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Should you separate the art from the artist when it comes to sexual abuse?


It’s become shockingly clear how little sexual abuse allegations hinder the perpetrators long-term.

The President of the United States has been accused, and Harvey Weinstein was able to use his power to brush off any such claims for decades.

One excuse is continually used after someone is found out to be a sexual predator, however: ‘Can’t we just separate the art from the artist?’

Woody Allen and Roman Polanski are still some of the most revered filmmakers of our time. They’re also both alleged sexual abusers of children. And we’re told rape culture doesn’t exist.

Woody is married to the adopted daughter of his ex Mia Farrow Picture: STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

People excuse some of the… Read the full story

Why I couldn’t admit to having postnatal depression – not even to myself

Why I couldn’t admit to having PND
Those were dark days (Picture: Erin Aniker for Metro.co.uk)

I’ve always been a high achiever. You know the type: straight As at school, a member of two orchestras, a graduate with a first-class honours degree, an award-winning journalist.

Naively, I expected I’d be good at parenting, too.

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When I was pregnant with my first child, I was working on a baby magazine.

I remember reading a statistic about how much the average newborn cried – two hours a day, as I recall – and thinking, somewhat… Read the full story

13 tips for all commuters to make your journey easier

Seem familiar? (Picture: Getty)

Working from home is a perk that many of us aren’t lucky enough to have, but the commuting life doesn’t have to be that awful.

Should you separate the art from the artist when it comes to sexual abuse?

The thought of commuting, especially when relying upon public transport strikes fear into the hearts of workers all across the land, but there are some advantages.

The commute to your place of work can actually be a great opportunity to learn a new skill, brush up on life admin or just observe all the characters lurking around on the train or bus.

Here are some tips… Read the full story

10 ideas for genuinely good free Christmas presents

Not everyone can afford to go financially OTT at Christmas (Picture: Liberty Antonia Sadler for Metro.co.uk)

Christmas, as we all know, is a massively commercialised event.

24 brilliant Christmas gifts that your mum will actually like

TV adverts would have you believe that the whole point of the season is to compete to see who can buy the most lavishly expensive, indulgent gifts.

But Christmas doesn’t have to be an exercise in capitalism – you can spend absolutely no cash at all, and STILL get the brownie points of giving them an awesome present.

And I’m not talking about the sort of present that you bake… Read the full story

You are not a burden


Here’s something you might need to hear one day.

Maybe that’s today, right at this moment. Maybe it’ll be next week when your anxiety’s spiraling. Maybe it’ll be a year from now, when you find yourself asking your parents, your friends, your workplace, for a little help.

You are not a burden.

If you struggle with any kind of mental illness, there’s likely been a time when you thought you were a burden to everyone around you.

You felt guilty for asking for help. You felt like you were a rubbish friend, or son, or employee, or significant other – taking so much and not being able to offer anything in return.

You felt pointless, like all you were doing was loading other people with your struggles and dragging them down.

You thought you were a burden. You thought things would be easier if you just disappeared.

None of that is true. It wasn’t then and it isn’t now and it won’t be true the next time… Read the full story

This guy is the first in India to tattoo his eyes completely black

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There’s some debate about the most painful places to get a tattoo, but there’s only few who can say from experience that it’s the eyeballs.

The newest addition to this club is Karan Sidhu, 28, who likes to be known only as Tattoographer Karan, and he’s become the first in India to tattoo the whites of his eyes completely.

Karan held his own eyes open when he had the procedure done in September, while the reported inventor of eyeball tattoos Luna Cobra injected the sclera with ink.

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The healing process for this is a nasty one, as imagined. It had to… Read the full story

ICYMI: You can now actually have breakfast at Tiffany’s

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If you spend your halcyon teenage years wishing that you too could wear gloves up to your elbows and smoke out of a ludicrously long cigarette holder, then listen up.

