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I was emotionally cheating on my partner and I didn’t even realise it

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(Picture: Irene Palacio for Metro.co.uk)

I emotionally cheated on my boyfriend. Sort of. 

Slutty women don't end up single and alone, actually

It’s not something that’s easy to admit, and it’s something that I’m ashamed of. But it’s something that I did. I need to confront that.

I started talking to another guy online when I was in a bad place in my relationship.

The conversation started harmlessly, after meeting on a support group for a chronic illness we both live with. We shared the same interests and even did the same job. We instantly connected over the things we had in common.

It was lovely to… Read the full story

London is getting a a giant cheese board with unlimited mulled wine this Christmas

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F**k yes. (Picture: Getty)

A giant cheese board is coming to Greenwich this Christmas with unlimited cheese and mulled wine.

Seriously, we’re not joking We wouldn’t do that to you. It’s really happening.

In the run up to Christmas, Studio 338 in Greenwich will host a cheese festival.

The main attraction? A giant, immersive, cheese board.

Visitors will be invited to walk around the cheese board stopping to sample cheeses as they go.

 

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Is London ready for a vegan cheeseburger pie?

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It’s a cheeseburger in a pie. And it’s vegan! (Picture: Young Vegans)

Vegans are known for pushing inventive food to dizzying heights (remember the Brookie and the Bae-Cone?) but this latest creation by London pie champions Young Vegans exists on a whole different level of WTF.

5 problems all vegan parents will understand

Comfort food aficionados can now say hello to the vegan cheeseburger pie.

Yes, that’s correct. A vegan cheeseburger INSIDE a pie.

If you love the flavours of a regular cheeseburger, we don’t think you will be disappointed due to the double patties, melty vegan cheese, chilli tomato chutney and pickles… Read the full story

Pineapple rum is your new favourite drink, you just don’t know it yet

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Plantain pineapple rum
Plantain pineapple rum is made using both the skins and the flesh of the Queen Victoria pineapple and uses the traditional Cognac pot-distillation method

You might think you know all there is to know about rum.

But if you haven’t tried this pineapple rum, I’m confident you have a whole lot more to discover.

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Even if you don’t like rum – maybe one too many Bacardi con limons as a teen – this will undo all of that.

I’d go as far as to say that you… Read the full story

Cadbury is selling a retro selection box featuring all the Dairy Milk classics

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Cadbury has released a new selection box just in time for Christmas, for those who are bored of the orange-wrapped Fudge bars and miniature Curly Wurlys. 

The beloved chocolate brand is selling a box of all its Dairy Milk classics – including bars of Dairy Milk, Dairy Milk Whole Nut, Dairy Milk Caramel, and the popular Fruit & Nut bar.

Sure, it’s probably not for those with a taste for more complex chocolate (Dairy Milk Medleys, we’re looking at you) – but it’s perfect for anyone with a love for the simpler life.

Bin all your underwear because Balmain is teaming up with Victoria’s Secret

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November is full of excitement.

All Saints Day. Bonfire Night. My birthday (9th, if you’re asking).

And towards the end of the month, it’s the Victoria’s Secret show – the grandest display of long legs and swishy manes in the world.

It’s the one fashion show of the year that your boyfriend probably knows more about than you do.

And this year, it’s set to be more fire than ever.

Because Balmain – AKA the sexiest luxury label out there – has just announced that it’s collaborating with the lingerie brand on the official looks for the show…and they’re bringing out a capsule collection which will launch in stores and online… Read the full story

When is the best time to say I love you? Why oversharing too soon is a bad idea

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Declaring your love too soon can be a mistake (Picture: Monika Muffin for Metro.co.uk)

‘I love you’.

These three little words are romantic grenades – they have the power to change the course of your relationship, for better or worse.

Grandma accidentally buys young granddaughter animal book filled with swear words

With great power comes great responsibility. I think it was Voltaire who said that – or Spider-Man, one or the other, anyhow – and deciding when to say I love you is as important as how, where or why.

