Mum of ‘real-life Billy Elliot’ says we should embrace boys who love ballet and wearing tutus

Alexander and the rest of his ballet class (Picture: Mercury Press)Four year old Alexander McGinley, from Swansea, South Wales, loves wearing his pink tutu when he perfects his pirouettes in ballet class. Proud parents Kate, 33, and Clark, 45, say they have embraced his passion, saying that being more accepting teaches children to be better […]

Thirsty work in San Diego, the craft brewing capital of America

It is early morning and I’m swimming in a coffin-shaped pool surrounded by gnarly ancient cacti, overlooked by a 12-storey floral mural. It was an invigorating way to wake up listening to the muted stirring of downtown LA – and I needed it after only two hours’ sleep. The night before, the Mad Men vibe […]

Clams, baked bream and torta caprese: recipes for an Italian summer feast

I spend as much of the summer as possible in Sperlonga, which is to say not all that much. Would that I had my grandmother Ginny’s work ethic. She spent most of her time there, doing little and living larger. My grandparents moved to Italy in 1952, seeking a rest cure for Ginny’s recurrent tuberculosis. […]

Father’s Day 2019: The best e-cards, videos, GIFs and online cards you can send today

If you missed the post, there’s still time to send an e-card (Picture: Getty)Happy Father’s Day! It’s the day to celebrate the dads in your life and yes – even laugh at their jokes. But wait… what about the card? You wouldn’t be alone if it slipped your mind this year, but don’t fear: it’s […]

Ice, fire and feuds: on the trail of Iceland's sagas

The sagas are “our national identity”, says Icelandic actor Oddur Júlíusson. Based on historical events that mostly took place between the ninth and early 11th centuries, they have been narrated in the farmsteads of Iceland since the Middle Ages. Júlíusson performs the Icelandic Sagas Greatest Hits in Reykjavík, a comedy version in both Icelandic and […]

Dad-of-two who transformed body to have six-pack in 90 days reveals how anyone can do it

‘Three years ago I was that bloke with the dad bod you see on the beach – 14 stone of love handles, moobs and belly. I owned a double-glazing firm and that’s what I looked like: some boring bloke who’s going to plod along until he dies. The moment that changed my life was in […]

Cheapest places to MoT and service car revealed – and there's £100 difference

Drivers are forking out nearly £100 more for MoT and servicing than motorists in other parts of the country. Penzance in Cornwall has the cheapest rate in the country at an average £138.93 for MoT and servicing. In contrast, Newham in London, is the most expensive at £232.92. The second cheapest place is Caernafon, Gwynedd, […]

Easy-to-follow recipes which could help you shift a stone this summer

It’s holiday season so many of us need to get beach ready – these culinary ideas can help lose a few poundsEveryone wants to feel and look their best during the summer.Whether you are gearing up to go on holiday, or planning on enjoying the sun while it lasts at home, this is the time […]

In the Tory leadership race, I know whose kitchen cabinet I want to be in

The Conservative leadership election, which, even since the 1922 Committee changed the rules, still has about eight gruelling years to run, is mitigated for me (admittedly, only slightly) by the prospect that we may yet get to nosy around a few more political kitchens. As I write, only Dominic “I am not a feminist” Raab […]

These are the top 10 ‘must-have’ qualities in a partner

Be kind and a good listener (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk)Dating is hard. Not only are you looking for a special connection, but most of us are also ticking off an internal list of qualities that we want, and don’t want, in our future partner. Some qualities – like whether your date has a dog […]

A Place In The Sun star reveals motivation behind stunning two stone weight loss

TV host Jasmine Harman is moved to tears of joy because this time it is her dream that has come true. As presenter of A Place In The Sun, Jasmine has spent 15 years matching Brits with their perfect homes abroad. But as the mum of two approached her tenth wedding anniversary she had a […]

Top dog Lily-Rose rewarded with Blue Cross Medal after amazing double rescue act

Wonder pooch Lily-Rose has been officially voted top dog after she saved the life of doting owner Jenny Deakin and her mother. The eight-year-old Papillon crossbreed won the historic Blue Cross Medal for extraordinary animal achievement. First, she leapt on Jenny, 33, as she choked on a snack – the pressure forcing out a nibble […]

Hotel of the week: Casa Pueblo, Tulum

The latest lifestyle, fashion and travel trends The latest lifestyle, fashion and travel trends Most people flock to the beach when they visit Tulum, where there’s no shortage of chic boutique hotels. Casa Pueblo in the heart of Downtown Tulum, however, offers a stylish alternative for travellers wishing to explore beyond the partying and sun worshipping that goes down […]

