Metro

Metro is a free tabloid newspaper available in parts of the United Kingdom and published by Associated Newspapers Ltd. It is distributed from Monday to Friday on many public-transport services in selected urban centres across the United Kingdom.

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Amancay Tapia

Amancay Tapia

Journalist and Filmmaker with bylines in The Independent, The Telegraph, Metro.co.uk, The HuffPost and Thrive Global.She also writes …

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Emma Mykytyn

Emma Mykytyn

NUJ Freelance Writer and Blogger. Writes about food, travel and lifestyle.

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Skills: Blogger
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Matt Millington

NCTJ-accredited journalist. Shorthand 100 wpm Former agency reporter and now Video Journalist for Made in Leeds. Below find …

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Sophia Ernesti

Sophia Ernesti

A multimedia journalist, Sophia writes about travel, culture and lifestyle. Experience working for various publications including Vogue, Time …

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Latest Articles

The cost of caring: Why unpaid carers say £67.60 a week is not enough

The cost of caring: Why unpaid carers say £67.60 a week is not enough The cost of caring: Why unpaid carers say £67.60 a week is not enough Despite being in pain and needing fillings, Rachel Mewes hasn’t been able to visit the dentist in three years, as she can’t afford even an initial appointment. ‘I would also like to buy some new clothes, but on £67.60 a week that barely even pays for the petrol to take my daughter to school and back,’ says the mum-of-one. Rachel, 39, and partner Marc, a
By Sophie Henderson
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Suicide prevention must be at heart of Covid recovery despite 'no rise in rates'

Samantha Lovell remembers the last time she spoke to her brother Chris. ‘I asked him before, “You won’t do anything stupid?”,’ she says. ‘He told me “No, of course not. I wouldn’t do anything stupid”. The last message I sent him said “Are you alright Chris?” He said, “I’ll survive Sam”.’ The dad-of-two, who worked as a paramedic, died in hospital on July 25 after taking his own life aged 35. Sam says there were no signs her brother, who was the ‘life and soul of the party’, wanted to kill him
By Emma Brazell
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I transformed my tower block flat into a thing of beauty on a budget

Having lived in rented homes with my mum since I was three-years-old, magnolia is a colour I am well-accustomed to. Magnolia walls and beige carpet are a staple of rentals – and eight out of the eight ones we lived in served as proof of this, until my mum and I moved to our tower block apartment in 2020.
By Mollie Quirk
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What it feels like... to have a fear of being sick

My worst nightmare is being sick or seeing other people vomit My worst nightmare is being sick or seeing other people vomit One of the worst panic attacks I’ve ever had came as a result of seeing someone throw up near me on a train in July 2017. I was alone on a short journey home after a fun evening with some friends when I suddenly looked around and saw that a man who was sitting across from me had been sick. My instant thought was that I needed to get away from it as fast as I could. I fe
By Charlotte Roszko
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Paying Nigel Farage to make Cameo videos isn't the slam dunk you think it is

When I first saw a Cameo of former politician Nigel Farage appear on my TikTok For You Page, I was a bit bewildered. He was making references to Among Us – a popular online game of deduction – which, to be honest, I doubted he’d ever even heard of, let alone played. As more videos appeared of Farage making bizarre references to ‘Imposters’ and ‘Big Chungus’ (which, if you didn’t know, is a meme related to a fat picture of Bugs Bunny), I must admit I felt slightly sorry for him – he clearly had
By Felix Rackow
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Paying Nigel Farage to make Cameo videos isn't the slam dunk you think it is

When I first saw a Cameo of former politician Nigel Farage appear on my TikTok For You Page, I was a bit bewildered. He was making references to Among Us – a popular online game of deduction – which, to be honest, I doubted he’d ever even heard of, let alone played. As more videos appeared of Farage making bizarre references to ‘Imposters’ and ‘Big Chungus’ (which, if you didn’t know, is a meme related to a fat picture of Bugs Bunny), I must admit I felt slightly sorry for him – he clearly had
By Felix Rackow
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Don't look down on me for joining the queue for Primark

On Monday at 8.50am, I stood outside the local Primark in the Cornish sunshine, waiting for the doors to open. There were around 30 of us, mostly mums – judging by the number of toddlers in attendance – armed with reusable carrier bags, snacks and supplies. And despite arriving early, there were already at least 10 people in front of us, with a rapidly growing queue behind.
By Rebecca Tidy
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Outriders review - a surprising looter with a refreshing foot in the past

People Can Fly’s new looter shooter has been compared to Destiny and Gears Of War but how does it match up to such well established greats? Outriders felt like it was missing something in its early announcements. A hook that truly made it stand out. It instead came off as a bland mush of super-serious tone and art assets that the Western market grew out of half a decade ago. Derivative of trends that had steadily fallen out of fashion during the game’s development process. On top of that, it’s
By Patrick Dane
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Abandonment issues and a rise in violence - how lockdown affected adopted kids

Describing the impact the Covid crisis has had on her children, Rachel says, ‘they feel like they’ve been abandoned’. Like many kids, the pandemic has hit them hard – but it’s other circumstances that have made the last 12 months even more difficult to deal with. Both of Rachel’s children, two boys aged six and five, are adopted and underlying issues of abandonment have had the most profound effect on them – even though their mother has tried to rationalise the rules of lockdown. ‘It affects
By Hanna Ward
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EastEnders isn't letting us down if Ben and Callum's wedding is social distanced

