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

Vroom with a view: Exploring Thailand by scooter

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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Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

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Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
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From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific