, there will be people in your life you don’t particularly like. In fact, you could possibly even say you hate them.

It might be something they said or did in the past. Maybe you just hate the things they stand for. Whatever it is, we cannot get along with everyone, and that’s perfectly natural.

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However, much as you try to get this person off your mind…you can’t help but notice something. They’re pretty hot. In fact, if you could just… Read the full story

Moving to Australia for a year is the only sensible life choice right now

Could this be your lunch break? (Picture: Getty)

Australia. Home to the Great Barrier Reef, a tonne of frankly ridiculous wildlife, and above all, the mighty TimTam biscuit.

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It’s a wonderful country – apart from the many and varied ways you can be killed by said ridiculous wildlife.

I flew out here on a working holiday visa because I didn’t have a better plan, and I have not looked back.

And, on reflection, I don’t know why everyone doesn’t try it.

Even aside from that age-old British complaint of dire UK weather just begging to be escaped from, there are… Read the full story

There’s a Stranger Things popup that lets you sip cocktails in the Upside Down

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We’ve still got a while to wait before we can finally, finally find out what’s happened to everyone in Stranger Things.*

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*The second season will be on Netflix 27 October. Clear your schedules.

To pass the time, we might as well just drink, rewatch the show, and generally immerse ourselves in all things Stranger Things. What else are we doing?

But if we’re going to do that, we’d really quite like to do it in this Stranger Things popup bar in Chicago.

The Upside Down is a glorious popup in Logan Square, Chicago, that’s entirely Stranger… Read the full story

A very pampered break in Venice! 24-carat gold facials, moreish desserts and smoking cocktails in the historic city’s top spot

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If the mobs of tourists and ‘bad smells’ put you off Venice, then why not tackle the historic spot in a different way, with a luxury spa break?

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The ancient Italian city has just welcomed its newest spa on a private island just 10 minutes away from the rush of St Mark’s Square by boat.

The San Clemente Palace Kempinski hotel is a former monastery which has been spruced up to five-star status with a swimming pool, mini golf course and waterside restaurant.

Now it… Read the full story

How to handle a teacher who has it in for your kid

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When your kids get to secondary school most parents can tell from their faces when they walk through the door that they’ve got something to ‘fess up to.

Please don’t tell my child off – that’s my job and my job only

You can see the guilt in their eyes and their body language is screaming ‘I’d rather be anywhere than here telling you about the really stupid thing I did at school today.’

But what happens if they come home, burst in to tears, tell you about a situation that sounds unfortunate but most definitely not their fault and then proceed to tell you… Read the full story

Hey Zadie Smith, women are not ‘fools’ for enjoying makeup


Look, I’m a major Zadie Smith fan.

NW? Loved it. Swing Time? Glorious.

But when Zadie Smith announced this week that girls are ‘fools’ to spend time on beauty and makeup, I got pretty riled up.

Hey Zadie Smith, women are not 'fools' for enjoying makeup

Speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Zadie explained that she’s imposed a 15 minute time limit on her daughter getting ready to leave the house.

‘I explained it to her in these terms,’ Zadie said, according to The Times.

‘You are wasting time, your brother is not going to waste any time doing this.

‘Every day of his life he will put a shirt on, he’s out the door and he doesn’t give a sh*t if you waste an hour and a half doing your makeup.’

She continued: ‘I saw that she had just started spending a lot of time looking in mirrors.

‘It was infuriating me. I decided… Read the full story

You’ll start hating your job with a burning passion when you’re 35, says new study

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Oh, you sweet, innocent, job-loving fool.

Still rocking up to the office filled with enthusiasm and excited to get things done?

Hey Zadie Smith, women are not 'fools' for enjoying makeup

That’ll come to an end soon. You’re just young and naive.

According to a survey of more than 2,000 employees by Happiness Works on behalf of human resource firm Robert Half, older workers tend to be much more miserable at work than younger colleagues.

One in six British workers over the age of 35 said they were unhappy at work, versus less than one in ten 18-34 year olds saying the… Read the full story

Boo Boo the owl can’t fly, so she’s been fitted with splints to help her waddle around

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Boo Boo the owl may never be able to fly.

Born with a serious growth disorder, her legs are too weak for her to land on.

You'll start hating your job with a burning passion when you hit 35, says new study

But that won’t stop her from waddling around and having a grand old time.

Her owners at Hendra Farm and Talons Owl Centre, in Cornwall, have fitted her with splints and bandages on her legs, so that even if she can’t fly, she’ll be able to hobble around.

