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Mum thanks hero who stepped in to calm down her son with autism when he had a meltdown on a train

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Here’s a reminder that there are still lovely people in the world.

Single mum Gayna Pealling was on a train when her son, Jack, who has autism, began to have a meltdown.

A stranger called Dan decided to step up to help. He walked over and began chatting with Jack and playing with his sister Amy to distract Jack from his sensory overload – just out of kindness and understanding.

Gayna took photos and shared the lovely moment on Facebook, where it received hundreds of likes and shares.

‘Omg this guy is my hero,’ she wrote. ‘My son has ADHD and autism.. [he] started to have a melt down their [sic] was a… Read the full story

Pandora has released a range of Disney inspired charms and it all looks magical

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If you’re struggling to think of a Christmas present for the Disney-lover in your life who already owns every magical item you can possibly think of, have no fear, because we’ve got your back.

Well, Pandora does.

The jewellery brand has just released a line of Disneyfied charms – and we’re ready to extend our Disney-themed jewellery box for the lot.

The Pandora Disney range was released just yesterday, and features charms inspired by Minnie Mouse, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast.

The hand-crafted sterling silver charms are meant to be added to an existing bracelet – or a new one if you’re buying as a gift.

Why being told to ‘calm down’ in the middle of an argument fills you with rage

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You’re at the peak of your rant. You’ve just made a truly brilliant point and you know there’s no way the other person can argue back.

Then they hit you with a ‘calm down’, or a ‘chill out’, or a ‘relax’, or, even worse, a ‘why are you getting so angry?’.

Suddenly, you’re so filled with white hot rage that you can’t think straight. Add in the stress of now trying desperately to pretend you’re actually entirely chilled, and you’ve entirely lost the plot.

But why does being told to ‘calm down’ tip us so utterly over the edge? Why is being told to relax so rage-inducing? And how are we supposed to win an… Read the full story

This London restaurant is throwing a Fashion Week brunch party for dogs

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The problem with being a pooch is that everyone assumes you’re really basic.

Like, ‘oh, go fetch this ball’ or ‘take a dump outside’, or humans thinking you’re cool with total strangers booping your snoot all the time.

What humans don’t get is that dogs are just as complex as us and sometimes, just SOMETIMES, Susan, they wouldn’t mind a little #fashun in their lives, you know?

Maybe they’re not keen on the colour of the collar you got them, or perhaps they’d like to choose their own designer coat?

Or maybe they want to go out for brunch and chat sh*t with their… Read the full story

We need to try out this festive Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired afternoon tea

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Willy Wonka fans, rejoice: There’s a festive Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired afternoon tea taking place next month and we’re so ready to purchase (golden) tickets.

One Aldwych, a hotel in London, is putting together a chocolate-lovers’ feast this winter, completely inspired by the Roald Dahl classic.

While the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-inspired afternoon tea is nothing new, with the hotel serving it up on a regular basis, this afternoon tea will have a festive twist.

According to the menu, there’s going to be afternoon tea classics such as warm scones with plum jam, cucumber sandwiches and savoury quiches, which will all be served alongside a glass of Champagne… Read the full story

How to stop being too nice and start getting what you want

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Are you a nice person? Good for you.

I bet that you’re universally adored, you get invited to every party, and you’re the person your friends trust to come to with their problems.

Except I know for a fact that being nice – too nice – actually sucks.

7 ways to deal with someone flirting with your man

It sucks when your own wants and needs are overlooked, when someone else takes credit for your work, and when acquaintances are happy to dump on you at all times.

It sucks when you’ve basically made your… Read the full story

The biggest Disney sing-along party ever is happening in London this month

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The biggest Disney party ever is coming to The Clapham Grand and it’s time to put your Mickey Mouse ears on and re-learn the words to all your favourite Disney ballads.

According to the event organisers, the Hakuna Matata party, named after one of Disney’s greatest sing-along-songs of all time, is going to consist of a night of power ballads and ‘life affirming party anthems’.

There’s going to be karaoke sing-a-longs from Massaoke, Disney club dancers, a Disney-themed photo booth, ‘mega balloon drops’, a load of confetti and most importantly of all – it’s going to be ‘Mickey ears galore’.

