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The odds are stacked against the Wright Brothers. First of all, their latest restaurant is in Spitalfields Market, which nobody aged 30 or over should ever be seen near. Second, this is a seafood place, and I've just come back from Italy and Cornwall, where I had so much fish that the thought of another crustacean makes me ill. Third, this restaurant is out and proud about its crustacea – which means you have the dubious pleasure of seeing them fighting in huge tanks barely two metres from the seating area. Fourth, this opening is part of a chain (the third of its kind in the capital, following openings in Soho and Borough market), and your correspondent demands higher standards from chains. Fifth, I am in an extremely foul mood, had you not twigged, having just had my latest in a series of contretemps with a fellow journalist.

Leaks found in underground tanks holding radioactive and toxic waste at US's Hanford nuclear site

Six underground tanks that hold a brew of radioactive and toxic waste at the most contaminated US nuclear site are leaking.

Boeing’s Dreamliner nightmare gets worse as Japan reveals more on faults

Boeing’s headache over its Dreamliner jets worsened today, as Japan’s transport ministry revealed more damning details of its investigation into faults with the model and United Airlines extended its grounding of the jets.

Weakened pound drives up petrol prices

The plunging pound and stock-market speculators mean that filling up the tank of a typical car now costs almost a fiver more than just six weeks ago, according to the AA.

'The water did have a funny taste': Body is found in water tank at 'cursed' Cecil Hotel

Guests at hotel, notorious for having hosted serial killers, are likely to have bathed, drank and brushed their teeth using water from the rooftop tank

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Romantic tail: London Zoo is boosting seahorse populations

Amorous seahorses: Underwater love at London Zoo

Conservationists encourage animals to mate by supplying the fishy couples with their own private tanks

Two Cigarettes in the Dark, Tanztheater Wuppertal, Pina Bausch

Two Cigarettes in the Dark, Pina Bausch, Tanztheater Wuppertal, Sadler’s Wells, London

If the phrase “rarely performed work” sets off warning bells, hearing that it explores the monotony of existence has them clanging. Pina Bausch was one of the most influential choreographers of the twentieth century, creating onstage worlds of surreal images and human need. Two Cigarettes in the Dark, which opens a London season by Bausch’s own company, has her usual themes without her best insights. It’s a long, long evening.

Capsize leaves Javier Sanso drifting in liferaft awaiting rescue in Vendée Globe

Spanish solo sailor Javier Sanso was in his liferaft and waiting to be rescued hundreds of miles south-east of the Azores after his yacht Acciona capsized in the in the Vendée Globe round the world race. He had taken to his liferaft mid-morning on Sunday.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's comments were a stark reminder of the clout still wielded by Egypt’s military

We’re on the brink of collapse, says Egypt’s top soldier

His comments are a stark reminder of the clout still wielded by the military

Conditions have been hard, but a third place end is in sight for Alex Thomson in the Vendée Globe singlehanded non-stop round the world race

Alex Thomson finishing Vendée Globe in cautious mode

Foot off the pedal and doing everything to protect his third place over the last 500 miles, Alex Thomson was sounding happier as he added “I don’t care where I finish (in the Vendée Globe solo round the world race) just as long as I finish.”

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Is Dubai's underwater hotel the wackiest of its kind?

Boosting its reputation as Disneyland for grown-ups, Dubai may soon host the largest underwater hotel in the world, after a Polish firm unveiled plans to construct a massive disc-shaped floor 10m below the sea surface.

True Brit: Dai Greene leads Andrew Osagie on his way to securing the British record in the 600 metres

Record puts spring back in Greene's step

The Welshman goes indoors to recover from Olympic disappointment

Jean-Pierre Dick continues to head for Vendée Globe finish despite losing keel

In a remarkable display of tenacity and seamanship French solo sailor Jean-Pierre Dick is continuing to head for the finish of the Vendée Globe round the world race despite having lost his keel.

Third place in Vendee Globe likely for British solo sailor Alex Thomson

British solo sailor Alex Thomson has third place in the Vendée Globe round the world race in his grasp as the man ahead of him, Jean-Pierre Dick lost his keel overnight as is limping to safety in the Azores.

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Apocalypse snow: snowmen of the moment, and more icy fun

Nothing invokes British silliness like a few days of snowy weather. Here we award the weekend's snowpeople a five-carrot ranking and defrost the best of the rest of the icy fun

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