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How one travel-writer's innovative journey round the Welsh coast led to a starring role for her four-legged companion

Chinese donkey meat recalled at Wal-Mart after it is found to contain fox

The US retailer – which has more than 400 stores across China – said it was ‘deeply sorry for this whole affair’

Have your work cut out for you: Visit your careers office

It's never too early to hit your university careers centre - and take all the help on offer

Five-minute memoir: Isabelle Grey is driven to distraction after passing her test

On the open road, Isabelle Grey was ready for anything. Except this.

Animal cruelty convictions up 33% in England and Wales

RSPCA's annual prosecutions report shows rise from 3,114 in 2011 to 4,168 last year

Green scene: Clouds shroud the woods of Motovun in Istria

Independent on Sunday travel writing competition: Write your way to an inspirational week in Croatia

We have once again joined forces with Bradt Travel Guides  to offer readers the chance to win our travel-writing competition, with a top prize this year of a holiday for two to the Croatian region of Istria. PLUS have your winning story published in 'The Independent on Sunday' and Independent.co.uk

Pudsey: Anyone who can convince Simon Cowell that they’re the most talented mammal in Britain is a very good doggy indeed.

No animal magic in this year's Britain's Got Talent

There has not been much animal magic in this year's Britain's Got Talent after a string of pet performers failed to live up to the success of last year's winners - dog trick act Ashleigh and Pudsey.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bristol Old Vic

There are some lovely things in it, and there's one riotous surge of profane comic energy, but a faint sense of disappointment lingers over this much-anticipated reunion of director Tom Morris and South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, the team that conquered the world with the wondrous War Horse.

French meat food industrial factory, working on the production chain of beef steaks. A Europe-wide food fraud scandal over horsemeat sold as beef deepened as Romania announced an inquiry into the origin of the meat and suspicions of criminal activity mounted

Horsemeat found in British supermarkets 'may be donkey'

A law banning horses from Romanian roads may be responsible for the surge in the fraudulent sale of horsemeat on the European beef market, a French politician said yesterday.

Crime doesn't bray: 'Getaway donkey' ruins robbery by alerting police

Would-be criminals stole the donkey to use as their getaway 'vehicle'

Google has managed to prove that its Street View team did not run over the donkey in Botswana

Google proves it did not drop the dead donkey: Company denies Street View car hit animal in Botswana

Google has denied accusations that one of its Street View cars struck and injured a donkey in Botswana. The California-based company was forced to respond after a Google Street View image of what some claimed was an injured beast was widely shared online.

'Our Street View teams take the safety of people and donkeys very seriously': Google denies killing donkey in Botswana while photographing for Google Maps

Denial comes after Twitter users posted images from Google Maps of what appears to be a dead donkey lying in a road

Postcard from... Lazkao

Ever since 1652, on the first Sunday after the Epiphany, the Cistercian nuns of Lazkao, a rural town in the Basque Country's Gipuzkoa region, have staged a re-enactment of the flight of Joseph, Mary and Jesus from King Herod's soldiers.

Mo Yan: Nobel laureate whose work is lost amid political argument

The Mouse and his Child, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

This is a brave and ambitious choice for an RSC family Christmas show.

The world’s No 1 tennis player bought the world’s most expensive cheese (around £400 a lb) from a farm in Zasavica

Djokovic sends donkey cheese market wonky

Donkey-milk cheese is not thought to have many fans. But the few it does have are likely to be sadder than Eeyore to discover that all of next year's output has been bought by Novak Djokovic.

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