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Lidl Black Friday deals with up to 75% off on laptops, George Foreman’s and much more

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Have yourself a Merry Lidl Christmas with the discount supermarket’s first ever Black Friday deals.

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The German supermarket powerhouse is offering customers the full Black Friday experience by slashing the price on everything by up to 75%.

Think about all the cheap wine, champagne, and steaks you can stock up on, to have the most luxurious Christmas yet.

It looks like you will be tasting the goodness for a long time as there is even a deal on a 7kg leg of Serrano ham for just £29.99.

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Am I in my own Truman Show? 10 anxious thoughts I have every day

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Do you have a stream of constant, nagging, negative thoughts which keep your mind whirring at a million miles a minute?

I have generalised anxiety disorder and I am always battling with my inner monologue.

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She’s pretty annoying at times but I’ve come to recognise the anxious thoughts when they crop up, and so I feel a little more capable of ignoring them.

So, from existential angst to avoiding conversations, here are 10 anxious thoughts I have almost every day.

1.… Read the full story

Here’s what to buy for someone who isn’t drinking

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If you’ve ever wondered what drink to buy for someone who isn’t drinking, wonder no more.

After all, we know what happens when you stop drinking.

But what do you do to replace it?

Here’s your solution: Seedlip is the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit and solves the dilemma of what to drink when you’re not drinking.

It’s the ideal gift for non-drinkers, foodies, pregnant friends so you can look oh so thoughtful.

Latest House of Fraser Black Friday offers have huge deals on clothing and homeware

House of Fraser have started reducing prices (Picture: Getty Images)

Black Friday 2017 is just around the corner. Christmas is coming, so it’s time to purchase that perfect gift for your family and friends.

A host of shops and online retailers will be slashing their prices on the busiest shopping day of the year.

Starbucks is launching new in-house artisanal bakeries

House of Fraser will again be partaking in the event and have started to make reductions on their Black Friday page.

House of Fraser have offered a week-long sale of up to 50 per cent off online and in stores in previous… Read the full story

Starbucks has launched sparkly pink tumblers and we want them all

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When I was younger, I thought clutching a sugar-laden iced coffee with a green straw from Starbucks was the ultimate status symbol.

I mean, the Olsen twins lived off the stuff and if they were seen without a venti latte in their paws (or huge sunnies dwarfing their faces/a designer handbag weighing down the crook of their arms) it basically meant they were dead.

Starbucks has become the ultimate symbol of basic, but you know what? Who says basic is a bad thing?

I mean, their coffee is absolute trash – SORRY, BUT IT IS – but they sure know how to set… Read the full story

How Christmas trees are decorated around the world

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Even if you haven’t got your Christmas tree up yet, you probably know someone who has.

We’ve already found out what Christmas dinner is like all around the world. So now, here’s a chance to see how people decorate their tree overseas.

Some have gone one step further by ditching a traditional tree for pineapples and another with Oreo-flavoured candy canes.

But if you’re looking for inspiration, why not look further afield?

In Japan it’s popular to have intricately folded paper cranes nestled in the tree along with paper fans and lantern.

Meanwhile, as it’s summer in Australia, beach decorations like shells are used to reflect the season.

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Leeds, admit it: at some things, Bradford is better than you

Why Bradford is better than Leeds
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Do you remember at school there was always that one set of siblings?

Where one was good-looking and popular, was effortlessly on trend and generally top of the class both academically and otherwise.

13 reasons why Bradford is the greatest city in the UK

The other was Bradford.

Bradford gets a lot of hate; socially deprived, socially divided and socially awkward, it just can’t seem to catch a break.

Or, as my mother would say, can’t do right for doing wrong.

But when comparing any two things, if you pick the right criteria, you can get… Read the full story

Lazy Oaf has launched its first ever lingerie and nightwear range and it’s cute as hell

Lazy Oaf debut nightwear collection
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Lazy Oaf has always been a prime purveyor of all things quirky and cool.

Remember their cat bikini? The epic Hello Kitty collection? The Disney collab, featuring a Mickey Mouse dungaree dress?

Now, the colourful queens have launched their very first nightwear and lingerie line which means your PJ drawer ain’t never going to be the same again, sister!

The 15-piece range features mesh, satin, stretch cotton and embroidery in soft baby pinks and blues, and includes three matching Lazy lingerie sets, two comfy PJ sets, a frilly pink babydoll and a cotton slogan sleep tee.

All… Read the full story

World Premature Baby Day 2017: Everything you need to know

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Today is World Premature Baby day – a day for raising awareness of premature birth.

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It is thought that around 15 million babies are born early every year around the world, according to the Bliss Baby Charity.

While many go on to lead healthy lives some of those can suffer devastating consequences as a result.

As many as one million babies are believed to die every year as a result of early birth.

Here is everything you need to know about World Premature Baby Day and what it is all about.

When… Read the full story

Felicity Hayward launches the next #SELFLOVEBRINGSBEAUTYGANG




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Felicity Hayward, founder of brand Self Love Brings Beauty, an organisation which promotes positivity, mental health and confidence in both women and men, is an icon in the body positivity world.

She also recently called out a major fashion brand for stealing her designs.

Now, she’s launched a new collaboration with Noctis Magazine.

Felicity tells Metro.co.uk she wanted to create a platform in the industry to embrace diversity: ‘Working as a model I see the way brands are too scared to really cast a different range of models.

