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This diver got treated to his very own ‘sealfie’

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Of all the water-based critters, the seal is surely the most snap-happy.

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From group photobombs to hopping aboard kayaks to make sure their best side is captured, they’re a vain bunch.

Now, one diver has gone and got up close and personal with the marine mammal, snapping a ‘sealfie’ in the process.

Dan Patterson was diving off the coast of the Faren Islands, Northumberland last month, when one of the locals came in for a quick snap.

Aldi are selling 8 different types of gin this Christmas

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Summer might be waving goodbye, but never fear – gin is here to stay.

While the mojito might be one best kept for warmer weather, there’s a whole host of other gin-based festivities to ensure your favourite tipple remains a fixture all year round.

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What’s more, they needn’t break the bank.

Aldi have announced that they’ve got eight different types of gin on offer this Christmas, so there really is something for everyone.

Here’s a quick run-through of all the gin-based delights you’ll be able to cram into your stocking from October 1st:

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Get your quills out and perfect your CVs, muggles: You can now land a job at Hogwarts

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If you’ve ever wanted to make potions for a living or get paid to teach Defence Against the Dark Arts (given that you’re already a pro), then you’re just in luck – because Hogwarts is hiring.

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Well, sort of.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour, aka the company behind The Making of Harry Potter, a tour documenting the history of Harry Potter, is on the look out for people to join them in giving Potterheads experiences to remember.

There’s a third Veggie Pret on the way

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It’s fair to say Veggie Pret has been a runaway success.

From its initial, temporary pop-up in Central London’s Soho area through to that becoming a permanent fixture and a second outfit opening up in Shoreditch earlier this year, the sandwich giant has led the charge in veggie and vegan convenience food.

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We’ve been a huge fan of their every move, from the earliest offerings in the Soho store, through to the vegan mac ‘n’ cheese and salted caramel brownies that launched alongside Veggie Pret’s Shoreditch… Read the full story

What not to say to your PT if you’re serious about gains

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Personal trainers work bloody hard.

They’re up at the crack of dawn training people before work, and they’re busting their asses late into the evening giving people a good going over after a day in the office.

This photographer's adorable photos of black dogs have a serious message behind them

And when they don’t have clients, they’re busy working out themselves – coming up with new ab-crunching moves for us to try, working out the best leg-day routines, and generally making sure that they’re in… Read the full story

A Nasty Women exhibition is coming to the UK this week and it’s set to inspire us all

A Woman is Master of Her Womb (Picture: Rosina Godwin)

Nasty Women is a fundraising art collective inspired by misogynist comments (remember when Donald Trump called Hilary Clinton a ‘nasty woman‘?) brought together over Facebook.

First, they set themselves up in NYC in January and raised over $35,000 (£25,805) for Planned Parenthood in just one night.

A baked cookie dough store is opening in London this week

Then in March, they headed over to  Amsterdam to raise cash for Women on Waves (who deliver abortion pills to countries where it’s illegal), COC Amsterdam (LGBTQ rights) andRead the full story

Do we really have to be so strict about school uniform?

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Never has the return to school – and specifically, the purchasing of new school uniform – been so controversial.

In the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen outrage over a new gender-neutral uniform for a Sussex school, compelling all new starters – boys and girls – to wear trousers.

Yes, children need to wear school uniforms but do they have to be so expensive?

A 14-year-old boy from a Gloucester school has been threatened with isolation because his Kickers were ‘too much like trainers.’

And an Isle of Wight couple has removed their children… Read the full story

This photographer’s gorgeous photos of black dogs have a serious message behind them

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We might like to think all dogs are created equal, but sometimes adoption numbers can tell another story.

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For example, did you know that black dogs are usually the last to be adopted? And, sadly, are also most likely to be euthanised as a result?

The issue has a name, Black Dog Syndrome, and New York-based photographer Shaina Fishman is looking to draw attention to it with her latest photo series.

Pizza Hut are set to trial vegan cheese

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Big news, junk food loving vegans!

Pizza Hut – that glorious, greasy behemoth of the junk pizza realm – have announced plans to start including vegan cheese on their menu.

This. Is. Huge.

This diver got treated to his very own 'sealfie'

The news comes shortly after fellow doughy bunch Pizza Express launched their own dairy-free cheese alternative this summer, following in the footsteps of vegan pioneers Zizzi. Vegan pizza options are slowly becoming more widespread as chains cotton on to the untapped market of trash loving vegans.

Domino’s, meanwhile, still trail far behind, as they don’t even offer a vegan base. Boooo.

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This photographer has turned an old caravan into a massive camera

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For many, caravans might be the preserve of rainy staycations and childhood memories.

Not so for photographer Brendan Barry though, who turned his two-wheeled eBay purchase into something altogether more practical – a giant, semi-portable camera and darkroom.

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The thrifty, snap-happy guy took the cheapo £150 caravan to the next level, after a bunch of attempts to build a large-scale camera and darkroom fell apart.

First off, he tried building a camera out of plywood, a pane of glass and some cheap blackout material from a… Read the full story

A baked cookie dough store is opening in London this week

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Cookie dough-lovers, rejoice: A baked cookie dough store is opening in London, and it sounds incredible.

