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It's OK to feel sad, so why does the emotion carry such a stigma?

Before I got married I realised something. I would never again feel the rush of a first kiss. That thrill of falling in love, with all its awkward anticipation and youthful excitement, would belong to a younger me. The married me was promising to only lock lips with my husband-to-be. I know it’s not the most romantic thought to have right before you’re about to tie the knot. At the time I wondered if it was a sign that I was making the wrong decision. Wasn’t the pinnacle of romantic love…

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It's as if Karl Stefanovic wants everyone to know about his vasectomy

In a week when the most talked about subjects are the celebrations surrounding a “yes” vote for same-sex marriage and the Socceroos qualifying for the World Cup, how does the story of Karl Stefanovic’s vasectomy keep raring its ugly head? Because the Channel Nine Today show host won’t stop harping on about it. Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Ladies rule at Oaks Day 2017 Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 02:34 More Spring Racing Videos Previous slideNext slide Karl and Jasmine cause a stir at Derby Day Today show host Karl…

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What it's like to be a Weakest Link contestant

The Weakest Link is returning for a one-off special this Friday. The BBC’s Lauren Turner has been to the dress rehearsal to speak to Anne Robinson (and have a go at being a contestant herself). Anne Robinson has a problem with being back on The Weakest Link set. But it’s not that she’s not happy to be hosting a one-off special for Children in Need this Friday – and to be considering returning for a full series next year. “The problem is,” she explains in that no-nonsense, clipped tone. “We’ve…

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It's hard to let go of pop culture heroes, but we can do better

It’s the newest and probably least fun genre in cultural criticism: writing the career obituary of someone you really liked, who, in a seeming instant, gains near-universal recognition as a terrible person. The end of Louis C.K. – who, at 50, is alive, but in a sense dead to us now – is a difficult but necessary loss. Accounts of his perversions and abhorrent behavior toward women who were his peers and admirers (including the stories of how he exposed himself and masturbated in front of them) have been rumoured for years…

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Ben Toner replaced as referee for Blackpool game but EFL deny it's due to his name

Ben Toner Saturday, November 11, 2017 Referee Ben Toner is no longer refereeing Blackpool’s Sky Bet League One clash with Portsmouth on Saturday due to the game being under “increased attention”. The match is the Seasiders’ first since their majority owner the Oyston family were found guilty of “unfair prejudice” in their running of the club and were ordered to pay businessman Valeri Belokon, a minority shareholder, £31million. The match official’s name became the subject of a social media joke amongst fans, but the EFL says that has nothing to…

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It's not just mums who need to avoid alcohol when trying for a baby

Abstaining from alcohol during preconception and pregnancy is usually considered to be the woman’s responsibility. The main concern surrounding alcohol exposure during pregnancy often relates to well-established evidence of newborns developing a range of behavioural, physical and cognitive disabilities later in life. But recent research is also pointing to a link between alcohol and poor sperm development, meaning the onus is on expectant fathers too. A myriad of studies are showing biological fathers who drink alcohol may have a significant role in causing health problems in their children. What dads…

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Tottenham v Real Madrid: Spurs could record a first under Pochettino – but it's not something they want to do

Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo are goal machines for Spurs and Real Tuesday, October 31, 2017 Tottenham and Real Madrid both lost at the weekend but don’t expect sparks to fly at Wembley as both managers eye a point. Tottenham earned a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu last month but Real Madrid remain unbeaten in five previous games against Spurs (W3 D2)Tottenham secured a credible point in Madrid two weeks ago but there was a sense they could have got more if they’d had a bit of luck. Nevertheless, they…

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