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.

Featured Writers

Harriet Marsden

Journalist

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Skills: Sub-editor, Reporter, Proofreader, Feature Writer, Editor, Copywriter, Blogger
Specialisms: Travel, Social Media, Politics, News, Music, Lifestyle, Journalism, Health, Food, Film, Features, Entertainment, Education, Culture, Art

Jon O'Brien

Freelance Entertainment Writer/Music Curator. Journalism Graduate from University of Central Lancashire. Have written thousands of reviews, biographies and …

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Specialisms: Music, Journalism, Features, Entertainment, Art

Jesse Ship

Jesse Ship is a freelance writer / digital marketing specialist with a focus on what's new and what's …

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Skills: Translator, Proofreader, Feature Writer, Editor, Creative Writing, Copywriter, Blogger
Specialisms: Travel, Social Media, Reviews, News, Music, Lifestyle, Journalism, Health, Food, Film, Features, Fashion, Entertainment, Culture, Business, Art

Tamala Ceasar

I am a lifestyle journalist, filmmaker and presenter, with a specialism in features, documentaries and opinion pieces on …

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Skills: Sub-editor, Reporter, Proofreader, Feature Writer, Editor, Copywriter, Broadcaster, Blogger
Specialisms: Technology, Social Media, Lifestyle, Journalism, Film, Features, Fashion, Entertainment, Education, Culture

Latest Articles

Desperate Brits share what it's like being stranded in New Zealand

Lonely, anxious and scared – all three feelings are running high across the UK as we enter our fourth day of official lockdown, but these emotions are being felt even moreso by desperate Brits stranded on the other side of the world. People around the world are trying to get back to Britain following global coronavirus lockdowns. But a considerable number of people are currently stuck the furthest away, in New Zealand. With the country now on a Level 4 lockdown, many of these stranded individu
By Lizzie Thomson
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How 2020 weddings are being affected by coronavirus

Wedding season is almost upon us, which means – for many couples – months (or years, in some cases) of planning will finally come to a head. Well, that would normally be the case, of course, but this year coronavirus is disrupting nuptials all over the globe. New measures around social distancing and isolation for the elderly and vulnerable has meant that couples getting married have been forced to revise their guest list. Not only that, but the Church of England has now advised that weddings
By Lizzie Thomson
Metro

As a Jewish man I call out Islamophobia, because I've faced hatred too

I was educated at a typical Jewish faith school. I sang Jewish prayers, learnt Hebrew and celebrated Jewish festivals. But what made it unique, and still does to this day, is that three quarters of the students are practicing Muslims. Being a Jew in Birmingham can be a lonely affair. Less than 2,000 Brummies identify as such. For this reason, King David Primary provides a dedicated space for young Jews to learn about their heritage. But the gradually shrinking community means the school relies
By Aaron Drapkin
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How to look after your mental health when you are self-isolating

Being cooped up inside for days on end can have a detrimental effect on our mental health. So what on earth are we supposed to do when we are being advised to stay inside for the next few weeks, and potentially months? Feelings of cabin fever, along with constant news updates, are likely to promote anxiety and stress. Even the World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised that coronavirus is having an impact on our mental health and has published its own guidelines on how to deal with it (mos
By Lizzie Thomson
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Anyone with OCD is vulnerable to self-gaslighting

‘You don’t eat pizza like someone who has OCD’, a date said to me last summer. I laughed awkwardly. He was right to note that my margherita was a mess. I had to tell him the truth. ‘It doesn’t work like that’, I said. One day, I thought, he might find out about the 40,000-plus pictures on my phone, ranging from dead animals to bemused strangers. I should explain. My OCD began 15 years ago. The trigger was nothing unusual: childhood bullies. At the time, I started thinking magically. A watche
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London Fashion Week has confirmed that the bob is back for 2020

Back in the 1920s the flapper-style bob dominated, and now, 100 years on, we’re seeing a return of the cult hairstyle. That’s right, the bob is back for 2020. It goes without saying that London Fashion Week is always a hotbed for trending new hairstyles and beauty looks and this year several guests and influencers were spotted with the chopped-off hairdo. But no trend simply returns in its previous state. Instead it reinvents itself, staying true to its origins whilst offering something new a
By Lizzie Thomson
Metro

Young people share what it’s like to be made redundant

The dialogue surrounding work for young people is often centered around job hunting, interviews and promotions. So what happens if you’re made redundant when your career is just starting out? Or if you’re a few years into working life, when you think your role is pretty stable? Redundancy is a big life change that affects people in different ways, with the potential to bring on financial difficulties, mental health issues and more. Rachel*, a journalist from London, was made redundant from a
By Lizzie Thomson
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Contraceptive patch, pill, coil, implant and other birth controls explained

Rebecca Gormley, the new contestant on Love Island, is causing quite a stir – and not just because of her frisson with Callum Jones. The 21-year-old with ‘hair of a goddess’ made a big entrance, but it was the small patch on her thigh that most viewers clocked during Tuesday night’s episode of Love Island.
By Harriet Marsden
Metro

Why it's time to mute 'gin enthusiast' and any other dating app cliche

My grandfather’s favourite quote is: ‘Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.’ Clearly, my nonagenarian pop hasn’t spent much time on Tinder. I hope. Because this advice doesn’t hold for dating apps. Most people I know wouldn’t swipe right for a purely pictorial profile – no words looks lazy at best, and unpleasantly narcissistic at worst (sorry Ronan Keating, but on Hinge or Bumble you really don’t say it best when you say nothing at all). Which means
By Harriet Marsden
Metro

