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Why one man is launching a gender-neutral online sex toy store

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There’s still a lot of shame around sex toys.

Women hide away their vibrators in boxes, or are too put off by the misconceptions around masturbation to even give toys a go.

Men, meanwhile, face even bigger shame. While sex toys are slowly becoming an acceptable thing for a woman to own, men are deemed creeps and weirdos for wanting to enhance their masturbation experience.

Consider it – how many mainstream sex toy shops are angled at men?

It’s all a bit miserable, really, because your gender really shouldn’t dictate the frequency and quality of your sexual pleasure. We shouldn’t need to make it ‘okay’ for men to buy sex toys by… Read the full story

What you need to know about mouth cancer

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

When it comes to cancer, we all like to think we know the major players.

We know how to check our breasts for cancer, we know the ABCDE of skin cancer, we know that ball checks are key for catching testicular cancer.

But what about mouth cancer (or oral cancer. They’re the same thing, FYI)?

Do you know how to check for mouth cancer? Do you know the symptoms, the causes, or the consequences?

If you’re anything like us, probably not. Mouth cancer doesn’t get as much press, we’ve never heard of anyone doing a mouth cancer 5K, and while any lump… Read the full story

There’s an app that lets you know when a McDonald’s ice cream machine is broken

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(Picture: Getty/McDonald’s)

If you enjoy food that tastes great but makes you hate yourself a little, you’ll know the pain of making the trek to McDonald’s with your heart set on a McFlurry, only to discover, once again, that the ice cream machine is broken.

Sure, you can always just get fries or an apple pie, but you wanted a McFlurry, damn it. This is the worst.

It’s the letdown that’s so crushing.

So when we learned of the existence of an app that lets you know when a McDonald’s ice cream machine is broken – before you commit to going – we were overjoyed.

Until we downloaded it and discovered there are currently no McDonald’s locations listed in… Read the full story

Everything you need to know about drinking alcohol when you’re on antidepressants

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When I started taking antidepressants, the only advice I received about booze was my doctor telling me not to drink ‘too much’.

How much is ‘too much’? I genuinely have no idea. I assumed that my GP’s words of wisdom were a gentle suggestion not to down seven shots on a Friday or a full bottle of wine after work.

So I carried on with pub trips, cocktails at dinner, and even – shocker – the very rare night out when I’d drink a bunch of rum and cokes and need a large pizza on the way home.

It didn’t occur to me that this could be a bad idea until I noticed… Read the full story

What is lung cancer? Symptoms to watch for, diagnosis and treatment

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Portrait of Man taking a large deep breath (Picture: Getty)

This month is all about raising awareness of lung cancer.

Doctors given permission to operate on woman who refuses to accept cancer diagnosis

That means ensuring people know all about the symptoms of lung cancer to help with early diagnosis as well as making sure those who have already been diagnosed have the support they need.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month happens in November every year.

Here is everything you need to know.

What is lung cancer?

This is what happens when you custom-make an engagement ring

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One of Vashi’s ‘Alchemists’ working on the shop floor (Picture: Vashi.com)

I love my engagement ring – but I do feel a little bit sad that I didn’t get the chance to experience purchasing one.

How much to spend and what to look for in a diamond engagement ring

It was basically my one chance to be in a room filled with diamonds and I missed it.

So when jewellers Vashi offered me the chance to see how custom engagement rings are made, I was thrilled.

The number of customers choosing to custom-make their engagement rings – rather than buying one off the shelf –… Read the full story

Ivy League professor says you’re more successful if you stop saying two phrases

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

Often it can seem like success is predetermined.

You’ve got to have the right education, contacts, looks.

But there are a few things you can do to override the cards you’ve been dealt – the biggest being the way people perceive you.

If you’re a positive kind of person, chances are that success will seem within reach. The pessimists among us, however, might need a little convincing and a little help in changing their attitudes towards the future.

And according to one Stanford professor, simply giving your vocabulary a little tweak can positively effect how you achieve your goals.