Say it too early and you’re that person, the one people cross the room at parties… Read the full story

Super tiny baby chameleons have hatched at Chester Zoo

If you can’t look after a cat, why not try a furry pillow with a robot tail?

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(Picture: Youtube/Qoobo)

So you’re after something small and furry, but your lifestyle doesn’t quite allow for a pet of your own.

Maybe you’re always out of the house. Perhaps you live in a flatshare that doesn’t allow cats. Maybe you have a condition that would make it hard to look after another living thing.

Enter the Qoobo. It’s a little furry pillow with a robotic tail.

Yes, it sounds a bit weird, and yes, some people may feel a bit concerned when they walk in on you stroking a pillow to make its tail wag.

But it could be a brilliant way to de-stress without adding any of the responsibility a pet requires.

Plus, it doesn’t need… Read the full story

Harry Potter themed Halloween event is the perfect excuse to nail the dark arts

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(Picture: Warner Bros)

Cancel your Halloween plans now and book some train tickets to Nottingham – because a Midlands hotel is holding a magically spooky Harry Potter themed Halloween event on 31 October.

Colwick Hall Hotel is set to celebrate the wonderful world of witchcraft and wizardry with its very own three-course banquet.

The ‘Hogwarts Halloween Experience in the Great Hall’ will feature everything from House games to potions classes – and will even have its very own champagne lounge for anyone wanting to get boozy (just don’t drink and attempt to ride a broomstick, okay?)

Can a man really be considering dumping his size 8 fiance for having fat family?

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‘I’ll just have that back’ (Picture: Getty)

We all know that Mumsnet is the place to go if you want to know what issues are on people’s lips. 

It’s like an online coffee morning where you can drop in and you’re always guarenteed to come away having heard something scandalous. But this? This really takes the cake.

A concerned friend has taken to Mumsnet to discuss his friend, who is apparently thinking about dumping his fiancee because she has ‘fat genes’.

(We don’t include the user name of the poster because there’s a strong feeling on Mumsnet that it can be outing, and that it could result in someone finding your account where you’ve posted… Read the full story

All the reasons why you should take up ballet as an adult

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FYI this is not actual ballet. (Picture: Rebecca Reid)

It’s World Ballet Day! So please enjoy an account of how despite being dyspraxic and mal-coordinated, I took up ballet, and why you should think about doing the same.

I tried ballet for the first time on a complete whim.

Perhaps it was the fact that I’d read Ballet Shoes fifty times as a child, or from a life-long love of the stage. But whatever the reason, one rainy October afternoon I decided that I was going to start taking dance.

I started dancing (and still dance at) the Central School of Ballet in Farringdon. It’s a real ballet school. When you walk in it… Read the full story

It’s quite racist to call your mixed race friends black if they don’t identify as such

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

‘My cousin will be so shocked when I tell him I’m dating a black girl!’ my ex said shortly after we started dating.

There I was, wondering whether I’d accidentally taken up with a polyamorous hippy when I realised to my surprise, that he was actually talking about me.

Me – the most beige of people. The person with skin the colour of korma. As close to a Simpson as you could get.

I mean…I am a bit black but that’s not immediately obvious. It was a confusing moment.

Being ascribed an identity that doesn’t belong to you is an odd experience. It makes you doubt how you act and… Read the full story

ASOS’s crop top is the most pointless autumn purchase yet

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The days are getting colder and we’re already re-stocking our wardrobes with knitted jumpers and woolly scarves. 

But one piece of clothing that won’t be making an appearance in our winter warmer section is ASOS’s new cropped jumper.

When we think of a cropped jumper, we generally think of a sweatshirt cut to the middle of the torso, so that it can be perfectly paired with some high-waisted jeans.

Sure, it’s not desirable winterwear but it’s still enough to keep you from shivering.

Grandma buys 6-year-old granddaughter book filled with swear words and the internet can’t cope

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(Picture: Twitter/Tiffany1985B/Sterling)

One six-year-old was overjoyed when her grandmother bought her an animal-themed picture book. 

