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Aloka, 14 East Street, Brighton

They are not the words you hope to hear on being shown to your table in a new restaurant: "Enjoy the space. Enjoy the emptiness". But Aloka isn't just a restaurant. It's a 'Quality of Life Centre' in the heart of alternative Brighton, a holistic spa serving vegan and raw food. Here, a dinner service for only two customers isn't a problem, but an opportunity to connect with stillness and mindfulness. Those empty tables just represent the road less travelled.

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Along with the examples listed above the myth-busting panel also cite: cafes refusing to heat up baby food, concerns over the use of microwaves on hospital wards and gym-goers told they can't lift weights unless they're wearing trainers.

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Leicester police detention death man named

A man who died in hospital after being detained by police has been named.

Measles cases double amid outbreaks

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Private firm may take over South London Healthcare Trust

Private healthcare trusts have been asked whether they would be interested in running services at an NHS trust which was taken over by an administrator for being on the brink of bankruptcy.

Flags, flowers and candles commemorate the victims of Anders Breivik, in Oslo

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Builders have been hard at work inside Oslo's daunting Ila prison complex where Norway's self-confessed mass killer Anders Behring Breivik will likely be sentenced to spend the rest of his life by a panel of black-robed judges during a six-hour court hearing today.

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A Government drive to uncover health and safety “myths” has discovered cafes refusing to heat up baby food, golf buggies banned from a golf course and summer footwear banned from offices.

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