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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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Latest Articles

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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76,000 London schoolchildren feature on billboards in new photography project

New billboards have been unveiled across the capital featuring thousands of London schoolchildren. Oscar-winning film director Steve McQueen is the brains behind the project, which includes 600 billboards – with different classes of Year 3 children on them. The project – which aims to be a visual representation of citizenship – stretches across the capital’s 33 boroughs. The portraits are set to stay up for two weeks and are being showcased on roadsides, railways and at train stations. All o
By Lizzie Thomson
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How to make ethical knitwear choices this winter

Winter is fast-approaching and many of us will be looking to purchase cosy, warm garments to see us through the colder months. But with so many different types of wool to choose from, how can we be sure we’re that making ethical choices? For years, wool has been the fail-safe textile for winter, but it’s also a material which has prompted much debate, specifically with concerns over the way animals are treated when wool is sheared. Last year, a PETA investigation uncovered abuse at more than
By Lizzie Thomson
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Just how chaotic is Scorpio season going to be?

Just the mention of Scorpio season is enough to strike fear into the hearts of astrology enthusiasts. Known for their passion, strength and intensity, Scorpios are highly emotional. But – as to be expected – they have a deadly sting for anyone who tries to cross them. Scorpio season, which runs from October 23 – November 22, has long been associated with a period of intenseness and having the potential for darkness. Astrologer Daniela Ruby Fischer says: ‘During Scorpio season we all get a tas
By Lizzie Thomson
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Photographer Martin Parr gives glimpse into his early career with new book

British documentary photographer and photojournalist Martin Parr will be giving fans a glimpse into the early days of his career with the arrival of his new book, Early Works. Focusing on shots taken between 1970 and 1984, the book delves into Martin’s early black and white photography – before he moved to colour in the early 80s. Martin tells Metro.co.uk: ‘I’m very fond of my black and white work from way back.’ ‘I thought it would be a good idea to put all the highlights from my black and w
By Lizzie Thomson
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Meet the people who say giving up alcohol is the best thing they've done

This month, people across the country will be swapping ciders for cordials as they take part in the national initiative Sober October, to raise money for charity. We often make jokes about how we are ‘gasping for a drink’ or ‘pushing through Dry January’ but this language raises questions about how reliant we are on alcohol and how much it’s ingrained into everyday culture. Work drinks? Date night? Hen dos? The expectation for drinking is hard to escape. To mark this national month of sobriet
By Lizzie Thomson
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A handy guide to eating on public transport

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that sitting next to someone eating a tuna sandwich on a bus is absolute hell. There’s no denying that, as a nation, we seem to have some issues with people eating on public transport. But a new proposal, put forward by the chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies, is urging the government to ban people from eating on trains and buses entirely. The move has prompted a lot of criticism online, with many commuters arguing that lots of people have no choice b
By Lizzie Thomson
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Burberry is selling a half blazer half puffa coat hybrid for almost £3,000

Investing in a good winter coat for those darker and colder days is a logical move – but one brand has taken winter dressing to a brand new level. Despite being known for its timeless trench coat, Burberry has just thrown a new item into the mix, and it’s got people talking. The winter warmer in question is a half blazer, half puffa coat hybrid. The red puffa half can be worn over the tailored camel coat as a sort of mullet skirt, or it can be removed and worn as a separate piece. If that wa
By Lizzie Thomson
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Boy who can't be hugged because his skin falls off

A baby with an incurable rare skin disease was born missing skin on most of his limbs and covered in ‘scary deep red open wounds’. Victor Nava, 35, and his wife Adriana, 36, are unable to hug their son Adrien too tightly as the slightest friction causes severe blistering. The couple immediately knew something was wrong when Adrien was born ‘violently screaming, shaking and in ‘unbearable pain’ at Saint Joseph Hospital in Orange, California. After being transferred to the Children’s Hospital o
By Emma Brazell
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Incredible footage shows dog doing laundry, opening doors and picking up rubbish

A traumatic brain injury survivor has shared incredible videos of how her service dog assists her in everyday life. Janaye Kearns, 26, was in a coma for two weeks after a boating accident in 2012 and was told by doctors that she would likely never recover. But after spending a year in inpatient rehab, she had beaten the odds and could walk, talk, read and write again.
By Emma Brazell
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It's hard to meet people who understand what it means to be demisexual

It’s hard to meet people who understand what it means to be demisexual It’s hard to meet people who understand what it means to be demisexual When I got to college aged 16 it seemed like everyone was comfortable discussing the ins and outs of sex and relationships. Then there was me. Secretly, the idea of having a sexual relationship freaked me out, which made me not only feel like I was weird but that I was the odd one out from my friends. So I did what everyone does when they have a proble
By Robert Mooney
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