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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Tamala Ceasar

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

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Specialisms: Technology, Social Media, Lifestyle, Journalism, Film, Features, Fashion, Entertainment, Education, Culture

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I’m Ashley Pemberton, a news reporter at the Goole Times. For the time being at least, this website …

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Lizzie Thomson

Freelance writer. Former Online Features Writer for Evening Standard. Words for Metro.co.uk, Spectator Life, Culture Trip, Refinery29 and …

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Richard Hookham

Experienced newspaper and online journalist with a passion for sport. Sub-editor and revise editor. Extensive TV text, web …

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Latest Articles

Second Hand September: The best ways to make your wardrobe more sustainable

Second Hand September, coined by charity Oxfam, is an initiative to put stop throwaway fashion and it’s got us thinking about more ways we can be sustainable with our clothing. Shopping second-hand is a great, eco-friendly way to challenge the fast fashion industry, but sadly it’s not always possible. Luckily, there are a number of other ways to make a wardrobe more sustainable. Here are some alternative ways to make eco-friendly choices when it comes to clothes and to ensure garments stand t
By Lizzie Thomson
Metro

M&S launches reversible coat offering two winter warmers for the price of one

The arrival of September means it’s time to start dressing for the cold – and what better way to do that than with a cosy winter coat? But there’s one particular bargain to be had when it comes to winter warmers this year – all thanks to M&S. The brand has released a brand new two-in-one number: a reversible Split Wool Overcoat. The genius product is fully reversible – with one side offering a delightful blush pink shade and the other boasting a deep autumnal russet/red. What’s more, the ver
By Lizzie Thomson
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This is how to achieve the perfect blow-dry at home

It may have been Princess Charlotte’s first day of school yesterday, but her mother – the Duchess of Cambridge – stole the show with her picture-perfect blow-dry. It left many of us wanting to know the secret to Kate’s bouncy, blown out style. Unless you’re a hair technician or beauty expert, it’s unlikely you’ll know how to carry out a salon-worthy look. But we’ve spoken to experts on how to create a stunning blow-dry at home – saving you both time and money. Be sure to prep As with any be
By Lizzie Thomson
Metro

These are the autumn nail art trends to know about

Nails have been a hot topic this summer, whether it be the new French rainbow manicure or the recently coined lipstick-shape. Now September is here, it’s time to get excited about the new nail styles set to be big for autumn. Most of the autumn trends give a nod to the popular summer looks, but push them one step further. Here are some of the biggest nail art ideas and colour trends for autumn, that will no doubt be dominating our Instagram feeds over the coming months. We’ve seen tonal nail
By Lizzie Thomson
Metro

Trans teenager triumphs in bodybuilding contest after beating eating disorder

A transgender teenager has triumphed in a bodybuilding competition just years after beating a dangerous eating disorder. Alex Tilinca, 18, hit rock bottom in 2016, after developing an eating disorder that saw him consume only one meal every 24 hours and weigh himself up to four times a day. But the Long Islander turned his life around and competed against cisgender bodybuilders at the Victor Martinez’s Legends Bodybuilding Competition in New York on August 24.
By Emma Brazell
Metro

Porridge lattes could be coming to coffee shops near you soon

Whether it be matcha, turmeric or pumpkin-spiced, one thing is certain – we simply can’t get enough of flavoured lattes. But we could be seeing more of a new latte flavour, with a breakfast-inspired twist. Yes, the porridge latte could soon be a thing in coffee shops across the country. Most of us will have ordered both a bowl of porridge and a latte for breakfast, but the new coffee trend involves merging the two for an inventive caffeinated-treat. What’s more, the new creative drink can be
By Lizzie Thomson
Metro

Woman adds spikes to wheelchair to stop strangers pushing her uninvited

Being touched without permission is a nightmarish scenario for anyone – but it’s one that many disabled people are regularly forced to live through. But, after being manhandled time and time again, some wheelchair users have decided to take matters into their own hands. They are now attaching spikes to the handles of their wheelchairs to ward off the dozens of able-bodied complete strangers who move them against their will.
By Emma Brazell
Metro

Simple ways to calm anxiety when flying

The bumper August bank holiday has finally arrived and, for many, this means jet setting off on holiday. But for those who suffer with a fear of flying, the lead up to a holiday can be an excruciatingly anxious time. There are many reasons passengers can get anxious about flying – from the gravity-defying travel method itself to the lack of control. Experts have also suggested that a fear of flying can run parallel to other related phobias, such as a fear of heights, tight spaces, social situa
By Lizzie Thomson
Metro