Senara Collings, who runs the owl centre, first noticed an issue with Boo Boo’s legs when… Read the full story

‘Is it worth the calories?’ is no way to think about food

We’ve got a new Mummy and Daddy now. (Picture: Channel 4)

We’re all a little bit upset about the Great British Bake Off. 

Hey Zadie Smith, women are not 'fools' for enjoying makeup

If we don’t like the Channel 4 version, we’ve lost one of the greatest joys of British TV. If we do like it, it’s like we’re going to Disneyland with our Dad’s new wife and coming home wearing the t-shirt she bought us.

Basically, liking the new Bake Off might as well mean kicking Sue in the shins, jabbing Mel in the ribs and hitting Mary with a left hook.

Luckily, if the… Read the full story

What is Bangladeshi cuisine? The classic spices, staples and desserts of Bangladesh

A selection of Bangladeshi foods and pulses (Picture: Getty)

The concept of Bangladeshi food can be a confusing one.

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Your local ‘Indian’ curry house serves neither authentic Indian food, nor Bangladeshi – despite the fact many are owned by people from Bangladesh.

Bangladeshi food is distinct and delicious, with an emphasis on flavoursome spices, heat and fish.

Here’s everything you need to know about what it is, what culinary delights are typically Bangladeshi, and how it differs from Indian food.

What is Bangladeshi food?

Woman with her foot reattached backwards shares photo of herself in underwear to celebrate her body and all it’s survived

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Analyn Brock has been through a lot.

She survived cancer on her teens, had her foot fitted on backwards before having it amputated, and she’s given birth to three children – and breastfed them all. Whew.

Hey Zadie Smith, women are not 'fools' for enjoying makeup

That’s a lot for a body to go through, and it’d be natural for Analyn to experience a dent in her confidence.

When your body changes, the way you view yourself can change with it.

But Analyn is determined to stop bashing her body, and start appreciating it.

To celebrate her body and all it’s survived, Analyn shared… Read the full story

ASOS is selling a jeans skirt hybrid and our eyes are burning

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We love a good old pair of denim jeans. Mom jeans, boyfriend jeans, joni jeans, you name it. 

'Is it worth the calories?' is no way to think about food

A denim skirt is also a lovely wardrobe addition – worn preferably high-waisted with a rollneck jumper.

But what isn’t so lovely, is this monstrosity that we can only describe as a ‘jeans skirt hybrid’.

It’s absolutely horrendous.

We don’t even know where to begin, to be honest, because this is such a total fashion crime.

Asos has recently released the ‘Liquor N Poker Denim Skirt over Jeans with Pearl Detail‘ –… Read the full story

Women tell us when they knew their partners were ‘husband material’

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Last month, speaking at Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goopfest (not actual name) Cameron Diaz said something very interesting. 

Given that Goop is the origin of advice about steaming your vagina, putting jade eggs in your vagina and walking barefoot in order to cure depression, you might be a little surprised to hear that something useful was said, but hey, it was.

Hey Zadie Smith, women are not 'fools' for enjoying makeup

Answering the question of why she waited until she was 42 to get married (a bit rude, no?) Cameron Diaz said that she’d dated a lot of guys who… Read the full story

What to do when you match with someone you know on Tinder

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Once upon a time, I was browsing through Tinder and slowly giving up hope.

A guy surrounded by strippers. A guy slapping his bare arse on camera. A pair of shoes. A grey screen. Was this really the best I had to choose from?

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After what felt like the three millionth swipe left, a guy’s face popped up. He looked strangely familiar. Hang on. He was familiar. I’d been sat opposite him at work three hours ago.

On instinct, I swiped right. ‘It’s a match!’ Oh,… Read the full story

A prosecco advent calendar is here, and we’re so ready for Christmas

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Christmas may still be months away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start getting prepared for it.

ASOS is selling a jeans skirt hybrid and our eyes are burning

We’ve already got our tree decorations in check, what with gin baubles actually being a thing.

And now Christmas is about to become even more boozy – every day of December, in fact.

The Pip Stop, an online shop that specialises in alcohol, has released a sparkling wine advent calendar, which means from the 1 December you’ll be able to start each day with a bit of extra dutch… Read the full story

Amazing street art in Kosice; Slovakia’s city of culture

Kosice is a former European Capital of Culture (Picture: Lucy Mallows)

What connects an army barracks, a swimming pool and a tobacco factory?

Well, in Kosice they are three examples of clever Slovak recycling: turning old, disused buildings into venues for exciting, creative, cultural ventures.

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Slovakia’s second city is definitely in first place when it comes to street art and has some of the coolest venues in Central Europe.

Kosice is well worth a visit; it has huge historical importance, a fabulous range of cultural attractions, a wealth of architectural treasures, and a… Read the full story

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