Authors share their top tips on how to read more books in 2020

Along with fitness plans and healthy eating, a common New Year’s resolution is the desire to read more. So how do you make your wholesome intentions actually happen when Netflix is such a tempting way to spend free time? Authors Rob Moore, Natalie Trice and Noor Hibbert share their thoughts on how we can all read a little more in 2020. Rob is a best-selling non-fiction author and the host of The Disruptive Entrepreneur podcast, while Natalie is a PR Director with two books to her name, and No
By Lizzie Thomson
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Cockroach milk is predicted to be a trend in 2020

Alternative milks have risen in popularity over the past year or two – be is oat, coconut or almond. But it seems there’s another non-dairy product which boasts huge nutritional benefits… cockroach milk. Metro.co.uk said back in 2018 that cockroach milk was set to be big in future and last year saw a number of headlines suggesting the drink would be the next up-and-coming fad. Now, many people believe that 2020 could be the year it goes mainstream. Last week, Glamour Magazine hailed it the ‘
By Lizzie Thomson
Metro

Why our generation needs to embrace hobbies in 2020

How do you spend your free time? Perhaps scrolling through Instagram, taking to Twitter or browsing Netflix? The reality is that for most millennials, it’s likely to be most (or all) of the above. This has become the norm for young people. We can pretty much pin this down to one key reason – the growth in technology over the past decade. With the risk of sounding like your old Aunt Margaret, we have to face the facts that – as a generation – we’ve become swept up in our phones and social med
By Lizzie Thomson
Metro

As an aromantic, the search for true love is a game I don't understand

As an asexual, the search for true love is a game I don’t understand. Around the time of puberty, it becomes strangely acceptable to start making presumptions about children and their sexual and romantic orientation. Well-meaning adults would ask whether I’d started dating yet, or whether I had a boyfriend, as casually as they would ask about my hobbies.
By Yasmin Benoit
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The Liberal Democrats apologised for tuition fees - it's time to forgive them

Nearly a decade after the Liberal Democrats first entered into the coalition, one major decision continues to haunt them more than any other: the introduction of tuition fees. I was one of the first waves of students to be affected by this decision and I am now burdened with over £40,000 worth of debt – a seemingly astronomical figure. I accept that this was a tremendous mistake from the Lib Dems. Before the 2010 election, the party, then led by Nick Clegg, pledged to oppose any raise in fees.
By George White
Metro

A round-up of the best Christmas jumpers for 2019

It’s almost time for Santa Claus to come to town, which can mean only one thing – Christmas jumper season is finally upon us. A festive knit is an absolute must for December and this year there’s a plethora of different types to choose from. So whether you prefer a conventional sweater or a wacky or tacky number, the high street has something for everyone. Expect plenty of pop culture references along with some pretty timeless designs. We’ve rounded up some of the best on the market, so you
By Lizzie Thomson
Metro

Experts tell us the wellness trends to look out for in 2020

With 2020 fast-approaching, it’s time to look ahead to some of the biggest things we can expect in the new year. We’ve already covered which foods are set to be big for 2020, along with upcoming holistic trends – but what can we expect from the world of wellness? A number of experts have shared their thoughts on which wellness trends will dominate as we enter a new decade – and there are some interesting predictions. Take note of these new buzzwords – we’re likely to be hearing a whole lot mo
By Lizzie Thomson
Metro

Logo nail art is taking over Instagram in a big way

Designer products can often set your bank balance back a hefty sum, but a new nail art trend offers a brand’s signature label – without the price tag. Logo nail art is the latest nail trend sweeping across our Instagram feeds. That’s right, the logos of famous fashion houses are being painted onto nails, for DIY designer looks. Some of the most popular designs used in this new makeshift trend include the iconic interlocking Cs for Chanel, as well as the letters ‘L’ and ‘V’ for luxury retailer
By Lizzie Thomson
Metro

A third of men think it’s unprofessional to talk about periods at work

Weekend plans, holidays and Brexit are the usual suspects when it comes to office chit chat – but a new study has found there’s a particular topic that male employees dislike. A new study has found that a third of male workers think it’s ‘inappropriate’ to discuss anything to do with menstruation in the office. In fact, 32 per cent of men said they thought it was ‘unprofessional’ of women to talk about periods at work. This new research confirms that the menstrual cycle is still largely consi
By Lizzie Thomson
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How to make eco-friendly choices this winter

With November in full swing, the days are not only darker but colder, too – but turning the heating up not only costs your bank balance, it costs the planet, too. So how can we make eco-friendly choices this winter without freezing our toes off? There are a number of simple swaps and reductions which can add up to make a real difference – from using less heating to making sustainable clothes choices. Here are some of the best ways to go green during the chillier months. When winter comes aro
By Lizzie Thomson
Metro

Young people share what it’s like living with arthritis

Arthritis can affect anyone, at any age. So why is it that adverts and leaflets frequently show images of greying, elderly people with the condition? The NHS states that around 15,000 children and young people in the UK are affected every year by arthritis. But that figure doesn’t take into account people in their 20s and 30s who are diagnosed, too. The winter months can be particularly difficult for those living with arthritis, as the cold weather can often cause ‘flare ups’ – particularly b
By Lizzie Thomson
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