What you need to know about the Korean wellness concept 'nunchi'

First there was hygge – the Danish lifestyle concept that suggested that overall contentment and wellbeing could be achieved through the simple things in life. Then, Marie Kondo sparked joy with her tips for decluttering both our homes and minds. But now, there’s another wellness concept in town, and it goes by the name of ‘nunchi’. While it might seem new, nunchi refers to an ancient Korean art – so it’s actually been around for centuries. Here’s everything to know about the doctrine that’s
By Lizzie Thomson
Metro

Everything to know about the 'gender sleep gap'

Losing out on sleep is enough to put anyone in a bad mood – but women seem to be missing out on a lot more. This is a phenomenon referred to as the ‘gender sleep gap’. One British survey found the average woman estimates that she loses around three hours sleep a night because of her partner. This amounts to 1,095 hours of sleep lost a year, or, more alarmingly, 45 days a year. Out of the 2,000 people who took part in the survey, one in two British women admitted to feeling ‘constantly sleep d
By Lizzie Thomson
Metro

Disabled children left 'sitting in their own faeces' after NHS cutbacks

An angry mother says the NHS has ‘robbed’ her two disabled children of ‘basic human rights’ by cutting their daily allowance of free incontinence pads. Jackie Hoadley, 57, told Metro.co.uk that it now costs her £1,600 a year to stop her kids from ‘sitting in their own urine and faeces’. Her children Mathew, 15, and Ellie, 8, both suffer from brain damage, epilepsy and double incontinence. They have round-the-clock care and are fed through the bowel and Ellie is also registered as blind. Both
By Emma Brazell
Metro

These are the best ways to protect your scalp and hair in the sun

With the arrival of August, and with July being the hottest month ever recorded on earth, staying protected against the sun is of the utmost importance. But we’re not just talking about skin. For years skincare talk has dominated the beauty industry (and still does), but looking after your scalp and hair in the heat is just as important. Scalps and hairlines are often overlooked but being at the highest point of your body, they are prone to burning. Make scalp care a priority with our tips on
By Lizzie Thomson
Metro

Zara has another cult dress and people can't get enough of it

It’s been hard to get Zara off our minds this summer. It started with a £39.99 black and white dotty dress that captured the hearts of the nation. Any trip out of the house would guarantee at least one sighting of it – be it in the office, on the street, in a packed tube carriage or at a festival. But now there’s another frock doing the rounds. The garment in question is an asymmetric white poplin dress with puffed sleeves, priced at £29.99. The new dress doesn’t seem to have its own Instagr
By Lizzie Thomson
Metro

Ten ways to reduce your carbon footprint if you feel guilty about flying

August is here which means the UK is in full summer swing, but holiday season is having a drastic impact on the planet. It’s estimated that a long-haul flight from London to New York generates around 986kg of CO2 per passenger – more than an average person creates in a year in some countries. Short-haul flights don’t contribute as much but, due to their affordable prices, more of them are being booked every day. Airlines have already taken measures to slash their emissions, but ultimately red
By Lizzie Thomson
Metro

Try these six things to help keep houseplants alive during a heatwave

A summer heatwave can cause a number of problems for the average person – sleepless nights, sweaty backs, sunburn and so on, but the death of a beloved house plant needn’t be one of them. As temperatures soar and people head outside to soak up the sunshine, house plants can be left neglected. Mainly due to the fact that proud plant parents are often left clueless on how to care for their greenery when it gets hot. Really hot. Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind when tend
By Lizzie Thomson
Metro

Boy, 16, stabbed to death for daring to confront bullies who stole his bike

A teenage boy was stabbed to death after finally standing up to bullies following years of torment. Daniel Jamieson, 16, was regularly kicked and punched by a group of boys who had previously stolen his brand new bike and attempted to set his hair alight. They then continued to goad him on Instagram, causing him to ‘snap’ and organise a fight with the ringleader. During the scuffle another boy armed with a seven-inch knife stabbed Daniel in the thigh, severing his femoral artery and causing h
By Lucy Varley
Metro

Victim speaks out after being raped, age 11, and miscarrying baby

A young woman who was raped aged 11 and fell pregnant has recounted how her abuser brainwashed her into trying to be a ‘proper family’. Rachel Brown, now 18, was abused for five years by Craig Knight then 25, after they met at a local youth club following the death of her father. By the age of 12 she fell pregnant but suffered a miscarriage, leading ‘controlling monster’ Knight to stalk her at school after installing a tracking device on her mobile.
By Lucy Varley
Metro