Alongside all of the above, to… Read the full story

What it’s like to live with two personality disorders

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People look at me in confusion when I tell them I have two personality disorders. And I’ll admit that often, I’m confused about it myself. 

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in early 2016, and borderline personality disorder just five months ago.

I first went to the doctor after having a serious meltdown. I’d been having lots of them throughout 2015 and they were getting worse every time. Alongside my meltdowns, which often included screaming, shouting and sobbing until my lungs couldn’t bear it, I was self-destructive.

I’d go months feeling as though I was unstoppable. Powerful. As if I was the most important person in the world.

I was spending large sums… Read the full story

Millennials love the idea of threesomes, but few of us are actually having them

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Most of like the idea of a threesome.

We imagine two hot bods there just to give us pleasure, sensual slow undressing, getting hugely turned on by watching get off before giving us a turn.

The reality can be a little… different.

It’s hard to make sure no one’s left out when three people are getting sexual. It’s even harder to position three people in positions that allow for pleasure on a bed that’s designed for two people.

Then there’s the worry about all the emotions watching your partner go down on someone else might bring up.

No wonder, then, that so many of us keep threesomes locked away as a… Read the full story

Model receives rape and death threats for showing unshaved legs in an Adidas advert

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A quick note to all, because apparently there are people who do not understand this simple fact.

Women have body hair. This is perfectly normal and natural. There is nothing wrong with letting that body hair grow, and obligations to shave, wax, or epilate are purely cultural.

It’s 2017. Women have been around for quite some time now, peacefully growing body hair and causing no harm by doing so.

So why did model Arvida Byström receive threats of death and rape for the simple act of having hair on her legs?

Model, photographer, and artist Arvida appeared in a video campaign for Adidas Originals, in which she talks about ideas of femininity and sits… Read the full story

Nose hair extensions are the next hot beauty trend everyone needs to try

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Squiggle brows. Lightning bolt brows. Clumpy lashes.

The beauty world has got a real thing for body hair right now, but if you’re bored of drawing all the focus to your eyes, never fear – there’s another hairy trend you can try.

Behold nose hair extensions.

Technically they’re not extensions, but false lashes stuck around the rim of each nostril, splayed out to create the effect of super long hair peeking out of your nose.

The look is the creation of a genius who goes by the name @gret_chen_chen, who captioned her photos with a simple: ‘nose hair extension #nosehair #lashes #extensions #beauty #selfie #eyelashextensions… Read the full story

Sorry, but you really should be wearing your retainer for the rest of your life

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Sit down and listen up. It’s time for a lecture about your teeth.

Remember ages ago when you finally had your train tracks removed and were sent home with strict instructions to wear your retainer every night?

Remember how you proceeded to ignore that advice entirely?

Yeah, that was a mistake. And if you haven’t been wearing your retainer every night for the last few years, that mistake could have repercussions.

The British Orthodontic Society now says that retainers need to be worn for life to stop straightened teeth returning to their wonky state.

Yep, for life. Not just for a few months after your brace removal.

Dentists point to new research that shows that after teeth have… Read the full story

Wait, can tampons go off?

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We always thought we were being responsible by stocking up on boxes of Tampax whenever they’re on offer.

Who cares if we’ve run out of storage space because every drawer in our bathroom is filled with tampons and pads? That’s better than the horror of discovering blood in your pants with nothing to hand to hold your flow.

Or perhaps not. Apparently, stocking up on tampons for years to come might not be such a wise idea, because tampons ‘go off’ after five years. Sh*t.

Women’s Health asked vagina expert Alyssa Dweck whether there’s an expiry date on tampons, and discovered that yes, actually, there is.

Alyssa… Read the full story

All we want is to stay in this dreamy Wes Anderson themed Airbnb

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If you watched The Royal Tenenbaums and didn’t desperately want to be Margot, I’m sorry, but you are lying to yourself.

Ignore her emotional problems and smoking habit. Her style was on point.