You can finally live your best Holly Golightly life because actual Tiffany & Co are now SERVING BREAKFAST.

Yep, breakfast at Tiffany’s is being served in a new cafe which is opening at the original Fifth Avenue store so frequently visited by Holly.

It’s called The Blue Box Cafe and apparently, everything is Tiffany blue – from the salt shakers to the plates, dining chairs and walls.

So, what’s on the menu?

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As you… Read the full story

Student who lost his ID on a night out wakes up to a £5k travel itinerary to the Maldives

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We’ve all done ridiculous things when we’re drunk.

Often it’s sending a text tirade to an ex, or ordering something useless of Amazon.

But one student recently woke up to find someone had bought a mad expensive flight itinerary to the Maldives in his name, after losing his ID on a night out.

Set for 2 December, the itinerary included first class tickets to the islands with a pitstop in Abu Dhabi.

And those four tickets came to a bile-inducing £5,289.87 – enough to make even the sturdiest of drinkers suddenly need to close the curtains and go back to bed.

The accompanying letter from the Flight Centre was addressed to ‘Lord George William Armstrong’ and read:… Read the full story

Youngest siblings are always their parents’ favourite because they want to be

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Younger siblings have a lot of crap to contend with.

We’re forced to wear hand-me-downs. We’ve got to try and match our older siblings’ grades. We have to watch while they ransack all our possessions.

And we’ve got to hear them whine on about favouritism.

But it turns out that they may have had a point, because the babies of the family are more likely to be the parents’ favourite, according to a new study.


It’s all down to perception. Researchers from Brigham Young University’s School of Family Life have concluded that favouritism is in the eye of the beholder.

Basically, younger siblings are more concerned with comparing themselves to their older siblings – so it’s… Read the full story

When to stop wearing a poppy after Remembrance Sunday?

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Across Britain this weekend people donned their poppies for Armistice Day and Remembrance day – but when should you take it off?

ICYMI: You can now actually have breakfast at Tiffany's

The official ceremony and day of Remembrance for those who fought and died with the British Armed forces is on Remembrance Sunday.

On this day there are veterans parade across the country and the Royal Family are present at the Cenotaph to lay the wreath of poppies to commemorate and honour the soldier’s sacrifice.

The Christmas Quiz that will test your festive trivia knowledge

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The Christmas period is slowly coming upon us with hot chocolates, pigs in blankets and mince pies not far away.

You are not a burden

But are you worthy of the festive warmth that comes with this time of year?

Take our fun Christmas quiz to find out how much you really know about the most wonderful time of the year.

Take a look at the all black 2018 Pirelli Calendar, styled by Edward Enninful

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Pirelli has just revealed their 2018 calendar and it’s a massive celebration of black beauty.

Each month’s been snapped by legendary photographer Tim Walker and styled by Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful.

The theme?

Alice in Wonderland.

‘Alice has been told so many times,’ Tim Walker says.

‘And I think I wanted to go back to the genesis of the imagination behind Lewis Carroll so that you could tell it from the very beginning again. I wanted to find a different and original angle.’

Studies suggest that men who are trying for babies should give up alcohol

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One of the very unfair parts of parenthood is that men get to be just as much of a parent as a woman does, but without having to carry the baby.

While I’m sure being pregnant is lovely and magical and a joyous experience, it also means going nine months without having a fag, a really hot bath or getting gently pissed. Three activities that I struggle to imagine life without.

I’ve long felt that it must be incredibly galling to sip on elderflower cordial while aiming at conception while your partner enjoys a nice glass of wine or three. So I was excited to read that actually, those of you who… Read the full story

12 Kindness quotes to celebrate World Kindness Day 2017

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To be generous is to be kind (Picture: Getty)

World Kindness Day is nationally recognised in the UK and falls on November 13 each year.

You are not a burden

Today is the day for the celebration of kindness in society and day to day life.

People will be filling the world with individual acts of kindness all day long – but your kindness can start today and last forever.