Up to four avocado trucks stolen in Mexican state every day

Up to four trucks carrying avocados are stolen every day in the violent Mexican state of Michoacán, as organized crime groups seek to take advantage of consumers’ seemingly insatiable appetite for the fruit. Avocado packers and exporters took out newspaper adverts on Friday to decry a worsening security situation in the state, which has long […]

From Goldfinger to Scarface: how to get this summer's movie-star look

The Color Purple Whoopi Goldberg steals the limelight in the 1985 film, but it’s Desreta Jackson as the young Celie and Akousa Busia as her sister Nettie who get the best prairie dresses. High necks, long sleeves and floral prints, the film’s dresses tap into this summer’s Laura Ashley-infused fashion as seen on the catwalk […]

School sets up pop-up shop of 200 donated dresses to help students afford prom

Ally Elouise lends prom dresses to girls who would otherwise struggle to afford them (Picture: Daily Post Wales)Your school prom is a big deal. It’s one of your last big blow outs with all your friends and you might take a date – so your dress has to be perfect. With the influx of American […]

Cocktail of the week: The Courtyard's American Beauty | The Good Mixer

Summer in a glass. For the syrup, use a cucumber-flavoured tonic water, if you can – there are a few on the market now, from the likes of Schweppes, Fever-Tree, Lamb & Watt and Double Dutch – but bog-standard tonic will also do, not least because the cocktail itself is flavoured with muddled cucumber. Serves […]

We stayed on the actual Spice Girls bus for a 90s sleepover at Wembley

The ACTUAL Spice Girls bus is now the perfect sleepover Airbnb (Picture: Tash Salmon/Metro.co.uk)Wannabe the ultimate Spice Girl fan? Remember when you used to curl up on the sofa reading the latest Smash Hits, with your Spice Girls CD playing loud and scrunchies in your hair? Well now all you debt riddled 20-somethings can relive […]

Secret Cinema Review: Casino Royale gives all the glamour Bond deserves

Secret Cinema is back, and their latest experience based on James Bond’s Casino Royale is nothing short of spectacular. Coinciding with this years announcement of Bond 25, the immersive experience in a secret London location is a must see for 007 fans, but even if your secret agent skills need scrubbing up you’ll still feel […]

Amazon is selling a massive inflatable speedboat with a built-in drinks cooler

Fancy an inflatable speedboat for the summer months? (Picture: Amazon)Inflatable flamingos are so 2017. Now you’ll need to impress anyone with a pool by getting a full-on inflatable speedboat that’s big enough for all your friends (well, you plus five of them). Handily you can get exactly that through Amazon, which is indeed selling an […]

Herbalist Jenya Di Pierro’s wellness routine is all about earthing, vitamin infusions and acupuncture

The latest lifestyle, fashion and travel trends The latest lifestyle, fashion and travel trends Each week we’ll be bringing you the step-by-step daily self care routines of some of the biggest names in wellness.  Jenya Di Pierro quit a lucrative job in banking to retrain as a herbal medicine practitioner. She’s since become a big believer in […]

Historic black and white photos show the glory days of Royal Ascot

The latest lifestyle, fashion and travel trends The latest lifestyle, fashion and travel trends Royal Ascot is one of the most hotly anticipated events on the British sporting calendar. Each year the races draw hundreds of thousands of spectators donning their gladrags and fanciest fascinators – speaking of which, if you’re yet to purchase a […]

Father’s Day 2019: The best dad jokes to write in his card (and some Twitter memes)

Just for for the fun of it (Picture: shironosov)If you’re stuck over what you should write in a Father’s Day card, let the best dad jokes around come to your rescue. Because dads can’t have all the fun, and the internet is relentless. Dads are notoriously funny in their unfunny-ness, and when is a better […]

Wine: Californian bottles that don't cost an arm and a leg

Since the 1970s, Californian food has had the reputation for being ahead of the pack – fresh, local and plant-based long before the rest of the world went green – yet Californian wine is a quite different beast. It should more accurately be called US wine, anyway. Despite the fact that all 50 states now […]

The Science Museum is offering a taste of how autonomous technology will change London

What will the world look like in five or 10 years’ time? It’s hard to predict how much things will have changed by then, but the Science Museum is betting that autonomous vehicles will have had an immeasurable impact.  “I’m absolutely certain in 10 years’ time; autonomous technology will change London,” says Roger Highfield, the […]