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No, your partner shouldn’t have to delete their ex on social media

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If you’re unhappy about your partner having their ex on their social media accounts, you obviously don’t have much trust in the relationship. 

I recently read a post from a woman who had given her boyfriend an ultimatum after he refused to delete his ex – and the photos they shared together – from his social media accounts.

Either the ex vanished, or she did.

I was baffled. Partly because I couldn’t believe she’d given the guy an ultimatum but mainly because I didn’t get the issue with having an ex on social media.

I have my ex on social media. I’ve never thought to delete him, even after ending on a… Read the full story

Skipping the socks might be bad for your health

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There’s nothing sexier than a guy with a rolled up ankle on his trews, flashing a bit of the old ank. 

That’s a lie, there are loads of things sexier than that, but it’s a thing that men are doing because it’s trendy. Sadly, like so many fun things, the socklessness that you need to undertake in order to go bare ankled is apparently bad for your health.

The College of Podiatry says there’s been a rise in fungal infections in young men because of the sockless trend.

Podiatrist Emma Stephenson says she’s seeing more 18-25 year-old men with problems associated with wearing shoes without socks and ill-fitting shoes.

This trend is sometimes called ‘mankles’ but we… Read the full story

Meet the guys changing the face of vegan festivals

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Each Vevolution attendee gets a free breakfast and goody bag on arrival (Picture: Sarah Koury / Entirety Labs)

Over the past few years, there has been an increase in the number of vegan festivals and markets, thanks to the increased interest in the vegan lifestyle.

However, some of festivals just seem like corporate expos, with brands clambering to sell you their wares, and a few talks sprinkled in for good measure.

The founders of Vevolution are here to change all that, in the second year of their vegan festival.

Damien Clarkson and Judy Nadel have been running different education focused vegan events since 2015. When they saw the benefit these events had on attendees in fostering… Read the full story

Making your children pretend to get married is horrible parenting

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I get that being a parent is hard, and you’re unlikely to raise a child to the age of 18 without making some cock-ups. 

But as cock-up goes, two mums from Texas have really managed to take the cake. Wedding cake.

They’ve both got children, who enjoy playing with each other. So rather than just letting them get on with that they decided to dress them as tiny adults and make them have a fake wedding.

Because that’s not at all weird, and won’t make their friendship strange or teach them that the only way to have a relationship with someone of the opposite gender is for it to be romantic.

Seemingly… Read the full story

There’s no place quite as wonderful as the girls’ loos on a night out

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I aspire to one day be the woman I am at 1am in the ladies’ loos while on a night out all of the time.

That woman is bubbly, talkative, complimentary, and willing to make new friends without the fear of being looked at awkwardly and ignored.

That woman isn’t worried about saying the wrong thing or making an idiot of herself.

And that woman isn’t the only woman that feels this way. Look on social media and you’ll see tweet after tweet about what happens in the girls’ toilets on a night out.

Apply your makeup with these gothic rose makeup brushes this halloween

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Get your debit cards ready, because Storybook Cosmetics has just released some gothic rose makeup brushes – and they’re the only items that you should be using to apply your makeup with this Halloween.

The brushes take inspiration from the beauty brand’s ‘What’s in a Name’ rose brushes which have been a popular item on their site for a while now.

Like the original brushes, the ‘Roses are Black’ brushes feature four long stem handles and a petal brush base.

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But unlike the originals, these brushes come in jet black – except for the very top of the brush,… Read the full story

The top 10 cosiest pubs in London

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With the leaves falling and the clocks going back in a matter of weeks, there can be no denying that winter is on its way.

And, whilst the cold weather and dark nights aren’t without their disadvantages, they do have one thing going for them – the perfect excuse for a night in a cosy pub.

11 reasons why Kentish Town is the best place to live in London

But with an abundance of boozers to choose from in the capital, it can be hard to know where to start.

Fancy finding the perfect spot for an open fire and pint of ale? Here… Read the full story

Everything you need to know about World Mental Health Day 2017

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A positive working environment not only makes employees happier, but also more productive and efficient (Picture: Getty)

As we hear over and over again, one in every four people will experience some kind of mental health problem each year.

But even more tragically, nine out of 10 of those people will experience stigma and discrimination because of it.

Making your children pretend to get married is horrible parenting

This is often particularly prevalent at work, so this year’s World Mental Health Day (October 10) is focusing on mental health in the workplace.

Why is mental health in the workplace important?

A serious concern is ‘presenteeism’, whereby employees continue working while… Read the full story

World Mental Health Day 2017: How to look after your own wellbeing when you work in the mental health sector

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Even if you work in the mental health sector, you still need to look after yourself (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

My story isn’t unusual.

Having suffered with mental illness and fought my way to recovery, I now work in the mental health sector, using my experience to support others.

Yes, I’m in recovery but that doesn’t mean I don’t still struggle. I recently wrote about needing to go back on medication and I have to work hard to keep symptoms at bay.

The mental health crisis team is invaluable and it needs more funding to make it work

I know what I need to… Read the full story

Pasta necklaces are the perfect Christmas present for the carb-lover in your life

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Pasta-themed jewellery exists and it’s the perfect way to prove your dedication to your favourite Italian dish.

Delicacies Jewelry has paired up with Barilla to release a line of necklaces inspired by pasta shapes. Unlike the necklaces we used to make in school (you know, the macaroni pieces pulled together with a piece of string), these are made using sterling silver.

The range has been dubbed ‘Al Dente‘, and features items for everyone – whether you’re a spaghetti fan or a lover of pasta shells.

World Mental Health Day 2017 – What mental health adjustments could I request at work?

