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.

The call of the wild: Robert Twigger on the true spirit of adventure

Those who argue that exploring the world's most extreme places is the preserve of solipsists and maniacs are mistaken, argues Robert Twigger. The desire for adventure is within us all – and to ignore it is to deny the most basic facts of human nature

A return to the Emirates: Mishal Husain's journey back to the UAE was a family holiday with a difference

A trip down memory lane is a little tricky if, like me, yours was an expatriate childhood. Mine was spent in the United Arab Emirates – 10 happy years from 1975, when I was two years old – which makes it the first home I can remember. But the UAE isn't somewhere I pass through much these days and my friends from there are scattered across the globe. Even if I did venture back, the ever-changing urban landscape is more than likely to have rendered once-familiar locations unrecognisable.

Gentleman thrillseeker: How Wilfred Thesiger blazed a trail across Africa and Arabia

Switch on the television any night of the week, and you will see modern explorers travelling the globe. Though he only died in 2003, Sir Wilfred Thesiger belonged to another era. Described by the travel writer Eric Newby as a "throwback" to the golden age of 19th-century exploration and travel in Africa and the East, Thesiger was a self-confessed romantic and traditionalist, who, in his own words, "cherished the past, felt out of step with the present and dreaded the future". For most of his life, Thesiger lived in separate worlds, each with its distinctive dress code. "In London, I'd put on a dark suit and lunch at the Travellers [Club]. In Iraq, I'd take my tweed coat and dish-dasha and go off down to the Marshes."

Following in the footsteps of a trailblazer...but not on a camel

It was 150 years ago that John Stuart reached a part of Australia that other colonialists had failed to reach. Polly Evans retraced his journey, only with a few more home comforts

Minister signals ban on circus wild animals

Wild animals are to be banned from circuses, ending hundreds of years of performing elephants, tigers and lions in the big top, the Government will say today.

Camel-rider brings new era for Godolphin

Sheikh Mohammed has surprisingly selected Ahmed Ajtebi as head jockey after his success on Vale of York

McCartney minimalism reflects new austerity

Stella McCartney opened the proceedings at the Paris collections yesterday with a show that went to prove that the return of minimalism to the international catwalks is the story of the autumn/winter 2010 season.

Album: The Whitefield Brothers, Earthology (Now-Again)

For this belated follow-up to their 2001 debut "In The Raw", the Munich-based Whitefield siblings Jan and Max have broadened their funk-soul approach with a range of African influences, albeit heavier, big-band flavours than those employed by Vampire Weekend.

On the road: Butchery and beauty in a Moroccan medina

On the journey to Bab Boujeloud, the taxi driver proudly points out McDonald's to me. But I'm here to take photos for Fez's Café Clock's new cookery book: camel burgers rather than Big Macs. It is suggested that I might want to go to the abattoir to take pictures of the last camel slaughter before Eid al-Adha, the Muslim festival of sacrifice. I turn down the opportunity.

Town 'under seige' from invading camels - Video



Camels which have invaded a small Australian Outback town in search of water are set to be culled.

Fuerteventura Oasis Park: 'Despite their dubious oral hygiene, the sea lions are the park's megastars'

Animals as fashion accessories? Totally uncool. Paris Hilton and Britney Spears may still insist on working that look, but right-minded grown ups, of course, know better.

Rodney star to play his father in prequel

Nicholas Lyndhurst is set to play his own dad in a prequel to Only Fools And Horses, it was announced today.

The great drought: Disaster looms in East Africa

Rotting carcasses testify to the scale of the disaster looming in East Africa.

Zoo animals give giant ice lolly the big freeze

A giant ice lolly did the rounds at a zoo today to try to keep the rhinos, coatis and camels cool in the summer heat.

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