News Getting the hump: camels do battle in front of tens of thousands of spectators

On Sunday, more than 20,000 people will gather in Turkey to watch camels do battle in a spectacle that dates back thousands of years. It is, depending on your attachment to the ungainly beasts, a historic cultural institution to be celebrated – or a throwback to an era before animal-rights campaigns when it was OK to starve an animal for three months to make it cross.

New solution to an outback pest: put another camel on the barbie

Overseas visitors to the outback are often delighted to see kangaroos hopping across the sunburnt plains. But what on earth, they wonder, are camels doing in the depths of the Australian interior?

Keep your eyes on the road, the view is strictly for passengers

From souks in Marrakech to hairpin bends in the High Atlas, Katy Guest takes the wheel and discovers a harsh landscape and a warm people

Ruck and Maul: TV coverage of match-up in camel country gives viewers the hump

Whereas Ruck and Maul took the trouble four weeks ago to find something out about rugby union in Abu Dhabi, the television coverage of last Sunday's Anglo-Welsh Cup tie in the Gulf left us little the wiser.

Outside Edge: Sniffer dogs with noses in front

It was in Romford, not Barking, where they couldn't keep their dogs in the lead. There was an unprecedented three-way dead heat at the greyhound track in Essex last week – a photo-finish couldn't split Killishan Masai, Ayamzagirl and Droopys Djokovic.

UAE: Camel 'shock jockey' pair held

Undercover agents in Dubai say they have found devices that deliver electric shocks to racing camels to make them run faster.

Poetry in motion. Or Cornwall on two wheels

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Do we do duvets? The puffa coat debate

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Lisa Markwell: America needs a leader but Lisa Pavin just can't fill Elin's Louboutins

The Americans appear to put as much work into the seamless enthusiasm and peerless professionalism of the wives and girlfriends as they do the players. Remember that for more than a decade the ladies have sported matching outfits while they watch their men on the opening day of the Ryder Cup. Hardly cutting edge, the tailored skirt suits and blow-dried tresses always looked chic, if a little conservative.

Camel, By Robert Irwin

Peter O'Toole owes his life to Shagram, the "No. 1 camel" which – during the filming of Lawrence of Arabia - stood over the star after a fall as stampeding horses thundered past. Robert Irwin's erudite, droll and utterly delightful book about the life and lore of the dromedary (one hump) and Bactrian (two) abounds with details that reflect glory on a much-misundersstood animal.

Surfing Brilliant Cornersd, By Sam Bleakley, photos by JS Callahan

He'll never be president now." It's what surfers used to say whenever a young wannabe finally caught a clean green wave. The point was that anyone hooked on surfing was doomed to be marginalised, head honcho at best of a fringe sub-culture. Should he ever contemplate writing a book, it would be called something like Zowie Waves and Wowie Mamas.

On the agenda: Tower Bridge; Dorset Seafood Festival; Keep Me Posted; The Railway Children; Robert Irwin's Camel; Carven

A love letter to... well, letters; plus all you ever wanted to know about camels

Tunisia unlocked: Another dimension to the Mediterranean

New flights are opening up an eastern outpost of Tunisia, where travellers have long been welcomed on their way to or from the Sahara
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