According to his new book, The Achievement Habit, Bernard Roth says that… Read the full story

Why giving your mental illness a name can help you recover

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I have an anxiety disorder and people need to stop saying these things to me
Naming your mental illness can help (Picture: Mmuffin for Metro.co.uk)

Being diagnosed with a mental illness can be life-changing.

Studies show that one in four people have been diagnosed with a mental illness at some point in their lives, but how does the diagnosis itself impact the individual?

6 mistakes I made when I went back to work after a mental health breakdown

You would think that labelling someone with a mental illness might illicit a negative response, and maybe even make their symptoms worse.

But Dr Jelena Goranovic, Director at… Read the full story

Adding black rice to your packed salad will stop it from getting all soggy

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Meal prep takes a lot of time and effort.

There you are 9pm on a Sunday night, laboriously chopping and slicing vegetables to make sure that you’ve got a salad so delicious that come Monday lunchtime, you won’t be tempted to drop a load of cash on lunch.

And then you open your tupperwear at 1pm the next day and you’re confronted by much.

It all looks a bit disgusting and off you head to Pret to fork out another tenner on something that has way more sugar than your original healthy effort.

But there is a very simple hack to stop your salad from going soggy.

Adding black rice to your lunch.

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Meet the artist making single line tattoos the most covetable kind of body art

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(Picture: Salventius/Instagram)

These days, more and more people seem to be coming round to the fact that tattoos are works of art.

We’re spending more time looking up artists and researching exactly what we want, rather than just getting sanskrit inked on a whim.

Saying that, a lot of inkings can still look quite generic.

But if you want something really unique and beautiful, then you might want to check out the work of Niels Kiené, AKA Salventius.

He’s famous for his single stroke portraits, which he executes in a whole load of different materials – from wire and flashlights to pen and paint.

Instagram Photo

And now he’s now turned to… Read the full story

Fitness Instagrammer gets real about how pregnancy is affecting her body image

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Pregnancy is sold as this magical time where you become this earth mother, at one with nature and glowing from the inside out.

The reality for many women is vastly different

You get swollen ankles. You get stretch marks. You spill your guts out every morning.

Your body goes through a dramatic change – and often that can affect how you see yourself.

Which is why fitness blogger and expectant mum Fenella Scarlett McCall has been posting body image updates to her account during her pregnancy. Her aim? To give her followers a taste of how pregnancy is affecting her physically and emotionally at a time when Instagram is devoted to a highly edited… Read the full story

14 fireworks and firework types ranked from worst to best

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You’ve got to love a firework – and this bonfire night it is all about the bang.

How to protect your child’s hearing on Bonfire Night

Whether holding your own firework display or going to a huge display in town, there are a whole bunch of fireworks that you are likely to see.

There’s the peony, the spider and even the Japanese Kamuru not to mention the Roman Candle.

But which is ultimately the best? Here’s our ranking.

14. Firecrackers and smoke bombs

If you’re popping firecrackers (we’re talking M-80, Lady Fingers and Black Cats) or using smoke bombs on… Read the full story

The New York daredevils performing death-defying stunts from the top of skyscrapers

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If the thought of going up the Shard freaks you out, then you might want to look away.

Because one New York based free-runner has taken it upon himself to perform a series of death-defying stunts on from the sides of skyscrapers in order to get the perfect snap.

Steven Peralta says the photo above is the ‘scariest shot’ he’s ever taken – with him hanging from the side of a really bloody tall building by an old piece of rope.

The 20-year-old has also been seen hanging naked from scaffolding hundreds of feet in the air, while other photos show him casually dangling his legs over the side of buildings in… Read the full story

Christmas Day and Boxing Day opening times for Morrisons, Waitrose, Asda and Iceland

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It may only be the start of November, but for many of us the planning for Christmas is already underway for 2017.

Alongside the presents and Christmas TV and movies is one very important thing – food – lots of food.

For those of you looking to be extra prepared for this year’s festive holidays, here are the opening hours for some of your local stores on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

These are the opening times for Morrisons, Waitrose, Asda and Iceland.