‘I wanted to show them how beautiful we all really are and how powerful we can be working as a collective.’

The gang… Read the full story

Someone’s invented a game to stop people from touching her hair

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People love touching curly hair.

Go to a bar and wear your hair out and you’re almost guaranteed to find someone pawing you from behind.

And while some of us don’t mind that, many curly or afro wearers do. They don’t want your crusty mitts all over their carefully styled, clean, producted manes.

Which is why Momo Pixel, a Portland-based creative, has come up with Hair Nah – ‘a travel game about a black woman who is tired of people touching her hair’.

It’s gloriously 80s in its execution but the point it is to school folk about how invasive hair touching can be.

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Broken hearts can cause same long-term damage as heart attacks

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If you’ve ever been broken hearted, you’ll know the dull pang of sorrow well.

It can feel like your heart is swollen, like you’ve been eight rounds with Anthony Joshua.

And now it turns out that being broken hearted really does do damage to the heart.

Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or ‘broken heart syndrome’, affects at least 3,000 people in the UK after a traumatic event, and during an attack, the heart muscles weaken to a point where it can no longer work effectively.

And researchers from the University of… Read the full story

How people live on low wages: £7.5k 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.

Margaret* is a 63-year-old pensioner from Gloucestershire who owns her home and lives on a pension each month.

‘I’m not fanatical for reduced items but if there’s a bargain to be had, I’ll have it,’ she tells Metro.co.uk.

Here’s how she manages on £625 a month:

Renting and utilities

I don’t have a mortgage or pay rent as I have my own house. I divorced eight years ago… Read the full story

Parents should be encouraging their daughters to take selfies, not banning them

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Given that Jamie Oliver once cheerfully announced that he punishes his children by making them eat chillies, and named a baby River Rocket, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that his parenting skills leave somewhat to be desired.

But, even with the low expectations I had, I have to admit that I was still pretty shocked to hear his latest genius fatherhood move – claiming that he has banned his 14 year old daughter from taking and posting selfies.

He had a little tantrum about why selfies are so horrid, the upshot of which is that he doesn’t like selfies because they look a bit ‘porno’.

I’d… Read the full story

This cake is in the shape of a KFC bargain bucket

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We all love cake.

But cake in the shape of your favourite bargain chicken basket? Even better.

Selina Allen’s Tiers of joy cake business does just that.

The 35-year-old from Gosport has been baked for five years and her inspiration came after being unable to afford a princess castle cake for her daughter.

‘My daughter wanted a princess castle cake for her birthday and I couldn’t afford the price quoted so I had a go making one myself,’ she tells Metro.co.uk.

The mother of four says she bakes anything from one to six cakes a week.

Her current cakes include ones in the shape of a Ferrero Rocher, an Adidas… Read the full story

11 wellness Christmas subscription boxes for the health freak in your life

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You know what’s better than a really good Christmas present?

A really good Christmas present that gets delivered every month.

Subscription boxes are incredible because not only are they often packed with umpteen gifts that you wouldn’t have had time to collect, but they’re also put together in a way that only someone without a job would have had time to replicate.

And when it comes to wellness, these boxes have it nailed.

We’re talking healthy snacks. Medicine balls. Nice teas.

Christmas may be a time for indulgence but many of us want to start the new year refocused on our health – and after months of mince pies and Baileys, we all… Read the full story

How long can breast milk be left out for?

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Breast milk has been in the news a lot this year.

There was the mum who donated eight pints of breast milk to save a baby she’d never met (cute), the parent who didn’t understand why people were spewing when she made brownies for a school bake sale using her own breast milk (um…) and the recent news that the latest adult health trend is drinking breast milk (no).

Going back to basics though, we’ve got a few questions about breastfeeding –… Read the full story

Why we need to accept the possibility that sexual orientation can change with age

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Before I realised I was actually trans, I was involved in the lesbian community.

It was commonplace for older women to have lived through their twenties and thirties before realising that they were actually attracted to women.

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Most people assume that these women were always lady lovers, but just didn’t realise it or couldn’t accept it until they got a little older, wiser and more sure of themselves.

That wasn’t just the response of… Read the full story

‘I felt nothing at all’: why watching Saving Private Ryan made me realise my mental illness was escalating

‘The film depicts the cold reality of the Omaha Beach landing as part of the Normandy Invasion in 1944’ (Picture: Amblin Entertainment)

My husband and I have always been screen junkies.

We studied music and film at university so we’re well-versed in the latest releases as well as the classics of our generation, and as students got into a lot of drunken debates about what constitutes a good film.

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But one of our undisputed all-time favourites is Saving Private Ryan.

The Spielberg World War II epic stopped me in… Read the full story

Argos Black Friday flash sale sees even more gadgets reduced

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From Friday, November 12, Argos is launching a spectacular flash sale across all items in the run-up to Black Friday.

Someone's invented a game to stop people from touching her hair

Let out some of the hype for Black Friday with the Argos Flash Sale.

Get some massive savings on deals across all electricals, toys, gadgets and personal care with the Flash Sale deals.

There will be 20% off hundreds of items across categories for the next five days by using the FLASH20 code at the checkout.

If you want 10% off TV, Mac and computing in the run-up to Black Friday use the FLASH10… Read the full story

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