That was until she discovered some words she couldn’t quite understand.

Confused, she asked her parents to have a go at reading the book, titled ‘If Animals Could Talk’ – and her mother, Tiffany, was gobsmacked at what she saw.

Tiffany’s mother had not gifted her daughter a regular picture book – she’d gifted her one filled with swear words on nearly every page.

It was an absolutely hilarious disaster.

Shocked, Tiffany shared photos of the book to her Twitter, along with the caption: ‘I’m dying. My mom bought this book for my 6 year old and I just called to ask… Read the full story

Starbucks unveils tip for ordering an iced pumpkin spice latte

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Autumn is here and it’s the perfect excuse for pumpkin spice-everything, and so obviously Starbucks has jumped on the hype.

The coffee chain recently tweeted a tip for customers everywhere, ensuring they know how to go about getting an iced pumpkin spice latte should they fancy one that’s not on the menu.

Because let’s face it, there’s only so many hot pumpkin spice drinks you can drink, right?

In a recent tweet that received nearly 7,000 likes, Starbucks explained that if you switch the vanilla syrup for pumpkin in an Iced Caramel Macchiato, you’ll get the perfect cold autumnal drink.

This beauty blogger used a dildo to put her makeup on

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We’ve seen quite a lot of beauty blender videos. 

There’s been boiled eggs, condoms and even an actual testicle. And now, a dildo.

Blogger Kayla Jenkins, 23, has nearly 32 million views on her YouTube channel, ‘Okaylaaa’.

Kayla said that she felt things were getting a bit stale on YouTube, telling her fans: I haven’t been doing any really overly fun videos recently. ‘I miss being fun YouTube, I want to make more stupid, fun videos. So I decided to take it from one extreme to the other and create this masterpiece.’

There’s no question that she did that.

So the big question is: did the… Read the full story

Aldi is selling a £6.99 bottle of pumpkin spice cream liqueur

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We are massive fans of Aldi right now.

They’ve recently brought out five luxury Christmas hampers, and then topped that off with a delicious-looking Yorkshire pudding burrito. It’s safe to say we know where we’re going to be heading when the festive season hits.

But, with it still being October, the store has released an incredibly autumn-themed treat that we know any basic Instagram-fanatic will enjoy.

Pumpkin Spice Liqueur.

The creamy drink, which sounds a lot like Pumpkin Spice Baileys, is infused with pumpkin spice flavours of cinnamon and nutmeg and is meant to be poured on its own over ice – or added to coffee for that morning kick.

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Behold the McVegan: McDonald’s is finally trialling a vegan burger

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(Picture: McDonalds/metro.co.uk)

Long have vegans had to put up with the same refrain.

‘You’re vegan? No McDonald’s for you, then.’

It’s almost as irritating as ‘but, bacon’ and ‘where do you get your protein?’.

Vegans forced to go to McDonald’s with their hammered friends have been able to enjoy french fries, hash browns, and garden side salads, but it’s always been a fairly dismal experience.

Nibbling on a small portion of fries while everyone around you tucks into a large meal isn’t anyone’s idea of fun.

But rejoice, vegans, because one day soon, you may not have to put up with this tragedy.

Finally – finally – McDonald’s is hopping aboard the vegan train.

That’s right. McDonald’s is officially trying out a… Read the full story

What happened when I came out about my mental illness on Facebook

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Hitting that ‘post’ button requires bravery (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

I’ve always been an intensely private person.

Growing up, showing emotions was a sign of weakness, so I learned to keep them under wraps.

metro illustrationsHow writing about my mental illness helped me come to terms with it

I was first diagnosed with depression at the age of 15, but I hid my mental health struggles from everyone – even (OK, especially) my parents.

As I got older, I went out of my way to avoid showing my vulnerabilities.

I ‘toughed it out’ on my own through degree stress, a first job that… Read the full story

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