You can pledge your Kind Act or Kindness Initiative for Kindness Day on this webpage, get your school, business or organisation involved in Kindness Day 2017.

The day aims to unite the world… Read the full story

Greggs is releasing their first ever Christmas advent calendar

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If you’re sick of crappy chocolate advent calendars and want something genuinely warming and delicious every morning, then Greggs might have just the answer.

They’ve just launched their first ever Greggsmas advent calendar.

Billed as ‘the ultimate Christmas gift for every Greggs fan’, each door will reveal a tear-off token which can be taken into a Greggs and exchanged for a different treat on their Christmas menu every day.

We’re talking Festive bakes, mince pies, sausage rolls and various lattes.

On Christmas  Eve, excitable chompers will find a £5 gift card behind door 24.

And if they’re really lucky, they’ll find a surprise £25 gift card instead.

Each door also houses a unique Greggs festive scene, from kissing a Festive… Read the full story

Oh dear, people really hate Zoella’s advent calender

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When we heard that Zoella was making an advent calendar, we thought that sounded quite nice. 

We like a fancy advent calendar. 

And while, as an adult who’s only a little bit younger than Zoe herself, I’m not exactly the target market and had no plans to buy one, I’d assumed it would be pretty harmless.

Then the calendar came out.

Oh boy.

If there’s one group of people you don’t want to get angry it’s parents of tweenage children in the run-up to Christmas. They’re tired, stressed, under pressure to get amazing presents and constantly being ground down by pester-power.

Unfortunately the Boots and Zoella collaboration has done exactly that. Why?… Read the full story

When are Covent Garden Christmas lights switching on and what is happening in the market?

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One of London’s most famous and iconic shopping locations will be illuminated with twinkling Christmas lights this week as we enter the run-up to the festive season.

On Tuesday, November 14 Covent Garden will be in the spotlight as their glamorous lights get switched on for Christmas.

The lights this year will be more magical than ever as Covent Garden will be accessorised by Christmas chandeliers and many smaller Christmas themed lights.

How people live on low wages: 11k a year

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Given that the average UK salary is £28,758 (according to the Office for National Statistics), what’s it like living on a lower wage?

As part of Money Month, we’re opening up the purse strings to find out how people get by on much less.

Kim is a French and German teacher in Sussex, earning £21,000. Last year, however, she was living on just £11,000 as a teaching assistant and PGCE student.

‘I’ve never budgeted but just been careful,’ she tells Metro.co.uk.

Here’s how she managed:

Renting and utilities

I chose to live in Chichester because it was where I got a job and it was close to my family. There’s no way I… Read the full story

Self-Care Week: Why it’s so important for people living with IBD

Taking time to yourself is crucial when you live with a chronic illness (Picture: Getty)

Today marks the first day of Self-Care Week, yet another awareness scheme to join everything from World Porridge Day to National Chocolate Week.

But this is an initiative that really  matters, particularly to people living with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), like me.

10 thoughts everybody has when they’re diagnosed with IBD

The team behind it are health professionals from key areas including the NHS and it aims to help you develop self-care practices that you’ll be able to put into practice for the rest of your life.

Sometimes ‘self-care’ can seem a bit faddy:… Read the full story

Compulsions, intrusive thoughts and obsessive rituals: A day in the life of someone with OCD

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One of the hardest things about living with OCD is feeling unsupported.

People tell you to ‘get over yourself’ and insist it’s ‘not that bad’. That’s because people tend to associate OCD with someone who likes organising their drawers or colour-coding their wardrobes.

But this just isn’t the case.

OCD is over-powering. It can be debilitating. It can totally consume every part of your day-to-day life.

A person’s OCD symptoms will generally fall into one of the four following areas: checking, contamination, hoarding and intrusive thoughts – all of which can be experienced at the same time.

I was diagnosed with OCD two years ago. For me, checking, the fear of contamination… Read the full story

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