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What sort of support can you expect at work? (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)

Work can be an important part of life, it can be essential for wellbeing and personal development as well as making you feel fulfilled and independent.

metro illustrationsMental Health Awareness Week 2017: How I went from surviving a mental illness to thriving in the big wide world

Mental illness can sometimes stop us working but it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

I was off work for six years as my health was so unstable I was in and out of hospital.

Going back to work, however, was the best… Read the full story

World Mental Health Day: Research shows that presenteeism is strongly linked to mental health issues in the workplace

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If bosses really want to make their workplaces mental health friendly, they’ll need to go further than just sticking up some posters. Our working culture needs a massive overhaul, starting with the belief that the best workers are the ones doing the most hours.

A survey conducted by The Hoxby Collective has found that 33% of workers said they’d suffered from mental health issues as a direct result of working rigid hours.

Of those people, 90% were dealing with excessive levels of stress, 78% had anxiety, 60% were suffering from depression, and 52% had insomnia.

A third of these people had to take time off work as a result of their… Read the full story

Ikea is now doing furniture and toys for pets

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Oh, Ikea. How we love your simple furniture that’s lasted us through uni to live in our terrible flatshares. How we adore your meatballs and Daim cake, and your ability to break up relationships that clearly weren’t meant to be.

The only thing Ikea has been missing? The cute pet factor. If I were keen to get a little teepee for my future cat, Ikea is not the place I would head.

Well, until now.

Ikea hasn’t unveiled a range of cat-friendly teepees, sadly, but they have finally launched a collection of furniture for pets. Hooray!

The Lurvig (Swedish for ‘hairy’) collection is made up of all kinds of furniture delights just for your pets, from… Read the full story

10 things every gluten-free person misses

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Remember when you could just order anything off the menu? (Picture: Shutterstock)

Those of us who have given up gluten are all at different stages of acceptance.

Some of us have just begun our journey and a few of us no longer know, or care, what a croissant is.

14 things all gluten-free people think during The Great British Bake Off

But no matter how long it’s been since gluten was in your life, there’s a few things we all sorely miss.

While there’s an endless list of specific foods we still long for, we mostly just miss feeling normal again.

Here are 10 things every gluten-free person… Read the full story

Disneyland’s Halloween cocktail has a scary surprise lurking inside

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Disneyland may be the happiest place on earth, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be the spookiest, too.

As it’s officially Halloween season, Disneyland’s undergoing a ~scary~ makeover, with all kinds of Halloween themed delights.

Alongside that batwing sundae that’s all over Instagram, Disneyland is now serving up a Halloween treat for the grownups hanging out at the theme park.

Their Halloween Specialty Cocktail (yes, it’s a boring name. We don’t know why they chose it either) is made up of vodka and chambord, so it’s pretty boozy, and is served in a glass with a purple sugar crystal rim.

So far, so standard – but there’s a scary… Read the full story

Lidl brings out a ‘hangover-free’ Prosecco and it’s going to sell out by Christmas

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We’ve come so far when it comes to developing new technologies and yet we still haven’t cracked the whole hangover situation.

Literally nothing works.

Painkillers – so useful and good at other times – are miserably inadequate after a night on tequila. Hair of the dog, Lucozade, pizza – they all manage to make you feel worse, not better.

But Lidl may just have the answer to all our prayers.

Because they’ve started selling what they call a ‘hangover-free’ Prosecco which will stop you from feeling awful in the first place.

Their Organic Prosecco Spumante, £7.99, is due to hit shelves on Thursday.

And no doubt it’ll sell out… Read the full story

A former B&B on the banks of Loch Ness is on sale for £310,000

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Stuck in the dreary existence of searching for a flat that doesn’t take up 70% of your salary every month?

Fancy relocating?

If so, we may have just stumbled upon the perfect option.

Up in Scotland there’s a house on the market for the bargain price of £310,000 – and it’s right next to Loch Ness.

The six-bedroom home is a former B&B, and boasts panoramic views across the head of the loch, right in the spot where people have reported the most sightings of Nessie- and where that famous 1934 photo of Nessie was taken. So if you’re on the hunt for the Loch Ness Monster, this is the place to move.

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This dog is so much better at yoga than you’ll ever be

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This is Secret.

She’s a three-year-old Australian Shepherd with some extraordinary flexibility.

Secret has been learning tricks and chasing balls from her earliest puppy-hood, but that’s not where her skills end.

Because she’s also a master of yoga.

Yep, she practises with her owner Mary and hsa got downward dogging absolutely nailed (as she should).

She’s a master at medicine balls

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A pro at partner work

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Elegant at backbends

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Spectacularly good at handstanding

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Basically, Mary is possibly the world’s greatest clicker trainer and Secret,… Read the full story

World Mental Health Day: Concerning statistics about mental health

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World Mental Health Day is this Tuesday, October 10 and is a day recognised by The World Health Organisation for people to spread awareness and understanding about mental health.

Every year October 10 provides people with the chance to talk about mental health issues and what more needs to be done to improve the services for those struggling with their mental health.

A former B&B on the banks of Loch Ness is on sale for £310,000

This year the theme is mental health in the workplace and you can participate in the conversation by taking part in events such as Read the full story

Plan International UK explains why boys need to be taught about periods at school

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How are we supposed to end the stigma around periods if only half of us are being taught about menstruation in the first place?

We’ve written about why boys should be taught about periods before, but now, a charity’s come out to back the idea.

Plan International UK says it’s crucial for both boys and girls to be taught about periods in school, because the silence around menstruation is doing some serious damage.

The charity carried out a survey of 1,000 girls between the ages of 14 and 21 to work out the impact the stigma around periods is having on girls’ lives.

The results are a… Read the full story

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