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8 things that happen to your body when you quit smoking

| blog, Health, L&B World, News, NHS | January 8, 2016

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What happens if you beat the cravings (Picture: Getty/Alamy/METRO/Myles Goode)

Some get a gym membership. Others stop drinking. And many of us are probably trying to quit smoking in 2016.

It’s no easy feat, considering only 4 to 7% of people are estimated to be able to quit successfully without any medical help.

But for those making a good go of it, what can you expect to happen to you? Will you really be able to notice a difference?

Yes, as it turns out. Here are 8 things that will happen to your body when you stop smoking.

1) You’ll… Read the full story

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7 things we know for sure about Area 51

| blog, L&B World, News, Space and time | January 5, 2016

Guard Gate at Area 51 (Groom Lake, Dreamland) near Rachel, Nevada (Photo by Barry King/WireImage) Hillary Clinton: 'I will reveal the truth about UFOs if I become President'
Guard Gate at Area 51 (Groom Lake, Dreamland) near Rachel, Nevada (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)

It’s the question that’s been asked around the world for years: Does Area 51 exist and, most importantly, is it hiding evidence of alien life?

This wondering isn’t helped by the intense secrecy around Area 51 that we didn’t know for sure existed until 2013. Though with Hilary Clinton saying she would find out the secrets behind it and UFOs if she was elected, we may be closer to the… Read the full story

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Quiz: How well do you know the Highway Code for cyclists?

| blog, Cycling, Driving Standards Agency, L&B World, News, Quizzes | January 5, 2016

Quiz: How well do you know the highway code for cyclists/rules of the road for cyclists? Getty
Yep. There are rules of the road for cyclists too (Photo: Getty)

You’re probably aware of the Highway Code – the set of rules for all vehicles users that dictate our use of the road.

While for motorists, however, it’s obligatory to take a test in order to travel on the roads, for cyclists, there is no such test.

Yet there are a number of specific rules as stated in the Highway Code that cyclists are expected to follow.

Perhaps then it’s no wonder that the number of cyclists convicted for ignoring road signs has doubled – it’s not as… Read the full story

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5 most popular stories of 2015 – did you miss them?

| blog, L&B World, News | December 26, 2015

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(Picture: Thames Valley Police/NBC/Nutscape)

2015 is almost over. And what a year it was.

It was when an emoji became word of the year and Corbynmania took over the UK for the summer.

We’ve looked through Metro.co.uk’s archives and found the stories you clicked on most this year – the weird, the wonderful and the outrageous (some of which are NSFW).

Do you remember these?

1) The rise of nutscaping

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8 countries that banned Christmas

| blog, L&B World, News | December 25, 2015

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Sorry Santa…(Credit: Getty)

Thought the Grinch was a fictional character? Turns out there are real-life representations.

There are countries that have banned Christmas. Or do everything they can to oppose it.

Somalia has now joined other countries who have for one reason or another prohibited winter festivities.

Here are eight of them. Who knew governments could be so grinchy…

1) Saudi Arabia

Aerial View Of Buildings Under… <a href=Read the full story

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How popular is your birthday? This graphic will tell you

| blog, L&B World, News, Office of National Statistics | December 18, 2015

How popular is your birthday? Getty
It’s not just your birthday. But you can still cry if you want to (Photo: Getty)

There’s nothing more annoying than looking forward to your birthday only to find out someone has stolen your thunder by being born on the same day.

I mean, how dare they.

It happens to everyone, and can put a bit of a downer on your birthday celebrations.

There are certain days where some will be sharing their birthdays with more people than others. Now you can find out if you’re one of them.

The ONS has released data of the average number of births for each day in a calendar year and ranked them.

It looks like Christmas and… Read the full story

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8 things you’ve always wondered about Christmas answered

| blog, L&B World, News | December 9, 2015

xx things you've always wondered about Christmas answered Source: Getty Images Credit: METRO/Myles Goode
Like, why does Rudolph have a red nose? (Source: Getty Images Credit: METRO/Myles Goode)

*If you’re about to let someone under the age of 13 read this, don’t. There are spoilers*

At Christmas, there’s a guy in a red suit called Santa who flies across the world giving out presents. We kiss loved ones under the mistletoe and celebrate the day of Jesus Christ’s birth. Right?

But does anyone think to question some of these traditions, or are we just too busy stuffing our faces with turkey?

Like why does Santa have flying reindeer? And what happens to all those letters children send in the… Read the full story

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5 ways that recreational drugs could be used in medicine

| blog, Drugs, L&B World, News | December 8, 2015

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Voisin/Phanie/REX Shutterstock (3676964fi) Medical cannabis. Various
Cannabis can do more for you than get you high (Photo: Voisin/Phanie/REX Shutterstock)

You may know substances such as MDMA, magic mushrooms and heroin as party drugs. Drugs that are often touted in the press and by campaigners as doing huge harm to you and your body.

But in a medicinal capacity, these illegal drugs are also used to heal.

You may have heard, for example, that cannabis can help those with obesity lose weight according to research by Cornell University and San Diego State University.

We bring you five other ways that illegal drugs can be or are… Read the full story

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Do you travel on trains run by Great Britain’s most delayed operator?

| blog, L&B World, Network Rail, News | December 8, 2015

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 26: A train makes its way into Victoria station on March 26, 2010 in London, England. British Prime minister Gordon Brown has urged for a resolution between network Rail and rail unions in an attempt to prevent the first national rail strike in 16 years. Combined with the planned strike by British Airways cabin crew it is likely that transport over the Easter holidays will be thrown into chaos across much of the country. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
The delays. The cancelled trains. The rage (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Train delays and cancellations are an unavoidable part of living in England (and, to be fair, wherever you live).… Read the full story

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7 tips for beating the rail price hike

| blog, L&B World, News, Rail, Virgin Trains | December 4, 2015

Toy train, view from above
It adds up (Picture: Getty/Metro)

Rails fares are set to increase again next year, this time by 1.1 per cent.

It might be the smallest increase since 2010, but the fact they’re going up at all can still feel like a bit of a bummer.

But luckily there are a lot of things you can do to save money on train fares nowadays. With a bit of digging around you can still find an affordable train fare that suits you.

Here are seven tips for getting cheap tickets to make sure you won’t be out of pocket in 2016.

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