Morrisons

Inside the US cafe where the baristas wear bikinis

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Sex around the world: the US cafe where the baristas wear bikinis
Coffee babe? (Picture: Bikini Beans Espresso)

Sex sells – it’s an unfortunate truth of our time, and a mantra that one coffee chain in the US has really taken to heart.

Bikini Beans Espresso is Phoenix, Arizona’s first cafe to be staffed entirely by women wearing bikinis.

What you need to know about LumiDolls – Barcelona’s brothel where women have been replaced by inflatable dolls

As marketing strategies go, it’s not subtle – but it is effective.

Since launching in 2014, the company has opened a second outlet in the nearby city of Tempe and… Read the full story

Rags WorldWide is trying to make durags accessible to everyone

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Think of durags and who comes to mind?

Tupac? 50 Cent?

Traditionally, durags were worn by Afro-Americans to old processed hair-dos in place while they slept – replacing scarves. And then in the 90s, they re-emerged as part of urban fashion, again to protect cornrows but also as a stand alone accessory.

Eminem then came along and started wearing one and after a while, everyone accepted that as part of the hiphop scene, it was ok for him to rock a traditionally black symbol.

And now, Rags WorldWide is trying to make rags accessible to everyone.

It’s the brainchild of LA-based Durag Dev who started wondering if high-end designers made durags, they’d… Read the full story

Dogs take over Cornwall pool for last day of the swimming season

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A bunch of lucky pooches have had the VIP treatment at a swimming pool in Penzance, Cornwall.

They were given the chance to paddle around on the last day of the season without a load pesky swimmers getting in their way.

The Jubilee pool – which is normally exclusively for humans – gave dogs the opportunity to have full use of the pool to perfect their doggy paddle before it closes for the winter.

All sorts of dogs got in on the fun last week, from Golden Retrievers to English Bulldogs, and their owners were also allowed in to help the pups master the art of pool swimming.

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Meet the woman using glitter to turn her stretch marks into art

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Sara Shakee is a dentist-turned-digital artist known for her spectacular collages.

Normally, she doctors existing photos with rainbows, constellations, diamonds to create otherworldly pieces of art.

But recently, Sara has been using her own body as a canvas.

She’s been using glitter to transform stretch marks in a beautifully empowering series on Instagram.

The results are completely magical and the response from Sara’s followers has been overwhelmingly positive.

‘I have never felt so powerful & liberated and so fucking proud of my stretch marks in my entire life!’ she writes.

‘Where I come from and live, to be on the chubby side or to even talk about stretch marks is not something one is proud of.… Read the full story

Sainsbury’s opening hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day 2018

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New Year is closer than you think (Photo – Jason Alden/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

New Year may feel a long time away, but it will soon creep up on us with just 8 weeks left of 2017.

If you want to plan ahead and keep on top of your shopping, you may be wondering when your local Sainbsury’s will be open this New Year’s.

Sainsbury’s have yet to confirm their opening times, but based on last years opening hours we expect them to open around 07.00-19.00 on New Year’s Eve.

Many of the Sainsburys stores are likely to have reduced hours on New Year’s Day, with most shops likely to open at around 11.00 and… Read the full story

Sleep anxiety: why the fear of being tired is stopping us from getting to sleep

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In our younger, wilder days, we could go out ’till 4am, get four hours kip and be up and ready for lectures without so much as a slight headache.

But as get further into our 20s and responsibilties start to pile up, getting a good amount of quality sleep starts to become ever more important.

How many times a week do you turn up to work, only to immediately tell your colleagues just how tired you are?

How many of us wake up every morning wishing that we’d had another couple of hours?

Loads of us aren’t getting enough good quality sleep.

In fact, more than 50% of Brits don’t even get six hours a night.

And then there are those of us who have sleep anxiety – who are constantly worrying about getting enough sleep and working ourselves into a state where, although we’re in bed, we can’t stay asleep.

I have been suffering from interrupted sleep for over a year.

Read the full story

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