EastEnders’ favourites Ben Mitchell (Max Bowden) and Callum Highway (Tony Clay) became engaged earlier this year. And it looks like the big day is on its way fairly soon, as new photos showed the cast all dressed up for the occasion. Sadly, the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic likely means the usual intimacy involved in filming a soap wedding won’t be possible, which has left some fans feeling a bit disappointed. But the show must go on, and EastEnders is not letting anyone down by pushing ahead.
By Laura Denby
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'It's been soul-destroying': Meet the people who have shielded for a year

When millions across the UK went into shielding last March, most would have never imagined they would still be shut away inside a year later. Many people are now in their 13th month of not popping into a supermarket or hopping on a bus, some have been unable to perform their normal working duties, while thousands haven’t hugged anyone all year as they protect themselves from Covid at all costs. With Government shielding advice officially set to end on April 1, there is finally light at the end
By Emma Brazell
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Exclusive: League Of Legends: Wild Rift's Brian Feeney on Riot's new mobile game

WIth League Of Legends: Wild Rift currently available in open beta, we caught up with design director Brian Feeney to talk about bringing the world’s most popular esports to mobile. League Of Legends and other MOBAs are notorious for being deep and complex experiences. It’s not rare to put over 100 hours into one and still only feel like you have a surface level understanding of its systems. MOBAs take a lot of mastery and knowledge to become a truly good player. From hero knowledge to basic co
By Patrick Dane
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Women are tired - and we don't know how to change things anymore

Standing by the bandstand, the first thing I noted was the scent; of candles burning, of flowers and a hundred different perfumes. Having walked the long muddy pathway through Clapham Common, flanked by a gentle flow of masked women, I’d reached the epicentre. Cards and flowers overwhelmed the site and for a second I was reminded, jarringly, of Princess Diana’s funeral. In the air was a sense of quiet sadness, but also catharsis: to be doing something – anything – after days of impotent frust
By Harriet Marsden
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I couldn't face going back to midwifery after losing my baby

Maybe it’s my mother’s instinct, but I just had such a gut feeling from our first scan that my baby wouldn’t survive. The feelings were so strong that I couldn’t enjoy my pregnancy. I ended up entirely disassociating myself from it – it was the only way I could manage. My fears came true when Holly, my second child, was diagnosed with a complete heart block at 20 weeks gestation. This is a condition where the heart muscles don’t work properly together and the electrical signals the heart relie
By Gabriella Ferlita
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Apex Legends Nintendo Switch review - impressive yet compromised

Apex Legends has made its way to the Nintendo Switch but are the technical compromises worth the benefit of being able to play it anywhere? Respawn’s Apex Legends has proven to be one of the few battle royales with serious staying power. Overshadowed only by Call Of Duty: Warzone and Fortnite, it remains one of the only long term successes in the genre. The Titanfall spin-off has even eclipsed its parent series in terms of mainstream popularity and has proven to be one of EA’s biggest non-sport
By Patrick Dane
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Runaway monkey fell from balcony after owner 'kept it in shocking conditions'

A runaway monkey fell from a balcony after a pet shop owner kept the animal in ‘shocking’ conditions, a court heard. Marmoset Nicky allegedly slept in a cage designed for guinea pigs, lived on a diet of dog food and did not have proper toilet facilities. Owner Joseph Ghessen, 39, denies failing to ensure animal welfare and insists he ‘did everything that was reasonable in the circumstances’. The businessman, who runs Cally Pets in Islington, is said to have housed Nicky in a cage at night tha
By Charlie Jones
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Seal becomes 'local celeb' after returning to same spot on Thames every day

An adorable seal has become a ‘local celeb’ in west London after returning to the same spot every day for a week. Incredible pictures show the animal relaxing on the bank of the River Thames, near St Paul’s school boathouse in Barnes. It was first spotted ‘wobbling’ up a ramp to avoid high tides on Tuesday, and has returned to the same area every day since. The seal has kept itself busy by taking dips in the water and greeting adoring fans over the last five days. Both grey seals and harbour
By Emma Brazell
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Destiny 2's GM Justin Truman sits down to talk Season of the Chosen

Destiny 2’s General Manager Justin Truman sits down to discuss the game’s latest season, how Bungie create new content, revamp old issues and what they are doing about current problems. So, caveat. If you’ve kept up with the goings-on of Destiny 2 in the last week or so, you will know that the future of the game, and some community pain points, have been outlined by Bungie in its State of Destiny 2021 post. In it, it was announced that the Witch Queen expansion has been pushed back until 2022.
By Patrick Dane
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I won't say sorry for being disabled anymore

I remember apologising for having to be pushed around my school in my wheelchair as young as eight years old. I was unable to move my manual chair myself so different students would help me around the playground, open doors and move chairs around so I could sit at the table. Though I would always thank them, my thanks would always be swiftly followed by the word ‘sorry’. I felt embarrassed that I needed so much help. I didn’t want other children to have sympathy for me and I felt like a burden
By Faith Martin
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