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On 21 September, MyCookieDough, a cookie dough-filled store that’s proven to be a huge hit in the states, will open at Westfield Stratford, London.

The popular cookie dough company, which already has stores in Birmingham, Leeds and Cardiff, will be serving up ‘warmed cookie dough treats’, bringing customers an array of freshly baked cookie dough flavours, which will be served with ‘fresh and creamy’ soft whipped ice cream.

A Mad Hatters tea party is happening in London and you won’t want to be late for it

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Alice in Wonderland fans can now enjoy their very own Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea, thanks to a London hotel.

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The Sanderson Hotel is inviting those who want to take a tumble down the rabbit hole to join them for a unique afternoon tea completely inspired by Alice In Wonderland.

According to the description, diners can expect to be ‘reminded of familiar characters’ and to ‘recall childhood tales along the way’.

‘Discover menus hidden inside vintage books, teapots adorned with kings and queens and sandwich plates decorated with zebras, birdcages and ticking clocks,’… Read the full story

Oreo has teamed up with Milka to launch a new mint Oreo chocolate bar

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Any Oreo-fan knows that the mint chocolate range is a clearly the best flavour.

A baked cookie dough store is opening in London this week

Which is why we were so excited when we saw that Oreo had paired up with Milka to bring us a new range of Oreo-mint-filled bars, that look as though they were inspired by the Oreo Mint Thin.

The bars were first spotted by junk-food Instagram account @JunkBanter, where they were given nothing but positive reviews.

Alongside a photo of the new chocolate bars, which come in the signature blue Oreo packaging, the review… Read the full story

Here’s the most and least stressful cities in the world

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City living can be a nightmare.

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For every cool cocktail bar or exciting event on your doorstep, there’s a grim commute or rent hike to take the shine off just around the corner.

It’s fair to say that finding the perfect stress-life balance is a difficult task.

Thankfully, a new Zipjet study has done most of the work for you, by discovering the most, and least, stressful places to live in the world.

‘It’s not just angst,’ we talk self-harm on mental health podcast Mentally Yours


‘It was during getting school photographs taken my arm started bleeding through my white shirt.

‘So that was a really nice, public, embarrassing, dramatic way for them to find out that I was self-harming.’

On this week’s mental health podcast, Mentally Yours, Seaneen Molloy opened up about how she began self-harming when she was just 12.

My history of self-harm has left me with scars – but I see them as a mark of my survival

Her sister, then her school, then the rest of her family found out about it.

She said: ‘People’s reaction was a combination of things. One was ‘attention-seeking teenager’.

‘People were angry, I’m surprised how angry people were.’

But, as she points out: ‘When you’re suffering what’s so wrong with seeking attention?’

6 things to try when your child refuses to go to sleep

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After my first child was born I thought I knew it all. I mean literally everything.

She was a DREAM baby, and by that I mean she spent a lot of her time actually dreaming. She slept pretty much 12 hours every night from the age of about two months.

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I could not have been more smug if she’d learnt to count to ten in Russian before her first birthday.

And then my second daughter was born.


It turns out that my first born was not an angel due to my super… Read the full story

International Talk Like a Pirate Day – Pirate phrases to say to ye crew mates

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International Talk Like A Pirate Day happens this Tuesday, September 19.

The International Day of talking like a pirate began in 2002 and is still going strong in 2017 as people gear up to speak a new sea fairing language for the day.

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It was initiated in 2002 by two guys who started to would start conversations by saying ‘Arrr!’ and a game od puns ensued and 15 years later here we are.

The day was decided on as it was one of the founder’s ex-wife’s birthday and they couldn’t think of… Read the full story

Men can flaunt their nipples in ASOS’s new mesh dress

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Guys, you can now flash your nipples whenever you like with ASOS’ new ‘Extreme Longline T-Shirt In Mesh’ – otherwise known as the Mesh Dress (well, at least that’s what we’re calling it).

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ASOS has recently released some rather questionable pieces of clothing, including the jeans that show your butt crack and the jeans-skirt-hybrid that confused the internet – and so the menswear addition comes as little surprise.

The Mesh Dress is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin: a long, dress-like T-shirt featuring an open mesh detail.

While you… Read the full story

You can visit the Upside Down at this Stranger Things themed popup bar

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Stranger Things fans, it’s time to book some tickets to Edinburgh, because your favourite Netflix series has been turned into a pop-up bar, and it’s going to be filled with drinks inspired by the Upside Down. 

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The Pop Up Geeks, a company in which has in the past brought many notable series’ to life in bar-form, including The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, is making the Upside Down a reality by taking Edinburgh back to 1983.

According to the company, the night will… Read the full story

Sex and sleep are more powerful than money when it comes to happiness

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We’re all just chasing happiness.

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But – shocker – the thing that’ll make everything click won’t be finally getting Muji bedsheets or being able to buy a house instead of renting.

In fact, it won’t be money related at all.

The new happiness index, developed by Oxford Economics and the National Centre for Social Research, and commissioned by Sainsbury’s, has found that sex and sleep are the two things that have the strongest association with a person’s happiness and wellbeing – well above money.

Researchers found that while upping your… Read the full story

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