Voices

The conclusion that women use sex as a bargaining tool is wildly outdated

Green papaya salad with red-chilli nahm jim

Sharp, hot, sweet and salty, this salad is extremely refreshing. Serve with grilled fish or warm rice laced with coconut cream.

Stay the night: The Park Hotel, Kerala, India

Sarah Barrell discovers high style at the latest hotel to grace the shores of Lake Vembanad

Around the world in 80 dishes: Thailand and Denmark

THAILAND: Rice noodles with pork and black bean sauce by Vatcharin Bhumichitr

Breakfast goes global: How to start the day the international way

At lunch and dinner, we've embraced world cuisine. So why are our mornings stuck in a toast-and-cereal rut?

Gorillaz: Monkey business

What's it like living on a desert island? And, does Snoop Dogg party harder than you? On the eve of their new album, The Independent quizzes Gorillaz bass player Murdoc

A Woman, A Gun and a Noodle Shop, Film Festival, Berlin

Coens remade in finest China

The story of pho: Vietnamese cuisine gets a stylish makeover

Its aromatic noodles and rolls are reborn as the perfect metropolitan fast food

Cahal Milmo: Has the Tulip Revolution wilted?

Kyrgyzstan Notebook

John Mayer, Hammersmith Apollo, London

Solo king hits traditional high

Loans still delayed, pot noodle saves the day

Thousands of UK students have still to receive their loans from the Student Loans Company (SLC), even though they are more than a month into term. Latest figures show that 109,000 students, with approved application forms, have still not seen any of the money they are due. Of these, 31,000 loan applications are still being processed, 39,000 are waiting for further information from students and 39,000 have only received basic funding, as their applications have only had a provisional assessment. With the increase of financial hardship during the recession, spurring an increase in applications, should the SLC not have expected a greater number of student loan requests?

Indonesia: False hope from voice in rubble

Rescuers rushed back into the rubble today after a woman's cries for help were reported coming from a collapsed hotel six days after Indonesia's devastating earthquake - but the search proved in vain.

Andrew Buncombe: Munching on tarantulas

One of the great things about Asia is the food - the variety, the freshness and the bewildering styles of cooking. Nowhere is this more true than in south-east Asia, a region of the world where I'm never happier than when sitting down over a simple bowl of noodles. I am having a lot of fun, therefore, reading the highly entertaining story of Ian Walker journey upstream along the mighty Mekong river.

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