International Women's Day: Celebrating women who are empowered by their tattoos

Contributed to this article for The Metro, written by Hattie Gladwell. "I’d always wanted at least a sleeve, since I was about 12 years old. It was actually only last year, though, that I decided I wanted to be more covered, and wanted to go onto my legs too. My tattoos have got me through a lot and helped me to feel myself, and I’ll continue to get them added to mark milestones or as an act of self care. Women with tattoos are human."
By Beth Ashley
Metro

Mum and daughter kept as slaves by neighbour reveal injuries they suffered

The victims of a family jailed for 46 years for treating them like slaves have spoken about their horrific ordeal. Kate Dagley, 46, and Karen Jenkins, 27, thought they were being kind when they said they would carry out chores for neighbour Jean Kelly, 54, because she was in a wheelchair. The mother and daughter were separated and kept in flats seven miles apart in Coventry where they were beaten with a baseball bat and fed scraps including uncooked pasta from a bin.
By Lucy Varley
Metro

I built a life for myself in the UK, now Brexit has unravelled it

Home. One small word. Yet for EU nationals like me, its absence can leave us broken and directionless. In June 2016, my whole life changed. A year after the EU referendum, my family packed up eleven years of memories and left the UK. I remained in London until the end of my university studies and then followed suit, with a heavy heart. Almost overnight, my plans for a future in the UK unravelled like the thin nylon threads of a cheap pair of tights.
By Sophia Ernesti
Metro

Hiding my sexuality triggered anorexia. LGBT people need to be able to speak out

When I was 17 I was diagnosed with anorexia. After receiving that news, I remember feeling a weird sense of numbness. I wasn’t really scared or worried. Part of me just didn’t care anymore. I was tired. Drained of thinking. Exhausted from feeling. I wanted someone, anyone, to step in and tell me what to do. Looking back, I could have died in those blackest of days, and I would never have known there was a shining life still ahead of me. As a young adult, I began to struggle with my sexuality a
By Milly Sullivan
Metro

Public loos are a lifeline for me - losing them means losing my freedom

You might have seen recent reports on how the number of public loos in the UK is declining drastically. In fact, a recent mapping released by BBC showed that in 37 areas, major councils do not have any public toilets. In places like Isle of Wight and North Aryshire, the number of public toilets being maintained has been cut by as much as 92% and 80% respectively. Most media headlines reported this with indifference. I even watched a BBC presenter laugh her way through a segment on the topic.
By jenna farmer
Metro

Jealous dad follows ex-girlfriend with tracker and finds her on date with woman

A jealous father-of-two hid a tracker in his ex-girlfriend’s car only to discover she had moved on from him with a woman. David Jones, 37, suspected his former partner Stacey Buckley had formed a new relationship after they broke up earlier that year. The construction site manager then followed his former lover to a date with her sister’s ex-girlfriend, Laura Flynn. Ms Buckley later uncovered the tracking device in her car after Jones continually told her: ‘I’ll find you wherever you are.’
By Hayley Sewell
Metro

Boyfriend jailed after telling girlfriend not to put kisses on messages

An abusive boyfriend has been locked up after he banned his girlfriend from using Snapchat during a campaign of ‘psychological abuse’. Matthew Bailey, 24, made his 19-year-old partner Molly Cunliffe delete the app and did not allow her to message other men on Facebook or Instagram unless they were gay. He was so possessive he even told her she was not allowed to leave kisses at the end of her communications on social media, Manchester magistrates court heard.
By Hayley Sewell
Metro

Love Island: The boys finally give us the bromances we've been missing

From week one the Love Island girls became each other’s besties almost straight away, while the guys took a bit more time to warm up to each other. We’re now over 40 episodes in and it’s bromance central on the Island of Love: From Wes and Josh’s brotherly bants, to the boys regular self-named DBS meetings (The Do Bits Society), here are five gifs of the most heartwarming and hilarious moments between the guys: 1. Drama crew The best improv play we’ve probably seen GCSE drama. Jack Josh and
By Tamala Ceasar
Metro

Models with scars should be normal, not just a PR stunt

Flicking through the reams of bikini-clad models on the most popular fast fashion websites, there is always one stark difference between the model and me. I have a 30cm scar running from just below my chest to my pelvis, and they do not. I have had Crohn’s Disease since the age of four, which now at the dizzy heights of 26 means I’ve battled with this chronic illness for over 20 years. Crohn’s Disease is an autoimmune disease, which sits under the umbrella of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
By Bryony Hopkins
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