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We’ve suffered our first casualty. George, from Northumberland, has had to pull out of the training week because he’s not feeling well (it was the chicken curry cooked on board last night, he jokes). He says he’ll becoming back in a couple of weeks to do his part A training course. One fewer person on board means there’s a spare bunk on board.

The Clipper Blog: Setting sail: Our first casualty

We’ve suffered our first casualty. George, from Northumberland, has had to pull out of the training week because he’s not feeling well (it was the chicken curry cooked on board last night, he jokes). He says he’ll becoming back in a couple of weeks to do his part A training course. One fewer person on board means there’s a spare bunk on board.

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Japan's Supreme Court sentenced a woman to death today for killing four and making more than 60 ill by poisoning a large pot of curry at a summer festival in 1998, a case widely covered in domestic media.

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Can the Manning brothers add some Liverpudlian sparkle to their new, Wagamama-style noodle bar?

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