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58-year-old needed 200 stitches after the animal tore through muscle in his thigh and hip

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Jack Barker takes a bumpy scooter ride through north-east Thailand, stopping off to visit ancient Buddhist temples, play 'snakes', and sample some 'dancing' shrimps

Turquoise Coast: Brian Patten takes to the water

Get off the road, get in a boat. The best way to see south-west Turkey is to cruise its coast in a gulet. It's a style of holiday that has got the poet Brian Patten hooked...

Questions Of Cash: The perils of buying spectacles abroad

Q.I bought two pairs of spectacles from an optician in Italy while on holiday at a cost of €1,200 (£840). The glasses were to be posted to my home address. They never arrived because Royal Mail says it delivered them to a neighbour's house and the neighbour claims never to have seen them. I can't get either Royal Mail or the optician to accept liability for the loss - the optician's best offer is to send me another two pairs at reduced price.
JM, London

Travel news: Go surf a kite

Travelling long-haul with children

You can go far with your children, if you plan carefully. Charlie French went to Mexico to prove the point

Howard-Letwin 2005 is less credible than Hague-Portillo 2001. Astonishing!

The strange plight of the Conservative Party is perfectly illustrated by our opinion poll today. It finds that 71 per cent of people believe illegal immigration to be out of control under Labour, that 41 per cent say that it could affect the way they vote - and that the Labour lead has widened to eight points.

Niall FitzGerald: Revive world trade talks for the sake of the poor

From a speech by the chairman of Unilever at the London Business School

Robert Zoellic: America wants trade agreements to protect the environment

Remarks by the United States Trade Representative on bringing environmental considerations into the WTO talks in Cancun

Leading lights at the conference table

Hewitt warns of steel war

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