As everyone’s style in the world of Wes Anderson films. The same goes for the houses, the buildings, the hotels.

The world imagined by Wes Anderson is beautiful. His films make you want to hop inside the screen just so you can be surrounded by shades of pink and eclectic collections stashed on shelves.

We can’t actually dive inside our screens, but this Airbnb home is the next best thing.

Mr. Anderson’s House is not a house belonging to… Read the full story

What the sh*t has happened to dating?

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I can’t be certain, but I think dating is broken.

After a messy breakup, I found myself single for the first time in 2.5 years.

I’m no stranger to dating apps (I met my last 3 partners on there, for realsies) so having a swipe through Tinder seemed only natural.

I’d always been an advocate of dating apps.

I thought they were a great way to broaden the probability of you meeting someone rather than just hoping you’d stumble across The One down your local.

I mean, my (now-ex) fiance and I were going to have a Tinder wedding cake, ffs.

Stunning photos of 500 women capture what beauty looks like around the world


How do you define beauty?

It’s all cultural. What’s considered beautiful changes depending on where you are, when you are.

That’s what photographer Mihaela Noroc explores in her book, Atlas Of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 portraits.

For four years Mihaela has traveled the world, photographing women from every area she’s able to get to. She’s photographed more than 2,000 women from 53 countries in total.

That project started life as a blog, but has now culminated in a book of 500 portraits, each capturing definitions of beauty in a different place.

‘I photograph women around the world to show that beauty has no bounds,’ says Mihaela. Beginning in 2013, I have traveled the world with my backpack and my camera, photographing everyday women in a natural and serene way.

‘My goal is to showcase that beauty has no bounds, and that the diversity of our world is a treasure, not a reason for conflicts.

Cat who wouldn’t stop sneaking into his local police station gets adopted by a cop

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If you hang around someone enough, eventually they’ll be your friend.*

*As long as you’re respectful and go away when asked, OBVIOUSLY, but if you’re a cat, this method definitely works.

Learn from Kingsley, a cat who managed to wrangle himself a new home by showing up to a police station over and over again.

Kingsley first arrived at South Carolina’s Columbia Police Department last month, when he turned up outside the station then dashed inside once the door was opened.

Once he was inside, Kinglsey made his mark, climbing on laps, butting his head against police officers’ hands, and demanding as much attention as he could get.

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Man comes home to discover his dog has eaten his copy of FIFA 18

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All dogs are, of course, good.

But they are capable of doing bad things.

Take Sam, for example. Sam is a Labrador, beagle, and golden retriever cross, and, as a dog, he is good.

But last week Sam decided to do something very naughty. He opened up his owner Connor McIlory’s brand new FIFA 18 and chewed it to bits.

‘I had pre-ordered the game from Amazon,’ said Connor.

‘I was looking forward to coming home and playing it last Friday. But when I came home I found the chewed disc. I was devastated.

‘I think Sam had completely forgotten about what he had done.

The best way to dump someone, according to scientists

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How would you prefer to be dumped?

Would you like a drawn out explanation? Would you prefer the bomb to be dropped after you’ve enjoyed your dinner and have a comfortably full tum? Or are you a ‘just text me and get it over with’ type?

It’s tricky to know the best way to break up with someone – not just because, well, there’s no nice way to tell someone you don’t want to date them, but because it’s tricky to tell if we’re choosing techniques for our own comfort or the other person’s.

It’s easy to be selfish with a breakup. They might need an explanation, but you… Read the full story

Tesco is selling festive crisps that taste like candy canes

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Alright, Tesco. You did it. You managed to outdo M&S in the weird crisps game. You actually came up with a festive crisp flavour even more disturbing that prosecco. Well done.

Tesco is currently selling candy cane crisps.

We repeat: crisps that are supposed to taste like candy cane.

Candy canes, if you didn’t know, taste like sugar and mint.

So essentially, these are minty, sugary crisps. And that, my crisp-loving friends, is just plain wrong.

‘Hand cooked crisps seasoned and dusted with a sweet peppermint flavouring for a sweet and salty taste experience,’ reads the product description, clearly oblivious to just how dreadful this sounds.

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